Esther in Amsterdam

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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FASHION
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). ...
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TRAVEL
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 ...
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INTERVIEWS
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 ...
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SUMMER CRAFTS
Watercolour flowers
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 ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
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 ...
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INTERVIEWS
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 ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
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' ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
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 ...
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