Emilie in Paris

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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PLACES TO VISIT
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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SEE
Bagatelle Gardens
Lara, our new Paris contributor, went for a stroll around the beautiful Bagatelle Gardens, located in the Bois de Boulogne. A perfect place to wander around on a hot summer day! "Le Parc de Bagatelle" is located in the Bois de Boulogne, one of Paris' two woods (the other one being the Bois de Vincennes). ...
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SHOP
Soeur
The concept of being chic starts early in Paris. As you can imagine even little girls have an innate sense of style, so their older sisters are off the chart! Luckily enough there is now a shop just catering to the 10-14 bracket. Soeur was opened by two sisters, one, the co-founder of Bonton and ...
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PARIS CITY GUIDE
Getting around Paris
Paris is actually relatively small compared to LA or London (relative is an important part of this sentence), so my favourite way of getting around is on foot. It is the perfect way to discover the city... if you have the time. If not, here are some pointers for the other modes of transportation: Buses: The buses ...
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PLAY
Parc de la Villette
If you happen to be in the north of Paris do check out the great outside play park at La Villette. La Villette is the place you can find the fantastic Science Museum for kids. There are more than 10 different themed gardens at La Villette -- the one my kids loved is called "Jardin des ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
The big phone debate
Apologies for another post on the mobile phone debate. The thing is - it is at the forefront of our minds as our eldest kids are approaching the equally feared and anticipated teenage years. It is also triggered by a recent survey that found that in the UK the average age for giving a child ...
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BEAUTY
Dr Jackson's Natural Skin Care
When the lovely Luisa from Niko and Ava told me about Dr Jackson at our LA ShopUp and described him (and I quote) as the "Indiana Jones" of skincare, I was more than intrigued. She very kindly sent me some of Dr Jackson's products to test and now I am not intrigued anymore. I am addicted! ...
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TRAVEL
Why I like camping
  When I mention camping to a lot of my friends, they look aghast. The idea of sleeping on the ground, in a tiny tent on top of each other without privacy and at the mercy of the elements, does not sound like a relaxing holiday. To a certain extent they are right; waking up ...
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FASHION
Milk & Biscuits
I discovered Milk and Biscuits a couple of years ago at Playtime in Paris. The collection looks so different from a lot of the other brands – bright bold prints, original fun designs and beautiful fabrics made the clothes stand out. So I got chatting to Kate, the designer, who was just launching her line -- ...
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FOR MUMS
New YouTube video: A DIY gym bag tutorial
Here is without any further ado our latest YouTube video! Esther had been sent some beautiful fabrics by Little Cube so we got together to make some sweet little gym bags for our kids. We really had a lot of fun making them and wanted to share this tutorial with you. We experimented and tried ...
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FOR MUMS
Thursday Thoughts: I think I quite like my wrinkles
Being around 40 is an interesting thing because, there is no denying it at this point - I am now officially a grown up, a fact that I have been trying to ignore! It is also quite confronting as my features are changing, and no matter how much cream I splash on, age is changing my ...
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SEE
Jardin des Plantes
Paris can get pretty wet and cold in the winter and sometimes it is nice to be able to seek refuge inside. One of our favourite city adventures in the winter time is a visit to the Jardin des Plantes. It is one of Paris' largest parks (which does not mean a lot ;)) and also ...
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FASHION
Age to Come
My daughter Coco has two distinct requirements when it comes to her clothes: comfy and cool! This luckily enough seems to be the same philosophy as the new label Age to Come Apparel. This capsule collection of cotton, easy-to-wear items fits the bill perfectly. One of our favourite items is the cute, reversible cape, that can be ...
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PARENTING
Thursday Thoughts: The almost teenager
I have always had a healthy fear of my children turning into teenagers -- probably based on my personal experience of being one! But I have found it fascinating, not at all scary, to watch Coco, who is now 10, swing wildly between being a child and a teenager. Esther and I were talking about it ...
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FOOD
Apple Streusel Kuchen
A lot of things surprised my parents when they first moved to Germany as a young couple (no music playing between 12-3pm everyday, no greeting random strangers on the streets), but there was one custom they adopted immediately: the Sunday afternoon cake. The Sunday afternoon cake was, and hopefully still is, one of the best ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
My girls' shared bedroom
I wanted to share with you some pictures of my daughters' room, as it is sadly very likely going to have to change. The girls are starting to get too tall to fit into their space. You see, the girls have always shared a room, as do a lot of children in Paris. Our flats ...
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Snack trading is a very serious business and it looks like the negotiation is not over yet ️Thanks for the cute picture @estherbabyccino (tap for details!)
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If you love Liberty fabric, check out the new homewares collection from @cocoandwolf with Little B - simply gorgeous
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So glad to be able to share this wonderful video from @theshopup! We just can't stop watching those happy little girls twirling in their beautiful dressesThank you @aliceandames
1 day ago
Have a happy weekend everyone It still feels like summer here in Amsterdam! (the cute white horse is from @mammacouture, and the other one is handmade by Esther, link to the blog post in profile!)
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On the blog today discover the cool fashion from @littlepushkin_com, a kids clothing brand with a mission to inspire, free and electrify!️Link in profile!#spon
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This one is for you, UK mums! Did you know that you can now collect points on all those nappies and wipes you buy for your little ones? Just download the #PampersClub app, then all you have to do is to scan your receipt, get points and exchange them for rewards! For every £1 you spend on Pampers nappies or wipes, you’ll receive 10 Pampers Club points with the app.And if you download it today (23rd Sept), you'll receive double bonus points (that's 1,000 points, YAY!)Link in profile! #spon
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What comes next after a great #TheShopUp event in New York? Big hugs and cute goodies for the girls! (those clogs) Tap for details!
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We love that you can wear this stylish Gemma dress from @hatchgal before, during and after the baby bump! And it comes in different pretty fabrics, follow the link in profile for all the details#babyccinopickoftheday #spon
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To celebrate the launch of Go Gos, their new yummy snack (mini oats biscuits!), @littledishuk has partnered with @iwishiwasakids to create personalised hero capes! More on the blog, link in profile️
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Maltby Street is a bustling food market in South East London, with an impressive selection of high quality food and drink stalls. It's perfect for a nice family outing! All details are in our London city guide- link in profile 🇬🇧 #babyccinocityguides #london
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