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DIY: Bunny Rabbit Costume
School's out for summer over here in Paris and how better to end a year of hard work and play, than by going to school dressed up in your favourite dress up clothes? Violette did me the honour of wearing a costume I made for her, a little bunny rabbit costume, which she is very ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Stitch 'n Kids: Knitting Spools
I think everyone must have had some experience with spool knitting as a child?  I remember enjoying it for a period, and I also remember it could be quite tricky to do (I think I had a homemade knitting spool)! Nowadays, you can get this 'Wonder Knitter' from Clover, and it makes the whole procedure ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Knitted Baby Shoes
How darling are these little baby shoes? My friend Marina made these the other day, and I now want all my friends to have newborns so I can make everyone a pair. Apparently they take no time whatsoever to make and even I, with my very limited knitting skills (the only thing I know how to ...
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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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CELEBRATIONS
Stitch n' Kids: Easter decoration
With a few sheets of felt and a 6-year-old daughter who now masters the blanket stitch, we've had some fun creating the above Easter decoration! If you feel inspired, you can download a template for the bird and the egg-cozy here. (You can also quickly make the egg-cozies on the sewing machine, if you have ...
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BABY
An easy-to-knit baby hat!
My friend Becky just had her third baby, a little boy named Olly, and I knit him a little baby hat that first of all was extremely easy to knit (perfect for beginners like me!), and second of all looked super duper adorable on. The basics of this hat are simple: just knit or crochet ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Stitch 'n Kids: finger crochet
Do you remember doing finger crochet as a child? I recall a little boy in my class, he must have been around 7 or 8 years old, and he had made a string of finger crochet so long it could wrap around the classroom twice! I recently taught my daughter Sara and some of her ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Le Gilet de Berger from Citronille
Proud mama speaking: my first real knitting project is finished!!! (I'm not counting the scarf I knitted last year -- we're talking about following a pattern here.) The pattern for Ava's little vest above is from Citronille, and called 'Le Gilet de Berger'. It was really easy, and I'm loving the results!! The same pattern ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Stitch 'n kids: the knitting fork
After joining a little craft group a few months ago, I've been making more time for sewing, knitting and crocheting. My 6-year-old daughter Sara is entranced by the idea -- she loves nothing more than sitting next to me when I'm creating and always asks me when she'll be old enough to join my craft ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Japanese crafting (This and That Japan)
The Japanese have an amazing eye for style and simplicity. I've never visited the country, but I'm pretty sure I will love it as I love their food, their architecture, and their product design! The Japanese also make the most amazing fabrics and print the most wonderful craft books -- it's all so tasteful and ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Jeans and cords party bunting
So... Ideally this craft project would have been finished long before posting about it, but I have to face reality -- it was started 3 years ago and didn't progress much since. Maybe this post will inspire me to finish it before the next birthday in our household? The idea is simple: don't just trash ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Craft night (and pencil case)
I love sewing, knitting and the like. It's in my genes -- my oma (grandmother) was always sewing, crocheting or knitting (I inherited her sewing machine, a mid-century Pfaff). So was my mum. But with three children and two jobs, a house and a husband to look after, I have found that time is not ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Fabric Shops
I have a moderate addiction to purchasing fabric, nothing I need to go see a therapist about, but still -- it is an addiction. I buy all of these lovely fabrics and even patterns, imagining what beautiful clothes I could make for my children. The problem is, 9 times out of 10, these beautiful clothes ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Personalized Halloween party bags
I can't believe we're well into October already! And Halloween is around the corner... Here in the UK, Halloween gets nowhere near the amount of attention as it does in America, and a 'Halloween party' is a bit of a novelty... but the American in me loves the idea (the costumes, the candy, the pumpkins!). ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Artistic Collaboration
The other day my daughter went for a sleep-over at her best friend's house. She's not even 5 yet, but she takes the whole thing rather seriously. She packed her own little suitcase, her doll, and a separate suitcase for the doll. (I got her these suitcases at Elias&Grace last time I was in London, ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Re-usable holiday wrapping
If you're looking for an original AND environmentally friendly way to wrap your Christmas presents, and you're moderately handy on a sewing machine, maybe these home sewn gift-bags are something for you!  I made them for my Godson and his big brother for Hanukkah, filled them with their presents and sent them off to London.  ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
A summer holiday memento
My friend Katja has the good fortune of being married to a Danish guy. Not only does this mean that her kids are going to be very, very tall, it also means that she gets to spend her summers in the lovely Danish countryside in a little thatched cottage on the beach. The only problem ...
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Summer holidays! If you follow Esther and Emilie on Instagram, you’ll have seen a few happy photos of their two families together in France! It’s a sweet summertime tradition for them. Being on the opposite side of the world, I will admit it makes me feel extra far away and sad to miss out on these wonderful get-togethers. The kids are all growing up so quickly — I couldn’t believe how tall and grown-up Emilie’s girls have gotten. And speaking of tall — I’m pretty sure Esther now has at least two kids who are taller than I am. Like an old granny would do, I’m pretty sure I’d squeeze their cheeks and tell them all I remember holding them in my arms when they were just one day old!!! Anyway, we’re taking a couple of weeks off from blogging to allow Esther, Emilie and all of our wonderful contributors some time to enjoy a bit of summer holiday family time. We hope you’re doing the same! See you back here in a couple of weeks. Courtney xx @estherbabyccino @emiliebabyccino @courtneyadamo #babyccinokids
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Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week with a round up of tips and thoughts on feeding on the go, feeding in public, tandem feeding, weaning, and breastfeeding friendly fashion. See the bio link and posts from three mums who have breastfeed thirteen children over the years : @courtneyadamo @estherbabyccino and @laraoflondon. 🤍 #worldbreastfeedingweek #worldbreastfeedingweek2020 #babyccinokids #babyccinotips
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Giveaway closed! Only a few hours left for our @seaestasurf giveaway! Look for our first post a few days back. And look at these cuties @courtneyadamo 🧡 #giveaway #babyccinokids
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Summer vibes with @seaestasurf!Look for the a few posts ago and enter our giveaway in the next twenty four hours! #babyccinokids
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Fancy an easy-peasy, delicious, light, fudgy chocolate sponge cake? Easy enough to rustle up with a 3-year-old’s help too. It’s gluten-free for starters, vegan, and nut free too. 🤎 You won’t need any fancy kit, the preparation time is around 10 minutes, there’s no whipping, melting, or soaking overnight, and you won’t need to source any wacky ingredients from the health food shop. It’s also a robust enough recipe to work as either cupcakes, a sponge cake, or even a loaf. So visit our new blog post and get baking! @beesbakery #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats
1 week ago
Ready for today’s inspirational book review? It’s an excellent biography of Katherine Johnson who was the genius mathematician who helped make the Apollo 11 landings on the moon possible. Link in bio for Vanessa’s post. You’ll love Counting for Katherine! ⭐️️ #babyccinoreads #babyccinokids @panmacmillan
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GIVEAWAY (now closed)!!!🧡 We’ve teamed up with @seaestasurf for a lucky winner to receive a $200 gift card for children’s swimwear. The giveaway is open worldwide. ️ To enter, like this post, then follow both @seaestasurf and @babyccinokids! Tag five friends separately. Giveaway ends midnight GMT on Saturday the 1st of August. Good luck! 🧡 #babyccinokids #babyccinoboutiques This #giveaway is not affiliated with #instagram ️
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What are your favourite recipes to make with your little ones? Do you use shortcuts or prefer to do everything from scratch? Please share! And read today’s blog post about cooing with kids by @sydney.piercey #babyccinoeats #babyccinokids
1 week ago
Nutritious and delicious, these muffins are made with sweet potatoes to start the day off right. Vanessa’s family loves these for a slow summer breakfast. @vanessa_wild_flours #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats
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COMPETITION now CLOSED. Peace, love and a GIVEAWAY!!! We’ve teamed up with our fabulous #babyccinoboutiques @seaestasurf for a lucky winner to receive a $200 gift card for any of their great swimming, surfing, sandcastle building beach wear. This eco conscious brand comes from the California coast but the competition is open worldwide. ️ To enter, like this post, then follow both @seaestasurf and @babyccinokids! Then chose up to five friends who have good vibes. Tag them each separately. Competition closes midnight GMT on Saturday the 1st of August. Good luck! #babyccinokids This #giveaway is not affiliated with #instagram ️
1 week 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.
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!)
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