Posts by Stephanie Hauptli

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Wanderlust Creamery in Venice
As the German word "Wanderlust" and the name of a local creamery suggests, you become consumed by a strong desire to travel... in this case through the various delicious and unique flavors of ice cream at Wanderlust Creamery! Or in other words, this artisanal ice cream was crafted with passion for adventure by two local ...
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Pony Rides at Griffith Park
Griffith Park Pony Rides has been part of LA families' lives since 1948! The Pony Ride pasture sits on four acres within Griffith Park, which is a one of the largest natural terrains within the city of Los Angeles (the Los Angeles Zoo and Travel Time Museum are just around the corner, and also located ...
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Strawberry Picking at Tanaka Farms in Irvine
One of the many great things about living in California is that delicious fruits, vegetables, nuts, avocados and olives grow in abundance in this sunny state. There are large farms throughout the state that produce these delicacies for the rest of the nation and world.  We are lucky to have access to a smaller more ...
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A drive through Carrizo Plains National Monument during California's Superbloom
The Carrizo Plains National Monument is a 250 acre native grassland (the largest remaining in California!), located about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Its not a destination to vacation at, but a destination to drive through or visit during a day trip. We took a detour from Los Angeles on our way to the ...
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Crystal Cove State Park in Laguna Beach
Crystal Cove State Park is one of Orange County's largest natural parks remaining. You can hike, visit the beach, or camp on a bluff overlooking the beach. Within this expansive park sits a Historic District at the beach where the Los Trancos creek meets the ocean. This Historic District is a seaside colony with 46 ...
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Pikunico - Japanese Fried Chicken at the ROW in Downtown Los Angeles
  Pikunico is a Japanese style fried chicken restaurant that opened just recently at the ROW in Downtown Los Angeles. Their menu includes free range, gluten-free fried chicken with Japanese seasoning along with other Japanese comfort foods. The freshness is delicious and all ingredients are locally sourced! Besides the famous Japanese fried chicken they serve ...
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The Huntington: Library, Art and Botanical Garden in Pasadena
The Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based educational and research institute established by Henry E. Huntington. In 1919 Henry and his wife Arabella Huntington drafted the trust document that would transform their private estate into an institution for the "advancement of learning, the arts and sciences, and to promote the public ...
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The Kidspace Children's Museum in Pasadena
Most children's museums (that we have been to) are indoors. Which is quite a bummer when the weather is nice out! The Kidspace Museum in Pasadena has exhibits indoors and outdoors, which is one of the many reasons we really like visiting. The museum sits on a 3.5 acre lot and next to the Rose ...
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The cosmos via the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles
The Griffith Observatory is located in Los Angeles' Griffith Park in the Hollywood Hills and is your gateway to the cosmos and the best 360 degree views of Los Angeles. The land on which the observatory sits (3 acres) was donated to the city of Los Angeles by Griffith J. Griffith in 1896. In his ...
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The Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden at the UCLA campus
The Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden is a 7.5 acre outdoor classroom and research facility on the UCLA campus (University of California, Los Angeles), which is open to the public daily. The garden was started in 1929 along a little creek bed. The first garden manager obtained plant materials by donations from other botanical gardens ...
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Blossom - A Vietnamese Restaurant in Los Angeles
When Andrew and I first met in Los Angeles, we established rather quickly that we had in common a love for Vietnamese pho soup. One of our first "pho dates" was at a Vietnamese restaurant called "Blossom" in Silverlake, but the restaurant didn't have a sign on the building. It was a mystery place you ...
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The Getty Center Museums and Gardens
The Getty Center is well known for its architecture by Richard Meier, its beautiful gardens, its art galleries, and the excellent views overlooking Los Angeles. The center is located atop a hill above the Brentwood neighborhoods in West Los Angeles. Visitors arrive by car and take a tram up the hill to the museums and ...
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New Playground opens at North Beach in Santa Monica
We just returned from a three week vacation in Europe, and the first thing we did when we woke up was hit the newly opened (and highly anticipated) playground at North Beach in Santa Monica! We've been driving past the construction off of Pacific Coast Highway (on our way to a beach in Malibu, usually) ...
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Coastal Morro Bay and Avila Farms in San Luis Obispo County
San Luis Obispo County is located, more or less, in the center of the California coastline. It's mostly known for Hearst Castle, which was a private residence for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst between 1919 and 1947. Hearst Castle is now open to the public and a popular destination for visitors. You may have heard ...
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Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica
The Annenberg Community Beach House at the Santa Monica State Beach is a public beach facility built on the site of a former 110-room mansion that was built for Marion Davies by William Randolph Hearst. The only part that remains from the past life is the mansion's original pool, which was restored by the Annenberg ...
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Boca De Agua - Mexican Popsicle and Ice Cream Shop in Venice
As the name suggests, Boca De Agua is a mouthwatering popsicle and ice cream shop, located on Abbot Kinney in Venice. They just opened recently (two or three weeks ago?!) and we've been a regular customer this summer since. Their "paletas" are made from fresh and natural ingredients, sweetened from agave nectar and real fruit. ...
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Zinc Cafe and Market in the popular Arts District
The Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles has seen an incredible transformation in the past five to ten years. Once a rugged terrain with industry and crime, this local is now home to many young families and hip businesses. The transformation is still ongoing, and it's attracting some of LA's most creative people. Warehouse buildings have ...
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Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles
Grand Park is located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, stretching between the Los Angeles City Hall and the Los Angeles Music Center. The pedestrian-friendly park sits on 12 acres (!) and includes pathways with drought-tolerant plants, movable (bright pink!) picnic furniture, entertainment areas, expansive lawns and kiosks. But best of all, by far, ...
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Noah's Arc at the Skirball Cultural Center
Noah's Arc at the Skirball Cultural Center is located in the Santa Monica Mountains, close to the Getty Center. It's an interactive "playground" themed after the story of Noah's Arc, where children become part of the experience by bringing the story to life themselves! Children can climb, operate and pretend play on the large vessel ...
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The Acorn Toy Store in Santa Monica
The Acorn Toy Store is located just a few blocks away from the Promenade, which is Santa Monica's main outdoor shopping mall. When you step inside the store you could think you've just landed at Santa's distribution center! It's brim full with the best and most magical wooden toys, art and craft supplies, dress up ...
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A day at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach
The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach is another one of the many perks of living along the Los Angeles coast. It’s undoubtably a magical place and educational experience for children and adults. In other words, if you are contemplating a visit -- make plans immediately! There are more than 50 exhibits with over ...
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Lechuza Beach in Malibu - A Hidden Gem
Lechuza Beach is a tranquil and little-known beach in Malibu located below private residences at the north end of Broad Beach Road. Its a public beach with a very private vibe, because to access the beach you have to park in a private neighborhood and walk right past peoples private homes to get there.  A ...
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Tongva Park is a marvel in urban planning
Tongva Park is located in the heart of Santa Monica city, with beach views to the west, adjacent to the major commerce center of the city (3rd Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place) on the north, and flanked by city hall and the courthouse on the east. It sits on 7 acres of land and is a ...
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Would you let your children get lost at night and let them find their own way back home? Esther discusses a recent article in @the_newyork_times about a peculiar Dutch ‘game’ for t(w)eens: ‘dropping’. A very interesting cultural phenomenon and quite the controversy of helicopter parenting! Have a read and leave your thoughts — the link is in the profile. @estherbabyccino #babyccinokids #babyccinoparenting #dutchparenting
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Warm, yummy summertime scones... served with a dollop of melting butter and a spoonful of (homemade?) jam . These quick and quintessentially English treats can be on your plate in less than 20 minutes! The recipe is on our blog. Thanks for sharing @ieatmypeas ! #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats
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Hello, hope you are all well!! We have secretly disappeared for a few weeks to relax and spend time with our family ️ and to read books! Here are the books Emilie and her girls are reading this summer. What have you been up to? Are you still in vacation mood or are you back at work? (In Amsterdam, school starts next week!) And, most importantly— what books have you been reading? #babyccinokids #babyccinoreads #vacationreading
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On the blog, Esther discusses a recent @the_newyork_times article: the playback of recent experiences on mobile phones can reshape our children’s memories and alter the way they see themselves. Let experiences be? Link in profile. @estherbabyccino #babyccinokids #thursdaythoughts
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These PBJ (peanut butter and jam!) VEGAN cookies are delicious, full of protein AND easy to make!! You can find Bee’s foolproof recipe up on the blog today ️ @beesbakery #babyccinoeats #babyccinokids #vegancookies #familycooking
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New Orleans! Addie is taking us on a tour of the city notoriously known for Bourbon Street, Mardi Gras, drive-thru daiquiris and jambalaya. Head over to our blog to find out about some great non-touristy places to eat and some fun places to visit with kids. We can’t wait to explore this city’s historic homes and architecture and get a feel of its famous hospitality and energy! (And above all, eat the exquisite food!) @addieladner #babyccinotravels #babyccinokids #neworleanswithkids #familytravel
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‘Comfort Zones’ is an anthology of essays written by a pool of women writers who were invited to think about their usual ‘comfort’ subject matter and then work against it. This ‘tackling of unfamiliar grounds’ results in a compelling read — according to @vanessa_wild_flours a ‘dip in and out of’ kind of book which sounds like the perfect holiday read to us! Edited by @sonderandtell and for sale @insidejigsaw with 100% going to @womenforwomen Read more on the blog today. #babyccinoreads #babyccinokids
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Find the very best backpacks in this month’s @babyccinokids product guide!! Unmissable for travel, school and the everyday. A good backpack is the perfect accessory! #babyccinokids #babyccinoboutiques #bestbackpacks
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Esther is talking about fridge organization (it’s a thing!) over on our blog today! An organized fridge helps tremendously if you’re trying to minimize food waste in your household. (One third of the food in the world is thrown away! Let’s change that and start in our own kitchen!) @estherbabyccino #nofoodwaste #verspillingsvrij #babyccinokids
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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!
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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
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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
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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!
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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.
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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!)
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.
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