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Cosy Movies to Watch this Winter
The festive season is a perfect time to cosy up and hunker down on the sofa, in bed, in a nook or snug corner of your home with your loved ones and watch a documentary, new film or classic movie this Winter. I’ve pulled together a few family favourites, some for young ones, some for ...
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MUSIC, FILMS & APPS
Blast from the past: the Goonies and other fabulous family films from the 80s
If you ask me what film I remember most fondly of my childhood, it must be The Goonies (1985). I remember it to be super funny, extremely endearing and crazily captivating. I never saw it again until very recently, when we were thinking of what to watch on our weekly winter family film night and ...
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KIDS
Carmen Sandiego - finally a strong female cartoon lead
I will let you in on a secret -- we do watch TV ;). In fact, I really like watching television with the kids, especially now that they are older and we can enjoy shows together. (It goes without saying that this is of course in moderation). Some great content has been made lately, with ...
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MUSIC, FILMS & APPS
Les Choristes (The Chorus) -- a wonderful family film
Sara is in her second year of high school and she's been following French classes for the second year as well. In the last week before the holidays, her French teacher treated the class by letting them watch a film, and Sara was so impressed with it that we watched it as a family during ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
What kind of music do you listen to with your children?
Growing up on a farm in a rural corner of the Pacific Northwest, we didn’t have cable TV. There wasn’t much to watch so the television was rarely turned on. The stereo, by contrast, was always on and music was a big part of my childhood. I still remember dancing with my mom in the ...
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BOOKS
Our secret to road trip survival: David Walliams' audio books!
We've been doing A LOT of driving over the past five months, something that might seem seriously unappealing to most parents, especially with a carload of restless children, but which we've found to be quite fun and exciting. The secret lies in David Walliams and his hilarious audio books. The kids actually look forward to ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Aether Cone, a Thinking Music Player
I'm sure every family is the same, but we love a bit of a swing in ours. Very often, after breakfast or dinner, we turn up the volume and dance in our living room. It's crazy! We all join in, and it's just so much fun. And very often, we end up with a big ...
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PARENTING TIPS
My thoughts on TV and other electronics
I’ve had lots of questions recently about my parenting ideas, especially when it comes to electronics, so I thought I’d answer the most common questions in one post. I want to emphasise that this is what works in our family and for our children. I know it won’t work for every family... and it may ...
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INTERESTING ARTICLES
Are We There Yet?
Have you been following the Rosetta mission on the news lately?  I have been a bit obsessed in the last few days to see if the mission of landing an unmanned space craft on a comet that is about 6bn kilometres away from earth was going to work, so improbably and yet, somehow it landed! ...
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MUSIC, FILMS & APPS
Let's talk about electronics and our children
This is not your average Babyccino post but I wanted to speak openly about a topic I feel really passionate about. I want to talk about electronics and the way they are affecting our children. I recently went on a school field trip with my 9-year-old son's class to see the Vikings Exhibition at the ...
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GOOD READS
What do babies and rockets have in common?
Since Coco started to speak, 'why' has been one of the main words in her vocabulary. I thought it was a phase, but it has been going on for 7 years and counting! A lot of questions I can still answer, but some are now starting to get a bit too complex and we have ...
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MUSIC, FILMS & APPS
Drawnimal
My children are getting a bit older and with a bit of a heavy heart, I am slowly tiding away a lot of toys that just don't get used anymore. I am even cleaning up virtually, as I also have been deleting children game apps off my iphone. But there is actually one game that ...
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MUSIC, FILMS & APPS
Easy Studio Animation App
We're still loving the educational Montessori Letter Sounds app from Les Trois Elles, and were thrilled to discover they have just released a new animation app (especially since my husband works in animation!). My boys were especially excited about this one. Easy Studio is a really fun ipad app which allows you to animate with coloured ...
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BOOKS
Enchanted Wonders iBooks for kids
I recently had the pleasure of sitting down for tea in my kitchen with the lovely Ayala Homossany, the author/creator of the Enchanted Wonders interactive iBooks for kids.  I loved sitting with her and looking over the book,  seeing all the little details and features on each page. Ayala's passion as an author, educator and ...
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MUSIC, FILMS & APPS
Little Seed
I am always on the look out for new music for my little girl. We try and listen to everything at home, from reggae to classical. I recently discovered that Elizabeth Mitchell released Little Seed, a new album of Woody Guthrie covers. It is such a sweet, calm collection of songs that we love listening ...
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BOOKS
Marie visits France
I got this book for 6-year-old Coco in anticipation of the long car ride we are going to have, driving through France this summer. My mother always gave my brother and me a new book to read for our summer holiday car ride (they often where 2 days long) and I loved getting a crisp, ...
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MUSIC, FILMS & APPS
Singing Alphabet app from Ministry of Letters
Remember this book? And how much we LOVE it? Well, the Ministry of Letters has just come out with a new (and equally great!) ipad app. It is literally... a SINGING alphabet! So much fun, and so perfect for my daughter who is now learning the sounds of the letters. The two of us are ...
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MUSIC, FILMS & APPS
Looney Tunes Love
Remember these guys?! We had friends over for dinner the other night -- a friend from Korea and a friend from France, and we were all remembering fondly how we watched (and loved) Looney Tunes when we were young! Isn't that crazy how people all over the world are united by a cartoon character?! Anyway... ...
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BOOKS
Puff, The Magic Dragon
For accommodation on our recent trip to Australia, we managed to arrange a house swap with a lovely family in Melbourne (have you ever done a house swap before? it was our first time and we LOVED it!). One of the best things about doing a house swap is you get to stay in a ...
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MUSIC, FILMS & APPS
PrestoBingo shapes App
Sweet, this Shapes app by PrestoBingo! We're loving the beautiful graphics and the educational content. Currently only available in English, but thanks to the easy lay-out kids will quickly figure out how to play this mathematical app, no matter what language they speak. A great way to practise shapes, math and basic geometry! xxx Esther
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MUSIC, FILMS & APPS
Alphabeast Flash Card App
I recently downloaded the Alphabeast flash card app onto my iphone for my kids and it was an instant hit. The app features 26 alphabet flash cards, and when you tap each 'card' something cute and clever happens (like playable musical instruments, dancing robots, spinning bow ties and laughing monkeys). So it keeps the kids engaged ...
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MUSIC, FILMS & APPS
Appracadabra: Count the Animals
We've been writing about some really cool and educational apps recently, and I didn't want to leave out the equally cool and educational Count the Animals app from Dutch company Appracadabra. Count the Animals is wonderfully well designed with beautiful graphics and fun sounds, and it's also full of cute little jokes like frogs starting to ...
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MUSIC, FILMS & APPS
Montessori Letter Sounds App
My 4-year-old son's reading skills are really taking off, and I'm pretty sure it has much to do with the educational apps we have on our iphones/ipad. It's really cool how interactive these games are and how much the kids really pick up from them. I've never been a fan of video games for kids, ...
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