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Bobo Choses: A Legend January 18 2017

"In the huge sky of sports there are big stars, strong stars, fast stars, so dazzled by their light they can't see each other. But among the many stars there are a few that shine with a modest, special light of their own; caring stars, brave stars, frightened stars, and tenacious stars. It is time they become legends..."

The Bobo Choses SS17 collection is inspired by sporting legends who weren't afraid to be different, challenge themselves and overcome their limitations. Famous champions and quiet fighters alike are recognised as brave icons in this collection, encouraging the children who wear these clothes to never give up playing and learning.

To shop the full collection, click here


Advice from a Caterpillar - Gone Surfing! January 17 2017


Who's For Hibernating? December 24 2016


Last Minute Stocking Stuffers? Restless Kids? Sorted! December 22 2016

"I'd say I'm about one cookie away from being happy..."
- Snoopy

Christmas is just days away, and if you're still in need of some extra little pieces for stockings then we have plenty of options for you in the shop. And if you're in the camp of organised people who have finished their shopping, maybe your challenge of the moment is how to keep the kids busy while they're at home for the holidays... Look no further, we have a fun baking idea that kids - and kids at heart - will love.
This recipe is really simple to make, and perfect to help keep little helpers entertained with a fun festive activity in the lead up to Christmas. These cookies can hang on the Christmas tree for a cute (and edible) ornament, or you could even make a festive cookie garland to hang in the house for a party! You can always make them without the holes for hanging and enjoy them as simple cookies too. They've been going down a storm in our shop - drop by and we may have one for you too!
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CHOCOLATE CINNAMON COOKIE ORNAMENTS
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2/3 cup butter (at room temperature) 
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup honey
1 egg yolk
2 tbsp milk
2 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 cup chocolate chips 
Extra Equipment
A toothpick
A sewing needle
Sewing thread or fine ribbon
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1. Preheat your oven to 160˚C/320˚F.
2. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
3. Add the egg yolk, honey and milk and stir until fully combined.
4. Sift in all the dry ingredients thoroughly until the dough form when you press it together. If the mixture feels too dry, gradually add some extra drops of milk to help it combine.
5. Knead very lightly, then, using half of the dough at a time, roll out onto a floured surface to a thickness of 3mm / 1/8inch. Now, cut out your cookie shapes, and make a hole in each one for the thread using a toothpick. The hole will shrink as the cookie expands a little in the oven, so make the hole a little bigger than you would expect.
6. Place cookies onto a baking sheet and bake in batches for 10 minutes, checking progress and turning the baking sheet halfway through to ensure even cooking. 
7. Cool the cookies completely on a rack, then melt your chocolate. You can either give it a quick zap in the microwave, or in a heatproof bowl over some boiling water. 
8. Now you have a few options of how to add the chocolate: dip, spread or freestyle! To dip the cookies, hold them carefully on the narrow sides, dip them in the chocolate and wipe the excess off onto the side of the bowl. To spread, use a teaspoon or the back of a knife to cover the reverse side, using a small bit of melted chocolate at a time. To freestyle... see where the creative flow takes you; add eyes, clothes, letters, patterns, whatever you (or the kids) like! 
9. Leave the chocolate to set (you can speed this along by using the fridge or freezer, but you want to make sure the chocolate isn't rock hard for the next stage).
10. The final stage is to add some thread so your cookies are ready to hang! First, give your sewing needle a quick wash, then thread it up directly to the spool and use  it to guide the thread through the holes you created earlier.* Once the needle is through, trim the thread to the right length and tie a knot. (If your holes are really big then you may be able to manage simply pushing your ribbon or thread through with your fingers.) 
11. Continue until all the cookies are threaded, and get ready to decorate the house - if they haven't all been eaten yet!
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* The needle should pierce the chocolate layer quite easily, but if not, try using the point of a sharp knife to make the first hole.

 


White Christmas December 22 2016

Astier De Villatte


Happy Holidays From Advice To You! December 21 2016


Have Yourself A Bonpoint Christmas! December 19 2016

Only available in store!

Where Will You Escape To? December 19 2016

"Is this not the true romantic feeling; not to desire to escape life, but to prevent life from escaping you."
- Thomas Wolfe

 

Imagination Is Just The Beginning... December 16 2016

"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination."
- Albert Einstein 

It is more blessed to give than to receive December 15 2016

 

Image from Italian Decorator Alessandra Branca.

It is more blessed to give than to receive.

The holidays symbolically represent the season of giving. The good news is that a new study suggests that social support to others may even benefit the giver more then the receiver.

According to the study from the journal of Psychosomatic Medicine, participants were divided into two groups, one group was asked to give and the other to receive. Both self-reported receiving and giving social support were associated with reduced vulnerability for negative psychological outcomes.

However, when the researchers conducted a series of MRI neuroimaging tests to explore the neural mechanisms of how specific brain areas were affected by giving versus receiving social support, they found that giving ultimately had greater brain benefits than receiving.

The power of giving reduces stress and activates the reward related part of your brain and the zone that gives you pleasure.

So when you are running around this holiday season and life seems to get a little overwhelming, know that you can always recharge with a little giving to the loved ones around you. It will be our little secret that you are getting the better part of that exchange.  

Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine http://bit.ly/2gDBRN9


Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation. December 14 2016

Discover our Omy Colouring Collectionn here.  

The Experience Of Drawing December 12 2016

"Drawing is the artist's most direct and spontaneous expression, a species of writing: it reveals, better than does painting, his true personality." - Edgar Degas

1.  Paper Works Sketchpad $18  2.  Chalkables $8.50  3. Omy Giant Colouring Poster $18  4. Watercolour Pencil Set $21  5. Macaron Erasers $8.5  6. Watercolour Paints $12 

 

 


Presenting Mr Bear... And How to Make Him! December 08 2016

"Nearly eleven o'clock," said Pooh happily. "You're just in time for a little smackerel of something."
- Wise words from our favourite hungry bear, Winnie the Pooh
A Family Recipe - Carrot Cake

 

Baking is one of those things that can be very nostalgic, especially at this time of year. Who doesn’t have a memory of those seasonal smells wafting from the kitchen, delightful promises of mom’s famous cookies or grandma’s Christmas pudding. Baking is best when it’s made with loved ones and shared, and if they’re thousands of miles away (as my family are) then it brings me a little piece of home when I can’t be with them.

Not to mention that now the days are shorter and colder and wetter (is the snow ever coming?!!), the thought of spending an evening inside with my warm oven creating something delicious is very tempting indeed. And if the finished product is adorably cute too? Sign me up!

This season we have some fun baking moulds and cutters in the shop, and I have the privilege of showing off our adorable teddy bear to you! Below you can find my family’s recipe for carrot cake (the one and only recipe worth baking, trust me – not that I’m biased at all…) but Mr Bear doesn’t always have to be a cake. Why not mix some goodies like chocolate chips, candied ginger and almond pieces into some softened vanilla ice cream, then pour it all into Mr Bear lined with some plastic wrap? Freeze, turn out and voila! Ice cream cake! Or how about Mr Bear Jell-o? He’s a very versatile young sir.

If that doesn’t persuade you, well – just look at that face. How can you resist? You can find Mr Bear online (here) or in our bricks and mortar shop in Rosedale, Toronto. 

We'd love to see what you're baking this holiday season, especially if you have a go at our favourite little bear! Share your creations on Instagram @advicefromacaterpillar_
A Family Recipe - Carrot Cake
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TEDDY BEAR CARROT CAKE
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Cake
2 cups flour (I used whole wheat) + some for dusting the tin
2 cups sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
2 ½ tsp baking soda
4 eggs
1 ½ cups vegetable oil
3 cups grated carrot (approx. 4 small/medium carrots)
Optional: 1 cup walnuts/pecans/sultanas 
Cream Cheese Frosting
½ cup cream cheese, cold
¼ stick of butter, at room temperature
½ cup powdered sugar
½ tsp vanilla

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1. Preheat your oven to 180˚C/360˚F.

2. Grease and flour your tin. This is REALLY IMPORTANT because Mr Bear is an unusual shape with lots of nooks and crannies. Use a pastry brush or piece of kitchen paper to cover every inch of the tin with oil, then put a small spoonful of flour into a sieve and dust the whole tin with a thin layer of flour.

3. Sift the flour into a large bowl and add all the dry ingredients. Give it a good mix.

4. Beat together the eggs and oil in a separate bowl until well combined, then stir into the dry mixture.

5. Add the grated carrot (and nuts/fruit if you’re using) and mix well.

6. Pour a shallow layer of cake batter into Mr Bear and give the tin a gentle tap against your countertop. This helps prevent any air bubbles from ruining his cute face! Then continue to pour the mixture into the tin, leaving at least ½ inch clearance at the top to make sure the mixture doesn’t spill out when cooking.*

7. Bake for 40 minutes – 1 hour, until the cake is springy to the touch and a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean.* Leave to cool completely.

8. While the cake is cooling, prepare your cream cheese frosting. Whip the cream cheese with a hand mixer (or good old elbow grease!) until it is smooth, then gradually add the butter until you have a smooth, light mixture. Whip as much as possible at this point – not when the sugar is added.

9. When you add the sugar and vanilla you want to stir the mixture as little as possible, or your frosting will go very runny. Sift all the sugar into the bowl with the vanilla, and use a metal spoon to gently fold it all together.

10. Pop your frosting into the fridge until your cake is ready to decorate.

11. When the cake is completely cool (no shortcuts here - it needs to be cold), run a plastic spatula around the edges, gently easing the cake away from the sides of the tin. Then flip it over onto a plate or chopping board and give the tin some firm taps until Mr Bear emerges. Be patient, and don’t rush! It may take a few goes.***

12. Now let your creativity run wild and give your bear some personality! Use the frosting to add features and clothing, and add the final touches with chocolate drops or some dried fruit.  

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*It’s always wise to put a baking tray underneath the tin while it’s in the oven – just in case!

**Check the cake before the end of cooking time – you may need to reduce the temperature slightly if it is cooking too fast on the outside.

***If you’re still having trouble removing your cake from the tin after a few rounds of spatula and tapping, try this technique here (and don’t panic!)

 
A Family Recipe - Carrot Cake

Drive December 05 2016

"You'll find a slight squeeze on the hooter an excellent safety precaution, Miss Scrumptious."
- Caractacus Potts, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Bobo Choses - How To Disappear... Clothes For The Everyday December 03 2016

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Bobo Choses How To Disappear

Bobo Choses How To Disappear

Bobo Choses How To Disappear

Bobo Choses How To Disappear

Bobo Choses How To Disappear

 


Believe December 03 2016

 “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”
- Roald Dahl, The Minpins

1. Oeuf Unicorn Sweater in Rose   2. Atsuyo et Akiko Emily Magic Wand in Pink   3. Atsuyo et Akiko Emily Magic Wand in Gold   4. Atsuyo et Akiko Emily Magic Wand in Silver   5. Moulin Roty Tea Set in Lilac Case   6. Atsuyo et Akiko Jewel Ring in Grey   7. Glueckskaefer All In One House in Pink   8. Atsuyo et Akiko Golden Locket Necklace in Silver   9. Atsuyo et Akiko Ruby Dress in Pink   10. Oeuf Unicorn Hat   11. Atsuyo et Akiko Elizabeth Headband in Gold 


Let Me Adjust My Crown and Get My Day Started December 03 2016


A Bit Of Sparkle For Every Home November 30 2016


* A Little Bit Of Sparkle * November 29 2016

“All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wonder are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost.” - J.R.R. Tolkien

 

1.  Pegasus Headband $45  2. Rabbit Coin Bank $90  3.  Bracelet  4. Gold Lamp $255 5. Gold and White Bracelet $95 6. Gold Piggy Coin Bank $50 7. Heart T-Shirt $65


Can I Kick It.... Yes You Can! November 24 2016

1.  Baghera 1939 Classic Ride on Car $330


Gift Ideas: Dreamland November 22 2016


And Whoooooooo Are Youuuuuuuu??? October 27 2016


There is definitely a start to a chill in the air! The perfect... October 25 2016




There is definitely a start to a chill in the air!   The perfect winter coats for your little ones.  Easy to wear, easy to play, easy to wash!  See our winter collections online 


Tambere Fall Winter 2016 Collection October 18 2016






Tambere is a Korean brand whose collection embodies minimalist playful design with a focus on comfort and practicality.

You can purchase this collection online and in store!


Pequeno Tocon Fall Winter 2016 Collection October 14 2016






Pequeno Tocon meaning “the smallest ones in the house” is a small Spanish family brand for newborn to 6 months. Using fine cotton fabrics, this Barcelona company collection is both stunning and charming.

Pequeno Tocon now available in store and online!


Bacabuche Fall Winter 2016 Collection October 12 2016












Bacabuche designed by Los Angeles designer’s Valerie Welebir and Dana Sobota, is a contemporary baby and child collection made with 100% organic cottons, minimalist design and neutral colour palettes.

Their fall winter 2016 collection is now availble in store and online


AC Recipe: No Bake Energy Bites September 30 2016




We were lucky this week to have one of our girls, Brittany Mark, share her wonderful recipe of healthy bites!

We’ve all been there, the morning preparation of that beautifully crafted healthy and nutritious breakfast orchestrated together by moms for their littles ones to enjoy before the dash to the schoolyards.

Sadly, you may be warmly greeted with a little voice stating firmly  "I don’t like it" . And as any good mother you try with great composer to remain calm, smile and eagerly prepare another few options before you realize nothing is to these little ones likings. You are then met with the mad dash to drop off with now a handful of snacks that will subside and give you piece of mind those little tummies will devour something the least bit substantial before the bell rings.

Don’t fret ! We wanted to share one of our favourite SUPER simple and perfect snacks for those “in the pinch moments” (and they are kid approved)!

No Bake Energy Bites! So healthy, so easy, so yummy!

Recipe:

These bite size snacks need no baking time prep: 35 minutes max.

Serving roughly 1.5 dozen that can keep up to one week in the refrigerator

Grains:  1 Cup Dry Quick Oats

Baking Essentials:  1/2 Cup Sunflower Seed Butter  

**substitute in with Wow Butter, Almond Butter even Peanut Butter for home snacking

½ Cup Chocolate Chips, 2/3 Cup Coconut Flakes, 1/3 Cup Honey, raw, 1 tsp Vanilla Extract, 1 tbsp Chia Seeds  

Steps:

1. Bring all the listed ingredients into one large mixing bowl.  Have the little ones help in this step and begin to really mix everything in. Be sure to get all the oats coated with the sticky ingredients leaving no dry spots.  

Form a ball and cover with saran wrap and place inside the refrigerator for 20-25 minutes.  (This process will allow a better bite size formation).

2. Remove from the refrigerator and roll into 1 inch bite size balls. These can then be placed inside an airtight container to be kept in the refrigerator for up to one week..that is if they last that long!

**Please be playful with this recipe - feel free to add in Dried Cranberries and White Chocolate Chips, or Flax Seeds etc this is just a great guideline to get started.

Photography by Cooking Classy and Life in the lofthouse


The Perfect Everyday Collection by Nico Nico September 29 2016



The perfect everyday collection by @niconicoclothing in store and online #niconicoclothing #kidsfashion #schoollife


The Magical Beauty of Astier de Villatte September 27 2016



The magical beauty of Astier de Villatte @advicefromacaterpillar_ @astierdevillatte


White on Grey. A Nursery’s Perfect Accessory September 23 2016



White on grey, your nursery’s perfect accessory @anneclairepetitaccessoires #floorcushion #pinapples


Mini Rodini Second Shipment is Now Available - Cheetah Print September 16 2016



Mini Rodini second shipment is now available!! Honey badger don’t give a #minirodini #wintergear #playful #childrensclothing


Celebrating in Store! Cataleya Cashmere Collection September 10 2016



We are having a party!! Celebrating the beautiful cashmere collection from @cataleya_paris pop by the shop today for some bubbly and place your order for the perfect gift! Orders will be here for the holiday season! #childrensstore #childrensclothing #cashmere #babygift #frenchclothing #italiancashmere


Trunk Show Cataleya Cashmere Collection September 09 2016



An invitation to a trunk show #cataleya sept 10 from 11am to 6pm. Presenting lasting pieces in a timeless style, focussing on quality design and comfort. Orders placed will be delivered in time for the holiday season! Select styles from newborn to 8years #cashmere #perfectgift #stylishbabyclothing #italienmade #beautifulbaby #cashmere baby clothing


Nico Nico Fall 2016 Collection September 09 2016



A shop favourite! Nico nico fall ‘16 leggings in store! #acfavourites #childrensstore #childrensclothing #niconico #leggings #space


Nico Nico Now Available Online September 03 2016



Nico nico clothing now available online!! @niconicoclothing #coolkidsclothing #organicclothing #advicefromacaterpillar


Oeuf NY Fall Winter 2016 Collection September 02 2016







Oeuf NY is a Brooklyn based company that evokes the image of simple, clean and intuitive design. Oeuf has teamed up with indigenous women in self-managed communities in Bolivia to create knits like this one.

The Oeuf NY Fall Winter 2016 collection is now available online.


1+ In the Family Fall Winter 2016 Collection August 31 2016










1+ In the Family, a spanish company designed by Gemma Mases is a baby and child collection inspired by minimalist design and based on practicality and comfortability.  Available now in store and online


The Bobo Chose Back to School Sweater August 22 2016



The perfect back to school sweater #BoboChoses #advicefromacsterpillar #toronto #kidsclothing (at Advice From a Caterpillar)


Bobo Choses New Arrivals August 11 2016



Bobo Choses new arrivals! Now online! @_bobochoses_ #fallcollections #kidsclothing #kids #spanishline #howtodisappear


Stella McCartney Kids Fall 2016 Collection August 10 2016







 

Stella McCartney Kids Fall 2016 collection now in store and online here!


Nico Nico Field Tent July 19 2016



A beautiful collaboration between @kalonstudios and @niconicoclothing made entirely of birch wood, leather and canvas. On sale now @advicefromacaterpillar_


Album di Famiglia is Celebrating 15 Year of Design April 29 2016






Album di Famiglia is celebrating 15 year of design.  Italian designer Monica Rusconi of Album di Famiglia have crafted an imaginative women’s and children’s collection of  various shades of grey, white and pastels using the highest quality materials.  These collections are designed for longevity with minimalist cuts.

View the collection here


RAIN RAIN April 07 2016

“The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day.
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You’re one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
a cloud come over the sunlit arch,
And wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you’re two months back in the middle of March.”
-  Robert Frost, Two Tramps in Mud Time, 1926
Petit Bateau famous yellow raincoat

 


Ace & Jig Spring 2016 Collection February 29 2016


A Peak into Bobo Choses Spring Summer Collection January 05 2016









A peak into Bobo Choses SS16 Collection!

“Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up” - Pablo Picasso

Bobo Choses SS16 Collection available online January 19th at 6am.


Gift Inspiration 2015: For Kids December 10 2015

Gift Inspiration 2015: For Kids:

Vitamin Daily feature on Gift Inspiration 2015.  Advice from a Caterpillars Anne Claire Petit Giraffe.


The Best Baby Stores in Toronto December 08 2015

The Best Baby Stores in Toronto:

I LOVE TORONTO feature on best baby store’s in Toronto, Thanks for including us! 


Freshening Up November 05 2015