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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Family photos by Marisa Vitale and some highlights from Los Angeles
October 15, 2015
As I mentioned in an earlier post, we spent a week in LA back in September and stayed in the beautiful home owned by Peter James and Marisa Vitale. Marisa is a talented family photographer and offered to snap some photos of our family while we were in town. I jumped at the chance to get ...
Bloom & Wild, flowers through the letterbox!
October 7, 2015
My husband has given me flowers on the fourth of each month since our first kiss on 4th Feb, 2002. (So sweet, right?!) Over thirteen years of flowers later, I still find myself charmed when I receive them. Their fragile nature, and purely aesthetic function make flowers such a special, and luxurious gift. Given my ...
Our stay in LA, with Kid & Coe
October 6, 2015
We recently spent a sunny week in Los Angeles to mark the start of our year-long adventure. We had moved from LA to London twelve years ago, so it was nice to go back and spend some time exploring the city again, to spend time with friends and family and to get a feel for what ...
Shortstitch, a personal shopping service
September 24, 2015
Personal shopping -- it sounds expensive and luxurious, doesn't it? It makes me think of those slightly hidden areas on the top floors of high-end department stores. Luxurious... and definitely mysterious. But fact is: parents are busy. Very busy. Although we love (virtual) shopping and browsing, we don't always find the time to scout the high streets (or ...
Doodle Nest art books -- the perfect way to preserve your children's art
July 15, 2015
As part of the process of packing up our house I've come across all of the children's art from the past ten years. I don't save everything they make, but I do like to keep our favourite pieces, and of course I always keep the sweet love notes and cards. As a result, we have several big plastic ...
HOME AND DÉCOR
Aether Cone, a Thinking Music Player
April 23, 2015
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 ...
HOME AND DÉCOR
Laikonik Once A Year Books
February 11, 2015
I have written about the beautiful Once A Year Books from Autralian company Laikonik before, but now that I've started Casper's book, I thought I should share them again. They're just so beautiful. The concept is simple: once a year, a photo can be placed in the harmonica-style notebook, and a little story can be written ...
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 ...
HOME AND DÉCOR
Happy New Year! (And let's get organised!)
January 1, 2015
Happy New Year everyone! Here's to a splendid, happy and healthy 2015 for all of you! Only a few more days of vacation for us, and then, on Monday, the children will be back in school and we will be back behind our computers -- and behind tons of laundry to catch up with, fridges to clean ...
Marlow is two! A birthday photoshoot with Little Kin Photography
November 27, 2014
My baby turned two a couple weeks ago and like a good mother I had organised a photoshoot with Polly Geal from Little Kin Photography for the day of her birthday. Actually, the honest truth is that I booked the photoshoot for November 12th because it was the only empty day in my diary... and coincidentally ...
Blurb photo books
November 13, 2014
I have a love/hate relationship with Instagram. Most of the time I love it and find the community there so wonderful and supportive and inspiring, but you know... there are days... ! : ) One of the biggest reasons why I do love it is how easy it is to make Instagram books over at Blurb. You ...
Happy Holidays shoot by Maud Fontein (again at the ShopUp!)
November 10, 2014
Here are my four babies photographed by Maud Fontein for this year's Happy Holidays shoot. They've grown a bit since last year, haven't they? I'm always impressed by how Maud can take such sweet photos of all my kids -- she is so wonderful, makes children so quickly at ease. My kids actually look forward to going ...
ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
Your house on Kid&Coe!
October 30, 2014
Founded by Zoie Kingsbery Coe a few years ago, Kid&Coe is a booking service that lets families rent out their house when they are away, so that other families can have the convenience of traveling to interesting places while staying in a local family home. Instead of going though the trouble of booking an expensive hotel ...
Custom watercolour portraits from Sophie & Lili
October 21, 2014
Artist Jennifer Vallez from Sophie & Lili recently sent over these sweet watercolour portraits of my little family, and I love them so much. I love that she captured my children's personalities so well, and all of it based on a couple Instagram photos I have recently posted. My kids are especially fond of them ...
HOME AND DÉCOR
The Little Square Gallery -- sweet snapshots in a cool frame
October 7, 2014
I'm not very organised when it comes to using my digital photos -- I just take a photo, post it to Instagram, and then it disappears in a virtual cloud somewhere. Actually, it wasn't very different back when I took analog photos -- instead of a virtual cloud, photos would disappear in a dusty box, waiting to be organised ...
ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
Five great European holiday destinations from Kid & Coe
July 2, 2014
Kid & Coe is a holiday rental site specifically for families. It was launched last Autumn and it's been great watching their site and inventory of properties grow. They offer family-friendly destinations all over the world -- from beach houses in Brazil to city apartments in New York, or stylish flats in London to countryside retreats in Tuscany. Most ...
Emily Ulmer photography
June 17, 2014
Our friend and talented photographer, Emily Ulmer, is in town from Los Angeles and came over on Sunday for a little visit and impromptu photoshoot. We walked over to the park and she snapped some photos of my crazy brood running wild and climbing trees. I never would have thoughts she would have gotten good ...
CRAFTS AND DIY
Custom stamps from Sycamore Street Press
May 22, 2014
I recently ordered some custom return address stamps from Sycamore Street Press and I am in love -- both with the stamps and with the fact that I no longer have to write out my address! (How did I not do this sooner? What a time saver!) I just got around to (finally) sending thank ...
Hucklebones and the Secret Garden
April 15, 2014
Photographer and stylist, Emma Donnelly, sent over some photos from her recent photoshoot with Hucklebones and I think they perfectly capture how pretty the spring has been here in England with all the beautiful cherry blossoms, budding tulips and little girls in pretty dresses and bare legs!! Such gorgeous photos! Of course you can't go ...