Finland. Since i was a kid I have been in love with Finland. I remember the stories of that country far far faaaar away from Peru. A place with snow, reindeers and where the sun never sets.
When I got the invitation for the Reima & Visit Finland Event I was soooo excited! So excited, I looked up in google for the wrong place and ended up in a totally different district (same street name though) After biking for 19 more minutes, I arrived at a beautiful location in Friedrichshain. Filled with laughter, kids, playful giggles and joy.
There was a finnish buffet, and Pepa jumped to get the cinnabuns. I tried it all and was so delicious, I was teletransported to my trip to Finland 2 years ago.
There was a bonfire, s'mores, games, makeup artists... heaven for kids, and parents. It was such a nice fall evening and Katja Hentschel showed it so well in these beautiful pictures.
But more about the reason of this event. The Worlds Health Organization (WHO) recommends that every kid should be at least 1 hour active. Sadly, many kids do not achieve that activity quota and this is a great risk for their growth and health in general. So the Reima Kidventure Challenge, is a way to make kids more active. Achieve the goal of million hours of joy!
Lets get our kids moving! Reima started this campaign in Finland and now is encouraging 15 more countries to add their hours of activity to the campaign's website. And by adding your kids hours of joy, you can win a family active trip to the winter paradise: Ruka.
While the kids were outside, doing crafts, getting their face painted or playing with bubbles, we (parents) got to listen all the marvels of Ruka, Finland and Reima's Challenge while sipping coffee in the cozy Old Smithys.
It was a great event, and the fire roasted salmon was delicious!. We had fun and Pepa got so dirty that you know for sure she had fun. We will joining the #millionhoursofjoy and we will keep you posted!
Sometimes you go to the playground or the Kindergarten and you are in a rush and forget to look around to see what is happening, new store or even the old ones.
I went with my dear friend Ailine searching for kitchen props for our blogs. She lives in Kreuzberg and she wanted to see what Prenzlauer Berg offers, Store-wise. And we found beautiful things from stores I didnt really saw in my every day. So I decided to explore more my district last week.
1. PALM STUDIO:
I have been watching this location for a while. But it wasn't open yet and to be honest, even though it is next to Pepa's Kindergarten, I never have the time to stop. But I did one day. And guess what? it is an awesome store. Not only because the design off all their products is beautiful and minimalistic, But they are good for the environment. Once your organic soap, shampoo or product is empty, you can take your bottle back and refill it instead of throwing it away.
And a very big plus for me (besides looking awesome in my bathroom), the owner is Peruvian like me, so I get to chat a bit in castellano when I come by. You should pay a visit to Marchi at Palm Studio, Lets Re-fill not Land-fill!
This store has loads of scandinavian style objects, hence the name (means "thing" in Norwegian). You can find from plates to earrings, all beautiful, so beautiful I wish I could buy them all!
I got myself a wooden oval plate that you might have seen in my Papa Rellena Blogpost some days ago.
A vintage-look citrus press made of wood. I love it! not only looks great while making ceviche, but works even better than my old metal one.
An environmentally friendly coffee filter. Instead of using paper and tossing it away, You just rinse this one. Lovely for my Kalita, when I feel like hand brewing.
Raise your hand if you detest the neon pink and green kitchen cloths from the supermarket? I cant stand them laying around my black/white/red kitchen. But I found these at Ting and I love how they look even laying around.
I will continue to explore my district and find some more stores I haven't check. I might get surprised again. Do you know all the stores around you? Do you ever go exploring in your own block?
We got a Facebook invitation from one of our favorite stores in Berlin: Greta +Bjorn. It said: 70% sale with a "Badge Making Creation Station". I mean, I was totally an 80s kid and loooooved badges. We woke up very early to be the firsts in there.
It was beautiful decorated, with cozy pillows and all materials you could imagine: Scissors, colorful tapes, pencils, crayons, gift papers and more. Our friends Katja and Yvonne arrived with their kids and suddenly was a badges factory. Chop chop, paste, cut while we moms were in shopping craze and found beautiful things in their Stock Sale. I got Pepa a sweater from ENFANT, a beanie and some knee socks from Tinycottons.
I loved the idea of The Little Art. Having a PopUp Mobile Art Lab. At a kids birthday party or even an event where you need kids to be entertained. It was not only for kids but for tiny kids like Pepa. We all worked together sharing the glue and helping each other. I had a lot of fun as well. And we managed to make a beautiful badge were Pepa chose the materials for her badge and she wore it the whole day.
If you are into music and you plant to take your kids to Loolapalooza this month, there will be a PopUp.And at Berlins Art Week they will be popping up at the Berlinische Galerie. Go jump there and start handcrafting.
Thanks Greta+Bjorn for the Stock Sale with such a cozy event. Thanks for the chocolate cupcakes as well. Pepa´s little hand got to take at least 3 of them and you can see her face after I told her not to get more (picture follows). Scroll down to see more pictures of this "handy" event.
Pictures made by Harriet Poole from The Little Art, with some tweaks by me.
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!