Friday, June 12, 2015

#babyboom2015

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"Everybody's pregnant. Even ______ (insert famous person)", is a sentence my flatmate and I have been saying frequently in the last couple of months. Hence the hashtag.
I love that a lot of my friends are pregnant right now and starting their own little families. It is something absolutely beautiful to watch and having been given the opportunity to plan their babyshowers was such an honor for me. You see for me planning a party or a gathering for somebody else means showing them how much I love them and to me it is a way of honoring them.
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I haven't done a lot of post recently about event planning and such mostly because of the move and also because sometimes when we gather for smaller events or bbqs and such I don't even take my camera or the phone out because the moments are so precious (therefore these pictures are mostly taken with my phone) that I want to be present in the moment. We sometimes become so fixated on curating our life and styling it and presenting it on social media that we lose what's important right now and that is the friendships and the moments and the memories which are created. Don't get me wrong. Nothing wrong with styling your life - I do it to to portrait bits and pieces but there needs to be an honesty and an authenticity to it.
Anyways moving along to these three babyshowers which I am covering in one post. First up let me say that I pretty much followed the same pattern in creating these which involves the following steps:
1. invitations and guest lists
2. design, decoration and crafts
3. food and drinks
4. program (in this case meaning prayer and presents)
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There was no overdoing it just the simplicity of gathering women and honoring mothers. And yet always trying to do it in style and beauty and fitting to the mother's personality. So I'm simply going to explain the babyshower theme and color scheme to give you an idea. When it comes down to it these showers are as personal as the mothers and I believe you don't need a whole lot of decorations. Focus and what's important: The table. Yes it is that simple. If you have buffet style, make the buffet look pretty (pretty plates, bowls etc.). Try to frame the buffet. If you are sitting down at a table try to make that look pretty with candles and some fun and colorful details. Try to focus on just a few colors instead of trying to do everything and then go from there. I sometimes feel having a theme like rain or something like that helps you stay on track.
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1. The "Hey Baby" Colorful afternoon
Colours: apricot, yellow, pink
My sister had a baby girl but didn't want too much pink. She's a fun person and since it was still kind of winter out here we tried to do something fresh and colorful. There were lots of people so we decided to do plastic dishes as we hosted it at church. The cake was definitely a highlight made by a woman from church. The streamer's were super simple and you can find the tutorial here.
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2. The rainy brunch Babyshower
Colours: aqua, white, yellow
My friend Tanja whose bridal shower you might remember from here loves rain and storms and so it was natural we included that in her babyshower. She is going to have a little baby boy. We hosted it at Elemenz, our church Café and really we just made the table look pretty with some fresh flowers, table runners and hung some clouds over the buffet. It was quite simple but made the room look really nice. She added some "Build your own rainstorm" favors which made everything perfect.
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3. The modern girly brunch
Colours: black, white, pink, gold
This babyshower was hosted at a home and we all sat around the sofa and chairs wherever there was room. Clarissa, whose bridal shower and wedding your might remember has some great taste and so it was all black, white with a lot of pink and gold thrown in. It was very modern with a touch of shabby vintage thrown in the mix. Here also we simply focused on the buffet table and tried to frame it and make it the focal point of the shower.

Anyways I hope you're feeling as inspired as ever and I believe anybody can create beautiful gatherings. With a little love for detail and some candles you are going to do a great job.

xoxo

Ramona

Monday, June 8, 2015

Movie Monday: The TV Show edition

I have been wanting to do a "movie Monday" like this for a very long time and so I am super excited to share some of my favorite TV shows with you.
I personally love TV shows because they have ongoing story lines and you don't have to commit to a full on movie. I will be honest with you and tell you that I totally get attached to the characters and often times in busy season I like to put on a show and forget about all the things that are going on. During the last couple of months Sunday Night movie night became Sunday Night show time with my flat mate and it was one of those rather ordinary things which totally still felt like home.
So here's a list of my favorite TV shows and can I just add that I am quite picky and you will realize that there are more action based shows which it due to the fact that I cannot constantly fill myself with drama and wrong decision making.

1. One Tree Hill
Although this might be a guilty pleasure show it is to this day my favorite show. I admit though that I never finished the last season. I still have a few episodes to watch but that's ok. I might never. Who knows. This is definitely drama it the most dramatic sense and at some point I had to stop watching it because it got too intense for me but nonetheless I loved it.

2. Arrow
Oh yeah and this is how we dive into the superhero world of shows. I've heard many people say how they don't like the acting and story and find it boring. I never agreed. I thought it had everything without being too dark. And it has only gotten better and gained more depth.

3. The Flash
This is the spin off show of Arrow and haven't we all just fallen in love with Barry Allen/The Flash over the last 9 months? What I love about this show is that it is action filled and yet very human. It is about a guy really trying to do good and save the world. I love how positive it always is.

4. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Yes I love my superhero shows and comic adaptations. It is just so far from anything going on in my own life that it makes it really easy to unwind. What I love about this show is how parallel it runs to all the Marvel cinematic universe movies like Captain America The Winter Soldier and also the newest Avengers: Age of Ultron.

5. Hart of Dixie
I loved that show because it was light and funny and witty and full of southern charm and definitely taught me to understand the accents. I watched every episode from start to finish.

So here they are: 5 of my favorite shows. There is other shows that I watch and love too but these really are on top of the list.

What are your favorite shows to watch and why?

xoxo
Ramona






Thursday, June 4, 2015

Thursday Tunes


This album cover is currently going around the world as it should be because this album by Hillsong United is lifting up the name of Jesus and pointing people to His saving grace. If you haven't listened to it yet I strongly urge you to buy the album or give it to a friend.

xoxo

Ramona





Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Lessons learned

When we ask God to do something new to stretch us make us grow we can count on it...

Well about two years ago I said to God that I needed to rest that I wasn't able to go through stuff like that which had happened anymore. Well his sweet response was that He would not give me too much to handle and that he would take care of me. I agreed and left it at that.
Fast forward and I find myself at a completely different place in my life. A place of rest and ease. A place of blessing and provision and happiness. Life is good. My twenties are over. I'm ready for the next decade.
Well fast forward another couple of months and find me biking to work feeling this nudge, this quiet knowing but to speak out the words would mean to mean then and obedience the consequence. It would cost me something. I wrestled with it for a couple of days knowing I would have to say them, "God, I'm ready again. I want to be stretched. I want to grow. Whatever it is ministry, love and relationship or basically anything in my life."
My three words for 2015 were risk, endurance and change. These words sound a little dangerous and bring with them growth, waiting, letting go and trusting.
In January I bought an apartment which in itself probably isn't even a big thing for some people but you see I am single and to tackle this whole ordeal by myself involved a huge risk and believe me I'm not good with numbers. It also brought with it a whole lot of change.
The whole process shone a light on my singleness like nothing ever has before. Don't get me wrong I am ok with that fact (mostly) but being confronted with it constantly was frustrating.
But in the whole process I am learning to be thankful, to trust, to relearn the value of family and friendship and depending on other people for help is actually ok and I am blessed with amazing family and friends. In moments of loneliness God keeps showing me who my people are and he is teaching me gratefulness. I would love to say come over to my place it's cozy and done but truthfully it is still work in progress and many areas are still uncomfortable but the process is still teaching me to endure and embrace change.
I think it is a good thing because we're not created to stand still but to be made into beautiful vessels by God and I believe God has a purpose with the apartment. I for one cannot wait to for the people coming in an out being hosted. The moments with tea, with dinner, with popcorn. The parties, the quiet times.
So, God, thank you for growth and stretching and enlarging my tents to love more people into your kingdom.

xoxo

Ramona


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thursday Tunes

Last week on Thursday a friend texted me asking for some Thursday Tunes recommendations and I texted her a few ideas. But I didn't tell her about James Bay. I discovered his music about two years ago on Noisetrade and have loved his EPs ever since. Well, now he produced a whole album for all of us to enjoy. It has some of his older songs on there as well as a few new ones and I think you should have a listen to it. Also if you're a hopeless romantic like me this album is definitely going to feed you well.



xoxo
Ramona

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

German Wheel

Yesterday I went to the Young Stage International Circus Festival. It has been my second time going and let me tell you both times I sat there at the end of the show with tears in my eyes. There were these young artist full of passion and artistry and athleticism chasing their dreams, creating something beautiful and it just gets to me. They all stood on stage like one big family cheering each other on although being in competition with each other. I guess it is seeing the beauty and talent and diversity in each other rather than comparing and competing with each other.
Anyways there was one act which really got to me. It was performed on the German Wheel (invented in Germany in the 1920s for a "Turnverein") and I really wanted to share it with you (thanks to youtube I was able to find it). I could tell you what the performance is about but I won't so you can find your own interpretation in it.



 xoxo
Ramona


Monday, May 18, 2015

Movie Monday

Today I want to share another movie of recent with you. The Judge is a movie which deeply touches the subject of a father son relationship without being too foreseeable and cliche.

I thought the movie was very well done, very modern with rather dark filter and little use of color, some exceptional musical choices and a slightly different Robert Downey Jr. The movie definitely falls under the Drama genre and yet is intense enough for a thriller.

xoxo
Ramona


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