Artsy time capsule




When going through my childhood boxes in the cellar and finding my old art pieces I am so grateful to my mom to have kept at least a few of them. Now you have the opportunity to preserve your child’s art in a “time capsule like collage” – made by designer Jan Eleni. She is the women behind this beautiful idea, a self taught designer who started her own design business focused on innovation & décor of children’s rooms after working for ABC Carpet and Home and having her own small shop in downtown NYC. You might know the proud feeling when your child comes home with a beautiful drawing, but months and years go by and you might have collected a big pile of drawings and only a limited amount of wall space. So, an easier way of displaying them is by making a personal collection of your kids art – with Jan Elenis help. Send your child’s’ masterpieces her way and – after a careful review - she will create a modern grid of their work that looks great in any room. To commission a collage piece from Jan Eleni comes with a price tag. Its not cheap, starting @ $950. If this is not an option, you can also get your own hands “dirty”, grab a scanner and start your collage.

My daughter is not quiet there yet and need a few more years to collect enough art to create such a unique piece but I can’t wait to hang it up one day.

Ready to turn your kids masterpieces into a time capsule like collage? Contact the designer.

Handcrafted artisian sandals




We recently travelled to Mallorca, the biggest of the Balearic Islands in Spain and I knew I can’t leave the island without some Avarca sandals. Avarca sandals are from the neighboring island, Menorca, where they started making them over a hundred years ago. Those sandals are packed with tradition and are also super comfortable, durable and stylish. Their roots are in the countryside where it is hot and dry during the summertime and farmers used them while working their land. They were made with leather (still to this day) and recycled tires where used as soles to keep the farmers feet cool - handcrafted from top quality according to traditional methods. Nowadays they are mostly made with flexible rubber mold soles as it is much lighter in weight. But to this day they have the same characteristics as a century ago, just now reinvented with colors ranging from traditional black & brown to bright colors and even metallic finishes.

We discovered a tiny store up a windy street off one of the main shopping avenues and as inconspicuous as it looks from the outside, the inside is packed with hundreds of shoes for women, kids and even for men. Of course the kids Avarcas are so adorable, they are just a tiny copy of the adult one. Too many colors to chose from. Once you put them on, they will quickly become a go to shoe in your daily life. They can even withstand the rain. I wanted a pair of gold Avarcas for my daughter and myself but her size was sold out so she got a more traditional color – brown.

So how do you get one of those eco-friendly slip on sandals without traveling to an island in the Mediterranean? It’s easy and you even have options as most of the following online retailers ship around the globe:

Online Shops for Avarcas:

Lets get the party started

Little Lulubel

Planning a party? In need for that little something to be different? If you also find it incredibly frustrating and time-consuming to have to go to several shops or websites to find it all, try and check out the party kits @ Little Lulubel. A one-stop shop website for children’s parties which also offers the deco individually for those of you who likes to do it yourselves. Best of all – they deliver worldwide, right to your door. Just order a few days ahead (or more if you live outside the UK) of the big day and all you have to do is lay it all out and get the party started! From standards such as balloons and funky placemats to skull cookie cutters, to pre-filled party bags, cool dressing-up costumes, hexagonal plates & fun party games.

Oh… and I also discovered those adorable shoe wings you can attach to any laced shoes by simply threading each wing with the shoelaces. They come in a moustache shape too.

Picture Poetry




The bright & funky wall stickers are different from the regular vinyl ones you might have come across by now. Pop & Lollis’ are not just over-sized fabric wall stickers, they are also super easy to apply and play with. No instructions needed. No tools either. And they will transform any blank wall into a world of imagination and play. They really pop!

Whether it’s a the animal alphabet, confetti, space rockets, the tree of wisdom, or the fashion farm gang … kids will love these fun and rich in detail scenes for their rooms. The South African born designer behind Pop & Lolli likes to call it “my PICTURE POETRY” and her designs are flexible to grow with any child. All of the products are re-usable and eco-friendly made with non-toxic water-based adhesive and lead free ink (actually, they use Eco-Sol Max inks, which are solvent inks that provide durability and UV resistance, but do not contain the harsh chemicals used in mild and full solvent printing).

Color your walls now & here.

Nice to know…
With every set of Pop & Lolli chic ‘experience-design’ decals you purchase, (It’s) Chic 2 Change will provide educational materials and resources to positively influence a South African child in need. Read more about their partnership with (It’s) Chic 2 Change. Oh, and they make some cute wallpapers too.

Baby Elephant for adoption

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Adorable art by Sharon Montrose



I recently fell in love with photographs by the super talented Sharon Montrose. You don’t have to be an animal lover to fell in love with her arts too. The California based photographer captures animals like no other. Her unique style is led by putting animals against stark white studio backdrops, keeping it minimalistic and soft in colors. Its children’s art that adults can appreciate too. Playful, yet sophisticated.

I couldn’t resist and got a few prints from her whimsical nursery art collection “Little Darlings”. You know children love animals and they're one of the first things children learn to identify & name. And its fun to point at the photographs and make the sound of each animal. Its pretty & educational.

The photographs are available in a range of sizes and editions (both open and limited), offering options for various price points, starting at affordable $25 for a 8.5" x11 print. By the way, Restauration Hardware (RH) also noticed her…. And now its part of RH baby & child.

Good news for German customers: LeoZ (based in Berlin) acts as their distributor for Germany, Austria, Swtizerland, and Luxembourg. They have a selection of the bestsellers (including the entire Little Darlings series), which are available for immediate shipment.

Nice to know… The artists states on her website that “The animals photographed for this series are real live animals, raised (and many rescued) by loving, experienced, and dedicated animal keepers and handlers who care for them as their own and ensured their welfare while being photographed (in studio or outside at the facilities where they live, then photoshoped into the backdrop). Through this series, we help support several organizations devoted to animal rescue, educational programs, and nurturing wildlife. We're also a proud sponsor of the Pablove Shutterbugs program.”

Get yourself an adorable print @ The Animal Print Shop.

All photo credits by The Animal Print Shop.

A changing pad for your peanut…

… The Peanut Changer



We originally bought this changing pad [ made by Keekaroo ] mostly due to its funky design and after the first usages we quickly realized that’s its also awesome because of its easy clean up. Now if you have a little mess, just wipe it clean - No more washing covers in case you had a standard pad before.

As we had our fare shares of accidents I noticed the peanut shape keeps the liquids in the center, making it an easy & clean swipe with a paper towel. And our daughter also really liked the surface. Kind of smooth. Oh and it is water resistant, so the fluids can’t penetrate into the pad and create molds or other yucky stuff. And even if you have a super active, wiggly baby the pad is slip resistant and doesn’t just move off the changing table. Of course, try your best to always use the safety strap.

Most of the items we review on are free of all the chemicals you don’t want near a baby. And so is the Keekaroo:

• Latex-FREE
• Phthalate-FREE
• Formamide-FREE
• Non-Toxic

It comes in so many (actually 6) colors – its easy to find one for your nursery style. You can get one here, just pick your color. Beware: May cause analysis paralysis.
Nice to know: It is also JPMA Certification Program certified.