Posts by Courtney in Australia

FOOD
Ottolenghi's new 'Simple' cookbook
I received Ottolenghi's new 'Simple' cookbook in a gift exchange on Christmas Day, and it has quickly become our go-to cookbook. I have Ottolenghi's first two cookbooks, but admittedly found the recipes in those books to be too time consuming or they required too many hard-to-track-down ingredients that the recipes were impossible to make.  His ...
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PARENTING
When teens get upset -- how best to respond
  My mom sent this New York Times article to me last week, and I found it both comforting and incredibly helpful. Reading it, I had one of these 'aha!' moments of parenting clarity. I realised that whenever Easton has come to me upset lately, I have this urge to immediately try to say something or get ...
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PARENTING
Maintaining your friendships -- how do you prioritise your friends?
A longtime reader (seven years she said!) recently sent an email asking for advice on maintaining friendships and making new ones.  She shared that she already feels pulled in so many directions (kids, husband, work, life in general!) and that she admittedly hasn't been able to focus on her own friendships. She wondered if we ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Thursday Thoughts: The benefits of boredom
I know we've touched on the topic of boredom in the past (in this post about after-school activities), but this new opinion piece on boredom in the New York Times really resonated with me and I thought it makes for an interesting discussion. The article touches on the fact that boredom spawns creativity and self-sufficiency, and ...
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BOOKS
'Everyone Eats' by Julia Kuo, a cute book for toddlers
We've recently added the cute book, 'Everyone Eats', to Wilkie's book basket in his bedroom, and it's quickly become a bedtime favourite.  It's a cute and simple book, featuring different groups of animals on each page and the foods they eat: rabbits eat carrots, deer eat lettuce, bears eat honey, etc. Not only does Wilkie love ...
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TRAVEL
Tent Camping: what you'll need
In the last couple years, we've discovered the joy of camping! Not only it is an affordable way to holiday, but it's always so much fun and offers a sense of adventure and excitement. I still have such fond memories of my childhood camping adventures, and I know that our recent camping trips will remain ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Our kitchen: design details, paint colours and renovation info
After sharing the renovation details of our bathroom, many of you asked for the same information for our kitchen, so I thought I'd dedicate a post to our kitchen renovation and the design decisions we made. Designing our kitchen was one of my favourite parts about our renovation. Because we've designed a kitchen before -- ...
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BOOKS
A book series my 9-year-old daughter loves
Ivy received a copy of Withering-by-Sea by Judith Rossell in her Christmas stocking this year, and she loved it so much, we had to quickly run back to the bookstore to buy the next two books in the series. She tells me these are her new favourite books, so I just knew I had to share ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites: Family Films
Just in time for the holidays -- for things to slow down and for lots of snuggle time on the sofa, we've rounded up our team's favourite family-friendly films. These are films the parents will enjoy just as much as the kids, and ones which will surely make the next rainy afternoon more enjoyable! Here ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
How many Christmas gifts do you give your kids?
Having recently moved house and packed all our belongings up into boxes, I have come to the realisation (once again!) that our kids really don't need anything for Christmas. As I packed up the children's bedrooms a few months ago, I found lots of broken knick-knacks and toys that I had stuck in their Christmas ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
An easy Christmas craft: clay ornaments and decorations
This is honestly the easiest Christmas craft, something the kids can do almost entirely on their own, and it has the prettiest result! Last weekend I handed the kids a package of Sculpey clay and some cookie cutters. I gave them each a glass bottle (to use as a rolling pin), and together they made ...
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CELEBRATIONS
PlayInChoc Advent Calendar with organic chocolates
I know we're already 4 days into December and I'm a bit late to share this, but the PlayInChoc Advent calendar is honestly just too cute not to share with you.  We've now opened three little boxes and it's the highlight of our evening. Each box includes a yummy dairy-free organic chocolate along with a ...
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STYLE
Holiday gift idea for us mamas -- pretty jewellery from Temple of the Sun
I've said it before a few times, but one of my favourite things about living here in Byron is the amount of creative, entrepreneurial  people who live here. There are so many wonderful independent brands based here in Byron Bay, and just when you think you might know them all, you discover yet another one. ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Our home featured on The Design Files!
I can't tell you how excited I was to receive an email from Lucy at The Design Files asking to feature our home on her site.  I've been a reader of The Design Files since we renovated our last home in London more than six years ago and have pinned so many pretty interior photos ...
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BOOKS
Coloring Without Borders -- a collaborative coloring book for charity
When my friend Jennifer Sofio Hall from Elastic TV reached out to share the concept behind her new project, I loved it immediately and couldn't wait to share it here. Following the crisis at the US border earlier this year where hundreds of families were separated from each other, Jenn came up with an idea. ...
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BOOKS
Personalised books for children featuring the child and the people they love most
Kids love personalised books. Full stop. We have collected a few over the years for our kids, and they still love those books so much. It's like there is something magical and compelling reading a book about YOU! This new personalised book, Ready or Not here comes.... by Sydney-based publisher MeMeMe Press takes it one step further. ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Our Holiday Gift Guides are here!
Can you believe it's that time again?!!!! Christmas is coming! And Hanukkah! And St. Nicholas! And....! Lots of reasons to be festive and merry, and plenty of excuses to buy little gifts for your loved ones. This year's Holiday Gift Guides are up on our site. We've got gift ideas for babies, children, and us deserving ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Linen bedding from Byron-based brand Of The Sun
Of The Sun is a beautiful brand of linen bedding started by two local Byron mums and friends of mine.  Their range includes bedding in all sizes, from king-size down to cot bed size, and comes in a range of the most gorgeous colours. My favourite pieces in their collection are the two-toned duvet sets, ...
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FUN
'All the Ways to be Smart', a charming new picture book with a beautiful message
All The Ways to be Smart is the most beautiful, brilliant new picture book. Full stop. Charming illustrations in pretty, appealing colours? Check. Great rhyming text that is super fun to read aloud? Check. A wonderful message conveyed in a beautiful non-judgey way? Check. The book is a joyful celebration of childhood and all the ...
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RECIPES
The very best vegetarian lasagne
I'm not sure I've mentioned it here before, but we've been a mostly vegetarian family for the past few years. We'll eat meat if it's prepared for us, whether at a friends' house or a barbecue where it's the only option, but we don't cook meat at home and haven't ordered it in a restaurant ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Making your marriage a priority
I was asked to sit on a panel at the recent Business Chicks event in Brisbane last weekend along with four other inspiring business women and mothers. We chatted and shared tips about the juggle -- juggling motherhood and careers, taking time for yourself, carving out time for your husband, learning to say 'no', learning ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Do you argue in front of your children?
Yesterday afternoon Michael and I got in a heated argument whilst the kids were nearby in the adjacent room. As much as I tried to control my temper and stay calm, I ended up shouting and storming out of the room. Within minutes, Quin was in tears, followed by Ivy, and they both walked into ...
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BOOKS
Wilkie's favourite books -- a round-up of the best books for toddlers
We have already shared our team's favourite baby & toddler books, which is a wonderful round-up of books for the 0-3 age, but as I was looking at Wilkie's little box of books in his bedroom, I realised there are some favourites in there that haven't been mentioned here before.  Some of them have been ...
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At what age did you leave your children at home by themselves? Check out Emilie’s post on our blog: ‘I had a revelation the other day when my youngest daughter told me that she had spent the evening entertaining the guest. The guest in this case was the 19-year-old babysitter whom I was paying good money to!’ #babyccinoteens #babyccinokids
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Twirling tutus on a Thursday (Say that three times quickly! ) A cute outtake of Courtney’s girls for a recent feature in @mamadisrupt magazine.
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Fluffy and deliciously moist, with crispy-crunchy edges... Check out our blog for Lara’s easy and yummy American cornbread recipe! #babyccinoeats #babyccinokids @laraoflondon
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The universe is talking to us! ️ Just spotted this on our @pinterest feed and it reminded us of yesterday’s blog post. Another good parenting reminder.
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Did you know we have handy guides up on our site, with a curated selection of must-have products all organised by theme! From arts & craft supplies to underwear to bath & body products, find our favourites! (This cool house-shaped hanging wall storage piece can be found in ‘organised home’.)
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‘First... let’s settle your glitter.’ About how best to respond when teenagers get upset, and the analogy with a jar full of glitter. Courtney has written a post based on a recent @nytimes article and shared some valuable advice on the blog!
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When Van Gogh famously cut off his ear, the question arose — what happened to the ear without its head? ‘The Ear’, by Estonian writer and illustrator Piret Raud is a beautifully illustrated story about that one lonely ear and the art of listening. A gem!! #babyccinoreads #babyccinokids #piretraud @thamesandhudson
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Sunday silliness and papaya boobs with @the_vista. Mum life ! 🤣
4 days ago
A good reminder! ️ Regram from @normanandjules and @pompomsocial
5 days ago
Greek myths for children? Yes! They are captivating, exciting and magical ️. Esther is sharing some tips on the blog — have a read and please leave tips if you have any! #babyccinokids #babyccinoreads #greekmyths #greekmythsforkids #percyjackson
6 days ago
Here’s a video of our latest ShopUp in East London (shot and edited by our lovely and talented friend Nadine Brandt). It encapsulates the ShopUp atmosphere really, really well, and it makes us so excited for the next one!
7 months ago
Our beautiful new book, '9 months: A month by month guide to pregnancy' for the family to share, is AVAILABLE NOW! You can order it here: UK: http://amzn.to/2n6eCT7 / US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo / AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
1 year ago
Check out our new book! 9 months: A month by month guide to pregnancy for the family to share. PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY HERE: UK: http://amzn.to/2n6eCT7 / US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo / AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
1 year ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
1 year ago
Our 2nd live shopping event in Brooklyn was amazing! Great shopping, delicious treats, tons of kids activities and a super cool family photo booth!
2 years ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
2 years ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
2 years ago
Here we show you how to harvest rhubarb from the garden, and make it into a delicious compote. If you make oatmeal at the same time, you have made a delicious and nutritious breakfast that your family will love! (Ours do!)
2 years ago
This gym bag is such a fun and easy project, also for beginners this is a nice sewing project. Esther, Emilie and the kids had so much fun going to the market choosing all the supplies. The fabrics from Little Cube are the cutest!
2 years ago
Our first live shopping event in Brooklyn was a great success. We loved seeing the best boutiques under one roof, combined with great food and fun activities...and some dancing! Hope to see everyone this year again on September 18th & 19th at 501 Union, 501 Union Street in Brooklyn.
2 years ago