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BOOKS
Cotton chalk books -- great for travel
Just before we left London, with the impending 9-hour flight to Seattle on my mind, I discovered these cool chalk books from one of our newest shops, Little Goldie. The 'Chalk & Talk' books are great for travel because they fold or roll up easily into your carry-on bag (or daily tote) and can be pulled ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
See you next week!
We've decided to take a little blogging break this week to enjoy some time away from our computers. We are each in our favourite summer spots enjoying slow, lazy days with our families, and we hope you won't mind if we push the pause button this week and resume as normal next week? In the meantime, ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Dream Car, by Huzi
It's always so great when children's toys are not only great toys (encouraging kids to create, learn and be imaginative), but also when they look so good you'd rather display it on a shelf in the living room than hide it at the bottom of the toy box. The Dream Car, designed by Mike Mak for Huzi, ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Design your own butterfly wings
Ivy received this Design Your Own Butterfly Wings Kit for her birthday a couple months ago, and in my haste to tidy up after her party I stuck it in our craft cupboard, hidden away until we found it last week! She spent an afternoon carefully colouring and glittering her wings, and then spent the entire weekend fluttering ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Birthday gifts for a 10-year-old boy
I still can't believe my baby is TEN!! It's been an emotional year as I anticipated his birthday and reflected on the past decade, but then when the day finally arrived, it was happy and joyous (and I didn't even shed a tear)! We celebrated our big boy with pancakes for breakfast, an afternoon spent at ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Edible Gluten-Free Play Dough
My 1.5-year-old absolutely adores playdough but he also loves to put it in his mouth so as I tried to find edible playdough I came across this recipe and it’s amazing. It’s not only edible but also gluten free! How great is that? The only thing about it is that it only keeps for about ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Birthday gifts for a six-year-old girl
Birthday season has just come to an end in our family, which consists of five birthdays in quick succession. Marlow is our odd one out with a birthday in November, but the rest of us all have birthdays in the springtime. Our birthday bunting literally goes up and down and up and down from April ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Woody knitting toy
This past Christmas I discovered the ethical French toy brand Les Jouets Libres when looking for gifts to give my nieces and nephews. They make the most beautiful, old-fashioned wooden toys, the kind of toys you keep forever. I ended up buying this pretty stacking toy for one and this colourful blocks set for another, both which ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Stitch 'n Kids: the braid star
I saw this braid star at my friend Elke's house and went to buy one for my children as I'm always interested in these kind of simple crafting tools. And it has become an instant hit in our household! Simply a wooden disc with 8 slots, it's the perfect entertainment for children aged 4 (depending on their motor ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Oli&Carol natural rubber bath toys
Over the years I've learned that bath toys should not have a hole. Even though you're a clean person (which you are, of course), there will eventually grow a nasty, black substance inside that toy. Also, independent of their age it seems, children love to put everything they find in the bath into their mouth. So bath toys are ...
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BOOKS
So Awesome Wallet cards
These So Awesome wallet cards don't just looks beautiful, they're also super practical. A selection of cards the size of a credit card, made from durable, easy-to-clean, biodegradable and kid-safe (non-toxic, food-safe) plastic, are kept together by a re-closable ring. The size makes them super easy to throw in your handbag or nappy bag. They can be ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Hattie the elephant (from Four Monkeys)
When Pim was 2 years old, he pulled over a marble sculpture that my mum had made as our wedding gift and it broke in half. Thankfully we were able to restore it, but -- better safe than sorry -- we now keep our delicate sculptures in storage until our children are bigger. And I've ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Triangular crayons!
Last week in New York we had dinner with the ever so sweet Annie from Brimful, and she brought us a few sweet and thoughtful gifts. One of them is a little container with crayons, which is nothing that special in theory, except for the fact that the crayons are triangular! How clever! Not only are ...
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PARENTING
Tuesday tips: Open-ended play and evergreen toys
Today for Tuesday Tips I would like to talk about toys. The kind of toys that I prefer in our house are the basic, evergreen kind of toys. I like toys that are well made, with a simple concept, that can be used and combined in different ways or played with in different settings. Toys that ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Gommini Minigoms PlayScape
Germany is in so many respects so much further with responsible and sustainable processing and production methods than many other countries here in Europe. There's such a strong local manufacturing of eco products, with use of honest materials, but the research for new, innovative materials, which allow new product design and at the same time leave ...
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KIDS ROOMS
Beautiful, retro-style doll prams from The Tipi
We're moving house this week (!!) and have spent the past month paring down our belongings and clearing out all of the stuff we've accumulated over the past four years. It's really kind of appalling how much stuff one family can collect into one house. And I thought we lived quite minimally. Ha! Anyway, we've ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Handmade 'Maria' doll from Mamma Couture
In the run up to Christmas I spotted a Maria doll on Mamma Couture's Instagram feed (a 'Maria' doll meaning Maria from The Sound Of Music, complete with her own guitar!). I just knew Ivy would love this, so we ordered one for her for Christmas and it has been a huge hit. The dolls ...
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TOYS & GAMES
kidO magnatabs
kidO magnatabs is an ingenious toy that works with little metal beads which are permanently sealed in the plastic magnatab base and a magnetic pen that brings the beads to the surface once you draw over the base. The geometric creations simply erase with your finger once you're done. It's incredibly simple, but it's the kind of ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Brio labyrinth game, suitable for 6-99 years!
This labyrinth game by Brio was one of the presents we gave Pim for Christmas and it was such an immediate success. During the courses at our Christmas dinner that evening, the kids were literally fighting over it, together with their grandfather (see photo!). So the fact that Brio markets this toy as suitable 'for 6 to ...
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KIDS
Everyday is a party! Gorgeous leather crowns from hubble + duke.
My kids had a little party on our bed this weekend (like most weekends), and they were being so cute, wearing their leather crowns from Hubble + Duke, that I just had to take a few photos. And then, I even got them to sit still just long enough for a portrait! Yay! Hubble + Duke ...
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KIDS ROOMS
Cute crochet friends from Leggybuddy
Leggybuddy is a Swiss company started by designer Suzanna Pezo Sommerfeld. She's a mother of a little boy and co-owner of a young and very cool looking design agency in Zurich. As if that is not enough to keep someone busy, she recently launched Leggybuddy, a line of adorable hand-crochet animal characters with, as the name implies, beautiful long ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
The Little Things... A Doll Hospital!
For this post in the The Little Things series, we made something I think every little boy or girl will love: a doll hospital! This is such a fun project to make, and it's really quite simple. Also, most of the materials we've used are recycled! A trip to the local greengrocer provided us with the (future) hospital ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Sticker crafting with Pipsticks
My friend, Maureen, invited us over to her house last week for a sticker craft playdate for the little ones (and homemade soup for the mums! Yummm).  It was such a fun and inspiring morning in her gorgeous home, and Marlow loved making (and wearing) her sticker crown. What a sweet activity. Maureen is the founder of ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Pretend and play with Fanny & Alexander
Last week, Courtney and her family were visiting us in Amsterdam, and we had such a lovely time. Eight children, who have known each other all of their life, together in one house. You can imagine the amount of fun we all had! Ivy and Ava are one year apart, but these girls are the ...
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