13 Experience Gifts To Give On Mother’s Day

Mother’s day is just around the corner. In my opinion mother’s every day of the year. But because we live in a consumerist world, this day has been claimed to be mothers day by the commerce industry. With advertisings everywhere about mothers day, it is hard not to think of it and give nothing. If you want to make this Mother’s day a green one, try to give an experience instead of a physical thing. The research proves it, experiences makes you happier than things. I have gathered some ideas for you. Here they are:

High-tea
Invite your mom, or mom friends to spend a couple of hours with you while eating the tastiest cakes, scones, and cookies.

Brunch
If the person you are giving the gift is not a sweets lover, going for brunch is a better option than high-tea. This gift is a great option to catch up and spend time together. My favorite brunch place in the city I live in is Het Lokaal.

Museum tickets for two
Get cultural and go with your mom to a museum.

Movie tickets for two
Is there a new movie coming out? Go watch it with your mom or mom friends. At the cinemas, you can grab some candy, popcorn and invite the drinks.

Yoga/Dance/Sport passes for a month
Depending on the interests of your mama, you can give a monthly pass to their favorite activity. It can be yoga, Zumba, CrossFit, hip hop, etc.

Spa day for two
Spend the day with mom relaxing in the sauna. Or chilling in the swimming pool.

Facial
A great gift to pamper someone you love. My favorite beauty salon is Frank and Olive.

Cooking classes
Take a class with your mom and learn how to cook a different type of cuisine.

Music try-out lessons
Has your mom always mention how much she would like to learn how to play the violin? or the piano? Surprise her with a month of classes. Book the best piano teacher in Amersfoort here.

Photoshoot
Give your mom pictures she would like to hang in the living rooms. Starting at €70 you can book this talented photographer.

A food subscription box for a week
Give your mom well-deserved time off from going grocery shopping by giving her a meal box. Try for example the vegan box.

Beauty workshop
Learn with your mother how to make your own makeup. O maybe you prefer to learn to mix your own perfum? Check the difeerent DIY workshops you can go to in Amsterdam here.

Let her sleep in
This one is for the partners. Especially for those with little kids. The best mother’s day gift? SLEEP IN. Every mom it’s been desperately craving a few hours of uninterrupted sleep. Grab her a lavender eye pillow to make it extra relaxing.

With Love,
Alisson

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A Letter To Soon-To-Be Moms

It’s ok…

It’s ok to feel nervous and anxious about giving birth,
It’s ok to want to have a natural birth, it’s ok if you prefer a c-section,
It’s ok to want to get pain reliefs during birth, it’s ok if you don’t,
It’s ok if you despair and lose control, it’s ok if you are zen,

It’s ok to want to give breastmilk, it’s ok if you prefer formula,

It’s ok to quit breastfeeding after 2 weeks, it’s ok to continue breastfeeding after 2 years,
It’s ok if you are too tired to take care of your newborn, it’s ok if you are energetic,
It’s ok to have your newborn attached to your breasts for hours,
It’s ok. your breast milk is ok. Your baby is ok. You might be experiencing your first growth spurt,

It’s ok to co-sleep with your baby for one day, it’s ok to still do it after 5 years,

It’s ok to feel insecure, it’s ok if you don’t,
It’s ok to feel exhausted, it’s ok if you feel fresh as a daisy,
It’s ok to be jealous of your partner, it’s ok to ask him for help,
It’s ok to feel hungry all the time, it’s ok to eat all the time,
It’s ok if your clothes don’t fit, it’s ok if they do,

It’s ok to lose the pregnancy weight in two weeks, it’s ok if you lose it in two years,
It’s ok if you never lose the pregnancy weight,
It’s ok if you don’t like your new body, it’s ok to be kind to your new body.

It’s ok to hold your baby all day long,
It’s ok for your baby to be clingy, it’s ok if you enjoy it,
It’s ok if you get tired and ask for help,
It’s ok to sleep-train your baby, it’s ok if your baby sleeps only on top of you,

In the motherhood road, everything is not only ok, but it’s normal. If you think and feel that what you are doing is the best for your baby and for you, then you are doing the right thing.

You can do this, I believe in you.

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A peek into my baby’s closet

With Love,
Alisson

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Sustainable Brand: Röhnisch

Spring is my favorite season to go back to working out regularly. With the sunny weather and the trees blooming everywhere, I find the motivation to get into my sports clothes and out of the door. Recently, I discovered the sustainable Danish brand ‘Röhnisch’ at the webshop http://www.watmooi.nl

The Swedish brand Röhnisch makes stylish, trendy and comfortable sportswear for women. Sustainability and ethical practices are at the core of the brand. For their pieces, they use recycled materials. All clothing is made in factories where people work under fair conditions. There is a “Code of Conduct” that all their suppliers must adhere to. This includes agreements on, among other things, exploitation, child labor, discrimination, and the environment.

The brand works together with the organization “Hand in hand”. This organization is working in a world without poverty and child labor. In India, the organizations work together to help women start their own businesses. They do this by sharing knowledge about business operations, but also by offering “microfinance”. Röhnisch has also been a partner of Pink Ribbon since 2014 and has sports bras in their collection that are suitable for women with prostheses.

From the Röhnisch collection of www.watmooi.nl, I got the flattering dots tights and sports bra. Here are some pictures:

What I´m wearing:
Sports bra and tights // Röhnisch via www.watmooi.nl
Jacket // Second-hand
Bottle // Organic Basics
Shoes // Ehtletic

Use the code ‘RH19’ to get 20% discount on the whole Röhnisch collection at www.watmooi.nl

With Love,
Alisson

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Tutu Outfit Ideas

Sustainable Outfit Of The Week

Doing a closet detox is a good way of realizing how much clothes we have, how many of them we like and how many of them we simply don’t wear. One of my friends was detoxing her closet and she found a light blue tutu skirt that she only wore once and never again. She gave it to me and I started to find out how to wear it.

On these series of pictures, I show you how I style the skirt in different outfits.

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Pictures by Celia Alma from  @thelightboxtales

What I´m wearing:
Body and Jacket // Second-hand from the market
Skirt // Second-hand from a friend the market
Shoes // The Next Closet

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What I´m wearing:
Body and Jacket // Second-hand from the market
Skirt // Second-hand from a friend the market
Shoes // The Next Closet

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Pictures by Marisa Elisa Photography

What I´m wearing:
T-shirt and skirt // Second-hand from a friend
Jacket and Bag // Vintage shop

With Love,
Alisson

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Beige Coat Outfit

Sustainable Outfit Of The Week

Going to the second-hand market has become part of my life. During the winter times, the market is once per month. And from the spring on, it’s twice per month. Normally, when I go to the market I don’t spend much time on it. I walk through it and only check a market stall if I see potential in it. One of the days that I went to the market, I found a beige coat. It was only €2. I bought it without fitting. I washed it first and then realized how great of a coat it is. I can combine it with a lot of items from my closet.

On these series of pictures, I show you how I style the coat. The pictures were made by the photographer Celia Alma from @thelightboxtales

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What I´m wearing:
Body, pants, coat // Second-hand from the market
Shoes // Ecorebell shoes made from hemp material
Bag // Vintage

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Alisson

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Documentaries To Learn More About The Environment On This Earth Day

There is no secret anymore that climate change is real. The effects of human impact on the planet are already visible with the melting of ice sheets, increased CO2 in the atmosphere, the potential of megafauna extinction, and massive garbage patches floating in our oceans. It can all be pretty overwhelming.

But what can we do about this? I have gathered my favorite documentaries for you to learn more about the environment. Maybe some of these movies can help us to get inspired and find the answers.

More than honey (2013)
Beekeepers, scientists, and others discuss the world’s declining bee population and what it may mean for modern society.

A plastic ocean (2013)
Explorers Craig Leeson and Tanya Streeter and a team of international scientists reveal the causes and consequences of plastic pollution and share solutions.

Cowspiracy (2014)
Follow the shocking, yet humorous, journey of an aspiring environmentalist, as he daringly seeks to find the real solution to the most pressing environmental issues and true path to sustainability.

The true cost (2015)
This shocking documentary is must-see for everyone. We all wear clothes. This sheds light on the real story behind the fast fashion industry, the true cost of fashion. Uncovering dirty secrets and encouraging positive change in society’s behavior.

Sustainable (2016)
Farmer Marty Travis watches his land and community fall victim to the pressures of agribusiness. Determined to create a proud legacy for his son, Marty transforms his profitless wasteland and pioneers the sustainable food movement in Chicago.

Before the flood (2016)
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio meets with scientists, activists, and world leaders to discuss the dangers of climate change and possible solutions.

Chasing coral (2017)
Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. Divers, photographers, and scientists set out on an ocean adventure to discover why the reefs are disappearing and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

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Sustainable Brand: Teym

Scrolling down Instagram I found an Amsterdam based brand that caught my attention: Teym. As soon as I started researching I fell in love with their ethical vision.

Sustainability, minimalism, and quality are at the core of Teym. The brand launches only one item per year. The goal is to create One Impeccable Wardrobe; one item at the time.  Developing a new item takes a full year. For every piece, there is a well thought extensive research, design process, and production process.  Every item has been developed in Teym’s atelier in Amsterdam and the factories are all in Europe.

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Items of Teym from 2015 to 2018

A healthy work environment and a fair wage for the garment workers is a priority for Teym. It is important to the brand to know in which countries, by which people and under what conditions the items are being made. Because the factories are in Europe, the team is able to visit them on a regular basis and ensure fair labor practices.

From their items, the brand gifted me The Sweatsuit. I got the Zip Hoodie and The Sweatpants both in camel color. They are made from 100% cotton in an ethical factory in Portugal, where the workers are specialized in jersey.

On these series of pictures, I show you how I style The Sweatpants in different outfits. The pictures were made by photographer Marisa Elisa.

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Learn more about Teym and their sustainable practices here.

With Love,
Alisson

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Sustainable Brand: Organic Basics

On my search for eco-friendly basic clothing, I found the Danish brand Organic Basics. The brand is based in Copenhagen and it has been active since 2015. Sustainability and ethical practices are at the core of the brand.

All of the clothes from Organic Basics are made from sustainable fabrics. The most commonly used fabric is organic cotton. The cotton is grown in Turkey without the use of pesticides, no toxic substances, no chemical fertilizer, and no bad chemicals. It is grown without genetically modified seeds, and it is GOTS certified (which means that apart from being certified organic, it is grown by humans that are treated like humans).

Besides organic cotton, they also use an innovative fabric called SilverTech. The fiber has real silver in it. Silver has historically been used as an antimicrobial. And it is also thermodynamic, which means that the fabric keeps you cool in the summer, and warm in the winter.  The purpose of using silver is to prevent the need for frequent washing. Wearing more and washing less is better for clothes and for the environment.

Another fabric that Organic Basics use is recycled nylon. Mechanically recycled nylon is a fiber developed from post-industrial waste, yarns from spinning factories, and waste from weaving mills. Recycled nylon uses 80% less and creates 90% fewer CO2 emissions compared to regular nylon.

Ethical labors are very important for Organic Basics. They only work with factories that have fair wages and treat employees with respect. The factories are located in Turkey. One in Izmir and the other one in Istanbul. In order to monitor the working conditions in Turkey, a small team from Organic Basics visit the cotton farms, and factories once every three months. While there, they also interact with the workers and spend time together.

Last week I place an order and it came by bike to my address.

The packaging is made from recycled materials.
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Wearing the white organic cotton women’s tee. Picture by Marisa Elisa Photography.

The collection of Organic Basics is timeless, basic and minimalistic. Check it out and use my code: ALISSONOBC2 to get €15 Discount at www.organicbasics.com

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Pink Skirt Outfit

Sustainable Outfit Of The Week

Strolling down the second-hand market of the city I live in, I stepped upon a shiny pink skirt. At first, I was hesitant to buy it. I was afraid that the color wouldn’t look good on me. But after I saw the opening on the sides and realized that the skirt was as good as new I decided to give it a try. After I washed it I tried it on and started making outfits. I discovered that this skirt is very versatile. It fits with a lot of items from my closet.

On these series of pictures, I show you how I style the skirt in two different outfits. The pictures were made by the photographer Celia Alma from @thelightboxtales

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What I´m wearing:
Shirt and skirt // Second-hand from the market
Shoes // Vegan Dr. Martens


What I´m wearing:
Shirt // Organic Basics Use this code to get 20% discount: OBxsimmonds20 Shop here
Skirt // Second-hand from the market
Jacket // Refurbished leather from Pelechecoco
Shoes // Vegan Dr. Marten

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Alisson

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Sleep Is Essential For The Mind And Emotions

Sleep is very important for health. Everyone has heard about it. But when life gets busy, sleeping is the first thing to get sacrificed. This is actually very bad. Good sleep is as important as eating healthy and exercising. While we are sleeping, the body is working hard maintaining the immune system and metabolic function, processing the day’s memories and maintaining normal body weight, is rebuilding muscles that have been worn down during the day and is cleaning away harmful plaques and waste that is produced in the brain.

Sleep is also essential for the mind and emotions. Being sleep deprived can increase your emotional response to negative feelings by 60%. A lack of sleep makes it difficult for the body to regulate appetite, the immune system, good metabolic function and the ability to maintain normal body weight. Sleep plays an important role in regulating the circadian rhythm (AKA internal clock). This clock runs on a 24-hour schedule and regulates when you feel awake and sleepy. Not sleeping long enough, sleeping at odd times of the day and exposure to bright light at night may throw off this inner clock and the many processes it regulates.

The goal of this week is to sleep between 7 and 9 hours per night. If for you is really a challenge, start out by going to bed every day 15 minutes earlier than normal until you reach your wished night time. 

Hopefully, you will join me on this week’s focus. If so, let’s connect on Instagram and exchange tips on how to go to bed earlier.

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