Health & Care

BABY
My hospital bag
I keep thinking I have a couple of months left, but the reality is... that today I have only two weeks left until my due date! So it's about time I prepared some things for the imminent arrival of our baby. This morning I packed my hospital bag. I must say I feel a bit ...
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HEALTH & CARE
Stylish spectacles from Zoobug
Are you ready for school to start? I am soooo not ready. I'm still lamenting the end of summer and slow, lazy days! But... these cute back-to-school images from Zoobug are rather inspiring and fun. (I'm sure my kids will feel like that girl in the top photo on their first day back! It's always hard ...
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BOOKS
Yoga Pretzels
My kids have been greatly enjoying the Yoga Pretzels cards they got from their babysitter for Christmas. It's so cute to see them bend in all sorts of curves, or trying to keep their balance. There are 50 cards, each of them giving a suggestion for a pose. There are, for instance, balance poses, stretch ...
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HEALTH & CARE
Zoobug Sunglasses
If you're looking for sunglasses for your kids this summer, the ones to opt for are the Zoobug sunglasses. Not only do they have loads of cool styles (I love the Daisy sunglasses for girls and the Wayfarers for boys!), the sunglasses are UV-protective and many of the styles have adjustable rubber tips to ensure the ...
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BABY ESSENTIALS
Liniment Oleo Calcaire
I am a total French pharmacy groupie. And I really thought that I knew every product available and then, recently, I stumbled upon yet another French wonder product! Linement Oleo Calcaire (I guess this translates to oil and calcium ointment) consists of only two ingredients: olive oil and calcium. The most common use for it is cleaning ...
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HEALTH & CARE
Home safety (and the Ouch! Box)
I was recently chatting with a friend and she told me that they had just spent the weekend making their house safer. Of course my interest was roused -- what did they do that I should be doing?? Well, first, they installed smoke and carbon dioxide detectors. I must admit that I was kind of ...
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BABY
Vicks Behind-the-ear thermometer
It's funny how medical care can be so different from country to country.  When I lived in London and asked the pharmacist for some suppositories to give to my sick baby, he literally looked at me as if I was asking him to stand on his head and sing the ABCs. Whereas here in Amsterdam, ...
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FOR MUMS
Spoil yourself
I have had one of those months, and the truth be told, I am feeling a little bit run down. The days are getting shorter, the leaves are falling off the trees, my girls and I have all had colds and it has been one of those periods where nothing really goes to plan. I ...
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HEALTH & CARE
10 things to have as a nursing mother
I just read this post on A Cup Of Jo and loved it -- it's a great, stylish and sensible list of must-have items for mothers with a newborn baby. I totally agree that easy, slip-on shoes and a wristwatch are essential. I also like the tip about the backpack -- it has inspired me ...
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BEAUTY
Sidewalk Shoe Survival Balm
Rejoice!  Summer is here in full force and with the clunky boots now tossed to the back of the closet it's time to break out the cute sandals and flats. But oh my… ouch... so uncool... breaking in the new shoes for the new season also means blisters and sore feet! A very good friend ...
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BABY ESSENTIALS
Nyp Balm, food for your boobs (and baby's bottom)
The third time around, breastfeeding was easy. I knew exactly what to do, and the baby also got it immediately -- she was breastfeeding within minutes after she was born, as if we both had been doing nothing else for years. Life is beautiful. I also knew exactly what to expect a few days after ...
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BEAUTY
Original Sprout Hair Care for Kids
One of my twin daughters has stick-straight blond hair while the other is a brunette with a thick mane of curly ringlets.  During the morning routine the blond is pretty easy -- a quick comb through and she is good to go.  The curly brunette however, takes a little more work to get camera ready ...
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HEALTH & CARE
Wherefore art thou toothbrush?
For some reason, we do not have good luck when it comes to toothbrushes.   The toothbrush, in our house, is like the dental equivalent of a pair of socks. I buy two, I loose one immediately. I put five in a cup on Monday – and have only one left on Friday. I don’t ...
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FOOD
Pick your own
May is here -- we can officially start the count-down to Summer (which I have been doing since 1st Jan but now the goal is in sight!). With May comes the start of some of my favourite Summer activities (eating outside, picnics, French cricket, boules, paddling in pools to name but a few).  The best ...
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HEALTH & CARE
Toothbeary
Here in the UK we get free dental care when we are pregnant and for a year after the baby is born.  I knew when I was pregnant with my second child that there was something wrong with one of my teeth and I was right -- I needed a root-canal.  Scary!  It had to ...
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BEAUTY
Coola Sun Care
Is there anything more mentally taxing then applying sunscreen to small kids? I love the summer and all, but the one thing that really causes anxiety during the morning routine is when we have to apply sunscreen to the family. I hate it.  The chase....The begging them to stand still...The sudden jerky movements while you ...
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BEAUTY
Resolution 2 of 999,999. Soul Cycle.
Soul Cycle just opened an amazing new space in Tribeca and while I totally TOTALLY dread working out I decided to just suck it up and force myself to go.  After all, as mentioned before, the only cardio routine I have these days is courtesy of the Dancey Dance segments from Yo Gabba Gabba. So ...
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BEAUTY
Papaw ointment -- an Australian treasure
I'm probably not winning any points for originality with our Australian  readers, but before coming to  Australia I had never heard of Lucas' Papaw Ointment and it has since become our favourite Australian discovery. This natural remedy, made from an enzyme in papaya fruit, can be used on burns, boils, cuts, insect bites, open wounds, ...
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BABY
First-aid elephant from Goodies of Desire
Before we moved to a new house a few weeks ago, we used to live in an apartment building.  Parking in the basement, large elevator, and the rooms conveniently laid-out on one single level. Disadvantage: no garden.  Advantage: no stairs. Last week I came home from work and found my 4-year-old daughter sitting on the ...
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HEALTH & CARE
Infertile Thoughts: Part 1
I have wanted to write a post on this for a while now as it is a topic that I unfortunately hear about way too often.  Infertility is an issue that I have dealt with personally and continue to think about every single day of my life.  To be honest, I don’t even know where ...
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BABY
Invisible Zinc
All those scorching Australian summers that I spent oiling myself with 'Hawaiian Tropic' –- how it makes me cringe! If only this product was around when I was in my late teens... okay, who am I kidding, I still would have ignored the facts, all for a deep bronze tan that didn’t ever last. The ...
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BABY
11-13 weeks scan at the Fetal Medicine Centre
My first two babies were born in London.  Even though I had both of them through the National Health Service system, I went to the Fetal Medicine Centre (FMC), a private clinic on Harley Street in London, for the 11-13 week scans.  Reason is, the founder of the FMC is Professor Kypros Nicolaides, the world's ...
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HEALTH & CARE
Tantrum-free hair products
It's funny the things your kids notice. I recently tried out the new Tantrum range of hair products, and instantly my boys pointed out the 'yummy' smell of the bubbles! (I was more attracted to the 'paraben and allergen-free' qualities, but of course kids know nothing about that!) Tantrum is a children's hair salon here ...
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HEALTH & CARE
Swine Flu
The Swine Flu, in France known as la grippe A, has landed in France and the media frenzy is on! School started last week and, as in other countries, measures are being taken on how to prevent the spread of the virus. Children are being asked to sneeze into a tissue, wash their hands and ...
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The Carnivals in Rio and Venice are in full swing! Have you planned something special to celebrate with your kids? We think this disco party Esther organised for Pim was pretty awesome and really inspiring! Link in profile!
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Family friendly, authentic and fuss free, with a focus on responsibly sourced, quality produce - make sure you have lunch or dinner with your kids at one of Jamie Oliver's Italian restaurants when you're visiting London (there are 6 locations!) And the best part: kids eat for free this half term 11-26th February! Thanks for the tip @soloskates More in our London City Guide, link in profile🇬🇧 #babyccinocityguides #london
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For girls, you will find classic, handmade hairbows and accessories in a beautiful range of colours and styles - and for boys... bow ties, yay! Have a look at the exquisite collection from @zozubaby and if you can, join us at @theshopup in LA in April to shop them! #babyccinoboutiques #newshop #TheShopUp
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Socks and tights season is a long one, so let's make the most of it! We've asked the team and we're sharing today our favourite brands on the blog. Only the ones we use and love for our kids! Link in profile !#babyccinoteamfavourites #kidssocks #kidstights
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@cotton.twist has launched a collection of the most adorable paper birthday invites that come with a few stickers to personalise them - so fun!There are 10 different designs to make every kid happy, including this cute unicorn one🦄. More on the blog, link in profile!
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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.
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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!)
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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!
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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!
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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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