Κυριακή, 31 Μαρτίου 2013

The Rad Bloglovin Blog Hop #3


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Rules:

1. Follow your hostess on Bloglovin. Please leave a comment on this post, telling me that you did, so I can follow you back!

2. Grab a button and add it on your post or sidebar!

3. Link your blog!

4. Visit as many blogs as you can. Follow, comment and get to know each other. This is all about making new friends, right?

5. Share about the hop on your facebook, twitter, pinterest and all your social media! 

I'm giving you the chance to co-host the link party for free ( everyone who joins the linky has to follow the co-host too). If you're interested, send me an email at fairytalecomesalive(at)gmail(dot)com

ps. I'm working on bringing back the photos on the linky tool. There's no problem with your pc.

Kindle Fire HD Giveaway Announcement/Opportunity

If you're looking to grow your blog or social media following, we have a great and FREE opportunity for you!  Free is good, right?  Well, Free is AMAZING!

Isabelle from Le Chateau des Fleurs recently released a new Android app called Smartphone DNA, and to promote it she is giving away a Kindle Fire HD-which she is sponsoring entirely.  The giveaway will be hosted by My So-Called Chaos, but what we need are other bloggers to share the giveaway on their blogs in order to spread the word! In return, you'll get two of your links in the Rafflecopter to get extra promotion for you in return for posting.  This is entirely free, there is NO buy in, we just need two posts from you.
  1. Post this announcement on your blog (code will be given after you request to join) to ensure your readers/followers have the opportunity to be a part of this giveaway too! 
  2. Post the actual giveaway (full Rafflecopter and all! People will be able to enter directly from your blog!) 
If you are interested in participating in this FREE promotional opportunity, please email Miss Angie and once accepted into the giveaway you will be given all the information you need for your posts.

Giveaway is set to run from 4/10/13 to 4/30/13.
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Σάββατο, 30 Μαρτίου 2013

Πέμπτη, 28 Μαρτίου 2013

18 months


Before I started writing this line, I stopped for a minute and thought...18 months have passed since I became a mother. 18 months since I stopped being the girl I was. So many changes...so many! I once told to a friend of mine that the fact that I had a baby at such a young age was not the best idea. And in my surprise, she told me "And what would your life be like if you haven't done it, Krysta? You have became a much better person because of this baby!". She was right. In so many ways. The most huge thing Nereus did to me was that he changed me completely. And I thank him so much.

So, 18 months. What an amazing stage. He's a kid now, right? And of course, he'll always be my baby. But, objectively, he's a kid now. Much more independent. He can spend a few hours away from me and be fine. He actually had his first baby sitted experience last week, when my cousin watched him so I could work a bit (he always stays with me or his dad). 

It's amazing how fast they grow, right?

I came home from work the other day and found Nereus with a tiny ponytail.
I love it!


Funny facts about Nereus...

*Still obsessed with cooking and everything that has to do with the kitchen.
*A couple of days ago, he met a boy at his age. Nereus was eating pita bread and the little boy tried to grab it from his hand. His mother didn't let him and he started crying. I brought the packet with the pitas to give to the little man and Nereus got one before I even noticed and offered it to his friend. My heart melted.
*He dances like a crazy man at any tune. It's especially interesting (for us) when he dances on rock or hi hop...too funny.
*Doing all these animal sounds. Lion, elephant, monkey, duck, dog, cat, frog, bee, hippo, tiger.
* He's searching for boobs in everyone's shirt haha.
*He's doing the same question all day long "Aaaa?" (=What's thaaat?") while pointing on several stuff.
*He insists to take off his shocks and shoes when he breastfeeds.
*He violently puts his fingers in our noses. Man that hurts. We sometimes bleed.
*He's also obsessed with cleaning. He wants to throw stuff in the garbage,  clean his highchair and himself.

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Δευτέρα, 25 Μαρτίου 2013

Yummi Pouch Review & Our Favourite Green Smoothie Recipe

If you read my blog, you probably know that I don't buy ready meals for my baby.  Ok we have eaten out a few times, but most of the time everything is homemade with carefully chosen ingedients. I also love letting him feed himself and have no big problem with the mess he makes.

But what happens when this mama has to work? When I work, Nereus stays with his dad who doesn't exactly has the same point of view. He tends to like buying ready meals (although he cooks and very good I have to say). He can clean up messes too but he prefers not to (I can't blame him).



So I was thinking of ways to make it easier for Philip but without having Nereus eating crap. That's when Katie, from Yummi Pouch contacted me to review their products. And honestly it was on the right time!



Yummi pouch, is like these juice containers we all know but a lot better. First of all because it's reusable, therefore more eco friendly. And second of all, because you control what gets in there and therefore you baby's belly. I have seen these kind of pouches (the disposable ones) on the bio store and for a moment I thought about getting them for Nereus cause the label said it only contained fruits. But seriously I don't believe that. How can simple fruit juice stay there for months? I mean, make a juice and put it on the fridge. Then check it out a couple of days later. See?



There is no doubt that Nereus was and is going to be having homemade juices and smoothies. When we were out, I used to bring an adult thermos type bottle and Nereus was drinking as I was holding it. But with the yummi pouch, he can do what he likes the most! He can drink his smoothie himself! So, in my opinion, yummi pouch is blw friendly, too! Can it be more awesome?

Yes! Yummi pouch is:

-easy to clean/dishwasher friendly
-freezer friendly
-BPA, phthalate, and PVC free
-cheaper than store bought

I'm also sharing with you our favourite green smoothie recipe!



Green Smoothie Recipe
  • 1 banana
  • a few strawberries (I used frozen cause they're not in season now.)
  • a few chunks of pineapple (Also frozen. I buy fresh, cut it and freeze it.)
  • a handfull of spinach
  • a tablespoon hemp protein
  • 3/4 cup of water
Blend all the ingredients and enjoy!

More surprises for you!

*If you purchase 2 or more Yummi Poush sets, you can use the code 20OFFTWO to recieve 20% off of the pouches.
*They're having an awesome giveaway right now on their blog. You don't want to miss that!

I very carefully pick what to review on this blog. I have recieved this product as a gift to review. No compansation has been made. Everything I wrote was my honest opinion.

Κυριακή, 24 Μαρτίου 2013

The Rad Bloglovin Blog Hop #2


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This is the second part of the radest bloglovin blog hop! Join us and get bloglovin followers!

After I couple of emails I got last week, I decided to make a button on a more reasonable size so it can fit on your sidebars. I hope it's better!
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Rules:

1. Follow your hostess on Bloglovin. Please leave a comment on this post, telling me that you did, so I can follow you back!

2. Grab a button and add it on your post or sidebar!

3. Link your blog!

4. Visit as many blogs as you can. Follow, comment and get to know each other. This is all about making new friends, right?

5. Share about the hop on your facebook, twitter, pinterest and all your social media! 

I'm giving you the chance to co-host the link party for free ( everyone who joins the linky has to follow the co-host too). If you're interested, send me an email at fairytalecomesalive(at)gmail(dot)com

Σάββατο, 23 Μαρτίου 2013

12/52


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

Nereus and his dad: If you read my blog, you probably know that we had a Halloween type of celebration the previous days in Greece. Nereus was a dino and got obsessed with the confetti his daddy bought!

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This post is lengthy. We got all these pictures that I wanted to share with you, so even though I usually add just one picture, I'm alterating this feature, too. Enjoy!

Stroking the confetti.
Streamers on you baby.

Aaand he found a pinecone!
He loved loved loved the confetti.
Can you tell?
He got really excited...
...throwing it and screaming...
Magic!
He climbed on a tree.
And had fun on the grass.

Edit: I wanted to make a costume for Nereus, but realized that I should have began earlier. We went to a store and he picked this!




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Πέμπτη, 21 Μαρτίου 2013

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First attempt to multiply succulents...send us your positive energy!

Remember these guys? They have been fine! And the right one may have little babies soon!

Angry because he can't get his sock off. (See the yellow blanket and the pink flowery duvet under it? This is Philip's bed...yeah we live a glamorous life! Oh, the duvet was mine when I was a kid.)
For a night walk with my mother. When she's good, she's really good!
I bought local wild asparagus a couple of hours ago for the first time.
We took an amazing walk in the center of Athens. Nereus was dressed up for that similar to Halloween celebration we had the previous days in Greece. I took a gillion photos that I think deserve their own post. This weekend maybe...
I moved Nereus's books (just those with hard pages) so he can has access to them. Now he spends more time with them,   'reading', putting them out and back in the bookcase. Yes, he's at that age that he finds putting things back very fun!
This is a neat bookshelf according to Nereus.


This post turned out kinda different from the previous ones. I needed to use more pictures and less words. Too much have been happening in our lives lately. I have started working as a clothes seller 3 times a week, I also started a second but very occasional job as a face painter/ clown at kids parties. I feel so awesome about it. I finally feel so much more independent. I needed that so much. I also feel exhausted. I have been enjoying to the maximum the moments I spend with Nereus. I have made progress with my relationship with Philip. We are both trying so hard for our relationsip. We're not perfect, but we're doing it so much better than previously. I have been cooking like a mad woman. I have been making things that I have never done before, buying different ingredients, and coming up with new recipes. I have been watching old photos and feel nostalgic. I hope sweet Randalin from Harvesting Kale and Lindsey from OT&ET are ok with the alteration on their theme. I just really wanted and needed to do something different. I think this is the word of the week...different!

HK




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Δευτέρα, 18 Μαρτίου 2013

Recipe: Vegan Cookies For Babies (Sugar-Free)

Today, I'm sharing with you a great blw recipe for cookies. The basic recipe is this one. I have done a lot of experiments and came out with this great recipe! They turn out really tasty and with the tahini addition they firm up and become less crumbly! Not to mention how healthier they become!

Babies can have them after their first birthday. If you want to give them sooner, just don't add the hazelnut pulp. You should also know that oats might contain gluten, so consider asking your pediatrician before giving it to your little one. Or search for certified gluten free oats.



Ingredients:
  • 8 dried figs soaked
  • 1 cup oats
  • half a cup hazelnut pulp
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • cinnamon
  • a few tablespoons of the soaking water
Method:

Blend the figs with a few tablespoons of the soaking water in your blender. Mix thoroughly all the ingredients together. Make cookie shapes and place them in a pan lined with baking paper. Bake until they turn golden brown. So simple so tasty!

Feel free to make your own combinations with nut pulps, nut butters, seeds, dried fruits (I added goji berries in the ones shown here), spices and grains. Oh, and please let me know if you like them!

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Σάββατο, 16 Μαρτίου 2013

The Rad Bloglovin Blog Hop #1



Hello everyone! I'm pretty sure you already know that google friends connect is going away. I wanted to write a whole paragraph about how angry I am, but I won't. The thing is how do we keep our followers or keep reading our favourite blogs. I prefer to use Bloglovin for this and I actually made a blog hop!

I created this blog hop to encourage those that already follow me via gfc, to join me on Bloglovin and to meet some new bloggers and make friendships! I am really excited about it! I can't wait to meet new people! If you want to meet people and gain followers on Bloglovin, link up!

Fairytale Comes Alive


Rules:

1. Follow your hostess on Bloglovin. Please leave a comment on this post, telling me that you did, so I can follow you back!

2. Grab a button and add it on your post or sidebar!

3. Link your blog!

4. Visit as many blogs as you can. Follow, comment and get to know each other. This is all about making new friends, right?

5. Share about the hop on your facebook, twitter, pinterest and all your social media! 

If you want to co-host the link party and get the maximum exposure and followers for free, send me an email at fairytalecomesalive(at)gmail(dot)com


11/52



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

Nereus & me (one the first picture): I have a photo of me as a baby wearing my uncle's biker boots. I knew that someday Nereus would attempt to put on our shoes and he did it! Here, wearing our friend's Eleni's boots! He cracks me up! (ps.I know I look like Quasimodo in this photo)

Nereus & Lisa: Nereus is having so much fun with his aunties. We had a great afternoon with Lisa and Eleni. He's so lucky for having so much love around him.

I have two favourite posts from last week.
 The first one is this. Mess! Pure kid mess, made by a boy named North and a girl named Indigo -wow-! 
The second one is this. A little boy and his cat! Take a moment to read the story! Precious!





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Πέμπτη, 14 Μαρτίου 2013

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He went for a walk with my mother and brought me a leaf...he melts my heart!

WATCHING myself accomplishing tasks that I have been avoiding for a long time. The reason? I was scared! Scared of judgement, non acceptance and getting in trouble. I've been so silly. Now, I feel so good for taking my life on my own hands! Isn't crossing off your to do list the scary stuff, the best thing ever? It feels so good!

CRAVING ice cream! All this warm and sunny weather we had this week made me crave all the summer treats that I have missed so much! The warm weather calls for smoothies, juices, ice tea and ice cream of course! I'm so glad spring is here!

LOOKING forward to declutter our home. I am this kind of person who keeps everything, thinking that one day I might need it. My room is full of things that I have been using a long time ago and I just keep them for sentimental reasons or just in case I find them usefull. I really need to clear up this space. There are people that could really use most of the objects I own and don't use. I'd love to give them to those in need! I blame the weather for this, too! I really need to move more freely and not stumble on everything!

LOVING that Philip started reading a book! The last time I remember him reading was two years and a half ago. I'm so excited! I thought he would never be interested in reading again lol! Seriously now, I believe that books are treasure. To make your kids love books, READ!

PLANNING to sew a costume for Nereus. We have something similar to Halloween, right now in Greece and I'd love love love to see him wear a costume! I should have made it already but never mind! Last year Nereus was a chili pepper. It was so funny! This year...it will be a surprise!


HK


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