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Loving:

Watching Eva’s imagination and creativity in action and this doorway puppet theatre from Land of Nod. 

Science was never my strong suit at school, I never really found it interesting; nor was I really encouraged to persist. There was definitely that notion that science was for boys. And while my scientific knowledge is rather limited, I want Eva to have the opportunity to explore and experience all learning areas — even if that means moving a little out of my comfort zone.

For Eva’s birthday, we gave her this little Science Lab Set. The equipment and experiment cards perfect for her age group and so much fun! Eva requests to do experiments and always insists on wearing the safety goggles! 

Afternoon Light. 

A castle for reading books, imagining and exploring. Four is such a beautiful age. The imagination Eva has is incredible — I just love listening to her stories and watching her play.

Recently a friend recommended this book, and it couldn’t be more perfect for Eva. You can mix and match fairy tales resulting in some silly stories — “Cinderella put on a bright red cape and was pounced on by a wolf disguised as a handsome prince” and “Sleeping beauty was laughed at by the ducks and fell asleep in baby bear’s bed after eating Little Red Riding Hood’s granny”!  So much fun. 

Book: Mixed Up Fairy Tales

Welcome to the Greatest Show in the World!

I’ve had this Janod’s Circus Play Set tucked away, hidden for a couple of months, waiting for the right birthday… Well, it turns out I’m too impatient because I couldn’t hold off any longer! Owen just loves the circus train and animals, while Eva has taken claim of the acrobats. This toy has already become a favourite.

Our current favourite “toy” — Tell Me a Story. It Inspires creativity and imagination through pictorial story telling. 36 cards in all, they each depict scenes or characters (a princess, a castle, a witch, a wolf, a locked door, a key, a storm etc) fit for creating unique fairytales. I just love listening to each new farfetched and silly story Eva makes up.

I’m slightly obsessed with this new app, Waterlogue. It beautifully converts photographs into watercoloured images. I think I’ll have to frame one of them, now only to decide which one to print… 

Creating a Play Space for 6-18 Month Olds

I’ve always been inspired by the Montessori method, and while I don’t strictly follow the pedagogy, I borrowed many ideas when creating a little play space for Owen. Using a heavy blanket, Owen has a defined play area separate from the rest of the playroom. The black and white contrast images on the wall create interest and the open storage basket allows Owen to self select and keep small toys organised — books, musical toys and finger puppets. 

Each of the toys have been specifically selected to not only be ascetically pleasing, but to target development — stacking, clutching, motor control, object permanence and visual tracking.

Favourite Toys: Grimm’s Large Wooden Staking Tower, Plan Toy Wood Drum, Manhattan Toy Natural Skwish Rattle, Hape Little Copter, Wee Gallery Woodland Art Cards, Wonderworld Rainbow Sound Blocks, Bajo Wooden Ambulance

Favourite Lift-the-flap Books: Dear Zoo, Peek-A-Who?, The Robot Book

Lately

Christmas is just around the corner and things are getting busy. We’re preparing for our trip to the States — packing, packing, packing. And have been trying to do a little Christmas shopping before we leave. 

Last week we celebrated the kids’ “half-birthdays”. With birthdays a day apart we will forever be celebrating them together. We bought both Eva and Owen little gifts — a lovely bamboo dinner set, a new favourite red skirt and a book. It was just another day for Owen, but Eva of course took delight in telling everyone who would listen that she is now three-and-a-half. That half is a big deal. 

Loving — il Tutto — After Baby {Baby} Bag

These pictures were taken more than a couple of months ago and since they have been sitting in my drafts folder for so long, I thought I’d finally share them. And although it might be seen as being slightly pretentious to write one of these posts, I always enjoy reading them on other blogs! So here it is: What’s in my Bag.

Although this bag is designed as an “after baby bag” it fits all the essentials for two kids— nappies, wipes, change of clothes, burp cloth, snacks and a drink bottle for Eva, my purse, keys and phone. I could write more about how beautiful and functional this baby bag is, but I think it is better described here. Aside from the bag itself, these are some of my favourite items I always seem to carry around: an Aden & Anais muslin swaddle blanket, a Alimrose baby rattle and this Hello Kitty bento box.

1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1K — Micro 4/3 Compact Camera. The 14-42mm lens is fantastic, but the 20mm pancake lens is simply stunning! I use the pancake lens to take the majority of my pictures and couldn’t be happier with the results. I still haven’t learnt how to use this camera “properly” — it stays on automatic and only recently I’ve started using Lightroom rather than iPhoto to touch up my photographs. 
2. Since I just upgraded to the new iPhone 5s, I needed a new case. I love the variety of cases on Society6 and finally settled on this one after much indecisiveness. So colourful and bright. 
3. Emily Green — Jane Necklace. I tend to wear neutral colours, so I love the splash of colour this necklace brings to an outfit. Owen of course is fascinated by it, so I might have to invest in one of those chew bead necklaces, any recommendations? 
4. il Tutto —  ”After Baby Bag”. This was a lovely gift from my in-laws. It’s the perfect size, plenty of pockets and beautifully made. It’s so perfect that I might have to do one of those “What’s in my Bag” post!
5. Seed Heritage — Silver Amber Sneakers. I finally realised I needed a pair of “sensible” shoes for the playground and these have quickly become a new favourite. 

1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1K — Micro 4/3 Compact Camera. The 14-42mm lens is fantastic, but the 20mm pancake lens is simply stunning! I use the pancake lens to take the majority of my pictures and couldn’t be happier with the results. I still haven’t learnt how to use this camera “properly” — it stays on automatic and only recently I’ve started using Lightroom rather than iPhoto to touch up my photographs. 

2. Since I just upgraded to the new iPhone 5s, I needed a new case. I love the variety of cases on Society6 and finally settled on this one after much indecisiveness. So colourful and bright. 

3. Emily Green — Jane Necklace. I tend to wear neutral colours, so I love the splash of colour this necklace brings to an outfit. Owen of course is fascinated by it, so I might have to invest in one of those chew bead necklaces, any recommendations? 

4. il Tutto —  ”After Baby Bag”. This was a lovely gift from my in-laws. It’s the perfect size, plenty of pockets and beautifully made. It’s so perfect that I might have to do one of those “What’s in my Bag” post!

5. Seed Heritage — Silver Amber Sneakers. I finally realised I needed a pair of “sensible” shoes for the playground and these have quickly become a new favourite. 

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