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Pyjamas and Pancakes - YAY!

Pyjamas and Pancakes - YAY!

One of the perks of summer holidays is that I can let my kids stay in pyjamas for a good part of the day (read: I stay in my pyjamas for a good part of the day). One of the downfalls is finding things to do with the kids on a rainy day like today.  Fortunately, my little ones love to help me cook, and I love to eat, so it’s a match made in summer holiday heaven!  Fulfilling our American family in London cliché, the kids often ask to make good old fashioned American-style pancakes.  One of the quickest and...


Your Summer Dance Party Playlist

Amanda de Vaulx

Your Summer Dance Party Playlist

My kids love a good dance party, and I find it's the most fun way to burn off that excess energy, even on a school night.  But now that the weather is nice, and school's out, it's time to take that dance party outside!  Whether in the park, your garden, or even your kitchen with the speakers full volume... we've consulted with Co-Founder Lisa's 8 year-old daughter Mia, our resident DJ, on her top party tracks for the summer.  Of course dancing is always more fun in a twirly dress (even mums would agree with that!) Happy Twirling!   Your...


Out and about around London: Day 1

Out and about around London: Day 1

Yesterday's bright sunshine and record high temperatures for the year inspired me to start writing a series of fun days out with the kids around London... only now I'm writing it under the pouring rain (complains the New Yorker).  But I will not be deterred!  Because truth be told, when the sun shines on London at this time of year it is absolutely glorious, and somehow you enjoy it more knowing it's so rare... I've noticed that the best days with my children are where they can run around, twirl!!!, and explore their surroundings, so we are going to start with a...


Inspired by Spring

Inspired by Spring

The annual Easter Bonnet creation is a great tradition to introduce Spring. It’s also a new occasion to let the kiddies' creativity loose! I treasure the moment when you realise how far their imagination can go. This year my eldest daughter came up with the idea of an Easter Egg Chocolate Factory. After many hours of drawing, painting, glueing, and dreaming about all of the chocolate she will eat during the Easter holidays… she created a 2 story golden egg chocolate factory, equipped with working bunnies, a chocolate slide for processing the eggs and a secret chocolate egg recipe! I...


From Twirl to Swirl...Cupcakes!

Amanda de Vaulx

Tags birthday, cake, cupcakes, dessert, magnolia, new york, ny, nyc, pudding, recipe, recipes, treats, vanilla

From Twirl to Swirl...Cupcakes!

No trip to NYC's West Village is complete without queueing around the corner to sample a cupcake from the quaint Magnolia Bakery, made famous by Sex and the City and known for their heavenly vanilla buttercream signature swirl.  They have inevitably expanded around NYC and beyond, but there's just something about making your way through the crowd, out onto Bleeker Street with your box of treats and biting into the perfect cupcake. Thankfully, Magnolia have not kept their recipe a secret and they have become my "Go To" for every child's birthday over the past 8 years. Just today, I felt like a celebrity...


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