Book Review: 100 Great Journeys

[rating:4.5] With the subtitle: Exciting Voyages Through History and Literature, how could anyone even remotely interested in books or travel pass it by? 100 Great Journeys is the armchair book traveller's dream, wending its way through continents of literature to bring to life a bookshelf of … [Read more...]

Book Review: Zakka Sewing

[rating:5] Anything Japanese is assuredly beautiful, especially when it comes to handmade. In Zakka Sewing, authors Laskey and Mori have come together to produce a truly gorgeous book that will inspire handmade aficionados, no matter where they live in the world. Zakka is a Japanese word meaning … [Read more...]

Book Review: Home by Anita Kaushal

[rating:4] Londoner Kaushal has made it her personal mission to seek out the best places, products and ideas to make homelife with children stylish, practical and beautiful. Part lifestyle, part interiors, part ideas and reflection book, Home is a hard cover tome that can be flicked through for … [Read more...]

Book Review: Greetings from Knit Café

[rating:5] Opening Greetings from Knit Café is like receiving a big, warm, woolly hug. Author Suzan Mischer first learned to knit when she was seven. Her grandmother gave her a long pair of needles and some bright pink scratchy wool and very soon, Mischer’s first knitted creation lay before her – a … [Read more...]

Book Review: Ready, Set, Go?

[rating:4.5] One of the biggest steps a child takes is donning that backpack and heading off to school. It's not just academics each child needs to face - it's social skills and awareness, the ability to focus and delineate, accomplished physical and spatial skills, self-confidence and readiness to … [Read more...]

Review: Planning With Kids by Nicole Avery

I first met blogger Nicole Avery at a local blogging meet-up last year. I knew who she was as soon as she walked in the room - the charisma and presence that comes across on her blog was unmistakable in real life. The second thing I liked about her was that she had thought to make and bring BLTs … [Read more...]

Book Review: Mia Culpa by Mia Freedman

[rating:4] My introduction to magazines began when Mia Freedman was the Editor of Cosmopolitan. I picked up an issue, read her introduction and was hooked for the rest of my teen years. These days, Freedman heads an enormously successful website that doubles as a community discussing topics big and … [Read more...]

Book Review: No Chopsticks Required

[rating:4] First up, a confession: I cried in the first chapter of this book. With its precise summary of the crazy world of parenting, travelling and relationships, the honesty and humour of this family’s story is so touching. When journalist Katrina Beikoff and her partner decided to uproot their … [Read more...]

Book Review: Girls' Night In

[rating:4] Take some of the most entertaining storytellers of our time, add more than fifty of their short stories, grab a cuppa and some chocolate, curl up on the couch – and you’re set for a great night in. This is the tenth anniversary edition of the Girls’ Night In compilations, with some of the … [Read more...]

Book Review: Room for Children

[rating:4] You don’t need to be a design lover to crave a beautiful space for your children for sleep and play, and this stunning new book by Susanna Salk certainly provides the inspiration to create something whimsical, functional and memorable. Room for Children is a drool-fest of children’s roo … [Read more...]