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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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All about Easter Bunnies!

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To finish this week, I would like send you into the Easter Mood. With rabbits, eggs, lots of mellow yellow, and Spring inspiration.

And since Easter will be very early this year, in fact it is only 4 weeks away, you may want to start getting your Easter Eggs in a row…

Do you have any plans? Sounds like a stupid question with the pandemic, but here in the UK we might be able to see another family by then. Outside that is! Which is cool, and I am crossing everything I have for brilliant weather and lots of delicious picnics. Little things to look forward to.

And why not getting the kids a quirky bunny print shirt or even funky socks? A super soft knitted rabbit will be a friend forever and that pencil drawing too.

Hopefully the Easter Bunny will not be too cold. Here is some inspiration for a fun Easter week end:

1. Rabbit swaddle. (various colours available)

2. Bunny ears beanie in mint or rose.

3. Beautiful pencil drawing of a little rabbit.

4. Baby alpaca knitted bunny.

5. Bunny teether.

6. Funky socks.

7. Quirky and organic bunny print tee.

8. Cool leggings. Will make for a cool Easter Egg Hunt!

9. Mellow Yellow. Super soft muslin cotton jumpsuit! I love it and there are other beautiful colours available too.

10. Wooden figurine.

 

Happy Easter and have a look for some Spring Vibes for big and for small!

 

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23 happy things for your March!

23 happy things for your March!
Hello Hello… we are going straight into March and with my children going back to school in a week, I can (again) finally focus more on my projects again. Phew…

One quote that, for me personally, really hits the nail on the head these days is: ‘You grow with your challenges!’
And we do. And therefore, we are still able to keep going, to see the positive side effects, and to be resilient.

But let’s not get to spiritual because that is not really my area. However I am very aware that by now the UK is doing quite well when it comes to vaccines and planning. And we were presented with a plan that shows a light at the end of the tunnel. Such a relief. And I know that maybe in your home country the situation can be very different.
Stay Strong! Stay Healthy!

And enjoy my 23 happy things for your March:

modern quilt
Modern quilts*, inspired by nature, made in London.

Thinking about cutting down on sugar? Maybe these tricks can help to get you started…

 

twill hill wall decor weaving(2)
Handwoven wall decor*!

Friendships during Covid.

 

Home Morag Myerscough
Fun and colourful London home of artist Morag Myerscough! So much inspiration and so much to see…

‘The One After the Superbowl’ – I am a huge FRIENDS fan and found this article about the story of this iconic episode just splendid.

 

linen overall kids
Perfect for Spring – a cute linen overall*. (available in lots of different colours)

Talking about Spring clothes, here are some of my favourite pieces from the current collections.

 

wooden rainbow toy
Blending the beauty of art with the power of play – Min Min CPH.

ROAR! Lions for the kids room!

 

Home Swedish Lapland
Swedish interior at its best.

Colourful wall hangings for the kids room and/or any space that needs a bit of sunshine.

 

easter embroidered collar
Oh my! This shop has literally the cutest hand embroidered collars, pins, and other accessories. Including the sweetest Easter themed ones. L O V E!

2021 and public transportation. And no, nothing to do with Covid.

 

petit piao
Petit Piao.

Baby alert.

 

morley for kids dress
Cool prints, beautiful silhouettes… just perfect the new collection (again) from one of my favourite Belgian brands!

Wuhan – after a year!

 

lem lem dress
A dream of a summer dress*. Went straight on my wish list!

Rock? 90’s? Who is the most hated rock band? Find out!

 

wool-rainbow-rug kids room

Gorgeous rainbow rug. Not only for the kids room I think…

How are you dealing with the loss of hugs?

 

Have a beautiful weekend everyone and fingers crossed for a sunny and mild month of March. xoxo

 

PS: Do you know what Grape Nuts are?

 

 

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21jolly things for an awesome start into 2021!

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Hi everyone. Now, I hope you are doing great. After the little bummer of being in lockdown over the holidays we just got the news that schools will not re-open next week either. It does not come as a huge surprise but resilience is written in B I G letters over my head now.

The days are short, cold and my motivation for another round of home schooling is more than low. I admit!

Still being positive and seeing the situation as a ‘it is what it is’ kind of thing I can feel my limits a bit more clear these days too.

So wherever you are, I really hope that you are ok and walking around with your chin up. I am sending you a virtual hug because we all need one.

Please enjoy some things, reads and finds to get into 2021 with a little skip… or tow:

wooden rainbow montessori
Great shop with wonderful Montessori toys that may make homeschooling a tiny bit easier!

10 Family-Friendly Things You Can Do at Home This Winter That Don’t Involve a Screen. Dwell.

 

fish stuffed animal handmade
Unique and very cute soft friends*!

The best things for ourselves and our families that made an unbelievably weird year just a little more manageable.

 

star moon coffee mug
Beautiful ceramics and I basically want them all. New year, new tea mug… :)

2020 celeb scandals.

 

oversize cashmere scarf
Spoil yourself ladies! With these luxury knitted items. Because home office means comfort and we want it chic.

I will join this ‘Ready to Crush’ 21 days challenge starting next Monday. You too?

 

linen tablecloth
I cannot even remember when I put a proper tablecloth on. But this year I bought one to make the holidays a tiny bit more festive. And I have to say – it is so lovely and make a great difference when it comes to atmosphere.
Meaning: I will get one for Spring too because the one I got fits more with the Christmas Mood.
My eyes are on those because nothing can beat linen*!

The simple knitted ensemble in subtle colours is T H E thing for adults right now. This is the perfect baby version*!

 

vegan aubergine cauliflower lentil harissa
I love herbs and spices and made this delicious vegan recipe recently. With lots of harissa!

How was 2020 for Chloe and Darshana? Read their interviews…

 

soor plom-velour-corduroy-overalls
New Soor Plom* collection available.

I am a huge fan of Ren Skincare and this is one of my favourite cleansers.

 

RAINBOW-VASE DIY
Great DIY. A paper mache rainbow vase.

It is cold outside baby. And this cream* will help to keep your skin in check.

 

ceramic palette and brush rest bunny
For the little artist: Bunny palette and brush rest* in ceramic!

OMG. This minty lip balm* is the best!

 

playroom mural sun
Very cool mural, all DIY and rather easy to copy!

2021 will definitely be the year of sneakers. (again)
What else would you wear with your comfort chic ensembles???
And these never go out of style…

 

lorna murray
These beautiful (sun) hats* are now available in Europe as well! Adult sizes are available as well.

 

Happy 2021 everyone!!! Lots of love, health, and resilience…

 

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Baby and toddler playtime with a purpose!

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After sharing the most darling baby clothing brands and ideas for a baby’s first Christmas, I have something else that is just as fab for the youngest of our families. US brand Lovevery just launched it’s children’s educational play products and toys in Europe.

The young and award-winning brand wants to help all parents feel confident that they are giving their children the best start in life. How? Lovevery’s toys promote brain development and give children the best possible start in life. They launched with their bestselling Play Gym and Block Set that I will show you more in detail below.

Every product is rooted in science, thoughtfully crafted, and made for learning. We received samples to have a look at the quality and I have to say I am very impressed. You know that I love wooden toys and as a mum of 4 I have seen and played myself with a lot of toys. The colours are vibrant, the wood very soft, the edges are round, and the packaging is on par with what I expect from a high-quality brand.

What does Lovevery stand for?

Our goal is to help every parent feel confident. Our play products are designed by child development experts with the simplest, purest purpose: to be exactly what children need at each stage.

Jessica and Rod created Lovevery, to help create developmental experiences in the lives of new babies and families. Helping parents feel confident that they are giving their little ones just what they want and need every step of the way.

 

loveryvery toy blocks

The award-winning Block Set

Now, you may say: Blocks are blocks and have been around for generations. And that is true. However, here is an innovative approach to an old concept. This 70 pieces high-quality wooden set that comes with accompanying shapes and tools is designed to take a child from 18 to 48+ months seamlessly. It is made from sustainably harvested wood and water-based non-toxic paint and comes in a very beautiful wooden box.

And all together we are looking at 20 stage-based challenges and activities that are possible with just one set: 18 colourful cubes for counting, stacking and toppling. Mix and match with other shapes to explore more advanced physical concepts. 18 differently coloured planks for fun practice with balance, stability, and geometry. 9 geometrically shaped blocks and 2 arches for imaginative play, shape sorting, and more complex building and balancing. 4 wooden friends to help bring a whole new world of imagination to life.  And even more magic: 7 pieces fit together to transform the wooden storage box into a simple pull along car! Next, you have 7 threadable wooden items and the shape-sorting lid, and a divider doubles as a ramp. Phew! Plenty of playtime ahead!

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The play gym that gives you a whole year of play

The gym is crafted with natural materials, and sustainably sourced, FSC-certified wood. And it is a product that will help you connect with your baby as they discover their new world. The mat comes with all accessories like various card sets, teething rings, contrast balls, and more. It focuses on the baby’s whole first year of play. And includes everything needed from battling teething, to tummy time, to learning to focus.

Personally, I like the look of this gym. It is an essential item and nice when it manages to be colourful and interesting enough for your baby and still fits in with your home and aesthetics. Furthermore, your baby will enjoy the high contrasts, the different textures, and you will love: There are no crazy and endless sounds!

lovevery blocks
Altogether I think that these products cover your baby’s and toddler’s needs perfectly. The investment of a high-quality toy, that entertains your child over a long period is well worth it. They do not need much, but stimulation and toys that get their creativity and senses going are ideal!

Grounded by science and backed by research, both products are designed to create developmental experiences in the lives of babies and children. Encompassing modern designs and updated approaches to early learning.

In collaboration with Lovevery!

PS: Loving the colours of the blocks… toys that decorate when baby is asleep!

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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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