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BEAUTY
Homemade Lavender Essential Oil
If I had to choose my favorite summer smell it would be the smell of the sea and lavender. Unfortunately I can’t bottle up the first one but I can do that with the lavender! And if only I knew how very easy it is to do it I’d make tens of them every year. ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Thursday Thoughts: 'Read the Room' -- advice for kids
I have recently realised that a lot of my parenting philosophies can be synthesised down into a few short phrases or even words. The phrases have changed with the years (I don't seem to be screaming a simple "Stop!" that often anymore). Some phrases, I am sure, have been used since the dawn of time. ...
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MAMA
A stylish summer with the Hatch Plage collection
Both Courtney and I love wearing Hatch. Their elegant yet easy-to-wear pieces are some of our most favourite staples in our wardrobe -- pregnant, or not! I love how the simple fact that the collection is designed around a changing body makes the clothing so attractive to all kinds of body shapes. I just came back from a weekend at ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
Notabag, a foldable bag AND backpack in one!
Here in the Netherlands, like in many other countries, shops are not allowed to hand out plastic carrying bags for free. Because of this, most people will bring re-useable carrying bags when (grocery) shopping -- a great effort to reduce some of the plastic waste which we already have way too much of in our environment. The ...
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SHOPUP
A recap from our first, very fun East London ShopUp!
It's been a bit of a whirlwind for me these last few weeks -- traveling from Amsterdam to LA for our ShopUp there, coming back to Amsterdam just in time to celebrate King's Day 🍊, then packing again the next day for a little road trip with my family to the north of England. From there we ...
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OUTDOORS
The Micro Beach Wagon -- an excellent companion, even in the city
One of the pesky little things of living in this beautiful city of mine is transport. All my friends who live outside of Paris own a car. The simplicity of jumping into a car and driving to a shop, loading the groceries or bigger items from the trolly to the boot of the car and ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites: Best Newborn Baby Gift Ideas
Do you have a signature newborn baby gift that you always give? Or gifts you've received that were just so thoughtful and unique?  That newborn baby time is so special -- a time for fun and thoughtful gift giving, so we have curated our two dozen favourite gift ideas to share with you. With ideas that range ...
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SHOPUP
Coming up very soon: A springtime ShopUp in East London!
It is exciting times over here at Babyccino! Not only are we off to Los Angeles this week for the LA ShopUp, we are also in the midst of planning our very first London Spring ShopUp (taking place the weekend of the 6th of May)! We are super excited as not only will we have loads of new shops ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
Essential packing for a weekend with the kids (with Lo & Sons)
If you love traveling, there's also the packing to deal with beforehand. Before children, this was part of the fun for me. The anticipation of going away would slowly build up with every list I would make, every item of clothing I would put aside, each travel-sized toiletry I would purchase... Nowadays (having to pack not just for myself but also ...
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SKIN CARE AND MAKE UP
Natural Mascara from Gaya: a must-have!
I (used to) love make-up. That was pre-kids when time was something I still had, but now to be honest I’m too lazy for it. I only use mascara when I don’t forget and a concealer when the nights are too rough. Another thing is that I'm really complicated when it comes to skincare products. ...
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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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PREGNANCY
The Dutch (home) birth box
In light of Courtney's latest post and her plan for a beautiful home birth, I thought to tell you about something special we have here in the Netherlands: the 'birth box'. In our country, giving birth is considered a natural happening, not a medical one. Home births are still fairly common (around one in 8 women ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Family walks and how to display collected treasures
  What do you normally do with those little treasures that children find on family walks? The inside of many jacket pockets and the back of many drawers are often their final resting place. Such a sad end, considering how much excitement, enthusiasm and pride accompanied their discovery. So instead of losing these beloved little ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
When to consider speech therapy and other types of educational support
About a year ago my youngest daughter, who was holding a book, turned to me and said, "Mommy, it is really interesting -- I can see this letter in my head, but I cannot manage to write it on a piece of paper". I was intrigued, and like a good French person, went straight to ...
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FOR MUMS
Happy holidays! And some favourite posts from 2016...
Oh what a busy month it's been! With all the holiday festivities and Christmas preparations, the past month has sped by and we can't believe the Christmas holidays are here already. It's time to slow down now and enjoy this magical season with family and friends. We wanted to wish you all a very happy holiday ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Lollipop year planners
I was in my friend Julie's lovely apartment the other day and as always I couldn't stop gazing at all the pretty things around me. She's just so creative and has such great style, it's apparent in every little corner of her house! One thing that struck me and which I thought was SO clever, ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Our annual Holiday Gift Guides!
I am literally still finding places to stash the Halloween candies away... and holiday season is already slowly making its way into our consciousness. To top it all off, it has even started snowing in Paris! Not long and it did not settle -- but enough to get us into the mood and bring out ...
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SERVICES
Worm London -- they do flowers AND books
It's no secret I love books, and I love flowers just as much. So when I came across a gifting service which perfectly mixes the two, then it was a given I was going to fall for them! Worm London intrigued me right from their beginning. I found them on IG as I noticed something ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
The power of the embarrassing parent!
My kids are wonderful (of course I would say that), strong willed, independent little women and on the whole, they are easy to get along with. But there are moments where they seem to feel that, by repeating over and over and over again that they want a packet of chocolate eggs in the isle of ...
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PARENTING
A blanket of love
Last February we received devastating news. Laurens, the 5-year-old son of friends here in Amsterdam, had suffered cardiac arrest while playing hide-and-seek in the hallway of the hotel the family was staying in during their skiing holiday in Switzerland. CPR was given until the ambulance arrived and Laurens was transferred to a hospital in the mountains and later to ...
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BABY
Teething -- with two sweet brands
We have a drooly, constantly sticking his hands (plural) in his mouth, six-month-old babe. He's been teething for half of his life now, and still no teeth! Poor bubba. The teething began one day after we flew overseas for the start of our summer holiday. (What timing!) But there was no denying it, teeth are on the way and we needed to comfort him ...
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FOR MUMS
Nap & Pack, A Beautiful Moses Basket with Multi Purposes
This Moses Basket, hand woven by Design Dua in Ghana, is simply beautiful. It would be a great shower gift, or a unique addition to your home if you are expecting a new baby, and it is also practical as well as pretty! Made by traditional craftspeople, this multifunctional item is really a work of ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Thursday Thoughts: Cooking and kids
This summer we have been cooking a lot. Nothing special or extravagant - but simple, good food that you don't need recipes for. I wanted my kids (now 10 and 8) to be able cook a full meal: starter, main and desert, without a recipe book. Here is my thinking:  We visit so many friends ...
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These 3 small and independent boutiques have just joined our portal, check them out! @madeyoulookpdx bring you the best selection of classic toys and thoughtfully designed small products - from local makers to those on the other side of the world. And they have a 'shop by age' option that we love! @baby_cloud_new_york: how sweet are these Japanese and Japanese-inspired baby clothing and care essentials made from super soft cotton! @addieharry offer a range of beautiful, British bedding, homewares and accessories for little ones - all featuring exclusive prints. Now 25% off on their whole collection Follow the link in profile to have a look at all our new shops! #babyccinoboutiques #newshop
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LA moms, @theshopup is back for a great Day 2 at @officepartyofficeparty and the cutest little kids are already in full shopping mode🤗! We're open until 5pm, 4514 North Figueroa St. Come with the whole family, there are crafts for kids and yummy snacks! ( @roseandrex) #TheShopUp #theshopupla
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Oh how we love the latest book from @oliverjeffers! 'Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth' is a praise to the earth and all that is living on top of it. Esther shares more about this extra special book on the blog, link in profile! #babyccinoreads
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The sun is shining in LA and our special Holiday @theshopup is in full swing! We're here at @officepartyofficeparty until 5pm, come by for the best shopping (we want everything from @lilbellies booth️) and for a great family day! Check out @theshopup stories for more snaps and videos #TheShopUp #theshopupla
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How cute is this personalised peg-doll family? We think they would make the perfect present for a loved one️! For more inspiring personalised gifts ideas, follow the link in profile, we have selected 10 unique and special items that can be customised! #babyccinotopten #holidaygifts #personalisedgifts
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Tomorrow is the day!@theshopup is back in LA at @officepartyofficeparty from 11am until 5pm for a very special Holiday edition! The best independent boutiques for kids and mamas, yummy nibbles, crafts and so much more - don't miss it! Entry is FREE as usual!(follow the link in profile for all practical info) #TheShopUp #theshopupla
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Do you like skiing with your family - like Esther and her family who enjoy the snow and the mountains every year in Italy? Or do you think skiing with kids is way too complicated (the equipment! the lessons! the different pick up times!)? If you're in the latter category, read about @powderbyrne today on the blog! They create the perfect, stress-free ski holidays for families worldwide. Time to book some winter fun! Follow the link in profile to find out more️
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Beautiful clothing, innovative sleeping bags and practical smocks - check out these 3 new shops that have recently been added to our portal! (swipe to discount each of them!) @sisiandseb: a collection of handpicked clothing and accessories of exceptional quality, real heirloom pieces that you'll want to keep or pass on, to see enjoyed again and again. @ergopouch: clever swaddles, sleeping bags and suits that have been specifically designed to help your little one's (and you!) have a great night's sleep @bigbiblondon: made from linen or cotton, these generously sized tunics will keep clothes clean in style from neck to knee - isn't it amazing? Follow the link in profile to have a look at all our new boutiques! #babyccinoboutiques #newshop
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This might be the easiest Autumn craft project ever! Your little ones will love making these cute felted acorns, find the DIY on the blog today, link in profile! #craftsanddiy #autumncrafts #fallcrafts
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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 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
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Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
7 months 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!
11 months ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
1 year ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
1 year 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!)
1 year 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!
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.
1 year ago
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!
1 year ago