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 like going the natural route if possible, but on the other hand I love facts! So a lot of this magnetic-bracelets, aura healing crystals, green tea detoxifying foot patches, etc just makes me drive up the walls. Though lately I have been seeing many babies wearing All-Natural Amber Necklaces and I thought I should take a look at that hype? trend? german custom?
What I learnt through my old friend Google: They seem to be necklaces that are supposed to relieve teething pain and make it all-around a more tolerable experience. Even Supermodel Gisele Bündchen posted a photo to her Instagram showing her son wearing a teething necklace. The way they’re supposed to work is by the Succinic Acid contained in the amber. When placed against the skin, the acid is supposed to be absorbed into the bloodstream, giving a natural pain killing effect.
I went to the next baby store and got Pepa an Amber Necklace. It looked terrible and was orange and it just didn't fit AT ALL with any outfit. I thought: It has to be a better looking Amber Necklace. And thanks to Instagram I found Summer & Storm.
Beautiful Amber Necklaces made in Australia. And when I saw the beautiful forms and colors, I fell in love with "The PROTECTIVE kind"
It is made out of FLUORITE + POLISHED BALTIC AMBER. And as it says on their website: "Baltic amber has been used for thousands of years for many ailments. It is believe to help ease pain, stimulate the healing process and posses ani-inflammatory properties. The ancients would traditionally gift amber to their young children to help protect them from misadventure and help ease growth."
I am sometimes a bit superstitious (have to admit that!!!) and while growing up in South America, we believed that having a red wristband would protect you to the evil eye. So I was very happy this necklace has Fluorite. "It is a highly protective stone. Wearing the crystal close to the body it known to help improve the physical and mental coordination. Emotionally fluorite is known to have a stabilising effect on the body and is also known to protect the body from chaotic vibrations by evening them out in an orderly manner."
Visually it is WAY better than the generic Amber necklaces and they threw in some protection for the evil eye.. SOLD! The Amber stones come in a beautiful very dark brown just like Pepa's eyes and the crystals in some of my favorite colors.
I read a lot about some accidents of babies wearing teething necklaces. But if you buy the right size and remove it at night it shouldnt be a problem at all. Pepa's new necklace measures 33cm.
Does it work? The only think I can say is: I noticed a change of mood while wearing it. Today Pepa was radiant and happy. Best mood in days since she started teething. And if putting her a necklace MAY improve my daughters life. Then so be it! (at least better than painkillers, tylenol & Co.)
The PROTECTIVE Kind its sold out, but you can get The CHAKRA Balance that is made of the same crystals.
Toys, Toys & more Toys. How many toys a baby needs? I decided from the beginning not to over do the amount of toys Pepa Carlota has. And she doesnt get all of them available at once.
I like to rotate toys 5 at a time. So she learns that everything is available all the time and doesn't get bored that easily.
As she plays mostly alone, as I am teaching her to be independent and not be "entertained" I get to notice which toys are her favorite.. And I can explain why these ones are my favorites at the moment as well.
1. Wooden Story - Koala Bear Teether:
I have been seeing this beautiful toys made of wood and coloured with natural paint all over the net and I fell in love with them. I was so happy when Pepa´s God Mother Helena gave her this beautiful teether for christmas. She loves it and it is a very beautiful toy to take with us when we go to a party or restaurant. It serves as teether as well as a beautiful accessory to her outfits when we are out and about.
2. Handmade Baby Gym:
Me and my dad made this. I love design and our flat is decorated in a very minimalistic scandinavian way. So I really wanted a Baby Gym that wasn't made out of plastic and in crazy colors. So, almost 2 years ago I designed it and made it. It is a mix of natural wood, crochet pearls and cotton rope. Pepa has been playing with it since she was born until now (i added the Baby Bjorn bouncer under it when she was too tiny to grab the pearls)
3. Lucky Boy Sunday - Polly Doll
This Danish brand makes 100% Alpaca dolls. They work with people from Bolivia under fair trade. This doll is softer than my cashmere sweaters and so well made. It was a present of my dear friend Anne. She says she looks like me, and i think she was right!
love the quote on their website: POLLY LOOKS IN THE MIRROR AND SAYS "WAUW"
4. Bruin - Activity Center
It isnt the prettiest toy we have, but It helps Pepa to learn. My parents bought it last year at ToysRus. I can't find the link to it, but i linked a similar one in this post.
I am amazed by the way Pepa learns and discovers new things in this activity center, she learnt that moving things will make other things move, she loves the songs and I can see her fine-motor skills improve day by day. we have it hanging in her crib but I have a white blanket covering it when she isnt there playing ;)
5. Fisher Price - Song Book
I love this one and Pepa is just starting to learn how to use it. Everytime you turn a page a new song starts. She already has a favorite song and it is fun to see her dance to the melodies. I think this toy will be used until it doesn't work anymore.
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!
Buying a stroller is one of the most important things you do before your baby arrives. We see what our friends have and read endless reviews to see which one is the best one... or the one that looks the prettiest. Thing is, One size doesnt fit all. Every stroller is made for a different kind of person, lifestyle and use.
As I used to live in Oslo, I noticed most people had a Stokke. So of course my first choice was to get a Trailz. But I dont live in Oslo, or in Norway. I live in Berlin... I dont go through the woods for long strolls anymore or battle the thick snow every winter. My problems now are from jumping in and out of a crowded train, fitting in between a mass of impatiente people to being able to fit inside a tiny restaurant of Café.
I noticed that 50% of my daily bad mood came from my stroller. It was too big for the city, too hard to maneuver, too bulky for my lifestyle. As a food blogger, I need to get in to tiny places, small restaurants and small stores, and taking in an out a sleeping baby, is not fun for her or me.
So I changed to Bugaboo Cameleon. And then is when I noticed this is the stroller I needed. Simple things like the size of it, the weight of it and how easy I can jump in and out of a train or underground. The versatility to take the place of a chair in any stablishment, the fact that you can push it with no effort at all.
But it is not only the comfort of this stroller what makes it special, but the optics as well. I got a military-inspired bugaboo cameleon by Diesel in a dark green anodized chassis and is complemented by an all-over green canvas. not to mention the soft black leather details.
It just fits my style, And the cool thing is, you can change the optics of the stroller in a second. Get an extra canpy or another footmuff like I did, I can change the style from Black to sunny Off-White of bright days.
One of my favorite parts of this stroller is the Hand Break. You have no idea how many shoes and sneakers I ruined during the first 6 months of Pepa, Including a pair of Rose Special Edition Nike NB. But now I have a break I can easily reach with my hand. No more dirty shoes, no more leather breakage!! Just the best for Shoe Lover like Myself.
So I went on this Autumn Day out for a stroll with my Pal and Photographer Fabian and he made me look good in a Berlin Grey Day while sipping coffee and talking about the kids, photography and parenthood. You should follow his instagram account as well.
I am Wearing:
Acne Studios ERA Coat
Tiger of Sweden Belt
Jeffrey Campbell LITA shoes
ASOS Felt Hat
Vintage calf leather gloves
Pepa is wearing:
Gray Label romper
MP Denmark Winter Hat
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!