Posts by Vanessa in Scotland

RECIPES
Courgette Loaf -- a healthy snack children will love
It's no secret we love to bake and we've realised one of the advantages of lockdown is that we have far more time on our hands after school to bake. I've been testing out a few more vegetable based bakes so I can sneek some extra nutrients into the girls during their snack time. They ...
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BOOKS
'The Snowflake' by Benji Davies
The Snowflake, like all of Benji Davies' books, is so beautifully told and exquisitely illustrated. It is a celebration of finding a special place in the world and belonging. The Snowflake tells the tale of one snowflake and one little girl named Noelle. As Noelle goes for a walk with her grandpa Pappie, she wonders ...
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BOOKS
'The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone' by Jaclyn Moriarty
I am delighted to have discovered How Brave is the Wren through our Babyccino Kids shopping portal. It’s an online children’s bookstore, and before covid came along, it was a travelling bookstore in a caravan! It’s an Aladdin cave filled with the most glorious collection of books. When I browse through their online store, I’m like ...
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BOOKS
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai - an autobiography for older children
I have fallen in love with the work from Thanhha Lai and her poetric writings. Inside Out & Back Again is an autobiographical novel written in verse. It captures one year in the life of ten year old Kim Hàbook which reflects Lai's own childhood experience of fleeing Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and ...
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PICTURE BOOKS
KIND -- written by Alison Green
Kindess. We all need it. We all need to share it too. Especially during these strange days. It's something we are discussing so much of in school at the moment and my girls are really thinking out of the box how they can be kind and helpful to others. So when a dear colleague friend ...
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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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BOOKS
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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BOOKS
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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BOOKS
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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BOOKS
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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BOOKS
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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BOOKS
"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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BOOKS
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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BOOKS
'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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We had to dig deep into the camera rolls for these, but wanted to share some favourite Book Day costumes from the past (swipe to see). #worldbookday
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Happy World Book Day! Is there anything better than witnessing your child immersed in a book?! Sharing some favourites from the blog archives. Visit our #babyccinoreads hashtag for heaps more. #worldbookday
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On the blog today, @vanessagerbrandy shares a delicious (and healthy!) courgette loaf — perfect for lunchboxes and snacks. But most importantly, how cute is the little chef! 🥰
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‘Obstgarten’ or ‘Orchard’ (depending on where you live) by Haba. It’s one of our longtime favourite games for toddlers and young children. A game where you play as a team — there are no winners or losers. @courtneyadamo shared this photo on her stories last week and received so many comments from people who grew up playing this game. It seems we’re not the only fans! If you have other board game recommendations, feel free to share below!
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Spring in a vase! via @sarah.tomczak We’ve also shared some other cute spring-y things in stories. Go take a peek...
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On the blog: the cutest, colourful stick puppets for puppet shows and everyday fun. Thanks for sharing @_maays___ !
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On the blog today... discover the beautiful, personalised photo books from @atelier_rosemood_uk, plus a 10% discount to create your own in time for Mother’s Day in the UK.
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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!
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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
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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
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Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
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Our 2nd live shopping event in Brooklyn was amazing! Great shopping, delicious treats, tons of kids activities and a super cool family photo booth!
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Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
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Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
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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!)
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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!
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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.
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