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Happy Holidays

Inspiration: @billie_and_I
Film By: @rumblewoood

Advent Calendar DIY 3 - Gingerbread Camel

Our kids L O V E ginger bread. So we decided to make some in 3D this year. 
If you like to get the pattern for the gingerbread camel, email us and we will send you the pattern. 




Advent Calendar DIY 2 - Cards

This weekend we told the kids that father Christmas has given them a mission to paint cards for all the holiday gifts. So that he knows to whom all the gifts are for. 

We made it very simple, had some colored paper at home and a lot of paint. 

Special Delivery - a small Christmas story

Fotos by Ulrika Nihlén

Find the bag here  Special Delivery 

To get your order before Christmas order before:
Sweden 17/12
Worldwide 13/12

Advent Calendar DIY 1 - Girland or a Skaleton

It was harder than I thought to prepare for this advent calendar, a DIY for every weekend up until christmas, only using things we have at home and making it so interesting that the kiddos really are excited and want to sit down and create was not an easy task.

So for this weekend I have collected supplies from nature, dried some oranges, rose hip, walnuts, pine cones and some green leafs from the garden. I will prepare them to do girlands but I think I need to make it a bit more interesting, so I will also take a paper and sketch the contur of a skeleton so they can take all the natural supplies and glue thier own skeleton. 

I'm so looking forward to making this with the kiddos, to see if they acutally like these craft ideas or if it will end with me sitting and making girlands and skeletons :)

Had to test the girland idea before (also to have a picture to illustrate this text) so here is my idea of a natural girland for christmas. 


Together with some favorite independent brands we unite for some thing better.
We need to consume smarter and with #consumatters we hope to make the world a better place:






We stand up for the world’s most important people – our kids! On Black Friday we will raise the price
on limited products and give 50% of the proceeds to support children around the world who needs
love and attention, all stores has chosen their specific organisations to support this weekend.

50% of the proceeds goes to UNICEF, so we both give, Tellkiddo and you.
Offers available Friday 23/11- Monday 26/11. Buy, give, love. 

Buy, give, love. 

Thank you! 

Photo: @emmajonssondysell
Copy:  @bjornbertoft


Advent Calendar

Planning for December. Last year we bought blocks for the kids from the kids got one block each day and on the last day they had so many they could build a castle. 

This year we will do four activity bags for each advent weekend. And use things we have at home to play around with. 
Before each weekend I will show you what we will use as crafts for the kids here on the blog. 

To get your activity bags before the first advent weekend, please make sure you order them before 24/11. 

Find them here

Printable DIY

I made a little printable DIY for you. Meet little Pumpkin and Ghostie. 

Print them out, cut, paint them, give them arms or legs and have fun. I hope you and your kids will like them. 

Download here. 


DIY October

After kindergarden we always try to do something together, not every day we have that time of course, but we try to sit down before dinner to play and talk. 

As you know, we like to use stuff we have at home, this week we played around with shapes and different colors. We cut them out from an old package and we painted with acrylic color. 

After the paint dried we put them together into different characters, its was so much fun and an easy DIY together with the kids. 

Here are some pictures from our messy DIY hangout. I'm pretty happy with this art piece :)


Get to know our Instagram friend @juliamjornstedt

Fourth one out in this small interview series, we get to know Julia from Gothenburg, Sweden. She has done so many things, she is a entreprenour who loves PR and communication, all with a smile on her face. Mother to Billie and Frank. Check out her instagram account here @juliamjornstedt and get to know her a little bit more here below. 

How are you as a parent?

I hope to be patient, present and understanding, but as most parents I struggle with feelings of guilt and not being good enough. I think the most important thing is to always try your best and never ever give up on your relationship with your kids. 


You are very good with words, always making us smile while reading your post on instagram, tell us about that, is words a passion of yours? 

Thank you! I love words and the difference they can make. Words have always been my escape, my way of trying to figure out myself and the world. I’ve seen how powerful words can be and it really makes me happy that people enjoy what I write!

Tell us about your home? What makes it a home you think?

I live in a apartment in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city. It is very important for me to feel at home in our apartment and that everything in it has a role. I hate having to many things and constantly keep a big bag in a closet where I throw things that I am going to give away (and whenever my husband is missing something he always goes there first 😬)

I don’t like bright colors, I think it has something to do with me being a very stressed person and wanting to calm down when I come home.

How has parenthood changed your home?

Absolutely! Well first of there’s toys and crafts everywhere... but it has also changed the meaning of a home. I mean, this is and will always be their first home and I need to make it rememberable!

Inspiration is both fun and important, where do you find your inspiration?

Inspiration for my writing almost always comes from my kids (they say the most hilarious things!) and being a parent. Instagram is also a very happy place for me where I constantly save pictures or take screen shots for future projects at home or at work!

I’m also badly addicted to Pinterest...

Thank you so much Julia for letting us get to know you a bit better /Maria

Lovely photoshoot of our range by Merrilee Liddiard

I love to work with small independent brands, I have done so from the start with Tellkiddo. This time Merilee Liddiard did a photoshoot with her brand alongside our brand and products. I'm so impressed by her handmade dolls and how she captures dreamy spaces.  

Photos by Shannon

In the picture are: 
Cubbie in natural (currently out of stock but back soon) here you find Cubbie in pink
Big PLAY bag in pink
The little play bag 
Big TOYS paper bag

New print in the Tellkiddo family

Endless of creativity options with this new print. It comes in two sizes. Have it like it is for all you minimalist design lovers, or paint the letters in your favorite color. Remember I wrote about we often start by learning the capital letters but it’s the small ones we use the most. With some inspiration from our own family life at the moment this print was born. 

Fint it here: abc print

What will you create? Or do you like to have it like it is? 


Get to know our Instagram friend @petiteslunes

Third one out in this small interview series, we get to know Emilie from Montreal who has a good eye to interior and color combinations. Check out her instagram account here @petiteslunes and get to know her a little bit more here below. 

Who makes you a parent?

Charlotte my eldest daughter soon to be 5 years old and the little latest Odette who's 18 months.

Tell us about your home? What makes it a home you think?
We got our first house five years ago, a little 60's bungalow in the suburbs. It's slowly taking form in the vision we had when we first entered it, but interior design isn't what makes it a home. The fact that we became a family here to two incredible kids and of course our pets make it a home forever.

Do you have a favorite room in the house? What makes it so special? 

I don't actually. We needed to adjust our living space so much in the last five years that I feel like we have no finished room, if a room can be. My daughters bedroom is probably where I feel the most relaxed, among the toys explosion.

Now when the second season of “The handmaids tail” has launched with one episode per week, training our patience. Any other favorite streaming series you have at the moment?
We don't really have time to really follow a TV serie these days but I can't wait for the next season of Walking Dead (me and my zombies).

Who are the top 3 Instagrammers in your community right now?
Right now, I don't want to look like a stalker but I really get inspiration from @finelittleday, @swantjeundfrieda, @minimockspetra & @bloggaibagis. They are all such an inspiration for me on a daily basis.

Thank you so much Emlilie for letting us get to know you a bit better /Maria

Build a business via Instagram - 8 tips

This small advice below is from an intervew I did a few weeks back. It's 8 small tips about social media and how to get started if you like to build your business with the help of Instagram. Its very basic and mainly for beginners. The Swedish version you can find here

Tellkiddo started 2014, with a strong motivation to change life style. Its been a big change and all focused on our little family, those of you following us on Instagram and have done so since start know what I'm talking about. We still work many hours a day but the structure is different now. We changed it from working many hours a day and seeing our kids just a few hours to now having family in the center of our life and work comes on second place and not the other way around, breiefly illustrated in this picture.

1 - Be unique 
Presence on Instagram is built on frequency, with new posts everyday. To be able to maintain the proper presence you need to build your brand around an imagery that you really like and enjoy working with.

“We have built a very personal style, with pictures taken from our house. You should be able to feel that there are actual people behind our account but we also mix it with photos of our lovely consumers spaces”

2. Algorithm
Only post the best and most relevant to your target group to get a high engagement and to make the algorithm increase your reach on your post. Earlier, a picture would live for around 70minutes, now with the updated algorithm, a post can live for up to 6 days.

“This makes that our content live longer. If you wish your followers a good morning and they see it at 6pm, it’s not relevant anymore, so aim for content that isn’t old after a day. And remember the algorithem changes all time. Instagram is testing it to optimize the experiense for us. It might not be the same version I see on instagram that my frinds sees. Its called A/B testing.”

3. Be consistent
Set a strategy for the content of your posts – and how often they should be published. Then stick to this strategy. If you post 3 times a day, then you should stick to that pace.

“Your followers should like you for who you are, and will later expect you to be like that”

4. Find your own strategy
Post your images when your followers are active on the platform, it’s possible to see these statistics if you have a company profile. Instagram is a community built on our social interactions with each other.

“You don’t have to be afraid to spam with posts as not all your followers will see the content. Try your way forward, if you notice that you lose followers if you post 3 times per day, try posting less, maybe every other day. Find your own strategy that works for you"

5. Good images 
Instagram is of course about the images. Mobile cameras are nowadays so good that they make the cut.

“We have taken a more personal way, instead of just showing the product as it is, we show different rooms and situations in our life."

6. Hashtags
Hashtags can carry an enormous power, so follow the trends within your category. Find the right hashtag and use them to raise your posts.

“also use a hashtag for your own brand, we have and use #Tellkiddo, which enables the customers to tag their images with our products”

 “earlier you should have had 30 hashtags in the first comment, but now it’s all about relevant posts and finding creative hashtags that support your business. Write them integrated in your image text, to be able to benefit from the follow # feature"

7. Cooperate
Many subcultures on Instagram have tight networks containing engaged creative people and followers. Get to know them, by for example starting to comment on their posts.

“Cooperate with another company or person that you feel does something good.”

8. Increase your account

Instagram algorithm has become more like Facebooks. All posts are not shown to all followers. To get new followers it's harder now than a few years ago. There are no shortcuts to getting a big following on Instagram.

“High engagement is always rewarding. Try to build new relations while you care about them you have. Think of it as if you’re moving to a new city and don’t know anyone, that is very similar to how a new brand on Instagram grows.


Get to know our Instagram friend @playfulmodernkids

In this small series we get to know a bit more about the people behind some of the amazing instagram accounts that we got to know since starting Tellkiddo. This time we hear from Shanlynne Silverstre from Nashville who has the most inspiring account called @playfulmodernkids I always love how she dresses her two kiddos and how she takes unique pictures of their life. 

Who makes you a parent?

My two crazy kiddos Adonay (age 5) and Adonis ( age 2 ) and on some occasions, my husband (age 23) the main reason for my gray hairs.

How has parenthood changed your home?
Parenthood has changed not just my home but everything about myself and my lifestyle.  I was 19 years old when I had my first son Adonay , but ever since then my husband and I knew we had to change our ways . If we didn’t have our two kiddos so early, I don’t think we would ever have a home (my husband and I were on horrible paths when we were younger) so having kids helped us mature and have an actual “home”.

What gets you up in the morning? 
I was hoping to say something inspirational, but the truth is my boys wake up everyday at  6- 7am even if they sleep late !! So it’s usually them jumping on me to get up or my husband’s alarm that goes off at 5am (team no sleep)

On a perfect picnic with the kids, what do you bring?
We never had luck on a perfect picnic (it’s either too hot or too cold) but I’ve had many attempts to making a “ perfect picnic “ . I think the setting would have to be the main part, it definitely has to be right next to the sea on a semi chilly morning. For food: a cheese plate, sparkling lemonade, and a ton of fruits! For entertainment: a magazine (for mommy) a kite and bubbles.

Do you have a favorite magazine you like to read?
My favorite magazine would have to be MilK ! But I would love to read a magazine that is diverse with mommies of different nationalities, sizes, and struggles. I feel like magazines aim too much to be perfect and doesn’t show the actual beauty and struggles of motherhood.

Who are the top 3 Instagrammers in your community right now?
@damin_lilly ( I love her color play and how she dresses her little one ! )
@bu.ku.ku ( l love following on her lifestyle and moody captures )
@repose.ams ( In-yeo is such a genuine person and has a deep passion with whatever she creates) 

Thank you so much Shanlynne for letting us get to know you a bit better /Maria