Friday, 20 December 2013


May I introduce you to some utterly adorable and healthy holiday snack ideas which I have found on Pinterest …..

The Grinch Kabobs

The Reindeer Sandwiches

 Santa Strawberries

Chocolate Marshmallow Reindeer

Njoy your holiday!

Monday, 9 December 2013


Toon Tellegen (born 1941) has won many prizes for his children books. Besides poems, prose for adults and theater plays, he writes philosophical and absurdist animal stories about Squirrel, Ant, Mole, Hedgehog and other animals, who are carefully trying to find their way in an incomprehensible world. Here is an example of a story called The Elephant and the snail:


Things are seldom ordinary in Tellegen’s world. Like in Wat dansen we heerlijk (What a Delightful Dance): 

The bear dances with the honey cake, whispering sweet nothings as he gobbles down every last crumb of his dance partner, while the hedgehog only wants to dance with the squirrel if they can both do it in their own homes. “The way I dance is not a pretty sight,” he confesses to the squirrel.
It is no surprise that he has won both the Theo Thijssen Prize (an oeuvre award for writers of books for children and young adults) and the Constantijn Huygens Prize for his entire oeuvre.

It is sooo much fun to read, and the stories of Toon bring valuable lessons for kids as well, just between the lines.  

Monday, 2 December 2013


Once in a while we have a little chat with someone with a special job, an inspiring life, a remarkable character or an out of the box vision. 

This time we spoke with Annika Jansen, mother of 3.

What about her?

Name: Annika Jansen
Age: 35
Kids: Pelle (7), Mare (6) en Borr (2).
Business: Founder and Owner of Orange Mayonnaise and Freelance Fashion Designer

What’s keeping your head up during Momma-Hood?
3 happy kids and their unconditional love for us, life and each other.

What’s made you (almost) crazy?
My own impatience...

What / who brings the fun?
All 3 in their own way ;
Pelle is a very sportive and energetic little fellow, who loves to explore and try out everything. Like new food for example; love doing that together with him.
Mare is creative and a natural entertainer, just starts singing her own made up songs or doing a silly dance; smiles guaranteed.
Borr is a mummy's boy, love's to cuddle and just be with me. Hope he will do that for the rest of his life; it is so addictive.

What’s the story your baby should not hear when he/she is a teenager?

The story about my teenage years in general and leaving 'home' at the age of 16.

What advice do you wish you had ignored?
Dyeing my hair orange / red once..... I looked like a clown !

What advice do you wish to pass on? 
Enjoy life and don't forget to dream.
And when the time is right and you work hard, you will be able to make your dreams into reality.

Any advise for mums starting up their own businesses?
Believe in your self and in your own ideas, without getting distracted or stressed by your people around you and in your own business.