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Mateo’s 2nd Birthday & How to make a cake on budget and in short time

01.11.2021
by Ivana
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My baby is no longer a baby, that is definitely certain since his second birthday. My little boy, who sweetens my every day and makes life so much more precious, had wanted a Mickey Mouse cake and of course got one. Originally I had thought to order a cake, but in my head I was […]
Iced Berries with White Chocolate Sauce and Almonds
14.08.2016
by Ivana
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Are you looking for a refreshing, delicious summer dessert? I have adapted the recipe "Iced Berries with Limoncello White Chocolate Sauce" by Nigella Lawson and created a non-alcoholic dessert, that I can enjoy during my pregnancy with good conscience. From this and this dessert idea you know that I am a fan of quick preparation. For the following recipe you only need 15 minutes of your precious time to serve a delicious dessert to your guests.

What do you need?

250ml heavy cream 200g white chocolate 500g frozen berries 30g flaked almonds

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Step 1: Put the heavy cream in a pan and heat it, add the chopped white chocolate and boil until the chocolate is melted. Step 2: Take the berries (rapsberries or strawberries or mixed berries) out of the freezer and arrange them on a beautiful plate. Step 3: Pour over the white chocolate sauce. Step 4: Sprinkle with almonds. Step 5: Serve and enjoy immediately as long as the berries are frozen and the white chocolate sauce is hot. If you love to photograph as much as I do, I can highly recommend you the article Finding Your Inner Photographer: Making the Most of Your Camera
Berries Mug Cake
18.02.2016
by Ivana
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Recently I can´t get enough of mug cakes. They are sweet and simple and all it takes are few ingredients that you always have at home, few fresh fruits and only 2 minutes of your time. Besides they have only about 200 calories. Currently I am totally into berries mug cakes, so I want to share the following recipe with you.

What do you need?

1/2 spoon baking powder 3 spoons sugar 1 spoon vanilla sugar 4 spoons flour 1 spoon natural yoghurt 4 spoons milk few blueberries and rapsberries Step 1: Put all ingredients except the fruits in a mug and mix until completely smooth. Step 2: Add the fruits on the top or mix in. Step 3: Put the mug in the microwave for 1 minute. Make sure that it is baked, if it´s still a bit raw put it again in the microwave for another 30 seconds to 1 minute. That´s it! Enjoy! What do you think of mug cakes? What´s your favorite recipe for mug cakes?

Une maison en vogue

15.06.2022
by Ivana
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In friendly collaboration with pib & Maison En Vogue. Dear ones, They say you should create an oasis of well-being in your own home, a place where you like to return, where you like to stay and retreat and find your inner peace. That’s why I’m happy to introduce you to the interior shops Maison […]
The most beautiful Wallpapers by Photowall
20.06.2021
by Ivana
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In friendly collaboration with Photowall. Who of you knows Photowall and has his apartment with their products already brightened up? I've been a big fan of this Swedish brand since last year and I especially like their designer wallpapers. Here you really have the agony of choice, the selection is huge, really huge, so take a lot of time for the search and decision - and when it comes to patterns, one more beautiful than the other. For the renovation of our living room wall, I ordered various samples of my favorites and then decided to go for Lustre Arrangement. Setting on a wallpaper was so hard. I ordered six samples and four of them were an absolute dream. I asked my husband and my brother to help me with the final decision, but they couldn't decide either because all the patterns were so beautiful. By the way, I definitely recommend ordering samples so you can examine the wallpaper before you order it. Holding a printed sample in your hands is different than examining it on a screen online. Photowall Sample Lustre Arrangement Photowall Samples For wallpapering a wall the basic requirement is that it is smooth. After we have woodchip paint on our walls, the first step was putty work. On the second day we let the putty dry and a few days later we wallpapered. By the way, the wallpaper glue was already included in the order. In addition to wallpaper, Photowall also offers prints and posters. If you want to make a wallpaper/print/poster out of your own picture or illustration, that is also possible at Photowall. Photowall Murals Lustre Arrangement The end result exceeded my (and Iwan's) wildest expectations. The wallpaper gives the living room an incredibly elegant touch and creates a wow factor when you enter the room. Pictures can not capture this. What more could you ask for? By the way, we didn't put the wallpaper up ourselves, we'd left that to the professionals and that would also be my recommendation to you so that nothing goes wrong, especially if, as in our case, it was a motif consisting of 9 parts you can immediately notice every deviation, no matter how small. With a uniform wallpaper, you can possibly trust yourself to do that. And if you feel like decorating a room or wall with wallpapers/prints/posters, you can use the code naomella25 from June 21, 2021 to August 23, 2021 to save 25% on your order!!! If you want to admire our final result in a reel or Story, head to Instagram @naomella_ivi. See you soon! Living Room Moral
Having a nicer home thanks to Photowall
23.03.2020
by Ivana
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In collaboration with Photowall. Hi my dears, I really hope, that you and your lovely ones are all fine and all healthy. One of the things this current crises has shown us is, how important it is to feel comfortable in your own home – and of course that living frugal and having a large emergency fund is crucial and that we all should think triple next time before buying something we don't really need, cause small things add up. Having a nice home is something very important, so let's invest in our own walls. I am someone who needs a little change from time to time, at least once a year. Even if it's just something simple like painting the walls. Last summer we refreshed the wall colors of our kitchen and anteroom and in winter we changed the colors of two walls of our living room, one wall we've turned into a light green shade while for the other wall the shade glacier ice blue was our choice - I got many messages on this blue shade after posting it on my Insta Story. We also bought new murals to pimp up our living and anteroom. So having a great wall color, murals or paper can really be an eye-catcher.

[caption id="attachment_7944" align="alignnone" width="1300"] Our choice for our rest room: Folksy Flower Composition[/caption] If you intend to invest in your home soon, I can recommend you Photowall. At this Swedish online shop you'll find a great selection of murals and posters - to me they have kind of a nostalgic spirit, what I really like. Either way they all are very beautiful and classy, no wonder since Photowall is collaborating with best illustrators and designers from Sweden. One of my favorite lifestlyle blogger is of course Emily Fuller who runs the blog Cupcakes and Cashmere. For her first house she got help from an interior designer and I was fascinated into what they turned the rest room. This is an area that I am planning to renovate and therefore I got beautiful designer wallpapers at Photowall. Of course this project will take some time, since we need to pay a upholsterer and tiler. And of course we need to buy new floor tiles and a new washbasin. But after this crises like I said, I really want to have even more money put aside and to invest rather in my home than splurging my money on things I don't really need. How about you? What is the next thing you want to change in your own home or what have you changed recently? By using the code ivana25 you'll get a 25% discount on your order at Photowall, valid til 23.4.2020. Copyright of the Photos: Photowall

Flacky’s cancer diagnosis

23.12.2021
by Ivana
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My dears, today we are sharing some sad news here on the blog. If you are following on Instagram you may already know that our dog Flacky has cancer and we are going to loose him soon. On October 7th in the morning he was shaking, because he was in pain. I quit working immediately […]
Frugal February & The Year of Less
30.01.2021
by Ivana
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Hey my dears, yeah, it's February and like the last two years, I would like to take part in Frugal February this year too. If you want to find out more, I recommend reading my previous blog post on this topic and of course following the inventor of Frugal February Canna Campbell on her YouTube channel SugarMammaTV and on Instagram, she has an IGVideo about it, where all the rules for this challenge are very well explained. In short, it is about being verey intentional with money this month, spending it wisely and only on needs. That is to say that this month splurging money on wants is not allowed, so say hello to a shopping ban for the next four weeks. There are many reasons for doing Frugal February! To save on something like Canna, who dedicates the money she saves to her $ 1000 project. I can also highly recommend her book of the same name to you! In general, for 2021 I have decided that it will be my YEAR OF LESS and I'm starting this year now! Quite simply because, if you are Orthodox like me and are celebrating Christmas in January on the 6th til 8th of January as well as the Old New Year on the 14 of January and also celebrating Saint Jovan on the 20th of January, it is simply unpractical - and comes with some expenses - to start such a project from the 1st of January on. Speaking of the Year Of less, the book by Cait Flanders inspired me, it is really really really good! I've never read a book as fast as this one! Anyone who expects something superficial, like that Cait is a fashionista who spends way too much money on clothes, bags and the like, is completely wrong! The book is very deep and covers various important aspects of life. In the book, Cait openly tells how she got over heavy alcohol consumption, how she changed her diet for good, how she learned to manage money consciously and responsibly and ultimately managed to cut her monthly expenses in half, which enabled her to pursue her professional dream, to take the courageous step into self-employment. I already touched on my motivations for The Year of Less in the last post. In the end, despite regularly sorting out things and giving them away to my closest people, I still have way too many things that I really like and appreciate. It is my goal this year and hopefully beyond, to have as few new things move in as possible and to use and use up the wonderful things that I already own. I really want to cherish the things more I already have spent money on. How about you? Have you ever heard of Frugal February or even participated? Have you maybe read the book The Year of Less? I hope you are all well and safe wherever you are!
Fabienne’s 4th Birthday
23.12.2020
by Ivana
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My lovely and beautiful daugther Fabienne turned four last month. I can't believe that she's already four years old. I remember so well the first time I held her in my arms and our fight to even conceive. I am so thankful that we never gave up on our dream to become parents and that I can call myself a mom. I thank god every day before falling asleep for my kids and I am so grateful and cherish our time together. This year's party theme was Frozen. Fabienne ist totally into Anna & Elsa, Minnie Mouse and Unicorns. Since we had already two unicorns and one Minnie Mouse party it was clear that this time we are going for Frozen. We respected the lockdown rules so only Fabienne's best friend with her family and my brother with his kids were invited. It has been such a lovely day. The decoration I bought at Amazon while ordering the cake at Cakesie. I placed for the first time an order at this bakery and I was so happy that the cake didn't just look great, it was tasty too. Since it has been a two-tier cake it was possible to choose two different flavours. That was genius, cause some of the guests were chocolate addicts and some fruit lovers. At the end of the week I will publish the next fashion blogpost on Naomella. In the meantime I am wishing you Merry Christmas and a wonderful time with your family. For the most 2020 was not an easy year, so enjoy your holidays. And I hope that wherever you are, you're safe and well.

Mateo’s 2nd Birthday & How to make a cake on budget and in short time

01.11.2021
by Ivana
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My baby is no longer a baby, that is definitely certain since his second birthday. My little boy, who sweetens my every day and makes life so much more precious, had wanted a Mickey Mouse cake and of course got one. Originally I had thought to order a cake, but in my head I was […]
Mateo’s 1st Birthday
28.09.2020
by Ivana
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Hey my dears, long time no see, but here we go with a new blogpost featuring Mateo's first birthday. The last months were very busy, having two small kids, a job and so many commitments just made it impossible to work on my blog. Now Mateo is going to day care and I am hopefully going to have a bit time for Naomella again. Back to Mateo's first birthday, actually we wanted to combine his baptism and first birthday like we did back then with Fabienne. But due to Corona we changed our plans. It was just too risky for the godparents to come from Serbia to Austria. So we postponed the baptism and as soon things are getting better with Corona, we will catch up on it. Nevertheless the first birthday is something very special, so we celebrated at home with some dearest ones. I also wanted to have a wonderful cake for my son, so we ordered the cake Blue Sky at Landtmann. The decoration may be familiar to you, this is because we reused some stuff from Mateo's babyshower, you know frugality and sustainability. I hope, you all are doing well and are safe and able to celebrate the special moments in spite of Corona.
Mateo´s Babyshower – A blue & white Party
30.11.2019
by Ivana
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Hey my dears, today I´d love to show you some impressions of the babyshower for our babyboy Mateo. The theme of the party was blue and white that´s why we decided to celebrate in a Greek restaurant this event. The party took place on the 14 of July and this time I wanted to have just my three closest friends around. For Fabienne´s babyshower I invited more people, but since the most of us do have kids, we were as much as people like back then three years ago. Celebrating with kids is different, but its so much fun and we really had a great time. Mateos Babyshower Impression The Greek restaurant Taverne Sokrates is located at one of the Danube Islands and was the perfect choice for our celebration because of the blue and white interior décor and the delicious Greek food. The dress code was also blue and white of course. Also this time we ordered delicious cupcakes by Cupcakes Wien. But this time we decided to buy two already available sorts instead of ordering special ones like we did it for Fabienne´s baby shower three years ago. Both sorts cocos and cocos-straciatella were very yummy. The party decoration was organized and a gift by a lovely friend, but I can recommend you Etsy and Amazon if you are looking for great, cute stuff. I definitely prefer Amazon, because of bad experiences with some of the products I bought at Etsy. For Fabienne´s first birthday and baptism I bought lots of stuff at Etsy and especially the handmade presents for the guests (jewels and cutlery) were of a bad quality, what I learned afterwards. The quality of the party sets was okay. Mateos Babyshower This time I bought light blue earings for the guests by Asos. What´s the perfect present for expecting parents? Gift cards and wipes and diapers in my opinion. Simply ask the expecting mom what she would need. Already back then, when I was pregnant with Fabienne I preferred wipes and diapers and didn't wanted any clothes for my babygirl. Well not all guests respected this back then, but this time we got lots of gift cards and one diaper cake. Apropos diaper cake my colleagues gave me a wonderful diaper cake too before living for maternity leave and a gift card of a high value, that amazed me, I really appreciate this. By the way this reminds me to post a throwback pic on Instagram. (You'll find me @naomella_ivi.i if you want to follow). Are you a fan of babyshowers? Did you celebrate one for your kids or have you ever organized a babyshower either for yourself or a friend?

Salzburg Christmas Market

19.12.2018
by Ivana
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My dears, Sunday two weeks ago we visited Salzburg and the Christmas Market there. Since years I was dreaming of going there and this year Iwan made my wish come true. And although it was a rainy and cold day, we spend such a lovely time in the town of Mozart. With no stress or […]
The Greek Island Kos – First Impressions
23.07.2018
by Ivana
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My dears, finally I have some time to show you few impressions of our recent holidays. Spontaneously we have decided to spend a week in Greece. We realized that if we wanted to go on vacation this summer, due to our jobs this had to be in June, so we booked our holidays only two weeks before departure day. We spent a wonderful week on the Greek island Kos. Why Kos? Iwan found this wonderful beach hotel and we immediately fell in love with it. All we needed was a place that is beautiful and where we could relax, take some time off from the everyday life. The Aeolos Beach Hotel surpassed all our expectations. We had such a great time there, that we definitely want to spend again there holidays one day. I will tell and show you  more of this hotel in another blogpost soon. Where have you been this summer on vacation or where are you planning to go? Have you ever been to Kos? If yes, did you enjoy this island as much as we did? Kos island by night Kos 2018

Bungalows of the Aoelos Beach Hotel. On the right picture you may discover me and Fabienne in front of our bungalow.

Sunset of Kos Hotel roof view

The sunset of Kos is sooo beautiful. This made our evenings even more special.

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Fabienne on the roof of the Aeolos Beach Hotel.

Kos - Fabienne ont he beach

Happily her swimsuit from last year fits this year too.

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Swimming pool of the Aeolos Beach Hotel.

An eco home with a magical garden
18.09.2017
by Ivana
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My dears, today I´d love to show you the eco house with a magical garden that we´ve rented for our stay in Croatia. Like mentioned before it was quite difficult to find one and we got many annulations because of our two dogs Naomi and Flacky. I can´t tell you how happy we have been when this accommodation was confirmed. Iwan fould this beautiful Dalmatian house online at Wimdu and we really just can recommend it to anyone who is planning to go on holidays in Croatia. Of course we want to share our experiences and to provide some further informations that you won´t find online when booking. First of all the house is much more beautiful in reality than on the pictures you get to see online. This was a great surprise. The house runs on solar power and is not located in Sevid like it is mentioned. Actually it is 20 minutes far away and you really need a car to get there and also to go to a grocery shop cause you are really isolated. But therefor it´s calm and you have only few neighbors and your beach is kinda private. The house is located in a natural reserve and a snake may come across. It needed me two days to accept this fact and yes one day there was a snake in front of our house. But all homes there are secured and you should just run away if you see a red snake. Those are the ones who are dangerous. The houses are good protected so there are no chances to find a snake inside. We had really lovely neighbors from Zagreb, meeting great people on holidays is always an amazing experience - greetings to Slavica, Martini and Rajka. The renters of our house were very kind and very welcoming. So they serve for their guests Croatian delicacies and you can call them anytime in case you need anything. Our favorite place at the house was the barbecue area in the garden. Iwan was in charge of making delicious dinners. All in all the eco house with a magical garden is such a lovely home and especially the perfect stay if you need a change and want to come down. What about you, do you have any recommandations for a stay in Croatia? Wishing you all a great new week! Ecohouse EcohouseII EcohouseI EcohouseV EcohouseVII EcohouseXI EcohouseX EcohouseVIIII EcohouseVIII EcohouseVI EcohouseXIII EcohouseXII EcohouseIII