Posts by Courtney in Australia

PARENTING
Environmentally-friendly ideas and practices to help 'Restore Our Earth'
In honour of Earth Day this week and the 'Restore our Earth' theme, I wanted to share a few things we do in our family to help reduce our carbon footprint. I am aware that I'm preaching to the converted, and that we're all aware of the importance of lightening our footprint and saving our ...
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FUN
Happy Earth Day! Some fun family activities to mark the day.
Tomorrow is Earth Day and this year's theme is 'Restore Our Earth'.  Earth Day was first held in 1970 in the US and has now grown to international dimensions with events across the globe. It provides a way for us all to demonstrate support for environmental protection, and is the perfect opportunity to help educate ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Make Your Own Easter Decorations: 'Snowflake' Easter Eggs
Here's a super simple Easter craft, which results in pretty decorations. My favourite kind of craft! The girls and I made these paper 'snowflake' Easter eggs to put in our windows now that the sun is finally shining again! (We've had weeks of nonstop pouring rain here on the east coast of Australia, and it ...
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FASHION
Shopping for tween & teen girls -- some favourite brands
While it felt like a very slow and steady journey into adolescence for my boys, it appeared to happen completely overnight for Ivy! I don't know if this is a difference between boys and girls, but for Ivy it has certainly been a huge year of growing and changing quickly. She will turn 12 in ...
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FUN
'The Tale of the Whale', a beautiful new book with an important message
This new book arrived in the post this week and became an instant bedtime favourite of Wilkie's. The Tale of the Whale by Karen Swann and Padmacandra is a poetic rhyming book that highlights the beauty of the underwater world and the importance of saving it from plastic pollution. The book takes you on a ...
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FOR MUMS
Welcoming Emma, a new contributor in the UK
While I have never met her in 'real' life, Emma Bates and I have been online friends for the last five years. She first reached out to me in an email whilst we were travelling back in 2016, and from that very first email exchange I knew we'd become fast friends. Emma and her family ...
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FOR MUMS
Capture your memories with custom photo books from Rosemood
We are big fans of custom photo books in our house. We have a whole stack of photo books we've created over the years -- the first one is from 2007, the year our second baby was born, and we've managed to make one every year since. They are honestly the most treasured things we ...
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FUN
Londji Puzzles -- made from recycled cardboard!
This past year we discovered the beautiful range of puzzles from Barcelona-based company, Londji. Not only do the puzzles have beautiful designs and fun features (like glitter and ruffled edges and round shapes!), the puzzles are made from FSC certified paper and recycled cardboard and are all designed and made locally in their factory in ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Valentine's Day Loveheart Crowns
This is quite possibly one of the easiest crafts we've ever done -- and with such a cute result in the end! This past weekend, the girls and I made loveheart crowns for Valentine's Day. All you need is some wool felt and ribbon, and that's it! You simply cut out felt hearts in your ...
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PARENTING
Tips for keeping our teenage boys close
Easton will be 16 this year, and Quin will soon turn 14. Two teenage boys, both incredibly different. What I've learned so far in parenting teen boys is that each child's needs are different, and how I am with one isn't necessarily the same approach I take with the other. But really, what matters most is that ...
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LATEST TRAVELS
Summer holidays! See you back here in two weeks!
If you follow Esther and Emilie on Instagram, you'll have seen a few happy photos of their two families together in France! It's a sweet summertime tradition for them. Being on the opposite side of the world, I will admit it makes me feel extra far away and sad to miss out on these wonderful ...
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DECOR AND FURNITURE
Slow-stitched quilts and wall-hangings from Cutts & Sons
I discovered Jessie Cutts and her beautiful handmade quilts on Instagram last week and ended up down an Instagram rabbit hole, falling more and more in love with the work she does. I love the concept of her made-to-order quilted letters. How beautiful are they! (I adore this photo, above, of the letters behind the ...
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FASHION
Canopea Swimwear -- truly our family's favourite
I've been a longtime fan of this swimwear brand, since the very first collection from five years ago. In fact, we have some of the much-loved 5-year-old rash shirts still going strong! And living near the beach, my kids wear their rash shirts practically more than they wear shoes, so this alone is a testament ...
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BOOKS
"Julián is a Mermaid" by Jessica Love
This book, so beautifully written and illustrated by Jessica Love, is a celebration of individuality and a heartwarming story of unconditional love and acceptance. Julián is a Mermaid tells the story of a little boy, Julián, who spies three women on the subway one day and is entranced by their beautiful hair, their shimmering mermaid ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
The sweetest personalised Christmas baubles from Ink & Honey
Last year I discovered Ink & Honey on the Babyccino portal and immediately fell in love with the sweet personalised baubles. I ordered them for my kids as well as gifts for friend's kids, and they're now our most treasured ornaments on our Christmas tree. How sweet are they! (Last year, our little live tree ...
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FOOD
Michael's homemade granola recipe
One of the first things we noticed when we moved to Australia is how expensive the food here is, especially good, organic food. And one of the things that really stood out to us was the price of granola (especially when you're buying for a family of seven)! I guess it was something we took ...
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BOOKS
Picture Books for Toddlers: Wilkie's current favourites
About a year ago, I shared a selection of Wilkie's favourite picture books, many of which are still on rotation as his favourite bedtime reads. But he's beginning to enjoy the slightly longer stories now, and we have a few to add to that list. I snapped a photo of his current go-to books, most ...
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FASHION
A capsule collection with Nellie Quats!
When the lovely Elinor from Nellie Quats approached me last year about creating a capsule collection, I knew immediately this was a perfect opportunity to work with one of my favourite brands, learn a little about the design process, and (selfishly!) create the perfect pieces for my kids. Immediately I thought of Ivy, who is ...
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INTERESTING ARTICLES
Why being kind makes you happier!
Earlier this week, Lara in London sent me this wonderful article in The Sydney Morning Herald (her husband worked on the studies involved at Kindness.org), and it really hit home with me. The article shows a link between kindness and happiness. Reading it, I was reminded of an analogy my friend, Jeremy, shared with me ...
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FASHION
Louise Misha's new season collection
You've heard it before how much I love the beautiful, bohemian-style clothes from Louise Misha. Regular readers of this blog will know it's a brand I have loved for years. (I have a grey jumper from last year's A/W collection, and EVERY time I wear it, I get asked where it is from! It's one ...
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BOOKS
'Would you Rather...?' by John Burningham
I remember the first time I played a 'Would you Rather...' game. I was a freshman in college and we played in my friend's dorm room, laughing our heads off. So fun! Who doesn't love thinking about silly, outrageous potential circumstances and weighing up your favourite (or least terrible) of your options?! Haha. When I ...
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BOOKS
Early Riser Companion: Rhythms & Rituals, Traditions & Transitions by Elizabeth Antonia
Longtime readers of this blog will remember reading posts from Elizabeth Antonia in Los Angeles. She has been a friend of ours for many years, has contributed to this blog, supported our LA-based ShopUp events and has been a wonderful supporter of Babyccino. I remember the first time she told me her idea for the ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Studio in our garden -- some inspiration and ideas
We're building a little studio in our back yard -- a space for a home office, and a place for guests to stay when they come to visit! It's going to be so nice to have that bit of extra space (and to finally have a workspace and desk instead of using our dining table!). I ...
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Giving to those who give so much this Mother’s Day. 🤍 Our exciting GIVEAWAY with @thesimplefolkco means one lucky mama will win a $200 gift voucher to spend on womenswear and more with THE SIMPLE FOLK. Beautiful simple shapes, luxuriously soft, ethically produced, and designed by two mamas who value style and comfort! To enter: 1. Follow @thesimplefolkco and @babyccinokids 2. Like this photo 3. Tag 3 friends in separate comments. 🤍 Ends Sunday May 9th at midnight! Winner will be announced Monday the 10th. Good luck. 🤍 #babyccinokids #babyccinoboutiques
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Celebrating Cinco de Mayo today with one of our popular past posts — a weekend getaway to Mexico City! Travel will soon be here again but for now, grab some inspiration (link in bio), take a holiday with tacos at home, and perhaps make a margarita tonight? @babyccinokids @babyccinotravels #mexicocitywithkids
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We are so excited about today’s new blog post : Introducing your Children to Architecture – Why and How? Do your children love to build towers, cities or playgrounds ? Do they play with legos, blocks, or doll houses ? Maia Tarassoff is an architect and mother of two children (age 6 and 9). She started Petit Architect in 2017 with the mission to make architecture more accessible to children and youth. Her goal with @petitarchitect is to inspire and help them become more educated and involved within their cities. She shares 10 tips to easily do and explains why we need to introduce architecture to children. We also have an extra special free downloadable activity exclusive to Babyccino Kids readers! Link in bio. #babyccinokids #babyccinoboutiques
2 days ago
Happy and Whole by Magdalene Roze – Recipes to Nourish the Family. It is filled to the brim with delicious recipes to enjoy throughout the year categorised to work along the weather patterns to nourish us on rainy days or enjoy alfresco on summer, balmy evenings. Amongst the recipes are ideas to become more mindful and to live more naturally. Ideas on making your own cleaning products, DIY beauty tips and Magdalena shares her own philosophies on family food. It’s a book both @vanessagerbrandy and @courtneyadamo really enjoy. The recipe for a favourite, Mullum Curry, which Magdalena has very kindly agreed to share with you all is also now on our blog with this review! It is packed with goodness and nutrition and so delicious. Thank you @magdalena_roze for inspiring us and sharing this with us. A must buy book. Link to both in bio. #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats #babyccinoreads #nourishthefamily
3 days ago
GIVEAWAY now closed The future is female and @smocklondon believes that Mamas and their little girls should make the most of it with gorgeous clothes for feminine free spirits. Win a set of matching gorgeous handsmocked nightdresses for a mother & daughter duo. To enter: ️Follow @smocklondon and @babyccinokids ️Like this photo ️Tag 3 friends in separate comments who mamas with a daughter (age 1-10 *due to sizes)! Ends today Sunday May 2nd at midnight UK time. Winner will be announced Monday evening. Good luck. 🤍 #babyccinokids #babyccinoboutiques ps Smock is a business is built on a positive exchange: every time you buy an item from Smock, an item is given to a child in need.
4 days ago
Hello to the marvellous month of May! @lillustralulu
5 days ago
Our blog post reviews a delightful book of short poems to celebrate the seasons. ‘When Green Becomes Tomatoes’ is utterly divine! Each page is filled with intricate gouache and pencil illustrations and includes sweet poems celebrating the natural world. Link in bio by @vanessagerbrandy #babyccinokids #babyccinobooks @juliefogliano @juliemorstad
6 days ago
GIVEAWAY now closed To celebrate International Mother’s Day on May the 9th we have teamed up with @smocklondon to offer mothers a very special treat! Win a set of matching gorgeous handsmocked nightdresses for a mother & daughter duo. Twinning is winning! To enter: ️Follow @smocklondon and @babyccinokids ️Like this photo ️Tag 3 friends in separate comments who are both amazing mamas with a little girl (ages 1-10 *due to sizes) that they’d love to match! Ends Sunday May 2nd at midnight UK time! Winner will be announced Monday evening. Good luck. 🤍 #babyccinokids #babyccinoboutiques @littlekinphotography
1 week ago
We want to continue the conversation from Earth Day last week as it’s important year round! Courtney’s new blog post shares a list of things they do as a family to help reduce their carbon footprint. “I am aware that I’m preaching to the converted, and that we’re all aware of the importance of lightening our footprint and saving our planet. I also know none of us are perfect when it comes to our efforts of minimising our impact on the planet — by simply being alive, we are leaving an impact. However, little by little we can do and learn and try harder. And most importantly, we can educate our kids along the way. This is not meant to be some sort of bragging list of the things we do, but more just to share some of the things we’ve learned. And I’m really hoping you’ll share with me the things you do in your own homes so that I can learn from you too.” So let’s hear your thoughts in our comments and help Mother Nature! Link in bio. @courtneyadamo #babyccinokids #babyccinoboutiques
1 week ago
Join us in celebrating the special birthday for this incredibly beautiful woman, mama, friend, and inspiration to so many! How lucky we are to have you in our lives Courtney! 🤍
1 week ago
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!
2 years ago
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
4 years ago
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
4 years ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
4 years ago
Our 2nd live shopping event in Brooklyn was amazing! Great shopping, delicious treats, tons of kids activities and a super cool family photo booth!
4 years ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
4 years ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
4 years ago
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!)
4 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!
5 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.
5 years ago