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Heavenly: Gluten and Sugar Free Chocolate Cake!

15 Apr

Raw Chocolate Cake

If you ever met us you know we’re pretty much obsessed with what we eat. We try really hard to eat as healthy as possible but to be honest healthy doesn’t always equal good especially when it comes to desserts. I tried a few raw cakes in my life but they just don’t taste…well…sweet enough for me! Or good. At least I thought so until I tried this one my mum made us the other day. Oh my dear – this is what I call a chocolate cake! And when you’ll check out the ingredients you’ll see it’s also completely guilt-free! I promise you it tastes amazing.

If you love chocolate but are trying to cut out the sugar you’ll love this recipe. It doesn’t contain any sugar – not even the healthier kinds like agave nectar or coconut sugar, nothing! But you can fool anyone – I did!

The recipe is from here (it’s in Slovenian)

Ingredients:

For Crust:
1 cup of hazelnuts (soaked over night and dried)
1 cup of almonds (soaked over night and dried)
1 ½ cup dates (soaked over night)
½ cup raw cocoa
2 tbsp coconut butter
2 tbsp water
½ tsp vanilla

Middle layer:
1-2 ripe bananas

Chocolate Filling:
2 cups dates (soaked over night)
1 ½ cups water
½ cups raw cocoa
½ cup coconut butter

Line a 20 cm cake tin with baking parchment. Mix the hazelnuts and almonds in a food processor until very fine, gradually add the other ingredients and press into the tin.
Slice bananas and lay them on the crust.
For the chocolate filling first mix the dates until a sticky bowl forms then add the water to make the paste. There shouldn’t be any chunks left. Add the cocoa and butter and mix a couple more minutes.
Pour over the cake and chill in the fridge for about an hour before serving!

Bon appétit!
 

Simple Easter Crafts

14 Apr

Tila Cat Nose Easter Chick pins

Natural Dye Easter EggsTila Bunny Ears

Easter being just around the corner I thought I’d share some of my old Easter DIY’s. They are also my favorite ones and as always – all super easy! Just click on the photos to get to each post.

Ps. How cute is Tila with the cat (minus the spots and adding two long teeth it can be a bunny!) nose? The photo is one and a half year old. Oh how ruthlessly time flies!
 

Hörbert Portable Player for Kids

2 Apr

 
Hörbert mp3 Player
 
Papa Bear spotted this wooden radio in an onboard sales magazine last week and was sure I’ll like it. He was right, I do – I love it! And after you read how it works I ensure you you will too!

Hörbert is a highly sustainable portable mp3 player for kids hand crafted in Germany. It’s made from natural and non-toxic materials like wood and water-based wax finish and sturdy enough to handle the play, shakes and even drops. Four different types of wood are used for the best performance, it is super light so the kids can easily carry it around and it runs on batteries in order to play anywhere and anytime. But don’t worry – it is also energy saving so the batteries should last for about 45 hours of uninterrupted play!

Hörbert mp3 Player

How it works:
You simply transfer music or audio books on a memory card with a help of a software (both come with the player) and distribute the songs through 9 different section buttons. Two additional buttons at the bottom also allow the playback and fast forward.

There is also an option to limit the maximum volume by moving a sliding switch that is inside the radio so only parents can access. What else? Oh, each player can also be custom engraved to make it more personal and unique. Is this one perfect present for a certain (soon-to-be) 5-year-old or what? Great job Papa Bear!

You can order the player online here

Ps. You can also see a short video here
 

Super Soft Cashmere Blanket from Oscar et Valentine

31 Mar

Oscar et Valentine5

Oscar et Valentine have sent a more than generous gift to my baby boy – this gorgeous cashmere blanket.

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I think I’ve never held real cashmere in my hands before. I always knew it was soft but not this much! It’s just perfect for baby’s delicate skin! I have to rub it against my face every single day and I secretly wish I had one in my size as well. I also love how big it is (90 x 90 cm) so it can easily be used as a receiving blanket, in a pram, a cot and later on for many, many years. And it’s one of those pieces that has to be kept and passed down thru the generations.

I also didn’t know cashmere can be machine washed and even ironed! And not only that -it actually gets softer and more beautiful with every wash! You can read about care instructions here

I have completely fallen in love with cashmere and I’m worried I’ll just want it all from Oscar et Valentine’s collection now – yikes!
 

Super Super t-shirts from Le Macchinine

24 Mar

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Le Macchinine is a design studio in Italy specializing in graphics, books, toys and games and last year they came out with this super fun idea of t-shirts that have capes attached to them and called them Super-Super T-shirts. Besides the cape each t-shirt also has a print of a super fast animal in front. There is an owl, a fox, a rabbit and a lion. They are great role play t-shirt but they are also meant to help the kids that need to loose their fears by making them feel super strong for sharing the animal’s super power.

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Tila received this  black Super Super Hare t-shirt and needles to say it was love at first sight! She had so much fun with it – she flew the entire house with it and of course we had to try if it works outside too. And it does! Now guess what she’s wearing to kindergarten today?

Hare t-shirt


I love the amazing quality of both print (hand-screen) and the super soft thick cotton. T-shirts are produced according to Oeko-Tex Standard 100 and inks in their prints don’t contain phthalates.

LeMacchinine Backpacks

They also have the most darling matching mini backpacks. How darling is the one with turquoise lines?
 

Braided Pacifier Clip

20 Mar

Pacifier Braid Clip

A while ago before I was even pregnant with my baby boy I came across these Suede Pacifier Clips from Fashion Love People that can be used as bracelets when your baby is done with it. I loved the idea almost as much as the look. But sadly by the time I finally needed one they stopped making them! So I had no other choice but to do one myself. It is really simple and done in minutes so I though I’d share it with you.

Pacifier Clip Necessities

All you need is:

two suede laces 3mm thick (Ebay)
a pacifier clip (I got mine from here)

The length of laces should be about 80 cm and I used a leg of a chair to hold things in place for me.

1

First bring one lace around the leg and the other one under the first lace. The loop should be about 5 cm long so you can easily get the clip through when putting the pacifier on. Now make the four-strand braid like on the photo (you can also use this tutorial) until it gets about 13cm (for babies) to 16 cm (for bigger kids) long.

2

Make a simple knot with one lace only, two times.

3Now bring the other lace through the clip and tie it off with a knot like you can see on the photo and you’re done!
 

Fun and Creative Sets from Trim Toys

18 Mar

Trim Toys 2


I received an email from Catalina and Gabriela from Argentina, friends and the founders of the brand called Trim Toys. They have started the company in 2011 with a desire to design innovative and creative toys that would encourage children’s’ imagination and creativity and keep them away from unproductive toys like video games.

Trim Toys 3

Their current collection consists of a collar, an apron, a dress and a cowboy suit and each set comes printed on a 100% cotton canvas sheet along with paint, a brush and of course the instructions. It needs to be painted, cut out and then used to have with! The packaging can be recycled as a pencil case.

Trim Toys 1

My Tila is not the biggest fan of painting and drawing but when she received this dress from Catalina and Gabriela she couldn’t wait to do it – I think it might have been the knowledge she’s getting a dress out of it that made her so excited. I have never seen her so still and devoted to painting before. And she was so proud of her masterpiece that she insisted on wearing it to her Kindergarten the next day! How could I say no?

You can see more photos of their projects on their Facebook page. Their products will soon be available to buy on Etsy but until then you can contact them by email (trimtoy(at)gmail.com)
 

Woodly: Nature Friendly Furniture

17 Mar

Woodly Montessori Floor Bed


I have never seen anything more beautiful than this. Not just the products but the whole concept. Listen to this:

Woodly is and Italian furniture brand based in a completely ecological and uncontaminated environment in the most gorgeous and purest of hills in Italy around Parma. Their aim is to run as ecological production as humanly possible so they only use renewable, biodegradable and non-toxic materials and finishing like wood, organic water glues and paints, beeswax and vegetable wax. But that’s not all! Their workshop also runs in an energy saving, zero impact environment. They are also trying to produce with as little waste possible. You can read more about it here.

Woodly Garden

They are surrounded with nothing but beautiful nature – just take a look at their garden! I’ve never seen anything like it. I wish I could spend my summer up there. I’d even be willing to help! Absolutely gorgeous.

Woodly products

They are making furniture, wooden toys, lamps and furnishing accessories but I have completely fallen in love with their Baby Furniture range, especially the Montessori floor bed – is this not the coolest bed you’ve seen? I want one for my baby boy! And Papa Bear has a little crush on this genius Bike Holder. This way I might even let him bring his bike inside!

Ps. You should also check out their Pinterest page – you will fall in love if you haven’t yet! I can’t stop looking at their photos! We need to plan a trip to visit them since they apparently have a bed & breakfast of my dreams!
 

Amoralia Nursing Bras

13 Mar

Amoralia Second skin Organic

 
A friend of mine posted this great edit of her Favourite Maternity Essentials and I immediately remembered that I completely forgot to include one of the most important things in my New Baby and Fresh Mama list – nursing bras!

Amoralia Cupcake


I bought a few different ones during my pregnancy but two of them were and still remain my favorites. They are both from Amoralia and one is actually the same one that Masha mentioned – Cupcake Collection – I really like the way  this one shapes and holds babies in place but it’s not as comfortable as Second Skin organic cotton one– it’s super soft, comfortable and gives you that extra room you need the first few weeks after the birth. And you can also easily sleep in it! It doesn’t give you as much support as the first one though.

Both cost €45 and you can get them from Amoralia’s webshop
 

Oh Wow: The Summer House Baby Shoes

12 Mar

The Summer House


I just came across this small boutique called the Summer House selling baby shoes and hair accessories and I swear I could hear my heart beating faster. The brand is based in Munich and established by Zaida Martin who was born in Madrid but later moved to Germany. Everything is handcrafted by Zaida’s own two hands and with only natural materials like pure wool, leather and organic cotton only. Music to my ears!

I have a serious crush on these Oxford Baby Booties for Talan and the hairclips for Tila! Pure gorgeousness!
 

Kip & Co

10 Mar

Kip&Co kids

Kip & Co is an Australian brand that is about bright and vibrant colors, unique prints and amazing quality. The company is a brainchild of Alex, Kate and Haley that started off with beddings but soon expended into a covetable, lifestyle brand.

Kip&Co adult

I’m having a little crush on the Pretzel Kids’ bedding and like the whole adult’s range. I had such hard time selecting only a few photos for this post – it was the most difficult and time-consuming part!

They ship worldwide ad you’ll be happy to know it’s sale time right now!
 

the Very French Gangsters Half off at Anni Bazaar!

7 Mar

Anni Bazaat the VFG sale
I just spotted this great deal on sunglasses from the Very French Gangsters over at Anni Bazaar you should know about. They are reduced for a whopping 50%! So now they are down from €149 to only €75! Definitely a deal worth taking advantage of.

We bought a pair of optical glasses from the Very French Gangsters about a year and a half ago and they still look like new. And they are sadly not getting the most gentle treatment from their owner, trust me. I was sure they’re going to give in the very first week but they will be actually easily passed down to Talan – if he won’t need to wear the optical glasses we can easily turn them into sunglasses!
 

Lieschen Müller Doll Pattern

6 Mar

Lieschen Mueller doll patterns

Tila’s birthday is coming soon. Well in two months but when you have a tiny baby at home, a bunch of to-do’s and a trip in plan it’s like it’s just around the corner.
I always try to make this day really special for her ever since her first birthday. It’s her day after all and these kinds of memories are one of the best. I still remember my birthday parties. But this year I need her to know that even though I might not have the same amount of time to spend with her alone and uninterrupted she’s still the one and only and I love her to bits and I always will. And that I’m always find time for her no matter what. What kind of gift would pass on this message to her? I have been thinking about it a lot. And then I found this Doll Pattern from the fabulous Lieschen Mueller. This couldn’t be more perfect – I’m going to make her a doll she can keep forever and remember just how much I love her. And that I took the time to make it. Isn’t it wonderful? I can’t wait to start! She will be thrilled – I get teary just thinking about it!

The pattern costs €14.80 and you get it by email. All the instructions are included and all you need to do is print out, cut and sew!

Lieschen Mueller patterns

But there are even more incredible patterns that make me want to skip the night sleeping. Who needs it any way? Especially if you only have a couple of them in one piece?
 

Meet Talan + a few of my Favourite Items

5 Mar

Talan

Remember me? Yup, I’m finally back. I wish I could say that I’m sorry for not doing it earlier but honestly – I’m really not! 8 weeks ago I gave birth to the most precious little boy (picture proof above) and since this almost for sure our last baby I decided to enjoy every single second of it. He’s such a good baby and I enjoy his company so, so much. And oh this divine baby smell… I wish I could bottle it somehow.

And you should see Tila – she is the sweetest little (big) sister and she’s all about the cuddles and kisses with him and she doesn’t have a drop of jealousy in her. She also helps me beyond my expectations. My sweet, sweet girl. You can see a few photos and even a video of the two together on Instagram.

Talan is going to turn 2 months tomorrow so his world still mostly evolves around eating, sleeping, a lot of pooping, peeing and consequently diaper changing, now he’s also smiling and trying to make baby sounds. Oh and there’s also a tiny bit of crying, yes.

My favourite baby items

There are a few items that I couldn’t survive without – well ok, I could but they make my life a lot easier and I thought some fresh mamas and mamas-to-be might appreciate me sharing.

1. I chose this Voksi footmuff because it’s made of natural materials like wool, cotton and feather. It’s also perfect for use in a car seat (there are special openings for the harnesses at the bottom) as well as in the pram. And they keep the little bundle super warm and cozy!

I got it from BabyShop but it’s sold out, you can get it directly from Voksi and if shipping for your country is not listed, just contact them!

2. This Cushion Chain from BALlab is super useful. It has three press-on buttons at the ends so by buttoning it up together you get a donut-shaped cushion and use it for things like a resting place for your baby, a sitting cushion after the birth and if you take it apart you get a really long cushion that can be used to help you sleep while pregnant, as a nursing pillow, support during tummy time or back support when the baby starts to sit up on its own etc.

3. Yes, breastfeeding is a beautiful thing but not at the beginning. For me it was one of the most painful things in life. More than giving birth itself. It hurts, hurts like hell! I won’t even start describing the state of my poor nipples for the sake of all still-to-be moms. But these nipple shields from Medela saved my sanity – they helped so, so, soooo much! They helped nursing get bearable again until I healed. They fit on perfectly, my baby didn’t have any difficulties transitioning from the breast and then back again and they come in three different sizes for the perfect comfort. You can get them in most pharmacies or even on Amazon

4. I absolutely adore these towels from Imps & Elfs. They are super soft, absorbent and made from organic materials like terry cotton on one side and a layer of cotton muslin on the other one! Plus the colors are absolutely gorgeous!

I got them from Anni Bazaar

5. I wrote a post on how harmful disposable diapers can be a while ago (you can read it here) but the Naty nappies are as natural as disposable’s get! They are made from natural and renewable materials, even the film is made from GM free corn and of course there’s no trace of chlorine or perfumes plus they do their job perfectly. Oh and they also look super cute. You can find your favourite retailer here

6. I talked about the swaddling benefits a lot already but I can’t help myself – I just love it! And Talan sleeps so good thanks to it. It completely relaxes him. My favorite swaddling blankets are from Aden + Anais and from La Langerie. I washed these babies so many times already and they still look like new and they just get softer every time!

7. Talan got a nappy rash and I tried changing the diapers and the wipes but nothing changed. I also bought a certain organic diaper cream at the store but that one didn’t do anything either. Then I went online and noticed this Diaper Ointment from Burt’s Bees had the best reviews so I decided to try out. People call it wonder cream and they are so right – it made the rash go away in two days and it hasn’t come back since and it’s been more than a month!

It’s available from Amazon

8. One thing that relaxes babies probably even more than the swaddling is babywearing. It doesn’t only feel great to have your little one so close to you for a really long time without having to worry about your hands falling off but it also enables you to actually do some stuff around the house – it calms them down completely! I spotted the Combi Cotti carriers on Babyccino Kids blog and couldn’t resist! I’m so glad. They look great, feel amazing and are super easy to use once you get the hang of it.

9. These Jackson Reece wipes rock! They are completely natural, super gentle and don’t contain any perfumes or alcohol. They are also just the right size and wet enough to do the job with one wipe only! There is also a really good deal on them on Amazon if you take a pack of 10. I’m tempted to try out their Nose Nuzzles

10. I wanted to avoid the disposable hospital underwear and decided to buy my own granny pants to hold those giant sanitary pads in place. At the end I wore the lovely fishnet underwear anyway but only the first day. Then I used these shaping briefs from H&M and they felt unbelievably good. It didn’t only feel great to see the belly get a lot flatter in an instant but they actually made me feel more comfortable. They are tight and stretchy just enough not to squeeze too much and to make you feel kind of a like they-are-holding-things-in-place comfortable. Love them so much tha I’m still using them.

11. I love this NUNA Leaf rocking chair for a few reasons: materials are organic, the insert is super easy to remove and wash, it swings sideways instead of common back and forth, there’s no motor so you don’t need any batteries in order to use it and the best part is that it hold up to 60 kg so even bigger kids can use it as a (swing) chair. Tila loves to read books on!

There’s one more things that I somehow managed to forget to put into the edit but should definitely be mentioned. The Gifrer Liniment I wrote about before. Besides the impeccable job it does around the nappy area it also helped me with my nipple situation a lot. A lot! Much more then the nipple creams themselves!
 

Day 24: Body Bela from Macarons

24 Dec

Macarons Bela Body


I developed a giant crush on this incredible German brand Macarons ever since it was founded and last month I finally ordered a few items for Tila and my baby boy. And oh I’m so glad I did – the quality of their products is out of this world. I have never seen anything like it!

Julie and Veit, the leading force behind the Macarons developed an innovative doubleface textile called IQ fabric. The name came after its warming, water-repellent and temperature-regulating qualities and the secret is in the organic merino wool on the outside woven together with the also organic cotton on the inside.

There are also the delicious designs that are truly one of a kind. The two sides come in contrasting colors and by folding or rolling the hems and collars you can play around with the looks and create individual styles.

Ok, I’m getting to the best part now. Julie and Veit kindly offered this beautiful organic cotton onesie Body Bela that comes in three different sizes (see here) and by commenting below the size you’d pick you enter the giveaway. Easy as that.

There are also extra entries for the ones that share the news on this giveaway via Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media just make sure to let me know you did it.

The contest closes tonight at midnight CET and is open Worldwide!

This contest is now closed and the winner is Silvija! Congrats! You can expect an email soon!