Expat Mumpreneurs

House of Fairies

Launched in March 2016 by Danish expat mum Benedicte Krüger Nielsen, House of Fairies is a great online shop stocking some of the coolest kids clothing brands from Denmark and Holland. From Hummel’s cool and comfy sports collections to Dolly by Le Petit Tom’s chiffon dance tutus and dresses, you’re guaranteed to find a unique selection of practical and fun brands for your little ones.       House of Fairies was founded by Danish […]

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Tried & Tested: Unameit Stickers

I have a confession to make (head bowed, fidgety fingers): while I am quite the proficient list-maker and are known to nag everybody around me about the need to “be more organized”, I have been sending my children to school or nursery for years without properly labelling all their belongings. It seemed like such a clever idea at the time – just grab a pen on the way out and […]

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Tried & Tested: Goodness Gracious Foods

We’re back with another “Tried & Tested” post, where we give you the low-down on specific services and products suitable for your little ones. For this post our star blogger Michelle Levesley, a British mum-of-three & English teacher living in France, has tested a selection of organic, gluten-free baby food pouches from Goodness Gracious Foods with no added salt, sugar or preservatives. Here’s what she had to say…   Michelle’s report: This week my three children […]

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Little Bird Pilates

If you’ve been wanting to give Pilates a try without the long-term commitment that typically comes with a fitness club membership, the recently opened Little Bird Pilates studio in Gland may be the right place for you. Offering a variety of classes from post-natal to a faster-paced “cardio-lovers” class and a flexible price scheme starting at 25 CHF per lesson, studio owner Johdi Woodford keeps her classes small (max. 8 people) […]

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Meet Petit Toi

Alejandra is the mumpreneur behind Petit Toi in Lausanne, a design shop for children which opened its doors at the end of February, specializing in designer kids’ furniture, accessories and toys. Alejandra has selected children’s furniture with a unique and personal touch: you can choose from the latest European and American designs as well as more vintage pieces. Toys and decorative objects are sourced from all over the world, but always bearing in mind […]

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Expat Mumpreneurs: Renata & Sara

We are very happy to publish the story of expat mumpreneurs Renata Bossetti and Sara Mesquida, the hearts & souls behind Pépit9s, a brand of handmade jewelry founded in 2013. Hope you will enjoy finding out about their flair and commitment as much as we did!   Two women of different cultures, life stories & sensibilities. Renata a blonde Italian, delicate, artistic, curious has been living in Switzerland with her husband and […]

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Boo Merino Giveaway

We are delighted to announce our first ever giveaway with Luzern-based Boo.Merino, an online store of beautiful kidswear made from 100% Pure New Zealand Merino wool founded by expat mum-of-two Amanda Petrillo. ***THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED – ENTRIES WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED*** Boo.Merino’s wool is 100% natural and does not contain any synthetic or chemical-based materials, such as viscose or polyester. Since Merino is superfine, it can be worn without itching […]

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Paper & Party Love

A huge welcome to our new expat mumpreneur Carla Rippstein, founder of stationery website Paper & Party Love. Just take a look at her gorgeous birthday decorations, party supplies & printables and start dreaming about your next fabulous bash. Whether it’s a special occasion for mum & dad or a child’s birthday, Carla’s designs will inspire you: believe you me, her children’s ranges are truly fun and adorable!     We […]

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Rockmybaby

A very warm welcome to our latest sponsor: Rockmybaby Nanny & Babysitting Agency, launched in Switzerland by Tanya Jeannet in November 2012. Tanya was born in Cape Town (South Africa), is Swiss by nationality and has lived in Switzerland with her husband and two little girls for the last 5 years. Before launching Rockmybaby Switzerland, she worked in corporate environments, providing recruitment services to clients across different industries.     After having her […]

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Lilabloom Notebooks

There’s nothing more inspiring than listening to the life story of other expat mums who, like us, have braved a change of country, culture, lifestyle to build a new life with their family and children. A very warm welcome to Inês, a Portuguese expat mum-of-two and founder of stationery design company Lilabloom. Take a look at her gorgeous handmade notebooks and let yourself be inspired by her story: what if your expat […]

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The Atila4Child Clothing Sale is on!

Here at Geneva Family Diaries we’re great fans of Atila 4 child‘s gorgeous creations, so I jumped for joy when designer Marie wrote to tell us about her upcoming baby & kids clothing sale. If you’d like to buy some unique, original and super-comfy clothes for your little ones at reduced prices, make sure you clear your diary for the 8th, 12th, 14th and 15th of June 2013 as Marie […]

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Organic Fruit with a Local Accent

One of the things I missed the most when we first moved to Geneva was all the healthy snacks available for children in the UK. My little ones loved them and I knew the brands weren’t loaded with sugar or other nasties. It took me a while (and a lot of label-reading in French!) to find some alternatives here, but I have to admit my boys weren’t always keen and […]

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Minimalisma Giveaway

We are delighted to announce our first ever giveaway with Zürich-based Minimalisma, an online store of adorable baby clothes designed by expat mumpreneur Maja. Minimalisma’s clothes are especially designed for babies and toddlers aged zero to 2 years-old. They combine clean Scandinavian simplicity with the best natural fabrics such as silk, cashmere, linen and the finest cottons, which are very gentle on a baby’s delicate skin. Read the story behind the launch of […]

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Eco Design at Chougarou.com

Our Expat Mumpreneur interviews are so inspiring and motivating that we can’t get enough of them. The latest expat mumpreneur to join our group is called Feng-I and lives in Lausanne. Feng-I is an expat mum-of-two from Taiwan and the founder of Chougarou.com, an environmentally-friendly and design-conscious online store of kids products (ages 0-4) designed to make our parenting lives easier. We’re very happy to announce that Chougarou.com is offering a special 20% discount on online purchases for all Geneva Family […]

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Expat Mumpreneurs in Nyon

Last Thursday, I could not resist the opportunity to visit again The Desalpes Company’s Home and Lifestyle collection at their mid-winter fair in Nyon. Having already purchased one of Mikée Westerling’s iconic Swiss Army Blanket cushions (which was given the seal of approval by all the family as you can see in this photo) ‘ we ‘ wanted another. If you’d like to see more of Mikée’s collection, visit The […]

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Help at Moneypenny & Co.

A warm welcome to Corinne Buck, the latest expat mumpreneur to share her story and great tips on our blog. Corinne is a Dutch mother-of-one and the founder of Moneypenny & Co., a company offering personal and professional organizing services in Geneva. Who doesn’t need a bit of help to get our home and busy lives sorted ? Actually, think of it…I should make that a resolution for 2013 !   […]

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Genevacakes Giveaway !

Read the story behind the launch of Genevacakes, which has been kindly contributed by expat mum and founder Ana Moraleda, and take part in our fabulous Genevacakes giveaway ! ***THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED – ENTRIES WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED*** One lucky winner will gain a place on a “Fondant cake decoration workshop” (value 360CHF, course duration 6 hours – the prize cannot be exchanged for the cash equivalent or for an alternative […]

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A Touch of Spice

If – like me – you have been lacking time, inspiration or enthusiasm for your Christmas shopping, please let me point you in the direction of Spice Your Life at number 11, rue de Raulan in Bassins (Canton Vaud).       Tamara Martyn fills her beautiful shop with a delightful collection of original pieces. Her homeware range includes porcelain cups, bowls, pretty table linen, aprons and glassware. Decorative furnishings include cushions, artwork, […]

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Sture & Folke Baby Blankets

A few weeks ago I met Karin, a lovely expat mumpreneur from Sweden who has been living in Canton Vaud for nearly 4 years. I’d invited her over for a cup of tea and a chat, hoping that she might agree to contribute a post about her business for our mumpreneurs section. Well, completely unexpectedly, she showed up with a wonderful gift for my little girl: one of her own […]

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Mac & Fred Champagne Evening

Xmas is fast approaching and sometimes I feel in need of inspiration to find gifts for the girls in our family (and – being an extended AngloItalian family – there are lots…of all ages !) so I was really excited when I received the invitation to a special Mac & Fred champagne evening, which will take place on Thursday 6th of December 2012 from 6pm to 11pm in Commugny (VD). If you’re looking […]

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The Desalpes Company

Expat mum-of-three Mikée Westerling is the founder of The Desalpes Company, an online store of gorgeous home products made using authentic Swiss Army blankets. We immediately fell in love with her collection when we saw her website and we’re over the moon that she agreed to contribute this article to tell us more about her designs (& share some of her expat tips too !).   Mikée is offering our readers a free Desalpes […]

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She’s Toute Sweet !

Here at Geneva Family Diaries our eyes are definitely bigger than our tums, so we might be forgiven if – with so many exceptional Master Bakers in our expat community – we find it really hard to resist the temptation to mention them all…   US expat Nikki is as sweet as her culinary masterpieces and the name of her baking business: Toute Sweet, couldn’t be more appropriate ! So if you’d like to […]

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Expat Mumpreneurs: Marta

We all know that moving to a different country is not always easy, especially if you’re leaving behind friends, family and a job you loved. An expatriate experience, however, could be the perfect opportunity to take stock and follow a dream you’ve always had such as, for example, setting up your own business. There are many talented expat mums in Switzerland who’ve done just that and we at Geneva Family […]

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Meet “Atila 4 Child”

Our community of expat mums is such a treasure trove of amazing talent that there is more to be found every day. Our star mumpreneur this week has launched a fabulous fashion label for children aged 0 to 8 years-old, her style is so individual and cool we can’t wait to share it with you ! Marie is a French expat mum who moved to Bursins (Canton Vaud) in 2007. A fashion designer […]

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Expat Mumpreneurs: Michelle

Our “Expat Mumpreneurs” section is very close to our hearts. We have the greatest admiration for all the talented, creative and resourceful expat mums who take the plunge and turn their amazing skills into a business, which is often run alongside a hectic family life. From cake-making to photography, design or life-coaching, our expat community is full of extremely talented mums and we can’t wait to find out more about them !     Michelle […]

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Thalia et Bubu Pop-up Store

If you have a soft spot for stylish, cool designs for kids and would like to take a look at the new AW collections from brands like Bobo Choses, Simple Kids, Talc, Baby Version Rock and many more, make a note in your diary for the upcoming Thalia et Bubu pop-up store, taking place chez Little Home from Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th of September 2012. This fab pop-up store will feature over […]

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