Posts by Lara in London

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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WEEKEND GETAWAYS
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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EAT
Afternoon Tea for children at St. Ermin's Hotel
Afternoon tea is quite possibly the most British of all institutions. But an afternoon tea that is cute, casual, and designed especially for children, well that is a perfect thing! We were delighted to visit St. Ermin's Hotel, an oasis in the middle of London, to enjoy their delicious Children's Afternoon Tea. St. Ermin's is tucked ...
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EAT
Fabrique Bakery -- the best cinnamon rolls in London
Thankfully Fabrique Bakery exists in London. In Stockholm, Fabrique is famous for the fika, a concept based around a Swedish cake & coffee break. Fortunately Fabrique bakery, located on Portobello Road, is about twenty minutes away from my home, so it is a destination.  If it was any closer, it would be deliciously dangerous to ...
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WEEKEND GETAWAYS
Weekend Getaway: Gorgeous Granada
Granada gobsmacked us. It is a gorgeous and unique city with incredible history and impressive architecture. A weekend was not enough time with all of the wonderful options of things to do, but it was a great starting point! We decided (before we even left Granada) that we must visit again, which is definitely a ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Tinker Toys, a decades old wooden toy with lasting appeal
I grew up with Tinker Toys, but probably wouldn't have thought to introduce them to my younger children (yet). However, Joseph found them while I was rummaging through a box of items in storage, and I am so happy he did because this has quickly grown into one of our favourite activities! Tinker Toys can ...
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OUT OF TOWN
Whipsnade Zoo -- an outdoor adventure and only a day trip from London
Whipsnade Zoo is the UK's biggest zoo. It is truly an impressive space to see animals in nature, and it is conveniently only an hour drive from London. Surrounded by panoramic views, Whipsnade is set on 600 acres of land with over 3,500 animals! It will amaze all the animal lovers in your family (we ...
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SEE
The V&A and the wonderful Winnie-the-Pooh exhibition
I have always loved the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) since my very first visit to London as a tourist many moons ago. So when they invited us to their Winnie-the-Pooh exhibition, I was elated. This exhibition in this space is the perfect marriage -- one of the world's best children's stories (we are enormous fans!), ...
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EASTER CRAFTS
Dyeing, Hiding, and Decorating -- a day of Easter Egg Fun
Growing up we would spend at least one full day dyeing Easter eggs. We would start with dozens of eggs, and my mother used to hard boil some and let us make blown eggs with the others, and inevitably we always ran out of eggs because the fun in dyeing dozens of eggs was endless! ...
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EASTER CRAFTS
Natural Egg Dyeing for Easter
Dyeing eggs with natural ingredients creates a beautiful result -- sometimes a bit unexpected, but with tones that are truly stunning! This is a really fun activity to do before Easter. I will warn you in advance thou, since it was my first time, we called it our eggy experiment but the children were excited ...
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EASTER RECIPES
Edible Easter Egg Nests
These little bird nests are perfect for your festive spring celebrations. The nests are light, sweet, and crispy. They are delicious after a big meal, or when a lot of chocolate has already been consumed on Easter! From start to finish, this recipe takes half an hour to make and can be eaten minutes later. ...
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TOYS & GAMES
The Best Sand Toy - a pail for the beach and beyond
This packable and very useful pail has become our number one toy on every holiday we have taken over the past year, and it is an essential anytime we go where water and play are the plan! We usually prefer natural baskets like this one for walks and collecting items. But, this pail is FDA food safe, BPA ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Party Animals -- a 2nd birthday party with useful and resourceful planning tips
To celebrate Joseph's second birthday we decided to keep it super simple, and the end result was a very special party. It was last minute -- we organised everything in exactly one week. Sometimes life is just so busy! So instead of an amazingly involved party theme (although I do love those as well), I ...
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SPRING CRAFTS
Spring Daffodil Bouquets -- a paper craft to celebrate the new season
Could it be that Spring is on its way? The snow has melted (for us!) and sunny yellow daffodils are beginning to appear in our local park, trumpeting the arrival of a new season. Hurray! It is such a joyful sight. And to celebrate and welcome this new season, I recently made these daffodils at my ...
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BOOKS
'Lots: The Diversity of Life on Earth', a brilliant book by Nicola Davies
How many living things are there on Earth? LOTS! Our new favourite book, Lots: the Diversity of Life on Earth, elegantly illustrates how magnificent earth is, and impresses upon each reader how essential it is to respect our planet -- now! Did you know that there are 5,000 kinds of microbes in just one teaspoon of ...
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A wonderful way to spend a weekend, in the company of boutiques and customers from around the world! ️ And wonderful mamas with helpful and happy children too! #theshopup #babyccinokids #babyccinoboutiques #banyccinotravels (photos by @nadinebrandtphotography )
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Another beautiful sunny day in London! #theshopup #babyccinokids #babyccinoboutiques
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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!
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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!)
1 year 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.
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Hi guys! Here Bethie and I are showing you how to prepare a super easy dish that your family will love -- a video we bring to you in cooperation with Abel & Cole, deliverer of fabulous food boxes filled to the brim with organic freshness! Here's the list of ingredients: a royal 1 tbsp of olive oil 1 butternut squash 1 red onion 2 red peppers 2 garlic cloves 4 vine tomatoes 150g quinoa sea salt & freshly ground pepper 300 ml vegetable stock 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 25g raisins 80g black olives And for the garnish: a handful of chervil feta (optional) Directions: Peel your butternut squash. Cut in half and scoop out the seeds. Chop the flesh into 1cm chunks. Peel and cut the onion into thick slices. Cut the pepper in half and scoop out the seeds and white pith. Chop into bitesized pieces. Peel and thinly slice the garlic. Roughly chop the tomatoes. Rinse the quinoa under cold water to remove any bitterness. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large heavy based pan. Tip in all the veg and quinoa. Pour in the veg stock and the red wine vinegar. Add the raisins and the olives. Season with salt and pepper. Pop on a lid and cook for 30-40 mins until the squash is soft and the sauce thick. Stir every now and then during cooking. Scatter over the chervil (or flat leaf parsley leaves) and serve in warm bowls. Top with crumbled feta if you like! A super colourful, super easy and super delicious dish for taste buds of all ages! Bon appétit!
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