Posts by Zainab in London

PARENTING
Black History Month -- it isn’t just a month
[caption id="attachment_80686" align="alignnone" width="640"] Nelson Mandela by Chris Van Wyk[/caption] As we arrive in November, you will have recently learnt a lot more about Black History than you will have done since, well, maybe June. 2020, it seems, has been a bumper year. October was Black History Month here in the UK (February takes that title ...
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CELEBRATIONS
How we do Halloween, when we don’t do Halloween.
As a child, growing up in a part of South London which was, at the time (early 90’s) rather under-represented, Halloween was a given. Halloween seemed to be everywhere, and everyone celebrated it. Or at least that’s how it felt when I was 7 years old. I had a couple of very makeshift outfits, remember ...
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EDUCATION
Autumnal Artworks for Home Learning
As the wind brings in the seasonal change, we are welcoming in the Autumnal opportunity to incorporate some art appreciation into our home learning. My children are under 5 so art appreciation is about the visual right now but slowing creeping in is the background and stories behind the works. By using famous artworks we ...
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PICTURE BOOKS
BIG #babyccinoreads: Large format reference books
We have always loved using large sized books, ever since going to a local playgroup and seeing some of our favourite stories in his huge format. Everything felt BIG to my toddlers, but these books are just as big for older kids (read: adults) too! They are just as at home on our children’s shelf ...
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PARENTING
And So, September Is Here
It felt as though it would never come, but the longest summer is now over, and we have truly hit Autumn here in London. My children and I are preparing for new starts – my daughter begins reception next week, my son starts nursery the week after and I will head back to work after ...
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OUTDOORS
Little Green Fingers for the Summer Garden
Summer here in London is still young enough that we can get a good crop of veggies and herbs going in even the smallest of city gardens or balconies, and with that comes many opportunities of learning for my two little gardeners. Even though I am a trained Montessori teacher, it has been a learning ...
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RECIPES
Libyan Sharba, my favourite dish for a big family iftar
My father is proudly from Ghariyan, a mountain town, 100km south of Tripoli, Libya. 46 years in Britain has never shaken his love for home, and with it comes the most delicious cuisine which he often cooks up for us all. Today I share with you quite possibly my favourite (so hard to choose!): Libyan ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Ramadan: The Islamic Month of Fasting
This week sees the beginning of the annual period of fasting called Ramadan, which lasts for 29 or 30 days, according to the lunar Islamic calendar. Observed by a large proportion of the almost 2bn Muslims all over the world and collectively felt as one of the most special times of the year, it is ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Simple Montessori activities for 2 year olds
Being indoors for the majority of the day with children is hard at the best of times. Juggling different ages is another thing to manage and if you have a toddler too it can sometimes feel as though their play is just plain disruptive. Added to being in the midst of a pandemic and it ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
How can we manage worrying information around our children?
Remembering days outdoors with my friend Sarah @abitofpink and her big girls As we are all well aware by now, we are in ‘unprecedented’ times. Endless news reels, articles, conversations, not only between adults but children too, are hard to ignore. It is impossible to shield our children from the worries and events of the ...
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FOOD
Elda’s deliciously crispy Albanian Byrek
  It is one thing to have lovely neighbours – very much a blessing in life. It is another thing all together when those lovely neighbours become wonderful friends, your children adore each other and they welcome you into their home to teach you how to make Albanian food! My sweet friend, Griselda - Elda ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
A Montessori approach to Toddler Creativity
If you have ever had a toddler in your home you will well know how quick they are to spot a ball point pen with the lid conveniently off, and head straight to the sofa. Or floor. Or white wall. It’s almost as though the pen and the clean, fresh surface are somehow magnetically attracted ...
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FUN
Fresh Books for the Shelf, to help bring cultural heritage into the lives of our children
At the beginning of December we held the Babyccino Shopup event, and myself and the wonderful panel of women who joined us discussed how we are bringing our cultural heritage into the lives of our children. Some decisions seem simple, like celebrating Christmas or Eid, for example. Those around us are celebrating too and not ...
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PARENTING
Cultural Richness around Bringing Up Children
London, has always been home. Born in the house I grew up in, it was my base for travelling this way and that to all of London’s corners which have attracted me and welcomed me. Its’ beauty owes much to do with its rich culture, hot mess of food and smells, sights and peoples, markets ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Diwali – The Festival of Light
Here in the northern hemisphere, the season of dark days has begun and if you live in a multicultural city, or even near one, you may have also seen the celebrations of light. This time of year also sees The Festival of Light, Diwali, the largest in the Hindu tradition, celebrated all over the planet. ...
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Have you got a wreath up yet? We are dipping into our archives today for this wonderful DIY wreath by our contributor Lara. Discover how to make your own via the link in our bio. And do share please share with us if you do! @laraoflondon #babyccinocrafts
9 hours ago
Happy 1st December! Are you feeling festive yet? Ready for cosy evenings, tree decorating and reading favourite stories for this time of year? On the blog today our contributor Nomi shares the best Swedish gingerbread recipe to really get us into the spirit! Her gingerbread people are SO cute (swipe!) Link in our bio for the recipe @mrsnomi #babyccinoeats
1 day ago
Looking for last minute Advent calendar options? Create this gorgeous activity calendar that’s been a van de Paal tradition for 6 years running. See the link in our bio to recreate this simply and beautifully at home (with printables too). Share yours if you do recreate using #babyccinoactivityadvent @estherbabyccino
2 days ago
We tried to hold off until December 1st, but we could not! Simple yet beautiful clay ornaments and decorations by our @courtneyadamo and family. A perfect craft with which to get into the Christmas spirit! We have lots more Christmas inspiration to share with you over the festive period so be sure to check back! To have a go these, check the link in our bio. #babyccinocrafts
3 days ago
Cosy at home Happy Saturday, we hope you are all having cosy ones. We’ve compiled a product guide of the cosiest, most comfortable items for you and your home. From loungewear to linen, pyjamas to prints, including these beautiful ones from @choulalakids. Discover via the link in our bio #babyccinoboutiques
4 days ago
“This is a book written and illustrated by two Indigenous artists. And it opens our eyes to books by and about Indigenous people. It celebrates the beauty of a culture, which is more important than ever to teach alongside the more antiquated aspects of Thanksgiving.” On the blog this week, our contributor Lara shares her family’s favourite book for Thanksgiving, and some others, as part of Native American Heritage Month. Discover via the link in our bio @laraoflondon #babyccinoreads
5 days ago
Wishing all our American readers and friends a very happy Thanksgiving! How beautiful is this Thanksgiving table by our contributor Lara, with place-setting leaves! @laraoflondon @thestyledwritingco #babyccinocrafts
6 days ago
On the blog last week our contributor Sydney shared this homemade cardboard spa set she made to play with her daughter! Link in the bio for how she made it all, including nail colour swatches too! Who will be giving this a go? @sydney.piercey #babyccinocrafts
1 week ago
CLOSED GLOBAL GIVEAWAY! We have teamed up with @magiccatpublishing for a giveaway in honour of their beautiful latest book The Dragon Ark. The lucky winner will receive an ORIGINAL (!!), hand-drawn artwork by Croatian artist Tomislav Tomic, the illustrator of The Dragon Ark *PLUS* a The Dragon Ark jigsaw puzzle *AND* of course a copy of the beautiful book! What an amazing, unique prize! To enter: 1. Follow @magiccatpublishing and @babyccinokids 2. Tag a friend in the below comments (Tag as many friends as you like in separate comments! Each tag is an extra entry!) 3. Share this give-away in your stories for another extra entry! This giveaway is open worldwide. Giveaway ‪ends on Nov. 27th at 11.59pm PST. Good luck! #thedragonark #magiccatpublishing #babyccinokids #babyccinoboutiques #giveaway This giveaway is not associated by @instagram. You must be 18 years or older to enter.
1 week ago
Get reading with @storytimemag! Today on the blog, our contributor @mrsnomi and her three children review Storytime Magazine. “Reading alone or together is such a key activity for growing children, and I love how Storytime Magazine really makes an effort (and succeeds!) to appeal to all genders, so we can all read together and learn something too.” Click the link in our bio for the full post and a discount code on your first four issues! #sponsored #storytimemagazine #babyccinoreads
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!
4 years ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
4 years ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
4 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