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FOOD
The beautiful creations of Masami Akatsuka of Cocon
Masami Akatsuka is a Japanese mama living in the south of France, and creator of the most delightful objects. Her artful collection, called Cocon, is entirely handmade by Masami herself, and the way she uses colour, material and detail is absolutely wonderful. There's just so much character in all of her makings! I'm a serious fan ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
DIY: Seashell Mobiles
Happy Monday everyone! We're back to regular posting this week. Thank you for all your sweet comments last week and for bearing with us while we enjoyed a blogging break. The kids and I spent the week (hardly getting out of pyjamas!) in our little beach house on Bainbridge Island. We went for long beach walks, ...
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FOOD
The Furoshiki, a Japanese wrapping cloth
Have you heard of furoshikis? They are square fabric cloths used in Japan to wrap everything from lunch, presents, picnics, pillows, groceries, you name it! Made from gorgeous printed cotton fabric, furoshikis are as beautiful as everything coming from Japan. Besides the primary use of a wrap, furoshikis are also great to be used as scarfs, ...
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DIY FOR MUMS
DIY: Printed Cardboard Box
I had a few items like socks, a hat, sunscreen, a lost toy, a diaper, probably also the pacifier etc. stacked in an ugly cardboard box in Talan’s part of the entrance way. I couldn’t look at it anymore but I also didn’t get a chance to find and buy a decent wooden box so ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Some photos and an interview with Little Years blog
A few weeks ago the lovely French/German photographer Christina Schumacher came over to our house to take some informal photos for an interview with the beautiful German blog Little Years, and I really love the way she captured our family. I thought it would be fun to share some photos here (well, more than some ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
The sweetest nightlight from Tulipop
Ava needed a new lamp for her bedside table and when I saw the new product of Signy and Helga, the two beautiful fiends behind Icelandic brand Tulipop, I knew she would absolutely love it. How sweet is this Bubble lamp? It's just prefect for her, so soft and sweet. Very comforting for a little girl that just ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Aether Cone, a Thinking Music Player
I'm sure every family is the same, but we love a bit of a swing in ours. Very often, after breakfast or dinner, we turn up the volume and dance in our living room. It's crazy! We all join in, and it's just so much fun. And very often, we end up with a big ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
DIY: Dipped Wooden Spoons
I’ve been eyeing the dipped wooden spoons for a while now and the penny pincher in me decided to make something similar on her own instead of buying them. And they turned out great, plus the feeling of making something with my own two hands is priceless (when it succeeds anyway). This project is also ...
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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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HOME AND DÉCOR
Hattie the elephant (from Four Monkeys)
When Pim was 2 years old, he pulled over a marble sculpture that my mum had made as our wedding gift and it broke in half. Thankfully we were able to restore it, but -- better safe than sorry -- we now keep our delicate sculptures in storage until our children are bigger. And I've ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
The Little Things... making pompoms for a spring branches bouquet
For this The Little Things post, we've been making pompoms for an Easter Tree-inspired, spring branches bouquet. The great thing about making pompoms, is that it appeals to different ages, and both boys and girls absolutely love making them. Isn't there a magical attraction to wool? The moment I pull my suitcase with yarn leftovers ...
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DIY FOR MUMS
DIY: Brown Paper Flower Pots
A couple of weeks ago I spotted these cute flower pots (that were really brown paper bags) neatly set down the stairs in front of some shop in Stuttgart and I loved it so much I went to buy craft paper bags and a few flower the same day! This is such a simple and ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Laikonik Once A Year Books
I have written about the beautiful Once A Year Books from Autralian company Laikonik before, but now that I've started Casper's book, I thought I should share them again. They're just so beautiful. The concept is simple: once a year, a photo can be placed in the harmonica-style notebook, and a little story can be written ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Nursery idea: rug on the wall
My friend Mo, who owns Pipsticks and whom I've written about before (here), is expecting a baby girl (her fourth baby!) any day now. I was over at her house last week and asked to see her baby's nursery... because honestly, isn't there something so magical and exciting about a newly prepared little space for a baby? ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Pim's bed, and wonderful Jim Flora wallpaper
Last weekend, my husband and I did something new for both of us: we wallpapered a wall. We learned a lot about measuring, cutting, and patience, and got to deeply respect the skills of professional wallpaperers. But after hard labour I'm proud to present the results: the wall behind Pim's bed is covered in gorgeous blue wallpaper! Pim picked this ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Happy New Year! (And let's get organised!)
Happy New Year everyone! Here's to a splendid, happy and healthy 2015 for all of you! Only a few more days of vacation for us, and then, on Monday, the children will be back in school and we will be back behind our computers -- and behind tons of laundry to catch up with, fridges to clean ...
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BABY
LileSADi, cool products with attitude
I recently discover Lile SADi, a Dutch (Rotterdam based) label with super cool and contemporary products. Founded by Dinah and Sarah a few years ago, Lile SADi's collections cover graphic wallpapers and prints and wonderful kitchen and home accessories.  All products are manufactured here in Europe to keep craftsmanship and individuality alive. Dinah and Sarah recently came out with a children's ...
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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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HOME AND DÉCOR
New house storage boxes from Famille Summerbelle
Famille Summerbelle just came out with these adorable house storage boxes. I just love how clever and decorative they are. Yes please for my office, which is in need of organisation! Plus -- a perfect present for the holidays, don't you think? xxx Esther
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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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HOME AND DÉCOR
The Little Square Gallery -- sweet snapshots in a cool frame
I'm not very organised when it comes to using my digital photos -- I just take a photo, post it to Instagram, and then it disappears in a virtual cloud somewhere. Actually, it wasn't very different back when I took analog photos -- instead of a virtual cloud, photos would disappear in a dusty box, waiting to be organised ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
An easy way to transform a room
We're back from France, and we found our house renovation next door in full swing. Once again, I'm thinking of tiles patterns, paint colours, concrete floors and curtains. I even wake up in the middle of the night, trying to solve the most unimportant little design questions imaginable. Crazy! (And annoying!) One of the things that came to mind in my nightly ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Home & Kids (and a house renovation!)
When we moved to Amsterdam 6 years ago, we thought we would leave after a few years, so we never ended up buying a place for ourselves. We found a nice little house for rent, in a nice little neighbourhood, with a nice little backyard which is connected to other nice little backyards by way of a ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Perludi furniture: a cot, junior bed & ottoman (all in one)
We were given a hand-me-down cot from friends when our first baby was born and it's the cot we still use for Marlow. I think it must be at least 15 years old now, and it's one of those cots that is ONLY a cot, and nothing else.  If I were to buy a cot ...
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@mariepuceparis did it again! A beautiful new collection for spring and summer 2017, full of candy colours and lovely patterns for boys and girls from baby up to teens. Check out the pretty photos Esther took last weekend when her kids set up their Easter tree! (link in profile)
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Oh those sweet handmade knitted mermaids from @lauvely_ , we want them all! Check out their little friends too, they're all so cute - coming from the fascinating worlds of the circus and the sea, you'll find pirates, rabbits, elephants or lions. And their tall size make them perfect for a good squeeze!#babyccinoboutiques #newshop
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How to make your pregnancy easier, more comfortable, and more stylish - we're sharing a curated collection of 11 essentials that all pregnant mamas should know about. All of them tested and approved. Link in profile! (photo of our New York City guide beautiful contributor Shannon, taken by @bejabphotography) #babyccinoteamfavourites
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@vildhouseoflittle create minimalist luxury basics for little ones - cool, comfortable, fuss-free pieces that look simply spot-on. Check out their collection of short and long-sleeved bodysuits, t-shirts, beanies and blankets!#babyccinoboutiques #newshop
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Spring cleaning has never looked so good! Check out our natural, cute and eco-friendly finds this week in this very fresh and clean Top Ten (even kids can pretend cleaning the house with these child-size mop and bucket🤗!)Tap for details or follow the link in profile for more info!#babyccinotopten #springcleaning #spring
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@som_newyork range of swaddles, baby bedding, bath capes and duvet covers is exclusively made from double and triple layer 100% cotton gauze, and available in a gorgeous palette of neutral tones. A haven for those seeking both minimalist design and comfort! And good news for our LA mums - you will be able to shop their beautiful collection at @theshopup on April 23rd and 24th! #babyccinoboutiques #newshop #TheShopUp #theshopupLA
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We couldn't keep this to ourselves - the make up from @gayacosmetics is made of 100% natural ingredients and chemical, paraben and fragrance-free! And they don’t test on animalsMore in the link in profile, thanks for sharing Polona @babyjungleshop!
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If you're seeking unique, special clothing for babies and toddlers, check out @marlonandlittlefriends adorable collection! Classic (yet modern!) heirloom hand knit pieces, but also restored vintage clothing carefully sourced in France and the UK - everything is beautifully nostalgic, with a perfect mix between old and new!#babyccinoboutiques #newshop
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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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Find a wonderful collection of carefully selected items for babies, children and their homes at @seedfactory! Those wooden legos - we just want them now!#babyccinoboutiques #newshop
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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!
3 months ago
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.
5 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!)
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.
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
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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