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Here you can find the best DIY ideas and projects for your little ones.

Have a look and start a craft project right now. Arts and crafts. Birthday treats. Easy tutorials for various seasons. Advent calendars, Easter egg colouring and and and… enjoy! Arts & crafts for kids and their parents.

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Gift Guides 2019 – children

Gift Guides 2019 - children

Good Morning! How was your first of Advent? I thought that it was pretty cool that it was the 1st of December too. A very proper start into the Christmas period.

Therefore I will continue with my gift guides. Half of them have been published and I hope that you found something you like. Today we cover gifts for children. The little ones, gifts for baby, were in the spotlight last week.

And how are you getting along with the gift shopping? I have not too much to get and that is a very nice and relaxed feeling. Leaving more time to bake, decorate, and strolls through the festive city.

Let me help you to do the same with some inspiring ideas of things you can put under the tree.

 

Here are some pretty good gift ideas for children:

1. This ultra cool raincoat* is the best and perfect for children who love rain. (like mine!) It is transparent, has a quirky polka dot print, long raglan sleeves, creativity buttons, and colourful seams.

2. A wooden pinball machine*. This is so cool!

3. Puppet theater* – soft velvet theater to invent endless stories and give a stage to all your dolls and superheroes.

4. Oh Harry! All my children are huge fans and I can share a secret with you: There will be lots of Harry Potter under our tree this year. Including some Lego. This one* is already hiding under the stairs and waiting to be wrapped and put under the tree. But the whole range is intriguing and not only for children…

5.  A modern take on a children’s play tent. It will offer many happy years of play and is designed to be treasured and passed down through the family. And the frame is easy to put up and when required packs away neatly into it’s own storage bag. A soft cotton padded play mat covers the base and is removable and washable.

6. We have this IQ puzzle* and often take it when we are out and about or traveling. It develops logical ability with 101 progressive challenges. And keeps them easily busy!

7. Wooden Abacus*.

8.  Let her or his favourite doll sleep in style with this sensational wooden doll bed*. Comes with a pretty pompom garland, and a comfy striped mattress.

9.  Let’s scoot. The deluxe version* for mini has an adjustable handlebar, an anti-slip silicon footplate and superior rear brake.  The maxi* is for older children and has been added to the collection not that long ago.
Various colours, accessories, as well as scooters for teens and adults are available*. We have various scooters in our household and they are always in use.

10. My Weather Station! Cool way to learn about the weather. Move the weather meter, turn the dials, slide the thermometer.
This wooden toy has 4 movable parts and 5 weather symbols to display.

11. Evie Fairy Doll*. Coming in a delightful outfit, a wand, wings, and cute headband.

12. An indoor gym* for toddlers with a step triangle, climbing ladder, and ramp. The gym is made from polished high class aspen wood and painted with child proof eco wax. Aspen wood is very strong and flexible. The gym is an excellent training and play device designed to develop muscles, balance control, courage and much more. You can change the height of the gym according to your children’s age/ size. There are various sizes as well as colours available.

Gift Guides 2019 overview:

* Stocking Fillers

* Mum & Dad aka grown ups

* Christmas Decor

* Baby

* Kids

* Family Games

* Books

* Teens

 

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Creative DIY kits by Numero 74

Creative DIY kits by Numero 74

With a tween in the house who absolutely adores anything crafty, a great DIY kit is definitely a winning gift.

When the kids are small I find that it is difficult to have them follow instructions because they just want to have fun and make a mess.

Fair enough. A bit later, when the fine motor skills have developed, they are more keen but patience is often a tricky one. Still! And very often the result just does not look as seen on the box without mum doing everything. Tricky!

Therefore the time for some great DIY kits started now in our house. And when I saw that one of my favourite interior brands – Numero 74 – added kits to their line I had to find out more.

The new range*  has evolved out of the love of all things handmade and the wish to share creativity. And the kits are made from an array of materials. For example, cotton hand spun in Burma, weaving looms made of wood coming from old Thai houses, and embroidery fabric with patterns that are pre-printed using the ancient “silk-screen” process.

And there is no distinction between different levels of proficiency: beginners, intermediate or advanced. Instead, the photo tutorials are designed to show, if necessary, that anyone is able to do it.

Let’s have a look at the DIY kits:

 

Creative DIY kits by Numero 74

Creative DIY kits by Numero 74

There are various kits with different techniques. For example the flower kit* is a complete creative set to create floral cotton decorations that you can use for various things. You can make a mobile, or hang them on a canopy, or a wall…

Or the beautiful macrame craft kit*, where you can learn the ancient art of knotting cord with your hands and create wall decorations, a plant hanger, a keychain and a cable cover. Macramé will bring a touch of bohemian elegance to your world

 

Creative DIY kits by Numero 74

Creative DIY kits by Numero 74

Really loving the embroidery kits* where the result is one of these amazing wall hangings!

 

Creative DIY kits by Numero 74

Creative DIY kits by Numero 74
Altogether, the creative kits include all the tools you need to create your poster, a weaving, a macrame wall hanging, or some beautiful cotton flowers. Making something yourself that will decorate your room brings great joy!

And the kits make amazing gifts too…

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Gift Guides 2019 – Stocking Fillers for the whole family

Stocking Fillers

Hello new week. With sunshine and a beautiful crisp morning! I am ready continue my gift guides and today it is all about stocking fillers for the whole family!

Which is quite a multi-functional guide actually. And somehow the word ‘stocking filler’ implements small gifts, advent calendar gifts, a little treat for somebody special, or indeed when shopping around for stocking fillers.

I grew up in Germany and Christmas Stockings were not a thing. But we would celebrate Nikolaus on the 6th of December. A tradition where children clean their shoes on the night of the 5th and put them in front of the door. The next morning we would find a small gift or some chocolates inside the shoes. Therefore, if you are a Nikolaus person, this guide is good for you.

At the end of the post you can find a list of all Gift Guides that will be published for this year and I will update the links once they go live.

Ho Ho Ho and some lovely festive weeks until Christmas from me to you!

Please find now my Gift Guide for Stocking Fillers for the whole family:

 

1. Socks can be a boring present. But not these and their brothers and sisters. Cool socks* are a thing!

2. Wooden toy camera*. Adorable and simply beautiful.

3. Beautiful hand made and hand painted wooden figurines* for endless play!

4. So fun! Apple teething ring*. Hand made, ecological and biodegradable. And it can be can be used for teething, as a bath toy or a decorative object.

5. A must-have for environmental conscious friends. These reusable straws* can be used with hot or cold drinks. The set contains 6 straws and a straw cleaning brush.

6. 100% pure Rosehip Seed Oil* that is both cold-pressed and organic.

7. Great little box of shapes* that is easy to bring along when out and about or on a holiday.

8. Cute mouse in a baby moses basket. Too adorable.

9. Cute cross stitch kit* with everything to get started right away.

10. These fun animal wash clothes* will make bath time endlessly fun. So cute!

11. The healthy Kinder Surprise in a Christmas Format! The PLAYin CHOC ToyChoc Box contains 2 x 10g individually wrapped, deliciously creamy, organic dairy free chocolates and a delightful Christmas card toy to assemble

12. These crayons* are double-sided. On one-side you can find block colours and on the other a multi-coloured pattern. Giving your little ones twice as many options!

 

Happy gifting and stay tuned for more gift ideas over the following days…

 

Gift Guides 2019 overview:

* Stocking Fillers

* Mum & Dad aka grown ups

* Christmas Decor

* Baby

* Kids

* Family Games

* Books

* Teens

 

 

 

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Christmas 2019: The best personalised gifts for the whole family!

The best personalised Christmas gifts for the whole family!

Good Morning!
We are starting the week with a blue sky and it is just what I need. Because one child is home with a very sore throat and I feel a little under the weather too. So bring on the sunshine and we will be back on our feet in no time.

And we are also starting this week with Christmas things. Or better: The very first gift guide of the season.
Normally I am not that early but this one has a very good reason. It is all about personalised items and to make sure that these arrive on time, I am sharing some ideas early.

Personalised gifts are so ON at the moment. And it is very clear why – everyone loves a nice gift, and by adding a personal message, a memory, or make it their own with a name or special date, it just adds so much value and love to it.

I put a lot of time to find some lovely personalised Christmas gifts for you and I hope you enjoy my selection. And there is something for the whole family:

 

personalised christmas baubles

Personalised Zodiac Keepsake Christmas Bauble

A beautiful hand-painted ceramic bauble*, personalised with the name of your choice on one side and their zodiac constellation on the other. A lovely family Christmas heirloom gift! Also perfect for a baby’s first Christmas bauble!
Extra: There is a cool black dots bauble* with gold lettering as well. Have a look!

 

Personalised Santa Sack

Personalised Santa Sack

Make your Christmas Eve tradition personal with a custom Christmas bag* ready to be filled with treats for your little one (or Christmas morning as a stocking alternative!)
The bag is the perfect fit for a few little gifts for the kids and can be used year after year. Loving the minimal design and simple aesthetic.

 

personalised toddler purse

Personalised toddler purse

A handmade small leather bag* for the mini fashionista in your life. This leather bag is the perfect gift for the special little girl in your life. And you can add her name for an extra personal touch.

 

personalised baby teether

Teething toys with your child’s name

The perfect baby gift – these cute teething toys* are made from BPA free silicone beads, natural unfinished wood, and lots of love. And they will definitely be the keepsake of baby’s first year!

 

stamp your own cookie kit personalised cookie stamper

Stamp your own cookie kit

This cookie decorating kit* allows you to stamp any message into a biscuit, cookie or icing, and can be used over and over again. It is perfect for all sorts of occasions, from birthdays to Mother’s day, Christmas, Easter, baby showers to weddings. And therefore either the perfect gift for bakers and/or people who love to bake. Or to prepare personal and edible gifts!

 

personalised wooden christmas box

Personalised Christmas Box

This bespoke and sophisticated Christmas Eve Box*, is made from natural pine wood and fully customisable!
Individually designed, this box will create a lasting Christmas Eve tradition year after year.
Your personalisation will be engraved onto the top of the box. On top, you can also add a personal message that will be engraved to the bottom of the box or inside of the lid.
This really pushes a sustainable Christmas too!

 

colourful keychain personalised

Colourful name keyring

Absolutely lovely engraved and hand-painted name keychains*. Perfect stocking filler or teacher gift. You can select the tassel colour as well.

 

Personalized Christmas Ornament Name

Personalised Christmas bauble

These custom snow globe tree baubles* are so perfect to gift to the people you love. Hand-crafted to fit your custom wording! And you will get a glass ornament with a sisal tree, white snow confetti, hanging twine, and a bow. Gift boxes are available if you would like to send this directly to the lucky receiver.

 

Custom Cross Stitch Family Portrait

Custom Cross Stitch Family Portrait

These beautiful hand stitched pieces* make wonderful gifts for Christmas as well as basically any other occasion.
You can capture your family in these beautiful hand stitched hoops, even add the pets. And then you either gift it to your beloved husband or wife or your parents / grandparents. Instead of a framed photo!

 

custom wooden seed box

Garden Seed Box

These floral garden seed boxes* are the perfect gift for any passionate gardener!
These are hand-crafted, and each box displays a name of your choice within a seasonal floral design. Each seed box contains four wooden dividers ‘Veg’, ‘Herbs’, ‘Flowers’ and one left blank for you to personalise yourself at home.

 

Personalised Leather tidy tray

Personalised Leather tidy tray

Cool tidy tray* made from vegetable tanned leather. And this is such a versatile product – the perfect accessory for the contents of your pockets, everyday jewellery, office accessories or keys.
You can personalise it with initials, a name or a date and make it unique to you.

 

custom Wooden letter nursery decor

Wooden letter with felt balls

This Alphabet letter* will make a stunning addition to the nursery, playroom or any room in the house! You can choose the letter and the felt ball colours. And then you can either hand it on the wall or put it on a shelf.

I hope you got inspired by these personalised christmas gifts! Ho Ho Ho!

 

And pssst, it is not too late to get this year’s Advent Calendars in the house before December 1!

 

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Pump-up your child’s love for reading with this fantastic book subscription

Book subscription for children

You know that I have a very soft spot for books and reading in general. And so do all my children. My eldest is the biggest bookworm and probably transferred some vibes to her brother who also enjoys reading. Leonor, now 7, was so eager to start reading that she literally raced through the stages and is reading chapter books already.

For myself – I love to read and actually do not take my phone with me when I go to bed but read. And in some cases, this keeps me awake longer than a phone because once I love a book it is really hard to put it down.

Long story short – there are a lot of books in our house, for big and small, and I never left any behind throughout our moves. I just cannot! Book stores have a magnet and we all enjoy spending some time in there (great rainy day afternoon activity…). Josephine is four and cannot read yet, but she sure adores books and loves to browse the covers.

And I will never say no to buying a book. mainly because I share the addiction but also because I believe it is a fantastic hobby that I want to entertain. Obviously, it is also much better than staring at a screen or playing online games.

So when publishers or writers contact me it is the same – I just cannot say no. And when Emily from Parrot Street contacted me about her children’s book subscription I was happy to try it out with the kids. And to share it with you, of course, too.

Let’s have a look at the mission of this fun children’s book subscription called Parrot Street:

The goal of our book subscription is to introduce you and your child to books, authors and genres you may never have discovered. There are so many books out there, beyond the classics and the bestsellers, that we think your children will love reading. And we are careful to choose titles that aren’t pitched at any specific gender.

Every book is hand-picked by Emily and her partner Sarah. And they create a bespoke activity pack to accompany it. Which I think is a genius idea. Children love to ‘make things’ and receiving a book in the mail is great but much more fun if there is something else with it.

The subscription is aimed at children between 5 and 11 years. When you sign up you can choose between the Parakeet or Cockatoo reading groups. Parakeets are younger readers (aged approximately 5-8) and Cockatoos are more confident readers (aged approximately 8-11).

We received one each including the fun activity packs:

Book subscription for children

Book subscription for children

Book subscription for children

The parcels fit through your letterbox and have your child’s name on it, kids love to receive mail. It is like a monthly little treat!

‘Inspire their love of reading with a monthly book subscription designed to help your child unlock the many benefits of reading. Children who read for pleasure do better at school. It helps to develop imagination, creativity, empathy, and confidence. Our subscriptions encourage the reading habit by making it fun.’

Everyone in each age bracket is sent the same book. Like a real book club! Emily and Sarah research new titles and speak to publishers to find great books that are not on every bestseller list. The priority is to select a wide range of books that are not aimed at girls or boys specifically. And that is well written, with great characters, and lots of themes to get us thinking. A brilliantly bookish gift for both keen and reluctant readers.

 

Book subscription for children

Book subscription for children

Book subscription for children

Book subscription for children

What are those activity packs you want to know?

Each activity pack comes with games, puzzles, instructions for craft projects and more, and is inspired by that month’s book.
Bonus: A small bonus gift accompanies one of the activities in the pack too!

 

Book subscription for children

Book subscription for children

Book subscription for children

Do you have a little bookworm at home that loves everything books? Or you want your child to discover the amazing world of books. I think this club is great for everyone. You could start with a 3 months subscription to try it out. They even give you the possibility to add another activity pack for siblings to enjoy the monthly mail together. And if you have children in different age groups you can easily add them to your account.

To sum up: I think it is a great idea. And I do love the fact of receiving a personal package with a great book every month plus an activity pack. It does engage reluctant readers more easily!

By the way, books make great gifts and you can gift a subscription or buy a gift voucher.

PS: Parrot Street donates to a charity for every pack sold!

All images by Paul & Paula

 

We received packs for the children in return for this post. No compensation. All words and opinion are my own!
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