Quinn & Fox Organic Kids Clothing: SS15 The Blackbird Collection

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Quinn and Fox is one of those companies that always goes the extra mile, and then some. Children's clothing is everywhere, but, it can be challenging to find kids clothing companies that are not only passionate about great design, but also about great quality. And to top that, it is even harder to find businesses that really care about HOW their clothes are produced, and the impact it has on the earth and on those producing it.  Quinn and Fox isn't a huge corporation, they are a Husband and Wife/ Mum and Dad duo that work so very, very hard to ensure AMAZING quality and ethically produced children's wear, that highlights global artistry and they produce some of the coolest kids clothing on the market!!

 I love that they are so passionate about how their clothing is produced. I love that it is not made en masse in a sweatshop in India on China, or bought pre-manufactured, but their clothing but is actually milled from scratch in the USA from Organic cotton, and recycled materials and hand dyed with low impact eco-dyes. In a world where ethical clothing is hard to find/source, it obviously takes a lot of passion and hard work to produce a clothing line of this calibre, that is made for children, not by children!! I am constantly inspired by their commitment to producing ethical, organic and seriously amazing clothing for kids!

Quinn and Fox are bold, mod and always unisex!! They  are the epitome of globally inspired Children's wear! This collection is about paying tribute to Rock and Roll and how they want to teach their children. Create Art, Not war. Promote Peace. Silence is sometimes the better answer. A way to remember the past, for our future.

You can find Quinn and Fox's New SS15 The Blackbird Collection which launches Tuesday 17th Feb at Yellow Dandy, an Australian stockist, and trust me, this is a collection you do not want to miss out on.

Family Dinner Ideas: Chicken Rice Paper Rolls

Thursday, February 12, 2015

I haven't written up any family dinner posts for a while, but, obviously we are still cooking family dinners almost every night of the week! With two toddlers in the house now, dinner time is certainly busy and a little chaotic, but we try pretty hard to have dinner together as a family. And seeing I don't have very much extra time, I still only like making one meal for everyone, it has worked well for us so far!

A couple of weeks ago I thought about trying out Rice Paper rolls for dinner. I had no idea how they would be received by the toddler duo! But, HURRAY, they were a hit! I know how frustrating it can be when you think, 'Oh they will love this for sure.' And, you put so much time and effort into making this great dinner, only to have little noses wrinkle up and declare, 'I don't like this', before they have even tasted it!! From Ez mostly of course, now that he is so aware of what everything is, and very wary of NEW things. Thankfully Willow eats everything and I mean everything, and LOTS of it. But still, trying new recipes can be a little daunting sometimes, and can open you up for a dinner time disaster.

These rice paper rolls are super easy, and great for the whole family! But, I am terrible at wrapping them, so just have a little giggle at how munted my rice paper wrapping is. Especially because this time I tried to cut them in half to make mini ones for the kids, I think leaving them whole and just putting less filling in would probably have been a wiser move on my part.

Chicken rice paper rolls

I've made them twice now.

The first time I used:
-Rice paper
-1 Chicken Breast (cut into small pieces & cooked in shallow water with a little soy-sauce)
- 1-2 cups bean sprouts
- 1-2 cups cabbage (thinly sliced)
- 2 medium carrots (grated)
- handful of coriander (chopped)

This made two large rolls for 2 adults and one each for the kids!! I just added a little bit of everything in each one and wrapped them up, with a little soy dipping sauce. I also added some Brown rice for the kids!

The second time (pictured)
-Rice Paper
- 1 Chicken breast (cut into small pieces & cooked in shallow water with lemongrass & a little soy-sauce)
- 1/2 a large Zucchini thinly sliced and cooked with the chicken
- 1-2 cups cabbage (thinly sliced)
- 2 medium carrots (grated)
- handful of coriander (chopped)

I served them with some Jasmine rice for the kids this time!

A relatively easy dinner, and I think they will start on the regular dinner rotation!