03 Oktober 2009

Gender Test

In der aktuellen "Eltern" habe ich gerade über einen Test gelesen, der ab der 10. Woche das Geschlecht bestimmen kann. Es ist ein Urintest. Bei einem Mädchen färbt sich der Urin dann orange, bei Jungs grün.
As I read in the new "Eltern" (a German magazine for parents and parents to be) there is a test which predicts the gender as early as 10 weeks. It's an urine analysis. If it's a girl it'll turn orange, green if it's a boy.

Scheint relativ zuverlässig zu sein, aber naja, so genau weiß man das ja nie...
Für alle, die es nicht bis zur 20.Woche erwarten können oder bei denen das Baby zu schüchtern ist ;-)

It seems to be reliable but you'll never know...
For everybody who doesn't want to wait until week 20 or who's baby is too shy to show ;-)

Erhältlich leider nur in Drogeriemärkten der USA oder über's Internet.
Available in US drug stores or via Internet.
Homepage: http://www.intelligender.com/ (leider nur in Englisch)


01 Oktober 2009

Song of the Week

The Judds "Love can build a bridge"


Sorry for my absence for the past weeks. We were moving but now I'm back here in blogland and will post some new things soon :-)
Tut mir leid für meine Abwesenheit in den letzten Wochen. Wir sind umgezogen aber jetzt bin ich wieder zurück im Blogland und werde bald wieder neue Beiträge schreiben :-)

11 September 2009

IKEAspiration: Vases + Flowers

I'm planning to do some post in which I want to share some IKEA products with you - for your home or wedding or party. Their products are a good quality to a good price.
Ich plane einige Beiträge in denen ich einige IKEA Produkte vorstellen möchte - für Euer Zuhause oder Hochzeit oder Fest. Die Waren haben gute Qualität zu guten Preisen.

Today, I want to start with vases and flowers...
Heute möchte ich mit Vasen und Blumen starten...

IKEA-Katalog über Produkte24

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Song of the Week

Such a beautiful song...


10 September 2009

Real Wedding

I think this is the most unique weddings ever. Their first sight seems so shy like they had a blind date. And look at the bouquets and the centerpieces and the ring shots. Don't you love those great place cards?
Ich glaube das ist wohl einzigartigste Hochzeit überhaupt. Ihr "erster Blick" scheint so schüchtern, als hätten sie ein Blind Date. And schaut euch die Sträuße an und die Tischdeko und das Ringbild. Findet Ihr diese tollen Tischkärtchen nicht auch genial?

Thanks to Kate for the permission :-)

So this is what the photographer is telling from their wedding:
Kati and Steve planned a beautiful, earthy, intimate celebration for their closest family and friends and it was a treat watching all their loved ones come together to help out. We started the afternoon with the most awesome first look - they were so nervous and so stinkin’ cute! I loved that as a last minute thought Steve picked a daisy to give Kati; it later became part of his ceremony attire.
Each and every part of the day was so personal to them - here are some of my favorite things: Steve and his three brothers wearing matching brown Converse with their last name embroidered in the back; their friend Sarah reading from The Little Prince (love that book!); the reading theme spread throughout the celebration - I especially adored the place cards with cute quotes about love and life, and the books from their own bookcases forming the bottom of the centerpieces. [...] and finally the popcorn. Oh my, that popcorn. Kati’s parents have a popcorn store in Arizona and it is hands down the best freakin’ corn I’ve ever tasted in my life. Wow.

And now enjoy this wonderful wedding! Und jetzt genießt die wunderbare Hochzeit!

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Oh and be sure to check out the slideshow, many more gorgeous shots from this great wedding!
Oh und schaut euch mal die Diashow, noch mehr geniale Bilder von dieser tollen Hochzeit!

03 September 2009

Song of the Week

I really love this song. It always brightens up my day :-) And so I want to share it with you - to brighten up you day, too.
Ich liebe diesen Song wirklich. Er hellt meinen Tag immer auf :-) Und deshalb will ich es mit euch teilen - um auch Euren Tag aufzuhellen.


28 August 2009

My Inspiration Board #3

Black - Silver - Green
Just for a wonderful elegant wedding day...

1st row: wedding dress Jenny Packham - table set via ProjectWedding - cupcakes Lisa Broughten
2nd row: invitation via ProjectWedding - table set via TheKnot
3rd row: dress WhiteHouseBlackMarket - bouquet Martha Stewart - dress via ProjectWedding - chair cover SassyEvents

27 August 2009

Second First Post

As I just learned from Rock'n Roll Bride here a blog needs to be unique.

So my posts will be written in English as well as in German. There are so many German girls and maybe boys looking for inspiration for whatever and the main blogs are just written in English. Of course, many German are not bad in English but as I noticed they welcome German written blogs, too.

Wie ich eben von Rock'n Roll Bride hier gelernt habe, muss ein Blog einzigartig sein.

Also werde ich meine Beiträge in Englisch als auch in Deutsch schreiben. Es gibt so viele deutsche Mädels und vielleicht auch Jungs, die nach Inspirationen für sonstwas suchen und die meisten Blogs sind eben auf Englisch. Klar sprechen viele Deutsche gar kein schlechtes Englisch aber ich habe bemerkt, dass sie deutsch-sprachige Blogs auch toll finden.

Unusual Decoration

One thing which is important on a wedding or a birthday party are flowers. But when you'll having a big wedding vases just can crush your budget.
So why not re-use bottles? Milk bottles, beer bottles, even Frappucino bottles...
Here are some ideas how to use an empty whatever bottle as a wonderful vase - for home or party.

Eine Sache, die bei Hochzeiten oder Geburtstagen wichtig ist, sind Blumen. Aber wenn man eine große Hochzeit feiert, können Vasen schonmal das Budget sprengen.
Warum also nicht Flaschen verwenden? Milchflaschen, Bierflaschen, sogar Frappucino Fläschchen...
Hier sind einige Ideen, we man leere was-auch-immer Flaschen als schöne Vase verwerden kann - für zu Hause oder auf einer Party.

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Starbucks Frappucino Bottles by Maize Hutton - find the tutorial here

Raffia Wrapped Bottle by Zakka Life - find the tutorial here

Beer bottle and glass vase by Rachel over at Heart of Light

And these could be great for a bachelor/bachelorette party:
Und die könnten für eine Junggesellen/Junggesellinnen Party geeignet sein:

Condom Wrapped Vases *gg* by Mix Mingle Glow - find the tutorial here

24 August 2009

Lollipop, Lollipop...

When I saw these colorful lollipops on Technicolor Kitchen, I was thrilled. I think it's perfect for a candy buffet or a kid's birthday party :-)
And so I ask for permission to post the recipe. Thanks to Patricia!

Lavender Lollipops
(makes about 12)

½ cup (120ml) water
2 teaspoons edible dried lavender buds (or vanilla)
1 cup (200g) sugar
1/3 cup light corn syrup
few drops of purple food coloring (using a toothpick) - you can use any other color too

Start by making a lavender infusion: place water and lavender in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and boil for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and set aside until completely cold – I made the infusion the day before and left it covered at room temperature. Strain the infusion.

Oil a marble slab or baking sheet. Have ready at least a dozen wooden sucker sticks.

In a heavy 2-quart saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup and 1/3 cup (80ml) of the lavender infusion; stir to blend. Place over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cover and boil for 2-3 minutes. Uncover and insert a candy thermometer in the pan. Increase the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring occasionally, until the temperature reaches 143ºC/290ºF. If sugar crystals form on the pan sides, wash the down with a pastry brush dipped in warm water.
Remove the pan from the heat and immediately dip the bottom of it into a pan of cold water to arrest cooking, removing quickly before the mixture gets too cold. Place on a dry kitchen towel and add the food coloring.
Using a large metal spoon, immediately spoon a little less than 4cm (1½ in) pools of syrup onto the prepared marble slab/sheet*. Lay one end of the lollipop stick in each pool of syrup while still soft and push gently to secure in place. Dot a little extra syrup on the embedded end of the stick. Let cool at room temperature until completely set, about 2 hours.
Wrap each lollipop in cellophane or waxed paper. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month.

* once the mixture got cold and difficult to mold, I returned the pan to medium heat, stirring, until it became soft again (30 seconds or so)

I haven't tried them out but I think I will try them out on my son's birthday...
Hope you have fun! :-)