Radio Silence + My New 7 Minute Workout

Hello friends. I hope you are enjoying summer to the fullest!

Yes, it has been awfully quiet in my corner. I am happily reclaiming my life and spending more time with my three beautiful kids this summer (enjoying traveling & lots of exploring, good food, horseback riding, canoeing, water fun, and a jam packed social calendar!). 

My 11-year old daughter Frida with good friends. Love this picture. That’s summer!

Frida after some fun horseback riding in water (yes me too!).

We are also working hard on the new store (taking longer than expected but we are getting there!)

Lots of new, lovely things being added to the store, launching soon.

I am most likely (will know soon) getting a really big design challenge for the fall, which will be a whole different animal all together — but a super fun one!

It should also mean an up tic in my blog activity/importance. THANK you to so many of you who continue to follow along and Hello! to all new followers who pop up in my subscription box every day!

To be prepared for this fun & full fall, I am breathing deep this summer, laughing a lot and getting my body stronger.

I found this 7 Minute workout/day program some time ago and I am now addicted. I do it every day — and wow is it helping me tone my body! This 7 minute program equals a long run + weight training, if you do it right.  Experts have studied it well. It is intense but 7 minutes is all it takes. And all you need is a wall and a chair (you can even do this from your summer cabin, folks!).

12 different routines (30 seconds each with 10 seconds rest in between). Total 7 minutes. We can all do it!

Print out the sheet so you have it right under your nose! Practice the 12 routines a few times before you get started, so you really know how to do them right and hard. And you might want to invest in a simple kitchen timer (which I did) that you set for 30 seconds (the length 0f each routine). You only have 10 seconds to get ready for the next routine. Trust me, you have no time to fiddle with watches or complicated timers!

You have to do the 12 routines in the correct order. (I have bad knees from skiing so I have swapped the jumping jacks for fast jump roping instead, which I can control better).

My husband, who is a  fit man, joins me now and then, and we are both sweating hard at the end of the 7 minutes! If you are not in pain, you need to work out harder! 7 minutes – and then it is over!

Learn more about the program here.

There. Nothing design savvy this time, just my secret body weapon to gear up for a busy fall with lots of design at the very core.

Hugs to you all. You are always on my mind. And HAPPY 4th!!!!


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Blog Issues & Meeting With The Crown Princess Of Sweden

Dear blog friends, I have been having major blog issues over the last couple of days.

I have been meaning to send out a post about meeting with the Crown Princess of Sweden, but a draft with 50,000 typos & in Swenglish went live by mistake (Nightmare! Those of you who saw it, must have though I was fairly intoxicated!  Thank you Julie for alerting me!) and once I took it down the news feed system got out of sync. I apologize profusely.

If you want to read the post about my interaction with Princess Victoria go here:

The news feed distribution seem to be working again (I hope!) – but my subscribers just received a feed with an “old post” (My Apple Crown). Hopefully after this post,  everything will be back on track again. Ohhh, sigh…. And if not – then I think it is time for me to go on vacation!

Tomorrow Wednesday is the last day to put your name in the hat for my jewelry giveaway! See here.

Thank you for your patience, friends!


Image – “Upset egg” via Flickr

Written by Splendid Willow in: Little Notes |

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