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FASHION
Boys swim shorts from Beanie & Bear
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 ...
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Tuesday Tips: A genius swim trick!
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, ...
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TIPS
Grab a quick Coffee
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  ...
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PLACES TO VISIT
One week in Tokyo: A re-cap of our time in this mega-city!
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 ...
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UNCATEGORIZED
Some exciting changes to come...!
We have some really BIG and exciting news – something we’ve been eager to share for months and months…! Babyccino Kids is getting a makeover and we’ll be revealing our spiffy new look tomorrow, the 1st of May!! After more than a year of hard work behind the scenes, we’re so excited to finally launch a ...
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SHOP
Niddle Noddle - a charming children's shop in Crouch End
Niddle Noddle has long been a favourite London-based online shop -- with a super cute selection of toys, gifts, books and clothing for kids. For the past few years, they've participated in markets around London and have set up temporary pop-up shops in my North London neighbourhood - always with great success. So you can imagine ...
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BABY
Organic baby clothing and accessories from Nature Baby
I attended the launch party for Lunch Lady Magazine on one of my first days in Byron Bay last month, which was not only a wonderful opportunity to meet lots of interesting people in the community, it was also a great introduction to some of Australia's beautiful children's brands and shops. I met so many inspiring ...
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BABY
Yoli & Otis, a darling brand from Byron Bay
Byron Bay is not just a surfer's paradise, it's also a hotspot for loads of inspiring people and businesses. I was blown away by the creative talent we discovered in this community during our month-long stay. We met talented musicians, film producers, artists, photographers, magazine editors, graphic designers... and the list goes on. Okay, we ...
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Thursday Thoughts: How old were you when you started your family?
  Living in London, I have always felt like a young mum. I was 24 when Easton was born. I was the youngest mum in my antenatal class and the youngest of all my new mum friends. Even at 32, when Marlow was born, I remained one of the youngest mums in any of the ...
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BABY
Jumpers for women from Babaà Knitwear
I've made it no secret that Babaà is one of my favourite labels for kids. I adore Marta's vision and the whole ethos behind the brand. The knitwear is perfectly simple, straight-forward, timeless and extremely good quality, meant to be worn and passed down from one child to the next. We have jumpers from Marta's first ...
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BABY
Willaby Clothing
I have recently been introduced to the beautiful Willaby brand and I've become so enamoured with every single piece in the new spring collection. Isn't it all just so gorgeous? The pieces are 'modern yet classic, understated yet out of the ordinary'. A perfect description. The brand was started by designer, Kim Woods, who still runs every aspect of Willaby, ...
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GIVEAWAYS
Exciting Go-Bag Giveaway with Kid & Coe
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!
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!
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
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
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
  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
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
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!
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
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
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!
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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Crying it out. When is enough, enough? - Thursday Thoughts
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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