Posts by Esther in Amsterdam

CRAFTS AND DIY
The Secret Society of Letter Writers, by Master Boddington
The Secret Society of Letter Writers (S.S.L.W.)... If something sparks the imagination of a ten-year-old, it is Secrets and Societies! A while ago, I brought home a little card from the ShopUp in New York, inviting the reader (in this case Pim) to join the S.S.L.W. The Secret Society of Letter Writers strives 'to honour and protect ...
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HOUSEKEEPING AND ORGANIZATION
Organise your life with our newly designed weekly planner!
It's the month of resolutions and good intentions! In my case (as part of my bigger goals) this means tidying, organising and planning my house, my work, my life... The perfect opportunity to share a new and spiffy Babyccino week planner. Three years ago around this same time (when I was tidying, organising and planning ...
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TOYS & GAMES
The Wobbel Board and fun wooden play tunnels
I'm a big fan of open-ended play and evergreen toys -- toys that our kids play with religiously, independently of their age. This year for Christmas, we've added a few toys that I feel belong to the list we created a while ago: both pretty, natural and great toys that our kids all love playing ...
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HOUSEKEEPING AND ORGANIZATION
2018: My personal goals
Happy New Year everyone! I've just dusted off my computer, dug up a shiny new notebook and made myself a cup of lemon/ginger/kurkuma/honey tea. 2018 is going to be a great year, and of course I'm kicking it of with big plans! Here's my list of personal aims and goals for this year: 1. Be ...
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SEE
A trip to Morocco -- in the Amsterdam Tropenmuseum!
We just came back from a trip to Morocco -- and it only took us a few hours! We went to the beautiful Tropenmuseum here in Amsterdam, where we boarded a plane to Marrakesh and entered a medina of little streets and rooms to discover. Before the departure of the 'plane', the children were handed ...
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EDUCATION
The Anne Frank house, a visit with Sara
Anne Frank is a name that is familiar to most if not all. Her world-famous diary is translated to more than 60 languages worldwide, and the story of her family hiding in Amsterdam during WWII is universally known. We can all envision the photos of Anne's sweet face, showing a girl on the verge of adolescence. ...
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DECOR AND FURNITURE
Paper Cut Maps by Famille Summerbelle (and a new one from Copenhagen!)
One of the treasured art pieces we have in our living room is the paper cut map of Amsterdam by Famille Summerbelle. I just love the details of it (some of them are so cute and funny!) and the concentric shape of the city, with all its canals, which makes it so typically 'Amsterdam'. The ...
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TRAVEL
A family travel backpack, packed with handy features! | From Lo & Sons
A good family travel backpack is the number one accessory I bring when I'm traveling with children. The possibility of having my hands free and at the same time having access to a back-up (pun intended!) of gear I might need while on-the-go, is essential to me. Successfully traveling with children, for me, is all ...
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SHOPUP
Maud Fontein's Happy Holidays Shoot, back at the London ShopUp!
It's become a bit of a tradition: having your kids' Christmas photos taken at the London ShopUp by Maud Fontein. I always love checking on her during the event, to watch all of those adorable kiddos (and parents of course) having such fun in front of her camera. Maud is magical with kids, she just ...
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PREGNANCY
'The Ultimate Baby Book' by Baby London Magazine
When I discovered I was pregnant with Sara 13 years ago, I quickly went to my local bookstore to buy all the guide books I could find. Pregnant! I didn't even know where to start. I studied all of those books (and expected Tamar to show an equal interest in my pregnancy, of course). And ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
An autumn birthday party for Casper's 5th birthday
An autumn birthday party Casper recently turned five, and since he is an October baby we decided to do something seasonal for his 'friends party'. According to family tradition, he invited 5 friends (since he turned 5 years old), and he did so by handing out his invites, which we decorated with a cute painted ...
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RECIPES
Oh my Darling Clementine Cake
Clementine cake It's clementine season! How pretty they look in the fruit bowl -- especially if you can find them with the leaves on. And how convenient to bring along as a snack, or to pack in a lunchbox. I'm a big clementine fan! Since I had a bag of ground almonds laying around that ...
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KIDS ROOMS
Sweet shadow boxes from Dorimu
Last year I was introduced to Živa and Saša of the small Austrian company Dorimu, who together create darling, whimsical swinging fairies. Entirely made by hand by combining a detailed level of woodworking and needle-felting, the fairies are so delicate and sweet. Now, Dorimu also offers the most precious shadow boxes. Again, entirely made by ...
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FASHION
Mama Owl, the wonders of wool and natural clothing
We were recently on the way to London for a little family trip, and on the train I noticed that Casper's shoes were completely falling apart! So sad that I won't be able to pass them down to baby number 5... I took the excuse however to make a surprise visit to Anna from Mama ...
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TABLEWARE
Reusable straws, fun and environmentally responsible
Straws are so great for kids. They make drinking more fun (and are so practical for babies too). However, disposable straws are mostly made of plastic and we have way too much of that floating around in our ocean already, or sitting in huge landfill. (Have you seen this video of a turtle with a ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
Skiing with kids, planning made easy with Powder Byrne
Skiing played a big role in my upbringing -- I was so lucky to spend one wintery week in the mountains of Austria each year. I loved this vacation -- being outside and active all day, hitting the slopes from early in the morning 'til the last lifts closed. For the past few years, Tamar ...
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PICTURE BOOKS
Here we Are, Notes for Living on Planet Earth | by Oliver Jeffers
When Oliver Jeffers' new book arrived here in Amsterdam, there was a loud cheer from the kids. He really is a bit of a rock star in our house! : ) And we're not the only ones, of course. He's one famous guy! 'Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth' is inspired by ...
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TEENAGERS
Organic skincare for teenagers -- a lovely new range from Green People!
With my biggest kids now being 10 and 12, I've been on the look-out for a nice range of pure, organic skincare for teenagers. There's a lot of lovely organic skincare around for adult skin these days, but I've been unsuccessful in my search for a nice range for Sara and Pim. Until now! Green ...
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KIDS
Gray Label, a cute (but above all comfortable!) collection
We've known Gray Label since their very first collection. Emily, the owner and designer, is from Amsterdam and it's been so fun to follow her succes. I remember her search for the perfect organic cotton fleece for her very first basic collection... Until she finally put her finger on the softest and strongest variety she ...
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DECOR AND FURNITURE
The seasonal table, and felt ornaments from Crafspring. For decoration or play!
We love having a seasonal table set up in our house. We gather finds from nature, and we display them together with some sweet felt or wooden artefacts. I have boxes in storage marked 'Autumn', 'Halloween', 'Christmas', etc. -- and it's such a fun event every season, to rediscover what's inside and create a new ...
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SERVICES
Holiday Sitters -- a babysitter who speaks your language
It's so fun to explore family-friendly Amsterdam with children. But let's face it. When the children are safe and sound in bed after an adventurous day, there is still plenty to explore at night! Holiday Sitters is an Amsterdam-based company with a concept that is brilliantly simple: they offer babysitting services in an array of ...
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KIDS
La Coqueta, a new collection and a new London shop!!
We have been working with La Coqueta since they first opened their shop in the leafy neighbourhood of London's Hampstead. I remember the day that Courtney and I visited that darling little store together. It was all so beautiful, and so tastefully decorated! There were so many surprisingly creative and fun details. I still remember ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Ten Questions with Courtney
In our week of interviews to celebrate our 10th Birthday, it's Courtney's turn to answer our ten questions... 1. Describe your ten-year-old self. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give that ten-year-old girl? When I was ten I was the eldest of five kids -- my baby brother, Spencer, had just been ...
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Have you heard about S.S.L.W., the Secret Society of Letter Writers? It's for children, and has been created by @mrboddington to 'honour and protect the hand-written letter'. Pim (who's 10) applied and is now a member! Read about how exciting this secret club is on the blog today, link in profile️ #babyccinoboutiques
3 hours ago
How to keep baby warm and bundled when it's cold outside? By sharing the same coat! The smart, versatile coat and vest from @bme_nyc can be worn on its own, while pregnant and while carrying your baby underneath in your favourite baby carrier. ️Now 20% off with code BABYCCINO️Link to shop in profile ( @aritettamanzi) #babyccinopickoftheday #babyccinoboutiques
12 hours ago
Friendships! As well as mindfulness, recycling, adventures and a few more. Emilie shared her New Year's resolutions on the blog, link in profile! ( @thishouseourhome)
1 day ago
Quantum Physics, Thermodynamics, Aerospace Engineering - believe it or not, but these are baby books! They explain complex science topics in a sweet and easy way, with cute and colourful illustrations. Read more on the blog, link in profile! #babyccinoreads #babybooks
1 day ago
Tidying up is no longer a chore with the stylish, cute and convenient storage items we've selected in our Top Ten this week! Tap for details or follow the link in profile for more info! #babyccinotopten #storage #kidsroom
2 days ago
When you haven't prepared anything for lunch/ dinner and the fridge is kind of empty... This homemade tomato paste will save the day! So simple and so good, check out the recipe on the blog! (link in profile) #babyccinoeats
2 days ago
Cribs, rugs and bedding, but also the cutest decor items (check out this adorable fox print!), @thewhiteroominteriors_nyc brings the Australian aesthetic to the USA! A fab store for the nursery and beyond #babyccinoboutiques #newshop
3 days ago
We're talking about art supplies today on the blog! We've asked our team to share their favourite colouring materials, and we've compiled them for you. Our 25 Best Colouring Materials link in profile!(ps: please share yours too!) #babyccinoteamfavourites
3 days ago
How cute is baby Wilkie in these dotted pants with contrasting mustard suspenders from @organiczoo? Their adorable range - both minimalist and full of personality - only uses super soft organic cotton and is sustainably produced in Europe. Definitely a brand we love! Courtney shared her favourite pieces on the blog a couple of months ago, follow the link in profile if you've missed it! #babyccinoboutiques
4 days ago
Making snowflake garlands is such a sweet and easy winter activity!️How do you deal with these long winter months? Last year Esther shared her thoughts about embracing the seasons - even the grey, cold winter days - as a way to help with the January and February blues. Link to the blog post in profile!️ #seasons #winterlove
4 days 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
8 months 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
9 months ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
9 months 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!
1 year ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
1 year ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
1 year 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!)
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!
1 year 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.
1 year 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