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Cocoa Ceral Recipe⌇Meg & Lou ⌇Juniors Design Blog ⌇ www.juniorsdesignblog.com

It is my great pleasure to introduce you to our new contributor to Juniors – Meg from Meg & Lou! Meg blogs about life (and ridiculously cute baby, Eilidh) and shares recipes / diys and beautiful photos. Read on for a delicious, Juniors exclusive recipe!

Here’s Meg:

When I was a kid pudding was a huge deal mainly because we didn’t get it often. On the rare occasion we did it felt like an event. That being said, when Dad was on dinner duty we would get it every time. Good old Dad playing the playful/fun parent card. Breakfast for pudding, Cornflakes, fruit and milk, and even though we ate that every morning there was something exciting about eating it again 12 hours later.

Breakfast for dinner and/or pudding is the best! Even as an adult I can’t get enough, it’s also a massive perk of being a grown-up; “I feel like cereal for dinner, I’m totally having cereal for dinner!”.

Now that I’m a parent my tea time ideals have slipped a little, occasionally the kid gets cereal for dinner, yup I’ve turned into the parent I said I’d never be. But when you’re dealing with an over tired and hungry child that lovely bowl of love you spent the evening lovingly creating isn’t going to cut it. Sometimes breakfast is just the comfort food we all need after a long day.

Breakfast will always beat hangry.

The following recipe is chocolate cereal. Yup. Chocolate cereal you can eat all day.

Cocoa Ceral Recipe⌇Meg & Lou ⌇Juniors Design Blog ⌇ www.juniorsdesignblog.com

COCOA CEREAL

  • 3 TBSP Honey
  • 2 TBSP Coconut Oil
  • 2 TBSP Cocoa Powder
  • 2 cups Puffed Rice
  • ½ cup Puffed Quinoa
  • ½ cup Coconut chips

Pre-heat the oven to 140 degrees.

In a small saucepan gently melt the Honey and Coconut Oil together. Once melted add the Cocoa Powder and whisk until it’s lump free.

In a large bowl mix all of the dry ingredients together. Add the wet ingredients and mix well (and carefully) until everythings coated in the Cocoa mixture.

Spread the mixture on a sheet pan and spread it out thinly.

Put it into the oven, check and mix it every 5 minutes, for a total time of 15-20 minutes.

Because it’s dark in colour watch the coconut closely as this will be your clue as to when it’s ready. So keep an eye on it!

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Written & photographed by Meg of Meg & Lou
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Why you should buy good art for kids rooms

Endemic World - Pete Cromer⌇ Juniors Design Blog ⌇ www.juniorsdesignblog.com

I’m super excited to share today about picking “good art” for kids (babies to teens!) rooms and I have SO many great print choices from Endemic World to show you!

When I say “good art” I’m talking about artist designed pieces which are good quality, visually interesting, preferably local and not mass produced, “on trend” throwaway pieces. I’m not suggesting that you have to spend thousands or even hundreds of dollars on nice artworks for your kids rooms! Kids grow and tastes change and I understand that not every parent has artwork in the budget! BUT.. I have been scouring Endemic World for you and have found SO many good options, all starting under the $100 mark and covering babies to teens..

So, why do I think you should buy “good art” for kids rooms?

  1. Special Memories (Life long treasures): Artwork is a personal thing and just as our favourite music or scents evoke memories of a certain time, the same is true of art. A beautiful print gifted to your child may one day be passed down to your grandchild, or forever hung in a future family home.
  2. Inspire Creativity: I love the idea of filling a home with artwork to inspire yourself and your family, to not only express yourself but to evoke your own creativity! For kids, having their own space and room is so important (especially as they grow) and filling it with inspiring work may be just the thing to spark their own creative interests.
  3. Support Artists: As you’re reading this blog, I’m sure you don’t need too much persuading on how important it is to support the artists, makers / creators and small business owners out there.. But it must be said, we should support artists and the creation of beautiful things. Buying art for your kids not only supports artists but encourages your kids to do the same in the future.
  4. Support Local: Okay, it’s kind of the same as the last point but I really need to push this one. Juniors is ALL about supporting New Zealand and Australian artists and brands because we believe there is value in supporting local businesses and that each of us can use our resources to positively impact artists and makers out there who put a lot of effort into doing what they do so well. If we each decided to purchase even just a few more local things than we do now, that would make a big difference (and again encourage your kids to do the same!)
  5. It just plain looks good: When a space looks good, it usually feels good. Feeling good in your space and in your home is a good thing and good for your kids overall wellbeing and happiness! (not at all scientific but makes sense to me!)

I’m a BIG fan of Endemic World, with their well curated selection of so many great artists, they make art buying easy for anyone. It was no easy task to choose from so many great options but I’ve gone ahead and done the hard work for you! Below are some of my picks for kids rooms, all of which could be used for nearly any age and will stand the test of time. These aren’t all typical “kids” prints, but rather artworks which kids can definitely appreciate and love in their own space. Let me know which are your favourites and head over to Endemic World for even MORE choices!

 

Wild Wagon Co

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1. Travel Far  2. Flower Moon  3. Waffle Cone

 

 

Pete Cromer

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1. Battles  2. Little Red Riding Hood  3. Tweedle Dee Tweedle Dum

 

 

Keryn Sweeny

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1. Float  2. Floral Circle  3. Forest

 

 

Greg Straight

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1. One Track Mind  2. 50 Year Storm 3. Street Roller

 

 

Natasha Vermeulen

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1. Bear and Roses  2. Skate Mates  3. Snake

 

 

Cloud Nine Creative

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1. Pink Magical Forest  2. Aztec  3. Green Cactus

 

 

Olivia Bezett

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1. Bear  2. Rainbow Wreath Bunny  3. Spotted Doe

 

 

Inaluxe

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1. Little Grey Fantail  2. Waratah Bud  3. Garden Party

 

 

Glenn Jones

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1. Kiwi Cuz  2. Red Leader  3. Pick a Colour

 

Imagery provided courtesy of Endemic World
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Mini Hearts Club

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Eeeep!!!! I am over-the-moon excited to introduce you to a truly gorgeous NZ brand, Mini Hearts Club!

All their garments are made in New Zealand using beautiful linen and organic cotton in stunningly simple styles letting the silhouettes and fabric speak for themselves.

With a neutral palette of black and grey with the classic stripe and perfect soft pink thrown in for good measure, Mini Hearts Club are creating quality, timeless pieces for your mini one which say NO to the fast fashion trend. The collection is made to layer, made to last, made to be played in and definitely to be admired.

The perfect range of basics which feel anything but basic! A couple of my favourites are the Linen Lawn Dress and the Roam Harem Leggings (although it’s hard to choose!!)

Have a look through the range with us and then go and browse here!

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Imagery Courtesy of Mini Hearts Club
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KidKind

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We’re starting out 2017 right and introducing you to the amazing folks over at Kidkind! 100% of the profits from Kidkind go to Child Poverty Action Group who are working to eliminate child poverty in New Zealand through research, education and advocacy. Collaborating with some great artists (Otis Frizzell, Beck Wheeler and many more up-and-coming artists), Kidkind have some seriously adorable tees, onesies and bags on offer.

This is the ultimate win-win scenario with the cutest wee tees ever, designed by artists and all the proceeds going to such a great, important cause!! (Not to mention they are a great price!) You can see all the designs here and buy one (or a few!!)

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Niche Textile Studio

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It is with great enthusiasm that we introduce you to the MOST beautiful baby blankets we have ever laid our eyes on! Clever Christine from Niche Textile Studio in Wellington is hand weaving a range of sustainably minded blankets from New Zealand wool, the result is incredibly well made and thoughtfully designed pieces which would most certainly be handed down for generations to come.

Naturally coloured wool (meaning no dyes are used and energy and water use in yarn production is reduced) complements the three different motifs available in the range. These motifs have been translated into a textured self-stitched double cloth weave structure with 2 layers of cloth on the loom woven together at little moments of pattern, creating loft and warmth.

Each blanket is available in either Wahakura (moses basket) size (65cm x 80cm) or Cot size (105cm x 120cm). We also spy Niche’s equally beautiful range of hand woven cushions (see here and here) which would be just stunning in a nursery (or anywhere in the house)!! Come and look through the different motifs with us, I’m not sure I can pick a favourite (although the Ocean waves is really speaking to me!)… Let us know your favourite in the comments!
niche_product-4_squareGeotile Baby Blanket, Niche Textile Studio⌇ Juniors Design Blog ⌇ www.juniorsdesignblog.com
Geotile – celebrates the universal language and elegance of pattern constructed on hidden grids of circles and ruled lines, and mastered by practitioners of Islamic design.
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Ocean Waves (Seigaha) – derived from Japanese sashiko stitching, represents power, luck and resilience.
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Seven Treasures (Shippo Tsunagi) – derived from the Japanese sashiko stitch tradition and symbolises good fortune.

Images by Russell Kleyn
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