Crying it out. When is enough, enough? - Thursday Thoughts
February 11, 2016
Earlier this week, while camped at a beautiful beach on the Coromandel Peninsula here in New Zealand, we encountered a situation that has whirled around in my head ever since. We arrived to the campsite in the early evening with enough time to set up camp and prepare dinner. Marlow had just fallen asleep in ...
Welcome, Maureen! A new contributor
February 5, 2016
I've mentioned my wonderful (beautiful, smart, funny!) friend, Maureen Vasquez (I call her Mo) several times here before. For one, she is the founder of Pipsticks - a cool monthly sticker subscription service which I love. For two, she lived near me in London and we used to get the kids together for fun craft ...
Thursday Thoughts: Do you share a toothbrush?
February 4, 2016
Over the past few months of travelling our family has adapted to a pared down lifestyle. Camping, in particular, has encouraged us to take simplifying to a whole new level. A few examples: we often all share the same water glass throughout the day to save washing up, we share baths/showers, we even share towels ...
A fun family word game
February 2, 2016
When we were in Chile in December, we coincidentally (and luckily!) bumped into another travelling family whom I have been following on Instagram for the past year. This family of four (@ouropenroad) have been travelling around South America in their westy van for the past three years (what an adventure!), and happened to be passing ...
My favourite sunsreen -- Aesop's Protective Body Lotion SPF50
January 25, 2016
I have applied sunscreen every day for the past five months. It's become a normal part of my morning routine: brush teeth, wash face, apply sunscreen. The sun is so harsh here in New Zealand that sunscreen is necessary even on cloudy days! I picked up this Aesop protective body lotion last summer before leaving ...
Thursday thoughts: are some kids naturally more naughty than others?
January 21, 2016
My sister recently just spent a couple weeks with us here in New Zealand and toward the end of her stay, she looked at me and asked 'do you think Marlow is more naughty because she was born that way, or do you think it's because she's the youngest and she's been allowed to be?'. ...
Our secret to road trip survival: David Walliams' audio books!
January 18, 2016
We've been doing A LOT of driving over the past five months, something that might seem seriously unappealing to most parents, especially with a carload of restless children, but which we've found to be quite fun and exciting. The secret lies in David Walliams and his hilarious audio books. The kids actually look forward to ...
Mark your calendars - the ShopUp is coming to Los Angeles!!
January 13, 2016
We couldn't be more excited about this announcement. After successful events in both London and NYC, we're thrilled to bring the ShopUp to Los Angeles! The event will take place this spring on April 10th and 11th in Hollywood. We've secured the prettiest, most perfect venue, Lombardi House (see photos above!), we're working with our wonderful ...
Casa Zinc at i-escape
January 7, 2016
I'm so behind on posting about our travels (I'm blaming slow wifi -- it's been the one major headache of our travels!). I have so much I want to share with you from the past couple months, starting with Casa Zinc, a wonderful little boutique hotel in Uruguay that we loved so, so much. We ...
Moulin Roty rag doll
January 6, 2016
My sister flew to New Zealand to meet us for Christmas, arriving late on Christmas eve after the kids had already gone to bed. The children woke extra early on Christmas morning because of the excitement of seeing her and were even more excited to see that she had brought them each a small present. ...
December 29, 2015
We hope you've all had a wonderful, restful holiday week. We've been enjoying some treasured time with our families this week, and some rare (and much needed) time off our computers. We hope you have too! Before it's too late, we quickly wanted to remind you about the giveaways for December. Santa may have come and gone, ...
December 23, 2015
My friend Lisa just sent me a link to Larry the Llama at Land of Nod with a note telling me it reminded her of the fluffy llamas we recently saw in Santa Cruz, Chile. Yes!! It's so true! How cute is Larry?! The perfect little ride-on toy/decór object! It makes me wish I had children's bedrooms ...
December 14, 2015
It's difficult to think of a time when we didn't know what an 'alfajor' was... but the truth is that we've only just discovered these delicious treats since arriving to Uruguay 6 weeks ago. They are now our most favourite cookies ever! Alfajores are a very common Latin American cookie, most common in Argentina and Uruguay (with ...
Olivier Baby and Kids, at the ShopUp this week!
December 9, 2015
Olivier Baby and Kids is one of my favourite places to find cosy cashmere products for the kids. Last winter Marlow lived in her little bonnet and all the kids had one of their snoods, each a different colour to keep things easy when bundling up before leaving the house. This year they've added hand-knitted pom-pom hats (with ...
MamaOwl -- a one-stop shop for merino wool and beautiful knitwear
December 2, 2015
It seems like so many of our blog posts in the past few weeks have been focused on cosy knitwear!! Tis the season, I guess... and it's a beautiful one! In addition to a roaring fire and lots of hot chocolate, beautiful, thick, cosy knitwear is one of my favourite things about the winter season. (Seeing these ...
Family-friendly hotels at i-escape: exclusive discounts on offer!
December 1, 2015
The team at i-escape recently reached out to share an exciting promotion they're running on a selection of their favourite family-friendly properties in their Kids Collection. They've teamed up with Family Traveller magazine to offer exclusive discounts on 36 of their properties, including stylish apartments, boutique B&Bs, family-oriented safari lodges and far-flung beach retreats. We are thrilled to share with ...
Tuesday Tips: 5 things we've learned about parenting
December 1, 2015
Esther and I have both recently been asked to share five things we've learned about parenting over on the Wear&Where site. What a great series! I read Esther's answers from last week and thought her tips were so good that we should share them here as well. Spoken like the super experienced mama of four that she is: ...
Babaà jumpers keeping us cosy in Uruguay
November 30, 2015
After spending the month of October in warm, tropical Brazil (where I questioned having sacrificed space in our suitcases to pack thick, wooly jumpers), we travelled south to spend the month of November in Uruguay where the weather is much cooler and we are so thankful we made room for those jumpers! It's late spring ...
Win a Set of Iconic Petit Bateau Outfits!
November 27, 2015
I have always loved seeing my kids absorbed in an intricate game of their own making. There is something so special and touching about the imaginary worlds that children are able to create in their own heads, and encouraging creativity and imagination is one of the best ways to nurture our children. (I recently watched my ...
November 16, 2015
We gave the kids journals for their birthdays last spring in anticipation of our big journey ahead. I had hoped they would write in them regularly (daily even!) to document the things they see and do each day. The kids were enthusiastic about the idea and they excitedly packed them into their backpacks at the ...
A few days in Rio de Janeiro
November 13, 2015
Last spring when we sat down to plan our year of travel we decided to favour small towns over cities and to spend about three weeks in each destination. We thought this would keep the pace a bit slower and allow us to really get to know each place beyond the usual touristy way. One ...
Cute rucksacks from Annaliv
November 5, 2015
Before we embarked on our trip, we bought backpacks for the kids so they could each carry their school books, journals and reading books. It's been a great way of keeping their things organised, and it means that we have less to carry in our own suitcases. All of the backpack options were too big for ...
2015 Holiday Gift Guides now live!
November 3, 2015
Can you believe we're talking about the holidays already?!! I can hardly believe it's November and time to start thinking about holiday gift-buying. Sinterklaas arrives in The Netherlands in just over a month's time, Hannukah starts around that same time, and then Christmas comes just after that. It's time to get busy! The good news ...
CRAFTS AND DIY
New video: How to make a superhero costume (a quick and easy DIY!)
October 29, 2015
On our road trip up the coast of California last month, we stopped for a few days in sunny San Luis Obispo to visit my friend Mo from Pipsticks who recently moved from London with her husband and their four kids. It was so fun to get all our kids together and to explore this charming little ...