2011

BOOKS
Singing Away the Dark
When I first met the lovely ladies who started the e-boutique, Niddle Noddle, we bonded over a shared appreciation for beautiful children's books. A few months later, a package from them arrived at my doorstep, and in it was a copy of Singing Away the Dark. You know when you find a new and wonderful children's ...
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BABY
Romantic nightgowns for sweet princesses
I love my kids always and always but to see them when they've just woken up, all warm and confused, and with their cheeks rosy and hair messy, it makes me melt every single time. So sweet! I also have a related fondness for sweet pyjamas and nighties for my children. A freshly bathed child ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Dobble!
My kids were given the game of Dobble as an early Christmas present, and this little game has made a BIG impact. I think we've played 100 games of Dobble in the past week! It's such a fun and easy game and one that the whole family can enjoy (probably from age 3 up). The ...
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FOR MUMS
New Dallas Clayton book! For grown-ups!
Our love for Dallas Clayton is no secret -- we've written about his talents here, here and here, and, by the way, you can find his ten favourite children's books here. You can imagine how pleasantly surprised I was when I discovered his newest book, a selection of his poetry and illustration -- this time ...
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UNCATEGORIZED
Happy Holidays!
We send you our warmest wishes for a happy, cosy, and relaxing holiday with your family and friends. We are ever so grateful for your support over the past year, and we look forward to an exciting new year ahead with you. Love, Esther, Emilie and Courtney
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GIVEAWAYS
Have you entered to win yet?
Two gorgeous cashmere Tannhäuser hoodies, with elbow patches in pink or blue (choice of the winner), from I Dream Elephants. A gorgeous Mathilde doll, with amazing attention to detail, from Olive Loves Alfie. A 100 GBP gift certificate to VUP baby! Two fairytale blankets (choice of blue or red) from Folly Home. A gorgeous, limited ...
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BABY
Gorgeous hat/scarf/mittens sets from Mini McGhee
It's nowhere near as cold as last year, but still cold enough for warm woollens -- here in the Netherlands we tend to take the kids around on the back of our bicycles (or in the bakfiets), so kids have to be bundled up in the winter. These SUPER soft Pixie hats from Mini McGhee ...
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BABY
The cutest penguin!
The moment I took this little guy out of his box I was smitten. He's so sweet! It's just incredible how much character a knitted soft toy can have. And made from 100% alpaca, he's super soft too. I'm sure Ava will love him as much as I do -- this little guy will be ...
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FOOD
Ricotta pancakes with honey butter
I posted this photo on Instagram a few weeks ago... and then got some requests to share the recipe. So here it is! These fluffy ricotta pancakes are sooooo yummy. We make them nearly every weekend these days... (*Update! The recipe comes from Bill Granger's restaurant in Sydney where apparently his ricotta hotcakes are more ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Nils and Happy to see you Star Dress
I have been given some very firm instructions regarding Christmas presents, as there isn't anything my kids like to do more than dress up and develop some very, very complex story lines for hours and hours. (I guess it could be worse -- they could be demanding to watch TV all day!) Anyway, with these firm ...
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BOOKS
Mommy, let's cook!
Our daughter Sara (6) still wants to become a chef, and I couldn't be more over the moon with her current career choice. Imagine a daughter who's a chef ! (She's also secretly in love with Courtney's son Easton so if all goes to plan, Courtney can consider herself a lucky mother-in-law too.) Anyway, I ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Making pomanders
As a child, my mum and I made pomanders out of oranges and cloves every year for Christmas. I love that smell, so spicy and Christmassy, so last weekend I put my kids to work. It kept them focussed and busy for quite some time! It's such an easy and lovely project, great for all ...
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BABY
Seascape products from Jersey
There's something incredibly luxurious about the Seascape products -- I just love the gentle smell and stylish packaging of them. All products are created with ingredients sourced from the Jersey shores (a little island which is part of Great Britain but located close to France). Lavender, beeswax and milk come from decennia old, local family ...
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KIDS
Ivoy Paris
When I found out I was going to have a daughter, I had this deluded idea that my child would only play with wooden toys and that there certainly would be no princess dresses in our house.  Oh, how naive I was! Five years, two daughters and about 15 polyester princess dresses later, our dress-up ...
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BEAUTY & CARE
Little Bu Non-Toxic Nail Polish
I'm hoping I have a few years yet before my daughter is interested in nail polish (out of curiosity, when does this happen?!)... but when the time comes, I'll be buying her the Little BU non-toxic polishes. The nail polishes are water-based, odour-less, quick drying, completely non-toxic and free of all the nasty chemicals normally ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Artwork from The Littlest Mammoth
  The Littlest Mammoth offers a curated collection of art from artists all over the world... and what I like about their collection is that, while it's officially 'art for children', there is nothing obviously 'kiddie' about it. Hardly a single alphabet print in site (okay, maybe one!), the artwork is interesting, imaginative, and vibrant, ...
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BABY
Tannhäuser -- quality cashmere with colourful details
I've been in touch with the lovely Dana from Tannhäuser for a few years now, and she's kept me in the loop on the progress of building her brand, perfecting her cashmere collections (and the birth of her baby called Rosa!). It's really interesting to hear how translating an interesting idea into a quality collection ...
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KIDS
Golden Hook
Have you heard about Golden Hook? It is the greatest concept I've heard about in a long time! You choose your hat and with it a grannie who is going to knit it for you. So stinkin' cute! They have recently started a kids line... A few years ago a guy called Jeremy realised that, ...
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BABY
Cashmere Balaclavas from Nilka
I had no idea that these cosy little hats had an official name. Did you? They're called balaclavas... and the place to find the most exquisite cashmere balaclavas in a wide range of colours is a lovely new site called Nilka. The balaclavas are knitted and hand finished in the finest Scottish cashmere, making them ...
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KIDS
Arty & Bella
It's been a while since I first wrote about the gorgeous hair clips made by Zelda of Arty & Bella. In the meantime Zelda had a third baby, re-vamped her website, AND designed some totally new lovely goodies like cute corsage belts and lovely Liberty dresses. All perfectly in time for Ava, whose hair is ...
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BABY
Tripp Trapp Newborn Set
There are so many great new baby gadgets and baby gear on the market these days that I am almost sad I don't have a newborn to check them all out! Take the Tripp Trapp Newborn Set -- such a great new invention. I always found it a bit sad not to have my children at the ...
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GIVEAWAYS
Win! A signed copy of Operation Alphabet!
Operation Alphabet is one of the best children's books of the year... and we have FIVE signed copies to give away! Head on over to our Facebook page and leave a comment for your chance to win! (And make sure you like our Facebook page so you don't miss out on future give-aways, exciting deals ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Hands and Feet Reindeer
Earlier this week we sat down after school and made these little reindeer. It's such a simple, simple project, but the kids really enjoyed it (and I don't know about you, but any easy activity to pass away the dark afternoons is welcomed in our house!). What I really love is that the little antlers ...
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The simplest and healthiest fruit ice lollies from @laraoflondon today! The perfect Summer snack. Ingenious even. Fight those heat waves with these frozen treats. #linkinbio #babyccinoeats #babyccinokids #homemadeicelollies #icelollies #popsicle
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How cute! We love this leather backpack for kids and teens from our new boutique @youngandbrave.ch ! ⭐️ Based in Zurich they have a range of beautiful items. So have summer adventures in style and tap on the link. #babyccinokids #babyccinoboutiques #pineapple @youngandbrave.ch
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There are more than a million words in the English language. We remember the most common term and associate more complex or less frequent words with that. So the clever people from @mrswordsmithofficial have developed cards linking word groups together. To make this memorable to children, they developed learning tools designed by comic book illustrators. Super fun and memorable, the designs are instantly associated to the word. So clever! See more on today’s blog post. #babyccinokids #linguists
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Here’s a video of our latest ShopUp in East London (shot and edited by our lovely and talented friend Nadine Brandt). It encapsulates the ShopUp atmosphere really, really well, and it makes us so excited for the next one!
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Our beautiful new book, '9 months: A month by month guide to pregnancy' for the family to share, is AVAILABLE NOW! You can order it here: UK: http://amzn.to/2n6eCT7 / US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo / AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
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Check out our new book! 9 months: A month by month guide to pregnancy for the family to share. PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY HERE: UK: http://amzn.to/2n6eCT7 / US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo / AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
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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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Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
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Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
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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!)
2 years 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!
2 years 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.
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