The other day we spent the most wonderful afternoon at Wille's house (Isak's best friend). The family, Elli, Johan, Wille & baby Jonis, moved the same weekend as we did, from a two-room apartment to this small yellow country house. The house is the best!

When exploring the country-side you need good gum boots. Isak is wearing Tretorn Nikki gum boots that we purchased on sale (149:-) at Coop Forum a while ago. They are great!

You also need comfy pants like these leggings from Kids We Love. They are super-rad, stretchy and unisex - most of the garments from Kids We Love can easily be worn by any child! By the way, the t-shirt is from Zara & the cap from Next.

Isak did some exploring inside & outside the house while his bestie was asleep. So many things to see & do!

Then Elli made some mud cake (kladdkaka) with freshly picked raspberries, cream & coffee. Yum! Some devoured the cake by using their entire face...

Finally, the bigger boys, Wille & Isak, went for an exciting ride in the wheel-barrow. They were screaming with laughter! The baby, Jonis, wasn't bothered about not being included but was all smiles as usual.

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Loading up with a snack so that he can run all day. How nice is this t-shirt from Lager 157? Beginning to fall in love with monochrome fashion... We also really love our Design Letters plate and bowls because they are both really practical AND the design is flawless!

So, I wanted to find comfy, stylish and "breathing" shoes made for lots of activity and at a decent price. Then I found these! They only cost 249:- and are available at Din Sko. What's more they are really light weight and so the baby seems "fly" when wearing them. In other words, a great purchase!

I just LOVE his "pose" in the top pic - looks so big! The rest of this fabulous outfit come from various stores: 1. Zip hoodie from Zara, 2. T-shirt from Lager 157, 3. Leggings from Sköning Kids and Mama, 4. Shoes from Din Sko.

Today we're off to Stockholm for the day. Firstly we might participate in King Carl XVI Gustaf's 70th birthday celebrations - there are processions and other events happening the whole day. Secondly, we're off to a great playground and thirdly, we'll go to MoS. Have a great weekend and Valborg - enjoy your time with family and friends!

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Det började på gymnasiet. Min bästa vän orkade prestera MVG, ha en massa aktiviteter på fritiden och vara aktiv i kyrkan. Så jag ville vara som hon. Det slutade med kronisk halsbränna några månader efter gymnasiets slut.

För 10 år sedan bodde jag i Australien. Vi var volontärarbetare i en kyrka och uppmuntrades ständigt till att göra "whatever it takes" eller "go the extra mile". Hur viktigt det tänket än kan vara så slutade det med sömnsvårigheter i flera månader.

Det är september 2014 och Isak har precis visat upp symptom på kolik. De närmaste månaderna känns det som om jag förintas och jag känner mig som världens sämsta mamma när jag ser på mina vänner som hinner träna, baka och vara i tid. Inte jag. Jag kämpar med att komma ur sängen...

Som ni förstår kan jag räkna upp exempel på exempel där jag har blivit överrumplad av stress. Därför har jag gång på gång undrat vad det är för fel på mig. Varför orkar jag inte med lika mycket som andra? Varför klarar så många andra kvinnor av att ha en massa bollar i luften men inte jag?

För några år sedan stötte jag på begreppet HSP ("highly sensitive person"). I det läget viftade jag bort det eftersom det handlade om en vän som är betydligt mycket mer skör än jag. Dock när jag läste ett inlägg på Underbara Claras blogg för ett tag sedan, "Eremiten i mig", kände jag igen mig i beskrivningen.

När jag sedan gjorde ett HSP-test kunde jag instämma helt i följande påståenden:

1. Jag blir lätt inspirerad och får många bra idéer.

2. Andra människors smärta går djupt in i mitt system.

3. När jag ser vacker natur fylls jag av ett inre jubel.

4. Jag har en känsla av att tröskeln för hur många intryck jag kan ta in åt gången, är lägre än för de flesta andra. Det är t ex svårt för mig att följa med i ett samtal
samtidigt som jag surfar efter uppgifter på nätet.

5. Jag kan bli mycket irriterad på ljud, lukter eller ljus som inte ser ut att störa de flesta andra.

6. Jag kan erbjuda en intensiv närvaro och en djup kontakt.

7. Jag har lätt att få dåligt samvete.

Alla de här egenskaperna är bra vid första anblicken. Problemet är bara att om det händer för många saker på samma gång, då blir jag stressad. Med andra ord kan väldigt få intryck trigga igång väldigt många associationer i min hjärna så att den till slut går på högvarv. I läraryrket kan detta faktiskt vara en utmaning eftersom det krävs oerhört mycket multitasking hela tiden och jag utsätts för väldigt många intryck. Konsekvensen är att jag är oerhört trött efter en arbetsdag och har nästan inte ork till något annat.

Så vad gör jag för att hantera detta? Jag har ett fantastiskt jobb just nu men i framtiden är min ambition att gå ner i arbetstid för att orka med ännu bättre att vara småbarnsförälder. En annan sak är att jag har minskat min aktivitet på sociala medier, främst instagram. En ytterligare detalj är att jag försöker, men behöver bli bättre på, att lägga mig senast kl 22. Sömnen är extremt viktig för mig men jag brister i disciplinen ibland när jag blir "för inspirerad" på kvällstid.

Avslutningsvis kan HSP-dragen påverka mig mer eller mindre beroende på vilken säsong jag går igenom. Därför var jag redan förberedd på att småbarnsliv och heltidsjobb skulle bli extra tufft för just mig. Jag är så glad över att vi är två i föräldraskapet! Tyvärr plågas jag ofta av dåligt samvete: jag är inte en tillräckligt bra fru, mamma, vän, medarbetare eller syster för att jag inte kan hålla många bollar i luften samtidigt och uppfylla alla de förväntningar som andra har (eller som jag tror att de har) på mig. Min största utmaning nu när jag fyller 30 år är således att ställa realistiska krav på mig själv och inte klanka ner på mig själv för att jag inte orkar med lika mycket som "alla andra"...

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There was love at first sight when I saw this t-shirt from Tiny Cottons. Who could resist these flower pots? There's just something incredibly "springish" & fresh about it which makes an entire outfit pop!

See for yourself! Every print is unique & the light blue colour creates that freshness. It also makes me wanna go to IKEA & buy more green plants & terracotta flower pots! By the way, don't you think the terracotta in the tee matches the label on the Kavat shoe?

Let's not forget the beanie from The Brand & infinity scarf from Skoning Kids and Mama! I REALLY like the Brand (in general although the SS16 collection has some really ugly prints according to me) because of its edginess. This beanie is two-coloured, has a great fit & is warm enough in spring. What's more, the organic infinity scarf from Skoning Kids and Mama both looks really amazing & is super-comfy.

Look at that munchkin on the go! He's mostly the happiest & chattiest kid around :-) Besides, grey Zara sweater is one of the best buys in his wardrobe - works with almost anything! And the Lindex jogger jeans are simply amazing...

It's impossible not to love this little face!! Isak's been sick but on the mend, so we'll maybe go outside but stay away from other people. So boring! We missed a 2nd birthday party yesterday but well oh well. I'll have to get out of this gloom & start chasing Isak who's bored out of his wits from staying indoors with mum for two days!

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Although the weather is indecisive, a snack on the balcony isn't a bad thing. Loving our IKEA chairs but loving this boy even more cuz he's talking non-stop and saying new words every day. The other day he said "dishwasher"!

We're loving our letter beanie from Kids We Love (@kidswelove on instagram). It's super-comfy & perfect to wear underneath the helmet when riding with dad to preschool.

And the socks! Lillster (@lillsterworld) offers OEKO-certified socks that are both warm, practical, comfy & stylish! We have three pairs now & they spice up any outfit. Besides, these grey ones match the Zara sweater (@zarakidsofficial) perfectly!

Infinity scarves are just awesome! This one was created by fabulous Skoning Kids and Mama (@skoningkidsandmama) & a big favourite of ours. How good is that grid pattern?

Another favourite of ours are these baggy leggings from Marloe & Jr. They simply complete any outfit, casual or dressy. Although these very ones are out of stock, go check out other fine garments @marloe.jr on instagram!

His many faces - cheeky versus focused. Hoping ya'll enjoying this weekend! Gum boots are from Ica Maxi & the jacket from the Lindex AW15 collection. Today we're off to church & then mum has work to do, while dad & Isak spend some time on their own.

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"Look! A staircase - let's climb it!" This dino sweater is a fav of mine since it's made of a fine knit. Therefore it works perfectly for casual as well as dressy occasions. Some time in the future I'll put together a fancy outfit for ya! 😀

Say whaaaat? Are these socks OEKO-certified? Yes, they are!

Let's do some laundry! Isak loves to help out - the other day he filled the washing machine with dirty clothes (with a little help of course).

Gotta love them colours! These pants are necessary for an amazing yet comfortable outfit.

Too lazy to write long captions today! Hope you're having a great weekend! Shoes and dino sweater from @zarakidsofficial, pants from @marloe.jr and socks from @lillsterworld (all instagram accounts).

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Prepare for Isak spam! So, a couple of weeks ago my husband (the photographer) teamed up and took some photos of Isak in the harbour. The pics turned out really well & Isak had a blast! One dream of mine is to run a business with my husband: he'd do the photography & I'd do the styling & setting/props preparation. Well, at the moment that won't happen but who knows... Enjoy this little cheeky face!

​Isak is wearing converse shoes, leggings & beanie from @skoningkidsandmama, Star Wars-hoodie from @cubus, jacket from @polarnopyret & gloves from @stadium (reference to instagram accounts - don't know how to work the direct links yet).

Finally, this was the location for our photo shoot from a different point of view!

Well, that's the best ones - enjoy your weekend!

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Isak has the best morning hair! It's completely wild and untameable... By the way, I believe that his hair will become auburn (kastanjebrunt) when he gets older. Loving this colour as well though!

Some mornings, it's perfect to put him in the Stokke high chair for a while, 15 minutes or so. He'll be completely content with a few books and I'll clear the breakfast table in peace.

This weekend I found this sippy lid - didn't know it existed. Love our Design letters cutlery , plates and cups from Boligheter and really thrilled about the fact that Isak'll be able to use this cup earlier than I thought he would. He seems to dig it to say the least!

We're selling our apartment really soon but we won't move until July. I'm going to miss all this light and our amazing view! Luckily we're trading it for a house with four bedrooms, a veranda and a garden. Can't wait!

Stylish as usual in his turtle neck top from Sussilulldesign (@sussilulldesign on instagram), leggings from Sköning kids and mama (@skoningkidsandmama) & shoes from @zarakidsofficial. Hoping you've had a great day and that your throats are not as sore as mine... (NOTE: this entry is not endorsed by any of the companies mentioned. Just personal favourites!)

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I've been told that I'm a talker and that's true. Unfortunately, for my friends and family, I have to speak in order to organise my thoughts. Otherwise my brain stays a disorganised tangled ball of yarn, so by speaking my mind I untangle my thoughts.

Those who know me really well understand that I'm a dreamer. Isak has started watching Astrid Lindgren movies and loves them. When I was a child I loved them as well and I would re-enact "Alla vi barn i Bullerbyn" while playing on my own. In fact, I mostly played alone, for various reasons, and created worlds inspired by TV and later by books.

As an adult I still find myself day-dreaming a lot. Somehow I'm not just content with my lot in life right now (the job, the house, the husband, the kids, the shopping, etc.). I know that I'm destined for something greater than this! Do you want to know what my day-dreams look like? In one of my day-dreams I've just finished a doctorate of English, specialising in inclusive for newly-arrived students. In another day-dream I've recorded an amazing CD for children and also released a personal album where I've written most of the songs. Other dreams include writing a book (or books), moving and working abroad for a season, buying an early 20th century house, or running a company with my husband focusing on conceptual children's photography (see @pics_missmaya on instagram).

The problem with dwelling too much on the past or yearning for an unspecified future is that I often find myself neglecting what's going on right now. This is unfortunate because there's no greater reward than watching Johan, Isak, or a friend becoming happy, encouraged, and stronger when I take the time to listen, help them to clean their house or give them that extra money that's missing.

So today I want to remind myself to live right here and right now. Otherwise I'll miss the opportunities to help OTHERS thrive and break free from overwhelming thoughts of grief, hopelessness, anger, sickness, or frustration. I won't give up on my other dreams but at the same time there's nothing greater than being a devoted wife, a present mother and caring friend!

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...and mercy mild...

I am looking back at 2015. Personally, it has been a good year - globally, the situation is quite unstable.

- Murders: Lisa Holm was abducted and murdered a warm night in early summer; Ida Johansson was attacked and choked to death while running in the forest; a young man, armed with a sword, attacked and killed three people at a multicultural school; an asylum-seeking man murdered two people, unprovoked, at IKEA in my home town.

- Paris: we could not comprehend nor understand what happened on the 13th of November in Paris. At least 130 people lost their lives, in a country at peace.

- Refugee situation: people escaped wars and many died on the Mediterranean ocean. We will never forget the image of the body of 3-year-old Aylan, washed ashore on a Greek beach. It is also difficult to ignore the tension and polarization of groups for and against immigration respectively. These tensions have resulted in, among other things, several arsons in residencies for asylum-seekers here in Sweden.

- In my vicinity: toddlers diagnosed with cancer; couples having serious problems; etc.

With these things in mind, how is it possible to celebrate Christmas in peace and with a clean conscience? Why are we spending thousands on Christmas gifts while there are refugees in this country who have hardly any material possessions left? Does this talk about "Peace on earth" really mean anything or is it just empty words?

HOW IS IT POSSIBLE TO FIND PEACE WHEN THE WHOLE WORLD IS IN UPROAR?

That is a very good question and there is no simple answer. How do YOU find peace? How do you find peace when your work situation is a war zone, your relationship is crumbling, you are facing a cancer diagnosis or lose someone dear? How? No matter if you know the answer or not right now, I hope somehow that you are trying to figure it out.

This is how I do it: I try to remind myself daily to be thankful for my little family, our health, our apartment, our jobs, our friends and our church. I also try to listen, even if I am tired and stressed, to the needs of my husband and my son and, of course, I also do my best to take care of myself: read, watch movies, run or swim. Whenever I have the chance, I also spend time with good friends and try to encourage people around me in different ways. My life is not perfect and I am certainly not perfect but if I would choose one life motto, then it would be "OTHERS". Putting others first (as long as, of course, it's reasonable) might change your life.

Above anything else, I find my peace in God. Yeah, I am a believer, I am religious if you will, but to me faith is a relationship. I find peace in believing and knowing that someone greater than myself is watching me, guiding me and helping me to focus on the things that really matter. Being a Christian does not automatically fix all my problems but trusting that God has a plan, and that He will never leave me no matter what, makes all the difference in the world.

So God is the reason why I celebrate Christmas but He is also the inspiration that keeps me going in the most hopeless circumstances and motivates me to stay generous in every season, because to me faith without action is just talk. From the bottom of my heart, I really wish that you, in your own way, would find peace this Christmas and find ways to make a difference in the world around you. When changing someone else's life, you are changed forever! ❤️

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