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TUESDAY TIPS
Helpful tips for adoptive parents from three experienced mothers
Tammie Flinos met her husband at the young age of eighteen. On their second date they decided they were going to adopt a child. After two biological children, they moved to Dubai where they began the adoption process. Here Tammie met Jodie Hampshire and Selina Smyth, two other women who were going through the adoption ...
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GOOD READS
Local parents share their insider tips in our city guides
Have you checked out our kid-friendly city guides lately? We have city guides for five cool cities and we'll be launching new cities soon (Copenhagen! yay!).  A recent addition to each of our city guides is a new series called 'Local tips' where local parents answer a set of 10 questions, sharing their favourite restaurants, ...
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HOUSEKEEPING AND ORGANIZATION
2018: My personal goals
Happy New Year everyone! I've just dusted off my computer, dug up a shiny new notebook and made myself a cup of lemon/ginger/kurkuma/honey tea. 2018 is going to be a great year, and of course I'm kicking it of with big plans! Here's my list of personal aims and goals for this year: 1. Be ...
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GOOD READS
'Say Bonjour to the Lady: Parenting from Paris to New York'
One of the things I love most about this blog and our community of readers is being able to share and discover the cultural differences in parenting styles. For example, when I wrote a post asking how often you bathe your children, I found the responses to be so interesting on a cultural level. Same with ...
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BOOKS
9 Months: A month by month guide to pregnancy for the family to share
About 2 ½ years ago, Courtney and I met with the lovely Rachel Williams (publisher of Wide Eyed Editions and Frances Lincoln children's books, and creative brain behind a whole lot of amazingly beautiful children's publications), and she asked us the following question: if we were to write one non-fictional book for the children's market, what would that book ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites : Best Books for Pregnant Mamas
New life is on our minds at Babyccino both because Spring is in the air, (yay!) and... because we currently have a few pregnant mamas and a newborn on our team.  So we wanted to share our favourite books that we read while pregnant. Books that inspire, educate,  prepare, and inform us so we are ...
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GOOD READS
Parenting without Borders, by Christine Gross-Loh
I recently read a conversation with Christine Gross-Loh in the super cool Lunch Lady magazine about raising kids in different cultures. It's a topic I find fascinating having brought up our girls in places throughout Europe, Africa and in the USA. I've seen so much diversity in childhoods and had so many discussions about parental topics with friends from all nationalities ...
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INTERVIEWS
Five questions with Julie Kohlhoff from macarons
I remember being introduced to macarons 5 years ago when they first presented their collection at the local children's fashion fair here in Amsterdam. Julie and Veit, joined by their baby girl and Veit's mother, were presenting a different, interesting collection that really stood out -- with amazing double-knit fabrics they had developed themselves and intriguing, cool ...
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BEAUTY & CARE
Thursday Thoughts: To shave or not to shave
  Okay ladies, a funny thing happened to me this week. I posted this photo (above) on my Instagram feed to feature a watch brand I like and to talk about the two opposing sides of my personal style, as reflected by my wrists. But, the comments and conversation quickly became focused on my arm hair!!! Some people told me "it looked gross," while others suggested I ...
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EDUCATION
Maths with Lego
I am always looking for more ways of teaching maths in a tangible way to my kids. This is partly because one of the slight disadvantages of the French school system is that teaching is very academic. It is also because I want the children to understand at an early age how genuinely useful, fun ...
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GOOD READS
The Ladybird books for Grown-Ups
Have you seen these books yet?  If you are in your 30s / 40s and grew up in the UK I'm sure you will recognise 'The Ladybird Book' series - if we didn't own them ourselves our school library certainly had a few.  They were an inescapable part of childhood and although wooden in their ...
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GOOD READS
Babyccino mama reads
I have to admit since having children my reading habit has really slowed down. I'm either too busy packing up the lunches for the next day, or as soon as my head hits the pillow I'm asleep! However, now that they are getting a bit older and my nights are less broken (Helena still needs ...
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INTERESTING ARTICLES
A personal uniform
I just read this article about a woman who has decided to wear a "uniform" to work everyday, which was originally written for Harper's Bazaar. I thought it would be fun to share, just because this morning I had yet again the work clothes panic: what should I wear? My daily morning routine involves getting the kids ...
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GOOD READS
Design Mom's book 'How to live with Kids: A room-by-room guide'
A few months ago my friend Gabrielle Blair, the famous Design Mom, asked me to share some photos of our home, for the use in the book she was working on. I was super flattered to be asked, because I have been a Design Mom fan from the moment we started blogging. Gabrielle is so ...
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GOOD READS
One Day Young by Jenny Lewis
I get goosebumps just thinking about it: those magical first days after your baby is born, when the rest of the world is fuzzy and the only thing in focus is your beautiful baby in your hands and your loving family surrounding you. The sweet smell of your baby, the little sounds of yawns and sneezes. ...
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GOOD READS
Find us in this month's issue of Red Magazine
We are super duper excited to be featured in this month's issue of Red Magazine! The team from Red Mag came over last month for an interview and to snap some photos, and I'm excited to finally see the photos and read the article. I chat about family life, my views on TV, the pros and ...
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INTERESTING ARTICLES
Why Do Kids Lie?
Here is a typical situation in our household: I hear a little pair of feet running off toward the bathroom in a hurry and then there is silence. Approximately two minutes later the little feet run off again. I then yell: "have you flushed the toilet and washed your hands?" and the answer is inevitably ...
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GOOD READS
An interview on The Daily Muse
I was extremely excited to be asked for an interview over on Fenwick's online magazine The Daily Muse. I have always loved the children's department at Fenwick -- for years it has been my go-to place to find unique children's gifts, and I've recently been really impressed with their blossoming childrenswear department which includes many of our favourite ...
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INTERESTING ARTICLES
Finnish Babies in a Box
Have you heard of this custom in Finland? I just read this article and had to share it! Every baby born in Finland receives a box from the state full of clothes, a sleeping bag, accessories and toys. The box can then be used as a bed. Everyone receives it, so it has become part of ...
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HEALTH & CARE
Organ donation and one mum's incredible story
Last month at our ShopUp event, I had the pleasure of meeting fellow London mum, Louise Hannon. We started talking about children and life in London, and she told me her incredible story about her son's illness, his life-threatening surgeries at Great Ormond Street Hospital and his heart transplant through organ donation. We spoke about organ ...
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GOOD READS
The new issue of Smallish Magazine, and a feature on the ShopUp!
Have you seen the gorgeous new December issue of Smallish Magazine? Admittedly, I'm a bit biased because it includes the most amazing double-page feature on the ShopUp, but all that aside, this might be my favourite issue yet.  What's not to love about a festive issue filled with inspiring gift guides, exciting interviews about Christmas traditions, behind-the-scenes ...
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INTERESTING ARTICLES
Are We There Yet?
Have you been following the Rosetta mission on the news lately?  I have been a bit obsessed in the last few days to see if the mission of landing an unmanned space craft on a comet that is about 6bn kilometres away from earth was going to work, so improbably and yet, somehow it landed! ...
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FOOD
What kids around the world eat for breakfast
I am sure a lot of you have come across this article in the New York Times but I still wanted to post it, as I think it is so interesting to see how differently children eat. At my flat we are so used to eating sweet things in the morning, be it cereal, porridge (very ...
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Do you know that we're running a giveaway with the lovely maternity brand @boobdesign? You could win a 250 euro voucher plus free international shipping! One of Esther's favourite pieces is this beautiful Air dress. Check out all the details to enter in our previous post, the one where Esther (and her cute bump) is folding laundry. Enter now, it's still open until Sunday morning 7am CET! #babyccinoboutiques
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The last weeks before giving birth... time to get your hospital bag ready! What did you bring and loved having with you? Esther shares her essentials on the blog today, check them out, link in profile! #pregnancy #hospitalbag #gettingreadyforbaby
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We love our new shops, and we love sharing with you the good news that they're offering special deals to you, Babyccino readers! Now is definitely a good time to shop in these small and independent boutiques: ⭐️ @tinyppllondon: the perfect collection of children's bedding and homewares - playful patterns, neutral colours and quirky characters with high-quality, sustainably sourced organic and GOTS-certified textiles (now 20% off!) ⭐️ @withlovedarling: lovely and delicate fine jewellery that tell a story. These very special pieces are designed to last and to be treasured forever (now 25% off!) ⭐️ @eco.glitter.fun: finally, glitter that is biodegradable and totally eco-friendly! Unlike regular glitter, these magic sparkles are free of plastic and all other nasties (now 20% off!) Swipe to discover them all! #babyccinoboutiques #newshop
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Getting ready for baby (plus: a chance to WIN 250£!!!) Over the last months, Esther has been living in the cute and comfortable fashion from @boobdesign . Each piece stays flattering all along the pregnancy, from the little bump to the final weeks - and all of them are also breastfeeding friendly! Today we're very excited to announce a giveaway we’re hosting together with @boobdesign , to win an amazing 250 euro voucher (and free international shipping)! To enter, you just need to: - follow @babyccinokids as well as @boobdesign on Instagram - leave a comment where you tag a friend and mention your favourite style from @boobdesign (you can check out their collection on www.boobdesign.com) That's it! Don't forget to have a look at our blog post today for more photos of Esther's lovely bump and a special surprise for Babyccino readers. Link in profile! . . This giveaway will end in 36 hours on Saturday at 7am CET. Winner will be announced next Monday. The giveaway is not sponsored or endorsed by Instagram. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Open worldwide. The voucher will be emailed to the winner.
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Paris is always a good idea, but it gets even better when you visit this beautiful city in a retro VW van! Esther and her family loved it, and you can read about this fun experience with @combi_tours in our Paris city guide. Link in profile!🇫🇷 #babyccinocityguides #paris #pariswithkids
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How gorgeous is the new Spring/Summer collection from @louisemisha? So pretty and delicate! And we love that there is a collection for women too. Courtney shares her favourite pieces on the blog today, for Marlow and for herself! Link in profile!️ #babyccinoboutiques
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Almost there! Esther's baby is due very soon now! She shares on the blog her essentials for the 3rd trimester of her pregnancy. What are yours? Link in profile! #pregnancy #3rdtrimester
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I’ve had such good luck in the skirts department lately! I managed to get this one while it was advertised for the wrong price & another spotty skirt of my dreams.
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Leo Kids is a world of colour and fun. This US-based online boutique offers a series of handmade goodies to brighten your home – from the nursery, to the living room, and everything in between.
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Blue Island & Subway Tile
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This beautiful dress is lovingly Handmade from high quality, luxurious sea mist linen that is buttery soft to the touch. It features pretty flutter sleeves, a circle yoke, sweet back tie and full top. Dress length also available in store now. This listing is for top only. Bloomers not
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willaby create beautifully simple, yet special, ethically and sustainably made heirloom quality blankets and more. The items created by this US design studio showcase the beauty of natural materials and handcrafting, each one of the highest quality. Perfect for newborns, most pieces are designed for use through childhood and all are designed to be passed on - or kept and treasured.
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Jolee Môme’s collection of organic leather shoes is as sweet as they come! Available for little ones from birth to 3 years old, these adorable shoes and accessories are 100% made in France by master craftsman.
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I have found the Boob basics to be staples in my pregnancy wardrobe. In my posts about first and second trimester essentials, I mentioned Boob pregnancy and breastfeeding friendly fashion already. The styles are so cute and comfortable, they easily cover the belly in all different stages and are flattering as well. (I’m wearing the Flatter me long-sleeve top as we speak!)
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Louise Misha has a simply gorgeous range of clothing, jewellery and accessories for free-spirited girls of all ages. The creation of two friends, Aurélie and Marie, the Louise Misha collection began with a line of jewellery that grew little by little into a stunning line of bohemian-inspired dresses, tops, skirts, shorts, rompers, pants and more for babies, girls and women too.
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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!
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.
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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!
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