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!
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.
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!