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Copenhagen here we come!

It was an excited little Pixie that woke up on Thursday. We had been planning our trip to Copenhagen for some time and she was thrilled as she packed her little suitcase on the Wednesday evening.

Our flight was due to leave at 10.00, and we left home at 8.00 to get the Arlanda Express. Three cuddly toys were coming along for the hols, Fluffy, Fluffy and Bunny.

We took the Metro from Copenhagen Aiport directly in to town, in like two seconds. We bought two Copenhagen Cards for 72 hours, 75 free museums and free travel on all buses, Metro and trains in The Greater Copenhagen area. Such a good deal. We headed for Kungens Nytorv and Nyhavn where our Hotel was located.

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The Scandic Front and a family room, Great for this kind of trip.

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Anxiety!

I suffer from anxiety, there I said it. It’s not everyday that I share really personal things in this blog. Mostly I write about things that make me happy or the clothes I just bought or plan to wear the next day. Quite superficial reaaly, but that is also a way to keep things on track and moving.

Anxiety sounds very serious, and I wouldn’t go as far as calling it a disorder, but my levels of anxiety goes up and down depending on what’s going on in my life. Sometimes when it gets to much for me to handle I sleep very poorly and then I feel a need to withdraw.

Last night I was awake until 4.30 in the morning, then I finally got some sleep. You can imagine that I was exhausted today. But I still managed to get a good days work done, and most critically I managed to get back to all the clients that I had set up to respond to this week.

This afternoon I enjoyed my dear daughter’s company and we enjoyed a healthy dinner and a good movie before she headed to bed.

Now that I have some perspective on the inner turmoil I suffered last night I feel ready to go to bed and sleep. Tomorrow is another day, and I look forward to it!

 

Sunday morning!

Sunday morning is usually spent on the sofa with a cup of coffee watching Eastenders, my absolute favourite soap and my only addiction (apart from shopping). The storyline is as depressing as ever, people being murdered, husbands and wives having secrets and alcohol problems.

I am not sure if it is the best way to kick of a Sunday but, Hell, I’m addicted to it.

Once I had my fix it was time to get down to business, busy day ahead with Dance Class for Pixie and then lunch with my sister, shoes to polish, visit to our new home and then back to Vasastan for dinner and a movie.

We’re off, wish me luck!

Autumnal garb and a new home!

The Times They Are a-Changin, we sold our home in Vasastan (central Stockholm) and the future in the burbs is calling. At the moment we are looking for a new home just outside the Stockholm City Tolls. Bromma, Råsunda, Midsommarkransen possibly Aspudden are the prime areas, and we go on excursions every Sunday looking for the perfect home.

Autumn has arrived and the leaves on the trees have begun to turn yellow. We are yet to see the red mix in with these auburn shades that surround us, but soon it will be here. The full on Autumn that slowly will turn to Winter.

IMG_6806During the past week I’ve managed to do some shopping. It’s been a while since I really splashed out on myself, but I felt it was time to invest in some Autumnal garb. Some pieces to get me through the coldish Autumn months, before the Swedish Winter hits.

As usual I am most predictable and have picked up some dark blue jeans, a blue coat, blouse from COS and Chelsea Boots. (Classics will rule this Winter)

Autumnal Garb!

Overall a VERY good Saturday!

Saturday is a day of the week that always comes with an element of pressure to perform, perform as a good parent and fun mum. We usually start the day off at the Ballet Academy at Birgerjarlsgatan with the ”Dance n’ Play” (Danslek) session and Miss Margit. If everything goes according to plan we have a ”fika” afterwards  with Pixie’s best friend from pre-school and her mummy. (Fika means having a coffee).

 

After ballet we headed down to the auction house in Frihamnen to have a look around. I realised quickly that both Erin and I were wearing the wrong clothes. What had started out as a sunny and warm ”spring is in the air” kind of day turned into a cold, rainy and windy February day. I was wearing a By Malene Birger dress with black tights and my Blundstones and my cardigan and jacket weren’t warm enough to keep me warm.

Pixie nearly fell asleep on the bus back to Vasastan, Mark tickled the palm of her hand for ages and she nearly drifted away. (but no such luck). Instead we ended up in one of my favourite places to have coffee, Ritorno. Our friend Michael came along with his daughter Alice. Pixie and Alice had such a ball together, they shared a plate of pancakes, had juice and pastries and played for ages.

Michael and Alice agreed to join us for dinner so we headed back to our place, but not before I headed in to ETC on Odengatan to check out the sale.

Pixie and Alice had a fantastic time together this evening, they played and played and played, watched a barbie movie, had dinner and crisps and sweets (in that order). When Alice left Pixie was so upset, she was sooo tired and we settled in bed quite quickly. She fell asleep whispering ”Alice”.

Overall a VERY good Saturday!

Pixie does Bikram

Fashionable Mamas practice Yoga! Right?

Well, there are quite a few mamas at my class here in Stockers and in Hollywood you’ll find many celebrity mamas with Bikram Choudry at his Yoga centre in Los Angeles.

So who does Bikram… Gwyneth Paltrow, Jenny McCarthy, Demi Moore, Madonna, Donna Air and Edith Bowman to name a few mamas.

Pixie is always so intrigued by my yoga classes. She always asks ”Mummy, are you going to dance yoga today?” when I am leaving with my yoga mat and water bottle.

Unfortunately it’s not really a session that I can bring her to, but just the other day I decided to show her a few poses on the kitchen floor. She loved it!

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Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)

Sunday morning…

This morning has been like a trip back  in time, back to a time when I was young, child free and spent my mornings on the sofa with a Sunday paper and some trashy TV-show on the telly having partied hard the night before.

In the early noughties Mark and I had just made the move to Foxrock, fleeing the city and our apartment in Mespil Estate Dublin 4, and settled in our lovely home in Carrickmines Wood. We spent most of our Saturdays in pubs like Jack O’Rourkes or bars  like Tonic in Blackrock, usually followed by a visit to Dublin clubs like Lillies Bordello or Renards, or if we were lucky, an amazing dinner with the Demery’s on Proby Place. June Demery, the ultimate chef maravillosa, always made some amazing meals and we used to gather round the table like members of the family. Thank you for that June, Manolo and the girls! We used to get home quite late, if we hadn’t decided to stay the night in Blackrock, and by the time we came home /woke up on the Sunday all we could ever manage was some well deserved chill time on the sofa.

Last night we enjoyed a lovely evening with our friends Cecile and Henrik, they had invited us to their home on Sveavägen to flavour some amazing Swedish food, a reindeer stew and to meet some friends of theirs who have recently relocated to Stockholm from Warsaw.

We didn’t make it home until after 1.oo so safe to say it’s been lovely to have a lie-in  this morning. Right now I am on the sofa enjoying the Eastenders Omnibus with a cup of coffee and a slice of cheesecake (made by the lovely K), we didn’t manage to eat it all last night so instead I am having it now.

In an hour or so I will head out to my parents to collect Pixie who has spent the night, but first I am going to enjoy a couple of episodes of Sex and the City and then go for a run, to completely fill the morning with nostalgia.

 

Doing the Bikram…

Recently I’ve become obsessed with Bikram Yoga. Read about it on  Wikepedia .

It’s sometimes referred to as Hot Yoga as it’s postures are performed in hot and humid temperatures.  I currently attend Perfection, just by Humlegården here in Stockholm and I am really enjoying it.

Apart from being a great form of exercise, Bikram yoga has many other health benefits?

1. Flexibility:  We all know that yoga makes us more flexible.  Yoga in a 37 degree room is great because you’re operating at basically the same temperature that you body is anyway, so you’re already warmed up! When your muscles are more flexible, you’re at less risk for injury.

2. Stress Relief:  Hot yoga helps relax the mind and the body.

3. You burn more fat:  In Bikram yoga, you burn more fat than a regular yoga class. It is common to lose centimeters in a short time of hot yoga practice.

4. Your feel stronger:  Your body is stronger, but you also strengthen your will power, and your ability to challenge yourself, since hot yoga requires lots of concentration.

5. Your skin looks better: Sweat makes our body release toxins. It’s a natural detox, plus your skin has a healthy sweaty glow :)

For more information about BikramYoga and its benefits, click here.

Concert with Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Sweden’s largest daily newspaper DN arranges an outdoor concert together with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra every year. The stage is always the Museum of Marine History at Djurgården in Stockholm and this year it featured Nina Persson of The Cardigans, on eof my favourite bands.

We had originally intended to go to the Etnographic Museum for a Voudo Show and a dance performance, but as we had brought along a picnic and all, we decided to joing the 30,000 people who had parked their picnic-blankets on the lawn in front of the main stage.

It was a great performance and a great day out, Pixie and I were photographed by one of the DN photographer and hopefully we’llbe featured in tomorrow’s paper.

On the way home Pixie decided that she was a princess and began to wear her towel as ”hair” with her princess crown. She was s cute, lots of people stopped to talk to her.

Bikram Yoga early in the morning…

As I left home at 6.30 the streets were quiet. Karlbergsvägen lay deserted and the bus had only 3 other people on. I had my big bag and Yoga mat in my hands, tryingto manouver myself onto the bus I drop my bus pass. Damns, I had to crawl underneath the actual bus to get hol dof it. (yes, everyone stared) 

I haven’t practised Yoga for 3 years, my latest opportunity was during my pregnancy when I practised with Sighle in Dalkey, (Dublin, Ireland). Before that I did various classes, started with Hatha in 1998, then Iyenger and finally Ashtanga. But Bikram is something else!

I did my first class last Thursday, my second this morning and I have booked another one on Thursday morning. Me thinks is becoming a regular thing. It’s amazing! …I must admit I have a bit to go, not as flexible as I used to me,but I am already noticing a difference. My muscles are leaner, my aches are going and I seem to have slimmed down already. (could be that I have been running much more regularly as well lately)

Bikram Yoga is the 26 postures Sequence selected and developed by Bikram Choudhury from Hatha Yoga. The Bikram Yoga studios are built in such a way that you always get the proper heating (40C / 104F) which help you to do your postures optimally. Bikram calls these studios as “Torture Chambers”. (it’s true)

I was so pleased with myself as I left for work…

Hatha Yoga flushes away the waste products, the toxins of all the glands and organs of your body. It provides a natural irrigation of the body through the circulatory system, with the help of the respiratory system. It brings nourishments to every cell of your body so that each one can perform its function and keep your body healthy. Bikram Yoga also employs heat to further that cleaning process: When you sweat, impurities are flushed out of the body through the skin.