Landsort, Sweden - the southernmost island in the Stockholm Archipelago

Landsort is the southernmost point in the Stockholm archipelago, located on the island of Öja. Measuring 400 meters wide and 4 km long, this island has just 27 permanent residents. However many more have summer cottages here, and ferries bring visitors daily from Ankarudden. Famous for its iconic lighthouse, this picturesque village is a must-see when in Stockholm.

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A Few of My Favorite Things - photo of the beautiful Stockholm skyline via Instagram

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Happy Friday!

Summer in our house is officially coming to a close. (Although I hope summer weather decides to stick around for a while longer in Vienna.) We are all full of back-to-school, routines and organizing. But I am actually loving it. Even though I am no longer a student, I always see back-to-school time as a fresh start. A chance to clean out the clutter of the last few months. Set some new intentions, and get back into good habits. But I do get a little sad that my favorite season is almost over.

What about you? Do you love the fresh start that this time of year brings, or mourn the ending of summer?

Before we say goodbye to August, here are a few of my favorite things this month…

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A Weekend in Halland, Sweeden

After spending a few wonderful days in Stockholm, I set out to see a different side of Sweden, literally. The region of Halland is on the west coast of Sweden, south of Göteborg. Known for beautiful beaches, cosy little towns, and plenty of outdoor activities, Halland is the ultimate destination to experience a Swedish Summer.

Along with a group of other travel writers and bloggers, I spent a few days biking the Kattegattleden bicycle trail, stopping at all of the best places along the way, to truly get a feel for Halland and all it has to offer.

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These easy DIY chalkboard notebooks are a great back to school project that even the youngest kids can make. Add an apple and you have the perfect back to school teacher's gift!

School starts next week for my girls, and we are all excited. We have a few back to school traditions in our house that we love. I wrote about my very favorite tradition over on Instagram. The other tradition we have is to make a handmade gift to give each of their new teachers on the first day of school.

These easy DIY chalkboard notebooks are a great back to school project that even the youngest kids can make. Add an apple and you have the perfect back to school teacher’s gift!

Want to make a few DIY chalkboard notebooks?

These easy DIY chalkboard notebooks are a great back to school project that even the youngest kids can make. Add an apple and you have the perfect back to school teacher's gift!

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These easy DIY chalkboard notebooks are a great back to school project that even the youngest kids can make. Add an apple and you have the perfect back to school teacher's gift!

Directions:

  1. Place a piece of heavy kraft paper (or any other paper you have around) in between the front cover and the pages of the composition book.
  2. Paint a thin coat of chalkboard paint on the front cover of the composition book.
  3. Once it is dry to the touch, apply a second coat (and possibly a third, if needed).
  4. Once the front is completely dry, flip it over, and repeat steps 1-3 on the back cover.
  5. Cut a piece of white (or any other color you like) duct tape a bit longer than the spine of your notebook. Center it and then cut off any extra tape on the top and bottom of the spine.
  6. Wrap the duct tape around the spine and press down to adhere.
  7. Decorate as you wish! Depending on the type of chalkboard paint you used, you will probably need to prime the surface before writing on it. (Just rub the side of a piece of chalk all over the surface, then wipe clean with a dry cloth.) Regular chalk is a lot easier to remove from the notebook, but chalk markers make a cleaner design.

These easy DIY chalkboard notebooks are a great back to school project that even the youngest kids can make. Add an apple and you have the perfect back to school teacher's gift!

My 7 year old made this all on her own. The little one needed some help, but did enough of it that she thinks she did it all on her own. (And thats what counts!) They are both so proud to give these to their teachers on the first day of school.

These easy DIY chalkboard notebooks are a great back to school project that even the youngest kids can make. Add an apple and you have the perfect back to school teacher's gift!

What is your favorite back to school tradition?

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A Weekend in Stockholm

The royal Swedish capital of Stockholm is one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Spread across 14 islands in the Stockholm archipelago, there are breathtaking views in every direction. But it doesn’t stop there. The medieval city center of Gamla Stan is postcard perfect. The restaurants are world class. The shops are filled with amazing Swedish and Scandinavian designed clothes, furniture and more. And we haven’t even started talking about how beautiful the Swedish people are. Everything (and everyone) in Stockholm just exudes a casual cool. Hip without trying. Stunning.

I had the opportunity to travel to Stockholm for a few days last month to attend the TBEX conference, and I fell in love with this gorgeous city.

Expensive? Yes.

Worth it? Absolutely!

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