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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
 

Faux Fur Bambi Chair

16 Sep

Bambi Chair

I received an email from EO Denmark, an outstanding design team to present me their newest creation, this darling Bambi Chair for kids and they wanted to know if I’d be interested in posting about it. It was love at first sight, yes but I was seriously hesitant about the fur. So I decided not to. But I just couldn’t stop thinking about it. It is just so darn cute. Too cute to forget. And then I read all about it again and learned that the chair is actually made of Oak, Walnut wood and nylon, which is faux fur! It just looks so soft and fluffy it never crossed my mind it could be faux! How cool? The chair is the brainchild of Takeshi Sawada, a Japanese designer (you can see more of his marvelous designs here) and it’s handcrafted by EO Denmark.

Bambi Chair

I kind of wish they had some in my size now – it would make blogging sooo much more comfortable for me… *wink*

Available from Wannekes for €260 or if you wish to find your nearest retailer just send them an email to eo(at)eo.dk
 

Toy Tent from DEUZ

6 Jun

Play Tent DEUZ

How cute is this toy tent from a French brand DEUZ (remember their super cool baby play mat?)? Such a smart twist on the old-fashioned dollhouse! The tents are made in India under Faritrade terms from 100% organic canvas cotton and painted with non-toxic inks. The structure of the tent in made from beech by craftsmen in France and the wood is obtained from local thoughtfully managed forests.

It’s available from DEUZ online boutique from yesterday and it costs €56

Play Tent DEUZ3
 

Nadadelazos is back!

24 Apr

Nadadelazos


I was a big fan of this Spanish brand Nadadelazos ever since it was founded in 2010. Their designs are just perfect for a girl like Tila. The bright colors, fun prints and wide and comfy cuts have her name written all over. Last year, to my big disappointment, for some reason stopped their production but decided to come back this spring! What wonderful news!

I don’t understand why all brands make rompers and jumpsuits only up to size 2 or maybe 3 and apparently they don’t too since they make them all the way up to 10 years! How cool? I can’t wait to see Tila quacking around in them! Big like!
Welcome back Nadadelazos! You were badly missed!
 

Super Super t-shirts from Le Macchinine

24 Mar

LeMacchinine2

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.

LeMacchinine1

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?
 

Day 16: a Gift Card for €50 from Anni Bazaar

16 Dec

Anni Bazaar

Remember this cute brand new online boutique Anni Bazaar I got so excited over last month? I ordered a few items from Imps&Elfs for my little boy from them and got more than I ever expected! I can’t wait to wrap my little boy in their super soft organic cotton towel.

You can find the most adorable range of clothes, toys and accessories for babies and kids between 0 and 8 years from brands like Imps&Elfs, Fub, Funky Leggings, Indikidual, Mini&Maximus, Soft Gallery, Very French Gangsters etc.

Lena is the owner of the boutique and she generously offered to a gift card for €50 for one lucky reader to be spend in her darling boutique! Oh I’m kind of getting jealous.
All you need to do is comment below your favorite piece from their range and you’ve entered the giveaway. Easy peasy!

If you wish to get some extra entries you can get them by liking their Facebook page, sharing the news on this giveaway via Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media but please don’t forget to let me know you did it.

The contest closes tonight at midnight CET. Open to EU countries only!

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

New: Organic Berry Smoothie Line from Green People

26 Nov

Green People Berry Smoothie and Aloe Deo2
I love trying out new cosmetic products but there are two things I demand from them – they have to be natural (preferably organic) and shouldn’t be tested on animals. Without compromise even if they promise to do wonders.
A few years ago there was truly not that many to choose from but there is no real excuse for it today – you can get organic products on every corner and available for almost every budget.

You must know Green People, one of the biggest names in organic beauty in the UK around since 1997. Their mission is to provide only cosmetic products that are natural, organic, high quality and gentle.

I’ve reviewed their Toothpaste already and I have also tried their Sun Lotion on Tila this summer. All I can say is that I regret I didn’t do it before. It doesn’t contain any Chemical Filters or any other harmful substances, it’s scent-free, doesn’t leave marks on clothes and it spreads perfectly!

Now I also got a chance to try out their deodorant and Tila’s hair smells like Raspberries thanks to their new Berry Smoothie line. And mine does too – just don’t tell her please, I think she is in the “this is mine that is yours – you have your own!” phase.

I kind of wanted to find some, at least one con on these products but I seriously can’t. I’m having real hard time finding natural deodorants that actually work (read this post) and this is the third one that does. It really does! And no marks on my clothes either. I just discovered they have them for men as well and the reviews on them are of course – awesome!

The shampoo and conditioner made Tila’s hair silky smooth and I just love the mild, gentle smell that a mix of Raspberry and Pineapple leave behind.

They have a whole line of beauty products for babies, kids and adults on their online site and they ship Worldwide
 

NUN kids: Timeless, Classic yet Fun Pieces Easy to Mix and Match!

21 Oct

Nun kids

I let Tila choose what she wants to wear more and more as she’s growing up. I just think it’s important for her to know she has the right to decide on her style and for her to freely express her own, unique taste. I would of course hate it if she chose a top full on Hello Kitties and polyester pink skirt and finish the look off with Barbie accessories. Although, she would love that. But we compromise.

Ok, first I think she doesn’t even know those kinds of things exist since for now we have successfully avoided stores that sell them (crossing my fingers no one ruins that for me) and then we try to do it in a way that works for both of us.

For instance, I love simple style and muted colors and she loves skirt and of course – pink. So we mix and match and again – compromise. The success of the latter mostly depends on her mood.

Nun kids

That is why I love brands like this new one called NUN. They just have it all – their designs are simple and classic yet fun and very appealing to kids. Just look at the skirt Tila is wearing on the photo above – it’s sooo puffy but yet completely untacky. It’s our favorite! And you can match it with anything even the Hello Kitties if you wish and the final look will still be cute and simple.
And that reversible bathrobe! It’s made of linen on one side and the softest terry on the other. You should see Tila how fun it is for her to decide on the side she wants wear after her baths.

I have to get my hand on a few more pieces like this gorgeous dress and this, this and this baby one-pieces. How gorgeous are they? Oh who am I kidding I want it all – just take a look at their gallery on Facebook and you’ll see what I mean.

And their fabrics are absolutely superb, truly one of the best I’ve seen – meant to last for ages! The more you wash them, the better they look! And their colors (dyes used are actually vegetable) divine! I really can’t stop with the praises and the only complain I have is that they don’t have a line for us mamas as well!

Since NUN is still a very fresh brand there are only a few online retailers for now but do not hesitate to drop them an email to info(AT)nun-kids.it, they will be glad to help you out
 

Gorgeous Costumes at Noeuf and My Little Square!

14 Oct

Du Rififi chez les Fées

The ugly, tacky costumes that make strange noise when walking are a thing of past. There is too many cute ones out there to even think about the ones in the supermarket! Are the days that costumes had to be worn on Halloween only are also over!

Siaomimi
Just take a look at these original and beautifully made from Siaomimi, available at My Little Square and these from Du Rififi Chez les Fées sold from Noeuf– cute or what?

Ps. And while you’re there make sure you don’t miss out on My Little Square’s current promotion

H&M All for Children 2013

3 Oct

h&m all for children 2013

I’ve just been thinking about it a couple of days ago and now it’s finally here, well it will be in exactly one week – the brand new All My Children 2013 collection and this time dedicated to Halloween.
For the ones that have never heard about this project before: All for Children is an annual collaboration between H&M and UNICEF where 25% of the sales price go to some of the poorest children in the world.
I have my eyes set on a few things already and Tila is even a little less modest than me. Papa bear is just rolling his eyes. But guess who’s going to win?

So mark your calendars – 10th October (next Thursday) in 250 H&M stores around the world and online at Little Fashion Gallery – but judging by last year you’ll have to be extra early and super fast for this option!
 

Mimijumi: As close to the Breast as a Baby Bottle Gets

12 Sep

Mimijumi
I really wanted and tried to breastfeed Tila. Trust me when I tell you I did my best. But after a good month of constant day and night torture (for the both of us) the doctor herself ordered me to stop. Don’t need to go into full details but it was just something that apparently wasn’t meant for the two of us I guess. I hope, wish and pray it will go better the second time. I will once again do everything in my power to succeed. But in case something goes wrong again I’m already looking at the bottles. Actually even if I do you still need a bottle or two in case you want to go out minus the baby, right?
So as much as love the ones from Garbo&Friends I couldn’t believe my eyes when I spotted these Mimijumi bottles in a German magazine Mum. What do they remind you of? Don’t they look exactly like breasts?

Mimijumi

Mimijumi bottles are designed with an aim to provide the easiest transition from the breast to the bottle possible. Even the teats are made out of silicone that’s really close to the real skin tone and texture. I think these babies might actually work even on the toughest babies to give in! I mean, what baby wouldn’t want to latch on that nipple?

The materials used are from German (the silicone teat), Swiss (nylon bottle base) and everything is manufactured in Austria. The one-piece teat is really easy too attach with one hand only thanks to the no-skid bottom. They are of course BPA and phthalate free and love to be boiled and/or washed in a dishwasher.

The bottles were founded by two psychiatrists and an industrial designer in 2008 and there are two sizes available – the Very Hungry that holds 240 ml and the Not So Hungry for up to 120ml. Of course you can also buy spare teats
 

The New ZARA Mini Collection

6 Sep

ZARA mini AW13

I try not to rush things so I decided to wait another month or two before I start buying any baby clothes. I still have a few things left from Tila but since this one is going to be a boy (have I even told you already?) I have an excuse. Ok, I would find one anyway.

So the other day I just wanted to take an itsy bitsy tiny peek at Zara’s new Baby Collection and ended up filling up the whole shopping bag. Now I’m the middle of a dilemma – do I press the “continue” button or not?  I did say I’ll wait but I’m not sure I’m strong enough – just look at those gorgeous muted colors  and how sweet is the whole collection – girl’s and boy’s equally for a change? I love their travel back to 40’s/50’s – the rompers, cardigans and Mary Janes for baby girls…wow I’m smitten. And still not sure what to do.

Photos are courtesy of ZARA
 

Hickies: Turn a Shoe into a Slip-On

3 Sep

Hickies

Is this an amazing idea or what? So simple it amazes me it’s new…

If you haven’t figured it out from the photo yet Hickies are some sort of elastic bands that replace traditional shoelaces and turn shoes into slip-ons! They come in multiple colors and one size fits all – even kids! They simply stretch out and bounce back into their original size.

Tila got a pack to try out and we are hooked! Up to now I had to buy her shoes with velcro straps for kindergarten so she could put them on herself but these darlings made things so much easier for me – no need for velcro’s anymore! Genius (yup, here it is again)!

If you want to see how it works you need to see this video – you’ll love it and there are actually more ways to use them – check it out!

A pack of 14 Hickies cost $19.99 (about €15) and two of them are only $30 (about €23) and International shipping goes from $10.40m so about €8
 

The New il tutto Frankie Tote

7 Aug

Il Tutto Frankie

As soon as I found out I was pregnant with Tila I made myself a promise I’ll find a baby bag that doesn’t really look like one. That’s how I got my il tutto bag. They are every style-savvy mom’s dream – seriously gorgeous leather bags that come with a padded change mat, insulated bottle holder, plastic wallet for wet thingies, removable and washable zip-out lining and lots of lots of room. And when you’re done with those you can simply use the bag as a usual day bag – no one will ever guess its original purpose!

I love my Mia bag but I think I have a brand new crush on this soon-to-come Frankie Tote! How gorgeous is HE? It’s ready for pre-order and will come out at the beginning of September. My heart beats for the tan colors but it also comes in black.
 

Something Completely Different: PRSPR boutique

25 Apr

PRSPR

I think I must have stumbled upon one of the cutest kids’ clothing boutique. PRSPR (pronounced prosper) is based in US and has a small but the freshest range I’ve seen in a while. Think popping colors, unique designs and never seen before combinations. Absolutely gorgeous! My cart is already bursting at the seams (it’s the one that has them apparently) I just need for the Papa Bear to look away for a few moments…

And if I might add – I was positive the prices are going to be cruel to my heart but they are so not! I think their price range can be compared to Zara’s but I bet the quality is far much better.

International shipping costs $25 which is about €20