Posts by Dina in NYC - Page 2 of 8

KIDS
Kit + Lili
I have to hand it to my mother-in-law who has a knack for tracking down the most fabulous clothes for my girls.  One of my daughters practically lives in the dress pictured above from Kit + Lili and I can see why.  It's cool, comfortable and can be worn with anything - leggings and tights ...
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BOOKS
Subway Line to Bedtime -- A Book of Delays
Bedtime.  Sometimes it goes off without a hitch.  Most of the time it can involve negotiations more intense and complex than an international hostage release.  I can't count the number of times that my girls have tried to bargain for "just ONE more book" or claimed to be "completely starving" as I tried to gently ...
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FOR MUMS
Hippopota
A friend of mine just tipped me off to Hippopota and I think it is such a cool idea!   As we all know, when you have children you wind up taking on an extended, and often "fuzzy", family over time.  By that I mean all the sentimental, can't-live-without objects that our kids acquire --  ...
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KIDS
Twinkle Toes
I am seriously risking my reputation here by writing about this obscenely tacky sneaker... but let's face it, kids love this stuff!!!!  These "Twinkle Toe" sneakers are super popular here in NYC and all the little girls I know are totally obsessed.  Comfortable as they are stylish (ah-hem) these are not the boring old light-up ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Favourite Toy: Zingo!
Zingo was the first real board-game, so to speak, that we played at home on a regular basis.  The concept is simple -- it's "Bingo" but using pictures and words.  What I like about it is that it's not only great for teaching visual recognition and learning first basic words but that it helps to ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Quadrilla
Try as I might to keep our toys organized, there is clearly some sort of hidden vortex in my house that steals our stuff.  I live in a land of puzzles missing a piece, half-naked dolls with one shoe... even a complete porcelain tea set – vanished!  And while I am very wary of bringing ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Blanca Gomez Prints and Wall Stickers
I recently learned about Blanca Gomez after purchasing this bold and beautiful wall-sticker (pictured above) from a friend's store in Perth.  Gomez, a graphic designer based out of Madrid, creates prints that appeal to children and adults alike and her playful, simple designs are the type that work anywhere and will, most importantly, make you ...
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NEW YORK CITY GUIDE
Make Meaning -- Art Space for Kids, young and old
Paint-a-pot... step aside.  I think your days are numbered. Make Meaning recently opened its doors on the Upper West Side and they are definitely on to something!  The gigantic, walk-in creativity center offers a place where parents and their kids can sit together and work side by side on a variety of creative projects -- ...
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EAT
Pizza
Pizza places are everywhere in New York so picking a favorite would not only be impossible but simply immoral.  There are zillions of restaurants ranging from the simple traditional New York slice to the thin-crust, brick-oven gourmet type and below are a few of my favorites (with kids AND without).  I am going to keep ...
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NEW YORK
Sweet William opens in Manhattan!
One of my very favorite children's shops from Brooklyn recently opened in Nolita last month -- dangerously close to where I live (uh oh).   I have always admired Sweet William as it is a store that gets it just right.  The space is adorable and the clothes are incredibly well edited, wearable and unique.  ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Insourcing the Birthday Party -- Customized Decor by Love the Day
If the idea of throwing a birthday party for your kids at home sends you into a total panic, I understand completely.  For me, nothing causes more constricted breathing than the thought of having twenty some odd kids over to spend two hours at my place sugar-infused and running wild.  I do have to say ...
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FOR MUMS
Happy Birthday to ME! Jemma Lulu's Charm Necklaces
When my twin girls were born I really wanted something beautiful and wearable to celebrate their arrival.   I loved the idea of having a simple charm necklace that was beautiful and that I could wear every single day.  Lucky for me, I knew where to go to get the job done -  I turned ...
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BABY
Fleeceleaves -- A unique and versatile newborn gift
I love finding baby-gifts that stand out from the crowd and I adore this set from Fleeceleaves.  It's a plush, double-faced, no-pill fleece blanket in the shape of a leaf with a matching acorn hat!  beyond cute! The story behind the leaf is equally sweet....the designer's son (Max) first conceived of the idea of a ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
The Coolest Day Planner Ever!
My friends still mock me whenever they see my day-planner.  Not only are some of them horrified that I don't just put my whole schedule on IPhone (which I don't own, thank you) but I could never part with my beat up book with all my notes and random papers sticking out of it.  Anyway ...
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FOR MUMS
Resolution 4 of 999,999 -- Eliminate Mailbox Clutter
I am not sure if the phenomenon exists in other parts of the world but here in the States,  if you use your credit card, especially on-line, you will 100% start to get random cataloges in the mail.  For years and years I have been meaning to call to unsubscribe from all the junk that ...
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NEW YORK CITY GUIDE
Purl Soho
This winter I plan to channel some old-world "know-how" into my life and finally learn how to sew and knit... properly.   As a city-kid, "knitting" was never something that hit my radar until recently but I would really love to tap into to this creative zone and learn to make fun things for the kids ...
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FOR MUMS
Allsaints children's clothing
I am not sure if Allsaints is considered hip or cheesy in London but I am totally digging it, and a sprawling flagship store just opened up in lower Manhattan.  As a New Yorker, I appreciate Allsaints.  The modern clothes are meant to be layered, shirts are cut long to hide "problem areas" and the ...
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MIDTOWN MANHATTAN
Top of the Rock
If you are looking for that take-your-breath-away New York City view,  Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center is really as good as it gets.  With three levels of wrap-around walking terraces set atop one of the most spectaular Art Deco buildings in the world -- it really is a must visit if you are ...
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FOOD
WasteNot Sandwich Saks
With school now back in full swing (finally!), I must say I am quite happy to be back in the routine... and yet, on the flip side, I am not at all psyched about the part about making and packing the daily lunch.  That being said, I recently stumbled upon this Etsy site the other ...
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FOOD
Amazing Grass Kidz Superfood
Confession.  One of my daughters is completely addicted to chocolate milk.  What started so innocently as a special treat is now pleaded for (multiple million times) daily by the four-year-old junkie who lives in my house.  I usually cave to keep the peace. Thankfully, a while back I learned about this miracle powder made by ...
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FOR MUMS
My Formerly Hot Life
I can SO SO SO relate to this very funny book which I picked up last week as the last of my easy summer reads.  In it,  I found exactly the kind of "see-you-are-not-alone" rants about my current station in life, and thank goodness because I just had another birthday.  Stephanie Dolgoff, a New York ...
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KIDS
Let it snow!!
So clearly Courtney and I have similar brains as I have been shopping for winter jacket during a heatwave here in NYC. Let me cut to the chase on this one. I have always admired the cashmere sweaters and puffy down jackets from J.Crew (Crewcuts) but have always trended towards the "Lands End's" and "LL ...
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FOR MUMS
A very cool lamp...
You can't help but feel better if you step through the doors of a Jonathan Adler design store.  His bright and quirky designs make for great housewarming gifts, and recently I've noticed they are trying to launch a new "Junior" line for kids  (although between you and me -- most of it is not really ...
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Decorations that don’t waste too many precious cooking ingredients... yes please! We love this simple salt dough recipe!🧂 1 cup flour 1/2 cup salt 1/2 cup water 1. Preheat the oven to 120 °C and line baking tray with baking paper. 2. Mix flour and salt in the bowl then gradually add water, stirring until combined. 3. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface, roll out until about 7mm thick and transfer to baking tray. 4. Then all you need is an egg-shaped cookie cutter, which is easy to find at this time of the year. Cut them out and make a hole in each about a centimeter from the top edge. Bake on 120C for about three hours turning them once after about 2 hours. 5. Now paint both sides with one color or each in different and wait to dry completely. 6. After about an hour you can draw your favorite designs on the eggs (again, one or both sides). 7. Leave for about 12 hours or overnight to dry and finish them with glossy varnish. (Clear nail polish works nicely.) 8. Now just string the twine or a fishing line through holes and you’re done! 9. Place on branches or hang around the home. 10. Enjoy! 🥚🧂 More Easter ideas in our bio! #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts #eastercraftsforkids #saltdoughornaments
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Paper, glue, scissors... make your own sweet bunny ears to create more fun for your Easter at home. It’s a 5 minute craft and 100% recycled scraps friendly! See @laraoflondon ‘s idea in the bio and customise the colours for your little ! #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts
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Hello Easter! We have over ninety crafts, recipes & blog posts (yes, that’s 90!) for this season we adore. So click on the bio link and get inspired. And stay tuned as we share all week — natural egg dyeing, making edible egg nests, cakes, salads, cards, decor, and more! #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats #babyccinocrafts #easter
2 days ago
Schedules? Routines? We have pointers from week three of being indoors. More on today’s blog. @estherbabyccino #babyccinokids
3 days ago
How can we manage worrying information around our children? Today’s blog post looks at these ‘unprecedented’ times. With news reels, articles, conversations, not only between adults but children too that are hard to ignore. It is impossible to shield our children from the worries and events of the wider world, and important to share some truths with them about what is happening. We are, as Maria Montessori put it, “Citizens of the World” and our children will be the ones to inherit it. Being in lockdown, (hello to everyone at home!) can make for a really good environment to nurture discussion, as we have time to drip feed explanations, observe reactions and unpick tricky questions. There are some simple ways we can help stem and support the flow of information, manage anxieties and make sense of the world around us all. So today we have tips in our bio, so click on the link and share with loved ones. And please stay safe. #babyccinokids #explainingcoronavirustokids @themontessoristudio
4 days ago
The Dictionary of Difficult Words by Jane Solomon is a great hit. It is filled with over 400 whimsical words which continually amaze us ... words like ‘bumbershoot’, ‘spaghettification’, ‘hurdy-gurdy’ and ‘ombudsman’ are carefully described and fantastically illustrated by Louise Lockhart. I mean how cool is the word ‘hurdy-gurdy’?! Read more about the book on today’s blog. #babyccinokids #babyccinoreads @vanessa_wild_flours
5 days ago
Art for everyone... Julie from @famillesummerbelle shared this beautiful print for colouring in fun. Print out available in our bio. Enjoy. ️ @estherbabyccino @famillesummerbelle #famillesummerbelle
5 days ago
We’ve had a full-on week with home learning (as you all have I imagine) and managed to survive (just) the week in the house together. But this morning I felt we all needed a little time out from the work and we did maths through baking by making these delicious cookies. They were out of the oven just in time for a mid-morning brain break. I think we’ve tried every recipe for chocolate chip cookies but this is our favourite and today I thought I’d share it with you. I must warn you, they are not the healthiest, but during these times I think we are all in need of a little treat. Thanks to @vanessa_wild_flours for this idea ... and click on our bio for her yummy recipe! #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats
5 days ago
Picky eaters? Or needing creative meal solutions? Read our tips for making mealtimes fun in our bio. And tell us, what clever ideas do you have now that three meals a day with the whole family is the new norm. #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats
1 week ago
The secret to a happy home... freshly baked cookies! And with only three ingredients your precious pantry won’t be robbed of its’ resources. The recipe for these mouth-watering (and gluten free) Peanut Butter Cookies : -1 cup of peanut butter -1 cup of brown sugar -1 egg In a large bowl, mix the ingredients together until you have a smooth, consistent dough. Using your hands, roll dough into small balls and place on a baking tray, evenly spaced. Press a fork into the dough balls in opposite directions making a criss-cross pattern. Then bake at 350° F (175° C) for 8-10 minutes. And that’s it. So easy! Enjoy. @courtneyadamo #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats #glutenfree
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
3 years ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
3 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.
4 years ago