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Paul & Paula loves long lasting high quality toys.

Toys that the whole family plays with and after years and years are still in use. We share our favourites as well as new finds from the toys world.

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23 merry things for your December!

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This time I am sending you into the last month of the year. 2020 is close of being over and even so we have no idea what 2021 will bring, I am assuming everyone’s expectations are rather low. Therefore, it will be good! It has to be!

Over here, I did not manage to get this list out on the last Friday of the month as I am usually aiming for. But… just in time to start December – tomorrow- all merry, jolly and inspired.

Below, my finds, bookmarks and everything `I want to share with you. Full of gift ideas, beautiful things… and more.

Enjoy, have a wonderful festive time and remember: Love is the answer.

 

chunky knit blanket
Cosy Christmas Days with these chunky blankets in various sizes and colours!

Part puzzle, part immersive diorama construction kit

 

oyoyoyoy
OYOY has some lovely new items in their collection. Sweet tapestry, rugs, table ware…

THAT colour. I am in love. And so perfect for a cool festive outfit and that you will wear many times in 2021. Guaranteed!

 

wooden beads garland
A different, and oh so pretty, kind of garland. Love it! Very Scandinavian Christmas!

Fabulabox concept allows children to create their own streetscapes and cities from panels that can be easily assembled and disassembled.

 

simple folk 2

simple folk
The Simple Folk.

For my teenage daughter I got a few cute beauty products for Christmas, like this amazing body butter.

 

wooden christmas baubles
Wooden baubles* beautifully hand painted.

Goorin Bros!

 

vintage kids room
Cool vintage kids room.

Treat yourself mamas!

 

BATMM+Cover
Reading in December: Bartholomew and the Morning Monsters

Handmade robe bowls* for fruits, accessories, toys…

 

rainbow crochet baby blanket pattern
How about taking up crochet over the holidays? And make this gorgeous rainbow baby blanket*?

Three great baby fashion brands!

 

modern kids roommodern kids room
Sculptural shifts in ceiling heights with clever spatial proportions!
The absolute best workout leggings, especially for running are these. I love them and never wear anything else when doing my laps.

 

bunk bed self made
Loving the colourful stairs going up to the uber cool bunk bed. Family home in Denmark.

And another very cool family space in Paris.

 

linen dress girl
Handmade, sustainable children’s clothing*. Lovely linen dresses, rompers and accessories.

Fantastic prints, posters, postcards and more from various London neighbourhoods. Gorgeous illustrations* that make wonderful gifts!

 

book filled living room

scandi kids room
A room filled with books and a kids room with a view. I am moving in!

 

Sweet wishes from London to wherever you are…

 

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Baby’s first Christmas!

Baby's first christmas

Will you spend this years Christmas with a baby? And it will be baby’s first Christmas? That is definitely an “aww” moment that you will cherish and that you will never forget.

Commemorate this magical moment with an ornament for the tree you can bring out year after year. And some heirloom gifts that will accompany your child for many years to come. Or how about something personalised that will start a tradition like a stocking or gift sack?

Plus I really have the feeling that Christmas this year will be very heavy on the ‘let’s forget about everything else for a moment’ side of things. And rightly so. I heard that some Christmas Trees are already up to bring some cheer into people’s houses. And since there is nothing more magical for a child than Christmas time, why not make your baby’s first Christmas the most special of all?

Here is my take on some lovely keepsakes, baubles and presents for Baby’s First Christmas:

 

1. Baby’s First Christmas Bauble! Personalised with a cute rabbit in various colours.

2. Christmas Keepsake Advent Calendar – perfect for a baby’s first Christmas, to note down all of your Christmas activities and one to keep to look back on in years to come!

3. This is just the best thing I have seen for a while! Give your little one their first car! Made of wood, this beautiful toy offers many very realistic features: steering wheel, gearshift, horn, brake pedals and accelerator, air conditioning, radio and side-view mirrors. Your child will be able to play the mechanic, change a wheel or even lift the hood to see what’s underneath!

4. Organic cotton world Explorer Play Mat. Soft colour scheme suitable for either gender and can be used interactively for toddlers/preschoolers as they learn about places in the world and features. The mat can be machine washed easily and the base fabric is a thick GOTS organic cotton canvas in grey.

5. So cute. A stacking flower! Transform this flower according to your desires to invent and reinvent itself. Your child will be able to match colours and shapes with this toy.

6. Again, a wooden toy. But this stimulates endless play and has so many possibilities – wooden figurines! These charming wooden toys are made in Europe, designed to encourage and adapt to children’s development. Made of maple wood and hand-painted with a unique formula of non-toxic watercoulours.

7. And this cute wooden pram comes with its own mattress and pillow.

8.This growth chart features animal faces that smile as your little one grows up.

9. Baby cardigan in Christmas red with a beautiful Scandinavian pattern!

10. Again, this wooden building set, with its refined colour palette, is the ideal tool for building a world of many possibilities.

11. Personalised Christmas Stocking with Starry Night Stars.

 

And before you do, don’t forget to check out The best Advent Calendars !

 

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The best Advent Calendars!

best advent calendars

Ho Ho Ho! Christmas is getting closer and I am sure we are all in need of some love, little surprises and down time.

And if you read here for a while you must know that Advent Calendars are a must during Christmas Season in my house. The children already asked if we do it the same way we usually do. Let’s see… (I will share more at the end of this article)

Nonetheless, the day the first door will open… it is definitely time to countdown till Christmas and get a little more festive day by day! Do you agree?

I put together a lovely list of some excellent calendars for this year and there is something for everyone. DIY calendars, something for the minimalist, heirloom pieces as well as for Harry Potter fans.

The best Advent Calendars for 2020:

 

christmas advent calendar

Reusable Advent Calendar

What a beautiful fabric Advent Calendar* is an ideal alternative to the traditional boxed calendars. It can be used year after year and passed down through the family. Each pocket can be filled with your own small gifts, chocolates or little messages making it the ideal family Christmas keepsake.

 

hygge village advent calendar

Minimalist paper house advent calendar

Very sweet DIY advent calendar to shorten your wait for Santa. It consists of 24 houses in four different sizes. Once put together you will enjoy a Swedish village that is delightfully understated and makes every minimalist heart skip a beat.
All you need are scissors, a bit of glue and some treats and little gifts to fill the houses.
Pssst, there is a forest version as well!

 

fabric advent calendar

Fabric Advent Calendar

Each pocket of this Calendar* is beautifully embroidered with a number and is the perfect place to pop a little gift or message, creating a magical moment each morning. The pockets are made with gussets so they are big enough for a couple of smaller gifts or one a little bigger.

 

santa advent calendar boxes

Santa shaped Christmas advent boxes

Cute Santa advent calendar. Simply pop up the boxes and fill them with sweets and other little treats. Overall, each pack includes 24 boxes and 1 sticker sheet to assemble your own advent calendar.

 

christmas tree ornament advent calendar

Advent Calendar with small Christmas ornaments

The Christmas Ornament Advent Calendar can be used year after year. Simply hang the cotton twine under your mantle, down the stairwell or anywhere you wish to spread some Christmas cheer. Place one ornament in each cotton bag, and then tie the bags. Each day, open a new bag and hang the enclosed ornament on your Christmas tree. For a child you may want to add a little chocolate or candy in the bag as well. I love the idea of decorating the tree a little every day. It adds to the sparkle.
The set includes: 25 Hand-Stamped numbered cotton draw string bags, 25 wooden ornaments, 25 lengths of Bakers Twine, and 10ft Natural Cotton Twine to hang.

 

harry potter advent calendar

Harry Potter Advent Calendar

Every day you will get one Harry Potter* item like magic socks, a pencil, badge pin, phone stickers, or tattoos. And many more cool things. This Advent Calendar has been developed under strict adherence to the Warner Bros license.

 

cookie advent calendar

Cookie advent calendar

Yes! This is an edible calendar. And it can be personalised and it exists as a gluten free option too. Beautiful, different, and definitely sweet!

 

wooden heirloom toy advent calendar

Waldorf Toys Advent Calendar

With that wooden advent calendar kit* you might just have the most amazing thing in your playroom this Christmas. Children will enjoy playing with this set for years to come and it will brighten up any mantel or coffee table during the winter holidays when it is eventually outgrown, before being enjoyed again by the next generation.

 

digital download print advent calendar last minute

Printable Advent Calendar

A digital download and perfect for a last minute decision. (make sure to have high quality paper like thick white card stock on hand though!)
All in all, this cute Advent Calendar contains 7 different illustrated house shaped boxes. And is adorned with beautiful winter elements and patterns for your Christmas village.

 

embroidered advent calendar

Embroidered Advent Calendar

Made up of 25 individual embroidered designs each having an embroidered number and cute design as well as backing pieces. This is a DIY calendar.

 

advent calendar bags

Advent Calendar Bags

And these cute linen advent calendar bags can be filled with candy, small toys or lovely notes. You can choose from various linen colours like white, blue, or rose. Next you can choose between stars and Christmas trees prints and between silver and gold colours.
Furthermore, you can also request more bags, different sizes or even get the colours mixed.

 

ornament advent calendar

Ornament Advent Calendar

Unique ornament advent calendar! Comes with 24 laser cut birch ornaments, each hidden behind a red paper door. Simply lift the paper door each day until Christmas to reveal the ornament underneath. Pop and wiggle the ornament out from the surrounding wood, and hang on the tree.

 

Looking for ideas on what to hide in the calendar?

How about: A small chocolate, little box of raisins, a good wish for the day or a silly Christmas joke. Tiny Lego figures or small rubbers and paperclip packs. Small books, glitter glue, hair clips or a clementine…

This year I will take out our Heirloom calendar and fill each day with four little chocolates. Usually I buy tiny gifts and the children take turns. And they each have a chocolate filled calendar as well. But this year is different and with the shops closed I decided to go for chocolates. Easy!

Altogether: I am wishing you a beautiful and relaxing Advent time!

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30 incredible things for your November!

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Yes! 30 incredible things I have for you. Things that have been waiting for you and that I am so happy to finally share.

This week I realised that the upcoming months may be not as easy and nonchalant as I hoped and wished they would be. Little Josephine will be home for an extra week because of a positive Covid case. And that really was the eye opener how quick things can change.

How quick we are housebound and have to change plans. And even so these plans were nothing spectacular seeing the circumstances, they still were something we were all looking forward to.

Now, lets keep the chin up and hope for the best and make the best out of every day. And pssst, I already included some gift ideas for the upcoming festive season. Enjoy!

With a little help, well 30 little helpers, right here:

 

Creative Colorful Family Apartment Copenhagen

Creative Colorful Family Apartment Copenhagen
Creative and colourful family apartment in Copenhagen. Such a fun kids room.

 

What is an algorithm? Mashable

 

hand painted candles
The most gorgeous candles! Hand painted!

 

Just the best beanies* for this winter.

 

embroidered flowers name hoops

kids room wall tapestry

lion head kids room decor

kids room wall tapestry
Gift ideas: I should have given a full article to Katharina’s designs*. But I only realised that when I put together this list. And then I just really wanted to share this with you. Wall tapestry, beautiful name hoops embroidered with dried flowers or a sweet lion. Love it all!

 

A very real Kate Winslet. Great interview!

 

the problem with pierre

the pocket chaotic
Books:
The problem with Pierre
A fussy cat ruffles the feathers of two neighbours who couldn’t be more different…

The pocket chaotic
Alexander’s mum keeps putting stuff in her pocket… and it’s driving him CRAZY!

 

Oh yes, I watched Selling Sunset. First for the properties… and then for the very light entertainment.

 

modern barcelona apartment
Dream house in Barcelona! Look at those windows and floors – extraordinary.

 

Lego X Adidas

 

interior fairy lights
Short days. dark days, gloomy days – add some sparkle to your home and give yourself a little boost. Cosy and inviting and such a great selection of lights* for all corners of your house.

 

Another proof that avocado is the best!

 

schneid studio
Schneid Studio!

 

21 daily podcasts for your morning routine.

 

dollhouse suitcase
Gift idea: Dollhouse suitcases*. To carry around and bring wherever you go!

 

Are you, or your kids, eating vitamin gummies?

 

aga kitchen
An amazing Victorian house in Kent with a Scandinavian touch and so many great details and elements.

 

Let the kids be in charge!

 

artipoppe baby carrier
Artipoppe is not just a baby carrier — it’s a lifestyle that unites women, inspiring them to trust their instincts and embrace imperfections.

 

I am a fan of rosehip oil. And you?
Find out what it does to your skin.

 

hamimi-crocheted-pendant-light
For your own wishlist: These crochet pendant lamp shades* will give every room a special feel!

 

Wedding dress* envy!

 

stars moon mobile
Stars & Moon mobile*!

 

Gift idea for your best friend: Hand-crafted wooden home wares and jewelry*.

 

personalised christmas stocking
And to finish, I am going A L L Christmas! Personalised Christmas stockings*.

 

This little owl woodland print* is the cutest. And so perfect for this season!

 

Have a great weekend, enjoy a quiet Halloween, and stay healthy!

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Adorable doll clothes that are modern and chic

Adorable dolls clothes that are modern and chic

Sometimes I am sitting and dreaming and thinking what I would create if I would create. And I mean stuff. A product, not a service. And one of the things that my mind produced was modern doll clothes.

Very nice, pretty, modern, and chic dolls clothes. Basically the stuff that a cool mum would buy for her kids and that taste then transfers into the outfits for the dolls as well. Can you follow?

I hope you do, because if you are looking for something exactly like this… you are in for a treat today!

Elizabeth makes adorable clothes for dolls* that truly are fun, cute, and far from kitsch and too much the wrong shade of pink.

Think stripes, linen pants, and bloomers:

 

Adorable dolls clothes that are modern and chic

Adorable dolls clothes that are modern and chic

Adorable dolls clothes that are modern and chic

Adorable dolls clothes that are modern and chic
Note: All doll clothes are made to fit Minikane and Miniland dolls. Or dolls measuring approx 34 cm (±13.4 inches) in length.

My favourite must be, and it is not easy to choose, the multi stripe outfit* and the green floral summer set*.

 

Adorable dolls clothes that are modern and chic
These are cute aren’t they? And perfect for a trendy mini mama…

Oh, and of you are looking for the perfect doll to match the modern doll clothes – they are right here*.

 

More about dolls with these poetic handmade dolls or the best dollhouses!

 

 

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