I have never had green fingers. My dad once told me: "First have a plant, if it survives, have a pet, if it survives, have a kid"... No plant survived, but my kid seems to be happy and ok. So I decide to work on my plant skills.
I used to over-water or not water plants enough. Or have no idea what to do with them. I went crazy and got myself 4 plants:
White Birds of Paradise I have been in love with this palm tree and as it is kind of expensive so it would make me push myself a bit harder on taking care of it.)
Banana Tree Because I love the leaves and reminds me of my hometown
Monstera Because I killed my last one
Butterfly Palm Because they are pretty and seem to be easy to take care of
I went to an Averna Event at Maison Palme (the most beautiful urban jungle studio in Berlin) And they told me they spray their plants everyday. And it hit me, palm trees come from a very high humidity places. For the most part, the water that is applied to the surface of your soil is only helping strengthen the roots and stems. The leaves, however, could really use a spritz or two of water every day or two. I gave it a try with a regular spray bottle and my plants got so much happier. Next step: Buy a real mister.
But the plant misters are mostly made of plastic and not so pretty to have around my flat. As I need to use it everyday and remember to do it, I started looking for a pretty one that I can have laying around and look as pretty as deco.
I found 3 mist sprayers that would fit any interior design lover's home.
1. Haw's Mist Sprayer in Brass. This company makes beautiful gardening items. I would love have a garden just to buy all of them. This is the sprayer I chose. Many details of my living room are made of brass, so It fits perfectly.
2. Urban Outfitters Glass Plant Mister. This antique-inspired glass plant mister makes you just fill with water and push down on the pump because it looks as pretty as the old perfume bottles.
3. Magideal Water Spray Bottle. I found this in Amazon, it cost the half of the other 2 and has amore Vintage-y look to it a bit more bohemian.
Now that I got the spray, I need to solve the over-watering or lack of watering. I had no idea how much is much or too less water. After doing some research online I found the Elho Aqua Care Watering Balls.
I couldnt find a smaller version if the watering balls from Elho, but I found smaller glass balls in Amazon: Royal Gardineer Mini Glass Balls in a Set of 4. For now they are ok, but I am not super happy of having glass when having a toddler running around.
It has been a month and my plants are happy. If they survive like this, I will get myself many more plants for home! I would love to have an Urban Jungle.
How do you feed your plants? any tips for me?
Partner Look. Yeah we do it once in a while, mostly "Color Partnering". But there are certain pieces in my closet that are the same as Pepa's. I got myself a pair of boyfriend jeans at Uniqlo and I thought: "Why arent there boyfriend jeans for babies?"
I was a teen in the 90s. And ripped jeans were soooooo IN! (Thanks Kurt Cobain!) But the only way to get those jeans back then was using them a lot or making them yourself. No Online shopping. So we used a technique to make them look very used. So why not using that technique on Pepa's jeans?
First things first. Find a pair of baggy jeans for toddlers that are the look the same as my boyfriend jeans. Vertbaudet had a pair very similar as mine and they were even on sale.
What you need:
- Carpet knife or crafts knife
- Sand Paper
- And old magazine
- A washing machine
Start folding or rolling a magazine so it fits inside of the jeans leg. You can mark the place you want the rip to be with a pencil or any washable marker. Make three horizontal cuts: One at the top, bottom and middle of the area you want the jeans to be "used"
Once you cut, take carefully the vertical threads with you fingers/nails. Dont worry! it will look cheap and weird at the beginning and you probably won't get them all off.
The next step can be done before cutting. I do it after because I am so used to do it after cutting jeans (Sorry mom for all the expensive jeans I ruined developing this technique!!)
Use Sand Paper on the upper and lower parts so it doesnt look freshly cut. Use a 60 or 80-grid sand paper. It will still look "handmade". Now throw those jeans with other jeans into the washing machine and voila!!! Distressed Ripped Boyfriend Jeans for your toddler!
We had so much fun wearing these together. I made them exactly as in my jeans. Now these two pairs of jeans are our favorite for going to the playground or even events. They look so good, people keep asking me where did I get them :)
We are in the second half of July, and it is still a bit cold, loads of rain but some sunlight. It gets warm some hours but then starts raining cats and dogs. It is very hard to pick up clothes with this crazy weather.
I picked some cold summer essentials and explain to you why are they so important in this weather!
1. Tinycottons Oversized Cardigan: it gets windy and too cold for just being around in a sleeveless dress. so a thin cotton jacket is a must. Easy to carry around and even if it gets hot, your baby won't melt to death.
2. Mini Rodini Waterproof Baseball jacket: it is not only waterproff but 100% recycled! it has a BIONIC-FINISH® ECO, environmentally friendly and fluorocarbon-free coating. And it looks amazing! a navy blue bomber jacket with a huge frog at the back!
3. Vans "Brigata V": As Pepa cant use her sandals much, a thin sneaker is the best way to go. Canvas arent as thick as leather and the velcro makes it easier to jump in the playground without shoes. And they are a classic look.
4. A Unicorn Dress: Do I need to say more? UNICORN! A longer dress is the best for not super sunny days. This Mini Rodini Dress is just the cutest thing ever!
Last but not least, The only item not in sale right now:
5. Mustachifier „Golds Wood Finish“ Sunglasses: Sun and UV rays are ALWAYS there, even if it is not sunny. Get your baby/toddler use to them to avoid eye damage. It still takes us some training to get Pepa wearing them, but it is worth it. and they look super cute in this wooden version.
For Pepa's Birthday, I decided to buy a Tipi. She loves hiding and cuddling to pillows and what best than a tipi for it. Our bedroom is a bit too small for hosting a tipi, but I was thinking to make my all white scandinavian minimalist living room into a kids-friendly zone keeping it sleek enough for me to be happy and comfortable in it.
First, Make some space and change the wall color. The color is Black Blue from Farrow & Ball. I wanted a light greenish color, but I noticed my Bolia couch didn't match at all (even though the sofa color is grey-beige seems a bit rose color with light green)
I moved some furniture and the sofa. Now there is enough space for Pepa's Tipi and indoors playground.
I started with a carpet. The Jute Carpet with black triangles from Ferm Living was my choice as I needed a 130cm diameter carpet. And it would fit perfectly under the tipi. Second and third place were The World Rug from Oyoy and Ikea's Ådum
I went to IKEA and got an anti-slide mat called Båring, as I noticed the rug went everywhere once Pepa stepped on it.
I bought a "Chrysalidocarous Lutescens" at IKEA and moved my "Bird of Paradise" Palm next to the Tipi to make it more like an urban jungle.
About the Tipi. I was looking for some nice Tipis for a while but I finally decided for the Nobodinoz Tipi in natural white. Second and Third place were Cyrillus Kinder Tipi and Granit Zelt Tipi.
I love the feathers detail on the Nobodinoz Tipi and I added the soft cotton Kiowa rug from Nobodinoz for more comfort.
For cushions I used the Polar Bear I got Pepa at the Berlin Zoo, Her favorite shark from IKEA, 2 linen pillow cases from H&M, her lion and a white organic pillow she got as a present.
And as you see, I have a happy girl in love with her new crib! Now lets she what can I do with all this toy mess. I should start looking how to store them all!
Summer. How isn't in love with summer? For me, it is time of warmth, sun and flowers. I always wanted to wear a white dress and a flower crown and run through the meadows. At least that was my idea of european summer while growing up. Blame it on the swedish "Midsommar" and the beautiful pictures of it in my encyclopedia.
So now that we had a Midsommer Festival in Berlin, I decided to make us some crowns. There are so many different ways to make them, but this one seemed the most "Toddler-Proof" of them, As i was sure Pepa would be grabbing it and throwing it around.
You need the following:
1. Flowers - you can buy them or get some wild ones (just be sure they aren't poisonous or leak or uncomfortable to the touch)
2. Leaves - You can try any kind of greens
3. Flower Tape.- You can order it online or buy them at Cakeville
4. Flower Wire - Get it online or at any plant market
5. Ribbon (optional)
6. Wire cutter or old scissors
Measure your head and toddlers head and using the flower wire, make 3 rounds and close twisting the wire itself. try it on and see if it fits and have some room for the flowers. It should fit, but not too tight.
Cover it all with flower tape, and try again. Now this is the base for any kind of crown or wreath you will make.
The little pieces of flowers or leaves and roll them with tape. I alternated baby´s breath, some purple little flowers I found and some leaves: white, purple, green, white purple & green. You decide which order and design you want. I used the bigger flowers at the front and the smaller at the back.
Keep on going until there is just 2 cm left. Add a ribbon and you are done! This is a very sturdy and child proof crown. Pepa threw it around the festival several times, and it is still intact. Dry, but looking the same.
I paired this with a GAP Kids dress and a Benetton jacket with white Adidas Sneakers. Everyone loved it. and Pepa looked at herself for hours in the mirror. Sooooo making this on other days and not only for Midsommer.
I'm Andrea - a food enthusiast and blogger. Recently I noticed I have been answering a lot of questions about what I buy for my daughter Pepa, or what are my thoughts in certain "mom stuff". This is how I realised I should start a blog about being mom.. Or "Mom" like me! I hope to share my thoughts, amazing, things I buy and amazing recipes with other moms, just like me!