Posts by Maria in Oviedo, Spain

CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Last minute DIY Christmas tree
Christmas is around the corner! I can't believe it!  This past weekend we made a recycled and diy Christmas tree. It is easy and very fun to do with kids. We are so happy with our tree. I think the next step will be to do some more, but little. And make a forest!!!. It ...
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BOOKS
Tutti Confetti, charming illustrations
I am so completely in love with the spanish ilustrator Tutti Confetti. I think they are not only lovely but the overall warmth and feel of them is just amazing. Sooo nice. But my favourite are the personalized ilustrations she makes. You send her a picture and she does the most beautiful drawing full of ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Jailhouse Rock Birthday Party
We have just celebrated Nico's birthday. This year we made a Jailhouse Rock themed birthday party. It was so much fun! Both kids and adults really enjoyed it! A little cell as a stage. And black, white and turqouise as star colours! Very sponsorized food table!!! And of course merchandising of the band!!! It was ...
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BABY
Bonnetapompon, a lovely Spanish brand
Oh! I just love to find spanish brands like Bonnet à Pompon! It is so sweet!. Clothes made with exquisite taste and care. With very delicate colours, their shops are also an amazing experience. It is all like a fairy tale!! Very happy to find this brand made in Spain and hope you like it. ...
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AMSTERDAM
Our summer holidays in Holland
Oh! It is so nice for me to remember our holidays in Holland this past summer! We went in July and we were so lucky with everything. We are in a program of house exchange and everything went just perfect!. We really loved our house and the garden with the lovely wooden house. Great memories ...
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BOOKS
Our favourite books: by Jenny Valentine
I met Jenny Valentine when we both worked in Sesame, a lovely wholefood shop in Primrose Hill, London. (Courtney, you know it well!!) Jenny is now a very talented writer, and writes books for children. For her first novel and best-known work, Finding Violet Park (HarperCollins, 2007), she won the annual Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, a once-in-a-lifetime ...
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FOOD
Chocolate cake in a tin can
Ever since I saw the post about baking a cake in a tin can on Oh Happy Day I wanted to try it!! We did it last week and it was sooo much fun! I did the cake with the Thermomix, a cooking robot that is really really helpful for me! After baking it, cut ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
A felt fish garland
I made this garland for the pictures I took of Nico and that I told you about here. Today I would like to show you the DIY. Really simple and you can make them with your favourite colors or shapes! You just need some felt, wool, and thread. It was really fun making it, and ...
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TRAVEL
Alvaro Sanz and the traveling karibu
Last weekend I had the amazing experience of attending an Alvaro Sanz photography workshop in a lovely town by the sea in Asturias, where I live. He is a very talented Spanish photographer, and travels all over Spain and abroad with his incredible workshops. Alvaro is also Nanook's father, so he had this idea: when ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
The String Shelf
I completely adore the String Shelf. The String system was design in 1949 and over the last years has become one of the most popular pieces of classic scandinavian design. We got one for Nico's room --  we call it "the treasure shelf", because this is where he keeps his most valuable toys at the ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Decorating a baby's christening party
I had so much fun decorating this party for a newborn. I always thought of white and craft for the occassion and sweet details for a baby girl. It was all made by hand, so it is really a handmade and natural party! If you want to see more pictures you can see more here ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Decorating a baby's nursery, wallpaper on the ceiling
A few weeks ago I told you about the nursery I had the pleasure to decorate. Today I would like to share the lovely wallpaper we used -- instead of putting it on the wall I put it on the ceiling! It looks different, don't  you think? The paper is one of my favorite nowadays. ...
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MADRID
Babydeli: a really nice place in Madrid
Today I would love to share a very charming shop in Madrid: Babydeli. Well, it is not only a shop, but a place with lots of things going on. They have food, toys, books, you can celebrate your birthday, and there are also very interesting workshops taking place every week. Located in the very heart ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Newspaper Easter eggs
Last year we had some friends over for Easter with us at home. It was an especially rainy one, so we did some crafts.  We loved doing this ones with newspaper. Great fun we had! And quite easy and cheap!!! ;-) - Maria
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HOME AND DÉCOR
A pallet bench for a baby's room
Today I would like to share the pallet bench I made for a nursery. I love pallet wood, like I told you last week with my son's coat rack. This time I painted the pallet in white and added four wheels. A matress for comfortably sitting. I made the cushions with grey and white fabric ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
A tree coat rack
Today I would like to share the tree hanger I made for my son's room. I did it myself a few years ago and I remember it was much easier than I had expected! I made it with palet wood and it looks great in Nico's room! We decorate it acording to the time of ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Lovely wooden toys: Macarena Bilbao
Macarena Bilbao creates lovely lovely wooden toys. She started making kitchens, and they are my favourites. She also makes guitars, cameras, groceries stalls, and other fun stuff, all very stylish and different. Kitchens, stalls, fun! Cameras, and guitars. Nico loves his guitar and played it at his birthday party.
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GOOD READS
A Spanish magazine: Kireei
We love the spanish paper magazine, Kireei. Not only is it really nice to "touch", with an amazing quality in the edition, but the contents are very very interesting. We have been reading it since the beginning. This number makes the third and it is dedicated to "living slow". Articles about slow parenting, and living, ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Mini candy bars
Today I am so happy to write about Terron de Azucar, a lovely spanish brand, run by Rebeca, which makes the most beautiful mini candy bars!!! All in them are so full of details, and all of that in a mini size. Aren't they lovely? All made by hand by her and personalized with the ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
DIY: Love Arrows
Valentines day is here! This past weekend we did a very easy but fun DIY. We will use them to decorate the teacher's present! We used straws, laces, decorated paper, washi tape... Hope you like them and you try at home this weekend, very rainy here in Spain!. Maria
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DIY FOR MUMS
DIY: customize a blazer
I have recently been asked by French kids brand Du Pareil au Meme, to customize one blazer of their collection. This is the result of it! I really enjoyed changing the look of the jacket and I had loads of fun. Nico loves the moustache so we are both happy. It also opened a new ...
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BOOKS
Personalized books: Fabuloos Dreams
I am in love with these books! And Nico is even more in love when he sees himself as the hero of his own adventure. Fabuloos Dreams was the best present of this past Christmas. They can be ordered in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Catalan. It is also perfect to learn a second language!. ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
A day fishing
Today, I would like to share the pictures I have made for Panasonic, in a challengue about changing photography. I was one of the 10 bloguers chosen to do this. I had to choose a subject I dont usually deal with, so I chose "fishing".  The photos are taken in my adored Asturias, where I ...
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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