Rebecca

BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Babyccino Birthday -- Print Art Kids
For the past year or so, I have had my daughter make a card for everyone's birthday-- much more personal than a store-bought card!  But, on occasion, I'll have to admit that it was a bit like pulling teeth -- sometimes she was just not in the mood for art when I needed a card ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Cardboard box crafts
We are getting ready to  move.  Again.  The third time this year.  Phew!  All I can say is that my kids have been great, and nothing entertains them more than playing with cardboard boxes.   On our first move, from Paris to DC, my then 3½-year-old spent hours using rolls of colorful electrical tape to decorate ...
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GOOD READS FOR MUMS
Bye bye, DC. Bonjour, Paris!
You've guessed it-- I am moving back to Paris this fall.  And while I'd much rather be blogging for Babyccino than packing up endless boxes, the move is quickly approaching... So there will be a few more posts from DC and then I am off.  Thanks to all the readers for your great comments about ...
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PLACES TO VISIT
Goodstuff Eatery
After I'd been living on Capitol Hill a while, I noticed this fun looking new restaurant, Goodstuff Eatery, and was amused by the name....and then I read about it in all the local papers-- it is run by a local celeb chef, Spike Mendelsohn [famous from Top Chef, one of my fave reality shows], and ...
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PLACES TO VISIT
Patisserie Poupon
Having lived in Paris for 7 years, I got used to having croissants for breakfast-- weekends only, really, as who can eat them every day without gaining a ton of weight?  Anyway, that was one of the big things our family missed when we moved to DC -- especially my 4-year-old!  So I was thrilled ...
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GOOD READS FOR MUMS
Sex ed
I have to say I was a bit shocked when my 4-year-old pointed to herself during bathtime and asked, "What is this for?"  I, slightly stunned, replied "That is where babies come out when you are a Mama.  I'll tell you more about it later."  I was proud of myself for not freezing up, but ...
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RECIPES
Panna Cotta
Panna Cotta is one of those easy, but elegant desserts I like to make when I have guests over.  For some reason, I usually don't think of it as a summer dessert, but my mother-in-law served it a few days ago and it was fresh, light, and super summery after all.  I owe credit for ...
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BABY
Sack n Seat travel high chair
I've just returned from a vacation in Paris, and realized how much stuff you need when you have a baby!  With my older daughter already 4 years old, I'd forgotten about all the gear one needs for a little one when traveling.  And in France, there are two baby essentials that are often lacking in ...
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BABY
Baby snacks
While checking out the baby biscuits at a health food store, I stumbled upon Baby Mum-Mum biscuits, and couldn't resist the name!  Now my almost 9-month-old is addicted-- she clearly prefers these over any baby cookies I buy.   I love them too-- they come in individual packets, great to stash in your bag, they are ...
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BABY
Diapees & Wipees
As I contemplate the terrible task of packing for summer vacation, I'm making a mental checklist of all the baby necessities I'll need to bring.  One on the top on my list is my Diapees & Wipees case.  I've had this thing for years now, and it has served me well-- it holds a few ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
Mudpuppy magnets
My daughter has gone through all the typically girly phases between 3 and 4 years old-- first ballerina, then princess, and now mermaid obsessions. In a quest to come up with something other than more dress-up clothes for her birthday, I came across this: Mudpuppy Magnet Figures.  They are truly adorable -- great illustrations, tons ...
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HEALTH & CARE
The science of shopping
I'm usually a fashion magazine reader, but lately I've been tempted (while stuck in line at the checkout) to grab the mags that promise easy weeknight dinners or dresses that make you look thinner, like plenty of hurried moms out there.  My latest purchase was the July issue of O Magazine, in which I've discovered ...
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BABY
Giggle
I'd read about trendy kid's shop Giggle a few times (most notably in Cookie magazine), and finally had the chance to check it out this week.  I have to say, it lives up to its expectations of being a well-edited, fun, bright kid's shop.  The boutique stocks all the trendy brands, with a slant towards ...
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KIDS
Tea collection clothing
I've just discovered this cute brand of clothing by the label tea.   My daughter is really into what she calls "comfy" clothing, so I'm often on the lookout for knitwear that looks girly and cute, and not too sporty.  This brand delivers just that -- interesting prints, and mix-and-match styles, often with an Asian ...
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BABY
Mother Goose
When I had my first daughter, my mother pulled out several of my childhood books to give me.   I instantly recognized the quaint, '70s-ish illustrations of one of them, Mother Goose, by Gyo Fujikawa, and am so excited to share this one with my girls.  When researching Fujikawa for this post, I found out that ...
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BABY
Baby hair gel
Way back before I had children, I used to love making homemade beauty products -- I gave all my friends handmade lip balm for Christmas one year, and I'd make facial masks and other potions for myself.  Now that time is of the essence and we are rushing to get out the door, I don't ...
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BABY
Raz-berry teether
At 5 months, baby C was at that stage when EVERYTHING goes in the mouth-- her toys, her hands, my toys, the phone, her bib, anything she could get her hands on.   I happened upon this RaZberry teether by Raz-baby online when shopping for something else and thought it was too funny!  It looks like ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
My name is...
When we moved back to the US, one of the most important things for our 3½-year-old was her new room -- what would it look like?  In order to keep some consistency (the poor thing had to deal with an international move AND a new baby sister at the same time), I made sure to ...
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FOOD
Feel the cakelove
Have you noticed how cupcakes are the trendy dessert of the moment? Bakeries are popping up all over the US and abroad, it seems.  I first heard about DC-based Cakelove from a cooking show on tv, and was intrigued by the lawyer-turned-chef Warren Brown– someone who was truly following their bliss to open a bakery.  ...
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UNCATEGORIZED
Brainymats
I discovered these great place mats a while ago and got one for my daughter, and since then I've been back to buy several more, plus some for gifts!  The kid-friendly place mats are a great activity on their own, but especially helpful during that dinner hour crunch.  Plop your kid at the table, give ...
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PLACES TO VISIT
Eastern Market
The Eastern Market, in DC's Southeast quadrant, has always been one of my favorite weekend stops, long before I lived in the neighborhood.  The market itself is DC's oldest food market, dating to 1873, housed in an old brick hall. (The hall suffered from a big fire a few years back, and the market is ...
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BABY
Consigning for a cause
I adore shopping for my kids—and now that I have two girls, I feel a little less guilty about buying for my older one, knowing that later on the baby might wear it again.   But at some point, you have to start getting rid of stuff!  I know my girls have things that they have ...
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STATIONERY
Simply silhouettes
I've always loved the timeless quality of silhouettes, and when I came across Simply Silhouettes , I couldn't wait for an occasion to get some done.   With U.S. Mother's Day just around the corner, I ordered up a double print of my two girls for myself (Happy Mom's Day to Me!) and copies for my ...
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FOR MUMS
Charmed, I'm sure
After the birth of my first daughter, I received a great Heather Moore charm from my parents for Christmas.   It is a simple round silver medallion with my daughter's name stamped on it in a great, handmade-looking typeface. Her birth date is on back, and it is is accompanied by a little dangling pearl for ...
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That's a wrap! We're packing down our 4th London ShopUp and we couldn't be more happy and thankful about it! We had an amazing time and we've met so many wonderful families with their adorable children (seriously! those rosy cheeks and those eyelashes). Thank you to all who made it a success, shops, sponsors and visitors. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! Stay tuned, we will soon post a recap on the blog with plenty of photos! #TheShopUp ( @estherbabyccino @martina_longhi)
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