Halloween is one of my favorite things ever! But sadly in Germany it is really hard to find cool costumes for kids... As I am not a pink pink glitter glitter kind of gal, I thought about going crazy fun for our Halloween costumes. But I wanted to be able to still wear the things we got.. no waste for just one day. So I decided to go as Wayne & Garth from Wayne's World:
Wayne always uses ripped jeans, a black tshirt, a plaid shirt and his black "Wayne's World baseball cap". So we looked for some of the pieces we were missing in H&M and Amazon
- 90s Plaid shirt. (We found it on the boys collection in H&M for 14,99) This is the only piece that isn't much a Waynes piece, but it is cold in Berlin, and I imagine Wayne would have one of these. Didn't we all in the 90s?
- A plain Black t-shirt (Buy it in H&M for 3,99 click here)
- White sneakers. Pepa's kicks are limited edition but any would do like this Adidas Stan Smith.
- Ripped Jeans we made ourselves a while ago (check blogpost here)
- Mullet wig from Amazon (buy here)
- A black baseball cap. We bought ours in a market or I don't know where you can get one in H&M or Zara. don't worry if it has already a design as we are going to paste the logo over it.
Garth is known by his blond messy hair, glasses, bands tshirt, ripped jeans and a plaid shirt as well. This was easier as I already had all items... except of the blonde hair. So I got myself a blonde wig from Amazon
As Pepa was just 1.5 years old, I cut the wig and sew it to the cap. it is quite easy as there is a net where the hair is sewn to. don't be afraid. you have enough hair in a wig to have at least 3 tries :)
I really had no time to make this costume.. My original idea was to paint the logo by hand, but ended up printing the logo in paper and just fixing it with double tape. And it looked awesome!
We got loads of compliments for our costume.. on the party we went, on the streets... It is crazy how many German people know Wayne's World. Here is the logo for you to print:
And what I brought to Mims and Kelly's Party? I had WAY too little time, so I went super Pinterest and made this:
HAPPY HALLOWEEN YOU ALL! What are you going to be for Halloween?
Can I tell you guys of one of my favorite offline stores? Greta + Bjørn is not only filled with amazing brands but its the most beautiful decorated store I have seen. The lovely Kathi has made an extraordinary job with her store in Prenzlauer Berg.
It is on my favorite street, Rykerstr. I got there often to visit my client AKEMI, to sip some coffee at No Fire No Glory or having the best Eggs Benedict in tows at Allan's Breakfast Club.
It is not only a physical store but an online as well. I find some of my favorite brands like Grey Label, Enfant DK, Monkind, By Heritage, Condor and the lovely art work from Gretas Schwester.
Not only I buy clothes for Pepa here, but cute things like toys, hair accessories, and home decor stuff.
As most of their merch is sorted by color, I find it very easy to find things I like. Let's face it, Pepas wardrobe is all about my favorite colors.
One of the highlights of this store is the kid's table. I can leave Pepa there for drawing and painting while I shop. Very very helpful.
Kathi is super lovely and warm with all kids, and sometimes organizes events for kids. Like last time the Sale & Batches was super fun and a success. Follow the store on Instagram to see the upcoming events and the special sales. And if the sun is shining, you might be surprised she has prosecco and a big smile to offer.
If you are around Pberg, just jump into the store and check it out! I am sure you will love it. And say "Holla" to the awesome Kathi on my behalf!
Christmas month arrived. It means, Xmas markets, city city.. buying buying. But sometimes I miss being outside enjoying the outdoors or having a typical german dinner (that I don't have cook myself) My parents live WAY too far away in the black forest to just jump on a train, so when I heard about Landgut Schönwalde, I just jumped on a train with my friend Kelly and her daughter Wren for some Christmas food and a tad of fresh air. It took such a short time, that we totally missed our stop. But we made it right on time.
We arrived just right for our meal, starting with this delicious goose bouillon with leberknödel served with bread and the best Schmalz I ever had. Many more plates came including Goat on a bed of red cabbage, a soft juicy Lamb and a perfectly tender goulash.
Until this day, I don't think I have ever had goat meat. I love goat cheese, but never had the opportunity to try its meat. And Oh boy! was I really missing out.
It was a great feeling to be in a place that was soooo kids-friendly. All the tiny ones were walking around, eating, playing, while the rest of us were sipping wine, chatting and eating. The people from the Landgut did everything possible to make us feel like home.
When I thought we were done with food, the new serving started. (yes I was already satisfied at that point) Pumpkin warm salad and goat bratwurst arrived at our table. THOSE sausages! OH MY GOD! they were so good, I took some home in my "doggie bag". A new level of awesomeness.
And when I thought we were through... Pepa was playing around with the kids and little cars and I stood up to play with her a bit, when the next serving arrived. YES! a third serving. I had no more space in my tummy, but it was smelling so good! Country people in germany eat a lot!
Pork roast, goose roast and kale stew with sausages appeared. I almost didn't eat the goose cause I was full as a bucket. But I am so happy I did! Now I understand why german people eat goose on christmas. I have to accept that it tastes better than turkey. It was fatty, tender and rich as duck but legere as turkey. Just Perfect for an autumn-winter sunday afternoon.
The german kale stew is one of my favorite german dishes. You normally never get to eat this in a restaurant, but in the home of moms and grandmas. Last time I got to eat it, was at Pepa's Grandma in Nordrhein Westphalia.. i almost ate the whole pot by myself.
After lunch, we went around to see the house, It is a small Inn, with small but beautiful renovated rooms, that feel less like a regular hotel and more like staying as a guest in a friends house. All rooms can see the fields with the horses around.
After all that mouth-watering food, we went outside to see the premises (and digest all that food). We got to say hi to all of the horses, see the gardens, stables and the playground. Everyone enjoyed it, the little ones were making new friends, jumping in puddles, petting horses and dogs, riding tractors, swinging and much more. Scroll down to see the pictures:
After a coffee, it was almost sleeping time for the kids, so we jumped in a train back to Berlin. We will definitely come back again to enjoy the traditional dishes, the fresh air and maybe get to go horseriding. This is the perfect place to get a pause of the fast-paced city and enjoy a relaxed day out in the country without having to travel for hours.
.In case you feel like going through the holidays, the opening hours are:
Christmas Eve and Christmas holidays: 11 am - 8 pm
New Year's Eve and New Year's Eve: 12 - 7 pm
New Year's Brunch 2018 1 January 2018: from 11 am
Or just check their Calendar here
I don't know if it is just me, but since I have Pepa, smells are kind of a problem. I can't leave my windows open like i normally did. And even if you have a great diaper pail, the smell! The smell!
While strolling around Kollwitzkiez visiting some of my clients, I went in Home Go Lucky, to get some props for blog posts, and I saw the Lampe Berger standing by.
There were several colors and kinds of bottles, but I immediately fell in love with the "Tradition" Lamp. The lamp is made of transparent glass with ornaments cut, inspired from the traditional pattern used on precision cut crystal. A retro design that fits into the Vintage scandinavian style of my flat.
You can chose from over 30 different perfumes. I was suggested to get the neutral one and a perfume one, and the owner of Home Go Lucky was so right. It made the smell subtle.
The great thing about this product is, that it doesn't hide the bad smells but cleanse the air and truly destroys undesirable smells. It was very cool that I could smell all the perfumes at the store and I finally decided for Jasmin.
The steps are easy:
let it burn for 2 minutes and it starts cleansing your room, home, bathroom right away. And it looks incredible just sitting there. Now my flat smells like jasmine and not like diapers or like a "closed room".
Yeah, and this is not an Ad.
It is impossible not to have a doll when you are a girl. I tried to delay it as much as I could, but when Pepa visited her BFF Atlas, she cried of happiness when she saw a doll for the first time. I had to buy one for her asap. Though I got her the little brother of the Annabell series, instead of baby Annabell herself.
After a couple of days laying around my flat, it started to bother me. I know it is terrible to get annoyed by a doll just because of its clothing, but I couldn't see that terrible light blue/pink outfit anymore. I mean, it took me a long time to get my living room looking nice for me and Pepa... And this wasn't fitting at all. I looked online to buy some nicer clothes, but it was a total fail. So I started planning the little "Pelle" new outfit.
Dont be scared of knitting. I was the worst knitter at school, and one day I bought yarn, a pattern and needles. And now I have knitted several sweaters and dresses. And you can do it too! I cant move 2 fingers of each hand :) So I am sure you will make it!
First choose your colors. I went for 50 gr of grey for the pants, 50 grams of mustard yellow for the sweater, 25 grs of navy and 25 grams for the grey on the sweater. The hat was a present, but you can look for a baby born hat pattern or write to me to send you one.
I am adding the pattern of the sweater, but if you don't feel comfortable, just make it plain, just don't switch colors and continue with one color.
First the Pants. I HATE using sock needles, so I just use a circular needle and bend it into two (tutorial here), but you can use sock needles (tutorial here)
Start casting 32 stitches in a needle size 3 (tutorial here) now knit 6 rows with the "purl knit stitch". (tutorial here) Change to needle size 3.5 and knit using the "knit stitch" (tutorial here) and increase 2 stitches at the end of each 6th row (tutorial here) and knit as long as it covers the whole leg. Then bind off 8 stitches (tutorial here) and set aside. Repeat all the steps for the other leg.
Once both legs are done, put them together in the circular needle, be sure that the binded 8 stitches are together, this will be the crotch. Knit 6 rows with the "knit stitch", then knit 6 and decrease 1 stitch (tutorial here) on each side of the 6th row and repeat until the work is 72 stitches.
Change to needle 3 and knit in "purl knit stitch" 12 rows. Add an elastic band, fold it and sew it. (tutorial here) Be sure to sew the crotch, just regular sewing to sew the 8 stitches of one leg with the other binded off stitches of the second leg.
Now The Sweater. I decided to go scandinavian style. This is my version of a Marius Sweater. It has 3 colors and you will start at the bottom of the sweater with a circular needle and work your way up until the armpits. Then knit each arm and join them all in a needle, knitting your way up towards the neck. It sounds difficult, but it is actually not so hard.
Start casting 72 stitches in a needle size 3 in yellow. Knit with a "purl knit stitch" 6 rows. Change to needle size 3.5 and knit with "knit stitch" 16 rows. Knit Pattern A (start on the lower row to read a pattern). You can add a marker on the sides of the work (tutorial here) if you don't have any, use security pins :) In the last row of Pattern A, bind off 4 stitches next to each side of the marker. that will leave you a space of 8 stitches that will be the armpits.
Arms: Start in sock needles or circular needle size 3. Cast 24 stitches and knit 6 rows with "purl knit stitch" then increase 8 stitches and change to needle 3.5.
Knit with "knit stitch" 6 rows and increase 2 stitches. Then knit 6 rows more and increase 2 more stitches. Start Pattern A and bind off 8 stitches. Set aside. Repeat for the second arm.
Now that both arms are ready and the body as well, Put the body and arms in one needle and knit 2 rows in blue. And start Pattern B (remember from the lower row upwards) Please notice that the 8 stitches from each arm should match the 8 stitches from each side of the body.
Once you finish Pattern B, change to needle size 3 and knit with a "purl knit stitch" 6 rows and cast off. Remember when casting off (tutorial here) not to make it too tight. If not, it will be a bit hard to dress the doll. I had to struggle a little to fit the head in, but it worked wonderful. Remember wool stretches a bit :) Now you just need to weave the loose ends (tutorial here)
I added a little wooden button as decoration, and made a pacifier chain with wooden balls covered in crochet. You can buy them already done in daWanda or Etsy. It just adds a bit of flair and you wont be losing the pacifier everywhere in the house.
I hope you liked this tutorial! Don´t be afraid of trying this at home. I am pretty sure you will make it! If you have any questions, write a comment below and I will help you. I love how this adorable doll looks in my living room and Pepa loves to play with her doll in soft cashmere and alpaca wool.
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.
The sun is still shining and my mind is still in "sundress mood". So thanks to Littlehipstar, I have a sundress to giveaway for your kid to get in that mood too!
This beautiful Tinycottons Striped Sundress in orange Size 6 Years can be yours. The only thing you would need to do it follow @deer.mommy & @littlehipstar in Instagram and tag 2 friends that love sundresses too.
If you don't use Instagram, leave a comment in this blogpost why you would like to be in a sundress mood!
First picture by Mini Styling
I always get asked how I manage to have my and Pepa's sneakers super white. Or if my kicks are brand new. I used to wash white sneakers every time I got home. What a tool, right? but once Pepa started to crawl and walk it got difficult.
Washing white leather over and over ruins it. And, believe me, sometimes you can wash toddlers shoes a million times and they will still look dirty. I tried it all. But I have a new secret tool to finally have spotless shoes.
This is how Pepa's shoes looked like after washing them. Used toothpaste, a toothbrush, detergent, hardcore kitchen cleaners, but still DIRRRRTY! That leather was impossible to clean and I was about to give them to charity, or toss them to the trash.
Not to mention how my new Y-3 Stan Smiths look after walking around with a toddler. Somehow she manages to step on me E-V-E-R-Y time! Washing that rubber does not work and dirty sneakers make me crazy. Besides that, sometimes I need to get my cheap stroller instead of our beloved bugaboo and using the footbreak takes a toll on my sneakers...dirt, dirt dirt.
But then I found in an internet sneaker forum "Mister Proper Magic Eraser" and decided to try it. I bought it on Amazon Prime Now and to be honest, I was very sceptic about it.
You will need:
- Meister Proper Schmutzradierer (Mister Proper Magic Eraser in english)
- Kitchen Paper Towel
- Old toothbrush
- Washing detergent
- A needle
I should write in BIG BOLD LETTERS: THIS IS NOT AN AD! I took the sponge and wet it. And I didn't even need to use force or pressure: BAAAM! the dirt was gone instantly. On both, the leather and rubber. I used a pretty small part of it. Dry them with paper towel and repeat if needed.
Using the toothbrush and detergent wash carefully any textile on your shoes. Rinse and repeat. Textile should be easy to wash, and if it is too dirty, add some chlorine to the mix but not much because it can make it yellow-y.
If you have velcro, Use a needle to remove hairs, fuzzles and whatever it is there. You will need an extra portion of patience.
And this is how you keep your sneakers white, whitest. It takes about 10 seconds for the leather and rubber to look like you just got the sneakers from the box. This eraser work perfectly on any color of leather, rubber or hard spong-y surface.
Small Extra Trick: Spray your new leather shoes with waterproof protection. Do it after cleaning them as well. This will help extend the life of your kicks and get them less dirty during the day. After all, they are made out of leather, like your favorite leather boots :)
Do you battle as well with sneakers and shoes? or do you prefer the "used look"?
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!