Esther in Amsterdam

KIDS
Marie Puce new spring collection (and setting up our Easter tree)
Amsterdam is in full spring bloom! The city fields and roadsides are sprinkled with daffodils and flower stands are overflowing with tulips. Our house is all of a sudden so bright and colourful, with loads of that beautiful crisp, early-year sunshine beaming in and tons of little vases and baskets with flowers scattered about. I love this time ...
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PREGNANCY
Welcome sweet baby Wilkie!
And finally on Saturday the much awaited newest Babyccino baby was born: in the water, surrounded by his family and siblings, there he was: Willem (Wilkie) Sutley Adamo. We are all so super happy and proud, and wish we could just beam ourselves up to Byron Bay to hold him and kiss him and give his mama ...
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LOCAL TIPS
Tips from a local: Mathieu in Oud-West
Mathieu Garnier is a French lad living in the Oud West neighbourhood together with his German fiancée Talke and their two young daughters Dita and Hila. Mathieu is the co-founder of Holiday Sitters, a brand new company which provides (traveling) families in Amsterdam with babysitting services in the family's native language. I'm so excited to share his tips of ...
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LOCAL TIPS
Tips from a local: Aaf in Watergraafsmeer
Aaf Brandt Corstius is a mother of two and a well-known Dutch writer and columnist. She lives in the once rural Watergraafsmeer, where many rich city merchants had their country seats in the 17th century. Nowadays, the rural character has all but disappeared and Watergraafsmeer is part of trendy East Amsterdam, where many hip and special places can be ...
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PREGNANCY
The Dutch (home) birth box
In light of Courtney's latest post and her plan for a beautiful home birth, I thought to tell you about something special we have here in the Netherlands: the 'birth box'. In our country, giving birth is considered a natural happening, not a medical one. Home births are still fairly common (around one in 8 women ...
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LOCAL TIPS
Tips from a local: Frances in Weesperzijde
Frances Shoemack is a mother of two boys and the founder of Abel, the world's first fragrance made from 100% natural ingredients. Originally from New Zealand, she and her family now live in the hip and happening Weesperzijde neighbourhood, located on the east shore of the Amstel river. We're so happy with the tips she has ...
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CHAPTER BOOKS
David's top ten book list (great for boys aged 10 to 15)
David is the 11-year-old son of my friend Kim. Kim, Courtney and I met when our babies (David, Easton and Sara) were around 6 months old, when we would take them to French class in Swiss Cottage (London). Right now, I'm thinking -- why on earth did we feel it was important to take our ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Cotton Twist's cute customisable invites
Birthdays are such highlights for children -- the anticipation of the weeks (months!) ahead, the days leading up to it... Thinking of which presents to ask, what party theme to choose, which friends to invite, preparing the invites for the big day. It is all so exciting and makes children feel so very special. We already know ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Cooking for a big group of people
Tamar's birthday was a few weeks ago. Because his birthday is so close after the Christmas and New Year celebrations, we don't always know if we feel like celebrating with even more food and drinks. So I waited 'til pretty much last minute until deciding I was up for organising a party... but in the end I did ...
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RECIPES
A healthy and hearty vegetable and bean soup
Wintery Fridays are lazy days for us. We spend the afternoon at the manege for horse riding lessons, then we stop at our local shop to pick up bread, cheese and dips. We put on our pyjamas, light a fire, and watch a film together (or recently, we have been following the Dutch edition of ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Tuesday Tips: the toothbrush ABCs
This is a little tip/trick I learned from Courtney when we were still living in London. Easton and Sara were both tiny little toddlers, playing so sweetly together (if they weren't pulling each other's hair out). We would meet up for dinner ever so often, feed our babies their purees, give them their baths together and ...
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LOCAL TIPS
Tips from a local: Joanna in Haarlemmerbuurt
Joanna is a Brit married to a Dutchman and they live in one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods of Amsterdam together with their two little girls. Their neighbourhood is called the Haarlemmerbuurt and their house is squeezed in between the Brouwersgracht (voted the most beautiful canal in Amsterdam) and The Haarlemmerstraat/dijk (often voted the best shopping ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Making snowflakes, and some thoughts about embracing the seasons
Christmas is over, the New Year has been rung in -- it is January. It's slowly getting lighter, but it's still freezing cold and we're hoping for snow. Perhaps this is what the first months of the year are all about -- bundling up and going outside to play in the cold, and then retreating ...
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COOK BOOKS AND MAGAZINES
Little Tables -- Breakfasts from around the World
According to this article, Dutch children enjoy one of the happiest childhoods in the world, and one of the reasons given for this is the fact that many of them start their morning with 'hagelslag' (chocolate sprinkles) on their bread. I'm not sure how much influence the exact sort of breakfast has on the overall happiness of ...
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HOUSEKEEPING, ORGANIZATION AND TIPS
Stuffel -- a clever storage solution for all those little Lego pieces.
Do you have a Lego obsessed child? And do you struggle to find a good storage solution for all those nasty little pieces? I have tried all sorts of baskets and boxes before. I have even tried boxes with different inserts so Lego could be organised according to shape and colour. But in the end, the one Lego ...
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TOYS & GAMES
The sweetest little felt Flower Fairies
Here in Amsterdam, we have a little shop I love. It is called De Zaailing, and it sells all sorts of beautiful and natural toys, clothes, crafting materials and books. On the counter, they keep a wicker basket full of the most beautiful little felt fairies -- perfect little presents for birthdays, or just because. My ...
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COLOURING AND ACTIVITY BOOKS
'Me' by Wee Gallery
Ava was recently given 'Me' by Wee Society, and it's such a lovely activity book -- perfect for her age now that she just started to read and write this school year. The book is actually a fill-in journal, with super cool kid-friendly illustrations. It challenges the child who is the owner of the book to ...
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CHRISTMAS RECIPES
Some yummy seasonal cookies
We love baking during the Christmas season and these two cookie recipes we make every year. Speculaas (just like pepernoten) are very specific to December as we relate them to Sinterklaas, but where pepernoten really only hit the scene when the Saint is in town, we like to enjoy speculaas the rest of the year as ...
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PICTURE BOOKS
Illuminature, a magical discovery of some of the world's most diverse habitats
We are big fans of the British publisher Wide Eyed Editions. Their books are always so educative and informative, tapping into children's (and adults'!) natural curiosity for the world around them. They are also known for working with some of the worlds most talented illustrators, making their books not only a feast for the brain, but also ...
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KIDS
The best basics! From Mabo Clothier
This is the time of year when I'm on the hunt for great pyjamas, cosy lounge wear, good layering pieces, warm underwear... We spend more time inside, so we want to be comfortable, and when we are outside in the cold, we want to be warm! The cute collection of mabo basics ticks all of the ...
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MAMA
Personalised jewellery from Merci Maman. The perfect present!
Did you write your letter to Santa yet? It's not too late to tell him about the gorgeous personalised jewellery from Merci Maman! ; ) Merci Maman is the brainchild of French mama Béatrice, who started engraving jewellery from her kitchen table in London, and now leads a team of twenty together with her husband ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Easy December craft: 3D paper snowflakes
I took the children to school yesterday and noticed that Pim's classroom was so beautifully decorated with the prettiest paper snowflakes hanging from the ceiling. All white and delicate -- it looked so lovely and festive! I asked him to show us how they had made them later at home, which he did. It is super ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
A DIY wooden warrior friend from Conscious Craft
Over the summer my children received this cool wooden ninja construction kit, available from one of my favourite toys & crafts shops, Conscious Craft. It was a curious little package -- a box full of wooden construction pieces, steel bolts, and allen keys. Thankfully a clear instruction leaflet was included, or otherwise we would have been lost. Because DIY kits ...
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FOOD
Yummy tea for the entire family
It's getting darker, wetter and chillier here in Amsterdam. Time to spend more time inside with cosy candles and big pots of tea on the table! Our children love tea as well, so I'm always on the look-out for tanine-free concoctions that we all love. The vanilla-rooibos tea from Løv has been very popular in our ...
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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)
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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
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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
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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
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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!
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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
2 days ago
Check out the DIY to make those beautiful painted leaf skeletons on the blog today! Use them as gift wrapping decorations, make lovely bookmarks - or just frame them, they're so beautiful. Thanks @soloskates for this cool project! Link in profile
2 days ago
You will love the gorgeous selection of kids clothing and accessories from @egemgem (like those adorable bunny hoodies!)They currently offer a 15% discount on their whole online shop for Babyccino members - and for the very lucky families who live in LA, they will also be at @theshopup on April 23&24th! We can't wait to check out their great finds from around the world! #babyccinoboutiques #newshop #theshopup #theshopupLA
3 days ago
Two days to go before Mother's Day in the UK! We're celebrating motherhood this week with @impossible_hq, sharing Polaroid snaps of moments of our life as women and mothers. Today, 2 photos from Courtney - one day sitting around awaiting a baby, and two days later holding her tiny babe in her arms...#makerealphotos #putherfirst
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For your Mother's Day cards, check out the beautiful ones from @papier! They donate 30p from the sale of every Mother's Day card to Breast Cancer Haven, a charity who they've supported for the last 6 months that does amazing work for people going through breast cancer treatment #babyccinoboutiques
4 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.
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