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TOYS & GAMES
Norman & Jules -- a whimsical toy shop
Norman & Jules is a toy and accessories shop in the old-fashioned kind of way. It's the sort of place where you lose track of time when you're discovering all of the most wonderful toys and imaginative finds. You will find intriguing science kits, amazingly cool musical instruments, a want-able collection of cards, stamps and ...
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FUN
Personalised, handcrafted wooden toys. Perfect baby gifts!
Heather, a mum of two and the founder of Noc Noc Wooden Toys recently got in touch to say hello and introduce me to her brand. She's a local mum, living just twenty minutes from me! (I continue to be blown away by the amount of creativity and talent that comes out of this area. Remember ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites : Seventeen Travel Games
We love games (read our earlier post on favourite family games)! And since it is the season of travelling, we've rounded up seventeen of our team's favourite travel games. Travel games have to tick a few boxes for us -- they need to be lightweight, but worthy of making 'the cut' in suitcases which are short on ...
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EDUCATION
Lil'Ollo -- introducing a second language to young children
Last week we were camping at the seaside, and the kids and I were playing around with some products the recently launched company Lil'Ollo had sent us: beautifully designed games, posters and flash cards, all aimed at introducing a second language to children at a young age and in a playful, creative and imaginative way. ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Fun Nature Hunt Memory Game
Last week, during a lazy afternoon in St James' park, the kids and I came up with a game to while away some time in the sunshine - we're calling it the Nature Hunt Memory Game. I actually remember playing something very similar to this at Brownies when I was younger and I'm sure it's ...
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EDUCATION
Biology and Beauty -- Hatching Butterflies at Home
While on holiday last month, we received the most exciting parcel in the mail. On the box, it said 'LIVE INSECTS, OPEN IMMEDIATELY!’ And sparked a lot of curiosity and excitement. We opened up the box, a gift sent from our very clever friends, and inside was a cup of caterpillars waiting to become butterflies! ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites : Family Games
Games are one of the best ways to put aside all the distractions of modern day life, and just have some fun together as a family... and perhaps even get a bit competitive! :) We have chosen these games because most of them can be played from three years old, which means everyone can join in and bond ...
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INTERVIEWS
5 Questions with Maria and Denitza from Ciao Bimba
At Babyccino we are big fans of toys that inspire free play, provide room for creativity and support emotional development. Of those toys that leave room for the magic… Ciao Bimba make beautiful Waldorf-style, all-natural dolls that are all of this and more. The mamas behind this collection have a sweet but meaningful story to ...
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FUN
Simple Blocks in Confetti Colours
  We received these colourful blocks from a thoughtful friend as a recent birthday gift, and they are really fun to play with! Normally I prefer toys in neutral colours and natural materials, but sometimes it is refreshing to mix it up, and a friend with a good eye for design and style is a ...
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TOYS & GAMES
The amazing Rose & Rex toy shop (at the LA ShopUp)!
We met the lovely Allie at our last ShopUp event in Brooklyn, NY and we fell head over heels in love with her beautiful toy shop Rose & Rex. The shop offers the most elegant toys, all carefully selected not only for their heirloom qualities and sustainable, toxic free materials, but mostly to promote imaginative play and encourage the development of skill building, ...
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INTERVIEWS
5 Questions with Allie from Rose & Rex
Rose & Rex is full to the brim with the type of toys we love! Beautiful items that bring out the creativity in our children – toys that can be played with in different ways every day, by all ages, for years on end. Almost as much fun as the toys she sells, is founder ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Eco-friendly wooden toys from Wooden Story
A few months ago, here in a cute shop in my little town, I discovered the beautiful, natural wooden blocks set by Polish company Wooden Story. These blocks, like all of the wooden toys by Wooden Story, are hand made in the Beskidy Mountains of Poland from environmentally sourced wood. Beeswax and botanical oils give ...
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TOYS & GAMES
The sweetest little felt Flower Fairies
Here in Amsterdam, we have a little shop I love. It is called De Zaailing, and it sells all sorts of beautiful and natural toys, clothes, crafting materials and books. On the counter, they keep a wicker basket full of the most beautiful little felt fairies -- perfect little presents for birthdays, or just because. My ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
A DIY wooden warrior friend from Conscious Craft
Over the summer my children received this cool wooden ninja construction kit, available from one of my favourite toys & crafts shops, Conscious Craft. It was a curious little package -- a box full of wooden construction pieces, steel bolts, and allen keys. Thankfully a clear instruction leaflet was included, or otherwise we would have been lost. Because DIY kits ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Pretty building blocks from Hape Toys
Building blocks are perhaps the most basic and classic toy existing. It's also the one toy I feel every child should own -- a couple of blocks not only makes a great tower, but it also makes structures, houses and fences for all sorts of pretend play. US based toy company Hape recently came out with a set of ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Sweet stocking fillers (and the cutest clothes and toys!) from Lublue
It's the time of year to think about stocking stuffers! Even though we don't traditionally hang stockings in the Netherlands, I have happily adopted the custom after living in the US and the UK. I remember sitting at our table in London and sewing our stockings from fabric remnant I had cheaply gotten at the John Lewis curtain department ...
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Great gift ideas for a 4-year-old
It was Marlow's 4th birthday last week and we had a fun-filled day celebrating the birthday girl. We woke early (jet-lagged!) and celebrated with bunting, balloons and pancakes, and we ended the day with a Mexican fiesta joined by friends here in Byron Bay. She received a small selection of the most beautiful gifts, each one so treasured. ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Niddle Noddle at the London ShopUp (and some favourite gifts)
One of the things I really enjoy at our ShopUp events, next to the obviously GREAT shopping, is the community behind it. In London, our 4th (!!) ShopUp is coming up on the 4th and the 5th of December (so mark your agendas if you haven't done so already!) and I can't wait to hang out ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Holiday gift ideas from Hedgehog
Hedgehog is, without a doubt, one of my favourite online shops for holiday shopping and gift buying. The selection at this London-based shop is both beautiful and practical. The gifts are often timeless, traditional toys and objects that inspire creativity and imaginative play, all the while being beautiful or purposeful in your home. This year, to ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Our annual Holiday Gift Guides!
I am literally still finding places to stash the Halloween candies away... and holiday season is already slowly making its way into our consciousness. To top it all off, it has even started snowing in Paris! Not long and it did not settle -- but enough to get us into the mood and bring out ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Cute Cubelings Pet Blocks from Brimful
It was Casper's birthday a few weeks ago, and sweet Annie from Brimful gave him the cutest present: these darling Pet Blocks by Cubelings, that are both building blocks and cute play characters. Casper is totally into blocks these days -- he loves stacking them and building all sorts of structures and houses, and then he ...
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TOYS & GAMES
New (to me!) toy: Tegu Magnetic Blocks
Admittedly, I've spent the past year (blissfully) in a bit of a dark hole when it comes to discovering new toys. During our travels, our kids have gotten used to playing with what they can find around them -- sticks, stones, ropes, etc. And to be honest, apart from the girls missing their tutus and ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Hero capes! (From iwishiwasa for Little Dish)
We've been in contact with British brand Little Dish for a while now. They shared their fabulous family cookbook with us not so long ago, which Emilie reviewed here -- we love it!! Little Dish recently launched a new snack, the so-called GoGo biscuits -- tasty little treats that are made with wholegrain oats, flax and chia ...
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