2017

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A trip to Morocco -- in the Tropenmuseum!
We just came back from a trip to Morocco -- and it only took us a few hours! We went to the beautiful Tropenmuseum here in Amsterdam, where we boarded a plane to Marrakesh and entered a medina of little streets and rooms to discover. Before the departure of the 'plane', the children were handed ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Christmas in Australia...
The other day I was in the grocery store and I saw a big banner with an image of sliced, juicy mangos. In red Christmassy writing the banner said 'The Taste of Christmas'. I had to stop myself from giggling. Having spent all of my life in the northern hemisphere, the taste of Christmas is ...
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BOOKS
Hortense and the Shadow, by Natalia and Lauren O'Hara
Hortense and the Shadow is the debut picture book by sisters Natalia and Lauren O'Hara. Older sister Natalia writes and Lauren, who is three years younger, illustrates. The two grew up in the north of England and their love of sharing stories dates from their childhood when Natalia, who is dyslexic, struggled at school and ...
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EDUCATION
The Anne Frank house, a visit with Sara
Anne Frank is a name that is familiar to most if not all. Her world-famous diary is translated to more than 60 languages worldwide, and the story of her family hiding in Amsterdam during WWII is universally known. We can all envision the photos of Anne's sweet face, showing a girl on the verge of adolescence. ...
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EAT
Greecologies - a yogurt bar in Little Italy
It's not hard at all to find Greek yogurt in most groceries and bodegas in New York, but for something a bit more special and unique, Greecologies, a yogurt lab and café in Little Italy, provides a perfect place to stop for breakfast or a mid-day snack. The shop's signature offering is traditional small-batch Greek ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites: Sixteen of the Best Holiday Films for the Family
Cosy family days are here! And what a wonderful time of year it is. A time to take a break and relax on the sofa surrounded by your loved ones, while watching a favourite film. An excuse to spend the entire day in pyjamas. (We can't wait!) So take a pause between the wrapping, baking, decorating, ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Christmas Craft: Scandanavian Nisse from simple materials
I visited a friend's house recently and loved their festive decorations. These sweet, small, little elves stood out on their brunch table.  I asked for more information on the origin, and found out that she made them as a young child. She was quite nostalgic about them, and now her children look forward to putting ...
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SERVICES
Documenting our trip around the world with Bob Books photobooks
It is no secret I am a big fan of photobooks. I have photobooks for each of my children's first years of life. I also have photobooks of favourite holidays and summer vacations from the past twelve years. One of our favourites is our '100 Days Away' photo book from our big trip to Australia ...
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SHOPUP
The New York ShopUp, a recap in photos
This month we had our first ShopUp Holiday tour with events in Los Angeles, London and last weekend was our final stop in NYC at 501 Union. We had over 30 shops, tasty food and fun activities for the little ones. Our wonderful photographer snapped many beautiful photos of the shops and families which we'd love ...
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BABY ESSENTIALS
New children's backpacks from Baby Tula
We've already mentioned how much we love the Baby Tula brand. Earlier this year I shared about the clever new Free-To-Grow Baby carrier which grows with your baby from newborn to toddler. We also recently interviewed Tula's founder to learn about the inspiration and ideas behind this great brand. It's no secret we are big fans! What ...
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FASHION
PLAY etc. -- fun clothes for playful girls!
Summer has started here in the southern hemisphere and we've already had our taste of hot, sunny days and balmy hard-to-sleep nights. So hot, it's hard not to want to spend all day in your swimsuit, or better yet, in the ocean. Thankfully, my friend Bronwyn has just launched a brand of girls' clothing perfect ...
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HEALTH & CARE
Three products I can't live without
There are three new products that I discovered this past summer and can’t live without anymore. Well, ok I could but don’t want to. :) The first one is a TePe Supreme toothbrush. I am no expert when it comes to tooth brushing but my best friend suggested I try this one and it was ...
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OUT OF TOWN
Untermyer Park and Gardens
It's no secret that as a family we like spending time in parks, gardens, and green spaces - it helps to balance out our city living, I suppose - and I've written about some of our favorite places previously in posts about Wave Hill, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Storm King Art Center. We recently made ...
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BOOKS
What we are reading right now
As we are nearing the shortest days of the year and, as a result, spending more time indoors, I thought it might be fun to share with you what we are reading right now in our little home! Coco, who is 11, is on multiple books (as per usual). She is devouring the Generation K ...
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SHOPUP
Recap of our London Christmas ShopUp 2017
Last Sunday and Monday we had our 5th annual London ShopUp, and boy, was it fun!  More than 40 shops, fantastic food, and fun activities. All this under one beautiful roof at Chelsea Old Town Hall, the perfect holiday location.  Here are some gorgeous photos we wanted to share, along with some of the highlights ...
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DECOR AND FURNITURE
Paper Cut Maps by Famille Summerbelle (and a new one from Copenhagen!)
One of the treasured art pieces we have in our living room is the paper cut map of Amsterdam by Famille Summerbelle. I just love the details of it (some of them are so cute and funny!) and the concentric shape of the city, with all its canals, which makes it so typically 'Amsterdam'. The ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Colourful Papier-Mâché Fruits & Vegetables
I haven't made papier-mâché for years, and almost forgot how much fun it is! You start with such simple and basic materials and end up with an impressive sculpture. Papier-mâché is a great excuse to put on an art smock, and have a bit of messy fun with your children. There are severals steps and a ...
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TOYS & GAMES
ZooModern, sustainable and eco-friendly Wooden Creatures
Because of the amount of toys of all kinds on the market today it’s pretty hard to get excited over the new ones. I remember just eight years ago when I had my first daughter everything was different. The variety was a lot narrower. So what I try to do now is find and accept ...
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INTERVIEWS
5 Questions with Alicia from Little Citizens Boutique
When we think of Little Citizens Boutique, we think of colour and fun, of imaginative and creative play. Of a shop that understands the importance of play and offers tools set to last and last. And we think of a mama who has travelled the world and ended far from her South American roots, who ...
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CELEBRATIONS
A birthday party in London. Celebrating TEN years!!
Yesterday was an absolutely amazing morning for all of us!  With our entire team in London, we gathered with friends, shop members and fellow bloggers to celebrate the past ten years of our little company.  It was such an honour for us to be surrounded by so many inspiring people and to really celebrate the ...
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SHOPUP
See you there! The London ShopUp this Sunday & Monday!
We can’t believe it is our 5th year hosting the ShopUp  in London!  We are so excited to have reached this milestone.  This coming Sunday and Monday we will be at the gorgeous Chelsea Old Town Hall again with more than 50 charming, independent boutiques for children and mamas! You know by now that you ...
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SHOPUP
Deliciously Ella at the ShopUp this Sunday and Monday!
One by one, our team has been trickling into London to prepare for our ShopUp event this Sunday and Monday. Esther and I arrived yesterday... waiting eagerly for Emilie to get into town today! Excitement has been high! Today, Esther and I headed to the Deliciously Ella cafe for an early lunch, where we got to meet ...
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TRAVEL
A family travel backpack, packed with handy features! | From Lo & Sons
A good family travel backpack is the number one accessory I bring when I'm traveling with children. The possibility of having my hands free and at the same time having access to a back-up (pun intended!) of gear I might need while on-the-go, is essential to me. Successfully traveling with children, for me, is all ...
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Do you have stick obsessed children? Esther celebrated these collected treasures and created a whole birthday party around the theme! And we love this quote from @guardian : ‘And thus, sticks. For I have learned that boys like, nay love, sticks. But a stick to a boy is far, far more than an inanimate object. A stick is a toy, a weapon, a friend and a foe. A stick is adventure, possibilities, destruction and danger. A stick is, in the right time and place – or even better, in the wrong – everything.’ More in the link! #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts #stickcollector #sticks
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Author Joseph Coelho has perfectly captured the sensitivity of talking about death and dying to very young children through his new book, If All The World Were. A book which is lyrical, gentle, softly spoken, and helpful at the saddest times in a family’s life. @quartokids #babyccinoreads #babyccinokids
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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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