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CRAFTS AND DIY
Make your own insect hotel using a tin can and help insects survive the winter months
Let's make our own insect hotel craft! Our gardens, river banks, prairies and forests are busy with a new set of activities. Bugs are looking for a new home... The leaves are slowly starting to change colours. Then they begin to fall and the air becomes crisper in autumn. Soon we will see less insects ...
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OUTDOORS
SEEK (and find out amazing facts) -- the ONE app our children use!
Seek is our one and only app that our children use. It started in lockdown over the Spring, as things sprung to life, and our children would ask us 'what's that?' So my husband found the answer, which was for all of us to learn more from the world of amazing digital technology by using ...
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AUTUMN CRAFTS
Autumn Equinox -- a day of balance (and fifteen favourite fall activities)
I was talking to Lara earlier today, and she was reminding me of the start of Autumn happening today. Autumn! Today, the bright daylight hours and the dark nightly hours are of equal length. From now on, the days will get shorter, the nights will get longer... until the longest night, Winter Solstice (taking place on December ...
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PICTURE BOOKS
From Tiny Seeds: The Amazing Story of How Plants Travel is a fascinating book
From Tiny Seeds... the amazing story of how plants travel by Émilie Vast is a truly beautiful book. This book is visual poetry, combined with fascinating facts. Émilie Vast is a talented author and illustrator. And I personally adore every page so much I could easily frame them to admire the graphic yet gentle patterns ...
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OUTDOORS
Little Green Fingers for the Summer Garden
Summer here in London is still young enough that we can get a good crop of veggies and herbs going in even the smallest of city gardens or balconies, and with that comes many opportunities of learning for my two little gardeners. Even though I am a trained Montessori teacher, it has been a learning ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Floral Monograms -- collect the best of summer memories in this DIY artwork
The upside to lockdown for us was time. We used the time to be more resourceful, more experimental, and a bit more considerate with what we had and how we used things. I remember the one small container of glue we treated as if it was gold, knowing I could get more, but not as ...
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FOOD
Wild Garlic Pesto -- foraging for a delicious meal!
Welcome to another recipe using yummy foraged finds! Making sure they are very safe to eat, from a healthy, clean place is the first rule for foraging of course. But we loved finding this food from the wild and made a very large batch of wild garlic pesto. We have had numerous meals -- adding ...
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OUTDOORS
A Den Kit that will make memories!
This is the outdoor den of childhood memories. The den you can imagine a grandfather finding in the corner of his garden shed and reminiscing about the time that him and one of his buddies once slept outdoors in it, watched the stars, then snuck back inside to raid the cookie jar. But this den, ...
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OUTDOORS
Winter Scavenger Hunt - a fun outside activity
Here in the Northern Hemisphere, December means shorter, darker and often colder days, which can sometimes make getting outside feel difficult, especially in the late afternoons and early evenings after the sun has already set. If you're looking for an idea to help children run off that pre-dinner energy, let me suggest a winter scavenger ...
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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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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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OUTDOORS
Our cubby house -- by Castle & Cubby
Last year, around this time, I met Kellie and Jonathan Stones at an event here in Byron. Kellie and Jonathan are the husband and wife team behind the family-run business, Castle & Cubby -- they design and create the coolest, eco-friendly cubby houses, tree houses, mud kitchens, sand pits, garden boxes and outside furniture! How ...
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OUTDOORS
Isamu Noguchi's Playscapes in Atlanta, Georgia
The way we travel has changed a bit since having children, and the single largest shift involves making time to find and explore new playgrounds. My husband grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and on a recent visit to spend time with his parents, who still live there, we spent a morning at Isamu Noguchi's Playscapes ...
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OUTDOORS
Weltevree (a swing in a tree without a branch)
One of the most romantic things I can imagine is a sweet little cottage with an orchard behind it, a few children running barefoot in the grass and a swing in one of the apple trees. An old table in the middle of the grass with a colourful table cloth and a jug of fresh ...
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OUTDOORS
Watercolour sidewalk chalk -- such a simple but genius idea!
I took this photo a few months ago here in Amsterdam on one of the last warm and sunny days of the year. This girl was drawing on the sidewalk with pavement chalk, and had the brilliant idea to add water and brushes to the fun -- resulting in deeper and brighter colours and a ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Cranberry Garland -- a simple little Christmas craft and decoration
Growing up, we always made cranberry garlands for our Christmas tree at home, and after posting a photo of my daughter making them last year on Instagram, I was surprised to realise it is not common in Europe! People loved the idea, and kept asking me how to do it, so I thought I would ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Road building with Waytoplay, a flexible and waterproof toy road system
Waytoplay is a super fun Dutch Design toy existing of 100% child safe rubber road segments that can easily be put together like a puzzle. Unbreakable, suitable for any surface AND water/weatherproof, children can roll out roads wherever they feel like and start playing. Be it in the garden, on the beach, in the bath ...
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AUTUMN CRAFTS
Gilded Leaf Garland -- a craft for all of Autumn
Last year we went into Autumn leaf collection overdrive, so I needed to find some clever ways to embrace the collection (mountain!) of leaves and create something artful from them. So today I will share our Autumnal gilded garland with you, which was done in stages and was really a very relaxed craft, especially since ...
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PARENTING
Our Sunday constitutional
We have a routine in our house, which, until now, I hadn't even identified as as routine. On Sunday I drag everyone out of the house for a Sunday constitutional, as I like to call it: a Sunday stroll. We do this in most weather conditions and it is one of my favourite moments of ...
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TOYS & GAMES
The Best Sand Toy - a pail for the beach and beyond
This packable and very useful pail has become our number one toy on every holiday we have taken over the past year, and it is an essential anytime we go where water and play are the plan! We usually prefer natural baskets like this one for walks and collecting items. But, this pail is FDA food safe, BPA ...
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THE LITTLE THINGS
The Little Things: Apple picking and traditional Dutch apple pie
It's been over a year since our last The Little Things post! Maud had a little baby boy called Max in the meantime, and you know, life has been overall so very busy. But we both love these little projects of ours, so I'm super happy to finally share a new The Little Things story ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites : Fifteen Best Rainwear Options
Rain, rain, go away... What do you and your family wear outdoors when the weather is wet and you don't want your clothes or spirits soaked. Rainwear is key! When Courtney and the family were in New Zealand, it basically rained for a month. You need really reliable rainwear so you can face the weather ...
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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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It’s never too late to be a superhero! See this simple but super fantastic mask making project on our link in bio. Perfect for any and every day of Autumn. #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts
2 hours ago
What treats do you have planned for tomorrow at home? How about this very yummy homemade Brown-Butter Maple Popcorn with Pecans from Lara. You’ll need: 6 tablespoons unsalted butter 6 tablespoons pure maple syrup 2 cups pecans, lightly crushed sea salt 1/2 cup popcorn kernels, popped (about 8 cups popped) Link in bio. @laraoflondon #babyccinoeats #babyccinokids
1 day ago
If you don’t have the energy(or time!) to go to the pumpkin patch, then try something new! You can ‘carve,’ paint and decorate cardboard pumpkins and then make them into perforated pumpkin luminaries. This method is ‘less mess and no stress’, using materials you already have on hand! See today’s new blog post, link in bio, from @bellamartinelli #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts
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How do you manage Halloween, if it is not your family tradition or religious practice to celebrate it? How do you feel about it and how do your children feel? We would love to hear. Zainab, our Contributor, shares her family’s first time at a pumpkin farm this week ... a rather ‘halloweeny’ trip during the school holidays where they had a had a lot of fun. But deeper than that, they marvelled at mother nature’s ability to create such beautiful and bounteous produce. How do you celebrate Halloween? Tell us and read her link in bio. #babyccinokids @themontessoristudio
2 days ago
The coolest @bananaboxers for all of the boys! These fun boxershorts are the perfect presents — they come in all sizes so you can match father and son too. Read more about this great UK brand on the blog (and find more pics of @estherbabyccino ‘s cute boys too!). #sponsored #bananaboxers #babyccinoboutiques
3 days ago
Sustainable Home’ by Christine Liu. It is a comprehensive and practical guide to environmental living, centred around the place I believe all lasting change must begin, the home. The Sustainable Home is divided up into the various spaces of your home, the living area, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom, and there are 18 step by step projects to inspire. Read Sydney’s thoughts on this useful book. Link in bio. @sydney.piercey #babyccinokids #babyccinoreads
4 days ago
The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace is a hidden gem in the heart of London. Perfect for half term or one to add to the bucket list. Lara’s family visited this summer and realised it ticked all the boxes — culture, history, horses, cars, carriages, and stories that have inspired fairytales! It’s a semi outdoor museum, so it’s easy to relax at, as well. Book a space and visit The Queen’s working stables, it’s a wonderful day in London. Link in bio from @laraoflondon. #babyccinokids @royalcollectiontrust #babyccinotravels #babyccinolondon #theroyalmewsbuckinghampalace #horsecrazy
4 days ago
If you don’t like waste and love a quick project that creates a lifetime of memories, this recipe is for you... Honey Roasted Pumpkin Seeds! You’ll need the following ingredients then head over to our blog to get the steps! Link in bio. Enjoy from @bellamartinelli 2.5 cups raw pumpkin seeds (cleaned and dried) 1 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons honey 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 🧡 #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats #pumpkinseeds
4 days ago
Need a new page turner perfectly pitched for ten years and older? Vanessa’s reviewed this mystery book (great for a Halloween week of spooky stories) ... A Murder Most Unladylike – A Whodunit Series for Tween Girls... link in bio from @vanessa_wild_flours! #babyccinokids #babyccinoreads
6 days ago
Glowing luminaries for the family to make! Reuse jam jars, tear strips of tissue or recycled paper, and glue. And these can last for years to come too. Details in the bio link in this craft post from Esther. Get started, get glowing. @estherbabyccino #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts #homemadehalloween #recycledmaterials
6 days ago
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!
2 years ago
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
3 years ago
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
3 years ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
3 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.
4 years ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
4 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!)
4 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!
4 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.
4 years ago