Posts by Esther in Amsterdam

RECIPES
The very best spaghetti carbonara (unanimously voted by my children!)
My children are very good eaters and they all have quite an extensive list of their favourite foods. But spaghetti carbonara is definitely in the top 3 for all five of them. (I say five, because I'm pretty sure it's on Bram's list as well, even though he hasn't even started solids yet.) I don't make ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
A painted square as a backdrop for cards, photos, (kids) art...
A while ago we painted a very dark green square on our living room wall, with the idea to use it to display all sorts of pretty little things: drawings from the children, autumn leaves, our activity advent calendar, a collection of plates or framed art... Things we feel are meaningful and which we like ...
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BEAUTY & CARE
Skincare and make-up products I like to use (and are quick to apply!)
I am by no means a make-up expert. I don't use a lot of it (in fact, I just spent six weeks in a campervan without ANY make-up!). My childhood was quite, well, childish, and I didn't use mascara until I was 18 and left the house to go and study in Delft. There, during ...
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PARENTING TIPS
A tip for homesick children (or for children who leave home for a few days)
Pim started his last year in primary school this week! It's going to be a fun and exciting year for him, with the school musical, the fashion show, choosing a secondary school... And then at the end of the year, saying goodbye to his classmates who will all scatter to different schools. But first, the ...
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GOOD READS
The Montessori Toddler, by Amsterdam Montessori teacher Simone Davies
Toddlers can be a handful. The expression 'the terrible twos' says enough: toddlers are known to be difficult and obstinate. They won't eat, won't sleep, won't listen, and in general go left when you want them to go right! Simone Davies, Montessori teacher and writer of the new publication 'The Montessori Toddler', sees things in ...
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RECIPES
Red beet greens and goat cheese quiche. Delicious!
Once a year our supermarket hands out sacs of seeds for children to collect. Our kids love collecting these, so now our greenhouse and garden are overflowing with vegetables. Including tons of red beets, which I love. Before leaving on our big trip, I was roasting them in batches and keeping them in the fridge, ...
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RECIPES
Bulgur salad with three seeds, the perfect summer dish
This bulgur salad is such a thankful dish to make! It's the perfect companion to any kind of main but we've mostly been eating it with grilled vegetables, cheese, fish or meat. It has a lovely taste (nutty, fresh and creamy) and an interesting texture. It can be prepared beforehand and keeps in the fridge for ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Getting to know your baby. Did you know your newborn immediately?
I was recently browsing my Instagram and something interesting struck me. On social media I have seen several mothers say (write), that after the birth of their babies they feel 'they have known their newborns forever'. I personally have never felt that way. I have given birth to five babies over the past thirteen years, and ...
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TEENAGERS
Great books for teenagers -- Sara's favourite reads
Sara (now 13) is a big reader. She seriously devours books! It's such a pleasure to see her being absorbed by captivating stories, strange worlds and exciting adventures. Especially since I was exactly like her as a teenager. I've asked her to share a list of books she would recommend to readers of around her ...
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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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The very best spaghetti carbonara ever, (as voted by Esther’s children)! Yummy recipe this way! #babyccinoeats #babyccinokids
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We love our reader responses to Esther’s article about knowing your baby vs getting to know your baby! One reader wrote: "This is such a perfect article at the perfect time. I have just had my second darling boy, and although I love him dearly, I do not know him. I am learning him and I have the rest of my life to do that. Isn’t that the joy and challenge of parenthood. I must admit I was starting to get caught up in the whole instagram comparison, and this was the perfect reminder." Link in bio. #reallife #parenting #newborns #newparents #baby #babies
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Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
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Our 2nd live shopping event in Brooklyn was amazing! Great shopping, delicious treats, tons of kids activities and a super cool family photo booth!
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Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
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Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
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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.
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