Milan

MILAN
Butterfly Oasis
Last Sunday we decided to face the afternoon heat (we are now in the 30s here) and head to the Giardini Pubblici to visit the new Butterfly Oasis next to the Natural History Museum. It's a pavilion that hosts an exhibition of many species of butterflies, imported weekly from Africa, South America and Sout-East Asia. ...
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BABY
Temporary but cool!
The latest trend in Milan is something called temporary shops. These are stores which are open for a short and fixed period of time. The reasons may vary -- sometimes it's because the flagship store is being refurbished, sometimes an outlet for last season's collection is needed, sometimes it's a rehearsal for something new to ...
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BABY
Customise your stroller
The Bugaboo, although not perfect, is still my favourite stroller... but I'm not the only fan, so it can happen that at some mothers' gatherings, there are so many Bugaboos you may get confused and not recognize your own. It's true that the fabric combinations allow some diversity but you may still feel the need ...
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MILAN
Design, Michelin stars and kids
What have they got in common? Nothing you'd think. But they successfully coalesce in the new Coffee Design here in Milan, which reopened in full swing this April. The place has just been refurbished by Michele De Lucchi, and it is now more sleek and airy. The kitchen is now behind a huge glass wall ...
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MILAN
Flower show in Milan
The 13th flower show of the Orticultural Association of Lombardy "Orticola" took place last weekend in Milan in the nice surroundings of Giardini Pubblici.  It was obviously nice to look at all the flowers, plants and garden furniture on show, but what I thought was surprising was the effort made to make children feel welcomed! ...
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MILAN
She does not look older than 25...
....but she is 40!!  I am talking about the Sacco chair by Zanotta. It was designed in 1968 by three architects: Gatti, Paolini and Teodoro, and it hasn't gone out of fashion since. The cover can be leather, leather-like, heavy cloth or plastic, and it is filled with highly resistant polystyrene pellets. Over the years ...
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BABY
Affirmative action for young men
Clothes shopping is probably the only place where being a woman has its advantages, even from a very early age. More choice, more styles, more colours. If you are a mother of a boy I'm sure you have experienced some frustration when shopping for your son. Typically in shops, there is much more devoted to ...
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MILAN
A week in Milan
Monday: Take it easy on Monday morning, as so many things are closed! Go to a nice bar and have the typical Italian breakfast: cappuccino and cornetto (the italian croissant) and get a babyccino for your kids. To get the full experience you should have it quickly and while standing up, but that may not ...
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FOOD
Ice cream season is now open
Spring is here! Days are longer and warmer... which means more ice cream to me. I'm very lucky to live a short walk from one of the best ice cream makers in the world. I'm talking about Grom. Grom is a pretty young company, started by two thirty-somethings living in Piedmont and already active on ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Pasqua
Easter is quite an important day in Italy given our Catholic inheritance. It comes at the end of Lent -- a period during which for religious reasons (or simply for tradition) many people make sacrifices and give something up... like sweets, or shoe shopping! During lent it is also quite common not to eat meat ...
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BABY
The Italian way
I've had two babies. One born in London, and my second born in Milan. I found the whole experience of childbirth to be much different here in Italy compared to northern Europe (and probably the U.S). For starters, women in Italy get to stay in hospital much longer after the birth. Even with a straight-forward, ...
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MILAN
Design immersion
Museums in Milan are not too exciting for kids; they could do with some re-styling and the addition of some hands-on activities. So when Esther came for a visit on one of the few rainy weekends in January, I was not sure where we could go with our four kids! (Shopping all day was definitely ...
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MILAN
Snow & kids
My family spent last week in Pozza di Fassa, in the Dolomites region of northern Italy. I knew from the start that it was not going to be an intensive skiing holiday (my daughter is breastfed and my older son has become quite clingy since the birth of his sister). There was no way I ...
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AMSTERDAM
In-depth interviews and time in the spotlight...
Gosh, we feel rather important this week... The girls at Tangled and True just did a week-long feature about us (and some of their favourite things from Europe). They interviewed each of us on separate days, making us feel oh--so special and very cool. We're so flattered that they like our site and are interested ...
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LONDON
Milano Sofa Beds
In this expensive city I call home-- where houses (er flats) are small and space is a great commodity-- only the very privileged have the luxury of a guest bedroom. But many of us are ex-pats here in London who have friends and family making regular visits from abroad. Guest bedrooms (or at the very ...
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MILAN
Vietato non toccare.
I took my older son to this exhibition whose title could be (freely) translated as "Please do not touch". It's in the Triennale, and it's only for kids between the age of 2 and 6. It's an interactive exhibition dedicated to the little ones and inspired by Bruno Munari 's work. Munari, a famous Italian ...
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BABY
Sleeping bags and the duvet generation.
I definitely belong to the duvet-generation; I believe that nothing beats the feeling of being snugly wrapped in a light down-filled duvet! But more importantly, I hate making the bed in the traditional way (or more precisely I am not able to properly make such beds). Layers of sheets and blankets are a burden in ...
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FOOD
The (unknown) object of my desire.
If you have ever lived in England, the US, South Africa, Australia, or Mexico, chances are you know the vegetable pictured on the left: butternut squash. It belongs to the cucurbitaceae family, like pumpkins and courgettes. It's very versatile; you can roast it and eat it like potatoes, or puree it and make a soup. ...
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FOOD
It's Carnival Time!
Carnival season has officially started! Although celebrations will peak on martedi' grasso (mardi gras on the 5th of February), you can already see kids in the streets wearing costumes and throwing confetti and "stelle filanti" (ribbons of paper). But most importantly, bakeries and patisseries are filled with carnival sweets, which you can have to accompany ...
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MILAN
Clickety-click... Barba-trick!
If you grew up in the 70s you know them already-- these multi-coloured shape-shifting creatures... the Barbapapa family! They were created in the '70s by Annette Tison, designer, and Talus Taylor, a math professor, who were married and living in Paris at the time. It was one of the first cartoons to ever carry an ...
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BABY
Sensible nursing bra
When it comes to cute nursing bras we all agree that the Maternelle nursing bras by Elle Macpherson are the best, as Courtney already mentioned. But if you're like me and have a tendency to develop engorged painful breasts in the first weeks of breastfeeding, then only the softest bras will do... I discovered with ...
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FOR MUMS
A good investment.
I got an Isabella Oliver wrap dress as a birthday present from my husband during my first pregnancy. And believe me, together with the Bottega Veneta hobo bag from the previous year, it's probably the best present he's ever gotten me (without direct suggestion from me, that is). I have it in black, but they ...
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BEAUTY
With a little help from my friend
In the last few weeks I have become a huge fan of a makeup product... and this is quite unusual for me! My new best friend is the Touche Eclat by Yves Saint Laurent. It is a face illuminator that is applied over make-up or bare skin. It comes in a chic gold and black ...
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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
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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!
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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)
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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
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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!
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