puzzle play

h-and-m-puzzleI love catching moments like these.  Moments when my children are playing so well together, lost in play.  Lately both Henrik and Maja have been really into puzzles and will spend long periods of time working on them.

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I feel so lucky that my children play, for the most part, so well together.  Often times my sweet Henrik will give in to his bossy little sister.  He has such a kind heart.  I once told him that he could stand up to her and that he was bigger than her.  He replied “But she’s my little sister, I don’t want to hurt her.”

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Maja also loves her older brother and calls him “my Haek”.  She carries his school picture around with her and sometimes even sleeps with it.  I hope that they will always have this close loving relationship with each other.

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I read recently something that left an impression with me.  ”The only bad photo is the one you never took.”  That’s so true, we never regret taking too many pictures just not taking enough.

h-and-m-puzzle5I take a lot of photographs of my children, but there are so many moments, moments like these that I miss.

“So, my advice to everyone and anyone I know is to take photos.  Take them like a paparazzi.  In sickness and in health, in happiness or sorrow…photographs fuel memory..and memory fuels the heart and soul.”– Mitchell’s Journey

 

The Honest + The Land of Nod feather your nest sweepstake

As a parent I get overwhelmed sometimes by all the products out there that are harmful to my children.  I have a tendency to be a bit of a worrier and get stressed out by by all the toxic chemicals (so many we’re not even aware of) in everyday products and what I should and shouldn’t do.  I’m so grateful for responsible companies like The Honest and The Land of Nod who can do some of the worrying and research for me.  Both companies believe in making sustainable, non-toxic products while not sacrificing on style.

Today I’m teaming up with these two incredible companies to offer readers a chance to win the Feather your Nest Pin It to Win It Sweepstakes.  One lucky winner will receive an entire years worth of Honest Bundles and a $1,500 gift certificate for The Land of Nod to create or makeover their nurseries, kid’s rooms, or play rooms.  The contest starts the 21st (today) till November 1st.  How cool is that?!!!

feather-your-nestHere’s what you need to do to enter to win the sweepstake:

1. Click here to visit The Honest Company’s Facebook page and choose the “Feather your Nest” sweepstakes tab.  2. Follow “The Honest Company” and “The Land of Nod” on Pinterest. 3. Complete and submit the entry form provided on the The Honest Facebook application and accept the Terms & Conditions of the Sweepstakes. 4. Complete your entry by creating a Pinterest board and naming it “Honest & Land of Nod Feather Your Nest.” Pin at least one (1) item to this board and tag the image(s) with #FeatherYourNest. Limited to one (1) entry per person.  Best of Luck!

Also, all One More Mushroom readers can Enjoy free shipping at Honest.com by using the code HonestFYNShip. Applies to U.S. and Canadian residents only (one per customer).  Valid for first-time orders only. Expires November 1, 2013

The Honest Company and The Land of Nod asked me to share some tips on how I create safe and stylish spaces for my children.  Here are six tips on how to do that in any space in your home.

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Tip#1– Play with scale and color.  I love combining contrasting and complimentary textures, colors and sizes.  It’s so fun to see something dramatic and unexpected in a space, especially a child’s room.  The Wow, that’s a big lamp is a beautiful and large floor lamp, which provides soft, directional lighting while reading our stories at night.

Tip#2– Explain to your children why.  As a child I remember being told to do something but not knowing why.  I notice that when I explain to my children why they need to wear sunscreen, or brush their teeth they’re more apt to obey without complaining (most of the time).  Did you know that the only sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays is Zinc Oxide?  This one is non greasy and non-whitening.

(Snake, Banjo, H pillow, the Henrik bed)

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Tip #3–  Keep soft toys/rugs around to cushion a fall.  Rugs and stuffed animals are cute and cuddly but can also protect little children while playing rough.  I also like the first thing to touch my children’s feet when they wake up in the morning to be something soft. In Maja’s room I used this blanket as a plush rug for her little feet.

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Tip# 4– Have your children in mind when decorating and picking products.  When I saw this bunny lamp I knew my daughter would love it.  She has a bit of an obsession with bunnies and sleeps with three every night.  Maja is potty trained, but during her naps she still wears training pants.  I keep them stored in the bin on the floor so that she can put them on herself.  She prefers the princess pants, and they are gentle on her skin because they are chlorine, bleach and chemical free.  Maja also loves lip balm, she calls it her “lip”, so we keep it on her bedside table for her to apply when needed.

(bird pillow, storage bin)

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Tip# 5.  Keep it fun and playful.  Who says a bathroom can’t have art in it?  Or that a wall can’t be an entire chalkboard?  Have fun with your kids and their interests.  Maja likes to draw, so we painted an entire wall in her room with chalkboard paint.  In our bathroom we hung some vintage prints from a favorite sea voyaging kid’s book, as well as this clock (well, something similar).


safe-and-stylish-kids'-spaces5Tip# 6.  Know what’s in the products you’re giving to your kids.  Harsh chemicals in soaps, shampoos and conditioners can cause skin to become irritated, dry and even disrupt hormone levels.  What I love about this bubble bath, shampoo, and conditioner is that the ingredients are safe, natural and gentle on my children and I can pronounce all the ingredients.  I have a saying that I live by when grocery shopping  ”If you can’t read it don’t buy it”.

I hope that these tips are easy and helpful for you in creating safe and stylish spaces for your children.  I wish you the best of luck in entering the Pin It to Win It Sweepstake!  I hope you win!

Also, if you’d like to see what products I used to style these spaces, you can check out my Pinterest board here.

Uni shop tour

While on my trip to Stockholm this past August I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph the colorful and beautifully curated children’s shop, Uni.  Uni carries Scandinavian unisex children’s clothing as well as decor and vintage items.  Just my kind of store.  The philosophy behind Uni is brilliant, but I thought you’d like to hear it in their words instead of mine…

uni-shop-tourMeta:  Your shop is run by yourself and your friend, correct?  How long have you two had it together and what are your full names?

Uni:  You are correct, we are two friends runing Uni. We know each other from senior year in high school. We are Linda Glad and Sara Skogsmark and we have had Uni for 8,5 years. Earlier we had a shop in Södermalm, where we started in 2005 (that shop was closed in May this year).  The shop at Odengatan have been open since 2010.

uni-shop-tour2Meta:  What inspired you two to open up your shop?

Uni:  The lack of unisex children clothes and the irritation over entering the bigger clothes-chains to find everything divided into “girls and boys-clothes”, very stereotype. Sara’s first child was 4 years old and she ended up buying his clothes in the girls-sections because all “boys-clothes” where so colorless and boring. We think all children should be introduced to all colors, and that they should have clothes designed in ways that enables the child to play around.  That means soft, durable and sustainable…

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Meta:  What is your mission or desire for Uni?  I remember you telling me a bit about your desire to provide unisex clothing for children, maybe you can expand on that a little?

Uni:  Our desire is to open up peoples minds about “boys and girls clothes” and instead simply think of it as “children clothes”. We believe that the stereotype division of children clothes are repressive since kids are strong individuals and should be treated as such. Children are much more open minded then us gown ups! For us this is a part of the struggle towards a gender equal society.

We also believe that clothes should be durable and sustainable, and that they should have been produced with respect for both the environment and workers. The textile industry is in many ways very dirty and our aim is to always make the best possible choices in terms of organic materials and high quality so that the clothes can be worn by more then one child.

uni-shop-tour3Meta:  What are some of the Swedish brands that you carry?  And why have you chosen some of these particular brands?

Uni:  We work with Swedish brands such as Modéerska Huset, Anïve for the minors, Bonkeli Mini, Duns, Sture & Lisa, Filemon Kid, Viki Petersson, Emmaloppa and so on… All of these are chosen because they use organic- or recycled fabrics, and because we love their design. We seldom order a whole collection from a brand but we select bit’s and pieces that we think is suitable for Uni. We almost look at Uni as a person, thinking “what would Uni like”.

uni-shop-tour5I love that Linda and Sara are high school friends and are so passionate about their mission to bring unisex clothing to children.  I couldn’t agree more with their belief that children’s clothing should be high quality, durable and all colors should be introduced to them.

uni-shop-tour6Thank you Linda and Sara for letting us take a peek into your beautiful shop and sharing your mission behind Uni.

 

halloween pumpkin wreath

I have a confession to make, I don’t really like Halloween.  I think mainly it’s because I’m not a big fan of the scary, the gory, and the macabre as well as the amount of sugar that gets doled out to all the children. Seeing it gives me slight anxiety.  I know I know I sound like the meanest most scroogiest of moms. The funny irony is that my son Henrik loooooves Halloween and everything to do with skeletons, ghouls, and ghosts.  I guess I deserve it.

halloween-pumpkin-wreathBecause Henrik loves Halloween so much I do try to make an effort to decorate and make crafts with him.  This pumpkin wreath was really easy and fun to make that required minimum adult supervision. Henrik enjoyed it so much that he has aspirations to make pumpkins to decorate the entire house! And the best part of the craft is that he did about 95 percent of all the work.

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Here’s what we (mostly Henrik) did:

1.  Henrik drew several pumpkin shapes on paper.

2.  He painted the pumpkins with watercolors (he colored some of the features with crayon).

3.  He then cut out all the pumpkins shapes.

4.  Henrik and I taped together the pumpkins (and some bats) into a wreath shape and then taped it onto the door.

halloween-pumpkin-wreath3Henrik and I were thrilled with how it turned out.  Our house is starting to look a little festive.  Maybe no one will know that scrooge lives here, ha!