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When the sea calls...
This past Saturday, despite the weather being quite cold and windy, we felt the urge to drive out of London and get ourselves to the seaside. Friends laughed at us when we told them we were going to drive two hours only to spend a cold day at the beach, but it turned out to be ...
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OUTDOORS
How to care for your tulips
I grew up in a small farming town about half way between Seattle and Vancouver, Canada. The area is known for the wonderful produce that is grown there, including all the delicious berries in the summer, but is probably best known for the hundreds of acres of tulip fields that bloom each spring (I have previously ...
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AUTUMN CRAFTS
A fun way to use all those conkers your kids have collected
My friend, AC, is one of those wild outdoorsy types (in the coolest of ways, of course) who embraces the outdoors, no matter the weather, and comes up with the most creative and fun ways to entertain her kids. She's such a fun mama, and I'm really hoping she'll rub off on me a bit in the ...
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OUTDOORS
This boy, and balls!
Pim's football (soccer) season has started and yesterday we went to the first training of the term. Pim really enjoys his weekly football, and Tamar and I always joke that he is a real team player, but certainly not a champ. Meaning, he loves to be in the company of his friends, chit-chatting with the boys and having a good time -- ...
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AUTUMN CRAFTS
The Little Things... A Nature Scavenger Hunt
Beautiful leaves are falling on the forest grounds, beechnuts, hazelnuts and chestnuts can easily be found (a tasty discovery!), and upon close forest floor examination, a world of interesting insects can be explored. A little walk outdoors, just a few steps in the autumn nature, opens up an entire world! Ava and her two little ...
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FOOD
Perfect Picnics!
Did you know that last week was National Picnic Week here in the UK? It's an initiative to encourage people to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. (With this lousy weather we're having, it's true we all need a bit of encouragement! Blaaah!) Anyway, we thought we would roll with the picnic theme and ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Don't forget the birds!
This is a project I remember from when I was a child. Every winter my mum would buy a big bag of peanuts, and we would sit down and string them together in long garlands, to decorate the trees and feed the hungry birds. This week, the birds must be especially hungry (it's freezing cold ...
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INTERESTING ARTICLES
Stick significance
Right next to our front door there's an ever present collection of sticks. Our 5-year-old son Pim is like a dog, seriously! Every time we go to the park, he will find a stick and insists on taking it home. Some of them are too big for him to carry alone, so he has to ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
A beach scavenger hunt
My kids and I spent last week at my family's beach house on Bainbridge Island, just off Seattle. We had friends from Belgium join us, and our six kids ran around from dawn until way after dusk playing on the beach and swimming in the cold water. When we woke up one morning to blustery ...
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DIY FOR MUMS
DIY: a picnic basket
One of the things that we most love about the arrival of summer is to have picnics! Prepare a simple meal and eat it outdoors -- it is just sooo nice. And I am definitely ready for it. I loved it when I found these cute carton picnic boxes at SelpPackaging,  so ideal for giving them a ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Gardening time!
This weekend we had such a treat: one day without rain and even (yes!) a few rays of sunshine!! Hurray for May! Seriously, the weather has been so lousy here in Amsterdam, we're in much need of sun. Anyway, we decided it was time to spend a day in our little garden to plant all ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
A mum's best friend
I had a look through my handbag today. The amount of rubbish I carry around with me is unbelievable. No wonder I have an achy back! But between all the rubbish are some essential items that just need to be in my handbag 24/7. There is lip balm, some tissues and my wallet. There is also my ...
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FOOD
Nasturtiums -- a gardeners dream!
In Dutch we call them 'East Indian Cress' -- my favourite plant in our garden! I love the pretty round leaves of the nasturtiums, I love how wild and crazy (and easy!) they grow, and I love the beautiful, tissue-paper-like flowers, with their bright, happy colours. Both the leaves and the flowers of the nasturtium ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Outdoor ice baubles
I picked my son up from his kindergarten today and these were hanging on the trees outside -- what a 'cool' (get it?) idea! Yesterday, the children had chosen leaves and set them on plates covered in water with a loop of string hanging over the edge.  Overnight the ice had frozen into these beautiful ...
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AUTUMN CRAFTS
A bonfire craft...
Things I love: Outdoor fires Fireworks Mulled wine (or cider) Sticky sausages in soft floury rolls Mugs of slightly spicy soup Wrapping up warm when its cold outside My husband So for all of the above it seemed fitting that my husband and I married on the 5th November (for all those non-Brits the 05/11 ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Water-resistant garlands from Hip Hooray
I recently discovered these nifty reusable SmartGarlands from Hip Hooray. What makes them so brilliant is that they look like the beautiful tissue paper garlands I love so much... yet they're made of a water-resistant, high density polyethylene material which makes them super durable and totally reusable.  I can't tell you how many garlands I've ...
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OUTDOORS
For the little budding gardener
Considering how gardening helps children learn about the cycle of life and about time, patience, nature, and cause and effect... I can't think of a better gift for a child than this mini greenhouse by HaPe. Not to mention the cool design -- it is made of birch plywood and bamboo and cleverly designed to ...
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OUTDOORS
Bacsac -- a garden on the go
I have been hankering for my own vegetable garden for some time now.  Whenever I hear stories of the home veggie garden type, the abundant yield of fresh, nutritious and ripe fruit and vegetables that costs so little and provides endless enjoyment for the whole family, I am, pardon the pun, green with envy. But ...
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LONDON
Kew Gardens
When the girls asked me to write for Babyccino one of my first ideas for a post was Kew Gardens.  We got to know the Royal Botanical Gardens when we moved down South and immediately became members. We now go every couple of weeks and still love it just as much -- it is such ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
Camping: The good, the bad and the ugly
We’ve just completed our 30-day drive up the eastern coast of Australia in a campervan, driving more than 4,000 km from Sydney to Cairns with a few detours in between. We did and saw some amazing things, but I think it’s safe to say that we’re happy our camping days are behind us! I’m still ...
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LONDON
Battersea Park
Weekends are always for adventures and when we stumbled from our cosy little burrow last summer into Battersea Park we hit upon treasure.  The Park is situated just south of the river between the Albert and the Chelsea Bridge.  We drove and parked up at one of the many car-parks around the park.  We got ...
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OUTDOORS
Neuilly Swimming Pool
The summer is almost over, and we are trying to use every available ray of sunshine before the leaves start falling off the trees and the cool weather starts creeping up on us. Last weekend we headed off to the swimming pool and the aim was to go swimming outside and nothing was going to ...
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OUTDOORS
Paris Plage
It is that time of year again here in Paris: the right bank of the Seine has been taken over by lounge chairs, palm trees, sun and sand. If you happen to be in Paris for the month of August (most Parisians have left for the country and the city is spookily quiet) Paris Plage ...
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Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
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Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
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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.
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