Esther in Amsterdam

THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Do you talk about sex with your children?
June 30, 2016
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 ...
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MAMA
Adult fashion from Macarons!
June 27, 2016
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, ...
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KIDS
Sissonne, a beautiful new brand from Portugal
June 24, 2016
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 ...
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FUN
Introducing Lara in London
June 21, 2016
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 ...
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AMSTERDAM CITY GUIDE
Artis, an old and beautiful Zoo
June 6, 2016
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 ...
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OUTDOORS
Sowing seeds and planting beans in pretty paper plant pots
June 3, 2016
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, ...
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FASHION
Darling Dotty Dungarees
May 30, 2016
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 ...
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GIVEAWAYS
May give-aways, enter now!
May 28, 2016
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 ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
The stories of Fiep Westendorp on Storytiles
May 27, 2016
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 ...
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FASHION
Niko + Ava, a boutique full of special fashion finds
May 20, 2016
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 ...
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TRAVEL
Feather Down Farms: a weekend stay on a farm
May 19, 2016
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 ...
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AMSTERDAM CITY GUIDE
Macrobiotic goat farm Ridammerhoeve
May 12, 2016
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 ...
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BABY ESSENTIALS
Enfance Paris, natural soap for children
May 6, 2016
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 ...
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BABY
Bamboo perfection, from Panda and the Sparrow
May 4, 2016
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 ...
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FASHION
Motherlove, a new collection by Lennebelle
May 2, 2016
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 ...
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BABY
Marie Puce, gorgeous Parisian fashion for all ages
April 29, 2016
It's not a secret that we love Marie Puce here at Babyccino. We've worked with the two sisters behind the brand for many years, and we really admire their dedication to bringing adorable children's fashion to the market. Marie Puce have forever been a brand I turned to for pieces for all of my children. ...
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BABY
My four little monkeys... in Imps&Elfs
April 25, 2016
Imps&Elfs is by far my favourite Dutch jeans brand. I just love the way their trousers fit -- they're just so flattering, and so cool! My kids also find them the most comfortable ones to wear -- they pick them out of the clean laundry basket before they're even folded and on the shelf. Imps&Elfs recently designed ...
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BABY
Giant, luxury scarf swaddels from Marloe London
April 20, 2016
The best baby care products are practical, functional, simple and clever. When they are extremely good looking too -- well, that's a bonus : ). The giant Marloe London scarf swaddle scores on all the above points. It is a chic mama accessory and a handy baby accessory all in one: a scarf, a swaddle, a travel blanket, a ...
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THE SHOPUP
The second day of our fabulous LA ShopUp event!
April 15, 2016
The start of the second day of our LA ShopUp was perfect, with blue skies and lots of bloggers who came to breakfast! It was wonderful to bring together so many wonderful, like-minded women and see everyone meet, catch up and stroll around the event. A highlight of the breakfast were the healthy, beautiful and extremely tasty, acai-filled coconuts ...
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THE SHOPUP
The LA ShopUp: Day One
April 11, 2016
Day one of our LA ShopUp was an enormous success! It was fun, it was bustling and busy, and the weather thankfully behaved itself (phew!). We saw so many friends and familiar faces, we met lots of inspiring people, and we had so much fun mingling with all the happy visitors, young and old. We’ll ...
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BABY
The sweetest slouch dungarees from Luluzulu
April 8, 2016
Luluzulu is a fairly new children's wear label from Scotland, run with passion by husband and wife team Katie and Richard. Luluzulu's collections are characterised by fun and clever, relaxed contemporary designs -- their pieces are easy to wear and to care for, and look so super cute on! I originally got the above denim slouch dungarees for ...
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FASHION
Happy bags from Showler & Showler
April 7, 2016
Showler & Showler is a husband & wife design team based in the Kent countryside. Tom and Hannah have two little boys, and work on a variety of web and design projects together. Their postcard and art prints are so cool and colourful, and they recently launched a series of bright and happy tote bags too. These ...
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AMSTERDAM CITY GUIDE
The Hortus - Botanic Garden
April 4, 2016
Amsterdam's botanical garden, the Hortus Botanicus, was established in 1638 as a medical garden and is now one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. It's a fairly small botanical garden, but it still houses over 4,000 plant species (about 2% of all plant species growing on Earth), amongst which are a good selection of ...
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BABY
Poco Nido Velcro Superhero Shoes
April 1, 2016
The lovely teachers at Casper's school had been asking me to get him shoes without laces for a while already. They explained to me that when children are able to put on and take off their own shoes their independence and self-confidence grows. It's funny, because in the nursery class of the Dutch school the other children go ...
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