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INTERVIEWS
Five questions with Julie Marabelle from Famille Summerbelle
July 22, 2016
I have always admired the collections of Famille Summerbelle -- their famous family tree, the wallpapers, the amazing paper-cut maps (check out this video!), the stylish homewares -- it's all just so wonderful. Julie Marabelle -- the designer behind the brand -- is such an inspiring person. When Julie moved to Amsterdam a few years ago together with her husband Simon ...
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INTERVIEWS
Five questions with Julie Kohlhoff from macarons
July 11, 2016
I remember being introduced to macarons 5 years ago when they first presented their collection at the local children's fashion fair here in Amsterdam. Julie and Veit, joined by their baby girl and Veit's mother, were presenting a different, interesting collection that really stood out -- with amazing double-knit fabrics they had developed themselves and intriguing, cool ...
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5 Questions with Eilidh and Katrine from Niddle Noddle
June 22, 2016
I met Eilidh and Katrine five years ago when they had just started up the Niddle Noddle online boutique. When I realised they lived quite close to me I invited them over for a cup of tea, and within minutes we were chatting about vintage children's toys and our favourite 'secret' clothing brands for children. ...
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INTERVIEWS
5 Questions with Maureen from Pipsticks
June 13, 2016
Most of you are already familiar with Maureen and her super cool craft projects. She is a monthly contributor here on our blog, and we love that her craft ideas are always fun and simple at the same time -- very fitting coming from this sticker-loving busy mum of four! Maureen is also the founder of ...
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INTERVIEWS
5 Questions with Jen Murphy from Polka Dot Club
June 6, 2016
We are really excited to announce a new interview series called '5 Questions With...' where we'll feature designers and shop owners, giving you an introduction to some super inspiring people with a behind-the-scenes glimpse of their business, work spaces and favourite products. And we're starting with a huge bang - interviewing the lovely Jen Murphy from ...
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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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INTERESTING ARTICLES
Maths with Lego
January 22, 2016
I am always looking for more ways of teaching maths in a tangible way to my kids. This is partly because one of the slight disadvantages of the French school system is that teaching is very academic. It is also because I want the children to understand at an early age how genuinely useful, fun ...
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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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GOOD READS FOR MUMS
The Ladybird books for Grown-Ups
December 8, 2015
Have you seen these books yet?  If you are in your 30s / 40s and grew up in the UK I'm sure you will recognise 'The Ladybird Book' series - if we didn't own them ourselves our school library certainly had a few.  They were an inescapable part of childhood and although wooden in their ...
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Babyccino mama reads
October 26, 2015
I have to admit since having children my reading habit has really slowed down. I'm either too busy packing up the lunches for the next day, or as soon as my head hits the pillow I'm asleep! However, now that they are getting a bit older and my nights are less broken (Helena still needs ...
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A personal uniform
April 22, 2015
I just read this article about a woman who has decided to wear a "uniform" to work everyday, which was originally written for Harper's Bazaar. I thought it would be fun to share, just because this morning I had yet again the work clothes panic: what should I wear? My daily morning routine involves getting the kids ...
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Design Mom's book 'How to live with Kids: A room-by-room guide'
March 27, 2015
A few months ago my friend Gabrielle Blair, the famous Design Mom, asked me to share some photos of our home, for the use in the book she was working on. I was super flattered to be asked, because I have been a Design Mom fan from the moment we started blogging. Gabrielle is so ...
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One Day Young by Jenny Lewis
March 16, 2015
I get goosebumps just thinking about it: those magical first days after your baby is born, when the rest of the world is fuzzy and the only thing in focus is your beautiful baby in your hands and your loving family surrounding you. The sweet smell of your baby, the little sounds of yawns and sneezes. ...
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Find us in this month's issue of Red Magazine
March 10, 2015
We are super duper excited to be featured in this month's issue of Red Magazine! The team from Red Mag came over last month for an interview and to snap some photos, and I'm excited to finally see the photos and read the article. I chat about family life, my views on TV, the pros and ...
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Why Do Kids Lie?
March 5, 2015
Here is a typical situation in our household: I hear a little pair of feet running off toward the bathroom in a hurry and then there is silence. Approximately two minutes later the little feet run off again. I then yell: "have you flushed the toilet and washed your hands?" and the answer is inevitably ...
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An interview on The Daily Muse
February 6, 2015
I was extremely excited to be asked for an interview over on Fenwick's online magazine The Daily Muse. I have always loved the children's department at Fenwick -- for years it has been my go-to place to find unique children's gifts, and I've recently been really impressed with their blossoming childrenswear department which includes many of our favourite ...
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Finnish Babies in a Box
January 20, 2015
Have you heard of this custom in Finland? I just read this article and had to share it! Every baby born in Finland receives a box from the state full of clothes, a sleeping bag, accessories and toys. The box can then be used as a bed. Everyone receives it, so it has become part of ...
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HEALTH & CARE
Organ donation and one mum's incredible story
January 12, 2015
Last month at our ShopUp event, I had the pleasure of meeting fellow London mum, Louise Hannon. We started talking about children and life in London, and she told me her incredible story about her son's illness, his life-threatening surgeries at Great Ormond Street Hospital and his heart transplant through organ donation. We spoke about organ ...
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The new issue of Smallish Magazine, and a feature on the ShopUp!
November 25, 2014
Have you seen the gorgeous new December issue of Smallish Magazine? Admittedly, I'm a bit biased because it includes the most amazing double-page feature on the ShopUp, but all that aside, this might be my favourite issue yet.  What's not to love about a festive issue filled with inspiring gift guides, exciting interviews about Christmas traditions, behind-the-scenes ...
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Are We There Yet?
November 17, 2014
Have you been following the Rosetta mission on the news lately?  I have been a bit obsessed in the last few days to see if the mission of landing an unmanned space craft on a comet that is about 6bn kilometres away from earth was going to work, so improbably and yet, somehow it landed! ...
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FOOD
What kids around the world eat for breakfast
October 16, 2014
I am sure a lot of you have come across this article in the New York Times but I still wanted to post it, as I think it is so interesting to see how differently children eat. At my flat we are so used to eating sweet things in the morning, be it cereal, porridge (very ...
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Smallish Magazine
October 14, 2014
I know it's a bit of old news by now, but did you see that Baby & Me Magazine got a cool new name? Our favourite London-based magazine has relaunched and is now called Smallish.  No longer focused just on pregnancy and birth, the new magazine will include beautiful fashion shoots, issue-led features, inspiring parents, glossy ...
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The importance of handwriting
September 25, 2014
There are a lot of things I like about my kids schooling in France --  there are also a lot of things I criticise. Compared to the children of my Anglo-Saxon friends, school seems to be so rigid over here. One of the things I found unnecessarily strict here is the importance placed on handwriting. ...
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Get organised! This month's column in Baby&Me Magazine
August 20, 2014
Every year I promise myself I'll be organised come the first day of school. I'll be ready for early morning wake-ups and prepared for the rush to school. But no matter my best intentions, I'm never ready. We still have another two weeks until school starts for my kids, but this year I'm determined to be ...
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