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2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Babies!

December 4th, 2014

It’s Léonie’s first Christmas! There are so many lovely things to wrap up for the littlest people on your list this year. Here’s what I think you should get them:

Léonie has a similar little hat and I think it is so ridiculously cute (Sumit thinks the pom poms are a little silly).

This stroller mobile is the best! There are tons of cute colour and animal combinations (Léonie’s is the black and white one and she can’t take her eyes off it) and they are all natural and chemical free etc.

My sister got Louis a Bliss Stockholm blanket for Christmas when he was a baby and it is the coziest thing ever. Soft and warm. We tuck Léonie into it in the stroller when it’s extra cold.

How cozy would these sheepskin mini mocks be this chilly winter!

Aden and Anais makes the softest coziest muslin loveys. Léonie has this giraffe lovey and she loves it. And now they have merino wool muslin loveys too – perfect for winter!

I really really prefer wooden toys to plastic, so I think this little car, this key chain toy, and this clutching toy, are lovely.

These crochet balls are also a good toy for babies.

This dress with a little bolero cardigan would be perfect for a first Christmas.

I just bought one of these infinity scarves for Nonie. There are a ton of really cool prints to choose from (leggings too!).

Léonie is on her third one of these gorgeous silk baby helmet hats. She’s been wearing them since she was born and we love them and the way they keep her warm when it’s chilly and protect her from the elements when it’s warmer.

This was Alec’s first favourite book when he was a baby and all of our children have loved it. Right now I am loving reading it to Léonie (I know it off by heart).

Also: the rest of the 2014 Holiday Gift Guides and gifts for babies and toddlers.

Top photo of Léonie at one week old by Linda of Lindísima.

2014 Holiday Gift Guides: Besties, Sisters, Moms, Wives

December 3rd, 2014

Besties and sisters are the easiest to shop for because they’re just like you, right? My sister Sofia is notoriously difficult to shop for, but I think some of these ideas will be enjoyed by her as well! Here’s hoping!

Because who doesn’t want a vintage brass pineapple?

I have wanted a wishbone pendant FOREVER and a couple of weeks ago, Sumit surprised me with one for an anniversary! I love it so much. There are a ton of them available in every price range, in different sizes and slightly different shapes – from Barney’s to Etsy. Mine is pretty small, rose gold and quite dainty. I think the shape is important.

I just saw these gold tattoos on A Cup of Jo and had to order some for me (and friends) immediately. Seriously – how fantastic are they!?

These cool prism air plant hangings would suit any home.

My sister got me these a couple of years ago and it felt like such a luxurious gift, full of the promise of many long baths to come. I’m still enjoying them.

A soft cashmere beanie to keep her warm this winter. I think everyone deserves a little cashmere at Christmas.

I love Oprah and O Magazine and I could use a little wisdom and inspiration right now!

I love the idea of wearing all my babies’ initials around my neck, and I think my bestie would too. There are so many pretty options on Etsy.

This kit looks like a fun way to get into knitting, if you’ve every had the urge!

I totally want this pasta roller attachment for my kitchen aid! Wouldn’t it be a fun way to spend an evening making dinner with your best girls?

This Tiffany’s ring is gorgeous, but there are lots of more affordable, but equally pretty options available on Etsy. Love a simple bow ring. And earrings!!

I saw this marble cutting board at Granit yesterday and just barely made it out of there without buying. Still thinking about it. Will probably go back today.

You can never go wrong with opulent red nail polish for the holidays – what a great stocking stuffer!

These note cards are so pretty, who wouldn’t want to write their thank you notes on these?

Also, the rest of the 2014 Holiday Gift Guides and more great gift ideas for women!

Teeny Tiny New Earrings

November 19th, 2014

Back in the day, my bestie and I used to get together on Saturdays and do the town. Which always meant the following:

  • lunch at NK (I always have the chèvre chaud, she always has the shrimp sallad. We used to have a glass of wine, now we gulp diet coke and cappuccinos to make up for lost sleep)
  • perfume shopping (Ann is always on the hunt for the perfect scent)
  • shoe shopping
  • other shopping
  • drinks on the way home
  • dinner at home – sombreros and wine, a salad, and then candy (mostly for her) and ice cream (B&J for me, Haagen Dazs for her)
  • Hitch (yes – we always watched the same movie)

A couple of weeks ago, after hardly having seen eachother for weeks or months, we got together for a Saturday on the town. Just like old times. Except that neither of us was drinking, I had baby Léonie with me, we were both pretty tired, and both of us had realized that we didn’t need any more shoes.

Never ever did I ever think I would ever not need new shoes. But that’s what’s become of us. Instead we browsed foundations brushes, armchairs and children’s books. And bought earrings! I’ve lost all my small ones, and I don’t like wearing danglies when I’ve got little Léonie constantly in my arms – she is really in that grabby phase right now and she is really strong! So I was looking for small pretty earrings that I could put in and just not take out for a while. I was so happy when I came across these teeny tiny little gold hearts. They’re really small and I think they’re lovely for everyday. I’ve been wearing them for two weeks straight now and love them!

Also – what I want for Christmas (this list isn’t even for this year but it still stands!)

Using Less Plastic

March 11th, 2013

I am on a mission to lessen our use of plastic. Especially for the children. And especially for things that end up in their mouths (which is most things they come into contact with). It’s a health thing for me, but there are of course environmental aspects as well.

I’m not going crazy with this but I am trying to make some changes:


I started with the most obvious: baby bottles. We’ve switched to Life Factory glass bottles.

I love these bottles. They make me so happy. They have lovely, sunny, cheerful colors in every shade of the rainbow. They’re easy to care for – you just wash them in the dishwasher. And they are solid and sturdy – they stand up to drops on the floor (thanks to the silicone sleeve) and they can take extreme temperature changes (as you might have when cooling a bottle of almost boiling formula for a baby). There are sippy cup tops for these bottles as well, so I’ll be using them as a sippy cup for Louis when he’s ready.

On the downside, they are significantly heavier than plastic bottles. I think it will be longer before Louis can hold his own bottle, but it’s no problem for Alec to hold these (although they really are heavy when full, even though the largest size is much smaller than the large plastic bottles we were previously using for Alec). So I am keeping a few plastic bottles to use for when we are out and about or traveling. I am also keeping a close eye on the nipples because I can already see marks where Alec bites them, which concerns me. I definitely think I will need to switch nipples more often than normally. However, I also believe that you can use any bottle nipple with these bottles, so we could just switch to another brand of nipples. Finally, Life Factory glass bottles are not cheap. But I think the fact that they will hold up much longer than plastic bottles will make up for this. We’ve invested in a good stash of bottles now (both small and big) and I don’t foresee us needing to buy any more baby bottles – just new nipples – ever again.


I’ve switched the whole family to Klean Kanteen stainless steel water bottles. These also come in a ton of delicious juicy colors and you can switch the cap from a regular closed cap to a sippy cap for toddlers, to a sport cap. I have a big one that I try to keep with me at home and a medium one to bring along with me when I am out and about. And Alec has a small bottle with a sippy cap. They’re lightweight, convenient to bring along, and easy to care for.


I think good BPA-free plastic containers are still the way to go for when we are out and about. But for food storage at home – in the fridge or pantry – I’m trying to use more glass and less plastic. We have some great square glass containers with lids from IKEA that I love – but they don’t sell them any more. So I am on the hunt for some new glass food storage containers (with plastic lids).


This is a hard one, because Alec has a lot of great plastic toys that he really loves. I find it hard to make the decision to switch them all out for other materials. I do want to provide him with non-plastic alternatives to play with though. He has lovely wooden blocks, a brio train set, wooden puzzles, and some great learning toys by Plan Toys that I really like.

Louis also has a few plastic toys, but as his toys tend to find their way into his mouth, I am trying to have him play more with his natural rubber chew toys and wooden or soft rattles and other toys.


Is avoiding plastic something that you think about for your family too?