About lenagrosso

http://www.packmahome.com

I've moved so many times that I think I'm a nomad. I'm addicted to traveling and want to move all the time. I suffer from wanderlust, they say. Besides that, I'm also passionate about arts & crafts, design and home decor.

Posts by lenagrosso:

REMEMBER ME? LONG TIME NO SEE…

Hello there! Are you still there?
I’m still well and breathing in real life, even if I pushed the pause button on the 2.0 life…

No, I’m not back to packmahome, sorry. No. I’m just here to tell you that so much has happened since the last time I posted that I don’t feel I could go back to the blog like nothing had ever happened.

But I do miss my dear blog. I do miss sharing my moves, my travels, my DIY projects. I do miss creating some printables for you and all my planners. Although I stopped sharing all of these, I didn’t stop making stuff. I just had to choose.

Having my son with me the entire day meant that either I make blog stuff or I do stuff that I really ned to be done at home. Like this chest of drawers, for example.

IKEA HACK

My favorite chest of drawers of all time!

When I think of sharing something here on the blog I always end up super overwhelmed thinking of everything that that action involves, like taking good pictures of each step of the project, write the post, proofread it, edit it, sharing it on social media… And so I do nothing. That’s why I decided to continue to do my thing but skip the sharing part, because that actually takes more time and effort than the actual project, travel or move…

So, what did actually happen since the last time I published something on packmahome? Well, let’s see… It’s really hard to remember and summarize almost three years in a couple of sentences, but here it goes:

I had my son Gil, so now I’m a mom of two.

Just a day at a park!

Just a day at a park!

We moved to a house with a garden! And now we can’t imagine our life in an apartment.

We are still learning how to grow grass...

We are still learning how to grow grass…

We traveled, although not so much as I’d like.

My kids being cute!

My kids being cute!

We bought our first apartment in my hometown, Lagos. And now we want to move and live there (even though it’s an apartment).

My brother helped us assembling some furniture.

My brother helped us assembling some furniture.

Of course I had to bring some color into our new home!

Of course I had to bring some color into our new home!

I had a tiny encounter with cancer. We disagreed and I won! Fortunately after a couple of surgeries everything seems to be fine.

The doctors used this skull to explain everything they would have to do in order to remove the tumor from my mouth. I just thought Olivia would love to see this skull!

The doctors used this skull to explain everything they would have to do in order to remove the tumor from my mouth. I just thought Olivia would love to see this skull!

And, most importantly! since both my kids go to the kindergarten, I decided not to go back being a kindergarten teacher but to become a full time illustrator! I finally took the leap and decided to follow one of my dreams, to be an artist and an author. So, I’m at the beginning, still learning and discovering, taking baby steps towards my goals, but eventually some day I’ll see my work published! For now, you can follow me on Instagram. Later on, hopefully before Christmas, I’ll have my website up and running with an online shop and all my work.

caras lendas e abstractos abstractos e lendas

And yeah… That’s it for now… I won’t close this blog and probably I’ll come back more regularly with my free printables, planners, news on our moves and travels and, if I can, a couple of DIY projects. Stay tuned!

DIY EASY CHRISTMAS WREATH – RUSTIC FARMHOUSE STYLE

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Hi there everyone! How have you been? Me, busy… Tired and heavy, basically. That’s why I’ve not been as consistent with my publications as I wished. But this week I’m finally taking care of my Christmas decorations and I’ve made a couple of things myself, including this beautiful and simple wreath to hang on my front door. Keep reading…

DIY ADVENT CALENDAR USING MATCHBOXES

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I have so many sweet childhood memories, but one of my favorites is definitely starting an Advent Calendar with my mom and sister. Each year my mom would buy us one of those flat boxes with tiny windows filled with chocolates and each day we would open one window and eat one chocolate. I remember looking forward to the end of eating all the chocolates, not because of the chocolates themselves, but because it meant we were getting closer and closer to Christmas. And I loved (and still love) Christmas time! It’s one of my favorite seasons of the year! Keep reading…

NOMAD TALES #5: RACHEL ALLEN

nomad tales rachel allen
Yay! Finally another interview with a nomad! I met Rachel online a couple of weeks ago and she was so nice responding to my request for nomad people to interview 🙂 Thank you so much Rachel!
Read her answers and get fascinated by her super interesting life! Keep reading…

HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOME FEEL MORE COZY DURING WINTER

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I usually don’t change my home decor according to the seasons of the year but I definitely add some details to make it feel more comfy during the colder months. So I made a list of some tips and tricks on how to cozy up your home for Fall and Winter. Keep reading…

FREE 2017 PLANNER: DOWNLOAD PDF PRINTABLES

2017 free planner

It’s that time of the year again! Yay! I bet almost everyone is already starting to think about 2017, am I right?

One year ago, on the 7th of October, I opened packmahome to the public 😀 One year… On one hand it feels like an eternity, on the other hand it seems time flew by again so fast. I’m very happy and proud with everything I’ve accomplished with my blog, though I also feel there’s so much yet to be done! Keep reading…

11 REASONS TO LOVE THE GREAT CITY OF BERLIN

reasons to love Berlin

Often people ask me why we love Berlin so much. In a chit chat conversation I usually don’t have the opportunity to explain why we love it here so much and then I feel the need to share some of my reasons… There are so many reasons to love Berlin! Keep reading…

MOOD BOARD FOR OUR LIVING ROOM

Because I love planning, dreaming and imagining so much, I just spent a couple of hours trying to figure out how I want my living room to look like. I even designed a mood board! Keep reading…

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT + WEEKLY PLANNER & SCHEDULE – FREEBIES

WEEKLY PLANNER

Hey hey hey! I’m here again! Guess my previous come back notice was not that effective… 😉 No prob! I’m here to stay, and like I’ve said several times already, I want to take packmahome seriously. From this point on I can’t promise I’ll publish twice a week, though I’ll publish on a weekly basis for sure. And the reason why I’m slowing down packmahome’s publishing rhythm is… related with the big announcement I have to make. Keep reading…