26 sizzling things for your August!

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I have been a bad blogger over the last months but I guess you all know why. To make it up a tiny bit I managed to gather a Friday List so we can all start August in style.

And wherever you are, whatever you do… I really hope that you are OK and that things are more calm and manageable.

We are staying in this cute little cottage in Kent at the moment. And I can tell you, it is sooooo nice to be out of the city and see something else for a bit. I will share more about our stay and cottage very soon!

Here are your 26 sizzling things for a sunny month of August:


macrame weaving loom diy kit
Great range of DIY Knitting, Crochet, Weaving and Macrame kits*.

If you are looking for something special for your home.


sozo diy kits
More DIY: From funky cushion cases to embroidered wall art, let your creativity take hold with these kits from Sozo DIY*.

Great interview with Simone Biles in Vogue. To add you should also watch the Netflix Documentary about the US Gymnastics Team system.


natural body soap
French inspired natural skincare. Which looks very glam and chic too. Just like the French… (And they make great gifts!)

Also DIY, but outdoors: Eco-friendly container gardening kits*!


yellow maxi dress cotton
For me please! Fantastic yellow maxi dress* that will always put a smile on your face whilst wearing it. (you should check this shop out in general by the way…)

On my recipe list: Raw Nutella Bars.


hand embroidery pattern
I am on a roll today, more DIY kits: These hand embroidery hoop patterns* are so gorgeous!

This print just screams summer.


What a house!

One of my favourite decor brands.


white peach summer drink
Adult drink with white peaches. I actually got a blender to crush ice (Ours broke just before our last move) recently and collect yummy summer drink recipes…

Remember:  Colouring Pages to print out during rainy days!


child bonnet
Handmade baby and child bonnets*.

I made a very simple and yet delicious focaccia a few weeks back. Nothing compared to the very arty ones going through the net…


An old-fashioned favourite for little ones to easily transport their toy collections from room to room with this pull-along wagon cart*.

Hmmmmm…. roasted berry sorbet!


Toy Beauty_makeup-bag-pretend-play
My youngest is really into makeup and hair. She basically begs me to put on lipstick (my already very minimalist approach to make up is literally nonexistent since Corona started) and to do my hair. It is her birthday in September and I think that I will get this Toy Make Up Bag*. No need to worry about make up on furniture or skin problems…

Another adult drink, with grapefruit. Something I re-discovered over the last weeks as well.


mini me clothing design
Very cool and minimal clothes for the whole family – dada, mama & mini!

Something pretty for us mums!


woven throw blanket etsy
Time to get yourself a great gift that will make the extra time we spend in our homes even more worthwhile. In love with these throw blankets*….

More for the home: These rugs* are amazing, affordable and super fun!


stay close to people who make you feel like sunshine
Just wanted to give this to you!

Last one: If you are looking for a very special dress* for your child. Look no further!


Have a great month of August everyone. Stay Safe! Stay Healthy!



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Open-ended wooden toys for creative children

wooden toys
Good Morning and are you just as delighted as I am that it is Friday today?

I know that a lot of people say that the days of the week are just a name but I can tell you that a break from home school is definitely worth a mini celebration for me.

So before we all head into our well deserved weekends, I wanted to introduce you to Babai Toys. It is a Ukrainian-based company that specialises in innovative, high-quality toys. And they are made entirely from wood combining tradition with modernity!

The people behind the brand value quality very dearly and strictly follow EU standards and manufacture their toys in an environmentally safe approach. Everything comes with a natural, non-varnished and unpainted finish. As well as smooth corners, making it totally child safe, with no points or sharp edges.

Open-ended wooden toys for creative children:

wooden toys
The wooden houses are amazing and so inviting for creative play. They are magnetic which means they are easy to build as well as to take down. Our amazing bow and arrow set is just the job for little adventurers!

And who does not like a good balancing game? Especially one that looks as cool as this one…


wooden toys

wooden toys

The sky is the limit when it comes to imagination at Babai Toys, children and parents alike will fall in love with the innovative creations…


More wooden toys? How about Wooden Story or science and art combined in cool wooden toys ?


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Bohemian creativity in this Copenhagen home

Bohemian creativity

When I saw this place last week I knew I had to share this with you as soon as possible. It is so cool, with lots of creative ideas and a great bohemian vibe throughout. You will love it!

This old industrial building is situated in Copenhagen and is the home of  Sus Mogensen and her family. And when they bought the place they  changed everything  from the ground up. Many things you see in the home are DIY projects so I invite you to take some inspiration. And they used many reclaimed materials to keep it affordable but also sustainable. This home is so warm and unique, please come in:


Bohemian creativity

Bohemian creativity

Bohemian creativity

Bohemian creativity

Bohemian creativity
Loving the big windows, velvet, the mustard coloured sofa, as well as the floor in the bathroom.

The colours are so warm and the home is tinted in some golden reflection when the beautiful Scandinavian lights shines in…


Bohemian creativity

Bohemian creativity

Bohemian creativity
Floor envy anyone?

There is a story to it as well: The wooden floor was once a kitchen that has been moved to the living room and a batch of hand-made bricks forms new flooring. To prevent the floor from getting too “thick”, each tile was cut in half by hand and laid in a beautiful pattern.

Bohemian creativity

Bohemian creativity

Bohemian creativity

Bohemian creativity
And that kids room. So lush… I went out to see if I can find some additional images to show you a little more and was lucky through The Nordroom. And as you can see, more ‘gold’….

Altogether, the decor feels warm, personal and just very cosy. Really very bohemian luxury, rustic and charming.

More Copenhagen home inspiration? How about this colourful family home?

Via: Elle
Fotograf: Andrea Papini
Stylist: Alexandra Papini
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Summer Sale at Loja Dada – the best pieces!

loja dada
The last weeks (months even) have been difficult for all of us. However running a small business through this crisis is an especially task force.

A good friend of mine and owner of children’s boutique Loja Dada who has all the most wanted brands in her shop just started her summer sale. Therefore I did a little selection of the best pieces you can now grab for a great price.
Helping you to add some gorgeous summer pieces to your child’s wardrobe and helping a small business to survive.

Bobo Choses is a no brainer but if you ask me you should go for the jumpers and t-shirts. The summer ones are always fun and great value.

Tiny Cottons has a great colour palette this season and lots of great stripes.

Play Up has lots of gorgeous baby things, but not only. I spotted some cool pieces for mums as well.

Newcomer The Campamento makes me happy with some lovely dresses and sunny prints.

Happy Shopping!


Oh, if you happen to be in Lisbon, their showroom is open with all rules and restrictions in place:
Located near Rato, in the Principe Real Neighbourhood
Rua Nova de São Mamede,58A
1250-173 Lisbon




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22 jolly things for your July!

22 jolly things for your July

Two weeks ago I realised, with horror, that I missed a Friday list for this June! One of my favourite articles and I missed it. And this probably is the a good proof how the current situation took over my days…

And even so I did not manage to prepare a Friday list right on the ‘correct’ day, it is ready and here for you to enjoy just before July starts!

As usual packed with fashion, reads, news, interiors and more for the whole family.

22 jolly things for your July:

home office
So much inspiration to take away from this place.

Out of ideas on how to entertain the kids? Try one (or more) of these downloadable limited series Kids’ Activity Packs.



Isn’t this a fab restaurant for families?

White Privilege! (please read it!)



linen culottes
Summer staple – linen culotte*! (many colours available)

Magnetic map of the solar system*.



Genuis! This playhouse is a dream!

How to talk to your children about the pandemic.



They look as delicious as real fruits but will last forever! Wooden play fruit set*.

How about some yoga?



maternity lounge set
Are you pregnant right now? I think you would love and live in this lounge set, so perfect for your postnatal weeks as well. And if you decide to leave the house, this basics bundle is pretty cool as well.

One special shop*! Cute accessories, pretty dresses – for women and children.



sorbet coloured candles
Loving these sorbet coloured pillar candles*!

Add some instant fun with these cute ceramic plant pots. My favourite must be the pigs and elephants.



Balloon music box* for the sweetest of dreams…

Perfect summer wardrobe!



scandinavian living room
Another house where I could move right in!

Everyone is on zoom calls, incl. celebrities. Some of their great and not so great homes.



numero74 woman dress
New styles and colours. For the perfect (mix & match) Mini Me look.

I don’t wear eye shadow but these eye pods are the beauty talk of the moment.



scandinavian bedroom
Scandinavia in Sydney!

How will tourism get out of the crisis?



reversible baby blanket flowers
Cutest baby set* – floral blanket, cushion, as well as a lovely bunting!

Or how about some delightful rainbow pots?


Wishing a wonderful month of July and I hope that I will manage to write a little more often here again… xoxo

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