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Reusable straws, fun and environmentally responsible
Straws are so great for kids. They make drinking more fun (and are so practical for babies too). However, disposable straws are mostly made of plastic and we have way too much of that floating around in our ocean already, or sitting in huge landfill. (Have you seen this video of a turtle with a ...
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Bonnsu Miniware: Beautiful Bamboo Dinnerware with a Suction Cup!
I’ve been looking for a decent dinnerware with a suction foot ever since Tila was a baby. I’m a big Baby Led Weaning advocate so I let my kids eat on their own from the start but plates really fly from the table almost every time I go away from the dining table even if ...
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FOOD
School lunch ideas and our favourite lunch boxes by PlanetBox
When we lived in London, the children were able to eat lunch prepared and served by their school. We were lucky that the school's lunch options were mostly good and healthy, and we didn't have to think or worry about what they would be eating at lunch time. (Thinking about it now, I don't think ...
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Team Favourites: Water bottles
I was having a chat to my kids the other day about the environment and the amount of unnecessary waste we produce. One of my pet peeves is plastic water bottles. So we are going to try and make a concerted effort of taking a water bottle with us when we are out and about, instead ...
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TABLEWARE
Engel + Famille Summerbelle bamboo tableware collection
My friend Sabien's company Engel is all about partying. It became well-known for its bunting, but nowadays Engel offers everything you need to celebrate and decorate: big pompoms, fun party hats, colourful garlands, pretty paper flowers and so much more -- it really is a party treasure cove. Engel also offers handy (and eco-friendly!) bamboo children's tableware: sweet little sets including a ...
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TABLEWARE
Stylish bamboo plates from UNC
I recently came across these bamboo plates from Amsterdam based online boutique UNC (which stands for Urban Nature Culture) and thought they were too good not to share. I love the funky designs and the pretty blues! Bamboo is one of the most environmental friendly materials, suitable for hot and cold food and liquids, dishwasher ...
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FOOD
Origami napkins! (by Lollipop Design)
Aren't these origami napkins from Lollipop design the cutest? And so clever and fun too! We always use cloth napkins for our meals -- for environmental reasons, but also because I simply like the look of them. These napkins are so brilliant because they look so super cute, giving a really special touch to the table -- ...
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FOOD
The beautiful creations of Masami Akatsuka of Cocon
Masami Akatsuka is a Japanese mama living in the south of France, and creator of the most delightful objects. Her artful collection, called Cocon, is entirely handmade by Masami herself, and the way she uses colour, material and detail is absolutely wonderful. There's just so much character in all of her makings! I'm a serious fan ...
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FOOD
The Furoshiki, a Japanese wrapping cloth
Have you heard of furoshikis? They are square fabric cloths used in Japan to wrap everything from lunch, presents, picnics, pillows, groceries, you name it! Made from gorgeous printed cotton fabric, furoshikis are as beautiful as everything coming from Japan. Besides the primary use of a wrap, furoshikis are also great to be used as scarfs, ...
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FASHION
New in at Donna Wilson!
I'm not very adventurous with tableware -- I think it's my OCD qualities (!) that likes my kitchen cupboards to be filled with big stacks of matching plates, bowls, mugs, etc. My kids use the same tableware as we do (this range from Ikea!), that way we don't clutter up our cupboards with different stuff for ...
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TABLEWARE
SipSnap drinking lids
Leave it to a duo of mums to come up with something so simple yet so useful. After launching the hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, two mums, Sativa Turner and Michelle Ivankovic, have come out with a range of BPA-free, spill-proof lids that fit any cup, any time. The SipSnap drinking lids are to be used at ...
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FOOD
My First Opinel
My grandfather once told me that every good French woman had a pen knife in her handbag. Now, that might have been a slight exaggeration, but a lot of us do have a couple of Opinels, the ubiquitous French pen knife. I have a small one to slip into my handbag to slice apples and ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
The Dopper bottle
In the Netherlands, schools don't provide a cooked lunch so my children leave the house every day with a backpack with a packed lunch and a bottle of water. Recently, Sara has been complaining about her current water bottle making funny sounds when she drinks, so I've been on the lookout for a replacement. And ...
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KIDS ROOMS
Hokolo
Hokolo is a London-based design label started by Jen Taylor, who has set out to create a brand that represents the style of her two favourite cities: Hong Kong and London (hence the brand name). Her collection features a blend of iconic British objects with a bright & modern design aesthetic. I love the English ...
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FOOD
Weekend brownie baking and cute aprons from Odette Williams
The lovely Odette Williams sent over a couple of her cute apron sets for my kids and they arrived just in time for some brownie baking over the weekend. I managed to snap a couple photos of my little helpers and thought I would share. If you haven't yet discovered the Smitten Kitchen brownie recipe, you ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
An 8th birthday party with a cooking theme
It was Pim's 7th birthday last Monday so I'm planning a little birthday party for him, and I realised that I never posted about the cooking party we had for Sara's birthday last year! Sara has enjoyed food since she was a baby, and she loves helping me in the kitchen. So it was no ...
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TABLEWARE
Famille Summerbelle new mugs and trays
I am a huge, long-standing fan of Famille Summerbelle as I really do admire the craft and hard work that goes into making each one of their beautiful pieces. (Remember this video?) Famille Summerbelle  has just brought out a new range of mugs and trays and I am very partial toward the Paris designs. I love ...
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Strong porcelain tableware from Colourful Dove
Colourful Dove creates fine bone china tableware sets for children that are really fun and different. There are four designs, each featuring their own animal, in a fresh bright colour. Each set consists of a little mug, perfectly sized for a child's hand, and a bowl and plate. Ava owns a Colourful Dove set (the ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
The Little Things... an easy-to-sew child's apron made from a dish towel!
For this week's The Little Things, I'm showing you how to make a super sweet, and super easy-to-make child's apron out of a dish towel! No kidding, if you have a sewing machine (or know someone who does!), you can make this apron. One simple dish towel and two (shoe) laces is everything you need ...
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FOOD
Top Ten Lunchtime Utensils
Some kids are already back at school, others will start next week. And of course, young ones are still home or will be starting at nursery. In any case, casual summer lunches are over and set lunchtimes will soon be happening in either a home or school setting. This week we've rounded up ten great ...
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BABY
Messy Me: stylish products made for mess
I'm one of those (unorganised) mums who doesn't carry around a baby bag. I usually just tote around a canvas bag with my wallet, phone, snacks, toys (and various junk!) and a few spare nappies and wipes. Nothing is ordered or separated and when I need to change Marlow, I usually end up stressfully digging ...
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BABY ESSENTIALS
Beaba Babycook
We are big fans of the Beaba Babycook! In fact, I gave ours away a couple years ago, thinking I wasn't going to have any more babies (whoops!) ... but now that Marlow is eating solids and I'm making food for her, I just had to get a new one.  It saves time, eliminates mess, ...
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FOOD
Perfect Picnics!
Did you know that last week was National Picnic Week here in the UK? It's an initiative to encourage people to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. (With this lousy weather we're having, it's true we all need a bit of encouragement! Blaaah!) Anyway, we thought we would roll with the picnic theme and ...
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We're talking about art supplies today on the blog! We've asked our team to share their favourite colouring materials, and we've compiled them for you. Our 25 Best Colouring Materials link in profile!(ps: please share yours too!) #babyccinoteamfavourites
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How cute is baby Wilkie in these dotted pants with contrasting mustard suspenders from @organiczoo? Their adorable range - both minimalist and full of personality - only uses super soft organic cotton and is sustainably produced in Europe. Definitely a brand we love! Courtney shared her favourite pieces on the blog a couple of months ago, follow the link in profile if you've missed it! #babyccinoboutiques
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Making snowflake garlands is such a sweet and easy winter activity!️How do you deal with these long winter months? Last year Esther shared her thoughts about embracing the seasons - even the grey, cold winter days - as a way to help with the January and February blues. Link to the blog post in profile!️ #seasons #winterlove
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Welcome to these 3 new beautiful shops that have recently joined the Babyccino boutiques! Swipe to see them all! @babyandtaylor is a beautiful Parisian brand of knitwear and fabric wardrobe essentials, with these stylish, timeless designs you can expect from a French brand. The collection from @foxandhorn is simply gorgeous! Featuring lovely details like ruffles and peter pan collars, all pieces are made from natural materials and ethically produced. Last but not least, the special, handmade and sustainable crowns from @dandelionbabas are the perfect birthday accessory with which to make memories! Link to all our new shops in profile! #babyccinoboutiques #newshop
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It's easier to enjoy art with children when a museum develops a wonderful family program with discussion starters, activities or sculpture making! We loved our visit to the @noguchimuseum in Queens, NY, read about it in our New York city guide! (link in profile) #babyccinocityguides #newyork #newyorkwithkids #museumwithkids
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Clean, safe, gentle products: that's what we want for our children's skin! Even better when the whole family can use them, babies included. Check out our Top Ten selection of natural and gentle skincare products, link in profile️ #babyccinotopten #naturalskincare #gentleskincare #organicskincare
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This beautiful weekly planner is for you! If you haven't read this blog post yet, Esther shared her personal goals for 2018 last Tuesday, and we thought you might be working on your resolutions and good intentions too. So here is a cute tool to help you organise your new life! Thanks @littlecubeparis for the sweetest design (as always)! Link to blog post and downloadable file in profile
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There are a few new toys at Esther's house! They're pretty, natural and fun, and her 4 kids have already found so many different ways of playing with them. Read more on the blog, link in profile! #toys #openendedplay #naturaltoys #woodentoys
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Pitti Bimbo 86 Have you heard about this fair? The world of childrenswear meets in Florence from 18 to 20 January! It will be a complete overview of children’s fashions and an extraordinary platform for presenting the new lifestyle trends for kids. Follow the link in profile for all the details! #pittibimbo #pb86 #pittilivemovie @pittimmagine
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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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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!
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Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
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Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
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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!)
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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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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 oil 1 butternut squash 1 red onion 2 red peppers 2 garlic cloves 4 vine tomatoes 150g quinoa sea salt & freshly ground pepper 300 ml vegetable stock 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 25g raisins 80g black olives And for the garnish: a handful of chervil feta (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!
2 years ago