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Chef’s Knife For Kids: Opinel Le Petit Chef

6 May

Opinel Le Petit Chef

I want to but I can’t really say that my husband and I always loved to cook but we are definitely discovering big passion in cooking and food in general now. We even decided to have a little garden this year, which was something we saw as a big burden just couple of years ago.

Naturally we want the kids to be a part of it and Tila likes to help prepare food but the knife I bought for her is taking all the fun out of cutting for her. I didn’t want to buy her one that would be too sharp but the one she has now is even more dangerous for cuts than a sharper one.

Opinel Le Petit Chef

But recently I discovered the perfect solution – this beautiful knife from Opinel designed especially for kids. It has a special educational ring between the blade and handle in order to prevent the little hand from slipping onto the blade while teaching proper technique. And a special finger guard that comes with the set helps position fingers from the other hand into a claw grip used by professional cooks in order to keep them away from the blade. To ensure extra safety the tip of the knife is round.

There are two types of sets – one with the knife and a finger guard and one with an additional peeler. You can buy them over Amazon (UK, DE, FR) or find your nearest retailer here

Photos courtesy of Opinel

Senz: Umbrellas That Won’t Turn Inside Out!

7 Apr

Senz Umbrella

We had the worst weather the whole last week: rain and wind. And I’m not talking about those mild showers and gentle winds I’m talking about the in-your-face rain and the umbrella-turning kind of wind. Every single day. From Monday through Saturday. And just when I was struggling to keep my umbrella alive it stroked me I totally forgot to share (and get me one of) these! Have you ever noticed how useless umbrellas are when the wind is blowing? Especially if you carry something in your other hand? You always have to decide on who’d you like to save: either the umbrella from turning around and consequently you or the item(s) in your either hand. And when it’s the pushchair in your other hand the winner is obvious and so is the wet looser.

Senz Umbrellas

But! In one of my magazines (I’m sorry I forgot which one, but there are just too many of them) I spotted this crazy looking umbrella from a Norwegian brand called Senz that, thanks’ to its earodinamic shape, supposedly withstands even the strongest wind – up to 100km/h! Three Dutch students designed it out of frustration and they have tested them by maxing out wind tunnels and jumping with the umbrellas out of airplanes and they always stayed in-shape (literally). You can see their video here.

They have five different models going from €30 – €60 to fit all price ranges and they all come with a 1-year warranty even on missing parts!

I always loved quirky looking umbrellas, I have this one from Lisbeth Dahl at the moment (or until it turns inside out), and I just wish it had the same capabilities as Senz umbrellas

WaterWipes: Baby Wipes as Pure as Water!

6 Nov


I’m super picky when it comes to baby wipes. They can’t have any strange chemicals, oils or god forbid artificial fragrances. We changed quite a few already since they were either too small, too big, too foamy or just not moist enough (I hate it when I have to use a half of bag in order to wipe off that stinky poop!). And then when I thought I finally found the perfect ones an angel from above (or an Instagram “friend”) told me about the WaterWipes.
These wipes are just what their name says – cotton wipes plus (boiled) water. Nothing more. Well, 0.1% of grapefruit seed extract. I was a little skeptical and have actually licked one just to make sure and they really don’t have any kind of taste, none!
And guess what else? They are also quite thick, super soft and just the perfect size and moist enough to actually do their job properly.
And thanks to their gentle composition WaterWipes are suitable from birth and even for cleaning baby’s face. They promise not to irritate skin so they’re perfect for babies prone to eczema and/or nappy rash.
If you’re from UK or Ireland here are the retailers near you, other countries check on Amazon (US, UK, DE, FR).

Ps. There are also WaterWipes make-up removing facial wipes that contain again water and grapefruit seed extract plus some Dead Sea minerals, that’s all! I need to try them out soon!

The Ultimate Cleaning Tool: Magic Eraser!

4 Nov

Magic Eraser

Did you ever hear about a magic eraser? I learn about it a couple of weeks ago and now it feels like I’ve missed out on so much. My life is definitely a lot shinier with this little white block of foam in my life now…

If you do know about it please don’t tell me because I will not be happy about you keeping it to yourself but for those of you that don’t: it’s a melamine foam that has actually first been used as an insulation in pipes and it’s also the same foam that’s used in studios as a soundproofing material.

After about two decades of it’s primary use people somehow discovered that it also does wonders on so many hard-to-clean surfaces without having to use any kind of cleaning products, only water and a very gentle scrub! The secret is in it’s fine structure that works like a very fine sandpaper, getting into the tiniest grooves and pits so even textured surfaces are not a problem for this little magic wonder!

There are endless cleaning possibilities for both inside and outside and it can be used on so many different surfaces like countertops, tabletops, floors, doors, even walls and it cleans stuff like soap scum in baths, splatter stains in the oven, sneakers and even clothes and carpets! But it should not be used on surfaces that can be easily scratched. I tried to remove an adhesive residue from a price sticker off a new plastic measuring cup and ended up scratching some of the text off. You can read a few more tips on where it can be used here.

It’s only downside is that they don’t last very long. They soon start to flake and they fall apart after only few uses. But they are really unexpensive and so so indispensable once you try it!

You can thank me later!

There are many different brands of Magic Eraser (I bought the one from Blink! and it’s called Wunderschwamm here in Germany) and you can get them in just about every bigger drugstore and even in giant batches on Amazon (UK DE US)

(Image above found here)

PipSticks: The Sticker Company

23 Oct


How are you handling this awful, awful weather? Just yesterday (ok, three days ago to be accurate) we had 23 degrees Celsius and now we’re down to 5! Yes 5! Is it just as bad as here wherever you are?
And of course the quick temperature variations took a toll on our smallest one’s health. Baby Talan is down with his very first cold. And to make the days more “fun” my husband had to go away for work. Now I have a sniffling and cranky baby in one hand and a little girl that need to be amused through out the day (or bad things start happening). Alone.

That’s why I was so happy and grateful when this sweet mail full of entertainment from the sweetest mom of (almost) four kids Maureen came for Tila – it was just what she (I) needed! If there is anything that EVERY kid loves and keeps them entertained for hours it’s stickers! I know Tila loves them ever since she could peel them off with those tiny chubby fingers and stick them on just about every surface she could find.

Did you also collect them when you were a kid? Didn’t we all? There were even sticker clubs where kids have sent each other different stickers. I don’t remember being a part of any but that would have been fun.

Anyway, Maureen came up with this genius idea of starting a Sticker Subscription Company for kids and named it Pipsticks. By subscribing you are guaranteed to receive a super cute envelope full of sticker of all kinds (the sparkly ones, the goofy ones, the puffy ones and even the sniffy ones) along with some crafty additions every single month. No exceptions.

We used more than a half of stickers the very first day (and there were over 15 sheets of them) by sticking them on colorful paper sheets that came along and she gave her masterpieces to three of her best friends in her kindergarten. Oh you should see the joy! There was hugging, there was kissing and there were screams of happiness. Just because they received a few stickers – already attached! It makes you think how little our kids really need and want huh? And how long can a post on stickers get… How did this happen?

But I’ll stop the torture here and now: you can subscribe for one moth, six months and there’s even an option to try it our first – a Taster Pack so you can see what the excitement is all about for yourself. Shipping within US is free and $3 (about €2.50) for the rest of the world

And if you decide to go for the either 6 or 12 Month Subscription Maureen will treat you with one free month! Just use a code JUNGLE10 at checkout.

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

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!

PrintKlub: Bring Back Printed Photos!

17 Sep


I am trying to find the courage to organize all the photos on my computer, lap top and my phone – I have over 2500 on the phone only so believe me when I say it’s a project! I am the worst at organizing and printing them regularly. I’m only about 4 years behind. Nightmare I tell you.
But I did the first step and found a few great sites that do the printing. Who knew this thing became so versatile since the last time I did it?


I found this lovely site PrintKlub where you can have your Facebook and/or Instagram photos (that’s where we post our favorite photos anyway, right?) printed in an old-fashioned Polaroid-like photos (but they last much longer), on a poster with 35 square photos in a paperback photo book where you can also add likes and your favorite comments (cool or what?), in an old school photobooth style (I knew all those selfies would come useful one day) and my favorite – magnets! I love this idea and I think I might just use it for gifts in a couple of months… Our family would love them!

Photos are printed in France (Paris) and every single order is manually reviewed so they guarantee no defaults and they ship in 3-4 days.

I think I just got a little more excited about the organizing part now…

Mosquito Repellant Recipe

26 May


Tila ends up in tens (that looks like hundreds) of mosquito bites every single summer. I never want to use those harsh mosquito repellants full of harmful synthetic chemicals and the natural ones usually don’t do much. At least the ones I bought didn’t. But I think I might just have found a recipe that works. At least the reviews say so. I’m going to put my lab goggles on next week and make a bottle to see if it really works. Maybe you know this recipe already? Or do you have another one that provenly works? Please share – I really want to spare her and baby Talan all the scratching this year.

100 ml jojoba oil
20 drops of Basil essential Oil
10 drops of Eucalyptus Globulus Essential Oil
30 of Citronella or Lemongrass Essential Oil

It’s best to pour everything into a spray bottle and mix every time before use!

Ps. The cute mosquito tote bag is from Ryo Takemasa and you can get one from here with free worldwide shipping!

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

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

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.


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.


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!

Kitchen Goodies from La Cocotte

29 Nov

La Cocotte

I’m always a bit nervous to check My Little Square’s online shop because every time I do they add something new that puts all my resisting strengths to the test. Like these ridiculously cute kids’ aprons and kitchen accessories pour maman aussi like cutting boards, tea towels, trays and these lovely lolly makers from La Cocotte. On the other hand if I think about it I think Tila would steal all of these from me as well and use them in her own kitchen…

And by the way – wouldn’t the apron and the lolly makers make one super cute Christmas gift?

Pleased to Meet Stationery Goodies

10 Oct

Pleased to Meet

This week I’ve started with my German lessons. So I’m back to school every day for 3 and a half hours for the next…well until I give birth I guess so probably three months. Even though it’s kind of exhausting juggling with Tila’s school, work, all the things that need to be done at home and inbetween and now my school, I love it. It kind of makes me feel younger and hopefully in a few weeks, smarter!

So I thought I’d show you something school-related. Sort of. Buying stationery thingies was always my favorite part about school – I was soo looking forward to getting cool new pens, cute notebooks and other little things that made me happy.

I recently stumbled upon this most adorable little online boutique Pleased to Meet founded by a German couple Daniela and Marcel that met in New York. They stock a pile of dangerously appealing stationery and a few other accessories but not just any kind. They only use finest ecologically sound papers and guarantee high standard local production and hand assembly of products.

I have my eyes set on quite a few things already…like this planner here, this adorable little Baby Journal, a few notebooks, this most adorable bookmark (I’m even thinking about getting a few for Christmas gifts), the cards, just a few prints, this utensil box, calendar and this most adorable little book of friends for Tila – a must-have.

Oh there are just too many beautiful things for this girl to stay humble… Check it out for yourself if you dare!

Mini Diva Natural Cosmetic Products

2 Sep

Mini Divas

I love pretty bottles after all what girl doesn’t? But unfortunately usually the prettiest ones have the worst content. I really try to go as natural as it goes especially when I’m buying cosmetic products for Tila. So I usually go for the ones I’ve already tried, tested and liked like Weleda, Burt’s Bees, dr. Hauschka, Lavera etc.

But my recent visit of Rasselfisch store was yet again a big success – like always. Oh I love that store, I could move in today!

So the thing I found and wanted to let you know about are these three cuties, which are actually a shampoo, the second one is a body lotion and the last one a shower gel. Now they are also organic and without a single drop of paraben, perfume and colorant! So beautiful inside and out for a change.

They come from Denmark a new brand called Mini Diva and they are their first line of products for little girls (and their mamas! *wink wink*) but I hope there’s one for the boy’s in their future plan as well!

Tila (and her sneaky mummy) tried the shower gel and absolutely love it! One of the rare ones that actually doesn’t dry out your skin! Now I have an excuse for a new visit of Rasselfisch – we need the other two bottles as well! You can order them online