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MUSIC, FILMS & APPS
Cinderella App
We've often talked about 'apps' here on Babyccino and I definitely fall into the camp of loving them for my kids but I do have some rules ... 1.  I want them to be beautiful 2.  I want them to be imaginative and to use the media to its best advantages (so not JUST being ...
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MUSIC, FILMS & APPS
Scooby Doo, Where are you!
My kids have never seen a normal television program -- so far they're only experience with TV is when they get to watch the occasional Disney movie (the old ones are the best!). My husband and I are both against commercials and the consumerism that is directed toward children (not to mention, the stuff on ...
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BOOKS
Les Chansons
The songs my girls learn at school are so cute -- they are the same ones that my mom sang to me when I was little. The problem is: my girls are very enthusiastic singers, but slightly tone-deaf just like myself. They have also inherited my inability to remember the words to a whole song -- ...
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MUSIC, FILMS & APPS
Park Math and other Apps from Duck Duck Moose
I am clearly a big fan of the Duck Duck Moose educational apps for kids. I just checked, and I have four of their award-winning apps on my iphone. I think The Wheels on the Bus is my daughter's favourite, and Fish School is another, but their new app, Park Math, is now a hot ...
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MUSIC, FILMS & APPS
A high-tech classic
I don't know about you but my i-phone is becoming an increasingly important tool in retaining my sanity as a parent. It now holds a dozen or so children's Apps which get us through those boring, frustrating daily-life melt-down moments. As boredom levels peak whilst my 2-year-old is pushed around in the Supermarket trolley, I ...
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FOR MUMS
Hip photo sharing with Instagram
If you have an Iphone, you're probably already aware of the wonders of Instagram -- I'm always hopelessly behind with these sorts of things (I'm only just starting to figure out Facebook). Instagram basically lets you take a picture of the object of your desire (in my case my kids), effortlessly add a filter to ...
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FOOD
Annabel Karmel I-Phone App
Now, here is an I-Phone app that actually makes sense and is definitely more practical than Angry Birds. Seriously, who did not panic when it came to weaning their first child? If you are anything like me you spent hours trying to figure out if you should first feed the baby broccoli or a banana. I ...
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MUSIC, FILMS & APPS
Cyber Cupcakes!
After having come back from a recent vacation with the kids  I have developed a new-found love and appreciation for the I-Pad.   True -- I was skeptical at first... but there are actually a bunch of really great applications you can download to thwart meltdowns, kill time on rainy days or simply to secure time ...
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CELEBRATIONS
A Christmas Pink Martini
My husband and I have uber-opposite music tastes -- it is one of the subjects we get really annoyed with one another about.  However for many years now, one of the Albums we both agree is brilliant is Pink Martini's Sympathique. If you don't know Pink Martini -- they are a Portland-based group who do ...
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MUSIC, FILMS & APPS
Mary Poppins
We have re-discovered an old favourite video of mine, and it has been a huge success in our household: Mary Poppins. What is there not to love about a nanny who can make anything come out of her handbag and can clean up a childen's room by clapping her hands? It is such a great ...
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MUSIC, FILMS & APPS
Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf
Possibly the one thing that imprinted a love for classical music for the rest of my life was an album I owned as a kid and absolutely loved. That album was Prokofiev's 'Peter and the Wolf'. My album was in Dutch, of course, and narrated by Henk van Ulsen. I recently got my children the ...
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BOOKS
Really Rosie and the Nutshell Library
If there is one thing out there that can instantly transport me back to being a young child, it's the soundtrack to "Really Rosie". Carol King's bell-bottomed clad voice is forever burned into my memory bank and for those of you who remember the songs "Eating chicken soup with rice", "One was Johnny" and "Pierre" ...
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MUSIC, FILMS & APPS
Bembo's Zoo
My friend, Al, told me about this wonderful website which has apparently been running for years and years and years but I never knew about it. Bembo's Zoo actually started life as a book, designed by world renowned graphic designer, Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich (I know, fabulous name!).  The concept used the letters of the ...
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FOR MUMS
Natalie Merchant -- Leave Your Sleep
I discovered Natalie Merchant's new album, Leave Your Sleep, on the Small Magazine blog recently and ordered it immediately. I've always been a fan of Natalie Merchant, but when I heard that the lyrics on her new album were interpreted from 19th and 20th century poems and nursery rhymes, I was sucked in. This new ...
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GIVEAWAYS
Peekaboo Barn
My Iphone is my saviour -- whenever I need a 5-minute distraction for my kids (think restaurant, meeting, waiting room) I hand them the device and they entertain themselves without interruption! Even my 3-year-old knows how to unlock the phone and start up his favourite applications in a time frame of about 2 seconds (can ...
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MUSIC, FILMS & APPS
They Might be Geniuses
Do you remember the band “They Might be Giants”? The quirky two-man band who turned out some of the most creative and wacked-out music in the '80s and '90s? Well they have recently channeled their intellectual energies into making kid's music and I must say, they have churned out some of the most engaging music ...
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MUSIC, FILMS & APPS
Kiki's delivery service
We have a pretty regular Friday Film Night at our house. My youngest girl is almost two and gets completely enthralled by a movie, not moving an inch until the end titles roll. I am a movie addict so I am pretty excited that my kids have inherited my movie genes. So on a Friday ...
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MUSIC, FILMS & APPS
Balzac Cinema
My kids love going to the cinema. The crowd, the sounds, the visual experience -- a  promise to go to the cinema makes them get so excited they have difficulty sleeping the night before! Luckily enough, here in Paris, the children's cinema scene is huge, between the Forum des Images and several yearly children's film ...
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FOR MUMS
Relax(ed) Kids
My daughter really loves audio books -- she curls up on the floor in front of the speaker behind the couch and patiently listens to the story. So cute, and much more calming than television. I strongly believe that reading a book (or listening to an audio book) enhances creativity and imagination more than watching ...
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MUSIC, FILMS & APPS
The only show I will watch with my kids
Whoever is behind this show is a complete and total genius (and clearly on major drugs!)   Yo Gabba Gabba is the most bizarre and entertaining thing that I have seen on TV  in a long long time.   I am hooked!  I know most have you have probably seen the show at some point but ...
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MUSIC, FILMS & APPS
The Little Mole
I think children's television can be beautiful and inspiring -- it's just that sadly most of it isn't.  As with most children (I'm guessing /hoping), my 3-year-old loves 'The Box'. I try to limit viewing but I have to admit it can sometimes come in handy to have him be still for half an hour whilst ...
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BABY
Peekaboo Farm, fun Iphone app for toddlers
Sometimes we experience moments with our kids that bring tears to our eyes. Like recently, when my 2-year-old boy bravely stepped forward to sing his St. Maarten song for the strangers in the doorway, raising his homemade lantern in his hand, trying to sing the well memorized song but barely making himself heard thanks to losing his voice to a ...
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MUSIC, FILMS & APPS
Dan Zanes and Friends
I love this man.  I love his hair.  I love his music.  My husband should seriously watch his back. Dan Zanes sings quintessential, feel good, "family" music -- each song more unique and catchy than the next.   He used to be the front man for a band called the Del Fuegos and what I love ...
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