Esther in Amsterdam

TOYS & GAMES
Sweet stocking fillers (and the cutest clothes and toys!) from Lublue
It's the time of year to think about stocking stuffers! Even though we don't traditionally hang stockings in the Netherlands, I have happily adopted the custom after living in the US and the UK. I remember sitting at our table in London and sewing our stockings from fabric remnant I had cheaply gotten at the John Lewis curtain department ...
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KIDS ROOMS
Whimsical felted fairies from Dorimu
Živa and Saša from Dorimu are a sweet couple from Austria who together create the most whimsical little works of art -- tiny (tiny!) little needle-felted fairies. Made from wire, thread and wool and with details made of pearls, the little fairies are so stunningly beautiful. They sit on little pieces of driftwood, and have a clever ...
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KIDS
A Christmas Box of YAY! from ShortStitch
We have written about the great convenience of the ShortStich private shopping service before. The idea is that you fill out the (very straightforward) questionnaire to indicate what sort of occasion or activity your child needs clothes for (for example school, sports, or party), and a personal stylist will put together a box of clothes, taking into account ...
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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
Our activity advent calendar -- redesigned and ready to print!
Two years ago I started our first activity advent calendar and it has quickly become a firm family tradition. The children are so excited each morning of advent -- taking turns to open an envelope and discovering what special thing we'll be doing that day. This year, I wanted to make a bit more of ...
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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
KalenderHaus, a beautiful advent activity by Clever Gretel
We just enjoyed a lovely long weekend, in which we didn't do much more than cozying up inside our house in our pyjamas. The children played together endlessly -- they built huts, set up a shop, made a city on our living room floor using masking tape, set up their Playmobil horse farm, crafted mini ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Niddle Noddle at the London ShopUp (and some favourite gifts)
One of the things I really enjoy at our ShopUp events, next to the obviously GREAT shopping, is the community behind it. In London, our 4th (!!) ShopUp is coming up on the 4th and the 5th of December (so mark your agendas if you haven't done so already!) and I can't wait to hang out ...
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TRAVEL
A family trip to Marrakesh and the Atlas mountains
I can't believe it is over a year ago that we made a trip to beautiful Morocco. And for that entire year I've been meaning to write about it! But finally, here is recap of our week there. A week that left us deeply in love with Morocco! We arrived in Marrakesh midday on a Sunday, just ...
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HEALTH & CARE
When you have a premature baby...
This is a guest post by my friend Silke. She had two premature sons:  Max, born at 25 weeks and Felix, born at 28 weeks. She recently has put much effort into the launch of the Hearts Milk Bank, a not-for-profit social enterprise, which will soon operate in Greater London to fill the current shortages ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Lollipop year planners
I was in my friend Julie's lovely apartment the other day and as always I couldn't stop gazing at all the pretty things around me. She's just so creative and has such great style, it's apparent in every little corner of her house! One thing that struck me and which I thought was SO clever, ...
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AUTUMN CRAFTS
The seasonal table
In most nursery and early-years classrooms in the Netherlands you will find a corner set up to celebrate the seasons. In autumn it will be decorated with leaves, nuts and mushrooms, and children are welcome to play with it and decorate it with things they have found in nature. Also I grew up with the concept of 'the seasonal ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Cute Cubelings Pet Blocks from Brimful
It was Casper's birthday a few weeks ago, and sweet Annie from Brimful gave him the cutest present: these darling Pet Blocks by Cubelings, that are both building blocks and cute play characters. Casper is totally into blocks these days -- he loves stacking them and building all sorts of structures and houses, and then he ...
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KIDS
The sweetest fall/winter outfits from Waddler
Last week during the autumn break we visited the beautiful region of Puglia in Italy, located all the way south in the heel of the boot. For a few days we were staying in one of the characteristic local houses called 'trulli' -- very typical of the region and so, so pretty! One morning, Casper and Ava ...
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INTERVIEWS
5 Questions with Joke from Tokketok
I absolutely love paper. Seriously, I'm addicted -- sturdy notebooks, stylish correspondence cards, a pretty stack of patterned origami paper... I never seem to be able to resist a nice stationery product! So when the incredibly talented and stylish Joke from Tokketok, who I have been following for many years, launched her new stationery collection, I knew I was ...
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TABLEWARE
Engel + Famille Summerbelle bamboo tableware collection
My friend Sabien's company Engel is all about partying. It became well-known for its bunting, but nowadays Engel offers everything you need to celebrate and decorate: big pompoms, fun party hats, colourful garlands, pretty paper flowers and so much more -- it really is a party treasure cove. Engel also offers handy (and eco-friendly!) bamboo children's tableware: sweet little sets including a ...
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PARENTING
A blanket of love
Last February we received devastating news. Laurens, the 5-year-old son of friends here in Amsterdam, had suffered cardiac arrest while playing hide-and-seek in the hallway of the hotel the family was staying in during their skiing holiday in Switzerland. CPR was given until the ambulance arrived and Laurens was transferred to a hospital in the mountains and later to ...
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KIDS
Fall fashion from Orange Mayonaise
Orange Mayonaise is a Dutch boutique stocked to the brim with the latest kids' fashion. With nearly one hundred amazing brands represented, this shop is a great destination if you're looking for funky urban wear for your family! I especially like the fact that sizing goes up to 16 -- perfect if you're shopping for pre-teens like ...
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MAMA
HATCH fashion, for every woman!
It's becoming a bit of a tradition -- our seasonal Hatch shoot :). But this time it was extra fun, because we now had a pregnant belly to show! Doesn't Courtney look too cute in those black overalls? I just love how Hatch makes clothes look so good on pregnant as well as non-pregnant ladies ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites: 8 sturdy backpacks we love!
Do you love lists as much as we do? Whenever my eyes scout 'the 5 best..' or 'the 7 healthiest...' somewhere, I just have to read what is written. As if I'd be really, really be missing out on something if I didn't read! As you know, we only share about products we genuinely love here on Babyccino -- ...
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FASHION
#dogrowup
Even though the much-used #dontgrowup or #stopthetime hashtags are obviously meant in a sweet way, they always make me cringe a little. Of course we want our children to grow up -- we want them to flourish surrounded by love and support, to discover the world around them, to develop their own style, to build their characters -- guided by their parents ...
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FASHION
Wild & Gorgeous -- a new name, and a new collection for boys!
All mamas of little girls probably have heard of ilovegorgeous, the brand known so well for their beautiful girls clothing. If we need gorgeous party dresses for special occasions like weddings or birthdays (or just pretty clothes for everyday wear), we mamas know where to look! So here at Babyccino, we were super excited to hear about the recent rebrand of ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Hero capes! (From iwishiwasa for Little Dish)
We've been in contact with British brand Little Dish for a while now. They shared their fabulous family cookbook with us not so long ago, which Emilie reviewed here -- we love it!! Little Dish recently launched a new snack, the so-called GoGo biscuits -- tasty little treats that are made with wholegrain oats, flax and chia ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
A stick-themed 9th birthday party
Pim turned 9 in February, but something very sad happened in our close surroundings around that time, which made it difficult for me to get myself in the mood for organising a party back then. I kept postponing it, until suddenly I realised the end of the school year was near. Oops! So on the last day ...
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THE SHOPUP
NY ShopUp -- what a fabulous first day!
Courtney and I just arrived back to our hotel here in Brooklyn -- with sore throats and burning legs from talking and walking so much. But we couldn't be more pleased with the turn-out of our first day of the NY ShopUp 2016! It was so busy and bustling, with so many hip mamas and their darling kiddos (and handsome husbands)! ...
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BABY
Scrumptious collections from A Gifted Baby
Of course we have babies on our mind here at Babyccino. After Courtney's wonderful news, we can think of little else! Suddenly, all of our team is dreaming about pregnancy and newborns... How nice to be expecting a new Babyccino baby! A Gifted Baby is a New York-based online shop full of little wonders. Carefully curated, the ...
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We fell for the colourful tassels of this cosy Peruvian Chuyo hat from @wildwawa ! All their hats are made of 100% organic cotton and the colours are plant-based. The perfect way to keep your baby stylish and warm during winter (more details in link in profile)#babyccinopickoftheday #spon
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We're still on cloud nine after those wonderful two days spent in London for our 4th @theshopup! As promised, you can check out the best photos (there are so many!) and the recap on the blog, follow the link on our profile page ( @bigbanglightbox ) #TheShopUp
11 hours ago
That's a wrap! We're packing down our 4th London ShopUp and we couldn't be more happy and thankful about it! We had an amazing time and we've met so many wonderful families with their adorable children (seriously! those rosy cheeks and those eyelashes). Thank you to all who made it a success, shops, sponsors and visitors. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! Stay tuned, we will soon post a recap on the blog with plenty of photos! #TheShopUp ( @estherbabyccino @martina_longhi)
23 hours ago
Did we mention that the shopping was just at @theshopup this year? #TheShopUp
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Day two at @theshopup is in full swing! We love our little visitors️ (lucky babies who are about to get spoiled!🤗) #TheShopUp
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Right now at @theshopup: flowers, mistletoe and gorgeous stationery reunited by @tokketokstudio #TheShopUp
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Happy little girl at @theshopup playing with @sarahandbendrixkids wooden toys. It's still on until 5pm today, we're waiting for you! (photo credit @lugermad ) #TheShopUp
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This beautiful book talks about a little girl singing her way through the shadows of the woods, every morning, to get to her school bus stop. The illustrations are gorgeous! Read more on the blog (link in profile) or find it today at @theshopup at @niddlenoddleshop! Thanks @vanessagerbrandy for sharing it with us! #babyccinoreads
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Ho ho ho! Our very special guest will be back today at @theshopup - will you be there too? Doors open at 9:30am! Come for our 2nd and last day of shopping, delicious food and fun kids activities! (cutest from @littlelulubel) #TheShopUp
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A happy team after a happy (and busy!) day at @theshopup! A special and to @courtneyadamo!
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