Posts by Esther in Amsterdam

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? Here's how we deal with technology in our household.
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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CRAFTS AND DIY
Ava's mouse house! A super fun (and super creative!) craft project.
Ava has been working for weeks on her 'mouse house' -- a collection of old shoe, cereal etc boxes with all sorts of different functions inside. It's really becoming such an extensive project! Sara, Pim and Casper have joined the fun as well -- they each have houses too now, but also business. For example ...
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RECIPES
Crunchy nut granola -- here's my favourite recipe!
I've been making crunchy nut granola for a long time now, and over the years I think I have perfected the recipe we use. This granola is crunchy, with a hint of cinnamon and honey, and chockfull of nuts. We like it best served with a creamy and thick Greek or Bulgarian yoghurt, and we add ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Talking about death with your children. Some thoughts.
Yesterday I took Pim to the funeral of the mother of a dear friend. She has two sons Pim's age (11 and 13) and I decided to bring him along so that he could offer support to his friends. Even though he had once been to a funeral before, I don't think he quite knew what ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Pompom flowers -- a pop of colour in your house!
Ava decided to make pompoms the other day and before long she (and Pim, who joined the fun) had made a bowl full of them. Pompoms are so easy and fun to make! We were expecting dinner guests that evening, and I had no fresh flowers for the table so I asked them to create ...
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RECIPES
Homemade chicken soup -- deliciously healthy and healing
A few weeks ago I posted about Ava being sick, and about our 'sick day' family traditions. I loved reading about all of your families' sick-day traditions too, and I thought it was especially amazing to hear that most of us still remember being sick as a child ourselves. We seem to have such warm ...
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Esther is talking about fridge organization (it’s a thing!) over on our blog today! An organized fridge helps tremendously if you’re trying to minimize food waste in your household. (One third of the food in the world is thrown away! Let’s change that and start in our own kitchen!) @estherbabyccino #nofoodwaste #verspillingsvrij #babyccinokids
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This family friendly recipe for chicken teriyaki is delicious and there are ONLY 4 INGREDIENTS INVOLVED!!! Head over to our blog now to read Lyndsey’s super easy how-to (including a clever tip for fresh ginger ). #dinnersorted @ieatmypeas #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats #familyfriendlyrecipes #chickenteriyaki
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A lovely little peek in the life of @estherbabyccino and her family. Esther talks about her values and truths as part of a beautiful project by @thoughtfully.grp
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Are you a competitive games player? *With your kids?* Esther admits she enjoys herself more when she is challenged in a game as well, and let’s her children loose games at times too. Good thing is, there ARE games that are fun and challenging both for the child as for the parent — head over to the blog to read which ones @estherbabyccino likes to play and leave your favourites too. #babyccinoplays #babyccinokids
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This fluffy and delicious Victorian vanilla sponge cake is vegan, dairy free and easily made gluten free too!!! Bee’s super easy and foolproof recipe is up on the blog today. @beesbakery #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats #vegancake #dairyfree #glutenfree
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Cutie baby Bram bear trotting about on his sweet little red shoes by our longtime friend and member @poconido ️ @estherbabyccino #babyccinokids #babyccinoboutiques #toddlershoes
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Have you taken your kids to Disney? Our contributor Addie discusses the pros and cons and wonders what age would be best to invest in a visit? There are some interesting comments and insights on our blog!!! Link in profile. @addieladner #babyccinokids #babyccinotravels
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3 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