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!

Top 10 Kids Underwater Inspired Fashion for Finding Dory

Many, many years ago when I had a small kids fashion retail pop-up in a local leisure centre, there was a large fish tank next to it that was filled with lots of beautiful tropical fish. Amongst them, Clownfish AKA Nemo. All I heard ALL DAY LONG from little kids walking past was “Neeeeeeeemo mummayyyyyyy”. Now this was all very much pre having had kids for me – I had no clue what they were on about.

Oh how very much my life has now changed. And now, all these years later – Disney Pixar have finally created a sequel to Finding Nemo called Finding Dory which is released in the UK on the 29th July. Which if Nemo is anything to go by, will be a huge smash. Not least with our British summer pretty-much guaranteeing NO rain-free days – it’s somewhere to take them and keep them amused for a few hours eh? Here’s the trailer.

So inspired by this – I bring you my Top 10 Underwater inspired fashion as it goes without saying that we don’t ‘do’ official merchandise darlings. Let’s go..

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How perfect is this underwater-scene hoodie by Hitch Hiker (Monnalisa’s boys brand) €87.

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Get Kids to Biscuiteers for Fathers Day Gifts

I rate myself as a cook. And I am not bad at baking either. One thing I cannot do though, and it kills me, is ice cookies. I look at blog posts and vlogs on how to do it. It looks so easy. It’s possible I have some type of icing dyslexia or something – but try as I might – it’s an epic fail. A.L.W.A.Y.S. So when we decided that we would make something for Fathers Day (anything we usually buy gets grateful received and then bunged in a drawer – never to be used again) we sought professional help and took ourselves to Biscuiteers.

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Out and About – Family Tower Bridge Adventure

I live in London. The world’s most vibrant city. But I’m lazy. I stick to my local area, do the same things.

But – ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. There’s SO much to do and I am going to schlep my family away from the sport (husband) and iPads (girls) and we are heading OUT AND ABOUT on weekends.

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First up – a visit to the top of Tower Bridge to the Tower Bridge Exhibition – yes up there, at the top between the Towers, and then, off to Borough Market.

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The exhibition not only showcases the history behind the bridge, you are also able to walk across their glass walkways that are 42 metres above the River Thames, to get from one tower to the next.

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Ghoul and Ghost Products for Kids

Kids are full of contradictions. Take my girls, for example. They are almost 9, and have recently presented a strong case for their having an Instagram account to which I relented. I know they are young. But it is heavily, heavily policed by me and of course Private. So, there on the one hand, is an example of them growing up – real Tweens.

On the other hand, they lose a tooth and write a letter to the tooth fairy. Go figure.

One thing they are not sure about – is whether they believe in ghosts or not. I think it will remain like this for a while – frankly it’s not something I have ever grown out of! And this year is a big year for ghosts with the new Ghostbusters 3 Movie release in July. So today’s post is about a couple of brilliant ghost related products I have stumbled upon.

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