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7 Pinterest Boards Every Chic Mom-to-Be Should Follow


My Pinterest Board Pregnant in Style has been featured on LilSugar! They’ve done a fabulous round-up of 7 Must Follow Boards for Chic Pregos and my board made the cut!

Check out Mini Piccolini on Pinterest here.

And some favourite posts for all you super chic mamas-to-be:

Pregnant in Style

Maternity Dresses

Pregnancy Style Inspiration: Street/Casual

Pregnancy Style Inspiration: Dresses

Easy Pregnancy Style for Autumn

Pregnancy Style: Summer Receptions

Maternity Swimsuits


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Owl-Themed Nursery

Madeline's Owl Themed Nursery

This is such a sweet little nursery. There are a ton of owl-themed nursery details available, so it’s a great theme to work with. Especially if you want something a little more gender neutral. More pics and sources on On To Baby here.

Madeline's Owl Themed Nursery

Madeline's Owl Themed Nursery

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Wool for Babies and Toddlers

It’s that wonky, back-and-forth between seasons, neither-here-nor-there time of year.

The last few days it’s been sunny but windy and cold here in Stockholm and it’s snowed in Atlanta (thank you Facebook) and Italy (thank you football game). When my husband was in Barcelona last week it was freezing and he was completely underdressed for it. But in the north of Sweden it was a toasty ten degrees celsius.

This is the most frustrating time of year in Sweden. As most of the rest of the world eventually eases in to spring, Stockholm can be frustratingly back and forth, mixing gorgeous warm and sunny ice-cream eating days with sudden flurries. I have learned not to get my hopes up every time the sun peeks out and the locals come out in their shades and sit tucked under fleece blankets under infra-warmers outside every café and restaurant.Last year Alec wore his autumn overall well into May.

This winter has been saved by wool. Read More »

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Stockholm with Children

A couple of you have asked me for tips and advice about visiting Stockholm with children. So today I’m teaming up with fellow Stockholm-based blogger Gina of Willowday to give you our best tips!

Stockholm from a family-perspective is relatively new to me and obviously, most of my tips are a little more baby/toddler-appropriate, since that is what I have. But Gina has three big kids and a whole list of her own Stockholm tips! So, definitely head on over to Willowday (click here) for Gina’s tips!

Here are mine (highly personal and in no way comprehensive):

Fun fact – the general Stockholm pics featured here (including the above) are all from Visit Stockholm – where you can find up-to-date info, tips and deals for your visit. And the model featured here and all over Visit Sweden is actually my gorgeous sister Sofia!

Stockholm is a great city to visit with kids of all ages. It’s clean, friendly, safe, beautiful and family-friendly. Stockholm is expensive, but there is a lot you can do without spending too much money too. Visit any time of year but be prepared for the cold and dark if you choose to come in the winter and keep in mind that spring comes later here and that even summer can be a little chilly.

The city of Stockholm is made up of 14 islands connected by bridges. But Stockholm is also part of an archipelago of 10,000 islands. Seeing Stockholm from the water is a must and it’s easy to do with an “Under Stockholm’s Bridges” tour, which you can do as a hop-on-hop-off type of tour over a day or two. You can take the same boats to visit Fjäderholmarna, which will give you a taste of the archipelago without going to far.


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Cool Danish DIY Kids Room

This is obviously a super-designed room, but it also has a lot of budget and DIY details. All the books are stored on IKEA gallery shelves and the cheerful rainbow dresser is also IKEA – the drawers were just painted in different colors. For all the details, visit Design Sponge here.

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The “Dirty Dozen”

Going organic is really important to me. First and foremost it’s a health thing for me. Babies today are born with so many toxins already in their bodies and we don’t even know what the effects of some of them will be down the line. But of course it’s also about the environment and about social responsibility – doing our part to ensure that workers aren’t exposed to dangerous chemicals in the production of the food we eat.

When Alec first started on solids and was having homemade purées etc, I used to buy organic for him, but often chose locally-produced for Sumit and me, even if it wasn’t organic. But as we transitioned into all eating the same thing, I now buy organic whenever it is available and will even choose not to buy a particular ingredient if I can’t find it organic.

It’s not always easy for me to find everything organic here in Stockholm, but I feel like every time I go shopping, there are more and more products turning up in organic versions. And we have a great weekly delivery of organic fruit and veg.

The Dirty Dozen is a list of the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables we eat. So – if you have a limited selection or budget and can’t do all organic – here are the 12 foods to splurge on organic (or just avoid I guess):

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Grapes
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes Read More »
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