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26 sizzling things for your August!

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I have been a bad blogger over the last months but I guess you all know why. To make it up a tiny bit I managed to gather a Friday List so we can all start August in style.

And wherever you are, whatever you do… I really hope that you are OK and that things are more calm and manageable.

We are staying in this cute little cottage in Kent at the moment. And I can tell you, it is sooooo nice to be out of the city and see something else for a bit. I will share more about our stay and cottage very soon!

Here are your 26 sizzling things for a sunny month of August:

 

macrame weaving loom diy kit
Great range of DIY Knitting, Crochet, Weaving and Macrame kits*.

If you are looking for something special for your home.

 

sozo diy kits
More DIY: From funky cushion cases to embroidered wall art, let your creativity take hold with these kits from Sozo DIY*.

Great interview with Simone Biles in Vogue. To add you should also watch the Netflix Documentary about the US Gymnastics Team system.

 

natural body soap
French inspired natural skincare. Which looks very glam and chic too. Just like the French… (And they make great gifts!)

Also DIY, but outdoors: Eco-friendly container gardening kits*!

 

yellow maxi dress cotton
For me please! Fantastic yellow maxi dress* that will always put a smile on your face whilst wearing it. (you should check this shop out in general by the way…)

On my recipe list: Raw Nutella Bars.

 

hand embroidery pattern
I am on a roll today, more DIY kits: These hand embroidery hoop patterns* are so gorgeous!

This print just screams summer.

 

A+Colorful+Bohemian+home
What a house!

One of my favourite decor brands.

 

white peach summer drink
Adult drink with white peaches. I actually got a blender to crush ice (Ours broke just before our last move) recently and collect yummy summer drink recipes…

Remember:  Colouring Pages to print out during rainy days!

 

child bonnet
Handmade baby and child bonnets*.

I made a very simple and yet delicious focaccia a few weeks back. Nothing compared to the very arty ones going through the net…

 

le-toy-van-pull-along-wagon-cart
An old-fashioned favourite for little ones to easily transport their toy collections from room to room with this pull-along wagon cart*.

Hmmmmm…. roasted berry sorbet!

 

Toy Beauty_makeup-bag-pretend-play
My youngest is really into makeup and hair. She basically begs me to put on lipstick (my already very minimalist approach to make up is literally nonexistent since Corona started) and to do my hair. It is her birthday in September and I think that I will get this Toy Make Up Bag*. No need to worry about make up on furniture or skin problems…

Another adult drink, with grapefruit. Something I re-discovered over the last weeks as well.

 

mini me clothing design
Very cool and minimal clothes for the whole family – dada, mama & mini!

Something pretty for us mums!

 

woven throw blanket etsy
Time to get yourself a great gift that will make the extra time we spend in our homes even more worthwhile. In love with these throw blankets*….

More for the home: These rugs* are amazing, affordable and super fun!

 

stay close to people who make you feel like sunshine
Just wanted to give this to you!

Last one: If you are looking for a very special dress* for your child. Look no further!

 

Have a great month of August everyone. Stay Safe! Stay Healthy!

 

 

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22 jolly things for your July!

22 jolly things for your July

Two weeks ago I realised, with horror, that I missed a Friday list for this June! One of my favourite articles and I missed it. And this probably is the a good proof how the current situation took over my days…

And even so I did not manage to prepare a Friday list right on the ‘correct’ day, it is ready and here for you to enjoy just before July starts!

As usual packed with fashion, reads, news, interiors and more for the whole family.

22 jolly things for your July:

home office
So much inspiration to take away from this place.

Out of ideas on how to entertain the kids? Try one (or more) of these downloadable limited series Kids’ Activity Packs.

 

 

white-the-bear-restaurant-
Isn’t this a fab restaurant for families?

White Privilege! (please read it!)

 

 

linen culottes
Summer staple – linen culotte*! (many colours available)

Magnetic map of the solar system*.

 

 

Modern-Playhouse-Build
Genuis! This playhouse is a dream!

How to talk to your children about the pandemic.

 

 

fruit-toy-set-in-wood
They look as delicious as real fruits but will last forever! Wooden play fruit set*.

How about some yoga?

 

 

maternity lounge set
Are you pregnant right now? I think you would love and live in this lounge set, so perfect for your postnatal weeks as well. And if you decide to leave the house, this basics bundle is pretty cool as well.

One special shop*! Cute accessories, pretty dresses – for women and children.

 

 

sorbet coloured candles
Loving these sorbet coloured pillar candles*!

Add some instant fun with these cute ceramic plant pots. My favourite must be the pigs and elephants.

 

 

balloon-music-box
Balloon music box* for the sweetest of dreams…

Perfect summer wardrobe!

 

 

scandinavian living room
Another house where I could move right in!

Everyone is on zoom calls, incl. celebrities. Some of their great and not so great homes.

 

 

numero74 woman dress
New styles and colours. For the perfect (mix & match) Mini Me look.

I don’t wear eye shadow but these eye pods are the beauty talk of the moment.

 

 

scandinavian bedroom
Scandinavia in Sydney!

How will tourism get out of the crisis?

 

 

reversible baby blanket flowers
Cutest baby set* – floral blanket, cushion, as well as a lovely bunting!

Or how about some delightful rainbow pots?

 

Wishing a wonderful month of July and I hope that I will manage to write a little more often here again… xoxo

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18 things for a better stay-at-home May!

18 things for a better stay-at-home May!

Technically I am late. Because I am usually sharing my monthly list the last Friday of the month. But since things are just a bit different right now (and I actually totally did not notice that tomorrow is the 1st of May until right now), the first of May is just as good. Yes?!

And last April definitely was very different from any other April and I think I never wrote that little here on Paul & Paula. Admitting that I never thought that having the kids home and doing the whole school thing would be that time consuming. The days fly by and boom, it is 8pm and all I want to do is hang on my couch.

What drives me, and keeps my going, is running. And I added a lot of km to my weeks these days!

How are you doing at the moment? I actually wrote on our kitchen calendar, usually decorated in many colours and handwritings, SAME SAME SAME in bold letters all over the week. And that is how I feel mostly: Same. Every day is the same. Therefore we want to make it a bit more fun, inspiring, and fresh with this new list today.

And of course, I added some things that will make the current situation more bearable. Enjoy:

 

yellow kitchen
Starting with a yellow kitchen to give you the best start!

I want these boots*!

 

bonnie and the gang baby romper
Ine de Haes launched a new brand. For little people!

Entertain the kids: Cool craft ideas or colouring sheets. Or both!

 

embroidered hoop sequins
So many adorable things, especially the embroidered hoops*! Big love!

Pajamas!

 

Rudloe-Road-London-SW12
Lovely London house.

I know, the C word is everywhere, but this article is interesting: All the things COVID-19 will change forever!

 

play roll kids colouring roll paper
PLAY ROLL*! Keeping the kids entertained just got a bit easier…

Pretty mugs* make for good starts into a day.

 

quincy mae
A great collection* of poetic and timeless wardrobe staples for the tiniest of tots. At very reasonable prices too.

Truly loving this London-based skincare brand. All organic, simple, and natural. And right now is a good time to give our beauty program a little more attention and love I think!

 

mix of chairs kitchen table
Loving the colourful chairs around the table.

Everything* for the most enjoyable home. In the best colours and made from soft fabrics.

 

kids desk harto

white bunk bed
Such a well designed space in my home town!

Great book that encourages children to go play outside and discover what nature has to offer. Perfect timing!

 

soor plom dress
Quintessentially cool kidswear* from Brooklyn!

Another practical and pretty necessity to make the current times more pleasant: Desk Organisers*

 

Wishing you all a good month of May, that hopefully ends with good news…

 

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The coolest art prints for the children’s room!

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A fantastic piece of art can make a child’s bedroom or a playroom come alive immediately. And it is one of the most cost-effective and quickest changes you can make as well.

Spring often inspires us to bring some fresh new items inside. And since we spend so much time in our four walls right now, I thought this would be a nice article for you this week. So why not opting for a little interior project?

Below are my favourite picks that your kids will enjoy on their walls for years. Please find some very artsy, some colourful prints, or delicate illustrations in my selection. As usual: Something for everyone. And some prints are not for the kids’ rooms only.

Let’s discover the coolest art prints for the children’s room:

 

alphabet-learning-board

ABC

The ABC board*, with its pretty illustrations, allows children to discover and learn the different forms of writing: cursive, script, upper or lower case. And to have a lovely art poster in their room.

 

 

bisou poster

Mathilde Cabanas

Poster BISOU. Minimal, cute, perfect for anywhere in your home… and so… oh lala … French!

 

 

poster_piggelin_4_finelittleday

Fine Little Day

Say hello to Piggelin! A green beauty with friendly eyes and always a smile on its face. The Piggelin poster becomes a colorful detail on the wall and suits as well in the children´s room as in the living room or kitchen.

 

numbers print pastel

Numbers

This numbers print* has some jolly animals, fun rainbows, or yummy fruits to help you count up to ten.

 

zoo poster

Animals

This Zoo print is made by Bodil Jane for OHMYHOME.
All of her illustrations are created by hand, using mostly ink and watercolors. For OHMYHOME Bodil made a little collection of three colorful designs.

 

 

vehicles print kidsvehicles print kids

 

Vehicles

By Gretas Schwester. Something not girly but, of course, for both girls and boys!

 

 

studio ghibli illustration print

Studio Ghibli

Yes! Who does not love the Studio Ghibli movies? This illustration* has all our favourite characters on one print!

 

 

wildlife-alphabet-poster

Wildlife

Roar! Cool and cute print* that brings the wildlife into your room….

 

I hope you enjoyed my selection and that it will inspire you to bring ‘something new’ into your home that everyone will love…

 

Would you like more decorating ideas? How about these essential nursery decorating tips or some very precisous boho items for the kids room?

 

 

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21 terrific things for your April

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Sooo, we are heading into April and will most likely be the strangest month ever. But because we are reading and hearing about Corona everywhere, I will not make this the C-list.

I will make it, more or less, the opposite. Giving you some visual as well as practical inspiration. Adding some useful things that may cheer up your indoor time…
Talking about indoor, have you seen these gorgeous rainbow wall hangings ? Or these alphabet blocks that will make for great play fun?

Enjoy these 21 terrific things for your April:

 

straw baskets

paris family apartment
I am taking all the baskets. And the rest of this place too. Via VTWonen.

Add some colour and sunshine into your house with these block print* quilts, pillows, and more.

 

muslin top bow
Cute muslin top* with a lovely bow.

Mother’s Day started to go around the world. It was last Sunday here in the UK. When is it in your country?
To treat yourself have a look at the cute handmade jewelry* that will be perfect for this Spring.

 

rainbow cabinet kitchen
Staying in with this rainbow kitchen is definitely pretty. Not to forget the view too…

This is a great gift idea – a custom family portrait* – to send to loved ones that you cannot visit at the moment.

 

Louisiella
This Korean children’s fashion brand* is beautiful, nostalgic and whimsical! Look at the delicate details like lace, embroidery and pretty prints.

The B I G recycling myth.

 

alphabet-spaghetti-poster
ABC Spaghetti*!

This will cheer you up: Nia Dennis’ incredible floor exercise!

 

petal dress
The original Petal Dress*! Delicate, girly and simple.

The 50 most innovative companies of 2020.

 

pixie hat baby
How could you ever resist a pixie bonnet*?

Dark humor aka higher IQ. I like….

 

natural childrens wear
Natural children’s wear* in the best summer colours!

Totally boring but… useful… especially now we have more dishes to get cleaned too. How to load a dishwasher properly. Ha!

 

hana karim
I want A L L the plates! A dream!

Working for free?

 

scandinavian kitchen
More kitchen love.

And smile*… such a lovely print and stationary shop.

 

Have a splendid weekend and do not forget: We all do our best, and that is the best we can do!

 

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