Posts by Lara in London

EAT
Biscuteers -- a very British icing cafe for tea and fun
Biscuteers is such a cute little boutique and icing cafe! It is as sweet as the items it sells, and a very fun place to visit for tourists and locals alike! It really feels like you are a kid in a candy store with collections that specialise in hand-iced biscuits, chocolates and cakes.  And, before you ...
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LONDON CITY GUIDE
Caramel -- the cutest place for children's haircuts
We adore Caramel -- it has been a Babyccino member for years on our shopping portal, and we adore visiting their little gem of a store in Notting Hill. They have several locations, but Notting Hill is so very special because tucked downstairs is an adorable kid's hair salon and it is truly a parent's dream! As ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Pressed Floral Luminaires & Vases -- a craft farewell to Summer
Summer isn't yet over, and Autumn hasn't truly begun (at least not on the trees), but this weekend a grey and cold morning almost seemed to demand crafting in pajamas! Since we were tired (our third day home from the holidays, and the start of a new school year) we wanted a 'lazy craft' using only ...
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RECIPES
Banana Bread -- the yummiest, moistest recipe ever!
This has been our family recipe for over 50 years. It is a winning recipe, and really is the moistest banana bread I have ever had, and I am a big banana bread fan! So I have decided to share the treasured family favourite, and hope you will try it soon. Often, I double or ...
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RECIPES
Watermelon Shark -- the hit of every party and picnic
It is never too late in the summer for a little more fun, so consider this your last and greatest trick... a shark carved out of watermelon, and a fruit salad bowl all-in-one! YES! It has been the biggest hit at every party and picnic for two summers straight. I can't believe I haven't posted ...
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LONDON CITY GUIDE
Gifford's Circus -- a magical day for the family
Gifford’s Circus is so very special. And it is good for your soul! You will leave with a smile, filled with magic, and in awe. You escape the world and become a child again, just for a few perfect hours. Surrounded by true artists, seamless choreography, amazing live music, smiling staff, and captivated by genuine suspense, it ...
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RECIPES
Creamy and delicious Arborio Rice Pudding for breakfast
I've recently realised I like to change my breakfasts based on the season and the weather. Is this something you do as well? I always knew all the other meals in my life (as well as desserts) were something that changed seasonally, but I will now add breakfast to my list. So my latest Summertime ...
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TOYS & GAMES
The most beautiful wooden animals by T-Lab
My husband returned home from an overseas work trip with these beautiful treasures of wooden animals. They are aesthetically captivating, so very soft, smooth, light as a feather, and lovely-to-hold. You wouldn't even realise they were wood at first. Perfect for tiny hands, with such lovely undulating curves, and the most fragile little hand-painted lines ...
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RECIPES
The Simplest and Healthiest Fruit Ice Lollies!
Sometimes the simplest things are often over looked, and these whole fruit banana and watermelon ice lollies are the perfect example. I was recently told by my friend that these are ingenious. (I tend to agree!) They are a game changer!  Simple and sweet.  These ice lollies are a staple in our freezer and are ...
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RECIPES
Easy Frittatas -- perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
Frittatas are fantastic! Our family frittata is a staple in our repertoire. It can be dressed up for guests or kept casual. It is easy to make, packed with goodness, a great way to reuse leftovers or new fresh ingredients, and simply the perfect meal for anytime of day — breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner! We ...
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SUMMER CRAFTS
Become a Mermaid -- jewellery made from beach and nature finds
A great summer pastime is strolling on the beach and collecting shells, stones, and seagrass. But after a month last summer of filling buckets and pockets, the sweet little Irish cottage we were staying in was bursting at the seams with our beach treasures. We had to either secretly save the best and transport the ...
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SHOP
House of Toogood -- a Shoreditch shopping oasis for mamas
Behind that door you get to escape the busy city and enter the House of Toogood, a unique oasis filled with soft light, meticulously crafted objects, unique silhouettes, and an overall sense of calm. This house, or world even, is created by two sisters, Faye and Erica Toogood. One a tinker, the other a tailor. And ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Thoughtful Teacher's Gifts -- Personalised Portraits
It is nearly the end of school in the UK, which reminded me of the last-minute gift panic we experienced last year! And as the end of the year quickly approached with a non-stop list of activities : sports days, parties, picnics,  summer shows (!) we thought we had nearly run out of time to ...
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SHOPUP
ShopUp in East London this weekend!
We are super excited for another summer ShopUp in East London this year, our 7th event in London!  This Saturday and Sunday we’ll be at The Yard in Shoreditch with more than 30 charming independent boutiques for both you and the littles.  At a new venue, this event will be bigger and better than last ...
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LONDON CITY GUIDE
Shoreditch -- Come to the ShopUp this weekend and explore the neighbourhood!
I adore Kate's Shoreditch recommendations from last year, and I wanted to add a few new additional places to visit too! Perfect timing if you are joining us this weekend at the ShopUp in East London on the 9th & 10th of June! So off we set to explore the streets of Shoreditch. It really ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Tuesday Tips: Coping with Car Sickness
We often talk about our love for travel on Babyccino, which I share whole heartedly, but there is one aspect I find difficult about travelling with children, and that is car sickness. Our daughter, Beatrice, suffers from the worst car sickness, and it is both heart breaking and debilitating. For us it’s specifically cars — sometimes ...
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LATEST TRAVELS
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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PARENTING TIPS
Breastfeeding on the go
Yes, hello, it's me, the woman who is often seen breastfeeding in public -- and often while on the go! And not just sometimes, but absolutely wherever and whenever the baby wants to be fed. I am not one to sit on a park bench completely covered up while I feed. Sometimes I use a ...
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RECIPES
The perfect grain-free granola recipe
Once the colder months are over, I instantly shift my breakfast menu! Suddenly, I want to leave the hot porridge or hardboiled eggs, and instead eat cold, crunchy, and usually fruity breakfasts. Enter delicious homemade granola! This granola is perfect year-round, but we make a super big batch during spring and summer months. I really ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Great birthday gift suggestions for a 2-year-old
Second birthdays are such fun! At this age, those little personalities are so very fun and alive, and there is more engagement in general, but especially in opening gifts and playing with them. They really get it -- opening gifts becomes the thing. Not just playing with the wrapping papers! :) We received so many ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
A bee-themed 5th birthday tea party
Our little Queen Bee, Beatrice, just turned five and we had a very small party in our little hive to celebrate. We asked a few of her closest honeybees to join us, and splashed out on homemade fun for the event.  I started the preparations the week before the party, sending little personal invites out. ...
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SEE
The breathtakingly beautiful Temperate House at Kew Gardens
The Temperate House in Kew Gardens is the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world. And it has just reopened after an extensive five year project, revealing its magnificent glory. Without question, it is not to be missed at Kew. The Temperate House is awe-inspiring for a multitude of reasons -- historically, scientifically, environmentally, architecturally, and ...
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PLAY
Mapesbury Dell -- a garden oasis for play and picnics in Northwest London
Mapesbury Dell is a beautiful community garden and play area tucked away in a residential street in Northwest London. It is a garden that instantly gives you the sense that you have left the city and are entering a little peaceful oasis. Birds are chirping, kids stop to watch snails (and sometimes tadpoles) in the ...
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Be prepared and ready for the splash that a new season brings! This week’s #babyccinotopten are both practical and pretty! Tap link for details. ️ #babyccinokids #babyccinoboutiques #rainingpouring • @scandiminis @smallable_store @mineminekids @muddypuddlesuk @papouelli @orangemayo @lakesandlambs_clothing @totemkids @mamaowl_
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You can start collecting for this lovely Autumn Leaf Rubbing craft, (even if it’s still a bit early in the season!). These are pretty as decorations turned into stationary! #babyccinocraft #babyccinokids #linkinbio
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Do you give your children chores? Courtney explains how her children help around the home. After all, many hands make light work. What chores do your children do? Or do they? See the link in bio to read more. #babyccinokids
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Two of our lovely #babyccinokids mamas in Paris for breakfast this morning. #workingmamas ️🥐🥚
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It’s exactly 10 weeks until The London ShopUp. ⏰ Join us December 2nd & 3rd and #shopsmall #shopindependent ! ️ #theshopup #london (more info in the link!)
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Fabulous NYC tips for locals and tourists including the flea market facts from @slcorlis! Get ready for a new weekend adventure, blog link in bio. 🥨 #brooklynflea #brooklyn #babyccinocityguides #babyccinotravels
2 days ago
We love to hear what authors and illustrators choose as their family favourite children’s books! ️ Read this new post, (link in bio) with ten picks from @bellagomezprints.
2 days ago
Little cuties surrounded by @little_heaven_kids just melt our heart! A Polish baby textile brand created by a mum of two, this locally produced product made of bamboo is cosy, delicate, and oh so cute! We love the quality and the patterns too. Visit this new #babyccinoboutiques for all your blankets, breastfeeding pillows, swaddles, bibs, changing mat covers, baby nests, cloths, and bed sheets too. #babyccinokids #bamboo #shopsmall #shopsmallbusiness #baby
2 days ago
The very best spaghetti carbonara ever, (as voted by Esther’s children)! Yummy recipe this way! #babyccinoeats #babyccinokids
3 days ago
We love our #mumpreneurs who run families, homes, and independent boutiques too. And Cash Color is no exception. A talented mum making handmade and bespoke art perfect for homes and nurseries. We the beautiful @cash.color who is one of our #babyccinoboutiques . Who is your favourite mum artist? Tag her and make her Friday! #fridaymood #babyccinokids #babyccinoboutiques
3 days ago
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!
2 months ago
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
1 year ago
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
1 year ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
1 year 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!
1 year ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
1 year ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
1 year 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!
2 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.
2 years ago