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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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FOR MUMS
The Magic of Childhood
For quite some time now I have wanted to write something in the form of a guide based on helping parents create magical moments with their children. It feels, more than ever, many now want to try and regain some of the joy that the pandemic has taken away and also to really give their ...
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FOR MUMS
Five tips for enjoying a holiday with children
  Holidaying with children can be a very stressful experience. Gone are the days of packing an array of stylish outfits and jetting off to relax and escape the stresses and strains that everyday life can bring and welcome to the days of being on duty constantly whilst you feel you must pander to every ...
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FOR MUMS
Favourite newborn tips
  I absolutely love a great tip or recommendation and even more so when it comes to babies and children. When we had our first daughter, Isabelle, I remember how desperate I was for her to like the calming affect of being in water just as much as I do. During the first few days ...
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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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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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MUSIC, FILMS & APPS
Cosy Movies to Watch this Winter
The festive season is a perfect time to cosy up and hunker down on the sofa, in bed, in a nook or snug corner of your home with your loved ones and watch a documentary, new film or classic movie this Winter. I’ve pulled together a few family favourites, some for young ones, some for ...
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BOOKS
Get reading with Storytime Magazine!
The other day I was saying to my husband: we really should find some more gripping things to read for Fergus, our seven-year-old son. His sisters love reading and being read to, but our boy, well… he could use a little bit of encouragement. It must have been a sign --  Esther, the next day, ...
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FASHION
Banana Boxers, the best boxer-shorts for all of the boys!
You know how we sometimes love the mummy-and-me styles? Well, it turns out that guys love daddy-and-me items equally so! Last Christmas, I got all of my boys matching Banana Boxers undershorts and they were the biggest hit. Pim and Casper (and Bram!) really embraced the fact that they got their own 'big boy underwear' ...
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RECIPES
Simple "No Waste" Honey Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Last week we got 3 "pumpkin pie" pumpkins in our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) allotment, which meant we had a LOT of pumpkin seeds.   The fall weather and the surplus of seeds gave us the perfect opportunity to make roasted pumpkin seeds! If you don't like waste and love a quick project that creates ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Sustainable halloween costumes - dressing up capsule tips!
Are you in the mood for dressing up for halloween? Even if your area is in lockdown and trick or treating isn’t really advised, it can be fun to have a dressing up party this time of year nonetheless!  Sustainability and dressing up By now we are all more or less aware of the true ...
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KIDS
Fabulous fall fashion from The Simple Folk
Fall is here! Last week we enjoyed perhaps the last summery days in Amsterdam, but since then the autumn chill is definitely in the air. Our mornings are getting darker and the woollen slippers are back on our feet. The time is here for cords and woollens and I'm excited! To prepare for the cold ...
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TEENAGERS
Clothing allowance -- when, and how much to give?
A few months ago we started giving Sara a clothing allowance. She is now 15 years old, and it seemed appropriate to start giving her some financial independence and ownership of her choices concerning style and fashion. With the decision of giving her 'clothing money', as we say here in The Netherlands, came the immediate ...
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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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FASHION
The Simple Folk -- sweet, simple and natural styles, ethically made
Those of you who visited the ShopUp last December have already been introduced to The Simple Folk -- what a fun stand it was, with so many of the team present (all the way from America!), with their adorable kids in tow! Created by friends and mothers, Jamie Morea and Abigail Brown, The Simple Folk ...
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BABY
Dinki Human, a gender-neutral, organic and entirely ethical collection
Many brands are working in a more eco-conscious way these days. They are thinking about the way they manufacture and finding out how they can improve their production. Small steps are taken, sometimes big ones, and it is necessary and good. But Ester, the founder of Dinki Human, goes one step further in ensuring her ...
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FASHION
A capsule collection with Nellie Quats!
When the lovely Elinor from Nellie Quats approached me last year about creating a capsule collection, I knew immediately this was a perfect opportunity to work with one of my favourite brands, learn a little about the design process, and (selfishly!) create the perfect pieces for my kids. Immediately I thought of Ivy, who is ...
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FASHION
5 Questions with Andrea Lang of Wunderlang
The story of how the beautiful brand Wunderlang came about is a wonderful one. Andrea is so mindful and so respectful towards everything life has to offer. The simplicity she seeks in her surroundings, the way she loves the outdoors, the loving manner in which she speaks of her family... The respectfulness with which she treats preloved ...
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FASHION
Louise Misha's new season collection
You've heard it before how much I love the beautiful, bohemian-style clothes from Louise Misha. Regular readers of this blog will know it's a brand I have loved for years. (I have a grey jumper from last year's A/W collection, and EVERY time I wear it, I get asked where it is from! It's one ...
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FOR MUMS
The Climate Marches: a new generation takes on the old
Did you follow last week's climate marches all over the world? It actually made me weepy (and that does not happen very often) seeing kids all over the world stand up for themselves and their future. Of course they were having fun with their friends, of course they are still having long showers whilst protesting ...
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MAMA
5 Questions with Marta and Barbara of Yellow Meadow
The Yellow Meadow collection truly brings a smile to our faces. These motherhood staples are so full of femininity and fun! The gorgeous gowns and swaddles are printed with such attractive, colourful and powerful patterns. We loved diving a bit deeper into the story behind this beautiful brand from Poland, run by two sweet sisters, ...
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FOR MUMS
My new morning routine, and a Kimono from Yellow Meadow
Next week I am embarking on an important new phase in my life: for the first time in 11 years and from now to forevermore, I will not have school drop-offs anymore. Both of my girls will be in middle school and school drop-off and big girls just do not mix! So finished are those ...
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BABY
First walking shoes by Poconido, so perfectly sweet!
Bram is now trotting steadily along, happy with his ability to carry things along with him. (And, consequently,  leaving a mess everywhere!) He's very cute with his penguin like walk and his determined little face, with those chubby cheeks and golden curls :). With walking come the first walking shoes, to protect the feet against ...
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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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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.
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Teeny Marlow. But about sleeping with your babies, we’d love to hear what you prefer.
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Wholemeal Scones are a treat to make for the week ahead. We can’t wait to try this recipe from @vanessagerbrandy! Link in bio.
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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!
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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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