Posts by Esther in Amsterdam

CRAFTS AND DIY
Collagraph printing -- fun for all ages!
Pim and I recently visited 15 secondary schools here in Amsterdam. It's a huge job as every 12-year-old child needs to hand in a shortlist of his 12 favourite schools. Then, he or she is entered into a very complex poll which will determine the school in which your child will spend the next 4 ...
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SPRING CRAFTS
Dandelion printing, a simple and sweet spring craft project
The first dandelions have turned into seed buds so walks in the park have become even more fun. Blowing those fluffy pompons is so fulfilling -- even I can't resist the contentment of baring a nice, fat and full blowball! Yesterday we decided to try and create our own dandelions, using simple kitchen utensils like ...
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TEENAGERS
At what age do you give your children a mobile phone? Here's how we deal with technology in our household.
We live in an interesting age. Technology is developing with the speed of light and a life without mobile devices has simply become unthinkable. I find this such a strange phenomenon, especially given the fact that it's not even that long ago since we didn't even have wireless communication! (I think my dad, because his ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Suspend -- a favourite family game which is all about clever balance!
Emilie has written about the clever balance game Suspend before (she also gifted our children one set for Christmas a few years ago) so I'm not at all being original here. Suspend, however, is such a firm favourite family game in our house that I thought it would be worth oversharing in this case :). ...
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OUTDOORS
Weltevree (a swing in a tree without a branch)
One of the most romantic things I can imagine is a sweet little cottage with an orchard behind it, a few children running barefoot in the grass and a swing in one of the apple trees. An old table in the middle of the grass with a colourful table cloth and a jug of fresh ...
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PICTURE BOOKS
Tad -- Sometimes the biggest stories have the smallest beginnings
Tad is tiny. She is the smallest almost-a-frog in the whole wide pond! She is even smaller than all of her tad brothers and tad sisters. As they are rushing through the shallow waters together, she has to wiggle her tail twice as hard to keep up. As the days go by, the tadpoles grow ...
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MAMA
The prettiest leather accessories from Hedley Field
We all love the baby and toddler shoes of Amy + Ivor (nowadays you can find these under the umbrella brand Hedley Field), but did you know that Alice (who is the owner and creative soul behind the brand), also makes the most beautiful leather accessories? Alice works with the softest, most beautiful and carefully ...
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EAT
The Butcher, fast food the good way :)
They call their burgers 'bloody delicious' and we can state for a fact that they are exactly that. The highest quality Aberdeen Angus beef is grilled to perfection and served with a 'secret signature sauce' on a home-made semi-brioche bun -- if you love burgers, this is as good as it's going to get! THE ...
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EAT
Toni Loco -- a simple and fun formula for some of the best pizza in town!
If you're in The Pijp and feel like some of the best pizza in town, look no further. Located in the middle of this hip and happening neighbourhood, Toni Loco offers a straightforward but successful formula: a small menu of seriously delicious pizza made from only the very best ingredients, combined with an excellent drinks ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Ava's mouse house! A super fun (and super creative!) craft project.
Ava has been working for weeks on her 'mouse house' -- a collection of old shoe, cereal etc boxes with all sorts of different functions inside. It's really becoming such an extensive project! Sara, Pim and Casper have joined the fun as well -- they each have houses too now, but also business. For example ...
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RECIPES
Crunchy nut granola -- here's my favourite recipe!
I've been making crunchy nut granola for a long time now, and over the years I think I have perfected the recipe we use. This granola is crunchy, with a hint of cinnamon and honey, and chockfull of nuts. We like it best served with a creamy and thick Greek or Bulgarian yoghurt, and we add ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Talking about death with your children. Some thoughts.
Yesterday I took Pim to the funeral of the mother of a dear friend. She has two sons Pim's age (11 and 13) and I decided to bring him along so that he could offer support to his friends. Even though he had once been to a funeral before, I don't think he quite knew what ...
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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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Give-away time! It’s warm and sunny today in London! ️ To celebrate all of this happiness we’ve teamed up with portrait and family lifestyle photographer Katrina Campbell @_katrinacampbell_ to give away a ONE HOUR PHOTO SHOOT (plus 90£ worth of prints) with you and your children in central London! Katrina is known for her natural and characterful lifestyle images of families (we have knows and worked with her for years and we can assure you, she’s such a lovely and talented lady!). Katrina will create a set of beautiful lifestyle shots and stunning portraits to remember a great day out, and on top of that £90 to spend on prints. To enter, you must follow both : @_katrinacampbell_ and @babyccinokids , like this post, and tag a friend who you think would love this family shoot as much as you would. This giveaway will end on the 26th of May at 5pm GMT. The winner will be announced on the 27th. This giveaway is not sponsored by Instagram. You must be 18 years or older to enter. Again: the photoshoot will take place in central London.‍️ Good luck! #londonchildrensphotographer #londonfamilyphotographer #capturingchildhood #katrinacampbellphotographs #babyccinogiveaway #babyccinokids
2 days ago
Collagraph printing is a cool collage printing technique which people of all ages will enjoy! Esther explains the how-to on the blog today. #babyccinocrafts #craftsforkids #collagraph @estherbabyccino
2 days ago
Look at this adorable summer dress from @_beyond_nine ! Made from custom woven linen which feels cool, is absorbant and will only get softer over time, it’s the perfect flattering dress for pregnancy and beyond (the poppas down the front allow for easy breastfeeding access!). We ️! #babyccinokids #babyccinoboutiques #babyccinowears
3 days ago
On our blog, Lara is talking about giving birth (she’s due soon!) and why a home birth is not her first choice... #babyccinokids
3 days ago
‘Poaching a whole chicken is actually one of the most straightforward and hands-off processes and, for some reason, feels particularly rewarding and holistic. The chicken is so succulent and flavoursome that really you need very little with it!’ Read the how-to on our blog today — shredded poached chicken is delicious in salads and sandwiches or served with rice or noodles for a quick Asian-inspired meal. (Added bonus, of course, is the beautiful broth you are left with! ) #babyccinoeats #poachedchicken #familycooking @ieatmypeas
4 days ago
Dream team! Ava, Bram and key-member of the team bébé George with their assistants @laralovesparis @emiliebabyccino @estherbabyccino and @amandine.lw — what an awesome first day of our #babyccinoxthereunion event! We’re back tomorrow at @Atelier_richelieu_paris (60 rue de Richelieu) from 10 to 18 — be there or be ◾️;) @thereunion #babyccinokids
1 week ago
On our blog, Courtney is showing us their ADORABLE cubby house! Head over to see more dreamy pics and read about the design process with @castleandcubby #babyccinokids #babyccinoplays #cubbyhouse #playhouse
1 week ago
A spring craft project which is as easy and fun as a walk in the park! Have a look on our blog to see what a dishwashing brush has to do with a dandelion puffball @estherbabyccino #babyccinocrafts #springcrafts #springcraftsforkids
1 week ago
It has been an exciting week, but WE HAVE OUR WINNERS! The biggest congrats to this year’s well deserved Babyccino Awards winners! (Swipe!) Best Baby Clothing -The Little Natural Co @thelittlenaturalco Best Children's Clothing - Hubble + Duke @hubbleandduke Best Shoes & Accessories - Amy & Ivor @amyandivor Best Toys & Crafts - Wooden Story @woodenstory Best Decor - Little Cloud @littlecloud.kids Best Baby & Family Essentials - Muddy Puddles @muddypuddlesuk Best Ethical - Polarn O. Pyret @polarnopyretuk Best Concept Store - MamaOwl @mamaowl_ Best New Shop or Brand - Young and Brave @youngandbrave.ch Congratulations also to all of the shortlisted shops! You are all fabulous! And a big thank you to our wonderful jury members who had the very difficult task of making the first selection and, of course, to all of you who took the time to vote. Your support for our beautiful independent brands and boutiques means the world to us (and to them)! #babyccinoawards #babyccinoawards2019 #babyccinoboutiques
1 week ago
Attention!! Deliciously moist and ridiculously easy banana and olive oil cake recipe up on our blog! And it’s gluten and dairy free too. 🤗 Link in profile. #babyccinoeats #bananacake #glutenanddairyfree @ieatmypeas
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!
10 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
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!
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!
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