Posts by Lara in London

CRAFTS AND DIY
Floral Monograms -- collect the best of summer memories in this DIY artwork
The upside to lockdown for us was time. We used the time to be more resourceful, more experimental, and a bit more considerate with what we had and how we used things. I remember the one small container of glue we treated as if it was gold, knowing I could get more, but not as ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
A DIY salt dough mobile -- so simple but so sweet and stylish!
The versatility of salt dough is a wonderful thing. Normally I associate it with seasonal decorations, but really, it deserves more! And normally I think of it as a 'kids' material, but it has the same beauty as fine porcelain ceramic art -- without the need for kiln firing. It can be simple yet stylish ...
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FOOD
Wild Garlic Pesto -- foraging for a delicious meal!
Welcome to another recipe using yummy foraged finds! Making sure they are very safe to eat, from a healthy, clean place is the first rule for foraging of course. But we loved finding this food from the wild and made a very large batch of wild garlic pesto. We have had numerous meals -- adding ...
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FOOD
Dandelion Honey - an abundant flower honey that is vegan friendly, foraging fun and very easy to make
Foraging is fun! And this is a delightful and easy recipe that the talented Emily Hogarth shared recently on Instagram and inspired us with. Dandelion Honey -- vegan friendly, easy to make, inexpensive to make, and fun to collect. It is a super lovely way to add to yoghurt or dress up French Toast or pancakes! All ...
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RECIPES
Rainbow Pasta! Such a fun family activity.
Pasta and comfort food go hand-in-hand... so why not bring smiles to faces and make a day out of this delicious family meal. Have a great big pasta making party! We had a 4th birthday and pasta making party with Pasta 'n Play for my son (before London's lockdown) and it was an enormous hit. ...
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OUTDOORS
A Den Kit that will make memories!
This is the outdoor den of childhood memories. The den you can imagine a grandfather finding in the corner of his garden shed and reminiscing about the time that him and one of his buddies once slept outdoors in it, watched the stars, then snuck back inside to raid the cookie jar. But this den, ...
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RECIPES
Blueberry Dump Cake -- satisfyingly simple
Ready for this recipe which is easy as pie, and makes a delicious cake? :) Then make room in your day for this Blueberry Dump Cake. It is literally made with ingredients dumped into a bowl, then dumped into a greased skillet, and then baked in the oven. It takes about five minutes to make ...
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SHOP
Specialty Ribbon Store -- V V Rouleaux in London
V V Rouleaux was started in 1990 and quickly became the destination for designers and decorators, lovers of colour, and texture and anyone looking for inspiration. They supply over 5000 luxury ribbons, tassels, braids, flowers, feathers, cords, and other trimmings in 100 colours. It is no wonder why it is one of London's favourite specialty ...
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VALENTINE'S DAY CRAFTS
Love Heart Chain -- you just need paper and a stapler!
This is a Valentine's Day craft at its finest -- simple, sweet, and fun. It requires only strips of paper and a stapler and can quickly be made. You can choose to make a really long paper chain, and hang it across the room. Or hang it so it falls vertically. But you can make ...
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PLACES TO VISIT
Portraying Pregnancy: From Holbein to Social Media
I went to an inspiring opening at The Foundling Museum's new exhibition called Portraying Pregnancy: From Holbein to Social Media. Portraying Pregnancy is a major exhibition exploring the female body through portraits from the last 500 years. I was lucky enough to attend the curator's talk, with my babe in arms and I suddenly felt quite ...
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LONDON CITY GUIDE
Bonnet à Pompon, a shop in London's Marylebone
Bonnet à Pompon has charming clothes for children with charm, and as you step inside and off of the teeny, sweet winding street in Marylebone, you instantly see how adorable everything inside is! A Spanish brand, with a sprinkling of French inspiration, and a great dose of excellent attention to detail. The clothes are intended for ...
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VALENTINE'S DAY CRAFTS
Make marvellous (non-toxic) Marble Paper -- and hearts, and cards, and bunting too!
This is a mega crafting moment. Marvellous marbleised paper, made with only two ingredients, both of which are non-toxic and kid-friendly. This is the perfect Valentine's day craft -- and we made both cards and bunting with it, using the positive and negative shapes. So it is a zero waste craft project (if that is ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Tuesday Tips: integrating older siblings into life with a newborn 
In the last seven months since our sweet baby, Georgina Rose, was born, time has flown by! And it is amazing how many of my friends have also had new babies too... and one of the most common questions around day two or three of the new baby in the home is 'how do I ...
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EAT
Cute crêperie in London's Hammersmith
In the dark winter days, it seems totally acceptable to eat dinner and desert whenever you feel the desire. So, we booked a table at the cosy little French crêperie, La Petite Bretagne. Located in London's Hammersmith area, it is the perfect treat for a pre-theatre indulgance before a performance around the corner at the ...
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FOOD
Sunshine in a Jar -- Make your own Marmalade!
This is the very best way to cheer up a grey day. It truly is sunshine in a jar, and any marmalade maker will tell you that homemade marmalade is sooo much better than anything store bought. So I thought this was our year to give it a try.  I will not sell this as ...
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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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Foraging for Wild Garlic and use our recipe to make this very easy and versatile Pesto. Plus free flowers to fill your home too. Read today’s new post. @laraoflondon #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats
1 month ago
Start your week off with a bang! Make these energy balls on a Monday for some extra fuel and then continue to enjoy these snacks all week. 🤎 No-bake, sugar-free Coconut Oat Energy Balls : -6 pitted fresh medjool dates (not dried), cut up into smaller chunks -30 grams sunflower seeds -30 grams pumpkin seeds -25 grams desiccated coconut -10 grams date syrup -40 grams organic oats 🤎 First combine the sunflower and pumpkin seeds into the food processor. Then pulse it until they are nicely crushed up. Next add the medjool dates, oats, desiccated coconut and date syrup. Mix. Take a teaspoon of the mixture and roll into ball. Then roll the balls in extra desiccated coconut afterwards which makes them less sticky to eat! Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week. Enjoy! 🤎 @laraoflondon #babyccinoeats #babyccinokids
1 month ago
Weekend project that will transform dull white clothes, hide stains, and get everyone’s creativity fired up... we’ve got it here. Shibori! Or tie dye! But first read this post. @estherbabyccino #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts
1 month ago
Willow Crossley is a writer and a floral stylist. She is the mother of three gorgeous boys and is based in the beautiful counrtyside of Oxfordshire. Willow’s latest book, The Wild Journal, is utterly divine and I can’t really think of a better treat in this current climate, than reading this book. Written over a period of a year and split into the four seasons, the concept of Willow’s book is simple; a guide on how to nurture yourself through nature. With practical projects for you and the family to enjoy together and therapeutic seasonal reflections. Read more in today’s blog. @willowcrossleycreates @vanessa_wild_flours #babyccinokids #babyccinoreads
1 month ago
Make your own Dandelion Honey! With only 4 simple ingredients (2 of which are free!) it’s easy to make. Foraging friendly! And it’s great on top of pancakes, French Toast, or drizzled in fresh ginger tea. Thanks @emilyhogarth for the tip. @laraoflondon #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats
1 month ago
Friendship bracelets are a brilliant way to send love to friends you can’t play with. This is a very basic technique Kumihimo friendship bracelet from Japan. It uses a handmade braiding disk from cardboard and it works great! See our bio to get the steps. #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts #friendshipbracelets @polonaprostkosir
1 month ago
Have you ever made homemade pasta? It’s such fun. Read all about it today on our new blog post by @laraoflondon. Recipes and great tips for all natural rainbow tagliatelle from @pastaandplay. Head to stories or go to bio for link. #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats #eattherainbow #kidswhocook
1 month ago
Eton Mess is a family favourite of @laraoflondon. In our house it is referred to 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 of Eton Mess, named after the famous Eton Boarding School that many prime ministers and princes, kings, etc have attended, is that “the strawberry, meringue and cream pudding was dropped at an Eton v Harrow cricket match in the late 19th century. Perhaps it was a Pavlova style desert. Rather than waste the food, it was simply scooped up off the floor and served, smashed to bits, in individual bowls.” I love the tale of this story, and my kids love smashing the berries and meringue into bits to create this wonderfully sweet but not too saccharin dessert. It is also bake-free, takes only a few minutes to make on a day where you’d rather sit in the sun then be in the kitchen. Ingredients : Meringue (2 very large or 20 smaller ones — you can make them, or we enjoy cheating this step and buying delicious ones instead) Whipping Cream 1.5 punnet of strawberries Blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, optional so add to your liking! Vanilla Pod, sliced in half and seeds removed, or vanilla paste, or extract, to your liking. I prefer not to use the vanilla extract as it leaves a bit of an alcohol flavour. Steps for the mess : Rinse all of your fruit. Chop half the strawberries and put them in a blender or smash up. Pour the double cream/whipping cream into a large mixing bowl and add the vanilla. Then whip it up! Break up the meringues into about one-inch pieces, put them in the mixing bowl with the cream, add the smashed strawberries and fold the cream in around them to give a marbled effect. Place the mixture in serving dishes. Chop the rest of the strawberries and combine with the other berries. Put on top of your smashed mixture. You may want to pour a little extra cream on top, but I like the bright, uninterrupted colours of just the berries on the top. Enjoy immediately! #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats
1 month ago
Rock painting is one of life’s simplest crafts. What a lovely way to spend a Sunday... collecting and painting. Share your rock art with us. @babyccinokids #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts @courtneyadamo
1 month ago
We just had a great recipe reminder from @little.dottie.designs who are making our Smoothie Ice Pop recipe today. Head to stories or click on bio and make the weekend a bit more delicious! @ieatmypeas #babyccinoeats #babyccinokids
1 month 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!
2 years 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
3 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
3 years ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
3 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!
4 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.
4 years ago