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09.12.19

Gift Guides 2019 – teens

Gift Guides 2019 – teens

I guess when thinking about a good gift for teens it has to tick quite a few boxes. Trendy, personal, useful for their daily life, stylish and, of course, something they really want.

My eldest is 12 1/2 so we are nearly there. In the teen stage. But I have to say, even the tween phase is so interesting. How her interests develop, things that get her engaged, and her reaction and opinion on big problems like the future of our world. The pureness and straight forwardness that for example my 7 year old is still so good at, is starting to fade away. Sharing your thoughts is not so ‘out of the pistol’ anymore…

But then she is also still my ‘little girl’ that loves nothing more than enjoying a good book with a cup of tea. Being creative and here her latest discovery is lettering. And wow, she did some very beautiful things. And yes, most of the things from my list today are approved by her too.

Here are some really cool ideas that I am sure a teen would love to find under the tree:

1. Sure to be one of the hottest gifts this year, and maybe even the next! The Nintendo Switch* allows you to play the latest Nintendo-developed video games. And the killer twist? You can play these games on your TV, and at any time you can un-dock the Switch, allowing you to enjoy full console games on the go. Altogether, the Switch features small, detachable Joy-Con controllers so you can play with a friend at any time.

2. 3 in 1 charging dock station. Non-toxic silicone material is used for this compact charging hub. And it is the perfect accessory to have on your bedside table or on a desk. The Charging Hub* supports your iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods at the same time.
And the  cable management holes on the rear side, preventing the cluttering of your cables.

3. Bullet Journal Set* with the most bonus : A high quality notebook set with 1 Bullet Journal Notebook, 15 colours fineliner pens, 5 pieces of reusable stencils, 6 sticker sheets, 6 washi tape, and 1 black gel pen. It is perfect for someone getting into, or wanting to get into a bullet journal. And this is so much fun!

4. The Big Life Journal is all about developing a positive mindset that encourages resilience, gratitude, and positivity. With this, teens can learn how their mindset is shaped by their thoughts and experiences. It also teaches them that, with practice, they can overcome anything. Inspire, create goals, and breed positivity!

5. This health & fitness Smartwatch* with heart rate, music & swim tracking includes on-screen coaching too. An all-day smartwatch that helps your sporty teen live their best life. Because it comes with sleep monitoring as well which tells you the time you spend in each precious sleep stage. Get them to move more, track it, and have fun! Plus, this watch will track any work out automatically – no need to switch it on!

6. A very stylish touch sensor night light* that is a Bluetooth 4.0 Hifi speaker, digital alarm clock, MP3 player all in one too. Great 48 colour changing bedside lamp with sleep mode. It is touch activated and you can fully control the brightness, colour and power.

7. If you have a teen girl, you probably know that they love to do their hair. Straighten, curls… and when it comes to hair must-haves, shine always comes top. Now you can get a straightener to help you create styles whilst caring for your hair too. If you want more intense shine, to tackle frizz or to have healthier looking hair in an instant then look no further. This clever range of tools* incorporate the next generation of advanced ceramic plates. Plus they are infused with special micro conditioners, so not only will your hair be styled to perfection, it will be shiny and healthy looking too.

8. Make your own Lip Balm Kit*. This kit is the perfect gift for teens. Inside the fully recyclable box, you will receive everything you need to make 5 of your very own lip balms, along with blank labels to help you get creative. And it is a great way to learn about what goes into making a lip balm, and also be sure you are only putting the most natural ingredients onto your body.
(various kits available incl. a ‘Make your own face mask’ kit)

9. The modern version of the iconic AF1*, combining classic style and modern details. The low design offers optimum soil adhesion and a classic look. This version of the Nike Air Force 1 features rippled leather edges for a cleaner, slimmer line and more refined details. The leather and fabric upper features external layers positioned at strategic points for a lifetime durability and support. The perforated inserts favor the breathability to keep the foot always fresh and dry. These sneakers are super trendy right now, and they go with anything!

10. Day Off Jelle Beanie* Hat!

11. This one is for those that enjoy programming and tinkering around. The Arduino is a starter kit* that features flexible and easy-to-use hardware and software. It includess a guidebook and 15 different projects to complete, taking you from beginner to expert before you know it.  Think light sensors, heat sensors, electronic display screens, robotic things. This is perfect if you are interested to understand how gadgets work for example.

12. Teenagers are all about their skin and also about the environment. Therefore, this My Clarins gift set, which has fruit and plant-based ingredients, will help them to be in all their natural and nourishing glory.

 

And it is a wrap. The gift guides for this year are done and I hope that I could inspire you a bit! Ho Ho Ho and wishing you a lovely and very festive time over the coming days and weeks.

 

Gift Guides 2019 overview:

* Stocking Fillers

* Mum & Dad aka grown ups

* Christmas Decor

* Baby

* Kids

* Family Games

* Books

* Teens

 

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01.12.19

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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29.11.19

21 delightful things for your December!

21 delightful things for your December!

This could be a great opportunity to share Black Friday deals. But I won’t. Ha! And I guess that I do not need to do a whole speech on why not because in the end… either you go get those (questionable) discounts or you don’t.

I am still here to share some of my favourite things I came across over the last weeks. And that I believe you will enjoy too. And in the end you may be treated with a lovely deal, because it is Black Friday after all.

However, and most importantly, I want you to have a smooth start into the last month of the year. A slow weekend to enjoy with some good articles, inspiring interiors, and delightful things for small and big.

Enjoy my December edit, a little bit festive, but not too much:

 

love letter blanket
OMG! The best! A Love Letter Blanket*. Write your own custom letter to a loved one so they can wrap themselves up in love. Make it extra personal by using your own handwriting, or keep it simple by using a font! The blanket will be custom made for you. Such a sweet present!
And have a look, the other blankets* are pretty ace too.

 

Really cute Christmas DIY ideas. Already saved to my Pinterest.

 

macrame plant hanger
Cool plant hanger*!

 

Lots of gorgeous jewelry*.

 

girls linen dress
Adorable dresses for girls* and matching hair bows!

 

Pimp your Christmas outfit with these cool earrings*.

 

vintage children room
Great vintage children’s room. Via Entrance.

 

Since I watched ‘A Star is Born’ – I am a Lady Gaga fan. Before I never really cared and thus did not know much about her. But her story should be shared. Because there is a lot of inspiration that can help others. This interview with Oprah is good!

 

gestalten_book_garbage dog
New book: Tells the tale of Garbage Dog surviving the streets of a big city and discovering the true meaning of family and friendship.

 

Do you know the co-op on Park Slope?

 

watercolour abc print
I could buy everything from this shop*, and actually have this print* in my kitchen. Perfect for my coffee loving husband and the tea lover – me.

 

Very interesting article about food in Berlin with facts, background, and history!

 

boy girl christmas baubles
Awwww… so cute these hand painted boy and girl star baubles*.

 

Great gifts for grown ups!

 

Soft+Neutral+Tones+in+Nina+Persson's+Malmö+Home
From our old home town, Malmo. The stunning place of Nina Persson! (The singer from The Cardigans!)

 

Book bin DIY. (to fill your holidays with projects!)

 

christmas pattern rolling pin cookies
Cookie Season made so much more fun with these great rolling pins*. Many cute designs to choose from…

 

Is blogging dead? 9 different opinions.

 


The children, the message (even more important these hectic social media filled days), and just everything!

 

Healthy chocolate and play advent calendar.

 

 

london calendar
London illustrated. Especially loving the calendar!

 

This Sunday Antoine does not have a football match so I am planning a visit to Daunts in Marylebone (you gotta love a great bookshop) and see the festive decorations. And then we will light the Christmas Lights in our little corner of London. A lot of neighbourhoods organise their own events to kick off the festive season. And this Sunday it is our turn. Street food, choirs, dancing, friends, and of course the lights that will be switched on…

Enjoy your first of Advent weekend and see you back here on Monday!

 

 

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27.11.19

Gift Guides 2019 – baby

gifts for baby

Small, tiny, petit, mini… today we are talking about the best gifts for babies.

I remember that when my children were very little, finding a great Christmas gift was not that easy. Especially when it is a sibling. Therefore I hope that I can inspire you with my selection today. Because I know that the grandparents are also waiting to receive recommendations…

Or do you have a newborn and it will be his or her first Christmas? Awwww… make sure to take lots of pictures and little videos. Because they will be the best gifts in a couple of years time.

Here are my favourite gifts for baby:

1. Gorgeous rainbow play mat*. It is perfect for playtime, tummy time, a picnic, photo background, and as a gorgeous statement piece in the nursery.

2. Openwork baby bonnet* knitted with super soft alpaca.

3. Christmas forever with these wooden stacking characters.

4. Super fun and specifically designed to fit in with parent’s décor tastes. These ball pools* are made from Oeko Tex-certified, BPA-free materials and completely recyclable. It is impossible not to have fun in one of these. (various colours available)

5. These beautiful dolls* are dressed in clothes made from upcycled fabric off-cuts generously provided by well known children’s brands. And it is certain that you will find a doll that pleases you and your child among this thoughtful collection! Bonus: 10% of profits from the sale of this collection will be donated to Un Enfant par la Main, a French charity, that works to protect children and defend their rights.

6. Christmas Eve puzzle*!

7. Extra warm baby snow suit* for a snug winter time. (various colours available)

8. Cutest pull-along bumblebee* that makes a fun buzzing hum sound, as it is pulled along the floor. And the faster you go, the faster the wings spin, and the happier the buzzing will sound.

9. Entertaining baby toy* with two musical settings. This is an educational toy ​that introduce shapes, colours, the alphabet, numbers and much more.

10. Fair Isle alpaca cardigan*. Luxurious, beautiful, and therefore a perfect heirloom gift. (you could even hang it up as decoration when not worn, it is that lovely!)

11. This wooden Safari puzzle and play set* can be stacked, assembled, and played with! Great quality and beautiful enough to be decor or toys.

12. This little rainbow love sign* is engraved with a painted rainbow detail! Lovely decor for a nursery or toddler room.

 

 

Gift Guides 2019 overview:

* Stocking Fillers

* Mum & Dad aka grown ups

* Christmas Decor

* Baby

* Kids

* Family Games

* Books

* Teens

 

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25.11.19

Gift Guides 2019 – Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations

This coming Sunday will be the first of advent. For most, it is the invitation to bring out the Christmas Decorations. Putting on some festive music, lighting the first candle, eating a few treats, and turn the house into a magical wonderland.

Ok, the wonderland part may seem a little farfetched, but Christmas is the only occasion where we actually go a bit out and beyond in our house. How is it in yours?

We did put up some balloons and a spiderweb for Halloween, we will do something for Easter… but it is all nothing compared to Christmas. The tree of course, but I really like to decorate throughout the house. Of course, it has a lot to do with the season and the short days. We want our home to be extra cosy. Therefore I created a guide for Christmas Decorations this year as well.

Personally, I like to add a few special pieces every year. For example, our tree is decorated with the beautiful little hangings from Maileg. So, every year I buy another one or two and our collection looks pretty nice by now. (once our Christmas box is down I may take a picture)…

Enjoy decorating and yes, fabulous Christmas Decoration makes for a great gift:

1. Festive Reindeer Globe Ornament

2. We have this one already up and I love it! So colourful, stylish and sparkly. This chandelier is full of shimmering stars and moons crafted from foil and glitter and looks amazing at any celebration.

3. Hang this on your door and you will be the highlight of your street. Such a fantastic wreath*, bursting with pops of candy colour. Perfect for adding a touch of cheerful delight to your home. You can of course hang it on a window, above a mantel piece or on the wall too.

4. Christmas crackers are huge here in the UK. And so much fun. These cute woodland creatures* are filled with adorable key rings which is fantastic because many only include plastic stuff that goes into the bin shortly afterwards.

5. Maileg Winter Friend.

6. JUL, Scandinavian for ‘Christmas’ is a richly spiced candle with bold notes of baked gingerbread, melted honey, cloves, and warm gløgg.

7. One of the collections where I buy a piece every year. And the rich red is such a great colour and looks beautiful on the table. Folklore and fairy tales alive through functional, simple design. The Taika collection blends with a vibrant palette of colours to highlight the intricate owl pattern.

8. Pretzel embroidered ornament.

9. A mistletoe* that can be used year after year. Beautiful hand painted wooden mistletoe with the words “Christmas Kisses”.

10. Elegant baubles* made from paper.

11. Gingerbread House musical Snow Globe. (I love snow globes!)

12. Beautiful Christmas Tree base* that is a decoration item at the same time.

 

Gift Guides 2019 overview:

* Stocking Fillers

* Mum & Dad aka grown ups

* Christmas Decor

* Baby

* Kids

* Family Games

* Books

* Teens

*affiliate links
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