Tableware

TABLEWARE
Stylish bamboo plates from UNC
I recently came across these bamboo plates from Amsterdam based online boutique UNC (which stands for Urban Nature Culture) and thought they were too good not to share. I love the funky designs and the pretty blues! Bamboo is one of the most environmental friendly materials, suitable for hot and cold food and liquids, dishwasher ...
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Origami napkins! (by Lollipop Design)
Aren't these origami napkins from Lollipop design the cutest? And so clever and fun too! We always use cloth napkins for our meals -- for environmental reasons, but also because I simply like the look of them. These napkins are so brilliant because they look so super cute, giving a really special touch to the table -- ...
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The beautiful creations of Masami Akatsuka of Cocon
Masami Akatsuka is a Japanese mama living in the south of France, and creator of the most delightful objects. Her artful collection, called Cocon, is entirely handmade by Masami herself, and the way she uses colour, material and detail is absolutely wonderful. There's just so much character in all of her makings! I'm a serious fan ...
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The Furoshiki, a Japanese wrapping cloth
Have you heard of furoshikis? They are square fabric cloths used in Japan to wrap everything from lunch, presents, picnics, pillows, groceries, you name it! Made from gorgeous printed cotton fabric, furoshikis are as beautiful as everything coming from Japan. Besides the primary use of a wrap, furoshikis are also great to be used as scarfs, ...
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FASHION
New in at Donna Wilson!
I'm not very adventurous with tableware -- I think it's my OCD qualities (!) that likes my kitchen cupboards to be filled with big stacks of matching plates, bowls, mugs, etc. My kids use the same tableware as we do (this range from Ikea!), that way we don't clutter up our cupboards with different stuff for ...
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TABLEWARE
SipSnap drinking lids
Leave it to a duo of mums to come up with something so simple yet so useful. After launching the hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, two mums, Sativa Turner and Michelle Ivankovic, have come out with a range of BPA-free, spill-proof lids that fit any cup, any time. The SipSnap drinking lids are to be used at ...
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FOOD
My First Opinel
My grandfather once told me that every good French woman had a pen knife in her handbag. Now, that might have been a slight exaggeration, but a lot of us do have a couple of Opinels, the ubiquitous French pen knife. I have a small one to slip into my handbag to slice apples and ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
The Dopper bottle
In the Netherlands, schools don't provide a cooked lunch so my children leave the house every day with a backpack with a packed lunch and a bottle of water. Recently, Sara has been complaining about her current water bottle making funny sounds when she drinks, so I've been on the lookout for a replacement. And ...
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KIDS ROOMS
Hokolo
Hokolo is a London-based design label started by Jen Taylor, who has set out to create a brand that represents the style of her two favourite cities: Hong Kong and London (hence the brand name). Her collection features a blend of iconic British objects with a bright & modern design aesthetic. I love the English ...
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Weekend brownie baking and cute aprons from Odette Williams
The lovely Odette Williams sent over a couple of her cute apron sets for my kids and they arrived just in time for some brownie baking over the weekend. I managed to snap a couple photos of my little helpers and thought I would share. If you haven't yet discovered the Smitten Kitchen brownie recipe, you ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
An 8th birthday party with a cooking theme
It was Pim's 7th birthday last Monday so I'm planning a little birthday party for him, and I realised that I never posted about the cooking party we had for Sara's birthday last year! Sara has enjoyed food since she was a baby, and she loves helping me in the kitchen. So it was no ...
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TABLEWARE
Famille Summerbelle new mugs and trays
I am a huge, long-standing fan of Famille Summerbelle as I really do admire the craft and hard work that goes into making each one of their beautiful pieces. (Remember this video?) Famille Summerbelle  has just brought out a new range of mugs and trays and I am very partial toward the Paris designs. I love ...
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Strong porcelain tableware from Colourful Dove
Colourful Dove creates fine bone china tableware sets for children that are really fun and different. There are four designs, each featuring their own animal, in a fresh bright colour. Each set consists of a little mug, perfectly sized for a child's hand, and a bowl and plate. Ava owns a Colourful Dove set (the ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
The Little Things... an easy-to-sew child's apron made from a dish towel!
For this week's The Little Things, I'm showing you how to make a super sweet, and super easy-to-make child's apron out of a dish towel! No kidding, if you have a sewing machine (or know someone who does!), you can make this apron. One simple dish towel and two (shoe) laces is everything you need ...
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FOOD
Top Ten Lunchtime Utensils
Some kids are already back at school, others will start next week. And of course, young ones are still home or will be starting at nursery. In any case, casual summer lunches are over and set lunchtimes will soon be happening in either a home or school setting. This week we've rounded up ten great ...
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BABY
Messy Me: stylish products made for mess
I'm one of those (unorganised) mums who doesn't carry around a baby bag. I usually just tote around a canvas bag with my wallet, phone, snacks, toys (and various junk!) and a few spare nappies and wipes. Nothing is ordered or separated and when I need to change Marlow, I usually end up stressfully digging ...
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BABY ESSENTIALS
Beaba Babycook
We are big fans of the Beaba Babycook! In fact, I gave ours away a couple years ago, thinking I wasn't going to have any more babies (whoops!) ... but now that Marlow is eating solids and I'm making food for her, I just had to get a new one.  It saves time, eliminates mess, ...
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FOOD
Perfect Picnics!
Did you know that last week was National Picnic Week here in the UK? It's an initiative to encourage people to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. (With this lousy weather we're having, it's true we all need a bit of encouragement! Blaaah!) Anyway, we thought we would roll with the picnic theme and ...
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TABLEWARE
Natalie Lété water bottles
I love, love these little water bottles that I discovered today at the Noeuf Pop Up Shop, which happens to be just around the corner from where I work (If you happen to be in the rue des Petits Ecuries in the 10th arrondissement in Paris until the 22nd of June, do pop in!). We ...
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Radish Moon porringers
A few days back I took a photo of the porringer I had as a baby, and which I still use daily for my children. It is just the perfect size and shape, shallow with a ridge, so it's easy to scoop out the purees or soup. The thick stoneware ensures the food quickly cools ...
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FOOD
Got to love eggs!
Do your kids love eggs so much too? Ava, our 2 year old, is especially a total egg addict -- she could eat 5 eggs a day if I let her! My mum used to say that eating more than 3 eggs a week was bad for your health, it would be bad for your ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Meri Meri Easter decorations
It's hard to resist these insta-cute packaged Easter party decorations by Meri Meri. From paper plates to egg hunt bags to dressing up bunny ears! Everything you need for a festive Easter holiday! (Of course I had to pick up the bunny ears to bring with me when we visit Esther and family over Easter. ...
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FOOD
Ohyo collapsible water bottles
If you follow me on Instagram, you will have already seen the photo above.  When these clever collapsible water bottles arrived, we were all so impressed with them that I had to immediately take a photo!  Isn't it such a cool concept? It's a water bottle that collapses down to itty bitty pocket size. Which ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Cake Pops
Some gadgets are essential in life, like a can opener and, for me, an espresso maker. Others are not essential at all, but really fun to have. Take the cake pops maker, which my girls were given for Christmas. It will definitely not be used daily, but it is great to have for rainy afternoons ...
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