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30 days to minimal blogging

30 days to minimal blogging

A couple of years ago, I ended up in a rut blogging wise. Nothing I was writing inspired me and if I couldn’t inspire myself, how could I inspire others… No matter how beautiful the content was, it just didn’t work and then I realised that after nine years of blogging, I had changed as a person and the layout and design of the blog didn’t fit any longer who I was and what I wanted to pass on creatively to others. Does this sound familiar? Here comes Ana Degenaar …


It has been a tough few days (actually a tough year but let’s focus on the last few days). We lost a chicken on Monday and that upset me more than I expected it would and yesterday, Steve and I went to a funeral as our friend Alexia lost her dad. 12 months after losing mine, feeling her intense pain and re-living the sense of loss and sadness we all felt, was extremely draining and painful. We, as a group of friends, have spent far too many times at the Crematorium these past few months…4 times in total, that’s one loved one gone every 3 months. Yet today, with tears in my eyes and my whole body aching, I want to feel grateful for all we have.

World's gone to shit. Acknowledge the goodness, especially if it yours" India Knight via


I follow Journalist & Author India Knight on Twitter. Last night, she wrote something to someone, which made me smile. I thought it was share worthy and very similar in spirit to how we all felt here.  Have a great day! I’m off for a walk in the forest to pick up some supplies for my Christmas wreath.

Rafa-Kids white furniture collection

Rafa-Kids white furniture collection

Rafa-Kids, a Dutch brand I was stocking when running the BODIE and FOU e-shop (sold in January for those who missed this) have released their K Desk, XL shelf (WANT!) and X stool in white.

Mother's Day Wish List

Mother’s Day wish list

Mother’s Day in France is on 29th May. Being a franco-kiwi family living in London, sometimes we celebrated the UK date, other times, the French date and if I was lucky, we did both. This week though, Steve is in South America riding his bike with some friends. Yesterday he was in Ushuaia and today he is driving to Argentina…quite a trip! So until he returns, I have done a cool, little wish list of things I covet and on Sunday, Mila and I will have a girls day! CLICK ON THE + ICONS BELOW TELL ME… Besides cuddles and kisses, what have you got on your Mother’s Day wish list? Is there anything you really wish you could have?

Happy New Year in sequins way to end the year and start a new one full of promises

Happy New Year

Thank you all for your constant kind comments here and on Instagram. I know we are all very busy so I’m very grateful for every comment you take the time to leave. Each one really fills my heart with joy. If you haven’t seen it, I saw this cool thing a few days ago and posted it on Instagram for you to discover the words that will define your year 2016. I love mine and I’m very excited to get cracking with all my new projects and turn the page on a year that has been pretty tough toward the end. From the bottom of my heart, I wish you all a very Happy New Year and a 2016 filled with health (which we often take for granted), lots of love (we all need it) and success in anything you want to achieve next year. Have a fantastic evening with your friends or family and let’s have a blast in 2016! PS: if you haven’t signed up to the blog E-news yet, please do it now here. I will send …

BODIE and FOU Merry Christmas 2015

BODIE and FOU | Merry Christmas 2015

Christmas is here so I just wanted to thank you very much for all your wonderful comments here, on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter and your heart-warming support when dad passed away (here) and when I announced the end of a wonderful 10 years adventure. This year has been filled with a lot of joy, happiness, challenges and a lot of sadness too towards the end. Not only did we lose our dad two months ago but we also lost our beloved aunt two weeks ago so this Christmas is not going to be as joyful as it is normally is but we will spend the holidays together, taking it easily and making the best of what we have to create new, happy memories. I’ll be back on January 4th with some inspiring posts to look after oneself, a gorgeous house tour and some photos of our ski holidays in Verbier and in the meantime, I’ll be posting photos on Instagram. I wish you a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones and family. Make the most of it …

10 inspiring quotes on life, love, women, sexuality, homosexuality by Simone de Beauvoir

10 inspiring quotes by Simone de Beauvoir

10 inspiring quotes by Simone de Beauvoir about freedom of choice, love, compassion and being a woman… “One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, and compassion” “People seem to think that if you keep your head empty you automatically fill your balls.” The Mandarins “We will not let ourselves be intimidated by the number and violence of attacks against women; nor be fooled by the self-serving praise showered on the “real woman”; nor be won over by men’s enthusiasm for her destiny, a destiny they would not for the world want to share.” The Second Sex “I tried to love you less. I couldn’t.” The Mandarins “Being on the fringes of the world is not the best place for someone who intends to re-create it: here again, to go beyond the given, one must be deeply rooted in it. Personal accomplishments are almost impossible in human categories collectively kept in an inferior situation” “To lose confidence in one’s body is to lose confidence in …