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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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INTERESTING ARTICLES
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
'On a Beam of Light' by Jennifer Berne & Vladimir Radunsky (and a personal story)
January 15, 2016
I discovered this delightful book recently.  I was specifically looking for a book about the life of Albert Einstein for my eldest son (who is nearly nine) and came across this one. We discovered that my son has severe dyslexia about 18 months ago and its been a bit of a roller coaster ride.  On ...
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PARENTING
Thursday Thoughts: a vivid imagination
January 14, 2016
It’s a big cliché for parents — the moment you give birth (or even conceive!), the worrying begins. And it’s true, it does. We parents worry... a lot. Quite recently I started to realise that I have a very vivid imagination: I can see scenes taking place vividly in my head, in my imagination, like ...
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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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PARENTING
Kittens!
January 12, 2016
Over the Christmas holiday, we got a call from some good friends here in the neighbourhood with a rather strange but lovely question: they recently had gotten two kittens to extend their family of four, but now it turned out that the dad had developed an allergy for cats. So would we want to adopt their ...
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THE SHOPUP
Our Third London ShopUp: Day 1
December 14, 2015
We were thrilled to see so many of you at our third London ShopUp! We truly couldn't have been happier with how it all went. We had some of the absolute best children's shops in the world join us, and they were each truly spectacular -- so many beautiful products. (You can see a full list ...
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BABY
Macarons, in Amsterdam and at the ShopUp today
December 10, 2015
A little while back, we spent a fun weekend morning with our friends Veit and Julie from the German brand Macarons who visited us in Amsterdam together with their cute girls Cécile and Cleo. They also brought their friend the photographer Oliver Kröning along, who took some really cool snapshots during the day. We had a ...
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PARENTING
Our Third London ShopUp Starts Tomorrow!
December 9, 2015
Our third London ShopUp event starts tomorrow and we couldn’t be more excited to share the fun with you! We have so much going on this year, so we want to give you a quick overview of what to expect. Let’s start with the most important part: the shopping! Shopping: We have gathered fifty incredible ...
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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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PARENTING
Katrina Campbell Photography
December 7, 2015
A few weeks ago we spent a lovely Sunday morning with the talented photographer Katrina Campbell, who came from London for the day to photograph our family (and to spend some time in our lovely city, of course). Katrina told me beforehand not to worry too much about a tidy house, perfectly posing children, well, not to ...
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FUN
Great gifting from Sarah and Bendrix
December 7, 2015
I'm getting more and more excited about the London ShopUp this week! We have so many amazing brands joining us, I just can't wait to fill that extra suitcase I'm bringing over : )! Sarah & Bendrix is one of the wonderful shops setting up their booth at our great venue, offering a selection of very ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Thoughtful and beautiful gift boxes from The London Gifting Studio
December 4, 2015
To give, but mostly to receive a gift that was chosen with care, with love, with attention to detail, with just that extra something, is so, so special. A gift that has meaning, a purpose, that is (and becomes) an experience and a memory -- those kind of gifts are the best ones. But which busy parent has the ...
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PARENTING
Maud Fontein's Happy Holiday Shoot, again at the ShopUp!
December 3, 2015
It's becoming a little ritual, my yearly trip to Maud Fontein's studio with my four children. It's always a bit chaotic, because it needs to be done quickly, in between school pick-up and tennis training. Maud is great at making the kids feel at ease though and always captures them looking so cute, making use of clever ...
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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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PARENTING
Thursday Thoughts: When do you give your child a cellphone?
November 26, 2015
For a while now we’ve been writing regular Tuesday Tips posts — posts in which we share little parenting insights, tips and things that we’ve learned or picked up over the years. We enjoy these posts a lot, both writing them and reading them, and especially the tips and tricks that our readers leave in the ...
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PARENTING
Walking in the face of danger
November 17, 2015
I am shocked that, for the second time this year, I am sitting in front of my computer to write a post about a violent tragedy that has hit my beloved city right in the heart. Our home is, for the second time in 10 months, right next to the site of inhumane violence. We were very ...
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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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LONDON
Workshops at The ShopUp!
November 10, 2015
Our London ShopUp opens a month from today on 10 December! The event runs both the 10th (Thursday) and 11th (Friday) at Chelsea Old Town Hall. This year, we have asked our well-connected friends at The Mamahood to organise some fun and festive workshops for you, and they look amazing! You can read more on The ...
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PARENTING
Tuesday Tips: on twins
November 10, 2015
When we were vacationing in Morocco last week, we met a lovely British lady in a hotel who was staying there with her 7-year-old identical twin girls. We ended up following a cooking course together (tajines!) and while we were preparing the different delicious veggies and herbs, we were chatting about so many different things, ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
An 'Invitation to Play'
November 6, 2015
Natalie, the wonderfully creative founder of Starting With Art, has come up with all sorts of fun ways to keep your little ones busy during our London ShopUp this December! Trained both as an artist and educator, Natalie is uniquely qualified to nurture your budding artists. We can't wait to for you to see what ...
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GOOD READS FOR MUMS
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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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
Making date night easy with Childcare.co.uk
October 22, 2015
As often as we can, my husband and I sneak away to a local restaurant to catch up over drinks before enjoying a quiet, child-free dinner. We are both so busy during the week, that we have to make our date nights a priority or they simply won’t happen! Focusing on each other (instead of ...
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