Posts by Courtney in Australia

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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TRAVEL
A quick trip to Rome -- some highlights and tips
I remember overhearing a conversation between two men at the post office when we first moved to Byron. One man was telling the other about an upcoming family holiday -- the first holiday for their family in seven years! I remember how casual the other guy's response was, 'when you live in paradise, you don't ...
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FASHION
Anyware Kids -- a unisex brand of children's clothing that grows with your child
A friend sent me an email a few weeks ago telling me about Anyware, a new UK-based children's brand, and I loved it the second I saw it! So much so, that I ordered a pair of the overalls for Wilkie and Marlow! They are so cute! The majority of the Anyware pieces are unisex, with ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Do you carve out one-on-one time for each of your kids?
One of the things I get asked the most in relation to having a big family is whether I'm able to spend enough quality time with each of my kids.  And my response to this question usually surprises people... The thing is that no, I don't really spend quality one-on-one time with each of my ...
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OUTDOORS
Our cubby house -- by Castle & Cubby
Last year, around this time, I met Kellie and Jonathan Stones at an event here in Byron. Kellie and Jonathan are the husband and wife team behind the family-run business, Castle & Cubby -- they design and create the coolest, eco-friendly cubby houses, tree houses, mud kitchens, sand pits, garden boxes and outside furniture! How ...
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FUN
Announcing the 2019 Babyccino Awards WINNERS!
After much deliberation by our team, followed by tough decision making by our wonderful judges, and then finally a tally of votes from all of YOU, our wonderful readers, we are super excited to announce this year's winners in the Babyccino Awards! Drum roll please as we announce them all below...! The winner of the ...
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FOR MUMS
My new project: an e-course and Instagram community for parents
Guys, I'm really excited to share a new personal project I've been working on! After two years of mushy baby brain (no joke -- I honestly thought my brain might never work properly again!), I'm excited to be back in entrepreneurial shoes -- with fresh ideas and enthusiasm. Back in February, just before Wilkie's 2nd ...
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STYLE
Voting is Open for the 2019 Babyccino Awards!
Drum roll, please! After weeks of tough voting decisions by our team, followed by difficult deliberations by a panel of expert judges (pictured below), we have our list of shortlisted shops in this year's Babyccino Awards! We have narrowed down the top 3 shops across 9 categories, and now it's up to YOU, the public, ...
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RECIPES
My new favourite: Scandinavian Cinnamon Rolls
This past Easter weekend, we had friends from Finland staying with us in our home. They have four kids, so that made 9 kids in one small house for six whole days! You can imagine how much fun was had!! On Easter morning, I woke early with the realisation I had forgotten to make the ...
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BOOKS
'Harold Snipperpot's Best Disaster Ever' by Beatrice Alemagna
Beatrice Alemagna is an author/illustrator living in Paris with her husband and two daughters. She has now published more than 30 books, including On A Magical Do Nothing Day and The Marvellous Fluffy Squishy Itty Bitty, which Vanessa has shared about here. Her newest book, Harold Snipperpot's Best Disaster Ever, is as delightful and whimsical ...
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FASHION
A pretty, poetic new collection from Louise Misha
Louise Misha needs no introduction here. We've shared our love for this brand a few times over the years (see last year's post and notice how much Marlow has grown! Oh my gosh!). Louise Misha has become well-known and loved for its pretty, bohemian-style clothing for girls and women, and it is now stocked in more ...
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WEEKEND GETAWAYS
Weekend Getaway: Raleigh, NC
We were thrilled when Addie Ladner, a longtime reader of this blog, got in touch offering to share tips on her adopted home city of Raleigh, NC. I've never been to North Carolina (though I did consider the journalism school at UNC when looking at universities!), so I was particularly interested to hear about its charming capital ...
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PARENTING
What are your favourite podcasts?
A few months ago I started listening to podcasts while I fold the laundry, and it is actually life changing! I don't know what took me so long, but better late than never! Instead of folding laundry on a daily basis, I've started piling up our clean, dry laundry and keeping it in a big ...
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FASHION
Shopping for a toddler boy
Wilkie, who turns two next week !!, is officially potty-trained. Hooray! It gives me such pleasure knowing I will never have to do that again! Five babies down.... no more to go...! Haha. (Of course there are plenty more parenting challenges to face, but potty-training thankfully isn't one of them.) Anyway, I had forgotten what ...
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FASHION
My favourite swimsuits
I've received four (!!) messages from friends in the last couple weeks asking for swimsuit recommendations -- one friend who lives in LA, one in France, one in the UK, and one here in Byron who asked for my favourite local brands... which is surely proof that swimsuits are on everyone's radar right now, no ...
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Greta and the Giants is an inspiring picture book with an allegory evoking the tenacity of the current climate movement and there is a section in the back of the book informing readers about the real @gretathunberg and what they can do to help fight against the ‘Giants’. @vanessa_wild_flours #babyccinoreads #babyccinokids
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Make a batch of homemade valentine’s cards with just a few simple materials! See the link in bio for this craft from our archives. ️🧡 @soloskates #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts
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The year of positive change! A belated Happy New Year to all of you!! I hope you all enjoyed the holidays, and the first weeks of 2020 have been good for you. For Courtney, the year has had a rocky start. The devastating fires in Australia have been keeping all of our minds occupied. Thankfully rain is on its way, and hopefully the fires will be under control soon. But the destruction has taken place and the wake-up call has been heard and noted. We have to act now! Let's make 2020 the year of positive change. Simple changes can be made on a personal level. Maybe, after reading this newsletter, we can all take a bit of time to act or reflect? Here are some ideas you can start thinking about: 1. Let's try to drive less! Walking or using a bike are better for our health as well as our planet. Taking public transport is fun! Or drive electric. Fly less: have your meetings virtual and go somewhere local for your holidays. Or take the train, instead of the plane! 2. Eat local and seasonal. Become a flexitarian (or even better, a vegetarian). Eating less animal proteins has a direct impact on your carbon footprint. 3. Repair, re-use, recycle and refuse. If you can, shop responsibly (ethical, green and sustainable). Respect what you already have, mend, pass on to others. 4. Replace fossil fuels (oil, carbon, natural gas) with renewable energy sources. Switch to a 'green' energy provider, perhaps install solar panels. Be more energy efficient. Turn the heating down a notch, wear woollens and blankets to stay warm. 5. If you have funds, invest them wisely. (Not in companies related to the fossil fuel industry, for example, but in 'clean' organisations instead.) When it's time to vote, vote! And vote wisely. Don't feel that one person or one family can not make a difference. Social scientists have discovered that if we see our peers take environmental action, we adjust our beliefs and actions accordingly. So it's worth the effort! Thanks as always for following and reading. xxx Esther
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It’s so easy to find excuses but we’ve got a seven minute solution to restart your fitness. Inspired by @nytimes our Contributor, Shannon, inspired us to getting moving again. Thanks @slcorlis not let’s get those sneakers out. Link in bio! And what do you do to stay in shape? #babyccinokids #mamaswhomove #realfitness
3 days ago
Fresh new books for the shelf that beautifully celebrate difference in cultural heritage, featuring children. Do you have any books you would recommend? We would love to hear! More from @thelittlemontessorischool on the blog. #babyccinoreads #babyccinokids
4 days ago
Cauliflower Tikka Masala is over baked and has just the right amount of spice. Recipe in bio from @ieatmypeas ... yum! #babyccinoeats #babyccinokids #vegetarianrecipes
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Brighten up your home with our loveheart garland. Perfect for a weekend craft and you’ll be ahead of schedule for Valentine’s Day ... all you need are potatoes, paint, and cookie cutters if you have them! ️️ @laraoflondon #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts #valentines #valentinescraftsforkids #haveaheart
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This Chorizo and Butter Bean Winter Stew is the perfect winter meal- deeply flavoured, slowly cooked and warming right to the soul. It’s so quick to put together and you can add in any extra vegetables. #babyccinoeats #babyccinokids #winterstew @ieatmypeas
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Weekend fun sorted! Any excuse for new traditions especially if they include cake! Galettes de Rois, celebrated in France during January and in many other countries too, involves wearing a crown, eating cake, and finding charms. What’s not to love? Read our blog, link in bio, and join the party like @laraoflondon does! Galettes from @jacquesetlilie #galettesderois #culture #gouter #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats #tradition
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Earlier this week, a successful beauty blogger in the Netherlands, Nikkie de Jager @nikkietutorials publicly announced that she is transgender. A very brave thing to do and was incredibly impressed by her story and the way she chose to share it. If you haven’t seen it yet, there is a lot to learn from Nikkie’s coming out video on youtube. It is an inspiring message from a strong roll model, addressing young people who feel insecure, misunderstood or simply not in the right place. It is about acceptance, respect, hearing and understanding each other, about writing your own story, about the power of being yourself — whoever you are and whatever you are. It is also about the importance of supportive parenting. Nikkie shares that she is intensely grateful for her mother, who always saw and heard, listened and understood, respected and supported her in her choices and in her transition. We have always tried to be straightforward in discussing sex and reproduction with our children, and open about the idea that heterosexuality is just one shade of a wider spectrum of diversity. Thanks for the new blog post @estherbabyccino ... what are your thoughts? Comment below and link is in bio. #babyccinokids #thursdaythoughts
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!
1 year 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
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
2 years ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
2 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!
3 years ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
3 years ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
3 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!)
3 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!
3 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.
3 years ago