18.10.19

Genuine Friday: My 3 favourite podcasts I listen to while running

top 3 podcasts for running

Very often we hear that we need to look after ourselves. Self Care!
That I should be careful not to lose myself – in between children, work, school, husband, and life. And that we should create moments that are just for us.

I am very aware that it is difficult to find these moments, and especially to have them on our agendas. Because instead of sitting down with a cup of tea we sort through the mail, check homework or need to find a costume for a school assembly. You know what I am talking about.

My personal self-care program is running. I picked it up a few years ago because I realised that I wanted (needed) to move more and that I wanted needed my body to move more. I looked at a couple of options (swimming for example) and came to the conclusion that running works best for me. Especially in terms of flexibility.

Back then I started with a running app and a beginner’s plan. Slowly! Long story short: Running keeps me balanced.
It is ‘me time’, it feels great afterward, and definitely shows on your body. I even signed up for a 10k to push me a bit further and did it. Plus, I booked another one coming up in November (4 weeks I was reminded yesterday!!!).
And I will tell you – I am not loving it, but it is a great feeling to know that you can run 10k. (for example)

However, the thing I love most whilst running – is listening to podcasts!

When I started I went for music, like most people, but found that a bit boring after a while. The running app I use (adidas) includes a few podcasts and I gave it a try. Unfortunately, they were not really what I was hoping for and way too dull for my taste.
So I started to look around. Research, asking friends, searching on the podcast app, etc… there was a lot of trial and error involved.

What I wanted: Inspiring podcasts with fire (I am running after all, not walking or trying to fall asleep)
I love to listen to other people’s stories, I want start up and entrepreneur knowledge, and I want facts.
For example, I started to listen to a few ‘strong women’, ‘women in leadership’ kind of podcasts and man was I disappointed. There was way too much ‘bla’, a lot of ‘me me me’, and just too much dragging out a story for very little input. No thank you. Not interested, and again: I need ‘action’ when I am running. The story, or talk, needs to keep me going.

By now, I have a few shows in my library and I want to share my 3 favourites. I am sure that you would love to listen to them as well, be it during a run, on your commute, waiting for a plane or…

The 3 favourite podcasts I listen to while running:

1. Marie Forleo was my AHA moment. The moment I found her I was super intrigued by the topics that cover a lot about entrepreneurship and creative passions. It is very American in a way that you will hear lots of ‘awesome’, ‘you are the best’, ‘we love you’ and so on, but it is very engaging and fun. Marie is very outspoken, a true storyteller and the kind of woman that I believe can help the whole ‘the future is female’ movement. Some podcasts are call-in shows where people can share their challenges and Marie will come up with different ways on how to tackle the problem. And especially how to look at it from different angles. Many times I came back from my run and had to scribble something down I did not want to forget. This woman is full of passion, drive, and power.

Marie Forleo

 

2. How I built this is satisfying my curiosity to hear other people’s stories. I love life stories and to understand people a bit better once you know a bit about their past. Guy Raz gets you the intel behind some of the world’s biggest and most interesting brands. Innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists. It is super interesting to hear how they started out, the hurdles, the first success and what kept them going. I especially like it because you can discover people and stories that have not been covered a dozen (or even more) times before. Some of the podcasts are live shows which are quite fun too. The last one was with Christina Tosi from Milk Bar and she was so quirky, eclectic, and fun. So good!

How I built this

 

3. The Tony Robbins Podcasts come with this mission: “Why live an ordinary life when you can live an extraordinary one?”
These podcasts want to help you take your business to the next level. And Tony is sharing a lot of his knowledge, experience, and strategies. Inviting very powerful business people to his podcast to have very deep conversations about tactics, achievements, and why failure is a good thing!

Tony Robbins Podcast

 

Listening to a captivating podcasts really helps me to forget a bit about the kms still ahead of me!

 

By the way, I always listen to the podcasts on a 1 1/2 playback speed. This means that they will play a bit faster and are more in flow with my run.

Other Genuine Friday topics we covered:

Raising a big family

Partnership after having children

Daily family life incl struggles with four children

And I also shared my top 5 Netflix series!

 

 

Photo: Photo by Malte Wingen on Unsplash

top 3 podcasts for running

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17.10.19

A sustainable and sweet baby brand – Beans Barcelona

beans barcelona

Oh baby…

My youngest just turned 4 and therefore I am out of the ‘tiny baby phase’ but I still love to browse and enjoy teeny tiny clothes. And I always loved everything super soft, with a minimalist design, and easy to wear factor for my own babies.

And this beautiful baby brand from Barcelona called Beans Barcelona ticks a lot of those boxes. It is 100% eco friendly and sustainably produced, using soft cotton, light colors, and comfy shapes.
Founded in 2010, with strong Mediterranean roots, the brand’s big focus lies on the fabrics, light colours, cosy outfits, and fresh prints.

And since 2018, Beans Barcelona is a 100% eco-friendly brand. In commitment to the atmosphere and, of course, with the inspiration for all of this: the babies.

Let’s have a look at this new collection:

beans barcelona

beans barcelonabeans barcelona
Everything is so wearable, cute, and easy. Perfect for every day wear, kindergarten or nursery. The sizes start at newborn and go up to 4 years for most of the pieces.

Personally I find that nearly everything is gender neutral. Take away the dresses and you have a wardrobe that looks lovely on boys as well as girls. Which means that it will be easy to pass it on to siblings!

Happy Thursday everyone and for more baby clothing, how about these pyjamas – they make great gifts too!

PS: Josephine got this cuddly jacket and it is great for these lovely Autumn days!

 

 


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15.10.19

Delightful grey blue children’s room

Delightful grey blue children's room

How do you feel about blue rooms? I know that the pink aka girl’s version is often not so popular. Because pink! But what about blue? Personally I love blue. I think there are many beautiful shades and today’s grey blue children’s room is definitely one of them.

And I just noted down to find some great pink rooms in equally beautiful shades of pink to share with you. Coming soon!

Let’s head to Gothenburg and take a peek into this lovely family apartment. Large and spacious rooms in file, fine oak parquet flooring and beautiful high ceiling. A light filled space where even the small children’s room looks bright and airy.

 

Delightful grey blue children's room
Delightful grey blue children's room
Delightful grey blue children's room

A very Scandinavian look.

Grey blue walls, minimalist decoration, and still a very cosy and warm room.

Copy the look:

Grey blue canopy*

rabbit* doll

cloud mobile

wooden chair and table set

ride-on car*

star* cushions

bedding set*

 

scandinavian interior

scnadinavian living room

I have to admit that I sometimes miss our Sweden apartment. The space, the light, and the original features. We were so lucky finding this gem back then and call it our home for five years. It especially helped during the darker months of the year.

This weeks forecast is rather dull here in London and looking at these serene spaces lifts me up a bit.

If you would like to see more, how about this poetic family home or this special kids room?

 

Via Entrance
Photos: Anders Bergstedt
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14.10.19

Minimalist matching pyjamas for the whole family!

family matching pyjama sets

Matching pyjamas are cheesy. Yes!

But cheesy has its moments and cheesy can be fun. And believe it or not, when I got my children a set of matching pyjamas last year they were all over the moon.

And their pyjamas are still going strong. It did take me a good while and some luck to find a design that works for both, girls and boys. Plus a design that I like and that had all necessary sizes available. Long story short – matching pyjamas do not have to be cheesy and if you do not wait until just before Christmas (because it is a Christmas thing) you can get lucky.

The good news is – I just stumbled upon a UK based brand run by a mama that makes some very cool pyjamas for the whole family*. Think minimalist design, very soft organic cotton, and gender neutral prints. Yay!

The collection includes a whole range of family pyjamas for baby, toddler, ladies, mens, maternity and some accessories. Everything is designed in London, using the best quality organic fabrics and inks, and all products are then made in Europe:

matching sibling pyjama

family mathcing pyjama set

halloween pyjama

Halloween is not far away and how about a set of ghost jammies* for the family?

 

star romper baby pyjama

rainbow matching pyjamas

mum baby matching pyjamas

Allover I think these make fabulous gifts as well. Welcoming a new sibling, great gift for a new mum, or something for your best friend. So you can dream in the same outfits.

Why not getting to know your new bundle of joy in some cute mum pyjamas and matching baby romper?

And note: Becky can add additional baby, kids, or adult pyjamas to any set. So whatever the size of your family, you are catered for.

PS: Rudolph*!!!

 

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10.10.19

Ten things for a great Halloween!

The Halloween edit

My children are so excited about Halloween this year that I may actually be a fan by October 31st too.

When we moved to London last we were still in our temporary apartment and did not have our boxes delivered yet. But we could sense that our (very family friendly) area is very into Halloween.

Therefore we promised that we will do the whole shebang this year. Decorating (no crazy stuff but still…), costumes, trick or treating, and maybe a party too. And talking to some parents who already live here for a while, Halloween is indeed a pretty big deal in our neighbourhood.
Yay!

That is why I put together a few cool things that will make any Halloween Party a whole lot better. Including Halloween costumes that you can actually wear afterwards too:

 

1. Organic cat t-shirt*, not only for Halloween!

2. Cute little wooden ghosts*. Hand made to decorate around the house…

3. Halloween Surprise Treat Balls* – an alternative spooky treat!

4. Coolest Halloween costume* with a real magic wand.

5. Cute ghost story book*!

6. Ghost t-shirt*. Another cute piece that will be used for a long time after the ghost festival.

7. Pumpkin-tastic dreams with this fun pajamas set*!

8. Halloween nesting dolls*!

9. And when the kids are done trick or treating and are happily dreaming in their beds, it is movie time. How about Corpse Bride*?

10. There is always time to send a card* to someone you love! Why not Halloween, so much more fun than Valentines…

 

How do you feel about Halloween and will there be a party where you live?

 

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