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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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Open-ended wooden toys that encourage free play, experiments and discovery!

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Yesterday I went through my bookmarks for things I wanted to share with you here. And I ‘re-discovered’ Grapat. A Spanish, family-run business, and they design and make beautiful wooden toys.

And then I thought that I really should share about them soon. Because if you are not going away this summer again this might be something fabulous to keep the kids entertained during their long break.

These wooden toys are so fantastic, versatile and will be enjoyed by children of all ages… and adults too I would say.  Casiana and Jordi create open-ended toys that encourage children to freely play, experiment and discover. Further, Grapat toys are made using local, sustainable wood found around their Catalonian home.

The whole ethos behind Grapat toys is free play, loose parts, open and unstructured materials which transform into what children decide, and which are the expressions of their imaginations at any moment in time. Children will explore colour, shape, design, size – working small motor skills and firing their imaginations as they go.

The Waldorf-inspired wooden toy sets will entrance and entertain from 0 to 100 years, here is some inspiration:

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grapat-wooden toys

grapat-wooden toys

Grapat’s wooden toys are inspired by nature and the idea that children only need a few things to create their own games and imaginary worlds. These simple figurines, little cups and bowls, as well as shapes in lovely shades initiate a natural gateway to play for young and old.

 

grapat-wooden toys

All these parts create the possibility their for moving, sorting, stacking, arranging and hiding. What’s more, the colours and shapes of the loose parts, in particular the mandalas, make them beautiful to see and have around.

 

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grapat-wooden toys

grapat-wooden toys
Grapat also really cares about the environment and sutainability of their products.

Almost all our collaborators are of proximity, because we believe that we must take care of the local producer. Our production is friendly with the people involved. We care about people. And they take care of us and they have a lot of patience! The wood we use comes from sustainable forests.

Happy playing everyone!

 

More wooden toys?

17 cheery things for your May!

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Ola everyone! How are you?

We are heading into a long weekend here in London and on Sunday I will get my first Covid Vaccine. Now all we need are some milder temperatures to get the BBQ rolling and the picnic blanket out.

In May we are also expecting another step into some more normality. Things like having another family over for diner, mini events with up to 30 people can happen and the last businesses can re-open too.

However I am aware that a lot of countries are still hugely struggling and I am sending over the brightest of vibes.

Maybe today’s Friday list can lift your mood as well:

momoni clothing
Distinctive style!

Loving the evercalm series. So soothing and relaxing.

 

ceramic fruit bowl with woman figurine
Ceramic fruit bowl* with woman figurine! So poetic!

11 books that are loved!

 

be kind sweater
Be kind! It will go a long way….

Hopefully the picnic season can start very soon. I am planning to bring this pretty hand embroidered picnic blanket*every time!

 

handmade Coffee Pour Over Tumbler SET
Fantastic gift for coffee lovers – a hand thrown ceramic pour over* in speckled dune with a matching hand thrown tumbler.

Meet the middle-aged millennial.

 

rylee and cru
Another gorgeous collection

Have you seen this happy summer collection that just launched?

 

support your local farmer shirt
Eco-conscious apparel* and goods made with nature in mind.

‘We found a baby on the subway – now he’s our son.’ BBC

 

kemi telford
New fashion find.

Traveling after getting the COVID vaccine.

 

baby muslins gift box
Gorgeous shop* with the most enchanting illustrations. Perfect for newborn gifts!

The Lack of Small Talk Is Breaking Our Brains. The Walrus.

 

banwood-tricycle
Cute tricycle*.

 

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

 

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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!

 

All links are affiliate!

 

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?

 

 

*affiliate links

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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