Stylish bamboo plates from UNC
I recently came across these bamboo plates from Amsterdam based online boutique UNC (which stands for Urban Nature Culture) and thought they were too good not to share. I love the funky designs and the pretty blues! Bamboo is one of the most environmental friendly materials, suitable for hot and cold food and liquids, dishwasher ...
PLACES TO VISIT
Folegandros -- a tiny island on the Greek Cyclades
My friend Pepi, from the stylish, Athens-based boutique Alice on Board, has written a travel post on the Greek islands Sifnos and Serifos for us before, which left me dreaming of romantic white villages, beautiful sandy beaches and a sea as blue as sapphires. And made me adamant to plan a family visit to Greece soon! Pepi has written another island review for ...
Adorable pieces with Scandinavian heritage from Annaliv
Annaliv is a wonderful brand we've been working with for quite some time. Anna, the owner/designer, is from Denmark, and I feel like we have become friends over the years (we've regularly been seeing each other at trade shows and at our ShopUp events, and I've been following her beautiful instagram account for some years already too). ...
A week in Campania, Italy
Our school had scheduled an extra week of vacation in the month of June this year, which was such a welcomed treat! I loved that extra week -- still mid-season and therefore not too busy and less expensive to travel, and summery enough to fly to the south of Europe for a sunny destination. I had once ...
Five questions with Julie Marabelle from Famille Summerbelle
I have always admired the collections of Famille Summerbelle -- their famous family tree, the wallpapers, the amazing paper-cut maps (check out this video!), the stylish homewares -- it's all just so wonderful. Julie Marabelle -- the designer behind the brand -- is such an inspiring person. When Julie moved to Amsterdam a few years ago together with her husband Simon ...
Last week Ava and I created invites for her birthday party -- a last minute plan, so we had to work with the materials we had in the house. Since we had come up with a flower theme, we watercolored little flowers on white cards, and it was such a sweet activity with such cute results that ...
A flower party for Ava's 6th birthday
Last weekend, Ava finally celebrated her sixth birthday party with a few friends from her class. We had decided on a flower theme, which we thought would be cute for a bunch of 6-year-olds. It ended up being a lovely sunny day, and the flower party theme was so good (and so easy!). I always like ...
Five questions with Julie Kohlhoff from macarons
I remember being introduced to macarons 5 years ago when they first presented their collection at the local children's fashion fair here in Amsterdam. Julie and Veit, joined by their baby girl and Veit's mother, were presenting a different, interesting collection that really stood out -- with amazing double-knit fabrics they had developed themselves and intriguing, cool ...
A simple tip for sorting your laundry faster
How much time do you spend washing, folding and ironing laundry per week? Even with the help of my husband, my children and our cleaning lady, I still spend at least half a day a week working on it. If not more! I was just sorting through the laundry, and while folding the the boys' ...
Do you talk about sex with your children?
The other day, Courtney and I were discussing the way parents talk about sex with their children. How difficult this subject sometimes seems to be, and how easy people shy away from discussing it. Why is it, that something so beautiful and special can be so controversial at the same time? I don't know if ...
Adult fashion from Macarons!
You know how we're always wishing for some of the beautiful kids fashion brands we love to start making adult fashion? Well, lucky us -- one of our favourite labels, the German eco fashion brand Macarons, has recently come out with a small but fabulous line of their gorgeous jumpers in adult sizing! Fabricated in their signature double-knit, ...
Sissonne, a beautiful new brand from Portugal
During Sara's horse riding class and Pim's tennis class on Monday afternoons, I always have an hour to spend with my littler two -- and if the weather is nice we like to hang out at the terrace of the manege, which is located in the middle of the forest south of Amsterdam. We drink hot chocolate, throw ...
Introducing Lara in London
A few years ago, when Casper was still a little baby boy, I visited Courtney in London and we took a baby yoga class together from Nadia Narain at our old 'hangout' in Primrose Hill, TriYoga. At the end of the class we started chatting to a cute fellow mum, Lara Curry, who was there ...
Artis, an old and beautiful Zoo
One of the oldest zoos in Europe, Artis Royal Zoo was opened in 1851 and has a very beautiful setting, with stunning gardens, monumental 19th century buildings and it is right in the centre of the city. What's particularly special about Artis is that many of the animal enclosures are actually integrated and housed within the historic architecture -- making ...
Sowing seeds and planting beans in pretty paper plant pots
Last weekend we went to an outdoor food and craft market here in Amsterdam, and we came across a beautiful stand full of bags filled with dried beans in every size and colour, coming from every corner of the world. The children were completely captivated by the beauty and origin of all of these beans, ...
Darling Dotty Dungarees
I love dungarees on little children. They are just so cute to look at, and so practical for crawling babies, trotting toddlers or climbing kids! They are easy to layer, making them ideal to wear all year round. The one clothing item I have continuously dressed my children in for the past 10 years, passing them on from sibling to ...
May give-aways, enter now!
The end of May is nearing. Time to enter our monthly give-aways if you haven't done so already! We have some awesome prizes lined up that e're pretty sure you don't want to miss out on: A $150 giftcard to spend on gorgeous Hatch clothing for the stylish mama -- we absolutely love those easy ...
HOME AND DÉCOR
The stories of Fiep Westendorp on Storytiles
Fiep Westendorp is a name that all Dutch people know. She was the sweet lady who so creatively illustrated the famous stories of the late Annie MG Schmidt, one of the Netherlands' most famous children book writers. Fiep Westendorp came up with the clever silhouettes of Jip and Janneke, and is as responsible for their fame as ...
Niko + Ava, a boutique full of special fashion finds
At the beginning of the year, when Emilie and I were visiting the Playtime trade-show in Paris, we bumped into a beautiful, pregnant lady called Luisa, and her handsome husband and darling little boy Niko. We instantly had a click (you know how you sometimes have that with people?) and we became friends on the ...
Feather Down Farms: a weekend stay on a farm
A couple of weeks back, we picked up the children from school on a Friday afternoon and drove all the way to the very south of Belgium. Reason for our trip was a weekend stay at a Feather Down farm, or in other words, we were going 'glamping' on a real working farm. Feather Down is a concept that originated in ...
Macrobiotic goat farm Ridammerhoeve
On the southern outskirts of Amsterdam is a huge park/woodland called the 'Amsterdamse Bos' (Amsterdam Forest). It offers great activities for kids, like swimming pools, playgrounds, a theater, a pancakes restaurant, and one of our family's absolute favourite outdoor activities in Amsterdam: the macrobiotic goat farm 'Ridammerhoeve'. The beauty of this goat farm is that ...
Enfance Paris, natural soap for children
I recently discovered Enfance, a Paris-based company making 100% natural soap aimed purely at children, and using only organic ingredients of the very best quality. After becoming a mother, the owner of the brand, Agnès Laffourcade, realised that she was missing a brand purely aimed at children that used exclusively organic science. So she developed a range of ...
Bamboo perfection, from Panda and the Sparrow
Bamboo is an amazing recourse -- it is the fastest growing plant in the world (it can grow up to a metre per day without any fertilisers, pesticides or even much water!), and it completely regrows after harvesting -- without the need to replant. Bamboo fabrics have some amazing advantages as well. Not only is ...
Motherlove, a new collection by Lennebelle
Mother's Day for us here in the Netherlands (like in the US and many other countries) is traditionally celebrated the second Sunday in May. Of course, mothers are spoiled that day with a breakfast in bed and showered with kisses. Perhaps, there is also a gift? Lennebelle, the Dutch jewellery label, just came out with ...