Posts by Maria in Oviedo, Spain

CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Last minute DIY Christmas tree
Christmas is around the corner! I can't believe it!  This past weekend we made a recycled and diy Christmas tree. It is easy and very fun to do with kids. We are so happy with our tree. I think the next step will be to do some more, but little. And make a forest!!!. It ...
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BOOKS
Tutti Confetti, charming illustrations
I am so completely in love with the spanish ilustrator Tutti Confetti. I think they are not only lovely but the overall warmth and feel of them is just amazing. Sooo nice. But my favourite are the personalized ilustrations she makes. You send her a picture and she does the most beautiful drawing full of ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Jailhouse Rock Birthday Party
We have just celebrated Nico's birthday. This year we made a Jailhouse Rock themed birthday party. It was so much fun! Both kids and adults really enjoyed it! A little cell as a stage. And black, white and turqouise as star colours! Very sponsorized food table!!! And of course merchandising of the band!!! It was ...
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BABY
Bonnetapompon, a lovely Spanish brand
Oh! I just love to find spanish brands like Bonnet à Pompon! It is so sweet!. Clothes made with exquisite taste and care. With very delicate colours, their shops are also an amazing experience. It is all like a fairy tale!! Very happy to find this brand made in Spain and hope you like it. ...
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AMSTERDAM
Our summer holidays in Holland
Oh! It is so nice for me to remember our holidays in Holland this past summer! We went in July and we were so lucky with everything. We are in a program of house exchange and everything went just perfect!. We really loved our house and the garden with the lovely wooden house. Great memories ...
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BOOKS
Our favourite books: by Jenny Valentine
I met Jenny Valentine when we both worked in Sesame, a lovely wholefood shop in Primrose Hill, London. (Courtney, you know it well!!) Jenny is now a very talented writer, and writes books for children. For her first novel and best-known work, Finding Violet Park (HarperCollins, 2007), she won the annual Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, a once-in-a-lifetime ...
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FOOD
Chocolate cake in a tin can
Ever since I saw the post about baking a cake in a tin can on Oh Happy Day I wanted to try it!! We did it last week and it was sooo much fun! I did the cake with the Thermomix, a cooking robot that is really really helpful for me! After baking it, cut ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
A felt fish garland
I made this garland for the pictures I took of Nico and that I told you about here. Today I would like to show you the DIY. Really simple and you can make them with your favourite colors or shapes! You just need some felt, wool, and thread. It was really fun making it, and ...
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TRAVEL
Alvaro Sanz and the traveling karibu
Last weekend I had the amazing experience of attending an Alvaro Sanz photography workshop in a lovely town by the sea in Asturias, where I live. He is a very talented Spanish photographer, and travels all over Spain and abroad with his incredible workshops. Alvaro is also Nanook's father, so he had this idea: when ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
The String Shelf
I completely adore the String Shelf. The String system was design in 1949 and over the last years has become one of the most popular pieces of classic scandinavian design. We got one for Nico's room --  we call it "the treasure shelf", because this is where he keeps his most valuable toys at the ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Decorating a baby's christening party
I had so much fun decorating this party for a newborn. I always thought of white and craft for the occassion and sweet details for a baby girl. It was all made by hand, so it is really a handmade and natural party! If you want to see more pictures you can see more here ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Decorating a baby's nursery, wallpaper on the ceiling
A few weeks ago I told you about the nursery I had the pleasure to decorate. Today I would like to share the lovely wallpaper we used -- instead of putting it on the wall I put it on the ceiling! It looks different, don't  you think? The paper is one of my favorite nowadays. ...
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MADRID
Babydeli: a really nice place in Madrid
Today I would love to share a very charming shop in Madrid: Babydeli. Well, it is not only a shop, but a place with lots of things going on. They have food, toys, books, you can celebrate your birthday, and there are also very interesting workshops taking place every week. Located in the very heart ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Newspaper Easter eggs
Last year we had some friends over for Easter with us at home. It was an especially rainy one, so we did some crafts.  We loved doing this ones with newspaper. Great fun we had! And quite easy and cheap!!! ;-) - Maria
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HOME AND DÉCOR
A pallet bench for a baby's room
Today I would like to share the pallet bench I made for a nursery. I love pallet wood, like I told you last week with my son's coat rack. This time I painted the pallet in white and added four wheels. A matress for comfortably sitting. I made the cushions with grey and white fabric ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
A tree coat rack
Today I would like to share the tree hanger I made for my son's room. I did it myself a few years ago and I remember it was much easier than I had expected! I made it with palet wood and it looks great in Nico's room! We decorate it acording to the time of ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Lovely wooden toys: Macarena Bilbao
Macarena Bilbao creates lovely lovely wooden toys. She started making kitchens, and they are my favourites. She also makes guitars, cameras, groceries stalls, and other fun stuff, all very stylish and different. Kitchens, stalls, fun! Cameras, and guitars. Nico loves his guitar and played it at his birthday party.
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GOOD READS
A Spanish magazine: Kireei
We love the spanish paper magazine, Kireei. Not only is it really nice to "touch", with an amazing quality in the edition, but the contents are very very interesting. We have been reading it since the beginning. This number makes the third and it is dedicated to "living slow". Articles about slow parenting, and living, ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Mini candy bars
Today I am so happy to write about Terron de Azucar, a lovely spanish brand, run by Rebeca, which makes the most beautiful mini candy bars!!! All in them are so full of details, and all of that in a mini size. Aren't they lovely? All made by hand by her and personalized with the ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
DIY: Love Arrows
Valentines day is here! This past weekend we did a very easy but fun DIY. We will use them to decorate the teacher's present! We used straws, laces, decorated paper, washi tape... Hope you like them and you try at home this weekend, very rainy here in Spain!. Maria
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DIY FOR MUMS
DIY: customize a blazer
I have recently been asked by French kids brand Du Pareil au Meme, to customize one blazer of their collection. This is the result of it! I really enjoyed changing the look of the jacket and I had loads of fun. Nico loves the moustache so we are both happy. It also opened a new ...
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BOOKS
Personalized books: Fabuloos Dreams
I am in love with these books! And Nico is even more in love when he sees himself as the hero of his own adventure. Fabuloos Dreams was the best present of this past Christmas. They can be ordered in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Catalan. It is also perfect to learn a second language!. ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
A day fishing
Today, I would like to share the pictures I have made for Panasonic, in a challengue about changing photography. I was one of the 10 bloguers chosen to do this. I had to choose a subject I dont usually deal with, so I chose "fishing".  The photos are taken in my adored Asturias, where I ...
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If you’re looking for something a little bit different to try over the holidays then this is a great activity.️ Botanical hammer printing is a fun way to capture the colours of a season, it’s super easy, not to mention noisy! It scores 10/10 with kids though I doubt neighbours rate it quite as highly. 🤣 Great for cards, cushion covers, wall art, and more! Link in bio. #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts #summercrafts #summerfun #homemade #artsandcrafts #diy #homemadedecor
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Jamberry is the sweetest of board books. It’s about a young boy and a bear who merrily play through the land of berries. The characters sit in a canoe of blueberries with their hats bursting of berries and they lay in a meadow of strawberries with dancing lambs and ponies. Link in bio for this adorable book. ‍️ #babyccinoreads #babyccinokids
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A slow summer project as we roll into the weekend. We love these from Courtney’s family that they made a few years ago. They collected wishbone sticks on the beach, then spent the morning weaving together. Read our blog to find out her best tips. ️ #babyccinocrafts #babyccinokids
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Perfect back-to-school shoes from @iadorelittlefeet are one of this week’s #babyccinotopten . ️ Little leather t-bars for boys and girls from PèPè, an Italian family-owned brand that has been manufacturing children's shoes since the 1970's. Stylish and timeless! ⭐️ #babyccinoboutiques #schoolshoes
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To shave or not to shave? Makeup free and natural or fight those sign of age, avoid grey hair, etc? We received lovely responses from readers yesterday who appreciated seeing makeup-free Emilie and Esther make-up on holiday. It reminded us of Courtney’s article on pampering pressures on social media. And arm hair! How do you feel about grooming and pampering as a mama, and what lessons is it teaching your kids? 🤷‍️ One reader commented : “We really do make life harder for ourselves: the same people telling us to be happy with ourselves, love ourselves, accept ourselves etc are the same people telling us in the next breath (or page of a magazine, or showing us on the red carpet) to shave everything/dye our hair/wear a push-up bra/undergo surgery to stop the ageing process... I tell my kids all the time – be your own person. It’s fine to be inspired by, covet, try or buy something you’ve seen on someone else, but ultimately YOU have to shine through too and what makes you YOU is going to be very different to the next person, so embrace it. Hair (or no hair!) and all.” What are your thoughts? #babyccinokids
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Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
1 year ago
Our 2nd live shopping event in Brooklyn was amazing! Great shopping, delicious treats, tons of kids activities and a super cool family photo booth!
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Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
1 year ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
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Here we show you how to harvest rhubarb from the garden, and make it into a delicious compote. If you make oatmeal at the same time, you have made a delicious and nutritious breakfast that your family will love! (Ours do!)
2 years ago
This gym bag is such a fun and easy project, also for beginners this is a nice sewing project. Esther, Emilie and the kids had so much fun going to the market choosing all the supplies. The fabrics from Little Cube are the cutest!
2 years ago
Our first live shopping event in Brooklyn was a great success. We loved seeing the best boutiques under one roof, combined with great food and fun activities...and some dancing! Hope to see everyone this year again on September 18th & 19th at 501 Union, 501 Union Street in Brooklyn.
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