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HOUSEKEEPING AND ORGANIZATION
'Sustainable Home' - a great starting point for living sustainably
Since having my children, I’ve become a lot more focused on living life in a sustainable way. I am more conscious than ever of the way I live, the way I shop and the way I consume.  Mindful especially of how my these things doing affects the planet which my children and theirs stand to ...
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BOOKS
Seasonal book rotation, do you do this too?
We completed our seasonal book rotation! Every few months, we update our home with something special and we also pull out some books to acknowledge the season. We keep it quite simple but some of our family like to go all out. And that is fantastic for us when we get the chance to visit ...
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PARENTING TIPS
10 Tips for Working at Home with Kids during COVID-19
How's everyone doing? School? No school? Back-to-work? Still at home? I want to preface this post by saying I am by no means an expert at working from home fulltime with kids also at home fulltime. It's a big difference from working at home while your kids are at school or camp. Just before COVID, I accepted a ...
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HEALTH & CARE
Aromatherapy, a gentle way to soothe our minds anytime
Regularly, we use aromatherapy in our home to help soothe our minds and create an ambiance. It subtly makes the air like nature has entered the room and helps us feel more relaxed. In the cooler months, I enjoy candles. Especially the warm gentle fragrance of natural beeswax candles. It's such a treat then. But ...
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DECOR AND FURNITURE
Slow-stitched quilts and wall-hangings from Cutts & Sons
I discovered Jessie Cutts and her beautiful handmade quilts on Instagram last week and ended up down an Instagram rabbit hole, falling more and more in love with the work she does. I love the concept of her made-to-order quilted letters. How beautiful are they! (I adore this photo, above, of the letters behind the ...
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DECOR AND FURNITURE
The LEMO chair -- the easiest adjustable high chair from Cybex.
In the beginning of 2020 (pre Covid -- gosh, it feels like such a long time ago!), I travelled to Frankfurt to see the trade fair stand of Cybex, where one of my friends was working at the time. It was such fun to see her, but also to discover all of the innovative products ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
The sweetest personalised Christmas baubles from Ink & Honey
Last year I discovered Ink & Honey on the Babyccino portal and immediately fell in love with the sweet personalised baubles. I ordered them for my kids as well as gifts for friend's kids, and they're now our most treasured ornaments on our Christmas tree. How sweet are they! (Last year, our little live tree ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Studio in our garden -- some inspiration and ideas
We're building a little studio in our back yard -- a space for a home office, and a place for guests to stay when they come to visit! It's going to be so nice to have that bit of extra space (and to finally have a workspace and desk instead of using our dining table!). I ...
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HOUSEKEEPING AND ORGANIZATION
Fridge organisation for families, tips to avoid food waste
A couple of months ago I was asked to become an ambassador for the Dutch agency against food waste (#verspillingsvrij). Which I was happy to accept -- food waste, after all, is one of the most serious dangers to the health of our planet. A third of all food is thrown away! A big part ...
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FUN
Announcing the 2019 Babyccino Awards WINNERS!
After much deliberation by our team, followed by tough decision making by our wonderful judges, and then finally a tally of votes from all of YOU, our wonderful readers, we are super excited to announce this year's winners in the Babyccino Awards! Drum roll please as we announce them all below...! The winner of the ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
A peek at our little Paris kitchen
A few people have asked me for photos of my flat and of the kitchen. Though we moved into our new place exactly two years ago (!), I've never gotten round to taking photos. We now live in Belleville, a vibrant, multicultural part of Paris. We lived for years on one of the big boulevards ...
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HOUSEKEEPING AND ORGANIZATION
Ecological laundry detergents -- my attempts to wash cleaner
As you can imagine, as a family of seven we wash quite a bit. In fact, I feel like I'm never not washing! There is always a load of laundry waiting, a hand wash soaking or a pile of clean laundry ready to be folded and put away... Because I wash so much, I've become ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Our kitchen: design details, paint colours and renovation info
After sharing the renovation details of our bathroom, many of you asked for the same information for our kitchen, so I thought I'd dedicate a post to our kitchen renovation and the design decisions we made. Designing our kitchen was one of my favourite parts about our renovation. Because we've designed a kitchen before -- ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Our home featured on The Design Files!
I can't tell you how excited I was to receive an email from Lucy at The Design Files asking to feature our home on her site.  I've been a reader of The Design Files since we renovated our last home in London more than six years ago and have pinned so many pretty interior photos ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Linen bedding from Byron-based brand Of The Sun
Of The Sun is a beautiful brand of linen bedding started by two local Byron mums and friends of mine.  Their range includes bedding in all sizes, from king-size down to cot bed size, and comes in a range of the most gorgeous colours. My favourite pieces in their collection are the two-toned duvet sets, ...
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DECOR AND FURNITURE
Making a quilt from fabric remnants and old dresses
I finally started a project which I have been wanting to start for a long time. For years I have been gathering fabric remnants with the idea of making a quilt with them. There are all sorts of little pieces of fabric that I kept because I liked them. I inherited some from my mother ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Our family bathroom -- renovation details and final photos
We've moved into our new home! After three months of renovations, we are in, mostly unpacked and feeling settled. It feels beyond wonderful to have our own home again and to be able to put our stamp on all the little nooks and corners. And there is something about this house that just feels so ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
My Worm Farm
I was brought up in Germany, so recycling is in my DNA. We had at least 4 different bins in front of our house, one for general trash, one for plastic and paper, one for glass and one for organics. It was a massive shock when I moved to Paris as recycling is way, way ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
A painted square as a backdrop for cards, photos, (kids) art...
A while ago we painted a very dark green square on our living room wall, with the idea to use it to display all sorts of pretty little things: drawings from the children, autumn leaves, our activity advent calendar, a collection of plates or framed art... Things we feel are meaningful and which we like ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Our Home Renovation, part one
When I asked recently for blog post suggestions, I was so flattered to receive questions about our home renovation. It's centre of my mind at the moment, so it's quite an easy topic for me to write about. And while I find it completely overwhelming -- all the details and decisions to make -- I ...
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BABY ESSENTIALS
The Nesta's Nest baby bed, handcrafted and all-natural
Our bedroom is a very calm place if you compare it to the rest of the house. It's on the top floor, above the kids bedrooms and the living rooms where all of the craziness takes place. Ascending the stairs to our bedroom means leaving behind the hectic life, and entering the quiet quarters. Bram ...
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STYLE
Personalised baby gifts -- such a sweet idea for newborns!
A few of my friends have given Bram gifts that were personalised with his name and I think it's such a thoughtful and fun idea! I know all of the gifts that were given to Bram are chosen with care and consideration, and I love them all. But these personalised gifts are very special to ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Creating space for play in apartment living
Full confession: I am actually a country girl in my heart of hearts. But living in this beautiful city of Paris is amazing: we walk everywhere, the city is full of life and stimulation, we live in a vibrant neighbourhood and the mix of different people from different walks of life is incredible. My kids ...
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Calling all book worms! We are delighted to announce that the next edition in the best selling Slow Down series by Magic Cat Publishing, Slow Down and Sleep Tight, is out for pre-order today ahead of its release on the 5th August. Beautifully written by Rachel Williams and illustrated by @freyahartas, Slow Down and Sleep Tight is the perfect way for little ones to wind down and prepare for bedtime. Link in bio to pre-order. #slowdownandsleeptight #magiccatpublishing #bedtimereading #kids #familyreading #babyccinoreads
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A few weeks ago, Lara was lucky enough to be invited to a preview of the spectacular Buckingham Palace Gardens. If you are London based and haven’t booked your tickets yet, read on...From July until September, the 39-acre grounds of Her Majesty The Queen’s official London residence is open to the public for the first time. Visitors can enjoy a self-guided tour of highlights such as the 156-metre Herbaceous Border, plane trees planted by and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and views of the island and its beehives across the 3.5-acre lake. Despite its urban location, the garden is home to a remarkable array of flora and fauna, including rare native plants seldom seen in London. Families can enjoy one of the trails or art and crafts activities (every Monday in August) and as part of two Family Festival days on 26 and 30 August, where Warden-led family tours will also be available. The added chance to enjoy a picnic (the first time this has been done since 2012) on one of the sweeping lawns makes this a truly memorable experience for all the family. Tickets are in high demand so you’ll need to be quick. Pre-booking is essential. Link in bio to book. Photo of Lara and friend kindly provided by James Forde of @washingtonpost #royalcollectiontrust #buckinghampalace #familydaysout #londonlife
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Here’s something new to try, our take on the delicious Danish Dream Cake! We used coconut sugar throughout but for a more authentic feel, keep to the ingredients below. Ingredients: Cake: 250g plain flour 250g sugar 50g butter 3 eggs 200ml milk 2tsp baking power 1 tsp vanilla essence Topping: 125g butter 50ml milk 200g brown sugar 100g coconut flakes Method Whisk the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. Melt the butter and add the milk to the saucepan and stir. Add to the eggs and sugar. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, vanilla essence and baking powder. Add to the other bowl, and mix it all together into a smooth batter. Line a baking tray (about 25x35 cm) and add the batter. Bake the cake at 200 C (400 F) for about 20-25 minutes. When the cake is in the oven, prepare the coconut topping. Coconut topping; melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the milk and the brown sugar and let it simmer for about a minute. Add the coconut flakes and mix it well. When the cake has been in the oven for about 20-25 minutes. Take it out and pour the coconut mixture over the it. Use a knife to spread the topping evenly. Bake the cake for another 10 minutes. Leave to cool. #babyccinoeats #baking #bakingwithkids
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Today on the blog, Vanessa shares her family’s favourite summer reads and audiobooks. A great selection of stories that will make any travel journey much more enjoyable, link in bio. Do you have any family favourites? Let us know in the comments below. #babyccinokids #babyccinoreads , #audible #audiobooksforkids #reading #readingwithkids #travellingwithkids @vanessagerbrandy
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Ever wondered what goes into a fashion photo shoot? Head to stories to watch this magical reel by girlswear brand @nelliequats, one of our Babyccino boutiques. Made with the help of @littlekindphotography and wonderful models @iggymint, @lavida_aurora, @mali_zebedee_model and @cindy._.
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Holidaying with children this summer? Then take a look at our top tips in the latest blog by @the_flourisher_ . Link in bio. #babyccinokids #babyccinotravels parenting #parentingtips #parentinghacks #travellingwithkids #kids
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The Olympics, will you be watching them? Find out how they can teach children so many valuable life lessons over on our blog today, link in bio.. #olympics #olympics 2021, #parenting #parentingtips #babyccino #babyccinokids
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School’s out for summer! Here’s to all the amazing children out there who have kept on smiling, laughing, loving and creating this past year and a half! Why not celebrate this achievement with a Doodle Nest bespoke art book that will transform your child’s adorable creations into a museum quality collection - one that you will all cherish for years to come.. The process couldn’t be simpler - order your box - send them your art - delight in your book! Once they receive your art, @doodle_nest professionally photograph, edit and layout each piece, then send you a digital proof for approval before printing. Order yours today via link in bio. #babyccinokids #babyccinoboutiques #art #craft #schoolsoutforsummer #kids #makingmemories
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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!
3 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
4 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
4 years ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
4 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!)
5 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!
5 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.
5 years ago