Tag: Reading

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Read and Wonder storybooks
When packing for our trip I knew I had to pack children's books -- we couldn't go a whole three months without them, no matter how heavy they made our suitcases! So I decided to pack books that were relevant to our travels -- books about nature, animals, sea creatures, etc. Over the years we've ...
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Teaching your kids to read
Before we left for our sabbatical, I sat down with the teachers at my son’s school and asked them if they had any suggestions or activities they recommended for my son while we’re away. They told me that kids often forget basic lessons if they take a long break from school -- apparently kids can ...
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FOR MUMS
New Years Resolution 1 of 999,999
This year I am getting organized! And this year, unlike the last few years, I am really serious. I totally triple swear. While I have never been a “Type A” person and have always led a life of total chaos behind the scenes, I have finally hit a breaking point. My girls are turning four ...
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Noodoll
I do love new designs/books/characters that appeal to grown-ups and kids alike. My girls are going crazy for the Noodoll characters I brought home recently, and so am I. Noodoll lives in Noodle town where everyone and everything is made out of noodles. His main arch enemy is Rice Head, who is constantly trying to ...
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The Night Before Christmas
We have a few different versions of this Christmas poem, but Gyo Fujikawa's The Night Before Christmas is our favourite! Her illustrations are so beautiful and in a way that appeals to adults and kids alike. Fujikawa, also known for her version of Mother Goose, creates the most lovely, vintage-like illustrations. We especially love the ...
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Christmas book Advent calendar
I love Christmas! But my problem is I start getting that Bing Crosby feeling around mid-October and it is no good for my kids’ excitement levels. So, as of last year, there is now a self-imposed rule: no Christmassiness (that includes Gingerbread Lattes, Mince Pies and said Bing) until 1st December. Well Bah Humbug! As ...
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FOR MUMS
Eating seasonally and simply
Sadly, I don't read very many books these days. In fact, I've only read two in the past year! But thankfully one of them was a book that has completely changed my life:  Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. The book is a memoir about Kingsolver and her family who spent a year living on ...
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Spoon
Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal  is a darling children's book about childhood insecurities.  It features a little spoon who wishes he was handy like a fork or sharp like a knife or exotic like chopsticks.  Little spoon's mother explains all the things that only spoons get to do (like diving head first into a bowl ...
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Look and Cook
I found this book in a small bookstore in London and thought it was the most adorable cookbook for kids that I have seen in a long time.  I love that it has an excellent collection of old-school, comfort food recipes – everything from chicken noodle soup, meatloaf and  chocolate birthday cake to simple things ...
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GOOD READS
Sex ed
I have to say I was a bit shocked when my 4-year-old pointed to herself during bathtime and asked, "What is this for?"  I, slightly stunned, replied "That is where babies come out when you are a Mama.  I'll tell you more about it later."  I was proud of myself for not freezing up, but ...
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Noomray, personalised books
You should have seen my son's face the other day when we received the book that was custom-written for him! Noomray, a little Italian company, came up with a great idea-- they write and illustrate books where the main character is the person who will receive the book. It is geared to children, but they ...
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BABY
Mother Goose
When I had my first daughter, my mother pulled out several of my childhood books to give me.   I instantly recognized the quaint, '70s-ish illustrations of one of them, Mother Goose, by Gyo Fujikawa, and am so excited to share this one with my girls.  When researching Fujikawa for this post, I found out that ...
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An Old Institution
My 3-year-old is a lover of books and her personal book collection is threatening to drawf mine. A week ago I decided it was time to take action so I took her to the local library. I have been kicking myself ever since that I had not thought of this before! I had completely forgotten ...
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Mrs. Armitage and the Big Wave
I have always loved Quentin Blake's illustrations, as my father read me the Roald Dahl books he illustrated when I was a child. They are fantastic, but the ones I know are a bit macabre for my 3-year-old. I didn't know that Quentin Blake has himself written and illustrated books for younger kids. In fact ...
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Where's that ...?
Where's That Fish?Cat?Monkey?Duck? is a series of children's books written and illustrated by British born Dan Crisp. The cardboard pages are filled to the brim with colourful, funny images and cut-out parts that play nice illusion tricks.  Just when you think you have found the hidden animal in question, you turn the page and realize ...
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Magical ABCs
Because my husband works in animation (and because he's rubbed off on me), we have become a bit selective when it comes to finding great books for our boys. Illustrations must be good, and the story, clever. We have to enjoy reading the book to them. Alison Jay's board books are beautifully illustrated, and while ...
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Book Binge
I have become a little bit obsessed. First I started with one, and then we bought another, and then we had to have ALL of them. And now I've decided we should get them ALL in hardback! Yes, it's children's books I'm talking about. But not just any children's books; I'm obsessed with one author/illustrator ...
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Start your week off with a bang! Make these energy balls on a Monday for some extra fuel and then continue to enjoy these snacks all week. 🤎 No-bake, sugar-free Coconut Oat Energy Balls : -6 pitted fresh medjool dates (not dried), cut up into smaller chunks -30 grams sunflower seeds -30 grams pumpkin seeds -25 grams desiccated coconut -10 grams date syrup -40 grams organic oats 🤎 First combine the sunflower and pumpkin seeds into the food processor. Then pulse it until they are nicely crushed up. Next add the medjool dates, oats, desiccated coconut and date syrup. Mix. Take a teaspoon of the mixture and roll into ball. Then roll the balls in extra desiccated coconut afterwards which makes them less sticky to eat! Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week. Enjoy! 🤎 @laraoflondon #babyccinoeats #babyccinokids
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Weekend project that will transform dull white clothes, hide stains, and get everyone’s creativity fired up... we’ve got it here. Shibori! Or tie dye! But first read this post. @estherbabyccino #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts
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Willow Crossley is a writer and a floral stylist. She is the mother of three gorgeous boys and is based in the beautiful counrtyside of Oxfordshire. Willow’s latest book, The Wild Journal, is utterly divine and I can’t really think of a better treat in this current climate, than reading this book. Written over a period of a year and split into the four seasons, the concept of Willow’s book is simple; a guide on how to nurture yourself through nature. With practical projects for you and the family to enjoy together and therapeutic seasonal reflections. Read more in today’s blog. @willowcrossleycreates @vanessa_wild_flours #babyccinokids #babyccinoreads
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Make your own Dandelion Honey! With only 4 simple ingredients (2 of which are free!) it’s easy to make. Foraging friendly! And it’s great on top of pancakes, French Toast, or drizzled in fresh ginger tea. Thanks @emilyhogarth for the tip. @laraoflondon #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats
2 months ago
Friendship bracelets are a brilliant way to send love to friends you can’t play with. This is a very basic technique Kumihimo friendship bracelet from Japan. It uses a handmade braiding disk from cardboard and it works great! See our bio to get the steps. #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts #friendshipbracelets @polonaprostkosir
2 months ago
Have you ever made homemade pasta? It’s such fun. Read all about it today on our new blog post by @laraoflondon. Recipes and great tips for all natural rainbow tagliatelle from @pastaandplay. Head to stories or go to bio for link. #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats #eattherainbow #kidswhocook
2 months ago
Eton Mess is a family favourite of @laraoflondon. In our house it is referred to as ‘Messy Mash’ and that is exactly what it is. A delicious, sweet, fruity bowl of soft and fluffy meringue bits with juicy berries and delectable whipped cream! We have taken this tradition, and given it a twist adding more berries. But the history of Eton Mess, named after the famous Eton Boarding School that many prime ministers and princes, kings, etc have attended, is that “the strawberry, meringue and cream pudding was dropped at an Eton v Harrow cricket match in the late 19th century. Perhaps it was a Pavlova style desert. Rather than waste the food, it was simply scooped up off the floor and served, smashed to bits, in individual bowls.” I love the tale of this story, and my kids love smashing the berries and meringue into bits to create this wonderfully sweet but not too saccharin dessert. It is also bake-free, takes only a few minutes to make on a day where you’d rather sit in the sun then be in the kitchen. Ingredients : Meringue (2 very large or 20 smaller ones — you can make them, or we enjoy cheating this step and buying delicious ones instead) Whipping Cream 1.5 punnet of strawberries Blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, optional so add to your liking! Vanilla Pod, sliced in half and seeds removed, or vanilla paste, or extract, to your liking. I prefer not to use the vanilla extract as it leaves a bit of an alcohol flavour. Steps for the mess : Rinse all of your fruit. Chop half the strawberries and put them in a blender or smash up. Pour the double cream/whipping cream into a large mixing bowl and add the vanilla. Then whip it up! Break up the meringues into about one-inch pieces, put them in the mixing bowl with the cream, add the smashed strawberries and fold the cream in around them to give a marbled effect. Place the mixture in serving dishes. Chop the rest of the strawberries and combine with the other berries. Put on top of your smashed mixture. You may want to pour a little extra cream on top, but I like the bright, uninterrupted colours of just the berries on the top. Enjoy immediately! #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats
2 months ago
Rock painting is one of life’s simplest crafts. What a lovely way to spend a Sunday... collecting and painting. Share your rock art with us. @babyccinokids #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts @courtneyadamo
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We just had a great recipe reminder from @little.dottie.designs who are making our Smoothie Ice Pop recipe today. Head to stories or click on bio and make the weekend a bit more delicious! @ieatmypeas #babyccinoeats #babyccinokids
2 months 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
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 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
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