Month: November 2016

Developing fine motor skills through Arts {OkoeNorm Cone Crayons Review}

When I was young I always enjoyed drawing and painting. I love arts in every form so it was naturally that I introduced arts very early in my daughters lives. I am no Picasso or Monet. I just enjoy using charcoals, watercolours and paints. And a thing I learned as a childminder –I used to do it to pay my studies – children love arts too! Children delight in exploring and creating with art materials. These experiences help children develop many life skills. Art is important during their early development. It engages all the senses in open-ended play and supports the development of cognitive, social-emotional and multisensory skills. As children progress, art continues to provide opportunities for brain development, mastery, self-esteem and creativity. This is why I introduced really early arts in my children lives. Baba#1 started when she was really young to be interested by my crayons and she learned easily to hold a pen. She loves crafting and drawing. Baba#2, only two years old, starts being fascinated by our drawing sessions and wants to join …

Geggamoja Autumn Winter 2016 Collection Review: Stripes and Zigzags Love!

Back to Tuesday, I introduced to you Geggamoja, a Sweddish Organic Childrens Wear brand. I totally fell in love with the neutral colours and unisex designs that i could not resist to try some of their garments. Geggamoja sent me some of their new collection clothing for my toddler alias Baby2 and for little Baby3. For Baby, I have received: A light pink Baby Body A Geggamoja Baby pants in dust pink/light pink A Geggamoja dribble scarf in pink My first impressions when I received the clothes: I am totally stunned by the details! I cannot believe they put little pockets in the pants! The details of it are just unbelievable. These square pockets in the front and in the back give this apparel a lovely and very sophisticated touch. The fabric is incredibly soft and thick which I do appreciate as it means it will be durable and resist the multiple washes it is going to have and most of all keep my babies warm. What do I have to say about the baby body? …

Wood, a Safe and All-Natural Teether for Baby {Haba Clutching Pyramid Toy Review}

Before becoming a parent yourself, you would never imagine how hard it is to choose a teether for a baby. Yes, I would have never imagined that choosing a teether for my little one’s aching gums could be so complicated. Well I knew that we will use Sophie La Girafe for sure but what else? When #Baby1 was teething I assumed Sophie la Girafe would be sufficient and I was wrong. I then thought that one of those plastic water-filled stars that you could freeze would do the trick. But that was not the case, they were so hard and they have joined the huge amount of products I bought for my first baby that I have never used: useless, inappropriate and unsafe. You know my passion for green living and our aim to choose safer alternatives, more natural and environmentally friendly when we can. So for Baby#3 who just starts teething at 3 months and a half I thought It was the right time to purchase her some teething toys. But which one? I definitely knew that I wanted …

Introduction to Geggamoja, a Scandinavian Organic Clothing Brand for Children

Few weeks ago, I had the chance to discover a new brand of Organic clothing for children coming right from the North, right from the beautiful Scandinavian countries: a SWEDDISH brand named GEGGAMOJA. Geggamoja is a Stylish, practical and playful Brand for Kids! Geggamoja aims to represent an urban Scandinavian lifestyle with playful bright colours and a Swedish all time favorite: stripes! They create a wide-range of 100% organic products for premature babies to outdoor wear, bedding, toys, and accessories for children aged zero to 12 years old! What do I love about Geggamoja? Certainly this Nordic feeling with the very fashionable stripes and chevrons and the bright colours. I fell instantly in love with the designs that seem to be so comfortable. The new Autumn/Winter 2016 Collection is in line with the new trend. I love the unisex designs and colour schemes. Their OUTWEAR clothing Collection are in total harmony with our british lifestyle. I am just in love with their fleece coveralls: snuggle, warm and waterproof. I do appreciate also the difference with the actual UK Organic clothing trend to use bright colours and …

Introducing Showers to a Toddler {Hevea Bath Mat Review}

Bath time is really fun for babies and toddlers but sometimes a shower is more convenient and more ecologic. I try to learn my children the sooner possible that we should not waste water. Taking a bath is a pleasure but should not be done daily, instead we take a shower. How to replace bath time by shower time and make my children more independent and more eco-conscious, and let them enjoy? The first thing is to make the experience safe. Because if you introduce shower to a toddler and she/he falls…I let you imagine the outcome. So how to make shower time safe, ecologic, economic and enjoyable for your little one? First thing and not the least, you need a good bath mat. We used to have one we bought five years ago –I don’t remember where– with ducks. I hated it and still do. Why, this rubber smell that never goes. Baba1 loved it so much that I could not get rid of it until I explained her that even if the mat …

An unusual stretchy wrap: We Made Me Wuti Wrap Review

Few weeks agowe travelled to France for half term. We have done an epic road trip and decided to lighten our luggage by not taking a pushchair: limited car boot space. So guess what I took to help me carrying baby? My wraps, indeed. This is the reason why babywearing is so practical. Checking the weather before packing everything, I was surprised to see that the expected temperature would be near the twenty degrees in Paris and even above in Avignon. Yes, we were heading the South of France with a break in Paris. All my wraps { MobyWrap and Nona woven wrap} are quite hot, large and heavy even if I absolutely love them. So I was unsure about taking them with me. I was more looking for a lightweight and breathable wrap that I could let in the car to ease our road stops. I did some researchs – you know me now – and fell in love with the Wuti Wrap® from WEMADEME.   I looked around and did not find the information I was looking for. …

Apple cake Recipe with a French twist

Friday morning…. I thought I will share with you this scrumptious apple cake recipe inspired by Ma Fleur d’Oranger recipe. In my childhood – I know I talk about it a lot – we loved eating a famous cake called “Quatre quarts” which I think in English is something like Pound Cake. This cake is rich and is very good for tea time. Sometimes you might think it is a boring cake, maybe, but we just loved it. We were enjoying our slices and usually our mum would spread on top of it some cacao paste. Really good memories with this cake, children laughs… mouth and fingers full of chocolate… One of my favourite dessert is certainly apple pies or “Tarte aux pommes” so after viewing My Fleur d’Oranger recipe it reminds me the pound cake and decided to change hers with this one and added the apple Tarte twist. My daughters loved it and enjoyed every bit ! They were impressed by the apples flower on the top. I love the idea that they are …

Family Road Trip with limited Car Boot space {Diono Dreamliner travel Bassinet Review}

Few weeks ago it was half term and we decided to visit family in France and we traveled for the first time with three kids. We crossed a good part of the UK and from North to South almost all France. A very exciting and tiring road trip. Packing for a couple and packing for a family of five with three children under five are two different things. We decided to go almost at the last minute. I should admit that I was a bit worried. How would I manage to bring everything we needed to cover all the needs – from meals, hygiene, play and sleep – of a preschooler, a toddler and a young baby and fit all these things in our car boot? Meal and play time have been covered easily: we took nothing just a small tote bag with two of their favourite toys each. We chose to take the risk not to bring with us a highchair for #2. Sometimes we struggled, sometimes she was fine and sat down quietly …

Teething with Sophie La Girafe So Pure Teether

Teething… Here we start again with Baby number three. Teething is quite a big part of a baby’s life and unfortunately a big part of parents sleep’s life too. These tiny teeth make baby’s life a bit harder and keep them very busy through the day. I should say that they help them to explore the world more deeply by bringing everything and anything to their mouth. I am not abording yet the terrible subject of dribbling. Teething can start really early from three months old. All of my daughters started at approximately three and a half months. A good sign of it is seeing them trying to put all their hands and fists in their little mouth and getting annoyed, and of course this little trickle of saliva down their lower lip. So cute! Well not so cute when you find your little baby completely wet like she just had a shower fully dressed! You can change your baby every 20 minutes if you do not use a dribbling Bandana bib and I am not exaggerating, believe me. To help baby …

New prints in the Bambino Mio Accessories Range { Miosquares Review}

Little Baby is now nearly four months old and she is starting teething. Fingers and fists in the mouth, she dribbles like never before. I cannot believe we are already there! What happened to us these las few months? Well, too many things but a thing is sure, muslin squares are HANDY. They are the products I have the most used. I use them for E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G: to put on the bed to protect baby from sweating, for mopping spills, as burp cloths, for changing time, even for playing and much more. My baby’s comforter is a muslin blanket. I just love how versatile they are and absorbant. With Baba2, I use them as wipes when she is very messy after a meal, I just wet a muslin square and wipe her. Muslin squares are baby essentials, you cannot avoid them. And if you want, you are missing something because they are great! I have a large collection from my first baby and I am still using them. In my collection, I have some Miosquares. Miosquares, did I say? …