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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
Our activity advent calendar -- redesigned and ready to print!
Two years ago I started our first activity advent calendar and it has quickly become a firm family tradition. The children are so excited each morning of advent -- taking turns to open an envelope and discovering what special thing we'll be doing that day. This year, I wanted to make a bit more of ...
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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
KalenderHaus, a beautiful advent activity by Clever Gretel
We just enjoyed a lovely long weekend, in which we didn't do much more than cozying up inside our house in our pyjamas. The children played together endlessly -- they built huts, set up a shop, made a city on our living room floor using masking tape, set up their Playmobil horse farm, crafted mini ...
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AUTUMN CRAFTS
Last of Autumn Leaves -- Leaf Rubbings, an easy Craft Project
The end of November in London means those glorious Autumnal ochre and reds are fading to brown. Yesterday, our local park had more leaves on the ground than on the trees, so I wanted to capture the season in crafts, before Winter winds blow all the bold colours away. Leaf rubbings are so easy to do, ...
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AUTUMN CRAFTS
The seasonal table
In most nursery and early-years classrooms in the Netherlands you will find a corner set up to celebrate the seasons. In autumn it will be decorated with leaves, nuts and mushrooms, and children are welcome to play with it and decorate it with things they have found in nature. Also I grew up with the concept of 'the seasonal ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Star weaving
For the past couple weeks, with a large basket of yarn and an endless supply of beach sticks, we've been weaving up a storm. We've been doing stick loom weaving with wishbone sticks and we've even created our own peg looms. And then I stumbled across this star weaving project on Pinterest and thought it might be ...
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PARENTING
A blanket of love
Last February we received devastating news. Laurens, the 5-year-old son of friends here in Amsterdam, had suffered cardiac arrest while playing hide-and-seek in the hallway of the hotel the family was staying in during their skiing holiday in Switzerland. CPR was given until the ambulance arrived and Laurens was transferred to a hospital in the mountains and later to ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Waldorf Window Star
I’m not very sure about where I first saw the Waldorf Star but I liked it so much (and it looked easy to make ;) that I decided to give it a try. But after the first one I was obsessed! It’s truly one of the simplest things I have ever made and it looks ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
A stick-themed 9th birthday party
Pim turned 9 in February, but something very sad happened in our close surroundings around that time, which made it difficult for me to get myself in the mood for organising a party back then. I kept postponing it, until suddenly I realised the end of the school year was near. Oops! So on the last day ...
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STATIONERY
Hurray for Stamp-tastic!
A week after moving house (again) the girls also went back to school. They were super excited to be back in a routine again and to see all of their friends. Now usually this time of year I'm tearing my hair out franctically labelling all of their school clothes as well as their stationery and I ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Tissue Paper Flowers
The flowers in California are absolutely stunning. Never before have I lived somewhere that has such an amazing variety of plants and flowers - all of which feel very exotic to a city dweller like myself. Every time we take a walk, we come across new blooms and it's all I can do to keep the ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Upcycle Clothes - together with the Funky Peas
My kids are hopefully going to stop growing soon. Not only because my eldest, who is now 10 is almost as big as I am (!) but also because of the amount of clothes they go through is just simply extraordinary. I was talking to my friend Michelle about this the other day and we ...
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SUMMER CRAFTS
Watercolour flowers
Last week Ava and I created invites for her birthday party -- a last minute plan, so we had to work with the materials we had in the house. Since we had come up with a flower theme, we watercolored little flowers on white cards, and it was such a sweet activity with such cute results that ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Splotch animal Pop-up Cards
Ella recently celebrated her birthday which means this week her thank you cards are on our family to-do list (don't for a second think that I actually get around to mailing out thank yous a week after a gift is given, but the best of intentions is always there immediately!). Nathan's mom gave us a ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
DIY Baby Bunting
A beautiful bunting is a great way to celebrate the birth of a newborn and a fun project for the older sibling(s) to do too! I received a beautiful fabric bunting during my first pregnancy that my thoughtful and creative friends made as a gift for me. But when I took the bunting out to use ...
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BOOKS
The Crafting Bible
If you know who I am and have seen my posts here you will know I love crafting! I really, truly do, and I could do it all the time. And I’m always curious and love learning new techniques from sewing, stamping, felting, dying, making jewelry, home décor, you name it – I want to learn ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Symmetry sculptures
While I'm not a control freak, I have grown accustomed to having a lot of kids under my control at one time. And, I think I'm good at it. I run a fairly tight ship in terms of schedules and expectations, but am pretty relaxed when it comes to general raucousness and chaos. There are always ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Super sun catchers
We've been trapped.... ...inside for the past week as a wave of fevers swept the household. Luckily, they were pretty much symptom free, but the fact that they struck all six of us at once made parenting pretty much a lost cause. The silver lining is that it was less of relay race - lasting ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Scrape painting
When we moved to California, we down-sized SIGNIFICANTLY. But, what we lost in square footage, we made up for in weather. I was absolutely gutted not to have room for my super-amazing-ikea-hack-of-a-craft-table in our house here, but have started to look on the bright side, now that it's warming up and we can take ourselves ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Easter DIY: Salt Dough Egg Ornaments
Spring is finally here and it is the perfect time for some Easter crafts! I just love salt dough because it’s made fast and doesn’t cost a lot – all you need it flour, salt and water! We already made Christmas ornaments and they turned out great so we decided to make Easter ones as ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
The Little Things: making traditional Orthodox easter eggs
Last year, we were kindly invited to celebrate Orthodox Easter with our friends Vicky and Jeremy here in Amsterdam. Vicky and Jeremy are from Australia and are spending a few years in the Netherlands, but Vicky is originally from Macedonia. She grew up celebrating the traditional Orthodox Easter with her Macedonian family -- the most significant celebration of the ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Paper Beads
Now that Indiana (who just turned one!) is totally mobile and eating everything in sight, the rest of my kids have taken a keen interest in beading. Of course they have. It's tough to find beads that have a big enough hole for them to string without a needle and aren't awful and ugly (instead ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Cute mini party crafts from Cotton Twist
I have recently made a fun new discovery: Cotton Twist mini craft kits. These cleverly designed, all-prepared mini craft projects are such fun entertainment! Making things easy for busy parents, Cotton Twist has put everything that's needed for one cute craft project into one little kit. There are cool superhero masks, dinosaurs, princess crowns, pirate catapults, ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Heartcatcher DIY
As soon as the new year has come and gone, I start to get really excited for Valentine’s Day. It’s funny: I appreciate V-Day much more now that I’m married with four kids than I ever did when it was all about romance. Hot dates and jewelry be damned, I’ll take a good excuse to ...
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Do you also write a lot of cards at that time of the year? Thank you notes, party invitations, farewell to teachers... And it's so nice when kids can make their own! Check out how to make those pretty watercolour flower cards, it's a sweet activity with such lovely results! Link to the blog post in profile
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How to make your life easier (and your suitcase lighter!) when you're travelling with kids? With reversible clothing of course! Find those cute reversible bloomers from Bonjour Maurice, along with travel size bath products, travel journals, cool backpacks and fun games in this week's Top Ten! Link in profile️ #babyccinotopten #travelwithkids
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Today Kate @soloskates shares her DIY to make those cute and colourful yarn wrapped letters! It's really simple, check it out to learn about all her tips. Link in profile! #craftsanddiy
1 day ago
Pyjamas! How do you choose them? Do you prefer them relaxed or stylish? Do you love matching pjs for siblings (like we do!)? How about the beautiful, classic, vintage style like those adorable nightgowns from My Little Shop? Find the pyjamas you're looking for in our selection of shops, link in profile!#babyccinoboutiques
1 day ago
Sarah and Jodie, 2 mums with a life-long love of food and healthy eating, have created @rainebeauco, a brand of bento-style, spill-free lunch boxes that have a super cool look (the colourful boxes you can see in the background of this photo!). They have answered our questions and explained to us their nutrition philosophy: 'Eat a Rainbow'. So inspiring! Check out their interview on the blog today! (link in profile) 🥝
2 days ago
Hello Summer, we're so happy you're here️! Time to get ready for all those travels with kids :) We've selected 10 products to make travelling with children easier (and more fun) in this week's Top Ten. Tap for details and follow the link in profile for more info!️#babyccinotopten #travelwithkids
2 days ago
Two young friends who share a love of cooking - and noticed that adults are way too hurried and worried - decide to create a feast for growing and staying young. But it doesn't work out as the girls had hoped! Read more about "Julia, Child", a beautifully illustrated whimsical tale, on the blog today. Thanks for sharing @vanessagerbrandy! Link in profile. #babyccinoreads #picturebook
3 days ago
What do you pack in your beach bag? Let's ask our expert Courtney - when you live in Australia after a whole year around the world you're the expert, right?🤗Follow the link in profile to check out her list of things to pack, her favourite hats and rashies, and her tips for the best day on the beach!
3 days ago
Hang this sweet little fairy in your baby's nursery or your children room to add a bit of magic to their space! Made from wire, thread and wool and with details made of pearls, this tiny fairy sitting on her driftwood swing is stunningly beautiful. She will be the perfect gift for every occasion and for everyone who loves unique and minimalist little treasures. Follow the link in profile to find it - and have a look at her cute little friends too#babyccinopickoftheday #kidsroomdecor
4 days ago
It's so sunny and hot today in Amsterdam! The rhubarb cordial that Esther makes is refreshing and delicious, we've been making and drinking litres of it since last week and we thought we should share the recipe again. Here it is (or follow the link in profile to read the blog post from a few years ago!)Rhubarb Cordial1 kg rhubarb cut in chunks550 g sugar1 l waterBring everything to a boil in a non-reactive pot. Leave to simmer for 10 minutes, then turn of the heat and leave to infuse for an hour. Sieve and bottle — it keeps for a few weeks in the fridge (you can use the leftover rhubarb for dessert!)Enjoy and stay cool!️#babyccinoeats
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Hanna Konola for Lokal
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Sarah and Jodie, 2 mums with a life-long love of food and healthy eating, have created Rainebeau, a brand of bento-style, spill-free lunch boxes that have a super cool look. They have answered our questions and explained to us their nutrition philosophy: 'Eat a Rainbow'. So inspiring! Check out their interview on the blog.
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Farro Salad with Fava Beans and English Peas
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Alice à Paris: French stylish collection of clothes for boys and girls
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The Linen Mabel dress is a beautiful handmade vintage style dress that is perfect for all occasions. With peter pan collar and buttons in the back. Length of bodice and skirt vary with size. Dress is machine washable. Available in sizes: (Sizes run large) 6-12 months 12-18 months 18-24 months 3T 4T Made to order, usually ships in 2-3 weeks.
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This timeless dress has an antique inspired lace collar on a blush linen fabric. It is short sleeved and has three buttons down the back. Available in sizes: (Sizes run large) 6-12 months 12-18 months 18-24 months 3T 4T Machine washable, for best results hang to dry. Made to order, usually ships in 2-3 weeks.
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Easy Peasy Ikea-Hack - gestalte dein Blumenspalier um zu einem Wand-Organizer für's Arbeitszimmer! Ikea-Hack | Wall Organizer | Gitter DIY | Moodboard | Wand Organizer selber machen | Wandraster selber machen | DIY Möbel | DIY Arbeitszimmer
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Patmos Sandal | Goodwin
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I love a good "view into another room" shot.
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Cute summer style
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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
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Esther and Courtney wrote a beautiful, month by month guide to pregnancy for the family to share. Perfect to prepare your child for the arrival of their new baby brother or sister!PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY: UK: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
2 months ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
2 months 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!
6 months ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
8 months ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
8 months 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!)
11 months 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!
1 year 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.
1 year ago
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!
1 year ago