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13 really different advent calendars!

 

Christmas advent calendars

 

Ho Ho Ho! Christmas is getting closer and to make sure that your countdown game is on point when December 1 arrives I found some really good Advent Calendars for you.

It is a big thing in Germany and a tradition that I grew up with. And that I love. Even as an adult I would not say no to an Advent Calendar, because it is just part of the festive season and so much fun. Naturally we continued the calendar fun once we started a family and it is a ‘regular’ during every month of December.

And personally I like the calendar to be personal. Of course you can buy one from supermarket but a tradition is more beautiful if you can re-use the same advent calendar again and again. And fill it with some little gifts and treats yourself! This is also a great way for a more sustainable and responsible Christmas time.

Another option are DIY calendars that you can build together during a family craft session for example.

Either way, I am already wishing you a beautiful Advent time and lots of cute treats on the countdown to Santa.

And I hope that the Advent Calendars I put together for you will make it a bit more fun:

 

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!

 

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.

 

personalised fabric advent calendar

Handmade Personalised Fabric Advent Calendar

This fun and colourful personalised advent calendar is perfect for counting down to the big day. Featuring a gorgeous Christmas design with metallic gold accents, it has 24 pockets ready for you to fill with treats.
Bonus: Your child’s name will be hand stitched onto the calendar. The perfect way to start a tradition.

 

christmas tree ornament advent calendar

Advent Calendar with small Christmas ornaments

This 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.

 

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 sweet!

 

christmas wall hanging

Advent Calendar Houses Kit & Christmas Wall Hanging kit

This Christmas kit includes a set to make your very own advent calendar village, and your choice of a canvas hanging.
You will receive a pack of 25 templates to make your own Christmas inspired town, a page of 25 Christmas activities to put inside your houses, and detailed instructions. And you can personalise the hanging if you wish!

 

felt advent calendar

Felt advent calendar

This calendar panel is made from 100 percent cream coloured felt with 25 hand stitched pockets to fill. It is adorned with a personalisable scrabble letter name and Scrabble numbers from 1-25. And if you are looking for little gifts to put inside, the shop has some lovely hair accessories as well.

 

digital download print advent calendar last minute

Printable Advent Calendar

This is 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.

 

filled advent calendar

Personalised and pre-filled advent calendar

No wrapping and no searching for little gifts and treats. Make the run up to Christmas stress free with this personalised and filled advent calendar chosen especially for the recipient. Altogether: 25 gifts in total, each beautifully gift wrapped and numbered.
Tip: This is perfect if you would like to send it as a gift to someone special!

 

Christmas Advent Calendar Bunting

Christmas Advent Calendar Bunting

This Christmas Advent bunting has been made from some gorgeous Scandinavian fabric. It is the perfect ingredient to set a festive scene and is a wonderful heirloom Christmas decoration that you can keep. And filled with your own choice of treats. This bunting comes in 2 sets of 3 meter buntings and each has 12 double sided rectangles on. Additionally, you have the option to tie them together or hang them under one another.

 

advent calendar bags

Advent Calendar Bags

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.

 

christmas tree shaped advent calendar

Christmas Tree shaped calendar

This felt advent calendar in form of a Christmas tree has pockets for your treats until Christmas Day!

 

Ho Ho Ho! I hope you enjoyed my selection. More Christmas related posts includes gift guides will follow over the next weeks.

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Ten things for a great Halloween!

The Halloween edit

My children are so excited about Halloween this year that I may actually be a fan by October 31st too.

When we moved to London last we were still in our temporary apartment and did not have our boxes delivered yet. But we could sense that our (very family friendly) area is very into Halloween.

Therefore we promised that we will do the whole shebang this year. Decorating (no crazy stuff but still…), costumes, trick or treating, and maybe a party too. And talking to some parents who already live here for a while, Halloween is indeed a pretty big deal in our neighbourhood.
Yay!

That is why I put together a few cool things that will make any Halloween Party a whole lot better. Including Halloween costumes that you can actually wear afterwards too:

 

1. Organic cat t-shirt*, not only for Halloween!

2. Cute little wooden ghosts*. Hand made to decorate around the house…

3. Halloween Surprise Treat Balls* – an alternative spooky treat!

4. Coolest Halloween costume* with a real magic wand.

5. Cute ghost story book*!

6. Ghost t-shirt*. Another cute piece that will be used for a long time after the ghost festival.

7. Pumpkin-tastic dreams with this fun pajamas set*!

8. Halloween nesting dolls*!

9. And when the kids are done trick or treating and are happily dreaming in their beds, it is movie time. How about Corpse Bride*?

10. There is always time to send a card* to someone you love! Why not Halloween, so much more fun than Valentines…

 

How do you feel about Halloween and will there be a party where you live?

 

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23 fun things for your August!

23 fun things for your August!

Ola! I am melting away so I will make my intro very quick today…
And today’s list you can see as a Holiday Read. A bit the same as those books people want you to read by the pool…

Today’s list has 23 super fun things that you can enjoy on your phone or tablet. From the cutest rattan doll bed to the biggest regrets of over 90 year olds.

Happy August!

 

wooden ruler height chart
These height charts* are so fun! And totally something I would hang up because I never got around these teddy bear or giraffe style things you usually find…
I think they make a really great gift too!

Very nice DIY kits for kids.

 

rattan-doll-bed
Rattan beds are big right now. Now there is a doll version* too!

We just received a copy of this book – The Inner Child – and it is so fun. Explaining why adults act differently than children but actually are still children deep inside.

 

liberty sun bonnet
Sweet Liberty sun bonnet*.

Loved Linda Cardellini in many roles, the most recent Dead to Me especially, and this article is a beautiful portrait.

 

bayiri baby knits
Cute baby knits from BaYIRI.

Really cute maternity wear.

 

cabinet with colour boxes
Cool cabinet that is made up of loose, colourful boxes, and held together by a construction of wood and ropes.

Rainbow rug for happy kids rooms.

 

french family home
Very inspiring family home in France.

Are you on the Keanu Reeves wave? I always adored him…

 

childrens room wallpaper
Delightful hand-drawn children’s wallpaper. With lots of details and vibrant hues.

Jumpsuits are all over the place these days. Unfortunately they are not easy for tall people like me… because something is always off. B U T, anyone else, I am sure you will love these.

 

bibelo swim
Pimp your garden with these cool chairs and tables from Bibelo.

Royal baby traditions!

 

bobo choses aw 2019
The new collection landed. Pick the best pieces* fast!

How about a nanny that is a princess at the same time?

 

nursery design prints
Gender neutral, subtle and sweet art prints for the nursery and kids room.

Question to people over 90 – what do they regret most?

 

blue kitchen
Peaceful house with a kitchen to fall in love with!

Tel Aviv with kids!

 

miya ma etsy
Cute linen top that you can also get as a dress. basically I love everything from that shop*.

Equal pay – the secret code.

 

Happy weekend everyone! Stay cool… xoxo

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Embroidery hoop art for the children’s room

Paul & Paula: The bestembroidery hoops for the children's room

I have a new thing. Embroidery hoop art.

You probably know that I love embroidery in any form. And changing from the traditional prints and posters, these hoops are a lovely addition to decorate walls. Actually, I think, these look best when mixed with some of those prints and posters. Because the mix of modern and heirloom is still the best.

And do you know why I love those hoops?

There is something poetic about them. Something delicate and elegant. You can buy a lot of patterns and get creative. Which is wonderful in our quick world. And often the projects are not huge and rather easy even for beginners. (and they look very sophisticated!) A project that reminds you to slow down and that will decorate your little ones room. Love it!

Therefore, I gathered a few of my favourite embroidery hoop artists. Some are ready to be hung, some need to be stitched. You decide:

 

Paul & Paula: The bestembroidery hoops for the children's room

1. Simple yet stunning butterfly embroidery hoop.

2. French Mango. Colourful and fun embroidery art from a French mum living in Chicago.

3. Embroidery kits with little animal friends. Simple and sweet.

4. L O V E embroidery kit that includes absolutely everything to make this yourself.

 

Paul & Paula: The bestembroidery hoops for the children's room

1. Marta Insa from Aro designs and embroiders every hoop herself. I love the sweet faces. A beautiful addition to any children’s room.

2. Hand embroidery designs that are delightful and so pretty. I am sure you will embroider those with a big smile because they just make happy faces.

3. A fox for the woodland nursery!

4. Very sweet floral face pdf pattern that even beginners can master.

 

Paul & Paula: The bestembroidery hoops for the children's room

1. Sleeping foxes. Calm, sweet and a very easy embroidery that is great for beginners. It comes as a kit that includes all tools.

2. A good fairytale needs a stunning mushroom. Perfect for all the nature inspired nurseries and kids rooms.

3. Hand embroidered magnificent swallow that is ready to decorate your wall.

4. Such a stunning pattern. It is a pdf that you can download immediately and start your work. This Floral Field would look amazing in any room.

 

And if you love these hoops, you will love Momo und Carla too.

 

Top image: Georgie K Emery
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8 simple and festive hairstyles for children

8 simple and festive hairstyles for children
For some reason I thought about hair when I was looking into the article for today. Since the kids wear uniforms to school, even Leonor has to tie her hair back. And finally her big sister is allowed to help (she was asking her all the time to braid or just do her hair but only on very rare occasions she got a yes!)!

So, since it is only 2 weeks (!!!) until Christmas, I thought that some simple and festive hairstyles for children ideas would be really good!

I hope you like the idea…

Because you probably got a nice dress already, the kids are excited anyway and having a lovely hair-do will just underline the whole festive spirit.

Here are some ideas, because often it is all we need. Some inspiration. Some ideas… a photo, and there we go:
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8 simple and festive hairstyles for children

Braids, braids, braids… decorated with a beautiful floral headband (this one is extremly lovely too).  And for the braids, just follow your kids’ wishes!

Sources: one / two / three / four

 

More simple as well as festive hairstyles for children:

8 simple and festive hairstyles for children

A fishtail is always beautiful, add a bit more volume and start braiding from one side or go over to the other. Mid-length hair looks festive with a crown braid.

Sources: one / two / three / four

And? These are simple ideas that you can pimp with some accessories. Add some texture, crowns look very festive and maybe add a little sparkle from mum’s magic hair box.

We will definitely do a little hair session in our house. Little Josephine likes to get her hair done (by her big sister) as well and we will find some sparkling clips for her (still) baby hair.

Maybe I will also sit for a session. I admit, I love to get my hair brushed, it really relaxes me… and I let it grow at the moment. Oh… two more weeks. Unbelievable!

 

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