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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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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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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 FOR MUMS
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 & 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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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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Jim Flora wonderful wallpaper
Jim Flora  (1914-1998) was a mid-century artist known for his album covers and some fabulous children's books (The Day the Cow Sneezed, for example), and his illustrations are truly wonderful. Recently, a series of wallpaper was brought out in cooperation with Flora's estate, all using the original art and illustrations from his archival music images, paintings and abstract ...
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Armadillo & Co handmade rugs
Our friend, Jodie Fried, who longtime readers might remember from the Angawandi Charity Project or even before that, from the Bholu brand of quirky soft toys, is a woman of many talents (and apparently many successful business ideas!). She recently started a new company called Armadillo & Co which offers a stylish selection of handmade, natural ...
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Upside down plants!
Plants in your interior must be back in fashion! I see them everywhere (we've been pinning plants on our Pinterest board too if you're interested). I'm really enjoying the greens that I've been collecting in our home -- it just makes things look so nice and 'fresh'. One of the new additions I got for ...
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Beautifully designed Little Quote Jars, by Make History!
Ava will be four in less than two weeks! I can't believe my baby girl is getting so big so fast... She went through a huge growth spurt the last half year, both physically and intellectually, and she's rapidly developing into a little school girl. Sweet! I love having conversations with her. She's talking so ...
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Courtney answered some questions about toys, design for kids, and children's room decor on the inspiring website Afilii Design for Kids! Read the whole interview here: afilii.com/en/meet-courtney
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If you love breakfasts like we do, this book will delight you! 'Little Tables: Breakfasts from Around the World' from @vanessalewis features 32 children from 32 countries - and more than 70 breakfasts recipes from different cultures! The photos of the beautifully styled and dressed children are gorgeous, Esther shared a few on the blog, link in profile!️ #babyccinoreads #babyccinoeats
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How beautiful is this baby blanket from @hopeandfortuneblankets? Made of three layers of organic, unbleached muslin, it is reversible (with sweet faded grey stripes on the other side), and no nasty chemicals have been used on the fabric or in the dyes, perfect for your baby's delicate skin!#babyccinoboutiques #newshop
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Today is a good day to go to the market and buy plenty of fresh vegetables! We're sharing the list of our favourite soups with their recipes, link in profile! #babyccinoeats ( @estherbabyccino)
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A cup of rich, thick cocoa is what you need when you're wandering in New York on a winter day! Check out our 3 favourite places to get a delicious hot chocolate in our New York city guide - link in profile! ️🇺🇸#babyccinocityguides #newyork
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So exciting to discover the new Spring Summer 2017 collections! We're having a big crush for this @maan_kids flowery dress spotted on @ladidakids brand new beautiful website! We'll keep coming back for sure #babyccinoboutiques
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Yay! @theshopup will be back in LA on April 23rd and 24th and registration for shops is now open! Follow the link in profile for more information ️
3 days ago
On the blog today, Courtney shares beautiful photos of the picnic she had with her daughters and @yoli_and_otis a couple of weeks ago - you'll even find Ivy's fruit tart recipe as an extra treat! (photos from @madeline.johnson)
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This great backpack from @goodordering_mini is perfect for kids! Fill all the pockets with their treasures or take it to school - it can also be attached to scooter handles! And check out our latest Top Ten to discover the other 9 cool, fun or cute blue items. Link in profile
4 days ago
Emilie talks about speech therapy today on the blog, and the fact that it is very common for kids to have such sessions in France (for free!). So we're wondering: as a parent, when do you think we should intervene with therapies and other kinds of educational support? How does it work in your country? We'd love to hear your thoughts!Follow the link in profile to read the blog post.
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