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CRAFTS AND DIY
Colourful Papier-Mâché Fruits & Vegetables
I haven't made papier-mâché for years, and almost forgot how much fun it is! You start with such simple and basic materials and end up with an impressive sculpture. Papier-mâché is a great excuse to put on an art smock, and have a bit of messy fun with your children. There are severals steps and a ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
An autumn birthday party for Casper's 5th birthday
An autumn birthday party Casper recently turned five, and since he is an October baby we decided to do something seasonal for his 'friends party'. According to family tradition, he invited 5 friends (since he turned 5 years old), and he did so by handing out his invites, which we decorated with a cute painted ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Felted Acorns -- the easiest Autumnal craft ever!
This past week we were unfortunately home sick for several days, so an easy craft project was the best cure for cabin fever. I have wanted to make felt balls, so this was a great opportunity and with a few supplies at our fingertips at home, we made these simple and sweet little felted acorns! ...
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HALLOWEEN CRAFTS
Apple Print Pumpkins - Fast and Fun DIY Halloween Decorations
We just returned from a holiday in California and from the minute we arrived we were struck by how many of the houses already had their Halloween decorations up. The kids couldn't get enough of all the ghosts and monsters hanging from people's porches and the front yards decked out like crime scenes. It certainly ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Superhero & Animal Leaf Masks - A Fun Craft for Autumn
How fun are these animal and superhero leaf masks! My kids absolutely loved making them. They are so easy to do and even come with their own little stick to hold them up. All you really need are some large autumn leaves and good felt tip pens. So why not get outside this weekend and ...
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SEWING AND KNITTING
Lavender Bags - a Sweet and Easy First Sewing Project for Kids
I love the smell of lavender -- it reminds me so much of my Grandma because she always had dried lavender dotted around her home and would pop little scented lavender bags inside her clothes drawers to keep them smelling nice. It occurred to me after watching the kids pulling off lavender seeds to make ...
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HALLOWEEN CELEBRATIONS
Tricks and Treats -- a collection of Halloween Ideas
Trick or treat? Do you celebrate Halloween? What do you prefer -- silly or spooky? Funny or ghoulish? In a lot of Europe it is considered a very American holiday. And as an American living in London, I am happy to see that it is becoming more popular each year. Dressing up (fancy dress as ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Homemade Play Dough (great for unwinding after school)
We've just finished the first two weeks of school and it isn't just the kids who are tired, even I feel tired! Trading in carefree, unstructured summer days for the routine of school has been a bit of an adjustment.  I quickly realised we needed to take it slow and find a simple way to ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
DIY Conker Wall Hanging
Conker season is here and this year they are out in abundance! This past weekend they were literally falling from the trees straight into our hands, in fact we collected more in five minutes than we had managed to find all of last year! So with basketfuls lying around at home I decided to have ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Add a slackline to your outdoor adventures!
We had an awesome holiday this summer -- simple, refreshing and surrounded by good friends. It has been a hectic year, so it was especially wonderful for the whole family to be able to sleep for hours and never get out of our pyjamas. Our batteries have been recharged! We tried out new recipes, sat ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Paint Card Mosaics - A Colourful Abstract Art Project for Kids
I'm a sucker for paint colour cards -- they always make me think of rainbows. If you're anything like me, chances are you've got a stack of them lying around in a drawer at home. If so don't throw them out! Get your children's creative juices flowing by recycling them into fun paint card mosaics. ...
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SUMMER CRAFTS
Botanical Hammer Printing - A Fun Activity for Older Kids
If you're looking for something a little bit different to try over the holidays or the kids simply fancy a change from the usual drawing and colouring then this is a great activity. Botanical hammer printing is a fun way to capture the colours of a season, it's super easy, oh and did I mention ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
A DIY Fairy House Kit
Rose & Rex is a NY based toyshop that I've written about before -- I'm a big fan of their sustainable and elegant toys and their dedication to imaginative play. When we were camping at the seaside a few weeks ago we brought this adorable Fairy House Kit that they had sent us a little while ago. It ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
A Perfect Summer Activity -- Solar Prints
Growing up I absolutely loved making solar prints, and now I get to create them with my daughter who loves them as well! Solar prints are also great to do with friends on weekends away, and has been a big hit. Solar prints, also known as cyanoprints, or sun prints, are made using photoreactive paper, ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
DIY Yarn Wrapped Letters
How fun and cheery are these yarn wrapped wall letters! We're so pleased with how they turned out that I thought I'd share this simple DIY. The method is quite self explanatory but here are some tips to help you on your way, you'll need medium weight card, tracing paper, scissors and a selection of ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Fun Nature Hunt Memory Game
Last week, during a lazy afternoon in St James' park, the kids and I came up with a game to while away some time in the sunshine - we're calling it the Nature Hunt Memory Game. I actually remember playing something very similar to this at Brownies when I was younger and I'm sure it's ...
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SEWING AND KNITTING
Wiksten Patterns
I absolutely love to sew. I love the process itself and also the fact I have created something for my children. I wish and sometimes even dare to dream about times I’ll have just a few more hours all to myself so I can do it more. In the meantime I’m pilling up all the ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Biology and Beauty -- Hatching Butterflies at Home
While on holiday last month, we received the most exciting parcel in the mail. On the box, it said 'LIVE INSECTS, OPEN IMMEDIATELY!’ And sparked a lot of curiosity and excitement. We opened up the box, a gift sent from our very clever friends, and inside was a cup of caterpillars waiting to become butterflies! ...
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RECIPES
Braided Easter Bread -- A Family Tradition
  This Braided Easter Bread, known in Italian as Pane Di Pasqua, has become a family tradition. Although we have no Italian ethnicity in my family what so ever, adopting traditions is a great thing, right? Growing up, we always proudly placed this bread on our Easter Sunday breakfast table as a colourful and tasty centrepiece ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Wooden Bunny: 5-Minute Easter Craft
Easter is literally just days away and as usual I am not prepared at all! I mean we don’t even have any Easter eggs or anything but I’m hoping to persuade my kids to do a few Easter crafts with me this weekend. I really love this one that I found in one of our ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Fun Fingerprint Easter Cards
How fun are these Easter chick fingerprint cards. They are super easy and quick to make so if you are in need of a last-minute Easter card read on. You will need: Yellow water colour paint (water and a paintbrush to mix) Plain white card folded in half Black felt tip pen Orange felt tip ...
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EASTER CRAFTS
Quick and Easy Marbled Eggs
I vividly remember painting eggs as a child, the hours spent messily blowing the contents into a bowl, and the sore aching cheeks that followed. It was one of my favourite Easter traditions and afterwards my Mum would hang our decorated eggs on a little tree outside our kitchen window. When it gets to this ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Painted Leaf Skeletons
Spring has definitely sprung here in London. The bare streets are now lined with billowing cherry blossom trees, daffodils are springing up in every park corner and the first of London's magnificent magnolias are starting to open up. I particularly love this change in season, it feels like the city is awakening after a long ...
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What a magical day we had yesterday at @theshopup in New York! From stylish clothing to the cutest Holiday decorations, we couldn't get enough of the beautiful boutiques there! We're back today from 10am for more shopping, arts & crafts, delicious treats We're in Brooklyn @501union, see you there! #TheShopUp #theshopupNY (thanks for the gorgeous photos @laurenkallen)
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Get some magic into your little one's bedroomThis stunning quilted baby blanket from @forivor is reversible - on one side, a lovely woodland scene where wildlife hides in the undergrowth and up in the branches of the trees. On the other side, a place of wonder with fantastical creatures in an enchanted forest!🦄 A wonderful piece for magical bedtime stories, and a truly special gift for baby this Christmas #babyccinoboutiques
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How to keep Christmas simple? Last year we asked Erin Boyle (@readtealeaves), author of 'Simple Matters: living with less and ending up with more', to share her expert advice. Find out about her Ten Simple Christmas tips to keep the joy in Christmas, and the excess indulgences out Link to blog post in profile! #christmas
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'Tis the season! How about sending these Holiday telegrams from @mrboddington this year, instead of classic cards? They look super cool and they're so fun (you might have to disclose how many cookies you've already eaten this season!) Find more Holiday inspiration in our Top Ten this week, link in profile! #babyccinotopten #christmas #holidays #holidayseason #tistheseason
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This stunning paper cut map of Copenhagen from @famillesummerbelle is the latest addition in their collection of paper cut city maps including London, Amsterdam, Paris, New York and San Francisco. We've been big fans of Julie's work for a long time (the Amsterdam map is one of Esther's treasured art pieces) and we love how beautiful this new one looks, with its incredible tiny details! We think these maps would make a very special gift to a loved one for the upcoming holidays️. More on the blog, link in profile! #babyccinoboutiques
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The recap of our wonderful, magical Christmas @theshopup in London is on the blog today! We've had the best time and we're sharing lots of beautiful photos from @nadinebrandtphotography @parentvilleparties as well as the highlights of the event. Link to the blog post in profile! (and don't forget that #TheShopUp Holiday Tour is not over! We will be in New York on Sunday 10th and Monday 11th) #theshopuplondon
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Christmas wrapping with brown postal paper and red Winterberry branches
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If you’re looking for dreamy nightwear you are in the right place! UK brand Faune creates nighties and pyjamas full to the brim with beautiful detail.
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DandelionBabas make 100% eco-friendly, 100% wool felt cute accessories to help mark - and make - a special day. Their completely handmade celebration crowns can be used for every birthday and every family member. Birthday crowns come complete with a slot into which you can insert the relevant numbers. What a great way to create a tradition and a photo series of your little one’s childhood!
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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!
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Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
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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!)
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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!
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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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Hi guys! Here Bethie and I are showing you how to prepare a super easy dish that your family will love -- a video we bring to you in cooperation with Abel & Cole, deliverer of fabulous food boxes filled to the brim with organic freshness! Here's the list of ingredients: a royal 1 tbsp of olive oil 1 butternut squash 1 red onion 2 red peppers 2 garlic cloves 4 vine tomatoes 150g quinoa sea salt & freshly ground pepper 300 ml vegetable stock 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 25g raisins 80g black olives And for the garnish: a handful of chervil feta (optional) Directions: Peel your butternut squash. Cut in half and scoop out the seeds. Chop the flesh into 1cm chunks. Peel and cut the onion into thick slices. Cut the pepper in half and scoop out the seeds and white pith. Chop into bitesized pieces. Peel and thinly slice the garlic. Roughly chop the tomatoes. Rinse the quinoa under cold water to remove any bitterness. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large heavy based pan. Tip in all the veg and quinoa. Pour in the veg stock and the red wine vinegar. Add the raisins and the olives. Season with salt and pepper. Pop on a lid and cook for 30-40 mins until the squash is soft and the sauce thick. Stir every now and then during cooking. Scatter over the chervil (or flat leaf parsley leaves) and serve in warm bowls. Top with crumbled feta if you like! A super colourful, super easy and super delicious dish for taste buds of all ages! Bon appétit!
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