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!

Beatrix Potter Books Gets A Redesign for Her 150th Birthday

As babies and then kids, first came milk, then came weaning, then came Beatrix Potter’s books. I’m in fact haunted with memories of my mother dressing me as Peter Rabbit on various world book days because she had lovingly sewn a costume for me. This became uncool at around the age of 12. 

But what is cool is this. Penguin Random House is releasing a special edition collection of redesigned novels to celebrate 150 years since the birth of Beatrix Potter by teaming up with come iconic fashion designers. The titles include The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, with cover designed by Henry Holland, The Tale of The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin by design duo Preen, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle by Orla Kiely, The Tale of Tom Kitten by pop band-cum-fashion label Rodnik Band and The Tale of Peter Rabbit by luxury knitwear/street-wear label Cats Brothers. 

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Bunny Boiler

We all love a classic kids book don’t we? It gave me enormous pleasure to read books to my kids when they were weeny things that I had read to me as a kid. Pat the Bunny (Amazon £8.05) is a classic “touch and feel” book for small children and babies and has been a perennial best-seller in the US since its publication in 1940.

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It is not a story per se, but more a collection of things to do, such as pat the fake fur of a rabbit on one page, feel a bit of sandpaper that stands for “daddy’s scratchy face” on another, and look in a mirror on yet another. For its time – it was groundbreaking in it’s use of interactive elements.

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To celebrate its 75th birthday, the beautiful, young, uber stylish, model, blogger, yummiest of yummy mummies (oh boy do I hate her…) Julia Restoin-Roitfield (if you don’t know who she is you are not worthy of my typing…) has curated a 14 piece anniversary collection for Pat The Bunny with 3 of her favourite brands, aden + anais, Bonpoint & Charlotte Olympia – that launches exclusively this Saturday at, where else…Harrods.

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Items are also available to buy online. I’m telling you people – get busy as this bunny is hot hot HOT!

Word Up!

When my kids were in nursery aged 2, we were sent home with a reading book. For them to read. My husband and I thought it was ridiculous and pushy and didn’t bother.

Don’t get me wrong, I was huge into reading to them – from the age of 6 months. And they always loved it. It was the only time – apart from sleeping, when they were quiet and sat still. But they were 2. 2! Why on earth did we need to start pushing them to read by themselves at that age???

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Boy did I live to regret that. Maybe it was just me, but I really had no idea quite how important it was for my kids to get reading by themselves – and the sooner, the better. Their whole world – both educational and imaginative – opens up to them once they can read.

A couple of weeks ago – we were invited to a chi-chi little number at the beautiful Ralph Lauren store in Bond Street hosted by Tamara Beckwith Veroni which was all about promoting reading for kids. You see Ralph Lauren has launched a Childrens Literacy Program to promote literacy in association with the charity Book Trust.

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