Coziness afficionado. Mom-in-chief. Clumsy smurf. Elephant fanatic. Chocoholic.
Hi there. How are you?
Welcome to my cozy corner and thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you enjoy the content and find some inspiration.
I am Mareike and my passion is making a house a home, where people feel welcome and enjoy great food. I drink my coffee with a straw. Why? It just somehow tastes better that way. My spirit animal is an elephant as I can be incredibly stubborn, just like the grey pachyderms. I love also their soft hearts and their great sense of family.
When I was a toddler, I had a cozy corner that I used to escape the world, relax and read. Nowadays I have exchanged that cozy corner with a hanging chair that I call a thinking bubble, since sitting in it allows me to daydream and letting my thoughts linger freely.
This thinking bubble a.k.a. the literal cozy corner is the birth place of many articles you will find on this blog – the digital cozy corner. They are fueled by my passion for writing and creating tasty food, since I love baking and cooking. I also consider it my personal excersise of mindfulness to spend time in the kitchen.
I like to laugh and laugh often, particularily if it’s a bad d(e)ad joke. My life motto is “Love yourself fiercely and treat yourself (and others) kindly”. This translates to eating and living healthy, while enjoying the tasty side of life as well.
I currently live in Cologne, Germany with my German-American family and all the joys and challenges that come from being a bilingual tiny tribe and parenting a very active toddler.
Since becoming a mom, I wanted to support other Moms-in-Chief by sharing what I learned on my parenting journey. After all, the mother hood is the best hood to live in. That is, if you trust yourself and do what feels right for your family, not for others. I strongly believe in believing in your intrinsic abilities when it comes to mommying (or daddying for that matter). So anything you read about parenting on this blog has an imaginary sticker attached which reads “Don’t worry, you got this!”.
Random list of things I like:
- Iced coffee with hazelnut flavor
- Extra thick socks
- French toast on sunday
- Walking for hours
- Farmers markets
- Rough coast lines
- The idea of owning 8 prarie dogs (yes, 8, that’s important)
- Season changes
- Reading biographies (my all-time favorite: Nelson Mandela’s Long walk to freedom) and books about history
- Music faves: Bruce Springsteen’s “No surrender”, Willie Nelson’s “It’s hard to be humble”, Nat King Cole “A bicycle ride for two”, The Beach Boys “Then I kissed her“, Alan Jackson “The older I get”, the Kölsch Band Lupo, the German band Sportfreunde Stiller, the French singer songwriter ZAZ and for Christmas: Frank Sinatra. And, yes, I do know this is a pretty random list.
The longest journey you will make in your life is the one from your head to your heart.Sioux proverb