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Maja's holiday wish list

This week I will be teaming up with two of my dear friends to give you our picks for Holiday giving.  Merrilee, Stephanie, and I share a great love and appreciation for children's books, toys, and accessories.  We thought it would be fun to share the things on our lists for our children and some tried and true toys our children have enjoyed over the years. Here is my wish list for little Maja, It was quite difficult to narrow down.  I hope you enjoy!

How can you say no to the cutest deer, Ruthie, in a Liberty of London skirt and handkerchief.  Ever since my trip to London, I fell in love with this rattan doll pram by Sebra and no other pram will do. Maja would love to carry all her brother's playmobile guys around in this sweet tote. Maja loves to wear accessories, especially necklaces.  How darling is this one from Bloesem Wears.  It's never too early to start her with the Alphabet.  I especially love the bright colors and textures on this alphabet set from plan toys.  I have been waiting to buy this book until I had a girl and finally I can.  Elsa Beskow is a classic Swedish writer/illustrator and I can't wait to read to Maja the story of the little farm girl Annika. Bobo Choses is one of my favorite children's clothing brands.  This skirt had me at polka dots.

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Check out sweet little M's wish list here.  I want everything on it.




Recently I've been working on a nursery for a client and have been looking for mobiles to go in her (soon to be born) baby girl's room.  I can't wait to show you the space when I'm finished.  Here are a few mobiles that I really like, enjoy!

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girlie glue

This week on Babyccino Kids: My baby girl is almost two years old and still doesn't have a lot of hair.  For special occasions (or when I remember) I like to put something in her hair, the clips do not work and fall out immediately.  For my daughter's hair I use Girlie Glue.  Girlie Glue is a hair accessory glue that is all natural and safe for your baby.

My friend Katie noticed that there was nothing out there to use as a temporary glue for her babies' hair.  She tried various products like KY and honey, but they didn't have the right consistency and were not safe for her babies, so she developed her own product...Girlie Glue.  Girlie Glue is made with Agave nectar and other all natural ingredients.  The glue lasts all day and washes off easily with a wet wash cloth.

Not only can it be used for your baby's hair but to attach play earrings made out of felt.  One of my friend's daughters has been wearing her 'earrings' every day for the past week.

Girlie Glue is not just for girls either.  My son Henrik and his friend Jones love to play pirates.  Girlie Glue is perfect for attaching felt mustaches, beards and eye brows.

The possibility are endless with what you can do with Girlie Glue.  I had so much fun making the different hair accessories, like the fox and clouds.  Henrik loves the different faces he can make with his assortment of mustaches.  Girlie Glue would make a great baby shower gift for a friend too.

Girlie Glue is offering One More Mushroom readers two free gift packets, included in each gift is a tube of Girlie Glue with some hair accessories or mustaches (depending on what you would like).  All you have to do is like their Facebook page here and comment below on how you plan to use Girlie Glue, easy!

I'll announce the winner next week.

Mix Max

This week on Babyccino Kids: We like to play games in our family, I especially love a game that will keep Henrik occupied for a couple of hours. I grew up playing with this very Mix Max game from Ravensburger and it has been in my family since before I was born.  I don't even remember the rules (they have since been lost) but possibilities of play are simple and endless.  Basically just mix a hat, head, body, and legs to make whatever person you'd like.

Henrik gets such a kick out of the funny different looking people he comes up with.  It's so fun to watch him giggling at all his creations.

I think it's time to trim Henrik's hair.

You can find something similar here.

swoop bags

Growing up we had a large circular drawstring denim storage bag for our lego collection.  Most of the legos would, surprisingly, stay contained in the bag and it was so easy to find the exact lego you wanted.

When I first saw the swoop bag, it reminded me of our denim one growing up, but it was even better with great color options and sturdier material.  The Swoop bag is genius.  It stores your child's blocks, legos, guys, etc. and functions as a playmat as well.  I find myself, too often, tripping on toys.  The swoop bag is a great way for you to eliminate all the clutter of toys scattered throughout the house.  It also helps your child be more responsible for his/her toys.

The swoop bag comes in eleven different beautiful colors.  I had a really hard time choosing a color, but ended up picking the aqua.

I have the bag stored in our play table/coffee table drawer, but I want to install one of these beautiful wooden hooks and hang the bag on the hook.  That way henrik can have easy access to his legos and we can all enjoy the beautiful aqua color.

Henrik has been enjoying his bag.  It is so much easier for him to unload his toys and keep track of them.  Thanks swoop for such a great product!

Polarn part 2

As you know from last week we are big fans of Polarn O. Pyret clothing.  I first discovered Polarn several years ago on a trip with my husband to Sweden.  I fell immediately for all the beautiful stripes and bright colors.  I was even more thrilled when the shop keeper told me that Polarn would be available that year in the States.  Since then I buy all my clothing online.  Polarn always has great P.O.P up Sales too.

Merrilee and I had so much fun coordinating and dressing the girls.  It reminded me of when I was a girl dressing my dolls (except the dolls didn't protest).  As you can see from the photos there was a lot of estrogen in the room and a lot going on.  Not pictured are the three boys playing outside digging holes, covered in dirt.

I like to mix colors and patterns together.  As long as the patterns have one or more of the same colors in them and there is a difference in size of pattern, they can work together.  I also like to add a complimentary color with the main color.  For example Maja and Mabel are both wearing sweaters that coordinate and compliment their magenta dresses.  I don't think there are any real rules to dressing kids they should be colorful just like their personalities

Another great thing about Polarn is that the sizes are a little larger than ours, so you can get more wear in your children's clothing.  Notice on the left Maja is wearing the green and white polka dot outfit as a dress and my cute six year old niece Emma is wearing it as a shirt.  That's five years worth of wear.

I am so lucky to have such a talented friend as Merrilee, who is just as cuckoo for kid's stuff as I am. We have so much fun working together. We have a couple of other collaborations we've done that I can't wait to share.