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Clean, Strong and Stylish: Snap Bibs!

21 Jan

Snap Bibs

I’ve been trying to find the perfect bib for a long time now. No success yet. They are either not the easiest to clean, take a bit too long to dry or just too easy to pull off (does that drive you off too?)! I used to like the pocket bibs but that thing is so nasty especially if you forget to empty it out for a few days which happened to me quite a few times. A few too many.

So just when I almost gave up on finding “the one” and simply started using old tea towels I discovered Snap Bibs via Instagram. I think these might actually really work.

Snap Bibs

Almost five years ago Katie Lewis, a mom of then baby girl that just started with solids had the same bib issues as I am having now and created the first Snap Bib, loved it, opened up an Etsy store to see if someone else will too and she soon couldn’t keep up with the orders that’s how popular they became. And no wonder! Snap Bibs promise to be leak and pull proof, easy to clean (you can just wipe them off or rise real quickly in the sink) and look super stylish.

They are made of thick but soft and flexible PVC, come in two sizes (small and large) and there are 12 different colors at the moment
 

Wood Sunglasses from Woodzee

19 Jan

Woodzee

We were all so excited when Tila received these cool pair of sunglasses from Woodzee. They look and feel amazing and they fit perfectly. Now me and Papa Bear want our own pairs too! They have the most amazing range of eyeglasses (both sunglasses and optical glasses) but there is so much more to this company you need to know.

Woodzee was founded in 2011 in California and they are completely devoted to the preservation and restoration of our natural environment and promoting a healthier relationship between humankind and nature.
Their products are made from natural, recyclable and biodegradable materials only and their packages of 50% recycled paper and printed with Soy Ink. They also came up with this great idea of including their costumers into their well-doing. When you buy a product from them you get to choose a continent where you want them to plant a tree. And they do it. They plan to go even further soon by having you pick a non-profit organization at the checkout to which they’ll donate a part of profit to.

Woodzee

Tila’s sunglasses are made from recycled water buffalo horn and from the most gorgeous striped wood called zebrawood. Lenses of course provide 100% protection from UV rays. All of their glasses come in microfiber pouch and recycled paper box printed with soy ink.

Ps. When you’re ready to recycle your pair of Woodzees you can simply send them back to them (broken or not) and they’ll either be donated to a person in need or recycled and you’ll get a 40% off code in return. How cool is that?

Currently they have some of the most amazing models on sale and with code END25 you get and additional 25% off! Do I need to say more?
 

LAST-MINUTE CHRISTMAS DIY: HAND PRINT SANTA ORNAMENTS

24 Dec

Santa Ornametns

I made another humble contribution for Babyccino Kids Blog and I just have to post here too.
A couple of years ago my sister-in-law and I decided to start a tradition of no gift buying for us adults for Christmas. Or at least no big ones. It can be something tiny like our favorite chocolate or tea or something of that sort or we can make them ourselves. So this year I decided to do just that. I made these cute Santa Ornaments from salt-dough hand prints of my kids for the whole family. They didn’t cost much (nothing even since I had everything at home already) but they are worth more than money could ever buy. It won’t really be a surprise for them since they will probably see them here already but I know they will be super happy to get them.

I love this craft for several reasons: it’s super fun to make, kids are involved, they make a perfect keepsake for the family, they look absolutely cute and as I said – the things you need to make them don’t cost much. Unfortunately this time I can’t say it’s a super quick diy but it’s the perfect holiday craft and fun for the whole family. I think I’ll make them every year just to track the growth of my two Santas! ;)

Santa Ornametns

So, to make these Santa hand-print Ornaments you need:

For the dough (to make the prints) for about 3 kid-size prints

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water

Santa Ornametns 2

1. Preheat the oven to 120 °C and line baking tray with baking paper
2. Mix flour and salt in the bowl then gradually add water, stirring until combined
3. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface, roll out until about 7mm thick and transfer to baking tray
4. Press your kiddo’s hands onto the dough and cut them out leaving about 2mm edge. You can make ornaments with the left-over dough, just use some nice cookie cutters
5. Use a knitting needle or a chop stick to make a hole at the top of the palm, about 1 cm from the top edge. This will be used to string the twine through
6. Bake for at least 3 hours, turning them once after 2 hours. You can easily leave them in longer or even over night!

Santa Ornametns

Now, for the fun part you need:

White, Red, Black and Skin Tone Acrylic Paint
Acrylic Gloss Varnish (optional)
Twine

Santa Ornametns 3

Santa Ornametns 4

Santa Ornaments

First paint the entire print white twice, waiting about an hour between coats
2. After the second one dries completely sketch the outline of the hat, the pom-pom and the face with a pencil
3. Draw a face (without the eyes, nose and mustache) and a hat (without the dots) using two coats again. But always remember to wait for about an hour in between! You probably have some red paint left so use that for the nose.
4. Now draw the fur on Santa’s hat and lastly the rest of the face (eyes and mustache) and the tiny dots on the hat. Leave to dry.
5. You can stop here and string the twine through the hole or you can seal the ornaments with two or more coats of Gloss Varnish, which will make the ornaments last for ages! Plus they look so much nicer with some extra gloss on them ;)
 

Tough Cookie: Beautiful Handmade Shoes and Baby Accessories

17 Dec

Tough Cookie

I can’t believe how many gems you can discover over the Instagram. Just yesterday I came across this Etsy boutique called Tough Cookie from Netherlands founded only two months ago by Yvonne. She and her boyfriend Daniel make the most darling baby goodies my eyes have seen in a long, long time.

They started out with a couple of pairs of leather moccs for her baby daughter Noëlle and they loved the work so much they decided to open up a boutique, which is now full of things like Crochet Hats, Leather Shoes and the cutest Leather Headpieces (I mean how cool is this leather feather headband?) all made by their own hands! How amazing?
 

Wooden Pullback Cars!

11 Dec

Tiger Tribe Pull Back Cars

I remember when I was a kid I loved pullback cars even though I was pretty girly toys wise. Those were the best, weren’t they? Such a simple toy but I could play with it for hours!

But back then they definitely didn’t look as chic as these do! These Wooden Pullback Cars from Tiger Tribe in Australia so I think they are currently only available in Australia, at least I couldn’t find any in Europe.
But UrbanBaby, an online boutique from Australia ships to Europe

Kukkia Pullback Cars

Then there are these equally beautiful Pull Back Cars from a Japanese brand Kiko+ by Kukkia that has the most amazing wooden toys I’ve ever seen! Most of their range is available from Abacus Kids

Sarah & Bendrix Delights

9 Dec

Sarah and Bendrix Xylophone Dog

Have you seen our Christmas Gift Guides? I truly love every single item from all three but there are a few new brands among them that I really want to present in separate posts.

Sarah and Bendrix

Like Sarah & Bendrix, a small design studio from United Kingdom founded by Veronika. They have the most amazing range of different delights I’ve seen in a while. My favorite is of course kid’s range, I immediately fell in love with their wooden toys – I want to get the Xylophone Pull Dog for Talan’s first Birthday. It’s something he can keep forever and I’m even thinking about getting it engraved.

Sarah and Bendrix

But I have my eyes also set on a few of their prints and their delicious Jewellery range – I mean how gorgeous is their porcelain necklace, the earrings and those sweet Bridesmaid bracelets?

And their prices are quite affordable in my opinion. This Gift Box full of beautiful toys made from sustainable birch wood costs £50 (about €76), which really isn’t bad at all, don’t you agree? And there is also a more humble one for £25 (about €30). Wouldn’t they make a perfect Christmas gift? ;)
 

Christmas Gift Guide for Babies!

5 Dec

Christmas List Babies

And here it is – the last but certainly not the least of our Christmas Gift Guides. It’s Babies turn now:

1. Blanket, Hat and Baby Grow Gift Set from Panda and the Sparrow
2. Wooden Rattle from Hase Weiss
3. Nuts and Bolts from RasselFisch
4. Wooden Plates from Little Acorns to Mighty Oaks and Abacus Kids
5. Stacking Bear from Etsy boutique WoodlandToy
6. Wooden Pull Dog with Xylophone from Sarah & Bendrix
 

Christmas Gift Guide: Boys!

4 Dec

Christmas Gift Guide Boys

Boys are up today and here are some of our favorites.

1. Book Animals illustrated by Camilla de la Bedoyere from EenyMeenyKids
2. Airplane Building Kit from ShakShuka
3. Meadow Kids Bath Stickers from Amazon
4. Fanny & Alexander Wooden Camera from ShakShuka
5. Fun Lonji Tattoos from Londji
6. Big Boys Tool Belt from Hase Weiss
 

Christmas Gift Guide: Girls!

3 Dec

Christmas List Girls

Here they are finally, Christmas Gift Guides! Can you believe it’s that time of the year already? Doesn’t it feel like just yesterday it was summer?
And my heart literally starts making sounds when I think about my baby boy turning 11 months in three days! And then in one month… I can’t even handle the thought.

To change the subject or more accurately, stick to the original one; here it is – the first Gift Guide and girls go first, right?

Hope you like it, I love every single item so much that I can’t even decide on my favorite one.

1. Petit Chose Doll from Carrousel Kids
2. Fanny & Alexander Needlepoint Kit from ShakShuka
3. Nobodinoz Bowling Set from Noeuf
4. Melissa & Doug Shape, Model and Mould Set from Amazon
5. Meadow Kids Bath Sticker Set from Amazon
 

Handcrafted Kids Footwear from Chapter 2

1 Dec

Chapter 2_1

If there is anything I love to shop for (besides toys) it’s bags and shoes and I don’t mind spending a few dimes more on those two. I always felt good shoes are the most important part of the wardrobe for both kids and adults.

Chapter 2_2

I found out about Chapter 2 via Bayccino Kids and it was love at first sight. It’s a completely new shoe brand for kids, established by a husband and wife duo and this is their very first collection. Fay is the designer and her husband Tom is the one that hand makes all the shoes in their very own in-house workshop in London! Isn’t that just the coolest thing you’ve heard? I wish my husband an I had such talents.

Since all of their shoes are handcrafted, their stock is very (very!) limited – all models come in one per size and when they’re gone, they are GONE!

Chapter

Tila has been asking me to buy her matching boots for such a long time now and the Balmoral look a lot like mine (just like about one hundred times cooler) but I have been thinking about getting them for her a few moments too long and now her size is gone! Gone (sob!)! Lesson learned!
 

An Ode to the Best SnotSucker on the Market: NoseFrida!

28 Nov

NoseFrida

We’ve all switched rounds being sick in the last month. Even I succumbed and I (almost) never get sick. And it was baby Talan’s very first cold – something I really wasn’t looking forward to. The trickiest and one of the most difficult parts for me is keeping the nose clear. I think I must have had the worst snot-sucking thingies (I think they’re called aspirators) in the world because even when I almost sucked the soul out of my kids, the snot stayed. I did manage to get some out, but definitely nothing that was worth all the kicking, screaming and the crying that came with.

I think I changed more than five already but I decided to give it one more try and bought the one with the best reviews on Amazon. It’s called NoseFrida and it’s made in Sweden. And guess what? It works! Yes, it actually really does its job and with half less drama. I think the tip (the part that goes in the nose) must be just the right size and form so it makes some sort of a vacuum when you start the “process”. And the plastic the aspirator is made of is much softer than the rest so it doesn’t harm their super sensitive nose tissue (Tila’s nose bled almost every time after I tried to clean her nose when she was a baby :( – I wish I had this snot sucker back then already!).

I truly can’t praise this thing enough it’s definitely one of the top must-have’s for babies and small kids, especially for this time of the year. You can buy it from Amazon (COM, UK, DE, FR) or

Is there something you swear by? A natural remedy that helps you and your family getting through colds?
 

Black Friday SALE at Elias and Grace!

28 Nov

Elias & Grace BFS

Do you know Elias&Grace (only one of the best online boutiques) already? If not, now is the perfect time to meet them. They decided to celebrate the Black Friday SALE with a 30% off on all of their AW14 season range and with a whooping (up to) 70% off on all reduced past season products!

They stock the most amazing kids brands like Bonton, Album di Famiglia, April Showers, Fub, Imps&Elfs, Soft Gallery, Bonpoint Emile et Ida, Pépé, Pom d’Api…  do I need to go on? Oh and one of my favorites – their very own Miller!

Sale only lasts only until the end of today so chop chop!
 

Charlie Crane Baby Rockers

26 Nov

Charlie Crane Rocker

We’re way past rocking times – baby T turned on his tummy a few days before turning 4 month old so we didn’t use ours for a very long time. But it was much appreciated for those 4 months.

Charlie Crane Rocker

Recently I came across this beautiful Charlie Crane rocker and it almost made me want to have another baby (so if number 3 actually ever happens I’m blaming it on this rocker!). But besides its super sleek design doesn’t it look super comfortable? And how darling are their fabric patterns?
I wish they were making them in adult size. Wouldn’t that be cool? And I would never turn around, no need to worry about that. I could forever stay on my back in that rocker!

Charlie Crane Rocker

All Charlie Crane Rockers are made from beech wood and finished with removable and machine washable cotton cushions

Available from Alex & Alexa and a few other online boutiques
 

Ellie Fun Day: Blankets That are so Much More

25 Nov

Ellie Fun Day

I don’t know what took me so long to write this post but I have Ellie Fun Day in my bookmarks for ages (well moths but still far too long). They design the most beautiful baby blankets made by marginalized women in India in order to help them become self-sustaining.

Ellie Fun Day

Ellie Fun Day

The blankets are made from the softest organic muslin cotton and hand-embroidered to perfection by hand by the same women.
The Ellie Fun Day is named by the founders own baby blanket that gave her the sense of warmth and security when she needed them the most. And she wants to share that same cozy feeling with her heirloom blankets.

Ellie Fun Day

Ellie Fun Day

They have eight different motives to choose from (what’s your favorite?) and they have also recently added the most gorgeous swaddle wraps that can be easily used as scarf and the most darling bibs I’ve ever seen and Talan needs in his life!

Ps. How cute is the sleeping baby on the first photo? My eyes are literally popping out hearts!
 

Kale and Kindred: Cool Kids Clothes Re-Crafted From old Clothes

19 Nov

Kallio

I love how people are coming up with cool new ideas for recycling different things. Even clothes.

Kallio2

Kallio

There is Kallio, a New York-based brand ran by talented Karina Kallio who takes old men’s shirts and re-crafts them into effortlessly cool one-of-a-kind kids pieces.

She came up with this genius idea after seeing first-hand how much waste we’re creating with old clothes. Each of her designs is handcrafted in her small Brooklyn Studio with high quality materials.

Thanks to Kickstarter supporters they’ve recently managed to raise enough funds to open up their very first Kallio workshop studio in Brooklyn soon.

Kindred

Then there is Kindred, founded by Simone and Heike and also based in New York. Their unique ready-made outfits for kids are made from repurposed, vintage and organic fabrics but they also make custom pieces out of your family’s own treasured garments or cloths. How cool is that?
Kindred Sketches

You simply choose you favorite design from their lovely sketches, send them the fabric and within four weeks you’ll receive your new custom-made family heirloom. I’d love to have the balloon Romper made from one of my husbands shirts. And the Pretty Smock for Tila