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Develop new skills - Linda

Food blogger

Welcome to the world of cool mum Linda Ben, 31. With her beautiful photographs and lovely food, it is no wonder that she has gained recognition from so many people. It can definitely be recommended to take a tour at her food blog, or her Instagram, which is updated daily with new amazing images and recipes (also for family kitchen fun).

As well as the blog, Linda's eye for creating content is shared with the various brands she helps as a freelancer. Privately, she lives in Mosfellsbær, a small town near Reykjavík, with her two children, Róbert 7, Birta 9 months and her husband Ragnar. Meet Linda here and learn how 'making it in to a game' helps with the daily routines.

What do you find to be a daily struggle as a mother?

All the worries that enter my mind about my children, that is really the hardest thing about being a mother for me.

What’s your routine for getting your children to bed in the evening?

Making it into a game! As Robert is very relaxed and never in a hurry, so when it is time to go to bed, it can take forever. But when we change the bedtime routine into a game between him and his sister (like who can get into their pyjamas first) everything works so smoothly and everyone is in bed at the right time.

What do you love the most about being a mother?

That is such a difficult question ... because I love all of it. I love to spend time with my children, talk to them, hug them, experience emotions with them, teach them things and just experience the world through their eyes. I love when I see them develop new skills, to see them struggle at first and then they become so happy and proud when they can do it by themselves. It completely melts my heart.

What does a weekday look like in your family?

Most mornings we wake up and the kids have breakfast together, my son is a very relaxed person and does not like to hurry, so we try to wake up early. We get dressed and then they play for a little bit. When Robert goes to school it is time to put Birta down for her nap. While she naps, I try to get as much work done as possible, sometimes it's computer work, sometimes I’m in the kitchen trying out new recipes for my site and photographing the food. When Birta wakes up we have lunch and then she plays, followed by her second nap, while I continue my work. When Robert and Ragnar get home we try to go for a walk if the weather is nice, or we enjoy making changes in our home.

How do you decorate your home?

I love the beauty in simplicity and when things flow easily together. I like to decorate with neutral tones and green plants, beautiful art and design. Fewer but beautiful eye-catching items are key for me. Get inspired by my favourite store, Epal.

Do you include your children in all your rooms at home?

Yes, they are welcome everywhere in the house and we have baby-proofed most of the home. The only room that is off-limits to Birta is Roberts room because it is filled with small Lego pieces, his favourite toys, and other small stuff.

Do your children have their own play area?

They have their own bedrooms but the living room is more exciting as a play area for them, at least for Birta while she is so young. I also like to have them close by, as their bedrooms are on the first floor. As I am in the kitchen very often, I have made a play area in the living room, next door.

How do you feel about all the stuff that comes with children?

I try to buy things that are in line with the style of the home so all the stuff doesn't bother me as much. I like to have a clutter-free home so also try to limit all the stuff that is being used at each time so the kids don’t make a huge mess that is no fun to clean up for no one.

Name one thing your children do that always makes you laugh?

When they play together, they are so good and they love to spend time together even though there is such a wide age gap between them. Robert loves to play with his baby sister and she absolutely adores him! So when they are laughing together that always gets to me, and melts my heart completely.

Which child-friendly snack do you always have in the fridge?

The children love fruits and berries, so I always make sure to have enough of that in the fridge.

What is your children’s favourite meal?

They love white fish in bread crumbs, baked in the oven with a lot of butter, served with white potatoes and mayonnaise and ketchup stirred together. It is a traditional Icelandic dish, super child friendly and comforting.

What do you miss the most from your life before children?

I can’t say that I really miss anything in particular. I was only 24 when I got pregnant, I was really excited to have children and that was my dream to become a mom. Of course, it would be nice to be carefree once in a while and get a good night sleep but being a mom always triumphs the miss.

How do you balance being a mother and working at the same time? 

It is really hard, to be honest. Since I work at home I try to welcome them into my work, my son loves to help me bake, especially when it comes to trying out the recipes. He sometimes also helps me photograph the food and is starting to get a really good eye for food styling.

What is your favourite thing to do as a family?

We love to make homemade pizza together on the weekends, everyone is relaxed and we just talk about our day. Then after dinner, we watch a family movie and we have some candy for dessert, a guilty pleasure for all of us.

What is your best holiday memory with your children?

We recently went to Kirkjubæjarklaustur here in Iceland and it was so wonderful. The weather was great, environment so peaceful and beautiful, the food was good and the kids loved it there. We drove there and on the way, we went to Reynisfjara, Fjarðárgljúfur and Seljalandsfoss, such a beautiful and unique places, a must-see for anyone that come to Iceland!

What things do you feel is important to do with your children before they one day move away from home?

Love them and spend time with them. I think that in what way or what you do doesn’t really matter as long as they feel loved and are happy.

What would you do if you had a full day off from parenting?

Sleep hahaha! Then I would go to the spa with my husband and would have some champagne. After that go to dinner with our friends.

What are your favourite Nofred products?

I absolutely adore the Mouse Chair, both the small set and for school age. Then, of course, the Mouse Bench. The Harbour House is super cute and I really look forward to Birta gets old enough to play with it. Right now it decorates her room. Here in Iceland, Nofred is available at Epal

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