Organic baby clothing and accessories from Nature Baby
April 26, 2016
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 ...
Yoli & Otis, a darling brand from Byron Bay
April 22, 2016
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 ...
Thursday Thoughts: How old were you when you started your family?
April 21, 2016
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 ...
Jumpers for women from Babaà Knitwear
April 19, 2016
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 ...
April 13, 2016
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...