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BOOKS
Cotton chalk books -- great for travel
Just before we left London, with the impending 9-hour flight to Seattle on my mind, I discovered these cool chalk books from one of our newest shops, Little Goldie. The 'Chalk & Talk' books are great for travel because they fold or roll up easily into your carry-on bag (or daily tote) and can be pulled ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
See you next week!
We've decided to take a little blogging break this week to enjoy some time away from our computers. We are each in our favourite summer spots enjoying slow, lazy days with our families, and we hope you won't mind if we push the pause button this week and resume as normal next week? In the meantime, ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Dream Car, by Huzi
It's always so great when children's toys are not only great toys (encouraging kids to create, learn and be imaginative), but also when they look so good you'd rather display it on a shelf in the living room than hide it at the bottom of the toy box. The Dream Car, designed by Mike Mak for Huzi, ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Design your own butterfly wings
Ivy received this Design Your Own Butterfly Wings Kit for her birthday a couple months ago, and in my haste to tidy up after her party I stuck it in our craft cupboard, hidden away until we found it last week! She spent an afternoon carefully colouring and glittering her wings, and then spent the entire weekend fluttering ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Birthday gifts for a 10-year-old boy
I still can't believe my baby is TEN!! It's been an emotional year as I anticipated his birthday and reflected on the past decade, but then when the day finally arrived, it was happy and joyous (and I didn't even shed a tear)! We celebrated our big boy with pancakes for breakfast, an afternoon spent at ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Edible Gluten-Free Play Dough
My 1.5-year-old absolutely adores playdough but he also loves to put it in his mouth so as I tried to find edible playdough I came across this recipe and it’s amazing. It’s not only edible but also gluten free! How great is that? The only thing about it is that it only keeps for about ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Birthday gifts for a six-year-old girl
Birthday season has just come to an end in our family, which consists of five birthdays in quick succession. Marlow is our odd one out with a birthday in November, but the rest of us all have birthdays in the springtime. Our birthday bunting literally goes up and down and up and down from April ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Woody knitting toy
This past Christmas I discovered the ethical French toy brand Les Jouets Libres when looking for gifts to give my nieces and nephews. They make the most beautiful, old-fashioned wooden toys, the kind of toys you keep forever. I ended up buying this pretty stacking toy for one and this colourful blocks set for another, both which ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Stitch 'n Kids: the braid star
I saw this braid star at my friend Elke's house and went to buy one for my children as I'm always interested in these kind of simple crafting tools. And it has become an instant hit in our household! Simply a wooden disc with 8 slots, it's the perfect entertainment for children aged 4 (depending on their motor ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Oli&Carol natural rubber bath toys
Over the years I've learned that bath toys should not have a hole. Even though you're a clean person (which you are, of course), there will eventually grow a nasty, black substance inside that toy. Also, independent of their age it seems, children love to put everything they find in the bath into their mouth. So bath toys are ...
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BOOKS
So Awesome Wallet cards
These So Awesome wallet cards don't just looks beautiful, they're also super practical. A selection of cards the size of a credit card, made from durable, easy-to-clean, biodegradable and kid-safe (non-toxic, food-safe) plastic, are kept together by a re-closable ring. The size makes them super easy to throw in your handbag or nappy bag. They can be ...
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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
Triangular crayons!
Last week in New York we had dinner with the ever so sweet Annie from Brimful, and she brought us a few sweet and thoughtful gifts. One of them is a little container with crayons, which is nothing that special in theory, except for the fact that the crayons are triangular! How clever! Not only are ...
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PARENTING
Tuesday tips: Open-ended play and evergreen toys
Today for Tuesday Tips I would like to talk about toys. The kind of toys that I prefer in our house are the basic, evergreen kind of toys. I like toys that are well made, with a simple concept, that can be used and combined in different ways or played with in different settings. Toys that ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Gommini Minigoms PlayScape
Germany is in so many respects so much further with responsible and sustainable processing and production methods than many other countries here in Europe. There's such a strong local manufacturing of eco products, with use of honest materials, but the research for new, innovative materials, which allow new product design and at the same time leave ...
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KIDS ROOMS
Beautiful, retro-style doll prams from The Tipi
We're moving house this week (!!) and have spent the past month paring down our belongings and clearing out all of the stuff we've accumulated over the past four years. It's really kind of appalling how much stuff one family can collect into one house. And I thought we lived quite minimally. Ha! Anyway, we've ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Handmade 'Maria' doll from Mamma Couture
In the run up to Christmas I spotted a Maria doll on Mamma Couture's Instagram feed (a 'Maria' doll meaning Maria from The Sound Of Music, complete with her own guitar!). I just knew Ivy would love this, so we ordered one for her for Christmas and it has been a huge hit. The dolls ...
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TOYS & GAMES
kidO magnatabs
kidO magnatabs is an ingenious toy that works with little metal beads which are permanently sealed in the plastic magnatab base and a magnetic pen that brings the beads to the surface once you draw over the base. The geometric creations simply erase with your finger once you're done. It's incredibly simple, but it's the kind of ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Brio labyrinth game, suitable for 6-99 years!
This labyrinth game by Brio was one of the presents we gave Pim for Christmas and it was such an immediate success. During the courses at our Christmas dinner that evening, the kids were literally fighting over it, together with their grandfather (see photo!). So the fact that Brio markets this toy as suitable 'for 6 to ...
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KIDS
Everyday is a party! Gorgeous leather crowns from hubble + duke.
My kids had a little party on our bed this weekend (like most weekends), and they were being so cute, wearing their leather crowns from Hubble + Duke, that I just had to take a few photos. And then, I even got them to sit still just long enough for a portrait! Yay! Hubble + Duke ...
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KIDS ROOMS
Cute crochet friends from Leggybuddy
Leggybuddy is a Swiss company started by designer Suzanna Pezo Sommerfeld. She's a mother of a little boy and co-owner of a young and very cool looking design agency in Zurich. As if that is not enough to keep someone busy, she recently launched Leggybuddy, a line of adorable hand-crochet animal characters with, as the name implies, beautiful long ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
The Little Things... A Doll Hospital!
For this post in the The Little Things series, we made something I think every little boy or girl will love: a doll hospital! This is such a fun project to make, and it's really quite simple. Also, most of the materials we've used are recycled! A trip to the local greengrocer provided us with the (future) hospital ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Sticker crafting with Pipsticks
My friend, Maureen, invited us over to her house last week for a sticker craft playdate for the little ones (and homemade soup for the mums! Yummm).  It was such a fun and inspiring morning in her gorgeous home, and Marlow loved making (and wearing) her sticker crown. What a sweet activity. Maureen is the founder of ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Pretend and play with Fanny & Alexander
Last week, Courtney and her family were visiting us in Amsterdam, and we had such a lovely time. Eight children, who have known each other all of their life, together in one house. You can imagine the amount of fun we all had! Ivy and Ava are one year apart, but these girls are the ...
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If you're looking for good books recommendations for older kids (age 10 to 15), have a look at the top ten list of David, an 11-year-old voracious reader! Link in profile #babyccinoreads
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So much exciting news from one of our favourite bows boutiques! Free Babes Handmade is now called @wunderkin_co (with a charming and delicate illustration in their new logo) - and they have just released their Spring collection which is gorgeous! Follow the link in profile to discover what Wunderkin means, and to find out more about those heirloom bows
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Happy Mardi Gras/ Pancake Day/ Fat Tuesday! We love pancakes at Babyccino (even during summer when this photo was taken️) and we think you really have to try Esther's Dutch pancakes recipe!•250 g flour•500 ml or 2 cups of milk•3 eggs•1/2 bag baking powder (or 8 grams, or 2 teaspoons)•3 tablespoons of sugar•a good pinch of saltBeat the eggs. Combine flour with baking powder, sugar and salt. Add eggs to flour, combine, and add a third of the milk. Whisk to get rid of lumps, add rest of the milk in parts. Get rid of all the lumps. Heat up a large frying pan. Melt butter in the pan, and pour in batter. Evenly cover the bottom of the pan, trying to make the pancake as thin as possible. Flip pancake over when golden. Cook other side as well. Enjoy! #babyccinoeats
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We love the stunning heirloom blankets from @willabyclothier! Made from eight layers of unbleached cotton gauze in beautiful colours, they're perfect for newborns (and are designed to last and be passed on to little siblings)#babyccinoboutiques #newshop
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Looks like a cat flap between two rooms... but Emilie actually installed it for her daughters - how COOL is that! Link to the blog post in profile!
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Oh my! Those adorable hand knits from @millesimebaby! The whole collection is sustainably made from natural fibres (pure Alpaca or Pima Cotton depending on the season) and features a gorgeous colour palette. True heirloom pieces for babies and toddlers!#babyccinoboutiques #newshop
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Seriously, how cute is this Harlequin bunny plate from @famillesummerbelle and @engelpunt? Perfect for Carnival! Check out the link in profile to find out about the other 9 Carnival items of this week's Top Ten!#babyccinotopten #carnival
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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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Our 2nd live shopping event in Brooklyn was amazing! Great shopping, delicious treats, tons of kids activities and a super cool family photo booth!
2 months ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
4 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!)
7 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!
9 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.
11 months 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!
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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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