Posts by Lara in London

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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TRAVEL
How to travel successfully and in style with the 'See-Ya' suitcases
We just spent six weeks of our summer travelling in the USA and had the very best time! And one of the main contributing factors to the success of the trip was being lightweight. (Ok, seeing friends, family, staying in fun places, and lots of sunshine added to the success as well...) BUT, I can ...
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SHOP
Slanchogled for creative art supplies & craft materials
Slanchogled is a great creative arts & crafts store in Camden. It is my favourite store in Camden, and is "an inspirational place for artists’ materials, hobby craft supplies, creative ideas and everything you need to make them come to life." Slanchogeld, (or 'sunflower' in Bulgarian), is simply beautifully designed. Starting at the artful window displays, ...
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AUTUMN CRAFTS
Gilded Leaf Garland -- a craft for all of Autumn
Last year we went into Autumn leaf collection overdrive, so I needed to find some clever ways to embrace the collection (mountain!) of leaves and create something artful from them. So today I will share our Autumnal gilded garland with you, which was done in stages and was really a very relaxed craft, especially since ...
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EAT
The Corner House
The Corner House is a place to meet, eat, drink, play, shop, learn and even exercise. Located in Brook Green, next to Shepherd's Bush in West London, it is a great rainy day spot, and there is an underground labyrinth of indoor play things for toddlers and young children as well as a top floor for more ...
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RECIPES
Coconut Oat Energy Balls, no-bake and sugar-free
After a summer of a daily ice cream by the seaside or a gelato after dinner while meandering along city streets,  I wanted (needed!) to return home to a bit of a healthier routine. And since we acquired a slight sweet tooth, it was essential to find sugar-free options that also were delicious and easy. ...
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EAT
Biscuteers -- a very British icing cafe for tea and fun
Biscuteers is such a cute little boutique and icing cafe! It is as sweet as the items it sells, and a very fun place to visit for tourists and locals alike! It really feels like you are a kid in a candy store with collections that specialise in hand-iced biscuits, chocolates and cakes.  And, before you ...
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LONDON CITY GUIDE
Caramel -- the cutest place for children's haircuts
We adore Caramel -- it has been a Babyccino member for years on our shopping portal, and we adore visiting their little gem of a store in Notting Hill. They have several locations, but Notting Hill is so very special because tucked downstairs is an adorable kid's hair salon and it is truly a parent's dream! As ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Pressed Floral Luminaires & Vases -- a craft farewell to Summer
Summer isn't yet over, and Autumn hasn't truly begun (at least not on the trees), but this weekend a grey and cold morning almost seemed to demand crafting in pajamas! Since we were tired (our third day home from the holidays, and the start of a new school year) we wanted a 'lazy craft' using only ...
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RECIPES
Banana Bread -- the yummiest, moistest recipe ever!
This has been our family recipe for over 50 years. It is a winning recipe, and really is the moistest banana bread I have ever had, and I am a big banana bread fan! So I have decided to share the treasured family favourite, and hope you will try it soon. Often, I double or ...
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RECIPES
Watermelon Shark -- the hit of every party and picnic
It is never too late in the summer for a little more fun, so consider this your last and greatest trick... a shark carved out of watermelon, and a fruit salad bowl all-in-one! YES! It has been the biggest hit at every party and picnic for two summers straight. I can't believe I haven't posted ...
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LONDON CITY GUIDE
Gifford's Circus -- a magical day for the family
Gifford’s Circus is so very special. And it is good for your soul! You will leave with a smile, filled with magic, and in awe. You escape the world and become a child again, just for a few perfect hours. Surrounded by true artists, seamless choreography, amazing live music, smiling staff, and captivated by genuine suspense, it ...
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RECIPES
Creamy and delicious Arborio Rice Pudding for breakfast
I've recently realised I like to change my breakfasts based on the season and the weather. Is this something you do as well? I always knew all the other meals in my life (as well as desserts) were something that changed seasonally, but I will now add breakfast to my list. So my latest Summertime ...
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TOYS & GAMES
The most beautiful wooden animals by T-Lab
My husband returned home from an overseas work trip with these beautiful treasures of wooden animals. They are aesthetically captivating, so very soft, smooth, light as a feather, and lovely-to-hold. You wouldn't even realise they were wood at first. Perfect for tiny hands, with such lovely undulating curves, and the most fragile little hand-painted lines ...
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RECIPES
The Simplest and Healthiest Fruit Ice Lollies!
Sometimes the simplest things are often over looked, and these whole fruit banana and watermelon ice lollies are the perfect example. I was recently told by my friend that these are ingenious. (I tend to agree!) They are a game changer!  Simple and sweet.  These ice lollies are a staple in our freezer and are ...
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RECIPES
Easy Frittatas -- perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
Frittatas are fantastic! Our family frittata is a staple in our repertoire. It can be dressed up for guests or kept casual. It is easy to make, packed with goodness, a great way to reuse leftovers or new fresh ingredients, and simply the perfect meal for anytime of day — breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner! We ...
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The @thedesignfiles have been a source of Courtney’s interior inspiration for years. So when they chose to feature her newly renovated home, before it was even completed, it was a pinch me moment. See more photos and read about it on our blog today! Tap on the link. ( by the talented @kararosenlund) #babyccinokids #babyccinotravels #interior
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Little dudes love dressing up. Here are some of our festive attire favourites and great gender neutral picks too! More info in the link. #babyccinotopten #babyccinokids #babyccinoboutiques • @lacoquetakids @mariepuceparis @velveteenclothing @ladidakids @yayalalakids @britannical_london @scandiminis @beatriceandbee @lululuvsbklyn @petitsvilains
6 hours ago
We can hardly wait! 12 days to go until the very best baby, children, tween, toy, and mama shopping! Yes it is where Christmas shopping starts and is finished. All in one fun event. Will you join us and shop with some of the very best ever independent boutiques? Let us know! #theshopup #london #shopsmall #shopindependent #babyccinokids #babyccinoboutiques
20 hours ago
Coloring Without Borders is incredible! From the sadness of the crisis at the US border earlier this year, where hundreds of families were separated, a beautiful project with a wonderful mission hatched : to help end family separation and to reunite all families who remain torn apart. The concept grew and grew with more than 80 talented artists creating sketches and illustrations from around the world. More than just a simple coloring-in book, this encourages children — both Spanish and English speaking– to colour and use the space that the artists have created but also to create something more beautiful, to express themselves with their imagination. And even to color over the lines... without borders! Hundreds of copies of the book have been sent to children who have been separated from their families, and 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the book goes to Families Belong Together. We love everything about this idea! ️ What a perfect gift for every child you know. Read more, tap on the link. @coloringwithoutborders @fams2gether #familiesbelongtogether
1 day ago
We couldn’t agree more. We’ve always admired, supported, and featured, amazing Independent Brands. With over 500 independent Babyccino Boutiques on our shopping portal, (tap on the link) and with our amazing live event, #theshopup in major cities, (London’s is in exactly two weeks)!!! We scour the globe to find and share the very best independent brands for you and your growing family! So take the #campaignshopindependent challenge and shop independent for everything you can. Start now. But remember, puppies aren’t JUST for Christmas, and neither is supporting independent brands! So start this season, but keep the goal going. And share with your independent business friends too. • Thanks @rebecca_strickson_illustration for the lovely graphic, @hollytucker for this initiative, via @finlay_fox! It’s all about a #communitythatcares
2 days ago
Day two of the Paris Pop Up!
3 days ago
A fun day for all! The Paris Pop-Up starts again at 10am tomorrow. You better get there before Baby Bram buys ALL the toys! #babyccinokids #babyccinotravels #shopsmall #shoplocal
3 days ago
Look at our smiley team at the Paris PopUp!️ We are officially open, so join them today and tomorrow to shop, have fun, and more... address ! @thereunion.fr @leslouves 🇫🇷 #paris #babyccinotravels #babyccinokids
4 days ago
Kids love personalised books. It’s like there is something magical and compelling reading a book about YOU! Such a great gift. Tap on the link to read more from Courtney about how @mememepress celebrates every kind of family for an extra personal touch! #babyccinoreads #babyccinokids
5 days ago
How do you manage it all? Thought and tips about juggling and trying to stay on top of things. Tap on the link and share your tips with us, because we can all help each other out! ‍️‍️‍️‍️ #babyccinokids
5 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!
4 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!
1 year 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