Posts by Esther in Amsterdam

THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Do you talk about being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender with your kids?
Earlier this week, a successful beauty blogger here in the Netherlands, Nikkie de Jager (@nikkietutorials), publicly announced that she is transgender. A very brave thing to do -- I watched her coming out video on YouTube and was incredibly impressed by her story and the way she chose to share it. I recommend you to ...
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THE SHOPUP
London ShopUp 2019! Some (well, lots) of photos and thank yous!
What a wonderful few days we've had! The ShopUp 2019 was amazing, we had such a wonderful variety of brands and boutiques joining us. All of the stands were so, so beautiful! Every year, this event takes us immediately into the holiday spirit. Santa on stage, festive music, happy families visiting with the sweetest kids... ...
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THE SHOPUP
A new contributor! Introducing Zainab
Many years ago, Babyccino started out as an ongoing conversation between friends. A conversation about parenting, about living in different cities/cultures, about food and travel and well, just the everyday. A conversation in which we would share parenting discoveries, tips and ideas, hoping to support each other and learn from each other, help each other ...
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INTERVIEWS
5 Questions With… Samantha Barnes of Raddish Kids
In this age of female empowerment and the continuous search for balance between work and family, it's so refreshing to read Samantha's 5 Questions With interview below. Her company, Raddish Kids (a monthly cooking club for kids -- more below), values this balance. Samantha supports the parents in her team to be flexible and wants them ...
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BABY
Dinki Human, a gender-neutral, organic and entirely ethical collection
Many brands are working in a more eco-conscious way these days. They are thinking about the way they manufacture and finding out how they can improve their production. Small steps are taken, sometimes big ones, and it is necessary and good. But Ester, the founder of Dinki Human, goes one step further in ensuring her ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
LOLA art boxes, the fabulous Holiday Edition!
LOLA Art Boxes are the most wonderful way to introduce creativity in your family. Every month, the talented LOLA (short for Lots of Lovely Art) team assembles everything you need to create three artist-inspired projects, including an introduction to the artist, recommendations on books or artworks to discover and galleries to visit, plus of course ...
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INTERVIEWS
5 Questions with Maya Simler from PLAYin CHOC
I have rarely encountered a person with such an international life as Maya. Reading the answers to our 5 questions below, it became clear that she really has worked and lived in so many places! Maya currently lives in London with her husband and two boys. She's the brainchild behind her amazing brand PLAYin CHOC, ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Now live: the 2019 Babyccino Holiday Gift guides!
Attention everyone! Our annual Babyccino holiday gift guides are NOW live! Full of wonderful ideas and inspiration, we are offering 6 great gift guides this year: Gifts for Children Gifts for Mama Gifts for Babies Stocking Fillers Partywear Holiday Decor Ranging from the practical and pretty to the meaningful and memorable, you will find tons ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Monopoly Deal -- a new favourite family game (which is perfect for traveling too!)
This summer we met with family friends during our holiday in France, and our children were introduced to a new game: Monopoly Deal. Which is basically 'Mini Monopoly' -- not only in size but also in time! The size of a deck of cards, this game can be played in just about 15 minutes and ...
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FASHION
5 Questions with Andrea Lang of Wunderlang
The story of how the beautiful brand Wunderlang came about is a wonderful one. Andrea is so mindful and so respectful towards everything life has to offer. The simplicity she seeks in her surroundings, the way she loves the outdoors, the loving manner in which she speaks of her family... The respectfulness with which she treats preloved ...
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MAMA
5 Questions with Marta and Barbara of Yellow Meadow
The Yellow Meadow collection truly brings a smile to our faces. These motherhood staples are so full of femininity and fun! The gorgeous gowns and swaddles are printed with such attractive, colourful and powerful patterns. We loved diving a bit deeper into the story behind this beautiful brand from Poland, run by two sweet sisters, ...
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EDUCATION
The climate strike (plus: 8 ways to make a conscious change at home)
If you are reading this post on Friday, 27th of September 2019, you will be looking at a black&white website. For one day we're ditching all colour, in solidarity with everyone who is striving for an urgent climate change -- today, this week, and always! A small change, perhaps, but I find it quite disturbing ...
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PICTURE BOOKS
'Hey Grandude!' -- a picture book by Paul McCartney!
Grandude is not your everyday kind of grandfather. True, he has some stereotypical grandfather characteristics. He lives in a very normal house in a very normal street. He has snow-white hair and a tendency to fall asleep in his armchair. But, he also has something extraordinary and utterly amazing: he owns a magical compass! When ...
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RECIPES
Seasonal yoghurt fruit cake -- quick to make and utterly delicious!
When we were in France this summer we stopped over at Emilie's summer house for a quick stay, which is something we like to do every other summer (she tries to visit  us in our summer house the alternating year). Our time together is always primarily focused on cooking great food and eating it -- ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Encouraging children to read! Here are ten tips.
Both my oldest children are avid readers. Especially Sara is the kind of person who reads everything she can get her hands on: novels, series, educational books, newspapers, magazines, the back of cereal boxes -- you name it. So recognisable: I was exactly the same as a child. (I always thought it had to do ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Would you let your children get lost at night and let them find their own way back home?
Recently, an interesting article appeared in the New York Times, and so many of my friends and followers reached out to me about it. Is it true? Do you really do it? The topic of the article is about a particular 'game' we play in the Netherlands which is called 'dropping'. In a nutshell, children ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Let experiences be! How playing back memories on a mobile phone can re-shape our memories.
A couple of weeks ago Lara sent me an interesting NY Times article: Is the immediate playback of events changing children's memories? It has definitely made me re-think the way I share photos and videos to my children. Don't get me wrong -- I don't think it's bad to let them watch videos of past events, ...
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HOUSEKEEPING AND ORGANIZATION
Fridge organisation for families, tips to avoid food waste
A couple of months ago I was asked to become an ambassador for the Dutch agency against food waste (#verspillingsvrij). Which I was happy to accept -- food waste, after all, is one of the most serious dangers to the health of our planet. A third of all food is thrown away! A big part ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Are you competitive when you play games with your children?
Let me start by saying that I have huge respect for parents with an endless (endless!!) patience; parents who can play silly games with their children and let them win over and over again. I am not one of those parents. Of course I do sometimes play those silly games, and I do let my children ...
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BABY
First walking shoes by Poconido, so perfectly sweet!
Bram is now trotting steadily along, happy with his ability to carry things along with him. (And, consequently,  leaving a mess everywhere!) He's very cute with his penguin like walk and his determined little face, with those chubby cheeks and golden curls :). With walking come the first walking shoes, to protect the feet against ...
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RECIPES
Summer recipes! Easy and delicious, and perfect for hot days.
Summer has finally arrived here in Amsterdam, and it's come with a BANG. We had the hottest 25th of June yesterday -- at least, since temperatures have first been recorded! With warm temperatures like these, I'm craving salads and grilled veggies for dinner. Yesterday, I cooked some brown rice and once it was cooled down ...
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RECIPES
Poke bowls -- my kids love them! And so do we :)
Are your children sushi lovers like ours? Tamar and I always say it's so funny, to have children who love sushi so much. I mean, I never had sushi as a child -- in fact, I can vividly recall the first time I ate sushi. I was 23 and studying in London in the late ...
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RECIPES
Crispy Thai spring rolls, crunchy Vietnamese spring rolls and fried shrimp rolls: A spring roll fiesta!
We were recently invited for dinner at one of my friends, where we were spoiled with the most delicious and fresh crispy Thai spring rolls. They were made by my friend's nanny, who is from the Philippines, and I was intrigued! I never thought of making my own crispy spring rolls, but now I saw ...
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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
2 days ago
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
1 week ago
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
1 week ago
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
1 week ago
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
1 week ago
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