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Upgrading The Bed Look: Bed Anatomy

Few days I ago I went shopping for new bedroom items to upgrade the look of our bed. I loved the new premium quality collection of H&m Home. They have all the styles to choose from spending on the clinets taste... when it comes to bedrooms, I prefer the cottage / old classic style because it gives a sense of comfort ( see set below). 

My guy builded a wooden DIY bedhead. He got all the materials from BAUHAUS store and it took him only few hours. The style of the bedhead makes it hard to change bedroom decor to luxury style or other.. So I gotta stick to the natural look anyway as long as I am keeping the wooden bedhead..

Below you can find the bed anatomy to help you upgrade the look of your bedroom, make sure the style fits with the rest of the bedroom furnitures, wall paper etc...

Upgrading bedroom

Bed Anatomy

EUROPEAN PILLOW: The “euro” pillow is a 25x25” square that is both decorative and versatile. Esthetically, euro pillows give the bed height and grounding, but are also wonderful for reading in bed, hiding rumpled pillow cases and even “posing” as a headboard if you haven’t got one. Use two on a queen bed and three on a king. They are not for sleeping on.

DECORATIVE SHAMS: We typically add two standard or queen decorative pillows in front of the Euro pillows to fill out the bed, giving layers and depth to the overall look. They can be stacked for a more contemporary look, or propped upright in a more traditional style. They are not for sleeping on.
Toss cushions: These are the best way to add bold colours and trendy patterns to your bed, or to match the wall and headboard while still keeping the foundation of the bed fairly neutral and timeless. How many is a personal choice.

SHEETS: Make sure you know your mattress depth when purchasing your fitted sheets, as there are no more standardized measurements. Measure from the top of the mattress to the top of the box-spring. The flat sheet is optional, but it’s always nice to fold over if there is a special embroidered detail. After a few days of sleeping, the flat sheet and pillow cases will be deliciously rumpled, so the cases can be tucked behind decorative pillows and the flat sheet can be pulled right up.

DUVET COVER: The duvet cover can be easily unzipped and tossed into the wash without ever having to worry about laundering your duvet. You can pull the duvet up for a more traditional look, or roll it at the bottom as they do in modern hotels. The duvet has a cozy, luxurious look and feel, in contrast to a stiff bedspread. We recommend matching your duvet cover to one pair of decorative pillow shams.

COVERLET: Also know as a blanket cover, blanket, or matelasse, it typically comes in cotton and is as versatile as a duvet. Folded at the foot of the bed to add texture to the decor, or pulled up over the bed and used as a lightweight blanket in the summer. The more layers of texture on the bed, the more finished and inviting it will look. Each piece you invest in should have multi-purposes.

BEDSKIRT: If your mattress sits on a metal frame, a bed-skirt is essential. Bed-skirts can be tailored with or without pleats, or gathered for a more feminine look. Always get an exact measurement for the height of your skirt so it’s not too short or dragging on the floor. You'll want to measure from the top of the box-spring to the floor. Using a box spring cover - similar to a fitted sheet - for a cleaner look is also an option.

FEATHERBED: This European luxury item is optional, but is truly like sleeping on a cloud. It will enhance the sleeping experience on any mattress, inluding a pillow top or on an inferior quality mattress, such as a Hyde-a-bed. Filled with feather, it sits on the mattress and beneath the mattress pad. It not only gives ultimate comfort, but also a more puffy, sumptuous look.

MATTRESS PAD & PILLOW PROTECTORS: A good mattress pad is non-negotiable! You never wash your mattress, so it’s important to keep it clean. The same is true of pillow protectors, an absolute necessity in keeping your pillows clean and in protecting against dust-mites.

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14 Tips About (Airplane) Traveling With a Baby

First time we flew with Julia she was only 3 months because we had to go visit her Dady in Finland where his aviation job is based, due to bad flying schedule that prevented him from coming home on his few days off. I was kind of nervous about how things would go, specially that we had to take a long train trip first to the capital before we make it to the airport. I looked for tips over the internet as I usually do and I found this great tips that really helped me. Here

Julia slept the whole way to Finland and back. She cried a little on the boarding time as she got bored but as soon as the plane started to make the take off noise she became so calm and just slept in few seconds. The same thing happened when we traveled a week ago to Prague.. the flying time was two hours with a stop on Copenhagen on the way there, and back home we flew direct with total of two hours flight and 4 hours ride home by car. 

It amazed me how calm and patient she was ( as you see in the photo ). She must of got it from her parents who love traveling :-).. so here are the tips :

1. Dog bags: They are the perfect size for dirty clothes and diapers and whatever else the babe gets dirty! You could use zip lock bags or plastic grocery bags too, just make sure you have some kind of container with you to hold dirty stuff! You can get 270 dog bags on Amazon for 12 bucks (that’s 2 cents a bag)!

2. Nurse on take off and landing unless the babe is asleep, I don’t wake up sleeping babies for anything less than a fire, ha! Pacifier or bottle works too. I’ve heard that the sucking helps their ears with the altitude. True? Who knows? But, nursing always seems to make Max happy!

3. Bring at least 2 extra outfits for the baby: On our first plane trip, Max had an incident before we even boarded the first flight! I was so thankful I threw in 2 extra outfits! Plus the outfits are so tiny it doesn’t take up much space.

4. If you bring breast milk through security, only put 3 oz per bottle: If your bottles are over 3 oz, they have to test each bottle which wastes time at security.

5. Bring one diaper per 2 hours of travel time: Oh heck just bring like 20! I had a diaper shortage on our way home. It’s stressful, y’all. Don’t do it. And dont forget the wipes!

6. Check stroller and car seat at the gate: If at all possible, and especially if you are traveling alone with a baby, don’t bring the stroller and car seat. You can rent a car seat in a rental car! Or ask to borrow one form a friend in the city you are traveling to. But, if you must, you can check these items at the gate.

7. Wear the baby: I’ve done it both ways, and it was so much easier to wear the baby in the airport, especially if you are traveling alone. You don’t have to fold up anything or ask someone to hold baby at security. When wearing the baby back pack through security, they just test your hands for explosives. But, you do not have to take baby or backpack off. Going to the bathroom with a stroller alone is super tricky too. I use this baby backpack. Baby backpack allows you to have your hands free to hold your phone of coffee or whatever. Max loves his backpack, but only looking out, not facing inwards!

8. At check in, ask if there is a seat available with no one sitting next to you: It is greatness if you can get this! And they will happily give it to you if it is available. Whatever you do, avoid the middle seat! It’s super not fun with a baby in your lap.

9. A portable changing pad is a must (we use this one): You can use it in the airport to take baby out of the back pack and lay him on the floor. It’s also perfect for public bathrooms. Here we are stretching out on the airport floor.

10. Freezer packs for breast milk: If at all possible, make sure that your freezer pack is frozen, if it is not frozen it makes it more difficult to get through security. They claim it’s liquid and then have to do test on it. If it is not frozen, consider checking the freezer pack and milk!

11. Wear a nursing tank, skinny pants, a scarf, and slip on shoes: Nursing tanks just make breast feeding that much easier. I did one plane trip with a nursing bra and a button down shirt and it was way more work. Cuter outfit, but way more work! And the skinny jeans or leggings (with stretch) are to ensure a cleaner bathroom trip for you, ha! That way your pant legs don’t drag on the bathroom floor. You’re welcome! The scarf is to cover the boob when breast feeding or use to wrap baby if he is cold. I did a post pre baby about what to wear on an airplane, and this outfit still works great if you switch out the cozy t-shirt for a nursing tank!

12. Fly early or late: The goal is to try and fly when your baby is sleepy. We did an 8pm flight once, and Max slept the whole 4 hours!

13. Bring a pacifier: Even if your baby is not a pacifier baby, they might be on the plane! Maxwell doesn’t take a pacifier often, but he (sometimes) loves it on the airplane and in the car!

14. Call the airline ahead of time: I recently flew with Maxwell on Air Tran (a Southwest partner) and was told I needed a copy of his birth certificate or vaccine record! I had Andy text me a picture of his passport and that worked. But, just call to be safe.

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Personal Style: In My White Summer Coat

Hello guys! I hope you are having great whether this summer and not needing to be in summer coats. Our summertime is a bit tricky over here.. so one needs to carry a summer jacket or coat just incase. Last summer was quite bad, I didn't get to enjoy it as much as this summer.. both for weather and work reasons. 

This is my favorite white summer / spring / fall coat, it fits with all my basics minimal outfits just right. I also ware it with formal dresses when out during the night. Its design is simple classic and chic.

These photos were taken last summer when I was very tanned as you can see.. when I get the summer color I prefer to ware white and light colored outfits otherwise I dont feel comfortable in dark colors. As you all know white is my favorite color of all times anyways hehe

White Coats

Photography by Lina Ström edited by me May 2015. 
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Sand and Forest

Just as we got back from Prague we packed our picnic bag, grill and all outdoors set to go out and enjoy the rest of the Swedish summer. This summer as been the best by far, maybe because I am on maternity leave and got plenty of time during the days with my hubby who also requested to work less percentage of time this summer. 

My favorite beach is this one, where there is a combination between forest, sand and a little marina on the corner for those who love to sail away from the city. Its calm in here, not so many people and we always find our every year area waiting for us. 

My beach habits are a little different now with the little one. I don't get to read a book and sun tan for hours ... I am trying to get used to the new mommy summer life and enjoy it as it is without comparing with the old days. the priorities has been shifted now and our center of focus is our little princes and what works best for her, not what we really want to do and what makes us happy. We are trying to adapt to the parents lifestyle.

We love the outdoors so much and we are planning to travel around often as soon as the weather allows us.   

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Family Trip To Prague

Just came back from Vacation in Prague. We spent an a family trip discovering a new corner in of the world. This city captured my heart more than I thought it would. The old city is such a romantic place full with interesting things street by street. Charming and rich with art!

The center has those amazing old Europe buildings style, with flowers in each corner. We stayed in a lovely apartment hotel called  Zatecka N°14 right in the heart of prague.We went on site seeing and by the end of the tours we had amazing thai massage in a spa downtown. The food, shopping and culture worth it the whole trip. 

This is just a quick update and will be adding more recommendation later on this week! 

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Skatan: Little Fisherman Village

If you ever visit the North of Sweden, make sure you pay a visit to this little fisherman town and especially this lovely restaurant. 

Skatan & Lörudden fisherman´s Village
Skatan: Neighbouring fishing villages south of Sundsvall with guest harbour and fish smokery, which sells fish, delicacies and condiments. Location: Drive the E4 south from Sundsvall, turn left in Njurundabommen or in Myre Centrum. Follow the signs towards Skatan and Lörudden. 

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