Latest Articles from Caro & Co

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The new order…

There’s a quiet revolution going on in the suburban back gardens of Australia. Rather than sitting back and admiring our perfectly manicured ‘outside rooms’, gazing lovingly at our Mondo Grass, perfectly coiffed hedges of Gardenias and Buxus or newly acquired Agaves perched in copper pots on our Cotswold Collection Outdoor Setting, we ... read more

Pencils sharpened for another school year...

Finding the quiet places…

With my children now charging through adolescence, heading towards the pointy end of their schooling and with extra-curricular and social commitments coming out their ears, it can sometimes be tricky to find time to have “those conversations” with them; well any kind of conversation really. Sure, we have dinner together each night sans ... read more

Skipping stones...

15 unplugged activities for teenage boys…

Teenage boys can turn into slugs over the holidays. And I get that. They are exhausted after the end of a long year at school and, thanks to puberty, many are swarming with hormones which means most of the time they just want to chill out and sleep for inordinate periods of time. They are generally also happy eating nothing other than ... read more

Grace's Summer Pavlova

On food, connection and keeping your family tight…

Food is such a great memory-maker, don’t you think? Whether it’s the first time you crunch into a freshly-picked apple from your Grandma’s orchard, eat vegemite toast with the butter running down your fingers, grill prawns on a BBQ on a late summer’s day, bake a cake from scratch with your toddler (or grandchild) or prepare something on a ... read more

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My one good idea…

2016, despite way too much global conflict and some truly scary political outcomes was actually a good year for me. I had a book published. My children kicked some academic goals at school. Our eldest daughter got married. I watched many of my friends achieve some great things in their personal and professional lives. And a few nights ago ... read more

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The exquisite art of doing nothing

  Life can be rich without riches.  And it can be full without a cupboard overflowing with toys or a drawer stuffed with computer games. In 2017, it will be 16 years since I became a mother.  Whilst I was overjoyed at having a healthy baby boy, followed closely by a beautiful little girl just 18 months later, I still recall ... read more

Gotta love this bunny...

17 Christmas gifts that just keep giving…

Are you looking for some quirky Christmas gifts?  Then read on.  I present to you, Caro's inaugural Christmas gift guide. Catering to the person looking to buy something a bit different for family and friends... Something that will make them snort with laughter, wince with derision or head immediately to Ikea... Given the number of ... read more

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The (not so) mysterious case of the missing Freckles

The wonders and joys of being a dog owner.  Read on. If you're contemplating buying a puppy for Christmas, this might make you think twice... Once upon a time there was a sweet but slightly wicked Cavoodle named Blossom. She lived with her family on the lower North Shore of Sydney in Australia. Blossom loved her life. Her family ... read more

Doing "nothing" and enjoying it.

How to get your kids to down tools and head outside…

Today my book Caro & Co ~ Helping Kids Find Wonder in the Everyday finally goes on sale. To celebrate, I thought I'd share some ideas on how we as parents or carers can actually get our kids out the door and build on a love of nature & outdoors and to experience wonder at little or no cost. Five Simple Things: Mix the ... read more

Dirt is good!

12 reasons to turf your kid outside…

I believe there may well be a silent movement afoot.  Parents are again starting to realise how important it is to replace large slabs of their kids' screen time with a healthy dose of green time each day and we would also appear to be understanding that it doesn't need to be hard...It's not that we're trying to turn our children into ... read more