Esther in Amsterdam

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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THE SHOPUP
Coming soon: the ShopUp in LA!
We just booked our tickets and are so thrilled to be in LA for the ShopUp in less than a month! It's going to be the most fabulous event -- just looking at the amazing list of shops and brands that will be joining us makes me so excited to be there. This year's location, the Springs (a super hip ...
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KIDS
Marie Puce new spring collection (and setting up our Easter tree)
Amsterdam is in full spring bloom! The city fields and roadsides are sprinkled with daffodils and flower stands are overflowing with tulips. Our house is all of a sudden so bright and colourful, with loads of that beautiful crisp, early-year sunshine beaming in and tons of little vases and baskets with flowers scattered about. I love this time ...
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PREGNANCY
Welcome sweet baby Wilkie!
And finally on Saturday the much awaited newest Babyccino baby was born: in the water, surrounded by his family and siblings, there he was: Willem (Wilkie) Sutley Adamo. We are all so super happy and proud, and wish we could just beam ourselves up to Byron Bay to hold him and kiss him and give his mama ...
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LOCAL TIPS
Tips from a local: Mathieu in Oud-West
Mathieu Garnier is a French lad living in the Oud West neighbourhood together with his German fiancée Talke and their two young daughters Dita and Hila. Mathieu is the co-founder of Holiday Sitters, a brand new company which provides (traveling) families in Amsterdam with babysitting services in the family's native language. I'm so excited to share his tips of ...
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LOCAL TIPS
Tips from a local: Aaf in Watergraafsmeer
Aaf Brandt Corstius is a mother of two and a well-known Dutch writer and columnist. She lives in the once rural Watergraafsmeer, where many rich city merchants had their country seats in the 17th century. Nowadays, the rural character has all but disappeared and Watergraafsmeer is part of trendy East Amsterdam, where many hip and special places can be ...
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PREGNANCY
The Dutch (home) birth box
In light of Courtney's latest post and her plan for a beautiful home birth, I thought to tell you about something special we have here in the Netherlands: the 'birth box'. In our country, giving birth is considered a natural happening, not a medical one. Home births are still fairly common (around one in 8 women ...
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LOCAL TIPS
Tips from a local: Frances in Weesperzijde
Frances Shoemack is a mother of two boys and the founder of Abel, the world's first fragrance made from 100% natural ingredients. Originally from New Zealand, she and her family now live in the hip and happening Weesperzijde neighbourhood, located on the east shore of the Amstel river. We're so happy with the tips she has ...
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CHAPTER BOOKS
David's top ten book list (great for boys aged 10 to 15)
David is the 11-year-old son of my friend Kim. Kim, Courtney and I met when our babies (David, Easton and Sara) were around 6 months old, when we would take them to French class in Swiss Cottage (London). Right now, I'm thinking -- why on earth did we feel it was important to take our ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Cotton Twist's cute customisable invites
Birthdays are such highlights for children -- the anticipation of the weeks (months!) ahead, the days leading up to it... Thinking of which presents to ask, what party theme to choose, which friends to invite, preparing the invites for the big day. It is all so exciting and makes children feel so very special. We already know ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Cooking for a big group of people
Tamar's birthday was a few weeks ago. Because his birthday is so close after the Christmas and New Year celebrations, we don't always know if we feel like celebrating with even more food and drinks. So I waited 'til pretty much last minute until deciding I was up for organising a party... but in the end I did ...
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RECIPES
A healthy and hearty vegetable and bean soup
Wintery Fridays are lazy days for us. We spend the afternoon at the manege for horse riding lessons, then we stop at our local shop to pick up bread, cheese and dips. We put on our pyjamas, light a fire, and watch a film together (or recently, we have been following the Dutch edition of ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Tuesday Tips: the toothbrush ABCs
This is a little tip/trick I learned from Courtney when we were still living in London. Easton and Sara were both tiny little toddlers, playing so sweetly together (if they weren't pulling each other's hair out). We would meet up for dinner ever so often, feed our babies their purees, give them their baths together and ...
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LOCAL TIPS
Tips from a local: Joanna in Haarlemmerbuurt
Joanna is a Brit married to a Dutchman and they live in one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods of Amsterdam together with their two little girls. Their neighbourhood is called the Haarlemmerbuurt and their house is squeezed in between the Brouwersgracht (voted the most beautiful canal in Amsterdam) and The Haarlemmerstraat/dijk (often voted the best shopping ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Making snowflakes, and some thoughts about embracing the seasons
Christmas is over, the New Year has been rung in -- it is January. It's slowly getting lighter, but it's still freezing cold and we're hoping for snow. Perhaps this is what the first months of the year are all about -- bundling up and going outside to play in the cold, and then retreating ...
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The sun is out and the temperatures are rising this weekend (more than 30 degrees celsius in Paris, London and Amsterdam), time to get those summer shoes if you haven't done so yet! Check out our Top Ten selection for babies, boys and girls in the link in profile! (those @saltwatersandals_europe are available at @niddlenoddleshop) #babyccinotopten #summershoes #kidsshoes
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Love this special collection between @briarhandmade and @indego_africa! Hand embroidered with love by artisan women in Rwanda, those floral bonnets are simply stunning.#babyccinoboutiques
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Have a closer look at this beautiful, intricate papercut from @emilyhogarth. It tells the whole story of Courtney's travels around the world! It's all there - the countries, the friends, the surfing, all the wonderful moments. Read all about it on the blog, link in profile!
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Hurray for warmer temperatures and for finally getting rid of socks and tights! We've lined up our favourite summer shoes and sandals for boys and girls, hope you will like them too️(tap for details or follow the link in profile for more info)#summershoes #kidsshoes #babyccinotopten
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If you think that the store-bought mouthwashes contain too many chemicals that you don't really need in order to fight bacteria and keep your breath fresh - just make your own! Polona from @babyjungleshop shares her recipe on the blog, and it couldn't be easier to make. Link in profile!
3 days ago
Our kids listen to Ariana Grande too. We're thinking of all the children victimized by violence and of all the parents who lost or are missing children - yesterday, today and tomorrow... Here, there, everywhere in the world. #stoptheviolence #safethechildren #manchester #everywhere
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Pitti Bimbo @pittimmagine, the most important international fair dedicated to children’s fashion and lifestyles, will be held on 22-24 June in Florence, Italy, and we're spreading the word because we love that they also promote - on top of the well-known and established brands - small and independent kids brands from all over the world, like the gorgeous @kokori_kids you see here. If you're a buyer or a retailer, don't miss it! And if you're the designer of a children's brand, you know what to do next time️ (follow the link in profile for all details)
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Have some fun together as a family! Today on the blog we're sharing our favourite family games (most of them can be played from three years old), only the ones we have tested, the ones we love! Tap for details or follow the link in profile to check out why we love them, and where to find them#babyccinoteamfavourites #familygames
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Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
1 month 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!
5 months ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
7 months ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
7 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!)
10 months 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