Big Picture Press

20 Oct

Animalium1

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.

Animalium

Animalium

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!

Planes, Trains & Automibiles1

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

Maps Activity Book3

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

Ring-Rings

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

BabyDEGEN

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
 

Kirikí Press Embroidery Plushie Kits

26 Sep

Kirkí Press

I have so many things on my to-do list I plan to learn as soon as Talan starts nursery. One of them is to embroidery. And I found just the perfect thing to learn with. How cool are these Embroidered Doll Kits from Kirikí Press?

Kirikí Press Starter Kit

They include a pattern hand screen-printed on unbleached cotton, embroidery floss, eco-friendly stuffing and everything else you need to finish the toy except for the hoop, needles and scissors but you can get those in the starter kit.
Patterns come in three different skill levels and finished plushies are about about 13 cm tall.

There is also a free illustrated pdf booklet of stitches, tips and tricks for beginners you can download here.

Kits are available from Kirikí’s Etsy boutique and Hoop Haberdashery, their UK retailer. You can see the rest of the list of stockists here
 

Night Lights

24 Sep

Woodland Night Lights

Just before this summer Tila decided she can’t sleep without some kind of light source anymore. So at first we left the door slightly open each night but that wasn’t enough. Then she got a nightlight from her grandpa that you plug into a socket but we forgot to unplug it in the mornings so I decided to get her one that’s battery powered. I found these super darling woodland creatures over at ModCloth and she chose the bunny of course (it’s my favorite as well). I love that the light is really soft so it doesn’t light up the whole room and disturb the little one’s sleep. It is also made of porcelain, not plastic which is great but I’m just a little bit worried it might not survive our baby’s discovery phase.

Rabbit Night Light

But in case that happens I have already found a replacement – this super cute bunny made from plastic – how cute is it? I think I might need one too.

Ps. I noticed in the reviews that many people complain about the battery life but they last about a week and they are also selling really cheap over on Amazon
 

Il Pigiamino Shirt Pajamas

22 Sep

Il Pigiamino

There is hardly anything cuter in this world than a baby dressed up in cute baggy pajamas. That is the only thing I can almost certainly say we have too many. But who can resist buying just one more cute pair every time they shop. I can’t.
I just love that moment in the morning when I get to pick my baby boy up from his cot looking all cute in his comfy overall. I could leave him dressed like this the whole day.

Il Pigiamino

The founder of Italian sleepwear brand il Pigiamino for kids shares my feeling. Alessandra del Tufo wants her boy to be well-dressed at all times even when sleeping and found the gap in the market – shirt pajamas for babies and kids! And so the il Pigiamino was born. Their pajamas are made in Italy, in an old shirt company and the fabrics are hand picked by Alessandra herself from different textile companies.
There is a collection for girls, for boys, baby girls and the one that stole my heart –  for baby boys! I can just see my sweet boy in them.