We have a version of this Goose Game which we bought ages and ages ago. It’s one of those games that has come everywhere with us, on every holiday — it’s the perfect travel game as it folds up into a nice little fabric bag and can be thrown into a bag or suitcase really easily. Plus, it’s a great game for all ages — so easy to play.
I was so excited to see this new version from DEUZ, made from organic cotton and as cute as can be. All the parts fold up and fit into the little cotton bag. Perfect! I’m going to buy some for gifts. It’s available to purchase from E-Side.
Feeling is believing! The layette Welcome collection by Oeuf, made from 100% unbleached, untreated, organic pima cotton (‘the cashmere of cottons’), is truly as soft as it gets. Blankies, hats, beanies, onesies, mittens — you will find everything you need to dress a newborn baby, and you can be sure it is all lovely, of great quality, and free from impurities or harsh chemicals that could irritate your baby’s skin. What a wonderful selection to shop from when you’re about to give birth, or when you’re looking for a truly special (and practical) gift for a pregnant friend. Those little Welcome bags are just too cute.
I have recently discovered the new Swiss childrenswear label, L’asticot, and I am so impressed! Not just by their interesting and unique style, but by the story and ethics behind the brand. L’asticot is a brand of organic clothing which is as beautiful as it is functional. Many of the pieces are unisex — meant for boys and girls alike, and can be mixed and matched together to create one-of-a-kind looks for everyday.
In preparation for winter, I’ve recently bought my kids some organic long underwear from Goat-Milk, which is turning out to be one of my favourite new brands. I love their underwear and tanks, and now I can’t get enough of the long underwear — it’s perfect for layering under regular clothes on chilly days, or just simply wearing around the house. Cosy! This past weekend I managed to sneak a photo of all the kids in their matching sets, being silly on my bed…
p.s. Goat-Milk DOES deliver to Europe, you just have to contact Tania directly to place your order.
I’m loving the new cotton collection at Nui Organics — the colours, the simple shapes, the fun stripes, the easy-to-wear pieces and of course the fact that it’s all made with super soft, 100% GOTS organic cotton. There are tees, leggings, bodysuits, dresses… and just looking at the cute little baby rompers gets me so excited for our little one on the way!
I was recently introduced to Hugh Dinning and his lovely brand Our New Earth through the Australian father-in-law of my friend Elke. It’s funny how we sometimes get to know people on the other side of the world just like that!
Our New Earth is a completely organic line of baby clothes and accessories, and Hugh has passionately told me how he’s constantly striving to find the cleanest and most honestly fabricated materials for his collections. He’s now for instance working with gorgeous 100% organic and natural dyed denims for his upcoming winter collections.
In the meantime I’ve completely fallen in love with the simplicity and timelessness of the Our New Earth designs. It’s all just so adorable! The little sunsuits (see photo of Ava featuring one above), the sweet embroidered and smock dresses, all with the sweetest details, the adorable dress shirts and jackets and pants, the easy bloomers and tank tops…
You can find Our New Earth on our shopping portal here, with a great 15% discount this month — and the prices are already so very, very pleasant!
The Olympics buzz is starting to hit London, and it seems everywhere I turn these days I see hints of Olympic fever. I love these cool Olympics-inspired Reversi-Ts from Green Baby. Get this — the Reversi-T is FOUR tees in ONE! So there are four cool designs (my favourite is the giraffe wearing the gold medal), and all you have to do is fold over the top layer to reveal the next. The tees are remarkably light-weight and streamlined, and of course are made from organic cotton! I got this one for my 5-year-old and he thinks it’s the coolest thing he’s ever seen — a magic t-shirt!
I wanted to share with you my latest Etsy discovery; White Fox In Black Box is a newly opened shop from London, England with the most adorable eco-friendly creatures. Alis Fox is the designer behind these lovely dolls — she creates and sews every creature from found and recycled fabrics making each and every one unique.
These upcycled dolls are 50cm or taller, most come with the cutest little baby and some even come with a removable mask or hat. I just love all the details she puts into them, especially the fabrics and color combinations, just lovely!
A friend gave my daughter these fun non-toxic crayons for her third birthday. I wish I’d known about them sooner! They are wildly entertaining as you can color with them, stack them into towers, turn them upside down and pretend they are ice cream cones, and put them on little toddler hands as extra colorful finger puppets. I always carry a box around to keep Elodie occupied during those in-between moments when she is starting to get restless. Such a fantastic little gift!
The first line of the The Good Flock website reads: ‘The products we make can be buried in your backyard’. Which I think is such a daring first sentence, and is proof of the innovative and fun nature of Nikki and Marco, the people behind The Good Flock. Their belief is to use wholesome materials (from living sources or eco-systems that are able to regenerate themselves), work with a conscience (real craftspeople, responsible manufacturing), and design with minimal waste (use only what we need). I’ve been thinking — it sounds a bit like how I like to cook our food! But then applied to product design. An interesting slide can be found here, where the difference between the creation of a plastic iPad case is compared to the creation of a Good Flock IWooly.
Reason enough to purchase The Good Flock products, but there’s more: the products are really, really beautiful. Gorgeous vegetable tanned leather, domestic waxed canvas, patterned wool and buttons made from sustainable harvested tagua nuts are the main materials that are used to create simple but stylish bags, covers and wallets. The Good Flock has also created a Baby Papoose, a warm and wonderful baby wrap, made from their beautiful materials and just perfect to keep your baby cozy in his Bugaboo (works for the Frog, Chameleon but also very well for the Bee).
I’m hoping I have a few years yet before my daughter is interested in nail polish (out of curiosity, when does this happen?!)… but when the time comes, I’ll be buying her the Little BU non-toxic polishes. The nail polishes are water-based, odour-less, quick drying, completely non-toxic and free of all the nasty chemicals normally found in nail polish. They’re perfectly safe for little girls (and pregnant mamas!) and come in loads of great colours. You can buy them directly from the Little BU shop or from Harrods in London.
PS – Speaking of nail polish… don’t you just love this pair of peep-toe shoes, and that all her toenails are painted a different colour?! (Image found on the lovely Pinterest, which I have become completely obsessed about! You can find all of our pins here.)
I’m not sure if it’s simply the influence of the internet or if it has another reason, but there’s more and more Australia in my life these days. I keep discovering great brands and boutiques from down under, meeting lovely Australian people and I keep hearing about how the grass is greener, the sweets are sweeter and the sun is sunnier there, far away, on the other side of the world. I hope to find out for myself one day!
Bird Textile is one of those amazing Australian brands I got to know very recently, and I’m smitten. I admire the gorgeous and unique textiles all screen-printed by hand with water-based dyes on organic cotton fabrics. The homeware collection is amazing — and by the way, it’s all created using solar energy — have a look at the pillows and how beautiful are those placemats and table runners? (Wouldn’t they make a perfect Christmas gift?) I’m also loving the new children’s collection Little Bird, Little Bird, with beautiful classic designs, all hand-crafted with care and with cute little details like smocks, pleats and fabric-covered buttons — all made from Bird Textile’s signature nature-inspired fabrics and sweet as a button.
I remember how shocked I was with the playmats available on the market when my babies were born. I seriously didn’t know how fast I could hide them under the sofa once they were finished playing! Definitely not the case for mums who are the proud owner of one of the stylish mats designed by the cool girls from Deuz! Made from 100% organic cotton and full of energetic colors and exciting features like loops to grab, rings to hold and chew, and with a removable cover for easy wash-n-wear care, the Duez play mats will not necessarily need to leave the living room floor at all!
Ava is now 18 months old, and she’s quite a little character. She knows exactly what she wants and is incredibly clever in communicating it. One of the things she’s adamant about, is that she wants to eat her own food, and (attempt to) drink from her own cup. Preferred tableware: plastic. However, most plastics have a risk of leaching BPA and phthalates, and shouldn’t go in the dishwasher because of this. So I’m extremely pleased to discover zoë b’s newest product, the fantastic anti-plastic dishes: the world’s only dishwasher-safe dishes entirely made from corn! Safe for our kids (entirely BPA and phthalates free), safe for our environment (these dishes are completely compostable), and best of all: kind to the parents (who dislike washing up).
Forget flashy lights or fancy buttons… this non-traditional toy robot is made of wood and doesn’t require batteries! Cubebot starts as a cube and then you can fold and twist him to create different poses — he can sit or stand… or stand on his head! It’s really so interesting how much more imaginative children’s play becomes when they don’t have the obvious buttons to push — my kids have had so much fun playing with this little guy. Plus, Cubebot looks really cute on a shelf when he’s not being played with. He’s available from eco lifestyle shop E-Side.
I don’t know about you, but it seems that every single beach holiday we go on, we end up buying a new set of plastic beach toys to keep the kids happy in the sand. We end up leaving the toys behind us… and then who knows whatever happens to them. I try to tell myself that the toys will get passed down to new holidayers and will be played with for years and years. The truth is, they probably end up in a landfill somewhere taking up precious space.
Anyway, if you’re anything like me and feel bad about this plastic beach toys cycle, then look no further. Zoë b Organic has just launched these cute biodegradable beach toys which, if left on the beach, would biodegrade in 2-3 years! Cool, no? Oh, and check out the video on why these beach toys outdo the others. (Very cute.)
If you didn’t know the name of Lisa Jones, you’d recognise the style of her studio’s illustrations — influenced by 1950’s design they are wonderfully vibrant and optomistic. And now Lisa and her partner Edward Underwood have collaborated with Joanna Skipwith of Silver Jungle Books to produce 2 delightful little books about animals for little ones. I’d Chew Yew and I Choose You.
All the books published by Silver Jungle have the ambition to share enthusiasm and concern for wildlife and each one therefore helps raise money for chosen charitable conservation projects. Sales of I’d Chew Yew will help plant Aspen and Silver Birch in the Caledonian Forest in Scotland, which hopes to help the reintroduction of Beavers into Britain, extinct since the 18th Century. I Choose You supports CERCOPAN, which aims to protect monkeys in the wild.
Aside from the fantastic work they support, Silver Jungle Books are all beautifully produced and illustrated — I really love the look of the books for older children (9+) – Rhino: Animals in Art and Tiger: Animals in Art. A great way to start getting our kids aware of protecting the world they live in.
ONE YEAR AGO WE WROTE ABOUT:• The Brio Sleep cotbed– three beds in one
Oh, I’m in love with the cute packaging of the BabyBearShop products. So adorable! This line of organic products is maybe not extensive but it is absolutely enough for what I need. Loving the cheeky baby butter that I’m using for Ava! The lip balms are delicious too (and they come in the cutest packaging), and how cute is the soap with the bird (and again, how beautiful is the packaging with the nest drawn on it and the little holes in egg shape). All available through BabyBearShop.
Well if these bright colours and fun designs don’t add instant cheer to your day, I’m not sure what will!! I am loving the happy factor of everything from the new UK childrenswear label, Boys & Girls. And my kids love it too. (My son has insisted he wear his new star hoodie every day since it arrived.)
All the clothes are made from 100% Fairtrade organic cotton. They’re easy to wash, easy to wear, and I love that many of the designs can be worn by both boys and girls (hence the name!). Everything is available to buy online from the Boys & Girls Shop.