The Doodle Post: A Fun New Craft in Your Mail Every Month!

31 Mar

The Doodle Post

Erin from The Doodle Post has kindly sent Tila a craft kit to try out and I let her peek inside and asked her to wait so we have enough time to complete it and so the lighting is right so that I can take some pictures while she’s doing it. But a half hour later bam! – she proudly showed me her finished project! She just couldn’t wait. Thank god she didn’t paint paper flower yet so I could at least take a couple photos while she was doing that. She loved the content (paper flowers, glitter glue, colorful sequins, paint, wreath ring) so much she simply could’t wait and who could blame her? I was actually pretty darn proud of her; she did a great job. She didn’t really go by the instructions, my little rebellion but the outcome is even better, unique.

The Doodle Post

The Doodle Post

Erin, a mom of two and an art teacher noticed first hand how important art is for kids. It doesn’t only help with fine motor skills development but it also encourages self-expression, decision making and confidence.

But many parents either don’t have time or even the joy to shop for crafting supplies and come up with fun projects. And that is why The Doodle Post is here. It’s a mail order craft subscription, which means each month a new fun crafting project comes in your mail – with all the supplies and instructions needed to complete it. They are aimed for kids between 5-10 years old and each project has been tested by Erin’s students.

You can subscribe for 3, 6, 9 or 12 months and they ship Worldwide
 

Pauper: New Spring/Summer Collection and SALE

30 Mar

Piupia tee and shorts

Have you seen the new spring/summer Piupia collection already? I seriously don’t understand how they do it but every single collection of theirs is so different (and even cuter) than their last one! They don’t really have signature styles or patterns (expect for their brand logo, the Piupia chick) they just surprise us with a brand new range every single time. I love that and I’m always so excited and very impatient to see what are they cooking up next.

Piupia sale

I just went to check their site last week and couldn’t resist grabbing some stuff off of their sales shelves! I’m just so so mad at myself for missing their leggings and and onesies (do you rembember them?) – they are all gone! All! Arrgh!

Piupia Skirt

Talan got this cute sweater and I can’t wait to show it to you – do check my Instagram *wink wink*. But I think we need more pieces from them before the summer. I can just see him in their super darling culottes (how cute is this word? I could say it all day long!) and their mexican inspired tees and what about this donkey vest? I could literally have every single item from this collection. The only thing that bothers me is that Tila is too big for their Donkey Skirt already. What a pitty.
 

Sloopi and Lili: Quut’s Newest Editions

27 Mar

Quut Lili Bath Toy

Remember the last time I posted on Quut, the most amazing beach toy brand from Belgium? After a line of multifunctional beach toys made from durable high quality plastic that doesn’t contain any BPA or latex and are also recyclable they also designed two bath toys: meet Sloopi and Lili!

Quut Sloopi Bath Toy

They look very simple but they are so much more! The first one is made of three pieces, the second one from four but both have countless numbers of use. And that is what I love the most about Quut – the exploration and imaginative play their toys encourage, unlike most beach and bath toys.


 

Take a look at their presentation videos to see what I’m babbling about. But be warned! Danger of catching my enthusiasm is 100%
 

Frankey’s: Unique Handmade Kids Clothesand more

25 Mar

Frankeys

I love tiny boutiques with small stocks and unique collections. They usually have the cutest pieces and it’s a special kind of feeling owning something that only a few more other people might.

I recently came across Frankey’s, an online kids boutique founded and ran by Vanessa Blimer and Karina Sandvliet. They have the cutest range of clothes, shoes, accessories and prints for kids from birth and up to about 4 years.

Besides their online boutique, their collection is also available from these retailers
 

NEW Tinted DD Moisturiser from Green People

16 Mar

Green People DD Tinted Cream

I’m such a big fan of Green People products as you can see from my previous reviews here, here and here. Their products never leave me cold so I’m always so excited when I get a chance to try out something new from them because I know it’s going to be amazing. And this time is no different.

DD Cream Green People Ingredients

I received a bottle of their new Tinted Moisturiser and from a girl that didn’t use any foundation at all(except on special occasions) I became the one that doesn’t leave the house without it. But I have a great excuse: organic Age Defy+ Tinted Moisturisers from Green People is as natural as it gets and contrary to other foundations it’s actually beneficial to your skin thanks to the Sea Fennel stem cells it contains that supposedly stimulate cell renewal, reduce age spots, firm and renew your skin. It also contains the natural SPF15 protection which defends your skin against harmful sun rays. And the natural Earth Mineral Pigments are the ones that give you a lightweight soft coverage.
I love it how it gives me a super quick put-together look every morning before taking Tila to her kindergarten so I don’t scare all her little “classmates” to death! It doesn’t give you full coverage but when I need that I just use their Multi-Active Pencil Concealer underneath – it’s perfect to cover those under eye bags and any red spots.

Foundation comes in two shades; medium and light toned but you can also order try-out sachets to test it out first
 

Activity Books: Mazes, Mandalas and Colouring!

12 Mar

Animal Kingdom2

My Tila loves activity books she especially loves to solve mazes and spot differences so I’m ordering those kinds of books every week now, sometimes even two times a week. And even though she’s not too crazy about coloring she really loves to color mandalas. Do your kids like them too? She likes them so much I even bought a pocket mandala coloring book so I have one in my bag at all times.

Big Maze Book

We just finished this and this Mazes Book we bought over the German Amazon but there are so many amazing ones on Amazon UK. I especially love activity books from the Usborne by Kirsteen Robson – the Big Maze Books (there’s the first, second, third and the Very Big one) and the Big Dot-to-Dot Pad – all already on our wish list.

Clever Kids Coloring Book

I also love the Clever Kids’ Colouring Book, which is actually an activity book, this Drawing, Doodling and Colouring Book and oh my gosh how gorgeous is this Animal Kingdom Coloring Book for ADULTS (the first photo above)? These pages would make great wall art after they’re done, don’t you think? And it’s the perfect time to but it too – down from £10 to £4? I’ll have two please, someone close to me is having birthday soon and she’ll love it!

ps. You can look inside the books by clicking on them.
 

SipSnap Universal Drinking Lids

11 Mar

SipSnaps1

Did you notice that the best inventors are moms? Like Sativa and Michelle who came up with this absolutely genius idea that got funded on Kickstarter in no time. No wonder since it’s something every single parent should and will want to have with them at all time.

SipSnaps

So these cute thingies you can see above are called SipSnaps and they are universal drinking lids that match any cup sizes. They are made of bpa, Phthalate and Latex free Silicone and are also spill-proof, chew resistant (we so need that now!) and can be washed in a dishwasher or even sterilized!

SipSnaps

There are two different models available – a SipSnap TOT with a spout perfect for younger kids and the SipSnap KID with a straw hole for kids that know how to drink from a straw already. Each comes in a set of three and with a carrying case.

A set of 3 costs about €18 and they ship from US, Europe, Australia and Canada
 

Popelin: High Quality and Comfortable Kids Clothes from Spain

9 Mar

Popelin

If I had to choose only one favorite piece of clothing for boys (or babies in general) it would definitely be a romper suit. I absolutely adore them. When Talan was a small baby (I still consider him a baby, but now he’s a big one) I dressed him up in them all the time; matched with a simple onesie and a pair of ribbed tights.

Popelin3

It’s not so easy to find them in sizes over 12 months though. But I managed to find this absolutely amazing Spanish brand Popelin founded in late 2013 by two mothers Cris and Gelen who don’t only have the cutest romper suits that would fit Talan but they have the most amazing collection of vintage inspired clothes for babies and small kids in general.

Popelin

And the two of them don’t only design the entire collection but they actually carry out the whole process from as early as a sketch to the pattern and even the final step; the production is executed by the two of them in their own small atelier in Murcia in Spain! And needless to say they give great effort into producing high quality pieces designed with kids that need comfort in mind.

Popelin

I am absolutely and entirely head over heels for every single piece from their range the only thing that bums me out is the fact Tila wouldn’t fit in any of their designs since their clothes only come in sizes up to 4 years! That needs to change. But in the mean while Talan needs at least one romper suit and that cute cute summer hat!
 

Rescued Made-Under Fashion Dolls: Tree Change Dolls

3 Mar

Tree Change Dolls

Have you heard of Sonia Singh from Tasmania and her Tree Change Dolls yet? If not you need to since she and her mother are doing one of the most amazing things I’ve heard in a long time.

Tree Change Dolls

So, what Sonia does is rescues old fashion dolls (mostly Bratz dolls), wipes their heavy makeup off and paints them new, most darling little faces that look much more natural and child-like. Some even have freckles, and gaps between their teeth, something children can actually relate to.

She also re-conditions their hair and makes new hairstyles for them, and sometimes even makes new shoes for them. At the end she dresses them up in adorable clothes made by her mother. The transformations are pretty amazing as you can see.

Tree Change Dolls

I’d like to say we don’t own a single “fashion” doll in the house but we do have a few Barbie dolls that only have a tiny bit of makeup on (I always watch out for that) but even tiny is too much I think. But I got a huge inspiration from Sonia now and have even took off all the make up from one of Tila’s doll and the new paintbrushes are on the way. Now I only hope my hand is steady enough not to make the poor doll look like a clown; pray for me/her!

Due to the overwhelming response the dolls get grabbed in seconds, literally! Sonia makes about 20 dolls each months and posts them to her Etsy shop for sale and their prices range from about 52 to 115 EUR
 

Louise Wilkinson Easter Plates

26 Feb

Louise Wilkinson Rabbit Plate

Easter is just around the corner (and doesn’t it feel like Christmas was like a week ago?) and I want to be prepared this year – I’m so unorganized that every year I end up coloring easter eggs and decorating the house (putting those eggs in a bowl) the day before. This year I decided to make a tiny bit more fuss and these darling, darling bone china plates from Louise Wilkinson are just perfect to serve the purpose. I think I’ll get one for each of my kids.

Louise Wilkinson

This Bunny Side Plate is my absolute favorite but there are many more to choose from. All prices are on Louise Wilkinson site and you can place an order by email: Lou.wilkinson@mac.com and if you’re in the US visit Wolf & Badger
 

Sew Heart Felt Rugs and More

24 Feb

Sew Heart Felt Rugs

How amazing are these animal rugs from Sew Heart Felt? We absolutely need the donkey or the badger in our lives! No need to worry, these are faux! They are actually made from organic wool. The entire collection is designed in England by Sonia Spencer and made by women across the world with a wet felting technique where the wool is being shaped with soap, water and hand pressure. The rugs measure about 110 x 65 cm and if you were wondering; yes they ship worldwide!

Sew Heart Felt Slippers

Sew Heart Felt Hand Puppets

Sew Heart Felt Beach Donkeys

And while you’re there you should also explore the rest of their darling range. My favorites are the felt slippers (they make them in adult sizes as well!), hand puppets and the Blackpool beach donkeys. So cute!
 

the Perfect Place to Save Your Recipes in: Recipe Boxes

20 Feb

Riffle Paper Co Tin Recipe Box

My husband and I we love to cook. And over the years we accumulated a few very good recipes and we usually write them on small pieces of paper and put them on our fridge. But we just talked about how unorganized they are and how easily could they get lost – especially with (now) two sets of hands playing with the magnets (and consequently the recipes) on the fridge all the time.
We have already tried to re-write them into a notebook but that isn’t really working out for us. I think there must be three different notebooks out there already each containing a few recipes which is even worse than what we’re doing now. But now I think I have found the perfect solution for us; a recipe box with cards to write recipes on! Simple as it sounds.

Pleased to Meet Recipe Boxes

Pleased to Meet Recipe Cards

I have found these beautiful ones made of hard cardboard from Pleased to Meet that come in four different gorgeous colors. My favorites are french grey and petrol. Boxes come pre-equipped as a starter kit with 30 recipe cards and dividers.

Riffle Paper Co Wood Recipe Box

Riffle Paper Co Tin Recipe Boxes

Riffle Paper Co Recipe Cards

I also love recipe boxes from Riffle Paper Co. They have wooden and tin ones and they come with 12 letterpress dividers and 24 Recipe Cards and you can also buy those separately, there are six different kinds to choose from.

Wouldn’t they also make a great wedding gift?
 

Star Suits and Shark Sacs from Baby Bites

18 Feb

Baby Bites Shark Sac1

The winter is harsh here in our area this year and for the last few weeks Talan has no choice but to stay faithful to one outfit only – the snow suit! I’m really glad I love it so I’m not fed up with it (just yet). But if it looked anything like the snow suits from Baby Bites I think we’d turn off the heat at home just so he could wear them there as well!

Baby Bites Star Suit
Baby Bites Star Suit
Baby Bites Star Suit

I mean, how outrageously cute are their Star Suits ? And what about their Shark Sleeping Bags that can also be installed into prams by threading harness straps through holes in their backrest? Ay ay ay I almost wish winter would last longer this year…

If you’re not completely over the moon over their Suits and Sleeping Bags already I can assure you to become as soon as you see some in-action photos on their Facebook. Literally too cute to handle!
 

Merino Delights from Luvmother

16 Feb

Luvmother Hoody 1

I love merino wool for so many reasons I don’t even know where to begin. It’s lightweight but warm in the winter (and thank to it’s weather-adapting feature also cool in the summer), extremely soft and comfortable, breathable, moisture wicking, hypoallergenic and also machine washable and fast drying. It is the crème de la crème in the world of wool!

Luvmother Hoody

So, needles to say I was more than thrilled when a package of merino goodies from LuvMother, a new brand from Canada came in our mail. Tila received this outrageously beautiful hoody you can see on the photos and baby Talan got the softest swaddle blanket he’s using as a blanket. It’s so soft and he loves to hold it to his cheek.

Luvmother Hoody 3

I was so happy when we were finally blessed with one super sunny day so I could take some photos that would capture the amazing craftsmanship (the stitching is just perfect) and the amazing quality of the materials. And not to forget the colors – how amazing is the pink and those tiny black birds print pop out so beautifully, don’t you think?

Luvmother Swaddle

And the first thing that came to mind when I got to the blanket was I want one in my size! It’s so soft and I love the details like rounded corners, the hanging loop and double-faced fabric (one side is merino wool and the other cotton).

Luvmother Swaddle1

The brand was founded by a husband-wife duo and their goal is to create nothing less than beautiful and functional children’s wear that doesn’t only fit as it should but is also made from premium, traceable materials that feel good next to skin and have a built in hand-me-down quality.

Can’t Live Without: Toothy Tabs from Lush

11 Feb

Lush Toothy Tabs

A few weeks ago my sister told me about the Toothy Tabs from Lush and I was hooked after the first time I tried them. They are natural solid toothpaste tabs that you simply crush between your teeth and as soon as they get in touch with water (wet tooth brush) they start to foam just like any other toothpaste.
But the best thing about them is that they really truly and absolutely whiten your teeth and freshen your breath amazingly! I swear, both me and my hubby were amazed over how effective they are and papa bear doesn’t really get excited over cosmetic products easily, trust me. Toothpaste is only a toothpaste to him but he just asked me yesterday if I remembered to order a new, back-up pack just in case…

Toothy Tabs are made from all-natural ingredients such as Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Kaolin Powder and different essential oils. There are seven different flavours but I only tried the “Sparkle” for now.

(Image above found here)