Posts by Michela

TOYS & GAMES
TomTect contruction set
One of the best presents my son received this Christmas is a box of  TomTect, a contruction game I had never heard of before. The box contains small pine boards (from renewable resources) and plastic crowbars which join the boards together-- and that's it! It's so simple, so ingenious and so stylish! My son jumped ...
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BOOKS
Bilingual alphabet book
Although my husband and I speak English for work on a daily basis, our children speak only Italian. We do make an effort by teaching them a word every now and then and by showing them some English DVDs, and we truly welcome any activity which will help our kids learn a bit of English in ...
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UNCATEGORIZED
Dabbawalla bags
My daughter's new treasured possession is this cool rucksack from Dabbawalla Bags. It's made of neoprene (like wetsuits) which is lead and PVC free and it's stain-resistant and machine washable. The name 'Dabbawalla' was inspired by one of the founder's travels in India where she was fascinated by the complex system of lunch-box delivery men ...
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BABY
Erbaviva baby shampoo
My older son never suffered from cradle cap when he was a baby, but now at 4½, he is affected by a mild form of it! It's nothing major; we have just been advised to use very mild, oily shampoos. Which is how we discovered Erbaviva, a company that was started in 1996 to offer mommies-to-be ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Mishmish prints
We recently moved and so we had plenty of white walls to fill up! I was looking for something to hang in my children's bedroom and landed on Mishmish studio. Artist Susie Lubell offers high quality prints of her original watercolor paintings, which means professional archival ink and professional museum etching paper. Her subjects are sweet ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Doll's wooden bed from Ikea
My daughter is finally interested in the Corolle doll that she received as a gift nearly a year ago. She keeps it undressed (I know it's common, but why?) and she takes it everywhere . I guess it has joined the blanket in the transitional object set.  She calls it 'baby', and for an Italian-speaking 2-year-old ...
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KIDS
His first Campers
I love Camper shoes. I bought my first pair 10 years ago and have added regularly to my collection since. I know they are not the most elegant shoes (I do own one or two pairs of those) but they are cool, funky and so comfortable. Somehow I've never bought a pair for my son, ...
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SERVICES
Babyccino birthday -- Personalised gift tags
Luckily in Italy the vast majority of shops will gift-wrap any item you buy as a present. Some are stylish wrapping jobs, some are simple boxes and sometimes there's nothing more than a ribbon on a paper shopping bag. But that's normally enough for me; unlike Courtney, I'm not that good at wrapping plus I'm also ...
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Babyccino Birthday - Michela's Top 5
It was hard to choose as always, but it was also nice looking back! Here are my top five favourites... 1.) A tutu for you by Emilie, because I can just feel the relaxed atmosphere in that English cottage in the evening (and the tutu is great too). 2.) Homemade maracas by Courtney, because it's such ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Jack-o-lantern clementines
Halloween is definitely not an Italian tradition, but in recent years around this time of the year we do see more pumpkins and orange stuff in the grocery stores. Funnily enough the only costumes accepted are spooky ones, which I'm not too sure are very appropriate for children. Nonetheless it's another occasion to have some ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Fun hats from Ikea
It must be Halloween season because dress-up items are everywhere in the kid's section at Ikea! They've brought out again the funny masks that Courtney wrote about a while ago (although I could not find the ladybird or the chick), and in the same Maskerade collection they have added these fun hats which can definitely be ...
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FOR MUMS
Family dinners
As you probably know, Italians are experts at family dinners, especially the 'special occasion' meals. We'll usually have three (or more) generations sitting, eating and chatting their time away. I love them, but real life is different. In our home it seems that even two generations is one too many as it's nearly impossible to ...
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KIDS ROOMS
Very portable kid's desk
I just love it when people come up with different ways of using an object; it's nearly like inventing something new! Apparently the Ikea Bekvam step stool is quite prone to being reinvented. I particularly like this idea from lovelydesign to use it as a children's desk. It's great for small flats but also as ...
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BOOKS
The city-mouse and the country-mouse
I recently bought the Italian translation of this German book by Kathrin Schärer. It's a simple story of a city-mouse visiting his friend in the country; he is shown all the beauties  and simplicity of life in the countryside and he appreciates them but he feels a bit out of place. To reciprocate he invites ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Hanging children's art
We are moving home!  The new one is larger and, of course, better decorated. I have made the usual promise to myself (and my husband) to be more organised and to keep it tidier. So I'm on the lookout for smart tricks to help me keep my promise. This clever Ikea hack that I found ...
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FOOD
Aperitivo in Milan
Milan is an expensive city, and when you are visiting on travel it's probably even more difficult to have dinner without spending a fortune. During the day the ubiquitous bakeries allow you to eat on a budget easily but at night it's easy to have to shell out a small fortune for a dinner, however nice ...
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FOOD
Frittata
Frittata is a delicious and extremely simple dish that you can find in any Italian region. Everybody has their own special recipe for it -- which means that you just can't go wrong. Whomever the cook, a frittata will always contains eggs (obviously), typically one or more vegetables, often some cheese and possibly some ham. ...
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FOR MUMS
What did you do at school today?
"What did you do at school today?" is the first question I ask my son when I pick him up from school, and when the nanny picks him up it's the question I normally ask during dinner. The second one is "What did you eat at school today?" (Which obviously doesn't apply to the majority ...
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MILAN
Play-brunch at the San Vittore
Italians, or possibly just the people from Milan, have come up with their own version of brunch. In the last 10 years many restaurants have specialised in a particular Sunday lunch, that goes by the name of brunch. It's not too dissimilar from what the international crowd believes brunch should be, but it has its own ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Funny bird collage/drawing
Last weekend we had dinner at a street fair and we ventured to the kids craft tent to see if there was anything nice and easy for my 4-year-old to do. And that's where we made these funny birds! My son loved it, and it was a super simple project... something I could even organise myself! His bird ...
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DIY FOR MUMS
A year long photo project
This summer a few blogs published this nice movie which was posted on YouTube. Parents took (at least) one picture of their baby every day for the first year of his life, nearly always in the same position (basically lying on a white sheet). Then they made a movie out of it with a nice ...
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FOR MUMS
Multitasking gets tested
I pride myself in being a good multitasker, and I'm sure I'm not alone! Over the years my casual (but now numerous) observations have led me to believe that women are generally better multitaskers than men. Also, I believe this quality further improves with motherhood. I may be wrong but it seems to me that ...
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Booklight
You know all those seemingly useless gadgets that fill up crowded bookstore counters? Well, I think I've never bought any of them (and was proud of it), but I recently bought this (not very sexy) led booklight by Energizer and I'm quite happy with it! I finally caved in to such a gadget because I ...
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Do you know that we're running a giveaway with the lovely maternity brand @boobdesign? You could win a 250 euro voucher plus free international shipping! One of Esther's favourite pieces is this beautiful Air dress. Check out all the details to enter in our previous post, the one where Esther (and her cute bump) is folding laundry. Enter now, it's still open until Sunday morning 7am CET! #babyccinoboutiques
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The last weeks before giving birth... time to get your hospital bag ready! What did you bring and loved having with you? Esther shares her essentials on the blog today, check them out, link in profile! #pregnancy #hospitalbag #gettingreadyforbaby
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Getting ready for baby (plus: a chance to WIN 250£!!!) Over the last months, Esther has been living in the cute and comfortable fashion from @boobdesign . Each piece stays flattering all along the pregnancy, from the little bump to the final weeks - and all of them are also breastfeeding friendly! Today we're very excited to announce a giveaway we’re hosting together with @boobdesign , to win an amazing 250 euro voucher (and free international shipping)! To enter, you just need to: - follow @babyccinokids as well as @boobdesign on Instagram - leave a comment where you tag a friend and mention your favourite style from @boobdesign (you can check out their collection on www.boobdesign.com) That's it! Don't forget to have a look at our blog post today for more photos of Esther's lovely bump and a special surprise for Babyccino readers. Link in profile! . . This giveaway will end in 36 hours on Saturday at 7am CET. Winner will be announced next Monday. The giveaway is not sponsored or endorsed by Instagram. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Open worldwide. The voucher will be emailed to the winner.
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Paris is always a good idea, but it gets even better when you visit this beautiful city in a retro VW van! Esther and her family loved it, and you can read about this fun experience with @combi_tours in our Paris city guide. Link in profile!🇫🇷 #babyccinocityguides #paris #pariswithkids
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How gorgeous is the new Spring/Summer collection from @louisemisha? So pretty and delicate! And we love that there is a collection for women too. Courtney shares her favourite pieces on the blog today, for Marlow and for herself! Link in profile!️ #babyccinoboutiques
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Looking for nursery inspiration? Check out our Top Ten this week! From Moses baskets to gender-neutral decor, we hope it will help you create a sweet and cosy space for baby. Tap for details or follow the link in profile for more info #babyccinotopten #nursery #nurserydecor #nurseryinspo #babyccinoboutiques
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Almost there! Esther's baby is due very soon now! She shares on the blog her essentials for the 3rd trimester of her pregnancy. What are yours? Link in profile! #pregnancy #3rdtrimester
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This one is for all the caffeine lovers! Did you know that you can find a 'Grab a Quick Coffee' post in each of our city guides? Our favourite places to get the best caffeine fix️. Follow the link in profile to check out some of New York City's best coffee places! #babyccinocityguides #newyork
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A bowl of homemade soup is just the best dinner, don't you think? We've asked our team and we're sharing today our 14 Favourite Soups and Stews - plus a bonus family recipe of a delicious chicken soup. Warming and healthy, they're perfect for winter, check them out! (link in profile)🥕🥔 #babyccinoeats #souprecipe #babyccinoteamfavourites
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I’ve had such good luck in the skirts department lately! I managed to get this one while it was advertised for the wrong price & another spotty skirt of my dreams.
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willaby create beautifully simple, yet special, ethically and sustainably made heirloom quality blankets and more. The items created by this US design studio showcase the beauty of natural materials and handcrafting, each one of the highest quality. Perfect for newborns, most pieces are designed for use through childhood and all are designed to be passed on - or kept and treasured.
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Jolee Môme’s collection of organic leather shoes is as sweet as they come! Available for little ones from birth to 3 years old, these adorable shoes and accessories are 100% made in France by master craftsman.
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I have found the Boob basics to be staples in my pregnancy wardrobe. In my posts about first and second trimester essentials, I mentioned Boob pregnancy and breastfeeding friendly fashion already. The styles are so cute and comfortable, they easily cover the belly in all different stages and are flattering as well. (I’m wearing the Flatter me long-sleeve top as we speak!)
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Louise Misha has a simply gorgeous range of clothing, jewellery and accessories for free-spirited girls of all ages. The creation of two friends, Aurélie and Marie, the Louise Misha collection began with a line of jewellery that grew little by little into a stunning line of bohemian-inspired dresses, tops, skirts, shorts, rompers, pants and more for babies, girls and women too.
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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!)
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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!
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