Wednesday, April 08, 2015

I've moved !

Daan's Life and Daan's Cupcakes have merged into 1 blog. You can find me @ Danielle Slingerland, I still share about my life in the Netherlands with my family, about scrapbooking, bakingcrochet, planning with my filofax, fabulous finds but also my life as a Work at Home Mom running Oiled by Nature and my journey and experiences with Young Living Essential Oils.

I would love it if you would continue to follow me there !

Sunday, August 03, 2014

11 going on 13 ...

He's all set to go to secondary school, and he's only turned 11 ...

My little bubbly boy is growing up way too fast, getting his hair chopped off was the first sign of that. He wanted big boy hair not the surfer dude hairdo I loved so much.

He loves reading, swimming, minecraft, youtube films on gaming and bouncing on the trampoline that about sums up his days this summer.

Happy Birthday to my sweet bright bubbly boy !

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Happy Anniversary Babe

I still think he's the most exciting, fun, and cutest guy I know. Sometimes I think he's an ass, but that's just little things now and then. In the last 25 years I have never for one second wondered if there is a better man out there, I hit the jackpot and that feels good !

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Dutch Dare 112 ~ Lotsa White

I have had a huge blogger and scrapbooking hiatus but I'm scrapping again and determined to blog more and give you the peeks into my life whetheryou want it or not ...

The dare for this month is white, and I decided to make a layout about my Personal Malden Filofax.

I used a faux filofax for years and when I purchased a smart phone decided to neglect my organiser and use the phone, it has a calendar, it can give you reminders, it made sense. But after 2 years (and my second samsung) I felt like i was always playing catch up, one step behind in my planning and important events things had to change.

On Pinterest and Instagram I noticed that there was a new trend arising, decorating your filofax with stickers, washi and lovely colored pens.

Now scrapbookers are people who like to decorate so the spark was lit again. I dug up my faux filofax, bought inserts and started playing and planning again! Lord knows I have plenty of things to decorate with {but to be honest you can never have enough washi, stickie notes or stickers}. We have plenty of fun stores in the Netherlands {HEMA, Flying Tiger, Action, Sostrene Grene, Zeeman, Wibra} but they do not have as much cute things the Walmart 1$ stationary section or cheap deals like Michaels so I try to swap on several FB pages or via Instagram. There are also lot's of fun stores online and on Etsy.

Besides all the hoarding, swapping and rak'ing there's also the desire to own the prettiest filofax there is. I have a few in my collection right now, I don't use them all, some are an investment (no longer available) like the medium Mint Kikki.k planner and the personal rose Finchley. I am currently using the personal purple malden you see in the layout as an organiser and a pocket purple pennybridge as a wallet.


kikki k. (bottom) and rose finchley
< photo courtesy of cafe et papier blog>

 I enjoyed it so much I started joining groups on Facebook and started a Dutch FB Group and a European FB Group with likeminded filofax lovers.

To give you an idea of how I decorate my pages:

Hope I gave you some inspiration, leave me a comment, I'd love to read it !

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

13 and lovin'it

My oldes boy loves being older, thinks he's so wise but has so much still to learn as he's only turned 13 ....

We try to teach him all he needs to know about life, love, school and all things inbetween.
He usually gives us the look of yeah right what would you know about that you are ancient ... but he gets it most of the time.

The first half of middle school has been quite a challenge for him, school sucks in his opinion and although we were helping him through it he had a hard time accepting our help. We've sent him to homework classes and that seems to be working (although they do & tell him exactly the same as we were doing) his grades are improving and with that his happy bubbly personality is reappearing.

Sweet Michael, please show the world what a wonderful, funny and happy boy you are, enjoy and embrace puberty and it will be a rollercoaster ride that you can look back on with a smile !

Wednesday, January 01, 2014


Two things I want to share with you to start this year off are



Let's make it a great year people ~ !

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Another teenager in the making / Nog een tiener in de maak

He can never wait until tomorrow as he always believes that what is coming then is the best ever.
I repeatedly tell him to cherish today and tomorrow comes by too quickly...

He's turned 10 today, going to the final grade of our elementary schoolsystem after the summer. He'll be really young when he goes to secondary school but doesn't care. He loves to be around older kids and wants to be treated like a 12 yr old ...

Sweet bubbly boy you want to be grown so fast and me, I want to enjoy the little boy in you for a bit longer than you do ...