Esther in Amsterdam

BABY
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 ...
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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 ...
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BABY
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 ...
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AMSTERDAM CITY GUIDE
Pancakes Amsterdam
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, ...
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BABY
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 ...
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FOOD
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 ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
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, ...
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BABY ESSENTIALS
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 ...
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AMSTERDAM CITY GUIDE
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 ...
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BABY
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 ...
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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 ...
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PARENTING
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 ...
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AMSTERDAM CITY GUIDE
Miffy Shop
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.     ...
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AMSTERDAM CITY GUIDE
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 ...
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CELEBRATIONS
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 ...
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PARENTING
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 ...
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PARENTING
Kittens!
January 12, 2016
Over the Christmas holiday, we got a call from some good friends here in the neighbourhood with a rather strange but lovely question: they recently had gotten two kittens to extend their family of four, but now it turned out that the dad had developed an allergy for cats. So would we want to adopt their ...
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BOOKS
Ida Pearl -- The Moon is going to Addy's House
December 17, 2015
When we were in NY for our ShopUp event recently, I had the pleasure of meeting the beautiful Ida Pearl, artist, writer, violinist and illustrator. Ida and I had a long chat, and we experienced that funny but special click people sometimes have when they have just met each other -- that feeling of comfort, as if you ...
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BABY
Macarons, in Amsterdam and at the ShopUp today
December 10, 2015
A little while back, we spent a fun weekend morning with our friends Veit and Julie from the German brand Macarons who visited us in Amsterdam together with their cute girls Cécile and Cleo. They also brought their friend the photographer Oliver Kröning along, who took some really cool snapshots during the day. We had a ...
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PARENTING
Katrina Campbell Photography
December 7, 2015
A few weeks ago we spent a lovely Sunday morning with the talented photographer Katrina Campbell, who came from London for the day to photograph our family (and to spend some time in our lovely city, of course). Katrina told me beforehand not to worry too much about a tidy house, perfectly posing children, well, not to ...
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FUN
Great gifting from Sarah and Bendrix
December 7, 2015
I'm getting more and more excited about the London ShopUp this week! We have so many amazing brands joining us, I just can't wait to fill that extra suitcase I'm bringing over : )! Sarah & Bendrix is one of the wonderful shops setting up their booth at our great venue, offering a selection of very ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Thoughtful and beautiful gift boxes from The London Gifting Studio
December 4, 2015
To give, but mostly to receive a gift that was chosen with care, with love, with attention to detail, with just that extra something, is so, so special. A gift that has meaning, a purpose, that is (and becomes) an experience and a memory -- those kind of gifts are the best ones. But which busy parent has the ...
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FASHION
Cool urban clothing from ABC123me
December 3, 2015
ABC123me are a London based label offering brand free, unisex clothing made from 100% soft cotton made to be washed and tumble dried and to be worn with ease and comfort. It's a shop I turn to for great quality and stylish basics -- I love the simple styles which are so cool and on ...
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PARENTING
Maud Fontein's Happy Holiday Shoot, again at the ShopUp!
December 3, 2015
It's becoming a little ritual, my yearly trip to Maud Fontein's studio with my four children. It's always a bit chaotic, because it needs to be done quickly, in between school pick-up and tennis training. Maud is great at making the kids feel at ease though and always captures them looking so cute, making use of clever ...
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Homemade ice pops/ ice lollies are the best! Easy peasy recipe from Esther in the blog archives, link in profile! ️
1 hour ago
Those braid stars are the perfect entertainment for children who will easily make cute friendship bracelets (and we think they're also great to bring during the summer travels!) More details on the blog, link in profile! #craft
19 hours ago
Esther discovered @sissonnekids, a beautiful new label from Portugal - check out their gorgeous classic silhouettes mixed with modern details and fabrics! It's on the blog today and the photos speak for themselves, go have a look! (link in profile)
1 day ago
On the blog today Lara @laraoflondon shares the strong emotions (and surprises) that she experienced during her pregnancy ultrasound scans - and specifically the 3-D one! What about you, did you want to know if your baby was a boy or a girl? Have you asked for a 3-D scan? Please share your thoughts! (link in profile)
1 day ago
Kids will have fun learning their flags with those super cute fabric flags from @oskarellens (and check this fabric world map too). They're in our Top Ten this week, check out the other items, link in profile! #babyccinotopten
1 day ago
@hatchgal and @currentelliott just launched a denim collection so cool and so stylish! And as always, perfect for a flattering silhouette before, during and after pregnancy! #babyccinoboutiques
2 days ago
Have a look behind the scenes of the lovely @niddlenoddleshop! Eilidh and Katrine answered our questions to tell us all about balancing motherhood, an online shop and a brick and mortar boutique in London! It's on the blog today, link in profile!
2 days ago
For all the little supporters of the Euro Championship, here is our Football Top Ten! ️ Tap for details and follow the link in profile for more information! #babyccinotopten #football #soccer
3 days ago
Paris is always a good idea - especially with the kids! Emilie shared her top tips for traveling in this beautiful city with children, it's in our Paris city guide, link in profile! #babyccinocityguides #paris 🇫🇷
3 days ago
If you're expecting baby number 2 (or 3 or 4!), check out this great activity book! Through doodling, colouring in and engaging with the illustrations, it sparks interesting conversations with the soon-to-be big brother or big sister - perfect for preparing them for the arrival of the new baby! Thanks @laraoflondon for sharing! Link to the blog in profile for more details ️
4 days ago