Posts by Esther in Amsterdam

BABY
Folpetto, stylish Italian swimwear for carefree summer days!
Folpetto is a swimwear brand created by two Italian mamas with a vision. Being childhood friends, Camilla and Dunia share fond memories of long and magical days on the beach. When they became mothers, they wanted a similar experience for their children: endless family fun on the beach without a worry in the world! Of course ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
A DIY Fairy House Kit
Rose & Rex is a NY based toyshop that I've written about before -- I'm a big fan of their sustainable and elegant toys and their dedication to imaginative play. When we were camping at the seaside a few weeks ago we brought this adorable Fairy House Kit that they had sent us a little while ago. It ...
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BABY ESSENTIALS
My First Year, a beautiful baby book with a special meaning
The first year of a baby's life is probably the most intense one. So much happens during these first twelve months of human life: that wrinkly, curled-up newborn you welcomed into your arms for the very first time on the day he or she was born, will turn into a smiling, babbling, eating, crawling (or ...
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HEALTH & CARE
Schmidt's: A natural deodorant for the entire family
If you have a little girl around the age of nine, there's a big fat chance that one day you will stand next to her and realise that it's not your own armpits you're smelling, but those of your daughter. Suddenly, that innocent baby of yours will have a first wave of hormones going through ...
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EDUCATION
Lil'Ollo -- introducing a second language to young children
Last week we were camping at the seaside, and the kids and I were playing around with some products the recently launched company Lil'Ollo had sent us: beautifully designed games, posters and flash cards, all aimed at introducing a second language to children at a young age and in a playful, creative and imaginative way. ...
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BABY
Reversible clothing from Bonjour Maurice, practical and cute!
Bonjour Maurice is a new children's clothing brand from Belgium and it has a unique concept: all of their clothing pieces are reversible! I can't begin to tell you how clever I think this is. First of all -- here you have two styles in one! Second -- no more clothing worn inside out! Third ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Tuesday Tips: some sweet gift ideas for a girl who just got her first period
A little while ago, a reader asked us for some gifting inspiration for the daughter of a friend, who just got her period for the first time. I thought this was such a very sweet and special idea! It's also quite relevant for me, as Sara just turned 12, and it won't be long for her... I ...
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FASHION
Meaningful Father's Day gifts from Merci Maman
In many countries in the world, we celebrate Father's Day this coming Sunday. In our case, this means that Tamar can stay in bed while the rest of the family goes downstairs to make breakfast: usually scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, muffins and a glass of champagne. We bring up coffee and a newspaper while we ...
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RECIPES
An easy and tasty potato salad recipe
My mum always used to make potato salad, following the recipe she learned from my grandmother. It is also my all-time favourite recipe -- with onion and chive and apple, it is so delicious and always a hit whenever I make it. But, it is also quite labour intensive, so I've been trying to create something more quick and simple, ...
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MAMA
A stylish summer with the Hatch Plage collection
Both Courtney and I love wearing Hatch. Their elegant yet easy-to-wear pieces are some of our most favourite staples in our wardrobe -- pregnant, or not! I love how the simple fact that the collection is designed around a changing body makes the clothing so attractive to all kinds of body shapes. I just came back from a weekend at ...
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PLACES TO VISIT
Our Top 10 Weekend Getaway destinations for families and Kid & Coe properties!
We're all avid travellers here at Babyccino. Having children hasn't stopped us from exploring the world, and especially with companies like our longtime partner Kid & Coe, who provide super family friendly vacation rentals, traveling with a family has never been easier! With travel season coming up for most of us, we have picked out our Top Ten ...
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RECIPES
A delicious and easy white fish dish
This is one of our children's favourite recipes (and mine too!) -- it is easy to make and delicious! I tend to make it when I'm not majorly inspired to cook, or when I have my mind on other things, but when I still feel like something light and healthy. Here's what I do (feeds our family ...
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SLEEP
Hotel Roemer
I mostly recommend Hotel Roemer for its convenient location, right next to the Vondelpark and only a short walk away from the centre of town. The hotel is located in a quiet residential street, lined with trees and with beautiful examples of late 19th century architecture. For families, it is a suitable base to explore Amsterdam -- either by ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
Notabag, a foldable bag AND backpack in one!
Here in the Netherlands, like in many other countries, shops are not allowed to hand out plastic carrying bags for free. Because of this, most people will bring re-useable carrying bags when (grocery) shopping -- a great effort to reduce some of the plastic waste which we already have way too much of in our environment. The ...
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SHOPUP
A recap from our first, very fun East London ShopUp!
It's been a bit of a whirlwind for me these last few weeks -- traveling from Amsterdam to LA for our ShopUp there, coming back to Amsterdam just in time to celebrate King's Day 🍊, then packing again the next day for a little road trip with my family to the north of England. From there we ...
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SHOPUP
The ShopUp in London this weekend!
Just a quick post to remind you about our ShopUp event taking place in East London this weekend! A new venue, a new season, and more than 30 beautiful shops all in one place! We are so excited! Please pop in this Saturday and Sunday to the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane. Make a day ...
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TOYS & GAMES
The amazing Rose & Rex toy shop (at the LA ShopUp)!
We met the lovely Allie at our last ShopUp event in Brooklyn, NY and we fell head over heels in love with her beautiful toy shop Rose & Rex. The shop offers the most elegant toys, all carefully selected not only for their heirloom qualities and sustainable, toxic free materials, but mostly to promote imaginative play and encourage the development of skill building, ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Tuesday Tips: a pretty plaster for every little pain
Since having children I've developed a fun little interest: I pick up cool Band-Aids wherever I find them. Especially when I travel I tend to be on the lookout for new designs. It's a fun little present to bring back to the kids and they are always so happy with them! I like to keep them everywhere. In the kitchen drawer (mostly ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
Essential packing for a weekend with the kids (with Lo & Sons)
If you love traveling, there's also the packing to deal with beforehand. Before children, this was part of the fun for me. The anticipation of going away would slowly build up with every list I would make, every item of clothing I would put aside, each travel-sized toiletry I would purchase... Nowadays (having to pack not just for myself but also ...
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BOOKS
9 Months: A month by month guide to pregnancy for the family to share
About 2 ½ years ago, Courtney and I met with the lovely Rachel Williams (publisher of Wide Eyed Editions and Frances Lincoln children's books, and creative brain behind a whole lot of amazingly beautiful children's publications), and she asked us the following question: if we were to write one non-fictional book for the children's market, what would that book ...
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THE SHOPUP
Coming soon: the ShopUp in LA!
We just booked our tickets and are so thrilled to be in LA for the ShopUp in less than a month! It's going to be the most fabulous event -- just looking at the amazing list of shops and brands that will be joining us makes me so excited to be there. This year's location, the Springs (a super hip ...
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KIDS
Marie Puce new spring collection (and setting up our Easter tree)
Amsterdam is in full spring bloom! The city fields and roadsides are sprinkled with daffodils and flower stands are overflowing with tulips. Our house is all of a sudden so bright and colourful, with loads of that beautiful crisp, early-year sunshine beaming in and tons of little vases and baskets with flowers scattered about. I love this time ...
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PREGNANCY
Welcome sweet baby Wilkie!
And finally on Saturday the much awaited newest Babyccino baby was born: in the water, surrounded by his family and siblings, there he was: Willem (Wilkie) Sutley Adamo. We are all so super happy and proud, and wish we could just beam ourselves up to Byron Bay to hold him and kiss him and give his mama ...
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Don't forget to make the most of our summer deals! There's currently 20% off on the gorgeous luxury dresses from @elizabethonjones - heirloom pieces full of grace and details that will have little girls feeling like princesses(link to all our summer deals in profile)#babyccinodeals
5 hours ago
From beautiful baby clothes to baby blankets, nursery accessories or delightful toys, @unelefantinoapois is the perfect destination for unique baby gifts to give and receive! Courtney shares her favourites for little Wilkie on the blog today, have a look! (link in profile)
16 hours ago
Lift your spirits and brighten up your summer - our Top Ten this week is 100% bright and sunny! If you like yellow as much as we do, you're in for a treat. Tap for details and follow the link in profile for more info!#babyccinotopten #yellow #summer
1 day ago
Sun safe and stylish! If you're dreaming about a perfect range of swimwear, stop looking. The whole collection of swimsuits and rash tops from @folpetto_swim is super cute, comfortable, chlorine resistant and made from eco-friendly materials. Esther shares her favourite pieces (well, Ava's and Casper's) on the blog today, have a look! (link in profile)️🦀#kidsswimwear
1 day ago
In 2 months exactly we will be in New York for our ShopUp event and we can't wait! Make sure to save the date and get ready for the coolest back to school shopping (more than 30 boutiques under one roof), along with fun kids activities, yummy treats and family photos!(to stay tuned about the latest news, check out @theshopup!) #TheShopUp #theshopupnewyork
2 days ago
Find out about the little gems in Clapton, East London! Edwina, the cool mum behind the lovely pregnancy and nursing clothes brand @claryandpeg, is sharing her local tips in our London city guide. Best date night restaurant, cosiest café, favourite playground and many more - follow the link in profile to check them all out!🇬🇧#babyccinocityguides #tipsfromalocal #london
2 days ago
Summer is here and the sun is out! How to protect our little ones? We have asked the team and we're sharing today our 10 favourite sun protection items. Follow the link in profile to find out about each of them! (link in profile)️
2 days ago
New week, new shops! Have a look at those 3 new boutiques that have recently joined our portal: @minifiliuk: a shop with a passion for beautiful design! You will find there a wonderful selection of décor for children’s spaces and for the modern family home - and toys too @lepetitgermain: we have a big crush for this brand of timeless, French-designed essentials in a large range of colours for everyday wear. @fembyfem: add some serious style to your daily mum life thanks to those sophisticated baby change bags and clutches! Such a nice collection of functional-chic baby bags!(to check out all our new shopslink in profile!)#babyccinoboutiques #newshop
3 days ago
All kids love building little fairy houses! Esther recently discover the adorable Fairy House Kit from @roseandrex and loved how it kickstarted Ava's imagination by handing a starting set of materials and encouraged her to look for natural building materials herself (the kit also contains cute cards explaining the different sorts of fairies and some magical fairy dust - obviously!) Read about it on the blog today, and join us at @theshopup in New York on September 17-18 to check out @roseandrex's lovely selection of toys and games. Link in profile!
3 days ago
Our ️SUMMER DEALS️ are completely amazing - up to 50% off (and so many sales at the same time)! Follow the link in profile to have a look at the whole list (more than 40 shops, we couldn't put them all here!) and enjoy some smart shopping#babyccinodeals #babyccinoboutiques
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
2 months ago
Esther and Courtney wrote a beautiful, month by month guide to pregnancy for the family to share. Perfect to prepare your child for the arrival of their new baby brother or sister!PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY: UK: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
3 months ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
3 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!
7 months ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
9 months ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
9 months 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 oil1 butternut squash1 red onion2 red peppers2 garlic cloves4 vine tomatoes150g quinoasea salt & freshly ground pepper300 ml vegetable stock2 tbsp red wine vinegar25g raisins80g black olivesAnd for the garnish:a handful of chervilfeta (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!
1 year ago