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 Kids Brand Alert – Outside The Lines

We do love a new brand. Addendum. We do love a stylish new brand. And today, we have one of those rare beasts and it is EPIC.

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Outside the Lines is a new girlswear brand offering a “carefully considered” clothing collection for girls age 3-10.

And considered it is. From the soft muted colours, to the understated luxurious materials, and of course the details. It’s all about the details. The trims, the little twists on wardrobe staples like the Breton top with foil collar, the tutu with a beautifully beaded waistline. Yummy.

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New Kids Kicks – Late Night Pack Vans

It’s January. You’re on a mission to shed those extra lbs gained over Xmas. You find yourself wandering over to the fridge, opening it, peering in, looking at all the things that are ‘no no’s” and then bitterly going back to what you were doing before. But thanks to Vans and moi, you can indulge your piggy self in January with zero calories and tonnes of style with their new line brilliantly called “Late Night Pack”.

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Vans delivers your favourite hot and ready, after-hours snacks on a tasty selection of footwear for men, women and kids. Whatever your vice, the Vans Late Night Pack has got your taste buds covered when the munchies set in. Which for me is at the end of every sentence I write for the blog…

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mifold – the grab and go car booster seat

Urgh! I have just seen another jealous-making invention. Why oh why oh why did I not think of it???? mifold. Let me explain. Car booster seats. No. That’s not the invention of course. mifold is in fact the opposite of a booster seat. Instead of boosting the kids to the seatbelt, it shrinks the seatbelt to the height of the kid. DOH!!!!

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Let’s see how this baby works.

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