Jamberry, by Bruce Degen

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We have very recently moved to Scotland and we are so lucky to have a wonderful plot of strawberries and a few raspberry bushes in our garden. We have picked so many berries our fingers are stained pink and our bellies are bursting! But what I’ve loved most is that it reminded me of one of our favourite summer time books, Jamberry by Bruce Degen.

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Jamberry is the sweetest of board books. It’s about a young boy and a bear who merrily play through the land of berries. Their adventures are surreal and the word play Degen delights us with makes for a delicious classic. The characters sit in a canoe of blueberries with their hats bursting of berries and they lay in a meadow of strawberries with dancing lambs and ponies. Florence giggles all the way through this book, whilst Helena enjoys making up more crazy berry words!

Bruce Degen, who also illustrates this book, is said to enjoy combining humour with art and it’s his bright images together with a mix of literary rhyme and alliteration that make us want to read this book over and over again.
Having read Jamberry so many times last week, Florence and I decided to make some batches of jam with our collection of berries. She was such a great helper, picking the berries, plucking them clean, and squashing them into the sugar!

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The recipe we used is River Cottage’s strawberry jam with sweet scented geranium leaves which I discovered last summer. The geranium leaf really compliments the flavour of the berries and the jam is even more delicious in a Victorian sponge cake with freshly whipped cream! Perhaps that’s something else I’ll make before the girls go back to school.
The book is available from all good bookstores or online from Amazon (US and UK).
Vanessa xx

Meet Vanessa!

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We’re so happy to introduce Vanessa Gerbrandy to you, a friend of us with whom we’ve worked before (behind the scenes of our shopping portal). Vanessa is British and married to a Dutchman and together they have been moving around the world in rapid speed (since we met Vanessa three years ago she has lived in South Africa, Texas, London and now she just moved to Schotland)! Together they have two darling girls, Helena and Florence.

We’ve gotten to know Vanessa as a lovely and thoughtful friend and a dedicated mum, who with her background as a teacher always knows where to find the best educational toys and most wonderful books. She’s also (like me) fond of foraging and the basics of cooking and food preserving — one of the things we love to talk together about are things like stinging nettle quiche or the best strawberry jam recipe!

Vanessa recently agreed to contribute content for Babyccino Kids on a regular basis , which is really the best of news. She will be writing about books, recipes, crafts and toys or whatever she would like to inspire us with – -we can’t wait to find out. Look out for Vanessa’s first posts here soon!

xxx Esther

Beautiful, handmade jewellery by Blanca Monros Gómez

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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.

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Ivy wearing Blanca Gomez necklace

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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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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

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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:

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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
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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

A trip to the Loire valley

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As I mentioned before, we met up with Esther and her family in the Loire valley for a little family get together this summer. As you can imagine, we had a fabulous time – what can go wrong with France, friends, summer, countryside and being surrounded by vineyards and chateaux?

The Loire valley is an area I’ve never truly explored before, even though it is only about a 2-hour drive from Paris. The main attractions are the amazing chateaux, most of them built around the time of Louis XIV, who did have quite a high opinion of himself and liked to demand grand chateaux to stay in. Now there are about 90 of them all along the Loire that are open to visitors.

We rented two little cabins on a campsite next to each other. They were nothing fancy, but exactly what we needed as the kids roamed freely all over the campsite and made friends wherever they went.  We were based in the lovely medieval town of Saumur, where we got to visit the caves of the Veuve Amiot, vineyards, one of many caves built into the rocks in Saumur, and the horses of the Cadre Noir. We visited the underground network caves of the castle of Brézé, the castle of Ussé (which is rumored to be the castle Sleeping Beauty was based on). My personal highlight were the beautiful gardens of Villandry.

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It was such a great little holiday and I wanted to note down some of the things I recommend when you are visiting France:

Tourism Offices: Most little towns have one, and every time I visit a new place, my first stop is always the tourism office – the internet just cannot replace them. The staff is normally super knowledgable and will be able to recommend a ton of things, also events happening in the area that you would not normally know about. They are also very used to English speaking visitors. 😉

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Night Markets: Night/evening markets are popping up all over the place in France (you can find out where they are happening at the tourism office). Local food sellers come and sell their products. The local town then sets up barbecues so that you can have your food cooked on the spot. There is normally a band, trestle tables and old ladies preparing fries. It is always easy going and fun and no one cares if kids are running around.

Chateaux: the Loire Valley is full of them, but pretty much anywhere you go in France you will find a few local chateaux stepped in history. They are a great place to escape the midday heat and I do not know a single child who does not like to run around a castle and hear about kings and queens and knights and ladies.

– Emilie

Our newest YouTube video is now live!

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Come join us over at YouTube where we’re sharing our newest video — a delicious and super quick and easy-to-make dessert that everyone is going to love. Maybe something to prepare this weekend??

Enjoy!

xxx Esther

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The Perfect Summer Craft: Paper Windmill!

Paper Windmill

Did you ever make paper windmills when you were a kid? We made them in kindergarten and it was one of my favorite crafts. I can still vividly remember how much fun I had running around with them and blowing at them later.
I passed a store that sells them the other day and instead of buying one I decided to make it (or a bunch of them) instead. With Tila. Isn’t it funny how the simplest crafts usually give the most joy to the little ones?
First I thought it might be ridiculous to share this DIY with you as anyone can do a paper windmill but when I actually tried to make one I realized I can’t! I remembered a few steps but the most crucial ones I forgot! I think there might be more mamas of my kind out there and this being such a perfect summer craft I decided I need to do it.

Paper Windmill

You need:
Thick Square Paper (double sided makes a better effect)
Push/Board Pins with long needles (at least 19 mm)
Wooden Skewers (30 cm long) or a thin dowelling
A Bead (optional)
Nose Pliers (or a hammer)

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First make a hole through the skewer (about 2-3cm from the top) with a pin and use a hammer if you need to (also make sure to have something like a wooden block underneath to protect the surface from damaging when the needle goes through the other end) and take it out again.

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Drew the diagonal lines or fold the paper in half diagonally, open out and repeat with the opposite diagonal.

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Now cut from corners along diagonal lines stopping around 2 cm from the center.

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Paper Windmill

Paper Windmill

Fold the four corners to the center of the paper, puncturing each with a pin (about 5mm from the edge) and then push the pin through the center, the bead and through the hole in the wooden skewer. You can skip the bead part but I find the windmill turns better with it.

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Make sure to twist the end sticking out the back of the stick down and a little towards the stick.

-Polona

To read more from Polona, go to her cute blog Baby Jungle!

Welcome sweet baby Orla!

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Our lovely team member Helen gave birth to a beautiful baby daughter yesterday, named Orla Rae. Isn’t she just perfect? We’re so proud and happy! Enjoy these precious moments with your new baby and your family sweet Helen!

xxx Esther

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!

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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
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.

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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

The beautiful new La Coqueta collections…

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La Coqueta AW15 collection

Sweet Celia of La Coqueta just sent over some shots of her beautiful new collection, and despite the fact that I’m not quite ready to wave summer goodbye, these stunning shots still made me secretly look forward to crackling fires, hot chocolate in big mugs, stews on the stove, and long wintery walks wrapped up in warm woollens…

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I love the old school fashion with the rock-chic sleepy hair in these scenes. (And seriously, how gorgeous is that wallpaper?)

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Such adorable outfits — so sweet and pretty and easy to wear. Perfect for school days or lazy weekends. You can find this collection online now!

xxx Esther

The beautiful creations of Masami Akatsuka of Cocon

cocon placematsMasami Akatsuka is a Japanese mama living in the south of France, and creator of the most delightful objects. Her artful collection, called Cocon, is entirely handmade by Masami herself, and the way she uses colour, material and detail is absolutely wonderful. There’s just so much character in all of her makings!

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I’m a serious fan of Masami’s work. We have a few of her products at home, like the placemats in these photos, and I love seeing them around me. They make everyday rituals just that extra bit delightful!

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This little bird on our sideboard is another silent reminder of Masami’s amazing craftsmanship. It’s so perfectly pretty (and sturdy and stable) and has so much expression in its little face — like a tiny piece of art.

Cocon is a very inspirational collection — I’m nowhere near as artistic as Masami, but I did put my sewing machine on the table this afternoon. A quilt is in the making! : )

xxx Esther

Cotton chalk books — great for travel

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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

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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

See you next week!

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We’ve decided to take a little blogging break this week to enjoy some time away from our computers. We are each in our favourite summer spots enjoying slow, lazy days with our families, and we hope you won’t mind if we push the pause button this week and resume as normal next week? In the meantime, here are some of our favourite blog posts from the past year in case you missed them:

See you next week!

Courtney, Esther and Emilie xx

P.S. Photos above are from our Instagram feeds (Courtney, Emilie & Esther) where you can follow along this week if you miss us. ; )

Hugo Champagne Spritzer

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In the summertime I am very, very partial to having a refreshing drink to nicely finish off the day (one of my favourite drinks is this one). But this summer’s favourite is a Hugo, which I discovered in Berlin a few weeks ago. Sooo very good!

Now this is a very inexact recipe as it really depends on how sweet you like your drink – just have fun testing!

You will need (per glass):

  • Lemon, Lemon juice and mint
  • 100 ml Champagne, Prosecco or and other good sparkling wine
  • 100 ml Perrier
  • Elderflower syrup (cordial)
  • Ice cubes

Put some ice cubes in the bottom of a glass. Gently crush a few mint leaves and pour the prosecco and Perrier into a glass, add a slug of elderflower syrup, a a little bit of lemon juice. Finish off with a wedge of lemon, and one or two ice cubes and enjoy!

– Emilie

PS. Esther and I were making these in jam jars as we were camping last week. Turns out that Bonne Maman jam jars are an excellent size for a cocktail 😉

Keep track of your adventures with Adventure Logs

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You might remember these adventure log books from my recent round-up post of gifts to buy your ten-year-old, but I wanted to give them an additional special mention because we’ve been having so much fun with them this summer. The kids each have their own adventure log and I’ve been encouraging them to spend some time every evening jotting down their favourite activity of the day. I think it will be such a fun way to record their summer holiday and all the wonderful things they’ve done, but I’m also happy that it gives them a reason to sit down every night to reflect and write. It’s a good ritual we’re hoping to continue throughout the next year.

The Adventure Logs come in packs of three and are available in black or yellow. I bought some black ones for this summer and another (yellow) set for our upcoming travel adventures.

Courtney x

Dinner – Ready and Served

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Last week we were on holiday in France with Esther and her family. It was such fun seeing the children interact, getting to know each other again and to see how they have all changed in what feels like a blink of an eye (it is also so nice to hang out with a great friend and have time to talk about anything and everything for hours ;)).

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For one night on our trip the kids were responsible for dinner, from deciding on the menu, to buying the groceries to cooking the whole meal. Apparently this was the best activity ever — there were secret meetings in which they decided what to make, shopping lists had to be put together and recipes had to be followed.

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And it all went off without a hitch! All kids still have all their 10 digits, nobody burnt themselves and we ended up with a genuinely good meal and some very proud children. Kids feel responsible, parents get time off to sip a glass of wine while watching the sun set — everyone is a winner.

-Emilie

PS Apologies for the bad quality photos, we were just quickly snapping on our phones.

In my hand luggage

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I have been on the road so often lately that my suitcase is just sitting open on the floor and gets emptied and refilled again on a regular basis. I also never have the patience for waiting for suitcases at airports, so I have been honing my talents of traveling not only with a capsule wardrobe but also with a little transparent bag instead of a sponge bag.

I thought it could be fun to share with you my little “capsule” transparent bag, so here is a list of some of my favourite things I always travel with:

  • Uriage facial wipes because they are the best: efficient, great for sensitive skin and one wipe is enough to get your face squeaky clean.
  • I actually am now French enough that I feel like I am missing something if I leave the house without perfume. Esther gave me this perfume stick recently and I am addicted, it is teeny and is not classified as a fluid and it also smells heavenly.
  • Klorane Dry Shampoo: This stuff is genius, especially if you have to get up early, jump on plane and then  go straight to a meeting.
  • I actually often do not take a foundation when I travel but only a tinted moisturizer. This Caudalie one is great, as it makes my skin look fresh and natural and also moisturises very well which basically makes it a two-in-one.
  • This Burt’s Bees lip balm is actually not available in France so I scoop it up every time I am in the UK or the US. I get very dry lips when I travel, so I love the fact that it moisturises and also adds a little colour to my lips.
  • I always have an eye mask with me as I like to sleep in the dark and I never know where I might pitch up for the night. Especially in Northern European countries in the summer I hate getting woken up when the sun is rising! This eye mask from Muji is super soft and machine washable.

Do let me know if you have any tips, I would love to hear!

– Emilie

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