My big Italian-Swedish wedding

Emanuele ♥︎ Ebba 1/11/14

Photography: Livia Siciliano

Here are some photos from our Italian wedding in calabria taken by my university friend Livia Siciliano, a photographer and translator who lives in Pinerolo.
Prosecco in the morning with the girls.
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My youngest sun investigating the church.
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The smallest guests.
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Chiesa Madonna delle Grazie
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After the church we had to take the classic wedding photos in the old part of the little town Amantea, in the region of Calabria.

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Photo by Livia Siciliano, if you want to borrow some pictures please link and credit.

Ebba & Emanuele 1/11/2014

We finally got hitched in the deepest south of Italy on the Day of All Saints.

The church ceremony took place in the beautiful church Madonna delle Grazie in the remote village S. Pietro in Amantea, later we had a reception at Il Borgo della Marinella  which is run by my father in law, they do know how to put on a great party.

We were so lucky to be surrounded by our nearest family members and a lot of relatives and friends from England, Italy and Sweden.
Emanuele and I have been together for 14 years and have three children together, we just hadn’t got around to do the marrying bit.
After all we choose Italy and we did it in church as he is Catholic.
After trawling the web for ideas for months we had our perfect rustique autumn wedding in the sun, I was just not prepared for how absolutely fantastic it would be.

Thanks to all of you who made our day so perfect and special.

Ebba and Emanuele’s wedding

Here are some pictures shot by my sister Mari Eriksson from Ebba and Emanueles wedding

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My dress is from Phase Eight
His suit is Dolce e Gabbana
Shoes found on Amazon
Cover up from Coast
Stockings and clutch Debenhams

Gaias dress and cardigan Marks & Spencer
Ballerinas and tights from bellezara.

Grazie Nonno Giancarlo Nonna Lalla and all the staff at Il Borgo della Marinella.

Roma Family Welcome toy swap event

Toy Swap (Ce l’ho ce l’ho mi manca) an event organised by Roma Family Welcome.

Toy swap Roma Family Welcome

The event the first of its kind in Italy took place on 13th of April in Prati, Rome. It was organised by Priscilla and Francesca the two mum entrepreneurs behind Roma Family Welcome.
The event was inspired by a similar one organised in Madrid annually at the cultural centre La Casa Encendida called  Sile Nole, a social initiative to teach children about responsible consumption, recycling and sustainability.
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The idea is simple and age old, bartering of toys. Children bring toys with them they no longer want but are still in a good condition and exchange them with others.
This toy swap was held in Il Circolo Ricreativo Caracciolo that is run by Cultural Association CARAMATTINA.

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It was a great event for young and small, throughout the day there were work shops in cooking for kids, storytelling, professional photo shoot, massage and stalls selling bespoke children’s clothes. I was helping out on a stall flogging Scandinavian kids wear.

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There were so many lovely stalls;  cute shoes from Babidetta, etheral clothes from Chiara Neri, I got a pair of handmade trousers for the 2 year old from the talanted Filou Création. Of course as we are in Italy there is amazing food with stalls like Flaminia Cesa’s Chef a Porter, and sweets from Dolce Alice.

There were so many lovely stalls;  cute shoes from Babidetta, etheral clothes from Chiara Neri, I got a pair of handmade trousers for the 2 year old from the talanted Filou Création. Of course as we are in Italy there is amazing food with stalls like Flaminia Cesa's Chef a Porter, and sweets from Dolce Alice.

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toy swap roma family welcome

Toy Swap Roma family welcome

Filoue Creation and Alessia Ruco

The idea of a toy swapping event is such a nice one, it teaches kids about the value of things and about sharing with others. We came away with a few new favourite toys and left some behind.

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Check out Family Welcome Roma for up and coming events in and around Rome

 

Peppa Pig World

We decided on the spur of the moment to go to Peppa Pig World for Cosmos 2nd birthday this weekend. And we were so lucky it was a sunny day and the kids (2,4 and 7 years old) all enjoyed it and so did us adults. It was very rewarding to hear the 2 year old exclaim “Eppa Igg” with joy.
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Cosmo meeting his beloved George.
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Peppa Pig world is actually inside Paultons Family Theme Park which meant that also our seven year old had his share of excitement, even though he suffered  fair bit in the Peppa part.
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We stayed in The Mortimer Arms  the pub closest to the park, just on the outskirts of The New Forest.  As this was the place the helpful people at the park suggested to us.  We stopped just for a meal but stayed the night as it seemed very convenient after some search on booking.com.
We had set off  late on Friday afternoon and the journey out from London was slightly delayed due to flooded roads.  So we got to the park too late for it to be worth the late ticket price.
To the kids disappointment we had to come back the next day. But the day after we were there hanging on the lock, this maybe due to my Swedish need to be on time according to my Roman partner, who has a more relaxed view of time. However to come early  is highly recommended as the Peppa bit gets crowded very quickly and all the rides had 15 min waiting times, this being a half-term Saturday so it might be calmer your average winter weekend (the park is open only  Mon, Fri-Sun until 25/3).
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There was so much to keep little ones happy; from meeting and greeting Peppa and George, tractor rides, soft play, fun rides albeit with long queues.
For the older kids there are thrill rides such as Water coaster, Jumping Jack, The Stinger Roller coaster, Dragon Round About, Kontiki and Go Carts which made the boys very competitive. Family rides that all the big kids enjoyed are plenty as well, plus dinosaur track and some rare birds, like the most beautiful snow owls and a rather funny looking Marabou Stork.
The fact that almost all rides where included in the price made it very price worthy, as the kids often want to go on a favourite ride over and over again.
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I would highly recommend Paultons Theme Park to any family with kids from 2 onwards, the facilities for babies also seemed excellent and as Peppa Pig World is quite new (it opened 2011) it was all fresh and clean. Whereas Paultons just celebrated their 30th year last year but has aged with charm.
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Where to find it: Paultons Park, Ower, Romsey, The New Forest, Hampshire SO51 6AL. Tel: 02380814442 Sat Nav post code : SO51 6AL

New beginnings

Yesterday is but today’s memory, tomorrow is today’s dream

Khalil Gibran

(1883-1931)

January signifies new starts and unbroken promises. Its a good time of the year to clear out old stuff and make room for the new.
And after the excess of Christmas we need to detox, diet and save. Here are some ideas on how to start your new year in the sign of thrift, some January saving tips.

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A good way to get some much needed extra cash is to sell your unwanted stuff online on Ebay, Gumtree or in local nearly new sales.
In my area of London there is The Anerley Frock exchange where you can sell clothes against a reasonable commission.

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These money saving tips from netmums are great because they are from real people,

and mumsnet also has a lot of good tips on their family money pages.

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Location: Vallby by, Enköping, Sweden.
All photos ©2014 Cosmic & Co.

Christmas Crafts

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Had a lovely day Saturday selling mine and Serena Condolucci’s handmade Christmas cards at my children’s school Christmas Fayre. There were some other lovely stuff  like handmade soaps by Valarona and crafts by the talented Sam.
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December is such a busy month and it feels so short…. maybe not for the kids who want it to be Christmas tomorrow and want to eat all the chocolates from their calender in one go.

Found this lovely craft blog  Cotton & Flax by Erin Dollar with some great Christmas inspiration on Pinterest, this is what I will do for the next market in Westow House’s Winterwonderland.

 

 

Christmas Market

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Making cards in preparation for Westow House Christmas Market which Cosmic & Co will take part in on the 15th of December at Westow House, 79 Westow Hill, Crystal Palace SE19 1TX.

The market is on the 14-15th of December in the pub garden and there will be acoustic music, choir, brass band and entertainers. And loads of other arts & crafts, food and drink stalls from local businesses.

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©2013 Ebba Erikzon Cosmic & Co

Christmas cute vector illustrations

Vector illustrations

Cristmas cute vectors

These dears are to go on greeting cards, gift labels etc. for the run up to Christmas.

To get to know more email: contact@cosmicandco.net or visit the shop

Christmas Card now in the Shop!

Cute Scandinavian Santa cards available in the shop NOW!

inenvelopeIn Scandinavia the “tomte-nisse”, is a little elf  with a beard that lives in peoples houses and takes care of things if you are nice to him and put out some porridge on Christmas day he will be happy and work hard, but you mustn’t cross him.
Christmas card with Scandinavian santaLimited edition of cards illustrated by Ebba. The cards are folded A5,  4.13″ x 5.82″ (105mm x 148mm). The paper is thick 350gsm, printed on FCS credited high quality paper, satin coated on the outside for better colour reproduction. The inside is left blank and uncoated for you to write a message. The scandinavian christmas cards comes with a white envelope.xmascardfrontback

Order  your scandinavian christmas cards through our Shop. Hurry and order now to get them before they run out.

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Pumpkin carving

As a storm is building up over England we have stayed at home and kept busy carving pumpkins and building dens over the weekend.

carvingHey today we finally got onto carving the pumpkins for halloween
Carving the pumpkinAfter a spat of who should get the big pumpkin they took to the carving and scooping out the seeds and pumpkin pulp.
Pumpkin carvingAlso the little one joined in he took care of the scooped out pumpkin flesh.
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Then we roasted the seeds for a nutritious snack, over here are some recipes on great tasting roast pumpkin seeds.