Posts by Shannon in NYC

PARENTING
Laundry - Are we doing too much of it?
I've been thinking a lot about laundry lately, and it's not entirely because I always seem to be faced with piles that need to be washed, folded, or put away (although yes, that is my reality!)....no, laundry has been on my mind because I think I am slowly coming to the realization that I'm doing ...
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FOOD
Put it on a skewer! A lunch box tip to try
Ah...packing school lunches. It always seems so novel and, dare I say it, exciting in September, but come January...perhaps not so much. With four months of school lunch packing behind me and five more months of lunch making to go before summer arrives, I wanted to share a little strategy that works well for us ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Birthday gifts for school friends -- what do you give?
My daughter started kindergarten last fall, and beyond the expected academically-focused changes (beginning math! learning to read!), I've noticed a big social one as well: a larger class, an expanded social circle, and invitations to so many birthday parties for school friends. At first, choosing a birthday gift for my daughter to give the birthday ...
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HEALTH & CARE
Restarting a fitness routine with a 7-minute workout
I'm almost afraid to admit this, but here it is: before two weeks ago, I hadn't engaged in proper exercise - I mean, exercise for the sole purpose of fitness - in over six years. Six years! That brings us back to the start of my pregnancy with my daughter, a time that feels like it may ...
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SERVICES
Revisiting summer memories with photo books, and strategies for moving photos from digital to print
I'm now five and half years into parenthood and I still haven't developed a consistent method for archiving and printing photos...please tell me I'm not the only one! I've had stretches where I ordered some prints monthly and I've made photo books after having nice family photos taken, but I'm still searching for a method ...
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OUTDOORS
Winter Scavenger Hunt - a fun outside activity
Here in the Northern Hemisphere, December means shorter, darker and often colder days, which can sometimes make getting outside feel difficult, especially in the late afternoons and early evenings after the sun has already set. If you're looking for an idea to help children run off that pre-dinner energy, let me suggest a winter scavenger ...
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PLAY
The Play Area at Chelsea Waterside Park
Add this to our list of favorite playgrounds in New York (and perhaps to your list of playgrounds to visit if you're traveling to New York!): Chelsea Waterside Park Play Area in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. I'd seen little glimpses of it previously, and with a day off from school, perfect fall weather, and two kids ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Memorizing Poetry, a lost art? Let's talk about the benefits.
I'm just back from Community Meeting at my children's school, which is a short weekly gathering of all the children in grades PreK-3 (so, ages 4 through 8 or 9 years old) and their parents. Typically at Community Meetings we sing together or listen to presentations from various classes on their studies, but the theme of ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Fagus Wooden Vehicles
When I think about the toys my children play with daily, the ones I see off the shelf, in the middle of the floor day in and out, our Fagus vehicles come immediately to mind. Much has been written on this site about the team's very favorite toys for children (this list of evergreen, open-ended toys ...
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OUTDOORS
Cider Making
Last week we added new activity to the ones we traditionally use to welcome and celebrate the autumn season, and I'd love to share a bit about it. For the first time, we attended a community cider pressing near our home in Maine, bringing apples from our trees to add to those picked and brought ...
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PARENTING
Moments of big transition, and the ones that catch you off guard
A big event happened this weekend at our house: we removed the tall sides of the crib my son has slept in for the last two years (and my daughter for 2.5 years before him), replacing them with shorter, toddler-friendly ones. In truth, it was time -- he's been potty trained for more than 8 ...
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CHELSEA
Statue of Liberty Cruise with Classic Harbor Line
Viewing some of New York's most recognizable landmarks from the water, during golden hour, aboard a 1920s-inspired wooden yacht...sounds pretty amazing, right? I can't believe I'd forgotten about this trip we took last spring until it popped up in my Instagram memories earlier this week, but looking at the photos again I'm reminded of what ...
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OUTDOORS
Isamu Noguchi's Playscapes in Atlanta, Georgia
The way we travel has changed a bit since having children, and the single largest shift involves making time to find and explore new playgrounds. My husband grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and on a recent visit to spend time with his parents, who still live there, we spent a morning at Isamu Noguchi's Playscapes ...
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PLAY
Coney Island
New York City is filled with magical experiences for kids, from the simple joy of riding the subway or the tram, to the more outsize adventures of peering down on the cityscape from great heights or spinning around in a carousel at the foot of one of the world's more recognizable bridges. But putting yourself in ...
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SHOP
Brooklyn Flea - a Brooklyn market tradition
Over the past 10 years, the Brookyn Flea has become one of Brooklyn's most notable and beloved weekend market traditions. Whether indoors (November-March, one location) or outdoors (April-October, two locations), the Flea is a gathering place for community and visitors alike, and you'll find booth after booth filled with vintage clothing, antiques, delicious food, furniture, ...
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EAT
Despaña Fine Foods and Tapas Café - Spanish food in Soho
I've said it before, but one of my very favorite aspects of city living is the preponderance of specialty stores for everything you can imagine -- entire stores devoted solely to ribbons, or pencils, or in the case of Despaña Fine Foods and Tapas Café in Soho, the authentic flavors of Spain. Our family loves ...
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PLAY
Domino Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
We found our new destination for summer fun yesterday in the newly-opened Domino Park in Williamsburg Brooklyn and we haven't stopped raving about it since. With an excellent playground, a fountain for splashing, plenty of green space for relaxing and play, and even a casual spot for tacos and other Mexican fare, the park should ...
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SEE
Children's Museum of the Arts
Children's Museum of the Arts in Manhattan's West Village is a nonprofit arts institution with a valuable mission: it aims to provide space and materials to introduce families to the transformative power of the arts and allow them to immerse themselves in the joy of creating together. For children, the museum is a magical place ...
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EAT
Insa - a modern Korean BBQ restaurant in Brooklyn
Not infrequently, it occurs to me that my children are experiencing a far different childhood growing up in Brooklyn than I did, being raised in a small town in a rural state. One area this certainly holds true is with food and restaurants, and so far I've loved taking advantage of New York's rich culinary ...
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SHOP
Thomas Sires - A boutique for women, children, and home in Nolita
I popped into the boutique Thomas Sires, in Manhattan's Nolita neighborhood, on a dreary February day and it was just the bright spot I needed during these last few weeks of winter, when it seems spring may never come back around again. In the store, which carries gorgeous items for women, children, and home, the ...
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EAT
Pizza at Roberta's in Brooklyn
Ask ten New Yorkers where to find the best pizza and you're likely to receive ten different responses. New York is a serious pizza town, and opinions, like the styles of the pizzas themselves, vary. It might surprise some, then, that one of my very favorite pizza places isn't focused only on pizza, and may ...
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PLAY
Ice Skating at The Standard Ice Rink
During the winter months ice skating rinks pop up around New York and they can be a great way to make the best of a season that otherwise doesn't always encourage you to spend a lot of time outside. The most famous rink is easily the one at Rockefeller Center, but I think my favorite ...
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SEE
The Noguchi Museum in Queens
We spent a few hours today at The Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, Queens and I can easily say it was our best art museum visit yet. It could be that my daughter is beginning to develop an appreciation for art (or at least better self control!), or that I'm better able as a ...
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Our friend Emma @the_flourisher_ has created Little Writers of the World to connect children around the world with a penpal. If your children are between the ages of 5 and 12 and they’d like to write to other children across the oceans, please reach out to her. Such a cute idea!
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Who can believe it’s just four days to go until Christmas Day? What a year it has been! Whilst the holidays shall undoubtedly look different for the majority of us this year, we wish you a safe, cosy and happy festive season. We will be taking a break for a few weeks, to relax, recharge, and enjoy time with our families. See you back here in 2021! @esthervandepaal #babyccinokids
2 months 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!
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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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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!
4 years ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
4 years ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
4 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.
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