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Molly Meg Children's Shop
  This past weekend we ventured over to Islington in North London to explore the area and visit a few of our favourite shops. We'd barely been out five minutes when the heavens opened - like a tropical monsoon! Luckily for us we happened to be right outside the brilliant children's shop Molly Meg on ...
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Eenymeeny children's shop
Eeenymeeny has long been a favourite place to find inspiration and unique gifts for my kids. The owner, Clare Jay, is an inspiring mother of three with a passion for design and a knack for tracking down the coolest toys and exciting new brands in the children's market. I can always trust that I'll find ...
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With its entrance tucked around the corner from the main shopping street in Primrose Hill, this charming shop can almost be mistaken for one of the many pretty homes lining the street - or be overlooked entirely if you're not careful. And yet, it's one of my very favourite shops in the neighbourhood and worth a visit ...
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The Alligator's Mouth
Tucked away on Church Court in Richmond The Alligator’s Mouth is a magical place for young book lovers. It’s a space where children’s imagination is fed and where the array of books is so inviting to the young reader. The name is inspired by a Lemony Snicket quote: 'A book is like an alligator's mouth ...
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Niddle Noddle - a charming children's shop in Crouch End
Niddle Noddle has long been a favourite London-based online shop -- with a super cute selection of toys, gifts, books and clothing for kids. For the past few years, they've participated in markets around London and have set up temporary pop-up shops in my North London neighbourhood - always with great success. So you can imagine ...
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La Coqueta
La Coqueta is a wonderfully welcomed new children's boutique in the heart of London's Hampstead village. This charming little shop offers a beautiful selection of timeless and vintage-inspired children's clothing & shoes from Spain. The clothing is beautifully displayed, the shop is full of sweet little details, the shop owner and manager could not be ...
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The London High Street
Following on from Emilie's recent post about places in Paris to find chic clothes at less-than-chic prices I thought I'd let you know about some of my favourite spots on a typical London High Street. Now most Mums in London will know of these national treasures but if you are visiting London they are worth ...
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Hope & Greenwood
I used to keep a picture in the front of my diary of an old-fashioned sweet shop. You know the kind: shelves stacked with glass jars brimming with brightly-coloured sweets. The Juliette Binoche in me always quite fancied being a 'purveyor of splendid confectionery'. However these days there would be little point in me following ...
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Benjamin Pollocks
I grew up in a little farming village about 100 miles north of London and only made very rare trips to the 'big smoke' as a child. I remember one very special trip when my Godmother (literally one of the coolest people on the planet) brought me down for a WHOLE weekend in London for ...
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Olive Loves Alfie
Although it's a bit off the beaten path, it's worth a trip to London's Stoke Newington neighborhood if, for nothing else, a visit to the lovely children's boutique Olive Loves Alfie. This small but charming shop is chock full of children's toys, clothes and accessories. Not your normal mass-market toys, but the sort of things ...
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Blossom Mother and Child
I remember the first thing I did when I found out I was pregnant with my first baby was head to Blossom Mother and Child for some maternity jeans. Blossom's large range of designer maternity jeans is probably the best in town, and their well-trained staff will help you find the best pair (I feel ...
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Bobo Kids
Whether you're starting from scratch with your baby's nursery, or you just want to spruce up your kids' bedroom or playroom with a few new accessories, Bobo Kids is the place. This darling little shop in London's Chelsea Green neighborhood stocks an eclectic mix of modern, vintage and designer products for kids and babies.  Think ...
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Kidsen
I sometimes joke that I must have been Scandinavian in a previous life.  I just feel so at home whenever I visit the northern countries and I love the simplicity, the practicality, and the design of their products. So, when I heard about the new Scandinavian kid's store in Kensal Rise, I knew I would ...
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Natural Mat
Natural Mat is a small boutique tucked away on a quiet street in Notting Hill which sells the most beautiful nursery furniture, bed linens and natural mattresses. The famous mattresses are handmade in Devon and are 100% natural and non allergenic, breathable, naturally fire-retardant, and totally biodegradable! You can read the many advantages of their ...
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Caramel Baby
Caramel Baby & Child is a lovely kids' clothing brand that started with one small shop in South Kensington but has expanded now to a number of shops across London, a concession in Selfridges and a shop in Harrods. There is also now a shop in Japan, and one in Florence. It is, without a ...
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Hope for your feet...
The most comfortable sneakers I've ever worn? Not to mention -- the coolest?? Emma Hope's by a long shot!! Emma Hope is one of the UK's most prominent footwear designers.  Her range of shoes includes sneakers, boots, sandals, flats, pumps and platforms. They are designed to compliment all areas of your life from casual and ...
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Fortmason tea
Fortnum & Mason is a luxury department store on Picadilly here in London, and is famous for their aromatic teas, luxury hampers and upmarket food hall. This fancy food store sells the best of everything, and is really visiting just to see the beautiful arrangements and displays. If you want specialist teas and caviar, you ...
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Daunt Books
Our first flat in London was located right off Marylebone High Street, and around the corner from London's most beautiful bookshop, Daunt Books. The year we spent living in that flat I read at least one book a week. I couldn't get enough. Every time I passed by Daunt Books, there was a new window ...
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Couverture
I have always loved the shopping of Notting Hill. Whether it's the great finds on Portobello, the trendy restaurants on Westbourne Grove, or the great boutiques along Ledbury Road, Notting Hill is one of those areas that has it all. But in the last few years, it has become the place to shop for your trendy ...
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Brora
Every time we have friends and family visiting us from the States I take them to Brora-- the 'shop-supreme' for famous Scottish Cashmere. It is just one of those shops everyone loves. A v-neck jumper for my husband, a button-up cardigan for my aunt, their cozy cashmere blankets for my mom, gloves and scarf for ...
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A week in London
Monday: Head to Lazy Daisy Café on London's famous Portobello Road for a quick lunch. They're all set up for kids, with a basket of toys and even changing tables (nappies and wipes) in the bathroom! If it's a sunny day, you can even sit outside. After lunch, walk a few blocks south on Portobello ...
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
2 months 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
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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
2 months 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
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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
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