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DIY Paper Lanterns -- Perfect for a Chinese New Year Celebration!
We love bringing small celebrations to life with homemade decorations, which add a special and festive touch! Chinese New Year is today, and we've spent the week making these super simple DIY paper lanterns. We're hoping to hang them up while we feast on Chinese food (yum for Dim Sum), eating our dinner with chopsticks (which ...
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VALENTINE'S DAY CRAFTS
Valentines Love Heart Bunting with Potato Printing
There is lots of love in the air, with Valentine's Day here, so I wanted to create a craft with simple items we had on hand. Naturally, a classic potato print project came to mind. After all aren't potato prints a right of passage? This craft entertained my nearly two year old and almost five ...
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VALENTINE'S DAY CRAFTS
Last Minute Valentine's DIY: Heart Shaped Seed Paper and Origami Envelope
I don’t give a lot on Valentine’s Day, usually. But I try to create something sweet for my husband and the kids just so they know it exists. Does this even make any sense? :) So this year I decided to craft a last minute Valentine's DIY: tiny seed paper hearts and easy envelopes to ...
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VALENTINE'S DAY CRAFTS
My Funny Valentines -- Cute last-minute Valentine card idea!
These are the easiest (and super last-minute friendly) Valentine cards. Very handmade, perhaps even a bit homespun, which I think adds a bit of character... quite endearing! In addition they are funny and fast to make! You can use collage materials and a bit of clever wording, and presto! We used pieces of wrapping paper ...
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BOOKS
A Treasury of Short Stories Series written by Angela McAllister
We have recently discovered two books by Angela McAllister, which are worth sharing with you: A Year Full of Stories and A World Full of Stories. Both collections of short stories, A Year Full of Stories covers every continent and comprises of myths from around the world for each month of the year. Each story celebrates ...
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BOOKS
Angela McAllister's Top Ten Favourite Children's Books
Angela McAllister is the author of A Year Full of Stories and the recently published A World Full of Stories. Two wonderful books which my girls are really enjoying at the moment. Angela's ability in collecting such wonderfully rich stories and comprising them into these two beautifully illustrated books is a gift and I'm so ...
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BOOKS
The Great Race, Written and Illustrated by Christopher Corr
  We'll soon be celebrating Chinese New Year (next month!) and this animated book, The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac by Christopher Corr is the traditional tale of how every animal has earned its place in the Chinese zodiac by taking part in the Great Race. Florence was captivated from the first ...
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AUTUMN CRAFTS
Walnut Shell Animals, such a sweet craft to do with the kids!
My daughter is going to Steiner (Waldorf) School and every year in November there is Martinsmarkt, which is a special 2-day event with different kinds of activities held in almost all the classrooms. And all families participate. Last year we had to either buy or create little treasures for the Fishing Game. They had to ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
The Secret Society of Letter Writers, by Master Boddington
The Secret Society of Letter Writers (S.S.L.W.)... If something sparks the imagination of a ten-year-old, it is Secrets and Societies! A while ago, I brought home a little card from the ShopUp in New York, inviting the reader (in this case Pim) to join the S.S.L.W. The Secret Society of Letter Writers strives 'to honour and protect ...
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BOOKS
Baby Loves Science -- little books about big ideas!
A few months ago I received a sweet email from a woman named Sarah asking if she could send us a few copies of her mother's board books for babies. We happily accepted her kind offer and a week later we received the Baby Loves Science series of books written by Sarah's mum, Ruth Spiro. ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites: 25 of the Best Colouring Materials
We spent everyday of our Christmas holiday colouring and painting. Two weeks! Experimenting with mark making, drawing our favourite memories, making imaginary worlds, and just having fun... creating art is wonderful for all ages.  And beautiful materials create beautiful art. Our twenty five art and colouring materials will provide you with a lot to choose ...
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TOYS & GAMES
The Wobbel Board and fun wooden play tunnels
I'm a big fan of open-ended play and evergreen toys -- toys that our kids play with religiously, independently of their age. This year for Christmas, we've added a few toys that I feel belong to the list we created a while ago: both pretty, natural and great toys that our kids all love playing ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Regal Crowns -- easy to make, fun to wear
This year I helped organise the making of crowns for my daughter's school Nativity play. The theme was the Three Kings, with not three but in fact ninety kings (!). We needed to create some instant drama, and these paper and jewel crowns did the trick. Making these en masse for the whole class was ...
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BOOKS
'Waiting' -- a book about patience and learning to wait...
This has been a month of waiting, for Christmas parties and Nativity plays, for play dates with friends and cookie making, and for the biggest day of all -- Christmas. We heard ourselves say 'please just wait' about a million and one times over the past month to our understandably very excited four year old ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Happy 2018 from all of us at Babyccino!
As you may have noticed from the blog silence over the past week, we've had our computers switched off and have been enjoying time with our families. We hope you too have had a happy and restful holiday with lots of family time, reflection over the past year, and excitement for the year ahead. Happy ...
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BOOKS
Hortense and the Shadow, by Natalia and Lauren O'Hara
Hortense and the Shadow is the debut picture book by sisters Natalia and Lauren O'Hara. Older sister Natalia writes and Lauren, who is three years younger, illustrates. The two grew up in the north of England and their love of sharing stories dates from their childhood when Natalia, who is dyslexic, struggled at school and ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites: Sixteen of the Best Holiday Films for the Family
Cosy family days are here! And what a wonderful time of year it is. A time to take a break and relax on the sofa surrounded by your loved ones, while watching a favourite film. An excuse to spend the entire day in pyjamas. (We can't wait!) So take a pause between the wrapping, baking, decorating, ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Christmas Craft: Scandanavian Nisse from simple materials
I visited a friend's house recently and loved their festive decorations. These sweet, small, little elves stood out on their brunch table.  I asked for more information on the origin, and found out that she made them as a young child. She was quite nostalgic about them, and now her children look forward to putting ...
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BOOKS
What we are reading right now
As we are nearing the shortest days of the year and, as a result, spending more time indoors, I thought it might be fun to share with you what we are reading right now in our little home! Coco, who is 11, is on multiple books (as per usual). She is devouring the Generation K ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Colourful Papier-Mâché Fruits & Vegetables
I haven't made papier-mâché for years, and almost forgot how much fun it is! You start with such simple and basic materials and end up with an impressive sculpture. Papier-mâché is a great excuse to put on an art smock, and have a bit of messy fun with your children. There are severals steps and a ...
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TOYS & GAMES
ZooModern, sustainable and eco-friendly Wooden Creatures
Because of the amount of toys of all kinds on the market today it’s pretty hard to get excited over the new ones. I remember just eight years ago when I had my first daughter everything was different. The variety was a lot narrower. So what I try to do now is find and accept ...
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CELEBRATIONS
A birthday party in London. Celebrating TEN years!!
Yesterday was an absolutely amazing morning for all of us!  With our entire team in London, we gathered with friends, shop members and fellow bloggers to celebrate the past ten years of our little company.  It was such an honour for us to be surrounded by so many inspiring people and to really celebrate the ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites: Twenty of the Best Christmas Books (ever!)
Our team shares a love of books. And a love of Christmas! So it seems we had a natural conversation we were waiting to share. We asked our team for their absolute, very, very (!) favourite Christmas books. Because the season goes by in a heartbeat, and with time spent rushing to school fairs and ...
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Never mind if it's not spring yet, winter is perfect to make bread on a stick and bake it outside on the fire with a group of friends! Check out this blog post from our 'The Little Things' series, it's from a couple of years ago but always so inspiring(link in profile) #outdoorswithkids
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Today is Chinese New Year! We're sharing a super simple DIY of paper lanterns on the blog, check it out!🇨🇳(link in profile) #babyccinocrafts #craftsanddiy #chinesenewyear
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After school activities: when is it too much? Courtney shares her thoughts about this topic on the blog today - and it's so different between London and Byron Bay! Link in profile. #parenting
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Jodie, Selina and Tammie are three mothers - mums of 6 biological children and 6 adopted children. Together, they wrote 'Lionheart, The Real Life Guide for Adoptive Families', a wonderful book to offer support and answers to other parents going through the adoption process. We're so happy to be able to share 5 of their tips on the blog today(link in profile)
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Happy Valentine's Day! How about making this easy Valentine's bunting with potato printing? Always a hit with our kids️. All the details are on the blog, link in profile! #babyccinocrafts #valentinescrafts #craftsanddiy
3 days ago
DAY 10 - LAST DAY! Grab your chance - today is the last day of our big giveaway! We're celebrating our 10th anniversary and have partnered up with 10 wonderful boutiques to offer you one amazing prize each day. The giveaway will run for ten consecutive days, and each day you will have a chance to win a voucher plus free international shipping. One winner will be chosen randomly at the end of the day. It's open worldwide! On our final day, Day 10, you can win a £100 voucher plus free international shipping from @mercimamangifts. A lovely boutique, celebrating their 10th anniversary too, where you'll find personalised charm bracelets and necklaces, hand-engraved with the names of your loved ones or a personal message. The perfect present for someone special for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day or Father's Day! To enter: • Follow @babyccinokids and @mercimamangifts • Like this post • Leave a comment and tag one friend who would love this shop too. That’s it! Good luck! . . This giveaway will end in 24 hours on Thursday at noon CET. Winner will be announced on Friday. The giveaway is not sponsored or endorsed by Instagram. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Open worldwide. The voucher will be emailed to the winner.
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Love is in the air this week! We wish you a beautiful Valentine's Day️ (tap for details and follow the link in profile to check out the cool items of our selection!) #valentinesday #babyccinotopten
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Everyone is going to love these small seed paper hearts in their pretty origami envelope! They're so easy to make, check out the DIY on the blog! (link in profile) #valentinescrafts #craftsanddiy #babyccinocrafts
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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 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
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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!)
1 year 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 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