Posts by Esther in Amsterdam

CRAFTS AND DIY
Pompom flowers -- a pop of colour in your house!
Ava decided to make pompoms the other day and before long she (and Pim, who joined the fun) had made a bowl full of them. Pompoms are so easy and fun to make! We were expecting dinner guests that evening, and I had no fresh flowers for the table so I asked them to create ...
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RECIPES
Homemade chicken soup -- deliciously healthy and healing
A few weeks ago I posted about Ava being sick, and about our 'sick day' family traditions. I loved reading about all of your families' sick-day traditions too, and I thought it was especially amazing to hear that most of us still remember being sick as a child ourselves. We seem to have such warm ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
How waste-free are you? Tips and thoughts about food waste.
I attended a dinner on Monday to launch the 'waste free' campaign here in The Netherlands. It was really lovely as it was prepared by a Dutch cook who is known for cooking completely waste-free with only local ingredients. For example, the peels of vegetables were used to make a tasty vegetable stock, leftover cake ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Otrio -- a super simple but incredibly fun strategy game!
We recently were at the birthday party of our godson (who turned 11 already!), and one of the presents he received proved to be an instant hit: the board game Otrio. Have you heard of it? Otrio is a super fun strategy game, based on the universally known classic tic-tac-toe. To win from your opponent, ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
The power of women — an interesting article about female endurance
A few weeks ago, Tamar was telling me about an article he was reading in the newspaper. About a certain kind of super-marathons, where athletes run for days and days with hardly any sleep or rest. I had never heard of these kind of races, but when he mentioned that the article discussed the fact ...
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PICTURE BOOKS
'The Ear' by Piret Raud. A book about the importance of listening.
When Van Gogh famously cut off his ear, the question arose -- what happened to the ear without its head? Estonian writer and illustrator Piret Raud was inspired, and wrote a beautifully illustrated story about that one lonely ear. The ear at first is quite helpless, as she is alone and without guidance. But before ...
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EDUCATION
Greek myths for children -- fascinating and magical!
We're going to Athens this weekend! It's going to be a short trip but we're all super exited. I've been to Athens a few times before, and I just love that city -- the mix of the old and the new is so magical. To get everyone in the spirit of the (Old) Greeks and ...
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HEALTH & CARE
Sick day traditions -- do you do anything special when your child is ill?
I'm writing this post as I have Ava laying on the sofa with a mild sinus / ear infection. I just checked on her to make sure she's comfortable, with her own pillow and the 'sick sleeping bag' -- the sleeping bag that belonged to me when I was a little child. It has the ...
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RECIPES
Mix’n’Match Morning Muffins -- a must have breakfast recipe for every busy family
Here is the third and last breakfast recipe brought to us but the lovely Lyndsay from the food blog I Eat My Peas (we shared her Quinoa Oats and Cheesy Egg Tacos earlier this week). These Mix'n'Match Morning Muffins are a must make family recipe Lyndsay claims, so we'll definitely be making them this weekend. ...
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RECIPES
Cheesy Egg Tacos -- another delicious breakfast idea!
As promised, here is the second yummy breakfast idea from Lyndsay of I Eat My Peas (yesterday we shared her Quinoa Oats -- have you tried them yet?). The Cheesy Egg Tacos she's sharing today make me even more excited about breakfast (and it's already my favourite meal of the day!). I happen to love ...
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RECIPES
Quinoa Oats -- a yummy breakfast idea for chaotic family mornings!
Lyndsay is a British mama who is currently living in Dubai with her husband and their two daughters. Originally an architect, she decided to follow her real passion and retrained as a food developer and stylist. She documents her recipes for nutritious, practical and (most importantly!) tasty family food on her beautiful blog I eat ...
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HOUSEKEEPING AND ORGANIZATION
Ecological laundry detergents -- my attempts to wash cleaner
As you can imagine, as a family of seven we wash quite a bit. In fact, I feel like I'm never not washing! There is always a load of laundry waiting, a hand wash soaking or a pile of clean laundry ready to be folded and put away... Because I wash so much, I've become ...
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MUSIC, FILMS & APPS
Les Choristes (The Chorus) -- a wonderful family film
Sara is in her second year of high school and she's been following French classes for the second year as well. In the last week before the holidays, her French teacher treated the class by letting them watch a film, and Sara was so impressed with it that we watched it as a family during ...
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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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If you’re feeling blue... pompom flowers will add a pop of colour to an otherwise grey day! Easy and fun to make with children of all ages More info on the blog (link in profile) #babyccinocrafts #babyccinokids #pompomflowers
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Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
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Our 2nd live shopping event in Brooklyn was amazing! Great shopping, delicious treats, tons of kids activities and a super cool family photo booth!
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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.
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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!)
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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!
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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.
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