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Simply For Flying, a children's logbook
My husband and I were laughing the other day about how when we were little, we hardly ever went anywhere on holiday that involved getting on an airplane. I think Disneyland was about as adventurous as we got when I was little (I still remember how excited I was to hop on that plane!). How ...
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An amazingly snug and cozy bunting bag
This week, we've seen snow for the first time in Amsterdam this year, and even though it only lasted for an hour, I've been gearing up for severe cold. Snow boots, puffy jackets, hats and scarves -- we are ready for winter! I've transformed Ava's pushchair (a simple umbrella style one) into a wonderfully warm ...
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Animal Helmets
How absolutely great is this helmet?  The fact is, in France children do not seem to wear helmets as much as in the UK, so I actually have quite a time getting my girls to wear helmets. I think a cool helmet could be the decisive argument to win that battle of wills! Also check out ...
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Schoolbag, or 'Cartable' in French
How crazy is it that I have already started planning and thinking of organising "la rentréé" even though it is still the middle of summer! Time seriously needs to slow down! And so straight to task number 1: Which school bag is it going to be? I have put together a list of my some ...
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Vacation at home
This summer many of us might have to stay at home. When I read in a magazine about this new word "staycation" I thought it was a good idea. In that magazine says that if  it happens and you have to stay home, it doesn't have to be something bad -- we can even turn ...
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Sigg Bottles
Summer means drinking a lot of water. I read somewhere that a grown-up should drink at least 1.5 litres of fluids a day. I tried it once and it did make me feel great, but it actually took a huge amount of effort and I have not done it since! One of my pet peeves are ...
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Lovely bungalows on the beach, a camping holiday
Today I would like to share a lovely camping holiday destination on the coast of Tarragona: Camping Las Palmeras. I was there a couple of years ago and it is an amazing place to go with kids. Surrounded by the natural park of Punta Mora, and located right on the beach, it is really a special ...
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Fjallraven backpacks
I am sure you have seen these Fjallraven backpacks, and I know Mo has already blogged about them here, but I could not resist writing about them again. I have been a big fan from way back in the '80s when my dad had one of these, which he had picked up in Sweden -- I ...
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BOOKS
Crumpled City Maps
I just discovered these maps via BozAround and I am hooked! What a great idea: a map that can be crumpled up, shoved into a bag and then magically unfolds again when you pull it out. I love maps but I really, really don't like trying to fold and unfold a map in a middle ...
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The 4 Reasons hotel in Turkey: a heavenly stay!
We just came back from a week in Turkey where we stayed in the most beautiful, relaxing hotel: the 4 Reasons hotel on the Bodrum peninsula. It was like a dream! The hotel is just amazing: it's located on a hill top, overlooking old olive orchards with the little village of Yalikavak behind it, located on ...
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Bubble Bum
Every once in a while I can get very excited about a new child related invention. My latest discovery? The Bubble Bum. I grant you, it is a bit of a silly name, but check this out: it is an inflatable car seat, that rolls into a tiny bag when deflated. For non-car owners like me ...
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Ten of the best Kid-Friendly Hotels in Europe from i-escape
I recently had the pleasure of meeting up with the lovely team from i-escape which happens to be one of our very favourite travel sites for boutique accommodation. They have recently launched a new kids collection which features over 700 kid-friendly hotels and self-catering properties around the world -- hotels which warmly welcome children and yet ...
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Ten Handy Products for Travelling with Kids
We recently compiled a list of ten handy kiddie travel products for our friends over at i-escape. Check out our list here, and while you're there make sure to have a look at their newly launched Kids Collection offering more than 700 amazing, family-friendly holiday accommodations. x Courtney
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Welcome Celina from Montreal!
We are super, super excited to announce our newest contributor, Celina Bailey from Montreal. Hooray for some Canadian representation! And hooray for the lovely Celina! We 'met' Celina on Pinterest a couple months ago... and love everything she pins. We then started following her blog and like everything she blogs. I have since been in ...
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Weekend Get-Away: Madrid
I love Spain -- the culture, the cities, the people and the great, great food. I have not been to Madrid in years (actually decades) and had no idea if it is a good place to visit with kids.  Luckily we got some local intel from the lovely Beatriz. Beatriz, a Spanish native, lives in ...
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A mum's best friend
I had a look through my handbag today. The amount of rubbish I carry around with me is unbelievable. No wonder I have an achy back! But between all the rubbish are some essential items that just need to be in my handbag 24/7. There is lip balm, some tissues and my wallet. There is also my ...
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BABY ESSENTIALS
Poplico Reversible Canopies
Our Bugaboo buggy is practically vintage (nearly 7 years old!), but I must say, it has outlasted all our others and is still my favourite buggy we've owned! And now, thanks to a brand new Poplico reversible canopy, it looks as good (if not better) than the day we bought it. The Poplico canopies come ...
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A teepee vacation
Would you holiday in a teepee? I definitely would, especially if it looked like this! How cool does this place look? My kids would be in heaven. Red Cone Retreat is in Colorado, USA and sounds amazing, according to Maia Chavez Larkin on Momfilter.  I'm definitely bookmarking this for future holidays. So tell us, would you ...
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BOOKS
Dinosaurs -- do you love them too?
I never had much with dinosaurs until I gave birth to a son 4 years ago. Really, I didn't get the buzz. I loved excavations, it's certainly not that, but more the cultural kind -- think Tutank-Amon and Nefertiti, Pompeii and the like... But now I have a son. And now I know the difference ...
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Oceans Friends Beach Bag (by Coq en Pâte)
If you're searching for the perfect beach bag for this summer, then look no further -- this is it. It's huge, it's cool, it's washable, and it's made with respect for human beings as well as the environment. It has pockets on the inside as well as the outside so there's a place for sun ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Beautiful art kits from KicoKids
My daughter Sara is an avid art lover -- she loves to build, create, draw, and paint. From the moment she could hold a pencil in her hands she's been drawing, and I think her baby sister takes after her -- Ava also likes to hold a pen and draw already. Our 4-year-old son Pim ...
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Tulips!
My dad and his girlfriend sent me a few photos of the tulip fields surrounding their house. I thought they were so beautiful, I just had to share them with you. I remember playing as a child in these tulip fields, and riding my bicycle up and down the paths. These photos make me miss ...
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Airplane Ear
Traveling with kids can be stressful enough as is but there is nothing worse than the oppressive hovering fear that someone will get "airplane ear."  I remember getting it a few times as a kid and it was just plain awful, so now, during take off and landing, I basically open up my own small ...
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