Tag: summer

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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CRAFTS AND DIY
Colourful stick puppets for everyday fun
This month we made some super cute and colourful stick puppets to celebrate carnival but it is also for everyday fun. (A few weeks ago we made a new puppet theatre using an old shoe box. We have made several puppet show frames over the years, they never get old to play with.) Everything we ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Dried Orange and Lavender Star Garland
If you are like me, you keep seeing gorgeous dried orange garland and salt dough garland EVERYWHERE.  We had a lazy Saturday to ourselves last weekend and I thought it might be the perfect day to try out this slow, but fun activity.  Thankfully I had a few oranges on hand and lots of dried ...
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BOOKS
Seasonal book rotation, do you do this too?
We completed our seasonal book rotation! Every few months, we update our home with something special and we also pull out some books to acknowledge the season. We keep it quite simple but some of our family like to go all out. And that is fantastic for us when we get the chance to visit ...
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PARENTING
And So, September Is Here
It felt as though it would never come, but the longest summer is now over, and we have truly hit Autumn here in London. My children and I are preparing for new starts – my daughter begins reception next week, my son starts nursery the week after and I will head back to work after ...
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RECIPES
Overnight Refrigerator Pickles
Just last week I received a large amount of small cucumbers in my weekly CSA (community supported agriculture) allotment.  I decided to make pickles because I knew that we would never be able to eat 20 cucumbers before they went bad. Everyone in my family loves pickles. My husband particularly loves dill.  I knew we ...
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FASHION
Canopea Swimwear -- truly our family's favourite
I've been a longtime fan of this swimwear brand, since the very first collection from five years ago. In fact, we have some of the much-loved 5-year-old rash shirts still going strong! And living near the beach, my kids wear their rash shirts practically more than they wear shoes, so this alone is a testament ...
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FUN
A fun summer find -- ECOBO Beach Toys
I finally, by total accident, recently came across non-plastic beach toys for our summer adventures, and couldn't help but share in case there are any other parents out there still on the hunt for the beach toys. A few weeks ago, I popped into one of my favorite shops, Port of Raleigh, for a birthday ...
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RECIPES
Summer recipes! Easy and delicious, and perfect for hot days.
Summer has finally arrived here in Amsterdam, and it's come with a BANG. We had the hottest 25th of June yesterday -- at least, since temperatures have first been recorded! With warm temperatures like these, I'm craving salads and grilled veggies for dinner. Yesterday, I cooked some brown rice and once it was cooled down ...
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RECIPES
Red beet greens and goat cheese quiche. Delicious!
Once a year our supermarket hands out sacs of seeds for children to collect. Our kids love collecting these, so now our greenhouse and garden are overflowing with vegetables. Including tons of red beets, which I love. Before leaving on our big trip, I was roasting them in batches and keeping them in the fridge, ...
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RECIPES
Bulgur salad with three seeds, the perfect summer dish
This bulgur salad is such a thankful dish to make! It's the perfect companion to any kind of main but we've mostly been eating it with grilled vegetables, cheese, fish or meat. It has a lovely taste (nutty, fresh and creamy) and an interesting texture. It can be prepared beforehand and keeps in the fridge for ...
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RECIPES
Roasted sweet potatoes (and a simple watermelon salad)
I posted the recipe of a super yummy tomato salsa last week and since then I have gotten numerous requests to share the recipe of the roasted sweet potatoes and the watermelon salad on the table as well. Of course I am happy to! Cooking on hot spring/summer days is all about yummy vegetables and of ...
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SHOPUP
A recap of our 2nd annual summer ShopUp in London
London - I love this city. It is pulsing with creativity and energy around every corner, and there is always something happening! This past weekend, the event that drew us all to London was our 2nd annual spring/summer ShopUp, and it was such a beautiful event! Honestly, it was so fun and so inspiring. We ...
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FASHION
Alice à Paris -- French fashion for kids and tweens up to age 12
Oh sunshine, how welcome you are after this cold, cold European winter! It is glorious to be able to shed shoes and sweaters and to lap up every sun ray possible! The exciting thing is that for the first full year we have been able to take advantage of our little courtyard. We have planted ...
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RECIPES
Barley Salad with Broiled Feta and Tomatoes
My sister introduced me to this delicious barley salad (found in the Kinfolk Table cookbook) last week and we loved it so much the first time she made it, we begged her to make it again a few days later. It's the perfect summer salad with the roasted tomatoes and feta adding more depth and flavour ...
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EAT
Pinham Cafe
Nestled between the trees and gardens of the Turo Park, is this cute little cafe called Pinhan. Recently redesigned, this is a place where you can have the typical 'aperitivo' (snack before a meal like olives and a shandy), a coffee with a friend, or a quick meal with the kids. Here you will be ...
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SHOP
Al Agua Patos
This cute little shop, Al Agua Patos, located in the area of the parc Turo is sweet family run business. Originally this shop only tailored to young childrens beach wear, today it has expanded not only to having a winter collection, but also for mothers and fathers to have matching beach caftans and swimwear. What ...
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SEE
Montjuic Gardens
Although part of the point of visiting a city is being in the heart of the metropolis, and seeing what it has to offer, sometimes you also need a little bit of perspective to appreciate the overall body of what it is that you are visiting. From the verandas of the Jardins Mossèn Costa i ...
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RECIPES
Mint Syrup -- a video and recipe
This summer in the country Esther and I decided to see if we could create some of our own mint syrup. You see, Sirop à la Menthe is the ubiquitous summer drink for French children. The original version is luminous green and you will find it at every cafe in France. It is oddly refreshing ...
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EAT
Smorgasburg
Think of it as an epic picnic where you don't have to pack a single thing: Smorgasburg Sunday gathers together 75-100 food and drink vendors each week in the verdant setting of Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Stands with options that range from wood-oven fired pizza to Berliner Döner Kebab and lobster rolls to Filipino spring rolls ring a grassy ...
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PLAY
Governor's Island
One of New York's best quick escapes doesn't require leaving New York at all: Governor's Island lies just off the southern tip of Manhattan in New York Harbor and a 5-minute ferry ride (even shorter if you're coming from Brooklyn) delivers you to an island where you'll feel a world away from bustling streets and sidewalks. ...
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SLEEP
Casa Mathilda, a charming bed & breakfast
Only a ten minute walk from Gaudis Casa Batlló, and a 15-minute walk from La Sagrada Familia, finding this little bed & breakfast has been such a fantastic surprise. Having only 14 rooms, Casa Mathilda has a modern but rustic spaces whist still keeping the catalan architectural roots, and many of the original features, like ...
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BEAUTY & CARE
My favourite sunsreen -- Aesop's Protective Body Lotion SPF50
I have applied sunscreen every day for the past five months. It's become a normal part of my morning routine: brush teeth, wash face, apply sunscreen. The sun is so harsh here in New Zealand that sunscreen is necessary even on cloudy days! I picked up this Aesop protective body lotion last summer before leaving ...
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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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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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It’s #nationalpoetryday so here’s the question : Is memorizing Poetry, a lost art? Let’s talk about the benefits. Link in bio.
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The season of pumpkin bread is here and we highly suggest you squeeze this recipe into your week! You’ll be glad you did. Link in bio. @laraoflondon @smittenkitchen
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March into Autumn with these Swedish Gingerbread men! Link in bio.
2 weeks ago
Teeny Marlow. But about sleeping with your babies, we’d love to hear what you prefer.
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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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4 years ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
4 years 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!
4 years ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
5 years ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
5 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!)
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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