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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Thursday Thoughts: Cooking and kids
This summer we have been cooking a lot. Nothing special or extravagant - but simple, good food that you don't need recipes for. I wanted my kids (now 10 and 8) to be able cook a full meal: starter, main and desert, without a recipe book. Here is my thinking:  We visit so many friends ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Two to Tandem: Breastfeeding two at the same time
Being a mother means making tons of decisions, and leaves you with a lot of .... questions. Being a second-time mother somehow seems to double the amount of decisions needed, and sometimes double the number of questions you need to ask yourself about what you are doing. Is this best for the baby? The eldest ...
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PARENTING
Busy Boxes: a great idea to keep little ones entertained
Super simple ideas are the best, and this idea of a BUSY BOX for bigger siblings, which is great for both mamas and kids, will help enormously in the early weeks & months of second (or third) time motherhood (especially if you don't have extra help at home!). We know newborns love to feed, sleep, ...
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HEALTH & CARE
Papier d'Arménie
I am a complete sucker for sweet, old products - there is something so comforting about mints in a tin box or a pad of old school writing paper. In French we have a word for it: intemporel. Papier d'Arménie falls into this category. I had seen it in pharmacies and shops plenty of times, ...
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INTERVIEWS
Five questions with Julie Marabelle from Famille Summerbelle
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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TUESDAY TIPS
Introducing a newborn sibling: Head, shoulders, knees and toes...
How did you introduce your older children to your brand new and adorable newborn? I received great advice from a friend about that first moment when they meet, which was really easy to do... When you introduce the beautiful new baby to its siblings, you shouldn't hold the baby. It can easily look like the sibling is ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Choosing the best sun protection for your kids
During this year of adventure we have enjoyed mostly sunny, warm climates. This was by design, of course, and following the sun meant we didn't have to burden ourselves or our bags with heavy, winter clothing. The slight downside was that we have spent a year toting around hats, sun shirts and sun cream, rarely going a day without thinking about sun ...
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INTERVIEWS
Five questions with Julie Kohlhoff from macarons
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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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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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Do you talk about sex with your children?
The other day, Courtney and I were discussing the way parents talk about sex with their children. How difficult this subject sometimes seems to be, and how easy people shy away from discussing it. Why is it, that something so beautiful and special can be so controversial at the same time? I don't know if ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Reassure Soon-to-be Siblings with a Simple Video
How do you take care of your eldest child(ren) when you are about to have a baby? Well, I recently ran into a local mum. She is due with her second child and asked me what I experienced differently while pregnant the second time. And my answer, without even thinking twice, was that I worried more about ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Scans, surprises, and science...
Ultrasound scans are a modern tool used to give us so much more information than previous generations of pregnant women had access to… but can scans give too much information away?! I have now had two pregnancies, and I always found the ultrasound scan to be both exciting and nerve racking. It is such an ...
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INTERVIEWS
5 Questions with Eilidh and Katrine from Niddle Noddle
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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BABY ESSENTIALS
'The New Baby' - an activity book for soon-to-be big brothers and sisters
This book, The New Baby: an Activity Book for Soon-to-be Big Brothers and Sisters is excellent. It brings your child along the journey as the unborn baby grows (and you grow too)! I purchased it at the last ShopUp as a stocking stuffer for my daughter. The New Baby has lovely illustrations, and sparks interesting conversations. It ...
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FUN
Introducing Lara in London
A few years ago, when Casper was still a little baby boy, I visited Courtney in London and we took a baby yoga class together from Nadia Narain at our old 'hangout' in Primrose Hill, TriYoga. At the end of the class we started chatting to a cute fellow mum, Lara Curry, who was there ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Encouraging your child to walk
Over the past ten months of our travels, Michael and I have fallen into a bad habit. We try to encourage Marlow to walk wherever we go, but she never gets far before asking (and then demanding...) to be carried. She has become so spoiled having both her parents (and big brothers!) with her every day, ...
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INTERVIEWS
5 Questions with Maureen from Pipsticks
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
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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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
The big phone debate
Apologies for another post on the mobile phone debate. The thing is - it is at the forefront of our minds as our eldest kids are approaching the equally feared and anticipated teenage years. It is also triggered by a recent survey that found that in the UK the average age for giving a child ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Depression during pregnancy
This past April, in Australia, I went out to dinner with some new girl friends. Our conversation that night became quite intimate and over the course of dinner I learned of one friend’s struggle with pregnancy depression. She shared, so eloquently, her struggle and journey to get support during her recent pregnancy. For the first ...
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PARENTING
Tuesday Tips: A genius swim trick!
Until this week, Marlow couldn't swim. In fact, she was never really enthusiastic about getting in the water and when she did, she wore floaties to keep her afloat. I was chatting to a friend in Australia last month, a mother of three, and she said, "You know the trick for teaching your kids to swim, ...
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BABY ESSENTIALS
Enfance Paris, natural soap for children
I recently discovered Enfance, a Paris-based company making 100% natural soap aimed purely at children, and using only organic ingredients of the very best quality. After becoming a mother, the owner of the brand, Agnès Laffourcade, realised that she was missing a brand purely aimed at children that used exclusively organic science. So she developed a range of ...
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FOR MUMS
Thursday Thoughts: I think I quite like my wrinkles
Being around 40 is an interesting thing because, there is no denying it at this point - I am now officially a grown up, a fact that I have been trying to ignore! It is also quite confronting as my features are changing, and no matter how much cream I splash on, age is changing my ...
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PARENTING TIPS
Thursday's Thoughts : Deciding when you have had enough?
I’m nearing 40 and always thought that when I hit that celebratory birthday I’d know; I’d know that I had enough children. But when I asked friends recently, “How do you know when you’ve had enough?” they replied, “You just know it. It will hit you.” Now I realise I am not big on numbers ...
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