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THE SHOPUP
The LA ShopUp: Day One
April 11, 2016
Day one of our LA ShopUp was an enormous success! It was fun, it was bustling and busy, and the weather thankfully behaved itself (phew!). We saw so many friends and familiar faces, we met lots of inspiring people, and we had so much fun mingling with all the happy visitors, young and old. We’ll ...
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GIVEAWAYS
Win a Four Seasons Hawaiian Getaway!
April 5, 2016
Our Los Angeles ShopUp event is just days away now!! In addition to planning lots of fun activities for visitors, we've been busy behind the scenes thinking of ways to raise awareness and money for our parter charity, mothers2mothers - a nonprofit organisation fighting to end pediatric AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. We're thrilled to have teamed ...
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PARENTING
Tuesday Tips - Surviving Homework
April 5, 2016
I have to say being a teacher and setting homework is so much easier then being the parent who needs to help their child complete it! But last week was a success. My daughter finished all of her homework without any arguments and we still had time for some family fun. Hurray! So how did ...
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THE SHOPUP
The ShopUp in Los Angeles -- this coming Sunday & Monday!
April 4, 2016
Our Los Angeles ShopUp event is finally happening! The ShopUp takes place this coming Sunday and Monday the 10th & 11th at the beautiful Lombardi House in Hollywood. We can't wait to get all of our stylish shops together in this stunning venue for the very BEST shopping imaginable. In addition to shopping, our lovely event manager, ...
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PARENTING
Thursday Thoughts - Is Homework Healthy?
March 31, 2016
I’m of two minds when it comes to homework. I’m not sure if I love it or loathe it. When I was teaching I would hand it out with such exuberance knowing that children’s learning would be reinforced and excited for the families who would bond over the projects I set. Now I’m a mother ...
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PARENTING
Thursday Thoughts: The almost teenager
March 24, 2016
I have always had a healthy fear of my children turning into teenagers -- probably based on my personal experience of being one! But I have found it fascinating, not at all scary, to watch Coco, who is now 10, swing wildly between being a child and a teenager. Esther and I were talking about it ...
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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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BABY
ShortStitch, personal shopping -- also for boys!
March 14, 2016
Do you remember the personal shopping service, ShortStitch, that we tested for Ava last year? I loved the easy process, the excitement of receiving the box full of gorgeous outfits, and was so happily surprised by the awesome suggestions Darina had put together (some of them I would have never thought of myself -- and ...
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PARENTING
Thursday's Thoughts : Who do your children most admire?
March 3, 2016
Helena is now 8 years old and my husband and I are beginning to notice she's looking further afield than her family for role models - she's looking for someone to look up to, to inspire her. When she was younger she always looked up to either my husband and myself or to close family members, and just like ...
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BABY ESSENTIALS
French baby products
March 1, 2016
It's funny, my friends and family seem to have babies in bursts, and at the moment I have new babies turning up around me -- all over the place. So sweet! One of my favourite presents for newborns are French baby products, as there are some things you only seem to get over here and I, ...
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PARENTING
Thursday Thoughts: Teaching our Girls to be Gutsy
February 25, 2016
Earlier this week, my mom forwarded me this opinion article from the NY times, 'Why Do We Teach Girls That It's Cute To Be Scared?'. The author, Caroline Paul, is a San Francisco firefighter, and she writes about how we condition our girls to be scared, while boys are encouraged to be brave and resilient. ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Tuesday Tips: A simple birthday party
February 23, 2016
Esther has organised some epic kids birthday parties, some of my favourite being the disco party and the stick horse party . I on the other hand am terrible at this! I seriously cannot compete. BUT I do think it is important for my kids to have their friends over, host them in our home and basically say ...
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PARENTING
Crying it out. When is enough, enough? - Thursday Thoughts
February 11, 2016
Earlier this week, while camped at a beautiful beach on the Coromandel Peninsula here in New Zealand, we encountered a situation that has whirled around in my head ever since. We arrived to the campsite in the early evening with enough time to set up camp and prepare dinner. Marlow had just fallen asleep in ...
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BABY ESSENTIALS
Joy & Joice, 100% natural, aromatherapy candles for expecting or new mamas
February 10, 2016
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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BABY
A sweet announcement and my Top 10 Baby and Mama Products
February 8, 2016
Hello everyone. The ones that follow my blog have read the news already but to the ones that don’t I’m over the moon to share that from this summer on I’m going to be a mama of three! I can hardly believe it. If it wasn’t for the ultrasounds I don’t think I would. We are ...
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PARENTING
Thursday Thoughts: Do you share a toothbrush?
February 4, 2016
Over the past few months of travelling our family has adapted to a pared down lifestyle. Camping, in particular, has encouraged us to take simplifying to a whole new level. A few examples: we often all share the same water glass throughout the day to save washing up, we share baths/showers, we even share towels ...
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PARENTING
Tuesday Tips: Introducing a second language in a single-language family
January 26, 2016
Over the years, I have received a few requests to explain how it is possible that all four of my children speak English, even though we live in the Netherlands, we solely speak Dutch at home, and, from the age of four, they attend public Dutch schools like all other Dutch children. Our children speak ...
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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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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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