Posts by Lara in London

CELEBRATIONS
Galettes de Rois -- a goûter of a French tradition in January
A goûter, or a taste, of kings' cake is a tradition in France during January. Traditionally this cake, known as a Galettes des Rois, marks the celebration of Three Kings Day / Epiphany / Twelth Night. Fortunately it is celebrated for the entire month of January, so the good news is that you can still ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Walnut Boat Races -- an easy craft with hours of play
We love cracking walnuts in our home, but those beautiful walnut shells seem wasted in the rubbish bin. So on a lazy Saturday morning, I did a quick google and came up with an easy and instant craft project -- Walnut Boats. These are very simple to make and use a lot of leftovers -- ...
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RECIPES
One Tray Dinner -- A Salmon with Crusted Sesame and Pak Choi
We love having meals together as a family, but with various work, club, school, and nap schedules, it gets a bit complicated some weekdays. But we value good, healthy, home cooked meals around the table together, so we had to find a good way to achieve this in an easy way. And tray baking, or ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Little wreaths for little hands -- Christmas decor with foraged goods
We love making crafts over the Christmas season in our home, and this year, we fell in love with these beautiful, delicate, easy to make wreaths. They are very minimal, and look lovely grouped together. And all the items were foraged! Generally Christmas wreaths are very abundant, with greens, and ribbons and additional accessories. But ...
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RECIPES
Cookie Recipe and Holiday Entertaining Tip!
We love cookies over the Christmas holidays, as you may have read earlier this month with our Twisted Candy Cane cookie. A winner indeed! But today I wanted to share a good 'staple' cookie, that can easily be enjoyed as an after school treat without the sugar crash. It is my reliable Cranberry Raisin Oatmeal ...
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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
Christmas Gifts versus Christmas Experiences
Our family live in two different continents, and with three children, it is easy to accumulate and acquire a lot of stuff! I am a fan of curated living and only the very special items make the cut in regards to clothes, toys, books, and games. But as much as I love Christmas, and as ...
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SEE
Gingerbread City with the Museum of Architecture -- a must see!
  The Museum of Architecture is an impressive place for any aspiring architect or eager young mind! We were lucky enough to visit their recent Gingerbread City pop-up at Somerset House. But don't stop reading thinking this is all about Christmas. The MoA, or Museum of Architecture, is a must-visit venue year round with a ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Resist the temptation for a new Christmas Sweater -- make your own instead!
I understand the novelty of Christmas jumpers/sweaters each year... they are cute, fun, and festive. But honestly, it makes my brain hurt just thinking about how wasteful it is to buy one each year, for each person in your home (especially the kids that keep growing), and multiply that times all the families, homes, countries, ...
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EAT
The Delaunay Counter -- a family friendly Viennese cafe in the West End
I can remember the leisurely late-night meals and date nights my husband and I once had at The Delaunay restaurant. Now we are normally tucked up in bed at 9pm, not going out to start the evening. But I am so pleased that the same owners and chefs are now available, adjacent but in a ...
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CHRISTMAS RECIPES
Twisted Candy Cane Sugar Cookies
  These candy cane sugar cookies are so very easy! And you don't need special cutters, or lots of time to make them. We made them last year when my mom was visiting, and they were really fun for kids (and adults) of all ages. You could even add a bit of mint flavour to ...
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LONDON CITY GUIDE
Alma Deli & Classes -- Beyond Food
In the Belgravia neighbourhood of London, there is a little blue space called Alma Deli. Inside Alma they serve plant-based food, with a focus on wellbeing, health and consciousness through children and adult workshops. As the door states : balance, nurture, and evolve. It is a business with a very clear ethos. Alma Deli serves food ...
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RECIPES
Blackberry Cream Cheese Puffed Pastry
The smell of cinnamon, blackberries, and pastry puffing away in the oven is the perfect way to wake up even the groggiest kid (or parent) after a long week. We had a dozen in the oven, and six people around the table, and they didn't last past one sitting, but I am sure they would ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Autumnal Pumpkins, a simple DIY
Pumpkins are not just for Halloween! And although they could (and should) be perfectly appropriate for early and late October, they are also perfect now as their own Autumnal display or centrepiece. It is not too late to make these, and I plan on keeping ours on the table until after Thanksgiving. Along with our ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Falling Leaves -- make Stained Glass
We love seasonal crafts at Babyccino, and Autumn is such a colourful time to embrace the vibrant Fall outdoor palette, and bring it indoors before things quickly change! I grew up making this 'stained glass' craft each year. Perfect for rainy days, or a relaxed afternoon activity after a walk. My children loved this craft ...
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OUT OF TOWN
Weekend Getaway: A Cotswold gem, the historic Sudeley Castle & Gardens
Surrounded by lush hilly greens, Sudeley Castle is perfectly placed in a lovely valley in Gloucestershire, England. It is an absolutely stunning area of the UK and after our recent babymoon weekend away (with all four of us before we become a family five!) I wanted to share our trip with you. Sudeley Castle & ...
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BOOKS
Nell & the Circus of Dreams -- an inspiring book about dreams coming true
For seven years I have been to the most magical and inspiring summertime event in the UK called Gifford's Circus. I wrote about our family trip to Gifford's Circus last year, (if you live in the UK, book tickets today! It is truly amazing!!!). And last weekend, as our last holiday as a family of four ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Tuesday Tips: Enjoy some extra sleep with a homemade 'Surprise Station'
Our children are really good at entertaining themselves at home, but it seems the minute we go away on a mini weekend break, or even for longer, they wake up earlier, with more energy and excitement! I get it, it's the excitement of being somewhere new, but man is it exhausting! Now that our kids ...
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PREGNANCY
Maternity products -- a few little luxuries and some practical tips too!
When you are pregnant with your third child, you just have less 'me' time. So instead of getting new and lovely items for your pregnancy, you inherit hand-me-down maternity clothes from friends, you pull out some of your old clothes from storage, and you make do -- which is a great way to recycle and ...
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PREGNANCY
Baby on Board -- helpful badge of honour for pregnant mamas?
I have taken this little simple badge for granted until recently when one of my American friends was visiting. She was so impressed that mums-to-be in London get to have these pins to wear while commuting so they can easily get a seat, and have a rest. It is the Baby on Board badge. Have ...
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LONDON CITY GUIDE
Circus Sauce -- the UK's only roaming outdoor restaurant
Circus Sauce Restaurant is one of the most enjoyable family dining experiences and meals we have had in a while. Set under a tent, with long banquet style tables, the food is served family style. All items are seasonal and everything is prepared from scratch.  Supporting all the local smallholdings, loyalty boxes, farms, fishmongers, butchers and ...
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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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Make a batch of homemade valentine’s cards with just a few simple materials! See the link in bio for this craft from our archives. ️🧡 @soloskates #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts
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The year of positive change! A belated Happy New Year to all of you!! I hope you all enjoyed the holidays, and the first weeks of 2020 have been good for you. For Courtney, the year has had a rocky start. The devastating fires in Australia have been keeping all of our minds occupied. Thankfully rain is on its way, and hopefully the fires will be under control soon. But the destruction has taken place and the wake-up call has been heard and noted. We have to act now! Let's make 2020 the year of positive change. Simple changes can be made on a personal level. Maybe, after reading this newsletter, we can all take a bit of time to act or reflect? Here are some ideas you can start thinking about: 1. Let's try to drive less! Walking or using a bike are better for our health as well as our planet. Taking public transport is fun! Or drive electric. Fly less: have your meetings virtual and go somewhere local for your holidays. Or take the train, instead of the plane! 2. Eat local and seasonal. Become a flexitarian (or even better, a vegetarian). Eating less animal proteins has a direct impact on your carbon footprint. 3. Repair, re-use, recycle and refuse. If you can, shop responsibly (ethical, green and sustainable). Respect what you already have, mend, pass on to others. 4. Replace fossil fuels (oil, carbon, natural gas) with renewable energy sources. Switch to a 'green' energy provider, perhaps install solar panels. Be more energy efficient. Turn the heating down a notch, wear woollens and blankets to stay warm. 5. If you have funds, invest them wisely. (Not in companies related to the fossil fuel industry, for example, but in 'clean' organisations instead.) When it's time to vote, vote! And vote wisely. Don't feel that one person or one family can not make a difference. Social scientists have discovered that if we see our peers take environmental action, we adjust our beliefs and actions accordingly. So it's worth the effort! Thanks as always for following and reading. xxx Esther
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It’s so easy to find excuses but we’ve got a seven minute solution to restart your fitness. Inspired by @nytimes our Contributor, Shannon, inspired us to getting moving again. Thanks @slcorlis not let’s get those sneakers out. Link in bio! And what do you do to stay in shape? #babyccinokids #mamaswhomove #realfitness
3 days ago
Fresh new books for the shelf that beautifully celebrate difference in cultural heritage, featuring children. Do you have any books you would recommend? We would love to hear! More from @thelittlemontessorischool on the blog. #babyccinoreads #babyccinokids
4 days ago
Cauliflower Tikka Masala is over baked and has just the right amount of spice. Recipe in bio from @ieatmypeas ... yum! #babyccinoeats #babyccinokids #vegetarianrecipes
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Brighten up your home with our loveheart garland. Perfect for a weekend craft and you’ll be ahead of schedule for Valentine’s Day ... all you need are potatoes, paint, and cookie cutters if you have them! ️️ @laraoflondon #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts #valentines #valentinescraftsforkids #haveaheart
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This Chorizo and Butter Bean Winter Stew is the perfect winter meal- deeply flavoured, slowly cooked and warming right to the soul. It’s so quick to put together and you can add in any extra vegetables. #babyccinoeats #babyccinokids #winterstew @ieatmypeas
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Weekend fun sorted! Any excuse for new traditions especially if they include cake! Galettes de Rois, celebrated in France during January and in many other countries too, involves wearing a crown, eating cake, and finding charms. What’s not to love? Read our blog, link in bio, and join the party like @laraoflondon does! Galettes from @jacquesetlilie #galettesderois #culture #gouter #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats #tradition
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Earlier this week, a successful beauty blogger in the Netherlands, Nikkie de Jager @nikkietutorials publicly announced that she is transgender. A very brave thing to do and was incredibly impressed by her story and the way she chose to share it. If you haven’t seen it yet, there is a lot to learn from Nikkie’s coming out video on youtube. It is an inspiring message from a strong roll model, addressing young people who feel insecure, misunderstood or simply not in the right place. It is about acceptance, respect, hearing and understanding each other, about writing your own story, about the power of being yourself — whoever you are and whatever you are. It is also about the importance of supportive parenting. Nikkie shares that she is intensely grateful for her mother, who always saw and heard, listened and understood, respected and supported her in her choices and in her transition. We have always tried to be straightforward in discussing sex and reproduction with our children, and open about the idea that heterosexuality is just one shade of a wider spectrum of diversity. Thanks for the new blog post @estherbabyccino ... what are your thoughts? Comment below and link is in bio. #babyccinokids #thursdaythoughts
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!
1 year 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!
3 years ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
3 years ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
3 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!)
3 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