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PARENTING
My new e-course on Tweens & Teens: Registration now open!
I'm really excited to share the details of my new e-course! In The Loop: Tweens & Teens is a 3-week community course to help prepare and support you through the adolescent years. It has been designed for parents and carers of children aged 8 to 18, and will bring together a community of parents who ...
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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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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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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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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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PARENTING
What are your favourite podcasts?
A few months ago I started listening to podcasts while I fold the laundry, and it is actually life changing! I don't know what took me so long, but better late than never! Instead of folding laundry on a daily basis, I've started piling up our clean, dry laundry and keeping it in a big ...
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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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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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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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INTERESTING ARTICLES
Let's talk morning routines (and an interesting approach)
We are well and truly back to school over here in Paris. The long nights and slow mornings of the summer holidays are over. It's back to the real life routine. I just read this article and it really struck home with me. As I have mentioned before, mornings are not our forte. We are ...
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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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TUESDAY TIPS
Helpful tips for adoptive parents from three experienced mothers
Tammie Flinos met her husband at the young age of eighteen. On their second date they decided they were going to adopt a child. After two biological children, they moved to Dubai where they began the adoption process. Here Tammie met Jodie Hampshire and Selina Smyth, two other women who were going through the adoption ...
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GOOD READS
Local parents share their insider tips in our city guides
Have you checked out our kid-friendly city guides lately? We have city guides for five cool cities and we'll be launching new cities soon (Copenhagen! yay!).  A recent addition to each of our city guides is a new series called 'Local tips' where local parents answer a set of 10 questions, sharing their favourite restaurants, ...
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HOUSEKEEPING AND ORGANIZATION
2018: My personal goals
Happy New Year everyone! I've just dusted off my computer, dug up a shiny new notebook and made myself a cup of lemon/ginger/kurkuma/honey tea. 2018 is going to be a great year, and of course I'm kicking it of with big plans! Here's my list of personal aims and goals for this year: 1. Be ...
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GOOD READS
'Say Bonjour to the Lady: Parenting from Paris to New York'
One of the things I love most about this blog and our community of readers is being able to share and discover the cultural differences in parenting styles. For example, when I wrote a post asking how often you bathe your children, I found the responses to be so interesting on a cultural level. Same with ...
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BOOKS
9 Months: A month by month guide to pregnancy for the family to share
About 2 ½ years ago, Courtney and I met with the lovely Rachel Williams (publisher of Wide Eyed Editions and Frances Lincoln children's books, and creative brain behind a whole lot of amazingly beautiful children's publications), and she asked us the following question: if we were to write one non-fictional book for the children's market, what would that book ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites : Best Books for Pregnant Mamas
New life is on our minds at Babyccino both because Spring is in the air, (yay!) and... because we currently have a few pregnant mamas and a newborn on our team.  So we wanted to share our favourite books that we read while pregnant. Books that inspire, educate,  prepare, and inform us so we are ...
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GOOD READS
Parenting without Borders, by Christine Gross-Loh
I recently read a conversation with Christine Gross-Loh in the super cool Lunch Lady magazine about raising kids in different cultures. It's a topic I find fascinating having brought up our girls in places throughout Europe, Africa and in the USA. I've seen so much diversity in childhoods and had so many discussions about parental topics with friends from all nationalities ...
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INTERVIEWS
Five questions with Julie Kohlhoff from macarons
I remember being introduced to macarons 5 years ago when they first presented their collection at the local children's fashion fair here in Amsterdam. Julie and Veit, joined by their baby girl and Veit's mother, were presenting a different, interesting collection that really stood out -- with amazing double-knit fabrics they had developed themselves and intriguing, cool ...
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BEAUTY & CARE
Thursday Thoughts: To shave or not to shave
  Okay ladies, a funny thing happened to me this week. I posted this photo (above) on my Instagram feed to feature a watch brand I like and to talk about the two opposing sides of my personal style, as reflected by my wrists. But, the comments and conversation quickly became focused on my arm hair!!! Some people told me "it looked gross," while others suggested I ...
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EDUCATION
Maths with Lego
I am always looking for more ways of teaching maths in a tangible way to my kids. This is partly because one of the slight disadvantages of the French school system is that teaching is very academic. It is also because I want the children to understand at an early age how genuinely useful, fun ...
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Continuing our theme of breastfeeding, we’re talking about tandem breastfeeding today. Do you do it? Have you ever tried it? Have you ever considered it? Have you even ever heard of it? Want to know more? Take a look at this blog post from our archives today which explores the topic and features the wonderful baby, child and family photographer Polly @littlekinphotography who is an expert in capturing precious family moments. Link in bio. #worldbreastfeedingweek #breastfeedingweek #tandemfeeding #motherhood #babyccinokids #babyccinokidsblog
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‘The super casual breastfeeding attitude didn’t happen immediately, it happened out of necessity and with a bit of experience’. In today's archives, Lara talks about breastfeeding on the go, how she mastered it, how it has been a total game changer for her and the comedy moments that have happened along the way. One not to be missed, whether it's something you have or haven't considered yet. Link in bio #worldbreastfeedingweek #breastfeedingweek #breastfeeding #breastfeedingonthego #motherhood #parenthood #baby #babyccinokids
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This week is World Breastfeeding Week and we will be sharing some of our top tips and experiences over the coming days. But before we do, we wanted to share this fabulous graphic to remind ourselves of the different journeys we are all on. We celebrate the marvellous efforts of all parents in providing love, care and nourishment, in whatever form that takes. We hope that you find these posts useful and interesting, however you choose to feed your child and that you will share your experiences with this community too. #breastfeedingweek #breastfeeding #parenthood #motherhood #baby #babyccinokids #worldbreastfeedingweek
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It’s that time of year again! The team are taking some time away with family and loved ones for the next two weeks but keep following as we will be revisiting some of our most popular posts, taking a look at some of our much loved Babyccino boutiques and celebrating world breastfeeding week this week with some top tips from the team. Read today’s blog via link in bio. #moretocome #summerholiday #worldbreastfeedingweek #babyccinokids
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Calling all book worms! We are delighted to announce that the next edition in the best selling Slow Down series by Magic Cat Publishing, Slow Down and Sleep Tight, is out for pre-order today ahead of its release on the 5th August. Beautifully written by Rachel Williams and illustrated by @freyahartas, Slow Down and Sleep Tight is the perfect way for little ones to wind down and prepare for bedtime. Link in bio to pre-order. #slowdownandsleeptight #magiccatpublishing #bedtimereading #kids #familyreading #babyccinoreads
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A few weeks ago, Lara was lucky enough to be invited to a preview of the spectacular Buckingham Palace Gardens. If you are London based and haven’t booked your tickets yet, read on...From July until September, the 39-acre grounds of Her Majesty The Queen’s official London residence is open to the public for the first time. Visitors can enjoy a self-guided tour of highlights such as the 156-metre Herbaceous Border, plane trees planted by and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and views of the island and its beehives across the 3.5-acre lake. Despite its urban location, the garden is home to a remarkable array of flora and fauna, including rare native plants seldom seen in London. Families can enjoy one of the trails or art and crafts activities (every Monday in August) and as part of two Family Festival days on 26 and 30 August, where Warden-led family tours will also be available. The added chance to enjoy a picnic (the first time this has been done since 2012) on one of the sweeping lawns makes this a truly memorable experience for all the family. Tickets are in high demand so you’ll need to be quick. Pre-booking is essential. Link in bio to book. Photo of Lara and friend kindly provided by James Forde of @washingtonpost #royalcollectiontrust #buckinghampalace #familydaysout #londonlife
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Here’s something new to try, our take on the delicious Danish Dream Cake! We used coconut sugar throughout but for a more authentic feel, keep to the ingredients below. Ingredients: Cake: 250g plain flour 250g sugar 50g butter 3 eggs 200ml milk 2tsp baking power 1 tsp vanilla essence Topping: 125g butter 50ml milk 200g brown sugar 100g coconut flakes Method Whisk the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. Melt the butter and add the milk to the saucepan and stir. Add to the eggs and sugar. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, vanilla essence and baking powder. Add to the other bowl, and mix it all together into a smooth batter. Line a baking tray (about 25x35 cm) and add the batter. Bake the cake at 200 C (400 F) for about 20-25 minutes. When the cake is in the oven, prepare the coconut topping. Coconut topping; melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the milk and the brown sugar and let it simmer for about a minute. Add the coconut flakes and mix it well. When the cake has been in the oven for about 20-25 minutes. Take it out and pour the coconut mixture over the it. Use a knife to spread the topping evenly. Bake the cake for another 10 minutes. Leave to cool. #babyccinoeats #baking #bakingwithkids
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Today on the blog, Vanessa shares her family’s favourite summer reads and audiobooks. A great selection of stories that will make any travel journey much more enjoyable, link in bio. Do you have any family favourites? Let us know in the comments below. #babyccinokids #babyccinoreads , #audible #audiobooksforkids #reading #readingwithkids #travellingwithkids @vanessagerbrandy
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Ever wondered what goes into a fashion photo shoot? Head to stories to watch this magical reel by girlswear brand @nelliequats, one of our Babyccino boutiques. Made with the help of @littlekindphotography and wonderful models @iggymint, @lavida_aurora, @mali_zebedee_model and @cindy._.
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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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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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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 the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
4 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!
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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!)
5 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!
5 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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