Classic collars – the Milo bodysuit

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Its time to sing the praises of the unsung hero in Little B’s wardrobe; the collared bodysuit.  The ultimate staple in any baby’s capsule wardrobe, a fresh white collar peeping out from under a dress or jumper really ups an outfit.  Reportedly favoured by Prince G, the Milo bodysuit by Trotters in my opinion really is the best.  It is super soft and has a piped Peter Pan collar, and as you can see from above looks great on the boys aswell as the girls.  As Little B is a little on the young side to fully appreciate Christmas this year, I will certainly be putting a couple of these in her stocking for the year ahead.

All in the detail:

Milo bodysuit, by Trotters
Click here to buy or available instore
Sizes from 3 months – 24 months
From £14.99
Available in short sleeves, navy piping or plain

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Appsolutely Fabulous – great apps for kids

Apps
So last weekend was one I would rather like to forget. On Friday afternoon Little A took a seemingly innocent trip in the kitchen which resulted in him biting his tongue and an astonishing amount of blood poured onto the floor. But like anything Little A does he had indeed put 100% into it, and on a closer rather gruesome inspection I soon realised that he had in fact bitten the end of his tongue into two. Now splitting one’s tongue serpent-like might appeal to a small percentage of the boundary-pushing body modification crowd, but it was obvious that poor Little A needed a trip to A & E and fast. To cut a long story short he did need a general anaesthetic in order to stitch it back together and that meant an overnight stay in hospital.

Once over the initial shock of his accident, trying to keep an energetic three year old entertained on a hospital bed is fairly tricksome.  Thankfully the iPad was dutifully delivered and I downloaded a couple of new apps that certainly proved a hit.  The most popular were made by Toca Boca and the puzzles and brain teasers proved to be fun and extremely intuitive for Little A to use. Aimed for the 2-6yr old market, the apps were brilliant for filling in the endless hours pre-op.  We downloaded Toca Pet Doctor and rather aptly Toca Doctor. Each app depicts a series of puzzles and mini games with cute graphics and fun sounds. Toca Pet Doctor lets you cure a host of cute and cuddly animals in need of some treatment whilst Toca Doctor lets you become a doctor for the day.  Take a look.

All in the detail:
Both available at the App Store or Kindle Fire
Approx £1.99
We have since downloaded Toca Kitchen Monsters and Toca Train
You can view videos of the apps here

 

 

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Art Attack – stylish frames for children’s art

Every Friday Little A comes home from nursery with his rucksack stuffed to the brim with lovely artwork.  Recent masterpieces have included a rocket replete with tissue-paper flames, a potato-stamped cat and a dried pasta abstract wonder.  If you are in a similar boat and rather overwhelmed with your Little One’s creative gems then have a look at these genius frames that will have your walls looking streamlined in no time.

My mum bought one for us last Christmas and every week Little A chooses his two favourite pieces to go on show in our ‘Gallery’.  With handy holes on the back so you can hang it portrait or landscape, you simply slip the artwork in the side.  It banishes the need for blu-tac and will certainly declutter your fridge door and as there is no glass front it works equally well framing 3D creations too.  One to put on your own list for Father Christmas.

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All in the detail:

Children’s Art File and Frames available at Handpicked Collection
Click here to view
Single A4 starts at £14.95
Double A4, £19.95 (we have this one)
Triple A4, £24.95

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Lunch on the go – stylish lunch boxes for kids

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A couple of weekends ago Little A had his first experience of car sickness.  Unfortunately for me I was rather ill prepared.  As his little face proceeded to become greyer and greyer I began to desperately search the car for an appropriate vestibule for him to be sick into. Sadly for his Tractor Ted lunchbox that was it.  After we then promptly forgot about said lunchbox in the car overnight (gross) it was deemed beyond salvation and into the bin it sadly went. The one upside however, was that the hunt was on for a new lunchbox, one to stand out from the crowd that collected at nursery and one that had enough space for Little A’s usual lunch bits and bobs.

Pink Lining came to the rescue. Little A’s new Dinosaur appliquéd lunchbox is just the ticket.  It has an insulated wipe clean lining, and piece of elastic to keep your water bottle in place and a handy mesh pocket to keep things separate. At only £15 they make great Christmas pressies for Little Ones and there are lots of designs to choose from.  I love the Unicorn or the Ladybird for the girls and it was tough to choose between the Dinosaur and Knight one for the boys. Also worth checking out their matching rucksacks, overnight bags and wheelie cases.

All in the detail:

Lunchboxes by Pink Lining
£15
Click here to view

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Home sweet home – Bespoke stationery

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Having eventually got the keys to our new home it was time to let all and sundry know that after months of talk we had indeed finally moved. First port of call was to the trusty stationers Fraser & Parsley who have a great selection of Change of Address cards.  We opted for the key design above and like all their stationery you can choose from a vast selection of typefaces and colours. I also ordered a set of Correspondence Cards for the our anniversary – the bumble bee design in Pewter, Linear 2 typeface – and they arrived very promptly and certainly make writing thank you cards less of a chore.

Also worth a mention are their gorgeous printed Christmas gift tags so if time is precious and if you have numerous parcels to tie then this could ease the wrapping angst.  For something more permanent you can also get a rather charming personalised wooden stamp which makes for a sweet new home gift or looks chic stamped onto luggage tags.

 

All in the detail:

Change of Address cards, by Fraser & Parsley
Available in sets of 10, 25, 50 and 100
Prices start at £20
Envelopes included
Gift tags from £10
Stamps from £28
Click here for details

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Autumnal Attire – Little B’s winter togs

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Brrr there is a chill in the air but aside from dutifully packing away my summer wardrobe, I am secretly pleased that Little B gets to debut her new winter coat. As she is now up and walking and no longer shuffling along on her knees, the time has come for her to have a ‘big girl’s coat’.  As much as I would adore to buy her one of Trotters’s beautiful Baby Classic Coats with the recent house move at the forefront of my mind,  I had to find something a little lighter on the purse strings.

Monsoon it turns out has a cracking AW collection and I snapped up this charming pink and grey tweed peacoat.  With the perfect finishing touch of a grey grosgrain ribbon bow, it is lovely, soft and smart enough for parties, church and Christmas.  To complete Little B’s winter look, and as she is currently somewhat lacking in the hair department, I have also ordered her this gorgeous cashmere bonnet from Olivier Baby & Kids to keep her snug as a bug. The Biscuit colour matches the coat perfectly and the button chinstrap keeps it firmly in place. It is definitely not one to lose in the park.
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All in the detail:

Baby Sophie Coat, by Monsoon
£38
Sizes 3mths to 3yrs
Click here to view
Bonnet, by Olivier Baby & Kids
£28
Available in 2 sizes and four colourways 
Click here to view
Classic Baby Coat, by Trotters
£75
Click here to view

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The new nest – beautiful beds

The bed

One of the things I was most excited about our new abode, was moving to a room big enough to fit a Super King size bed.  Ironic it may be when buying a new love nest, but the hubby and I were looking forward to some space to snooze and to call a truce on the duvet hogging. I trawled the shops with my list of requirements: a padded headboard, an upholstered base as opposed to a valance, and most importantly it had to be big enough to fit us and the littlies every Sunday morning.  My holy grail of beds was found at The White Company.  We plumped for the Richmond, upholstered in Grey Melton Wool Felt, and it is super cosy and every night I cannot wait to clamber into it.  The button detailing makes it quite classic and the grey tone gives you a neutral base for any bedroom.  We popped a John Lewis mattress on the top which cleverly (and crucially at no extra cost) has different tensions on each side (hard for him, medium for me) and decked it out in White Company bed linen.  Little A and Little B think it is a fabulous indoor trampoline and if Father Christmas delivers a sumptuous throw this Christmas our bed will certainly look magazine worthy indeed.

All in the detail:

Richmond Bed, by the White Company
From £1950
2 different headboard heights to choose from
Click here to view
PATP top tip: you can also buy kingsize pillows so there is no gap left in the middle of the bed

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Magnetic attraction – instagram fridge magnets

magnets
Thanks to the age of the smartphone, I always seem to be taking photos on my phone rather than hauling out the big camera.  Whilst the image quality may not be fantastic, one upside is the array of apps and companies that seem to be popping up to take care of printing direct from your phone or computer. My latest discovery is Instajunction and now my fridge freezer is plastered in happy little Instagram photos from this summer which have been cleverly turned into magnets. A great gift to send someone post holiday and super easy to upload from your Instagram account.  Take a look.

All in the detail:

Fridge magnets by Instajunction
From £9.99 for a set of 12 
They also do a whole host of products from coasters, cufflinks and sweet Polaroid style mini prints

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Back to School – tips for parents

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Little A started his last year at nursery last week (gulp) and I cannot believe that this time next year ‘big’ school beckons. I want to make sure that Little A is as equipped as possible for his classroom days and I recently followed up a friend’s recommendation and attended a Phonics, Reading and Early Writing Workshop by Educate With Iona. Wowee. Quite the eye-opener. The workshop’s aim in a nutshell is to help prepare your child for school and support them in their first year there.  So if your Little Ones are heading that way then attending one of Iona’s workshops is definitely something you should consider.

Hosted in Iona’s Chelsea home the groups are small, packed with info and you get to take a handy guide home with you. It made me appreciate that realistically Little A’s one bedtime story is not really going to cut it given that I could be doing so much more. Key to Iona’s success is that she understands that we are all busy people and so she give you lots of tips, games and resources to help channel those precious minutes you get to sit down with your Little One. One of her top tips is that is should be fun. Little A and I now enjoy our ‘special time’ when we play one of Iona’s games and I have to say he loves it. Whilst I have friends who are teachers, I personally had no idea what Little A would be taught during his first year at school and now I feel so much better having a general gist. More importantly I now feel that I can support him at home whilst knowing what he will be learning at school.

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All in the detail:

Educate with Iona workshops, click here for details
All workshops run by Iona, a qualified and experienced teacher, who has taught in Kensington and Chelsea for over 9 years and co-ordinated the school’s phonics teaching for 6 years

She is also a mummy to two young boys
Workshops last approx 1.5hrs and each session has no more than 12 participants
Sessions are aimed at supporting children from the age of 3 upwards, including those in their first year at school
Based in Hampshire and London, Iona also offer private classes hosted in your own home in or outside of London

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Life’s Little Luxuries – changing mat pillows

changing mat pillow
So I may be coming late to the party on this one as Little B has rested her little head on a couple of rolled up muslins for the last year but just look at these sweet changing mat pillows.  Designed and handmade by the clever mum of two behind Bundle & Bow, they come in a multitude of designs and make very sweet baby shower gifts. We have this lovely Liberty print one.

Also check out Bundle & Bow’s pillows designed specifically for car seats – perfect for all Maxi Cosi infant carriers and great to combat the sweatiness of synthetic car seat fabric.

All in the detail:

100% cotton pillows for baby changing mats and car seats, by Bundle & Bow
Click here to view
Prices range from £13  – £17.50
Each changing mat pillow is approximately 17.5cm x 23cm.
Car Seat Pillows fit any Maxi Cosi Infant Carrier, The Cybex Aton, STOKKE® iZi Go™ by BeSafe and the Britax Baby Safe (once the removable new born padding has been taken off the seats.) Simply slot the pillow neatly into the head section. Pillows measure 22cm at the base and 18.5cm at the top with a 17cm width.
Each pillow has a removable case – machine washable at 40 degrees.
Each pillow comes in a gorgeous Bundle & Bow box perfect for gifting.

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