DIY: Cardboard London Bus Piggy Bank

24 Oct

Cardboard Piggy Bank London Bus1

Have you seen my tiny contribution on Babyccinokids Blog already? This is one of my favorite crafts. It’s so easy to do, finished in under an hour and the outcome in super cool! You can see step-by-step photos and read the instructions here.

And do you know Babyccino’s second ShopUp live shopping event is taking place soon? It’s happening on December 3rd and 4th in Chelsea Hall Town Hall, the Kings Road in London. There are going to be over 30 amazing participants fully loaded and ready to help you to cross those things off your Christmas list. And don’t worry about the kids getting fussy – there are going to be many fun stuff for them to do there as well!

I really want to come this year, I hope I can’t make it. Are you going?

PipSticks: The Sticker Company

23 Oct


How are you handling this awful, awful weather? Just yesterday (ok, three days ago to be accurate) we had 23 degrees Celsius and now we’re down to 5! Yes 5! Is it just as bad as here wherever you are?
And of course the quick temperature variations took a toll on our smallest one’s health. Baby Talan is down with his very first cold. And to make the days more “fun” my husband had to go away for work. Now I have a sniffling and cranky baby in one hand and a little girl that need to be amused through out the day (or bad things start happening). Alone.

That’s why I was so happy and grateful when this sweet mail full of entertainment from the sweetest mom of (almost) four kids Maureen came for Tila – it was just what she (I) needed! If there is anything that EVERY kid loves and keeps them entertained for hours it’s stickers! I know Tila loves them ever since she could peel them off with those tiny chubby fingers and stick them on just about every surface she could find.

Did you also collect them when you were a kid? Didn’t we all? There were even sticker clubs where kids have sent each other different stickers. I don’t remember being a part of any but that would have been fun.

Anyway, Maureen came up with this genius idea of starting a Sticker Subscription Company for kids and named it Pipsticks. By subscribing you are guaranteed to receive a super cute envelope full of sticker of all kinds (the sparkly ones, the goofy ones, the puffy ones and even the sniffy ones) along with some crafty additions every single month. No exceptions.

We used more than a half of stickers the very first day (and there were over 15 sheets of them) by sticking them on colorful paper sheets that came along and she gave her masterpieces to three of her best friends in her kindergarten. Oh you should see the joy! There was hugging, there was kissing and there were screams of happiness. Just because they received a few stickers – already attached! It makes you think how little our kids really need and want huh? And how long can a post on stickers get… How did this happen?

But I’ll stop the torture here and now: you can subscribe for one moth, six months and there’s even an option to try it our first – a Taster Pack so you can see what the excitement is all about for yourself. Shipping within US is free and $3 (about €2.50) for the rest of the world

And if you decide to go for the either 6 or 12 Month Subscription Maureen will treat you with one free month! Just use a code JUNGLE10 at checkout.

The New Collection from Piupia: As Cute as Can be!

21 Oct

Piupia Talan2

Piupia Talan

Have you seen Piupia’s the latest collection? I’ve been their fan since their first one but their current pieces are just ridiculous! Ridiculously cute I mean. Talan received this super darling Rain Jumper and the matching Rain Hat and I would make him wear them all the time if I could or if he wouldn’t be drooling all over his clothes like a… well… a baby! But he needs more. Ok, I do. For him.

Piupia AW14

Something like their Furry Leggings (in ALL four colors). And they also have the most adorable Animal Bodysuits to match those cute Leggings. Now, I just realized my poor baby boy doesn’t own a Layered Onesie and the temperatures are dropping all the way down to 8°C this week (!) so he needs something as cute warm as this, right?

Piupia Bear Dress

Do you have a baby girl? Try to look away from these two Bear Dresses! They almost make me want to dress Talan up in one. Would that make me a bad mother? If I made sure he’d never find out I did it?

If you don’t know about Piupia already you should know that all their garments are made from 100% organic cotton and produced under high quality standards and with locally produced materials to ensure only the best and the most gentle for your baby’s delicate skin. The brand is based in London and all the cute graphics are made by Claudia Carvalho, the owner of Piupia

Big Picture Press

20 Oct


Remember the cool book called Maps from the Big Picture Press? I have just checked their site and they have some amazing new additions in their range I didn’t know about.



One of their latest books which is also our favourite one is Animalium, a book with over 160 amazing illustrations along with some important facts on different animal specimens. This virtual museum is a perfect tool for kids to learn on different animal groups and their evolution and simply having fun while doing so!

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Planes, Trains & Automibiles2

The second book I also really like is called Planes, Trains & Automobiles and it’s about the history and the evolution of transport with over 100 beautiful vintage illustrations. The book is in a fold-out format and measures more than 2m in length.

Maps Activity Book

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Maps Activity Book

Then there’s also a companion to the Maps, an Activity Book now! And it’s full of fascinating facts and activities aiming to encourage kids to discover and learn about different continents, countries and their cultures.

Ring-Rings ID Wristbands Just in Case…

16 Oct


If you’ve never been a fan of rubber wristbands (like me) get ready to become one (just like I did)!

Tila is one of those kids that can’t stay still for a long time and wants to see and check up close every single thing! I always have one eye set on her wherever we go but even that sometimes just isn’t enough. Last week she and her two “schoolmates” (boys!) decided to take a little tour on their own in the woods. They spent their day there and when they wanted head back to school one of the teachers ordered them to grab their backpacks but they decided to prolong the trip on their own! Of course the teachers found them right away but it could have ended differently. I didn’t know weather to be angry, sad or just scared when they told me what has happened. I think I was a little bit of everything.

Kids get lost every day and many of them don’t even know how to pronounce their last name much less their home address or their parents phone numbers. Tila sure doesn’t and that’s where her Ring-Rings ID wristbands with our telephone number engraved come in handy. I have ordered two (one with my and one with my husbands number on it) and each in different colors. She has them on every time we leave the house just in case… I hope she’ll never need to use them though.

Ring-Rings come in several different bright but kid-friendly colors and in two different sizes (smaller one for toddlers and small kids and one for kids between 4 and 9 years). You can get a name of the child or who to call (or just something like “call”, “mama”, “papa” etc. engraved along with the telephone number

Smart Bamboo One-Piece from Panda and the Sparrow

15 Oct

Panda and the Sparrow Baby Grow

Didn’t I just say that baby Talan has enough of pajamas for a while? Well apparently he needed just one more pair! But I just couldn’t resist this one from Panda and the Sparrow for a few good reasons. For a start it’s made of bamboo and organic cotton that make this sweet one-piece super light, breathable, soft and thermo regulating.

Panda and the Sparrow

And what I love about it the most are the super smart fold-back hands and cuffs that can be slipped over and cover those tiny hands and feet which is such a handy feature especially during the upcoming cold winter nights and especially if you have a baby that pulls off all the socks like mine does!

Plus you get some extra months of wear if your baby starts to outgrow the length of the footies (that must be the reason why they’re called Baby Grows). And the mitten feature is an absolute must-have for the newborns since these must be the only kinds of mittens in the world that are impossible for babies to take off.

ps. Isn’t this colour combination just the coolest one you’ve seen? It kind of reminds me of the footies from the 80′s

Sweet Costume Patterns from Hello dear Kids

13 Oct

Hello Dear Kids Patterns

Maybe I can’t knit but I can sew and I love it. I remember how I’ve been sewing tiny clothes for dogs when I was younger and then I sold them online. Yes, really! I couldn’t wait to do the same for my kids. Now I finally have kids I can sew for but guess what I don’t have? Time! But that doesn’t stop me from bookmarking gorgeous projects I plan to realize when that extra time comes. Like this Etsy boutique Hello dear Kids selling patterns for kids, mostly costumes. Aren’t they just the sweetest? Tila can’t see this or I’ll have to give up a few nights of sleep.

Patterns come in sizes from 2-7 years along with tutorial and you receive them in a pdf form on your email after the purchase

All photos curtesy of Hello dear Kids Etsy boutique


Winter Jackets from Imps & Elfs Half Off at Cup of Milk!

10 Oct

Imps & Elfs Jacket Talan

I’ve been on the hunt for a warm jacket for Talan and finally decided on this one from Imps&Elfs. It’s super light but since it’s filled with down feather it is also very warm. I wanted in their last year’s green and I have found it on sale in this darling online boutique from Italy called Cup of Milk (you have to see the photos of their store on Instagram!).

They still have a few jackets left in green and orange (the colors on their photos don’t really match but you can see the green one on the photo above and the orange looks more like this one). They are currently half off (now €39.50) and there are many sizes between 68 and 152 still left.

The only part I was not crazy about is their shipping rates for countries outside Italy since it costs €15 but the jacket came in two days so that kind of justifies it.

Ekaterina Trukhan Sweetness

9 Oct

Ekaterina Trukhan

Cute stationery to me is like candy to a child – I can NOT resist! Cards, Prints, Notebooks – I want them all! And the worst things is that I have the hardest time starting new notebooks so I have so many already that I never used but that doesn’t mean I don’t need more. Duh!

Ekaterina Trukhan

Are you the same? Can you only look at all these candy from Ekaterina Trukhan and stop there? Or are you just as week as me? I think I need an ABC and Owls or an Autumn Story print, first two notebooks (but then the Autumn one would be so time appropriate…), I desperately need this wrapping paper and of course all three plates for kids – ok I’ll survive with two

BAM! Nadadelazos AW14 Collection

7 Oct

Nadadelazos AW14 BJ

Oh I have such a soft spot for Nadadelazos, the Spanish kids brand around since 2011! I’ve been their number one fan since their very first collection. After a year-long pause last year they came back with a bang this spring and yet again they managed to outdo themselves! Their new AW14 collection is more gorgeous than ever! I love how effortlessly cool their pieces look and how easy it is to mix and match them with just about anything. And don’t even get me started on their extremely comfortable designs!

Nadadelazos AW14 BJ2

What I also love about their pieces is that you can easily buy them a size larger and simply roll up jumper sleeves or pant legs and extend the life on clothes this way without compromising on the style!

One of my favorite brands for sure and I bet you feel the same

Who doesn’t love the Knits?

6 Oct


I’m not much of a winter person. I get cold really fast and then I dress so much that I can hardly bend my knees and elbows under all those layers so I look like a penguin when walking – just imagine me trying to sit down!
But there are some things that make me almost look forward to that time of the year. Like roasted chestnuts, Christmas of course, playing in the snow and all those gorgeous knits! I love everything knitted and I wish I knew how to do it. Maybe I should find out if there are some knitting classes nearby. But until I do I’ll just stick to my own talents and let people that actually know what they’re doing do it. I have a huge crush on three brands selling knitted delights:

BabyDEGEN is a brainchild of a super talented designer Lindsay Degen. She can handle those knitting needles from as early as since she was three (yes, this is not a typo!) and after the launch of her first adult line of sweaters, leggings and shoes in 2012 the success was so huge that she had no choice but to embark on a baby line as well. And here it is, baby DEGEN!
This must be the most gorgeous line of knitted vests, pants, sweaters, cardigans, bloomers, shoes and socks I have ever seen. Her choice in mix of colors, patterns and little quirky details is just so unique and delicious it makes me want to get each and every single piece! I don’t remember the last time I had such hard time choosing my favorite ones.
Yarns she’s using are merino or a mix of merino and cotton. Everything is handmade and custom made so it takes about 2 weeks to produce.

Cabbages and Kigs

The other brand I love, Cabbages and Kigs is also from New York but since they are strong believers and supporters of fair trade work they have their winter accessories hand made in Peru and Bolivia by local artisans. They also love bold color combinations and unique designs that make even the coldest winters seem fun! Everything is made from alpaca blend wool.

Misha and Puff

Misha and Puff knits are also handmade by Peruvian artisans but their collection is more about soft and muted colors which are actually their own custom pallets since they hand dye their own wool! Their designs have a more vintage feel with a bit of a modern twist.
Their yarns are 100% merino wool that can be machine-washed!

Raspberry Plum: Fun, Vintage, Stylish and Comfy

3 Oct

Raspberry Plum

I noticed these cool girl tights and socks from Raspberry Plum over at 1965 Kids and I couldn’t understand how I haven’t heard about this London-based brand before! It’s new, that’s why!

Its founder is Aleksandra Stasic, born in Serbia but has moved to London as a child where she gratuated at a prestigious Royal College of Art. The Raspberry Plum ethos is a mix of vintage, quirky, timeless and comfortable pieces made from high quality knitted fabrics, when possible organic.

They decided to have their collection manufactured in Serbia to help re-establish their apparel industry which has suffered greatly over the past 20 years. Raspberry Plum leaves absolutely nothing to chance – even their packaging is made from recycled materials and in order to maintain a low carbon footprint they make sure to keep their production within Europe.

Raspberry Plum

They have started out with a line for girls between ages of 1-12 but you can already see their SS15 collection which is full of amazing pieces for boys and babies too!

ps. Everything is 25% off until the end of this week only with a code 21324677!

Etsy Find: Double Yellow Line

1 Oct

Double Yellow Line

How fun is this Montreal-based brand called Double Yellow Line from Etsy for kids between 6 months and 4 years? All the garments are made from organic cotton and the prints they future are hand-drawn by the owner, Chantale Grenon and hand printed with a silkscreen method using non-toxic water based inks.

I can’t even decide on my favorite design but I bet this adorable Egg Dress matched with the Scribbles Leggins look super cool! And I can just see baby Talan in the Abracadabra tee and the b&w Scribble Leggins! And there are also matching baby doll leggings I know Tila would die for!

Adi: the Stay-Put Plate

30 Sep

Adi Suction Cup Plate

I usually don’t post on Kikstarter projects but this one I would really love to see happen.

Talan is baby-led weaned which means he’s eating on his own but the plate is one of his favorite toys. So he’s eating his food directly from the table – I don’t need to tell you how fun it is to clean up after him especially if I forget to do it right away and the food dries out and sticks to the table like glue.

Adi Suction Cup Plate

There are some plates with plane suction cups on the market already but they are not really hard to remove – even by tiny hands! And Karen Weiss Kart, a mom of three knows that all too well: after a crucial not-so-fun episode of a flying plate and its content landing on a poor man’s lap in the middle of a restaurant an idea for Adi plate was born! She came up with an innovative plate design that has a strong suction base engineered to stay in place and combined with a quick release tab that enables easy removal but only by a grownup. Plate also comes with a snap-tight lid so you can pre-pack it, simply toss it in your bag and use it wherever you’re headed at! If you’re not convinced yet you’ll sure be after seeing this video!

The plate is from BPA, phthalate and PVC-free materials and is made in USA.

To back this project go here and in case you don’t know how Kickstarter works read about it here

Wooden Wall Hooks from United Animals

29 Sep

United Animals Wall Hooks

I found these super cute wall hooks made from wood in a small toy boutique in Stuttgart the other day and I just couldn’t leave the store without them. The brand is United Animals from Germany but there’s not much to see on their homepage. Honestly it doesn’t really do them justice – I’ve seen these big size version of hooks (sooo cool!), bought the small ones and I have also seen their 100% cotton plush toys with natural fillings which are absolutely gorgeous as well and so soft!

United Animals Wall Hooks BJ

The small hooks cost from €6 on a piece and the bigger ones €14. I have found a few online retailers but the one that stocks the most is Reitsport Becker and Kinder Räume