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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!
 

The New Collection from Piupia: As Cute as Can be!

21 Oct

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Piupia Talan

Have you seen Piupia’s the latest collection? I’ve been their fan since their first one but their current pieces are just ridiculous! Ridiculously cute I mean. Talan received this super darling Rain Jumper and the matching Rain Hat and I would make him wear them all the time if I could or if he wouldn’t be drooling all over his clothes like a… well… a baby! But he needs more. Ok, I do. For him.

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Something like their Furry Leggings (in ALL four colors). And they also have the most adorable Animal Bodysuits to match those cute Leggings. Now, I just realized my poor baby boy doesn’t own a Layered Onesie and the temperatures are dropping all the way down to 8°C this week (!) so he needs something as cute warm as this, right?

Piupia Bear Dress

Do you have a baby girl? Try to look away from these two Bear Dresses! They almost make me want to dress Talan up in one. Would that make me a bad mother? If I made sure he’d never find out I did it?

If you don’t know about Piupia already you should know that all their garments are made from 100% organic cotton and produced under high quality standards and with locally produced materials to ensure only the best and the most gentle for your baby’s delicate skin. The brand is based in London and all the cute graphics are made by Claudia Carvalho, the owner of Piupia
 

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
 

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!

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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
 

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!
 

Light and Timeless Clothes from NUN

9 Jul

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I love more than just one style for my kids but if I could only pick one it would be simple, vintage clothes made from natural fabrics like cotton and linen. If you’re not sure what I mean, just check NUN.

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Their clothes stun me every single time. The quality is beyond amazing and their beautiful timeless designs make me want to keep each and every single piece from them – even when they don’t fit my kids anymore! Do you also keep some clothes that you want to pass on to your kids’ kids (grandchildren just sounds too weird too say yet) later in life someday? I wish my parents kept more of my clothes and toys that I could use with my children now so subconsciously I keep a little more than I probably should…

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But look at these photos – how could I get rid off anything? Isn’t the one-piece (the second photo) on baby Talan just the most darling thing you’ve ever seen? And the linen towel he’s sleeping on is something I decided to keep for myself – it is so gorgeous and light and dries out in a matter of minutes! The tunic and shorts the garden gnome is wearing are my favorite pieces for Tila this summer and they are so simple to match with anything. Did you see these onesies yet? I need the grey one for Talan!

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There are a few more pieces from NUN I’d love for you to see on my Instagram
 

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

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Organic Cotton Baby Range from Lola & Stella

4 Jun

Lola and Stella

There is hardly anything cuter than a baby wearing a set of leggings with cute prints all over his chubby legs. Maybe only a baby that’s wearing a matching hat! Something like these from Lola & Stella – how cool are their geometric animal prints? So baby and parent-friendly at the same time! And there are also blankets and baby teethers (I so need one of these so my baby doesn’t eat one of his socks or swaddles one of these days), everything made from 100% organic cotton
 

PIPUPIA: Soft Organic Baby Clothing

3 Jun

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There are so many organic cotton baby clothing brands already but not all are the same. Some have great quality but boring designs and others can brag with lovely looks but poor quality. But Piupia is one of the rare ones that has it all.
I received a few pieces from their sweet baby collection and the first thing I noticed is how incredibly soft and thick they all were. And the super cute prints made me use my high pitch voice. I just love their adorable bright-color illustrations and the contrasting pattern combinations. So fresh, unique and baby appropriate.

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The graphics are made by Claudia Carvalho, the founder of Piupia and all materials are locally sourced. A lot of effort is also put into providing the best comfort possible by using soft elastic bands, non-scratch tags (there should be a rule about that!) and comfortable designs that are easy to dress and undress – one of my favorite features these days as timing is everything with a super wiggly snail baby that needs to be changed about one hundred times a day. Ok, maybe a little less but it certainly feels like that many.

Ps. There are a few designs on sale right now but hurry up as they are selling out super fast!

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New Mom Design House Pillows

5 May

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I have already blogged about New Mom Design Etsy boutique and their beautiful organic range of home textiles but I wanted to show you these two house pillows Elvina most generously sent me. Unfortunately for me, a tiny person came along while I was opening the package and stole them from me! But to her defense – she generously gave one to her baby brother. But who could really blame her? They are so so cute, big and super soft just screaming for the cuddles and they look great anywhere you put them – our big one travels from Tila’a bed, trough all the chairs in the house and ends up on the couch at the end of the day. I kind of wish it would end up there for good but I don’t think that’s really going to happen anytime soon. Oh well.

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And the little one is actually a tooth fairy pillow with a tiny pocket on the front side just big enough for the tooth to be replaced with a tiny gift or a Euro (or a Dollar) bill. What a great idea!

Thank you so much Elvina!
 

Green People Make-Up Review and the Truth Behind Mineral Make-Up

1 May

Green People Mineral Powder

There’s been a lot of talk about mineral makeup for the last few years and about it’s benefits. But do you know why it’s called mineral what is it made from and how? I didn’t up until today. Be we all should:

Mineral make up is actually a mixture of ground up pigment rocks, most commonly mica mineral. Mineral make up made from mica is as natural as make up gets and it provides not only pigment and beautiful shimmering, glittery appearance but also sun protection and anti-inflammatory effects.. But there’s a catch. An awful truth about how this beautiful mineral is being sourced. Sadly most of it comes from India where a child labor is widespread. Kids as young as five (my Tila is turning five this week and it breaks my heart just thinking about it!) are being used to climb down narrow, dangerous shafts that lead into illegal mines where they cut mica with a hammer for up to 9 hours per day. They work with sharp-pointed, heavy tools, inhale dust from stone cutting and are at risk of being hit by one all the time. And all that for less than €2 per day! Per day! Can you believe it? But there are a few, rare brands that only used ethically sourced mica. And one of them is Green People.

There is an article on Child Labor behind the Mineral Make-up industry made by DanWatch, an independent, non-profit media and research center from Denmark investigating the impact of business on humans and environment world-wide and according to their reports Green People are one of only 4 (out of 16) companies questioned that proved there is no child labor involved in the process of mica extraction used in their mineral make up.

I have also tried two of their products from their Organic Make-Up range – the Multi-Active Pencil Concealer and this Eyeshadow duo and I loved them, especially the concealer. It’s just what I need now! Even after all my sleepless nights this little baby manages to hide my scary dark circles! I have to try out their powder and mascara next.

I just love Green People more and more. Their products never seem to disappoint me and you can always count on getting natural, organic products made from Fair Trade ingredients from them
 

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!
 

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!
 

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!