We are counting the days to our trip to Oslo!!! And we already started packing. Not only packing but shopping for winter things. In Berlin is still not that cold, so we were already set for here, but Oslo is WAY colder and that means: SHOPPIIIIING.. and we do love to shop! So we called Helena (one of Pepa's Godmothers) as she lives in Oslo and she knows so much about kids because of her job. And here are our Oslo Winter Essentials:
1. Bugaboo High Performance Footmuff
This Footmuff has two detachable covers - one polyester padded for spring to fall and another down-filled for Winter... not to mention how soft it is inside!
2. MP Denmark Woolen Balaclava Hat
What I really liked about this hat is that the inside is cotton knitted and outside wollen. Pepa tends to sweat a lot and this makes it way better for her. Snug fit, ultra soft, very warm and cozy. It is a simpler, warmer and a better alternative to a hat-and-scarf combo for winter fun.
3. Joha Wool Overall
As Pepa always wear hats, I didnt think I would need a hoodie, but still i need something to keep her warm when we are outside with or without the footmuff, and she is always sweating indoors if I dress her too warm, so the best thing was to add this wool overall to her outfits to keep her warm and cozy.
4. Mini Rodini Long-Legged Body
Or as I would call it: Winter Underwear. It has deers everywhere so we had to buy it! the material is so soft and it is about 90% made out of organic materials.. a must have for sure!
5. Lamb Boots from Paradies Kloss
Organic, beautiful, soft and warm. We went to Lila Lämmchen Shoe Store and the awesome lady working there found the perfect shoes for Pepa. It was the first time we were at a shoe store and the experience was great!
I get sometimes tired of looking for nice bodies/underwear for Pepa. The ones you get in the regular stores like Zara, H&M and ToysRUs are white and plain, and they dont fit the woolen or knitted things I buy or make. And the ones I like, they are over expensive.
Many people will say: "Is just underwear", "it looks ok" or "you are being too picky" but at the end of the day, I would like to have some natural colored bodies that just make my little deer look even more beautiful.
So I remembered that my mom used to dye my tights with tea. Every tea will give a different color to fabric. I started with Classic black tea, that gives a natural old rose color to it. You can try different teas to go to a more yellow creamy color or regular cream.
What you will need for 1-2 bodies:
1 bag of Tea (more bags for a darker color)
a wooden spoon
Pre-wash your textiles, even if they are new. You should start the procedure before they dry. In a bowl add the boiling water and tea bag and after 2 minutes, add the body or textile.
Swirl the body around and try to get it down to the bottom of the bowl so that it's completely submerged. If pieces start popping up, use a plate to hold it under.
Let it steep for at least 1 hour. The stronger the tea and the longer you let the cloth steep, the deeper the stain. I let it soak overnight.
Remove it from the brew and briefly rinse in a cold water bath. Add a splash of vinegar to set the color and let soak for 10 minutes. If you decide the stain is just too light, repeat the steps and stain it again.
Staining or dying textiles with natural products such as coffee and tea is an inexpensive, non-toxic method. It's an easy way to create a vintage look, or to disguise those badly stained kitchen towels—not to mention, the process smells a whole lot better than using commercial dyes!
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!