Esther in Amsterdam

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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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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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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CELEBRATIONS
First day of Advent (and the sweetest Christmas calendar from Fabelab)
December 1, 2015
Last year I blogged about our last minute advent calendar -- not a calendar filled with gifts and sweets, but one filled with little notes suggesting a daily activity to get us in the mood for Christmas. It was a huge success and a tradition was born, so I just (quite last minute again!) put ...
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FOOD
A 'One Pot Wonder' recipe -- a video with Abel & Cole!
November 30, 2015
When we lived in London (already 10 years ago!), I was a huge fan of the beautiful organic food boxes that were delivered to our doorstep once a week by British home delivery service Abel & Cole. For me, it really pioneered cooking with seasonal and local ingredients, so different from the supermarket food I had gotten used to ...
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GIVEAWAYS
Don't miss our November Give-Aways!
November 28, 2015
Every month we have some fantastic prizes to win from our amazing and lovely shops. Of course November is no exception! Can you believe it’s nearly December… Maybe you can tick off something from your list with the below! Bamboo-blended baby accessories specialists Nest Designs are giving one lucky winner a Keira Diaper Clutch, a ...
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PARENTING
Thursday Thoughts: When do you give your child a cellphone?
November 26, 2015
For a while now we’ve been writing regular Tuesday Tips posts — posts in which we share little parenting insights, tips and things that we’ve learned or picked up over the years. We enjoy these posts a lot, both writing them and reading them, and especially the tips and tricks that our readers leave in the ...
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BABY
Classic & cosy clothes from Pepa & Co
November 25, 2015
Pepa & Co is a London based online boutique, offering a collection of beautifully designed fashion, all sustainably made in, and sourced from Spain. The collection is handpicked by Pepa, the lovely owner, who has an eye for selecting a nice mix of classic and contemporary pieces -- all so stylish and charming! A highlight in ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
The Little Things: Making Fall Leaf Lanterns
November 23, 2015
It's autumn and the streets are lined with the most beautiful leaves. They're just too pretty not to be picked up! So for this The Little Things post, we decided to make use of what is so readily available in nature: we're making beautiful leaf lanterns with Casper and his friend Mees. Look how excited ...
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BABY
Beautiful fashion and knitwear from Omibia
November 20, 2015
Last year at the ShopUp, a sweet lady came up to me, presenting me her beautiful business card and telling me about the brand she was setting up, a collection of luxury children's fashion and knitwear called Omibia. She told me she hoped that next year she could join us for the ShopUp, and I ...
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BABY
Sweet baby Orla (in cosy knits from Nieva)
November 18, 2015
Remember I posted about our new Babyccino baby? Team member Helen gave birth to Orla 3 months ago, and she's just the most adorable baby. Helen brought her over the other day (we Babyccino girls tend to work with our babies in tow), and I had so much fun with that little lady. And, I'm proud to say that ...
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PARENTING
Tuesday Tips: on twins
November 10, 2015
When we were vacationing in Morocco last week, we met a lovely British lady in a hotel who was staying there with her 7-year-old identical twin girls. We ended up following a cooking course together (tajines!) and while we were preparing the different delicious veggies and herbs, we were chatting about so many different things, ...
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FUN
Mamma Couture, and the enchanted creatures
November 9, 2015
We've been loving the beautiful products at Mamma Couture for a while now. You might remember the sweet bag of fabric vegetables, the cute rag dolls that come with different outfits, or the customisable dolls that we have shared with you in the past year -- all lovingly handmade with the utmost attention to detail and safety. Eva ...
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Dungaree trousers, dungaree dresses or dungaree shorts - if you too love dungarees on little children like we do, stop looking and go check @dottydungarees collection! More on the blog today, link in profile!
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How sweet is this reversible duvet set from @nattinattinyc They will join us @theshopup in NY this September #babyccinopickoftheday #babyccinoboutiques #theshopupNY
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The end of May is almost there, time to enter our WIN! contest to get a chance to win one of those great prizes: a knitted outfit and pillow from @knitplanetldn, a family photo shoot with @katrinacampbellphotographs, £100 voucher for baby and toddler bedding from @magnusandmouse and $150 of perfect before/during/after pregnancy clothing from @hatchgal! Enter now, link in profile! Good luck !
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Homemade madeleines! The perfect treat to wish all French mums a Happy Mother's Day (and the perfect baking activity for a lazy Sunday)! Find the recipe from the blog archives (link in profile) #babyccinoeats #recipe
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Courtney found out that Marlow would happily walk over town if she's carrying an umbrella! What are YOUR mum tricks for when you're walking around with children? Tell us!
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Our lovely blog contributor Polona @babyjungle just launched her online shop! Kids fashion, toys, books and bedroom decor - the whole selection is gorgeous, go have a look! (link in profile)
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Do you know that our city guides are regularly updated? If you're in New York City for Memorial Day weekend (yay!), how about going to the Little Red Lighthouse in Upper Manhattan? Details in the NYC city guide! (link in profile) 🇺🇸 #babyccinocityguides
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When Dutch tiles become pieces of art that you can hang on the kids bedroom walls, we can't resist! Find out more on the blog today! (link in profile)
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Our May giveaways are ! A knitted outfit and pillow from @knitplanetldn, a family photo shoot with @katrinacampbellphotographs, £100 voucher for baby and toddler bedding from @magnusandmouse and $150 of perfect before/during/after pregnancy clothing from @hatchgal! Enter now, link is in our profile!
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Good news! It's the beginning of Spring sale on @misha_and_puff webshop! 30% on selected items, no code needed. GO NOW! Link is in profile #babyccinopickoftheday #babyccinodeals #spon
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