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A SEA VOYAGE

01/13/2017,

This is a small homage to my father, who is also an extraordinary grandfather. He has created a deep, loving relationship with my sons, providing them with joyful memories and valuable life lessons. As a former navel architect, he enjoys sharing with them one of his main interests: vessels. I know he is planning a […]

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KID & COE: AMAZING KIDS’ ROOMS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD

01/04/2017,

One year ago (I know, time flies!) I wrote about Kid & Coe and  some of their amazing residences for families.   Today, I am pleased to share with you another selection with 11 inspiring and beautifully decorated kids’ rooms from Kid& Coe’s properties in Amsterdam, Crete, Paris, Manhattan, Cornwall, San Francisco, The Hamptons, Santa […]

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FUN BENTO BOX: A TASTE OF JAPAN

12/20/2016,

Have you heard of Bento Box? Would you like to “spice up your life with a taste of Japan”? Please welcome Mayumi, a character bento decorator who makes fun and healthy food.     You will probably fall in love with Mayumi’s instagram: a  mix of creativity, healthy recipes, imagination, nutrition, colors… and all in […]

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COOKING WITH KIDS: KIDS’ KITCHEN

11/14/2016,

“We have to eat to live; by learning to cook, we also learn to live well” – Fiona Bird.   Do you cook with your kids? Are your kids picky eaters? Would you like to learn new recipes? Are you ready to step into the kitchen for some child-friendly fun with food?  I have recently […]

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TALES OF MYSTERY AND MAGIC FOR HALLOWEEN

10/23/2016,

Tales of Mystery and Magic (edited by Barefoot Books) is a collection of stories that include tales of singing elves with magical feet, skeletons that move of their own accord and a heroic blackbird who outwits a powerful king. It also includes a story time CD read by the author, Hugh Lapton, one of Britain’s […]

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ART & CREATIVITY: MY STENCIL KIT BY HERVÉ TULLET

10/09/2016,

My Stencil Kit is the latest from prizewinning creator Hervé Tullet.     Hervé Tullet is the author of more than 75 internationally acclaimed children’s books, including Press Here, Mix It Up!, The Game of Light, The Game of Shadow and The Big Book of Light. All his books seem to take the concept of […]

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CHINESE CULTURE FOR KIDS: LIN YI’S LANTERN

08/28/2016,

How are you? Sorry for the long radio silence, but we were busy travelling to Scandinavia these last weeks. I cannot believe that my kids will be starting school next week and summer will soon be over… Today I wanted to recommend you this fascinating book that I bought some months ago:   Lin Yi’s […]

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SUMMER PLAYGROUND INSPIRATION WITH KID & COE

08/08/2016,

Back in January we featured some fun and bright kids room from different Kid & Coe residences from all over the world. Today we present a selection with some of our favorite backyard spaces from several Kid & Coe properties in USA, France and The Netherlands. I hope you will feel inspired by these amazing […]

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BACKYARD PLAYGROUND INSPIRATION WITH CASTLE & CUBBY

07/20/2016,

Today we travel to Australia to discover the most amazing play houses made from recycled fruit and vegetable crates by Melbourne based Castle & Cubby. If you dream of having a children’s playhouse in your backyard, I think you are going to love this selection of fun cubbies and accesories.       They are […]

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Education, Inspiration

ART & KIDS: THE MAGICAL GARDEN OF CLAUDE MONET

07/06/2016,

We continue our series of art education for children by travelling to France to learn more about Claude Monet and his garden at Giverny.  The first step in our journey is the book  “The Magical Garden of Claude Monet” by  Laurence Anholt, a British writer and illustrator. Her books for children include other painters like […]

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Inspiration, Travel

JERUSALEM & ARCHITECTURE: THE TREEHOUSE AT THE RUTH YOUTH WING FOR ART EDUCATION

06/29/2016,

Every child’s dream is to have a great treehouse or tree fort.  A tree house combines all things that children love: outdoors, adventure, imaginative play, trees, climbing, fun…Today we discover the most extraordinary treehouse that combines all these elements with architecture, art and design. We travel to Jerusalem fascinated by the entrance courtyard renovation in […]

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NAÏF: QUALITY BABY CARE MADE IN THE NETHERLANDS

06/22/2016,

 You are going to love the story behind Naïf Babycare! Sjoerd and Jochem were unable to find high quality and pure baby skin care products when they became dads:  “We were thrust into the confusing world of baby care and we even started reading labels. Like any parent we only want the best for our […]

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BUDDHIST TALES: STORIES FROM INDIA, JAPAN, CHINA AND TIBET

06/17/2016,

Thank you for your nice comments about The Mountains of Tibet. Today I am pleased to suggest you another book that will inspire everyone who is interested in Buddhist ideas and satisfy anyone who loves a good story: Buddhist Tales.     The whole family can explore the wisdom and compassion of Buddhist teaching through […]

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MISS CUENTOS: PERSONALIZED & ILLUSTRATED STORIES

05/24/2016,

Once upon a time…. Once upon a time there was a pregnant woman named Sara, a talented illustrator who was expecting Alejandro, her first son. During her pregnancy Sara wrote down her own feelings and painted his nursery’s walls.   Alejandro was born on November 19th, and with him it also started Miss Cuentos, a company […]

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JAPANESE ILLUSTRATOR SHINSUKE YOSHITAKE

05/15/2016,

I believe that we can use books as tools for helping children learn about the world. Rather than just focusing on teaching children to read, perhaps we should use literature and books to foster their understanding about the world. Today I would like to suggest you to discover Japan with your kids through 2 great […]

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STRAUSS FOR KIDS: CLASSICAL MUSIC & CARTOONS

04/29/2016,

  Johann Strauss I is probably one of the most famous Austrian composers. His waltzes are a great place to start when it comes to choosing classical music tracks for kids to listen to. Research has proven that classical music has numerous positive effects on children’s development and health. Also, classical music sets a relaxed […]

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TRAVEL & LITERATURE FOR KIDS: IRELAND

04/17/2016,

Tales from Old Ireland in an enchanting collection of favourite Irish folk tales, retold by Malachy Doyle and illustrated by Niamh Sharkey. You can celebrate the wonder of Ireland with this collection of 7 entertaining stories, including the famous legend of the bewitched Children of Lir. The book comes with 2 storytime cd’s with these […]

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BUDDHIST TRADITION: THE MOUNTAINS OF TIBET

03/31/2016,

The Mountains of Tibet is a New York Times Outstanding Children’s Book of the Year and Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year (1987).Written by Mordicai Gerstein, is an inspiring look at life after death for all ages. Mordicai Gerstein has illustrated and written nearly 50 children’s books. He is also a painter, sculptor, designer […]

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