Stephanie in Auckland

PARENTING TIPS
To cut or not to cut
I have a dilemma.  My daughter has the most beautiful long, red, wavy hair.  It really is stunning (of course she gets it from me!! haha), and she is complimented on it regularly.  The problem is she wants to cut it all off!  As a child my mum never let me have long hair.  My ...
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FOOD
Chickpea, Kumara & Spinach Curry
As a follow up to the post about my beloved slowcooker here is my current favourite recipe. Unfortunately, my kids don't like it but its perfect for a late Friday night dinner with a glass of wine when the kids are tucked up in bed. 2Tbsp olive oil 1 large onion, in 1cm squares 2 ...
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FOR MUMS
Boskke
How cool are these?  I am proud to say that my friend Patrick designed these hanging pot plants to allow anyone to have plants in their home no matter how small that house is.  Growing up in New Zealand we never knew the concept of limited space but after moving to London it became apparent ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Flower Origami
I saw this cute idea in a book the other day.  It is a folded flower shape that you can use for invitations, decorations, notes to loved ones, etc. -- the possibilities are endless. I made a template which you can see (here). Trace around the flower shape then mark the lines in pencil.  Fold ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Kapla Blocks
For my son's 3rd birthday a few weeks ago we bought him Kapla blocks.  These blocks are such a simple idea -- each block is made in the ratio 1:3:15 which apparently makes them ideal for building many different things.  The thing I love about them is you can make your building as simple or ...
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STATIONERY
Kikki-K Wooden Alphabet Stamp Set
It's no secret that I absolutely love stationery. After returning to New Zealand I was super excited to discover a new stationery shop in town. Kikki-K is my new obsession.  In fact, as I was writing this I went to the website to add the link and ended up spending an hour studying every inch ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Kids Birthday Cake book
I think it's safe to say most kids in New Zealand grew up with a copy of the Australian Woman's Weekly Kids Birthday Cakes recipe book.  My sister and I would read it over and over deciding on what cake we would have at our next birthday party, and now my kids love reading it.  ...
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FOOD
Tiny Teddy Racing Cars
It was my son's birthday last week so we had a little party for him on Saturday.  The best thing about kid's parties is the food!  I saw these cute teddy racing cars in a recipe book a few weeks ago and had a go at making them.  They were a huge hit and are ...
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BABY
Baby Caterpillar
Today I was at my local market in Takapuna where I came across Baby Caterpillar.  They make the most gorgeous 100% pure NZ merino sleep wear for children including sleeping bags and wraps for babies.  They are beautifully made and so soft and the colours are gorgeous. I bought the pyjamas for my son.  I ...
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FOOD
Slow cooking
I went back to full-time study a few weeks back and life has been hectic to say the least.  After my first week it became clear that my family could not live on fish and chips and spagetti on toast everynight of the week.  So I went out last weekend and bought a slow cooker ...
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DIY FOR MUMS
Home made duvet cover
When we moved back to New Zealand I had grand plans of what the kids bedroom would look like.  I had bought them matching beds to bring back and bought loads of dark grey gingham to make matching duvet covers.  In my head it was going to look so cute! When we finally found a ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Canal houses
A while ago my friend asked me if I could make something to go above her daughter's bed.  She asked that it not be too girlie, pink, princess-related or too young... oh and she asked if I could sew a picture of her on there too.  Not too much of an ask then!  As they ...
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EASTER RECIPES
Hot Cross Buns
So what's your favourite Easter treat?  Personally I'm a hot cross bun addict!  Chocolate eggs are fine, but if I had the choice... a nice, toasted hot cross bun, dripping with melted butter would get my vote every time! The other day I decided to try and make them myself.  I will not lie to you ...
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DINNER WITH
Dinner with Stephanie from Babyccino Kids
We try and sit down at 6:00pm everynight and have a family dinner. I would like to be able to have it earlier during the week but my husband doesn't get home until 6:00pm and I think its important that he gets to have dinner with the kids and we can all talk about our ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Lego Friends Series
I love Lego and I bet there isn’t anyone out there who doesn’t like it.  Well apart from cursing it when you stand on a rogue piece that didn’t get put away and you look down and can’t believe that a little square of plastic can cause such pain!  Anyway... there is no need to ...
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FOOD
School lunchbox
Its that time of the year again and all the kids in New Zealand and Australia are getting ready to go back to school.  Something I have discovered since returning to NZ is most primary schools now have compulsory uniforms and as far as I can see they ain't pretty!  Polo neck t-skirts and polar ...
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BEAUTY
Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunblock
We are enjoying lovely hot sunny days here in New Zealand and as much as I love the sun I am so over applying sunscreen to my children's pale white skin.  I am paranoid that they are going to get sunburnt and if it wasn't for me applying copious amounts of sunblock throughout the day ...
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PARENTING TIPS
The tooth fairy visit
There was a lot of excitement in our house last week. My daughter (a few days shy of her 5th birthday) lost her first tooth.  I remember when I was little, wiggling and twisting my loose teeth until they fell out.  However, when my daughter had the same fascination with her wiggly tooth it made ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Springfree Trampoline
We've moved back to NZ... and for the first time in many years we had our first summer christmas. I do love a cosy winter christmas but there is something to be said for a hot christmas day where the kids can run around outside and burn off all that energy. As soon as I knew ...
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FOOD
Saturday night sushi
Apparently my daughter's favourite food in the whole wide world is sushi.  Usually we go to our local Japanese restaurant but I have made sushi in the past and decided that since she wanted to eat it she could 'help' me make it.  Sushi is actually super easy to make and is a fun activity ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Easy-to-make dress
I've been doing a lot of crafting lately, but not so much sewing.  However this weekend I made a sweet little dress for my daughter (pictured).  There is something very satisfying about creating clothes for your children, although let's face it: it's usually much cheaper and easier to just go to the shop or order them ...
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FOOD
Homemade Muesli
I am a huge fan of homemade muesli. I make tray loads of muesli every few weeks as it's super popular in my house -- the kids love it with greek yoghurt, but I like mine with milk.  The best thing about muesli is it's really filling, so you don't get hungry again until lunchtime. Also, ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
London Cushions
I loved living in London and it still tops my favourite city list.  A while ago I saw this fabric in a Cath Kidston shop and had to buy a couple of metres.  I love the vintage look and the colour and the detailed pictures. In fact I love everything about it!  I ended up ...
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BABY
Baby Knits
When I had my first baby I had an urge to knit.  Now I didn't actually know how to knit nor did I have anyone near by to teach me.  My friend suggested I buy Baby Knits for Beginners by Debbie Bliss.  This is a great book if you are a complete novice like I ...
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