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For The Weekend // 12

weekend links

Our friend has the best kitchen in the world and a house to match. Today we went over to her house to snap some pictures for her AirBnB profile. I’ll share the link with you as soon as it’s up. When you’re ever in Haarlem or Amsterdam, rent this house. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Every time I miss a blogging deadline, which is often, I think about quitting this blog. I want to quit because I let myself and you down. But at the end of the day, I love blogging (and you) too much to quit. I believe in the power of blogging, sharing all that I love and building a tiny internet community filled with awesome people. And you know what, it’s all about showing up. So here I am. Posting a weekend link pack once again on a Monday night. Enjoy!

SO good  // The Crossroads of Should and Must

I haven’t started it yet but reading this made me even more excited for this season // 13 Things I learned from binge watching Orange is the New Black Season 2 

Try to keep your mind open to possibilities and your mouth closed on matters that you don’t know about. Limit your ‘always’ and your ‘nevers’ // Life advice from famous, painfully awesome women

Some Anthony Bourdain travel tips, because the man travels a lot // How to Travel

We were in Switzerland a couple of years ago but we didn’t capture it as perfectly as this girl has  // Postcards from Switzerland

Solid advice and a really cool video // How to travel the world and get companies to pay for it

Angie makes really cool stuff

Some things I’m loving offline:

  • the sunny weather
  • exciting new projects
  • my new dress that I got from a friend for doing her hair
  • fresh coconuts
  • our first batch of home-grown rocket. Best rocket I’ve ever tasted, naturally.

For the Weekend // 11

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Us, about a year ago at Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia.

We didn’t buy many souvenirs when we were traveling. As you can imagine, the little things we did buy have a lot of meaning and value to us. So when I dropped our Chinese tea cups yesterday and they broke into a million pieces, I was devastated. With the cups I saw our memories shatter across the floor. “How are we going to remember China without our teacups” I asked Nick in between tears. “I was going to drink tea from them forever”. Nick, who is glueing them together right now, said to me “Babe, we’ll always remember China, no matter what.” This story has nothing to do with this picture.

These links are for the weekend and the weekend is long over. But here they are anyway. Enjoy!

A really good blog post about how travel changes you, but not always like you expect it to happen // The End of the Road

I want to send this to someone or maybe I shouldn’t // How To Write to Someone You Admire

This has to be the funniest child in the world // Why Ava is the Queen of Vine

The first step to getting what you want is admitting what you fucking want // Stop Playing Small

This is exactly how I feel. I’m ready to build empires with him // What I Know About Love

We made this the other day and it was really good! I LOVE salmon. // Chile Lime Salmon Fajita Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Angie makes really cool stuff

Four Recipes We Tried And LOVED

four recipes we tried and loved
  • Cumin-spiked carrot and chickpea salad – This is a personal favorite. Nick kind of likes it but not as much as I do. Instead of just cooking the chickpeas I roast them in the oven with some salt, cumin powder and olive oil.
  • Hoisin caramelized salmon and sesame soba noodle bowl – This salmon is so good! I was never a broccoli or brussels sprouts fan but ever since this recipe I am converted.  I also add some raw shredded carrot, because I love carrot.  Side note: I discovered our dog Zena is very passionate about raw broccoli and will do anything to get some. It’s like doggy crack.
  • Roasted garlic + caramelized veggie tostadas – THIS IS AMAZING. I shared this recipe before and I’m sharing it again.
  • Mini polenta pizza’s – Polenta, I’m not sure if I like you but made into a tiny pizza you are quite delicious. Instead of rainbow chard I used spinach.

We try to make a new recipe every day. With the help of Pinterest and a lot of awesome food bloggers, we collect recipes and try them. Most recipes get used only once, but these are some of the recipes that we have made again (and again). Try them and let me know what you think. I hope you love them as much as I did!

For The Weekend // 10

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These two. They melt my heart. Ever since we got back from our trip, Nick and our dog have been inseparable. They take long walks in the forest together and for the first time in six years, we have a dog that actually listens.

I hope you have an amazing weekend, filled with forest walks, sunshine and tranquility.

I love finding Ted Talks like this that really teach me something new and make me think things through. (I know that is the whole point of Ted Talks but today I watched one about sex in the animal world and all I learned was that ducks have a corkscrew penis) // We Need to Change the Way We Think About Changing the World

I lived in a shipping container turned student home for a few months. But that looked nothing like this // Shipping Containers 

We made this dahl the other day with home-made Indian flatbread and home-made samosa’s. One of the best meals I’ve ever had. // The Best South Indian Dahl

Yes yes yes. I tend to do the opposite. // Underpromise Overdeliver

I’m a very picky croissant eater. I haven’t tried these yet but I’m hope they are yummy, making them soon. // How to Make Croissants

I had already picked out all the links for this For The Weekend, but then I saw this and I knew I had to add this. Incredibly inspiring. If there is only one link you should click, this is it. // The Story of Maggie Doyne

Things I’m loving offline right now:

  • grapefruits
  • our first plant
  • celebrating our 6,5 year anniversary
  • sunny dog walks
  • avocado and eggs for breakfast

Bonus link: we just had this for dinner. I can’t believe how good this recipe is. Try it. Seriously. You will thank me. // Roasted Garlic + Caramelized Veggie Tostada

For The Weekend // 09

for the weekend

I hope your weekend is filled with whatever it is you need.

I started dry brushing  a week ago, so far it’s been pleasant. // Why you should start dry brushing

I’ve been to seven places on this list, only 45 more to go! // 52 places to visit in 2014

So normal yet so weird // Just the two of us

I love documentaries and wish I could make more time to watch some of these // 12 Documentaries

For all the Dutch people: Great affordable and organic shirts and sweaters // Geiten Wollen Shirts

Something I’ve been doing for a while, just not that radical – Radical Honesty

And some things I’m loving offline right now:
// blood oranges in ridiculous amounts
// riding my bike around town
// my amazing new boots (more on these soon!)
// Nick making great playlists of our iTunes library. He is like a cool underground indie dj nobody has ever heard of.
// working by candlelight

For The Weekend // 08

Sparrow in Space

My dearest Sparrow in Space readers, it’s weekend! Hooray!

We found this building while we were walking around at last month’s Dutch Design Week. I don’t know what it looks like from the inside, but from the outside it looks like one of my dream houses (yes I have several dream houses. I like to dream big). I love the windows, the brickwork and the location which you can’t see on the photo but trust me on that. I bet it has a big garden for my pet goat to roam freely.

In my dream garden I have a goat, some chickens, a small pig, an alpaca and a donkey. And three children, running around. Perhaps one is riding around on the donkey. Not sure  if my future donkey likes that kind of shenanigans.

I believe dreams are plans waiting to happen. These dreams of my garden probably need some tweaking, but it is going to happen. I’m strong of will and if I want something, I will make it happen. As should you. If you want to quit your job and work as a freelancer, work towards that. If you want to have children, well start… you know what. If you want to have the best wardrobe in the world, stop buying cheap clothes and start buying quality stuff. If you want something, anything, go out and get it. Don’t wait for the world to hand it to you. This weekend I’m going out and I’m getting what I want. For this weekend, it’s coconut milk yogurt, because I also like to dream small.

Here is the coconut milk yogurt // Coconut milk yogurt

This is the best series of photos. Ever. // Grandma and odd eyed cat

So powerful // Six words you should say today 

It’s good to be unpopular. Erika tells you why // Rethinking unpopular

Those days where you fall into an internet hole and you need something to get you out // Every damn day list

Do I need to say more? // How to get flat abs, have amazing sex and rule the world

A woman who lives in a miniature botanical garden of her own creation, with fruit trees, Peruvian cactuses and a pond with a turtle named Ting // The plant whisperer

For the Weekend // 07

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Hello friends! It’s Friday!

On the photo above you see our friend Joki showing our dog Zena a jelly fish. A jelly fish that she (Zena) later tried to eat. Right before she devoured a crab. Zena has to be the most insane dog on the planet. I got her six years ago. She was a stray from Spain and I picked her based on 1 picture on the website of the organisation. My reason? She was the ugliest dog they had.

From the moment she arrived in Holland she proved not to just be the ugliest but also the best dog in the world. She is a perfect hybrid of wolf and cat. She hunts like wolf, needs a pack and loves to sleep outside in a self-made nest but also likes to cuddle like a maniac. Her stray dog days did leave their marks, she doesn’t like children and golden retrievers or any dogs for that matter and if she finds a dog she likes, she has a very distorted vision of what playing entails. (She dry humps them, front or back doesn’t matter).

This is to Zena, the best, ugliest, most insane dog in the world. You are the best puppy any one could ever want.

Here are some of my favorite links these weeks.

I love this video // Happiness

I saw this on Pinterest and fell in love. I have to eat this // Salted caramel apple dumplings

I always let Nick see these links before I post them. He said ‘Okay this sounds dumb but I want to be that family’ // Peter pan and the lost boys costume

Everything these people make looks amazing // How to make a hammock

I just had dinner and I’m really full but if Nick would make me this, I would eat till I puke // Pumpkin beer cheese soup

Maja made some really great photos for this place in Amsterdam I want to check out // SLA

Exactly why I love the internet, it made it possible for us to sit at a Vietnam beach with a cocktail in hand while working on a project // I fucking love the internet

Someone who skims the newspapers and sends you a recap? Yes please // The Skimm

For the Weekend // 06

For The Weekend

It’s the end of the week once more. Not that it really matters. We have been working 7 days a week for the last couple of weeks. So much we want to do, so little time! How are you spending your weekend? I hope you’re going out to enjoy the lovely fall weather. I’m going to force us to go out for a few hours to catch some sun, we need it!

Have an amazing weekend. Do whatever you want to do and please, enjoy every moment.

The other day we made Paneer cheese (recipe coming soon), next is this Halloumi cheese // Halloumi

We’re looking for inspiration for our next house. Love this shop // Merchant 4

The three f’s. Fame, Fun and Fortune // The Three F’s and You

I can’t wait to get this garden started! // Modern Farmer

Traveling around the world to photograph skateboarders, sounds like a dream job // Skateboard Photographer

Making the most of your multiple personalities // Braid Creative

I can’t get this recipe out of my mind // Raisin Focaccia

For The Weekend // 05

For The Weekend

And here it is. Another weekend. The weeks fly by, it’s incredible. It feels like time is slipping through my fingers and I’m barely holding on. I get up every morning at 7, go to bed at 11, leaving 16 hours to do what I have to do. Yet everyday feels like there is just not enough time. Do you know what I mean? Sometimes hours fly by without even noticing.

I’m trying to figure out what I can do to make my day more tangible. Get some grip on what I do and how long I do it. Any tips? I’ll trade you, here are some awesome links for you to lose some time with!

The last natural ice merchant of Chimborazo. I wish I could go there and learn his trade. There is nothing sadder than traditional trades disappearing. // The Last Ice Merchant

Pictures of forests. Not much else. It’s damn pretty. // Forest

The title is “I had no idea’ and that’s exactly what I said when I first watched it. // I Had No Idea

Their interviews with creatives are great. Plus as a bonus you get a sneak peek into their homes. I like, no LOVE, seeing how other people live. // Freunde von Freunden

A fashion designer’s travel website. So pretty! //The Voyageur

Even though I’m not a parent, I still apply the ‘Empty Boat-theory’ almost every day. // Are We There Yet?

About how to make changes in your life. You can do anything you want! // Identity Based Habits

For the Weekend // 04

for the weekend

Oh man, do you love fish as much as I do? Because I frickin’ love fish! The island we are living on (Texel) is in between the North sea and the Wadden sea and is home to many fishermen. Here at the Old Fish Market (Oude Vismarkt), they have the freshest fish. We went down there this week to eat some fresh fish. So delicious. I ate so much fish I had trouble biking home afterwards.

This weekend will be work work work for us. Not that we mind. We have some cool projects running and are looking forward to do some serious design work.

What do you have planned this weekend? I hope you’re out enjoying the last days of summer! And if not, here is something for you to read!

Monica interviewed us about our travels and we really like how the interview turned out // The Travel Hack 

This travel website is all about giving you that PINCH of inspiration that you need// PINCH magazine

A shop with a slogan I love. It’s not about buying more but about buying better // The Minimalist

This couple built an amazing glass house. Super inspiring // Glass house

Things that turn your world upside down // Nine Epiphanies

I like this great little travel blog with amazing illustrations // Drawn the Road Again

A good question to ask yourself: What do you want to be doing all day? // Braid Creative

I love this because I love doing what I damn well please // Rebels with a Cause

This blog is dedicated to skipping town and has some great pictures // Skip Town