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We are 1 x

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This month Lil’ Beans is a year old!  I’d like to say a big thank you for all your support and custom and hope you like what Lil’ Beans has brought to you so far.  It’s been a massive, full and busy year for us in many ways.  As a thank you we will be having a couple of little giveaways going on, so be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram as this is where they’ll be happening.  You can also find out more if you sign up to our newsletter, you can do this via our homepage.


We also have further markdowns on our Sale, so don’t miss out on anything you have loved this season.



Beach Ready: Rose in April

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Fell absolutely in love with these Rose in April baskets at the Molly Meg pop up.  The French baskets have a bright twist to them with colourful pom poms and quirky lines embroidered on to them.  They are the perfect accessory to tote to the beach or to store some of your lil’ beans toys in.  You can find these at Molly Meg when she’s not sold out!

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We’ve got some new crayons available from the store this week by CrayonBox.  Lovely hand made sets that make great little gifts.  We have an Easter set, a great alternative to chocolate for the young ones.  You can also get crayons in the shape of lego men, dinosaurs, hearts, to name a few.  They are a great way to encourage children to colour and draw using these mini characters.
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CrayonBox crayons are hand made at home by founder Rebecca.  All are made using high quality non-toxic wax in many vibrant colours.
A little Q&A with Rebecca:
Where do you live and with whom?
I live in a small village in North Yorkshire with my husband Will, our 2 children Oscar & Elsie. And buzz the cat.
When did you start CrayonBox and why?
I started crayon box in October 2013. It was in an attempt to get Oscar to sit & colour. I made him some Lego style crayons, popped a picture on facebook & its just grown from there. It’s been a bit of luck & a lot of hardwork but I’m enjoying every bit of it.
What are your children in to, and what makes them laugh?
Oscar is a typical 3 year old boy. He likes running, bouncing, crashing & just generally making lots of noise. He still rarely colours as that involves sitting still!
His favourite pastime though is playing with Elsie. He spends hours with her trying to make her laugh. He makes her picnics & tells her stories. She’s only 7 months & they already adore each other.
See our selection of CrayonBox here
Happy weekend, hope the sun shines where you will be x

sneak peak – first blog of the year!

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Happy New Year! Hope it was a good one for you, it feels like a long time ago now as it’s always so busy with fun stuff. We’ve had a busy few months with the arrival of bean3, pop up shops, and Christmas. We also move next month and are renovating a house to make it liveable in a short space of time. This is making January, a usually flat month a bit more full and exciting!

To brighten things up, here are a few things we have coming to the shop for Spring/Summer from Indikidual.

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We love the jellyfish print and maracas jumpsuit, so much to choose from this season.

We also have loveliness from Noe & Zoe too.




Fair and local pop up

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This week we have our first Christmas Fair, opening a local Christmas pop up shop, have a lil’ bean’s 2nd birthday and a baby due date.  Quite a busy one!

We will be at Cabbages and Frocks Christmas Market in Marylebone with Little Hanbury on Wednesday, as part of their Lights Festival.


On Friday we are opening a Christmas Pop Up Shop in Crystal Palace with a few other small local businesses.  One being the lovely Magpie and Hen and I will post more on this later in the week.


Happy Monday x

Crew Cuts: J. Crew has arrived

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Last week was the much anticipated arrival of the U.S. classic brand J. Crew.  They opened their doors last Friday, playfully releasing hundreds of colourful balloons out it’s front doors and into the sky.  Their flagship store on Regent St. plays host to their adorable children’s line, Crew Cuts.  The styles are often mini styles of the adult line but with a fantastically bright pallet.  I love their accessory line for the little girls and the New Balance collaborations are the ticket item.  Check out their to die for new baby line available on their site with the sweetest patterned cashmere.

Images.  J. Crew.


Stories for Autumn: Garlands To Love

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Stories for Autumn is an Etsy shop based out of Manchester that makes lovely little felt garlands to decorate with.  The little one’s room looks partially like a men’s den at the moment due to an out of place fire place, and this would be the perfect way to add a bit of fun to it.  Such a cute and easy way to brighten up a room.  We also are loving the Lucky Boy Sunday’s in their images.



Tip:  With Halloween over and done with go check out their Christmas selection.

Images from etsy.

Loom love

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We have a new brand for Lil’ Beans store this week, Loom.  They are gorgeous hats, crocheted by the lovely Kyle.  The Loom collection is inspired by the people and places of Kenneth Grahame’s ‘Wind In The Willows’.  The ‘ratty hat’ comes in two colour ways, and we will be adding a scarf to the collection soon.
Here are 3 quickies with Kyle:
Where do you live and with whom?
I live in Clapton, East London. I think Cornwall – where I was born, and spent my formative years – is where I will always call home, but Hackney comes a close second. I live with my partner Ben, my son Syd, my daughter Winona, our three cats (Merlin, Vincent and Runter) and a plague of moths, seemingly hell-bent on ruining my life.
Who taught you to crochet?
I’d like to say I was taught to crochet by my grandmother (or even my mother, if it comes to it!) but the reality is that youtube was – and is – my guide. I got the basic stitches from a ladybird book I found at a car boot sale though, so I can up my twee quotient slightly by way of that.
What’s your favourite time of day with your children and place to go (so far) with them?
My favourite time of day with my children is bedtime. If that sounds harsh, it is slightly (who doesn’t love bedtime?) but what I really mean is curling up with the kids and enjoying time with them, one-on-one. For Syd that means reading books (Moon Man by Tomi Ungerer is the current favourite) and for Win it’s a few precious moments without the somewhat hands-on advances of her older brother.
As far as favourite places, any chance to enjoy the countryside with the children has been wonderful. So yes, that means Cornwall again. We visited the wishing well in Madron in the summer and tied ribbons to the tree… Making memories, that’s what we’re all about.

comfort and warmth

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I’ve tried this recipe once before, and am thinking of giving it another go this weekend, now we’re in pumpkin season.  Very calorific, but these things can be overlooked occasionally.


  • 500 g ready-made dessert pastry
  • 1 large butternut squash, quartered and seeds reserved
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 6 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 3 large free-range eggs, beaten
  • 200 ml double cream

Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6. Roll the pastry to the thickness of a pound coin. Get a 22cm loose-bottomed tart tin, line with the pastry and bake blind for 20 minutes. Set aside.

Lay the squash in a baking tray. Sprinkle with the nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon and drizzle with the maple syrup. Cover the tray tightly with a double layer of tinfoil and bake for 45 minutes until soft. Reduce the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4.

Allow the pieces of squash to cool, then scoop out the flesh. You should have about 600g of cooked squash flesh. Don’t forget to scrape out the bits in the tray and the maple syrup. Put in a food processor and whiz until smooth. Transfer to a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of the sugar and the eggs. Mix well and stir in the cream.

Fill the cooled tart case with the mix and bake for 45 minutes. Meanwhile, wash the stringy bits of squash off the seeds, dry them and lay them flat on a tray. Sprinkle with the remaining sugar and place in the oven with the pie for the last 10 minutes until crispy.

Remove the tart from the oven. Sprinkle with the seeds when cool.

image and recipe. Jamie Oliver


Here’s a selection of tights to keep your lil’ ones warm available from the shop, as it’s supposed to be a wet and cold weekend for us x

some new bits and other stuff

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We’ve added a few new things to the shop this week.  Some gorgeous neon stars and stripes for lil’ ones by Berlin based Noe & Zoe, which we absolutely LOVE.  More stock from this brand will arrive at the end of the month too!

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Also unisex tights from Irish brand Slugs & Snails.  The ghouls are in time for Halloween, my lil’ bean had a version of these last year and loved the little ghosts and colours.

Aside from the shop, I ordered a colour card from Farrow & Ball today and came across a children’s book they have done.  Painted of course using Farrow & Ball paints, it has been released as a limited edition of 1000, telling the story of it’s new colours.


image. Farrow & Ball



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