Posts by Courtney in Australia

PARENTING
Mental Health Week: How to support our kids through emotional ups and downs
It's World Mental Health Week this week, which is a wonderful opportunity to talk about our children's mental health and how best to support our kids through their emotional ups and downs. In the research I did on adolescence for my Tweens & Teens e-course, I learned that it is normal for mental health and ...
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BOOKS
Everything Under The Sun -- a great new book and podcast series by Molly Oldfield
Everything Under the Sun is a new book out by Molly Oldfield, who I have recently become pals with on Instagram. Molly wrote to me to share about her new book, and I loved the concept of the book without even seeing a photo. She then sent me a copy of her book, and it's ...
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FOOD
Turmeric Orange Lemonade
It has been citrus season here in Australia and our local roadside stalls are filled with oranges and lemons. Coincidentally, Michael recently harvested loads of fresh ginger and turmeric from our garden. When I offered some to a friend, she told me I should be making the Turmeric Lemonade from Amy Chaplin's cookbook, At Home ...
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PARENTING
How to Encourage Teens to do Household Chores
Giving children regular chores and responsibilities around the house is important for many reasons, and maybe more so for teens and tweens. However, if your teens are anything like mine, you will find that their reluctance to chores increases as they enter adolescence and their attentiveness when doing them deteriorates. For example, Quin, who is ...
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FASHION
Beautiful, organic cotton knitwear from Jaggery London
I have recently been introduced to Jaggery London, a conscious knitwear brand creating beautiful layering pieces from soft, organic cotton. The knitwear is made fairly & ethically in a knitting workshop in Auroville, South India. All pieces are made using a 100% natural organic Indian cotton that is responsibly sourced and dyed with azo-free dyes (even ...
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WELLBEING
Self-care in motherhood: start with small doses!
I recently listened to this great Deliciously Ella podcast interview with Michael James Wong on how to ease stress and bring mindfulness into our day. I’ve also been reading Brooke McAlary’s new book Care: The Radical Art of Taking Time, which urges us to rediscover the act of ‘small care’ and small pleasures to weave ...
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PARENTING
My new e-course on Tweens & Teens: Registration now open!
I'm really excited to share the details of my new e-course! In The Loop: Tweens & Teens is a 3-week community course to help prepare and support you through the adolescent years. It has been designed for parents and carers of children aged 8 to 18, and will bring together a community of parents who ...
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FUN
Introduce your children to yoga with this beautiful new book!
My dear friend, Kiki Morriss, has recently launched her book 'Nurturing Your Family with Yoga', and I couldn't be more excited to share about it here. I have watched and witnessed Kiki take this book from a dream to a reality, and while I knew it would be a beautiful book, I love it even ...
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FUN
'Arno and his Horse', a beautiful book by Jane Godwin and Felicita Sala
It is so special to find a children's picture book that appeals as much to adults as it does to children. Wilkie has requested this as his bedtime story every night for the last few weeks, and it's one of those books I never tire of reading. Arno and his Horse is a beautiful story, ...
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PARENTING
Welcome baby Lucy!
Our wonderful team member, Emma, gave birth to her beautiful baby girl, Lucy, a few weeks ago on the 11th of April, and I've been so excited to share the news with you! Isn't she just the sweetest little bub! Emma manages our shopping directory and all of our wonderful shop members, and she's been ...
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FASHION
Earth-friendly swimwear with a happy retro vibe
We love the happy, sunshiney swimwear from Seaesta Surf! The colours and patterns are so fun, with a '70s retro vibe, and I love the no-fuss, back-to-basics fit and style of the swimsuits. The Seaesta boardshorts are perfect -- not too long, not too baggy, and they're made of a soft, fast-drying material. The swimsuits ...
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PARENTING
Environmentally-friendly ideas and practices to help 'Restore Our Earth'
In honour of Earth Day this week and the 'Restore our Earth' theme, I wanted to share a few things we do in our family to help reduce our carbon footprint. I am aware that I'm preaching to the converted, and that we're all aware of the importance of lightening our footprint and saving our ...
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FUN
Happy Earth Day! Some fun family activities to mark the day.
Tomorrow is Earth Day and this year's theme is 'Restore Our Earth'.  Earth Day was first held in 1970 in the US and has now grown to international dimensions with events across the globe. It provides a way for us all to demonstrate support for environmental protection, and is the perfect opportunity to help educate ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Make Your Own Easter Decorations: 'Snowflake' Easter Eggs
Here's a super simple Easter craft, which results in pretty decorations. My favourite kind of craft! The girls and I made these paper 'snowflake' Easter eggs to put in our windows now that the sun is finally shining again! (We've had weeks of nonstop pouring rain here on the east coast of Australia, and it ...
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FASHION
Shopping for tween & teen girls -- some favourite brands
While it felt like a very slow and steady journey into adolescence for my boys, it appeared to happen completely overnight for Ivy! I don't know if this is a difference between boys and girls, but for Ivy it has certainly been a huge year of growing and changing quickly. She will turn 12 in ...
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FUN
'The Tale of the Whale', a beautiful new book with an important message
This new book arrived in the post this week and became an instant bedtime favourite of Wilkie's. The Tale of the Whale by Karen Swann and Padmacandra is a poetic rhyming book that highlights the beauty of the underwater world and the importance of saving it from plastic pollution. The book takes you on a ...
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FOR MUMS
Welcoming Emma, a new contributor in the UK
While I have never met her in 'real' life, Emma Bates and I have been online friends for the last five years. She first reached out to me in an email whilst we were travelling back in 2016, and from that very first email exchange I knew we'd become fast friends. Emma and her family ...
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FOR MUMS
Capture your memories with custom photo books from Rosemood
We are big fans of custom photo books in our house. We have a whole stack of photo books we've created over the years -- the first one is from 2007, the year our second baby was born, and we've managed to make one every year since. They are honestly the most treasured things we ...
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FUN
Londji Puzzles -- made from recycled cardboard!
This past year we discovered the beautiful range of puzzles from Barcelona-based company, Londji. Not only do the puzzles have beautiful designs and fun features (like glitter and ruffled edges and round shapes!), the puzzles are made from FSC certified paper and recycled cardboard and are all designed and made locally in their factory in ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Valentine's Day Loveheart Crowns
This is quite possibly one of the easiest crafts we've ever done -- and with such a cute result in the end! This past weekend, the girls and I made loveheart crowns for Valentine's Day. All you need is some wool felt and ribbon, and that's it! You simply cut out felt hearts in your ...
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PARENTING
Tips for keeping our teenage boys close
Easton will be 16 this year, and Quin will soon turn 14. Two teenage boys, both incredibly different. What I've learned so far in parenting teen boys is that each child's needs are different, and how I am with one isn't necessarily the same approach I take with the other. But really, what matters most is that ...
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LATEST TRAVELS
Summer holidays! See you back here in two weeks!
If you follow Esther and Emilie on Instagram, you'll have seen a few happy photos of their two families together in France! It's a sweet summertime tradition for them. Being on the opposite side of the world, I will admit it makes me feel extra far away and sad to miss out on these wonderful ...
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DECOR AND FURNITURE
Slow-stitched quilts and wall-hangings from Cutts & Sons
I discovered Jessie Cutts and her beautiful handmade quilts on Instagram last week and ended up down an Instagram rabbit hole, falling more and more in love with the work she does. I love the concept of her made-to-order quilted letters. How beautiful are they! (I adore this photo, above, of the letters behind the ...
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Make your own super-sized spiderwebs!!! Just paper & scissors. Decorations, games, and fun to follow! Spin the spider on the spiderweb even. Link in bio to make this amazingness!
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Sustainable halloween costumes – dressing up capsule tips! See our archive post, link in bio. We love this one!
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Slow Sunday = simple and relaxing leaf rubbings. All you need are some leaves (very newly picked or pressed ones), think copy paper, and a writing tool. Make tjem@into cards to send to loved ones. ️ Link in bio for full post.
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The best way to avoid pre-bought Halloween costumes that aren’t environmentally friendly… make your own! But finding the time is another thing. So why don’t you make superhero leaf masks this year. Go for a walk. Collect leaves. Press them this weekend, and then decorate them in a week or so. What a great way to embrace Autumn and have fun! Totally free too. Your superpower, a creative & cool solution! 🦸‍️ 🦸‍️ 🦸‍️🦸‍️🦸‍️ Link in bio from @soloskates lovely post a few years ago!
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Pretty sure pumpkin season is in full effect. Try our Pumpkin Laksa, yum!
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Do you know our gorgeous #babyccinoboutiques ? This one, MookieMerino offers a premium and luxurious baby sleep bag made of pure organic merino wool. @mookiemerino is award-winning sleeping bag is perfect for all four seasons, lightweight, safe, extremely soft on the skin and unisex.
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It’s World Mental Health Week this week, which is a wonderful opportunity to talk about our children’s mental health and how best to support our kids through their emotional ups and downs. In the research @courtneyadamo did on adolescence for her Tweens & Teens e-course, @intheloop.teens she learned that it is normal for mental health and self-esteem to plummet at the onset of adolescence and puberty. Adolescence is a huge developmental period where children’s brains are being reconstructed, their emotions are supercharged, their bodies are changing and they are charting a path away from their parents, leaving behind the comforts and familiarity of childhood. If you think about it, it would be strange if our tweens and teens didn’t feel confused, anxious and self-critical at some stage in this developmental period. These emotional ups and downs are completely normal. Despite knowing this, it can still be incredibly difficult to see our children sad, anxious or angry. Sometimes their big emotions can make us uncomfortable or want to retreat. So what exactly should we do when we see our children struggling? Link in bio for some recommendations Courtney’s gathered from the research she’s done… #worldmentalhealth
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Delicious Apple Muffins. Definitely what we want for today and the week ahead (if they last!). Link in bio for recipe.
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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!
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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
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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
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Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
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Our 2nd live shopping event in Brooklyn was amazing! Great shopping, delicious treats, tons of kids activities and a super cool family photo booth!
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Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
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Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
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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!)
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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!
5 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.
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