Wooden alphabet blocks with corresponding characters

Wooden alphabet blocks

My heart really skipped a beat when I stumbled upon these amazing wooden alphabet blocks.

Designed by Yoo Hye-rim and language expert, Yu Hye-jin, these alphabet blocks* are a wonderful way to combine learning with creative play.

Because the wooden letters are combined with corresponding characters, including a busy bee, cute koala bear and a slithery snake. So wonderful and so cute! The Korean brand, aims to develop ‘design thinking’ by way of imaginative stories and object making. The blocks are crafted from a combination of beech and walnut wood.

This alphabet block set includes 60 pieces and will provide endless fun for your little one, while bringing an educative touch to creative play:

Wooden alphabet blocks

Wooden alphabet blocks

The set includes the complete alphabet games in all forms, and each letter has corresponding shapes that children can find and match together in different ways and themes. Therefore making it a wonderful set for storytelling and/ or decoration in the home. Some pieces even have magnets inside, allowing kids to build them up easily. The perfect way to mix learning and play!

A truly innovative and irresistibly sweet alphabet block set!,

Bonus: It comes with a picture book, storage bag, and a sturdy drawer box.

 

Wooden alphabet blocks

Wooden alphabet blocks
I find this such a wonderful toy, perfect gift (Hello Christmas!), heirloom set, and original design. It is one of those things where you thought that you have seen all possible variations.

Let your children form their favourite words, animals or foods and display them on a wooden shelf as a unique decoration, or use them to spark imaginative storytelling with these beautiful and educational alphabet blocks*.

In case you missed it, you totally need to check out these magical wooden toys as well!

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Fantastic Stockholm family home in an old school

emilia-ilke-family home

So excited to share this amazing place with you today. This fantastic Stockholm family home was a school in the 50s. Today artist Emilia Ilke lives here with her partner Fredrik and son Igor.

The place is bright and spacious, very Scandinavian, and is enhanced with lovely flea market finds, DIY projects, and lots of Emilia’s art.

The apartment is situated in Hägerstensåsen, one of Stockholm’s urban, southern suburbs. The couple moved in here from their previous place which was very central because they fell in love with the amount of windows. Personally I think it is a very smart decision because you do need a light filled place to survive the dark months in Scandinavia.

Let’s have a peek into this striking family home:

 

emilia-ilke-family home kids room

emilia-ilke-family home kids room

Lovely children’s room for their little son Igor. Of course mum Emilia added some of her artwork to make the room even more fun and ‘special’!

Loving the heigh ceilings, minimalist interior, and still cosy atmosphere.

 

emilia-ilke-family home

emilia-ilke-family home

emilia-ilke-family home

emilia-ilke-family home
“I draw, paint, cut out shapes and move around everything until the pieces find their places. Often I work at ten works at the same time.” says Emilia. And this light filled space is perfect for her and definitely very inspiring too.

Emilia’s story is very interesting to me. She used to a visual merchandiser for weekday for around 10 years and decided to study fine arts. Because she wanted to create and find her own space in the art landscape. Today she is experimenting and not focused on one technique or genre. I guess with time, ideas, and impressions it may come around one day. And if it doesn’t it is perfectly fine too. Because we may not be perfect at one single thing but really great at various…

Interested to see more family interiors in Stockholm? How about this smart family space or this kids room with its own castle?

 

Follow Emilia on her Instagram and check out her website with more of her work!
Photo: Andrea Papini
Via: Elle Decoration
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Christmas 2019: The best personalised gifts for the whole family!

The best personalised Christmas gifts for the whole family!

Good Morning!
We are starting the week with a blue sky and it is just what I need. Because one child is home with a very sore throat and I feel a little under the weather too. So bring on the sunshine and we will be back on our feet in no time.

And we are also starting this week with Christmas things. Or better: The very first gift guide of the season.
Normally I am not that early but this one has a very good reason. It is all about personalised items and to make sure that these arrive on time, I am sharing some ideas early.

Personalised gifts are so ON at the moment. And it is very clear why – everyone loves a nice gift, and by adding a personal message, a memory, or make it their own with a name or special date, it just adds so much value and love to it.

I put a lot of time to find some lovely personalised Christmas gifts for you and I hope you enjoy my selection. And there is something for the whole family:

 

personalised christmas baubles

Personalised Zodiac Keepsake Christmas Bauble

A beautiful hand-painted ceramic bauble*, personalised with the name of your choice on one side and their zodiac constellation on the other. A lovely family Christmas heirloom gift! Also perfect for a baby’s first Christmas bauble!
Extra: There is a cool black dots bauble* with gold lettering as well. Have a look!

 

Personalised Santa Sack

Personalised Santa Sack

Make your Christmas Eve tradition personal with a custom Christmas bag* ready to be filled with treats for your little one (or Christmas morning as a stocking alternative!)
The bag is the perfect fit for a few little gifts for the kids and can be used year after year. Loving the minimal design and simple aesthetic.

 

personalised toddler purse

Personalised toddler purse

A handmade small leather bag* for the mini fashionista in your life. This leather bag is the perfect gift for the special little girl in your life. And you can add her name for an extra personal touch.

 

personalised baby teether

Teething toys with your child’s name

The perfect baby gift – these cute teething toys* are made from BPA free silicone beads, natural unfinished wood, and lots of love. And they will definitely be the keepsake of baby’s first year!

 

stamp your own cookie kit personalised cookie stamper

Stamp your own cookie kit

This cookie decorating kit* allows you to stamp any message into a biscuit, cookie or icing, and can be used over and over again. It is perfect for all sorts of occasions, from birthdays to Mother’s day, Christmas, Easter, baby showers to weddings. And therefore either the perfect gift for bakers and/or people who love to bake. Or to prepare personal and edible gifts!

 

personalised wooden christmas box

Personalised Christmas Box

This bespoke and sophisticated Christmas Eve Box*, is made from natural pine wood and fully customisable!
Individually designed, this box will create a lasting Christmas Eve tradition year after year.
Your personalisation will be engraved onto the top of the box. On top, you can also add a personal message that will be engraved to the bottom of the box or inside of the lid.
This really pushes a sustainable Christmas too!

 

colourful keychain personalised

Colourful name keyring

Absolutely lovely engraved and hand-painted name keychains*. Perfect stocking filler or teacher gift. You can select the tassel colour as well.

 

Personalized Christmas Ornament Name

Personalised Christmas bauble

These custom snow globe tree baubles* are so perfect to gift to the people you love. Hand-crafted to fit your custom wording! And you will get a glass ornament with a sisal tree, white snow confetti, hanging twine, and a bow. Gift boxes are available if you would like to send this directly to the lucky receiver.

 

Custom Cross Stitch Family Portrait

Custom Cross Stitch Family Portrait

These beautiful hand stitched pieces* make wonderful gifts for Christmas as well as basically any other occasion.
You can capture your family in these beautiful hand stitched hoops, even add the pets. And then you either gift it to your beloved husband or wife or your parents / grandparents. Instead of a framed photo!

 

custom wooden seed box

Garden Seed Box

These floral garden seed boxes* are the perfect gift for any passionate gardener!
These are hand-crafted, and each box displays a name of your choice within a seasonal floral design. Each seed box contains four wooden dividers ‘Veg’, ‘Herbs’, ‘Flowers’ and one left blank for you to personalise yourself at home.

 

Personalised Leather tidy tray

Personalised Leather tidy tray

Cool tidy tray* made from vegetable tanned leather. And this is such a versatile product – the perfect accessory for the contents of your pockets, everyday jewellery, office accessories or keys.
You can personalise it with initials, a name or a date and make it unique to you.

 

custom Wooden letter nursery decor

Wooden letter with felt balls

This Alphabet letter* will make a stunning addition to the nursery, playroom or any room in the house! You can choose the letter and the felt ball colours. And then you can either hand it on the wall or put it on a shelf.

I hope you got inspired by these personalised christmas gifts! Ho Ho Ho!

 

And pssst, it is not too late to get this year’s Advent Calendars in the house before December 1!

 

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They did it again – calling all urban ballerinas!

nununu x tutu
Before I am sending you into you well deserved weekend I want to show you something.
You remember my favourite collaboration from last year? The romantic and the cool?

They did it again!

Israel based alternative label nununu and the Australian Tutu du Monde become one for this festive season again.

And the result – some very cool romantic rock star outfits that can be worn long after Santa fell down the chimney. Calling all the urban ballerinas and their friends:

 

nununu x tutu

nununu x tutu

nununu x tutu

nununu x tutu

The collection is available here.

 

And now… happy Friday and see you back on Monday!

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Pump-up your child’s love for reading with this fantastic book subscription

Book subscription for children

You know that I have a very soft spot for books and reading in general. And so do all my children. My eldest is the biggest bookworm and probably transferred some vibes to her brother who also enjoys reading. Leonor, now 7, was so eager to start reading that she literally raced through the stages and is reading chapter books already.

For myself – I love to read and actually do not take my phone with me when I go to bed but read. And in some cases, this keeps me awake longer than a phone because once I love a book it is really hard to put it down.

Long story short – there are a lot of books in our house, for big and small, and I never left any behind throughout our moves. I just cannot! Book stores have a magnet and we all enjoy spending some time in there (great rainy day afternoon activity…). Josephine is four and cannot read yet, but she sure adores books and loves to browse the covers.

And I will never say no to buying a book. mainly because I share the addiction but also because I believe it is a fantastic hobby that I want to entertain. Obviously, it is also much better than staring at a screen or playing online games.

So when publishers or writers contact me it is the same – I just cannot say no. And when Emily from Parrot Street contacted me about her children’s book subscription I was happy to try it out with the kids. And to share it with you, of course, too.

Let’s have a look at the mission of this fun children’s book subscription called Parrot Street:

The goal of our book subscription is to introduce you and your child to books, authors and genres you may never have discovered. There are so many books out there, beyond the classics and the bestsellers, that we think your children will love reading. And we are careful to choose titles that aren’t pitched at any specific gender.

Every book is hand-picked by Emily and her partner Sarah. And they create a bespoke activity pack to accompany it. Which I think is a genius idea. Children love to ‘make things’ and receiving a book in the mail is great but much more fun if there is something else with it.

The subscription is aimed at children between 5 and 11 years. When you sign up you can choose between the Parakeet or Cockatoo reading groups. Parakeets are younger readers (aged approximately 5-8) and Cockatoos are more confident readers (aged approximately 8-11).

We received one each including the fun activity packs:

Book subscription for children

Book subscription for children

Book subscription for children

The parcels fit through your letterbox and have your child’s name on it, kids love to receive mail. It is like a monthly little treat!

‘Inspire their love of reading with a monthly book subscription designed to help your child unlock the many benefits of reading. Children who read for pleasure do better at school. It helps to develop imagination, creativity, empathy, and confidence. Our subscriptions encourage the reading habit by making it fun.’

Everyone in each age bracket is sent the same book. Like a real book club! Emily and Sarah research new titles and speak to publishers to find great books that are not on every bestseller list. The priority is to select a wide range of books that are not aimed at girls or boys specifically. And that is well written, with great characters, and lots of themes to get us thinking. A brilliantly bookish gift for both keen and reluctant readers.

 

Book subscription for children

Book subscription for children

Book subscription for children

Book subscription for children

What are those activity packs you want to know?

Each activity pack comes with games, puzzles, instructions for craft projects and more, and is inspired by that month’s book.
Bonus: A small bonus gift accompanies one of the activities in the pack too!

 

Book subscription for children

Book subscription for children

Book subscription for children

Do you have a little bookworm at home that loves everything books? Or you want your child to discover the amazing world of books. I think this club is great for everyone. You could start with a 3 months subscription to try it out. They even give you the possibility to add another activity pack for siblings to enjoy the monthly mail together. And if you have children in different age groups you can easily add them to your account.

To sum up: I think it is a great idea. And I do love the fact of receiving a personal package with a great book every month plus an activity pack. It does engage reluctant readers more easily!

By the way, books make great gifts and you can gift a subscription or buy a gift voucher.

PS: Parrot Street donates to a charity for every pack sold!

All images by Paul & Paula

 

We received packs for the children in return for this post. No compensation. All words and opinion are my own!
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