Posts by Vanessa in Scotland

BOOKS
'Counting on Katherine' by Helaine Becker, Illustrated by Dow Phumiruk
Having recently watched the movie, 'Hidden Figures' with the girls I was beyond excited to have found, Counting on Katherine. It's an excellent biography of Katherine Johnson who was the genius mathematician who helped make the Apollo 11 landings on the moon possible. She also helped at a critical stage in the return of Apollo ...
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FOR MUMS
Three Summer Reads You Will Love
I cannot believe it's already summer! Thank goodness I hear you cry! School is out and I'm excited to say we have 'time' again. Time to talk, time to sit together and time to read. I thought it would be fun to let you know what I've read so far and what I'm about to ...
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Paris on Paper: The books which inspired our New Year getaway
As a huge surprise to the girls this New Year: we decided to celebrate 2020 in style and took a road trip to Paris. It was a long way from Scotland but well worth it! But because of the travelling we decided to keep the gifts small and gave the girls each a box filled ...
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A Child's Guide to Wild Flowers by Charlotte Voake
As I write this we're celebrating Garden Day in the UK and we're about to put our wellies on and re-pot our seeds we've been growing in our sunroom. We've adored springtime in the garden this year and equally our woodland walks have been a breath of fresh air during this strange time. One book ...
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BOOKS
The Wild Journal by Willow Crossley - a book to heal and transform your mood
Willow Crossley is a writer and a floral stylist. She is the mother of three gorgeous boys and is based in the beautiful counrtyside of Oxfordshire. Willow's latest book, The Wild Journal, is utterly divine and I can't really think of a better treat in this current climate, than reading this book. Written over a ...
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FOOD
Cinnamon Crunch Muffins
We love the combination of cinnamon and brown sugar, so at the weekend when we had plenty of time on our hands, we took a traditional recipe for a plain muffin base and played around until we perfected this cinnamon crunch muffin. They are so delicious we managed to polish off the whole batch over ...
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EASTER CELEBRATIONS
Beautiful Eggs Illustrated by Alice Lindstrom
Author and illustration, Alice Lindstrom, has produced this exquisite book, Beautiful Eggs and we've loved reading it this weekend. Beautiful Eggs celebrates egg decorating around the world. From beeswax drawing in Ukraine, using colourful straws in the Czech Republic to using washi paper in Japan. There is even an egg stencil at the back of ...
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BOOKS
The Dictionary of Difficult Words by lexicographer Jane Solomon
Florence was gifted The Dictionary of Difficult Words by Jane Solomon for her birthday and it's been a great hit in our house. It is filled with over 400 whimsical words which continually amaze us and words I have never even heard of before. Words like 'bumbershoot', 'spaghettification', 'hurdy-gurdy' and 'ombudsman' are carefully described and ...
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RECIPES
Chewy chocolate chip cookies - a little treat during this strange time
We've had a full-on week with home learning (as you all have I imagine) and managed to survive (just) the week in the house together. But this morning I felt we all needed a little time out from the work and we did maths through baking by making these delicious cookies. They were out of ...
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PICTURE BOOKS
The Girls by Lauren Ace and Jenny Lovlie
"The four women were still as different as they were the same. And they were still the best of friends." The Girls by Lauren Ace and Jenny Lovlie is a gorgeous picture book and it's well celebrated in our house by both of my girls. It was also a treat to see it being used ...
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Greta and the Giants by Zoe Tucker and Zoe Persico
Climate Change is becoming a huge topic for children to discuss nowadays, in the home and at school. I read a fabulous article in Lunch Lady (Issue 9) on How to Talk to Kids about Climate Change where they have brought together advice from educated specialists. It's a great read and it connects such a ...
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Madame Badobedah by Sophie Dahl
If there is only one book I urge you to purchase this holiday season it's this one, Madame Badobedah. It is truely astounding!! It's anigmatic and mysterious and hysterically fun. It's absolutely everything a book should be made of. We adore Madame Badobedah and you will too! Adventurous and rather curious Mabel lives in a ...
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Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters by Andrea Beaty
Both of my girls are huge fans of Rosie Revere, Engineer. Helena once dressed as Rosie for World Book Day and totally inspired her classmates to jump on board with reading the book. Florence has continued in the enthusiasm of the characters and when I saw there was a new range of chapter books showcasing ...
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"Hotel Flamingo" by Alex Milway -- a sweet series for the young
A friend recently told me about Hotel Flamingo so when I saw a copy in our local library I immediately picked it up for Florence. It is absolutely delightful and we've both fallen in love with the characters, especially Madame Le Pig, the amazing chef. It's a new series by Alex Milway and true to the ...
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The Bear, the Piano, the Dog and the Fiddle by David Litchfield
The Bear, the Piano, the Dog and the Fiddle has recently become one of our favourite reads. Written by David Litchfield this is the sequel to the wonderful The Bear and the Piano.  Hector, the fiddle player, and his dog Hugo are the bestest of friends but when Hector retires, Hugo learns to play the ...
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GOOD READS
Comfort Zones, Edited by Sonder and Tell
Recently launched, Comfort Zones, is an anthology of essays written by a pool of women writers tackling unfamiliar grounds. Edited by Sonder & Tell and sold by Jigsaw all proceeds go to the charity Women for Women International. Broken up into four areas: Learnings, Relationships, Works of Fiction and New Ground & Big Ideas you'll ...
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'Read to Your Baby Every Day' edited by Rachel Williams, embroidered by Chloe Giordano
I adore gifting books and when a dear friend recently became a mama I was thrilled to find this beautiful book, Read to you Baby Every Day -- a compilation of 30 classic nursery rhymes to read aloud to your baby, each perfectly accompanied by the most stunning embroidered art work. This is a book to ...
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WEEKEND GETAWAYS
Weekend Getaway: A Family Retreat at Ballintaggart Farm, Scotland
Nestled in the heart of Perthshire, Ballintaggart Farm is a magical destination full of personality, which is loved by each and every one of my family. Standing proudly in such a tranquil and pretty spot in one of my all-time favourite parts of Scotland, Perthshire, Ballintaggart is such an easy commute from Edinburgh. Set up ...
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Tales From Nature: A cheerful new wildlife series for young children
Spring is in the air (hurray) and with that are these recently released gorgeous new board books, Tales from Nature, highlighting the cheery new wildlife we see in nature. There are currently two titles in the series, 'Bird' and 'Rabbit' and they are just delightful for all young readers. They are bright and engaging with ...
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BOOKS
A Murder Most Unladylike - A Whodunit Series for Tween Girls
Helena recently received the first book in the series Murder Most Unladylike and she is utterly hooked. The series, which is written by British-American writer, Robin Stevens, tells of the mysteries that two friends must solve whilst at school at Deepdean School for Girls. I have overheard Helena tell her friends and family over the holidays ...
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BOOKS
Etch Art: A new series of fun children's books
Both of my girls adore EtchArt. It's one of those brilliant activities which you can whip out wherever you are -- in a restaurant, in the car, travelling on a plane or simply being mindful at home. So I was thrilled when I saw the fun activity being transformed into a beautiful set of children's ...
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FOOD
Oat and Banana Pancakes -- just 3 ingredients!
We love pancakes! Every single type of pancake! And now we've found a recipe which our girls can make entirely on their own; only using three ingredients and hardly any washing up (hurray I hear you say). It's so simple I managed to enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee while I watched Florence make ...
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RECIPES
A quick and easy nourishing Soda Bread
I love baking bread with the girls especially this time of year when the days are getting shorter and slower. There is nothing quite like the smell of bread warming through the house. Sometimes though there is just not enough time in the day to wait patiently for fresh yeasted bread to rise and bake ...
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Today’s new post from Lara “Seek is the one and only app that our (young) children use. It started in lockdown over the Spring, as things sprung to life, and our children would ask us ‘what’s that?’ So my husband found the answer, which was for all of us to learn more from the world of amazing digital technology by using a free app (and find out more about the amazing world!). We think it is so outstanding actually and have told so many friends and family members to use it too, because it teaches them about the world and nature! I should quickly add that this is not a sponsored post! It is just a great tip I wanted to share.” And we love this thought... “You don’t have to travel far to find weird and beautiful wildlife. Your garden, local park, street tree, window box or the verge alongside a local footpath are rich ecosystems filled with species… you’ll be able to identify any living thing in your patch – plants, flowers, insects, fungi, birds and animals. It’s like having a naturalist in your pocket! When you ID a species you’ll be able to find out all about it, and see how common or rare it is for your area and the time of year.” More about the app in our bio link. But tell us, are you using any interesting educational apps for nature or science? ps And stay tuned for more about her holiday on a lighthouse island in @laraoflondon ‘s post next week! #babyccinokids #babyccinotips #babyccinotravels #seek
1 day ago
Autumn Equinox — a note from Esther... “I was talking to Lara earlier today, and she was reminding me of the start of Autumn happening today. Autumn! Today, the bright daylight hours and the dark nightly hours are of equal length. From now on, the days will get shorter, the nights will get longer… until the longest night, Winter Solstice (taking place on December 21st) will mark the beginning of the Winter season. Today is Autumn Equinox: the night and the day are in perfect balance. It marks the moment of the sun entering Libra (my star sign!), bringing harmony and stability, and which is ruled by Venus, the planet of love and beauty. All good things, and definitely things we need in these uncertain, difficult and turbulent times. Autumn is when the air starts to feel crisper and smell muddier, when the colours of nature are intensifying before they change colour, when the light is low and magical, when the days get wetter and the weather gets windier. It is the time to harvest apples and nuts and pumpkins, to make pies and soups and stews and to cosy up the house with rugs, pillows and blankets. Fall is so cosy! To celebrate this First Day of Autumn, I thought it would be nice to make a list of all the little things, family traditions and crafts we love doing in fall. Most we have posted about before, but there are some new ideas and things I want to try as well. Going through old posts and getting this list together has been so inspiring — yes, we are entering the darker and colder months, but there is so much to do and make, and many of these activities are super simple and made with whatever nature supplies us with. Fall truly is fabulous!” xx Esther Enjoy @estherbabyccino fifteen favourite fall activities to get inspired, link in bio. #babyccinokids #babyccinotips #autumnequinox @maudfontein 🧡
2 days ago
Today’s post... five top tips to help make moving abroad eas(ier). Our Contributor @sydney.piercey knows first hand after moving four from London to France last week. “Do be brave, do be kind to yourself with your emotions, (beforehand and when you arrive) and do enjoy! I am a firm believer of enriching your life by taking risks and embracing change. I can also personally vouch for the magic that awaits from moving abroad.” More in the bio... #babyccinotravels #moversandshakers #babyccinotips
3 days ago
Vegetable bolognese anyone? This ragu is seriously, seriously delicious, packed full of vegetables and extremely straightforward to make – a chuck it all into the pot and pop it in the oven recipes! It’s also great for using up leftover/sad vegetables in your fridge. See Lyndsay’s recipe on the bio link. @ieatmypeas #babyccinoeats #babyccinokids
3 days ago
Tell me, do you have teenagers and do they get pocket money and/or a clothing allowance? Did you get clothing money when you were a teenager? Read this great post by Esther discussing money, teens, clothing, and the underlying questions that arise. We’d love your thoughts too. Link in bio. @estherbabyccino #babyccinokids #babyccinotips
4 days ago
The Sweetest Flower Fairy Wings in the World — make your own with our easy photo tutorial on today’s blog post by @laraoflondon. You can finally put those pressed flowers to good use that you’ve collected and make summer last longer. Link in bio. #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts
6 days ago
Make your own gnome friends! We think these would be a fun after-school activity on a Friday afternoon to celebrate completing another week of school. (Is it just us or does every week feel even longer than it ever has before?) Or even a weekend craft too. See these step-by-step photos and share your finished gnomes with us. We’d love to share in our stories! Link in bio to @estherbabyccino ‘s idea from a birthday many moons ago. #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts
1 week ago
Often seafood suppers seem complicated, and a bit pricey. But @laraoflondon’s family have perfected a Crab Linguine pasta dish this summer that we had to share with you. It is economical, easy to make, takes less than 15 minutes, and feeds the whole family a healthy dinner or a big family Sunday lunch. Link in bio. #babyccinokids #babyccinoreads
1 week ago
Tiny, Perfect Things by M.H. Clark and Madeline Kloepper. The book is about a supportive grandparent sharing and encouraging his granddaughter in a way that only loving and patient relationship do. What fun it is to find some magic in books! It truly is a little treasure that needs a spot in any book collection. @_maays___ #babyccinokids #babyccinoreads
1 week ago
School lunch ideas, on today’s bio. #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats
1 week 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!
2 years 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
3 years 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
3 years ago
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!
3 years ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
3 years ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
3 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.
4 years ago