In love with Paris

Since my husband and I toyed with the idea of a trip to Paris in 2014, my three year old suddenly developed an obsession with this amazing city. He talks about it constantly. His lego plans he makes fly only to there. His imaginary games involve him travelling there and climbing the Eiffel Tower. He even dreams about it. Luckily, we booked a holiday there for February and so his dreams will become reality (I hope he won’t be disappointed). I came across this wonderful Paris based online store, Smallable where there are so many wonderful items for the Paris loving child. Here are some of my favourites.

Picture 3Colourable place mat - perfect for airplane rides or ‘quiet’ restaurant mealsPicture 4Water proof, child-resistant city map - perfect for the 3 year old to clutch in his hands

Picture 6Simple wooden blocks with city shapes, a small toy that can come out upon arrival

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Walking tours for kids – perfect for my 6 year old to practice his reading and gives him the initiative

2013 in review

2013. Wow, the year is almost over. It’s been a year of high and lows, growth and maturity (for all of us!) and a lot of fun!

It’s been a year of so much variety: from extremely hot, sunny days to freezing cold, dark days.

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There has of course been four lovely birthdays to celebrate

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Special experiences for each of the the boys (including falling in love, riding an elephant, starting preschool, learning to stride ride and celebrating Halloween)

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A lot of travelling for M,

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but thankfully lots of travel together as a family in Europe (winter in the north of England, spring in Rome, fall on Mallorca)

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as well as our wonderful summer backpacking around Germany

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and lovely trips within Denmark (Langeland, Louisiana, CopenhagenVoersåAarhusMøn, Egeskov slot and Assens)

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visits from grandparents

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and well, everyday life – whether it be grocery shopping at the farmers markets, endless hours playing with trains and lego, studying Danish, hygge time or working: 2013 has most certainly been a wonderful year!

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Top 5 play areas in Odense

In Denmark, playgrounds are not neccessarily conventional playgrounds we see elsewhere in the world – there are often no swings/slides. Children are encouraged to be creative and make use of the space they’re offered – especially if like us, you are without a car and live downtown! Here’s our favourite play areas from this year

1. Brandts Passage – a stones throw from our apartment this pedestrian area has some fun climbing structures, slopes to ride your bike down and in the summertime, a huge sandpit. There is often something going on there as well as lovely boutiques, coffee shops and cafes.

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2. Munke Mose – a  long, winding, large park in the centrum, Munke Mose has endless areas of entertainment for kids including ducks to feed, paths to bike ride or walk along, a gorgeous river, bridges to wander over and a few lovely playgrounds.

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3. Fruens Bøge - We were stoked when we first rode our bikes along the river for 20 or so minutes out of the centrum and came across this fantastic spot: a huge lake, an ice-cream stand and an amazing forest full of fantastic climbing trees and interesting structures. This has been a definite favourite area for my boys.

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4. Musikrummet – while this playground is further out of town, it is well worth the visit. It is a huge space with a variety of musical instruments mainly made up of recycled pieces. It is so unique and the children spend ages entertaining themselves and you!

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5. Stige  Ø - north of Odense is a windy and ‘hilly’ (for Denmark) area that has fantastic slides for the children as well as an ice-cream stand and some simple hikes you can do as a family.

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These have been our family favourites this year, I’m sure there are many more. We are just so thankful for these creative spaces for our children to play!

Christmas shopping for the little boys

I have recently come across a lovely online store in the UK called Little Scout. It is catered for little boys. And their products are just wonderful. I could purchase everything in this store for my sons. But if I had to narrow it down, here’s my top picks.

For my 3 year old who loves to dress up:Picture 10

For my 6 year old who loves to create: 
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For discovering our world by night: 
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For the times we need to sit still and play quietly (eg. enroute to a new location):

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Happy Birthday M!

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To my crazy workaholic husband: Happy Birthday!

I posted this photo as he is so often working these days it’s such a precious moment to see him relaxing (as opposed to sleeping or working!) in Mallorca last month. Our lives in Odense are happy but so incredibly taken up by work and the kids, lately we’ve been spending so little time together.  So, I’m really looking forward to spending his birthday with him (I may even have a few surprises up my sleeve!) Loving you today and forever my darling M, xo, A.