Entries from October 2013

A natural nursery…

October 16, 2013

"natural nursery decor ideas"Lately I’ve been coming across many Scandinavian homes decorated with lots of natural wood.   The look is clean and minimal but still very warm.  So I started thinking about using natural wood with natural colours and fabrics for decorating a baby nursery.   It’s ideal for boy or girl so if you don’t know what you’re having, you can still go ahead and decorate without compromising.  And since the wood is bare, you can even make some of the furniture yourself,  like storage shelves and simple tables.  And the best part is that it’s not a look your child will outgrow in a hurry.  Here are a few things I picked out that would work well in a natural nursery:

1. bear print…  2. toy shelf…  3. elephant soft toy…  4. pale spotted duvet set…  5.  luminous linen star light…  6. caravan crib in natural.

P.S. Have you entered this great giveaway to win a very stylish natural baby carrier

"stocking fillers for girls"It feels a little early to talk Christmas but in this house we’ve learned our lesson and realise we need to think ahead.  Not only because of Christmas but also because it’s my daughter Anya’s birthday just a little before Christmas.  Which means more gifts, a party and a very busy time for me.  This December we’ve decided that we’ll give her a big gift for her birthday and then just little stocking fillers for Christmas.  My usual style is to go tearing around at the last minute but this year I am determined be a lot more organised and so, I started buying her stocking fillers about a month ago (I know, I can’t believe it myself!).  Also this helps spread the costs over a few months and I don’t end up getting desperate and buying stuff just for the sake of it.   I thought I would share my finds in case they gave you some ideas and inspire you to start planning ahead if you’re a last minute type too:

1.  Bow hair clips…  2.  Sparkly bangles (from India but you can get similar at Accessorize)…  3.  Elephant placemat…   4. Sonny Angels

"budu unisex baby carrier"Baby wearing was one of those things that passed me by.  I did briefly look in to it but found that some carriers were a bit too girly so my husband would never use it and others just didn’t look easy enough to put on by myself.  With all the other stuff you have to deal with when you first have a baby, I soon forgot about getting a carrier.  Looking back I can think of so may occasions where one would have been a life saver.  Like the many times I traveled on my own to India.  I came to dread the whole security scenario where I had to take off my shoes, coat and then take my baby out of the pram and hold her while trying to fold the pram and carry the hand luggage and all the time wishing for an extra pair of hands.  I think it would have been very useful around the house too.  When Anya was crying I could have easily carried her and still had my hands free but instead, I had to stop whatever I was doing and soothe her before getting back to my chores."budu stylish baby carrier"So today I wanted to introduce you to the stylish Budu baby carrier and I’m giving one away to one lucky reader (read on for the giveaway details).  The budu baby carrier probably would have been the one for me had it been available at the time.  I love the whole clean, modern vibe and I know my husband would have happily worn it too.  Apart from the looks, the carrier is made of natural soft bamboo fabric, vegetable tanned leather straps and looks super easy to wear.  Even if you’re past the baby years, this would make a great gift for any new or expectant mum.  The Budu baby carrier is the creation of Danielle, a model, a mum and now a designer too.  In addition to the carrier,  Danielle has just added a beautiful nappy bag to her collection.  Even if you’re not the lucky winner, as a special bonus, Danielle is offering all my readers a 20% discount on any carrier.  Just use the code: ebabee at checkout.

The giveaway:  The winner will get one Budu baby carrier in the colour of their choice which is valued at approximately £175.

To enter:  Simply like ebabee and budu baby on Facebook and then leave a comment below to say you have done so.  If you already like the pages, then just leave a comment.  All 3 things are needed.  This giveaway is now closed.  Thank you to everyone who entered.  Congrats to Faiblessed our lucky winner!

One entry per person and this competition is open to all my readers worldwide.  The competition closes at midnight (UK time) on Sunday 20th October 2013.  Any entries after this time will not be counted.  Winner will be announced on this post and on my facebook page on Tuesday 22nd October.  And don’t forget, even if you don’t win all my readers can get 20% off any carrier with the code ebabee.

mama & baby…

October 10, 2013

"pastel melamine spoons for kids"This week’s picks for mama & baby… let mama wear these cool pastel coloured shoes while baby eats with those pretty pastel spoons.

"European accessories for girls and babies"I love a good accessory or two.  My current accessory obsession is clutch bags for me and necklaces for Anya.  Today I came across these super chic ones by Italian Minimu.  Not only are there accessories for girls, but also such adorable stuff for babies.  Those bibs… so gorgeous!  And that yellow polka dotted cloth necklace; I could do with one.  Minimu also have some beautiful clothes in their new Autumn Winter 2013 collection which are definitely worth checking out.

"colour palette of blues, greens, greys"There is something so eye-catching and vibrant about turquoise blue.  So when I spotted that cool turquoise and green room it inspired me for todays pinterest colour palette.  I love using blue and green together whether it’s midnight-blue with emerald green or turquoise with a fresher green like here.  And you can always add a little grey in to the mix if you feel like you need something neutral to balance it out. 

1. Turquoise and green kids room,  2. Mountain peaks kids blanket,  3. Baby ballerina shoes,  4.  Howling wolf wallsticker,  5.  Handmade doll twins.

Pins found on my pinterest boards and Milk Magazine.

"grey tutu dress"My daughter’s just started ballet lessons and wants to pirouette at every turn!  Her birthday is coming up quite soon so because of this new obsession,  I’m thinking of a ballet themed party for her.  While looking for inspiration and a birthday outfit, I came across this new collection by kids on the moon and I fell for it.  "dusky pink girls tutu"The tutu’s and the tutu inspired dresses come in the prettiest of colours that have an unusual duskiness to them.  Then there are the simple striped or solid dresses embellished with a striking bow.  The entire collection is simply beautiful and the photo styling is gorgeous too.  Since I have a daughter I’m focusing on the girls stuff but Kids on the moon have plenty of cool style for the boys too. 

mama & baby…

October 3, 2013

"polka dot wallpaper"This week’s picks for mama & baby… let mama wear this polka dot sweater with vintage inspired styling while baby sleeps in that polka dot wallpapered room.

Have you entered my giveaway yet? You could win some beautiful French clothes of your choice.

"neutral striped bed linen for kids and adults"Combine solids and stripes in subtle tones and you’re on to a winner every time.  Thats what this new range of bed linen from Barcelona does so well.  Mikmax is all about natural, neutral fabrics for a timeless and ageless appeal.  There is a kids collection but for me, the entire range is perfect for any age.  With Winter coming up, I’m loving those chunky knit blankets and cushions… I can just picture myself cosying up on the sofa with my daughter Anya and spending an evening watching her current favourite film Jungle Book.

P.S. Have you seen what I’m giving away?  Some lovely French kids clothes and you choose what you like!

"colourful wooden stacking blocks""colourful wooden toy blocks""colourful wooden animal puzzle"I am very much a minimalist at heart and adore simple wooden toys that are left in their natural state or painted in just white or black.  The simpler they are and the less color they have, the better they look to me.  But once in a while there comes along a toy literally bursting with colour and I can’t resist.  This is one of those times.  These Raitti wooden toys have been created by designer Aino-Maija Metsola for Marimekko.  In true Marimekko style, there is bright colour everywhere and the graphics are are no less bold. My favourite is the animal adorned stacking blocks but the whole range is incredibly striking, don’t you think?

P.S. Have you entered my giveaway yet? You could win some beautiful French clothes of your choice.

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