February 20, 2015

DIY: Peanutbutter cups

It's recipe time again! This time we wanted to go for something sweet (which of course, involves chocolate..).

Today we're going to make peanutbutter cups! Of course we didn't come up with the idea of coating chocolate around peanutbutter ourselves. The idea is based on the famous Reese's peanutbutter cups. We noticed that sometimes, all of a sudden, we really crave for this type of candy. Maybe it's because of the perfect balance between sweet and salty.. the pretty shape.. the chocolate bite.. the soft peanutbutter core..  Anyway, we find it extremely addictive!

On the food blog Oh My Foodness we found a recipe that was very useful. We changed the ingrediĆ«nts a little bit, depending on what we had at home. And they turned out perfectly!!

For a clear and easy explanation on how to make them, you can watch the video below.

For 12 peanutbutter cups, use:
- 4 tablespoons of peanutbutter (smooth: without small pieces of peanut)
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- a small bowl of powdered sugar
- a pinch of salt
- two large milk chocolate bars

Bon appetit:)

Let us know if you tried them and how they turned out!

Lisa & Ivanna

February 17, 2015

Swan Market

Last Sunday, we went to the Swan Market in Rotterdam again. It was a perfect, sunny day for a little trip like this, and judging by the line at the entrance, we weren't the only ones with this idea ;) Luckily, it did turn out to be a great day, despite the initial congestion. 

For those who are not familiar with this creative lifestyle market, you should really check their website, or read this post. And please pay it a visit sometime, because it really is awesome. Vintage, food, and handmade goodies - what is not to like?

Since it was inside (the glorious Van Nelle factory) this time, we unfortunately weren't able to take a lot of pictures like we did before because of the lack of daylight, but we did manage to shoot a nice little video (which functions as a little shop vlog as well)!

Were you there as well?

Lisa & Ivanna

February 14, 2015

Something Lovely

Did you all have a nice Valentine's day? Of course you did. Even if you don't celebrate this day of love, it was a wonderful day altogether. It was for us, anyway.

It was just one of those days: the weather was nice, everybody around us was happy and cheerful, and our to-do list merely consisted of fun and creative tasks. Not to mention it was a Saturday. We love Saturdays.

Oh, and the best thing of all: Lisa received the cutest postcard from Aline from the wonderful blog Paperboats! Not that they know each other or anything (we'd wish!), but Aline had the wonderful idea of sending postcards to all of her readers who wanted to receive one. How sweet is that?! Of course, Lisa jumped at the chance, and ended up with this little gem in her mailbox:

Adorable, right? Thank you, Aline!

Now, we're off to get our beauty sleep, because tomorrow we'll be strolling around the Swan Market in Rotterdam again (so be sure to keep an eye out for our post on this!). Nighty-night!

xx Lisa & Ivanna

February 3, 2015

Valentine's Discount

Good news for the lovebirds among us: until February 14 we offer a 14% Valentine's Discount in our Etsy shop! If you use the code "Valentine2015", you get 14% off of all your purchases (except of course the shipping costs). 

Of course, you don't have to buy these as presents - there's nothing wrong with buying something pretty for yourself ;)

February 1, 2015

Blog Planner

We finally found a very handy and fun way to organise our blogposts! We made ourselves a clear and cheerful paper blog planner (which you can download for free!).

In our previous post, we mentioned that we had some trouble organising our posts. We felt like there wasn't enough variation in our posts, and we had issues coordinating our blogposts and Youtube videos. But not anymore!

Apparently, this blog calendar thing is nothing new - 90% of all bloggers seem to use one. So it's kind of crazy for us not to have tried this before. Well, actually we tried loads of stuff. At first, we really wanted an online tool that we could both reach, since we blog together, but are often working seperately from our own homes. So we tried Google calendar, Dropbox, Evernote - you name it -, but none of them really worked for us. It seems nothing beats good ol' pen and paper.

So, we finally decided to use a paper planner as well, and even though we have only one copy that is not always within reach for the both of us, we love it already!

The main focus in our planner is the monthly calendar. Here, we can plan out our posts and videos, and because we use small post-its to colour-code our categories, we can make sure we maintain some variety in our posts. The post-its come of really easily, so if we decide to change our planning, we just move them around.

In addition to the calendar, we also have a to-do list to keep track of what we have to do for the different platforms we use. This is very useful for us, since we tend to forget a lot...

Since we also like to keep track of our growth, we added monthly statistics rubrics as well. Our idea is to fill this out at the end of each month, so we can track our progress on each platform, and see what went well and what didn't.

Of course, it wouldn't be nice to keep this planner all to ourselves. Therefore we give you the opportunity to download our planners for free. Just follow the links below and you'll find the planners and lists ready to be printed.

Let us know in the comments what you think of our idea of blogpost organisation! We are also interested to hear your other creative ideas of blogpost planning. Share your thoughts with us! :)

Lisa & Ivanna