2008

AMSTERDAM
HEMA
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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FOR MUMS
Zobha maternity pants
As hard as I try to stay stylish in my skinny jeans while pregnant, there comes a moment when you just feel more comfortable in a pair of stretchy, low-on-the-tummy, casual black pants.  As I am now more than half way through this pregnancy, this moment has come. Thankfully, I've discovered the maternity essential pant ...
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BABY
Organic cotton basics
Some days you want your kids to just look like babies and feel cozy -- that is exactly what I thought when I saw the Rattled range of clothing: simple, organic cotton basics in vibrant colours! They offer 6 styles in 12 colours to let you mix&match and layer. This firm was conceived in the summer ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Snowman!
A Christmas blizzard meant one thing to my boys: a big, huge snowman. Isn't he cute? My favorite thing about him is what he's made of: -Chocolate malt balls (for the eyes) -Carrot (for the nose) -Black licorice whips (for the mouth) -Portobello Mushrooms (for the buttons) -Hat and scarf (for the accessories) Happy Holidays! ...
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FOOD
Leon Cookbook
I have a new addiction and it is the food from my new favourite Cookbook: Leon. Lets wind back a few years when we were all living in London. I was working in Soho and deploring the fact that it was almost impossible to get good take-away food. Try as I might, I never managed ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Soft play animals
We've recently discovered the range of Bullyland soft and squishy animals, and my kids love them! With realistic hand-painted details, they are made to look like the real thing.  They're made from PVC-free synthetic rubber, so while they look like they would be hard and heavy, they're soft and light and fun to play with. ...
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KIDS ROOMS
Rietveld crate chair
The other day I was at my friend, Miriam's house. Miriam is an architect, like me. In fact, we studied together, and lived in the same students' house! Miriam's daughter Myrthe is exactly one week younger than Pim (our son), so it is cute to see them together. Of course, we're constantly joking that one day they ...
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CELEBRATIONS
White Christmas
Merry Christmas from a very snowy Lake Tahoe! Hope you have a cozy holiday... -Courtney
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CELEBRATIONS
Christmas tram
I know it's totally commercial, plus it's always the same drink, but I just love this special holidays tram that travels around Milan these days. When you spot it on the street at night it really looks like a magic chariot! Merry Christmas from Milan! -Michela
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BABY
A sleepy sheep
I don't know why, but I really want my kids to have a little doudou (as little cuddly toys are called here). I kind of like the idea that they have a little thing with them that gives them security. My eldest daughter is completely uninterested; she has never been attached to anything in particular. ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Beach chic at Christmas
Living only a five minute walk from world-famous Bondi Beach presents some interesting decorating dilemmas at Christmas time. I haven’t worried so much about what trinkets and festive fare to indulge in during previous years because I’ve always been too busy celebrating Sydney-style at friends’ places, parties and picnics – it is the summer social ...
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MILAN
The Villaggio delle Meraviglie
For the second year running Milan will have its own Christmas Theme Park -- the Villaggio delle Meraviglie. It all takes place in the lovely surroundings of the Giardini Pubblici Montanelli, one of the nicest parks in the very centre of Milan. From the 6th of December until the 6th of January a fairytale village ...
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BOOKS
'Lost and Found' comes to life!
I'm so excited I can hardly stand it!!  Oliver Jeffers' second children's book (and my absolute favorite of his), 'Lost and Found', has been adapted into a short animated film!!  Studio AKA has taken this award-winning book and turned it into what will surely be 25 minutes of brilliance! If you're lucky enough to be ...
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SHOP
Marqt
I'm sure I'm telling the food-concious Amsterdam inhabitant nothing new when I say the word 'Marqt'. Because Marqt came and conquered, and we didn't look back! 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 ...
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AMSTERDAM
Marqt
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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FOOD
Mascarpone cream
This cream is a classic in my family; my mother has been making it since I can remember. It's easy and very versatile, and it goes well with any dry dessert like panettone! The ingredients are the same used for the tiramisù cream, just in slightly different proportions. Once the dinner is over and you ...
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MUSIC, FILMS & APPS
Last Christmas
A few days ago my husband was dropping our daughter off at school and was stopped by the head mistress. "Monsieur" she said, "your daughter has been singing a beautiful English Christmas carol at school. Can you give us the words to it, as we want to teach it to all the kids." My husband ...
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BABY
Loving Charley Harper...
If you've browsed through our Amazon bookshop in both the books and the toys sections, you have probably gathered just how much we love Charley Harper!  His ABC's board book is one of the most beautiful alphabet books around.  His illustrations are all very graceful yet simple, in a Japanese sort of style. Charley Harper ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Sumptuous bears
We've talked before on Babyccino about anti-credit crunch gifts, and in some way these teddy bears ($208) are easily allocated to that category. But, if you hear me out a little longer, you might also want to decide that these teddies should instead be considered charity! Each individual bear has been carefully hand-embroidered by women artisans working in deprived ...
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BOOKS
Books advent calendar
I read about this very special advent calendar on this blog I have been following daily for over two years. Jen is a mother of 4 (a set of triplets plus 1) and she very often amazes me with her enthusiasm, attention and creativity. She has a collection of 24 children books with Christmas related stories and ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
This horse is not for riding...
...but it is fantastic for lighting up your kids room! This wonderful light makes my architect heart beat faster. It is so different, and so, so cool looking! Thankfully, it made my toddler son's heart beat faster too. As soon as he saw the horse, he had a crush on it. In fact, I had ...
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BABY
Top 10 Aussie baby finds
Australian kids have never looked so good. And there is a reason for that – well, I’ve managed to narrow it down to 10… of my favourite baby-related businesses. Sure, one of them is based in New Zealand (Merino Kids), but Australia often claims all the best of that country as our own (just ask ...
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PLACES TO VISIT
Sydney
If I could live anywhere -- apart from Paris of course -- it would be Sydney. Where else in the world do you get to live in a vibrant, cosmopolitan city whilst living by the beach? I love the balmy weather, the wonderful Pacific rim food and the idea that I could potentially go for ...
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Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
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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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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 oil 1 butternut squash 1 red onion 2 red peppers 2 garlic cloves 4 vine tomatoes 150g quinoa sea salt & freshly ground pepper 300 ml vegetable stock 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 25g raisins 80g black olives And for the garnish: a handful of chervil feta (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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