Etsy Boutique: LalaKa Hand-knits

23 Jul

LalaKa

Hand knitted sweaters, hats, overalls, rompers, blankets, pillow and even toys – you name it I love it! They just look so cute and timeless plus they last long and feel comfortable. I wish I knew how to knit but until I don’t I’ll just have to keep looking for cute boutiques like LalaKa from Etsy. I think I’ll be a grandma by the time I learn how to make things as cute as Nora does. And I love she’s using natural fiber yarns like wool and cotton plus her price range is really budget friendly, don’t you think?
 

Mini Mocks: The Cutest Thing for Baby’s Feet!

21 Jul

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Baby Talan is only 6 and a half months old and he’s not only crawling and sitting himself up but he’s also already trying to pull himself up and stand on his own two tiny feet! I am so not ready for this. I wish there was a formula for slowing time down. But I try to console myself with a fact that the sooner he starts to walk the sooner he’ll need shoes. Cute ones of course! Moccasins are the first ones on my list – firstly they look cute as heck, comfy as shoes can get and perfect to wear both inside and outside. There’s not much to think about really.

My heart skipped a bit last week when I spotted these ones from Mini Mocks over on Instagram. I mean how cool are they? I’m not even sure which ones I want the most! Maybe the “Jagged”. No Chippy! Or the “On the Visit”. “Pigeon”? Then how chic are those pacifier clips? And you can also get all the products stamped with the text of your choice!

Mini Mocks products are made by hand in Sweden and can be shipped worldwide
 

New! Balancing bench from IKEA

18 Jul

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How great is this new balancing bench from Ikea? They must have had Tila in their minds while making it. There is nothing she loves more than balancing on fallen trees, big rocks, walls or just anything possible (or impossible) in fact. So this 140 cm bench made from birch plywood is more than perfect for her. Plus it can also serve as a bench that holds about 5 kids! Tila will love it!

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Siriderma: the Perfect Solution for Baby Eczema

15 Jul

Siriderma

Soon after baby Talan was born he developed eczema all over the front of his body and on his cheeks. I was so sad to see him like this! I thought it was a rare condition but apparently not. Many babies have it and it usually goes away in the first year of their lives. There are many products on the market but a girl that doesn’t really approve medicine wanted to try with homemade remedies first. Coconut oil, olive oil, honey bath, goat milk bath, hemp oil, you name it and I’ve done it but nothing helped. Well, a mixture of coconut oil, hemp oil, olive oil and beeswax helped a bit but not enough. So I finally decided to hit the pharmacy and demand something without alcohol, parabens, urea, perfumes or any other kind of nasty stuff. The super kind pharmacist suggested I try a cream from Siriderma, a family-run brand founded after having had suffered with different skin conditions themselves. I decided to try it out and only after a couple of days I noticed incredible results. His skin started to dry and peel only to reveal the perfect new skin underneath! There it was again – his perfect tummy, no more redness and rough skin on his hands, legs, elbows and cheeks! Happy baby, happy mama! Thank you kind pharmacist.

I was using Build Up Caring Cream Basis (Phase II) without fragrances (there is also a slightly scented version) and I l also gave him hemp oil-baths (I poured about two caps of organic hemp oil into his bath). I stopped with the cream after skin cleared, now I only use it for his cheeks because they get red and itchy from his saliva (this boy must have been a giant snail in his previous life!).

You can contact them to help you find your nearest retailer or simply order from their web shop
 

Chocolate and Jam-Filled Morning Muffins

11 Jul

Morning Muffins

Kiwi Magazine is both a magazine and a website with a mission to help parents raise their children in the healthiest ways possible through natural and organic family living choices.
I love their simple recipes and how incredibly delicious they are! I decided to make these breakfast muffins with a certain little 5-year-old obsessed with them (and me of course). Since I’m still breastfeeding and baby Talan has an atopic eczema I try to avoid milk and eggs as much as possible. So instead of an egg I used a pumpkin (I got a hint on that here). And we used both – apricot and plum jam and also dark chocolate spread. The muffins were to die for! So delicious and moist, full of flavor just perfect for breakfast.

Here’s the recipe:

1/4 cup coconut oil
1 1/2 cup whole wheat spelt flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup raw sugar
1/3 cup cooked and mashed pumpkin
1 cup milk (I used oat milk)
1 tsp vanilla extract or pure vanilla bean

Filling:
Jam and chocolate spread

Heat the oven to 180°C and brush the insides of 10 muffin cups with oil.
In one bowl mix together all the dry ingredients except sugar (flour, baking powder and salt) and using a fork stir the ingredients together.
In a separate bowl first mix the pumpkin and sugar then add oil, milk and vanilla and stir to combine. Pour the flour mixture into the liquid mixture and using a hand whisk stir until just combined.
Now dip a tablespoon in cold water and scoop a generous amount of batter (or two tablespoons) into each cup (dip the spoon every time). Add one teaspoon of jam on top of half of the muffins and do the same with the rest using a chocolate spread. Top each muffin with another spoon of batter.
Bake in the center of oven for about 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean (insert the toothpick into the side of the muffin).

Enjoy!
 

Light and Timeless Clothes from NUN

9 Jul

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I love more than just one style for my kids but if I could only pick one it would be simple, vintage clothes made from natural fabrics like cotton and linen. If you’re not sure what I mean, just check NUN.

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Their clothes stun me every single time. The quality is beyond amazing and their beautiful timeless designs make me want to keep each and every single piece from them – even when they don’t fit my kids anymore! Do you also keep some clothes that you want to pass on to your kids’ kids (grandchildren just sounds too weird too say yet) later in life someday? I wish my parents kept more of my clothes and toys that I could use with my children now so subconsciously I keep a little more than I probably should…

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But look at these photos – how could I get rid off anything? Isn’t the one-piece (the second photo) on baby Talan just the most darling thing you’ve ever seen? And the linen towel he’s sleeping on is something I decided to keep for myself – it is so gorgeous and light and dries out in a matter of minutes! The tunic and shorts the garden gnome is wearing are my favorite pieces for Tila this summer and they are so simple to match with anything. Did you see these onesies yet? I need the grey one for Talan!

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There are a few more pieces from NUN I’d love for you to see on my Instagram
 

QUUT Beach Toys meant to last

8 Jul

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A team of 12 with 24 kids between them sat down after noticing a big gap in beach toys that look good, last long and most important – guarantee a lot of fun! So what they came up is a range of smart multifunctional beach toys you immediately notice. Their main aim is to design the best beach toys possible and they promise to wow you with one new product every year.
Currently there are six toys and on their site there’s a fun video of each in use. I’m having hard time choosing my favorite but I think it must be Cuppi – what about you?
 

Beautiful UV Protective Beach Wear from Sunuva

26 Jun

Sunuva Talan

Rash vests and Sun protective clothes in general are one of the smartest inventions a human kind has ever made. Before I knew they existed our day at the beach usually went something like this: we came and while I was still unpacking Tila was already running towards the water, I start screaming “sunscreeeeen!”, she of course didn’t hear me (or did she?), I was trying to catch her and make her stay still while explaining the sea will wait for her and pouring about half the bottle of sunscreen all over her, then she went in to the water and after she came back out the whole fun started all over again! So UV protective vest is the first thing I pack when we go now! So much time and nerves are spared! The only thing that bothered me at first were the ugly neon colors and big brand names written all over them!

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But that is a thing of the past now! Sunuva has the most beautiful range of clothes (rash vests and swimsuits) that block out 97% of the sun’s harmful rays. They also have everything boys and girls need outside the water like fun t-shirts, shorts and super cute dresses and tunics just perfect for the beach


I love the pieces they kindly sent for baby Talan and Tila! Aren’t they cute? And I’m absolutely impressed by the quality and the fact that they can be machine washed. As perfect as swim wear gets

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So Kids Can Make Their Own Fire!

12 Jun

 
Kraul Fire Bowl

There’s another awesome find from Rasselfisch I just have to share with you. It’s a perfect thing for the summer evenings. The thing you see on the photo is a fire bowl made from heat resistant ceramic and it’s meant for kids from 5 years and up to satisfy the pyromaniac fascinations all kids have by making their own fire the old-fashioned way – under supervision of an adult of course! The bowl is just small enough for the fire not to get too big.

Then there is also a cooking pan made from strong steel that comes on the top of the bowl! What a great idea? I can just see us having fun on a summer evening and Tila making her own fire and a humble dinner for us. Plus I think I just got an idea what to do with all those sticks I mentioned in the last post.

The bowl is handmade in Germany for Kraul Toys and it costs €49 and the pan is €29
 

Build Forts from Sticks with Stick-lets!

10 Jun

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Tila is most definitely outdoorsy type of girl so we try to spend outside as much time as humanly possible – she especially loves the playgrounds and the woods. There she needs to climb, walk on and jump off every tree log, move all the snails to a safe place, check out all the bugs, pick a bunch of flowers and kick just about every stone. We both love and encourage that adventurous side of her. We even measure the amount of fun she has by the amount of dirt that ends up on her clothes and shoes. And we always come home with a bunch of mementoes of course – mostly sticks. I have even tried to think of a craft that would involve all those sticks we have lying around the garden or a fun game but I couldn’t. And then I spotted these amazing STICK-LETS over at Rasselfisch that solved that pickle!

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What a cool idea: silicone joints that hold the sticks together in order to build things like tunnels, forts, houses or different kinds of shapes! They are water resistant, reusable and stretchy in order to bind together sticks of various sizes. Isn’t this just the best idea ever?

For a better picture watch the video here

Stick-lets are only available at Rasselfisch or thru Kickstarter – they still need to pledge about $22.000 in 8 days to get this project funded
 

Toy Tent from DEUZ

6 Jun

Play Tent DEUZ

How cute is this toy tent from a French brand DEUZ (remember their super cool baby play mat?)? Such a smart twist on the old-fashioned dollhouse! The tents are made in India under Faritrade terms from 100% organic canvas cotton and painted with non-toxic inks. The structure of the tent in made from beech by craftsmen in France and the wood is obtained from local thoughtfully managed forests.

It’s available from DEUZ online boutique from yesterday and it costs €56

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Organic Cotton Baby Range from Lola & Stella

4 Jun

Lola and Stella

There is hardly anything cuter than a baby wearing a set of leggings with cute prints all over his chubby legs. Maybe only a baby that’s wearing a matching hat! Something like these from Lola & Stella – how cool are their geometric animal prints? So baby and parent-friendly at the same time! And there are also blankets and baby teethers (I so need one of these so my baby doesn’t eat one of his socks or swaddles one of these days), everything made from 100% organic cotton
 

PIPUPIA: Soft Organic Baby Clothing

3 Jun

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There are so many organic cotton baby clothing brands already but not all are the same. Some have great quality but boring designs and others can brag with lovely looks but poor quality. But Piupia is one of the rare ones that has it all.
I received a few pieces from their sweet baby collection and the first thing I noticed is how incredibly soft and thick they all were. And the super cute prints made me use my high pitch voice. I just love their adorable bright-color illustrations and the contrasting pattern combinations. So fresh, unique and baby appropriate.

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The graphics are made by Claudia Carvalho, the founder of Piupia and all materials are locally sourced. A lot of effort is also put into providing the best comfort possible by using soft elastic bands, non-scratch tags (there should be a rule about that!) and comfortable designs that are easy to dress and undress – one of my favorite features these days as timing is everything with a super wiggly snail baby that needs to be changed about one hundred times a day. Ok, maybe a little less but it certainly feels like that many.

Ps. There are a few designs on sale right now but hurry up as they are selling out super fast!

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Mosquito Repellant Recipe

26 May

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Tila ends up in tens (that looks like hundreds) of mosquito bites every single summer. I never want to use those harsh mosquito repellants full of harmful synthetic chemicals and the natural ones usually don’t do much. At least the ones I bought didn’t. But I think I might just have found a recipe that works. At least the reviews say so. I’m going to put my lab goggles on next week and make a bottle to see if it really works. Maybe you know this recipe already? Or do you have another one that provenly works? Please share – I really want to spare her and baby Talan all the scratching this year.

Ingredients:
100 ml jojoba oil
20 drops of Basil essential Oil
10 drops of Eucalyptus Globulus Essential Oil
30 of Citronella or Lemongrass Essential Oil

It’s best to pour everything into a spray bottle and mix every time before use!

Ps. The cute mosquito tote bag is from Ryo Takemasa and you can get one from here with free worldwide shipping!
 

New! I Adore Little Feet Boutique

23 May

I Adore Little Feet

There’s a new online shoe shop for kids that you should know about. It’s called I Adore Little Feet and they sell beautiful shoes for girls and boys between the ages of 1 and 8. All the shoes are handmade by local craftsmen from Spain and Italy from brands of different budgets. They also have a printable size guide so you don’t have to bite all your nails off before the shoes arrive – like I usually do!

To celebrate the launch of their new website they are also offering a 15% discount with code IADORE15 by the end of this month