Posts by Esther in Amsterdam

PICTURE BOOKS
'Hey Grandude!' -- a picture book by Paul McCartney!
Grandude is not your everyday kind of grandfather. True, he has some stereotypical grandfather characteristics. He lives in a very normal house in a very normal street. He has snow-white hair and a tendency to fall asleep in his armchair. But, he also has something extraordinary and utterly amazing: he owns a magical compass! When ...
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RECIPES
Seasonal yoghurt fruit cake -- quick to make and utterly delicious!
When we were in France this summer we stopped over at Emilie's summer house for a quick stay, which is something we like to do every other summer (she tries to visit  us in our summer house the alternating year). Our time together is always primarily focused on cooking great food and eating it -- ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Encouraging children to read! Here are ten tips.
Both my oldest children are avid readers. Especially Sara is the kind of person who reads everything she can get her hands on: novels, series, educational books, newspapers, magazines, the back of cereal boxes -- you name it. So recognisable: I was exactly the same as a child. (I always thought it had to do ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Would you let your children get lost at night and let them find their own way back home?
Recently, an interesting article appeared in the New York Times, and so many of my friends and followers reached out to me about it. Is it true? Do you really do it? The topic of the article is about a particular 'game' we play in the Netherlands which is called 'dropping'. In a nutshell, children ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Let experiences be! How playing back memories on a mobile phone can re-shape our memories.
A couple of weeks ago Lara sent me an interesting NY Times article: Is the immediate playback of events changing children's memories? It has definitely made me re-think the way I share photos and videos to my children. Don't get me wrong -- I don't think it's bad to let them watch videos of past events, ...
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HOUSEKEEPING AND ORGANIZATION
Fridge organisation for families, tips to avoid food waste
A couple of months ago I was asked to become an ambassador for the Dutch agency against food waste (#verspillingsvrij). Which I was happy to accept -- food waste, after all, is one of the most serious dangers to the health of our planet. A third of all food is thrown away! A big part ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Are you competitive when you play games with your children?
Let me start by saying that I have huge respect for parents with an endless (endless!!) patience; parents who can play silly games with their children and let them win over and over again. I am not one of those parents. Of course I do sometimes play those silly games, and I do let my children ...
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RECIPES
Bee’s easy peasy one-bowl vegan vanilla sponge cake
This pesky vegan vanilla sponge cake recipe has taken me seven(!) attempts to perfect - I have been searching for the holy grail of ‘free-from’ baking for such a long time! The Victorian sponge cake recipes I’d settled for in the meantime, were temperamental, unreliable and ultimately, stress-inducing, and that’s not good enough. This vegan ...
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BABY
First walking shoes by Poconido, so perfectly sweet!
Bram is now trotting steadily along, happy with his ability to carry things along with him. (And, consequently,  leaving a mess everywhere!) He's very cute with his penguin like walk and his determined little face, with those chubby cheeks and golden curls :). With walking come the first walking shoes, to protect the feet against ...
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RECIPES
Summer recipes! Easy and delicious, and perfect for hot days.
Summer has finally arrived here in Amsterdam, and it's come with a BANG. We had the hottest 25th of June yesterday -- at least, since temperatures have first been recorded! With warm temperatures like these, I'm craving salads and grilled veggies for dinner. Yesterday, I cooked some brown rice and once it was cooled down ...
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RECIPES
Poke bowls -- my kids love them! And so do we :)
Are your children sushi lovers like ours? Tamar and I always say it's so funny, to have children who love sushi so much. I mean, I never had sushi as a child -- in fact, I can vividly recall the first time I ate sushi. I was 23 and studying in London in the late ...
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RECIPES
Crispy Thai spring rolls, crunchy Vietnamese spring rolls and fried shrimp rolls: A spring roll fiesta!
We were recently invited for dinner at one of my friends, where we were spoiled with the most delicious and fresh crispy Thai spring rolls. They were made by my friend's nanny, who is from the Philippines, and I was intrigued! I never thought of making my own crispy spring rolls, but now I saw ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Ear piercings for children -- yay, or nay?
Yesterday, Sara and I headed over to a tiny jeweller here in the centre of Amsterdam to get another ear piercing. She already had three -- when she was 12, she had one hole in one ear and two holes in the other one pierced. In the meantime, the single hole closed up after she ...
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RECIPES
Funny little face cookies (from 'Bee's Brilliant Biscuits')
Many summers ago, when we organised one of our first ShopUps in London, we had the cutest personalised ShopUp cookies made by Bee's Bakery. Fast forward five years and Bee now has a baby, published two recipe books and specializes in plant-based and allergy friendly bakes! This girl has been busy! Because we all love ...
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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?
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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Let’s go back to bed, shall we? The pretty bedding in this month’s @babyccinokids product guide is just TOO inviting! #tempting #babyccinokids #babyccinoboutiques (Link in profile!)
1 day ago
Whidbey Island is a beautiful and untouched destination in the US Pacific Northwest. It is made up of several small quaint towns and gorgeous historic nature reserve — there are lots of hikes, views, parks, beaches, and more to explore. Addie says: ‘Perhaps one of the best overall things about being on Whidbey was just that — being on the island and enjoying its natural state and sharing that with my family. The pastel-colored stones collected at the beaches, the deer that aren’t scared of humans at all and just mosey about the island, the cherry trees, the seal pups... It was so great just to be there!’ If you are a family who loves nature and adventure and enjoys exploring the lesser-traveled destinations, you can find @addieladner ‘s great tips (and more dreamy photos! ) over on our blog. It sounds like the perfect getaway to us!! #babyccinokids #babyccinotravels #whidbeyisland #familytravel
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GIVEAWAY! We are SO excited! We have teamed up with @puffinbooksUK to give away a SIGNED* (!!) copy of @PaulMcCartney ’s wonderful picture book Hey Grandude! (*Paul signed a bookplate which is included in the front of the book.) The winner will also receive the iconic yellow OlliElla suitcase so little adventurers can follow Grandude and his grandchildren on their adventures across the globe. To enter, comment below and tell us where you would like to go on an adventure? This giveaway is open worldwide and will end on the 16th of September at 5PM GMT. The winner will be announced in the comments of this post on the 17th of September. This giveaway is not sponsored by Instagram. You must be 18 years or older to enter. Good luck! #babyccinokids #babyccinoreads #giveaway #heygrandude #paulmccartney #puffinbooks
1 week ago
If you love books as much as we do... stay tuned for a VERY exciting giveaway we will be announcing VERY soon!!! @estherbabyccino #babyccinokids #babyccinoreads
1 week ago
Captured inside the magical world of a book... what are your children reading at the moment? Or what are you reading to them? @estherbabyccino #babyccinokids #babyccinoreads
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“If you take care of the small things, the big things take care of themselves.” What did you get done today? Addie is discussing a different kind of list making on our blog today. Have a read, it’s very inspiring! @addieladner #babyccinokids #babyccinotips
1 week ago
‘The book includes songs, rhymes, recipes, rituals and ideas to layer into your home — reminders of the importance of traditions and routines for our children and families. It is a wonderful resource for new mothers, and has great ideas and inspiration for the more seasoned mothers as well.’ Courtney on @earlyrisercompanion , the beautiful book by our dear friend Elizabeth @thelittlest . More on the blog @courtneyadamo #babyccinokids #babyccinoreads #earlyrisercompanion
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Let’s get ready for puddle jumping!! We have found some super fun and practical rainwear must-haves for you —> head over to this month’s @babyccinokids #rainwear product guide (link in profile) to see and shop! ️ #staydry #babyccinokids #babyccinoboutiques
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‘Hey Grandude!’ is a new picture book written by the legendary @paulmccartney !! Illustrated by the talented @kathryndurst and published by @penguinbooks , this book is a real page turner. Find out more on the blog! @estherbabyccino #babyccinokids #babyccinoreads #heygrandude @puffinbooksuk
2 weeks 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!
1 year 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!)
3 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