Unleash the gardener within! Grow your own in pots and wellies.

by Scandinavian mum

To grow your own is trending. There’s waiting lists for allotments and various of green community groups have a soaring number of members and volunteers. These urban transition groups are seeking to design a more sustainable future. If you’re interested in finding out more about what they do, and also how to get involved, visit transitionnetwork.org

As we like to grow our own, we enjoy reading about growing herbs, fruit and vegetables on blogs like the WellyWoman Blog, an endless source for garden inspiration, helpful tips and lots of green ideas. It’s time to unleash the gardener within!

Grow your own fruit vegetables and herbs at home, in the garden, in mini green houses, in pots, milk cartoons or in wellies.
© WellyWoman Blog, from the Chelsea Flower Show 2013.

© 1. Urban Garden seen at Clerkenwell Design Week London. 2. Ikea mini greenhouse £12, spotted at the Breathe Happiness Blog

Summer Children's Clothes - Perfect for Garden life

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Julmys at Ikea -getting ready for Christmas

by Scandinavian mum

Julmys, kos or hygge are Scandinavian words we use a lot when talking about Christmas, meaning enjoyable time. Ikea is all decorated for Christmas, with everything from fairy lights to wrapping paper. And the Ikea toy department might be the place to pick up some Christmas gifts. Oh -and do not leave without having the Ikea Swedish meatballs in the restaurant!

Start by heading to Ikea online and be inspired for some julmys and hygge this Christmas.

© Ikea

The 2013 IKEA Catalogue is here!

by Scandinavian mum

The new 2013 IKEA Catalogue is finally here! Actually I haven’t received mine yet, but I borrowed a friends that got hers last week. And I’ve been eagerly flicking through, not only for inspiration but also for necessities. You might remember if you follow this blog, but the Little Scandinavian family have recently moved house. And with a new home comes the need for practical storage solutions, functional pieces of furniture that affordable still in a sleek Scandinavian style.

Love or hate Ikea but it’s hard to avoid the Swedish furniture giant when you want to make an home improvement.

So Ikea is emphasising this year to renew your home with textiles! In the current economical climate it’s important to keep a safe budget and what better way than buying a cushion instead of an entire new sofa?!

In the children’s Ikea there’s new educational and decorative toys, colourful and textiles in various forms and shapes -and as usual excellent storage systems to avoid chaos in the child’s bedroom and also functional furniture like desks, beds and wardrobes. They also have a great selection for the babies first room as well as a separate section dedicated the youth room.

If you have not received the new IKEA catalogue 2013 by 15th September you can pick up a copy from your local IKEA store.

Nostalgic Christmas Cards and gift wrapping at Ikea

by Scandinavian mum

We’ve previous years shared a small selection of a Scandinavian vintage Christmas Cards. These romantic and nostalgic greeting cards has proven to be very popular -so it was to our great pleasure we recently discovered that the Swedish Interior and Home giant Ikea this year has included a vintage Christmas card print in their affordable selection of gift wrapping for Christmas.