Travel

TRAVEL
A week in Campania, Italy
July 26, 2016
Our school had scheduled an extra week of vacation in the month of June this year, which was such a welcomed treat! I loved that extra week -- still mid-season and therefore not too busy and less expensive to travel, and summery enough to fly to the south of Europe for a sunny destination. I had once ...
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AMSTERDAM
Photoshoot in Amsterdam by Christina Schumacher
July 20, 2016
A few weeks ago, now that Courtney is back in our hemisphere, we all met up in Amsterdam and had two days of meetings, brain storming, dinners and laughs. I really do love these girls! We now know each other so well that we truly are family and, as we are all such strong characters, ...
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TRAVEL
Sri Lanka: Where to Stay
July 7, 2016
Before returning to Europe at the end of May, we spent nearly a month exploring the beautiful country of Sri Lanka. It was our first time visiting, and we enjoyed getting to know the island, its happy people, its many cultures and customs, and, of course, the delicious food! We have never been to India, but ...
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WEEKEND GETAWAYS
Weekend Getaway: Minneapolis
July 1, 2016
After the recent interview with Jen from Polka Dot Club, in which she shared photos of her beautiful home and described her little city with such passion, we thought it would be fun to ask her to write down her favourite things to do, eat, and see in her home town. I've never been to Minneapolis, but her ...
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WEEKEND GETAWAYS
A week in St. Ives, Cornwall
June 20, 2016
The pretty fishing town of St Ives in Cornwall is somewhere I’ve grown up holidaying since I was a small child. It holds so many special memories of long, lazy summer vacations spent with family - cousins, aunties, uncles even school friends. And it’s a place that my kids call home even though we actually ...
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TRAVEL
Why I like camping
May 24, 2016
  When I mention camping to a lot of my friends, they look aghast. The idea of sleeping on the ground, in a tiny tent on top of each other without privacy and at the mercy of the elements, does not sound like a relaxing holiday. To a certain extent they are right; waking up ...
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TRAVEL
Feather Down Farms: a weekend stay on a farm
May 19, 2016
A couple of weeks back, we picked up the children from school on a Friday afternoon and drove all the way to the very south of Belgium. Reason for our trip was a weekend stay at a Feather Down farm, or in other words, we were going 'glamping' on a real working farm. Feather Down is a concept that originated in ...
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PLACES TO VISIT
One week in Tokyo: A re-cap of our time in this mega-city!
May 3, 2016
After spending one month in laid-back Byron Bay, we gave ourselves a bit of culture shock by flying straight into the mega city of Tokyo! After a bit of a rough travel day (bumpy flight, sick children, long queues in airports and a taxi too small to fit all of our luggage!), we arrived to a little ...
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GIVEAWAYS
Exciting Go-Bag Giveaway with Kid & Coe
April 12, 2016
We've been in the Byron Bay area for nearly a month now, which is the longest length of time we've stayed somewhere since we left London back in July. And it feels so nice. We have loved Byron so much and have felt so at home here, in part due to the friends we've met and ...
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PLAY
TunFun
March 9, 2016
In an old tunnel and pedestrian passageway, under a busy square in the center of Amsterdam, a kids paradise is created: TunFun. This indoor playground is the ideal place to bring your overactive kids on a cold or rainy day. There are play-zones for different age groups with trampolines, jump cushions, ball pits, slides, and ...
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PLACES TO VISIT
Weekend Getaway: Sydney
March 9, 2016
After spending eight weeks in New Zealand, five of which were spent campervanning from one remote corner of the country to the next, we were all very excited to arrive in hip & happening Sydney to soak up some city time (and sleep in proper beds!).  Because we have visited Sydney a few times before, we didn't feel ...
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PARIS
Le Jardin des Plantes - Paris
February 9, 2016
Paris can get pretty wet and cold in the winter and sometimes it is nice to be able to seek refuge inside. One of our favourite city adventures in the winter time is a visit to the Jardin des Plantes. It is one of Paris' largest parks (which does not mean a lot ;)) and also ...
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BEAUTY
My favourite sunsreen -- Aesop's Protective Body Lotion SPF50
January 25, 2016
I have applied sunscreen every day for the past five months. It's become a normal part of my morning routine: brush teeth, wash face, apply sunscreen. The sun is so harsh here in New Zealand that sunscreen is necessary even on cloudy days! I picked up this Aesop protective body lotion last summer before leaving ...
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TRAVEL
Casa Zinc at i-escape
January 7, 2016
I'm so behind on posting about our travels (I'm blaming slow wifi -- it's been the one major headache of our travels!).  I have so much I want to share with you from the past couple months, starting with Casa Zinc, a wonderful little boutique hotel in Uruguay that we loved so, so much. We ...
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PARIS
A weekend in... Marseille
December 18, 2015
Living in continental Europe has the distinct advantage that our next adventure is probably only a few hours away by train. I love picking up a magazine and a coffee, waiting for our train to arrive, settling into my seat with a good book and seeing the French countryside flash by. Marseille, France's second largest ...
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TRAVEL
Family-friendly hotels at i-escape: exclusive discounts on offer!
December 1, 2015
The team at i-escape recently reached out to share an exciting promotion they're running on a selection of their favourite family-friendly properties in their Kids Collection. They've teamed up with Family Traveller magazine to offer exclusive discounts on 36 of their properties, including stylish apartments, boutique B&Bs, family-oriented safari lodges and far-flung beach retreats. We are thrilled to share with ...
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TRAVEL
A few days in Rio de Janeiro
November 13, 2015
Last spring when we sat down to plan our year of travel we decided to favour small towns over cities and to spend about three weeks in each destination. We thought this would keep the pace a bit slower and allow us to really get to know each place beyond the usual touristy way. One ...
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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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LONDON CITY GUIDE
A weekend in London with a nine-year-old
November 2, 2015
  To celebrate Coco’s ninth birthday I had promised her a trip to London, just her and me, for a little weekend. Considering her birthday was last December and we are now in October, it was high time I made good on my promise and so we jumped on the train and away we went ...
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PARIS
The greenhouses of Auteuil
October 28, 2015
Today I'm so happy to introduce you to my friend Lara Brehm, who is sharing a wonderful place in Paris with you (together with beautiful, inspiring photos and gorgeous bookplates/gift-tags that she especially designed for us!) xxx Esther Hello friends, I'm Lara, a German graphic designer based in Paris, France. I met Esther by pure ...
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LOS ANGELES
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 ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
New video: What is in our Carry-on Bags
October 12, 2015
Last month, when we all got together in New York for the ShopUp event, we filmed a little YouTube video. We all turned up from long-haul flights and were talking about what we like to take with us into the cabin to be as cozy as can be in a little seat for seven hours. ...
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BABY ESSENTIALS
Greentom, a 100% green stroller
October 8, 2015
There's a new stroller in the land -- have you heard of the Greentom Upp yet? Designed here in the Netherlands, it is cool, hip and functional, but also very innovative: it is completely, 100% green. Casper and I have spent the last month or so test-riding the Greentom Upp Classic, and I'm impressed. It is a ...
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LOS ANGELES
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 ...
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