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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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10.11.17

The best Advent Calendars in 2017

The best Advent Calendars in 2017
Yes, it is this time of the year. And you know what – I already have all 24 little surprises for our Advent Calendar ready. {only because I picked up little bits and pieces in drug- and bookstores during our trip to Germany}

And yes, it is November and the first of December is really not that far away. I browsed the net for you and here are my favorite Advent Calendars for 2017:

 

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08.09.17

Lovely Paper by Djeco

Lovely Paper by Djeco
The creative team of the Djeco brand has launched a new line: Lovely Paper. And we were so lucky to be able to test and try some of those products here at home.

I have a very soft spot for anything paper. Books, magazines, postcards and of course craft supplies. This is perfect. Djeco is a brand that I always check when I need a gift, adding the Paper Collection is such a great extension because finding gifts for teens is not always easy but they {usually} all love crafting.

Everything is beautifully illustrated – of course- and the new collection includes notebooks, gums, pencil cases, masking tape, diaries, pens and colored pencils and also these cool glossy stickers that I still know from my own childhood. The ones we collected, got albums and carefully sticked them in those. And then showed them to our friends. Do you remember these?

This beautiful Djeco stationery range makes every kid’s heart beat faster.

There are also glitter and metallic markers,  secret notebooks and mini stamps sets.

 
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30.08.17

5 inspiring playrooms

playroom
Whenever I share a picture of our playroom on Instagram {here or here for example} the feedback is always really good, interested and often I get lots of questions.

So I thought it is time to share a little more about playrooms. Ours came together by accident. More or less. It started to be a bedroom when we moved in. But the kids preferred to sleep with a sibling {or us} and the bed in there stayed empty. After a while we moved it and VOILA – the playroom was born.

It is definitely one of the most used rooms {together with the kitchen} in our house however I learned and saw at friends houses – is the playroom not close to where everything happens and where you are, it is not used that much. Ours is connected to the kitchen and it is perfect.

How you decorate and fill your playroom is of course up to you. A reading nook or even a small sofa or a good armchair are perfect for quieter moments. A table is a must for jigsaws, board games and and and…

We have a very long hallway next to the playroom and the table is there most of the times {we just moved it in the playroom actually, I like to change and try new set ups}.

Online you can find lots of inspiration and objects on Flinders for example – little furniture and great decor articles to personalize your space.

Here are 5 inspiring playrooms that I would like to share with you and to give you some ideas:

 

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04.05.17

Plus Plus review {with Toyella}

plus plus review

Before I will start with the ‘real stuff’ I want to introduce you to a new thing here on Paul & Paula. I teamed up with Toyella – my favourite online shop for toys – to review some of their cool toys.

Why? I know Toyella {and Carl the head behind it} for a long time now. {they launched in 2010, same year as Paul & Paula} I love their selection and passion for good toys. Finding special things. Many coming to the UK for the first time. And I like their values. Especially the ‘staying true to them’ part which is not easy these days. {but that’s another topic} Toyella focuses on traditional play and interaction, no electronic gadgets are sold.

You know I love small businesses and even more, I love to support them. Toyella is one of them. And for starters, over the next months, I will review one toy a month from their shop. Together with my kids of course! And by review you can be sure that I will write exactly what I and the kids think.

And we are starting with Plus-Plus® from Denmark.

Small plastic double crosses that you can connect. Nothing more than a bag of Plus Plus and a child’s imagination is needed to have hours of fun.

Imagine it like a fun, interactive building system where a child can be creative and strengthen motor skills with shape, colour and form. Simplistic in shape yet endless with possibility!

They come in two sizes – midi and mini. We got a MIDI basic box with 100 pieces for Josephine. And a MINI basic box with 1200 pieces for everyone else. On the pictures you get a good idea on the different sizes.
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15.04.17

Dye your Easter Eggs naturally – recipes

Naturally dyed Easter Eggs

This year I tried something new with the kids. We dyed our Easter Eggs with natural colours. No shop bought dyes but the real deal.

The kids absolutely enjoyed preparing the colours.

The results were surprising in some cases. We left our eggs in the dyes for around 1 1/2 -2h. The longer the better/ stronger the colour. Some people leave them overnight as well…

We put the eggs in the dyes when they were still warm and for the vinegar – I got the cheapest White Vine Vinegar I could find at the supermarket.

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