Posts by Dina in NYC

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The Truth About Trying
A friend recently told me about this amazing feature of video blogs on Redbook called "The Truth About Trying".  I thought it was a fantastic way to personalize and put a face to the issues that many women silently face.  Whether you have ten children, one child, or in the midst of trying for your ...
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FOR MUMS
The Baby Chase
I must say, I am really liking that more and more information is starting to come to the forefront regarding the issues surrounding infertility.  My mother pointed me towards this article entitled "My Fertility Crisis" which ran in the Wall Street Journal a few weeks ago and I thought it was a real eye-opener.   All ...
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KIDS
Bracedlets
So I don't know about you but I am SO happy that the "Silly Bandz" craze appears to be over.  The inventors, likely being fanned by a giant banana leaf as I type, made millions of kids happy and left millions of adults feeling emotionally devastated that they did not come up with the concept ...
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FOOD
Delicious Cake Toppers by Goodie Girl
Shira is a mom who owns and operates a small cafe in my neighborhood.  Not only does she make delicious and healthy things like quinoa chocolate chip cookies, lentil and feta salads and hearty organic ten vegetable soups...but she also has a dark side.  Shira is a self proclaimed candy-addict and master chocolatier (and it's ...
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BOOKS
Miss Nelson is Missing!
We love this book!  Miss Nelson Is Missing! has been around since 1977 but we only discovered it in the last few months and we read it just about every night.  I don't want to spoil the ending but let's just say I am thinking of employing some of the tactics from the book's storyline. ...
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KIDS
Avon Crawling?? Cosmetics Co. Launches Baby Line
A few weeks ago, Avon, the cosmetic giant, gave birth to a new business venture and launched the  Tiny Tilila website for babies!  who  knew?  They offer a wide array of high-quality basics for babies from sleep-time to bath-time and I am quite impressed!  I really like their cotton onesies, soft bath towels and cushy ...
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KIDS
Building a better clog
Clogs were a fashion must when I was a kid.  I am still traumatized however by all the foot injuries that I suffered as a result of wearing them.  Do you remember running in them and they would slip forward and you would crash down on the heel --  basically splitting your foot in half?  ...
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PARENTING TIPS
Glitter Tattoos -- Parent Approved
I am really not a fan of temporary tattoos for kids.  Sure, fine, kids like them and all, but don't you think they always look like a terrible, flakey mess after a few hours -- not to mention the fact that there is always a fight when you have to remove them!   I do however ...
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FOR MUMS
The delightful Anne Taintor
I always see these silly quotes from Anne Taintor in novelty shops in NYC and they always make me smile.  I saw these two refrigerator magnets the other day and immediately made an impulse purchase and they have worked wonders to keep me mentally intact when I hear one of my kids break into a ...
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BABY
ReCrib: Out with the old in with the new
A friend just passed along this website to me and I am thrilled to see that someone took the time to put this together!  ReCrib is essentially a "Craigslist" for all things child related -- a place to buy and sell cribs, baby gear, strollers and all the other wonderful and time-limited things that come ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
Airplane Ear
Traveling with kids can be stressful enough as is but there is nothing worse than the oppressive hovering fear that someone will get "airplane ear."  I remember getting it a few times as a kid and it was just plain awful, so now, during take off and landing, I basically open up my own small ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Rush Hour
Now that my girls are past the Zingo phase, the latest game obsession in our house is Rush Hour.  The compact game is not only excellent for travel but involves puzzle solving skills that even an adult will enjoy.  I am starting to teach them the basics of chess (which is not exactly a relaxing ...
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FOOD
Kale Chips
As the mother of a child who refuses to eat anything but beige foods (pasta, chicken, rice and cereal) I do have one single window of opportunity to get a veggie into her -- Kale Chips.  My whole family is obsessed with them and they are delicious and easy to make.  Not only do they ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
The Mundo Cargo Bike
Another cool spotting on the streets of Tribeca!  While walking my girls back from swim class last night (all of us tired, hungry and cranky as could be) a man on a bike whizzed past us with two kids sitting snugly on the back.  Immediately one of my daughter started screaming “I WANT THAT NOWWWWWWWWW!!!!! ...
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KIDS
Floatimini Swimwear
In addition to my child shoe fetish (and trust me, it is pretty serious), I am also completely obsessed with swimwear.  I recently discovered the Floatimini line in a lovely store in the West Village and picked up the cute mermaid print (pictured above). What I especially admire about this particular swim line is that ...
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BOOKS
The Missing Piece
I have always loved Shel Silverstein but did not know of this book until last week -- where the heck have I been? When visiting one of my daughters in class her teacher read this aloud and the kids were wild for it.  Needless to say, I ran top speed to Amazon and got it ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Crayons by Lil' Doodlers
Birthday number FIVE for my twins is two short weeks away and I have been on the look-out for some cute parting gifts to send home with the little ladies who are coming to celebrate.  How sweet are these little crayon rings from Lil' Doodlers?  Love them.  The creator,  not shockingly a mom, uses recycled ...
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FOOD
Snowy Day Dinner Craving
It is bitter cold and snowing here in NYC and all I want to do is sit inside, hide under the covers, and have someone show up at my door with a giant hot cauldron of Cheese Fondue.  Somewhat cruel of me to post this picture now that I look at it.  I have had ...
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KIDS
Cover-Ups for Girls
This extremely hard-to-find brand (called "Chach") has THE most adorable beach cover-ups for girls in the history of beach cover-ups.  No joke.  The Belgian designer behind the brand noticed a void in fashionable beachwear during her travels and came up with a line that is as pretty as it is versatile. I have only seen ...
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PARENTING TIPS
A year later and not much has changed...
Exactly one year ago this time my daughter was quarantined in the hospital for two weeks with Salmonella poisoning that spread to her bloodstream. Happy New Year!!!  Ever since that time I have been on high alert when it comes to food safety issues and the New Year (in the US at least) has already ...
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FOR MUMS
Steve Madden Tsunami Boots
Having spent a decent amount of time in London I have come to respect the need for comfortable and stylish "Wellies".  In New York City, it doesn't rain nearly as much, but when it does the streets suddenly fill with women wearing Hunter Boots.  No offense to Hunter Boots of course, but I was seriously ...
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MUSIC, FILMS & APPS
Cyber Cupcakes!
After having come back from a recent vacation with the kids  I have developed a new-found love and appreciation for the I-Pad.   True -- I was skeptical at first... but there are actually a bunch of really great applications you can download to thwart meltdowns, kill time on rainy days or simply to secure time ...
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FOR MUMS
Two-Tone Tights
Last week I went to American Apparel to seek out these two-tone tights (pictured above) which I noticed cropping up in the pre-school scene, and I am LOVING their kids collection.  It's all '70s an '80s inspired (but in a good way).  Not only did I pick up a few of these two tone tights ...
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The cutest kids and the coolest mamas were at @theshopup in New York (and, obviously, the best donuts)! We had an incredible time and we hope you did too. We're sharing the recap of these wonderful days, and more photos, on the blog today, have a look! (link in profile)(@laurenkallen)#TheShopUp #TheShopUpNY
4 hours ago
Autumn is in the air and we're loving it! Check out our Top Ten selection this week to get in the mood!🦌(tap for details or follow the link in profile for more info)#babyccinotopten #autumn #fall
18 hours ago
These 'Guess What' lift-the-flap books are different! Graphic and colourful, they reveal unexpected illustrations that babies and toddlers will love. Read about them on the blog, link in profile!#babyccinoreads
1 day ago
Sticker heaven does exist, it's called @lovepipsticks and you will find it at @theshopup today! We're still open for 2 hours (until 5pm), it's not too late to join us for an amazing selection of children's boutiques! Entry is FREE!#TheShopUp #TheShopUpNY
1 day ago
And we are back for day 2! Come and join us until 5pm, we've lined up more than 30 wonderful children's boutiques for the best back to school shopping!(lovely knits and clogs from @misha_and_puff and @laurenkallen)
1 day ago
One of the many reasons families love @theshopup: the photo booth! @artifactuprising will be back today to take the best kids and families photos. See you there, we open at 10am! #TheShopUpNY #TheShopUp
2 days ago
What an amazing time we had yesterday at the first day of @theshopup with so many lovely families and the sweetest kids! We're back today from 10am-5pm at @501union. We hope you can join the fun!(beautiful @laurenkallen)#TheShopUp #TheShopUpNY
2 days ago
Emilie, Esther, and Esther's bump!🤗️So happy to be here in Brooklyn for @theshopup! Come and join us for the best family day, we're open until 6pm!#TheShopUp #TheShopUpNY
2 days ago
@theshopup is now open and we're having an amazing time here in Brooklyn, NY! If you're a big fan of @hazelvillage's sweet dolls and animals (like we are), come and join us to get a personal embroidery on your favourite companion! How cool is that! #TheShopUpNY #TheShopUp
2 days ago
Today is the day! We will open the doors of @theshopup at noon at @501union in Brooklyn, NY. Entry is free! Join us for the best family day with great shopping, kids activities and yummy treats! Today noon-6pm, tomorrow 10am-5pm, see you there#TheShopUp #theshopupNY
3 days 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 months ago
Esther and Courtney wrote a beautiful, month by month guide to pregnancy for the family to share. Perfect to prepare your child for the arrival of their new baby brother or sister!PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY: UK: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
5 months ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
5 months 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!
9 months ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
11 months ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
11 months 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!)
1 year 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!
1 year 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.
1 year ago
Hi guys! Here Bethie and I are showing you how to prepare a super easy dish that your family will love -- a video we bring to you in cooperation with Abel & Cole, deliverer of fabulous food boxes filled to the brim with organic freshness! Here's the list of ingredients:a royal 1 tbsp of olive oil1 butternut squash1 red onion2 red peppers2 garlic cloves4 vine tomatoes150g quinoasea salt & freshly ground pepper300 ml vegetable stock2 tbsp red wine vinegar25g raisins80g black olivesAnd for the garnish:a handful of chervilfeta (optional)Directions:Peel your butternut squash. Cut in half and scoop out the seeds. Chop the flesh into 1cm chunks.Peel and cut the onion into thick slices. Cut the pepper in half and scoop out the seeds and white pith. Chop into bitesized pieces. Peel and thinly slice the garlic. Roughly chop the tomatoes.Rinse the quinoa under cold water to remove any bitterness.Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large heavy based pan. Tip in all the veg and quinoa. Pour in the veg stock and the red wine vinegar. Add the raisins and the olives. Season with salt and pepper.Pop on a lid and cook for 30-40 mins until the squash is soft and the sauce thick. Stir every now and then during cooking.Scatter over the chervil (or flat leaf parsley leaves) and serve in warm bowls. Top with crumbled feta if you like!A super colourful, super easy and super delicious dish for taste buds of all ages!Bon appétit!
1 year ago