Celebrations

KIDS
Marie Puce new spring collection (and setting up our Easter tree)
Amsterdam is in full spring bloom! The city fields and roadsides are sprinkled with daffodils and flower stands are overflowing with tulips. Our house is all of a sudden so bright and colourful, with loads of that beautiful crisp, early-year sunshine beaming in and tons of little vases and baskets with flowers scattered about. I love this time ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Sweet and sugar-free Valentine's party
I love to create small and sweet celebrations out of holidays, and Valentine's Day is no exception! While I was heavily pregnant last year, I wanted to do a fuss-free Valentine's Day 'baking' activity with my daughter, but without the dreaded sugar crash afterwards. So we made watermelon hearts, which are bake free, and only sweet ...
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CHRISTMAS RECIPES
Some yummy seasonal cookies
We love baking during the Christmas season and these two cookie recipes we make every year. Speculaas (just like pepernoten) are very specific to December as we relate them to Sinterklaas, but where pepernoten really only hit the scene when the Saint is in town, we like to enjoy speculaas the rest of the year as ...
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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
Keeping Christmas Simple -- with Simple Matters author Erin Boyle
  Meet Erin Boyle, mama of one with another one on the way, friend of Babyccino, and author of both the fabulous blog, Reading My Tea Leaves and the super inspiring book called Simple Matters: living with less and ending up with more. We recently reached out to Erin to ask for her expert advice on simplifying ...
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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
Our activity advent calendar -- redesigned and ready to print!
Two years ago I started our first activity advent calendar and it has quickly become a firm family tradition. The children are so excited each morning of advent -- taking turns to open an envelope and discovering what special thing we'll be doing that day. This year, I wanted to make a bit more of ...
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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
Our annual Holiday Gift Guides!
I am literally still finding places to stash the Halloween candies away... and holiday season is already slowly making its way into our consciousness. To top it all off, it has even started snowing in Paris! Not long and it did not settle -- but enough to get us into the mood and bring out ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
DIY Baby Bunting
A beautiful bunting is a great way to celebrate the birth of a newborn and a fun project for the older sibling(s) to do too! I received a beautiful fabric bunting during my first pregnancy that my thoughtful and creative friends made as a gift for me. But when I took the bunting out to use ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Happy Easter!!!
Happy Easter everyone! Easter is one of my favourite holidays -- the idea of celebrating the beginning of spring is just so wonderful. We have been spending the days cooking, eating, and hanging out with friends and I thought it would be nice to share some of our Easter traditions with you... A week or two before Easter, ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Sweet illustrations, by Laura Uy
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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BOOKS
Christmas Eve at The Mellops', written by Tomi Ungerer
I recently read an article on the Icelandic tradition of gifting a book on Christmas Eve and then spending the evening reading it. Isn't it such a lovely idea? The thought of each of us cosying up on Christmas Eve with the fire lit and the tree lights sparkling, reading a new book is just ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Thoughtful and beautiful gift boxes from The London Gifting Studio
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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CELEBRATIONS
First day of Advent (and the sweetest Christmas calendar from Fabelab)
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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CELEBRATIONS
Our Advent Activity Calendar
I loved Esther’s post last year about an Advent Activity Calendar! We have done a similar idea for a few years now (unfortunately not so beautifully designed!). I bought a Maileg Advent garland (a little bit like this one) and in every pocket the children find a sweet treat and an Advent activity for us ...
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BOOKS
Christmas Book Advent Calendar (Updated)
I wrote my first post for Babyccino on 29th November 2009 (I can’t believe it – almost 6 years ago!) and it was about an idea that I had to wrap up 24 Christmas themed books to create a Christmas Book Advent Calendar. Well the idea is still going strong in our house and as ...
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BABY
2015 Holiday Gift Guides now live!
Can you believe we're talking about the holidays already?!! I can hardly believe it's November and time to start thinking about holiday gift-buying. Sinterklaas arrives in The Netherlands in just over a month's time, Hannukah starts around that same time, and then Christmas comes just after that. It's time to get busy! The good news ...
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BOOKS
6 Easter Book suggestions
1. The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown Margaret Wise Brown is probably best known for Goodnight Moon but I prefer this story for Easter – a young bunny finds a curious object (an egg) and can hear some tapping inside it – what is it? The bunny sets to investigations – some of ...
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BERLIN
A Berlin Christmas market
Our new Amsterdam team-member Nina just sent me some photos of her visit to the Christmas markets in Berlin, and I just had to share them with you here! I've never been to a German Christmas market, but now that I saw these photos I just know we'll have to go next year. Aren't they just amazing? ...
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BOOKS
Our favourite Christmas books
We keep our Christmas books tucked away on the bookshelf behind our sofa all year long until the start of December when we dust them off and stack them up on our coffee table. I think the fact that they're hidden away for 11 months of the year makes it that much more special when we finally bring ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Last minute advent activity calendar
Tomorrow is the start of advent -- only 25 days to go 'til Christmas! We do have an advent tradition in our family -- my mum always had an advent wreath on the table with 4 candles in a circle, and one candle was lit on every Sunday in the weeks leading up to Christmas, and ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Happy Holidays shoot by Maud Fontein (again at the ShopUp!)
Here are my four babies photographed by Maud Fontein for this year's Happy Holidays shoot. They've grown a bit since last year, haven't they? I'm always impressed by how Maud can take such sweet photos of all my kids -- she is so wonderful, makes children so quickly at ease. My kids actually look forward to going ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Our 2014 Gift Guides!
It's almost incredible that it's that time of year again, but yes it is. Christmas is creeping up on us. Only 7 weeks to go!! Time to get organised... We've tried to make selecting presents for the little ones in your life as easy as possible, by creating four Gift Guides filled with amazing gift ideas. There's one for boys, ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Advent Calendars. Time to start planning!
December is still six weeks away, and I'm refusing to start thinking about Christmas just yet (I saw the Christmas decorations up on Oxford street earlier this week and it didn't seem possible! Can it really be that time of year already?!). But... I do love Advent calendars -- it's one of my favourite Christmas traditions. ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Adorable Halloween costumes from Thumbelina
Halloween is around the corner, and I'm as unprepared as ever. Hmmm. !! I was feeling guilty about my tired stash of three-times worn Halloween costume options for Marlow and was needing a bit of inspiration... and these adorable costumes from Thumbelina have done the trick. How perfect are they?!  I love a good fleecey zip-up costume ...
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Spring is in the air and it feels SO good! Esther and her kids just set up their Easter tree (we love this sweet tradition!) and she shares today on the blog beautiful photos full of sunshine of @mariepuceparis new spring collection. Simple and stylish, with lovely summery colours and cute details - have a look! (link in profile)
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Hello LA mums! Have you saved the date? Join us for for our ShopUp event at @thespringsla on April 23 & 24 from 10am! A free, fun family event with over 30 children's boutiques from around the world, sweet activities to keep your little ones entertained, and delicious food and drinks. See you there! (participating shops and info -> link in profile)@TheShopUp #TheShopUpLA
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It's the beginning of tulip season! 2 years ago Courtney shared the tulip tips she has learned from her dad over the years (she grew up in a tulip farm, after all!), and we thought now would be a perfect time to share them with you again. How to keep your tulips beautiful as long as possible, link in profile
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Check out the DIY to make those beautiful painted leaf skeletons on the blog today! Use them as gift wrapping decorations, make lovely bookmarks - or just frame them, they're so beautiful. Thanks @soloskates for this cool project! Link in profile
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You will love the gorgeous selection of kids clothing and accessories from @egemgem (like those adorable bunny hoodies!)They currently offer a 15% discount on their whole online shop for Babyccino members - and for the very lucky families who live in LA, they will also be at @theshopup on April 23&24th! We can't wait to check out their great finds from around the world! #babyccinoboutiques #newshop #theshopup #theshopupLA
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Two days to go before Mother's Day in the UK! We're celebrating motherhood this week with @impossible_hq, sharing Polaroid snaps of moments of our life as women and mothers. Today, 2 photos from Courtney - one day sitting around awaiting a baby, and two days later holding her tiny babe in her arms...#makerealphotos #putherfirst
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For your Mother's Day cards, check out the beautiful ones from @papier! They donate 30p from the sale of every Mother's Day card to Breast Cancer Haven, a charity who they've supported for the last 6 months that does amazing work for people going through breast cancer treatment #babyccinoboutiques
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Our 2nd live shopping event in Brooklyn was amazing! Great shopping, delicious treats, tons of kids activities and a super cool family photo booth!
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Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
5 months ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
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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!)
8 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!
10 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.
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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
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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!
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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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