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Weekend Getaway: Whidbey Island, WA
  The wildlife, the golden hour (now I see what a true golden hour actually is!), the endless views of cliffsides meeting the ocean, the Penn Cove mussels... oh, I could go on! I’m talking about Whidbey Island. Earlier this summer, we kicked off our annual “Summer out of a Suitcase” by heading to the ...
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A quick trip to Rome -- some highlights and tips
I remember overhearing a conversation between two men at the post office when we first moved to Byron. One man was telling the other about an upcoming family holiday -- the first holiday for their family in seven years! I remember how casual the other guy's response was, 'when you live in paradise, you don't ...
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Weekend Getaway: New Orleans!
New Orleans! Oh I love this city even more now that I have children. Growing up less than an hour from Nola, with much of my extended living family still living there, I was lucky enough to be heavily influenced by the city’s rich culture, strong tastes, sounds, and sights. New Orleans may be notoriously ...
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Wine Country in the Spring -- A Surprisingly Family-Friendly Getaway!
Addie Ladner recently shared a weekend getaway guide to her hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina.  We have since asked Addie to join our team of blog contributors here at Babyccino, and we're thrilled to be able to share more from this inspiring mama of three. First up, she's sharing a surprisingly family-friendly getaway to Napa ...
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Weekend Getaway: The Cynefin Retreat in Wales
Make hay while the sun shines!  On our recent weekend getaway, we did just that. We went to wonderful Wales, and enjoyed every ounce of sunshine, nature, and fresh country air.  A completely relaxing holiday, which left us fully recharged -- no easy task for a family of four with a pregnant mama! Our home ...
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Weekend Getaway: A Family Retreat at Ballintaggart Farm, Scotland
Nestled in the heart of Perthshire, Ballintaggart Farm is a magical destination full of personality, which is loved by each and every one of my family. Standing proudly in such a tranquil and pretty spot in one of my all-time favourite parts of Scotland, Perthshire, Ballintaggart is such an easy commute from Edinburgh. Set up ...
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Weekend Getaway: Raleigh, NC
We were thrilled when Addie Ladner, a longtime reader of this blog, got in touch offering to share tips on her adopted home city of Raleigh, NC. I've never been to North Carolina (though I did consider the journalism school at UNC when looking at universities!), so I was particularly interested to hear about its charming capital ...
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Weekend Getaway: France, The Stunning St.Pierre de Serjac
St.Pierre de Serjac is relaxed luxury, mixed with the comforts of home, and surrounded by beautiful vineyards and rolling foothills. Placed perfectly in the middle of the Languedoc region, you can either choose to fully embrace the local culture, markets, cuisine, history, and have lovely little adventures (like a half-hour drive to Mediterranean beaches)... OR ...
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How to travel successfully and in style with the 'See-Ya' suitcases
We just spent six weeks of our summer travelling in the USA and had the very best time! And one of the main contributing factors to the success of the trip was being lightweight. (Ok, seeing friends, family, staying in fun places, and lots of sunshine added to the success as well...) BUT, I can ...
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Weekend Getaway: Taormina, Sicily
Last June my husband had a work conference in a sunny Sicilian city called Taormina, so we decided to tag along. And I am so happy that we did! It was sunny, bright, warm and beautiful… which are all great excuses for a gelato everyday, right? Known as the ‘pearl of the Mediterranean’ Taormina is simply ...
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Weekend Getaway: Gorgeous Granada
Granada gobsmacked us. It is a gorgeous and unique city with incredible history and impressive architecture. A weekend was not enough time with all of the wonderful options of things to do, but it was a great starting point! We decided (before we even left Granada) that we must visit again, which is definitely a ...
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Weekend Getaway: Rome with kids!
Isabel Lamb moved to Rome three years ago with her husband Christopher and their children, Joseph, 8, and Martha, 5. The family relocated from London for Christopher’s job as a journalist reporting on the Vatican and Rome. Isabel now runs The Little Grand Tour in London and Rome, a company introducing children to art with fun ...
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Weekend Getaway: Ibiza!
Oh Ibiza! If you've grown up in Europe you know the reputation of Ibiza: the best party island to dance from dusk 'til dawn. I'm sure many of us have had good times there in our pre-kids days. Discovering the island with kids sounds intriguing to say the least and there is no one with ...
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Weekend Getaway: family-friendly Malta
Lisa Frendo lives in Malta with her husband and two daughters, Maia (4 years old) and Izzy (1 year old). With a previous career in marketing she has always had a passion for creativity, and when she became a mother, she was driven to start up something of her own. What started off with a search ...
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Weekend Getaway: Singapore
Okay, so perhaps you'll need more than a weekend to put this wonderful guide to use, but just looking at these photos (the images of the food especially!!) and reading the tips makes me want to plan a family holiday to Singapore ASAP! We asked Singaporean Wee Ling Soh to share her best tips to ...
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Weekend Getaway: Lisbon, Portugal
Crystal Sawatzky and her husband have six children, aged 13 to 3. Originally from Canada, they moved to Europe in 2015 to spend a couple years slowly traveling throughout Europe in an effort to better understand old cultures and find new community. Over the last couple years, they've spent time visiting family in Northern Ireland, ...
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Weekend Getaway: Mexico City
Annika Lehtonen is originally from Finland.  She went to Mexico in 2008 for a short 6-month internship after finishing her university degree in Madrid, Spain... and those six months turned out to be nine years (and counting) in Mexico! She's married to a Colombian man and now has two young children. She has a demanding ...
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Weekend Getaway: Istanbul
Born and bred in London, Alara Hindle studied Islamic Art and Archaeology at Oxford, and was then sent to work in the magnificent Topkapi Palace in Turkey. Once there,  she met and fell in love with her husband, and has been living in Istanbul ever since! Two daughters (eight and three-years-old) and a beloved art ...
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Our Top 10 Weekend Getaway destinations for families and Kid & Coe properties!
We're all avid travellers here at Babyccino. Having children hasn't stopped us from exploring the world, and especially with companies like our longtime partner Kid & Coe, who provide super family friendly vacation rentals, traveling with a family has never been easier! With travel season coming up for most of us, we have picked out our Top Ten ...
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Weekend Getaway: Charleston, SC
Molly Fienning is a born-and-raised NYC girl who settled in Charleston with her Southern husband Ted and their two sons, Sawyer and Fox. The family has been living in Charleston for four years and recently finished building a new home in the historic district. Molly and Ted are co-founders of Babiators, the leading American sunglass ...
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Weekend Getaway: Cape Town, South Africa
I have never been to South Africa, but it's most definitely high on our list of places to visit. Especially now that I've read this beautiful, extensive guide from local mama Sophie Pirlot de Corbion.  Sophie is originally Belgian, is a mum of three girls, and has been living in South Africa for four years ...
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Weekend Getaway: Byron Bay, Australia
We discovered Byron Bay during our first campervan journey up the east coast of Australia back in 2010. It rained every day during that visit, which kept us from spending time on Bryon's beautiful beaches, but forced us inland to discover its 'hinterland' -- a verdant countryside of rolling hills, secret swimming holes and charming towns. While Byron's beaches and surf scene ...
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A family trip to Marrakesh and the Atlas mountains
I can't believe it is over a year ago that we made a trip to beautiful Morocco. And for that entire year I've been meaning to write about it! But finally, here is recap of our week there. A week that left us deeply in love with Morocco! We arrived in Marrakesh midday on a Sunday, just ...
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Conker spiderwebs! This is an oldie but a goodie, perfect for a weekend craft, manageable for little hands but also extremely entertaining for bigger ones. And it’s quite an addictive thing to do! You’ll need : Conkers Wooden skewers Any sharp tool like pointy scissors to make a little hole in the conkers Yarn Scissors Make 5 evenly spread out holes in the conkers. Push the skewers in the holes so they are tightly inserted. Choose a yarn to start with. With a flat knot, secure the yarn around one of the skewers. Start weaving by twisting around each skewer before you go to the next one. If you want to start a new colour, just knot the yarn around a skewer to secure it, and tie the new colour to the next skewer. Keep going until you’re happy. Lovely idea from @estherbabyccino #conkers #babyccinocrafts #babyccinokids
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About a year ago, Courtney shared a selection of Wilkie’s favourite picture books, many of which are still on rotation as his favourite bedtime reads. But he’s beginning to enjoy the slightly longer stories now. She snapped a photo of his current go-to books, most of them he can pretty much read to himself because he’s read them at least 100 times! What are your favourite kid books for nearly two year olds? @courtneyadamo
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We love open-ended, evergreen and heirloom toys here at Babyccino. Shannon recommends these beautifully made wooden vehicles from @faguswoodentoys which her children love. They are sturdy, clever, and so pretty to look at. More on our blog! @slcorlis #babyccinokids #babyccinoplays #evergreentoys
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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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