Good reads

BOOKS
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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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites : Best Books for Pregnant Mamas
New life is on our minds at Babyccino both because Spring is in the air, (yay!) and... because we currently have a few pregnant mamas and a newborn on our team.  So we wanted to share our favourite books that we read while pregnant. Books that inspire, educate,  prepare, and inform us so we are ...
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GOOD READS
Parenting without Borders, by Christine Gross-Loh
I recently read a conversation with Christine Gross-Loh in the super cool Lunch Lady magazine about raising kids in different cultures. It's a topic I find fascinating having brought up our girls in places throughout Europe, Africa and in the USA. I've seen so much diversity in childhoods and had so many discussions about parental topics with friends from all nationalities ...
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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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BEAUTY
Thursday Thoughts: To shave or not to shave
  Okay ladies, a funny thing happened to me this week. I posted this photo (above) on my Instagram feed to feature a watch brand I like and to talk about the two opposing sides of my personal style, as reflected by my wrists. But, the comments and conversation quickly became focused on my arm hair!!! Some people told me "it looked gross," while others suggested I ...
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INTERESTING ARTICLES
Maths with Lego
I am always looking for more ways of teaching maths in a tangible way to my kids. This is partly because one of the slight disadvantages of the French school system is that teaching is very academic. It is also because I want the children to understand at an early age how genuinely useful, fun ...
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GOOD READS
The Ladybird books for Grown-Ups
Have you seen these books yet?  If you are in your 30s / 40s and grew up in the UK I'm sure you will recognise 'The Ladybird Book' series - if we didn't own them ourselves our school library certainly had a few.  They were an inescapable part of childhood and although wooden in their ...
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GOOD READS
Babyccino mama reads
I have to admit since having children my reading habit has really slowed down. I'm either too busy packing up the lunches for the next day, or as soon as my head hits the pillow I'm asleep! However, now that they are getting a bit older and my nights are less broken (Helena still needs ...
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INTERESTING ARTICLES
A personal uniform
I just read this article about a woman who has decided to wear a "uniform" to work everyday, which was originally written for Harper's Bazaar. I thought it would be fun to share, just because this morning I had yet again the work clothes panic: what should I wear? My daily morning routine involves getting the kids ...
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GOOD READS
Design Mom's book 'How to live with Kids: A room-by-room guide'
A few months ago my friend Gabrielle Blair, the famous Design Mom, asked me to share some photos of our home, for the use in the book she was working on. I was super flattered to be asked, because I have been a Design Mom fan from the moment we started blogging. Gabrielle is so ...
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GOOD READS
One Day Young by Jenny Lewis
I get goosebumps just thinking about it: those magical first days after your baby is born, when the rest of the world is fuzzy and the only thing in focus is your beautiful baby in your hands and your loving family surrounding you. The sweet smell of your baby, the little sounds of yawns and sneezes. ...
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GOOD READS
Find us in this month's issue of Red Magazine
We are super duper excited to be featured in this month's issue of Red Magazine! The team from Red Mag came over last month for an interview and to snap some photos, and I'm excited to finally see the photos and read the article. I chat about family life, my views on TV, the pros and ...
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INTERESTING ARTICLES
Why Do Kids Lie?
Here is a typical situation in our household: I hear a little pair of feet running off toward the bathroom in a hurry and then there is silence. Approximately two minutes later the little feet run off again. I then yell: "have you flushed the toilet and washed your hands?" and the answer is inevitably ...
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GOOD READS
An interview on The Daily Muse
I was extremely excited to be asked for an interview over on Fenwick's online magazine The Daily Muse. I have always loved the children's department at Fenwick -- for years it has been my go-to place to find unique children's gifts, and I've recently been really impressed with their blossoming childrenswear department which includes many of our favourite ...
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INTERESTING ARTICLES
Finnish Babies in a Box
Have you heard of this custom in Finland? I just read this article and had to share it! Every baby born in Finland receives a box from the state full of clothes, a sleeping bag, accessories and toys. The box can then be used as a bed. Everyone receives it, so it has become part of ...
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HEALTH & CARE
Organ donation and one mum's incredible story
Last month at our ShopUp event, I had the pleasure of meeting fellow London mum, Louise Hannon. We started talking about children and life in London, and she told me her incredible story about her son's illness, his life-threatening surgeries at Great Ormond Street Hospital and his heart transplant through organ donation. We spoke about organ ...
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GOOD READS
The new issue of Smallish Magazine, and a feature on the ShopUp!
Have you seen the gorgeous new December issue of Smallish Magazine? Admittedly, I'm a bit biased because it includes the most amazing double-page feature on the ShopUp, but all that aside, this might be my favourite issue yet.  What's not to love about a festive issue filled with inspiring gift guides, exciting interviews about Christmas traditions, behind-the-scenes ...
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INTERESTING ARTICLES
Are We There Yet?
Have you been following the Rosetta mission on the news lately?  I have been a bit obsessed in the last few days to see if the mission of landing an unmanned space craft on a comet that is about 6bn kilometres away from earth was going to work, so improbably and yet, somehow it landed! ...
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FOOD
What kids around the world eat for breakfast
I am sure a lot of you have come across this article in the New York Times but I still wanted to post it, as I think it is so interesting to see how differently children eat. At my flat we are so used to eating sweet things in the morning, be it cereal, porridge (very ...
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GOOD READS
Smallish Magazine
I know it's a bit of old news by now, but did you see that Baby & Me Magazine got a cool new name? Our favourite London-based magazine has relaunched and is now called Smallish.  No longer focused just on pregnancy and birth, the new magazine will include beautiful fashion shoots, issue-led features, inspiring parents, glossy ...
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INTERESTING ARTICLES
The importance of handwriting
There are a lot of things I like about my kids schooling in France --  there are also a lot of things I criticise. Compared to the children of my Anglo-Saxon friends, school seems to be so rigid over here. One of the things I found unnecessarily strict here is the importance placed on handwriting. ...
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GOOD READS
Get organised! This month's column in Baby&Me Magazine
Every year I promise myself I'll be organised come the first day of school. I'll be ready for early morning wake-ups and prepared for the rush to school. But no matter my best intentions, I'm never ready. We still have another two weeks until school starts for my kids, but this year I'm determined to be ...
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BOOKS
Baby & Me Magazine, my favourite childhood items
This month's issue of Baby & Me Magazine features the best and most stylish of children's products in the 2014 Style Awards. They handed out awards to winners based on their criteria of iconic design, good looks and innovation (you can see the winners here). This month they asked me to round up some of my personal ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
Our favourite travel games in Baby&Me Magazine
This month's issue of Baby&Me Magazine is all about travel, which of course is a topic that excites us all! You'll find a selection of family-friendly holiday destinations to kick-start your summer holiday planning, plus stylish travel essentials, holiday packing ideas and a fashionable photoshoot in sunny Palm Springs! In this month's issue we've rounded ...
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If you like fun, vintage-inspired children's books, you are going to love this Top Ten book list from Tom Schamp, the author of 'Show & Tell Me the World'. @vanessagerbrandy shares this delightful list on the blog today, link in profile!#babyccinoreads (and stay tuned for more ShopUp photos today, it's still on!)
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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
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Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
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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!
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
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