Posts by Vanessa in Scotland

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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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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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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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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'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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'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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Dream team! Ava, Bram and key-member of the team bébé George with their assistants @laralovesparis @emiliebabyccino @estherbabyccino and @amandine.lw — what an awesome first day of our #babyccinoxthereunion event! We’re back tomorrow at @Atelier_richelieu_paris (60 rue de Richelieu) from 10 to 18 — be there or be ◾️;) @thereunion #babyccinokids
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On our blog, Courtney is showing us their ADORABLE cubby house! Head over to see more dreamy pics and read about the design process with @castleandcubby #babyccinokids #babyccinoplays #cubbyhouse #playhouse
2 days ago
A spring craft project which is as easy and fun as a walk in the park! Have a look on our blog to see what a dishwashing brush has to do with a dandelion puffball @estherbabyccino #babyccinocrafts #springcrafts #springcraftsforkids
3 days ago
It has been an exciting week, but WE HAVE OUR WINNERS! The biggest congrats to this year’s well deserved Babyccino Awards winners! (Swipe!) Best Baby Clothing -The Little Natural Co @thelittlenaturalco Best Children's Clothing - Hubble + Duke @hubbleandduke Best Shoes & Accessories - Amy & Ivor @amyandivor Best Toys & Crafts - Wooden Story @woodenstory Best Decor - Little Cloud @littlecloud.kids Best Baby & Family Essentials - Muddy Puddles @muddypuddlesuk Best Ethical - Polarn O. Pyret @polarnopyretuk Best Concept Store - MamaOwl @mamaowl_ Best New Shop or Brand - Young and Brave @youngandbrave.ch Congratulations also to all of the shortlisted shops! You are all fabulous! And a big thank you to our wonderful jury members who had the very difficult task of making the first selection and, of course, to all of you who took the time to vote. Your support for our beautiful independent brands and boutiques means the world to us (and to them)! #babyccinoawards #babyccinoawards2019 #babyccinoboutiques
4 days ago
Attention!! Deliciously moist and ridiculously easy banana and olive oil cake recipe up on our blog! And it’s gluten and dairy free too. 🤗 Link in profile. #babyccinoeats #bananacake #glutenanddairyfree @ieatmypeas
5 days ago
This little munchkin is excited to go to Paris again! This Friday and Saturday we hope to welcome you at our #babyccinoxthereunion event, it’s promising to be SO GOOD! Do come by for a day full of fun - we have tons of family friendly activities lined up for you and *obviously* the very best shopping from over 60 fabulous French and international boutiques! Visit our blog to read more (link in profile). @emiliebabyccino @amandine.lw @thereunion.fr
6 days ago
Happy Mother’s Day! To all you caring and loving women out there. #picasso
1 week ago
Voting ends on Sunday evening so if you haven’t voted yet, please do so now! (One lucky person will win a £250 voucher to their favourite shortlisted shop, so you can win too!) 🤞Thank you!! #babyccinoawards #babyccinoawards2019 #babyccinoboutiques
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At what age did you give your children a mobile phone? On our blog, Esther discusses the use of mobile technology in her household and what boundaries they have set as a family concerning mobile phone use and social media. We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas too, so please leave a comment! (Here or on our blog — link in profile!) @estherbabyccino #babyccinokids #teenagers #raisingteenagers
1 week ago
On the blog, Courtney is telling us about her personal project: and e-course and instagram community for parents. The link is in the profile @courtneyadamo
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!
10 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
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
2 years ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
2 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!
2 years 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!
3 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.
3 years ago