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Saying goodbye to London...
We had many hopes for our year of world travel. We hoped for a slower pace of life. We hoped for more time with our kids. We hoped to learn more about our world and to return as changed people. This week we arrived back in London. For thirteen years we have called this city ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Beautiful, handcrafted products from Indego Africa
Indego Africa is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to empowering and uplifting artisan women in Africa through employment opportunities and education. They work with 25 groups of more than 1,000 women in Rwanda and Ghana to sell products that are designed in NYC and handmade in Africa - combing traditional techniques, local materials and amazing artisanal ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
A simple tip for sorting your laundry faster
How much time do you spend washing, folding and ironing laundry per week? Even with the help of my husband, my children and our cleaning lady, I still spend at least half a day a week working on it. If not more! I was just sorting through the laundry, and while folding the the boys' ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Travel memories captured with Little Square Gallery
As much as I promised myself I would take more photos with my 'proper' camera this year, the reality is that an iPhone is just too easy! I've tried to use my camera to capture the beautiful scenery and sights along our journey, but my iPhone is what I end up using for quick snaps ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
The stories of Fiep Westendorp on Storytiles
Fiep Westendorp is a name that all Dutch people know. She was the sweet lady who so creatively illustrated the famous stories of the late Annie MG Schmidt, one of the Netherlands' most famous children book writers. Fiep Westendorp came up with the clever silhouettes of Jip and Janneke, and is as responsible for their fame as ...
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FOR MUMS
New YouTube video: A DIY gym bag tutorial
Here is without any further ado our latest YouTube video! Esther had been sent some beautiful fabrics by Little Cube so we got together to make some sweet little gym bags for our kids. We really had a lot of fun making them and wanted to share this tutorial with you. We experimented and tried ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
British-made mattresses from Eve Mattress
My husband and I moved from America to London five years ago with our newborn baby girl, Charlotte. We optimistically moved into an unfurnished flat and then began the daunting task of furnishing the place from scratch! I was unfamiliar with the brands and shops in this new country, and really had no clue where ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
My girls' shared bedroom
I wanted to share with you some pictures of my daughters' room, as it is sadly very likely going to have to change. The girls are starting to get too tall to fit into their space. You see, the girls have always shared a room, as do a lot of children in Paris. Our flats ...
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BABY ESSENTIALS
Joy & Joice, 100% natural, aromatherapy candles for expecting or new mamas
The months before and after having a baby are just the cosiest periods, the waiting, preparing the house, and then the delightful cocooning on the couch with your tiny newborn in your arms... Rachel (a really cute young mum I met at the London ShopUp last December) really craved the comforting atmosphere that scented candles create during these ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Sweet illustrations, by Laura Uy
Laura Uy is a Canadian illustrator with such a lovely, playful style. Her work mainly focusses on greeting cards and prints, which make great decor pieces for children's rooms. I love that bear in the photo above, so whimsical (the gold stars are hand-painted and make the print extra pretty). Laura's greeting cards have such sweet illustrations with the cutest puns. There are cards for ...
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BABY
Some favourites from Couverture & the Garbstore
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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FOOD
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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HOME AND DÉCOR
Petit Pehr: Storage baskets that make rooms look neat
With six people in a house, I am constantly tidying up. There's no end to it! Once I have one room in order, I turn around to see the next in a state of explosion. Totally normal of course, and just the way it should be -- imagine a house with little children living in it ...
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FOOD
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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CRAFTS AND DIY
DIY: Seashell Mobiles
Happy Monday everyone! We're back to regular posting this week. Thank you for all your sweet comments last week and for bearing with us while we enjoyed a blogging break. The kids and I spent the week (hardly getting out of pyjamas!) in our little beach house on Bainbridge Island. We went for long beach walks, ...
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FOOD
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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DIY FOR MUMS
DIY: Printed Cardboard Box
I had a few items like socks, a hat, sunscreen, a lost toy, a diaper, probably also the pacifier etc. stacked in an ugly cardboard box in Talan’s part of the entrance way. I couldn’t look at it anymore but I also didn’t get a chance to find and buy a decent wooden box so ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Some photos and an interview with Little Years blog
A few weeks ago the lovely French/German photographer Christina Schumacher came over to our house to take some informal photos for an interview with the beautiful German blog Little Years, and I really love the way she captured our family. I thought it would be fun to share some photos here (well, more than some ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
The sweetest nightlight from Tulipop
Ava needed a new lamp for her bedside table and when I saw the new product of Signy and Helga, the two beautiful fiends behind Icelandic brand Tulipop, I knew she would absolutely love it. How sweet is this Bubble lamp? It's just prefect for her, so soft and sweet. Very comforting for a little girl that just ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Aether Cone, a Thinking Music Player
I'm sure every family is the same, but we love a bit of a swing in ours. Very often, after breakfast or dinner, we turn up the volume and dance in our living room. It's crazy! We all join in, and it's just so much fun. And very often, we end up with a big ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
DIY: Dipped Wooden Spoons
I’ve been eyeing the dipped wooden spoons for a while now and the penny pincher in me decided to make something similar on her own instead of buying them. And they turned out great, plus the feeling of making something with my own two hands is priceless (when it succeeds anyway). This project is also ...
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GOOD READS FOR MUMS
Design Mom's book 'How to live with Kids: A room-by-room guide'
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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HOME AND DÉCOR
Hattie the elephant (from Four Monkeys)
When Pim was 2 years old, he pulled over a marble sculpture that my mum had made as our wedding gift and it broke in half. Thankfully we were able to restore it, but -- better safe than sorry -- we now keep our delicate sculptures in storage until our children are bigger. And I've ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
The Little Things... making pompoms for a spring branches bouquet
For this The Little Things post, we've been making pompoms for an Easter Tree-inspired, spring branches bouquet. The great thing about making pompoms, is that it appeals to different ages, and both boys and girls absolutely love making them. Isn't there a magical attraction to wool? The moment I pull my suitcase with yarn leftovers ...
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