Emilie in Paris

THURSDAY THOUGHTS
My thoughts on child birth
I was on the phone to Courtney the other night and we were laughing about how people can have such different attitudes towards child birth. There is a world of difference between the hippie town of Byron Bay and inner city Paris! Here is my theory: for me birth is a bit like a long-haul ...
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BEAUTY
My favourite cruelty-free skincare products
My daughter has started developing her activist streak and it is really making me think about my shopping habits and attitudes. I absolutely agree with her that testing on animals is not a great thing, but have to admit I can easily forget to think about it when out shopping. But seeing the earnestness in ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
One of my rules
One of the reasons I like writing posts for Babyccino is because it gives me a chance to stop and think and analyse my parenting philosophies. So often when I tell my kids to do something and they ask me why, my answer is the same as every parent since the dawn of time: because I ...
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KIDS
Beautiful, European-style shoes at Munchkin et Moi
Shoes -- we cannot live without them so we might as well embrace them! Here in continental Europe we have some very specific styles of shoes for children. I swear you can often recognise a European child by the kind of shoes he/she is wearing! We like brogues, buckled shoes and shoes that get passed ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
The flap between my girls' rooms
Renovating a flat has been a fun, if a bit stressful event in my life. I had no idea how all consuming it was going to be. I spent nights pinning on Pinterest, researching flats in every corner of the world, searching for inspiration and checking out every possible Ikea hack there was in the ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
When to consider speech therapy and other types of educational support
About a year ago my youngest daughter, who was holding a book, turned to me and said, "Mommy, it is really interesting -- I can see this letter in my head, but I cannot manage to write it on a piece of paper". I was intrigued, and like a good French person, went straight to ...
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SHOPUP
The London 2016 ShopUp (a recap in photos)
The London ShopUp wrapped up last night and it was, if I may say so, our best one yet! Even the weather was kind to us this year with not a single cloud in the sky (our rain curse must finally be over!). We had more than 3,000 visitors stop by, browse, shop and say hello. What a ...
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THE SHOPUP
Powder Byrne -- and the chance to win a family ski holiday!
We are literally counting down to the ShopUp over here at Babyccino and I am super excited to introduce you to yet another one of our amazing sponsors -- the luxury family travel specialist Powder Byrne. Powder Byrne has been creating the perfect ski holidays for families for more than 30 years, so these guys know what ...
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COOK BOOKS AND MAGAZINES
Little Dish -- sponsors of our London ShopUp event
A while ago, I was sent a cook book by the lovely Little Dish Team. Honestly, it is still one of my main go-to books for when I need inspiration for a well-balanced, easy to make meal (you know the way you sometimes get into a rut of always cooking the same thing? It happens ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites: Water bottles
I was having a chat to my kids the other day about the environment and the amount of unnecessary waste we produce. One of my pet peeves is plastic water bottles. So we are going to try and make a concerted effort of taking a water bottle with us when we are out and about, instead ...
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WEEKEND GETAWAYS
Weekend Getaway: Edinburgh
When I visited Edinburgh for the first time it was in the middle of February. It was cold and dark and wet -- but it was so beautiful. The cold and the darkness suited the city and there was always a warm, cosy pub close by if we needed to warm up. I loved it ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Our annual Holiday Gift Guides!
I am literally still finding places to stash the Halloween candies away... and holiday season is already slowly making its way into our consciousness. To top it all off, it has even started snowing in Paris! Not long and it did not settle -- but enough to get us into the mood and bring out ...
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BABY ESSENTIALS
Minois Paris natural baby products
Our lovely Paris City Guide writer Lara, has a beautiful baby boy called Oscar and like every new mama, she is getting to know all the wonderful products that are out there for young babies. After all, there is nothing like a sweet smelling baby! Lara recently discovered a new French label called Minois Paris, a natural skincare ...
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RECIPES
Mint Syrup -- a video and recipe
This summer in the country Esther and I decided to see if we could create some of our own mint syrup. You see, Sirop à la Menthe is the ubiquitous summer drink for French children. The original version is luminous green and you will find it at every cafe in France. It is oddly refreshing ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
The power of the embarrassing parent!
My kids are wonderful (of course I would say that), strong willed, independent little women and on the whole, they are easy to get along with. But there are moments where they seem to feel that, by repeating over and over and over again that they want a packet of chocolate eggs in the isle of ...
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KIDS
Little Pushkin
This summer was wonderful, and we had some great times hanging out with Esther and her family (sadly it feels already sooo far away now).  First in the country, then in the city – I think our kids are now so used to each other that they just all bundle together and get on with ...
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OUT OF TOWN
Arcachon - the perfect French beachside holiday
One of my favourite places in the world is the French Atlantic coast around Bordeaux. The food is amazing, the wine is plentiful and delightful ;) and the water is perfect – the waves are powerful enough to make you jump and spin you around, and the temperature is refreshing but not freezing. Basically I ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Thursday Thoughts: Cooking and kids
This summer we have been cooking a lot. Nothing special or extravagant - but simple, good food that you don't need recipes for. I wanted my kids (now 10 and 8) to be able cook a full meal: starter, main and desert, without a recipe book. Here is my thinking:  We visit so many friends ...
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RECIPES
Mousse au chocolat
In my campaign to get my kids to know some cooking recipes by heart and to hopefully be able to just whip them up whenever the occasion arises (I think that might be wishful thinking ;)), I stumbled over a recipe for a timeless mousse au chocolat on the back of a chocolate tablet. We have ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Upcycle Clothes - together with the Funky Peas
My kids are hopefully going to stop growing soon. Not only because my eldest, who is now 10 is almost as big as I am (!) but also because of the amount of clothes they go through is just simply extraordinary. I was talking to my friend Michelle about this the other day and we ...
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FUN
Practising English with Storytime Magazine
Bringing up bi-lingual, multinational kids has many advantages. The main one being that, from a young age, they speak two languages fluently, without thinking about it. But I have had to put some work into it. Speaking English whilst living in France was relatively easy -- I just had to be strict (mostly with myself) ...
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EAT
Maison Plisson
On the Boulevard Beaumarchais, just down the road from some of our favourite shops, be it the famed Merci, the lovely children's shop Bonton or Soeur, you will find one of my current favourite places: Maison Plisson a restaurant, bakery, and deli all in one. The products are without exception fabulous. Mostly local, it is ...
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HEALTH & CARE
Papier d'Arménie
I am a complete sucker for sweet, old products - there is something so comforting about mints in a tin box or a pad of old school writing paper. In French we have a word for it: intemporel. Papier d'Arménie falls into this category. I had seen it in pharmacies and shops plenty of times, ...
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AMSTERDAM
Photoshoot in Amsterdam by Christina Schumacher
A few weeks ago, now that Courtney is back in our hemisphere, we all met up in Amsterdam and had two days of meetings, brain storming, dinners and laughs. I really do love these girls! We now know each other so well that we truly are family and, as we are all such strong characters, ...
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