Natalie, Author at Babyccino Kids: Daily tips, Children's products, Craft ideas, Recipes & More

CELEBRATIONS
Mother's Day cards you want to give... and receive
When I have time, I do enjoy making greeting cards. There’s something really gratifying about it. But, of course, I don’t always have time. So if I ever buy a card I always try to pick one that reflects something of the person I’m choosing for, and it has to be beautiful. Increasingly I also ...
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KIDS ROOMS
Doll's house to love
I recently created and styled 3 nursery rooms for real living magazine and I searched high and low for an affordable doll’s house that could be customised with wallpaper offcuts and bunting that I made. But do you think I could find one! I’d been inspired by this amazing one from Jacqui Lewis that she ...
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BOOKS
Lego Love
We have a bit of a joke in my house that my husband enjoys playing with the Lego more than our child. He makes all sorts of weird and wonderful creations – from spinning tops to cars and temples. So we both had a good laugh when I found this cool book on Lego – ...
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BABY
Seasonal choices
It's amazing how much of an impact the time of year your baby is born has on sartorial choices. My son was born in June -- which is winter-time in Australia. So woolen hats outnumbered any other gift (other than socks, for some strange reason). But I was talking to a friend recently who had a ...
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BABY
Finally -- affordable maternity jeans
If you live anywhere but Australia you might be thinking, "what is she talking about?!"  But maternity clothes are SO expensive in Australia. I didn't buy any maternity jeans while pregnant because I couldn't justify forking out $200-plus. So I walked around in my regular hipster jeans with the top button undone, and I wore a long ...
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SYDNEY
Cool things to do in Sydney... with kids!
It was lovely to meet Courtney recently as she began her big adventure along Australia's east coast. It's funny the feelings it stirred in me. I really wanted her to have a good time in Sydney. And I wanted her to love my neighbourhood of Bondi as much as I do. So I sent her off ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
House swapping
Over the summer break I spent a bit of time decorating my home. (No, the pic above is not of my place -- but somewhere I might now be able to stay.) One of the reasons was that I wanted to take some photos so I could list it on a house swap website. We ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Scootering with style
It takes something special for me to want to buy it in the way of kids' toys. Don't get me wrong. Little C doesn't live a deprived existence -- it's more a matter that he plays with the washing basket and items in the utensil drawer more than his actual toys. However, at Christmas he ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Love Poems
I have to confess that I don't usually do anything on Valentine's Day. Many Australians cynically call it "Hallmark Day" -- it's pretty much seen as a commercial exercise. However, I am a romantic. So I thought I'd share a story about one of the best "gifts" I ever received... One day I was sitting in ...
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KIDS
Babes in the shade
A big issue for parents in Australia is protecting your child from fierce UV rays, especially in summer when the sun burns skin all-too-quickly. Many children (and adults) wear "rashies" at the beach. These tops provide high UV protection and saves you having to reapply sunscreen every couple of hours. The only problem is that they don't ...
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KIDS ROOMS
An odd obsession
I'm obsessed with bunk beds. There. I've said it. I don't know why. It's a strange obsession to have, especially as I only have one child. I think it's because I live in an apartment and if I was to have more than one child then they'd probably have to have bunks. Perhaps it's also ...
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KIDS
Stripes save the day
It may have taken me a few months to twig on, but I have learned a valuable lesson. Stripes hide a multitude of sins. I'm a busy working mum and I don't have time to change my baby boy a hundred times a day (he is a very, very, very messy eater). And he's still ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Babyccino Birthday -- Cheap and cheery decorations
I love a bargain. I always have. And so I was excited to discover the website (thanks to one of the stylists at work) Chinatown. It’s an online website that sells all things Chinese – such as lanterns, parasols and decorative boxes – for a great price. Plus, they deliver so you can shop during ...
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KIDS
A new favourite
I never thought finding cool boys’ clothes would be so tricky. When you don’t have an unlimited budget, that is. So I’m super excited to have just discovered Tiny Mammoth by Melbourne designer Beci Orpin. While she has girls’ clothes in the range, you can tell that she’s a mum to two boys because she ...
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KIDS
Are these shoes made for walking?
I'm curious to hear your thoughts. A couple of months ago I bought my son a pair of Converse sneakers. My mum rolled her eyes and told me that the soles were too flat and not good for his feet. But they look so good! She tried to buy him a pair of Clarks sandals ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Stylish boys' rooms
I’m like hawk-eye now when it comes to boys’ rooms. Since I had a little boy, I’m always on the lookout for spaces that are sophisticated but with a masculine edge – and yet still playful. Perhaps it’s a big ask, but I’m slowly getting a good clippings file. While this room, showcasing a new ...
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UNCATEGORIZED
Inspirational Ideas
Yes, simple ideas are often the best and two of the places I go for them are the blogs of illustrator, interior designer and all-round creative Antonia Pesenti and Brooke Reynolds from Inchmark Journal. Antonia once did a post on painting with water on concrete, and often I think of it because it’s simple, easy ...
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BABY
Multitasking homewares
The time has finally come to stop washing Little C in the bathroom sink. He’s 15 months old now (how did that happen?!) and we almost have to oil him to get him out of the teeny tiny basin. In our new apartment we don’t have a bath, and I don’t really want to buy ...
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KIDS
Sleep tight
Kideko is one Australian children’s brand that just gets it right. The super stylish owner Shelley Mason has extended her range of bedlinen to include pyjamas in the distinctive retro-inspired print she has made her own. The pjs are made with cotton jersey, which means they’ve got enough stretch for those of us who have ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
One for the must-do list
I've still got the travel bug. I'm off to Africa to write a travel article. And while I'm not taking my family, I can't wait to do so one day. You see, during my research I came across a photo from Giraffe Manor in Nairobi and I thought, "wouldn't this be the most amazing place ...
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STATIONERY
Cool cards
Father's Day here in Australia is this Sunday! Buying cards for men is so much harder than it needs to be, don’t you think! Whenever I go looking usually all I can find are ones adorned with vintage sports cars or men playing golf. But what happens when your partner isn’t into either of these? ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
Travel bug
I had a big “ah-ha” moment when I realised just how important travelling was for me. It’s quite common for Australians to do a big trip to Europe when they’re in their twenties. Many live there, as I did for a couple of years. But once those people return to Australia rarely do they venture ...
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BABY
Warning: totally addictive
The art department at work is pregnant. When I say that, I’m talking about the deputy art director Renae, who is pregnant, and the art director, whose wife is pregnant. We all sit next to each other so there’s been lots of baby talk recently. One topic that got us distracted for, well, far too ...
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Have a look at those 3 new beautiful boutiques that we already love: @_counting_clouds_ offer a wonderful collection of comfortable, freeing, organic clothing for endless play, produced on a small scale for boys and girls (and women too!) Now 15% off for Babyccino readers. @josefinabags: those versatile, effortless and contemporary bags will suit the everyday needs of urban mums. The best of French/NY design for nappy/ diaper bags! @hannahandtiff: those colourful clothing pieces balance traditional South East Asian influences with contemporary silhouettes - resulting in a clean, crisp and understated look! (also a great 15% off on the whole collection)Follow the link in profile to check out all our new shops! #babyccinoboutiques #newshop
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Do you also write a lot of cards at that time of the year? Thank you notes, party invitations, farewell to teachers... And it's so nice when kids can make their own! Check out how to make those pretty watercolour flower cards, it's a sweet activity with such lovely results! Link to the blog post in profile
21 hours ago
How to make your life easier (and your suitcase lighter!) when you're travelling with kids? With reversible clothing of course! Find those cute reversible bloomers from Bonjour Maurice, along with travel size bath products, travel journals, cool backpacks and fun games in this week's Top Ten! Link in profile️ #babyccinotopten #travelwithkids
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Today Kate @soloskates shares her DIY to make those cute and colourful yarn wrapped letters! It's really simple, check it out to learn about all her tips. Link in profile! #craftsanddiy
1 day ago
Pyjamas! How do you choose them? Do you prefer them relaxed or stylish? Do you love matching pjs for siblings (like we do!)? How about the beautiful, classic, vintage style like those adorable nightgowns from My Little Shop? Find the pyjamas you're looking for in our selection of shops, link in profile!#babyccinoboutiques
2 days ago
Sarah and Jodie, 2 mums with a life-long love of food and healthy eating, have created @rainebeauco, a brand of bento-style, spill-free lunch boxes that have a super cool look (the colourful boxes you can see in the background of this photo!). They have answered our questions and explained to us their nutrition philosophy: 'Eat a Rainbow'. So inspiring! Check out their interview on the blog today! (link in profile) 🥝
2 days ago
Hello Summer, we're so happy you're here️! Time to get ready for all those travels with kids :) We've selected 10 products to make travelling with children easier (and more fun) in this week's Top Ten. Tap for details and follow the link in profile for more info!️#babyccinotopten #travelwithkids
3 days ago
Two young friends who share a love of cooking - and noticed that adults are way too hurried and worried - decide to create a feast for growing and staying young. But it doesn't work out as the girls had hoped! Read more about "Julia, Child", a beautifully illustrated whimsical tale, on the blog today. Thanks for sharing @vanessagerbrandy! Link in profile. #babyccinoreads #picturebook
3 days ago
What do you pack in your beach bag? Let's ask our expert Courtney - when you live in Australia after a whole year around the world you're the expert, right?🤗Follow the link in profile to check out her list of things to pack, her favourite hats and rashies, and her tips for the best day on the beach!
4 days ago
Hang this sweet little fairy in your baby's nursery or your children room to add a bit of magic to their space! Made from wire, thread and wool and with details made of pearls, this tiny fairy sitting on her driftwood swing is stunningly beautiful. She will be the perfect gift for every occasion and for everyone who loves unique and minimalist little treasures. Follow the link in profile to find it - and have a look at her cute little friends too#babyccinopickoftheday #kidsroomdecor
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Hanna Konola for Lokal
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Sarah and Jodie, 2 mums with a life-long love of food and healthy eating, have created Rainebeau, a brand of bento-style, spill-free lunch boxes that have a super cool look. They have answered our questions and explained to us their nutrition philosophy: 'Eat a Rainbow'. So inspiring! Check out their interview on the blog.
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Farro Salad with Fava Beans and English Peas
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Alice à Paris: French stylish collection of clothes for boys and girls
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The Linen Mabel dress is a beautiful handmade vintage style dress that is perfect for all occasions. With peter pan collar and buttons in the back. Length of bodice and skirt vary with size. Dress is machine washable. Available in sizes: (Sizes run large) 6-12 months 12-18 months 18-24 months 3T 4T Made to order, usually ships in 2-3 weeks.
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This timeless dress has an antique inspired lace collar on a blush linen fabric. It is short sleeved and has three buttons down the back. Available in sizes: (Sizes run large) 6-12 months 12-18 months 18-24 months 3T 4T Machine washable, for best results hang to dry. Made to order, usually ships in 2-3 weeks.
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Easy Peasy Ikea-Hack - gestalte dein Blumenspalier um zu einem Wand-Organizer für's Arbeitszimmer! Ikea-Hack | Wall Organizer | Gitter DIY | Moodboard | Wand Organizer selber machen | Wandraster selber machen | DIY Möbel | DIY Arbeitszimmer
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Patmos Sandal | Goodwin
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I love a good "view into another room" shot.
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Cute summer style
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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
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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
2 months ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
2 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!
6 months ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
8 months ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
8 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!)
11 months 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