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Tom Schamp's Top Ten Book List
  We are big fans of Tom Schamp. His latest book Show & Tell Me The World offers a world of discovery for young and older children to enjoy. It's a huge, almost dictionary like book which guides children through the variations of daily life. Bright, inviting, exciting and meticulously detailed it's an entertaining book which ...
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Cloud Tea Monkeys, written by Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham
A place I have yet to discover and a place where I long to go is India. I'd love to travel there one day for many reasons but mainly to view the spectacular sights of the tea plantations. You see I love tea. I have the largest basket in my kitchen filled with teas from all over ...
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9 Months: A month by month guide to pregnancy for the family to share
About 2 ½ years ago, Courtney and I met with the lovely Rachel Williams (publisher of Wide Eyed Editions and Frances Lincoln children's books, and creative brain behind a whole lot of amazingly beautiful children's publications), and she asked us the following question: if we were to write one non-fictional book for the children's market, what would that book ...
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Rebecca Colby's Top Ten Book List
I'm so excited to share a new top ten list of children's books from the author of the super fun story, There was a Wee Lassie who Swallowed a Midgie, Rebecca Colby. It's is a mix of cherished books from both Rebecca's childhood and her adult years. 1. No Matter What, written and illustrated by Debi Gliori, 1999 I truly ...
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David's top ten book list (great for boys aged 10 to 15)
David is the 11-year-old son of my friend Kim. Kim, Courtney and I met when our babies (David, Easton and Sara) were around 6 months old, when we would take them to French class in Swiss Cottage (London). Right now, I'm thinking -- why on earth did we feel it was important to take our ...
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'Under the Love Umbrella', by Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys
I have recently discovered the work of Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys through their delightful award winning picture book, 'The Underwater Fancy Dress Parade'. Their latest creation 'Under the Love Umbrella'  is just as wonderful and it's a loving delight for this time of year. It's a story filled with reassurance, love and comfort which is always present between ...
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'Pass It On' by Sophy Henn
Florence is learning to read now in school and it's really interesting to see how she is taking a different perspective with books. She's independently choosing picture books so she can try and read them herself and she's so proud of her new (nearly acquired) skill. Over the weekend she read a little stack of books to ...
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Sophy Henn's Top Ten Book List
My girls and I are big fans of Sophy Henn. We adore her picture book, Where Bear? which Courtney introduced me to. And her latest book Pass It On is utterly divine. Full of love and hugs and loads of happiness! I was so thrilled when Sophie agreed to tell me all about her top ...
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'The Everest Files' by Matt Dickenson
Helena, my eldest, is currently totally enthralled with her current school topic -- Extreme Survivors. She's already been on a school trip where she had to 'survive' for the day trekking through the hills of Clachnaben putting up her tent, learning how to catch a fish and walking long distances whilst carrying her backpack. A far cry ...
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Indestructibles -- books for babies (and their big siblings!)
Don't you love it when your books or toys get a new lease on life? I think this is why I am drawn to quality items that last year after year and have multi purposes. And now we have realised that a book series that I loved for Beatrice has a new use I had ...
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COLOURING AND ACTIVITY BOOKS
'Me' by Wee Gallery
Ava was recently given 'Me' by Wee Society, and it's such a lovely activity book -- perfect for her age now that she just started to read and write this school year. The book is actually a fill-in journal, with super cool kid-friendly illustrations. It challenges the child who is the owner of the book to ...
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'A Beauty Collected' by Rachel Garahan
I'm a real believer that we as parents are our child's first teacher. We encourage our child's natural development. We enrich their lives from the experiences we provide and we guide them through their very first pathways of life. I'm also a firm believer that play and nature is so beneficial to the developing child. ...
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PICTURE BOOKS
Illuminature, a magical discovery of some of the world's most diverse habitats
We are big fans of the British publisher Wide Eyed Editions. Their books are always so educative and informative, tapping into children's (and adults'!) natural curiosity for the world around them. They are also known for working with some of the worlds most talented illustrators, making their books not only a feast for the brain, but also ...
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'Singing Away The Dark' by Caroline Woodward
I absolutely adore the illustrations by Julie Morstad so when I picked up this book, Singing away the Dark from Niddle Noddle I immediately fell for it. It's such a lovely winter time book and one of Florence's current favourite bedtime reads. Caroline Woodward, the author, was brought up on a small homestead in North Columbia ...
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Three beautiful new books from Thames & Hudson
I’m a big, big, huge fan of Thames & Hudson. I’ve done a review for their I can Make my own Accessories crafting book for kids already but just recently I received three new super children’s books that you need to know about. We absolutely adore them. The first one is my favorite because a ...
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Chris Haughton's Top Ten Book List
Any one of Chris Haughton's books, if not all of them should grace everyone's bookshelves. Ssh! We Have a Plan is awesome and A Bit Lost is just the sweetest. I can't wait to read his latest, Goodnight Everyone. I'm delighted Chris has shared his favourites with us today ... 1) That is Not my Hat by Jon Klassen. ...
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Books my boys have enjoyed lately
As I mentioned in an earlier post, we recently spent a few weeks in my family's beach house on Bainbridge Island, spending lots of time inside due to wet, rainy weather. The kids were blowing through books at a quicker rate than normal, which, of course, was wonderful to see. Quin, who has never been our ...
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The children's travel journals turned into a book with Doodle Nest!
As I've mentioned before, each of our children kept a journal during our travels this year. They wrote in their journals at least once or twice a week, documenting each country and noting down memorable moments from each place we visited. Their journals are filled with notes, writings, doodles, drawings, small souvenirs and mementos from ...
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Books the Babyccino team love!
A few months ago I started an email asking the girls on the Babyccino team to list some of their favourite children's books. I thought it would be a fun idea to share our favourite books with you! But it wasn't as easy as it sounded! (The email string grew longer and longer, it would almost just be ...
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Kiran Millwood Hargrave's Top Ten Book List
I am so excited to share this Top Ten with you all! Kiran Millwood Hargrave's is an incredible writer. Her latest book, The Girl of Ink and Stars is truely superb and I shall be writing a separate post on it very soon. As soon I finished her book I made a note to myself to contact ...
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Sweet Collections from The Book Jar Company
Last summer I discovered The Book Jar Company through a really sweet image posted on instagram. That's what I love about Instagram - how it connects me to small companies who deserve success. When I looked further into their website I loved everything they do. Owned by husband and wife duo, Jeff and Juliana, their passion for creating ...
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Louis I, King of the Sheep by Oliver Tallec
Never judge a book by a cover - right? So what looks like a really fun picture book has just completely turned our heads upside down. Olivier Tallec's latest book, Louis I King of the Sheep, is so cleverly compiled with it's simplistic look yet rich dynamic wording the readers mind will be ensured to be delighted. ...
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A Must-Have DIY Book for Girls!
A couple of weeks ago I was asked if I’d be interested in doing a review on this craft book called I Can Make My Own Accessories (a follow-on from their super successful book I can Make Dolls’ Clothes) and I immediately knew it would be a perfect fit for my Tila, so naturally I ...
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The Great Big Glorious Book for Girls
At the start of the summer, when we were in London before heading down to Italy, our dear friend Delfina from Fanny & Alexander was in town and came over with some thoughtful little gifts for the kids. She brought Ivy a second-hand edition of The Great Big Glorious Book for Girls and Ivy has loved ...
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It's stinging nettles season! Did you know that you could actually eat them? Esther shared her nettle quiche recipe a few years ago and we thought you might want to give it a try! (she does explain how to pick the stinging nettles!) Link to the recipe in profile#babyccinoeats
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The countdown is ON!Next Saturday and Sunday (6-7 May), we will be in East London for #TheShopUp! More than 30 children's independent boutiques, delicious snacks, kids activities and so much more - the best family outing you can dream of! Tell your friends and join us from 2pm at @trumanbrewery (follow the link in profile for all info and details about the event)#theshopuplondon
15 hours ago
East London, here we come! One week exactly before #TheShopUp! We hope you will be able to make it because it's going to be a really cool event - being located in this cool, trendy area.And if you don't know the neighbourhood, here are some insider tips: Anna (the lovely mum behind @mamaowl_ ) who lives in Hackney, offered to share some of her favourite haunts! Best coffee, coolest local playground, family-friendly dinner spot - 10 addresses for you to enjoy! Thank you Anna! (link to the blog post in profile)🇬🇧#babyccinocityguides #theshopuplondon
1 day ago
How pretty are those pompom hair clips from @fiveelevenchildren! Fun, yet sophisticated, they will be perfect with all kind of outfits - and you can choose from so many different colours! Follow the link in profile and pick your favourite#babyccinopickoftheday
1 day ago
We're sharing tons of gorgeous photos of our LA ShopUp on the blog today! Follow the link in profile to check them all out!( Sarina Cass from @redanchorphoto) #TheShopUp #TheShopUpLA @theshopup
2 days ago
Have you checked out our new boutiques? @surlaplage.co create hip and chic beachwear for girls (from 6 yo to teenagers!) @thenotabag is soon going to be your best friend: it's a bag, AND it's a tote. So clever. for kids and adults.@KitCaboodleParties provide all-inclusive kits for stylish parties - without the stress!Swipe for all photos and follow the link in profile to have a closer look at all our new shops! #babyccinoboutiques #newshop
2 days ago
Bananas + eggs + cinnamon + butter = easy and delicious pancakes! The recipe is on the blog today, link in profile🥞#babyccinoeats
2 days ago
Maria and Denitza, the 2 mums who founded @ciaobimba.dolls, answer our 5 questions on the blog today, and take us to the fascinating world of their beautiful, all natural Waldorf-style dolls - so inspiring! Check out the whole interview, link in profile!
3 days ago
We had a blast at #TheShopUp and we're still in LA for a few hours to soak up the sun and enjoy the Californian vibes! Check out our Top Ten this week, it's filled with Cali love️. Tap for details or follow the link in profile for more info! #babyccinotopten #california
4 days ago
Big sis / little sis at #TheShopUpLA (we're open until 5pm!) @theshopup #TheShopUp
5 days ago
Esther and Courtney wrote a beautiful, month by month guide to pregnancy for the family to share. Perfect to prepare your child for the arrival of their new baby brother or sister!PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY: UK: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
3 weeks ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
1 month 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!
4 months ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
6 months ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
6 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!)
9 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!
11 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.
1 year 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