Final BIG Giveaway!!

Drum roll please…. here is our third and final BIG giveaway to celebrate our 10K Facebook fans! One lucky winner will win all of the following prizes, a hamper with a total value of more than £1,500!

Here’s what you can win:

1. A selection of cute French goodies from Deco Baby. A Parisian bundle of loveliness!

2.  A cosy wool snugglesuit from Mama Owl to keep your baby warm all year long!

3.  A cosy and stylish buggy footmuff from Fun*Das! Spruce up your stroller!

4.  Colourful ‘Fun Fetti’ wall stickers from Pop and Lolli. To brighten up any space!

5. A shopping spree at Four Monkeys! Such cool  and stylish brands! (Gift voucher for 100 euros.)

6.  A beautiful, handmade classic teddy bear from Polka Dot Club! Such a special prize!

7.  A £100 gift voucher at Bon Voyage Kids to pick up everything you need for your next sunny holiday!

8.  A shopping spree at Chicky Pop to pick up some new pieces for the Spring season! (A gift voucher for $165!)

9.  A beautiful silk pintuck blouse from Koka Mama. Perfect for pregnancy and beyond! (Value of £189)

10.  A gorgeous block-printed, single-sized quilt from Moochic Baby plus a matching pillowcase!

11. A £100 gift voucher from Little Bou to spend on the wonderful Spanish clothing label YPorque.

12.  A special DIY time capsule kit from Time Capsules to store and keep your memories for the future.

13.  A shopping spree at Elias & Grace to splurge on the new spring/summer collections! (Gift voucher for £100)

14.  A beautiful cashmere/merino wool baby blanket from Nuvola Baby (worth 150 euros).

15.  A generous $100 AUS gift voucher to spend at Terry Rich, perfect for your next beach holiday!

16.  A shopping spree at the wonderful Swiss ethical brand L’Asticot to scoop up some vibrant, organic cotton clothing items (gift voucher for CHF150).

Just click here to enter to visit the sign-up page.  This giveaway is just for registered users of our shopping portal, so if you haven’t yet signed up, please do so! Good luck!!!

Ginger Biscuits

Ginger Biscuits (otherwise known as Ginger Nuts) must be the Irish equivalent to Esther’s Pepernoten – spicey, really crunchy and perfect to dunk into a cup of tea. This is my grandmother’s recipe and I have been eating these ever since I can remember! It makes up to 80 biscuits, but don’t worry, they will disappear fast.

  • 225 grams of butter
  • 340 grams of demerara sugar or other brown (you can use white if stuck, or in France I use cassonade)
  • 1 generous tablespoon of golden syrup — honey does not work as well
  • 1 egg
  • 450 grams of self raising flour (or use plain and add baking powder)
  • 2 tsp ginger (depending on taste)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (depending on taste)

Cream the sugar and the butter and add the egg and the golden syrup. Sift in the flour and the spices. Make little balls with you hands (I always have volunteers for this part), place them on a buttered tray and press them down. Bake for about 15 minutes at around 170°C degrees.

– Emilie

PS. Whilst I was putting together the post, I had a little search on the internet for Ginger Nut recipes and found this little video. I always forget that baking is actually just science. Who knew that more butter makes a chewy biscuit and more sugar a snappy one?!

Ellie Fun Day blankets

EllieFunDay produces gorgeous heirloom baby blankets, made from super soft organic muslin cotton and beautifully embroidered, all done so by hand by marginalised women in India. The company is the brainchild of Sarah Lin (and her husband Elton), who after spending some time in India a few years ago, fulfilled her dreams of designing a beautiful product that would make a lasting change in the world. She remembered her own much loved baby blanket, and designed a collection of gorgeous, modern blankies.

I love the darling designs of the EllieFunDay blankets and the importance of the story behind it. The blankets make wonderful gifts (they come beautifully labeled and in a drawstring muslin bag), and look gorgeous in any crib and interior. Casper loves his Fox & Forest blanket!

xxx Esther

Win! This month’s great giveaways:

Aside from the three gigantic give-aways we are running this month because of reaching a whopping 10,000 likes on Facebook, we also have three amazing prizes to give away on our Shopping Portal. Have you already entered? This is what you can win this month:

Enter here for your chance to win one of these amazing prizes!

Sycamore Street Press birthday cards

Sycamore Street Press is a family run paper company that you might remember from the exquisite Baby Milestones Cards I reviewed a while ago. It is run by husband and wife team Eva and Kirk Jorgensen, who raise their two gorgeous kids together and come up with the most beautiful letter-pressed and printed designs. I love their original birthday card collection — so playful and fun!

Sycamore Street Press is giving away a $100 gift voucher to the winner of our second gigantic give-away. What a great prize to win, together with 15 other awesome prizes! You can enter this give-away HERE. (If I were the winner, I know what I would choose from Sycamore Street Press: the citron, poire and pomme letterpress art prints — so pretty!)
xxx Esther

Rosie Revere, engineer

My kids (and I) love the book Iggy Peck, architect, so when Andrea Beaty wrote a sequence called Rosie Revere, engineer, expectations in our household were high. And Rosie did not disappoint! The main character, Rosie Revere, dreams of becoming an engineer, but is very insecure and practises her skills in secret in the attic. Until one day her great, great aunt Rose comes for a visit, a clever lady who used to build airplanes a long time ago. Together, they overcome Rosie’s insecurities…

Like Iggy Peck, architect, Rosie Revere, engineer is written in a fast-paced rhyme scheme, and is beautifully illustrated by David Roberts.

xxx Esther

LuluZulu tights

Luluzulu is a new brand of ‘gender free’ tights and socks for babies. Started by husband and wife team, Katie and Richard Kendrick, they’ve set out to create fun designs with a ‘sense of style and a sprinkle of humour’ for both boys and girls. I love the ‘Fox in Socks’ style with the little fox tail on the bum and the argyle socks design. I also like that all the tights and socks have non-slip grippers on the bottom of the feet, so your babies don’t slip around in their tights.

They kindly sent a pair for Marlow and I managed to snap a quick photo (above). Such fun tights, a statement all on their own … and LOOK AT THAT BELLY!! : )

xx Courtney

New summer collections at Marie Puce


I’m loving the new summer collection at Marie Puce. Such fresh and pretty colours! My favourite pieces are the orange Marjorie Dress with the pretty embroidery and butterfly sleeves, the adorable floral baby romper (I bought one for Marlow last year and she wore it all summer!), and I am in love with the scarves! I wish they came in grown-up sizes. I had so much fun styling the outfits above. Ooooh I can’t wait for summer and shorts and sandals!!

Marie Puce is one of 16 great shops offering a prize in this week’s enormous giveaway! They’re offering a gift voucher for 125 euros to choose your favourite pieces from the new collection. To enter to win, click here!

x Courtney

Stitch ‘n kids: felt hand puppets

A few weeks ago I made these owl hand puppets with my kids, which was such a fun project that I thought I should share.

First, we designed the owl on paper. Then, we cut out the different shapes of felt, first the shape of the body (twice), then the details like the eyes, the ears and the wings. With blankets stitch and straight stitch we sewed the different details on to the body, and then we used the sewing machine to sew the two sides of the body together (leaving the bottom open as to create a hand puppet).

Pim, who is nearly seven years old, designed his own owl and cut out all of the different pieces of felt. He needed a bit of help with the hand stitching, although it was a good exercise and he was definitely getting the hang of it. I did the machine sewing part for him, but I would like to sit down with him soon and introduce him to machine sewing.

Sara, who is eight years old, is now skilled enough with needlework and the technicalities of her sewing machine, that except from making sure the ends of the thread were properly secured with the hand-stitching part, she could work completely independently. I loved how she discovered she could used the decorative stitch on her sewing machine to make feather details!

Ava, who is only three, chose her colours felt, and which buttons she should use for the eyes. And even though I pretty much did the rest for her, she still felt as if she had made her own owl.

It was such a fun and easy project for different ages!

xxx Esther

Pretty Easter dresses from Belle & Boo

When a press release for these pretty Easter dresses popped into my inbox I couldn’t help but be excited. Spring is coming!! Yessss!!

Belle & Boo has launched a new collection of pretty dresses featuring sweet bunny prints and timeless styles. All made from luxuriously soft, lightweight cotton.  I love the Flutter Dress with the bunnies and the Vintage Shirt Dress with the sweet peter pan collar. So cute and so springy!

x Courtney

P.S. I just checked and we officially have 28 days until the first day of spring. We can do it!!! xx

Nanoblock

One of my favourite gift shops in Amsterdam is called Klevering, and it is conveniently located right across the street from our dentist. So every time we have ‘survived’ a dentist visit, I treat my kids (and myself!) to a little present from across the street — a good excuse!

At our last visit to the dentist and thus Klevering, Pim chose a Giant Panda from the miniature building blocks ‘Nanoblock’ as his present, and it was such a good choice! He managed to build the panda all by himself, and I was so impressed by his fine motor skills and his patience. (I think he was pretty impressed himself as well!)

Next week is Pim’s 7th birthday, and I already ordered him his next Nanoblock challenge, this Eiffel Tower, which I’m sure he’s going to love.

xxx Esther

2nd ENORMOUS Giveaway!

We promised THREE great give-aways all in a row… and here’s the second one! Another fabulous hamper filled with 16 amazing children’s products from some of our favourite shops. A total prize value of more than £1,500 ($2,500)!! Here’s what’s in this second hamper (all of which will go to ONE lucky winner!):

  • A £100 gift voucher to shop the colourful selection of products at Boutikids.
  • Choose any outfit from Little Hanbury, the super stylish webshop for boys! (Gift voucher for £100)
  • A shopping spree at Mabo Kids!! Choose a bundle of your favourite products (gift voucher worth $150)!
  • Choose two of your favourite items at the gorgeous French shop Le Carrousel (gift voucher for 100 euros).
  • A party kit for 16 people at the wonderful party shop Little Lulubel. You choose your theme (that’s your next birthday party sorted)!!
  • Choose your favourite hand-tailored and super cool blazer from Annaliv!
  • A shopping spree at Darling Clementine! So many of our favourite brands & products to choose from! (Gift voucher worth $100).
  • Shop the new summer collections at the wonderful French shop Marie Puce! (A gift voucher for 125 euros)
  • A WHOPPING £200 gift voucher to spend on the gorgeous clothes at Velveteen!! Lucky winner!
  • A shopping spree at Tulip & Nettle to buy a selection of beautiful British children’s clothing items. (A gift voucher for £100)
  • Beautiful children’s shoes from Menthe et Grenadine. Choose your favourite pairs (gift voucher for 100 euros)!

We will choose one winner at random. Just click HERE to enter to win!!

Valentines craft — love birds

Happy Valentines Day! Our kids woke us up with the sweetest handmade Valentines cards this morning… But I had nothing prepared! So I quickly made these ‘lovebirds’, by folding a piece of paper in half and cutting it in a heart shape. A piece of masking tape keeps it closed and forms the beak. Inside I wrote little love message and poems. So when the kids come home from school they will have a little surprise waiting for them!

xxx Esther

New Spring/Summer collection at Babaà

How pretty is the new spring collection at Babaà? I love the fresh colours and loose-fitting styles. That emerald green cotton jumper is soooo perfect for spring. Oh spring. I can’t wait!!

p.s. Babaà is one of the 17 amazing shops offering prizes in our BIG giveaway! To enter to win a free Babaà jumper (among other great prizes) click here.

x Courtney

Merino wool baby basics from Asolon

Designer and seamstress, Allison Tovey, from Asolon recently got in touch to introduce her collection of merino wool baby basics, and I’m so glad she did. In fact I wish I would have known about her collection when Marlow was a little baby because I love putting babies in sleepsuits – I think it’s the perfect little outfit for newborns (so snuggly and also so easy to change nappies!) – and I love the sleepsuits in her collection.

She recently sent Marlow a stripy top with matching bottoms and it’s so cute and cosy (and so easy to wash and maintain compared to other merino wool products).

Also, it wasn’t until I sat down to write this post that I read about her incredible story. And now I’m super inspired as well as impressed!

x Courtney

Blog2Print Photobook

As you might have noticed Esther, Courtney and I quite like to blog. In fact, it was Courtney who introduced me to the concept of blogging way back when our eldest kids where only a couple of months old. Since then, we started Babyccino, but have also continued our personal blogs documenting all major events in our family lives for about 8 years now. It’s fun to browse through our personal blog, but I suddenly realised the other day that, though I had spent a lot of time documenting our lives, there was no physical photos for my kids to look at. Everything was virtually kept on the world wide web. What happens if suddenly blogspot ceases to exist? I literally would have nothing!

I did a bit of research and found that you can now print your blog and make it into a book, in my case all 8 years worth of photos. It was the best Christmas present for my children! They have spent hours looking through the book and discovering themselves as babies. The photos are not the greatest quality and I cringe at the silly little sentences I wrote to go with the blog posts,  but this book really is special.

– Emilie

Sweet and girly Valentines gifts from Fantaserini

It’s Valentines day soon! Here in the Netherlands it’s not a traditional holiday, but we’ve adopted it over the years — after all, who can resist a day dedicated to LOVE?

These cute necklaces and hairpins, from the gorgeous and stylish online shop Fantaserini, make the perfect little Valentines presents for girls. The necklaces from Twiggy and Lou are beautiful, handmade out of tiny, real glass beads, pretty brass charms and a little pink pompom. (There’s an adult version too! So pretty!)

I also love the hair clips from Atsuyo et Akiko. They are just so sweet. I actually got both the necklace and the bow clip for Ava and I just know she’s going to love them.

xxx Esther

Toys for babies from Brimful


Brimful is a US shop with the sweetest selection of toys and books for babies. Just browsing the shop you really get the sense that every single product has been carefully chosen to appeal to babies (and their picky mamas of course)– the perfect little wooden car to fit in small baby hands, the sweetest soft dolls to snuggle, the teether/toy you will want to take everywhere with you, etc.


Brimful is one of the very generous shops offering a prize in our big Facebook Giveaway. So if you fancy winning a $100 gift voucher to spend in store (plus LOADS of other great goodies!), pop over to our Facebook page to enter to win.

x Courtney

Heart Origami notepaper from Lollipop


As a young child, growing up in America, we would hand out Valentine cards to every child in our class. We used to create our own Valentine’s Day letterboxes and tape them to our desks and everyone would go around sticking the Valentine cards into them. I remember taking home all of my Valentines cards and reading them at home (and eating the candy too!).  I was talking to my husband about this and he also used to do this in class, so I’m assuming it’s an American thing? Children here in the UK (or at least in my children’s school) don’t do this. In fact, I don’t think my kids have ever gotten a Valentine’s Day card from one of their classmates?!

When I saw these Heart Origami Notes from Lollipop it reminded me all about this. And I think it’s a fun tradition to bring back for my kids. Maybe not to all their classmates at school, but to special friends or family members they might want to send some hearts to!

xx Courtney

ENORMOUS Facebook Giveaway!!


You guys!! We’ve done it! We have reached our goal of 10,000 likes on our Facebook page! This is something we’ve been looking forward to for a long time — it feels like such a big milestone for our little company!

To thank you for following us and to celebrate with you all, we’re offering an ENORMOUS giveaway!! The giveaway will be divided up into three parts: 3 different hampers, all with a selection of the coolest prizes from our favourite shops, each hamper worth more than £1,500!!!

The first giveaway is now live on our Facebook page. One lucky winner will win the following awesome prizes:

  • A gorgeous Lucky Boy Sunday toy from Monkey McCoy! You can choose which doll you love best!
  • A $150 gift voucher for a store-wide shopping spree at the wonderful Ladida! We LOVE the new collections!
  • This super cool Ferm Living decorative dorm shelf from Scout & Co.  How cool in any sort of room!
  • A selection of the sweetest baby toys from Brimful! (Voucher worth $100 to select your favourites.)
  • Organic cotton underwear and pyjamas from Goat-Milk. (Gift voucher for $125)
  • Beautiful, alpaca wool clothing from the wonderful Waddler! (Gift voucher for £100 to spend as you wish.)
  • A super stylish party kit for 8 from The Carousel Show (winner can choose their party theme!).
  • A set of super fun and colourful melamine plates from Psikhouvanjou! (A gift voucher for 100 euros to spend in store.)
  • Your very own personalised photo book from Bob Books (a voucher for £100). The best way to save your favourite memories!
  • Waterproof outdoor wear from Muddy Puddles (£100 voucher to spend on coats, raingear and other outdoor items).
  • Pretty and playful accessories from Woodstock (£100 gift voucher to choose your favourite accessories!).
  • A £100 gift voucher to spend at the lovely Portuguese shop Camila Camomila. Such sweet clothes for your little ones!
  • Slippers, socks and tights from the super cool Collegien (one pair of each in your choice!).
  • Beautiful, chunky knitwear from Babaà (a gift voucher for 90 euros to spend in store).
  • A selection of stationery and crafty products from YoYo-Me (gift voucher worth £100!).
  • Playful and vibrant wall stickes from Bumoon, worth more than 100 euros.
  • A beautiful outfit from Pepa and Co, value worth £125!

Click over to our Facebook page for your chance to win. Good luck!!

xx Esther, Emilie & Courtney

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