Posts by Esther in Amsterdam

PREGNANCY
A very big little surprise :)
I am pregnant! The news came as a total surprise, as we weren't planning for another baby at all. In fact, we were very much finished with having more children. I had gone through the emotional period of waving goodbye to the sweet years of having babies. I had come to terms with the fact ...
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FASHION
Stay and Bird, organic sweatshirts with sweet illustrations
As I'm writing this, I hear the wind howling outside and the rain is coming down in buckets from the sky. It seems that autumn is upon us here in Amsterdam! Even though I love summer (I find it by far the easiest season), I also like the specific characteristics of the other seasons. (Even ...
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KIDS
Le Petit Germain, comfortable and stylish children's fashion from Paris
Le Petit Germain is a beautiful brand from Paris, with a history of mother and grandmothers knitting under the magnolia tree of their family home. They watched little ones play, run, stumble and get up, entranced in their own world. And they created soft and comfortable clothes which were respectful of delicate, young skin and ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
A tip for parents of teenagers: don't be afraid to say 'no'
A while ago my cousin and I were talking to the wife of another cousin of mine, who has two children, a boy aged 20 and a girl aged 18. We both have girls who are 12 years old, who are slowly but steadily entering a whole new phase of children's development: that of puberty ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Norman & Jules -- a whimsical toy shop
Norman & Jules is a toy and accessories shop in the old-fashioned kind of way. It's the sort of place where you lose track of time when you're discovering all of the most wonderful toys and imaginative finds. You will find intriguing science kits, amazingly cool musical instruments, a want-able collection of cards, stamps and ...
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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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The cutest kids and the coolest mamas were at @theshopup in New York (and, obviously, the best donuts)! We had an incredible time and we hope you did too. We're sharing the recap of these wonderful days, and more photos, on the blog today, have a look! (link in profile)(@laurenkallen)#TheShopUp #TheShopUpNY
4 hours ago
Autumn is in the air and we're loving it! Check out our Top Ten selection this week to get in the mood!🦌(tap for details or follow the link in profile for more info)#babyccinotopten #autumn #fall
18 hours ago
These 'Guess What' lift-the-flap books are different! Graphic and colourful, they reveal unexpected illustrations that babies and toddlers will love. Read about them on the blog, link in profile!#babyccinoreads
1 day ago
Sticker heaven does exist, it's called @lovepipsticks and you will find it at @theshopup today! We're still open for 2 hours (until 5pm), it's not too late to join us for an amazing selection of children's boutiques! Entry is FREE!#TheShopUp #TheShopUpNY
1 day ago
And we are back for day 2! Come and join us until 5pm, we've lined up more than 30 wonderful children's boutiques for the best back to school shopping!(lovely knits and clogs from @misha_and_puff and @laurenkallen)
1 day ago
One of the many reasons families love @theshopup: the photo booth! @artifactuprising will be back today to take the best kids and families photos. See you there, we open at 10am! #TheShopUpNY #TheShopUp
2 days ago
What an amazing time we had yesterday at the first day of @theshopup with so many lovely families and the sweetest kids! We're back today from 10am-5pm at @501union. We hope you can join the fun!(beautiful @laurenkallen)#TheShopUp #TheShopUpNY
2 days ago
Emilie, Esther, and Esther's bump!🤗️So happy to be here in Brooklyn for @theshopup! Come and join us for the best family day, we're open until 6pm!#TheShopUp #TheShopUpNY
2 days ago
@theshopup is now open and we're having an amazing time here in Brooklyn, NY! If you're a big fan of @hazelvillage's sweet dolls and animals (like we are), come and join us to get a personal embroidery on your favourite companion! How cool is that! #TheShopUpNY #TheShopUp
2 days ago
Today is the day! We will open the doors of @theshopup at noon at @501union in Brooklyn, NY. Entry is free! Join us for the best family day with great shopping, kids activities and yummy treats! Today noon-6pm, tomorrow 10am-5pm, see you there#TheShopUp #theshopupNY
3 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
4 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
5 months ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
5 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!
9 months ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
11 months ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
11 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