Posts by Vanessa in Scotland

PICTURE BOOKS
A new 'How To' series from Wide Eyed Editions
Florence and I are absolutely delighted with this new series of 'How To' books. Florence loves looking and learning about new languages. (I think she sees Helena confidently chat in Dutch and in French and sees a great role model!) We already have a small collection of French reading books and some Dutch books for ...
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BOOKS
'Almost Anything' by Sophy Henn
We love the books of Sophy Henn -- they are always such a delight! So when I saw a new one had been released, Almost Anything, we were so excited! A heart-warming story about a rabbit called George who thinks he's no good at anything. He admires his friends so much who can dance, who can ...
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RECIPES
Perfectly wholesome and nourishing breakfast muffins
We are big fans of making time in the morning to fill ourselves with a nourishing breakfast. I just feel it sets us up for the day. I'm also keen on getting some veg into the girls straight away and I do this usually by serving a delicious green smoothie or a yummy muffin. We ...
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A beautiful chapter book for older children (and mamas too)
Quite often I'll choose a novel for myself from the big kids section over something from the regular adult readers. This one, The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange is written for ten year olds plus (or that's what amazon says anyway) and is such a rich, intense storyline that I managed to read ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
The Organic Company - soft linens for the home
Next to stationery I have a love of kitchen linens. My husband calls it an obsession but I prefer to call it a love! I recently discovered The Organic Company which has turned my collection upside down again. Founded by Joy Vasiljev, The Organic Company is a Danish design made from 100% certified organic cotton. Design, quality ...
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BOOKS
Cheerful, written by Palmer Brown
Cheerful by Palmer Brown is one of those charming stories which reminds you how gentle childhood is. Each page is filled with romantic pencil drawings which pull you in to a totally endearing world. A little church mouse, Cheerful, lives with his family and longs to live up to his name. He dreams of a ...
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BOOKS
A Treasury of Short Stories Series written by Angela McAllister
We have recently discovered two books by Angela McAllister, which are worth sharing with you: A Year Full of Stories and A World Full of Animal Stories. Both collections of short stories, A Year Full of Stories covers every continent and comprises of myths from around the world for each month of the year. Each story ...
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Angela McAllister's Top Ten Favourite Children's Books
Angela McAllister is the author of A Year Full of Stories and the recently published A World Full of Stories. Two wonderful books which my girls are really enjoying at the moment. Angela's ability in collecting such wonderfully rich stories and comprising them into these two beautifully illustrated books is a gift and I'm so ...
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The Great Race, Written and Illustrated by Christopher Corr
  We'll soon be celebrating Chinese New Year (next month!) and this animated book, The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac by Christopher Corr is the traditional tale of how every animal has earned its place in the Chinese zodiac by taking part in the Great Race. Florence was captivated from the first ...
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The Lulu Loves Collection by Anna McQuinn
I've written before how Florence loves to dive into a series of books and now that she is becoming a confident reader she is adament she will read the bedtime story to me rather then me to her. In all honestly, it slightly disheartens me -- I mean why do they grow up so fast? ...
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FOOD
Baked Portobello Mushrooms -- a simple, delicious meal
I love this time of year when the autumn produce is showing itself in the markets. The apples are golden, the pears are ripe and the abundance of mushrooms are being picked from the land. We've been enjoying the mushrooms so much lately. Last week we made a gorgeous mushroom soup from the prettiest of ...
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BOOKS
On A Magical Do-Nothing Day, by Beatrice Alemagna
I am a big fan of Beatrice Alemagna and I have waited so patiently for her latest book, On a Magical Do-Nothing Day to be released here in the UK. I've written before of her book, The Marvellous Fluffy Squishy Itty Bitty and I have to say this latest picture book is just as magnificent! ...
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John Lennon's IMAGINE, Illustrated by Jean Jullien
On Thursday last week we celebrated the UN's International Day of Peace. With Helena currently asking so many questions about the world now (both politically and environmentally), I was thrilled to see this book, Imagine, only very recently released which has really captured my girls' hearts. Created as a collaboration with Amnesty International and with ...
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'Botanicum' by Katie Scott and Kathy Willis
This book, Botanicum curated by Katie Scott and Kathy Willis, is a dream of a book. Filled with the most incredible images of flowers, plants and leaves, it's a stunning curation of plant life. I bought this book a while back and I can't believe I haven't shared it with you yet. As each season ...
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HEALTH & CARE
Kit & Kin -- eco friendly skincare
I have recently discovered this wonderful eco-friendly skincare range from Kit & Kin and the whole family have fallen in love with it! The line was co-created by the ever-so talented Emma Bunton after she noticed her little boy was developing excema and she struggled to find a skincare range that wouldn't further irritate his ...
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BOOKS
A Super Fun Masked Fairytale from Ellie Jenkins
During our last visit to Salt Mills in West Yorkshire, which I must add is a great place to visit with the family, I spent some time in their amazing bookstore. Really this place is incredible. I could spend a day just in there roaming through their amazing collection of books! So on this particular visit ...
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'Twist', yoga poems written by Janet S. Wong
It's been a crazy school year for Helena. Another change of school, another curriculum to follow and a whole new set of rules to become familiar with. She is a true natural when it comes to moving and although it looks like she's always super confident and easily adaptable she is a natural worrier. I ...
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'The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts' by Maja Safstrom
I bought this book, The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts a while back as I knew Helena would be mesmerised by the facts, then took it to Holland one half term holiday and showed it to her cousins. Very quickly they eagerly swopped facts with each other so there was nothing left to do but ...
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The 'Little People, Big Dreams' book series
We have recently discovered the Little People, Big Dreams series and we're just loving them all! Each story uncovers the lives of empowering, outstanding women. Each one had a dream as a child and went on to fulfil it. Florence sat with me to read Maya Angelou's story and together we followed her biography from ...
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'Julia, Child' -- words by Kyo Maclear and pictures by Julie Morstad
I am such a fan of Julie Morstad's illustrations. I've written about her books before -- always sweet, fresh and rather unassuming. A total reflection of an enthusiastic childhood. Morstad has perfectly teamed up with writer Kyo Maclear and their book, Julia, Child is currently one of our favourites. An uplifting book about two friends who love ...
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EASTER RECIPES
Spring Forgaging and a Delicious Wild Garlic Quiche
I love this time of year when the wild garlic season is upon us. Have you seen it around? You'll find it growing best shaded under trees, in deciduous woodland and where you'll find one plant, you will find masses of it together. And you'll be able to smell it of course! The scent of ...
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BOOKS
Tom Schamp's Top Ten Book List
  We are big fans of Tom Schamp. His latest book Show & Tell Me The World offers a world of discovery for young and older children to enjoy. It's a huge, almost dictionary like book which guides children through the variations of daily life. Bright, inviting, exciting and meticulously detailed it's an entertaining book which ...
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Cloud Tea Monkeys, written by Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham
A place I have yet to discover and a place where I long to go is India. I'd love to travel there one day for many reasons but mainly to view the spectacular sights of the tea plantations. You see I love tea. I have the largest basket in my kitchen filled with teas from all over ...
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Is everything ready for Easter breakfast? These simple cozies that Esther made from felt and thread are super festive and fun! 🥚🥚 #babyccinocrafts #easter #eastercrafts
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Easter colours bring such happiness to a home after a season of grey Winter weather. Now if only the Spring weather would also begin! #spring #easter #colour
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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!)
1 year 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
Hi guys! Here Bethie and I are showing you how to prepare a super easy dish that your family will love -- a video we bring to you in cooperation with Abel & Cole, deliverer of fabulous food boxes filled to the brim with organic freshness! Here's the list of ingredients: a royal 1 tbsp of olive oil 1 butternut squash 1 red onion 2 red peppers 2 garlic cloves 4 vine tomatoes 150g quinoa sea salt & freshly ground pepper 300 ml vegetable stock 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 25g raisins 80g black olives And for the garnish: a handful of chervil feta (optional) Directions: Peel your butternut squash. Cut in half and scoop out the seeds. Chop the flesh into 1cm chunks. Peel and cut the onion into thick slices. Cut the pepper in half and scoop out the seeds and white pith. Chop into bitesized pieces. Peel and thinly slice the garlic. Roughly chop the tomatoes. Rinse the quinoa under cold water to remove any bitterness. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large heavy based pan. Tip in all the veg and quinoa. Pour in the veg stock and the red wine vinegar. Add the raisins and the olives. Season with salt and pepper. Pop on a lid and cook for 30-40 mins until the squash is soft and the sauce thick. Stir every now and then during cooking. Scatter over the chervil (or flat leaf parsley leaves) and serve in warm bowls. Top with crumbled feta if you like! A super colourful, super easy and super delicious dish for taste buds of all ages! Bon appétit!
2 years ago