Picture taken by Manja Herrebrugh

My friend Manja Herrebrugh took several beautiful pictures of me for her photography class.


My co-worker pointed out this genius book from 1962: The executive colouring book.

Is this what important looks like?

Is this what important looks like?

He got me out of my mood of lunch time being almost over with the quote: “Color my underwear important”

What looks good, tastes better. That’s the magic about food. And if this can help us make children eat healthier food, this is all for the better.

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Packing healthier lunches for children becomes much easier with the inspiration from these Bento lunch boxes by Leukelunchbox.nl. Bento boxes are Japanese packed lunches that contain different layers of good food.

Another idea to make healthy lunches easy, is to make it a communal project. This was done by the Dabbawalla initiative by Waag Society. Like the Indian dabbawalla’s lunch delivery system, children and their parents took turns to create a meal for the whole class. Cutting costs, saving time, and sharing their culture and nutritional knowledge and tasty ideas as they went.

Ran into this shirt at the Vega Life shop in Amsterdam:

Picture taken from todayisagoodday.be.

Because all girls want to wear a fox around their neck?

I told a friend who commented that she had seen knitted foxes that refer to actual fox furs in fashion:

Picture taken from etsy.com - beeskneesknitting.

Knit your own fox – pattern by beeskneesknitting.

Later, at yoga class, I saw a girl wearing this tribute to Björk:

Picture taken from sheinside.

Shirt with swan print from SheInside.

So, what do we make of these? A tongue-in-cheek remark at our use of animals for fashion? Do the girls who wear them make a serious statement about the fashion industry? We could even say that you support the misuse of animals for beauty, because you approve of the idea to wear animals. Or are they just very cute?

A story starts with the roll of the dice. At least it can with these Rory’s Story Cubes I ran into at Blijfwijs.nl. Wonderful idea to stimulate children’s fantasy and get them talking.

Tell stories from the icons on the dice. A spark of imagination.

Tell stories from the icons on the dice. A spark of imagination.

It brings me back to the project at Waag Society to create digital building blocks for stories.

Something that is bound to come in handy one day: paperkit.net lets you customize a printable graph paper template. Print it out and start drawing… anything!

Design your grid paper and print, easy as that.

Design your grid paper and hit print, easy as that.

How did I do this week?

Friday (30% vegan)
Dinner: lentils curry with coconut milk and naan bread

Sunday (30% vegan)
Breakfast: soy yoghurt with muesli (without honey)

Monday (20% vegan)
Breakfast: soy yoghurt with muesli (contains honey)

Tuesday (45% vegan)
Breakfast: soy yoghurt with muesli (contains honey)
Dinner: Indonesian stir fry with rocket salad and sesame seed. Additional vegetarian bits (contain egg protein) with peanut sauce and cassava crackers

Picture taken by me

Indonesian stir fry. Almost 100% vegan.

Wednesday (30% vegan
Breakfast: soy yoghurt with muesli (without honey)

Thursday (30% vegan)
Breakfast: soy yoghurt with muesli (without honey)

Result: 26% vegan this week.
Which means I did worse than in week 1. My biggest issues are using cheese and cream in dinners. Not to mention lunch at work which has only cheese or sugary bread toppings to offer for vegetarians.

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Dresses at the International Flamenco Fashion Show. Part of the Salón
Internacional de la Moda Flamenca (SIMOF) that is held this year for the 19th time in Sevilla, Spain.

These flamenco dresses are not dance costumes, but robes that are worn during celebrations (Feria) in Andalucia. The fashion show features haute couture clothes made by designers. They would be worn by Spanish celebrities and high society ladies. For prêt-à-porter versions, look for “trajes de flamenca” on the internet.

February 1st was the beginning of the Vegan Challenge in the Netherlands. The Dutch Organisation for Veganism and Viva las Vega’s dare anyone to participate and eat and live naturally for one month.

Picture from veganchallenge.nl

The Vegan Challenge is on the whole month of February.

I was vegan for three years between 2007 and 2010. But I turned back to being a full-time vegetarian because finding food alternatives when eating out with others cost me too much energy.

I do still enjoy the things I learned during this time and support the ideal of a balanced consumer pattern. So I decided to monitor my vegan/vegetarian footprint during the Vegan Challenge month.

This is how I did the first week:

Friday (35% vegan)

Breakfast: soy yoghurt and muesli (honey free)

Dinner: used soy yoghurt instead of cream in the sweet bread recipe for desert

Saturday (70% vegan)

Breakfast: soy yoghurt and muesli (honey free)

Shopping: visited vegetarian shoe shop Vega-Life in Amsterdam and bought a new pair from Vegetarian Shoes

Dinner: in the Amsterdam Library with a vegan friend, fries with tomato ketchup and a salad without animal products

Desert: ginger flavoured dark chocolate

Sunday (60% vegan)

Breakfast: soy yoghurt and muesli (honey free)

Dinner: Indian tomato curry with rice, papadums and mango chutney

Monday (55% vegan)

Breakfast: soy yoghurt and muesli (honey free)

Shopping: soy yoghurt was sold out in the supermarket (by people in the Challenge?) so I eat real yoghurt for the rest of the week. Bought “blue mice” (a sugar and aniseed sprinkle Dutch people put on bread) because the blue and white version was promoted to be free of animal food colouring by the Vegan Challenge. Bought organic, vegetarian cheese.

Picture from VeganChallenge.nl

Biscuit with “blauwe muisjes”

Dinner: vegetables, baked potatoes with a Tuscan vegetarian with dairy

Tuesday (20% vegan)

Dinner: salad, vegetables and Corn fritters (with egg)

Wednesday (10% vegan)

Shopping: bought washing detergent and softener and maple syrup at the organic supermarket (good for the planet!)

Dinner: pizza with cheese

Thursday (10% vegan)

Desert: made a fruit juice from the Nike Training Center recipe I earned doing my work-outs

Result: 37% vegan this week!

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Screenshot of Pixlr-o-matic, the playful photo studio online.

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