Posts by Vanessa in Scotland

BOOKS
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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BOOKS
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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BOOKS
Tom Schamp's Top Ten Book List
  We are big fans of Tom Schamp. His latest book Show & Tell Me The World offers a world of discovery for young and older children to enjoy. It's a huge, almost dictionary like book which guides children through the variations of daily life. Bright, inviting, exciting and meticulously detailed it's an entertaining book which ...
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Cloud Tea Monkeys, written by Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham
A place I have yet to discover and a place where I long to go is India. I'd love to travel there one day for many reasons but mainly to view the spectacular sights of the tea plantations. You see I love tea. I have the largest basket in my kitchen filled with teas from all over ...
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TOP TEN BOOK LISTS
Rebecca Colby's Top Ten Book List
I'm so excited to share a new top ten list of children's books from the author of the super fun story, There was a Wee Lassie who Swallowed a Midgie, Rebecca Colby. It's is a mix of cherished books from both Rebecca's childhood and her adult years. 1. No Matter What, written and illustrated by Debi Gliori, 1999 I truly ...
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BOOKS
'Under the Love Umbrella', by Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys
I have recently discovered the work of Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys through their delightful award winning picture book, 'The Underwater Fancy Dress Parade'. Their latest creation 'Under the Love Umbrella'  is just as wonderful and it's a loving delight for this time of year. It's a story filled with reassurance, love and comfort which is always present between ...
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'Pass It On' by Sophy Henn
Florence is learning to read now in school and it's really interesting to see how she is taking a different perspective with books. She's independently choosing picture books so she can try and read them herself and she's so proud of her new (nearly acquired) skill. Over the weekend she read a little stack of books to ...
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Sophy Henn's Top Ten Book List
My girls and I are big fans of Sophy Henn. We adore her picture book, Where Bear? which Courtney introduced me to. And her latest book Pass It On is utterly divine. Full of love and hugs and loads of happiness! I was so thrilled when Sophie agreed to tell me all about her top ...
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'The Everest Files' by Matt Dickenson
Helena, my eldest, is currently totally enthralled with her current school topic -- Extreme Survivors. She's already been on a school trip where she had to 'survive' for the day trekking through the hills of Clachnaben putting up her tent, learning how to catch a fish and walking long distances whilst carrying her backpack. A far cry ...
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'A Beauty Collected' by Rachel Garahan
I'm a real believer that we as parents are our child's first teacher. We encourage our child's natural development. We enrich their lives from the experiences we provide and we guide them through their very first pathways of life. I'm also a firm believer that play and nature is so beneficial to the developing child. ...
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'Singing Away The Dark' by Caroline Woodward
I absolutely adore the illustrations by Julie Morstad so when I picked up this book, Singing away the Dark from Niddle Noddle I immediately fell for it. It's such a lovely winter time book and one of Florence's current favourite bedtime reads. Caroline Woodward, the author, was brought up on a small homestead in North Columbia ...
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Chris Haughton's Top Ten Book List
Any one of Chris Haughton's books, if not all of them should grace everyone's bookshelves. Ssh! We Have a Plan is awesome and A Bit Lost is just the sweetest. I can't wait to read his latest, Goodnight Everyone. I'm delighted Chris has shared his favourites with us today ... 1) That is Not my Hat by Jon Klassen. ...
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SERVICES
Worm London -- they do flowers AND books
It's no secret I love books, and I love flowers just as much. So when I came across a gifting service which perfectly mixes the two, then it was a given I was going to fall for them! Worm London intrigued me right from their beginning. I found them on IG as I noticed something ...
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Cribs, rugs and bedding, but also the cutest decor items (check out this adorable fox print!), @thewhiteroominteriors_nyc brings the Australian aesthetic to the USA! A fab store for the nursery and beyond #babyccinoboutiques #newshop
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We're talking about art supplies today on the blog! We've asked our team to share their favourite colouring materials, and we've compiled them for you. Our 25 Best Colouring Materials link in profile!(ps: please share yours too!) #babyccinoteamfavourites
21 hours ago
How cute is baby Wilkie in these dotted pants with contrasting mustard suspenders from @organiczoo? Their adorable range - both minimalist and full of personality - only uses super soft organic cotton and is sustainably produced in Europe. Definitely a brand we love! Courtney shared her favourite pieces on the blog a couple of months ago, follow the link in profile if you've missed it! #babyccinoboutiques
1 day ago
Making snowflake garlands is such a sweet and easy winter activity!️How do you deal with these long winter months? Last year Esther shared her thoughts about embracing the seasons - even the grey, cold winter days - as a way to help with the January and February blues. Link to the blog post in profile!️ #seasons #winterlove
1 day ago
Welcome to these 3 new beautiful shops that have recently joined the Babyccino boutiques! Swipe to see them all! @babyandtaylor is a beautiful Parisian brand of knitwear and fabric wardrobe essentials, with these stylish, timeless designs you can expect from a French brand. The collection from @foxandhorn is simply gorgeous! Featuring lovely details like ruffles and peter pan collars, all pieces are made from natural materials and ethically produced. Last but not least, the special, handmade and sustainable crowns from @dandelionbabas are the perfect birthday accessory with which to make memories! Link to all our new shops in profile! #babyccinoboutiques #newshop
2 days ago
It's easier to enjoy art with children when a museum develops a wonderful family program with discussion starters, activities or sculpture making! We loved our visit to the @noguchimuseum in Queens, NY, read about it in our New York city guide! (link in profile) #babyccinocityguides #newyork #newyorkwithkids #museumwithkids
2 days ago
Clean, safe, gentle products: that's what we want for our children's skin! Even better when the whole family can use them, babies included. Check out our Top Ten selection of natural and gentle skincare products, link in profile️ #babyccinotopten #naturalskincare #gentleskincare #organicskincare
3 days ago
This beautiful weekly planner is for you! If you haven't read this blog post yet, Esther shared her personal goals for 2018 last Tuesday, and we thought you might be working on your resolutions and good intentions too. So here is a cute tool to help you organise your new life! Thanks @littlecubeparis for the sweetest design (as always)! Link to blog post and downloadable file in profile
3 days ago
There are a few new toys at Esther's house! They're pretty, natural and fun, and her 4 kids have already found so many different ways of playing with them. Read more on the blog, link in profile! #toys #openendedplay #naturaltoys #woodentoys
4 days ago
Pitti Bimbo 86 Have you heard about this fair? The world of childrenswear meets in Florence from 18 to 20 January! It will be a complete overview of children’s fashions and an extraordinary platform for presenting the new lifestyle trends for kids. Follow the link in profile for all the details! #pittibimbo #pb86 #pittilivemovie @pittimmagine
4 days 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
8 months 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
9 months ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
9 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!
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!)
1 year 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 oil 1 butternut squash 1 red onion 2 red peppers 2 garlic cloves 4 vine tomatoes 150g quinoa sea salt & freshly ground pepper 300 ml vegetable stock 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 25g raisins 80g black olives And for the garnish: a handful of chervil feta (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!
2 years ago