Posts by Esther in Amsterdam

BOOKS
A Day in Ricetown, a clever colour and activity book
A Day in Ricetown is one of the cutest and most creative colouring / activity books I have ever laid eyes on. Not surprising, maybe, since Noodoll Studio is a wonderful creative hub where the most adorable plush toys are created. There is something incredibly wantable about their Ricemonsters -- you just want to collect ...
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KIDS
Summer Dotty Dungarees
I love dungarees on little children! They just look so sweet in them, trotting around with their little bellies sticking out in that bubbly outfit. Plus -- I like the convenience. They don't sag and one can get a lot of wear out of them thanks to the adjustable shoulder straps. OK, after potty training ...
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HEALTH & CARE
100% natural mosquito repellent patches from Squitos
It's mosquito season and my kids (and I!) have already been attacked in the middle of the night. So annoying! So I've started the war and have been putting little cups with citronella oil in the bedrooms. I have also been trying Squitos mosquito repellent patches and I really like them! With just citronella oils and eucalytus ...
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FASHION
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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FASHION
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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LONDON
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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A lot of small independent brands have been recently added to our shopping portal! Swipe to discover these 3 beautiful boutiques: @folklorebk is a collection of unique and colourful clothing for babies and children, artisan made in Guatemala and Bolivia. We love their happy prints and embroideries! @catkin: this British based shop is packed with the most beautiful range of natural, handmade and ethical clothing and accessories for babies and children.Each piece from @peterjokids is full of cheer and enjoys a unique touch thanks to the playful hand-created prints especially designed for each item. So cool!Follow the link in profile to have a look at all our new shops#babyccinoboutiques #newshop
4 hours ago
Meet the gorgeous family behind @tulababycarriers! We are big fans of their ergonomic, comfortable and stylish soft structured baby carriers and we were delighted when Ula agreed to answer our 5 questions. Read this inspiring interview on the blog today, link in profile! (good news for you, NYC moms: @tulababycarriers will be at @theshopup In New York on September 17-18)#babyccinoboutiques #interview #TheShopUp #theshopupnewyork
13 hours ago
Who's excited about going back to school? We are when we see how cool, colourful and cute are these school bags and lunch boxes! Tap for details or follow the link in profile for more info#babyccinotopten #backtoschool #kidsbackpack #lunchbox
1 day ago
@indi.kids is a line of clothing that honors the tradition of natural indigo dyeing and the artisans skilled in techniques like mud resist dyeing, shibori, and woodblock printing. We love the natural, bohemian vibe of these pretty pieces - and we're so happy that they will be part of @theshopup in New York next month! Read more about this beautiful brand on the blog today(link in profile)#babyccinoboutiques #TheShopUp #theshopupnewyork
1 day ago
The latest update in our New York city guide is about Teardrop Park in Battery Park City, a fantastic little park with a great water feature (waterfalls and jets!), a giant silver slide, a large sandpit and so much more! You won't believe you're in the middle of the city. Read more in our city guide, link in profile!🇺🇸#babyccinocityguides #newyork #newyorkwithkids
2 days ago
From Catherine the Great to Serena Williams, Amelia Earhart to Rosa Parks, 'Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls' is a wonderful book featuring 100 heroic women from every corner of the globe. A must read for girls, and for boys too, because all children need to understand that gender does not define how big you can dream or how hard you can fight (link to blog post in profile).#babyccinoreads
2 days ago
Finally, the perfect solution for families who need a play mat and do not want to compromise on style! Each mat from @ruggishco is functional and stylish (it really looks like a rug!), but if you flip it, you'll find a fun interactive map on the back side when trains and cars need driving!#newshop#babyccinoboutiques (follow the link in profile to check out all our new shops!)
3 days ago
How come that a winter day in Australia looks like this?🤔️Enjoy your Sunday, wherever you live! Thanks for the lovely photo @courtneyadamo
3 days ago
In love with these beautiful shoes from Angulus? We are too! Find these beauties in mustard in this week's Top Ten, along with our handpicked selection of Back to School shoes - link in profile! (photo from @mamaowl_)#babyccinotopten #backtoschoolshoes #kidsshoes
4 days ago
Did you know that you could have an Afternoon Tea (the real, British one, with tasty scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam) in one of London's oldest and most beautiful department stores - Liberty in Soho? Read about this quintessentially British experience in our London city guide, link in profile!🇬🇧️#babyccinocityguides #london #londonwithkids
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
3 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
4 months ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
4 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!
8 months ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
10 months ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
10 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