Positano, Italy: Family-friendly Tips and Recommendations
July 29, 2016
Positano is a very special place for my family. Michael and I made our first visit to Positano in May 2004, back before we had started our family, and on that first trip we made a promise that we would try to come back every year for as long as we could. We returned the ...
COLOURING AND ACTIVITY BOOKS
Leap & Hop Travel Books for Kids
July 28, 2016
My friend Henley from Passported recently introduced me to the wonderful Leap & Hop series of travel books for children, and I only wish I had known about these earlier! The children would have loved filling out the Sri Lanka book while we were there a few months ago. I think it's such a wonderful way ...
New video: How to make rhubarb compote (and the perfect porridge)
July 15, 2016
When I was in Amsterdam last month for our team meeting, I was sitting inside at Esther's dining table (preparing notes for the next day's meeting) when I looked outside and saw Esther's enormous rhubarb bush! I couldn't help but get up from the table and walk out to admire it! Our discussion turned to ...
Choosing the best sun protection for your kids
July 12, 2016
During this year of adventure we have enjoyed mostly sunny, warm climates. This was by design, of course, and following the sun meant we didn't have to burden ourselves or our bags with heavy, winter clothing. The slight downside was that we have spent a year toting around hats, sun shirts and sun cream, rarely going a day without thinking about sun ...
Sri Lanka: Where to Stay
July 7, 2016
Before returning to Europe at the end of May, we spent nearly a month exploring the beautiful country of Sri Lanka. It was our first time visiting, and we enjoyed getting to know the island, its happy people, its many cultures and customs, and, of course, the delicious food! We have never been to India, but ...
Weekend Getaway: Minneapolis
July 1, 2016
After the recent interview with Jen from Polka Dot Club, in which she shared photos of her beautiful home and described her little city with such passion, we thought it would be fun to ask her to write down her favourite things to do, eat, and see in her home town. I've never been to Minneapolis, but her ...
5 Questions with Eilidh and Katrine from Niddle Noddle
June 22, 2016
I met Eilidh and Katrine five years ago when they had just started up the Niddle Noddle online boutique. When I realised they lived quite close to me I invited them over for a cup of tea, and within minutes we were chatting about vintage children's toys and our favourite 'secret' clothing brands for children. ...
Eenymeeny children's shop
June 18, 2016
Eeenymeeny has long been a favourite place to find inspiration and unique gifts for my kids. The owner, Clare Jay, is an inspiring mother of three with a passion for design and a knack for tracking down the coolest toys and exciting new brands in the children's market. I can always trust that I'll find ...
The new summer collection at HATCH
June 16, 2016
Last week I made a quick trip over to Amsterdam for a team meeting and planning session. It was the first time I've seen Esther and Emilie since we were together in NYC for the ShopUp last September -- the longest we've gone without seeing each other since we became friends 11 years ago! Of course, arriving at ...
HOME AND DÉCOR
Travel memories captured with Little Square Gallery
June 15, 2016
As much as I promised myself I would take more photos with my 'proper' camera this year, the reality is that an iPhone is just too easy! I've tried to use my camera to capture the beautiful scenery and sights along our journey, but my iPhone is what I end up using for quick snaps ...
Encouraging your child to walk
June 14, 2016
Over the past ten months of our travels, Michael and I have fallen into a bad habit. We try to encourage Marlow to walk wherever we go, but she never gets far before asking (and then demanding...) to be carried. She has become so spoiled having both her parents (and big brothers!) with her every day, ...
5 Questions with Maureen from Pipsticks
June 13, 2016
Most of you are already familiar with Maureen and her super cool craft projects. She is a monthly contributor here on our blog, and we love that her craft ideas are always fun and simple at the same time -- very fitting coming from this sticker-loving busy mum of four! Maureen is also the founder of ...
June 11, 2016
With its entrance tucked around the corner from the main shopping street in Primrose Hill, this charming shop can almost be mistaken for one of the many pretty homes lining the street - or be overlooked entirely if you're not careful. And yet, it's one of my very favourite shops in the neighbourhood and worth a visit ...
TOYS & GAMES
Kanoodle - a great game for all ages
June 8, 2016
Last week we joined our friends on holiday in Cornwall. We rented a cute flat overlooking the sea and spent our days exploring different sections of the coastline and our evenings back at home, cooking dinner, playing games and watching the sun set over the sea. Our six kids played so well together, coming up with ...
5 Questions with Jen Murphy from Polka Dot Club
June 6, 2016
We are really excited to announce a new interview series called '5 Questions With...' where we'll feature designers and shop owners, giving you an introduction to some super inspiring people with a behind-the-scenes glimpse of their business, work spaces and favourite products. And we're starting with a huge bang - interviewing the lovely Jen Murphy from ...
Beautiful handmade sleepsacks
June 1, 2016
Lacy Noble is the younger sister of my dear friend Sally. So she's practically like a sister to me! : ) She's a mother of two adorable little boys and it's been such a joy to watch her on her motherhood journey. Lacy recently set up a business creating the most beautiful sleepsacks for babies and ...
Depression during pregnancy
May 26, 2016
This past April, in Australia, I went out to dinner with some new girl friends. Our conversation that night became quite intimate and over the course of dinner I learned of one friend’s struggle with pregnancy depression. She shared, so eloquently, her struggle and journey to get support during her recent pregnancy. For the first ...
The new Mabo Kids collection
May 25, 2016
It's no secret that Mabo Kids is one of my very favourite children's clothing brands. Mabo is a household name in our family and the designer/founder, Emily, a wonderful friend. The clothing is both incredibly sweet and easy to wear as well as durable and extremely well made. The rompers, for example, are not only ...
May 22, 2016
Take the train from central London to Richmond Station and follow the high street through town toward the river. Turn left and walk along the river past the cafés and kayak sheds. Cross the pasture filled with buttercups and cowpies, and venture toward Petersham Nurseries. Set within this lovely garden centre is a restaurant that ...
'Where is the Green Sheep?' by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek
May 17, 2016
After my recent post about Australian author Mem Fox in which I shared some of our new favourites written by her, I received the sweetest direct message on Instagram from an Australian mum, Steph Donohue, telling me she had an extra copy of Mem Fox's 'Where is the Green Sheep?' and that she would love ...
Boys swim shorts from Beanie & Bear
May 12, 2016
I discovered the vibrant Beanie & Bear swimwear range at the Dot to Dot tradeshow last spring, and while I don't normally go for bright neon colours, I immediately fell for these cute swim shorts for my boys. The tailored style and short cut makes them a cross between the tighter-fitting swimsuits they usually wear, and ...
Tuesday Tips: A genius swim trick!
May 10, 2016
Until this week, Marlow couldn't swim. In fact, she was never really enthusiastic about getting in the water and when she did, she wore floaties to keep her afloat. I was chatting to a friend in Australia last month, a mother of three, and she said, "You know the trick for teaching your kids to swim, ...
Grab a quick Coffee
May 5, 2016
Need a quick caffeine fix? Here's a list of our go-to spots to grab a coffee (or tea) while you're out and about in some of our favourite neighbourhoods: Melrose & Morgan in Primrose Hill and Hampstead TAP Coffee in Soho and Fitzrovia Monmouth Coffee in Covent Garden Ginger & White in Hampstead and Belsize Park ...
PLACES TO VISIT
One week in Tokyo: A re-cap of our time in this mega-city!
May 3, 2016
After spending one month in laid-back Byron Bay, we gave ourselves a bit of culture shock by flying straight into the mega city of Tokyo! After a bit of a rough travel day (bumpy flight, sick children, long queues in airports and a taxi too small to fit all of our luggage!), we arrived to a little ...