Courtney in Australia

TUESDAY TIPS
Tuesday Tips: What to pack in your hospital bag
As I wrote last week, we are hoping to welcome our baby at home (there is a big inflatable birth pool in my bedroom as I write this! on the eve of my due date no less!), so I have not even packed a hospital bag. Everything we need for the birth and for the baby ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Would you let your children watch your birth?
I have always loved the idea of a homebirth -- the thought of staying in the comfort and cosiness of my own space, of lighting candles and playing music, of never having to leave my family, of snacking on food from my cupboards, and of crawling back into my own bed once the baby has ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Eco-friendly wooden toys from Wooden Story
A few months ago, here in a cute shop in my little town, I discovered the beautiful, natural wooden blocks set by Polish company Wooden Story. These blocks, like all of the wooden toys by Wooden Story, are hand made in the Beskidy Mountains of Poland from environmentally sourced wood. Beeswax and botanical oils give ...
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LOCAL TIPS
Tips from a local: Celia in Hampstead
Celia Muñoz is a mama of five and the founder/designer of the beautiful children's clothing brand, La Coqueta. She and her family live in a pretty Georgian home in the historic north London neighbourhood of Hampstead, and her charming boutique is located just down the road in the village. A true Hampstead local! We are so thrilled ...
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WEEKEND GETAWAYS
Weekend Getaway: Cape Town, South Africa
I have never been to South Africa, but it's most definitely high on our list of places to visit. Especially now that I've read this beautiful, extensive guide from local mama Sophie Pirlot de Corbion.  Sophie is originally Belgian, is a mum of three girls, and has been living in South Africa for four years ...
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FASHION
Free Babes Handmade becomes Wunderkin Co. and launches a new collection of hair bows!
My girls haven't worn hair accessories since we arrived to beachy, bohemian Byron Bay, but seeing these gorgeous photos makes me want to go back to the days where I spent a bit more time on their hair and accessorised their outfits with matching hair bows! How pretty are the colours and fabrics pictured above? ...
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STYLE
My favourite brands from Byron Bay
There are roughly 9,000 people who live here in Byron Bay -- just over 30,000 if you include all the surrounding towns that make up all of Byron Shire. It is tiny! And yet, this little town is brimming with creative talent and beautiful brands. From designer furniture to stylish sandals, beach umbrellas to bikinis, and a ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Luggy baskets from Olli Ella
My friend, Chloe, creative director and co-founder of Olli Ella, came up to Byron over the January school holidays with her family and we got to hang out with them for a week of summertime adventures. It's so fun having visitors here to show around, as it reminds us of how beautiful this area is -- ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
What to name our 5th baby?!?
I have four weeks until our baby is due… and we still haven’t made any firm decisions on names. I am sure we are overcomplicating things and being far too picky, however this being our fifth baby, it feels extra difficult to come up with names we love. Also, when you don’t know the gender, it ...
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PREGNANCY
The Mama Bundle from Francis & Henry
I have recently been in touch with the lovely Aleksandra, founder and designer behind the new Polish label, Francis & Henry. Aleksandra is the eldest of eight children and a mama of two young boys (named Francis and Henry). Over email, we've bonded over our shared position as eldest in a big family and our many ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Some thoughts about stretch marks and accepting our 'imperfections'
Pregnancy-related stretch marks are a genetic reality in my family. My mom, who birthed five babies, has them, as did her mother, and I knew the chances were good that I would get them too. When I was pregnant with my first baby I remember using all of the creams and oils on the market ...
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WEEKEND GETAWAYS
Weekend Getaway: Byron Bay, Australia
We discovered Byron Bay during our first campervan journey up the east coast of Australia back in 2010. It rained every day during that visit, which kept us from spending time on Bryon's beautiful beaches, but forced us inland to discover its 'hinterland' -- a verdant countryside of rolling hills, secret swimming holes and charming towns. While Byron's beaches and surf scene ...
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BROOKLYN
Tips from a Local: Marissa in Williamsburg
Marissa Buick is a mother of two girls and the talented designer/founder of the beautiful children's brand, Soor Ploom. She and her family live on the Greenpoint/Williamsburg line in Brooklyn and explains that there are so many great spots in her neighbourhood, she rarely ever leaves! Her tips below make me excited for our next trip to ...
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LOCAL TIPS
Tips from a Local: Hillary in Notting Hill
Hillary Graves is founder of award-winning healthy children’s food brand Little Dish. She lives in Notting Hill with her husband Dean and her sons Monty and Ridley (aged 9 & 7). Here are her local tips: 1. Best date night restaurant: Six Portland Road, run by husband and wife team Oli & Ra Barker. The ...
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FASHION
A picnic with Yoli & Otis (and Ivy's fruit tart recipe)
A couple weeks ago I teamed up with my friend, Lena, from the beautiful clothing brand, Yoli & Otis, and we decided to have a little picnic in the shade of the macadamia trees one sunny afternoon. Ivy insisted on baking one of her famous fruit tarts, which we very happily accepted as picnic fare ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Organic cotton baby quilts from Little Indi
A couple months ago I received a sweet email from Julia Kreienbühl, a young mama and textile designer from Switzerland. She wrote to introduce me to her range of beautiful organic blankets and her online boutique, Little Indi. I loved Julia's pretty textiles immediately and knew our readers would too. Julia sent me a baby blanket ...
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PARENTING
Baby gender, orgasmic births and other unsolicited pregnancy advice
I have always really enjoyed the social aspect of pregnancy. I love that a baby bump seems to break down barriers between people, making it easier for strangers to strike up conversation. Pregnancy provides an easy talking point, and one that many people can relate to and enjoy speaking about. Personally, I love talking about ...
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MATERNITY
Maternity Basics Bundle from Storq
One of my favourite clothing discoveries during this pregnancy has been the wonderful and handy basics bundle from Storq. The bundle, which consists of four wardrobe staples (a simple dress, leggings, skirt and tank) has just what you need for both practicality and comfort. I have been sleeping in the tank, doing yoga in the leggings, and wearing the dress ...
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FOR MUMS
Happy holidays! And some favourite posts from 2016...
Oh what a busy month it's been! With all the holiday festivities and Christmas preparations, the past month has sped by and we can't believe the Christmas holidays are here already. It's time to slow down now and enjoy this magical season with family and friends. We wanted to wish you all a very happy holiday ...
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FASHION
Handmade knitwear from Mouse In The House
How beautiful are the images above? The gorgeous embroidered knitwear is from a Seattle-based brand called Mouse In The House, which I discovered while I was in the Pacific Northwest earlier this year. The brand was created by husband and wife team, Ashley and Scott Jensen, who aim to create quality heirloom pieces that can ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Beautiful children's bedding from Sōm New York
At the New York ShopUp event this past September, I was approached by mother and designer, Hae Jeong, who mentioned to me that she was about to launch a small collection of children's bedding. She had a few items with her in a tote bag, which she very sweetly (and slightly nervously!) brought out to ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites: 7 Nursing and Maternity Bras
A couple months ago we received an email from a reader asking us to share our favourite nursing bras. Esther and I both wanted to recommend the Elle Macpherson nursing bras we both used for all four of our babies, but when I started to look online, I realised that, apart from a few exceptions like Amazon and ...
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FASHION
TWOTHIRDS -- a discount (and free shipping) in time for Christmas!
TwoThirds is a Spanish brand of men's, women's and children's clothing and accessories. This Barcelona-based brand is devoted to sustainability and our environment with all products crafted in Europe and the majority made from organic or recycled materials, making them entirely or partly recyclable and or biodegradable. There is also a surf and ocean-inpsired vibe ...
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BABY ESSENTIALS
The best gender-neutral baby essentials
I've had several friends reach out over the years asking for my no-fuss, must-buy list of newborn essentials. I remember one of my best friends from college sent me an email asking me for a list of things she should buy as well as a list of things she should not. I loved that she ...
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Spring cleaning has never looked so good! Check out our natural, cute and eco-friendly finds this week in this very fresh and clean Top Ten (even kids can pretend cleaning the house with these child-size mop and bucket🤗!)Tap for details or follow the link in profile for more info!#babyccinotopten #springcleaning #spring
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@som_newyork range of swaddles, baby bedding, bath capes and duvet covers is exclusively made from double and triple layer 100% cotton gauze, and available in a gorgeous palette of neutral tones. A haven for those seeking both minimalist design and comfort! And good news for our LA mums - you will be able to shop their beautiful collection at @theshopup on April 23rd and 24th! #babyccinoboutiques #newshop #TheShopUp #theshopupLA
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We couldn't keep this to ourselves - the make up from @gayacosmetics is made of 100% natural ingredients and chemical, paraben and fragrance-free! And they don’t test on animalsMore in the link in profile, thanks for sharing Polona @babyjungleshop!
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If you're seeking unique, special clothing for babies and toddlers, check out @marlonandlittlefriends adorable collection! Classic (yet modern!) heirloom hand knit pieces, but also restored vintage clothing carefully sourced in France and the UK - everything is beautifully nostalgic, with a perfect mix between old and new!#babyccinoboutiques #newshop
23 hours ago
Spring is in the air and it feels SO good! Esther and her kids just set up their Easter tree (we love this sweet tradition!) and she shares today on the blog beautiful photos full of sunshine of @mariepuceparis new spring collection. Simple and stylish, with lovely summery colours and cute details - have a look! (link in profile)
1 day ago
Find a wonderful collection of carefully selected items for babies, children and their homes at @seedfactory! Those wooden legos - we just want them now!#babyccinoboutiques #newshop
1 day ago
Happy Mother's Day to all you mums and mums-to-be in the UK! How about suggesting your kids to make those delicious lemon squares? Crunchy at the bottom and tart and gooey on the top, they're a perfect treat for this special day!(link in profile) #babyccinoeats
2 days ago
Hello LA mums! Have you saved the date? Join us for for our ShopUp event at @thespringsla on April 23 & 24 from 10am! A free, fun family event with over 30 children's boutiques from around the world, sweet activities to keep your little ones entertained, and delicious food and drinks. See you there! (participating shops and info -> link in profile)@TheShopUp #TheShopUpLA
2 days ago
Did you know that you could now do home exchanges with like-minded families, all over the world, on @kidandcoe? It's really easy and flexible (you can do the exchange at different times). Check it out!
3 days ago
It's the beginning of tulip season! 2 years ago Courtney shared the tulip tips she has learned from her dad over the years (she grew up in a tulip farm, after all!), and we thought now would be a perfect time to share them with you again. How to keep your tulips beautiful as long as possible, link in profile
3 days ago
Our 2nd live shopping event in Brooklyn was amazing! Great shopping, delicious treats, tons of kids activities and a super cool family photo booth!
3 months ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
5 months ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
5 months ago
Here we show you how to harvest rhubarb from the garden, and make it into a delicious compote. If you make oatmeal at the same time, you have made a delicious and nutritious breakfast that your family will love! (Ours do!)
8 months ago
This gym bag is such a fun and easy project, also for beginners this is a nice sewing project. Esther, Emilie and the kids had so much fun going to the market choosing all the supplies. The fabrics from Little Cube are the cutest!
10 months ago
Our first live shopping event in Brooklyn was a great success. We loved seeing the best boutiques under one roof, combined with great food and fun activities...and some dancing! Hope to see everyone this year again on September 18th & 19th at 501 Union, 501 Union Street in Brooklyn.
1 year ago
Hi guys! Here Bethie and I are showing you how to prepare a super easy dish that your family will love -- a video we bring to you in cooperation with Abel & Cole, deliverer of fabulous food boxes filled to the brim with organic freshness! Here's the list of ingredients:a royal 1 tbsp of olive oil1 butternut squash1 red onion2 red peppers2 garlic cloves4 vine tomatoes150g quinoasea salt & freshly ground pepper300 ml vegetable stock2 tbsp red wine vinegar25g raisins80g black olivesAnd for the garnish:a handful of chervilfeta (optional)Directions:Peel your butternut squash. Cut in half and scoop out the seeds. Chop the flesh into 1cm chunks.Peel and cut the onion into thick slices. Cut the pepper in half and scoop out the seeds and white pith. Chop into bitesized pieces. Peel and thinly slice the garlic. Roughly chop the tomatoes.Rinse the quinoa under cold water to remove any bitterness.Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large heavy based pan. Tip in all the veg and quinoa. Pour in the veg stock and the red wine vinegar. Add the raisins and the olives. Season with salt and pepper.Pop on a lid and cook for 30-40 mins until the squash is soft and the sauce thick. Stir every now and then during cooking.Scatter over the chervil (or flat leaf parsley leaves) and serve in warm bowls. Top with crumbled feta if you like!A super colourful, super easy and super delicious dish for taste buds of all ages!Bon appétit!
1 year ago
Here Courtney joins Maureen from Pipsticks (www.pipsticks.com) to show you how to make a Superhero costume, including wristbands, a mask and a superhero cape! This fun and easy DIY is perfect for Halloween or any time your little ones need a costume to match their exciting superhero adventures! For additional info, you can find the DIY for the superhero wristbands on the Pipsticks site here: http://pipsticks.com/blogs/news/tagged/superhero
1 year ago
We show you what we have in our carry-on bags when we fly. This was filmed in Brooklyn when all three of us where together without our families. Needless to say, we had a lot of fun!
1 year ago
Here we show how to create two French braids in your daughter's hair. Achieve a sweet and classic look with this easy hair tutorial.
1 year ago