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

PARENTING TIPS
To cut or not to cut
I have a dilemma.  My daughter has the most beautiful long, red, wavy hair.  It really is stunning (of course she gets it from me!! haha), and she is complimented on it regularly.  The problem is she wants to cut it all off!  As a child my mum never let me have long hair.  My ...
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FOOD
Chickpea, Kumara & Spinach Curry
As a follow up to the post about my beloved slowcooker here is my current favourite recipe. Unfortunately, my kids don't like it but its perfect for a late Friday night dinner with a glass of wine when the kids are tucked up in bed. 2Tbsp olive oil 1 large onion, in 1cm squares 2 ...
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FOR MUMS
Boskke
How cool are these?  I am proud to say that my friend Patrick designed these hanging pot plants to allow anyone to have plants in their home no matter how small that house is.  Growing up in New Zealand we never knew the concept of limited space but after moving to London it became apparent ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Flower Origami
I saw this cute idea in a book the other day.  It is a folded flower shape that you can use for invitations, decorations, notes to loved ones, etc. -- the possibilities are endless. I made a template which you can see (here). Trace around the flower shape then mark the lines in pencil.  Fold ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Kapla Blocks
For my son's 3rd birthday a few weeks ago we bought him Kapla blocks.  These blocks are such a simple idea -- each block is made in the ratio 1:3:15 which apparently makes them ideal for building many different things.  The thing I love about them is you can make your building as simple or ...
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STATIONERY
Kikki-K Wooden Alphabet Stamp Set
It's no secret that I absolutely love stationery. After returning to New Zealand I was super excited to discover a new stationery shop in town. Kikki-K is my new obsession.  In fact, as I was writing this I went to the website to add the link and ended up spending an hour studying every inch ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Kids Birthday Cake book
I think it's safe to say most kids in New Zealand grew up with a copy of the Australian Woman's Weekly Kids Birthday Cakes recipe book.  My sister and I would read it over and over deciding on what cake we would have at our next birthday party, and now my kids love reading it.  ...
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FOOD
Tiny Teddy Racing Cars
It was my son's birthday last week so we had a little party for him on Saturday.  The best thing about kid's parties is the food!  I saw these cute teddy racing cars in a recipe book a few weeks ago and had a go at making them.  They were a huge hit and are ...
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BABY
Baby Caterpillar
Today I was at my local market in Takapuna where I came across Baby Caterpillar.  They make the most gorgeous 100% pure NZ merino sleep wear for children including sleeping bags and wraps for babies.  They are beautifully made and so soft and the colours are gorgeous. I bought the pyjamas for my son.  I ...
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FOOD
Slow cooking
I went back to full-time study a few weeks back and life has been hectic to say the least.  After my first week it became clear that my family could not live on fish and chips and spagetti on toast everynight of the week.  So I went out last weekend and bought a slow cooker ...
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DIY FOR MUMS
Home made duvet cover
When we moved back to New Zealand I had grand plans of what the kids bedroom would look like.  I had bought them matching beds to bring back and bought loads of dark grey gingham to make matching duvet covers.  In my head it was going to look so cute! When we finally found a ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Canal houses
A while ago my friend asked me if I could make something to go above her daughter's bed.  She asked that it not be too girlie, pink, princess-related or too young... oh and she asked if I could sew a picture of her on there too.  Not too much of an ask then!  As they ...
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EASTER CELEBRATIONS
Hot Cross Buns
So what's your favourite Easter treat?  Personally I'm a hot cross bun addict!  Chocolate eggs are fine, but if I had the choice... a nice, toasted hot cross bun, dripping with melted butter would get my vote every time! The other day I decided to try and make them myself.  I will not lie to you ...
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DINNER WITH
Dinner with Stephanie from Babyccino Kids
We try and sit down at 6:00pm everynight and have a family dinner. I would like to be able to have it earlier during the week but my husband doesn't get home until 6:00pm and I think its important that he gets to have dinner with the kids and we can all talk about our ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Lego Friends Series
I love Lego and I bet there isn’t anyone out there who doesn’t like it.  Well apart from cursing it when you stand on a rogue piece that didn’t get put away and you look down and can’t believe that a little square of plastic can cause such pain!  Anyway... there is no need to ...
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FOOD
School lunchbox
Its that time of the year again and all the kids in New Zealand and Australia are getting ready to go back to school.  Something I have discovered since returning to NZ is most primary schools now have compulsory uniforms and as far as I can see they ain't pretty!  Polo neck t-skirts and polar ...
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BEAUTY
Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunblock
We are enjoying lovely hot sunny days here in New Zealand and as much as I love the sun I am so over applying sunscreen to my children's pale white skin.  I am paranoid that they are going to get sunburnt and if it wasn't for me applying copious amounts of sunblock throughout the day ...
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PARENTING TIPS
The tooth fairy visit
There was a lot of excitement in our house last week. My daughter (a few days shy of her 5th birthday) lost her first tooth.  I remember when I was little, wiggling and twisting my loose teeth until they fell out.  However, when my daughter had the same fascination with her wiggly tooth it made ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Springfree Trampoline
We've moved back to NZ... and for the first time in many years we had our first summer christmas. I do love a cosy winter christmas but there is something to be said for a hot christmas day where the kids can run around outside and burn off all that energy. As soon as I knew ...
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FOOD
Saturday night sushi
Apparently my daughter's favourite food in the whole wide world is sushi.  Usually we go to our local Japanese restaurant but I have made sushi in the past and decided that since she wanted to eat it she could 'help' me make it.  Sushi is actually super easy to make and is a fun activity ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Easy-to-make dress
I've been doing a lot of crafting lately, but not so much sewing.  However this weekend I made a sweet little dress for my daughter (pictured).  There is something very satisfying about creating clothes for your children, although let's face it: it's usually much cheaper and easier to just go to the shop or order them ...
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FOOD
Homemade Muesli
I am a huge fan of homemade muesli. I make tray loads of muesli every few weeks as it's super popular in my house -- the kids love it with greek yoghurt, but I like mine with milk.  The best thing about muesli is it's really filling, so you don't get hungry again until lunchtime. Also, ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
London Cushions
I loved living in London and it still tops my favourite city list.  A while ago I saw this fabric in a Cath Kidston shop and had to buy a couple of metres.  I love the vintage look and the colour and the detailed pictures. In fact I love everything about it!  I ended up ...
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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
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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) 🥝
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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
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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
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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