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Category Archives: Children

The best of Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh and Piglet

I spotted this on Facebook and had to share!

A.A. Milne’s first volume of Winnie-the-Pooh stories was published 89 years ago today. Here are great quotes to celebrate:

1. “Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. ‘Pooh!’ he whispered. ‘Yes, Piglet?’ ‘Nothing,’ said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw. ‘I just wanted to be sure of you.'”

2. “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

3. “Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.”

4. “You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”

5. “Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them..”

6. “It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?”

7. “I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.”

8. “I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen.”

9. “Sometimes,’ said Pooh, ‘the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”

10. “Promise me you’ll never forget me because if I thought you would, I’d never leave.”

11. “‘How do you spell love?’
‘You don’t spell it…you feel it.'”

12. “People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.”

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101 free things to do in London with kids

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is one of Time Out Magazine’s 101 places to visit in London with kids.

It’s been awhile since we’ve been back to London, but when we do, I’m bringing Time Out Magazine’s list of 101 free activities to do with kids in London.

Skort season

Boden Jersey Skort

Ah, I love a good skort. It’s literally the mullet (well, in the best possible sense of the word!) of the fashion world – skirt on the outside, shorts on the inside.

Boden has done a nice jersey skort ($32) this season that brings back childhood memories of summer. Sweet prints, easy to wear and requires no major ironing. Sizes range from kids 1 1/2 – 12.

Now if they could only make these for adults.

Boden Jersey Skort

Boden Jersey Skort

The surprises of our first English birthday party

Birthday cake

Alex Richards is an American writer, who recently moved from Brooklyn, New York to Bradford-on-Avon in England with her British husband, her 3-year-old daughter and one on the way.

Check out her recently post about the surprises of their first English birthday party and her observations of the scene on Momtastic.com.

Land of Nod goes British

I’m always on the hunt for sweet and inexpensive wall art for my kids’ rooms and stumbled upon Land of Nod, which currently has some great decor with some British flavor (and also a great blog for inspiration, Honest to Nod).

Cheerio Personalized Wall Art

Check out their personalized wall art ($129), featuring Big Ben and double decker buses, which can be personalized with your child’s name.

Twin Lately Lily London quilt

I also loved their Lately Lily London quilt ($189), with an appliquéd and embroidered London scene, which would work perfectly with … their Lately Lily London bedding set!

Lately Lily London Bedding

Book benches

Dr. Seuss

London’s benches are becoming open books this summer, thanks to Britain’s National Literacy Trust, which has brought 50 new sculptures into the city, with help from public art promoter Wild in Art. Each bench celebrates a different story, ranging from C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” to Julia Davidson’s “The Gruffalo,” Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass” to J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan.”

Thanks, Ally, for the tip!
Sherlock Holmes

How to Train Your Dragon

15 surprising things about parenting in England

Erin Moore and her husband, Tom, have spent the last seven years in London, where they live with their four-year-old daughter Anne—and another baby on the way

Erin Moore and her husband, Tom, have spent the last seven years in London, where they live with their four-year-old daughter Anne—and another baby on the way.

I liked this Cup of Jo post by Erin Moore, an American, on the 15 surprising things about parenting in England. I became a mom after we moved back to the states so am intrigued by the cultural differences. Particularly the differences on compliments, on never bragging and on drinking (even at an under-fives birthday party at 10 a.m. on a Sunday! Love it!). Read on.

Classical music piece enhances Roald Dahl’s ‘Dirty Beasts’

Interesting story on NPR yesterday — although children’s author Roald Dahl died nearly 25 years ago, he continues to inspire musical adaptations of his work.

Read the full transcript or listen to the story!

Counting with Benedict Cumberbatch

OMG. Benedict Cumberbatch was on “Sesame Street” this week! So cute! And check out Murray-arty, his arch nemesis!

Paddington Bear’s “Singing in the Rain”

At long last, after a record drought in Sacramento, we’re finally getting some rain.

Not rain like the U.K. has gotten rain all winter long, mind you, but at least it’s a start. And on that note, Ruby posted this delightful video of Paddington Bear “Singing in the Rain,” following my post last week about Gap’s Paddington Bear line. Enjoy!