Posts by Lara in London

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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WEEKEND GETAWAYS
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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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Cranberry Garland -- a simple little Christmas craft and decoration
Growing up, we always made cranberry garlands for our Christmas tree at home, and after posting a photo of my daughter making them last year on Instagram, I was surprised to realise it is not common in Europe! People loved the idea, and kept asking me how to do it, so I thought I would ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Festive & Fragrant Pomanders -- a great tradition and an easy craft too!
Orange and clove pomanders are so very simple to make, oh so very beautiful, and exactly the festive touch every home needs too. The colour instantly brightens a room, but the very very best feature is their delightful scent! The smell is incredible! Fresh, yet warm, these oranges studded with cloves are the essence of ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Bright & Merry -- Holiday Cards which only take seconds to make!
Cute Christmas cards that take seconds to make and seconds to dry: that is surely a crafting win! After all, factory assembly line crafting is rarely fun for kiddos! So mass-producing handmade cards has to be super simple, and super quick. And don't you love the bright colours in our string of Christmas lights? They ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Make your own Christmas wreath -- it's easy!
  This was one of those experimental craft projects... but I figured there is NO way we can't make our very own Christmas wreaths. So, I gathered some supplies dropped by a friend's house, had a cup of tea, and got right down to wreath-making work. And we are so happy with our experiment.... and the ...
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HEALTH & CARE
Zesty Pink Grapefruit Body Sugar Scrub -- perfect for mama pampering time and gifts too!
I am slightly obsessed with indulgent skincare products; it is one of my favourite quick ways to feel pampered. But often the cost is shocking! So I decided to research ways to make natural, healthy, and cost-effective skincare products. And if it was good enough for me, it could be a great gift for other ...
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KIDS
Escaping Bedtime -- a fun pyjama party shoot with friends
Isn't it great when you get to meet new and talented friends through your children's school friends? And then you get along so well that you begin to hatch a plan to work together? Lucky for me, the amazing photographer, Caroline Irby, who has travelled the globe working with both charities and children's fashion brands, is ...
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SHOPUP
Our fabulous ShopUp recap -- West London, 2018
We are still buzzing from our fantastic 2018 Holiday ShopUp last Sunday and Monday in Chelsea.  Such great shops, fun customers, and a festive day out for the whole family! As usual, our whole London team got involved in the festivities -- Lara did a pomander-making workshop, Esther signed her 9 Months book, even Rebecca’s ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Rest — is it a focus in your family?
I’ve grappled with slowing down and resting my whole life. Growing up, our family values were unwritten and just understood, but if you had to sum them up it would be ‘work hard, play hard.’ It laid the foundation for strong work ethics as a family, we all take on a bit more than we should, ...
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SHOPUP
Our London ShopUp this Sunday & Monday -- join us at the Chelsea Old Town Hall
It’s that time of year again... time for our magical holiday ShopUp in London (our 8th London event!)  This coming Sunday and Monday we will be at the lovely Chelsea Old Town Hall again with more than 40 charming, independent boutiques for children and mamas! Of course you know that you can get ALL of ...
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SHOPUP
Christmas Magic in Chelsea -- A fabulous neighbourhood and home to our Christmas ShopUp!
Christmas is truly a magical time of year in London, and Chelsea is no exception! The trickiest thing is that it is also a grey and slightly drizzly time of year, so the photos don't always do it justice, but trust me, the joy and magic will fill you from head to toe! Chelsea is ...
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PARENTING
Tuesday Tips: Singing in the loo -- create a sense of safety and security
I think a lot of parents are faced with this conundrum: a public loo, two (or more) children, and no room in the loo for the children, the buggy, and all your belongings! (Or something similar.) Sometimes there is the added details of suitcases/travelling alone/sleeping baby, but whatever the situation, it is one of those ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Creepy Critter Collage -- Halloween Craft Fun
This was one of those 'see-as-you-make' projects after school with some friends, and we love the end result of our creepy critter collages! You only need a few materials (but can easily improvise with what you have at home). And it takes about ten minutes to make one, adding a bit of halloween creepiness to ...
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OUT OF TOWN
Ascot -- a fabulous family day at the races
Ascot is synonymous with showcasing the best of British and horses. Which makes sense, after all, as it has been home to thoroughbred horse racing since 1711. Some people may think Ascot is an institution filled with fancy fascinators (feathery hats!), horses, and only designed for grown-up adults. But after a truly blissful day with ...
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OUT OF TOWN
Blenheim Palace -- rich in history, nature, culture, and fun
A palace! A maze! Human-sized chess pieces! Butterflies landing on your shoulders! Endless acres of gardens! A bridge with a babbling brook! Deer in the woods! ... Blenheim Palace is truly spectacular. And it is no surprise why Blenheim Palace, Park & Gardens is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is stunningly beautiful and transports ...
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PICTURE BOOKS
The Color Monster: a pop-up book of feelings
The Color Monster is a stunning pop-up book which gently encourages children to make sense of muddled emotions.  The googly-eyed monster sorts his mixed-up emotions, represented by different colors, into jars. Each page is a color, each color is an emotion, and each emotion has its own place. Sadness, anger, fear, happiness, and calm are all communicated ...
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OUT OF TOWN
St. Eval, Cornwall for Christmas or a wonderful Weekend Getaway
We are big fans of places in the UK where we can just hop on a train, be swept away from the Big Smoke and instantly transported into nature! And Cornwall is one of those transformative places, simply stunning and much easier to travel to on a train from London than most would think. In ...
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OUT OF TOWN
Didcot Railway Centre -- a train trip back into history
The Didcot Railway Centre is just a small train ride from London Paddington into Oxfordshire, and as you enter it you will realise that you are in a special place. A place where steam billows from beautiful old trains, where hand-lettering beautifully labels everything, and where you can escape modernity and appreciate a piece of ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Papier-Mâché Pumpkins -- fun Halloween decoration
It's October, which means Halloween excitement is happening our house. It also means we have some fun Halloween crafts up our sleeve for the next few weeks. But I was reminded of our papier-mâché pumpkin we made last year! Actually, we made a whole box of fruit and vegetables, but really,  just making pumpkins would be ...
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PLAY
Meanwhile Gardens -- a hidden gem in London
Meanwhile Gardens is a special little community oasis and I love it because it is welcoming, laid-back, and also very understated, without a fancy website, or a lot of rules or formality. And it is so very sweet! Meanwhile Gardens is a community garden, powered by incredible volunteers, who we always end up chatting with ...
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The kitchen is the heart of a home, where both meals and memories are made. So we love learning about the special design details Courtney chose when designing her kitchen — from the process of picking out paint colours, to choosing joinery styles, and even taps too! Tap on the link to read all about this comfortable and stylish family space. 🧰 #babyccinokids #renovation #interiordesign #kitchendesign
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Get squeaky clean without any tears! Make bath time more enjoyable, more environmentally friendly, and better for your skin with these products. 🧼 Link, tap on it. #babyccinokids #babyccinokids #bathtime
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A happy boy and his favourite toy! The wooden peg dolls can be found at @brimfulshop, one of our #babyccinoboutiques . Link to Esther’s post in bio.
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Today’s recipe for Oatmeal Blueberry Cups is yum-yum! A delicious breakfast or on-the-go snack that is #nutfree , #sugarfree , #glutenfree , but full of flavour and nourishment! Kid-made (see the ‘when-can-I-eat them stirring photo! ) and kid-approved. Tap on the link. 🥄 #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats #onthegosnack #breakfast
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A good reminder for mamas in 2019! ️ Share with a friend who may have forgotten now that it’s 2 weeks into the New Year! #babyccinokids (art by @cmbringle)
2 days ago
What’s cooking in the kitchen? Do you have helpful little chefs at home? Then we have some practical and pretty ideas to share. Tap that link! ‍‍‍ #inspiredcooking #babyccinokids #babyccinoboutiques #babyccinoeats #littlechef #babyccinotopten • • @scandiborn @smallable_store @camcam_cph @littlehipstar @hellolunchlady @claude_and_co @littledumplingsboutique @slow_threads @croque_maman @conscious_craft
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Snuggle up with our curated list of great products. Hibernating is what Winter is about! ️ #babyccinokids #babyccinoboutiques #hygge
3 days ago
EtchArt is one of those brilliant activities which you can whip out wherever you are — in a restaurant, in the car, travelling on a plane or simply being mindful at home. This activity has been transformed into a beautiful set of children’s books recently published by Wide Eyed Edition (@quartokids). Visit the link to read more! #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts #babyccinoreads #etchart
3 days ago
The happiness that comes from an organised home! *(cue, sigh of relief!) See our favourite stylish & smart ideas! Tap on the link. #babyccinokids #babyccinoboutiques
4 days ago
Valentine’s Day is one month (+ one day) away. We have a colourful tissue paper painting craft that will be sure to make hearts happy! ️🧡 Tap on the link for this fun crafting project. #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts #valentinescrafts #valentines #valentinesforkids
4 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!
6 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!
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!
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