The Coconut – Things to do with kids

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Frank has been dreaming about coconuts for a while. He´d seen a cartoon where the hero gets stuck on a deserted island. The hero´s quite strong and managed to knock down a coconut from a palmtree and open it with her bare hands. Crack! Then she drilled a hole through another coconut with her finger- put a straw in the hole and handed it to her companion so he could have a sip.
Is that even possible?” Frank asked. I promissed him that we would buy him one and see if we can open it. That night as he fell asleep on my arm he mumbled: “tomorrow we´re going to buy a coconut”. Ha! Sometimes being a parent is so darn easy- all this kid wants is a coconut? he want´s it so bad he even talks about it in his sleep.
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The next day Jens and Frank went to the store and picked one out. Back home Frank fantasized about how he would look with this cool new drink. He asked Jens if he could draw a straw on this picture so he could see, so Jens did.

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Then he told our neighbour Walter about the coconut.jennyfromdosfamily-8482

“Look!” Frank said “We´re going to drill a hole throuh it, so I can have a drink”
“Make sure you pin it down before you do, so you don´t get hurt”, Walter said. “Do you have a wood working bench? With a clamp?”
jennyfromdosfamily-8451We sure do. In the shed. Let´s go!

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Once we got to the shed we realized it was quite chilly. I fasten the coconut in the clamp, told Frank to stay there as I went inside to get him a sweater.

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When I came back Frank had managed to crack the coconut by himself in the clamp. No need for a drill or saw then, great. He was quite impressed with himself.

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Back inside it finally happend, he tried the milk. He´s so sweet and said it was good even though I could tell it did not taste like the milkshake that he was hoping for. Anyway he was very pleased with the whole situation, and could hardly wait to get to daycare the next day and tell his friends about it.

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I added the DosFamily tag “Thing To Do With Kids” to this post. Because this is excalyt how I hang out with my kids. I´m not into going to the park or the pool nor am I one to engage in role play. If you also are into stuff like this you should check out these post on the same topic that I wrote a while back:

1.Watch TV! How about a John Waters movie? That´s not really a question- it´s more of a demand! go do it!

2. Teach them how to prank someone- With this easy to do trick!

3. Give them a costume made from Play Doh

4. Overcome your fears

Good for kids and grown ups alike!

 

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Dos Visits Ebbe´s room – 13 decorating ideas to steal for your kid´s room

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Who? This is Ebbe, 5 yrs old, in his room, playing a little tune for his sister Iris.
Where? They live in Malmö, Sweden with their parents Pär and Lovisa.
How? Take one cool kid with lots of thrifted toys add some neon stickers and paint the floors white. Throw in one handy parent that can build some nice storage and BAAM – There you have it: Ebbe´s room.
BONUS: 13 decorating ideas to steal for your kid´s room
PHOTO: By me, Jenny Brandt

Ebbe´s dad , Pär, is a carpenter that you´ve might of met in the world of instagram “Pappa Pastell” (@pearottosson). He is passionete about interior decorating and re-decorates his home freqently. His kids are lucky ´cause this decor-loving parent has a soft spot  for kid frendly living. In fact the whole apartment is full of bright pastells, toys and playful design.  I went to visit them and photographed their home and in this post I´m giving you a tour of Ebbe´s room.

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I found so much inspiration in this room.  I´ve listed some of them here for you to steal.
jennyfromdosfamily-0301-31. Instead of buying wallpaper.
Perk up a wall with some ordinary office supply neon stickers. Instant upgrade at a very low cost.

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Ebbe liks the dots he tells me. “But sometimes they peel off or… I peel them off , but that´s ok I can just add a new one”.   If only dots on T-shirts would work the same way.  jennyfromdosfamily-0321-2

2. Plan before you build.
If you´re building your storage from scratch make sure you measure the stuff thats going to be stored in there. Not only the boxes and crates, but also the toys. Especially the tall gals with long necks.

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3. Raise your bed if you have limited space.
A bed takes up so much room. If you can raise it you´ll get lots of space underneath for storage or simply a nice hideout for the kids. Pär built this bed from a MDF building board and painted it white. The cloud is such a cute addition. Good job Pär!

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4. Things that make them move.
Parents tend to worry about kids sitting still to much so add something that will inspire them to move. If there is s a skateboard in your kids room they are going to use it! Gymnastic rings are also great. Or a pilates ball instead of an office chair. jennyfromdosfamily-0280

5. Coffeetables make great tables in kidsroom.
Not only are they just the right height they are also very common at thrift stores and flea makets. Perfect for games, building with LEGO, reading, drawing… you name it.

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6. Create a small but cozy reading nook in an unexpected place.
Here Pär made the bottom shelf bigger so it will fit Ebbe and a pillow. Decorated it with a string light.

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7. Paint a wall or door in chalkboardpaint.
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8. Decorate with tape on boxes and storage.
To eliminate guessing when the kids are looking for their stuff.
9. Two shades instead of one.
Paint furniture in two different colors. Like the IKEA stool, BEKVÄM, in the picture.
10. Sleep like a princess.
Make mattress covers in diffrent fabrics to create a “The princess and the pea” effect for the bed.
11. One wall for every mood.
This room has 4 walls with 3 diffrent looks. I love the mix of chalkboardpaint, wallpaper and dots.

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12.  Add a hat and fun will begin.
My kids have had so much fun with dressing-up-type of role play. They don´t need much and can go a long way with just one big hat.
13. Paint the inside of a book shelf.
Cause it looks nice and is only half the work.

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Ebbe, is such a sweet and kind boy. He hung out with me during the shoot and made my working really easy. He had seen me in a picture before I came over and he had told his parents that “She looks cute”. When I met him in the morning he instantly told me he wants to become a cake baker when he grows up. But when I left he had changed his mind- when he grows up he wants to be a “picture taker”.
Cool beans!

Thank you for having me over.

 

I will show you more from their home soon.

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Jenny in an Ilon Wikland drawing

jennyfromdosfamily-0756Since it´s Thursday today Im trowing us back to 2009, when I was blonde, we had a pink loveseat and I pretended I was a part of a Astrid Lindgren story.

I rearranged my furniture, hung some curtains and plucked a few petals off my tulips to get the right atmosphere. Then I slipped into something that the mother in the picture below would wear. I´d found a 70´s dress in my closet and some clogs. I gave myself a look in the mirror and told myself. “Yes, this will do fine!” ran downstairs (imagine the sounds of clogs in the wooden stairs clonk, clonk, clonk)  then I had a seat and hollered at my boy: “Jens! it´s all perfect now, come take my picture!”

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It is from the book “Jag vill också ha ett syskon” (I Want an Brother or a Sister) by superduo Ilon Wikland and Astrid Lindgren. A great book that you need to get if you have kids. Sweet story and amazing pictures.

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The fields are blooming in our village

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Yes, that precious time has come again when the canola fields are turning every other field into bright yellow patches across our country. Sweden is so dark and grey during winter and even though the transformation is making my brain hurt I can´t get enough. It is intoxicatingly beautiful.
Last year we had them right outside our yard and now we have to cross a small meadow of tall grass to get to one. I brought Viola to it to have a closer look. jennyfromdosfamily-8219jennyfromdosfamily-8266

Viola´s shirt says. “I´m So Fancy” try saying it without singing it. jennyfromdosfamily-8243

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That´s our house, on the other side of the meadow.

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Dos Visits Kollijox´s Home in Varberg, Sweden

Kollijox13This is artist Jennie Blomkvist where she likes to be the most: on the deck with her daughter Jill. I went to visit her with my camera and today I want to show you her home that she calls her playhouse. Jennie´s art is just like her home: fun, spontaneous and relaxed. She does not pay attention to trends and being at her house is inspiring, layed back and I can´t imagine it ever being dull.

Visit Jennie´s blog here, buy her art here and follow her on instagram @kollijox

I photographed this story with writer Kicki Wieslander for Australian mag. Real Living.
I hope you like it.
dosfamily--04Jennie and Fredrik with their kids Fideli, Viggo and Jill.  They live in Varberg Sweden in a house from 1938.

Kollijox15Black velvet and colorful shoes welcome you in the entrance

Kollijox26Faces on tables and on boobs

Kollijox06Fridge and freezer decorated with tape screaming:  “Meat, ice cream,  milk, cheese, eggs and stuff”

Kollijox11This is where they eat all that meat, ice cream,  milk, cheese, eggs and other stuff.

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Kitchen tiger

Kollijox19Jill is resting her creative little mind on a futon with a cover made out of the family´s old T-shirts.

Kollijox16A family tree painted by Jennie

badrum-kollijox12Bathroom mural with the Hulk painted by cartoon lover Jennie of course.

Kollijox31Dolls “Auntie Deidei”

Kollijox32Black, white and red. Being in this bathroom is like reading a comic book.

Kollijox22Plastic is fantastic. Candle holder made by Jennie. If your wondering what Kollijox means? This is it! Little knickknacks in Jennies home and on her mind.dosfamily--0195People who decorate in the middle of a renovation are my favorite kind of stylists. See below and above.dosfamily--

dosfamily--34dosfamily--0166Fashion is spelled t-s-h-i-r-tdosfamily--0468This T-shirt is kept in a box to help preserve the scent from someone that is no longer here.

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Jill reaching for the window in her parents bedroom.

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Long summer days are spent out on this deck. Jill has found some shade under this table so she can play “cut the rope” on moms phone.

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Such a divine space. They´ve added wheels on some pallets for a generous seating area. And painted the old wooden sofa red.

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One big playhouse…dosfamily--42

…and one small playhouse.

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Bye bye thanks for having me over

 

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Another morning at the Brandt´s

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Good morning. Today is Tuesday. I woke up from some chattering birds outside our window. Viola and Frank have been arguing about 15 diffrent things already. Frank has been enjoying it the most. I´ve french braided Viola´s hair for the 3rd day in a row. I´m getting good at it. Frank has watched 7 episodes of Sharko and Zig. (a Tom & Jerry – type of show). Jens has made pancakes. I´ve had some pancakes with sugar. Saba spent the night in the basement ´cause we accidentally locked her down there, poor thing, so this morning we´ve been taking turns cuddling her to make it up to her.

Now I´m going to put a bra on and get to work. 8B7B8125-2 8B7B8133-2

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PS: I´ll be working to the tunes of the talking heads. The video above is perfect in so many ways.
Bye bye

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