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Manhattan Beach Strand and Roundhouse Pier Aquarium
Manhattan Beach is located at the southern end of Los Angeles County along the Pacific Ocean, and is a bustling town perched on a hillside. Along with Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach makes up the South Bay Area of Los Angeles. It's a hotspot for beach volleyball and surfing, and well-known for its ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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!
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
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Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
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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.
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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!
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.
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