Petit Pehr

I recently discovered the new Petit Pehr range of children’s products over at Pehr Designs and I love it all! They have a fun collection of canvas storage hampers in a selection of different sizes and sweet designs, and a gorgeous selection of bedding, including quilts and sheets and decorative pillows.

They very generously sent me a selection of products from their new collection to road test, and all of the products they sent have quickly become favourites in my children’s rooms. Marlow’s bed is now decked out in Petit Pehr products – the fitted sheet and the sweet quilted blanket with matching quilted pillow (see photo above). I love the coral-y pink colour mixed with the citron-y green — feminine but not too pink and girlie. And you know me and my obsession with baskets! Needless to say, I’ve put their canvas hampers to good use throughout my house!

The Petit Pehr range will soon be available from their online shop, but is currently available to purchase online from Giggle or Ella + Elliot, and both stores ship internationally.

x Courtney

Playtime Paris standout: As We Grow

When we passed the Playtime stand of As We Grow last week, we were immediately drawn to the striking colours of the alpaca yarn used for the beautiful knitwear. As We Grow is an Icelandic brand which executes ’slow fashion’, exclusively using raw materials, without harming the environment or practising any mass production. The pieces are simple yet luxurious, and are designed to grow with the child.

xxx Esther

Little Crane hair accessories

Aren’t these headbands and hair clips from Little Crane just so so sweet? The fabrics are all so pretty — colours and patterns that go with any outfit because they are neutral enough to match almost anything, but yet so pretty that they stand out for their beauty. Like the tiny purple flower, or the tiny black flowers or the little Japanese dots — such subtle details. And I love the little headbands that have a soft elastic band, perfect for delicate baby heads and their wispy hair.

I just received a box of headbands and clips for Marlow, and just the pretty packaging and presentation was enough to win me over.  And then the items inside! So gorgeous! I can’t recommend this sweet little shop enough.

x Courtney

Fabelab origami blanket

Maybe it’s the architect in me, but I LOVE these Fabelab play-fold-birds, the idea of Copenhagen based architect (and mother of two), Michaela Weisskirchner-Barfod. Unfolded, you have a beautiful and softly padded play mat or blanket, perfectly detailed with gorgeous geometrical patchwork patterns in wonderful colour combinations. But then, thanks to an ingenious, origami style folding technique, the blanket can be transformed into a beautiful swan! And suddenly, you have an object that can be a toy, a pillow, or simply a pretty decor item.

But that’s not all — the blanket can also be transformed into a darling ‘lit d’ange’, a cosy nest for a buggy or crib to keep a newborn baby warm and snug. How sweet! And when the child gets bigger, at some point he or she will be able to practice his fine motor skills, folding and unfolding the bird, so it will become an interesting puzzle / play object as well.

I really admire this cleverly designed, beautiful product, and the attention to detail with which it has been thought through. I also respect Michaela’s no-waste policy. For example, with the cut-offs of the blankets, a new product has been created: a darling little bird mobile, which can be used as for instance a stroller toy. This way, all the material can be used and nothing goes to waste.

It’s available to purchase from one of our lovely shops, Scout and Co.

xxx Esther

Organic children’s shampoo and conditioner

My oldest daughter Sara was pretty much bald when she was born, and didn’t have much hair until she was two. But now that she’s eight, she has a head full of it — there is so, so much of it. (So don’t despair, mamas of bald baby girls!) Because detangling all of that hair after washing it is no fun, I have been on the lookout for an organic conditioner that is made especially for children, and I have finally found a great one.

Organic Children makes conditioner with smoothing plant oils and proteins which leaves hair silky soft and shiny and easy to detangle. It is gentle on delicate children’s skin (it is even suitable for children with eczema and psoriasis) and there are no nasty parabens, phthalates etc. I also love the Organic Children shampoo, with natural bubbles from Yucca. There are different natural fragrances available — we love ‘Berry Smoothie‘ which is perfect for fine and straight hair and smells so good you want to eat it up.

xxx Esther

Cuddling rabbits from the Polka Dot Club

Esther and I met Jennifer Murphy from the Polka Dot Club last year in NYC and fell in love with her handmade bears. We both ordered one for our children and I have since bought a couple bears as special gifts for new babies. I am an enormous fan of her work – everything she does seems to be done with such perfection, patience and care. If you hold one of her bears in your hand, you can hardly put the thing down. It’s like they’re made with magic or something!!

Jen has recently started making cuddling rabbits, and I’m thinking about ordering a couple for the girls. Easter presents maybe …if I can wait that long! Aren’t they so cute?

x Courtney

Baby Milestones — the heirloom set

Gorgeous, these letterpress Baby Milestones cards from Sycamore Street Press. Stamped with real gold foil and printed by hand on a vintage letterpress in the company’s studio, they have an absolute exquisite appearance to them.

I love how the set is limited to six milestones (Introducing, First Smile, First Word, First Step, First Haircut, and First Tooth), so it is actually totally doable to make the cards and for instance create a sweet little corner in your baby’s nursery with them.

The Baby Milestones cards come in a keepsake box, beautifully wrapped with tissue paper and cotton ribbon, so they make a wonderful newborn gift as well.

xxx Esther

Camila Camomila

Camila Camomila offers a selection of beautiful baby products all handmade by local seamstresses, knitters and artisans in Portugal. Their collection is elegant and timeless, like the clothes made by our own grandmothers when we were babies, the kind of clothes you keep and pass on for generations. I have this wool dress for Marlow, and it’s such a perfect winter dress to pair with tights, so elegant but also so comfortable.  She’s been wearing it so much this winter.

x Courtney

Cappies and Lanas

How cute and original are these trousers and skirts from Portuguese brand Cappies and Lanas? I love how the Cappies (the cool harem trousers) and Lanas (the cute little skirts) are all so unique in their appearance, and how they are specifically designed to be super comfortable with a lot of room to play and move around.

They are handmade from traditional ‘Capulanas’ — the term used to describe the rich and colourful patterned fabrics that Mozambican women use to cover their head and body and carry their babies. Patrícia’s husband Andre started to bring back these beautiful fabrics from his travels to Mozambique, and Patrícia started to make them into sweet clothes for her baby boy, Manuel. Pretty soon, she was making them for her friends’ children as well, and Cappies and Lanas was born.

xxx Esther

Personalised papercut prints from couPure Baby Art

I recently got Marlow a personalised print from couPure Baby Art and I think it makes a cute addition to the wall behind her bed. CouPure Baby Art specialises in beautiful, custom papercut prints, incorporating your child’s name and birthdate into the design. Such a cute idea for a baby gift or simply just to personalise a nursery.

I opted for the Lucky Ladybird print, but there are loads of other themes to choose from. And all you have to do is enter your child’s name and birthdate, and they’ll create your custom print for you. I also like that the prints are shipped framed and ready to hang – it makes it so easy!

x Courtney

Sweet teddybear ear balaclavas from Nilka

I (or really, Sinterklaas) couldn’t resist buying this cute cashmere teddybear balaclava from Nilka for Casper at the ShopUp last week, and I’m so happy I did. He looks so adorable in it! I just love balaclavas, they are perfect when it’s chilly outside. They cover ears, neck, and chubby cheeks, and are also virtually impossible to pull off. Sorry Casper! : )

xxx Esther

Cutest pointy puffy coats from Ladida

My girls were badly in need of new, warm winter coats (the last two winters here in Europe made me wary of extreme cold!), so when I found these adorable Anais&I puffy coats over at, I decided to get them matching ones. They are so cute with their pointy hats!

LaDiDa has a beautiful collection of some of the world’s best brands, all selected because of their great quality and aesthetics. I love browsing the tasteful collections!

xxx Esther

PS More sizes of the pointy coats over at the Anais&I website!

Organic baby clothing from B by White

I have just recently discovered this adorable Spanish brand of clothing for babies. The lovely owner, Ana, of B by White recently sent a few items for Marlow and they are just adorable! You can really see the love and attention that goes into making each piece, and her package came perfectly wrapped and presented. I love the muted colour palette and the soft, organic knits. I also love the beautiful, dreamy blouses! Ana uses only certified organic and hand-spun cotton, free from chemicals and artificial dyes.

I’m only wishing the sizes went up a bit bigger! Sadly Marlow is beyond the baby clothing size and into the (chunkier) toddler stage! But I’m definitely keeping this in mind for baby gifts.

x Courtney

Timecapsules — capture the present & preserve for the future

Every now and then I have the feeling I have to stop time for a moment. To soak up my life, my kids who are still so little, my husband, our love and health and happiness. And I try to remember the little things, the smell of my baby’s hair, the sweet kisses from Ava, Pim and Sara kneeling over a game they are playing together. But it is nearly impossible to remember all those tiny details…

Enter TimeCapsules — a beautifully designed box designed to capture big and little things from certain moments in life, and keep them locked away until the date you have decided to open it up again. The box comes filled with all sorts of cool stickers, washi tape, tags and a journal, and lots of suggestions for what to store in your box.

We’ve been gradually collecting things to put in our box, and the children have written notes and made drawings for their future selves. We decided to open our TimeCapsules box in 20 years — Sara will be 28 years old, and Casper 21! What will our lives look like then, and who will we be?

TimeCapsules make perfect presents for a wedding, the birth of a baby, a graduation or for a friend who is moving far away… But I also like the idea of using it to simply capture everyday life, the little things we love. (If only I could capture the smell of my baby’s hair!) So I think these make a wonderful (holiday) gift for someone special as well.

xxx Esther

Baby Bear Shop organic bath!

Marlow still fits in our laundry room deep sink and it’s my favourite way to bathe her. No crouching over, no wasting water, and having her up at my level makes it easier to wash and rinse her. (I think it’s her favourite way to be bathed too – she always points at the sink asking to get in it!)

We have recently discovered the Baby Bear Shop range of organic bath products and love the Wishy Wash baby wash/shampoo and the natural Baby Bird bar soap. It has a very delicate, natural smell and a gentle sudsy-ness. Perfect for sensitive baby skin. I also love their gorgeous packaging (made from recycled paper!) and that they plant a tree with every order placed.

xx Courtney

Snuggly Ugly handmade monsters

Snuggly Ugly is a Brooklyn-based brand run by a super sweet husband and wife team. Their handmade monsters are, as the name suggests, exquisitely snuggly (made from up-cycled cashmere jumpers) and ugly (in the cutest way, of course!). Each of their sweet little creations is one-of-a-kind and handmade in their studio in Brooklyn.

Indira from Snuggly Ugly sent one of the mostritos for Marlow, and she absolutely loves it. She loves the little pocket detail on the front, and is constantly trying to stick things inside it. And there is something about the quirky googly eyes and crooked smile that really appeals to babies.  So sweet!

x Courtney

Pepa and Co.

Pepa and Co. is a brand new London-based boutique which just opened its concept store in Fulham last month. I haven’t made it yet into the shop, but Pepa sent me a selection of the lovely pieces from her collection, and it’s all so beautiful and classic in style. The sweet baby bodysuits with Liberty print peter pan collars have become a staple in Marlow’s little wardrobe (the cotton is so soft!). And the little knitted rompers have me missing those sweet newborn baby days!

I’m already planning my next trip down to Fulham just to discover the collection in store! Judging from the sweet details in the package they sent me, I’m sure the shop is equally lovely.

x Courtney

Hunter Baby — just for boys!

Shopping for boys is not always as easy as shopping for girls, so I’m so excited to have discovered Hunter Baby — a brand that is focussing solely on baby boys! The fit of these pieces is great, nice and snug, and the colours are so boyish and cool — I love those bright details on the feet and elbows. Most of the pieces from the Hunter Baby collection are one-piece items, which makes so much sense for little babies I feel. (Especially if they are race-crawling through the room, like Casper at the moment!)

xxx Esther

The Bugaboo wool collection

Wool is known for its wonderful, temperature regulating properties. So this past summer, when it was hot and humid and sticky, I cut holes in a sheep skin and put it in my Bugaboo as a seat cover. Like this Casper was always on a soft, natural and breathable ‘mattress’, which kept him cool as well as comfortable.

So I was pleasantly surprised to hear that Bugaboo recently teamed up with Woolmark and created a beautiful woollen seat liner with exactly those same thoughts in mind! The seat liner is made from 100% pure wool and fits all Bugaboo models. It can be used all year long — in summer it will help to keep your baby cool and comfy, and in winter warm and cosy. It also has a pretty grey padded reverse side — so you can change your look every now and then.

Bugaboo also developed a super soft, 100% extra fine merino wool blanket in three pretty colours, and — this is so exciting for those mums currently expecting a winter baby — beginning of next year there will be a soft and natural merino woollen mattress cover for the Bugaboo carrycot available as well.

I love this line. So much prettier and easier-to-care-for than my home-made solution! (And Casper is ever so cosy and comfortable, as you can see!)

xxx Esther

The sweetest dresses from Mabo Kids

Last weekend when the sun finally came out, I asked my friend and London-based photographer Vanessa Berberian to come over to take some family photos of my crazy crew. (I’m hoping to get a good photo for our holiday cards, which appears to be no easy feat with four children who don’t like to sit still, a baby who wants to nap and a four-year-old who refuses to smile!!)

In between group photos, she snapped some shots of the girls in their matching dresses from Mabo Children’s Clothier. Aren’t those dresses so sweet with the white peter pan collars? Everything from Mabo Kids is cute – the entire collection! Since discovering this brand earlier this year, it has become one of my very favourite children’s brands (and not just for girls — for boys too!).

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