Posts by Esther in Amsterdam

HEALTH & CARE
The Tummy Tub -- a perfect bath for (newborn) babies
We have used a Tummy Tub for all of our babies and I continue to be impressed by how lovely and practical it is! From Bram's second day, we have bathed him in the 'bucket' and he's loved it since the beginning. The Tummy Tub is an invention of Dutch midwives, who in the early ...
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PARENTING
Reading to older children-- fun and beneficial
My kids love reading. Pim and Sara really devour books, and Ava has also recently gotten the hang of it. They are entirely captivated by their books! (Poor Casper, it can be frustrating to be the only one unable to read!) I suppose it can be a natural transition to stop reading to children when ...
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STYLE
Personalised baby gifts -- such a sweet idea for newborns!
A few of my friends have given Bram gifts that were personalised with his name and I think it's such a thoughtful and fun idea! I know all of the gifts that were given to Bram are chosen with care and consideration, and I love them all. But these personalised gifts are very special to ...
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PARENTING
Baby Bram
Hi everyone, I thought I would check in with a quick update about our little baby Bram! Bram is one month and two days old as I write this, and he is doing very well. He is an extremely happy and content little chap! We all enjoy his company so much. It's been wonderful to ...
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TABLEWARE
Personalised mugs, such a fun gift idea by QuirkyLime
While we're all anxiously waiting for a certain little baby who seems to be quite comfortable in his mama's warm womb, I thought I would share these cute personalised mugs from QuirkyLime with you! How fun are they? QuirkyLime specialises in making fabulous, high quality gifts of your kids' art. What is great about the service is that ...
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EDUCATION
A multiplication chatterbox -- a simple, fun and educational craft
Ava is now seven and this is the year she learns the multiplication tables at school. We already have the chart on the toilet door (which I think must be a universal trick), but the other day she came home with a 'multiplication chatterbox'. You know, that paper folding game we played as a kid? ...
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BABY ESSENTIALS
New Baby | What essentials do you really need for the first weeks?
There's a lot you can buy for your baby. And there's a lot you really don't need! Admittedly, I have made my share of useless purchases in the past (for example, a nappy trash can which produces giant nappy sausages). Now, expecting our fifth baby, I think I have more of an idea of what ...
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PREGNANCY
Giving birth naturally -- preparing for a natural (home?) birth
One week to go to my due date now...! As I said before in my post about packing my hospital bag, I'm not sure yet if I will stay home or go to the hospital for the birth. But in any case, I am preparing to give birth naturally for the fifth time! Following the ...
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DECOR AND FURNITURE
Waiting for baby... our nursery corner
The waiting game has began! I'm nearly 39 weeks pregnant and it can be really any day now... or not! I always find these weeks around the due date so strange. All is quiet and calm, everything is more or less prepared for the arrival of the baby. And no one knows when or how ...
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SKIN CARE AND MAKE UP
Natural pregnancy skincare by Eve & Rose
My belly is big and round now and I just feel the skin stretching around it. So tight! Also, the itching is terrible, and comes in waves. My legs, my arms, my back (especially there where I can not reach)... All so itchy! It's part of the pregnancy deal, of course, and thankfully temporary (almost ...
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PREGNANCY
The hospital bag | what essentials do you need to pack?
The last few weeks before giving birth is all about preparing for baby. I've been reading books and trying to practise my breathing for during delivery, and I have set up the little crib and changing table in our bedroom. Of course I've washed all those little baby clothes as well! Part of the fun, ...
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MATERNITY
Boob, pregnancy and breastfeeding-friendly fashion from Sweden
Boob is a Stockholm-based maternity label offering an extensive collection of clothes for all stages of motherhood. With clever solutions for double use (being pregnancy and breastfeeding friendly), the fashion goes way beyond 9 months. The great quality even makes them last so long they can be used for other pregnancies or be passed on ...
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PREGNANCY
The third trimester of your pregnancy | what essentials do you need?
The third trimester is when you will start to feel BIG and heavy and perhaps physically uncomfortable. But you will also be excitedly preparing yourself for the birth of your baby... This is such a fun and special time! In addition to my lists of first and second trimester essentials, here's a few things you ...
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PLACES TO VISIT
An Easter family ski break, with Powder Byrne
A few months ago I wrote about how we love to go skiing with our kids and told you about the British company Powder Byrne: the company that creates wonderful, luxury ski holidays for families worldwide. In the meantime, browsing the Powder Byrne website has become a bit of a hobby of mine. All of those pretty ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Cloth nappies | one mother's personal experience
After my post about environmentally friendly fem-care products, of course next up are nappies. Another rabbit hole! Amazing amounts of non-compostable waste is created by all of our lovely, sweet babies. Looking into eco-friendly disposable nappy brands, or even cloth nappies, is so relevant. One of our readers, Ilja Roomans, a mum of three here ...
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SEE
A tour of Paris in a retro VW van | with Combi Paris Tours
Even though I love exploring neighbourhoods by foot, one of the best way to get an instant overview of a city is by a car or bus tour. In a few hours time, you have a basic understanding of the lay-out of the city. Plus, you have already had a first view of some of ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Periods and eco-friendly menstrual products
It might be a bit of a strange subject for me to talk about periods and eco friendly menstrual products at the moment, given the fact that I haven't menstruated for over 7 months now. However, I've recently been talking with friends about menstrual cups (there's the MoonCup, the OrganiCup and the DivaCup, for example), ...
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MAMA
The best re-usable shopping bag, by Flip & Tumble
A few years ago (was it 5, already??), Courtney and I met up in NY with the lovely Annie from Brimful. She brought us a few of the cutest, most thoughtful gifts. One of those gifts was a re-usable Flip & Tumble bag, which she told me was simply the best re-usable shopping bag ever. I ...
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PREGNANCY
The second trimester of your pregnancy | what essentials do you need?
The second trimester is when your body really starts to grow and you will feel your baby kick for the first time. You will radiate that amazing pregnancy glow. But you might also feel more tired and less energised than normal -- much energy is now going to the growth and development of your baby! (I ...
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SEE
The Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill
Frederick John Horniman was a Victorian tea trader and philanthropist who passionately traveled and collected cultural and natural objects and artefacts from all over the world. Originally he started to exhibit his extensive collection of curiosities in his family residence on London Road. However when the collection started to take over the entire house, Mr. ...
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EAT
The Avocado Show, featuring one main ingredient, the avocado!
The Avocado Show is a restaurant in the trendy Pijp cooking with one main ingredient: it's all about the avocado! I recently took Sara on a little mama-daughter lunch date here, and we both loved the experience. Obviously we're both big avocado lovers, so the menu was right up our alley! The Avocado Show offers ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
A 'first period' box, to prepare for the first menstruation
Slowly but steadily I'm getting the news of Sara's friends getting their first period. Between the age of 11 and 13 it will most likely take place. (Of course some girls are younger, and some are older.) Sara is not there yet, but it might not be that long now! Do you remember getting your ...
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SLEEP
The ACE hotel London -- fun, cool and family-friendly
The ACE hotel London is conveniently located in Shoreditch, one of London's hippest and most creative urban neighbourhoods, with all sorts of trendy galleries, restaurants and shops right on your doorstep. (Check out our guide for Shoreditch here!) The ACE hotel itself reflects the creativity of its surrounding area. The lounge is always filled with hipsters, working ...
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Need a little change from chocolate consumption after yesterday?... try this fun rainbow art project from the archives by @lovepipsticks! Creative and sugar free. ️ #babyccinocrafts #art #rainbow #scratchart #colour #creative #artforchildren
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Is everything ready for Easter breakfast? These simple cozies that Esther made from felt and thread are super festive and fun! 🥚🥚 #babyccinocrafts #easter #eastercrafts
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Salt dough is a versatile option for crafts with endless decor potential too! ‍️ See this idea from Polona of @babyjungleshop from our archives! 🥚🥚🥚 #itsallabouttheeggs #babyccinocrafts #easter #eastereggs #eastercrafts
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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.
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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!)
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!
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
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 oil 1 butternut squash 1 red onion 2 red peppers 2 garlic cloves 4 vine tomatoes 150g quinoa sea salt & freshly ground pepper 300 ml vegetable stock 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 25g raisins 80g black olives And for the garnish: a handful of chervil feta (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!
2 years ago