Posts by Vanessa in Scotland

BOOKS
Older Not Wiser (Bad Nana) by Sophy Henn
It's official! Sophy Henn has done it again; this time in the form of a hilarious chapter book. First she gave us Where Bear?, then Pass It On and Edie, followed by Almost Anything and now Older Not Wiser (Bad Nana)!! Older Nor Wiser is rather a change in genre for Sophy Henn and I ...
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BEAUTY & CARE
Spots & Stripes -- skincare for tweens
Helena is coming up on 11. How that has come around so quickly I do not know! But it was only the other day when it hit. I passed her our beautifully floral packaged, organic baby wash and she was appalled I was asking her to bathe in it. I also realised her skin was ...
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STATIONERY
The gift of a handwritten letter with Scribble and Daub
A couple of days ago, whilst on holiday from school, my youngest daughter heard the letterbox knock and ran to the door. She came through to me in the kitchen with a small handful of post. To my surprise there was an envelope, handwritten, which looked like a little note (and not a bill - ...
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BOOKS
'Joy' by Corrinne Averiss and Isabelle Follath
When I saw Corrine Averiss' book called JOY, I couldn't help but fall in love with it. With such a fun-loving cover and equally stunning illustrations inside, JOY really does measure up to its title. This thoughtful story highlights the relationship one child has with her grandmother. As Fern sees that her Nanna has not ...
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BOOKS
'The Explorer' by Katherine Rundell, a captivating chapter book
How gorgeous has summer been in Europe? Oh my goodness we are loving it! These slow, happy, sunshiny days are just perfect. With all of the rushing around and non-stop school days it has been so good to have time together. We've still had a slight routine in that in the mornings we've been getting ...
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PICTURE BOOKS
Florette By Anna Walker
I am a huge fan of Anna Walker. Her work is deeply absorbing. Beautifully and gently illustrated, Anna's latest book, Florette, is well loved in our collection of books and one which I can highly recommend. Each and every page is mesmerising and every time you open up Florette a new detail in the illustrations is ...
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'If All the World Were...' by Joseph Coelho and Allison Colpoys
Joseph Coelho has perfectly captured the sensitivity of talking about death and dying to very young children through his new book, If All The World Were. A book which is moving yet lyrical, gentle and softly spoken. Coelho's book is about a young girl's love for her Grandfather. She recalls moments of their life together ...
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'People of Peace' by Sandrine Mirza
It's the beginning of the summer holidays for us and we've spent the first week taking it easy around the house, catching up with friends and enjoying this glorious sunny weather in the garden. The best part of each day though is in the afternoon when we take five, drink iced tea and read books ...
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PICTURE BOOKS
A new 'How To' series from Wide Eyed Editions
Florence and I are absolutely delighted with this new series of 'How To' books. Florence loves looking and learning about new languages. (I think she sees Helena confidently chat in Dutch and in French and sees a great role model!) We already have a small collection of French reading books and some Dutch books for ...
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BOOKS
'Almost Anything' by Sophy Henn
We love the books of Sophy Henn -- they are always such a delight! So when I saw a new one had been released, Almost Anything, we were so excited! A heart-warming story about a rabbit called George who thinks he's no good at anything. He admires his friends so much who can dance, who can ...
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RECIPES
Perfectly wholesome and nourishing breakfast muffins
We are big fans of making time in the morning to fill ourselves with a nourishing breakfast. I just feel it sets us up for the day. I'm also keen on getting some veg into the girls straight away and I do this usually by serving a delicious green smoothie or a yummy muffin. We ...
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BOOKS
A beautiful chapter book for older children (and mamas too)
Quite often I'll choose a novel for myself from the big kids section over something from the regular adult readers. This one, The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange is written for ten year olds plus (or that's what amazon says anyway) and is such a rich, intense storyline that I managed to read ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
The Organic Company - soft linens for the home
Next to stationery I have a love of kitchen linens. My husband calls it an obsession but I prefer to call it a love! I recently discovered The Organic Company which has turned my collection upside down again. Founded by Joy Vasiljev, The Organic Company is a Danish design made from 100% certified organic cotton. Design, quality ...
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BOOKS
Cheerful, written by Palmer Brown
Cheerful by Palmer Brown is one of those charming stories which reminds you how gentle childhood is. Each page is filled with romantic pencil drawings which pull you in to a totally endearing world. A little church mouse, Cheerful, lives with his family and longs to live up to his name. He dreams of a ...
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A Treasury of Short Stories Series written by Angela McAllister
We have recently discovered two books by Angela McAllister, which are worth sharing with you: A Year Full of Stories and A World Full of Animal Stories. Both collections of short stories, A Year Full of Stories covers every continent and comprises of myths from around the world for each month of the year. Each story ...
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BOOKS
Angela McAllister's Top Ten Favourite Children's Books
Angela McAllister is the author of A Year Full of Stories and the recently published A World Full of Stories. Two wonderful books which my girls are really enjoying at the moment. Angela's ability in collecting such wonderfully rich stories and comprising them into these two beautifully illustrated books is a gift and I'm so ...
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BOOKS
The Great Race, Written and Illustrated by Christopher Corr
  We'll soon be celebrating Chinese New Year (next month!) and this animated book, The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac by Christopher Corr is the traditional tale of how every animal has earned its place in the Chinese zodiac by taking part in the Great Race. Florence was captivated from the first ...
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The Lulu Loves Collection by Anna McQuinn
I've written before how Florence loves to dive into a series of books and now that she is becoming a confident reader she is adament she will read the bedtime story to me rather then me to her. In all honestly, it slightly disheartens me -- I mean why do they grow up so fast? ...
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FOOD
Baked Portobello Mushrooms -- a simple, delicious meal
I love this time of year when the autumn produce is showing itself in the markets. The apples are golden, the pears are ripe and the abundance of mushrooms are being picked from the land. We've been enjoying the mushrooms so much lately. Last week we made a gorgeous mushroom soup from the prettiest of ...
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BOOKS
On A Magical Do-Nothing Day, by Beatrice Alemagna
I am a big fan of Beatrice Alemagna and I have waited so patiently for her latest book, On a Magical Do-Nothing Day to be released here in the UK. I've written before of her book, The Marvellous Fluffy Squishy Itty Bitty and I have to say this latest picture book is just as magnificent! ...
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BOOKS
John Lennon's IMAGINE, Illustrated by Jean Jullien
On Thursday last week we celebrated the UN's International Day of Peace. With Helena currently asking so many questions about the world now (both politically and environmentally), I was thrilled to see this book, Imagine, only very recently released which has really captured my girls' hearts. Created as a collaboration with Amnesty International and with ...
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'Botanicum' by Katie Scott and Kathy Willis
This book, Botanicum curated by Katie Scott and Kathy Willis, is a dream of a book. Filled with the most incredible images of flowers, plants and leaves, it's a stunning curation of plant life. I bought this book a while back and I can't believe I haven't shared it with you yet. As each season ...
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HEALTH & CARE
Kit & Kin -- eco friendly skincare
I have recently discovered this wonderful eco-friendly skincare range from Kit & Kin and the whole family have fallen in love with it! The line was co-created by the ever-so talented Emma Bunton after she noticed her little boy was developing excema and she struggled to find a skincare range that wouldn't further irritate his ...
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Coloring Without Borders is incredible! From the sadness of the crisis at the US border earlier this year, where hundreds of families were separated, a beautiful project with a wonderful mission hatched : to help end family separation and to reunite all families who remain torn apart. The concept grew and grew with more than 80 talented artists creating sketches and illustrations from around the world. More than just a simple coloring-in book, this encourages children — both Spanish and English speaking– to colour and use the space that the artists have created but also to create something more beautiful, to express themselves with their imagination. And even to color over the lines... without borders! Hundreds of copies of the book have been sent to children who have been separated from their families, and 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the book goes to Families Belong Together. We love everything about this idea! ️ What a perfect gift for every child you know. Read more, tap on the link. @coloringwithoutborders @fams2gether #familiesbelongtogether
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We couldn’t agree more. We’ve always admired, supported, and featured, amazing Independent Brands. With over 500 independent Babyccino Boutiques on our shopping portal, (tap on the link) and with our amazing live event, #theshopup in major cities, (London’s is in exactly two weeks)!!! We scour the globe to find and share the very best independent brands for you and your growing family! So take the #campaignshopindependent challenge and shop independent for everything you can. Start now. But remember, puppies aren’t JUST for Christmas, and neither is supporting independent brands! So start this season, but keep the goal going. And share with your independent business friends too. • Thanks @rebecca_strickson_illustration for the lovely graphic, @hollytucker for this initiative, via @finlay_fox! It’s all about a #communitythatcares
1 day ago
Day two of the Paris Pop Up!
2 days ago
A fun day for all! The Paris Pop-Up starts again at 10am tomorrow. You better get there before Baby Bram buys ALL the toys! #babyccinokids #babyccinotravels #shopsmall #shoplocal
2 days ago
Look at our smiley team at the Paris PopUp!️ We are officially open, so join them today and tomorrow to shop, have fun, and more... address ! @thereunion.fr @leslouves 🇫🇷 #paris #babyccinotravels #babyccinokids
3 days ago
Kids love personalised books. It’s like there is something magical and compelling reading a book about YOU! Such a great gift. Tap on the link to read more from Courtney about how @mememepress celebrates every kind of family for an extra personal touch! #babyccinoreads #babyccinokids
4 days ago
How do you manage it all? Thought and tips about juggling and trying to stay on top of things. Tap on the link and share your tips with us, because we can all help each other out! ‍️‍️‍️‍️ #babyccinokids
4 days ago
The Marais is a lovely little corner of Paris, bursting with history, framed by beautiful architectural details, and filled with foodie favourites— falafels! empanadas! lemon tartes!.. and more! It also happens to be the background to this weekend’s Paris PopUp, so it’s clearly the place to be. Read more about the Marais in our Paris City Guide. Tap on the bio! #paris #marais #babyccinokids
4 days ago
Monday’s Child is luxury occasion wear worthy of childhood dreams, and made from natural materials. London-based @mondays.child offer a collection entirely focused on those most dressed-up, beautiful days. With a wealth of nostalgic options for bridesmaids-to-be and page boys, for ceremonies and all occasions. Whimsical, practical, and premium natural fabrics designed to last as heirlooms with values of honesty, sustainability and quality that run through this shop. Every dress is made by hand in London using the finest natural materials, all locally in England for the lowest environmental footprint. Packaging is multi-purpose and made from of recycled cardboard and doubles up as a dollhouse. How fun! #sustainablefashion #sustainable #babyccinoboutiques #babyccinokids
5 days ago
Severina Kids will be joining us in London at #theshopup . We love this new #babyccinoboutiques with beautifully crafted, unique, eco-friendly dolls, toys and more. @severinakids make objects for the young and the young at heart. Sure to be adored, each item in this stunning collection is designed by founder Alejandra and handmade by a dedicated team from carefully selected materials. You’ll find recycled vintage fabrics, scrap remnants from fashion designers, 100% Certified Organic Cotton, 100% Argentinean Merino wool, Eco Felt and other recycled materials used. Each piece is truly “one of a kind”. #babyccinokids
5 days 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!
4 months 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
1 year 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
1 year ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
1 year 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!
1 year ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
2 years ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
2 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!)
2 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!
2 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.
2 years ago