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MELBOURNE
Little Eats
If you live in Melbourne or are planning a visit, a fabulous (and totally cute) website to check out is Little Eats. Little Eats is the brainchild of Jemma Reynolds -- a self confessed foodie, critique and 'super-mum' to 2 pre-schoolers. Let's face it -- dining out with kids in tow can be fraught... fraught with fear, trepidation, ...
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MELBOURNE
Melbourne's top 10 in Caos Magazine!
Recently, wonderful Spanish magazine Caos asked Babyccino if we could compile a list of the 10 top things to do when visiting the city of Melbourne. We were very excited to oblige! Here is the list written up which was of course then translated into Spanish (and which, most will agree, makes everything sound just ...
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MELBOURNE
Igloo Zoo
No matter the weather, every Friday after school my children and I head down to Igloo Zoo for a fix of creamy frozen yogurt. YUM-OH! We patiently wait behind the hoards of teenage schoolkids who are equally excited. It is pure decadence and relatively sinless (I figure) given that it is made with real yogurt ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Lark in Dayelsford
One place I always recommend (sometimes even insist!) our visitors to Melbourne see is the picturesque town of Dayelsford. Dayelsford is a village in rural Victoria in the heart of the Wombat Forest; so pretty, so quaint, peaceful & dignified, just as a spar town should be, but with the hippest cafes, shops and restaurants ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Miriam Bereson
Prolific Melbourne designer Miriam Bereson is the creator of these striking animal 'collective nouns' prints. Aren't they fabulous? Strong punchy graphics is her signature style and combined with a quirky educational element I think they would make a gorgeous and effective addition to any playroom or nursery. Hmm... am I showing my ignorance by declaring ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Jane Reiseger's gorgeous murals
I have long been an admirer of Jane Reiseger's whimsical, child-like murals and illustrations. Whenever I take my children to our local burger joint Grill'd in Malvern I am positively drooling over them on the walls, the menus, the brown paper bags... (nevermind that the burgers are pretty average when the walls are so beautiful!! ). ...
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KIDS
Megan Park
Ooh La la!! Megan Park is a Melbourne designer who makes the most exquisite beaded and embellished dresses -- sumptuous vintage styling with a modern edge! I tried to choose a  favorite but it is impossible... I was lucky enough to face this choosing dilemma recently when a 'garden party' themed wedding invitation called for a ...
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BABY
Maiike
When a baby is born in our family, they are always gifted with a unique creation from Maiike. Maiike is an eclectic collection of ‘soft things’ lovingly handmade by Melbourne-based Aly Peel who sources old woolen and cashmere jumpers from second-hand and vintage stores and then transforms them into precious patchwork squares for cushions, scarves ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Third Drawer Down
I do appreciate a nice tea towel... and I'm fussy with mine. Perhaps it relates to my textile obsession.  Nonetheless, I like them to be made of good quality linen, aesthetically pleasing... and generally I find, the more use they get, the better they look. Now, because of this 'pseudo fetish', much to my husband's ...
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KIDS
Australian Winter Fashion
Winter fashion is starting to hit our stores! Even though it is a ridiculous 40 degrees celcius today and the thought of wool coats is utterly unfathomable, I was just a little bit curious… I do have to concede that once upon a time my kids' wardrobes were largely imports (with the ridiculous price tags ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
Top things to do in Melbourne (part 1)
With a steady stream of visiting friends over the Christmas holidays, and many with young children, we have been busy! Whilst we treated them to the hedonistic pleasures of the Aussie beach culture, we also spent a great deal of time indoors appreciating the 'higher arts'. This can be tricky with young kids in tow, ...
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BOOKS
The Magical Milky Way's Super Galactic Zoo
Another fabulous interactive colouring book just begging to be illustrated! They seem to be popping up everywhere these days and with good reason too. Created by talented Melbournian Nicole Mandile, in the first of her My Picture Storybooks series, The Magical Milky Way's Super Galactic Zoo kept my rambunctious 4-year-old son in check on a ...
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BABY
Luna Ninos
Is this little girl not absolutely adorable? That face! That hat! The vest...! I could practically eat her up!  Luna Ninos is an Australian brand I discovered when my son was a baby. They design and knit their products in Melbourne without linking, sewing or seams... making their beanies and bonnets, booties, baby blankets and cardigans comfortable and lightweight. ...
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KIDS
Little Rivet Jeans
If I had to name one wardrobe staple that my kids and I cannot live without, it would have to be our denim jeans. Sure, there are items I love more but I doubt there is an item of clothing more durable, more versatile or more enduring than a pair of well constructed denim jeans. ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Suga Candy Kitchen
With Valentine's Day approaching I am thinking that a trip to the Suga Candy Kitchen might be on the cards.  This lolly shop is my kids' version of heaven.  What can be more exciting, more mesmerizing than handmade, delicious rock candy made right before your eyes (to be honest, I can think of many things ...
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MELBOURNE
Family Life
Most parents discover fairly early on that if they want to meet in a cafe with friends and have any hope of conversation (one that spans more than 10 seconds), then a distraction for the children in the form of a book/toy is imperative. It allows at least some semblance of communication between the adults ...
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BOOKS
This is Australia...
It is the 17th book in the 'This is...' series and Sasek is visiting down under! This is Australia is a wonderful book to add to the classic travel series, first published in the  '70s, which Courtney posted about here! In line with the later books in the series, the colours are slightly vintage and ...
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MELBOURNE
Collingwood Children's Farm
Nestled in a bend of the Yarra River, amongst the river red gum and paperbark trees (a very typical Australian setting!) is the Collingwood Children’s Farm.... a little slice of country life right in the heart of Melbourne, only 4 kilometres from the CBD. It's a magical place for city children (and adults) and an absolute favorite ...
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FOOD
Gift ideas for the Mini Master Chef
My family is in the grip of 'Masterchef' fever! My kids are so enthused by this reality television program that I practically have my youngest deriding me for not making the terrine for his school lunch. And while the downside for me is that the bar has been raised (my rather unspectacular cooking now looks ...
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KIDS
I heart Czarque shoes!
These baby loafers and ballet slippers by Australian-based company Czarque are exquisite and so, so chic. My only gripe is that they were not around when my children were babies!! They are delicate and soft, understated and ....  just so very adorable! Not to mention, they come in the most gorgeous of textures (honestly, I'm ...
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KIDS
Seed
Well… it’s almost summer here and we all know what that means: summer clothes!  I always find it exciting shopping for summer clothes –  it’s the promise of hot days on the beach, long balmy evenings, lashings of sorbet, endless swimming and those delicious summer fruits…. and as much as we complain about the heat ...
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BEAUTY
Aesop -- an Aussie classic!
I thrash my hands.  Hot water, cleaning products, using my fingernails as tools... you name it... most mothers will understand! As a result, my hands are often flaky and dry -- not unlike sandpaper. Over the years I have tried dozens of hand lotions, but none have worked their magic like a potion from Australian ...
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FOOD
KeepCup and save the environment
The only thing marring the great pleasure I get from my take-away morning coffee is guilt... and I don't mean the guilt I feel when I add my two teaspoons of sugar!  Rather the guilt I feel when I toss away my disposable, un-recyclable paper coffee cup. Australians use approximately 500 million disposable cups a year ...
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Courtney tells us why she loves @babymoriuk baby essentials and shares her favourite pieces on the blog today! (link in profile)
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Summer holidays are just around the corner! If you're dreading those long flights with little kids, meet your new best friend, the BedBox from @jetkidscom! This innovative product is a child’s hand luggage, ride-on suitcase and - last but not least - an inflight bed/leg-rest all in one clever package. Get set to fly! Find out more about it in the link in profile️ #babyccinopickoftheday #travelwithkids
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Love this special collection between @briarhandmade and @indego_africa! Hand embroidered with love by artisan women in Rwanda, those floral bonnets are simply stunning.#babyccinoboutiques
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Have a closer look at this beautiful, intricate papercut from @emilyhogarth. It tells the whole story of Courtney's travels around the world! It's all there - the countries, the friends, the surfing, all the wonderful moments. Read all about it on the blog, link in profile!
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Hurray for warmer temperatures and for finally getting rid of socks and tights! We've lined up our favourite summer shoes and sandals for boys and girls, hope you will like them too️(tap for details or follow the link in profile for more info)#summershoes #kidsshoes #babyccinotopten
2 days ago
If you think that the store-bought mouthwashes contain too many chemicals that you don't really need in order to fight bacteria and keep your breath fresh - just make your own! Polona from @babyjungleshop shares her recipe on the blog, and it couldn't be easier to make. Link in profile!
3 days ago
Our kids listen to Ariana Grande too. We're thinking of all the children victimized by violence and of all the parents who lost or are missing children - yesterday, today and tomorrow... Here, there, everywhere in the world. #stoptheviolence #safethechildren #manchester #everywhere
3 days ago
Pitti Bimbo @pittimmagine, the most important international fair dedicated to children’s fashion and lifestyles, will be held on 22-24 June in Florence, Italy, and we're spreading the word because we love that they also promote - on top of the well-known and established brands - small and independent kids brands from all over the world, like the gorgeous @kokori_kids you see here. If you're a buyer or a retailer, don't miss it! And if you're the designer of a children's brand, you know what to do next time️ (follow the link in profile for all details)
3 days ago
Have some fun together as a family! Today on the blog we're sharing our favourite family games (most of them can be played from three years old), only the ones we have tested, the ones we love! Tap for details or follow the link in profile to check out why we love them, and where to find them#babyccinoteamfavourites #familygames
4 days ago
Looking for the ultimate bespoke gift for a very special Dad? We love the stunning framed galleries from @natalie_thelittlesquaregallery! Just pick your favourite photos and let them do their magic. They also create commissions from children’s art that make fabulous day gifts too. Follow the link in profile to check out all their options, you have until Wednesday night midnight (London time) to order and make sure you get your beautiful frame on time for Father's Day on Sunday 18th!#babyccinopickoftheday #fathersdaygifts
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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
1 month ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
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Our 2nd live shopping event in Brooklyn was amazing! Great shopping, delicious treats, tons of kids activities and a super cool family photo booth!
5 months ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
7 months ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
7 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!)
10 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