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Diwali – The Festival of Light
Here in the northern hemisphere, the season of dark days has begun and if you live in a multicultural city, or even near one, you may have also seen the celebrations of light. This time of year also sees The Festival of Light, Diwali, the largest in the Hindu tradition, celebrated all over the planet. ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Autumnal Pumpkins, a simple DIY
Pumpkins are not just for Halloween! And although they could (and should) be perfectly appropriate for early and late October, they are also perfect now as their own Autumnal display or centrepiece. It is not too late to make these, and I plan on keeping ours on the table until after Thanksgiving. Along with our ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Memorizing Poetry, a lost art? Let's talk about the benefits.
I'm just back from Community Meeting at my children's school, which is a short weekly gathering of all the children in grades PreK-3 (so, ages 4 through 8 or 9 years old) and their parents. Typically at Community Meetings we sing together or listen to presentations from various classes on their studies, but the theme of ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
LOLA art boxes, the fabulous Holiday Edition!
LOLA Art Boxes are the most wonderful way to introduce creativity in your family. Every month, the talented LOLA (short for Lots of Lovely Art) team assembles everything you need to create three artist-inspired projects, including an introduction to the artist, recommendations on books or artworks to discover and galleries to visit, plus of course ...
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BOOKS
Picture Books for Toddlers: Wilkie's current favourites
About a year ago, I shared a selection of Wilkie's favourite picture books, many of which are still on rotation as his favourite bedtime reads. But he's beginning to enjoy the slightly longer stories now, and we have a few to add to that list. I snapped a photo of his current go-to books, most ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Fagus Wooden Vehicles
When I think about the toys my children play with daily, the ones I see off the shelf, in the middle of the floor day in and out, our Fagus vehicles come immediately to mind. Much has been written on this site about the team's very favorite toys for children (this list of evergreen, open-ended toys ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Falling Leaves -- make Stained Glass
We love seasonal crafts at Babyccino, and Autumn is such a colourful time to embrace the vibrant Fall outdoor palette, and bring it indoors before things quickly change! I grew up making this 'stained glass' craft each year. Perfect for rainy days, or a relaxed afternoon activity after a walk. My children loved this craft ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Now live: the 2019 Babyccino Holiday Gift guides!
Attention everyone! Our annual Babyccino holiday gift guides are NOW live! Full of wonderful ideas and inspiration, we are offering 6 great gift guides this year: Gifts for Children Gifts for Mama Gifts for Babies Stocking Fillers Partywear Holiday Decor Ranging from the practical and pretty to the meaningful and memorable, you will find tons ...
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OUTDOORS
Cider Making
Last week we added new activity to the ones we traditionally use to welcome and celebrate the autumn season, and I'd love to share a bit about it. For the first time, we attended a community cider pressing near our home in Maine, bringing apples from our trees to add to those picked and brought ...
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BOOKS
"Hotel Flamingo" by Alex Milway -- a sweet series for the young
A friend recently told me about Hotel Flamingo so when I saw a copy in our local library I immediately picked it up for Florence. It is absolutely delightful and we've both fallen in love with the characters, especially Madame Le Pig, the amazing chef. It's a new series by Alex Milway and true to the ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Monopoly Deal -- a new favourite family game (which is perfect for traveling too!)
This summer we met with family friends during our holiday in France, and our children were introduced to a new game: Monopoly Deal. Which is basically 'Mini Monopoly' -- not only in size but also in time! The size of a deck of cards, this game can be played in just about 15 minutes and ...
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BOOKS
'Would you Rather...?' by John Burningham
I remember the first time I played a 'Would you Rather...' game. I was a freshman in college and we played in my friend's dorm room, laughing our heads off. So fun! Who doesn't love thinking about silly, outrageous potential circumstances and weighing up your favourite (or least terrible) of your options?! Haha. When I ...
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BOOKS
Early Riser Companion: Rhythms & Rituals, Traditions & Transitions by Elizabeth Antonia
Longtime readers of this blog will remember reading posts from Elizabeth Antonia in Los Angeles. She has been a friend of ours for many years, has contributed to this blog, supported our LA-based ShopUp events and has been a wonderful supporter of Babyccino. I remember the first time she told me her idea for the ...
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PICTURE BOOKS
'Hey Grandude!' -- a picture book by Paul McCartney!
Grandude is not your everyday kind of grandfather. True, he has some stereotypical grandfather characteristics. He lives in a very normal house in a very normal street. He has snow-white hair and a tendency to fall asleep in his armchair. But, he also has something extraordinary and utterly amazing: he owns a magical compass! When ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Encouraging children to read! Here are ten tips.
Both my oldest children are avid readers. Especially Sara is the kind of person who reads everything she can get her hands on: novels, series, educational books, newspapers, magazines, the back of cereal boxes -- you name it. So recognisable: I was exactly the same as a child. (I always thought it had to do ...
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BOOKS
The Bear, the Piano, the Dog and the Fiddle by David Litchfield
The Bear, the Piano, the Dog and the Fiddle has recently become one of our favourite reads. Written by David Litchfield this is the sequel to the wonderful The Bear and the Piano.  Hector, the fiddle player, and his dog Hugo are the bestest of friends but when Hector retires, Hugo learns to play the ...
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BOOKS
'Cookies: Bite Sized Life Lessons'
Cooperation is, “how about I add the chocolate chips while you stir the cookie dough?” Patience is waiting, waiting, and more waiting for the cookies to be finished baking. And respect is offering the first cookie out of the oven to your grandmother. The book Cookies: Bite-Sized Life Lessons, is just that -- a book ...
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BOOKS
Our Summer reads
We are off on the road this week, so I have just come back from a last minute dash to the WH Smith down on Rue de Rivoli to pick up some good summer reads for all of us! I do have a Kindle but I still don't have to instinct of reading on it. ...
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BOOKS
'Read to Your Baby Every Day' edited by Rachel Williams, embroidered by Chloe Giordano
I adore gifting books and when a dear friend recently became a mama I was thrilled to find this beautiful book, Read to you Baby Every Day -- a compilation of 30 classic nursery rhymes to read aloud to your baby, each perfectly accompanied by the most stunning embroidered art work. This is a book to ...
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FUN
A fun summer find -- ECOBO Beach Toys
I finally, by total accident, recently came across non-plastic beach toys for our summer adventures, and couldn't help but share in case there are any other parents out there still on the hunt for the beach toys. A few weeks ago, I popped into one of my favorite shops, Port of Raleigh, for a birthday ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Are you competitive when you play games with your children?
Let me start by saying that I have huge respect for parents with an endless (endless!!) patience; parents who can play silly games with their children and let them win over and over again. I am not one of those parents. Of course I do sometimes play those silly games, and I do let my children ...
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RECIPES
Bee’s easy peasy one-bowl vegan vanilla sponge cake
This pesky vegan vanilla sponge cake recipe has taken me seven(!) attempts to perfect - I have been searching for the holy grail of ‘free-from’ baking for such a long time! The Victorian sponge cake recipes I’d settled for in the meantime, were temperamental, unreliable and ultimately, stress-inducing, and that’s not good enough. This vegan ...
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OUTDOORS
Ideas for a Super Simple DIY Fairy Garden
Here in North Carolina, the daylight hours have finally gifted us warm sunny days, and with that comes a renewed energy and longing to be outside as much as possible.  I’ve noticed to get my kids outside, I have to give them a little nudge. I can’t just tell my nearly 3 and 4-year-old “why ...
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Make your own Christmas wreath with our popular blog post by @laraoflondon ... it was such a hit from last year that we decided to share it again! See stories or bio for link. #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts
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These candy cane cookies are the easiest (and cutest) ideas to bake this month. See @laraoflondon ‘s simple how to, great for kids of all ages! On the blog and link in bio. #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts #babyccinoeats
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Announcement... we are going LIVE! Today is our last day of the London Christmas 2019 ShopUp! Join us in person and support small businesses OR if you can’t get to London in a flash, then join us live on @babyccinokids Instagram stories to tour the shops (get good ideas and shop from home!) and then join us again at 10.30 to hear our fabulous panel discussion ‘Cultural Richness around Bringing up Children’. Thanks to this little app you can join the party! See you at 10GMT. Don’t be late. @nelliequats @lotsoflovelyart @f.a.u.n.e @almaformula @vali_and_co @apolina_kids @manifestowoman @folpetto_swim @bonordic @catkinkids @littleborne @sisiandseb @binibamba @thesimplefolkco @kittyclogssweden @belhonore @elhee_france @71bis @smartmatkids @maisonjuli @intemporels.baby.knits @minilamode @cutecouturelondon @ollie_jays @risurisuparis @_deuxlapins_ @tilian.kids @thenatty.co @tajinebanane @omibianatural @igrowco @laustineyourdreams @annafielondon @shoppretago @princessandthecake @atticusandgilda @katewoodscrafts @kamsokids @luna.and.river @rainerandbear @finandzee @at.london @marlonandlittlefriends @cherry_bandits @nousetpaname @baininbaby @beabondworld @bulb_london @milie_et_hector @una_bambolina @lollyandkin @bloomingandglowing @gens_de_confiance @smocklondon @beepotion @guepesetpapillons @pinwheelkids_uk @beatriceandbee @otedd_kids @bananaboxers @tree_lylondon @atelier_rosemood_uk #theshopup #london #londonmarkets #chelsea #oldtownhallchelsea #kidsshopping #shopindependent #shoplocal #supportthemakers #shopsmall
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A great first day with 60 shops, dozens of activities, and more! ️ Tomorrow we have more fun in store... stay tuned for our morning announcement when everyone around the globe will be able to ‘tune in’ ...
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On Monday at #theshopup we welcome you to join us in the café at 10.30 for a panel talk called ‘Cultural Richness around Bringing up Children.’ The talk will focus on the differences of annual rituals and family relationships in a broader cultural differentiation. With a panel of seven amazing women around our table representing different cultural backgrounds, we will talk about heritage and diversity as well as adaptiveness and similarities, threading together different points of view. The panel : Zainab @themontessoristudio Africa @thevitamindproject Fatima @princessandthecake Lauren @aspiringkennedy Seyi @kamsokids Kim @kimbaarda Amandine @amandine.lw And shop with us at @nelliequats @lotsoflovelyart @f.a.u.n.e @almaformula @vali_and_co @apolina_kids @manifestowoman @folpetto_swim @bonordic @catkinkids @littleborne @sisiandseb @binibamba @thesimplefolkco @kittyclogssweden @belhonore @elhee_france @71bis @smartmatkids @maisonjuli @intemporels.baby.knits @minilamode @cutecouturelondon @ollie_jays @risurisuparis @_deuxlapins_ @tilian.kids @thenatty.co @tajinebanane @omibianatural @igrowco @laustineyourdreams @annafielondon @shoppretago @princessandthecake @atticusandgilda @katewoodscrafts @kamsokids @luna.and.river @rainerandbear @finandzee @at.london @marlonandlittlefriends @cherry_bandits @nousetpaname @baininbaby @beabondworld @bulb_london @milie_et_hector @una_bambolina @lollyandkin @bloomingandglowing @gens_de_confiance @smocklondon @beepotion @guepesetpapillons @pinwheelkids_uk @beatriceandbee @otedd_kids @bananaboxers #theshopup #london #londonmarkets #chelsea #oldtownhallchelsea #kidsshopping #shopindependent #shoplocal #supportthemakers #shopsmall
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London ShopUp is getting ready! ️ Come to the ShopUp this Sunday and Monday for the very best family friendly popup event in town! Find fun activities and interesting workshops for the entire family, take your photo with Santa, have a healthy bite in the cozy café and shop SPECIAL and SMALL from over 60 of the coolest, most amazing independent boutiques and brands!! We will be there!! @theshopup by @babyccinokids Chelsea Old Town Hall King's Road, London SW3 5EE December 1st & 2nd Sunday from 11:00 to 18:00 Monday from 10:00 to 17:00 @nelliequats @lotsoflovelyart @f.a.u.n.e @almaformula @vali_and_co @apolina_kids @manifestowoman @folpetto_swim @bonordic @catkinkids @littleborne @sisiandseb @binibamba @thesimplefolkco @kittyclogssweden @belhonore @elhee_france @71bis @smartmatkids @maisonjuli @intemporels.baby.knits @minilamode @cutecouturelondon @ollie_jays @risurisuparis @_deuxlapins_ @tilian.kids @thenatty.co @tajinebanane @omibianatural @igrowco @laustineyourdreams @annafielondon @shoppretago @princessandthecake @atticusandgilda @katewoodscrafts @kamsokids @luna.and.river @rainerandbear @finandzee @at.london @marlonandlittlefriends @cherry_bandits @nousetpaname @baininbaby @beabondworld @bulb_london @milie_et_hector @una_bambolina @lollyandkin @bloomingandglowing @gens_de_confiance @smocklondon @beepotion @guepesetpapillons @pinwheelkids_uk @beatriceandbee @otedd_kids @bananaboxers @atelier_rosemood_uk @laraoflondon Zainab @themontessoristudio Africa @thevitamindproject Fatima @princessandthecake Lauren @aspiringkennedy Seyi @kamsokids Kim @kimbaarda Amandine @amandine.lw
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Meet Zainab, a born and bred Londoner with a South-African and Libyan background. She is originally a graphic designer, but recently retrained as a Montessori teacher and runs positive parenting workshops in the Montessori spirit. Together with her Indian/Pakistani husband and their darling little girl and baby boy, they live quite an international and culturally interesting family life! Zainab will be a new Contributor for #babyccinokids sharing tips and thoughts about Montessori parenting, but also helping us to learn about her family and friends’ celebrations and rituals. Welcome @themontessoristudio ️ #montessori #culture #tradition
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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!
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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
2 years ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
2 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!)
3 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!
3 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.
3 years ago