Posts by Mo in London

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'On a Beam of Light' by Jennifer Berne & Vladimir Radunsky (and a personal story)
I discovered this delightful book recently.  I was specifically looking for a book about the life of Albert Einstein for my eldest son (who is nearly nine) and came across this one. We discovered that my son has severe dyslexia about 18 months ago and its been a bit of a roller coaster ride.  On ...
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Orlando (The Marmalade Cat) A Seaside Holiday by Kathleen Hale
In the October half-term holiday we took off to Cornwall for a few days of much needed rest & recuperation.  We had no expectations about the weather (well this is England!) we just packed our wellies and braced ourselves for fresh air, exploring new territory and plenty of fish & chips out of the paper. ...
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Tell me a Picture (Quentin Blake)
My favourite subject at school was History of Art - I loved finding out the stories behind a picture and I loved how the more you looked, the more you saw.  I've spoken before (here) about taking my kids to art exhibitions in the hope that I can inspire some of my interest to rub off on ...
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Two books by Ruth Krauss & Maurice Sendak
I had my first child over eight years ago and can't believe I didn't find these books until this year - I know I will buy them for every baby born from here on out!!!  In fact I want to buy them for every Mum I know - knowing the enjoyment they will get from ...
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GOOD READS
The Ladybird books for Grown-Ups
Have you seen these books yet?  If you are in your 30s / 40s and grew up in the UK I'm sure you will recognise 'The Ladybird Book' series - if we didn't own them ourselves our school library certainly had a few.  They were an inescapable part of childhood and although wooden in their ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Our Advent Activity Calendar
I loved Esther’s post last year about an Advent Activity Calendar! We have done a similar idea for a few years now (unfortunately not so beautifully designed!). I bought a Maileg Advent garland (a little bit like this one) and in every pocket the children find a sweet treat and an Advent activity for us ...
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Christmas Book Advent Calendar (Updated)
I wrote my first post for Babyccino on 29th November 2009 (I can’t believe it – almost 6 years ago!) and it was about an idea that I had to wrap up 24 Christmas themed books to create a Christmas Book Advent Calendar. Well the idea is still going strong in our house and as ...
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Duck, Death and the Tulip, by Wolf Erlbruch
It was a difficult choice to write about this book – you see my aim is to write about books that not only I love but ones my kids love too. My kids DO NOT love this book. You see this book tackles the scariest subject in all of our lives … death. There really is ...
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Topsy Turvy World, By Atak
As soon as you pick up this book you know you are not dealing with your average kids book.  Atak is a German folksy illustrator and this book is like turning pages of an art piece – each page thickly covered with colour and detail. This book, with no words, just uses pictures to play ...
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How Things Work, by Okido
Do you know about Okido magazines? We have been subscribers for years. Okido is an arts and science magazine aimed at 3 – 8 year olds, published every 2 months. Each magazine has a theme – recent ones include Dinosaurs, All About Me, Celebration, Hair and Machines – and the topic is imaginatively bought to ...
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Jemmy Button by Jennifer Uman & Valerio Vidali
I think real life is usually a bit over-rated – in the fact that ‘stories’ can be so much more exciting than ‘real-life’ could ever really be. But this ‘real-life’ story is really quite remarkable. In the early 1800s Captain Robert Fitzroy set sail from England to the islands of Tierra del Fuego (South America). ...
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Use Your Imagination, By Nicola O’Byrne
Imagination is brilliant isn’t it? … except when its not. I have a boy who has a wild imagination and whilst that is great for games and play it can be horrible for him at night-time when his imagination starts spinning tales of robbers and monsters. With him I have to be careful what stories ...
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One Thousand Things, by Anna Kövecses
I knew as I approached the stand this was going to be a dangerous meeting. I had ‘eyed’ up the Wide Eyed Editions stand at last year’s Babyccino ShopUp event from across the room, and eventually gave in to temptation. I already had the Atlas of Adventures book and as soon as I looked through their ...
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My Dad’s a Birdman by David Almond
My kids are aged 8, 6 and 3. They still all enjoy picture books but the two older ones really like me to also read chapter books to them before bed. It can be quite a challenge to find ones they like – they really hate anything scary and are sensitive to creatures, monsters, even ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
A Spy Birthday Party for an 8-Year-Old
This year Elias wanted a 'Magic' birthday party. Not being a member of the magic circle myself I was thrown a little by how I was going to pull that off – so I started to brainstorm other possibilities with him – we decided upon a ‘Spy Party’ and I immediately got Pinteresting. There were ...
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'Smartypants: Pete in School' by Maira Kalman
There is so much I want to tell you about Maira Kalman. She is my current ‘book-creator-crush’ – I have loved everything I have read by her – adult books or kids books. Maira Kalman was born in Tel Aviv but moved to New York aged four. She is an author, an illustrator, a curator ...
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A Bell for Ursli by Alois Carigiet & Selina Chönz
We talk a fair bit about social media in our house – my husband really hates it whilst I love a bit of Instagram and this can lead to some interesting debates, but this is a story of how social media got me to discover a wonderful book I didn’t know about but which was ...
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6 Easter Book suggestions
1. The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown Margaret Wise Brown is probably best known for Goodnight Moon but I prefer this story for Easter – a young bunny finds a curious object (an egg) and can hear some tapping inside it – what is it? The bunny sets to investigations – some of ...
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Where’s the Pair? by Britta Teckentrup
Courtney wrote about The Odd One Out by Britta Teckentrup and I bought it immediately – Otto loves ‘looking’ books and particularly ones where he can get involved. I love them too – these moments sitting and chatting to my 3-year-old over a book are all too precious. How they chat at this age is ...
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A Rock is Lively by Dianna Aston & Sylvia Long
My eldest son, Elias, has a love for stones and rocks (or as he calls them, crystals). Our house is full of stones he has found outside of our house, in the garden or in the park – to me they are just stones but to him they are all wonderful – he looks at ...
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Matisse's Garden by Samantha Friedman & Cristina Amodeo
If you are anything like me you can’t resist a museum shop. I found this book on a recent trip to the Tate Modern and bought it as semi-compensation for missing their exhibition of Matisse’s Cut-Outs last year. I really love taking my kids to art exhibitions, even if it is not always their bag ...
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Henri’s Walk to Paris, by Saul Bass and Leonore Klein
I’m a list maker – normally the ‘to do’ variety but occasionally more interesting – my Desert Island Discs (you never know I might one-day end up on Radio 4 and I better be prepared), my top recipes if I were to write a cookery book (they are all sweet) and of course a variety ...
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Lucky by David Mackintosh
This book is for my son, Elias. No seriously … it is. I met David Mackintosh at a friend’s place recently and when I sussed out he was the Author/Illustrator responsible for Marshall Armstrong Is New To Our School – I had to tell him about how Elias loved that book – he even slept ...
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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How cute is this personalised peg-doll family? We think they would make the perfect present for a loved one️! For more inspiring personalised gifts ideas, follow the link in profile, we have selected 10 unique and special items that can be customised! #babyccinotopten #holidaygifts #personalisedgifts
4 days ago
This romper is super
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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.
20 hours 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