Happy Home Family Cookbook by RICE

I do hope you had a wonderful Xmas and are SUPER ready to style those kids lives up for 2017. And in the true spirit of giving – we at KSJ shall give you the tools to do just that! And this first post of the new year is no exception, with a brilliant new book that is part recipes, part crafts for the family kitchen by the brilliant Charlotte Gueniau founder of fabulous lifestyle brand RICE.

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To the uninitiated  – how dare you – and to those who know, know that RICE have been making the most brilliant, bright and bold ethically sourced home accessories for kids (and adults – but we are not bovvered too much about them here) for 20 years!

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And now, with her new book Happy Home – Everyday Magic for the Family Kitchen – you can learn how to cook her delicious, easy recipes for your friends and family: Spongy Lemon Cake, Sweet Potato Hummus, Chocolate Kisses, Chicken Curry, and many more. Above, are her Classic Spring Rolls.

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And because it’s for family and we all know how good kids are at S.I.T.T.I.N.G. at the table N.I.C.E.L.Y. – it also handily includes some fun, family activities for all ages – because those moments we spend together as a family – whether eta-i.org/provigil.html eating or whatever – are very precious and special (sometimes!!!!). Above, we have her Perfect Pink Starter. Pink, by the way, is all the rage for SS16 don’t you know?

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So craft-wise, we are talking, how to make glittery straws, ice cubes with edible flowers, butterfly wallpaper and more, more, MORE. Here we have her ideas for ‘tea’ – Rocky Road and Date Balls. Dribble dribble.

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Food and crafts go hand in hand throughout the book – whether making Chicken Curry in a Hurry (I like how she did that) or Pink Sesame Potatoes – you can put the EXTRA into the ordinary by learning how to make her DIY glittery straw decorations or ice-cream garlands to add that extra bit of jjujjjjjjj (how does one spell that properly?!!).

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Charlotte lives by the mantra Families that Play Together, Stay Together. This book is her inspiration to us to get ‘doing’ things together. I’m all for quiet kids and stuffing my face so this is a win, win situation for me.

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So, there you go. I’m in. For myself and for presents. Happy Home – Everyday Magic for the Family Kitchen is available in English and French for £16.99 from Rice and is available to pre-order from Amazon. Get family busy!

NEW Polka Dot Club X Misha + Puff Holiday Collaboration

Yes I know I’m boring. I love a collab. I am so predictable yada yada. But you know what – they are brilliant. They breathe life into brands. Give us press folk something to chat about – so let’s just go with it. And this one is another belter! Polka Dot Club X Misha + Puff Holiday Collaboration. Lookey here.

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Lovingly handmade in Peru, the heritage brand of teddy bears and stuffed animals created by Polka Dot Club will now be dressed with scaled down beautiful Misha + Puff merino knits.

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Technology Will Save Us : Mover Kit for Kids

Getting kids moving these days can be difficult, especially with the lure of their iThis and iThat which keep their butts firmly planted on the sofa. So when I first saw the Mover Kit from Technology Will Save Us, I was elated, finally a fun and clever way to kids programming their very own wearable tech to hopefully result in some exercise and movement!

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Cowshed Baby Cow x War Child

Mini hipster alert. The super cool people behind Cowshed have designed a line of pampering products just for your little calf (sorry!) called Baby Cow. And whilst you are doing a good deed pampering your precious loin-fruits, you will be doing good for other kids too. No, not because they are vile smelly little loin-fruits, but because there is a brilliant charity angle here.

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ISSA Mikro Baby Toothbrush Giveaway

Getting young kids to brush their teeth is not easy. Getting young kids to do A.N.Y.T.H.I.N.G. is not easy – apart from screaming, keeping us up at night, waking us at ungodly hours and endlessly pooing, of course.

Having to brush their teeth for them is another not very easy parental task, a firm hand on the jaw is often needed to keep them from wiggling away. Lucky for us FOREO has launched the ISSA Mikro baby toothbrush for youngsters between the ages of 0 and 4. Even luckier for us they are extremely stylish and colourful.

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For those of you who aren’t familiar with FOREO, it is a Swedish brand who are best known for their award-winning facial brushes and adult toothbrushes. We wrote about their fab brushes for older kids last summer. Their stand-out design transcends beautifully into the playful design of the ISSA Mikro, any bubba would be lucky to have one! Here are the deets…

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