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Halloween luminaries, a sweet last-minute craft and fun for all ages!
Halloween is not a traditional holiday in the Netherlands, but we have adopted the tradition. The children like to dress up, we decorate the house with spooks and spiders and I make some scary dishes for dinner. We do walk around the neighbourhood -- there's a specific street where people really make an effort to ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Papier-Mâché Pumpkins -- fun Halloween decoration
It's October, which means Halloween excitement is happening our house. It also means we have some fun Halloween crafts up our sleeve for the next few weeks. But I was reminded of our papier-mâché pumpkin we made last year! Actually, we made a whole box of fruit and vegetables, but really,  just making pumpkins would be ...
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EASTER CRAFTS
Dyeing, Hiding, and Decorating -- a day of Easter Egg Fun
Growing up we would spend at least one full day dyeing Easter eggs. We would start with dozens of eggs, and my mother used to hard boil some and let us make blown eggs with the others, and inevitably we always ran out of eggs because the fun in dyeing dozens of eggs was endless! ...
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EASTER RECIPES
Edible Easter Egg Nests
These little bird nests are perfect for your festive spring celebrations. The nests are light, sweet, and crispy. They are delicious after a big meal, or when a lot of chocolate has already been consumed on Easter! From start to finish, this recipe takes half an hour to make and can be eaten minutes later. ...
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SPRING CRAFTS
Spring Daffodil Bouquets -- a paper craft to celebrate the new season
Could it be that Spring is on its way? The snow has melted (for us!) and sunny yellow daffodils are beginning to appear in our local park, trumpeting the arrival of a new season. Hurray! It is such a joyful sight. And to celebrate and welcome this new season, I recently made these daffodils at my ...
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CELEBRATIONS
DIY Paper Lanterns -- Perfect for a Chinese New Year Celebration!
We love bringing small celebrations to life with homemade decorations, which add a special and festive touch! Chinese New Year is today, and we've spent the week making these super simple DIY paper lanterns. We're hoping to hang them up while we feast on Chinese food (yum for Dim Sum), eating our dinner with chopsticks (which ...
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VALENTINE'S DAY CRAFTS
Valentines Love Heart Bunting with Potato Printing
There is lots of love in the air, with Valentine's Day here, so I wanted to create a craft with simple items we had on hand. Naturally, a classic potato print project came to mind. After all aren't potato prints a right of passage? This craft entertained my nearly two year old and almost five ...
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VALENTINE'S DAY CRAFTS
Last Minute Valentine's DIY: Heart Shaped Seed Paper and Origami Envelope
I don’t give a lot on Valentine’s Day, usually. But I try to create something sweet for my husband and the kids just so they know it exists. Does this even make any sense? :) So this year I decided to craft a last minute Valentine's DIY: tiny seed paper hearts and easy envelopes to ...
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VALENTINE'S DAY CRAFTS
My Funny Valentines -- Cute last-minute Valentine card idea!
These are the easiest (and super last-minute friendly) Valentine cards. Very handmade, perhaps even a bit homespun, which I think adds a bit of character... quite endearing! In addition they are funny and fast to make! You can use collage materials and a bit of clever wording, and presto! We used pieces of wrapping paper ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Regal Crowns -- easy to make, fun to wear
This year I helped organise the making of crowns for my daughter's school Nativity play. The theme was the Three Kings, with not three but in fact ninety kings (!). We needed to create some instant drama, and these paper and jewel crowns did the trick. Making these en masse for the whole class was ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Happy 2018 from all of us at Babyccino!
As you may have noticed from the blog silence over the past week, we've had our computers switched off and have been enjoying time with our families. We hope you too have had a happy and restful holiday with lots of family time, reflection over the past year, and excitement for the year ahead. Happy ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites: Sixteen of the Best Holiday Films for the Family
Cosy family days are here! And what a wonderful time of year it is. A time to take a break and relax on the sofa surrounded by your loved ones, while watching a favourite film. An excuse to spend the entire day in pyjamas. (We can't wait!) So take a pause between the wrapping, baking, decorating, ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Christmas Craft: Scandanavian Nisse from simple materials
I visited a friend's house recently and loved their festive decorations. These sweet, small, little elves stood out on their brunch table.  I asked for more information on the origin, and found out that she made them as a young child. She was quite nostalgic about them, and now her children look forward to putting ...
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CELEBRATIONS
A birthday party in London. Celebrating TEN years!!
Yesterday was an absolutely amazing morning for all of us!  With our entire team in London, we gathered with friends, shop members and fellow bloggers to celebrate the past ten years of our little company.  It was such an honour for us to be surrounded by so many inspiring people and to really celebrate the ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites: Twenty of the Best Christmas Books (ever!)
Our team shares a love of books. And a love of Christmas! So it seems we had a natural conversation we were waiting to share. We asked our team for their absolute, very, very (!) favourite Christmas books. Because the season goes by in a heartbeat, and with time spent rushing to school fairs and ...
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DECOR AND FURNITURE
The seasonal table, and felt ornaments from Crafspring. For decoration or play!
We love having a seasonal table set up in our house. We gather finds from nature, and we display them together with some sweet felt or wooden artefacts. I have boxes in storage marked 'Autumn', 'Halloween', 'Christmas', etc. -- and it's such a fun event every season, to rediscover what's inside and create a new ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Ten Favourite Posts from the Past Ten Years!
To celebrate our 10th birthday we've dug deep into the archives to find ten favourite posts from the last decade. Just looking back through the archives reminds me how diverse the topics are and also how many fun ideas we've shared. Here are ten of our favourites: 1. We loved reading all the comments in ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Ten Questions with Courtney
In our week of interviews to celebrate our 10th Birthday, it's Courtney's turn to answer our ten questions... 1. Describe your ten-year-old self. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give that ten-year-old girl? When I was ten I was the eldest of five kids -- my baby brother, Spencer, had just been ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Ten Questions with Emilie
It's Emilie's turn to answer our ten questions! I'm loving how practical her answers are in question number 7, and look how cute she was as a 10-year-old! Here are Emilie's answers: 1. Describe your ten-year-old self. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give that ten-year-old girl? When I was ten I ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Ten Questions with Esther
To celebrate Babyccino's 10th Birthday, we thought it would be fun to share interviews with the three of us. We are often asked to answer questions for other blogs and websites, but we've never actually answered them for our own. So why not?! We came up with ten fun questions featuring the number 10. And ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Happy 10th Birthday to Babyccino!
Exactly ten years ago this week, Esther, Emilie and I decided to start a little blog. In the Autumn of 2007, after two years of friendship in London, Emilie moved to Paris and Esther moved to Amsterdam. As new mothers now living in different countries, we wanted to create an online space where we could ...
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HALLOWEEN CELEBRATIONS
Tricks and Treats -- a collection of Halloween Ideas
Trick or treat? Do you celebrate Halloween? What do you prefer -- silly or spooky? Funny or ghoulish? In a lot of Europe it is considered a very American holiday. And as an American living in London, I am happy to see that it is becoming more popular each year. Dressing up (fancy dress as ...
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RECIPES
Braided Easter Bread -- A Family Tradition
  This Braided Easter Bread, known in Italian as Pane Di Pasqua, has become a family tradition. Although we have no Italian ethnicity in my family what so ever, adopting traditions is a great thing, right? Growing up, we always proudly placed this bread on our Easter Sunday breakfast table as a colourful and tasty centrepiece ...
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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
2 days 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 🧡
4 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
4 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
5 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
6 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
1 week 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