arts & crafts

pom pom baskets

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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30.12.16

The best of Paul & Paula 2016

family breakfast

Two more days and 2016 is over. Already!

During our flight to Athens (where we arrived this Wednesday) I was thinking that it could be really fun to do a little round up here on the blog.

Feature the best/ most read posts for example. I mean, I was really curious to investigate as well. Which topics do you guys love? What are you interested in etc…

And it is a lovely way to finish the year and take a little break from the blog and social media. Refreshing actually.
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Let’s start:

 

The TOP FIVE posts on Paul & Paula in 2016, in order:

1. Willieandmillie. These fun kids room accessories from Sweden!

2. The Animals Observatory. In January I introduced you to this new brand and their very first collection.

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3. Briar. The cutest baby&toddler bonnets around.

4. The 2016 round up of Advent Calendars. You probably do not need one right now, but maybe want to bookmark this post for future references.

5. Bloomingville Mini – the kids collection from one of our favourite interior brands.

 

The TOP FIVE Instagram pictures in 2016:

1. Camping! In our bedroom. I nearly did not post this. I nearly did not even take this picture. It was fun to see all the like and comments.

2. The world’s smallest restaurant.

3. Not the kids room. Not the playroom. But our kitchen received many likes.

4. Antoine portrayed by Romy.

5. Our Christmas tree on the way home.

family breakfast

Our weekly series of family breakfasts is very popular as well. Every Saturday.

And we started something new. Every Monday I will take a picture of all four (YES a challenge) kids. For fun and to see them grow and change… I am sure it will be cool to compare the first picture with the last of the year 2017. Please join – they grow up so quickly!

 

EMP museum

And our road trip of course. Oh man… the best thing ever and we still feel the energy and sunshine!

 

And personal in 2016?

*I quit sugar! (big step and good step, Christmas time saw some exceptions… but good ones)

*I started to run! (still not the biggest fan buuuuuut I feel that I need it. This is good and does good.)

*Both things make me proud. Proud that I am able to stay strong. And I feel great. Best base for a mum and business owner.

*I decided to go for it. To grow Paul & Paula. Something I wanted to do for a long time and always hesitated. During our big trip I decided to just go for it. (you see what such a break can do to you)

 

And what is in it for 2017?

I will share a few little things that will make you want more:

*Our newsletter will get an exciting and exclusive feature. As of 2017 every newsletter will come with an inspiring interview. Small business owners will share their best tips, tricks and some -new – private stuff.

*Make sure you are on the list because you do not want to miss out!

*To celebrate the New Year we will host a fantastic give away in partnership with STOKKE! Oh yes… you must, again, make sure to follow us on this one.

*I also mentioned that Paul & Paula will see some changes. And that is still true. I am working on it. For some time and things take different directions sometimes. Need a little more time. But: The consulting part that I already offer will grow. Will be more professional and will take more of my time. I love it. I love to work with brands, shops and other people from the kids industry and help them grow.

 

What was your most memorable moment in 2016?

 

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22.12.16

Ninn Apouladaki

Ninn Apouladaki
Ninn Apouladaki is a French brand that creates extraordinary masks.

Influenced by Slavic tradition with a vibrant homage to nature. Wear them to parties, give them as a little {special} gift or use them the same way you use jewels.

For some extra fun for your little one’s next birthday dash – get a colouring set and let the kids colour their own masks using some creative skills.

The brand was launched by Ninn and her husband Guillaume. The first mask was designed with their wedding in sight and the idea of seeing their guests celebrating with art like masks.
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The couple is based in Marseille, France and opened a workshop-shop in the Saint-Victor neighborhood. If you are around you must find it!

Besides the masks, Ninn Apouladaki also creates stationery, sacred herbs, tote bags and paper lanterns.

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The t-shirts show the characters you know from the masks and are true eye catchers. I love the delicate illustrations!

If you are looking for something fun, different and very dreamy – this is your thing.

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21.12.16

Dodo Toucan – ceramic animals

Dodo Toucan

How adorable are these ceramics animals? Dodo Toucan was launched in 2015 and since then every piece is individually hand crafted in Paris by designer Sara Theron.

I am especially in love with the softness that Sara gives her creatures. Adding some lovely colour to our everyday decor. And yes I am aware that ceramics are not the best for little hands. Put these on the shelf to add some bright and happy decoration.

Something delicate and original. Every piece is an original!

My favourites are these wall hanging masques. True heirloom pieces.
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Next to the animals you can find tea-cups, mugs, vases or salad bowls. A great place to find a super gift for somebody special… {or yourself!}

By the way – if you happen to be in Paris you can join a ceramic atelier through Dodo Toucan. Have a look!

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06.12.16

Gifts for Tweens {ideas 2016}

Gifts for Teens

Gifts for Tweens

– Romy is 9 1/2 now and I can see that her interests and taste are changing. This time before they become teenagers. This time where they are not children anymore… too old for toys and too young for boys… or at least not interested at all in our case.
And I love this. I love the talks we have now. Her curiosity and personality that takes more and more shape.

When your kids were small / below eight you were usually confronted with many shops, things, toys, accessories and more. Probably more than one can need and digest. And then the overwhelming kids world starts to fade. There is less and there is a little gap for these cute 9-12 years old. But there are great things!

Here is my list of great gift ideas that I would buy without a doubt for my own tween.
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1. Pop a bubble every day – the Bubble Wrap Calendar!

2. Linen bedding by LAB.

3. Truly organic and zero “strange stuff” products from Enfance.

4. Be Fearless – wire wall art.

5. A cool print for the teen’s room.

6. Six of Crows book set – fantasy novel loved by teens.

7. Lomo instant camera.

8. Macon & Lesquoy – find some funky embroidered jewelry to brighten up anything in seconds. So stylish!

9. Dream catcher DIY kit.

10. Gorgeous shoulder bag.

11. Truly unique rings, bracelets and more – from Nach.
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30.11.16

12 best gifts for Little Explorers

12 best gifts for Little Explorers

Every child loves to be outside. Run free and wild. And they all love to make things. Collecting sticks, building forts, inspecting insects and so on… the possibilities are endless once you stepped outside.

I researched a bit and found some really fun as well as helpful toys and tools to make the journey even more interesting and worth-wile. The 12 best gifts for Little Explorers!

Lets start with my finds:

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1. Smartscope – examine finds and put them under the microscope. Use a smartphone or tablet to explore!

2. EXPLORE t-shirt – more colours available.

3. Potion making kit.

4. Wooden magnifying glass.

5. Colour my world globe.

6. Action Cam – a light and multi-functional action camera just for children. It is a great first video camera and is durable enough to handle drops and tumbles. It can go anywhere and do anything and comes with two included mounts to attach to bikes, skateboards and more. It also comes with a waterproof case!

7. Sturdy binoculars.

8. pl-ug sets – a kit of clamps, hooks, suckers and grips to create dens from household finds.

9. Personalized travel & adventure journal.

10. This outdoor explorer kit comes with the essentials. It includes a real compass, mirror, messenger bag, and a journal to note down all observations.

11. Stick-lets – these durable, reusable and weather-resistant joints help to build forts, toys, tipi’s and much more. Use them to lash together various sizes of scavenged sticks.

12. Lots and lots of ideas on things to do outside… always good to get inspiration.

 

PS: I found a great little list for you. 50 ideas to do outside. I am sure you can tick a few boxes but maybe there is something new, some inspiration for the next walk in the park. Have a look!

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