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CRAFTS AND DIY
Last-minute (paper) Valentine Flowers!
  Can you believe it that it’s Valentine’s already? What kind of treats are you preparing for your loved ones? I’m so so bad with this, or any other holiday as a matter of fact. But one of my new year's resolutions is to start acknowledging and celebrating them more. Another one is to learn ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Make your own pinecone bird feeders
When I was a little girl I enjoyed making peanut butter pinecone bird feeders during the cold and short winter days. It is a quick and simple project and also provides a nourishing treat for wild birds. And although we've always lived in cities, it is a great way to engage with nature — whether you ...
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New video: How to make a superhero costume (a quick and easy DIY!)
On our road trip up the coast of California last month, we stopped for a few days in sunny San Luis Obispo to visit my friend Mo from Pipsticks who recently moved from London with her husband and their four kids. It was so fun to get all our kids together and to explore this charming little ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
DIY: paint with bubbles
I have always wanted to do bubble art, since I saw it here.  It is a perfect DIY for this time of the year, it could even be a lot of fun to do outside. We tried last week and it turned out to be such a nice and simple project. With really easy to find ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Kimmel Toys
Craft, craft, craft... I don't think there is anything kids like more then a good old craft project. I wish the creative juices would flow into adulthood like they do when you're a child -- kids have such exciting imaginations. We recently discovered the Kimmel Kids Exchange Collection by LA artist Karen Kimmel, and it ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Valentine's Cards
I sat down to talk to my 3-year-old son about Valentine's Day this weekend.  I'm big on grabbing any opportunity for a celebration, and a day that celebrates love -- I'm in!  So I explained that Valentine's Day is the day when you tell the people that you love that they are special to you ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Rustic fairy wands
These were a last minute improvisation the day before our fairy tea-party.  Two days before the party I suddenly realised the Fairy Queen did not have a wand - OH NO!  I had a quick look online but no one could guarantee delivery because we've had 2cm of snow here in South London (to be ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
The Toadstool Tea
I can't believe my daughter has just turned one -- time has flown. Now I know a one-year-old might not appreciate a proper birthday party, but I can't resist one.  And in the spirit of being 'girly' there was nothing for it but a fairy tea-party, to be more specific The Toadstool Tea (for those ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Christmas Stars
Thankfully my 6-year-old niece and God-daughter, Helene, is into all things crafty.  Therefore she is my outlet for all the exciting 'make & do' gifts I find and fall in love with, as my own children are a bit too young for most of them. As she is German (and my Deutsche is not too ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Clothespin Reindeer
My kids and I are with my family in Seattle for the holidays and we're busy preparing everything for Christmas (my boys insisted that my parents wait for them to decorate the Christmas tree)! While going through all the old ornaments, we discovered these darling clothespin reindeer ornaments that my siblings and I made when ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Make jellyfish!
Now, it might be a bit of a stretch, but if you squint your eyes slightly those creatures pictured on the right look like slippery little jellyfish. Or at least my boys are quite content to think they are! We made them yesterday and it was a really easy and fun project.  And of course ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Animal masks
I picked up this Mask Animo kit the other day from the Daylesford Organic shop in Notting Hill because I knew my boys would love it. My 4-year-old, in particular, is really into craft projects these days -- and so we've been trying to do one big project every week.  This animal mask kit made ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Making fish
Sometimes the best art projects are the most simple, the ones your kids can actually do by themselves with little intervention.  Apart from being easy, my kids also like it when we make things that they can play with afterward. I took my son to a drop-in art class at the kid's cafe, That Place ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Making crowns
I spotted some plastic jewels in our local art store the other day and thought they would be perfect to decorate crowns... So, with some tag board, crayons, spare wrapping paper and the jewels, we got busy making our most regal head wear. It isn't the most innovative art project we've ever done, but I ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Rock animals
This past weekend on our usual trek in the Heath we collected some stones for a little craft project. We searched for rocks that resembled little animals/bugs, and once we were happy with our collection we took them home to be painted. We let the kids paint the main color and then we added the ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Spring has sprung
Spring has finally sprung here in DC, and although it is still a bit chilly, buds and blooms are popping up everywhere.  To celebrate, we were invited to a First Day of Spring party last month.  My daughter insisted on taking a gift (although I explained it wasn’t a birthday party!) to the hostess, and ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Heart-shaped paper clips
The blogosphere is full of Valentine's day craft projects... they are really everywhere! This one I found on How about orange... sent me back in time, more than 20 years! I perfectly remember being a teenager and bending paper clips to turn them into little hearts all the time. They would mostly decorate the pages of ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Create your own Christmas cards
I must say, I don't send out a lot of Christmas cards. To be honest, I have mixed feelings about the whole Christmas card thing. I do like the personal message, but I hate to think about all the paper and energy that is wasted by this worldwide craze! So, I only send out cards to a ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Acorn men and chestnut chaps
Although summer is still my favourite season, autumn is not too bad if you consider a beautiful walk in a forest filled with mushrooms, beautifully coloured leaves and plenty of nuts to collect! Last weekend was nice and sunny so we took our little family to the south of the Netherlands, where the forests are beautiful. We collected ...
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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 week 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
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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
1 week 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
2 weeks 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
2 weeks 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
2 weeks 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
2 weeks 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
2 weeks 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
2 weeks 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!
1 year 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