Τρίτη, 31 Δεκεμβρίου 2013

Tutorial: Salt Dough Ornaments

Hello everyone! I hope you're spending lots of time with loved ones or doing anything else you like. I had a little extra free time these days and wrote a couple of posts but thanks to the idiot blogger app they have been deleted twice!!! I never thought I would be so mad with an app. And to be honest a few months ago I didn't even know what an app is. All I cared about was my little man of course. But now, I'm a working mom who needed a tablet for the job.

Talking about tablet...I have Instagram now!!! You can follow me by clicking the link on the sidebar below.

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About the salt dough, now! I remember my mother making salt dough for us while we were kids. She was always so creative when she had the time to play with us. So beautiful memories.

I decided to make the ornaments for our tree with Nereus for many reasons. Firstly, because I had no intention to pay for objects that exist only for decorational purposes. Secondly, I wanted to create beautiful memories with him and thirdly, because it's an amazing montessori activity!

On to the tutorial now!
It's so cheap and easy to make this dough with (or without if you don't have any) your kids. You probably already have all the ingredients.

Ingredients:
 -2 cups flour
-1 cup salt
-1 cup water


making holes to the dough (totally optional but so much fun for this toddler)
Directions:
1. Mix the dry ingredients.
2. Add the water gradually (you may not need it all).
3. Knead for a few minutes and form a ball.
4. Flour your surface lightly (you need to do this so the dough won't stick there). Roll out the dough and make shapes with cookie cutters or freehand.
5. Make a hole on the top of the shapes (I used a drinking straw).
6. Bake at 100 C/ 212 F for about two hours*(check tips).
7. Let them cool down. Thread ribbon or string and hang on the tree.


Tips:

  • The baking time depends on how thick your ornaments are and by your oven of course. I suggest to check them often after the first hour of baking and when they are hard enough they're ready.
  • Baking at higher temperatures may speed up the process but the ornaments may puff up and/or become brown. I don't suggest that.
  • You can paint and decorate them with glitter after they have competely cooled down.
  • Yes, there's gonna be a mess! Relax and have fun with your kid!

Guess who made this...

Σάββατο, 14 Δεκεμβρίου 2013

Favourite Things And Links


Hello everyone! This is my new feature here on the blog. Every now and then I'll be sharing with you all the amazing stuff I find on the internet. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I do!

I'm busy, as always since I started working. I work a lot from home too, which is a tricky thing. I'm living happily and making time to spend with this little monkey.

Oops! I almost forgot. I wrote a post for Julie's blog a few days ago. Check it out if you want!






How owning 160 plates has saved money to this family. I know, it sounds weird but think about the environmental impact.

Are you mad with all the cables around the house? Try this! 

These books are going to be my next purchases.  One. Two. Three.

I want to eat these now!

13 Ways to Become More Productive.

Do you find yourself critisizing your partner? Read this article.

Raise your words, not your voice.

Did you know that plastic straws are not recyclable? I love these glass ones.

These wooden toys are amazing!

I challenge myself to do yoga more regularly.

Great blog about parenting the Waldorf way.







Τετάρτη, 4 Δεκεμβρίου 2013

Sponsor in December


Hello everyone!

Are you interested in sponsoring Fairytale Comes Alive?
With Christmas approaching everyone wants some extra sales and/or more site traffic.
So, if you're a blogger, have a little (or big) business, etsy shop or other site and you want to be advertised, I would love to work with you!

I offer super affordable ad fees is because I want to give the chance to everyone to promote their site without having to spend a fortune. And for the first time here, I'm sharing the price (why I haven't done this earlier?)

Large $15.00
Only one spot per month. Always at the top of all other ads for maximum exposure. Individual feature post (giveaway, review, interview, guest post, home or studio tour or any other idea you might have). Mentions on social media (facebook, twitter, pinterest pins) and blog posts. Link on my new "Favourite Things" monthly post where I share the interesting things I find on the internet.

Medium $10.00
Located directly below the Large ad. Mentions on social media (facebook, twitter, pinterest pins). Link on my new "Favourite Things" monthly post where I share the interesting things I find on the internet.

Small $5.00
Located directly below the Medium ads. Mentions on social media (facebook, twitter, pinterest pins).

Happy December to everyone!!!


Δευτέρα, 25 Νοεμβρίου 2013

A choice for your baby's health

I don't know if I have ever shared anything about my pregnancy here, before. I wish I had my blog back then so I could have document everything. I had a very nice and relaxed pregnancy. Philip and I were living in Santorini, an amazing greek island. I wasn't working most of the time and I had plenty of time (sometimes more than I could handle). Unfortunately I had no internet access and also no friends around. Therefore it took me a loooong time to realize that I was actually pregnant. One month before I had Nereus, I was back in Athens, searching for a house to rent and preparing for the baby to come (yes, I did all these just a month before my baby came to this world).

Thinking about my pregnancy and labor, I see so many mistakes. Lack of education mistakes. If I could go back I would change many things. Things that I'm still struggling to accept. I know that I can't do anything to change these past events, but if I can inspire a mama to be to make a choice that's better for her child, that's a victory for me.

Let me talk to you about something you can do for your baby's health. Have you heard about stem cells? 

Through cord blood banking, you can collect and preserve potentially lifesaving stem cells, and doing so could one day save the life of your child or a blood relative. You can bank even more stem cells by collecting them from 2 usable sources of stem cell-rich blood: the umbilical cord and the placenta. This service is called Placental and Cord Blood Banking, and it's available only from LifebankUSA. Whether you choose Placental and Cord Blood Banking or Cord Blood Banking alone, there are many important reasons to choose LifebankUSA.   


I would really like to hear your opinion about this matter. Have you kept your baby's cells?

I wish I could have taken this step. And if you can, even though it costs and I know that it's not easy for everyone, I believe you should do it. It's all about our little ones health, right?

Also, LifebankUSA  is having a Facebook contest and giving away 3 Britax Marathon 70G3 Convertible Car Seats with a value of $231.99 each!!! Enter the contest here! Contest ends at 12/31/13.

This post is sponsored, but every word here comes from my heart. I would never promote something that I don't believe in!

Δευτέρα, 18 Νοεμβρίου 2013

Almond - Coconut Butter Recipe

While trying to find ways to put the good stuff into my vegan baby’s belly, I came up with this recipe for almond coco butter. This is the tastier, healthier, greater nut butter ever! Contains only two ingredients!  Yes two! NO sugar, NO additives. Just the fresh natural ingredients you’ll pick. Only the best for our children, right?  And guess what? It tastes divine. Everyone that ever tasted this agrees.
Do you search for healthier options for you and your family? Do you like the taste of coconuts and almonds? Do you like making everything from scratch? Then gather your ingredients, take the blender out and  let’s get started.



What you’ll need…

Ingredients:
-1 cup organic almonds (about 100 gr)
-1,5 tablespoon organic pure coconut oil

Materials:
-A blender
-A spatula (a spoon will work too)


Throw the almonds in the blender and process for a few minutes. Stop the process  a few times to scrap the almonds that stuck on the blender’s sides so every piece gets processed. After about 8 minutes throw the coconut oil in. You don’t have to  turn of your blender just make sure it’s not on high. Process until it looks buttery. Taste…and you can officialy die now! Just put it in a mason jar and put it in the fridge before you do.
Usually nut butters contain sugar and salt. As long as they’re added for flavour and they’re not necessary I prefer not to include them. I think it’s so tasty that doesn’t need any sweetener. But, if you are addicted to the store bought nut butters and you are not ready for this transition, you can add a little bit of brown sugar (try with a teaspoon and taste…adjust to your liking) and a pinch of salt.
This makes a little less than 250 gr and stays in the fridge for at least two weeks.

ps. I buy lots of my food and supplements from IHERB . It's an amazing site that sells a wide variety of products from organic food to supplements to natural baby toys and essentials. And in very good prices too. With every purchase you make from the links in this blog post, I earn a little but very important and helpful amount of money. I truly believe in this company and I wouldn't promote something that I don't believe in.  Also, if you are a first time costumer, by buying from my links, you get $10 off your first purchase of $40 or more and $5 off orders totaling less than $40. How awesome is that?


Παρασκευή, 15 Νοεμβρίου 2013

23 Before 23


Better later than never, I guess. On 13th of July I became 22 (woot woot). My birthday cake was a delicious vegan tropical cheesecake made by me of course, in case you were wondering. Man, what a trip this year has been. Probably the hardest year of my life. Too much sadness and despair. But luckily, things are already a loooot better. Although my life took a completely different direction than the one I wanted (I was hoping that I could go to my village, build a cob house, grow veggies etc.), it seems that this is actually working. I'm really satisfied with my life right now. We still have problems that we're working on but no that thing...no, a lot better!

Into the good stuff now. I have written this list a few months ago. In this photo, you can see how we are this moment as I'm typing these words. I'm having a coffee while sitting on my couch, blogging and snuggling with my (always) breastfeeding baby. The weather is finally rainy (not that I especially wanted that) and hugs on the couch are necessary. Unlike with the 22 before 22 list, I'll do everything to accomplish all of my goals or at least most of them. And if I won't move again, I will.



Before my 23 birthday I'm planning to...

1. Get a driving licence.

2. Finish my reading challenge with success (I have to hurry up!).

3. Make a beautiful yard and a veggie garden.

4. Have many plants is my house.

5. Start composting.

6. Have another tattoo.

7. Have a picnic.

8. Make our life more ecological.

9. Do more yoga and meditation.

10. Organise Nereus's space according to Montessori's ideas.

11. Sell something on my shop.

12. Make our new rental a warm space.

13. Start baby swimming.

14. Start crocheting.

15. Make my own deodorant.

16. Baptize Nereus.

17. Potty train Nereus.

18. Make a donation.

19. Take Nereus to a live concert.

20. Have a vacation trip with my two men.

21. Get some 'me' time once in a while.

22. Plan a party for Philip's birthday (he deserves it).

23. Finish those damn scarves that have been on my list forever.


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Check out my previous years goal lists...
 

Δευτέρα, 11 Νοεμβρίου 2013

A gift for my mum

When my mother was pregnant, she desperately wanted a girl. What a happy moment when she learned that she would actually have one. On her second pregnancy, she didn't mind the sex cause she already had the girl she wanted (and so my brother was born). While I was growing up, my mother was realizing that things with me were not as girly as she expected. I remember her calling me a truck driver all the time.

It was not easy for her to accept that her little girl had a dirty mouth and wanted no hair clips on her head. Finally, she accepted it and although we have many conflicts, she's my favourite. She's the one who has practically helped me the most on the most difficult parts of my life. I thank her so much for this and for her name celebration, I made her the girliest cupcakes and cakepops (vegan of course).



Πέμπτη, 7 Νοεμβρίου 2013

More Changes-A Different House

Do you know that crazy lady who disappears from the blogland and then suddenly comes back just to say "hey, I'm here", and then disappears again?
Yes, this is me!
And I have a story to tell you! 

I remember, one year and few months ago, I was physically and emotionally exhausted by our movement from our rental to my parents' house. What a hit for our ego! I remember something I told Philip these days. That I wasn't going to leave my parents' place, unless I was moving to my own house. Now, I understand how desperate he must have felt cause he knew, we would never be able to afford buying a house. What I wanted to say though, is that I hated moving. Not moving in general, I kinda like that. But moving with a baby, without money and no help. 

In the last three years, since I met Philip, I have moved six times. Six times!! In three years! We have lost many of our belongings, my furniture have been scratched (yes, I cried), we have spent way too much money -money that we could really use for important stuff- for transportation and ordering food cause we had no stove and more. And every single time the same thought in my head "I'm not moving again...". 

And here I am now, after four-five months since we rented our previous house and we're moving again! No, actually we have already moved. We had a very difficult month with no internet, no table, not this, not that. But the worst thing, was Nereus. He refused to eat for a week, with the exception of some spirulina tablets and cookies (now that mama works Nereus gets to eat junk food...that's organic cookies sweetened with grape juice) . He wouldn't play, shower or use the potty. All he wanted was to breastfeed all day long. This time it affected him so much...my poor little man.

Things are getting easier as we adapt in our new house. I'm working on creating a daily rythm for us, and even with our crazy working schedules, it seems to be working. I'm also trying to make this house more toddler friendly. Nereus wants to do everything "mono" as he says (this means by himself in greek) and I want him to be able to be as independent as he wants.

So to make up for lost time, If you want to sponsor us for November, contact me as soon as possible at fairytalecomesalive(at)gmail(dot)com . I'm going to introduce the new blogs you see on my sidebar on my 'November sponsors' post. Just let's hope I won't move out again hehe!

Oh, I almost forgot, this house is still a mess. I think it will take some time until it feels nice and cosy but, I'll share with you some bits and pieces from what makes me happy in here.

Indoor plants and books.
In my tiny house, I want everything to have a practical use. But, I couldn't resist when I saw this guy at a second hand store. I took him for five euros and now he has a shelf just for him. ps. I have dusted the day before I swear.
These two...cooking.
"How to eat chinese food" lessons by a toddler. Step 1) Get your chopsticks on one hand. Step 2)Grab some noodles with your other hand and put them in your mouth. Success!!
And this is what takes huge amounts of my time and energy. Here dressing up to be a clown. I love my job so much!
No words.

I also want to congratulate my friend Desiree who became a mother for the third time!!!
I can't wait to see more photos of her beautiful baby on the blog this time!


Τρίτη, 1 Οκτωβρίου 2013

Advertise in October




Hello again!

First of all, I have an announcement to make...

...we're moving again!!!

Just when I finally began getting used to this house and having a routine and stuff...oh, yes we're leaving this place. We found a house that is supposed to be better, so yes we're moving. The truth is that I'm exhausted and that I didn't even wanted to hear about changing my place. I don't know how I decided to do it. My house is full of boxes and most of our stuff are in them. 

These days are going to be really crazy...I mean, I'll be trying to find the balance between being a mother, a business woman (hehe), a partner, a friend, a daughter etc. while moving out...ha! this time I'm lucky enough for having people willing to help. Oh, and the weather is great. And everything's good!

Anyway, I  made this post to tell you that I'm accepting sponsorship for October. It turned out that  while I was not here (most of the time), I had many many visitors. I thought that most of my readers would have forgotten me, but I was surprised to see my everyday readers becoming doubled. And I was not blogging!!! If you want these guys to visit your site too, consider purchasing an add spot. Contact me on at afairytalecomesalive(at)gmail(dot)com for more info.

Have a wonderful week!!!

Παρασκευή, 27 Σεπτεμβρίου 2013

A Candy Table I Made!

 In case you're wondering why I've been so busy...take a look! This is on of the many things I have done lately that have to do with kids. Here, you can see the candy table for the baptism of a cute little girl...seriously, I wish I had a photo of her, she's gorgeous!

Kids' candies...
Marshmallows
Koufeta (traditional greek baptism and wedding candies)
Kids baptism favors
Amegdalota (homemade-traditional greek treat made with almonds)
Marzipan animals (homemade by me with the help of my awesome helpers)
Truffles (homemade)
Wish book. Handpainted on canvas by me.
Everything together.

Κυριακή, 22 Σεπτεμβρίου 2013

Hello there!

It's me! I'm still here.

Life has been chaotic lately. I've been so so so busy. All these months, I had no time to blog. I was actually stealing time to write a post once in a while. But real blogging? No no. You already know that...I've been saying it in almost every single post I have written lately.

Of course I missed it terribly. But really -NO TIME AT ALL-! Seriously, I admire these bloggers who manage to blog no matter what. I don't know how they do it. I just couldn't...

I was hoping that I would eventually have time and start regularly blogging again. I was imagining that I would write a post telling you what exactly happened in every month that I was MIA, cause I have so many amazing things to share with you. But, if I wait for this great -full of time- moment to start writing again, then I'll never do it.

So, I'm writing this post, telling you the most important things that have happened in my life. And many more amazing things are coming.

  • On May, Philip took some money and a backpack and travelled to a greek island to find a job. I was so lonely. Even though I was in a house full (literally) of people and animals, I was feeling so so so lonely. I wanted him to stay there, find a good job so we could follow. Something that never happened actually. After a few days, he came back. I was devastaded. I couldn't believe that I had to stay at my mom's...for how long? May has been the worst month for me. I had no hope. That was when I sadly accepted the fact that I had to stay at my mom's until the financial situation in Greece would get better. These days were extremely dipressing. At least I had this face to make me smile....
  • On June, things were weird. Something was forcing me to make drastic changes (ok, Philip was that something). Anyways, we decided to take the few money we have managed to save and we reeeeented a hooooouse!!!!!!!!!! I thought this would never happen. I was terrified. I had no idea if we could make it to being independent again. It turned out that this was the best choice that anyone ever forced me to take. I can't believe how my bad mood changed completely...
  •  On September, we baptized Nereus. It was something that I didn't want for my child, but eventually it had to happen. Not the happiest experience but anyway...I'm planning to make a post telling everything about it.

These were the most important facts in our lives. Other than that, I have been working like crazy. I don't know if I have ever said anything about my job. I'm a clown (not an evil one, really I'm good). One day I get to be a pirate and go for a treasure hunt and the other I'm a fairy who does face painting on little faces. Seriously, I love my job so much! On September I organised an amazing candy table for a baptism that you should definitely check out...I'm gonna share the pictures soon...




When we could get a free day, we were going straight to the sea. How much I have missed being on vacation and being at the beach all day long totally relaxed. These little trips were the best though, and we enjoyed them more than anything this summer. But most of all, I loved watching this little creature making friends and playing with them.


A couple of months ago, I found this awesome site. It's a community of people who give stuff they don't need and recieve other. I have already gave many things that I was not using and I have recieved a few too. This photo is from these beautiful ceramic bowls a lady has sent me (I opened the package to find them broken). At least the baby succulents she had also sent were fine. My neighbor drowned them later but that's another story. Anyway, if you're greek, you should totally check this site out and me a member too!


Potty training...hm...an interesting story.

I really miss you guys. I'd love to read in your comments a couple of things of how your lives have been lately...


Τετάρτη, 28 Αυγούστου 2013

Recipe: Vegan Basil Pesto

I recently visited my grandma for a few days. I especially like visiting her village at the summer for two reasons : figs + basil. Both fresh, in high quality, bio and in big quantities! This time, I had so little time cause Nereus runs more and sleeps less (oh and I was working too) and I couldn't experiment as much as I like with food, but I couldn't resist and I made some pesto!


For this pesto I used a mortar and pestle (which has a story actually...my great grandfather worked a whole day to get this beauty!). My pesto was a little chunky. If you want it perfect ( I'm talking about its appearence, the taste was divine), you can use a blender. I didn't work it more with the mortar and the pestle cause my carpal tunnel was killing me, so I don't know what result I could get.

So, on the recipe!!!

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • half a cup pine nuts
  • half a cup nutritional yeast
  • half a cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic

Now, simply put everything in your mortar or blender and work the mixture.
Your done!


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Τετάρτη, 21 Αυγούστου 2013

Δευτέρα, 12 Αυγούστου 2013

32/52


"A portrait of us, once a week, in 2013."

Nereus and me (daddy was taking the pictures): Our first ferris wheel ride as a family. The hair and hand on the left belong to Marilina, my cousin and Nereus's soon to be godmother. ps. I am aware that you can see my bra and I swear I didn't want this to happen (I even tried to hide it with the watermark) but this was the best photo...there was too much light.




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