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Botanical Hammer Printing - A Fun Activity for Older Kids
If you're looking for something a little bit different to try over the holidays or the kids simply fancy a change from the usual drawing and colouring then this is a great activity. Botanical hammer printing is a fun way to capture the colours of a season, it's super easy, oh and did I mention ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
A DIY Fairy House Kit
Rose & Rex is a NY based toyshop that I've written about before -- I'm a big fan of their sustainable and elegant toys and their dedication to imaginative play. When we were camping at the seaside a few weeks ago we brought this adorable Fairy House Kit that they had sent us a little while ago. It ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
A Perfect Summer Activity -- Solar Prints
Growing up I absolutely loved making solar prints, and now I get to create them with my daughter who loves them as well! Solar prints are also great to do with friends on weekends away, and has been a big hit. Solar prints, also known as cyanoprints, or sun prints, are made using photoreactive paper, ...
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BOOKS
'Twist', yoga poems written by Janet S. Wong
It's been a crazy school year for Helena. Another change of school, another curriculum to follow and a whole new set of rules to become familiar with. She is a true natural when it comes to moving and although it looks like she's always super confident and easily adaptable she is a natural worrier. I ...
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BOOKS
'The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts' by Maja Safstrom
I bought this book, The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts a while back as I knew Helena would be mesmerised by the facts, then took it to Holland one half term holiday and showed it to her cousins. Very quickly they eagerly swopped facts with each other so there was nothing left to do but ...
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EDUCATION
Lil'Ollo -- introducing a second language to young children
Last week we were camping at the seaside, and the kids and I were playing around with some products the recently launched company Lil'Ollo had sent us: beautifully designed games, posters and flash cards, all aimed at introducing a second language to children at a young age and in a playful, creative and imaginative way. ...
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BOOKS
The 'Little People, Big Dreams' book series
We have recently discovered the Little People, Big Dreams series and we're just loving them all! Each story uncovers the lives of empowering, outstanding women. Each one had a dream as a child and went on to fulfil it. Florence sat with me to read Maya Angelou's story and together we followed her biography from ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
DIY Yarn Wrapped Letters
How fun and cheery are these yarn wrapped wall letters! We're so pleased with how they turned out that I thought I'd share this simple DIY. The method is quite self explanatory but here are some tips to help you on your way, you'll need medium weight card, tracing paper, scissors and a selection of ...
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BOOKS
'Julia, Child' -- words by Kyo Maclear and pictures by Julie Morstad
I am such a fan of Julie Morstad's illustrations. I've written about her books before -- always sweet, fresh and rather unassuming. A total reflection of an enthusiastic childhood. Morstad has perfectly teamed up with writer Kyo Maclear and their book, Julia, Child is currently one of our favourites. An uplifting book about two friends who love ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Fun Nature Hunt Memory Game
Last week, during a lazy afternoon in St James' park, the kids and I came up with a game to while away some time in the sunshine - we're calling it the Nature Hunt Memory Game. I actually remember playing something very similar to this at Brownies when I was younger and I'm sure it's ...
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SEWING AND KNITTING
Wiksten Patterns
I absolutely love to sew. I love the process itself and also the fact I have created something for my children. I wish and sometimes even dare to dream about times I’ll have just a few more hours all to myself so I can do it more. In the meantime I’m pilling up all the ...
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COLOURING AND ACTIVITY BOOKS
Colouring Bath Books from Wee Gallery
Wee Gallery has just come out with two of the most genius bath books I have ever seen. I am not even kidding when I tell you I’m the one playing with them the most in our house. They are just so.much.fun! So much fun. What’s so special about them is that they look like normal bath ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Biology and Beauty -- Hatching Butterflies at Home
While on holiday last month, we received the most exciting parcel in the mail. On the box, it said 'LIVE INSECTS, OPEN IMMEDIATELY!’ And sparked a lot of curiosity and excitement. We opened up the box, a gift sent from our very clever friends, and inside was a cup of caterpillars waiting to become butterflies! ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites : Family Games
Games are one of the best ways to put aside all the distractions of modern day life, and just have some fun together as a family... and perhaps even get a bit competitive! :) We have chosen these games because most of them can be played from three years old, which means everyone can join in and bond ...
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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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BOOKS
"The Wonderful Things You Will Be" by Emily Winfield Martin
My sweet friend Sarah sent Wilkie this gorgeous book last week, and I don't know if it's the hormones or just the sweet poetic verse (probably both!), but it made me well up with tears while reading it. The Wonderful Things You Will be by Portland-based author/illustrator, Emily Winfield Martin, is a beautifully illustrated book that celebrates all the ...
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BOOKS
Our '9 Months' book is out now!
  Hooray! Our 9 Months book is finally out and available to order! Above is a little promo video we filmed a couple months ago (before Wilkie!) where we explain the inspiration behind the book, and you can see some sneak peeks at the pages inside. As we mentioned in an earlier post, we have spent ...
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INTERVIEWS
5 Questions with Maria and Denitza from Ciao Bimba
At Babyccino we are big fans of toys that inspire free play, provide room for creativity and support emotional development. Of those toys that leave room for the magic… Ciao Bimba make beautiful Waldorf-style, all-natural dolls that are all of this and more. The mamas behind this collection have a sweet but meaningful story to ...
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FUN
Simple Blocks in Confetti Colours
  We received these colourful blocks from a thoughtful friend as a recent birthday gift, and they are really fun to play with! Normally I prefer toys in neutral colours and natural materials, but sometimes it is refreshing to mix it up, and a friend with a good eye for design and style is a ...
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BOOKS
Tom Schamp's Top Ten Book List
  We are big fans of Tom Schamp. His latest book Show & Tell Me The World offers a world of discovery for young and older children to enjoy. It's a huge, almost dictionary like book which guides children through the variations of daily life. Bright, inviting, exciting and meticulously detailed it's an entertaining book which ...
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TOYS & GAMES
The amazing Rose & Rex toy shop (at the LA ShopUp)!
We met the lovely Allie at our last ShopUp event in Brooklyn, NY and we fell head over heels in love with her beautiful toy shop Rose & Rex. The shop offers the most elegant toys, all carefully selected not only for their heirloom qualities and sustainable, toxic free materials, but mostly to promote imaginative play and encourage the development of skill building, ...
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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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CRAFTS AND DIY
Wooden Bunny: 5-Minute Easter Craft
Easter is literally just days away and as usual I am not prepared at all! I mean we don’t even have any Easter eggs or anything but I’m hoping to persuade my kids to do a few Easter crafts with me this weekend. I really love this one that I found in one of our ...
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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 oil1 butternut squash1 red onion2 red peppers2 garlic cloves4 vine tomatoes150g quinoasea salt & freshly ground pepper300 ml vegetable stock2 tbsp red wine vinegar25g raisins80g black olivesAnd for the garnish:a handful of chervilfeta (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!
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