Clotaire Shoes: High Quality but Affordable!

27 Apr

Clotaire

I’m shopping for summer shoes for Tila and I stumbled upon Clotaire, a French brand founded by Violaine Belle-Croix and Elsa Vernet with an aim to create well-designed and reasonably priced children’s shoes without the common but so unnecessary tacky details. Their shoes are hand manufactured in Portugal and exclusively sold in their Internet boutique.

I absolutely adore their timeless designs and have already put a few models on my need-to-buy list. And just when I wanted to say that I wish they came in my size I discovered most of them actually do! How amazing is that?
 

Food Preserving Caps: Food Huggers!

21 Apr

FoodHuggers

I have always wondered what other people do with the half finished fruits and veggies. I usually wrap them in a plastic wrap, which is bad for both the environment and us as the PVC the wrap is made of is toxic and can transfer into food.

FoodHuggers

So while I was looking for better alternatives I came across these reusable silicone food caps called Food Huggers. Their patented designs fit to snuggle around fruits and vegetables in order to keep them fresh with an airtight seal.

Food Huggers

They come in different sizes and shapes to fit different types of food. You can also use them to airtight different size jars – what a clever solution for those who misplace lids all the time (I raise my hand first!).

The silicone is 100% FDA certified and BPA and phthalate free. It is also dishwasher, freezer and microwave safe.

Food Huggers come in three different size sets and each costs $9.99 (about €9 or £7) and shipping costs for Europe go from $5.37 (€5/£3.50) up
 

Babyccino DIY: Dipped Wooden Spooons!

20 Apr

Dipped Wooden Spoons

I’m not sure if all of you already know about my humble DIY contributions on Babyccino Blog so I wanted to share my today’s craft; the Dipped Wooden Spoons.

I always loved them but somehow thought they wouldn’t be to hard to make at home so I did just that. They were super easy to make, a tiny bit more time consuming than the rest of my crafts but the outcome is absolutely amazing. And I’ve been using the spoons daily for more than a month now and they still look like new – no scratches, no chips!

You can see the complete step-by-step instructions here. Would love to know if some of you have made them too and maybe even added any extra zing to them?
 

Gorgeous Stationery From Vila Malina

14 Apr

Vila Malina POT print

I’m especially happy and proud to do this post because I can show you what amazing talents live in a little country I come from, Slovenia.

I’ve been following Urška Jenko on her Instagram for a long time now and that is how we became friends (as much as I dislike most of the changes the social media brought along, I sure love this one!).

Vila Malina Stationery

Urška is a preschool teacher by her profession but her heart led her to open up a beautiful store for kids and décor Vila Malina (meaning Fairy Raspberry) in Celje back in 2005 but due to the impact the global economic downturn had on our country she had to give it up. She was crushed but very determined to keep on and find something new to fulfill her creative soul. And that is how her first paper collection was born.

She most kindly sent me her POT print and our living room never looked more beautiful than it does now. It was kind of funny how my husband and I argued over it when it arrived. He usually doesn’t care so much for these kinds of things but he loved this print so much he wanted to hang it near the couch where he spends most of his evenings but that didn’t fly with me as I want it near my work space where I spend most of my evenings. I guess he’ll have to get his own. Ha!

Vila Malina Stationery

The most amazing collection of Notebooks, Prints and Postcard are illustrated by Ana Maraž after Urška’s ideas she got from her daily walks in the nature and they present a reflection on everyday life and the desire for freedom of the spirit. She finds the joy in a beauty that surrounds us in our everyday lives and she wants to spread the same with her items.

You can order her gorgeous work on her internet site and make sure to also check out her Instadiary (a planner with 18 of your favorite Instagram photos spread inside and on the cover) and Instapic Photos – I need to order those yesterday!

Now the sweetest part of the post: there is an Instagram contest going on with the POT print in game – go see!
 

Storytime Monthly Magazine: No Ads, Just Stories and Some Extra Fun!

13 Apr

Storytime Magazine

Tila is a huge fan of books and comics. That is one of the rare things that actually make her stay still for quite some time. So I was very happy when a couple of Storytime issues came in our mail. I kind of expected they would be really nice but I was completely blown away when we unpacked them! I don’t even know where to start, there are just so many details about them I love; like the way the paper feels on my fingers, the fact that there is no yucky ink smell, the gorgeous illustrations and the beautiful inside covers prints. Tila was so impressed with the illustrations that it took her the whole evening just to skim through them. I was a bit worried the stories would be hard to understand but the way they are put together and the simplicity of the text is perfect even for very young children.

Storytime Magazine Pages

Storytime is a monthly magazine for children and is packed full of beautifully illustrated fairytales, legends, myths, folk tales and poems. Each issue also includes fun games and different activities. And the part I love the most – there are no ads and no prizes! Just stories and good old fun! I’m so impressed that I’ve decided we’re not going to buy children’s books for a little while and get all of their old issues instead! And I can’t wait to subscribe – I don’t know who’s going to be more eager to get the Storytime issue each month, Tila or me?

And a little treat for you: Storytime Magazine is offering all Baby Jungle readers from UK either a free sample issue or three issues for £3 only – all you have to do is call 0843 504 4932. And all the readers outside UK get one free issue if you subscribe; just enter code ‘JUNGLE’ in the promotional code space at the check out
 

New Nadadelazos SS15 and a Huge Sale on Their Previous Collections

9 Apr

Nadadelazos SS15

I won’t even start on how amazing the new collection from Nadadelazos is. Simply because pictures speak louder than words. I love their simple, fun and so kids appealing prints and colors just perfect for the summer.

And the thing I love the most is that their clothes fit for several years. I still have a few pieces left from their first collection that I bought for Tila and even though they have been worn and washed a lot they still look like new. Most of them are waiting on Talan and there is one pair of pants she actually still wears! So a brand definitely worth the investment!

And all their previous collections are reduced by 50% or more, did you know that? I have already robbed most of their stocks. Have you seen baby T in their Leaf Jumpsuit already?
 

Senz: Umbrellas That Won’t Turn Inside Out!

7 Apr

Senz Umbrella

We had the worst weather the whole last week: rain and wind. And I’m not talking about those mild showers and gentle winds I’m talking about the in-your-face rain and the umbrella-turning kind of wind. Every single day. From Monday through Saturday. And just when I was struggling to keep my umbrella alive it stroked me I totally forgot to share (and get me one of) these! Have you ever noticed how useless umbrellas are when the wind is blowing? Especially if you carry something in your other hand? You always have to decide on who’d you like to save: either the umbrella from turning around and consequently you or the item(s) in your either hand. And when it’s the pushchair in your other hand the winner is obvious and so is the wet looser.

Senz Umbrellas

But! In one of my magazines (I’m sorry I forgot which one, but there are just too many of them) I spotted this crazy looking umbrella from a Norwegian brand called Senz that, thanks’ to its earodinamic shape, supposedly withstands even the strongest wind – up to 100km/h! Three Dutch students designed it out of frustration and they have tested them by maxing out wind tunnels and jumping with the umbrellas out of airplanes and they always stayed in-shape (literally). You can see their video here.

They have five different models going from €30 – €60 to fit all price ranges and they all come with a 1-year warranty even on missing parts!

I always loved quirky looking umbrellas, I have this one from Lisbeth Dahl at the moment (or until it turns inside out), and I just wish it had the same capabilities as Senz umbrellas
 

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
 

Piupia: 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!