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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Autumn Equinox — a note from Esther... “I was talking to Lara earlier today, and she was reminding me of the start of Autumn happening today. Autumn! Today, the bright daylight hours and the dark nightly hours are of equal length. From now on, the days will get shorter, the nights will get longer… until the longest night, Winter Solstice (taking place on December 21st) will mark the beginning of the Winter season. Today is Autumn Equinox: the night and the day are in perfect balance. It marks the moment of the sun entering Libra (my star sign!), bringing harmony and stability, and which is ruled by Venus, the planet of love and beauty. All good things, and definitely things we need in these uncertain, difficult and turbulent times. Autumn is when the air starts to feel crisper and smell muddier, when the colours of nature are intensifying before they change colour, when the light is low and magical, when the days get wetter and the weather gets windier. It is the time to harvest apples and nuts and pumpkins, to make pies and soups and stews and to cosy up the house with rugs, pillows and blankets. Fall is so cosy! To celebrate this First Day of Autumn, I thought it would be nice to make a list of all the little things, family traditions and crafts we love doing in fall. Most we have posted about before, but there are some new ideas and things I want to try as well. Going through old posts and getting this list together has been so inspiring — yes, we are entering the darker and colder months, but there is so much to do and make, and many of these activities are super simple and made with whatever nature supplies us with. Fall truly is fabulous!” xx Esther Enjoy @estherbabyccino fifteen favourite fall activities to get inspired, link in bio. #babyccinokids #babyccinotips #autumnequinox @maudfontein 🧡
1 day ago
Today’s post... five top tips to help make moving abroad eas(ier). Our Contributor @sydney.piercey knows first hand after moving four from London to France last week. “Do be brave, do be kind to yourself with your emotions, (beforehand and when you arrive) and do enjoy! I am a firm believer of enriching your life by taking risks and embracing change. I can also personally vouch for the magic that awaits from moving abroad.” More in the bio... #babyccinotravels #moversandshakers #babyccinotips
1 day ago
Vegetable bolognese anyone? This ragu is seriously, seriously delicious, packed full of vegetables and extremely straightforward to make – a chuck it all into the pot and pop it in the oven recipes! It’s also great for using up leftover/sad vegetables in your fridge. See Lyndsay’s recipe on the bio link. @ieatmypeas #babyccinoeats #babyccinokids
2 days ago
Tell me, do you have teenagers and do they get pocket money and/or a clothing allowance? Did you get clothing money when you were a teenager? Read this great post by Esther discussing money, teens, clothing, and the underlying questions that arise. We’d love your thoughts too. Link in bio. @estherbabyccino #babyccinokids #babyccinotips
3 days ago
The Sweetest Flower Fairy Wings in the World — make your own with our easy photo tutorial on today’s blog post by @laraoflondon. You can finally put those pressed flowers to good use that you’ve collected and make summer last longer. Link in bio. #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts
5 days ago
Make your own gnome friends! We think these would be a fun after-school activity on a Friday afternoon to celebrate completing another week of school. (Is it just us or does every week feel even longer than it ever has before?) Or even a weekend craft too. See these step-by-step photos and share your finished gnomes with us. We’d love to share in our stories! Link in bio to @estherbabyccino ‘s idea from a birthday many moons ago. #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts
6 days ago
Often seafood suppers seem complicated, and a bit pricey. But @laraoflondon’s family have perfected a Crab Linguine pasta dish this summer that we had to share with you. It is economical, easy to make, takes less than 15 minutes, and feeds the whole family a healthy dinner or a big family Sunday lunch. Link in bio. #babyccinokids #babyccinoreads
1 week ago
Tiny, Perfect Things by M.H. Clark and Madeline Kloepper. The book is about a supportive grandparent sharing and encouraging his granddaughter in a way that only loving and patient relationship do. What fun it is to find some magic in books! It truly is a little treasure that needs a spot in any book collection. @_maays___ #babyccinokids #babyccinoreads
1 week ago
School lunch ideas, on today’s bio. #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats
1 week ago
Sorting colours with caps and corks – a fun DIY game for littles! See this idea from @sydney.piercey ... link in bio. #babyccinokids
1 week ago
Here’s a video of our latest ShopUp in East London (shot and edited by our lovely and talented friend Nadine Brandt). It encapsulates the ShopUp atmosphere really, really well, and it makes us so excited for the next one!
2 years 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
3 years 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 years ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
3 years 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!
3 years ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
3 years ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
3 years 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!)
4 years 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!
4 years 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.
4 years ago