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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?
 

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?
 

WOW! Collégien Tights and Socks

10 Nov

Collégien

We’re huge fans of Collégien at our house; we all own at least a pair except for the papa – sadly his feet are far too huge for them. But Tila is their devoted customer ever since her very first pair (about 3.5 years ago). Even we buy slippers from another brand we always have to have at least a pair of Collégiens as well. Have you seen their latest designs of slipper socks? Oh-my-dear! I have to stop visiting their site so often…

Collégien Sock Slippers

Collégien Sock Slippers

A few years ago they have also added a range of tights and socks. I’m not even going to start on their delicious colors that go so well with any kind of clothes but the material and the design are just out of this world.

Collégien Tights

Collégien Tights

Collégien Tights

Their ribbed tights are made of long-fiber Egyptian cotton and a tiny bit of Lycra, which makes them super soft and incredible comfy. And the features I love the most are the elasticated waist that makes the tights actually stay up even during the active play, which we tested, and the comfortable toes seams. Does only my girl complain over them? We had to get rid of almost all of the high street brand tights but these don’t bother her at all! She didn’t even have to fix it or anything (which she usually does). These must be the best tights on the market. Even papa was impressed – with the tights! And you can just imagine how much he gives a damn about girl tights usually.

Collégien Knee Socks

I also love the socks. The material is the same as the tights and these are the second pair baby T can’t take off (so easily). They hold on really well and don’t stretch out at all during the day!
 

Don Fisher Fish Bags

5 Nov

Don Fisher

How utterly cute are these fish bags? I have not seen anything so original and adorable in a very long time. Even the interior features the most genius print of a fish skeleton so when you open them up they look just like the real fish. How cool?

Don Fisher

They come in three different sizes and there are endless possibilities of use but you can find some very smart ideas on their Facebook page. The little ones come in handy as coin or key purses (you can even choose if you’d like to have a keychain inside or not), the medium ones act perfectly as pencil cases and the biggest one can be used as clutch or cosmetic bags for instance.

Bags are handmade in Barcelona, Spain and can be ordered from their web store or via Etsy
 

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
 

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
 

Cachette boutique

19 Sep

Cachette
 
I found this absolutely amazing French online boutique called Cachette and I don’t know whether to be happy or extremely worried. A little bit of both probably. Their range for kids is amazing! It’s full of rare, mostly vintage and/or recycled toys, room accessories and other bits and bobs and I want just every single one. Tila does. Ok, we do.

I don’t even know where to start. My favorites must be this beautiful swing made from recycled wood (just what I’m looking for our living room), the super cute cross-stitch kits, this vintage coloring set that I kind of want to get for myself and these two 50% alpaca and 50% merino wool hats that are currently half off – now say no to that! But take a look at the rest of the range yourself. And the bravest ones check out also the range for the rest of the house. I dare you to leave the store empy-handed!

Their shipping charges for EU start at €6 only. I am doomed!
 

Etsy Find: Beanie on Helina Home Decor

14 May

Beanie on Helina


I am a big fan of decorative pillows – they can turn the most plain and boring piece of furniture into most fabulous one. We just bought Tila a new bed and I intentionally went for the plain, white one – to justify the purchase of cute little pillows of course!
I found this darling, darling Finnish boutique called Beanie on Helina on Etsy that I absolutely love – how couldn’t I? Their pillows are hand made of course from natural materials like soft linen and I love the fact that the little details on them (like rain drops) are actually embroidered! Cute, cute, cute!!!

Beanie on Helina

But  as if that wasn’t enough there’s also a whole line of kitchen accessories like little linen baskets, pot holders and napkins
 

Sombrilla: Sun Protective Shades you’ll Want to Show off!

13 May

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I am one of those annoying moms that really cares about protecting my kids from the damages the sun can do to their skin and health but at the same time I don’t want to keep them inside for the whole summer as well. And summer being just around the corner I was super excited to get an email from Claire, one of the founder of Hollie&Harrie. She and her friend Skye are from Australia and four years ago they started designing these beautiful sun shelters made from cotton canopy that block up to 95% harsh UV rays and named them Sombrillas. The first thing you’ll notice is their gorgeous prints but they are so much more than that. They are also super light (the whole kit weights only 3.5 kg), easy to assemble, rust proof, extra strong and with four secure points, a locking mechanism and are being impossible to bend also very safe.

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There are currently seven different designs available and besides Australia they also have warehouses in Europe and US so you can get them in a few days no matter where you live!
 

Nobodinoz

25 Apr

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Nobodinoz is a Spanish brand that started out as a shop and with a few of their own products like decorating cushions and backpacks. But they’ve outdone themselves in the last couple of years.

Nobodinoz

Today they have an absolutely gorgeous range of clothes, home accessories, beddings, toys and even furniture.

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I love the sweet pastel colors and sweet prints, the perfect combination of quality and style at affordable prices but most of all I love that everything is manufactured in Europe, all materials carefully picked and that dyes and coatings are non-toxic
 

Super Soft Cashmere Blanket from Oscar et Valentine

31 Mar

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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!
 

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.

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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.

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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!
 

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!