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BOOKS
'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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A Super Fun Masked Fairytale from Ellie Jenkins
During our last visit to Salt Mills in West Yorkshire, which I must add is a great place to visit with the family, I spent some time in their amazing bookstore. Really this place is incredible. I could spend a day just in there roaming through their amazing collection of books! So on this particular visit ...
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'Twist', yoga poems written by Janet S. Wong
It's been a crazy school year for Helena. Another change of school, another curriculum to follow and a whole new set of rules to become familiar with. She is a true natural when it comes to moving and although it looks like she's always super confident and easily adaptable she is a natural worrier. I ...
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'The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts' by Maja Safstrom
I bought this book, The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts a while back as I knew Helena would be mesmerised by the facts, then took it to Holland one half term holiday and showed it to her cousins. Very quickly they eagerly swopped facts with each other so there was nothing left to do but ...
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The 'Little People, Big Dreams' book series
We have recently discovered the Little People, Big Dreams series and we're just loving them all! Each story uncovers the lives of empowering, outstanding women. Each one had a dream as a child and went on to fulfil it. Florence sat with me to read Maya Angelou's story and together we followed her biography from ...
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'Julia, Child' -- words by Kyo Maclear and pictures by Julie Morstad
I am such a fan of Julie Morstad's illustrations. I've written about her books before -- always sweet, fresh and rather unassuming. A total reflection of an enthusiastic childhood. Morstad has perfectly teamed up with writer Kyo Maclear and their book, Julia, Child is currently one of our favourites. An uplifting book about two friends who love ...
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EASTER RECIPES
Spring Forgaging and a Delicious Wild Garlic Quiche
I love this time of year when the wild garlic season is upon us. Have you seen it around? You'll find it growing best shaded under trees, in deciduous woodland and where you'll find one plant, you will find masses of it together. And you'll be able to smell it of course! The scent of ...
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Navigating the rocky waters of social media with your teen is tricky. Emilie has written about it and we’d love to hear your thoughts. Does your teen use social media? How old are they? And do they get ‘it?’ ️@emiliebabyccino writes: “Whatever you put on social media might seem funny in the moment, but that post will forever form a digital footprint that you can be confronted with 10 years later. This is really hard to explain to a 12/13 year old who does not yet understand the concept of what her future holds.” Tap on link to read more. #socialmedia #teens #tweens #babyccinokids
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Make a delicious broad bean salad that the kids love to help with. Watch our little video and enjoy! #babyccinoeats #babyccinokids https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vMYAoCJSIY4
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Do you have stick obsessed children? Esther celebrated these collected treasures and created a whole birthday party around the theme! And we love this quote from @guardian : ‘And thus, sticks. For I have learned that boys like, nay love, sticks. But a stick to a boy is far, far more than an inanimate object. A stick is a toy, a weapon, a friend and a foe. A stick is adventure, possibilities, destruction and danger. A stick is, in the right time and place – or even better, in the wrong – everything.’ More in the link! #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts #stickcollector #sticks
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Author 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 lyrical, gentle, softly spoken, and helpful at the saddest times in a family’s life. @quartokids #babyccinoreads #babyccinokids
2 days ago
The simplest and healthiest fruit ice lollies from @laraoflondon today! The perfect Summer snack. Ingenious even. Fight those heat waves with these frozen treats. #linkinbio #babyccinoeats #babyccinokids #homemadeicelollies #icelollies #popsicle
3 days ago
How cute! We love this leather backpack for kids and teens from our new boutique @youngandbrave.ch ! ⭐️ Based in Zurich they have a range of beautiful items. So have summer adventures in style and tap on the link. #babyccinokids #babyccinoboutiques #pineapple @youngandbrave.ch
3 days ago
There are more than a million words in the English language. We remember the most common term and associate more complex or less frequent words with that. So the clever people from @mrswordsmithofficial have developed cards linking word groups together. To make this memorable to children, they developed learning tools designed by comic book illustrators. Super fun and memorable, the designs are instantly associated to the word. So clever! See more on today’s blog post. #babyccinokids #linguists
4 days ago
Ice cream dreams in sweet pastels, need we say more? This week’s #babyccinotopten and the link in the profile. #babyccinoboutiques #babyccinokids • @scandiborn @littlelulubel @scoutandcokids @thetot @ourstorytime @scandiminis @littlehipstar @smallable_store @sistersguild @howiwonderkids
4 days ago
Look at this cutie! ️ And look at that scrumptious sourdough loaf from the lovely @mrsnomi. 🥖 She’s kindly shared her delicious recipe with us in our link. Start baking and start the week right. #babyccinoeats #healthy #sourdoughstarter #sourdough #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!
3 weeks 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.
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!)
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