Shopaholic and Proud

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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Augustine et Balthazar

Being pulled in all directions (sometimes quite literally, and by three sets of tiny, sticky hands), I don’t always manage to update this blog as much as I should and so many interesting places sadly slip through the net. But every now and again a little gem comes along, a place so special and blog-worthy that I try my best to post a few photos, an address – of course – and a […]

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Habitat Suisse

Following the success of their pop-up store in Geneva (now closed for refurbishment but set to re-open in August 2016), Habitat Suisse have launched a swanky new showroom in Etoy. From statement storage to minimalist dinnerware, this contemporary furniture store won’t disappoint: expect smart shopping ideas, beautiful wooden furniture and sofas for all room sizes. Ready for a quick preview? Here’s some pics we took last Saturday…       Alongside their signature chic staple pieces, Habitat […]

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Les Puces de Nyon

If you love scouring flea markets for unique finds, don’t miss the next Puces de Nyon market, which takes place on the last Sunday of every month in the lovely lakeside town of Nyon (VD). Stretching along the lakeside and with the spectacular backdrop of the Château de Nyon perched high on the hill, this flea market is probably one of the most scenic in the area.       The market stalls […]

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Le Carrousel

Le Carrousel in Geneva is one of our favourites toy shops in the area. They recently did some renovation work and the shop is looking better then ever, so much so we couldn’t resist sharing some pics here. If you’re looking for wooden toys, lovely gifts for baby and something truly special like these fire truck pedal cars, then you should definitely take a look at Le Carrousel. You can find […]

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Bouke de Vries in Nyon

If you happen to drive past Nyon in the next few weeks, why not make a stop to visit the Bouke de Vries exhibition at the Château de Nyon? “Bouke de Vries. Fragments” will run until the 12th of April 2015, and it’s a great opportunity to see a series of artworks by the London-based Dutch artist, some of which have been especially created for the Nyon Castle museum and inspired by its historical porcelain […]

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Home Decor at Maisons du Monde

We’ve already mentioned in our previous post about furniture stores in Geneva, Vaud and nearby France that Maisons du Monde were about to open a brand new store in Etoy (VD). Now that it’s finally here and looking absolutely fab, we felt some pics were in order! You’ll find the new Maisons du Monde – Etoy right next to Micasa and Hornbach in the zone industrielle (motorway exit Aubonne, follow signs for Etoy […]

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Flexa Children’s Furniture Giveaway

How about kicking off the new year with a fantastic online giveaway? Thanks to Flexa children’s furniture we are delighted to offer you the following giveaway, open to all our readers in Switzerland, the UK and mainland Europe. ***THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED – ENTRIES WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED*** You can read more about the latest Flex Play range in our previous post, these great modern designs are guaranteed to look fab […]

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Tried & Tested: Flexa

As far as contemporary furniture for kids goes, nothing beats modern Scandinavian design, so when Flexa asked Geneva Family Diaries to review the Flexa Play Table and 4 stools from their latest Play Collection, I knew there was only one answer for that. Founded in Denmark in 1972, FLEXA® create contemporary Scandinavian interiors for babies and children, designed to adapt to your little one’s growing needs and made with non-toxic, environmentally friendly materials. Not only are all products […]

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L’Asticot Sample Sale

Swiss ethical brand L’asticot will be holding a fab sample sale of their colourful, cozy kidswear ranges on Saturday 15th of November 2014 at their spanking new flagship store in Geneva (Rue des Etuves 10). The sample sale will run from 3pm to 6pm and will feature the last pieces of previous collections sales at 10CHF, 20CHF and 30CHF, so make sure you’re there on time to bag yourself some great bargains and […]

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Viva Vintage

On December 18th 2014, ASK – All Special Kids teams up with Rush Pop-up Store in the heart of Geneva’s Old Town to host Geneva’s first charity fashion shopping event: VIVA VINTAGE. This charity designer shoes and handbags sale will be held at Nest Gallery in Geneva (rue Etienne-Dumont 14) on Thursday 18th of December from 5pm to 9pm. All proceeds will go directly to supporting children with special educational needs and […]

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Little Creature Comforts

If you’ve just moved to Geneva, chances are you will be on the lookout for various bits & bobs for the house, including furniture. We’ve been there and understand how difficult it is to get it all sorted (in our particular case with 3 little reluctant shoppers in tow and a significant lack of DIY skills). It is true that IKEA in Vernier and Aubonne (VD) offer excellent supervised play areas and family-friendly restaurants, but […]

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A Ladybird’s Dream

If you’re looking for a special birthday present or a good quality wooden toy for your little one, you should try the toy shop Rêve de Coccinelle in Divonne-les-Bains. Yes, it is small but it’s such a treasure trove of wonderful educational toys that you will certainly find something unique and different. Laurence, the shop owner, is fantastic: she will take time to understand what you have in mind and show you what […]

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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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A Different Kind of Spread

I am the proud mum of three under-age chocoholics: a 3 year-old missy who jumps out of the bed in the morning demanding her “bwead and chocolate” and two boys who think it’s a great idea to spread a thick layer of nutella over their pancakes. Resistance is futile, but I put my foot down when it comes to palm oil and other nasties that are now an integral part […]

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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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Let’s Go To Deauville!

Swiss ethical brand L’Asticot have just launched their new 2014 spring/summer collection, inspired by the vintage style and maritime imagery of the French resort of Deauville. Summers in Deauville are all about holidays spent playing on the beach with a backdrop of picturesque lighthouses and Mediterranean woodlands, and these coastal colour tones are reflected in L’Asticot’s new gorgeous prints featuring stripes, fish motifs and vintage suitcases.   The collection’s colour palette has a timeless […]

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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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Les Recyclables

With its 11,000 books, healthy plats du jour and relaxed atmosphere, Les Recyclables is one of our favourite haunts in Geneva. It is true that there is no play area as such, but the spirit of this cozy Librairie-Café is so welcoming & laid-back that your little ones are never made to feel like they’re a nuisance. If you have lunch here, the little buttons can have a “Mini” version of your plat du […]

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It’s a CrocO’deal

I might be late to the party but CrocO’deal Coffee in Divonne-les-Bains is such a fab child-friendly haven that I can’t resist blogging about it…better late than ever is what I say! If you haven’t been yet, make sure you pop round for a cup of coffee or one of their upcoming activities such as creative workshops, story-time in French, Bébé gym, Zumba or dance classes. Owner Jennifer Letellier opened CrocO’deal Coffee in July 2013: […]

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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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What’s On in January 2014

I can’t believe how fast 2013 has flown by, can you? Now that January 2014 is here, we’ve got our usual “what’s on” ready for you but remember to check our listings regularly as we will be adding new events every week. Find more info about family-friendly brunches in our post “Sunday brunch with kids” or book your little one’s ski lessons to make the most of the season’s snowfall (more info here). Did you […]

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Chocolate & Coffee Heaven in Nyon

Every excuse is good when it comes to chocolate: Xmas, a gift for friends or just a well-deserved treat for yours truly. As expats living in the land of chocolate, we’re quite lucky to have all this deliciousness at our fingertips so how could I resist the temptation of trying out a new chocolaterie when I heard a foodie friend rave about it? Enter Claudio Corallo‘s teensy new chocolaterie & coffee […]

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The Botanic Experience

Is your Xmas clock ticking fast or have you just run out of groceries and didn’t manage to get your shopping done on Saturday? If so, you may want to pay a visit to home & garden-centre-cum-organic-supermarket Botanic in St-Genis Pouilly (France). I’ve been to Botanic a few times already, following the advice of a very wise friend and absolutely loved it but didn’t have my camera with me until this weekend, when I […]

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What’s On in December 2013

The countdown to Christmas has begun and we have a fab list of events coming up in the area during the festive season: from ice-skating to fabulous Xmas markets, this is wonderful time of year in French-speaking Switzerland.   Visit Santa: Don’t forget you can visit Santa’s house in nearby Andilly (France) during the holidays  or enjoy the magnificent celebration of the Noël des Alpes in Annecy. Check out the official website of […]

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It’s a Reima Winter!

When I was recently asked to review some Reima winter jackets for children, timing could not have been better. The glacial bise had already started to blow mercilessly and I’d been wondering how best to equip my little ones for the winter ahead. The only problem was finding something that would keep them snug & warm AND that they actually wanted to wear!   This is no mean feat as my eldest […]

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Xmas Market at the Castle

You know the holidays are around the corner when Christmas markets start showcasing their festive wares. And there are few better ways to get into the yuletide spirit, while also crossing a few items off your gift list, than strolling through a spice-scented market complete with handmade candles and advent wreaths. Very soon there will be an abundance of such markets to choose from, but if there’s one in the […]

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Organic Lunch

A few weeks ago, Expat Husband and I booked (or should this be begged?) the kids’ favourite baby-sitter to come on Saturday morning so we could head off to Val Thoiry to order some bits of furniture & lighting for our new house. Yes, unfortunately it looks like my 3 little buttons inherited their shopping-endurance genes from their dad not me, which means they can’t tolerate spending more than 15 […]

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Swap & Shop!

Are you planning a major wardrobe declutter, in preparation for the festive season & the new year? If so, don’t miss the SWAP&SHOP-PARTY@ST-PREX, this Friday 22nd of November 2013. Whether you have some items to swap & sell or not: EVERYONE IS WELCOME!   This great 2nd hand sale is women’s clothes and accessories swapping at its best. You will also find wonderful gifts including jewelry and home decoration. Not only […]

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Christmas Wonderland

This might not be a new find, as Schilliger is one of the best-known garden & home-decor stores in canton Vaud, but the Xmas displays at Schilliger Gland get more sumptuous every year so I really can’t stop myself from posting the photos I took this weekend. The official purpose of our visit was to find a turtle or tropical fish for my boys, but – needless to say – Mum got […]

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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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Meet Zirkuss

We’re so excited to welcome one of Switzerland’s coolest online kids stores amongst our advertisers, but even more so because the driving & creative forces behind Zirkuss are two busy mums, just like us.       Here’s their story, as co-founder Lucia told Geneva Family Diaries: “At the beginning we started off as a team of three mothers (Patrizia, Petra and Lucia) who wanted to make kids clothes and brands we […]

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For The Love of Books

Without a doubt, one of the nicest  and better-stocked kids bookshops in the Geneva area is La Librerit in Carouge. I stop by whenever I can and always manage to find a new book, board game or activity I know my little ones will love. Conveniently located on Place du Marché – and very easily identifiable by its colourful yellow sign! – La Librerit stocks an amazing selection of children’s books for all ages […]

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L’Asticot in Geneva

The story of Swiss ethical label L’Asticot began in 2009, when young mums Christie and Danièle put their creative pencils to paper and designed L’Asticot’s first collection of original, super-wearable, fun & über cool kids’ clothes. I love their colourful, unique designs that are such a pleasure to wear even for the most active and wriggly little monkeys, and I definitely support their ethical commitment to fair trade standards and sustainable development. For me […]

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Swiss Mumpreneurs at Hiboutique

As you might have guessed, we love to surf the net here at Geneva Family Diaries. A few weeks ago we came across a fab Swiss online shop called Hiboutique, which sells beautifully designed, ethically-sourced and ecological products for babies and young children.   With an array of colourful, eco-friendly products and a very attractive website how could we resist ? We just had to find out more about the Swiss […]

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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 Thrill of the New

A press day at the swanky, newly-opened Hotel N’vY Geneva was a great opportunity to discover some fab 2013-2014 collections and to enjoy the hip, laid-back atmosphere of the hotel itself.       An authentic slice of NY boho-chic right in the heart of Pâquis, the Hotel N’vY boasts a lounge cocktail bar where a giant block of ice is cut to measure for each drink and the bartenders have been trained at the […]

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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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Expat Dadpreneurs: Roel

Our latest entrepreneurial inspiration comes from expat dad Roel van Gasselt, a Dutch father-of-two who moved to Carouge five years ago. Read Roel’s article below to find out more about his expat family, their favourite spots in Geneva and the inspiration behind Roel’s online company Zizzz.ch, which sells the most stylish baby sleeping bags made with organic cotton lining and Swisswool filling as well as a range of adorable baby blankets. We’re delighted to […]

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Les Enfants Terribles

Les Enfants Terribles in Geneva is one of the city’s coolest design boutiques & bar-cafés. I popped in recently, when my best friend from Barcelona came over for the weekend, and we both agreed this was a great place to look for something special. Housed in a converted body shop in a Plainpalais back-street, this ecletic concept store is heaven-on-earth if you’re on the hunt for minimalist Scandi designs, fair-trade French […]

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Gift of Love

Who doesn’t love buying gifts for a new baby ? It’s not always easy to get it right, though, and I find that baby clothes don’t get as much use as I’d like, since babies grow so quickly they’re normally out of newborn clothes within weeks. I was recently contacted by French mumpreneur Caroline Blin, founder of online gift retailer Paquet Câlin, and I was so impressed by her baby gift boxes I […]

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A Tribute to Women

Within minutes of meeting Paola Limonta, one half of the Geneva-based Swiss jewellery design team Uzume Spirit, I developed a serious girl crush: funny, warm-hearted, passionate and inspiring (as well as an energetic mum-of-three!), she’s the woman we’d all love to be and the BFF we all wished we had. I had already lusted over the Uzume’s jewellery collections online, but being able to try them on while Paola told me everything about the […]

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Au Chien Bleu

Cozy, colourful and full-to-the-brim with books and educational toys, Au Chien Bleu in Geneva is everything you dream an independent children’s bookstore to be. The choice of books, toys & CDs for 0 to 16 year-olds is infinite, but they also have a very tempting selection of gifts and stationery ranging from washi tape to satchels, gift boxes, pencil cases etc. Artfully arranged on the shelves and tables you’ll find anything from the classics to the most […]

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Bags of Style

Our biggest thank you to La Muse boutique in Geneva (7, rue du Vieux-Collège) for inviting us to the presentation of the new Halaby bags collection for Spring/Summer 2013. Sketched by Lebanese designer Gilbert Halaby in his Rome’s atelier and entirely made in Italy by local artisans, these exquisite bags exude Italian 1950s glamour and exotic charm.   As a self-confessed handbag fetishist, I could go on about the superb craftmanship of […]

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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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Le Royaume Melazic

Once upon a time, in the middle of Switzerland, there lived two sisters in an enchanted kingdom. One day, they started to sketch their dream clothes and – a few spells later – they had created t-shirts, buttons and shopping bags under the label Le Royaume Melazic. Sisters Soizic and Melanie’s story is the stuff of (Swiss) design dreams: from the launch of their Lausanne-based label in 2006, their creative juices haven’t stopped […]

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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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Cookery Books for Smurfs

Best things really do come in small packages as is the case with these cool tiny cookery books I bought in France quite recently . Each of them lists 30 “cult recipes” you can make with some staple pantry-shelf ingredients that snobbish cooks would normally scorn: marshmallows, cheese triangles, smarties, condensed milk, nutella etc.     It’s hard to gauge from the photos but “les tout-petits de Marabout” are really no bigger than your hand. […]

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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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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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