Posts by Esther in Amsterdam

PARENTING
A personal message...
Dear friends, A Happy New Year to all of you! It is undeniable: 2021 already has a rocky start... But I hope you can keep your spirits up, and that better times will be upon us very, very soon. I am writing this post with a personal message, and equal feelings of excitement and sadness. ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Pretty paper flowers to decorate gifts or your house -- here's a simple DIY
I've recently been making these pretty paper flowers which are super easy to fold together, and perfect to use for gift wrapping or to decorate the house (I used them for our activity advent calendar this year). There's really not much to it -- the only things you need are: paper (preferably not too thick -- ...
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INTERVIEWS
5 Questions with... Olimpia and Carolina of Oli&Carol
I distinctly remember first hearing about Carolina and Olimpia, the two young sisters behind Oli&Carol -- a super cool brand from Spain creating the coolest natural rubber toys. It must have been over 6 years ago, and I recall being SO impressed with the entrepreneurial spirit of these two young women! In the following years, ...
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FASHION
Banana Boxers, the best boxer-shorts for all of the boys!
You know how we sometimes love the mummy-and-me styles? Well, it turns out that guys love daddy-and-me items equally so! Last Christmas, I got all of my boys matching Banana Boxers undershorts and they were the biggest hit. Pim and Casper (and Bram!) really embraced the fact that they got their own 'big boy underwear' ...
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SERVICES
Creating a Rosemood custom photo book -- documenting our summer travels
Not so long ago I spent an evening on a lagoon beach in Galicia. I was eating sardines straight from the tin with crusty pieces of bread. The last sunny rays of the day were warming my back as I was lazily watching my husband navigate his SUPboard in the shallow waters in front of me, ...
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KIDS
Fabulous fall fashion from The Simple Folk
Fall is here! Last week we enjoyed perhaps the last summery days in Amsterdam, but since then the autumn chill is definitely in the air. Our mornings are getting darker and the woollen slippers are back on our feet. The time is here for cords and woollens and I'm excited! To prepare for the cold ...
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AUTUMN CRAFTS
Autumn Equinox -- a day of balance (and fifteen favourite fall activities)
I was talking to Lara earlier today, and she was reminding me of the start of Autumn happening today. Autumn! Today, the bright daylight hours and the dark nightly hours are of equal length. From now on, the days will get shorter, the nights will get longer... until the longest night, Winter Solstice (taking place on December ...
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TEENAGERS
Clothing allowance -- when, and how much to give?
A few months ago we started giving Sara a clothing allowance. She is now 15 years old, and it seemed appropriate to start giving her some financial independence and ownership of her choices concerning style and fashion. With the decision of giving her 'clothing money', as we say here in The Netherlands, came the immediate ...
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FOOD
Sourdough pizza recipe -- best recipe, tried and tested by Nomi!
My friend Nomi (@mrsnomi on Instagram if you don't follow her already!) already shared her homemade sourdough bread recipe with us a couple of years ago. I started making sourdough bread after Nomi shared a bit of her starter with me, and her recipe is the one I loyally use. It's easy, failproof, and results ...
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PARENTING
Welcome, Mari! Our new contributor from Chicago :)
What wonderful, strong and talented women have joined our team recently. It fills me with so much pride and gratitude... Our community is growing, on all levels it is! I'm incredibly happy to introduce our third new Babyccino contributor today. I met Mari when we connected online, after she reached out to us when we ...
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DECOR AND FURNITURE
The LEMO chair -- the easiest adjustable high chair from Cybex.
In the beginning of 2020 (pre Covid -- gosh, it feels like such a long time ago!), I travelled to Frankfurt to see the trade fair stand of Cybex, where one of my friends was working at the time. It was such fun to see her, but also to discover all of the innovative products ...
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PARENTING
Introducing Mariam, our lovely new contributor from Germany!
In the light of the recent events, our long time reader Mariam got in touch with us to ask the following question -- are you, as a company, and in regards to the brands and boutiques you work with, looking at their ethical standards *on all levels*? Are you looking not just at the ecological ...
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PARENTING
A new contributor! Sydney, in London
Over the past weeks and months, so much has happened in the world. There's been so much pain and loss, but at the same time we have started change and experienced support and love. Good things are coming out of all of this! One of those good things is that we are strengthening our Babyccino ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Children's art inspired by black artists
Every month, our friends at LoLA (Lots of Lovely Art) assemble an art box with everything you need to create three high quality, artist-inspired projects: an introduction to the artist, recommendations on books and galleries to visit, plus all the materials you need to make a true masterpiece. The boxes are delivered to your front door, ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Do your children follow the news? And do you discuss it with them?
The recent news about the tragic death of George Floyd and the successive, powerful growth of the Black Lives Matter movement has made a deep impression on me, our family, our city, our country, our world. A change so profound has been set in motion, in me personally, and in many, many people I know ...
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BOOKS
Good books for teenagers -- Sara's now favourite reads
It's already nearly two years ago that I asked Sara to share her favourite books, and many of you have asked to share her current favourites. She is nearly 15 years old now, and still absolutely loves to get lost in a great story! She reads loads, so there's a lot of material to choose ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
A schedule for our new reality...
We are in our third week of lockdown here in the Netherlands, and a new reality has slowly settled in. As much as it is humanly possible, with 5 children and 2 adults at home 24/7 for the unforeseeable future, the new ways and customs we have established already feel surprisingly 'normal'. Where usually our ...
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FUN
A paper doll chain -- a simple paper cutting craft for all ages
Making a paper doll chain is a craft I remember enjoying as a child with my mother. It's a fun one because it goes fast and is great entertainment for different ages. It can be as easy or complex as you want, and unfolding the chain is always a moment of magic! All you need ...
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PARENTING
A different world...
Dear friends, How are you? It's a different world! Some of you may have been house-bound for a while now, and for some of you it's only just beginning. Working from home, schooling from home, spending less time outside... No playdates, no sports or hobbies, no little trips to parks, pools, museums or even family. ...
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MUSIC, FILMS & APPS
Blast from the past: the Goonies and other fabulous family films from the 80s
If you ask me what film I remember most fondly of my childhood, it must be The Goonies (1985). I remember it to be super funny, extremely endearing and crazily captivating. I never saw it again until very recently, when we were thinking of what to watch on our weekly winter family film night and ...
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FASHION
The Simple Folk -- sweet, simple and natural styles, ethically made
Those of you who visited the ShopUp last December have already been introduced to The Simple Folk -- what a fun stand it was, with so many of the team present (all the way from America!), with their adorable kids in tow! Created by friends and mothers, Jamie Morea and Abigail Brown, The Simple Folk ...
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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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We had to dig deep into the camera rolls for these, but wanted to share some favourite Book Day costumes from the past (swipe to see). #worldbookday
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Happy World Book Day! Is there anything better than witnessing your child immersed in a book?! Sharing some favourites from the blog archives. Visit our #babyccinoreads hashtag for heaps more. #worldbookday
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On the blog today, @vanessagerbrandy shares a delicious (and healthy!) courgette loaf — perfect for lunchboxes and snacks. But most importantly, how cute is the little chef! 🥰
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‘Obstgarten’ or ‘Orchard’ (depending on where you live) by Haba. It’s one of our longtime favourite games for toddlers and young children. A game where you play as a team — there are no winners or losers. @courtneyadamo shared this photo on her stories last week and received so many comments from people who grew up playing this game. It seems we’re not the only fans! If you have other board game recommendations, feel free to share below!
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Spring in a vase! via @sarah.tomczak We’ve also shared some other cute spring-y things in stories. Go take a peek...
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On the blog: the cutest, colourful stick puppets for puppet shows and everyday fun. Thanks for sharing @_maays___ !
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On the blog today... discover the beautiful, personalised photo books from @atelier_rosemood_uk, plus a 10% discount to create your own in time for Mother’s Day in the UK.
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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!
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
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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
3 years ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
3 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!
4 years ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
4 years ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
4 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!)
4 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!
4 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.
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