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Saying goodbye to London...
We had many hopes for our year of world travel. We hoped for a slower pace of life. We hoped for more time with our kids. We hoped to learn more about our world and to return as changed people. This week we arrived back in London. For thirteen years we have called this city ...
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BOOKS
The Great Big Glorious Book for Girls
At the start of the summer, when we were in London before heading down to Italy, our dear friend Delfina from Fanny & Alexander was in town and came over with some thoughtful little gifts for the kids. She brought Ivy a second-hand edition of The Great Big Glorious Book for Girls and Ivy has loved ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Beautiful, handcrafted products from Indego Africa
Indego Africa is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to empowering and uplifting artisan women in Africa through employment opportunities and education. They work with 25 groups of more than 1,000 women in Rwanda and Ghana to sell products that are designed in NYC and handmade in Africa - combing traditional techniques, local materials and amazing artisanal ...
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FASHION
Organic cotton sleepwear from Little Winnie
When I was in Byron Bay earlier this year I became good friends with Aimee Winchester, a local mum of four girls (!) and founder of Little Winnie, an organic range of sleepwear for children. She was one of the first mums I met in Byron, and we spent the month enjoying lots of BBQs ...
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TRAVEL
Positano, Italy: Family-friendly Tips and Recommendations
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 ...
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COLOURING AND ACTIVITY BOOKS
Leap & Hop Travel Books for Kids
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 ...
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RECIPES
New video: How to make rhubarb compote (and the perfect porridge)
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 ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Choosing the best sun protection for your kids
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 ...
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TRAVEL
Sri Lanka: Where to Stay
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 ...
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WEEKEND GETAWAYS
Weekend Getaway: Minneapolis
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 ...
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INTERVIEWS
5 Questions with Eilidh and Katrine from Niddle Noddle
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. ...
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SHOP
Eenymeeny children's shop
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 ...
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FASHION
The new summer collection at HATCH
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 ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Travel memories captured with Little Square Gallery
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 ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Encouraging your child to walk
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, ...
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INTERVIEWS
5 Questions with Maureen from Pipsticks
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 ...
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SHOP
Gallery 196
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 ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Kanoodle - a great game for all ages
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 ...
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INTERVIEWS
5 Questions with Jen Murphy from Polka Dot Club
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 ...
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BABY
Beautiful handmade sleepsacks
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 ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Depression during pregnancy
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 ...
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FASHION
The new Mabo Kids collection
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 ...
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EAT
Petersham Nurseries
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 ...
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PICTURE BOOKS
'Where is the Green Sheep?' by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek
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 ...
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