Posts by Esther in Amsterdam

TRAVEL
Gearing up for campervan adventures this summer
As you might have heard, Tamar and I recently bought a campervan. It was a bit of an impulse buy, but we're really excited about the idea of it. This summer we're planning to trek around in it for 6 weeks, exploring Eastern Europe. We're hoping to make it to Transylvania (I've been intrigued by ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Wakka by Kukkia -- The kind of screen that works for us : )
The lovely Kaz, toy designer and creative force behind Japanese toy brand Kukkia, came over all the way from Japan to join us at our latest ShopUp event in East London. She's such an amazing woman -- a beautiful ball of positive energy, really! She is so fun and expressive, you just have to love ...
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RECIPES
Homemade sourdough bread, delicious and healthy. Here's how!
I recently received interesting post from England -- a little plastic bag with a grey brownish 'blub' inside. This 'blub' was highly anticipated as it happens to be a sourdough starter -- a culture of naturally occurring bacteria and yeast which can be used to bake delicious and healthy homemade sourdough bread. We have since ...
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HEALTH & CARE
Some of my favourite baby skincare products
Bram was born during the star sign of Pisces and he truly is a little water baby! Since he loves his bath so much, it's quickly become part of the evening ritual of putting him to bed. We usually bathe him in his Tummy Tub and he just sits there, smiling at us. Too cute! Here ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Shibori invitations for Ava's 8th birthday party, so pretty and so easy to make!
I shared my crazy idea for a shibori party for Ava's 8th birthday yesterday. Beforehand, Ava made these pretty shibori invitations. They are super easy to make. The only things needed are an indigo coloured watercolour paint (or any dark blue), a thin round brush and a bigger flat square brush, and watercolour paper postcards ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
A shibori party for Ava's 8th birthday party, so magical!
Did you ever try tie-dye when you were a child? I remember doing it at primary school and loving it! So for Ava's 8th birthday party, I thought it would be fun to make Shibori style tie-dye t-shirts with the girls. I had done tie-dye before with my children years ago (look at Casper in this ...
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SHOPUP
A fun video of our latest ShopUp event!
ShopUps are always such fun events! The products, so colourful and pretty, the people, so stylish and happy, the children, so cute and playful! The stands with their signature ShopUp house backdrops, which are filled to the brim with the most beautiful merchandise, are always so beautifully decorated by all of the shops and brands. ...
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RECIPES
Roasted sweet potatoes (and a simple watermelon salad)
I posted the recipe of a super yummy tomato salsa last week and since then I have gotten numerous requests to share the recipe of the roasted sweet potatoes and the watermelon salad on the table as well. Of course I am happy to! Cooking on hot spring/summer days is all about yummy vegetables and of ...
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BABY ESSENTIALS
Eco by Naty nappies, a responsible choice!
A few months ago I wrote a post about the damaging effects of traditional disposable sanitary pads on our environment and on female bodies. I never really thought of this beforehand, but when I started to research I quickly discovered how full of plastic and nasty chemicals sanitary pads really are. I promised myself to only ...
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RECIPES
A delicious and easy-to-make tomato salsa. The perfect summer recipe!
A friend of ours makes the most delicious tomato salsa, and I've asked him the recipe at least 5 times in the past and have always written it down somewhere, only to loose the note immediately after. They always disappear! So it's become the joke that his recipe is meant to be secret, even without ...
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PREGNANCY
How Bram was born
Bram will be 11 weeks old tomorrow. He's doing so well -- he is so healthy and growing so beautifully, and he is as sweet and content as he was from the moment he was born. Bram was born at home on the 17th of March, very early in the morning. Unexpectedly, he didn't come early ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
What time do your children go to bed? And you??
Bedtime! It's a bit of a challenge for us, with 5 children in our house (aged between 0 to 13). We're not overly strict, but in an IDEAL WORLD, this is our weekday schedule: Casper (5) 7:30PM Ava (8) 8:00PM Pim (11) 8:30PM Sara (13) 9:00PM Which means that we go upstairs around 7:15 to wash, brush ...
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BABY ESSENTIALS
The Nesta's Nest baby bed, handcrafted and all-natural
Our bedroom is a very calm place if you compare it to the rest of the house. It's on the top floor, above the kids bedrooms and the living rooms where all of the craziness takes place. Ascending the stairs to our bedroom means leaving behind the hectic life, and entering the quiet quarters. Bram ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
An ice-cream birthday party for Ava's 7th -- fun, sweet and easy!
Ava turned 8 last weekend and as I'm planning the birthday party for her friends, I realised that I never shared the photos of the super sweet ice-cream birthday party we organised for her last year. It was a really fun day, full of ice-creams (obviously!) and with a bit of creativity too. It was ...
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HEALTH & CARE
The Tummy Tub -- a perfect bath for (newborn) babies
We have used a Tummy Tub for all of our babies and I continue to be impressed by how lovely and practical it is! From Bram's second day, we have bathed him in the 'bucket' and he's loved it since the beginning. The Tummy Tub is an invention of Dutch midwives, who in the early ...
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PARENTING
Reading to older children-- fun and beneficial
My kids love reading. Pim and Sara really devour books, and Ava has also recently gotten the hang of it. They are entirely captivated by their books! (Poor Casper, it can be frustrating to be the only one unable to read!) I suppose it can be a natural transition to stop reading to children when ...
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STYLE
Personalised baby gifts -- such a sweet idea for newborns!
A few of my friends have given Bram gifts that were personalised with his name and I think it's such a thoughtful and fun idea! I know all of the gifts that were given to Bram are chosen with care and consideration, and I love them all. But these personalised gifts are very special to ...
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PARENTING
Baby Bram
Hi everyone, I thought I would check in with a quick update about our little baby Bram! Bram is one month and two days old as I write this, and he is doing very well. He is an extremely happy and content little chap! We all enjoy his company so much. It's been wonderful to ...
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TABLEWARE
Personalised mugs, such a fun gift idea by QuirkyLime
While we're all anxiously waiting for a certain little baby who seems to be quite comfortable in his mama's warm womb, I thought I would share these cute personalised mugs from QuirkyLime with you! How fun are they? QuirkyLime specialises in making fabulous, high quality gifts of your kids' art. What is great about the service is that ...
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EDUCATION
A multiplication chatterbox -- a simple, fun and educational craft
Ava is now seven and this is the year she learns the multiplication tables at school. We already have the chart on the toilet door (which I think must be a universal trick), but the other day she came home with a 'multiplication chatterbox'. You know, that paper folding game we played as a kid? ...
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BABY ESSENTIALS
New Baby | What essentials do you really need for the first weeks?
There's a lot you can buy for your baby. And there's a lot you really don't need! Admittedly, I have made my share of useless purchases in the past (for example, a nappy trash can which produces giant nappy sausages). Now, expecting our fifth baby, I think I have more of an idea of what ...
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PREGNANCY
Giving birth naturally -- preparing for a natural (home?) birth
One week to go to my due date now...! As I said before in my post about packing my hospital bag, I'm not sure yet if I will stay home or go to the hospital for the birth. But in any case, I am preparing to give birth naturally for the fifth time! Following the ...
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DECOR AND FURNITURE
Waiting for baby... our nursery corner
The waiting game has began! I'm nearly 39 weeks pregnant and it can be really any day now... or not! I always find these weeks around the due date so strange. All is quiet and calm, everything is more or less prepared for the arrival of the baby. And no one knows when or how ...
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Navigating the rocky waters of social media with your teen is tricky. Emilie has written about it and we’d love to hear your thoughts. Does your teen use social media? How old are they? And do they get ‘it?’ ️@emiliebabyccino writes: “Whatever you put on social media might seem funny in the moment, but that post will forever form a digital footprint that you can be confronted with 10 years later. This is really hard to explain to a 12/13 year old who does not yet understand the concept of what her future holds.” Tap on link to read more. #socialmedia #teens #tweens #babyccinokids
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Six weeks with seven people in a campervan on an Eastern European adventure... how exciting! Esther and her Van de Paal team will share their fabulous finds and with us. But first, do you have any for them? #lifeontheroad #summeradventure #campervan #babyccinokids #babyccinotravels
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Make a delicious broad bean salad that the kids love to help with. Watch our little video and enjoy! #babyccinoeats #babyccinokids https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vMYAoCJSIY4
1 day ago
Do you have stick obsessed children? Esther celebrated these collected treasures and created a whole birthday party around the theme! And we love this quote from @guardian : ‘And thus, sticks. For I have learned that boys like, nay love, sticks. But a stick to a boy is far, far more than an inanimate object. A stick is a toy, a weapon, a friend and a foe. A stick is adventure, possibilities, destruction and danger. A stick is, in the right time and place – or even better, in the wrong – everything.’ More in the link! #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts #stickcollector #sticks
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Author Joseph Coelho has perfectly captured the sensitivity of talking about death and dying to very young children through his new book, If All The World Were. A book which is lyrical, gentle, softly spoken, and helpful at the saddest times in a family’s life. @quartokids #babyccinoreads #babyccinokids
2 days ago
The simplest and healthiest fruit ice lollies from @laraoflondon today! The perfect Summer snack. Ingenious even. Fight those heat waves with these frozen treats. #linkinbio #babyccinoeats #babyccinokids #homemadeicelollies #icelollies #popsicle
3 days ago
How cute! We love this leather backpack for kids and teens from our new boutique @youngandbrave.ch ! ⭐️ Based in Zurich they have a range of beautiful items. So have summer adventures in style and tap on the link. #babyccinokids #babyccinoboutiques #pineapple @youngandbrave.ch
3 days ago
There are more than a million words in the English language. We remember the most common term and associate more complex or less frequent words with that. So the clever people from @mrswordsmithofficial have developed cards linking word groups together. To make this memorable to children, they developed learning tools designed by comic book illustrators. Super fun and memorable, the designs are instantly associated to the word. So clever! See more on today’s blog post. #babyccinokids #linguists
4 days ago
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4 days ago
Look at this cutie! ️ And look at that scrumptious sourdough loaf from the lovely @mrsnomi. 🥖 She’s kindly shared her delicious recipe with us in our link. Start baking and start the week right. #babyccinoeats #healthy #sourdoughstarter #sourdough #babyccinokids
5 days 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!
3 weeks 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
1 year 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
1 year ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
1 year 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!)
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!
2 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.
2 years ago