Posts by Lara in London

PREGNANCY
Why a home birth is not my first choice...
I am now 38 weeks pregnant, and I just visited the midwife at our Birth Centre last week to discuss my Birth Plan. I am in full-on preparing and nesting mode! And the top item on the list, is, of course, having the baby! The midwife said I was a good candidate for a home birth ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
An Art Adventure Party for Beatrice's 6th Birthday
Beatrice had her sights set on a special sixth birthday celebration. She wanted to 'Paint the Town Red', and have a A London Art Adventure. The party started by taking the red number 6 bus (for our 6-year-old) with a few friends to Trafalgar Square then going to one of her favourite museums, The National Gallery. It ...
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RECIPES
Eton Mess -- a classic English summertime dessert
Eton Mess is a family favourite. My daughter refers to it as 'Messy Mash' and that is exactly what it is. A delicious, sweet, fruity bowl of soft and fluffy meringue bits with juicy berries and delectable whipped cream! We have taken this tradition, and given it a twist adding more berries. But the history ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Blown Easter Eggs -- a lovely yearly tradition and beautiful decoration too
Every year, for as long as I can remember since my childhood, we have had a tradition of beautiful spring branches covered in blooms with blown eggs to welcome spring in our home. An Easter Egg tree essentially! A great way to welcome the new season and bring colours indoors. Growing up, we had a ...
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RECIPES
Bunny Cake -- fun for Easter celebrations and birthdays too!
We recently celebrated a friend's birthday, and surprised them with this fun bunny cake. It is perfect for any Spring celebration, especially Easter, and actually very simple to make. You choose your favourite ingredients, and then simply follow our tips for decorating! Even less adventurous bakers or cake-makers can replicate this idea with success. You ...
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WEEKEND GETAWAYS
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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RECIPES
Carrot Salad -- a perfect Spring & Easter dish for the family
I have been craving carrots this pregnancy. Interesting, huh? But instead of my usual carrot sticks with lunch, I decided to try something new. And this salad is ready in just a few minutes and is undoubtedly the Best Carrot Salad EVER! Packed with tonnes of healthy items, it is simply delicious and nutritious. Also ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Easy Homemade Easter Stamps - Hoppy Bunnies & Eggsellent Egg Cards
This is my favourite new reuse of recycled toilet rolls, loo rolls, kitchen rolls or paper towel rolls...whatever you prefer to call them! It's super simple and great for Easter bunnies and eggs! We used one paper towel roll to make two bunnies and two egg stamps ... which can make millions of cards. But ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Quick as a Bunny -- a fast and easy Easter craft for all your bunnies!
Hop into the Easter mood with these very simple and sweet Spring Easter Bunny Headbands. Using only paper and glue, they are 100% handmade, and fun for kids of all ages to make and wear. They take 5 minutes to make, so you can easily make them for a whole group of kids too! Of ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Little Robot Birthday Party -- a fun theme for a 3-year-old
Joseph is three and to celebrate we had a little party for him and his friends. He has a few simple passions, and loves the idea of robots, painting, the colour orange, eating fruit, and how things work. So that is just what we did -- a little robot party, with orange decor, handprinted invites, ...
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EAT
The Tiger Who Came to Tea -- a 50th anniversary afternoon tea at The Savoy, London
The Tiger Who Came to Tea is a famous children's story in the UK. I did not grow up with this book, but it is truly part of the culture here, and is celebrating its 50th anniversary. So what better way to celebrate a British book than with an afternoon tea for children? And The ...
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FASHION
Indoi -- slow fashion for women -- maternity and breastfeeding friendly too!
Buying better and buying less for my wardrobe is something I have not yet perfected but am attempting to make a real effort at. But often fast fashion seems easier, especially with a growing bump, unless you can find well-made pieces that evolve and grow with you -- silhouettes that have flexibility and are long-lasting, ...
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BOOKS
Witchfairy -- a book about being brave and finding your place in the world
Witchfairy by Brigitte Minne and Carll Cneut is a new favourite book in our house. This is a book about finding your own place in the world, and I can't imagine any child wouldn't like the delightful messages in this book. An adventurous and brave daughter fairy who has an independent and curious spirit questions her ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Embroidered Name Shirts -- a great DIY craft and gift too!
This may be my new favourite gift to make -- personalised and hand embroidered shirts! I have now created shirts with both monograms and full first names, and they are always so well received! And I often do pairs of them so siblings can each wear one. Embroidery is really very simple, and you do ...
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RECIPES
Fluffy & Moist Homemade Cornbread
I love cornbread, but it is not a common food in the U.K. I recently had a craving (hello, pregnancy!) and got cooking! This American cornbread recipe is super moist and a little sweet, with a light and fluffy texture. The edges are just a little bit crispy-crunchy, which is a result of using a ...
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RECIPES
Valentine's Cookies --Jammy Dodgers with Lovehearts!
Do you know what Jammy Dodgers are? Well I didn't until I moved to the UK, and they are too cute not to share. You can buy them in packages, but I loved the ideas of homemade ones. Basically they are a jam cookie sandwich, with a jewel like centre and a vanilla or shortbread ...
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PREGNANCY
New Baby, New Year -- Pregnancy after a Miscarriage
At 26 weeks, it's time to share the news that we are having a baby! Yes, I am pregnant, and baby number three is on the way. We are very excited that a beautiful little being will join us soon... a new year, a new baby! We have always wanted this moment.  New life is always worth ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
The Deceptively Simple Joy of a Cardboard Box
  I love how interesting the simplest of things can be. And few things have more endless possibilities than that of a cardboard box! It is deceptively simple. And it can elicit a lot of joy for a long time, just depending on how you look at it. Big, small, square, rectangular, all these boxes ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Create a Winter Wonderland -- make faux snow that is surprisingly real!
My children are desperate for snow! While I realise it is January and some areas of the world are covered in it, hibernating because of it, and wishing it would start to melt away so cabin fever would disappear. Meanwhile, my children are watching the forecast and wishing for flakes! So this weekend we decided ...
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FOOD
Fruit Pizza
What kid doesn't love pizza? And a fruit pizza? Super fun! We love these simple and sweet pizzas. To make : get some dough, add a handful of cheese, some tomatoes, a few olives, and a piece or two of pepperoni, grab your slice, and bon appetite!... Or, should I say, a slice of watermelon ...
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RECIPES
Oatmeal Blueberry Cups -- a great breakfast and on-the-go snack too!
These Oatmeal Blueberry Cups for breakfast were so yummy I had to share! They are a healthy and yummy breakfast and can be made in advance. (And I always love a new idea to add to our breakfast repertoire!) They are also perfect for lunches, after-school snacks, road trips, and I can imagine would be ...
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SEE
London's stunning skyline -- Tate Modern on the Southbank
Welcome to one of London's best views! It is simply breathtaking, and accessible to everyone and anyone. Free to the public even. From the top of the Tate Modern Museum's Blavatnik Building, you can see the River Thames, St.Paul's and the dynamic London skyline. The 360 degree views are incredible. Honestly, we live in London and had ...
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VALENTINE'S DAY CRAFTS
Rose & Lavender Bath Soak -- great for mama time!
  Bring colour into your grey winter days, wake up your senses, and treat yourself to this very simple homemade bath soak. Then turn on the water and... relax! This pretty, and very simple soak consists of a few ingredients, and can be made in a few quick minutes, with or without children. We made ...
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Give-away time! It’s warm and sunny today in London! ️ To celebrate all of this happiness we’ve teamed up with portrait and family lifestyle photographer Katrina Campbell @_katrinacampbell_ to give away a ONE HOUR PHOTO SHOOT (plus 90£ worth of prints) with you and your children in central London! Katrina is known for her natural and characterful lifestyle images of families (we have knows and worked with her for years and we can assure you, she’s such a lovely and talented lady!). Katrina will create a set of beautiful lifestyle shots and stunning portraits to remember a great day out, and on top of that £90 to spend on prints. To enter, you must follow both : @_katrinacampbell_ and @babyccinokids , like this post, and tag a friend who you think would love this family shoot as much as you would. This giveaway will end on the 26th of May at 5pm GMT. The winner will be announced on the 27th. This giveaway is not sponsored by Instagram. You must be 18 years or older to enter. Again: the photoshoot will take place in central London.‍️ Good luck! #londonchildrensphotographer #londonfamilyphotographer #capturingchildhood #katrinacampbellphotographs #babyccinogiveaway #babyccinokids
2 days ago
Collagraph printing is a cool collage printing technique which people of all ages will enjoy! Esther explains the how-to on the blog today. #babyccinocrafts #craftsforkids #collagraph @estherbabyccino
2 days ago
Look at this adorable summer dress from @_beyond_nine ! Made from custom woven linen which feels cool, is absorbant and will only get softer over time, it’s the perfect flattering dress for pregnancy and beyond (the poppas down the front allow for easy breastfeeding access!). We ️! #babyccinokids #babyccinoboutiques #babyccinowears
3 days ago
On our blog, Lara is talking about giving birth (she’s due soon!) and why a home birth is not her first choice... #babyccinokids
3 days ago
‘Poaching a whole chicken is actually one of the most straightforward and hands-off processes and, for some reason, feels particularly rewarding and holistic. The chicken is so succulent and flavoursome that really you need very little with it!’ Read the how-to on our blog today — shredded poached chicken is delicious in salads and sandwiches or served with rice or noodles for a quick Asian-inspired meal. (Added bonus, of course, is the beautiful broth you are left with! ) #babyccinoeats #poachedchicken #familycooking @ieatmypeas
4 days ago
Dream team! Ava, Bram and key-member of the team bébé George with their assistants @laralovesparis @emiliebabyccino @estherbabyccino and @amandine.lw — what an awesome first day of our #babyccinoxthereunion event! We’re back tomorrow at @Atelier_richelieu_paris (60 rue de Richelieu) from 10 to 18 — be there or be ◾️;) @thereunion #babyccinokids
1 week ago
On our blog, Courtney is showing us their ADORABLE cubby house! Head over to see more dreamy pics and read about the design process with @castleandcubby #babyccinokids #babyccinoplays #cubbyhouse #playhouse
1 week ago
A spring craft project which is as easy and fun as a walk in the park! Have a look on our blog to see what a dishwashing brush has to do with a dandelion puffball @estherbabyccino #babyccinocrafts #springcrafts #springcraftsforkids
1 week ago
It has been an exciting week, but WE HAVE OUR WINNERS! The biggest congrats to this year’s well deserved Babyccino Awards winners! (Swipe!) Best Baby Clothing -The Little Natural Co @thelittlenaturalco Best Children's Clothing - Hubble + Duke @hubbleandduke Best Shoes & Accessories - Amy & Ivor @amyandivor Best Toys & Crafts - Wooden Story @woodenstory Best Decor - Little Cloud @littlecloud.kids Best Baby & Family Essentials - Muddy Puddles @muddypuddlesuk Best Ethical - Polarn O. Pyret @polarnopyretuk Best Concept Store - MamaOwl @mamaowl_ Best New Shop or Brand - Young and Brave @youngandbrave.ch Congratulations also to all of the shortlisted shops! You are all fabulous! And a big thank you to our wonderful jury members who had the very difficult task of making the first selection and, of course, to all of you who took the time to vote. Your support for our beautiful independent brands and boutiques means the world to us (and to them)! #babyccinoawards #babyccinoawards2019 #babyccinoboutiques
1 week ago
Attention!! Deliciously moist and ridiculously easy banana and olive oil cake recipe up on our blog! And it’s gluten and dairy free too. 🤗 Link in profile. #babyccinoeats #bananacake #glutenanddairyfree @ieatmypeas
1 week 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!
10 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
2 years 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
2 years ago
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!
2 years ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
2 years ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
2 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!)
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!
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