Courtney in London

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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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FOOD
Alfajores!
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 ...
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BABY
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 ...
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BABY
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 ...
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TRAVEL
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 ...
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PARENTING
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: ...
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FASHION
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 ...
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BABY
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 ...
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BOOKS
Journalling
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 ...
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TRAVEL
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 ...
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BABY
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 ...
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BABY
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 ...
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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 ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Multiplication flowers
October 26, 2015
While it has certainly not been as easy as we had imagined, we are gradually finding our way with homeschooling the kids. Every day the kids test our patience, get distracted and, in turn, can make a simple morning of learning be an extremely frustrating experience... but, there are both good days and bad days and the ...
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PARENTING
Tuesday Tips: Travelling on a budget
October 20, 2015
My husband is the king of spreadsheets. I often joke that he doesn't make a single decision without consulting a spreadsheet first. I think he may have even created one before he asked to marry me.  : ) While this is obviously an exaggeration, he does use spreadsheets whenever significant finances are involved; such as ...
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LOS ANGELES
Family photos by Marisa Vitale and some highlights from Los Angeles
October 15, 2015
As I mentioned in an earlier post, we spent a week in LA back in September and stayed in the beautiful home owned by Peter James and Marisa Vitale. Marisa is a talented family photographer and offered to snap some photos of our family while we were in town. I jumped at the chance to get ...
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BABY
Some favourites from Couverture & the Garbstore
October 9, 2015
Living in London, I was often asked to share a list of my favourite shops in the city. Couverture was always at the top of my list. It's been a favourite store for as long as I can remember, and even if I didn't end up buying anything, I always loved popping into the shop for ...
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LOS ANGELES
Our stay in LA, with Kid & Coe
October 6, 2015
We recently spent a sunny week in Los Angeles to mark the start of our year-long adventure. We had moved from LA to London twelve years ago, so it was nice to go back and spend some time exploring the city again, to spend time with friends and family and to get a feel for what ...
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Tokyo! 🇯🇵 Things to do and things to see, tips and kids-friendly addresses! Today on the blog Courtney writes about the week she spent with her family in this mega-city! (link in profile)
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Hey, summer! We're ready for you️! Today on the blog Esther has put together beautiful styles from @mariepuceparis gorgeous summer collection, go check them out! (link in profile)
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Finally a great way to introduce Shakespeare to children - the Usborne Shakespeare collection! Vanessa's daughter is hooked, find out more on the blog (link in profile)! #babyccinoreads #usbornebooks #shakespeare
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