2009

TOYS & GAMES
Djeco Geoforme magnetic toy
I know I probably sound like a broken record, mentioning yet another Djeco toy... but it really seems like they can't go wrong. I recently got this Djeco Geoforme boxed set for my boys and it is a huge, huge hit (other than the fighting over the pieces!).  It's essentially a box with a magnetic ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
Little Lunalu stroller covers
Little Lunalu is new UK webshop with a cute collection of kid's clothing, accessories, toys and other baby essentials. They've just designed their own range of cute Bugaboo buggy covers (foot muffs and matching canopies) so you can customize your buggy and keep your babies nice and cozy this time of year. The buggy covers ...
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BOOKS
Lakeshore Learning
This morning, conveniently before we were about to leave the house, the girls decided that they were going to take out ALL of their puzzles and “build a bridge to a princess island” across the entire apartment with the pieces.  While I didn’t want to interrupt their burst of ill-timed creativity I was not all ...
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KIDS
Absorba
You cannot get a more classic, sensible French brand than Absorba! I grew up wearing Absorba underwear, T-shirts -- the lot! During my childhood Absorba was synonymous with sensible cotton basics. I would have never considered it fashionable... I can even remember begging my mum to upgrade me from Absorba to Petit Bateau (I guess ...
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KIDS
Colourful raincoats for grey weather from Toby Tiger
If you're familiar with Amsterdam weather you might know that it can rain.  A lot!  I'm not sure why London is so known for its grey weather when in fact I'm pretty sure it can be even worse in Amsterdam! Since we Dutchmen tend to cycle everywhere, it's necessary to be equipped with good raincoats ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Make your own snowman garland!
We got a touch of snow here in Seattle last week, but sadly not enough to make a snowman...  So we stayed inside and made paper snowmen instead! This snowman garland is a wintery version of the bunting idea Emilie wrote about last summer -- where everyone in the family decorates their own piece. Each ...
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BOOKS
A really cool (and big!) 2010 kid's calendar
For my son's first Christmas his Aunt (in Berlin) bought him a beautiful kinderzimmer (Kid's Room) calendar, illustrated by Wolf Erlbruch -- the gentleman who illustrated The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew it Was None of His Business (which if you don't know you should probably stop reading and take yourself to the ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Happy Holidays from Babyccino Kids!
Have a very cozy Christmas! And cheers to a happy 2010! P.S. Thanks to freelance illustrator, Clémence Monot, for designing our holiday card.  (Check out her website for other works.)
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CELEBRATIONS
Christmas tree ornaments by Maileg
I am so in love with all the lovely ornaments by Maileg this year! They could not be any cuter. Last year I picked up some of the little soldiers, which I loved because they look so British, and this year I discovered the darling birds and mushrooms! They're the perfect ornaments for a house ...
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FOOD
Gift ideas for the Mini Master Chef
My family is in the grip of 'Masterchef' fever! My kids are so enthused by this reality television program that I practically have my youngest deriding me for not making the terrine for his school lunch. And while the downside for me is that the bar has been raised (my rather unspectacular cooking now looks ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Christmas Stars
Thankfully my 6-year-old niece and God-daughter, Helene, is into all things crafty.  Therefore she is my outlet for all the exciting 'make & do' gifts I find and fall in love with, as my own children are a bit too young for most of them. As she is German (and my Deutsche is not too ...
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BOOKS
The Night Before Christmas
We have a few different versions of this Christmas poem, but Gyo Fujikawa's The Night Before Christmas is our favourite! Her illustrations are so beautiful and in a way that appeals to adults and kids alike. Fujikawa, also known for her version of Mother Goose, creates the most lovely, vintage-like illustrations. We especially love the ...
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FOR MUMS
15 Rainy Day Activities
The Mother Huddle is a fairly new blog which, in addition to great recipes, craft ideas and other interesting topics, regularly posts fantastic bullet lists from fellow bloggers.  Such a great idea! Molly from My Favorite Things wrote a list of 10 tips + tricks for traveling abroad; Gabrielle (the world-famous Design Mom) wrote about ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Hand-knit wool stockings
Because we always do Christmas with our family in the states, I still haven't bought my kids their own Christmas stockings! And while I LOVE going home for the holidays, I can totally see the appeal of staying put and celebrating together as a family in our own little home. Maybe one day (I've heard ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Petite Marie
Here is one of the best holiday presents I have stumbled across. At least, I reckon I would love it if I was almost four and loved magnets and dolls! The Petite Marie magnet doll is the brain child of the great little Danish toy label Sebra. I personally love the vintage '50s design, and ...
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GIVEAWAYS
Win! I Love Mae fabric wall stickers
I wrote about the wonderful fabric wall stickers from I love Mae a while ago. Again, they're just adorable!  My daughter has the twitters (pictured) above her bed, and we love them... Feeling lucky? Great! Peta from 'I love Mae' is very kindly offering one set of small fabric wall stickers of choice to one ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Re-usable holiday wrapping
If you're looking for an original AND environmentally friendly way to wrap your Christmas presents, and you're moderately handy on a sewing machine, maybe these home sewn gift-bags are something for you!  I made them for my Godson and his big brother for Hanukkah, filled them with their presents and sent them off to London.  ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Baileys Home and Garden
I keep trying to work out a trip that might take me in the direction of Hereford (about 2.5 hours west of my house).  I haven't come up with one yet but would one day really like to visit the store of Mark and Sally Bailey, Bailey's Home & Garden. In the meantime I will ...
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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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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Clothespin Reindeer
My kids and I are with my family in Seattle for the holidays and we're busy preparing everything for Christmas (my boys insisted that my parents wait for them to decorate the Christmas tree)! While going through all the old ornaments, we discovered these darling clothespin reindeer ornaments that my siblings and I made when ...
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KIDS
I heart Czarque shoes!
These baby loafers and ballet slippers by Australian-based company Czarque are exquisite and so, so chic. My only gripe is that they were not around when my children were babies!! They are delicate and soft, understated and ....  just so very adorable! Not to mention, they come in the most gorgeous of textures (honestly, I'm ...
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FOOD
Raisin Scone Bread
In our recent bread-baking adventures, my husband and I have stumbled across a recipe for the most yummy, scone-like raisin bread, and it is now a weekend morning favourite! Plus, it is dead easy to make, only needs a minute or two of kneading, and it bakes in 30 minutes (seriously easy in the world ...
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BABY
Erbaviva baby shampoo
My older son never suffered from cradle cap when he was a baby, but now at 4½, he is affected by a mild form of it! It's nothing major; we have just been advised to use very mild, oily shampoos. Which is how we discovered Erbaviva, a company that was started in 1996 to offer mommies-to-be ...
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