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Exploring La Garenne Zoo

June 9, 2017 • KidsSwitzerlandTravel

i am so behind on posting around here, it’s not even funny. these photos are from one of our trips to our new favorite hangout in switzerland, LA GARENNE ZOO. it is seriously one of the most beautifully designed zoos i have ever seen – with wooden constructions, huts and walkways everywhere, and even the playground is tasteful without too many garish colors. i’m so glad people realize (some) parents appreciate these kinds of things!

but juliet is as big a fan of the place as we are. the zoo only holds animals that are native to our area in switzerland – wolves, owls, goats, wild boars, birds of prey, otters, raccoons, sheep… they all have pretty homes in the middle of a gorgeous nature park, and visitors can even enter some of their cages to get really close. i mostly think this is scary, juliet just enjoys seeking out the animals’ sometimes hidden figures, as they blend so perfectly with their surroundings.

speaking of blending in – i couldn’t help but smile when i noticed how the color of our new BUGABOO BEE5 matched so perfectly with the zoo’s setting. my husband accused me from staging the entire visit just so i could get some nice shots out of it (he should know by now that it’s like a second nature and it just can’t be switched off, amiright you other instagram addicts?)

in any case, besides looking pretty good, our bee5 has also proven to be the perfect companion for little outings like this – flexible, light and practical. after using it for a little over a month now, we’ve noticed juliet likes it even better than our cameleon, and i think it’s because the bee feels more accessible to her. now that she is getting into the habit of wanting to do everything (and i do mean everything – sigh) by herself, it’s nice that she can climb into this stroller and even fasten the seatbelt on her own. luckily she hasn’t the strength yet to click herself free – thank heavens. for now, trapping her and escorting her away from la garenne is the only way we could ever leave this place!

this was our first time out exploring with the BUGABOO BEE5 and our KAOS backpack (but certainly not our last!) • all photos taken at LA GARENNE ZOO by stephanie duval and matthias rabaey

Marmar In The Snow

April 6, 2017 • KidsLife

it hasn’t snowed around here for weeks now, and though i am so happy and excited to transition into spring, i am a bit nostalgic for the beautiful snow days we had this winter. everyone seems to be leaving on their very last skiing trips of the season, so i’m using that as an excuse to photo dump our excursion with the cutest snow bunny of all time.

finding a pretty snowsuit for little ones is quite the challenge – at least if you’re not into rainbow-colour-compositions or cartoon prints. but if there’s one brand i have always been able to count on since juliet was born, it’s MARMAR. i discovered the brand thanks to their evergreen collection of gorgeous modal rompers, tees and leggings, and when juliet grew a little bigger, i started loving their seasonal collections, too. their prints are always amazing and the quality is exceptional.

silly me had never noticed they also have a range of outerwear and even winterwear, but once i realized, i was beyond excited to try it out. in the photos above juliet is wearing their ollie snowsuit, and it is every bit as warm and cozy as it looks. i love that it comes in beautiful, muted and classic colors – nothing like the garish hues you see in most skiwear brands. i’m secretly hoping the size two will last her another season, as it was slightly too big for her now (but all the more cozy and warm).

i think part of me wanted to have kids just for this moment – seeing my tiny nugget all wrapped up, monkeying around in the snow with her dad, never flinching when he sled down the hills with her, always yelling ‘encore!’ it was such a fun day that we’ve since invested in a real, wood sleigh and i’ve made a mental note to buy decent snow boots and gloves for juliet next winter, so we can start having some snowball fights, too. as long as we’re living 20 minutes away from that fairytale like winter wonderland, we’ve decided to try and enjoy it as often as we can.

so there you go with this official goodbye to winter – see ya in a few months!

juliet is wearing the MARMAR ollie snowsuit • all photos by stephanie duval

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