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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Our March Give-Aways!
March 30, 2016
It's spring, people! The tulips are rapidly growing here in Amsterdam and it won't be long until they're in bloom. April is approaching, but you still have a few days time to enter in our March give-aways, which are so, so good. Here goes: Dot & Tom is a luxury blanket company bringing together traditional ...
March 28, 2016
Happy Easter everyone! Easter is one of my favourite holidays -- the idea of celebrating the beginning of spring is just so wonderful. We have been spending the days cooking, eating, and hanging out with friends and I thought it would be nice to share some of our Easter traditions with you... A week or two before Easter, ...
GOSOAKY, a fabulous new (Dutch!) rainwear brand
March 25, 2016
If there's one weather condition we Dutch have experience with, it is rain. It really does rain quite a lot here, and because we are also a people who happen to like to bike everywhere, we experience the weather conditions quite physically so. We do get soaked all the time! So you can imagine how excited I was to ...
CRAFTS AND DIY
The Little Things: making traditional Orthodox easter eggs
March 18, 2016
Last year, we were kindly invited to celebrate Orthodox Easter with our friends Vicky and Jeremy here in Amsterdam. Vicky and Jeremy are from Australia and are spending a few years in the Netherlands, but Vicky is originally from Macedonia. She grew up celebrating the traditional Orthodox Easter with her Macedonian family -- the most significant celebration of the ...
ShortStitch, personal shopping -- also for boys!
March 14, 2016
Do you remember the personal shopping service, ShortStitch, that we tested for Ava last year? I loved the easy process, the excitement of receiving the box full of gorgeous outfits, and was so happily surprised by the awesome suggestions Darina had put together (some of them I would have never thought of myself -- and ...
March 13, 2016
What exactly are pancakes? In America they are thick and small and eaten for breakfast in stacks - the higher the stack the cooler the cowboy! In France they are called crêpes and are very large, thin and delicate and eaten for lunch or a snack from one of the little street stands. In Holland, ...
March 9, 2016
In an old tunnel and pedestrian passageway, under a busy square in the center of Amsterdam, a kids paradise is created: TunFun. This indoor playground is the ideal place to bring your overactive kids on a cold or rainy day. There are play-zones for different age groups with trampolines, jump cushions, ball pits, slides, and ...
Versatile, merino wool wonders from Smalls!
February 24, 2016
Hello from South Tirol! We're currently enjoying a week in the mountains, submerged in the beautiful nature and culture of the Dolomites. We're staying in a lovely family run hotel (Hotel Al Plan in San Vigilio di Marebbe) and skiing every day. The children are in ski classes (meanwhile picking up some Italian!), and Tamar and I ...
The Little Things: bread on a stick!
February 16, 2016
We have seen the first signs of spring here in Amsterdam, but still, they say it's going to be the coldest week so far this winter. So a good time to celebrate a bit of outdoor coldness for this new The Little Things post! We got together with three families in our team member Nina's gorgeous country ...
Cute mini party crafts from Cotton Twist
February 15, 2016
I have recently made a fun new discovery: Cotton Twist mini craft kits. These cleverly designed, all-prepared mini craft projects are such fun entertainment! Making things easy for busy parents, Cotton Twist has put everything that's needed for one cute craft project into one little kit. There are cool superhero masks, dinosaurs, princess crowns, pirate catapults, ...
Joy & Joice, 100% natural, aromatherapy candles for expecting or new mamas
February 10, 2016
The months before and after having a baby are just the cosiest periods, the waiting, preparing the house, and then the delightful cocooning on the couch with your tiny newborn in your arms... Rachel (a really cute young mum I met at the London ShopUp last December) really craved the comforting atmosphere that scented candles create during these ...
OUT OF TOWN
Efteling: a magical place
February 7, 2016
The Efteling is famous here in the Netherlands. It started as a 'Fairytale Forest' in 1952, and over the years the Efteling grew out into a large-scale theme park with roller-coasters and restaurants, most of them still inspired by fairy tale themes such as Sinbad the Sailor or Fata Morgana. But my favourite part is ...
Carlito Carlita (a good give-away!)
January 29, 2016
Carlito Carlita is a German based boutique specialising in traditional clothing hand-picked from a selection of small, unique European labels. The collection ranges from 3 months to 10 years (so it's a perfect destination for those looking to dress siblings in a matching fashion), and consists of classics like button-down shirts, sweet dresses, shorts with ...
CRAFTS AND DIY
Sweet and easy snowmen on our window
January 28, 2016
Our children don't have school on Wednesday afternoons, so I had all four of them at home last week. It was rainy and stormy outside, so we lit a fire and engaged ourselves with a little craft project. While my children were cutting out snowflakes, I took a quick look at Pinterest for inspiration and thought it would be fun to make ...
Tuesday Tips: Introducing a second language in a single-language family
January 26, 2016
Over the years, I have received a few requests to explain how it is possible that all four of my children speak English, even though we live in the Netherlands, we solely speak Dutch at home, and, from the age of four, they attend public Dutch schools like all other Dutch children. Our children speak ...
January 22, 2016
If you’re visiting Amsterdam and have little kids (or you have friends who do), a visit to the Miffy store on the Scheldestraat is highly recommended. Miffy (known as 'Nijntje' in Dutch) is the sweet little bunny designed in 1955 by Dutch artist Dick Bruna - who quickly became a famous character that is now recongnisable across the world. ...
Minimarkt Concept Store
January 20, 2016
MiniMarkt is a concept store for children and their parents right on Beethovenstraat just south of Museumplein. This place is so stylish yet cozy that you just keep coming back and it is such a good place to take a rest after a shopping spree on Beethovenstraat or a visit to the museums. You can enjoy ...
Sweet illustrations, by Laura Uy
January 19, 2016
Laura Uy is a Canadian illustrator with such a lovely, playful style. Her work mainly focusses on greeting cards and prints, which make great decor pieces for children's rooms. I love that bear in the photo above, so whimsical (the gold stars are hand-painted and make the print extra pretty). Laura's greeting cards have such sweet illustrations with the cutest puns. There are cards for ...
Thursday Thoughts: a vivid imagination
January 14, 2016
It’s a big cliché for parents — the moment you give birth (or even conceive!), the worrying begins. And it’s true, it does. We parents worry... a lot. Quite recently I started to realise that I have a very vivid imagination: I can see scenes taking place vividly in my head, in my imagination, like ...