Now you see it, now you don’t – foldable garden slide

slides

Having got our own patch of London soil last year, we are now looking forward to having a garden for a summer of BBQ’s, races through the sprinkler and general sun worshipping (when it appears).  However, there has been a slight discrepancy as to how the hubby and I are seeing fit to use the space: him – a BBQ haven and mini football/rugby pitch and me – a place for picnic teas, sunbathing during the lunchtime nap and outdoor toys for the Little Ones to play on.

I mentioned the possibility of getting a slide the other day and received a visible shudder from the hubby who was quick to envisage our pretty patch turning into a section of the ELC.  He did have a point though and simply wanted to enjoy a toyfree zone when enjoying a post-work drink ‘al fresco’ but how to please all of us? Hello the foldable slide.  Yep it does what it says on the box.  Large and brightly coloured to please the Littlies, I simply fold it in two at the end of the day and bung it in our garden shed.  Would work equally well tucked against a wall and it seems very robust. Made by trusty brand Little Tikes (makers of the famous red and yellow car from my youth) and available in a variety of sizes.  I would possibly advise waiting for another pair of adult hands to build it when it arrives, but it is hard to resist a super large box waiting on your doorstep so I just about managed it with Little A doing his best to assist.

We plumped for the large one and it has been a big hit so far.  Perfect size for Little B (22mths) and Little A (4yrs) still finds it fun.  For older children maybe consider the ‘Giant’ version and should a heatwave hit we are looking forward to pitching it into a paddling pool.

 

 

I have to say that the hubby was right and once the littlies have tootled to bed it is nice to enjoy our pretty garden in all its original charm. Now I am just trying to work out how we can ‘hide’ a trampoline.
All in the detail:
Large Foldable slide by Little Tikes
Click here to view, £74.99
Other colourways and sizes available
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Deliciously cute…

melons

Me: Watermelon espadrilles by Soludos from Katie and Jo
Click here to view, £54
Little B: Watermelon dress by H&M
Click here to view, £2.99

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Getting out of a tight spot – chic tights for kids

tights

Looking for tights that are not navy, white, grey or candy floss pink is harder than you might think.  I once found a great double pack from Zara when Little B was a teeny tot that were Camel and Beige but since then I have had to make do with the aforementioned colour palette.

However, I have finally tracked down some fabulous pairs of tights in any colour you could wish for.  Country Kids stock a huge collection of luxury cotton tights in a whole host of colours.  Just take a look at the colour chart below and I am sure you will find a colour to complete your Little Ones’ outfits.  I have just stocked up on the Antique Rose (soft muted pink), Camel, Ivory and the Dusky Plum is a lovely soft purple.  Perfect for boys on page boy duty too or simply to keep newbies warm.

colour chart

All in the detail:

Luxury Cotton Tights by Country Kids
£8.50 a pair
Sizes range from: newborn to 15yrs
Little B is 22mths but fits 12-24 as they are generous in fit

Over 50 lovely colours – it is hard to choose!
Click here to view
They also do fun socks for boys, Little A has these dino ones

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Let there be light! – night light to bright light

 

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Little A is hanging up his ‘night pants’ for good and we are going forth trying to achieve a dry bed for him every morning.  After a disaster the first night, Wet Bed No.1 at midnight and then Wet Bed No.2 at 6am, and after chatting with friends we are now ‘lifting’ him at 11ish and so far we have had 3 dry nights in a row.  Not sure how long this ‘lifting’ business will have to go on for but I guess my upper body strength can only benefit from heaving him to and from the bed each night. Now Little A is meant to be visiting the bathroom on his own, I have been faced with the slight problem of how he can find his way to the loo in the dark without putting every light on.  Problem solved by this handy little gadget pictured above that I think is definitely worth investing in.

We have installed one of these Gro Lights which is a simple device that fits into your existing lamp or ceiling light (available in both bayonet and screw fittings). When you flick your light switch once you get a gentle nightlight glow and when you flick the switch twice your main light comes on.  We have this installed in the hallway so there is a constant gentle nightlight glow that feeds into Little A’s room and the bathroom.  I love how discreet it is as it means you don’t have to clutter up your skirting boards with a nightlight.  Wish I had known about it sooner as I would think it would be brilliant for those night-time feeds and changes with a newborn.

Great to take with you on trips away
Great for nighttime feeding, changing or checking on newborns
Great for changing wet beds without too much disruption
Great to provide a nightlight the kids can’t tamper with
Great for hallways and providing a discreet nightlight option

 

All in the detail:
Gro-light by the Gro Company
Features:
1 click to turn on night light
2 clicks to turn on main light
Adjustable brightness feature for nightlight option
£13.49 at John Lewis, click here for bayonet version
£17.99 at Kiddicare, click here for the screw version

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Step into Spring/Summer – we ♥ our coatigan

Coatigan

My children’s wardrobe has started to reflect my own.  Lots of t-shirts, a couple of pairs of trousers, dresses and then some key knits.  One item sitting firmly at the forefront of Little B’s drawers is her beloved cashmere Peacoat.  Rather a ‘coatigan’ of sorts it is perfect to pop over a summer dress for blustery days or super cute with a pair of cords come winter.  Cashmere for children is understandably a bit of an investment but I once bought Little A a cream cashmere jumper when he was a year old, much to the derision of my friends, but guess what Little B wears it now and it has lasted unbelievably well. That said I should also put my hands up and admit I am that mother who removes the knitwear before tea-time mayhem unleashes!

peacoat

This cashmere Peacoat in Biscuit, by Olivier Baby and Kids, suits both the girls and the boys and I just love the double breasted front and of course the collar.  Little B has been rocking this over the sweetest new dress – see below – and I just know that with a bit of care it will be worn all year long.

dresses with peter pan

All in the detail:
Hand Knitted Cashmere Peacoat, in Biscuit
From £59 to £74
Sizes: from 3mths up to 4yrs
Lily Liberty Dress with collar, £39 to £42
Little B has the one in Ella Green but the Betsy Anne is gorgeous too.
Sizes: from 1yr up to 8yrs
All by Olivier Baby & Kids 

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A New Princess (in the pram) is born!

baby notes
Huge Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the safe arrival of their gorgeous little Princess (and in the sweetest bonnet too!).  I remember the euphoria that follows when your family becomes one of 4 and all the excitement of introducing No. 1 to No. 2 and the adventures that lie ahead.

One item that might come in handy for the Duchess is this fab little Notebook by Fraser & Parsley.  Ideal for when you are too tired to think straight, the pages are perfect for detailing feeding and napping times, notes, appointments, reminders and the inside cover has a section for those all important milestones.  It is a well known fact that Baby No.1 usually has a beautifully up-to-date Baby Record Book whilst following siblings are lucky if anyone remembers what date they cut their first tooth.  These notebooks also make the ideal baby shower present – if you are anything like me I prefer to get the ‘proper’ pressie once I know what my friends have had and so prefer to take a small token to the showers.  At only £8 each they are the perfect gesture.

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All in the detail:
Baby Notes, by Fraser & Parsley
£8 each, available in blue or pink duck print
Click here to view 

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Time for tea – melamine plates for kids

plates Call me a killjoy but a couple of years ago I got a bit bored of having a whole load of mismatched kids plates juggling for position in my kitchen cupboard.  I ended up hitting the Emma Bridgewater sale hard and replacing the lot with some lovely melamine Polka dot plates and bowls thus kitchen harmony was restored.

The other day whilst visiting a super stylish friend’s new house (the whole place could be Pinterested in a second) I noticed that when it was time for tea, out came these gorgeous kid-friendly (read shatterproof) plates and cups. ‘Where did you find those?’ I asked, only to be nearly knocked off my perch when she uttered back the three letters…BHS.  Yes these rather pretty blue and white plates are from good old BHS and are easy on the pursestrings too. If cool blues aren’t your palate there are some fun vintage floral ones too – see below.

 

All in the detail:

Melamine plates from BHS
Set of 4 for £15
Cups and bowls to match too
Click here to view

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Scooter Style – scooter accessory for your pram

SP

Some products you can just tell have been designed by parents for parents and Scootpal is exactly that.  Bored with lugging her son’s scooter whilst trying to push the pram, one clever mummy came up with a solution.  Scootpal is an ingenious hanger to fasten your scooter to you buggy, so it stops it from falling off whether you are trying to catch the bus, bumping down pavements or heading home from the park.

This is music to my ears as Little B has recently hit the 20 month old mark and has deemed it appropriate that she should now take over the reins on Little A’s scooter.  To be fair Little A has done rather well out of this, as he is now the proud owner of a shiny new 2 wheel scooter which he tells me all the ‘big boys’ have.  I fear I used to look rather like a Sue Macartney-Snape illustration as I tried to leave the house with Little A on his scooter, Little B in the Bugaboo and me carrying the nappy bag, coats, general kiddy paraphernalia and the smaller scooter.  It is a far more prettier image now I can actually attach the scooter to the pram and no longer feel that I take over the pavement and scatter crowds as much as I previously did. With different versions for different types of pram, there should be one that works for you and like anything if it makes leaving the house just one fraction easier then its a winner for me.

All in the detail:

Scootpal HugIt by Scootpal
Can be used for shopping bags and also you can extend the fasteners so your toddler can be pulled along behind your buggy – brilliant for tired legs
More info click here
To buy click here for their Ebay shop

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All wrapped up – luxury wool baby blankets

tranquilitie

The other day my husband asked me to source a pressie for a colleague who had just had a baby.  Buying for someone you don’t know can be a tricky affair and I wanted to get something classic, unisex and useful.  I decided to plump for a Merino wool baby blanket made by Tranquilitie.  It’s cream and has a soft satin-bound edge which gives it an old-school vibe that I love. A British brand that has been going since the 1930s, Tranquilitie does the classics very well and they have a great selection of trusty cellular blankets in dusty hues too. Take a look.

All in the detail:

All by Tranquilitie, click here for more info
Luxury 100% Merino wool baby blanket, £55
93x112cm
100% cotton panel cellular baby blanket, £18
All made in the UK

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Spring florals – 20% off today only

girls M&S
Stumbled across these gorgeous outfits on the M&S website today over the lunchtime nap.  Seems they have a rather splendid 20% off online orders today so if you have a baby girl in need of some summer outfits then have a look at these.  Combining Princess and the Pram favourites – tiny floral print and Peter Pan collars, I just wish I could shrink Little B to fit into them.

All in the detail:

All clothes by Autograph at Marks and Spencer
Clockwise:
3 Piece Pure Cotton Floral Top, Cardigan and Bloomer set
£19.20, click here
Girls Floral Trim Jersey Romper (plus Hat not shown)
£11.20, click here
Pure Cotton Checked Romper with Bow detail
£11.20, click here
Pure Cotton Woven top with bodysuit
£11.20, click here

Not forgetting our beloved boys they also have come up trumps with these lovely outfits too:

Boys outfits from £12.80 – click here to view at Marks and Spencer.

 

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