Exclusive Video Interview with Courtney Adamo

You cannot be a stylish mother and not heard of this woman. One of the founders of the blog and shopping portal Babyccino Kids, Instagram star and mother of probably the four most beautiful children you have ever seen. Oh and she is is gorgeous too. And stylish. Ugh. I have to say that I have tried really, really hard to pick her apart. I N.E.E.D. to hate her. But I can’t. It’s so annoying. She’s really nice.

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Here we have Quin (8), Marlow (2), Courtney (young!), Ivy (6) and Easton (10)

So Courtney and her family have lived in London for the last 12 years and have decided to slow their busy lives down, by going on a world tour for a year. Kids have been taken out of school, house has been sold, husband has left his work. They are really doing this. Which, by the way, is another reason for me to want to hate her. But I can’t. Instead, I wanted to know more. So we met for a chat about where they are going, what she’s taking, fussy eaters, favourite shopping haunts, being in a marching band and some exclusive scoops. Check it out….

There you go. I told you she was nice. So make sure you follow her on Instagram to keep up with all her beautiful images of her year of summer, and then look out the window at the howling cold and rain, or finish your fight with your kids over homework and try really, really hard not to hate her. Bye bye for now Courtney, London will miss you!

Style Spotter – Wimbledon

Wimbledon has started and it has inspired me for a post. I have to admit – I’m not a good watcher of the game. Something about it sends me to sleep.

Could it be the hypnotic back and forth of the balls? Could it be the Pimms? Could it be I prefer to play, rather than spectate? Could it be me not coping with quite how bad my kids are, and how they have shattered my dreams of them being the next best thing to the Williams sisters? On court all my kids seem to do is swat flies with their racquets and never make contact with the ball.

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And breathe. Still hurts. But I’m damned if they can’t look the part! Cue Chateau de Sable.

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Top 10 Summer Shoes for the Under 10’s

A brilliant new exhibition hits the V&A this month – Shoes: Pleasure and Pain. This exhibition will look at the extremes of footwear from around the globe, presenting around 200 pairs of shoes ranging from a sandal decorated in pure gold leaf originating from ancient Egypt to the most elaborate designs by contemporary makers. All I know is that in my life, it always seems the prettier the shoe, the more pain!

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Caroline Groves Parakeet Shoes 2014 courtesy of ‘Shoes: Pleasure and Pain’ Exhibition’V&A

And if that’s not inspiration enough to get busy with summer shoes, here’s something for you.  My Top 10!

Well, according to the bleeding calendar – summer is upon us. Now for me, who is always cold, the idea of my little pedicured tootsies even peeping out of a sandal, sends shivers, literally, down my spine. However whether we like it or not, summer stock will be exiting stores soon to make way for winter clothes – so we need to get our kids’ summer shoe act together. Pronto. Let’s go!

1. I love everything by fave brand of mine Louise Misha – she owns summer! €65

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KidZania is Insania!

Whilst you’re finally through HTH (Half Term Hell) I thought I would introduce you to the best thing to happen to kids since Disneyland, Universal and all those now, rather MEH kids adventure parks so that school holidays at home, need never be painful again. KidZania.

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This is from KidZania Seoul

Those of you who live in West London, may have seen some rather strange goings on, on top of Westfield shopping centre over the last year. This will explain it. This child-size city is the equivalent in size to Leicester Square, with the ceiling height of Heathrow Terminal Five, and is the UK’s first Educational Entertainment Experience.

KidZania London is a real-life introduction to the world of work, representing experiential learning at its very best, where children begin to understand and learn for themselves the nature of work, the diversity and function of businesses, and its overall contribution to well-being and prosperity in our world today – all in a way that is quite the opposite of boring.

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