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At what age do you give your children a mobile phone? Here's how we deal with technology in our household.
We live in an interesting age. Technology is developing with the speed of light and a life without mobile devices has simply become unthinkable. I find this such a strange phenomenon, especially given the fact that it's not even that long ago since we didn't even have wireless communication! (I think my dad, because his ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Talking about death with your children. Some thoughts.
Yesterday I took Pim to the funeral of the mother of a dear friend. She has two sons Pim's age (11 and 13) and I decided to bring him along so that he could offer support to his friends. Even though he had once been to a funeral before, I don't think he quite knew what ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
How waste-free are you? Tips and thoughts about food waste.
I attended a dinner on Monday to launch the 'waste free' campaign here in The Netherlands. It was really lovely as it was prepared by a Dutch cook who is known for cooking completely waste-free with only local ingredients. For example, the peels of vegetables were used to make a tasty vegetable stock, leftover cake ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
The power of women — an interesting article about female endurance
A few weeks ago, Tamar was telling me about an article he was reading in the newspaper. About a certain kind of super-marathons, where athletes run for days and days with hardly any sleep or rest. I had never heard of these kind of races, but when he mentioned that the article discussed the fact ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
At what age do you leave your kids home alone at night?
I had a revelation the other day when my youngest daughter told me that she had spent the evening entertaining the guest. The guest in this case was the 19-year-old babysitter whom I was paying good money to! This is when I realized that my kids were probably fine at staying home alone and very ...
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PARENTING
When teens get upset -- how best to respond
  My mom sent this New York Times article to me last week, and I found it both comforting and incredibly helpful. Reading it, I had one of these 'aha!' moments of parenting clarity. I realised that whenever Easton has come to me upset lately, I have this urge to immediately try to say something or get ...
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PARENTING
Maintaining your friendships -- how do you prioritise your friends?
A longtime reader (seven years she said!) recently sent an email asking for advice on maintaining friendships and making new ones.  She shared that she already feels pulled in so many directions (kids, husband, work, life in general!) and that she admittedly hasn't been able to focus on her own friendships. She wondered if we ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Thursday Thoughts: The benefits of boredom
I know we've touched on the topic of boredom in the past (in this post about after-school activities), but this new opinion piece on boredom in the New York Times really resonated with me and I thought it makes for an interesting discussion. The article touches on the fact that boredom spawns creativity and self-sufficiency, and ...
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TRAVEL
Tent Camping: what you'll need
In the last couple years, we've discovered the joy of camping! Not only it is an affordable way to holiday, but it's always so much fun and offers a sense of adventure and excitement. I still have such fond memories of my childhood camping adventures, and I know that our recent camping trips will remain ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
How many Christmas gifts do you give your kids?
Having recently moved house and packed all our belongings up into boxes, I have come to the realisation (once again!) that our kids really don't need anything for Christmas. As I packed up the children's bedrooms a few months ago, I found lots of broken knick-knacks and toys that I had stuck in their Christmas ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Rest — is it a focus in your family?
I’ve grappled with slowing down and resting my whole life. Growing up, our family values were unwritten and just understood, but if you had to sum them up it would be ‘work hard, play hard.’ It laid the foundation for strong work ethics as a family, we all take on a bit more than we should, ...
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PARENTING
Tuesday Tips: Singing in the loo -- create a sense of safety and security
I think a lot of parents are faced with this conundrum: a public loo, two (or more) children, and no room in the loo for the children, the buggy, and all your belongings! (Or something similar.) Sometimes there is the added details of suitcases/travelling alone/sleeping baby, but whatever the situation, it is one of those ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
How do you manage it all? Thoughts and tips about juggling and trying to stay on top of things.
Running a business as well as a household of seven is not a simple task. I'm constantly trying to stay on top of things and at the same time failing miserably. I'm behind on my email, my house is a mess, my baby needs a bath (and so do I), I have to write a ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Making your marriage a priority
I was asked to sit on a panel at the recent Business Chicks event in Brisbane last weekend along with four other inspiring business women and mothers. We chatted and shared tips about the juggle -- juggling motherhood and careers, taking time for yourself, carving out time for your husband, learning to say 'no', learning ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Do you argue in front of your children?
Yesterday afternoon Michael and I got in a heated argument whilst the kids were nearby in the adjacent room. As much as I tried to control my temper and stay calm, I ended up shouting and storming out of the room. Within minutes, Quin was in tears, followed by Ivy, and they both walked into ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Five simple tips for learning to tie shoelaces
It's funny how children are all so different. Even though Casper has been kicking a ball since he made his first steps and can confidentially climb any object you can imagine (help!), the development of his fine motor skills are less progressed. He only just now learned to tie his own shoelaces -- on the brink ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Interesting Article: The Confidence Gap for Girls
Today is the International Day of Girls, a perfect opportunity to share this article Courtney recently sent to me from the New York Times. The article, which addresses a confidence gap for young girls, has made me think about how one of the bigger shocks of my girls getting older is witnessing the self consciousness creeping in. I'm ...
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PARENTING TIPS
A tip for homesick children (or for children who leave home for a few days)
Pim started his last year in primary school this week! It's going to be a fun and exciting year for him, with the school musical, the fashion show, choosing a secondary school... And then at the end of the year, saying goodbye to his classmates who will all scatter to different schools. But first, the ...
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GOOD READS
The Montessori Toddler, by Amsterdam Montessori teacher Simone Davies
Toddlers can be a handful. The expression 'the terrible twos' says enough: toddlers are known to be difficult and obstinate. They won't eat, won't sleep, won't listen, and in general go left when you want them to go right! Simone Davies, Montessori teacher and writer of the new publication 'The Montessori Toddler', sees things in ...
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PARENTING TIPS
Teenagers -- let them vent!
When my girls were small, their problems seemed smaller. A cuddle and a kiss solved most problems. But as they grow bigger, so does the complexity of their problems. I cannot just rush in like Batman anymore and make everything okay.  One new development I have noticed as my kids getting older is the need ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Getting to know your baby. Did you know your newborn immediately?
I was recently browsing my Instagram and something interesting struck me. On social media I have seen several mothers say (write), that after the birth of their babies they feel 'they have known their newborns forever'. I personally have never felt that way. I have given birth to five babies over the past thirteen years, and ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Teens - Navigating the rocky waters of social media
Teens and social media is a 'hot potato' topic (as we say in French). The fact is: as much as I love the idea of a totally unplugged childhood, we will not be able to avoid social media forever.  We ourselves use social media, and for good reason -- it is a simple way to ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
The birthday hangover -- is it a thing?
'Birthday season' has just ended in our family with six of the seven of us celebrating a birthday in the last few months -- the most recent being our eldest, now an official teenager!! So wild! With all the birthdays taking place recently, I've noticed something interesting, and I'm curious whether you've ever noticed it ...
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Collagraph printing is a cool collage printing technique which people of all ages will enjoy! Esther explains the how-to on the blog today. #babyccinocrafts #craftsforkids #collagraph @estherbabyccino
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Look at this adorable summer dress from @_beyond_nine ! Made from custom woven linen which feels cool, is absorbant and will only get softer over time, it’s the perfect flattering dress for pregnancy and beyond (the poppas down the front allow for easy breastfeeding access!). We ️! #babyccinokids #babyccinoboutiques #babyccinowears
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On our blog, Lara is talking about giving birth (she’s due soon!) and why a home birth is not her first choice... #babyccinokids
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‘Poaching a whole chicken is actually one of the most straightforward and hands-off processes and, for some reason, feels particularly rewarding and holistic. The chicken is so succulent and flavoursome that really you need very little with it!’ Read the how-to on our blog today — shredded poached chicken is delicious in salads and sandwiches or served with rice or noodles for a quick Asian-inspired meal. (Added bonus, of course, is the beautiful broth you are left with! ) #babyccinoeats #poachedchicken #familycooking @ieatmypeas
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Dream team! Ava, Bram and key-member of the team bébé George with their assistants @laralovesparis @emiliebabyccino @estherbabyccino and @amandine.lw — what an awesome first day of our #babyccinoxthereunion event! We’re back tomorrow at @Atelier_richelieu_paris (60 rue de Richelieu) from 10 to 18 — be there or be ◾️;) @thereunion #babyccinokids
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On our blog, Courtney is showing us their ADORABLE cubby house! Head over to see more dreamy pics and read about the design process with @castleandcubby #babyccinokids #babyccinoplays #cubbyhouse #playhouse
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A spring craft project which is as easy and fun as a walk in the park! Have a look on our blog to see what a dishwashing brush has to do with a dandelion puffball @estherbabyccino #babyccinocrafts #springcrafts #springcraftsforkids
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It has been an exciting week, but WE HAVE OUR WINNERS! The biggest congrats to this year’s well deserved Babyccino Awards winners! (Swipe!) Best Baby Clothing -The Little Natural Co @thelittlenaturalco Best Children's Clothing - Hubble + Duke @hubbleandduke Best Shoes & Accessories - Amy & Ivor @amyandivor Best Toys & Crafts - Wooden Story @woodenstory Best Decor - Little Cloud @littlecloud.kids Best Baby & Family Essentials - Muddy Puddles @muddypuddlesuk Best Ethical - Polarn O. Pyret @polarnopyretuk Best Concept Store - MamaOwl @mamaowl_ Best New Shop or Brand - Young and Brave @youngandbrave.ch Congratulations also to all of the shortlisted shops! You are all fabulous! And a big thank you to our wonderful jury members who had the very difficult task of making the first selection and, of course, to all of you who took the time to vote. Your support for our beautiful independent brands and boutiques means the world to us (and to them)! #babyccinoawards #babyccinoawards2019 #babyccinoboutiques
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Attention!! Deliciously moist and ridiculously easy banana and olive oil cake recipe up on our blog! And it’s gluten and dairy free too. 🤗 Link in profile. #babyccinoeats #bananacake #glutenanddairyfree @ieatmypeas
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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!
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2 years ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
2 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!
2 years ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
2 years ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
2 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!)
2 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!
3 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.
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