31 May 2012

Tooth Fairy coming early

Tomorrow is the 1st of June, which is Children's Day in Germany and normally that is suppose to be a special and happy day for every child. Well, I have to take you, little Minna, to the dentist to get your front tooth taken out, because you broke off a big chunk of it about a year ago while playing and running with another child. After a while the tooth died and your gum got infected, which is not good for your little body. I wish we wouldn't have to do this all together, but we just don't want to take a risk in harming you in the long run.

I told you in the car the other day while you were playing with your fairy wand that we would have to visit the dentist soon and that they will magically take you tooth out using a special dentist wand. You didn't think that you needed to go to the dentist to do that and you wondered why you simply couldn't take out your tooth with your own wand - yourself. I tried to explain to you that only dentists have a super special wand to do that trick! Luckily you went along with that and kept doing your magic wand noises in the back of the car.

We are going to the KIDSDOCS dentistry especially designed for children (http://www.kidsdocs.info/) in Berlin - Steglitz. The whole place is set up like an aeroplane and they thought of everything to make it look fun and engaging for children. They work with really friendly staff members, who will use very child friendly language when it comes to fixing a tooth. They told you that they will "wobble" your tooth out and that you will be drinking magic juice to make you feel really strong before the whole procedure. I am thinking I will need a big glass of that too ...

I know your smile will look just as cute as it always did and I know you will probably be just fine with your little gap, but it's so hard for me to imagine what will happen tomorrow. I so wish I had a wand now to make your infection go away ...

I love you my little princess!

XOX Mama

28 May 2012

Dear Minna and Finn (2)

Yesterday your Dad and I enjoyed 4 hours without you. We love those moments when it is just the two of us. As much as we love having quality family time together with the two of you - we also know that we need to make sure every now and then it is just Mama and Daddy time.

We dropped you off at Grandma's and Grandpa's house, where you had a blast in the garden playing with the watering hose and kicking the ball. While we went to the horse races at the Galopprennbahn in Hoppegarten. Your Dad won a couple of times while ... I didn't do so well in picking the winning horse.

The funny thing is that whenever we are without you - most certainly we will be talking about you, looking at recent photographs or videos from when you were first born. We laugh about things that you did and we go on about how much you have grown up, how your hair color changed once again and how much faster you are at running or more confident at climbing.

When ever you get to have little ones please make sure you allow yourself to enjoy those special moments with that special someone who is so very important as well. Sometimes it is easy to forget what life was like without having children, but once you make the effort to go on a date again you will remember very quickly why you fell in love in the first place.

Letting go every now and then is OK and OMG do we love those moments when we get to pick you up again and your little faces are full of laughter and happiness!

Even when we are not with you - we really are right inside your little hearts!!

Love Mama XOX

26 May 2012

Dear Minna and Finn

This blog is a gift to you from my heart to yours and I hope to capture many more precious memories. You two make my whole world sparkle and I am so thankful for being part of your wonderful journey through life. You teach me new things every day and the moment I got to hold you for the very first time my heart started to grow bigger and deeper! 

I am always worried that one day I will forget little sweet moments we had together, a fun family outing that brought us closer or a meal we shared together when we laughed and giggled about something silly that happened. I love all those wonderful moments when I get to be a child with you all over again!

With this blog I would love to capture what my life is all about and I am hoping one day you will look through these posts and remember how much your Daddy and I loved you two back then and now!!

With love Mama

24 May 2012


Riding my bike home today I almost had to stop and catch my breath. My heart was racing and felt so overwhelmed and happy. It all made sense to me all of the sudden and I am so excited to get started!
I have been asking myself over and over again WHY do I want to blog and WHAT do I really want to blog about!?!

 I have been told several times that it should be something you are passionate about - I got that - but that was somewhat hard since I am passionate about so many things: photography, sewing, vintage clothes, art, traveling and my family of course.

Well, I was never quite sure what to say when people asked me: "So what do you blog about!?" I kept saying: "A bit of everything, but mainly about things that touch my heart in one way or another."

That part won't change, but the way I am going to address it will. Here is a little sneak preview, of what it might look like. I love these two adds and they touch my heart straight away.


I LOVE the thought of being able to create something similar ...

Change is a wonderful thing when it takes you closer to your dreams.

With happiness from Janie Xxx

23 May 2012

The 5 Love Languages of Children

I just opened a package that had arrived and it's yet another book to my little library that I have created over the last few months. I have heard of this book through another blogger who had mentioned it several times in her posts - except the book she was referring to was about the love language of adults (http://www.thewiegands.com/2012/05/guess.html). I went online and I found this one instead (http://www.amazon.com/The-5-Love-Languages-Children/dp/0802403476/ref=pd_sim_b_1 ), but I am guessing it is somewhat similar. It talks about the different love languages each child has and how it's so important to know the primary love language of your child.

I used to always be too tired to read at the end of the day when the kids were still really little, but now I love my bed time routine and I can't wait to read a chapter here and another few pages there. I wonder what Minna's and Finn's love languages are ... I shall keep you posted : )

Do you know the love language of yourself or your kids???

With love from Janie

22 May 2012


High-tech women all around

I think I read my very first blog a little over a year ago ( which was http://www.thewiegands.com/ and it got me hooked straight away), I published my first blog post in May last year (http://zumverlieben.blogspot.de/2011/05/das-sind-die-winkeltaschen-von-meinen-2.html and I went to the first European Blog Conference THE HIVE ( https://www.facebook.com/TheHiveBlogConference)  last weekend. I think that's a pretty good progress even though I would still call myself a blog virgin!

THE HIVE was such a wonderful way to learn more about the blogging world and to realize how many people you can reach and inspire and change their lives - sometimes a little and sometimes a lot!

Having delicious treats in between presentations

It was incredible being able to listen to all these amazing women and moms ( I think there were about 10 men in total : )  I loved hearing what they are passionate about, what they blog about and why. I met people who had 5 followers and 27 000 followers and they were equally interesting to talk to. Some people are just getting started like Ina from http://www.pattydoo.com/ (a wonderful sewing tutorial blog) and others have been doing it for years and do a beautiful job like Jeanette from http://frydogdesign.blogspot.de/ and Gabrielle from http://www.designmom.com/.

Design Mom - Being a mom of 6 children - a power nap must be her secret

It does seem like Germany and Europe in general are still a little behind when it comes to blogs and especially in appreciating them. I don't think that most people even realize what they are missing out on and how much businesses could profit from blogs in so many ways.

I do think that despite the wonderful ONLINE world it is so so so important to touch base with real people and real friends, which you might have met online first or keep in touch with through your blog/ facebook/ twitter/ pinterest ... . I love the fact that I got to meet people like the publisher of a sweet Magazine that I have been reading called Kleinformat  http://www.kleinformat-mag.net/ and Marie who runs an online shop at DaWanda, where I have bought beautiful material from in the past http://blog.naehmarie.de/tag/dawanda-2/. in real life at THE HIVE.

Having met other bloggers makes me feel much more connected sitting in front of my computer all 'alone' reading beautiful posts and looking at inspiring images! Thank you so much for all your effort Radostina, Peggy and Yvonne!!

Anna Sterntaler working at DaWanda

Well, I am truly looking forward to the next blog conference and I really wish I wouldn't have to wait another 365 days!!

With happiness from Janie

18 May 2012

The Hive

I have not been writing for a little while now since life was just so full on in many exciting ways! I do want to start writing more again, but I still find it hard to find 'my way' of blogging. I sometimes feel like sharing everything with everyone simply because that is what I like doing, but other times I feel like I just want to be there for my family only or have a feeling just inside me without anyone knowing. This little voice inside me says things like:  "Who cares what I have to say!?" and other days it says "If only one person gets a positive vibe from a post that I wrote - it was all worth it!" I still go from one extreme to the other, but I guess I am simply trying it out and learning along the way. I do know for a fact that happiness will only multiply when you share it, which is why I want to continue this blog.

Mother's Day Breakfast with my 2 angels in disguise

There are so many amazing things happening all around us at the moment and I would love for you to be part of it. 

First of all I am very excited about tomorrow as I am going to THE HIVE (European Blog Conference) hoping to meet other bloggers or blog readers, who like to share what they are passionate about - just like me!!

Happy Weekend XO Janie