Esther in Amsterdam

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
KalenderHaus, a beautiful advent activity by Clever Gretel
We just enjoyed a lovely long weekend, in which we didn't do much more than cozying up inside our house in our pyjamas. The children played together endlessly -- they built huts, set up a shop, made a city on our living room floor using masking tape, set up their Playmobil horse farm, crafted mini ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Niddle Noddle at the London ShopUp (and some favourite gifts)
One of the things I really enjoy at our ShopUp events, next to the obviously GREAT shopping, is the community behind it. In London, our 4th (!!) ShopUp is coming up on the 4th and the 5th of December (so mark your agendas if you haven't done so already!) and I can't wait to hang out ...
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TRAVEL
A family trip to Marrakesh and the Atlas mountains
I can't believe it is over a year ago that we made a trip to beautiful Morocco. And for that entire year I've been meaning to write about it! But finally, here is recap of our week there. A week that left us deeply in love with Morocco! We arrived in Marrakesh midday on a Sunday, just ...
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HEALTH & CARE
When you have a premature baby...
This is a guest post by my friend Silke. She had two premature sons:  Max, born at 25 weeks and Felix, born at 28 weeks. She recently has put much effort into the launch of the Hearts Milk Bank, a not-for-profit social enterprise, which will soon operate in Greater London to fill the current shortages ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Lollipop year planners
I was in my friend Julie's lovely apartment the other day and as always I couldn't stop gazing at all the pretty things around me. She's just so creative and has such great style, it's apparent in every little corner of her house! One thing that struck me and which I thought was SO clever, ...
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AUTUMN CRAFTS
The seasonal table
In most nursery and early-years classrooms in the Netherlands you will find a corner set up to celebrate the seasons. In autumn it will be decorated with leaves, nuts and mushrooms, and children are welcome to play with it and decorate it with things they have found in nature. Also I grew up with the concept of 'the seasonal ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Cute Cubelings Pet Blocks from Brimful
It was Casper's birthday a few weeks ago, and sweet Annie from Brimful gave him the cutest present: these darling Pet Blocks by Cubelings, that are both building blocks and cute play characters. Casper is totally into blocks these days -- he loves stacking them and building all sorts of structures and houses, and then he ...
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KIDS
The sweetest fall/winter outfits from Waddler
Last week during the autumn break we visited the beautiful region of Puglia in Italy, located all the way south in the heel of the boot. For a few days we were staying in one of the characteristic local houses called 'trulli' -- very typical of the region and so, so pretty! One morning, Casper and Ava ...
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INTERVIEWS
5 Questions with Joke from Tokketok
I absolutely love paper. Seriously, I'm addicted -- sturdy notebooks, stylish correspondence cards, a pretty stack of patterned origami paper... I never seem to be able to resist a nice stationery product! So when the incredibly talented and stylish Joke from Tokketok, who I have been following for many years, launched her new stationery collection, I knew I was ...
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TABLEWARE
Engel + Famille Summerbelle bamboo tableware collection
My friend Sabien's company Engel is all about partying. It became well-known for its bunting, but nowadays Engel offers everything you need to celebrate and decorate: big pompoms, fun party hats, colourful garlands, pretty paper flowers and so much more -- it really is a party treasure cove. Engel also offers handy (and eco-friendly!) bamboo children's tableware: sweet little sets including a ...
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PARENTING
A blanket of love
Last February we received devastating news. Laurens, the 5-year-old son of friends here in Amsterdam, had suffered cardiac arrest while playing hide-and-seek in the hallway of the hotel the family was staying in during their skiing holiday in Switzerland. CPR was given until the ambulance arrived and Laurens was transferred to a hospital in the mountains and later to ...
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KIDS
Fall fashion from Orange Mayonaise
Orange Mayonaise is a Dutch boutique stocked to the brim with the latest kids' fashion. With nearly one hundred amazing brands represented, this shop is a great destination if you're looking for funky urban wear for your family! I especially like the fact that sizing goes up to 16 -- perfect if you're shopping for pre-teens like ...
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MAMA
HATCH fashion, for every woman!
It's becoming a bit of a tradition -- our seasonal Hatch shoot :). But this time it was extra fun, because we now had a pregnant belly to show! Doesn't Courtney look too cute in those black overalls? I just love how Hatch makes clothes look so good on pregnant as well as non-pregnant ladies ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites: 8 sturdy backpacks we love!
Do you love lists as much as we do? Whenever my eyes scout 'the 5 best..' or 'the 7 healthiest...' somewhere, I just have to read what is written. As if I'd be really, really be missing out on something if I didn't read! As you know, we only share about products we genuinely love here on Babyccino -- ...
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FASHION
#dogrowup
Even though the much-used #dontgrowup or #stopthetime hashtags are obviously meant in a sweet way, they always make me cringe a little. Of course we want our children to grow up -- we want them to flourish surrounded by love and support, to discover the world around them, to develop their own style, to build their characters -- guided by their parents ...
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FASHION
Wild & Gorgeous -- a new name, and a new collection for boys!
All mamas of little girls probably have heard of ilovegorgeous, the brand known so well for their beautiful girls clothing. If we need gorgeous party dresses for special occasions like weddings or birthdays (or just pretty clothes for everyday wear), we mamas know where to look! So here at Babyccino, we were super excited to hear about the recent rebrand of ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Hero capes! (From iwishiwasa for Little Dish)
We've been in contact with British brand Little Dish for a while now. They shared their fabulous family cookbook with us not so long ago, which Emilie reviewed here -- we love it!! Little Dish recently launched a new snack, the so-called GoGo biscuits -- tasty little treats that are made with wholegrain oats, flax and chia ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
A stick-themed 9th birthday party
Pim turned 9 in February, but something very sad happened in our close surroundings around that time, which made it difficult for me to get myself in the mood for organising a party back then. I kept postponing it, until suddenly I realised the end of the school year was near. Oops! So on the last day ...
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THE SHOPUP
NY ShopUp -- what a fabulous first day!
Courtney and I just arrived back to our hotel here in Brooklyn -- with sore throats and burning legs from talking and walking so much. But we couldn't be more pleased with the turn-out of our first day of the NY ShopUp 2016! It was so busy and bustling, with so many hip mamas and their darling kiddos (and handsome husbands)! ...
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BABY
Scrumptious collections from A Gifted Baby
Of course we have babies on our mind here at Babyccino. After Courtney's wonderful news, we can think of little else! Suddenly, all of our team is dreaming about pregnancy and newborns... How nice to be expecting a new Babyccino baby! A Gifted Baby is a New York-based online shop full of little wonders. Carefully curated, the ...
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KIDS
Pretty handwoven pieces from Muny
Muny is a Brooklyn based brand that I love. The collections are made from fabrics that are handwoven and hand block-printed in India following ancient old techniques, resulting in unique and colourful patterns. Owner and designer Samara makes them into lovely, timeless pieces with a simple silhouette -- focussing the attention on the fabrics and giving ...
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KIDS
Sweet little bags by Donsje
You might already know Dutch brand Donsje from their darling collection of baby shoes, but did you know they also make beautiful leather bags for kids? My children love to carry around 'things' -- a pretty stone, a coin, a tiny drawing, a minuscule toy, anything special. These gorgeous little bags are just perfect for that! xxx ...
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TABLEWARE
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 ...
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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 ...
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If you're looking for good books recommendations for older kids (age 10 to 15), have a look at the top ten list of David, an 11-year-old voracious reader! Link in profile #babyccinoreads
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So much exciting news from one of our favourite bows boutiques! Free Babes Handmade is now called @wunderkin_co (with a charming and delicate illustration in their new logo) - and they have just released their Spring collection which is gorgeous! Follow the link in profile to discover what Wunderkin means, and to find out more about those heirloom bows
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Happy Mardi Gras/ Pancake Day/ Fat Tuesday! We love pancakes at Babyccino (even during summer when this photo was taken️) and we think you really have to try Esther's Dutch pancakes recipe!•250 g flour•500 ml or 2 cups of milk•3 eggs•1/2 bag baking powder (or 8 grams, or 2 teaspoons)•3 tablespoons of sugar•a good pinch of saltBeat the eggs. Combine flour with baking powder, sugar and salt. Add eggs to flour, combine, and add a third of the milk. Whisk to get rid of lumps, add rest of the milk in parts. Get rid of all the lumps. Heat up a large frying pan. Melt butter in the pan, and pour in batter. Evenly cover the bottom of the pan, trying to make the pancake as thin as possible. Flip pancake over when golden. Cook other side as well. Enjoy! #babyccinoeats
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We love the stunning heirloom blankets from @willabyclothier! Made from eight layers of unbleached cotton gauze in beautiful colours, they're perfect for newborns (and are designed to last and be passed on to little siblings)#babyccinoboutiques #newshop
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Looks like a cat flap between two rooms... but Emilie actually installed it for her daughters - how COOL is that! Link to the blog post in profile!
2 days ago
Oh my! Those adorable hand knits from @millesimebaby! The whole collection is sustainably made from natural fibres (pure Alpaca or Pima Cotton depending on the season) and features a gorgeous colour palette. True heirloom pieces for babies and toddlers!#babyccinoboutiques #newshop
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Seriously, how cute is this Harlequin bunny plate from @famillesummerbelle and @engelpunt? Perfect for Carnival! Check out the link in profile to find out about the other 9 Carnival items of this week's Top Ten!#babyccinotopten #carnival
3 days ago
The Carnivals in Rio and Venice are in full swing! Have you planned something special to celebrate with your kids? We think this disco party Esther organised for Pim was pretty awesome and really inspiring! Link in profile!
3 days ago
Family friendly, authentic and fuss free, with a focus on responsibly sourced, quality produce - make sure you have lunch or dinner with your kids at one of Jamie Oliver's Italian restaurants when you're visiting London (there are 6 locations!) And the best part: kids eat for free this half term 11-26th February! Thanks for the tip @soloskates More in our London City Guide, link in profile🇬🇧 #babyccinocityguides #london
4 days ago
Our 2nd live shopping event in Brooklyn was amazing! Great shopping, delicious treats, tons of kids activities and a super cool family photo booth!
2 months ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
4 months ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
5 months ago
Here we show you how to harvest rhubarb from the garden, and make it into a delicious compote. If you make oatmeal at the same time, you have made a delicious and nutritious breakfast that your family will love! (Ours do!)
7 months ago
This gym bag is such a fun and easy project, also for beginners this is a nice sewing project. Esther, Emilie and the kids had so much fun going to the market choosing all the supplies. The fabrics from Little Cube are the cutest!
9 months ago
Our first live shopping event in Brooklyn was a great success. We loved seeing the best boutiques under one roof, combined with great food and fun activities...and some dancing! Hope to see everyone this year again on September 18th & 19th at 501 Union, 501 Union Street in Brooklyn.
11 months ago
Hi guys! Here Bethie and I are showing you how to prepare a super easy dish that your family will love -- a video we bring to you in cooperation with Abel & Cole, deliverer of fabulous food boxes filled to the brim with organic freshness! Here's the list of ingredients:a royal 1 tbsp of olive oil1 butternut squash1 red onion2 red peppers2 garlic cloves4 vine tomatoes150g quinoasea salt & freshly ground pepper300 ml vegetable stock2 tbsp red wine vinegar25g raisins80g black olivesAnd for the garnish:a handful of chervilfeta (optional)Directions:Peel your butternut squash. Cut in half and scoop out the seeds. Chop the flesh into 1cm chunks.Peel and cut the onion into thick slices. Cut the pepper in half and scoop out the seeds and white pith. Chop into bitesized pieces. Peel and thinly slice the garlic. Roughly chop the tomatoes.Rinse the quinoa under cold water to remove any bitterness.Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large heavy based pan. Tip in all the veg and quinoa. Pour in the veg stock and the red wine vinegar. Add the raisins and the olives. Season with salt and pepper.Pop on a lid and cook for 30-40 mins until the squash is soft and the sauce thick. Stir every now and then during cooking.Scatter over the chervil (or flat leaf parsley leaves) and serve in warm bowls. Top with crumbled feta if you like!A super colourful, super easy and super delicious dish for taste buds of all ages!Bon appétit!
1 year ago
Here Courtney joins Maureen from Pipsticks (www.pipsticks.com) to show you how to make a Superhero costume, including wristbands, a mask and a superhero cape! This fun and easy DIY is perfect for Halloween or any time your little ones need a costume to match their exciting superhero adventures! For additional info, you can find the DIY for the superhero wristbands on the Pipsticks site here: http://pipsticks.com/blogs/news/tagged/superhero
1 year ago
We show you what we have in our carry-on bags when we fly. This was filmed in Brooklyn when all three of us where together without our families. Needless to say, we had a lot of fun!
1 year ago
Here we show how to create two French braids in your daughter's hair. Achieve a sweet and classic look with this easy hair tutorial.
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