Our stay in LA, with Kid & Coe

Venice home rental on Kid & Coe
Venice home
Venice home slide

walking in venice

Venice home toys

Venice Beach boogie boarding

We recently spent a sunny week in Los Angeles to mark the start of our year-long adventure. We had moved from LA to London twelve years ago, so it was nice to go back and spend some time exploring the city again, to spend time with friends and family and to get a feel for what it’s like to live there as a family.

After speaking with friends who live in LA, we decided to stay in the family-friendly neighbourhood of Venice beach, which was definitely the right decision. The neighbourhood has changed so much in the past 12 years, with so many great new restaurants and shops, but it still has a very artsy, laid-back bohemian vibe which we loved. It was great to be able to walk to shops and cafes, but more than anything it was so nice to be so close to the beach. My kids fell in love with boogie boarding and are now hoping to learn how to surf!

We rented the Superba Avenue Residence through Kid & Coe and it was the perfect place to stay. It’s such a cosy family home, filled with colourful knick-knacks and loads of fun toys and books in every corner. The kids loved the outside playroom with rope swings hanging from the rafters and spent so much time playing in the gated gardens surrounding the house. They even had a slide on the front porch! The kids never wanted to leave the house!


Superba Avenue Kid & Coe

Kid & Coe

What is so nice about renting a home through Kid & Coe is that you can feel at home straight away and your children have all the comforts (toys, highchairs, beds, step stools) to feel settled immediately. I also love getting a glimpse of what it’s really like to live in the city you’re visiting, like stepping into another family’s shoes for a bit. After spending a week in Venice beach, I’m now dreaming of moving our family to LA!

It was also lovely to meet with the owner of the home, Marisa, who is a talented photographer. She offered to take some photos of our family to mark the start of our adventure and I quickly jumped at the opportunity. I am so happy with the photos she took and I’ll share some with you soon.

Courtney x

Kid & Coe offered us a press discount in return for coverage of our stay. Kid & Coe is a company I have used before and is a concept I really love. All views expressed are my own, and I’m happy to be able to support this growing company. 

Bellerose, a favourite label for boys!

boys smiling

boys in garden

quin picking berries

yin and yang

kids running 2

Shopping for boys is definitely more challenging than shopping for girls, or at least I find it slightly less exciting. For one, there is less variety in the types of clothing for boys (no adorable rompers or pretty dresses), but I also find it trickier to find simple, timeless pieces without the stereotypical ‘boyish’ texts and colours. For my boys, I like solid tops and bottoms in nice, neutral colours, and I also try to find good quality pieces that will stand the test of time and last long enough to be worn by both active boys. (I typically buy new clothes for my eldest son and then pass down to the younger one, and the same goes for the girls.)

Bellerose is a brand I discovered years and years ago in a shop in Antwerp, back when the boys were really little. I bought a pair of shorts for Easton that ended up becoming a favourite pair worn by both boys, and I’ve returned to this brand again and again over the years, both for the style and the quality.

I like the laid-back effortless style of the Bellerose pieces, and the quality is always really reliably good. I also like the way the pieces fit both boys: their loose-fitting shorts and trousers really suit Easton, and yet still look good on Quin who is smaller framed than his older brother. It’s also one of the rare children’s brands that goes up to size 16 which is a relief as many of the other brands stop at size 10 or 12. 

We got some photos taken of the kids earlier this summer and I couldn’t resist putting the boys in their matching tees and shorts from Bellerose. My two boys, such sweet little pals — so different from each other, but somehow such a perfect pairing of personalities. I love the yin/yang feel of these photos.

Courtney x

All photos by Sara Welch

Tuesday Tips: removing stubborn stains


We’ve had a few emails come in lately requesting a Tips post on how to get rid of stains, and while none of us consider ourselves to be stain removal experts, we thought it would be a fun post to encourage readers to share their tips and tricks (so please do share!).

What I’ve learned is that it’s really important to treat the stain (even small ones) before you attempt to wash it in the machine, and that the sooner you treat it, the better luck you’ll have at removing the stain. Here are some other tips that quickly come to mind:

  • Soak stains as soon as you can.
  • Dish soap works well on grease stains like butter or oil, and then it’s best to wash with the warmest water that’s safe for the fabric after you’ve let the soap soak into the clothes.
  • Ice cold water is best on blood stains (and again, try to soak as quickly as possible).
  • If stains don’t come out in the wash, don’t put clothes in the dryer (that will set the stain and it will never come out after that). I usually hang-dry clothes that were stained, just to be sure the stain is out completely when dry.
  • Hanging washed clothes to dry in direct sunlight helps to naturally bleach stains (especially fruit and berry stains).
  • Lemon juice, baking soda and vinegar are natural stain removal agents that have been used for years and years.
  • According to my mum, white wine is great at removing red wine stains (who knew?!).
  • When Easton was a baby we spent a week in Paris with my family. My mom and I went to the supermarket to ask for a small container of laundry soap to hand wash some clothes and the lady handed us a bar of basic Marseilles soap and told us to wet the clothes and scrub with the bar of soap. I was skeptical, but I tried it out and it worked SO WELL. It’s a perfect laundry soap to travel with because it’s not a liquid, and it really works! (Esther and Emilie both keep a bar of Marseilles soap in their laundry rooms for this reason.)
  • For sticky stuff like chewing gum or silly putty, you can stick the clothes directly into the freezer and then pull the sticky stuff off the clothes once it’s frozen.
  • For very stubborn stains you can, of course, use a chemical stain remover like Vanish or Oxi Clean (though we usually try to avoid these harsh cleaners because they’re not good for the environment or your clothes).

I think that’s it, but again I’m really excited to see what other tips you all have up your sleeves, so please share!


p.s. Photo above is of the sink in the laundry room of my old house. Oh how I miss that laundry room! : )

Our next ShopUp event: London this December!

The ShopUp at Chelsea Town Hall
ShopUp cookies copy

The ShopUp copy

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Following on from the excitement of our recent ShopUp event in NYC, we are thrilled to announce our next event which will take place in London on December 10th and 11th, just in time for Christmas and holiday shopping!

We’ve already lined up an awesome selection of shops (start your Christmas lists!), as well as food and fun activities (including Santa!). It’s going to be so good.

Mark your diaries now: December 10/11 at the Chelsea Town Hall. More info here.


The new Hatch collection and some photos from NYC!







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Last week when we were in NYC for the ShopUp, we met up with the talented team from Hatch and had a little photoshoot with some of our favourite pieces from the new Autumn/Winter collection. It was so, so fun to play dress-up in all the stylish clothes, and Esther and I had a blast pretending to be models (haha!) on the streets of Brooklyn.

Esther and I have been long-time fans of the Hatch maternity label since we discovered it during our last pregnancies with Casper and Marlow, and I still wear many of those original Hatch pieces three years later. What I love about Hatch is that you can feel better about investing in stylish maternity clothes knowing that you’ll wear these pieces after pregnancy and for years to come.

The clothes are comfortable and effortlessly stylish, and I love how the shapes seem to fit women of many different sizes, pregnant or not pregnant. The Union Jumpsuit is a perfect example — it looks great on Esther with her tall, skinny body, and then it also works on me (I just had to roll the cuffs a few more times). I also love that you can dress the pieces up or down depending on how you accessorise. I wore nice flats with the Isabel Pants for a dressier look, but look how cool they are paired with trainers!

The Hatch website is really quite fun to browse for style inspiration — I love the way they style all the pieces and show different versions (dressed up or down) of the same piece. We had so much fun putting our own twist on the clothes, and I hope you don’t mind us sharing so many photos from that day. : )

And two more, just for fun…

Hatch in NYC

sleeping guy

We were laughing (and admiring) this guy’s ability to sleep in the middle of bustling NYC, below the bridges and amidst the noisy sirens and taxis whooshing by. So good! So New York!

Courtney xx

All photos taken by Marko Jokic. Thank you, Marko, for making us feel so at ease in front of the camera! 

Nature Notebooks from Mrs. Booth

Nature Notebooks
Nature Notebooks 1
Nature Notebooks2

Before I left London, I spent some times searching the web for fun journals and activity books for the kids to take with them as part of their home education and documentation of their travels. I stumbled upon the sweet Nature Notebooks at Mrs. Booth which are absolutely perfect for what I had in mind. These little A5 notebooks are thin and lightweight (perfect for travels!) and include 40 pages to fill however you wish. We’ve been using them to draw our discoveries and then write down our observations.

I like that it provides a guideline for how to fill in the pages, but it’s not too rigid so the kids can still find their own way of filling the pages. Easton loves drawing so his book includes a lot of drawings, while Quin has mostly filled the pages with text.

Mrs. Booth offers nature notebooks for town, country and seashore (each only £5!), so I grabbed some of each theme and we hope to fill them all out over the course of the year.

Courtney x

New video: a French braid tutorial

french braid tutorial
Ava with french braids

Our newest video is now up on our YouTube Channel! We figured it was easier to show you how to French braid in a video rather than in photos, so here’s our first video hair tutorial. We shot this video a couple months ago when I was in Amsterdam visiting Esther, and sweet little Ava was the perfect model.

You can watch it here. We hope you enjoy, and let me know if you have any questions. I’m happy to answer!

Courtney xx

The ShopUp NYC: a re-cap in photos!






We’ve just received so many great photos from Nicki Sebastian of our NY ShopUp. We thought we would let the photos speak for themselves and paint the picture of those two fun-filled days. So here’s a re-cap in (loads of) photos. It’s so fun to look through these and be reminded of what a great event it was! (An enormous thank you to our wonderful event manager, Miraya Berke of Pop Productions who did an amazing job.) Here are the photos:  (more…)

ShopUp NYC Day One!
















We had SO much fun at the ShopUp today, and we’re still buzzing from the excitement of having so many people turn out! What a busy, bustling day!!! We met so many wonderful families, watched so many happy kids, ate good food, listened to fun music, and most importantly were SO impressed with all our wonderful shops and all their gorgeous products. We couldn’t have asked for a better day! We wanted to share a selection of photos from our talented photographer, Nicki Sebastian, because we thought these great shots give a perfect re-cap of the day.

A big thank you to all of you who came today, and we hope to see many more of you tomorrow (Monday) from 10am to 5pm for more fun.

See you there!


The ShopUp NYC this coming Sunday and Monday!!

ShopUp NY

501 union

501 union venue

It’s hard to believe it’s finally here!! We’re all headed to NYC this weekend for our long-awaited NY ShopUp! We are so excited to spend a weekend together and to meet and mingle with many of you on Sunday and Monday. We wanted to share a rough schedule of events and activities, so you can make sure to stop by at the best times to suit you and your family.

In addition to an amazing selection of the very best shops all setting up booth in the prettiest Brooklyn venue (see photos above), we’ve also organised some delicious food trucks and super fun activities for the little ones. Here’s what’s in store:

  • Kitchensurfing will be there with cooking demos and samples for the kids on Sunday at 1 pm & 3 pm and Monday at 11 am.
  • We’ll have an activity centre set up by UrbanSitter so you can drop off your children for crafts, face painting and stories while you browse the shops!
  • Lucie Hélène will be there offering magical, glittery face paintings and games!
  • We’ll have live music on Sunday at 2pm from the very talented John-Michael Parker of Great Caesar.
  • We have arranged for the tastiest food trucks to pull up and park inside (yes, inside! so cool!): Sigmund’s PretzelsDriftaway Coffee, Blue Marble Ice Cream (Sunday only), Neapolitan Express Pizza and La Newyorkina popsicles (Monday only). Come hungry!
  • We’ll have fun temporary tattoos from Tattly in the activity center
  • Children’s photography by Rebecca Zeller is available over the two days (no need to make an appointment, though if you want to you can reach out to her here).
  • We’ve lined up an amazing raffle in support of mothers2mothers charity who will be at the event with more info about their great cause and the prize you can win when you buy a raffle ticket. (If you’re unable to attend the event, you can still buy a raffle ticket here for your chance to win!)
  • We’ll have free samples of tasty (and healthy!) children’s snacks from Bitsy’s Brainfood
  • We’ll be selling a limited number of ShopUp totes for $5. First come, first served. So hurry, hurry!

Please note: you don’t even have to worry about parking!  Lyft is offering a discount code for new users: All you have to do is download the app, request a ride, and a driver will come pick you up in minutes. Use code SHOPUP for $20 off!

It’s really shaping up to be SUCH a fun day out, and we look forward to seeing you there!!

Esther, Emilie & Courtney xx

p.s. A big thank you to our event manager Miraya Berke from Pop Productions for all her hard work over the past few months, and also to all our sponsors, including:

Beautiful, practical merino wool basics from Luvmother

LuvMother hands in pockets
quin and ivy
Luvmother merino clothing
Luvmother merino wool shirt
We recently spent the long holiday weekend with my family on our little island in the San Juans (off the coast of Washington State). It is my favourite place in the whole world, a place where I spent my childhood summers and where my mother and grandmother (and great-grandmother!) spent theirs. It makes me so happy to watch my children explore the beauty and nature of this special place, and it was the perfect way to finish off our summer here in the US before our big adventure begins…!

Next, we will spend a month in California (after a short visit to NYC for the ShopUp!) before heading down to discover South America in October. We fly out tomorrow, so I’ll be spending the day today packing suitcases and getting ready for the next leg of our journey.

Luvmother merino clothing on Ivy
Ivy and Quin in LuvMother2 merino wool sweatshirt

After watching my kids spend the summer wearing only a fraction of the clothes in their suitcase, I’ve been reminded that the children don’t need much. Just the basics: a few pairs of shorts, a few tees, one or two warmer layers, and a rainproof outer layer just in case. I’ll be re-packing their suitcases with this in mind and hopefully I’ll reduce the amount of weight we’ll be lugging around with us for the next year (wish me luck!).

One brand I have very happily discovered this summer is LuvMother. This Canadian brand makes light-weight, merino basics and wonderful layering pieces that are perfect for travel and everyday adventures. The kids have been living in their hoodies and sweatshirts now that the weather has cooled a bit, and the soft merino wool keeps them perfectly warm without the need for a bulkier layer.

I also love the design details of the LuvMother pieces — like contrast pockets and elbow patches, and I like that there are no tags or gratuitous labels (the subtle double ‘x’ on the back right-hand shoulder is a perfect signature label in itself). These pieces are not only warm and functional, they’re stylish as well.

Quin in LuvMother
three kids in Luvmother

The LuvMother merino layers are the perfect warm layer to pack for our upcoming travels. I’m hoping to pick up some pieces for Marlow too at the ShopUp this coming Sunday and Monday. LuvMother will be there, so please keep an eye out for their booth!

Courtney x

p.s. LuvMother is currently offering a 15% discount store wide. See info here!

This post was sponsored by LuvMother, a member of our shopping portal and a family-owned brand I adore and respect. All views expressed are my own.

Bitsy’s Brainfood

Ivy 2

Bitsy’s Brainfood is a new, organic children’s food brand which we have recently discovered and which has signed on to sponsor our upcoming ShopUp event in NYC. I was really excited to discover this company, and in the weeks since partnering with them the kids and I have become big Bitsy’s Brainfood fans!

They recently sent over some smart cookies for us to try, and they’re now my kids’ favourite snack.

Bitsy's brainfood alphabet cookies Bitsy's brainfood cookies

Bitsy's Brainfood smart cookies

The smart cookies are baked with organic fruits and vegetables, made with whole grains and are made in a nut-free facility. They’re healthy and they taste good (yes I’ve tried), and I love that they’re alphabet shaped, so kids learn about their letters while enjoying their snack (I swear, Marlow learned her letters from eating alphabet cereal!). I also like that they’re not crumbly or messy — it’s a good snack to have in the car or to keep in your handbag for on-the-go.

Bitsy’s was started by two moms who believe that healthy minds and healthy bodies are connected and that learning to eat smart should be fun. What I love about their products is that they’re not trying to hide the fact that there are vegetables in their products, they want kids to embrace their veggies and know that they are good for them.

I’m so happy to have discovered Bitsy’s Brainfood, and we’re delighted they’re joining us (with free samples!) at the ShopUp in just a couple weeks. Look out for them there (September 13th and 14th)!

Courtney x

The 50 States, by Sol Linero & Gabrielle Balkan

the 50 states
Last summer, while we were driving from California up to Washington State, we played the license plate game with the kids and it led to an interesting discussion about the different states of America. We started talking about which states were the biggest and which were the smallest, which ones had the most occupants, and why each state has a different symbol or picture on their license plate.

I decided to stop into Powell’s bookstore when we were in Portland to buy a book for the kids about the 50 states of America. I wanted one which provided facts and history as well as appealing illustrations and maps. I got into an interesting discussion with the helpful guy at the information desk, and he explained that surprisingly a good book like this did not exist! I couldn’t believe it.

The following month I sat down with Rachel from Wide Eyed Editions and she told me about The 50 States book she was working on. I couldn’t believe the coincidence, and I’ve been looking forward to the launch of this book ever since.

50 states book
marlow reading 50 states
Rachel sent us a sneaky first copy and it’s as good as I hoped it would be! My kids have kept it in the car all summer, and each time we pass a car with a new license plate, we talk about the state and learn all the interesting facts about it. It’s been such a fun lesson about America, learned from inside the car!

The 50 States will be out in October and it’s available to pre-order on Amazon here .

Courtney x

Update: Marlow’s cute leather lace-up moccasins are from Amy & Ivor

Beautiful, handmade jewellery by Blanca Monros Gómez

Blanca Gomez engraved rings

When I was a little girl, my Dutch grandmother gave all her granddaughters a simple gold band for us to wear on our little right-hand ring finger. I wore it for years until my finger grew too big, and I remember being so sad when it no longer fit me. I loved wearing it and loved that my sister and I and all our girl cousins shared this little ring in common.

When my grandmother passed away earlier this year, I tried to think of something I could give my children that would remind them of their great grandmother. It was at this time that I was in NYC (for ShopUp preparations) and discovered Blanca Monros Gómez’s beautiful jewellery in a pretty Brooklyn boutique. Her timeless, heirloom pieces reminded me of the jewellery my grandmother had given us when we were young: nothing fancy or overly conspicuous — just really pretty, simple pieces to be cherished forever.

Marlow wearing Blanca Gomez necklace
marlow and ivy wearing necklaces


Ivy wearing Blanca Gomez necklace

happy Ivy wearing Blanca Gomez

I ended up getting each of the girls a hand-hammered gold band, something to remember their great-grandmother and hopefully keep forever. Blanca, who coincidentally got in touch with me when she saw I was in Brooklyn, very kindly offered to engrave their names into the bands, making the rings that much more special. I then decided that, for now while the girls are still really young, they can wear their rings on a simple gold chain and as they get older they can choose whether to wear the ring on their finger or to keep it on their necklace.

I’m so pleased with how the rings look on their necklaces (it makes me want to do the same with my childhood ring) and I’m so happy that the girls now have these special pieces to continue a family tradition.

Blanca will have a small booth at our ShopUp event in New York next month, so if you’re interested in her beautiful work and happen to be in the NY area, you can pop by to see her pieces in person (September 13th and 14th).

Courtney x

Stick loom weaving

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loom weaving close-up
quin stick weaving
Quin and Ivy weaving
Ivy weaving
finished stick looms
This has been a project I’ve been meaning to do for the past few summers on the beach, but have just never got around to doing. But then this year my year my friend, Kate, from Little Big House Tales made these with her kids (and put up a really great tutorial on her blog), and ever since we’ve been feeling extra excited about this project. All we needed was a grey day to curl up together and get out our basket of wool.

Last week we woke up to cloudy, misty weather and, knowing this was our day, I quickly fed the kids breakfast and then got out our collection of wishbone sticks we’ve collected on the beach over the past few weeks. We all spent the morning weaving together (all of us except Marlow), and it was really such a fun activity to do together.

The only tricky bit is preparing the loom and ensuring the string is woven tightly so it doesn’t move when you begin your weaving. I followed Kate’s instructions and sawed little etches into the sides of the sticks so the string would stay put. This was the time-consuming bit, but once this was done the kids were able to do the weaving on their own, only asking for the occasional help tying the yarn. It was such a fun (and addictive!) project. We’ve already started a new collection of wishbone sticks for our next cloudy day…

Courtney x

Tuesday Tips: Meal planning

meal planning Bethie

Esther and I were talking the other day about dinnertime and how neither of us are very good at planning the week’s meals out in advance. Esther has always impressed me with her spur-of-the-moment, find-something-in-the-cupboards type of cooking, which she’s very good at doing. I thankfully have a husband who is good at that, which means that as a result I’ve become a bit lazy about planning and shopping for meals in advance. The problem in our house is that we end up returning to the same trusty meals we’ve made over and over again and we rarely try new recipes or get very creative in the kitchen. It can be so easy to get stuck in a cooking rut, and I’m definitely guilty of it.

Esther has already shared a Tuesday Tips post about encouraging kids to eat healthily and how important it is to introduce new foods so children grow to be adventurous eaters, so we thought it might be good to share some tips for how to cook adventurously and how to plan ahead so you avoid the cooking rut.

We decided to ask our ShopUp event manager, Bethie, to share some tips. Bethie is one of the most organised meal planners and mama cooks we know, and I’m excited to share her tips with you:

Bethie in the Kitchen

charlotte in kitchen

I try to make meal planning as easy as possible. For me, this means using my smart phone to help me plan and organise. There are three apps I use to help me prepare our nightly meals: Pinterest, iPhone “notes” and my grocery app. I use Pinterest to inspire me to try new recipes (though flipping through favourite cookbooks also works!), my iPhone “notes” to make a list of dinners for the week (with links to online recipes), and my grocery app to make sure I have all the groceries I need for the week in advance (I prefer using my local green grocer for fresh produce).

When I browse Pinterest during the week I keep an eye out for easy, weeknight meals. Pictures can be deceiving, so I always read the recipe to make sure there isn’t anything too involved. If I find something that looks yummy, relatively healthy, and easy to make (or easy to adapt), I’ll pin it to my weeknight dinner board. Then, once I try and like a recipe, I pin it to my “Recipes I Love” board so I can find it again easily! I also follow some fun and inspirational Instagram accounts such as @smittenkitchen, @sproutedkitchen, @hostthetoast, and @biddiekitchen (a new favourite!). These also serve as great inspiration to help me add new recipes into the mix.

Once a week, usually on Saturday, my daughter (Charlotte) and I sit down to meal plan together. We start by looking at the calendar. What does our week look like? Are there any nights where we won’t be in for dinner? Will we have guests? Any nights where we need a really quick meal? From there I go to my “notes” app where I have an ongoing list of our weeknight meals. (I started this a few years ago and now have a big list to browse if I’m stuck for ideas!) Depending on what our week looks like, I choose a few meals to cook from scratch and a few quick meals. Charlotte likes to help me choose meals which is helpful to make her feel a part of the process. She is less likely to complain at mealtimes this way! I try to choose things she can help with, and any given week could look like this:

Monday: sweet potato and kale quinoa fritters
Tuesday: pre-made falafel with hummus, spinach and pita
Wednesday: one pot salmon pasta
Thursday: lentil soup (we like to add spinach to this so it is a one-pot meal)
Friday: homemade pizzas (we purchase the dough)

Tuesday’s pre-made falafel and Friday’s pizza are the quick meals for the week. They can be prepped and cooked in under 30 minutes. The other three meals are also prepped in under 20 minutes or so, but take additional time to cook.

On a side note, we aren’t vegetarians, but we eat primarily vegetarian meals during the week. Vegetarian meals often cost less and take less time to cook which is helpful. I also like that my kids can help with the meal prep more with vegetarian meals (mashing potatoes, adding ingredients, stirring, etc.) where I would worry about helping as much when raw meat is involved.

Once I have a plan for the week, I order everything from my grocery app to arrive Sunday evening. (We don’t have a car, so ordering online is much easier for us!) This way I have no excuses when dinnertime rolls around. We also receive a weekly seasonal box of veggies from Abel & Cole, and this inspires me to try to plan meals around what foods are in season (and be more creative with foods I might not buy otherwise).

There you have it! This is what works for me and my family, but I would love to hear what works for you! Please share your favourite weeknight meals or meal planning tips below or share them on Instagram with the hashtag #babyccinomeals.

(All photos above are from Bethie’s Instagram feed. Thank you, Bethie, for sharing with us!) 

Exciting raffle prize (in support of mothers2mothers)

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Passported raffle Prize for the ShopUP
Passported St. Lucia prize for the ShopUp

St. Lucia hotel prize

Our NY ShopUp event is now less than three weeks away and we couldn’t be more excited! All the planning and organising is now well under way, and we’ve been excitedly spending the last few days booking tickets and planning our own journeys to NYC. How fun it will be to finally be there after all the months of planning!

We are thrilled to announce that we have teamed up with the wonderful new family travel site, Passported, to host a raffle prize in support of our charity partner, mothers2mothers. Passported has teamed up with Capella Hotels to donate a family trip to St. Lucia’s luxury Capella Marigot Bay hotel (pictured above). The prize includes a 3-night stay in a Capella Suite (with space for two adults and two children), daily breakfast, one dinner, one rainforest ranger experience and complimentary airport transfers. It is such an amazing prize!

We’ll be selling raffle tickets during the ShopUp in NYC, but we wanted to open it up to all of our readers so that people can enter the raffle from anywhere, even if you’re an ocean away. So… you can now donate $5 to mothers2mothers now to be entered into the raffle. Click here to donate and enter to win.

Thank you, Passported and Capella, for the generous prize. And we look forward to seeing many of you at the ShopUp in just a few week’s time!

Courtney x

This month’s giveaways!

Have you entered this month’s exciting giveaways yet? We’ve got a bigger-than-normal line-up of prizes, all of which I would love to win myself! ; ) Here they are:

Perh designs
Petit Pehr has a gorgeous collection of children’s bedding, accessories and décor destined to become family favourites. This month they’re giving one lucky winner a $150 voucher to spend on their site.
Little Citizens
Little Citizens Boutique has the best toy designs from independent, small labels. They’re giving away £50 vouchers to two lucky winners!

mamma couture
Mamma Couture make darling, unique dolls and soft toys. This month Mamma Couture is giving away an amazing doll to one lucky winner! Miss Lemon is the perfect childhood companion. Her soft body makes her the ideal friend for cuddles. Miss Lemon can be customized to look like your little one’s favorite character, her materials are carefully chosen and her face painted by hand. To add to the fun she comes with a unique wardrobe for hours of dressing up play!

Lublue is an eclectic kidswear shop offering stylish, fun clothing and accessories for boys and girls aged 2-6 years, specialising in Korean fashion brands and accessories. This month they’re offering a £100 store credit for a fabulous shopping spree.

poco nido

Poco Nido is a lovely, refreshing brand for babies and children offering an affordable, good quality range of British designed footwear, accessories and clothing. We love the combination of practical shapes and happy, colourful prints.
This month Poco Nido is offering one lucky winner a £125 voucher to spend on their site.

Enter our giveaways here! Good luck. xx

Cotton chalk books — great for travel

Chalk book
Chalk book 2
chalk + talk
chalk in chalk book

Just before we left London, with the impending 9-hour flight to Seattle on my mind, I discovered these cool chalk books from one of our newest shops, Little Goldie. The ‘Chalk & Talk‘ books are great for travel because they fold or roll up easily into your carry-on bag (or daily tote) and can be pulled out whenever you need the perfect form of entertainment.
The books are screen-printed with chalkboard ink and include 4 chalks tucked in the back of the book. You can wipe the books clean with a damp cloth when you want to draw again – or simply pop them in the washing machine.

We’ll be taking this little book with us on our upcoming travels — handy to have on planes, trains and automobiles (camper vans, ahem), but also great for keeping little ones entertained in restaurants or whenever you need a bit of calm and quiet. ; )

Courtney x

DIY: Seashell Mobiles

shell mobiles DIY
shell mobiles
Ivy making shell mobile
Ivy making mobile
making shell mobiles
Ivy's shell mobile
Happy Monday everyone! We’re back to regular posting this week. Thank you for all your sweet comments last week and for bearing with us while we enjoyed a blogging break.

The kids and I spent the week (hardly getting out of pyjamas!) in our little beach house on Bainbridge Island. We went for long beach walks, carefully observing the sea and beach life all around us. We watched eagles swoop down to catch salmon right in front of us, we watched seals bob their heads in the sea, we chased sea otters off our raft, we caught crabs and fish, and we collected seashells and sand dollars and all sorts of beach treasures.  At one point I asked Easton where his shoes were and he told me they had been up in the car for the past four days! I suppose it’s a sign of a good holiday when your kids spend all day barefoot and in their pyjamas.

During the week, we spent lots of time in search of seashells with holes in them so we could make mobiles. We occasionally found the odd clam shell with a perfectly symmetrical hole in them — so perfect for our little project. (I have always wondered how this hole is created in the shells and then someone on Instagram told me why, and it’s fascinating!!!) After we collected a big enough collection of these perfect shells, we then sat down to create simple seashell mobiles using string and driftwood. Ivy created her mobile all by herself, simply by tying knots in the string and threading the string through the seashells.

She was so proud of the end result (and so was I!) that we hung it up on the wall behind our bed. Such perfect decoration for our beach house (along with the dreamcatchers we made a couple years ago!).

Courtney x

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