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Do You Keep Things Even in Your Family? Some thoughts
"Do I get a new book bag too?" "Why did you read three books to Charlotte and I only get one? No fair!" Do you see where this is going? Today I’m talking about the constant questions and comments on fairness and evenness when it comes to young children. Is it a thing in your ...
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INTERVIEWS
5 Questions With… Samantha Barnes of Raddish Kids
In this age of female empowerment and the continuous search for balance between work and family, it's so refreshing to read Samantha's 5 Questions With interview below. Her company, Raddish Kids (a monthly cooking club for kids -- more below), values this balance. Samantha supports the parents in her team to be flexible and wants them ...
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FOR MUMS
Hospital bag: 10 items to make your stay a little cosier
Courtney and Esther have already written excellent posts about what to pack into your hospital bag, here and here. So you might wonder why I'm writing yet another post about the hospital bag? Well, having had a C-section delivery for my firstborn and waiting to get a second one in a couple days from now, ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Memorizing Poetry, a lost art? Let's talk about the benefits.
I'm just back from Community Meeting at my children's school, which is a short weekly gathering of all the children in grades PreK-3 (so, ages 4 through 8 or 9 years old) and their parents. Typically at Community Meetings we sing together or listen to presentations from various classes on their studies, but the theme of ...
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INTERVIEWS
5 Questions with Maya Simler from PLAYin CHOC
I have rarely encountered a person with such an international life as Maya. Reading the answers to our 5 questions below, it became clear that she really has worked and lived in so many places! Maya currently lives in London with her husband and two boys. She's the brainchild behind her amazing brand PLAYin CHOC, ...
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PARENTING
Moments of big transition, and the ones that catch you off guard
A big event happened this weekend at our house: we removed the tall sides of the crib my son has slept in for the last two years (and my daughter for 2.5 years before him), replacing them with shorter, toddler-friendly ones. In truth, it was time -- he's been potty trained for more than 8 ...
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PARENTING
Would you share the name of your baby before birth?
Esther and I just had an interesting conversation about sharing or not sharing the name of your unborn child. She cheekily asked if we had decided on a name for our baby boy already and if I would share it with her. Which got us comparing habits and traditions on the matter. I am now ...
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INTERESTING ARTICLES
Why being kind makes you happier!
Earlier this week, Lara in London sent me this wonderful article in The Sydney Morning Herald (her husband worked on the studies involved at Kindness.org), and it really hit home with me. The article shows a link between kindness and happiness. Reading it, I was reminded of an analogy my friend, Jeremy, shared with me ...
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EDUCATION
The climate strike (plus: 8 ways to make a conscious change at home)
If you are reading this post on Friday, 27th of September 2019, you will be looking at a black&white website. For one day we're ditching all colour, in solidarity with everyone who is striving for an urgent climate change -- today, this week, and always! A small change, perhaps, but I find it quite disturbing ...
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PARENTING
Thursday Thoughts: Do You Make Your Kids Stay at the Table at Mealtimes?
 My husband and I have had a bit of a predicament lately which has left us with this question I'd love to ask you: When your kids are finished eating, do you make them stay at the table until everyone is finished or do you excuse them? We’ve always let our girls get down when ...
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PARENTING
A new kind of list making
  I made a list today, a different kind of list than I usually do. Not a to-do list, or a grocery list, or a list of errands to run, or a list in my gratitude journal that doesn't exist because I have zero extra time in my day for that. It originated as a ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Encouraging children to read! Here are ten tips.
Both my oldest children are avid readers. Especially Sara is the kind of person who reads everything she can get her hands on: novels, series, educational books, newspapers, magazines, the back of cereal boxes -- you name it. So recognisable: I was exactly the same as a child. (I always thought it had to do ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Would you let your children get lost at night and let them find their own way back home?
Recently, an interesting article appeared in the New York Times, and so many of my friends and followers reached out to me about it. Is it true? Do you really do it? The topic of the article is about a particular 'game' we play in the Netherlands which is called 'dropping'. In a nutshell, children ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Let experiences be! How playing back memories on a mobile phone can re-shape our memories.
A couple of weeks ago Lara sent me an interesting NY Times article: Is the immediate playback of events changing children's memories? It has definitely made me re-think the way I share photos and videos to my children. Don't get me wrong -- I don't think it's bad to let them watch videos of past events, ...
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GOOD READS
Comfort Zones, Edited by Sonder and Tell
Recently launched, Comfort Zones, is an anthology of essays written by a pool of women writers tackling unfamiliar grounds. Edited by Sonder & Tell and sold by Jigsaw all proceeds go to the charity Women for Women International. Broken up into four areas: Learnings, Relationships, Works of Fiction and New Ground & Big Ideas you'll ...
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HOUSEKEEPING AND ORGANIZATION
Fridge organisation for families, tips to avoid food waste
A couple of months ago I was asked to become an ambassador for the Dutch agency against food waste (#verspillingsvrij). Which I was happy to accept -- food waste, after all, is one of the most serious dangers to the health of our planet. A third of all food is thrown away! A big part ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Are you competitive when you play games with your children?
Let me start by saying that I have huge respect for parents with an endless (endless!!) patience; parents who can play silly games with their children and let them win over and over again. I am not one of those parents. Of course I do sometimes play those silly games, and I do let my children ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Have you taken your kids to Disney?
My sister-in-law just surprised her two young girls with a trip to Disney World for spring break. Intrigued, I asked my mother-in-law a few questions who has been several times. Her ears immediately perked up at my interest. She apparently never thought I’d ask and is pretty eager to take my kids one day! I’m ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Do you carve out one-on-one time for each of your kids?
One of the things I get asked the most in relation to having a big family is whether I'm able to spend enough quality time with each of my kids.  And my response to this question usually surprises people... The thing is that no, I don't really spend quality one-on-one time with each of my ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Ear piercings for children -- yay, or nay?
Yesterday, Sara and I headed over to a tiny jeweller here in the centre of Amsterdam to get another ear piercing. She already had three -- when she was 12, she had one hole in one ear and two holes in the other one pierced. In the meantime, the single hole closed up after she ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Tuesday Tips: Enjoy some extra sleep with a homemade 'Surprise Station'
Our children are really good at entertaining themselves at home, but it seems the minute we go away on a mini weekend break, or even for longer, they wake up earlier, with more energy and excitement! I get it, it's the excitement of being somewhere new, but man is it exhausting! Now that our kids ...
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PREGNANCY
Maternity products -- a few little luxuries and some practical tips too!
When you are pregnant with your third child, you just have less 'me' time. So instead of getting new and lovely items for your pregnancy, you inherit hand-me-down maternity clothes from friends, you pull out some of your old clothes from storage, and you make do -- which is a great way to recycle and ...
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PREGNANCY
Baby on Board -- helpful badge of honour for pregnant mamas?
I have taken this little simple badge for granted until recently when one of my American friends was visiting. She was so impressed that mums-to-be in London get to have these pins to wear while commuting so they can easily get a seat, and have a rest. It is the Baby on Board badge. Have ...
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Last year Courtney discovered @inkandhoneyillustration on the Babyccino portal and immediately fell in love with the sweet personalised baubles. They’re now the most treasured ornaments on our Christmas tree. How sweet! The baubles are now sold out for this year, but the shop will re-open in January, and it’s worth taking a note of these for next year. #babyccinokids @courtneyadamo
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Need something new to do with all the natural trinkets that seem to fill yours and your kid’s pockets this time of year? Take them to your playdough! We love this idea from @addieladner ... more on today’s post. #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts
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On our blog, tons of photos of our London ShopUp event! There are so many wonderful ones, we just couldn’t choose! Thank you @_katrinacampbell_ for capturing all of these wonderful moments ️ #theshopup @theshopup
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Make your own Christmas wreath with our popular blog post by @laraoflondon ... it was such a hit from last year that we decided to share it again! See stories or bio for link. #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts
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Do you keep things even and fair in your family? For example, if you get one child a new pair of shoes, do you get the other one a new pair too? Read more, link in bio. And tell us your thoughts below... what is your parenting approach? #babyccinokids @addieladner
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Cranberries, string, and a needle make marvellous festive garlands.Instantly impressive and pretty too. Thanks @laraoflondon for this idea. See stories for link. #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts ️
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These candy cane cookies are the easiest (and cutest) ideas to bake this month. See @laraoflondon ‘s simple how to, great for kids of all ages! On the blog and link in bio. #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts #babyccinoeats
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Announcement... we are going LIVE! Today is our last day of the London Christmas 2019 ShopUp! Join us in person and support small businesses OR if you can’t get to London in a flash, then join us live on @babyccinokids Instagram stories to tour the shops (get good ideas and shop from home!) and then join us again at 10.30 to hear our fabulous panel discussion ‘Cultural Richness around Bringing up Children’. Thanks to this little app you can join the party! See you at 10GMT. Don’t be late. @nelliequats @lotsoflovelyart @f.a.u.n.e @almaformula @vali_and_co @apolina_kids @manifestowoman @folpetto_swim @bonordic @catkinkids @littleborne @sisiandseb @binibamba @thesimplefolkco @kittyclogssweden @belhonore @elhee_france @71bis @smartmatkids @maisonjuli @intemporels.baby.knits @minilamode @cutecouturelondon @ollie_jays @risurisuparis @_deuxlapins_ @tilian.kids @thenatty.co @tajinebanane @omibianatural @igrowco @laustineyourdreams @annafielondon @shoppretago @princessandthecake @atticusandgilda @katewoodscrafts @kamsokids @luna.and.river @rainerandbear @finandzee @at.london @marlonandlittlefriends @cherry_bandits @nousetpaname @baininbaby @beabondworld @bulb_london @milie_et_hector @una_bambolina @lollyandkin @bloomingandglowing @gens_de_confiance @smocklondon @beepotion @guepesetpapillons @pinwheelkids_uk @beatriceandbee @otedd_kids @bananaboxers @tree_lylondon @atelier_rosemood_uk #theshopup #london #londonmarkets #chelsea #oldtownhallchelsea #kidsshopping #shopindependent #shoplocal #supportthemakers #shopsmall
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A great first day with 60 shops, dozens of activities, and more! ️ Tomorrow we have more fun in store... stay tuned for our morning announcement when everyone around the globe will be able to ‘tune in’ ...
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On Monday at #theshopup we welcome you to join us in the café at 10.30 for a panel talk called ‘Cultural Richness around Bringing up Children.’ The talk will focus on the differences of annual rituals and family relationships in a broader cultural differentiation. With a panel of seven amazing women around our table representing different cultural backgrounds, we will talk about heritage and diversity as well as adaptiveness and similarities, threading together different points of view. The panel : Zainab @themontessoristudio Africa @thevitamindproject Fatima @princessandthecake Lauren @aspiringkennedy Seyi @kamsokids Kim @kimbaarda Amandine @amandine.lw And shop with us at @nelliequats @lotsoflovelyart @f.a.u.n.e @almaformula @vali_and_co @apolina_kids @manifestowoman @folpetto_swim @bonordic @catkinkids @littleborne @sisiandseb @binibamba @thesimplefolkco @kittyclogssweden @belhonore @elhee_france @71bis @smartmatkids @maisonjuli @intemporels.baby.knits @minilamode @cutecouturelondon @ollie_jays @risurisuparis @_deuxlapins_ @tilian.kids @thenatty.co @tajinebanane @omibianatural @igrowco @laustineyourdreams @annafielondon @shoppretago @princessandthecake @atticusandgilda @katewoodscrafts @kamsokids @luna.and.river @rainerandbear @finandzee @at.london @marlonandlittlefriends @cherry_bandits @nousetpaname @baininbaby @beabondworld @bulb_london @milie_et_hector @una_bambolina @lollyandkin @bloomingandglowing @gens_de_confiance @smocklondon @beepotion @guepesetpapillons @pinwheelkids_uk @beatriceandbee @otedd_kids @bananaboxers #theshopup #london #londonmarkets #chelsea #oldtownhallchelsea #kidsshopping #shopindependent #shoplocal #supportthemakers #shopsmall
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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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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!
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!
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!)
3 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.
3 years ago