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Exciting Go-Bag Giveaway with Kid & Coe
April 12, 2016
We've been in the Byron Bay area for nearly a month now, which is the longest length of time we've stayed somewhere since we left London back in July. And it feels so nice. We have loved Byron so much and have felt so at home here, in part due to the friends we've met and ...
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GIVEAWAYS
Win a Four Seasons Hawaiian Getaway!
April 5, 2016
Our Los Angeles ShopUp event is just days away now!! In addition to planning lots of fun activities for visitors, we've been busy behind the scenes thinking of ways to raise awareness and money for our parter charity, mothers2mothers - a nonprofit organisation fighting to end pediatric AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. We're thrilled to have teamed ...
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THE SHOPUP
The ShopUp in Los Angeles -- this coming Sunday & Monday!
April 4, 2016
Our Los Angeles ShopUp event is finally happening! The ShopUp takes place this coming Sunday and Monday the 10th & 11th at the beautiful Lombardi House in Hollywood. We can't wait to get all of our stylish shops together in this stunning venue for the very BEST shopping imaginable. In addition to shopping, our lovely event manager, ...
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COOK BOOKS AND MAGAZINES
Happy Face Shortbread Biscuits
March 30, 2016
We love our sugar cookie recipe, but because the recipe calls for shortening (which isn’t always easy to find) and requires that you put the dough in the fridge for an hour before baking, it’s not one of those quick make and bake recipes. I was on the hunt for an easier version when Ivy ...
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BOOKS
An Australian discovery: Mem Fox and her gorgeous children's books
March 21, 2016
I had never heard of Mem Fox before we arrived to Australia last month. But it appears our stars were aligned, because in the past five weeks we have coincidentally discovered many of her best-known children's books. And completely by chance! First, we discovered Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes in the Airbnb apartment ...
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BEAUTY
Thursday Thoughts: To shave or not to shave
March 17, 2016
  Okay ladies, a funny thing happened to me this week. I posted this photo (above) on my Instagram feed to feature a watch brand I like and to talk about the two opposing sides of my personal style, as reflected by my wrists. But, the comments and conversation quickly became focused on my arm hair!!! Some people told me "it looked gross," while others suggested I ...
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FASHION
Five favourite dresses for spring
March 15, 2016
Dresses are my favourite thing to wear. I love the way they instantly make you feel pretty and feminine. I love that it's an easy outfit - you don't have to worry about matching a top and bottom. And I love that you can pair them with sandals for a more relaxed daytime look and ...
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PLACES TO VISIT
Weekend Getaway: Sydney
March 9, 2016
After spending eight weeks in New Zealand, five of which were spent campervanning from one remote corner of the country to the next, we were all very excited to arrive in hip & happening Sydney to soak up some city time (and sleep in proper beds!).  Because we have visited Sydney a few times before, we didn't feel ...
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GIVEAWAYS
February Giveaways!
February 26, 2016
Have you taken a peek at this month's great giveaways? We've got four wonderful prizes up for grabs. Here are the details below -- you can click over to our WIN page to enter to win! Esthex make a sweet range of playful products, many of which feature their fun characters - like Harry the ...
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PARENTING
Thursday Thoughts: Teaching our Girls to be Gutsy
February 25, 2016
Earlier this week, my mom forwarded me this opinion article from the NY times, 'Why Do We Teach Girls That It's Cute To Be Scared?'. The author, Caroline Paul, is a San Francisco firefighter, and she writes about how we condition our girls to be scared, while boys are encouraged to be brave and resilient. ...
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FOOD
Italian-Inspired Tuna & Bean Salad
February 19, 2016
The other day we were in a little grocery store here in New Zealand, looking for some quick supplies to make lunch in our campervan. Michael scanned their modest cheese section hoping to find something beyond the standard Cheddar and Edam options, to add a bit of interest to our sandwiches. He found Gruyere, an ...
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FASHION
Our favourite backpacks!
February 18, 2016
I mentioned in a previous post that each of my kids has been travelling with their own backpack. It's been a handy way of keeping their belongings (journals, books, collected treasures, etc.) organised, as well as lightening the load of stuff we're carrying around in our suitcases. Michael and I also each have a backpack, and ...
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PARENTING
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 ...
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UNCATEGORIZED
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 ...
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PARENTING
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 ...
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FUN
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 ...
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BEAUTY
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 ...
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INTERESTING ARTICLES
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?'. ...
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BOOKS
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 ...
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PARENTING
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 ...
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TRAVEL
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 ...
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FUN
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. ...
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GIVEAWAYS
December giveaways!
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, ...
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BABY
Llamas!
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 ...
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