Joanna Anastasia

Dream & Create studio launch

Last week we have finally thrown a launch party of our new studio- with balloons, pretzels, sparkling rose and all the confetti! If you haven’t heard about this project of mine yet, then let me introduce you to the Dream and Create Studio!

Welcome to our blogging dream coming true!

Ever since we have set up the space with my blogging bestie Maca we realized we don’t want to be the only one working there- we actually crave community!

Not to mention the fact that I have three little kids and I don’t wish to work out of home full time just yet- and my blogging bestie is traveling a lot! So why won’t share the space when we are not around?

And we also realized that we would love to see this space evolving in to a creative hub of sorts – where other bloggers could come and shoot their content, where fun workshops could take place and where creative ladies could work side by side.

So our launch party was a colorful way of saying welcome and hello!

The yummiest bites

I need to say a huge thank you to our catering partners, Brezel and Companie and Little Leah’s kitchen! Because an event with the best pretzels and the sweetest, loveliest cupcakes is instantly fabulous, am I right?

Also, my bestie Jordan from Korkscrewed has supplied us with the best local Sparkling Rose – that you must admit looked absolutely perfect in our studio sink!

Dream and Create Studio – next steps

My heart is so full – seeing all of our blogging friends and introducing the creative labor of love to them was definitely a day I won’t forget- now I just hope we will be able to work here among friends as we dreamed!

Stay tuned for the fall workshops , and to learn more about how we can work together there , follow us at the Dream and Create official Instagram account!

Endless summer Peach, gin & Ice tea

“Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.” Jenny Han

While summer is definitely the best of all the seasons here in Montreal it’s also unbearably hot! I know it sounds like I always complain about the weather – though actually I really do. Winters are too cold and summers are too hot.. but at least I admit it!

So we have now reached a point of summer that I refer to as: I’m-so-hot-I-think-I-won’t-take-it-anymore. With the heat waves hitting us hard and the over the roof humidity the only thing that we can do is to stay hydrated and sip on the yummiest drinks ever! And so during the weekdays I’m whipping up a homemade lemonades like my life depends on it, on the weekends you can find me in the kitchen mixing up drinks for me and my hubby!

And this Peach Gin Ice Tea is my new favourite adult summer drink ever – a bit sweet , a bit tangy and so refreshing! Plus, it’s ready in seconds! It’s my best hostess with the mostest life hack to – as this drinks it looks fancy and tastes delicious- while being really easy to make!

What you’ll need to prepare the Peach, gin & Ice tea drink:

  • Peach Ice tea ( I use the ready to drink mix)
  • Sparkling water
  • Good quality gin
  • Fresh peaches
  • Fresh Lemons
  • Edible flowers
  • Ice

Mix two thirds iced tea with one third sparkling water, ( ratio 2:1). Then add a dash of freshly squeezed lemon juice, one measure of gin, lot of ice, a slice or two of fresh peaches and some edible flowers for the ultimate summery touch! I used pansies, as they look lovely potted on my patio and they are great for summer recipes too. And remember to stay hydrated with water too!

Enjoy your summer!

Postpartum mind

While everyone is talking about postpartum body, I’d like to start a conversation about the postpartum mind. The one that at first is blurred by hormones and fatigue. The one that feels lost during pregnancy and the fourth trimester. The one that  thinks about a baby 24/7 . The one that forgets about self dreams and interests for months, if not years. Sometimes burying them forever.

The one that later gets mom shamed for not being as kid-centred as it was. The one that may be called out for being a “bad mom” – for trying to run after a carrier. The one that nevertheless always has those little humans in the back tabs. The one that will always worry now. The one that will always over analyze. The one that will beat itself up in mom guilt. The mom mind.

Our mindset gets completely shaken by becoming a mom. Our priorities, and our ability to focus. The time we dispose now to actually think is so limited. Everything changes.

But hey mama, it’s ok to bring back your interests to the top. It’s ok to give yourself permission to think about other things then motherhood -even though the culture we live in suggest that a good mother is the one that’s always around her kids. You have the right to pursue your passions.

Postpartum mama brain- I see you. Lets not forget about you ok? Because while everyone tells you to get your body back – or to embrace your body as it is, I just want to remind you, that you’re more than a body! And the real you, the one beyond your looks, this one also have gone through a lot. And you have the right to feel the changes, to work through the changes and emerge from them on your own terms!

3 ingredients Peaches & Cream ice cream recipe

Easy 3 ingredient recipe for peaches and cream ice cream

Summer is all about the sences- how the sun kisses your skin, how the ripe peach smells and the homemade ice cream tastes- it’s all unforgettable!

And one of the biggest summer pleasures is homemade Peaches and Cream ice cream- there’s nothing better on a hot summer day to be honest! And these easy to make Peaches & Cream ice cream are my new obsession- creamy, sweet and a bit tangy, perfect for those endless summer days!

peaches and cream ice cream
peaches and cream ice cream

Best thing- you don’t need an ice cream machine to make it, and all you need are three simple ingredients! If only adulting would always be as simple as making these ice cream!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 ripe peaches

Start by peeling the peaches and then cutting them in medium chunks. ( Leave one on the side for decorating the ice cream) Then, using a potato masher, mach them in a mushy pulp ( ok this does not sound yummy, but if your peaches are really fresh and ripe it will smell delicious!) in a large bowl. Try to pour out excessive liquid ( but don’t throw it away! It’s a freshly squeezed peach juice, my baby loved drinking it!) Now set aside.

Whip the cream ( you can add a small teaspoon of sugar)

Now very slowly mix the whipped cream, with the condescended milk and the peach pulp.

Pour into a glass dish, add slices of the peach you have set aside before, and freeze overnight!

Serve in an ice cream cone or in a bowl and enjoy on a hot summer day!

peaches and cream ice cream

And if like us you love ice cream, check my other ice cream recipes! I promise they are all easy ( even my older girls are now making homemade ice cream!) , fast and really delicious!

The homemade raspberry ice cream:

The best ice cream I ever had in my entire life and only three ingredients so needed!

The homemade Strawberry Rhubarb ice cream:

Strawberry rhubarb ice cream, so easy to make, no churn recipe!

The home made mango ice cream:

he best mango no churn ice cream

The homemade blueberry ice cream:

This no-churn recipe is simply amazing! So easy and so good, you simply won't buy ice cream again! #nochurn #icecream

I guess we are really obsessed about ice cream!

This will improve your kids health now

You know you’re a mom when you worry about kids health more than you worry about your own wellbeing, am I right? Because let’s be honest, a kid that feels bad, doesn’t eat well and is in a bad mood will influence everyone at home- and make your mom heart ache. . So I think one of my biggest role as a mom is to prevent their health issues.

Now we all know that gut health is important- and how it affects our mood, skin, metabolism and immune system , right? 

But it’s not always easy to convince our kids to eat food that can help with gut health. Then there are the oh so important omega-3, that are essential to cognitive health and the maintenance of bones and teeth.

That’s why I was really excited when I discovered the Genuine Health-y Kids line made especially with the little ones in mind! From the amazing supplements to gut superfoods, they have our kids needs covered!

Disclosure; this post is brought to you by Genuine Health, all opinions remain exclusively my own.

I had the pleasure to try with my girls three new products, and I’m happy to say that they are easy to implement in our daily diet!

First up, the omega3 kids + D3- is our easy go to health fix- I keep it on hand, and my girls just see the bottle and ask me to have some (it’s so yummy!) It was made to deliver nutrients that are critical to your child’s development: the intake of EPA & DHA, Lutein and Vitamin D- all sustainable, pure and safe!

Then, the fermented organic gut superfoods+ kids in form of a powder, that you can mix with water for a super healthy shake that will boost your child’s nutritional intake, or add to your morning smoothie!

And lastly, we tried the advanced gut health probiotic kids with 5 billion CFU from 7 balanced strains specifically chosen to support their overall and gastrointestinal health. I was so happy to try this with my girls, as the tablets are chewable and finally it was a gut health product that they really liked! 

Taking care of our kids’ health is a huge responsibility, and I often feel overwhelmed, it’s good to know that these products are all natural so our kids can thrive and feel great!

Disclosure- this post was brought to you by Genuine Health, all opinions remain entirely my own.D

Vintage floral girls bedroom makeover

As you know ever since we had our third baby we had to get really creative space wise. We live in a rather small city cottage, and before starting basement renovations we had three bedrooms in between all the kids, us two and the playroom ( plus the living /dining room). So last year once I installed the nursery in the upstairs room next to our master bedroom, I had to put together a shared bedroom for my girls with all their toys and all their clothes in it. I went for the bunk beds and decided to organize a transitional room, that will be for both sleep and play, deciding that the moment our basement will be finished we’ll separate once again the playroom from the bedroom.

Well, we couldn’t be happier- this moment has come! No more mess of toys mixed with clothes, no more bed-changing acrobatics ( bunk beds are the worst if you ask me) and no more uncomfortable story time time on the lower bunk bed.

Here’s the before photo of this room- yes it was cute, but no, it wasn’t what was working for us at all!

before shared bedroom

Girls where asking me to get them two beds to be able to cuddle with us right after I got them the bunks, and I just love the look of two matching beds- because let’s be honest, two matching beds mean double the coziness!

So since this is supposed to be their calm place for sleep , reading and snuggles, I decided to go for a more sweet & vintage vibe.

Not to mention the fact that my girls really asked for a girly room. So the floral decals from Urban Walls have set the tone for this space- with their soft pinks and peaches they look absolutely gorgeous! I love how they are printed, looking almost as if they where painted on the wall, and they where so easy to install – I was done within an hour!

The choice of new girls beds was a no brainer- I wanted a pretty vintage frame, preferably white and most importantly extendable- so I could save as much space as possible!

And the only place offering these kind of beds is Ikea! I love how these beds can be set on three different lengths ( toddler/ big kid/ teen) and that in the end they will turn in to regular twin size!

They come with an extensible mattresses that my girls have unanimously called most comfortable ever- so I’m assured they will sleep well in here!

I have also changed a lamp, for this simple Ikea one– I love the soft light and the classic design of it! See, I wanted something that would lead your eye up ( which always gives an impression of a bigger room) and simple enough to give the new beds and the floral wall all the attention they deserve.

I also added this new wardrobe for all the dresses and sweaters my girls own- it fits perfectly behind the doors and it’s so spacious inside!

As for the little night table I got it from my neighbors who where cleaning their basement and have left in in front of their home on the sidewalk! If you ask me I think it looks so cute with the new metal beds, it adds a bit of whimsy vintage vibe- I couldn’t be happier!

The other side of the room haven’t changed much- except that you won’t find toys falling off the dresser anymore!

I wasn’t as happy doing a makeover in a while now- this room has a vintage floral vibe, is cozy, bright and calming and most of all, well organized!

And my girls are both thrilled to be sleeping in two matching beds in the cutest floral room they have ever seen! And of course, that’s the most important part!

Disclosure- I have been gifted products for this bedroom makeover, all opinions remain exclusively my own.

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