Posts by Vanessa in Scotland

AUDIO BOOKS
Summer reading and audiobooks for the whole family to enjoy
I know I keep saying it, but hurray for the holidays! And, although this may sound daunting to some of you, we love a long journey. There's something fun and exciting about packing up the car and heading south. We've all chosen our holiday reads and as a family we select our picks on audible, ...
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TRAVEL
Packing for our summer staycation
It's summer time - hurray! School is out and I'm ready to dust the cobwebs off the suitcases and take a vacation with the girls. This year, we've opted for a staycation and a camping holiday in the UK. We are all super excited but as always we can't rely on the British weather so ...
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FOOD
Three delicious French recipes to cook with children
In honour of those celebrating Bastille Day today, I thought I would share with you some seriously delicious French recipes I use to teach French cooking with my small cooking classes for children. I truly believe the best way to discover a new country is through food. It helps us to connect with the people ...
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INTERVIEWS
Handcrafted toys made with love
Last week, Lara had the pleasure of speaking to Wooden Story’s fascinating fourth generation, Justyna in one of our new Instagram live sessions. Speaking from the company’s enchanting workshop in Poland, Justyna spoke passionately about the sense of family, love and community at the heart of the business. ‘We care about every single detail....pieces are ...
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FOOD
10 Minute Suppers for Children by Poppy Fraser
I recently discovered Poppy Fraser's wonderful book, 10 Minute Suppers for Children.  It is a genius of a recipe book, perfect for families who need some quick, healthy, inspirational suppers for their children. These recipes are just so simple and so nutritious, I find this little book perfect to dip in and out of on ...
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RECIPES
Three Summer Salads to Enjoy Al Fresco
Finally it's summertime here in Scotland! We have been enjoying our days lighting the bbq and making up some lovely salads. I thought it would be fun to share our go-to salads with you. They are super simple to make and great for light lunches or bbq suppers. Equally they are lovely enjoyed in a ...
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BOOKS
The Wizards of Once series by Cressida Cowell
Florence received this fabulous series of books, The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell and she loved them so much, I bought the collection for my class too. All of the children really love them and tell me they are their new favourite books, so I just knew I had to share them here with ...
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FOOD
Honeycomb - a delicious sweet treat and a recipe to share
A super sweet treat, honeycomb is such a fun activity to bake with children. Watching the mixture bubble up is like watching a seriously exciting science lesson! Once made, broken up into chunky shards it is devoured by the whole family. Even better crushed onto vanilla ice cream makes for a fun summery dessert. Ingredients ...
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BOOKS
A Story About Afiya by James Berry, Illustrations by Anna Cunha
A Story of Afiya is a wonderful celebration of a little girl who has one dress which records all of her childhood memories. Jamaican poet James Berry, writes this lyrical story and shares the different occassions Afiya remembers when she was a little girl, from the roses in bloom to the day she visits the zoo. ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Introducing your Children to Architecture – Why and How?
Do your children love to build towers, cities or playgrounds ? Do they play with legos, blocks, or doll houses ? Maia Tarassoff is an architect and mother of two children (age 6 and 9). She started Petit Architect in 2017 with the mission to make architecture more accessible to children and youth. Her goal to inspire ...
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FOOD
Happy and Whole by Magdalene Roze - Recipes to Nourish the Family
I came across Magdalena's gorgeous recipes through Courtney's instagram page and when I saw Magdalena had a cookbook out I knew I would love it. Happy and Whole has become one of my favourite books to use for the family. It is filled to the brim with delicious recipes to enjoy throughout the year. Recipes ...
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BOOKS
'When Green Becomes Tomatoes' by Julie Fogliano: Poems for All Seasons
I remember vividly as a child learning the poem, 'I wandered lonely as a Cloud' by William Wordsworth and have always loved reading poems. As the girls grew up they really enjoyed the rhythmic world of Julia Donaldson and all the fun wordery of Dr Seuss' 'Cat in the Hat' series. Even though the girls ...
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BOOKS
How to Be More Paddington : A Book of Kindness
Who doesn't adore Paddington Bear? I think he has to be one of my all time favourite book characters. We adore his fun antics and delightful escapades. This new book, 'How to Be More Paddington : A Book of Kindness' is an uplifting collection of inspiring quotes all taken from Michael Bond's classic books. 'How ...
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BOOKS
Six of Our Favourite Family Books for Easter time
I hope you are all having a wonderful Easter weekend. We've been enjoying the long weekend eating plenty of chocolate Easter eggs and having fun in the garden. We spent our evening looking through our spring time books and I thought I'd share some of our favourites with you all based around eggs and lovely ...
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EASTER RECIPES
Little Lemon Shortbreads
This lemon shortbread is such a delicious and easy one to bake with your children. The zing of the lemon really cuts through the butter making it such a fresh spring treat. Here's the recipe for you to enjoy. Ingredients:- 4 oz butter zest of 1 lemon 2 oz caster sugar 6 oz plain flour ...
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EASTER RECIPES
Raw Chocolate Mendiants for the Easter Table
Mendiants, these little bite-sized discs of melted chocolate and fruits, have become a firm favourite in our house to make. Traditionally served at Christmas time we have given them a spring twist and shall serve these at our Easter table on our super cute rabbit board with a sprinkling of pink blossoms. So pretty and ...
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FOOD
Celebrating Spring with Orange Blossom Cakes
Spring is upon us! Isn't it wonderful waking to the sound of birds singing and feel a warmer breeze through the windows. The longer days and light blue skies - just perfect. Spring is absolutely my favourite season with the primroses flowering and the blossoms appearing on the trees. One of my favourite recipes I ...
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RECIPES
Courgette Loaf -- a healthy snack children will love
It's no secret we love to bake and we've realised one of the advantages of lockdown is that we have far more time on our hands after school to bake. I've been testing out a few more vegetable based bakes so I can sneek some extra nutrients into the girls during their snack time. They ...
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BOOKS
'The Snowflake' by Benji Davies
The Snowflake, like all of Benji Davies' books, is so beautifully told and exquisitely illustrated. It is a celebration of finding a special place in the world and belonging. The Snowflake tells the tale of one snowflake and one little girl named Noelle. As Noelle goes for a walk with her grandpa Pappie, she wonders ...
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BOOKS
'The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone' by Jaclyn Moriarty
I am delighted to have discovered How Brave is the Wren through our Babyccino Kids shopping portal. It’s an online children’s bookstore, and before covid came along, it was a travelling bookstore in a caravan! It’s an Aladdin cave filled with the most glorious collection of books. When I browse through their online store, I’m like ...
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BOOKS
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai - an autobiography for older children
I have fallen in love with the work from Thanhha Lai and her poetric writings. Inside Out & Back Again is an autobiographical novel written in verse. It captures one year in the life of ten year old Kim Hàbook which reflects Lai's own childhood experience of fleeing Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and ...
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PICTURE BOOKS
KIND -- written by Alison Green
Kindess. We all need it. We all need to share it too. Especially during these strange days. It's something we are discussing so much of in school at the moment and my girls are really thinking out of the box how they can be kind and helpful to others. So when a dear colleague friend ...
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BOOKS
'Counting on Katherine' by Helaine Becker, Illustrated by Dow Phumiruk
Having recently watched the movie, 'Hidden Figures' with the girls I was beyond excited to have found, Counting on Katherine. It's an excellent biography of Katherine Johnson who was the genius mathematician who helped make the Apollo 11 landings on the moon possible. She also helped at a critical stage in the return of Apollo ...
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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!)
5 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!
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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