Posts by Esther in Amsterdam

OUTDOORS
Watercolour sidewalk chalk -- such a simple but genius idea!
I took this photo a few months ago here in Amsterdam on one of the last warm and sunny days of the year. This girl was drawing on the sidewalk with pavement chalk, and had the brilliant idea to add water and brushes to the fun -- resulting in deeper and brighter colours and a ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Wooden peg dolls -- a sweet and simple toy and one of Bram's favourites
This 'Nins' wooden playset is Bram's favourite toy! The size of the little wooden peg dolls are perfect for his little baby hands. He loves to carry them around with him when he's crawling and cruising around; often one in every hand. Officially these wooden peg dolls are part of a season play set (ours ...
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EDUCATION
Schooling in Switzerland -- early independence and lots of the outdoors!
A few years ago, road tripping from Amsterdam to Tuscany, we visited the beautiful town of Zurich along the way. We spent one amazing day on the lake, enjoying the beautiful open-air beaches / swimming pools called 'Badi'. Afterwards, we stayed the night in the pretty apartment of the Prinsloo family, who were so kind ...
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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
A happy and merry week to all of you!
Dear friends! We are taking a bit of time off to be with our family and friends. We'll be baking cookies, taking long walks in the woods, and watching our favourite family films and holiday movies. And some of us will be hanging out on the beach, of course ; ). We wish you lovely, ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Making beeswax candles -- a lovely holiday craft (and a perfect gift)!
Making beeswax candles is a perfect DIY project for these cosy months of the year. Beeswax is entirely natural, even edible! So it's perfectly safe to play with, even by the littlest children. But making beeswax candles (and decorating them) is a lovely activity for all ages. I really like playing around with the wax ...
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TOYS & GAMES
PARK pass a ball to a child in need.
The idea behind PARK is a lovely one. Simply said -- for every ball they sell, PARK will pass an identical ball to a child in need. An amazing initiative, with a noble idea behind it: that football can change the world. Sam and his friend Tara started PARK because they believe football has the power to transcend ...
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SHOPUP
Maud Fontein's Happy Holiday Shoot at the ShopUp this weekend!
It's become a real tradition -- Maud Fontein photographing my children for her Happy Holidays shoot. They all look forward to it -- they just love Maud! She is such a fun and easy-going person, and she makes people feel relaxed and at home so quickly. This year, taking the photos involved throwing little white ...
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SKIN CARE AND MAKE UP
Homemade natural lip balm with beeswax and shea butter
'Tis the season! Of chapped lips and dry cheeks. All of my children have been complaining about dry lips and have been asking for lip balm. I've been reading some negative things about over-the-counter chapstick though, like the use of ingredients such as petroleum jelly / petrolatum (vaseline) and parabens. Things I don't want my kids ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Miniature Waldorf dolls from Fairyshadow. The sweetest little gift!
Aren't these miniature Waldorf dolls ridiculously sweet? It was my friend Annie from Brimful who pointed them out to me a year and a half ago. I obviously placed a little order -- who can resist those tiny mice, bunny babies and moles? Ava has a little necklace mouse which she very often wears -- ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
How do you manage it all? Thoughts and tips about juggling and trying to stay on top of things.
Running a business as well as a household of seven is not a simple task. I'm constantly trying to stay on top of things and at the same time failing miserably. I'm behind on my email, my house is a mess, my baby needs a bath (and so do I), I have to write a ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Road building with Waytoplay, a flexible and waterproof toy road system
Waytoplay is a super fun Dutch Design toy existing of 100% child safe rubber road segments that can easily be put together like a puzzle. Unbreakable, suitable for any surface AND water/weatherproof, children can roll out roads wherever they feel like and start playing. Be it in the garden, on the beach, in the bath ...
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RECIPES
A delicious pumpkin curry recipe, which our entire family loves!
This delicious pumpkin curry recipe has taken our house by a storm. I've made it in different varieties already three times in the past weeks, and we all love it. It's hearty but fresh, silky yet with a hint of spiciness. It has interesting textures and tastes, and it is just such a lovely, balanced ...
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STYLE
The Babyccino Product Guides -- Shop our Favourites!
Raise the curtains for our Babyccino Product Guides! We have made shopping easy for you by selecting some of our favourite products in handy-to-use shopping guides. We have created seasonal and/or relevant categories -- filled with stylish and practical products from the shops we love! Every month we will publish two shopping guides, and we're ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
A Ninjago Party for Casper's 6th birthday. Such a fun day!
It's all 'Ninjago' in Casper's world at the moment. So when I asked him what sort of birthday party he was thinking of, I shouldn't have been surprised when he said a 'Ninjago Party' -- and that there wasn't even an option for an alternative! I'm not the biggest fan of this Lego line myself ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Halloween luminaries, a sweet last-minute craft and fun for all ages!
Halloween is not a traditional holiday in the Netherlands, but we have adopted the tradition. The children like to dress up, we decorate the house with spooks and spiders and I make some scary dishes for dinner. We do walk around the neighbourhood -- there's a specific street where people really make an effort to ...
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COLOURING AND ACTIVITY BOOKS
Storytime Magazine, short stories on your doormat
Is there anything better than magazine mail day? My children look forward to it ALL week. Usually on Thursdays, they get their children's newspaper, their horse riding magazine, their junior National Geographic magazine AND, once a month, Storytime Magazine. They all LOVE this magazine! Storytime Magazine is a subscription magazine for kids, packed with brilliant ...
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AUTUMN CRAFTS
Conker spiderwebs, an easy autumn craft with such pretty results!
This is an oldie but a goodie. As a child I used to make conker spiderwebs in school and with my mum. And so do my children. It's an easy autumn craft, manageable for little hands but also extremely entertaining for bigger ones. We all made conker spiderwebs the other day -- it's quite an ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Five simple tips for learning to tie shoelaces
It's funny how children are all so different. Even though Casper has been kicking a ball since he made his first steps and can confidentially climb any object you can imagine (help!), the development of his fine motor skills are less progressed. He only just now learned to tie his own shoelaces -- on the brink ...
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AUTUMN CRAFTS
Pressed paper clay leaves -- a little fall craft project
Leaves are changing colours and falling in Amsterdam and the colours of the trees are so pretty. When we're going for little walks in our neighbourhood, we can't help but come back with some colourful leaves in our hands. Little treasures!! The colourful autumnal leaves were the inspiration behind this little craft project: beautiful, pressed ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Eat your veggies! With the natural rubber baby toys from Oli & Carol
Bram is not big on solids yet. He bravely tries little bites of mashed carrot, sweet potato or banana, then squeezes his face as if I'm feeding him a lemon. And basically refuses to eat the rest of the dish. I've had a bit of succes with avocado and broccoli (perhaps he only likes green ...
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DECOR AND FURNITURE
Making a quilt from fabric remnants and old dresses
I finally started a project which I have been wanting to start for a long time. For years I have been gathering fabric remnants with the idea of making a quilt with them. There are all sorts of little pieces of fabric that I kept because I liked them. I inherited some from my mother ...
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RECIPES
The very best spaghetti carbonara (unanimously voted by my children!)
My children are very good eaters and they all have quite an extensive list of their favourite foods. But spaghetti carbonara is definitely in the top 3 for all five of them. (I say five, because I'm pretty sure it's on Bram's list as well, even though he hasn't even started solids yet.) I don't make ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
A painted square as a backdrop for cards, photos, (kids) art...
A while ago we painted a very dark green square on our living room wall, with the idea to use it to display all sorts of pretty little things: drawings from the children, autumn leaves, our activity advent calendar, a collection of plates or framed art... Things we feel are meaningful and which we like ...
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A happy boy and his favourite toy! The wooden peg dolls can be found at @brimfulshop, one of our #babyccinoboutiques . Link to Esther’s post in bio.
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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!
6 months 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
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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!
1 year 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!
2 years ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
2 years ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
2 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!)
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.
2 years ago