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Fridge organisation for families, tips to avoid food waste
A couple of months ago I was asked to become an ambassador for the Dutch agency against food waste (#verspillingsvrij). Which I was happy to accept -- food waste, after all, is one of the most serious dangers to the health of our planet. A third of all food is thrown away! A big part ...
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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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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Have you taken your kids to Disney?
My sister-in-law just surprised her two young girls with a trip to Disney World for spring break. Intrigued, I asked my mother-in-law a few questions who has been several times. Her ears immediately perked up at my interest. She apparently never thought I’d ask and is pretty eager to take my kids one day! I’m ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Do you carve out one-on-one time for each of your kids?
One of the things I get asked the most in relation to having a big family is whether I'm able to spend enough quality time with each of my kids.  And my response to this question usually surprises people... The thing is that no, I don't really spend quality one-on-one time with each of my ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Ear piercings for children -- yay, or nay?
Yesterday, Sara and I headed over to a tiny jeweller here in the centre of Amsterdam to get another ear piercing. She already had three -- when she was 12, she had one hole in one ear and two holes in the other one pierced. In the meantime, the single hole closed up after she ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Tuesday Tips: Enjoy some extra sleep with a homemade 'Surprise Station'
Our children are really good at entertaining themselves at home, but it seems the minute we go away on a mini weekend break, or even for longer, they wake up earlier, with more energy and excitement! I get it, it's the excitement of being somewhere new, but man is it exhausting! Now that our kids ...
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TEENAGERS
At what age do you give your children a mobile phone? Here's how we deal with technology in our household.
We live in an interesting age. Technology is developing with the speed of light and a life without mobile devices has simply become unthinkable. I find this such a strange phenomenon, especially given the fact that it's not even that long ago since we didn't even have wireless communication! (I think my dad, because his ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Talking about death with your children. Some thoughts.
Yesterday I took Pim to the funeral of the mother of a dear friend. She has two sons Pim's age (11 and 13) and I decided to bring him along so that he could offer support to his friends. Even though he had once been to a funeral before, I don't think he quite knew what ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
How waste-free are you? Tips and thoughts about food waste.
I attended a dinner on Monday to launch the 'waste free' campaign here in The Netherlands. It was really lovely as it was prepared by a Dutch cook who is known for cooking completely waste-free with only local ingredients. For example, the peels of vegetables were used to make a tasty vegetable stock, leftover cake ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
The power of women — an interesting article about female endurance
A few weeks ago, Tamar was telling me about an article he was reading in the newspaper. About a certain kind of super-marathons, where athletes run for days and days with hardly any sleep or rest. I had never heard of these kind of races, but when he mentioned that the article discussed the fact ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
At what age do you leave your kids home alone at night?
I had a revelation the other day when my youngest daughter told me that she had spent the evening entertaining the guest. The guest in this case was the 19-year-old babysitter whom I was paying good money to! This is when I realized that my kids were probably fine at staying home alone and very ...
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PARENTING
When teens get upset -- how best to respond
  My mom sent this New York Times article to me last week, and I found it both comforting and incredibly helpful. Reading it, I had one of these 'aha!' moments of parenting clarity. I realised that whenever Easton has come to me upset lately, I have this urge to immediately try to say something or get ...
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PARENTING
Maintaining your friendships -- how do you prioritise your friends?
A longtime reader (seven years she said!) recently sent an email asking for advice on maintaining friendships and making new ones.  She shared that she already feels pulled in so many directions (kids, husband, work, life in general!) and that she admittedly hasn't been able to focus on her own friendships. She wondered if we ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Thursday Thoughts: The benefits of boredom
I know we've touched on the topic of boredom in the past (in this post about after-school activities), but this new opinion piece on boredom in the New York Times really resonated with me and I thought it makes for an interesting discussion. The article touches on the fact that boredom spawns creativity and self-sufficiency, and ...
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TRAVEL
Tent Camping: what you'll need
In the last couple years, we've discovered the joy of camping! Not only it is an affordable way to holiday, but it's always so much fun and offers a sense of adventure and excitement. I still have such fond memories of my childhood camping adventures, and I know that our recent camping trips will remain ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
How many Christmas gifts do you give your kids?
Having recently moved house and packed all our belongings up into boxes, I have come to the realisation (once again!) that our kids really don't need anything for Christmas. As I packed up the children's bedrooms a few months ago, I found lots of broken knick-knacks and toys that I had stuck in their Christmas ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Rest — is it a focus in your family?
I’ve grappled with slowing down and resting my whole life. Growing up, our family values were unwritten and just understood, but if you had to sum them up it would be ‘work hard, play hard.’ It laid the foundation for strong work ethics as a family, we all take on a bit more than we should, ...
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PARENTING
Tuesday Tips: Singing in the loo -- create a sense of safety and security
I think a lot of parents are faced with this conundrum: a public loo, two (or more) children, and no room in the loo for the children, the buggy, and all your belongings! (Or something similar.) Sometimes there is the added details of suitcases/travelling alone/sleeping baby, but whatever the situation, it is one of those ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
How do you manage it all? Thoughts and tips about juggling and trying to stay on top of things.
Running a business as well as a household of seven is not a simple task. I'm constantly trying to stay on top of things and at the same time failing miserably. I'm behind on my email, my house is a mess, my baby needs a bath (and so do I), I have to write a ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Making your marriage a priority
I was asked to sit on a panel at the recent Business Chicks event in Brisbane last weekend along with four other inspiring business women and mothers. We chatted and shared tips about the juggle -- juggling motherhood and careers, taking time for yourself, carving out time for your husband, learning to say 'no', learning ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Do you argue in front of your children?
Yesterday afternoon Michael and I got in a heated argument whilst the kids were nearby in the adjacent room. As much as I tried to control my temper and stay calm, I ended up shouting and storming out of the room. Within minutes, Quin was in tears, followed by Ivy, and they both walked into ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Five simple tips for learning to tie shoelaces
It's funny how children are all so different. Even though Casper has been kicking a ball since he made his first steps and can confidentially climb any object you can imagine (help!), the development of his fine motor skills are less progressed. He only just now learned to tie his own shoelaces -- on the brink ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Interesting Article: The Confidence Gap for Girls
Today is the International Day of Girls, a perfect opportunity to share this article Courtney recently sent to me from the New York Times. The article, which addresses a confidence gap for young girls, has made me think about how one of the bigger shocks of my girls getting older is witnessing the self consciousness creeping in. I'm ...
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Esther is talking about fridge organization (it’s a thing!) over on our blog today! An organized fridge helps tremendously if you’re trying to minimize food waste in your household. (One third of the food in the world is thrown away! Let’s change that and start in our own kitchen!) @estherbabyccino #nofoodwaste #verspillingsvrij #babyccinokids
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Are you a competitive games player? *With your kids?* Esther admits she enjoys herself more when she is challenged in a game as well, and let’s her children loose games at times too. Good thing is, there ARE games that are fun and challenging both for the child as for the parent — head over to the blog to read which ones @estherbabyccino likes to play and leave your favourites too. #babyccinoplays #babyccinokids
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Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
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Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
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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!
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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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