Posts by Lara in London

TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites: 25 of the Best Colouring Materials
We spent everyday of our Christmas holiday colouring and painting. Two weeks! Experimenting with mark making, drawing our favourite memories, making imaginary worlds, and just having fun... creating art is wonderful for all ages.  And beautiful materials create beautiful art. Our twenty five art and colouring materials will provide you with a lot to choose ...
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RECIPES
Snowy Lime Cookies -- Mouthwateringly delicious and pretty too
It has been snowing a lot in many parts of the globe, but here in London we are longing for a winter wonderland moment to happen. Ok, we may be the only ones waiting, and we know the snow had been relentless in much of the US this winter, but that should not stop anyone ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Regal Crowns -- easy to make, fun to wear
This year I helped organise the making of crowns for my daughter's school Nativity play. The theme was the Three Kings, with not three but in fact ninety kings (!). We needed to create some instant drama, and these paper and jewel crowns did the trick. Making these en masse for the whole class was ...
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BOOKS
'Waiting' -- a book about patience and learning to wait...
This has been a month of waiting, for Christmas parties and Nativity plays, for play dates with friends and cookie making, and for the biggest day of all -- Christmas. We heard ourselves say 'please just wait' about a million and one times over the past month to our understandably very excited four year old ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites: Sixteen of the Best Holiday Films for the Family
Cosy family days are here! And what a wonderful time of year it is. A time to take a break and relax on the sofa surrounded by your loved ones, while watching a favourite film. An excuse to spend the entire day in pyjamas. (We can't wait!) So take a pause between the wrapping, baking, decorating, ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Christmas Craft: Scandanavian Nisse from simple materials
I visited a friend's house recently and loved their festive decorations. These sweet, small, little elves stood out on their brunch table.  I asked for more information on the origin, and found out that she made them as a young child. She was quite nostalgic about them, and now her children look forward to putting ...
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SHOPUP
Recap of our London Christmas ShopUp 2017
Last Sunday and Monday we had our 5th annual London ShopUp, and boy, was it fun!  More than 40 shops, fantastic food, and fun activities. All this under one beautiful roof at Chelsea Old Town Hall, the perfect holiday location.  Here are some gorgeous photos we wanted to share, along with some of the highlights ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Colourful Papier-Mâché Fruits & Vegetables
I haven't made papier-mâché for years, and almost forgot how much fun it is! You start with such simple and basic materials and end up with an impressive sculpture. Papier-mâché is a great excuse to put on an art smock, and have a bit of messy fun with your children. There are severals steps and a ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites: Twenty of the Best Christmas Books (ever!)
Our team shares a love of books. And a love of Christmas! So it seems we had a natural conversation we were waiting to share. We asked our team for their absolute, very, very (!) favourite Christmas books. Because the season goes by in a heartbeat, and with time spent rushing to school fairs and ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites: 15 Autumn Recipes
Baking and Autumn seem to go hand in hand. It is a great way to warm up the home, and the belly! : ) And as days get shorter and colder, baking with warm spices and tart fruits just seems right whether it is pies, cakes, breads, or biscuits. So we wanted to share our ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Felted Acorns -- the easiest Autumnal craft ever!
This past week we were unfortunately home sick for several days, so an easy craft project was the best cure for cabin fever. I have wanted to make felt balls, so this was a great opportunity and with a few supplies at our fingertips at home, we made these simple and sweet little felted acorns! ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites: Essential Autumn Warm Woollens
Being prepared for that shift from summery sundresses to warm woollens is important -- after all, it is the perfect balance of cool but not cold. :) Autumn is here, and we love layering (like the Adamo twins!). So we thought it was the perfect time to share our favourite woollens so you can transition ...
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RECIPES
Perfect Pumpkin Bread
If you want the very perfect baked version of Autumn, then this moist, colourful (I want to wear that colour!) pumpkin bread is for you. And as much as I love Autumn and all things apple, (apple pie, apple cake, apple turnovers, apple crisp, you get the idea), there is something about pumpkin that is ...
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BOOKS
Team Favourites: Twelve Autumn Books
Autumn is the perfect time for retreating, relaxing, and reading some more (not that we ever need an excuse!).  The start of a season is a great time to welcome new seasonal books into your home. Not only does it refresh the library and keep things interesting, but it is timely, connects children to nature, ...
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HALLOWEEN CELEBRATIONS
Tricks and Treats -- a collection of Halloween Ideas
Trick or treat? Do you celebrate Halloween? What do you prefer -- silly or spooky? Funny or ghoulish? In a lot of Europe it is considered a very American holiday. And as an American living in London, I am happy to see that it is becoming more popular each year. Dressing up (fancy dress as ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites : Fifteen Best Rainwear Options
Rain, rain, go away... What do you and your family wear outdoors when the weather is wet and you don't want your clothes or spirits soaked. Rainwear is key! When Courtney and the family were in New Zealand, it basically rained for a month. You need really reliable rainwear so you can face the weather ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Homemade Play Dough (great for unwinding after school)
We've just finished the first two weeks of school and it isn't just the kids who are tired, even I feel tired! Trading in carefree, unstructured summer days for the routine of school has been a bit of an adjustment.  I quickly realised we needed to take it slow and find a simple way to ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites: Twenty Four of the Best Baby & Toddler Books
What is your absolute, number one, favourite book to read to a baby or toddler? A few years ago Courtney wrote a post about Marlow's favourite books from 0-3, which I found super helpful as a first time mama. Now, we have compiled the entire Babyccino team's most read and loved books for babies and toddlers. ...
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PICTURE BOOKS
Guess What? -- A Delightful Board Book Series by Yusuke Yonezu
Guess What? is a series of brilliant lift-the-flap board books (great for ages 0 to 5) filled with pleasant surprises. We own three of the books,  Guess What? -- Food, Guess What? -- Fruit, and Guess What? -- Flowers by Yusuke Yonezu and they are simply delightful. Graphic and colourful, they reveal unexpected illustrations. My husband purchased these books ...
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BOOKS
Starting School by Janet and Allan Ahlberg -- helping with the transition into school
As summer winds down, the beginning of school is on our minds. Not just a new school year, but actually starting school. It is our first child's first step into real school. It feels very big and grown up. Where has my baby girl gone? I started school in the US at 5 and a ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites : Best 12 Summer First Aid Kit Items
Summertime grants permission to let loose, stay up later, run a bit faster, and truly embrace life outdoors without school, schedules, and routine. So if long days are spent running in meadows, hiking in mountains, or swimming at the seaside... then possible scrapes, bug bites, or bruises, are unfortunately inevitable. Because we don't want summer ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites : Seventeen Travel Games
We love games (read our earlier post on favourite family games)! And since it is the season of travelling, we've rounded up seventeen of our team's favourite travel games. Travel games have to tick a few boxes for us -- they need to be lightweight, but worthy of making 'the cut' in suitcases which are short on ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites: Sixteen Summertime Stories
August is here (!) and while some people think that summer is nearly over, I think the best is yet to come, and I intend to fully squeeze every ounce out of summer. A glass half full approach. : ) So to celebrate the finale to the season, I wanted to share the team's sixteen ...
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When you haven't prepared anything for lunch/ dinner and the fridge is kind of empty... This homemade tomato paste will save the day! So simple and so good, check out the recipe on the blog! (link in profile) #babyccinoeats
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Cribs, rugs and bedding, but also the cutest decor items (check out this adorable fox print!), @thewhiteroominteriors_nyc brings the Australian aesthetic to the USA! A fab store for the nursery and beyond #babyccinoboutiques #newshop
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We're talking about art supplies today on the blog! We've asked our team to share their favourite colouring materials, and we've compiled them for you. Our 25 Best Colouring Materials link in profile!(ps: please share yours too!) #babyccinoteamfavourites
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How cute is baby Wilkie in these dotted pants with contrasting mustard suspenders from @organiczoo? Their adorable range - both minimalist and full of personality - only uses super soft organic cotton and is sustainably produced in Europe. Definitely a brand we love! Courtney shared her favourite pieces on the blog a couple of months ago, follow the link in profile if you've missed it! #babyccinoboutiques
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Making snowflake garlands is such a sweet and easy winter activity!️How do you deal with these long winter months? Last year Esther shared her thoughts about embracing the seasons - even the grey, cold winter days - as a way to help with the January and February blues. Link to the blog post in profile!️ #seasons #winterlove
2 days ago
Welcome to these 3 new beautiful shops that have recently joined the Babyccino boutiques! Swipe to see them all! @babyandtaylor is a beautiful Parisian brand of knitwear and fabric wardrobe essentials, with these stylish, timeless designs you can expect from a French brand. The collection from @foxandhorn is simply gorgeous! Featuring lovely details like ruffles and peter pan collars, all pieces are made from natural materials and ethically produced. Last but not least, the special, handmade and sustainable crowns from @dandelionbabas are the perfect birthday accessory with which to make memories! Link to all our new shops in profile! #babyccinoboutiques #newshop
2 days ago
It's easier to enjoy art with children when a museum develops a wonderful family program with discussion starters, activities or sculpture making! We loved our visit to the @noguchimuseum in Queens, NY, read about it in our New York city guide! (link in profile) #babyccinocityguides #newyork #newyorkwithkids #museumwithkids
3 days ago
Clean, safe, gentle products: that's what we want for our children's skin! Even better when the whole family can use them, babies included. Check out our Top Ten selection of natural and gentle skincare products, link in profile️ #babyccinotopten #naturalskincare #gentleskincare #organicskincare
3 days ago
This beautiful weekly planner is for you! If you haven't read this blog post yet, Esther shared her personal goals for 2018 last Tuesday, and we thought you might be working on your resolutions and good intentions too. So here is a cute tool to help you organise your new life! Thanks @littlecubeparis for the sweetest design (as always)! Link to blog post and downloadable file in profile
4 days ago
There are a few new toys at Esther's house! They're pretty, natural and fun, and her 4 kids have already found so many different ways of playing with them. Read more on the blog, link in profile! #toys #openendedplay #naturaltoys #woodentoys
4 days 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
8 months 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
9 months ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
9 months 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!)
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!
1 year 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.
1 year ago
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!
2 years ago