• Too many toys and the benefits for child development of having less

    10 ways in which having fewer toys might benefit your kids

    Having two kids of different genders, I certainly know how too many toys can pile up and how difficult and tricky it can be to adopt toy minimalism without feeling like you are a bad parent, ruining their childhood. Yet I remember that when I was a child I would entertain myself playing outdoors most of the time, in the garden climbing up the trees or building ‘mud houses’ for the earthworms. At other times I would spend time with friends: riding bikes, running, inventing our own board games and lots of pretend plays. I did have toys, though I don’t remember their number and I vividly remember just a…

  • Books

    25 chapter book series for young readers

    Do your kids love books and are ready to discover the world of chapter books for young readers? If you are looking for inspiration to keep up with your voracious reader, here are 25 chapter book series your child might love! Some of the series are old, some are new, some are short and some are really long. What they have in common though is that they are full of adventures, igniting the kids’ imagination! Let’s dive into the list of chapter book series! The first part contains books read by my kids, therefore more detailed. All photos are photos taken by me. The second part includes books recommended by…

  • Brick Wonders - a world of Lego at Horniman Museum (London)
    London with kids,  Travel

    Brick Wonders – a world of Lego at Horniman Museum (London)

    On the 16th of February, 2019, a new temporary exhibition opened at Horniman Museum and Gardens (London), replacing the “Colour – The Rainbow Revealed” one (which replaced the Robot Zoo one, and so on, as this is what “temporary” means, right?). Being half-term, we decided to spend an afternoon discovering and enjoying this new exhibition. We visited in the afternoon because it is less crowded and there is still plenty of time to enjoy it as the museum closes at 5.30pm. The “Brick Wonders” exhibition invites the visitor to travel through history and explore over 50 models made using half a million LEGO® bricks. Some of the models are small…

  • Sugar-free gluten-free chocolate birthday cake
    Cooking with kids

    Chocolate birthday cake – free from gluten and sugar

    I love chocolate. My kids love chocolate. And I don’t think I had any influence, chocolate is simply yummy! Therefore we cook a lot of chocolate muffins and treats. On their birthday they ask for chocolate cake (what a surprise, right?). I remember one time trying to make a strawberry cake. Complete failure, the cake looked like a sad volcano. Never tried since. That is until last summer when my daughter turned three. She asked for a chocolate birthday cake. And you can’t refuse a 3-year-old on her birthday, can you? The following part contains two affiliate links, which means I get a small income if you decide to shop,…

  • London Transport Museum with children
    London with kids,  Travel

    London Transport Museum – for a great day out with kids

    One of the first museums we have ever visited with the kids was the London Transport Museum. The first time we went there with my son when he was one year old and a few months. Since then, we’ve been visiting the museum on a regular basis (thank you, annual ticket!). London Transport Museum is one of my kids’ favourite destinations in central London. The museum is located in Covent Garden and is housed in the old Grade II-listed Flower Market building. The entrance is next to the Jubilee Market. Once you are in, remember to take the Stamp Trail for the kids from the office or cloakroom. With it,…

  • brain games for kids
    Fun ideas

    5 brain teaser games for kids

    All children love a good challenge. And when the challenge is fun and comes as brain teaser games, kids do become interested! I’ve always loved this type of game. When I was younger, I remember my grandfather introducing brain teasers to me. Not with the well-known Rubik’s Cube but with a wooden 3D shape puzzle. I could spend hours playing with it, trying to figure it out, and then start all over again! My kids had no escape from these games, I did get them some. Though not sure if they were more for them or for me… Here is a list of the 5 brain teasers my kids loved…

  • How to keep calm when child is whining

    How to naturally be calm when your child is whining

    Absolutely every parent finds out, sooner or later, what whining is, and not because they suddenly remember themselves whining as kids. It may seem like children are experts at whining, as they can do this often and for minutes on end. Keeping calm in those moments can be quite a challenge! Why does my child whine? It should not be ignored as it always has its reasons and holds messages like “I’m feeling helpless” or “I feel lonely”. However, I will dedicate a separate post to talk about the reasons why kids whine and what they actually need from their parents. In this post, I will talk about how we,…

  • Day out with kids in London - WonderLab at Science Museum
    London with kids,  Travel

    A day out with kids at WonderLab Science Museum in London

    There are many museums in London where you can go with the kids and learn new things, play and explore. Science Museum is one of the best of them, having WonderLab. It’s amazing how many things you see and learn, there is something for everyone there, from babies to adults. We have visited the museum several times, even before moving to London and having kids. When the kids were 3.5 and 6 I took them to WonderLab for the first time. To better understand the photos in this post, I have to mention something. We got to WonderLab at the Science Museum in London at 11 am and stayed until…

  • Camping and travelling with kids in 2018

    2018 in little squares

    So this is the last day of 2018 they say. It’s been quite a ride I could say, sort of a roller coaster, though luckily it’s been kind to us overall, we definitely can’t complain. Looking through my Instagram feed, it’s interesting to remember so many things that have happened throughout the year, and I only got a glimpse as this is how those little squares work, they offer just a glimpse of someone’s life, including my own. However, it was still a nice journey back in time scrolling through the photos, so I’ve selected some of them just to have a review of 2018 and to make up for…

  • Gingerbread City at V&A Museum in London
    London with kids,  Travel

    Explore the Gingerbread City with children – V&A Museum in London

    It’s been over 10 months since my last post and blogging has been on my mind ever since. I did use Instagram on and off in the meantime, but I do miss writing here, so I am trying to come back. And today I got a push to do so because yesterday we went to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, to walk through the Gingerbread City! The experience was too lovely and I took too many photos to keep them all to myself. Therefore, I am back online, writing about our visit and hopefully about many other things in the future. The complete name of the exhibition is…