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The tulip fields
April 20, 2014
The tulips are in full bloom here in the Netherlands, and last week we went on a little tour with the children to take a look at them. Such an amazing view! The kids loved running through the endless beds of flowers. And the smell!! Have you ever been to the tulip fields? I've heard ...
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Kid & Coe, a vacation rental website for families!
October 8, 2013
I am really, super excited about the recent launch of Kid & Coe, a vacation rental website featuring stylish family homes all over the world. Imagine travelling to New York, Paris, San Francisco, Copenhagen... Mexico even (!) and being able to stay in a family home, complete with child-sized beds, toys for your kids, a ...
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Our summer holidays in Holland
September 25, 2013
Oh! It is so nice for me to remember our holidays in Holland this past summer! We went in July and we were so lucky with everything. We are in a program of house exchange and everything went just perfect!. We really loved our house and the garden with the lovely wooden house. Great memories ...
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Maud Fontein Photography
June 14, 2013
Last week my friend Maud Fontein took some photos of my kids... And I thought she did such a great job! I love the sweet set-up she made, with the trunk and the cloud on the wall -- so simple yet so effective. Maud is amazing with kids (she has two little ones herself) -- ...
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Amsterdam!
March 22, 2013
We recently visited Esther and Family in Amsterdam, and it was a such a great trip! So great, that the whole train carriage on the way home had to listen to my kids' lamentations about how Amsterdam is so great and Paris is not! I know what they mean--  it is so nice discovering a ...
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Ice skating!
February 13, 2012
Ice-skating is something of a national sport in the Netherlands, especially in winters where we're lucky enough to have temperatures so low the many natural waterways in the city and countryside are frozen. Last week was such a lucky week, and children and parents alike put on their skates and hit the ice. Even the ...
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Babyccino kids on Ohdeedoh
July 16, 2010
Ohdeedoh featured our newly designed city-guides -- check out what they say for some insider information on Paris, New York, London and Amsterdam!!
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Broer&Zus
May 13, 2010
I did already tell you about Broer&Zus, one of my favourite children's boutiques in Amsterdam, and I have already raved about their fantastic own label as well. But I recently stepped into the store again, and just have to tell you yet AGAIN how lovely the store is and how I like their own label! ...
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Re-live the 17th century in Rembrandt's House
March 25, 2010
Last weekend we did something unexpectedly fabulous: we took the children to Rembrandt's House. Rembrandt, as you might know, was a very famous Dutch painter who lived from 1607 till 1669. From 1625 onwards he lived in Amsterdam. For a big part of his live he was very rich, already well known in his time, ...
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Do as the Dutch do, bike on a bakfiets
February 2, 2010
Thanks to its flat (meaning not hilly) landscape, the Netherlands is the perfect place for getting around on bike.  It's also quite safe: bike lanes are virtually everywhere, and drivers are so used to the many bikes around that they take them in careful consideration.  So the 'fiets' is the preferred means of transportation for most, ...
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Amsterdam wall stickers from Zuuz
January 12, 2010
Don't you love these wall decals? I mean, even if you don't live in Amsterdam, you surely must like them!?! These supercool stickers are made by Zuuz, and besides the fact that I really like the images of the typical Dutch canal houses, I love the fact that they are so big -- my daughter ...
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Broer&Zus, cute kid's clothes from Amsterdam
November 27, 2009
I can't believe I only just discovered this shop! The only excuse I have is that it's located on the other side of town... Broer&Zus stocks a great selection of fantastic brands, which makes it irresistible to start with.  But the best part for me is their own label!  They have some great pieces for babies and little ...
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Lovely lamps from Hartendief
November 10, 2009
Look how lovely this pendant lampshade is...  I just love having some typical 'Amsterdam' toys and decorations in my house now that we live in this special city!  Have you ever been to Amsterdam??  It's very typical with its canals and canal houses; I don't think there's another city quite like it in the world!  The scene ...
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Shabbies
June 30, 2009
I've had my eyes on a pair for years now and since they were on sale AND available in my size and in an amazing colour... Hey, what can a girl do. Shabbies were originally designed in the seventies by Dutch shoe designer Fred de la Bretoniere and are comfortable, fashionable, beautiful, and the perfect mix ...
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Utrechtsestraat
May 9, 2009
If you happen to be in Amsterdam and have a few hours to spare for some coffee and shopping, Utrechtsestraat is a good place to go. The Koffiesalon, a lovely coffee-shop (in the true meaning of the word), has good seating, great espresso, yummy cakes and sandwiches and you can help yourself to as much water ...
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Happy Queensday!
April 30, 2009
Holland will be dressed in orange today!  Because of the origins of our queen (she's from the House of Orange), our national colour is orange.  Not the deep terra cotta kind of orange, but just plain, nice and bright orange!  And once a year, in honour of the queen, we celebrate Queensday.  We take the ...
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Dim Sum
March 8, 2009
I must say that even though I love cooking (I just wish I had more time for it), I possibly love eating out in restaurants even more (I just wish I had more money for it). Last weekend our in-laws came to visit us in Amsterdam and after we treated our children to some indoor playtime at ...
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Raise the curtains for the Babyccino City Guides!!!
February 19, 2009
Can't believe how excited and proud we are. It was a full-term, healthy pregnancy, and after a long but painless delivery we have finally given birth to four wonderful, beautiful city guides!!! Their names are Amsterdam, London, Milan and Paris and even though they are still tiny, all the features are present.  So with a lot of love and nurture from their ...
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Rituals
February 18, 2009
There are many rituals in the day of an average human being, and taking care of ourselves is certainly an important one! Dutch home and body cosmetics brand 'Rituals' strives to transform everyday routines into more meaningful rituals: feeling good about ourselves and caring about others and the environment. I very much like the Rituals products. They ...
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HEMA
December 31, 2008
HEMA is one of those shops (or concepts really), that is almost impossible to describe. If you've ever set foot in a HEMA, you understand. In fact, you get the concept immediately, and you're a fan instantly - no denial possible! And you just understand why we, Dutchmen, are all raving about it, and why this chain of shops is what we ...
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Marqt
December 20, 2008
I'm sure I'm telling the food-concious Amsterdam inhabitant nothing new when I say the word 'Marqt'. Because Marqt came and conquered, almost a year ago! The concept behind Marqt (not a supermarket but a 'fresh market') is fresh food, mostly organic, coming from local farms in the neighbourhood of Amsterdam and of very high quality. ...
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Last-minute getaways...
December 10, 2008
Cookie Magazine's Going Places blog is featuring a week of last-minute getaway ideas, perfect for the holiday time.  All their ideas are for easy-to-plan and relatively affordable holidays with kids. The four of us have written about a quick, last-minute getaway from each of our cities.  Check it out here, and also make sure to ...
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La Savonnerie
December 2, 2008
I love soap. And, much to my husband's chagrin, I love soap shops! A beautiful soap shop here in Amsterdam is La Savonnerie, where soap is being made by hand, the traditional way -- all with natural ingredients and all hand-stamped! Many, many, many beautiful bars of soap can be found here, in the most gorgeous shapes, colours ...
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Ice skating in Amsterdam
November 25, 2008
Ice-skating has a long history in the Netherlands, and there is no child in this country who didn't grow up learning how to skate! Of course this would happen the old-fashioned way: on 'botjes' (double-bladed skates) and holding on to a chair to remain balanced. Traditionally, children living alongside the many rivers or canals in the ...
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