Posts by Esther in Amsterdam

FASHION
Mama Owl, the wonders of wool and natural clothing
We were recently on the way to London for a little family trip, and on the train I noticed that Casper's shoes were completely falling apart! So sad that I won't be able to pass them down to baby number 5... I took the excuse however to make a surprise visit to Anna from Mama ...
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TABLEWARE
Reusable straws, fun and environmentally responsible
Straws are so great for kids. They make drinking more fun (and are so practical for babies too). However, disposable straws are mostly made of plastic and we have way too much of that floating around in our ocean already, or sitting in huge landfill. (Have you seen this video of a turtle with a ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
Skiing with kids, planning made easy with Powder Byrne
Skiing played a big role in my upbringing -- I was so lucky to spend one wintery week in the mountains of Austria each year. I loved this vacation -- being outside and active all day, hitting the slopes from early in the morning 'til the last lifts closed. For the past few years, Tamar ...
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PICTURE BOOKS
Here we Are, Notes for Living on Planet Earth | by Oliver Jeffers
When Oliver Jeffers' new book arrived here in Amsterdam, there was a loud cheer from the kids. He really is a bit of a rock star in our house! : ) And we're not the only ones, of course. He's one famous guy! 'Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth' is inspired by ...
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TEENAGERS
Organic skincare for teenagers -- a lovely new range from Green People!
With my biggest kids now being 10 and 12, I've been on the look-out for a nice range of pure, organic skincare for teenagers. There's a lot of lovely organic skincare around for adult skin these days, but I've been unsuccessful in my search for a nice range for Sara and Pim. Until now! Green ...
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KIDS
Gray Label, a cute (but above all comfortable!) collection
We've known Gray Label since their very first collection. Emily, the owner and designer, is from Amsterdam and it's been so fun to follow her succes. I remember her search for the perfect organic cotton fleece for her very first basic collection... Until she finally put her finger on the softest and strongest variety she ...
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DECOR AND FURNITURE
The seasonal table, and felt ornaments from Crafspring. For decoration or play!
We love having a seasonal table set up in our house. We gather finds from nature, and we display them together with some sweet felt or wooden artefacts. I have boxes in storage marked 'Autumn', 'Halloween', 'Christmas', etc. -- and it's such a fun event every season, to rediscover what's inside and create a new ...
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SERVICES
Holiday Sitters -- a babysitter who speaks your language
It's so fun to explore family-friendly Amsterdam with children. But let's face it. When the children are safe and sound in bed after an adventurous day, there is still plenty to explore at night! Holiday Sitters is an Amsterdam-based company with a concept that is brilliantly simple: they offer babysitting services in an array of ...
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KIDS
La Coqueta, a new collection and a new London shop!!
We have been working with La Coqueta since they first opened their shop in the leafy neighbourhood of London's Hampstead. I remember the day that Courtney and I visited that darling little store together. It was all so beautiful, and so tastefully decorated! There were so many surprisingly creative and fun details. I still remember ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Ten Questions with Courtney
In our week of interviews to celebrate our 10th Birthday, it's Courtney's turn to answer our ten questions... 1. Describe your ten-year-old self. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give that ten-year-old girl? When I was ten I was the eldest of five kids -- my baby brother, Spencer, had just been ...
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THE LITTLE THINGS
The Little Things: Apple picking and traditional Dutch apple pie
It's been over a year since our last The Little Things post! Maud had a little baby boy called Max in the meantime, and you know, life has been overall so very busy. But we both love these little projects of ours, so I'm super happy to finally share a new The Little Things story ...
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SEE
The Anne Frank House
Anne Frank is a name that is familiar to most if not all. Her world-famous diary is translated in over 60 languages worldwide, and the story of her family hiding in Amsterdam during WWII is universally known. We can all envision the photos of Anne's sweet face, showing a girl on the verge of adolescence. I ...
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MATERNITY
Hatch, some styles from the new Autumn/Winter collection
I love to wear Hatch when I'm not pregnant, but now that I am expecting of course I love dressing in their fashionable clothes! So many of their styles appeal to me. Relaxed and timeless pieces that can be dressed up or down and work for so many occasions. The collection is fashionable but also timeless, ...
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OUT OF TOWN
A weekend visit to the Efteling and Beekse Bergen safari park
The Efteling is a theme park in the south of the Netherlands and it's (as far as theme parks go) really adorable. The heart of the park, the Fairytale Forest, launched 70 years ago in 1952 with beautifully designed attractions based on whimsical illustrations by Anton Pieck. Nowadays, the Efteling has expanded beyond the Fairytale ...
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DECOR AND FURNITURE
Our living room... some photos
Before the summer, our beloved sofas (which we had for more than 12 years and which had been passed down to us from friends who used them for over 20 years before us!) well, died. The covers were completely torn and the springs were so bad you basically ended up on the floor when you'd ...
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BABY ESSENTIALS
Baby Book, a gorgeous baby journal by Peep's Paper Products
A baby book is such a beautiful way to document baby's first year. Did your mother make you one? I still have mine! It has been lovingly filled out with information like my first smile, my first teeth, and who came to visit me after I was born... There are newspaper cuttings of the day ...
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PREGNANCY
The first trimester of your pregnancy | what essentials do you need?
The first trimester of your pregnancy is a time of excitement and giddiness, of insecurity and of physical unease. It is also a time of waiting and very often of hiding the first signs of being pregnant! This pregnancy, I nearly entirely missed my first trimester. By the time I found out that I was expecting ...
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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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Everybody loves a cute bow tie or a sweet pair of suspender bloomers! Get the stylish look for your little ones these Holidays, check out this week's Top Ten selection(tap for details or follow the link in profile for more info) #babyccinotopten #holidays #kidsfashion
6 hours ago
We have just received the Winter edition of @smallish_magazine and it looks fabulous! A festive issue packed with inspiration for the season, with gifts ideas for the whole family, delicious recipes and so much more. And we feel so proud and thankful to have our @theshopup Holiday London event ad in it️ #TheShopUp #theshopuplondon
12 hours ago
The happy little face of Casper after a visit at @mamaowl_ 's treasure cove! How beautiful are these new shoes and this cosy, hand knit sweater? Read more about this lovely shop on the blog today, link in profile! (if you're in London, don't miss @mamaowl_ at @theshopup on Dec 3-4) #babyccinoboutiques #TheShopUp
16 hours ago
Motherhood can strip away your identity. How to get it back? Annie Ridout, founder and editor of @the_early_hour, shared on the blog her expert tips for regaining your sense of self after becoming a mother. We love her tips, and we're curious: do you have some too? (link to blog post in profile) #motherhood #parenting
1 day ago
Your kids are going to love these crayons markers! They can be used on paper but also on any slippery surface like windows or tiles - they can easily be wiped with a damp cloth. Magical! We think they would make perfect stocking fillers! Find them from @babyjungleshop, link in profile! #babyccinopickoftheday #babyccinoboutiques
1 day ago
These 3 small and independent boutiques have just joined our portal, check them out! @madeyoulookpdx bring you the best selection of classic toys and thoughtfully designed small products - from local makers to those on the other side of the world. And they have a 'shop by age' option that we love! @baby_cloud_new_york: how sweet are these Japanese and Japanese-inspired baby clothing and care essentials made from super soft cotton! @addieharry offer a range of beautiful, British bedding, homewares and accessories for little ones - all featuring exclusive prints. Now 25% off on their whole collection Follow the link in profile to have a look at all our new shops! #babyccinoboutiques #newshop
2 days ago
Do you have a favourite Autumn recipe when it comes to baking? We have FIFTEEN!🤗 15 delicious recipes with fruits and spices that we make again and again because we love them so much. Check out our Favourite Autumn pies, cakes, breads and biscuits, follow the link in profile! #babyccinoeats #babyccinoteamfavourites #autumnrecipe
2 days ago
LA moms, @theshopup is back for a great Day 2 at @officepartyofficeparty and the cutest little kids are already in full shopping mode🤗! We're open until 5pm, 4514 North Figueroa St. Come with the whole family, there are crafts for kids and yummy snacks! ( @roseandrex) #TheShopUp #theshopupla
3 days ago
Oh how we love the latest book from @oliverjeffers! 'Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth' is a praise to the earth and all that is living on top of it. Esther shares more about this extra special book on the blog, link in profile! #babyccinoreads
3 days ago
The sun is shining in LA and our special Holiday @theshopup is in full swing! We're here at @officepartyofficeparty until 5pm, come by for the best shopping (we want everything from @lilbellies booth️) and for a great family day! Check out @theshopup stories for more snaps and videos #TheShopUp #theshopupla
4 days ago
This romper is super
15 hours ago
Crafted from our signature fabric 70% bamboo & 30% cotton Padded for warmth & comfort Hooded with cute animal ears Includes mittens Colours available: grey stripe, blue and blush Non-metal nylon zipper Zipper concealed on the inside Filling is 100% Polyester The MORI Snugsuit is simply designed as the softest & safest outerwear for bringing baby home from the hospital or keep them warm on winter walks. With mittens for baby’s hands, a concealed zipper for safety and ...
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Persimmon Goldilocks Dress - Naturally Dyed
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We have FINALLY found some organic skincare for teenagers! Completely free of nasties, the range is made of a foaming face-wash, a serum, a moisturiser and even a blemish concealer (and a deodorant too!) Gentle and pure, exactly what we were looking for.
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Bien Bien is a Californian online shop with a European sensibility and a collection spanning many of our favourite brands from around the globe. This gorgeous shop offers beautifully crafted premium children’s apparel, swimwear, and accessories, plus special pieces for the home.
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Paper Glass House DIY
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The magical KalenderHaus from Clever Gretel is a great seasonal treat for the whole family in the run up to Christmas. Novel yet nostalgic, unique yet traditional, this well thought-out package is a gingerbread house and advent calendar in one; a sweet creation that you and your family build and decorate in the countdown to Christmas.
1 day ago
Our favorite winter squash and how to clean, cut, and cook them.
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handprinted textiles by Karaka www.karakahandmade.com
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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
6 months 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
7 months ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
7 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!
11 months ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
1 year ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
1 year 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 oil 1 butternut squash 1 red onion 2 red peppers 2 garlic cloves 4 vine tomatoes 150g quinoa sea salt & freshly ground pepper 300 ml vegetable stock 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 25g raisins 80g black olives And for the garnish: a handful of chervil feta (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