Frida Viola's best friend moved away some while ago, and some weeks ago we visited the family at their new wonderful place. We didn't see Frida Viola all afternoon - she and her friend were too busy giggling, talking and playing. I love these photos of Molly - even from behind you sense her happiness. This was a good day.
Look at this adorable little skirt. It used to belong to a little French girl called Anya, and before her probably another little French girl. Now Frida Viola wears it, and after her Molly will. I love that thought, and I love the whole gesture of handing over. These are garments you care a little extra for. Sweet Elizabeth from Lila et Albertine sent it for us together with a couple of classic French sweets. We have never met, she and I, although I sometimes almost forget we didn't. We seem to have so many things in common, our passion for vintage is just one of them, and Elizabeth actually has a little shop with her lovely finds from French flea markets.
Her thoughtful package and letter made me think a lot about blogging and why we do it. After IG has taken over much of the focus, a personal and reflective blogpost makes my heart beat a little extra, because I know from myself that it takes time to make it, and we all have so little time to read, comment and share with eachother. But Elizabeth's letter was such a heartwarming reminder to me: This is why I love blogging - because I can't help sharing, telling stories, adding glimpses, handing over and peeking into other lives that are both similar and different to my own. And Frida Viola took the skirt to heart and loved the story about Anya who used it before her.
Sweet moments and glimpses of colours from our past month. For me time flies a bit to fast at the moment.
A couple of weeks ago we visited such a lovely garden full of all kinds of autumn goods - apples, huge pears, walnuts, figs, and in the greenhouse ripe bunches of grapes. It was like a garden of Eden, and the girls were delighted by all this abundance.
I have written about the beautiful Finnish ideological concept on free maternity boxes for newborn babies and their parents previously. It's such a fine and admirable idea that has also had a huge social impact. We saw examples of the boxes from different periods when we visited the Century of the Child exhibition this summer - and read how the content has also been used to affect parents to a more healty and environmental approach; for example is the feeding bottle left out today to encourage breast feeding. So when I read about the Finnish company Almondella that has built its concept upon the maternity boxes with monthly boxes for babies and moms containing carefully selected, environmentally conscious and long-lasting products matching the age and developmental stage of your kid, I thought it was quite ingenious.
Last week we received the musically themed box for Molly, and throughout the week we have had daily music sessions. The girls are so sweet and really vigorous and concentrated with the instruments. The music box contained a wooden drum from Pintoy, that has a really nice sound, a rhytm instrument also from Pintoy, so they can play together, a European Playground CD from Putumayo Kids (we can highly recommend the CDs from Putumayo in general, also for adults - we have quite a collection, and we never tire of the music), and the sweetest squirrel t-shirt in organic cotton from Finnish Papu Stories. Also included was a note on kids and music, describing how early exposure to music improves memory skills, spatial and temporal reasoning and math skills.
I love the way that Almondella thinks all around the theme of the box - and of course that they have an aesthetic and conscious approach towards what we should put in the hands of our kids. Most of the products from Almondella are designed in Scandinavia and have a nice Nordic feeling about them. The idea about a monthly box is quite genial too - because although I love to handpick things for my kids in the tiny shops of Copenhagen, I do find it hard to find the time to do exactly that. The box was such a surprise for the girls, and we had a cosy time opening it together, discovering the treasures within. You can read more about Almondella's concept and conditions here - and see examples of their other beautiful boxes, each with it's own theme.