Happy Feet – personalised baby high-tops

 

hi top
There must have been something in the air 9 months ago, as the stork has been busy delivering amongst my friends and a whole new gaggle of babes have arrived.  Top of my pressie websites at the moment is My 1st Years.  I got these super cute new kicks for my friend’s baby with his personalised initials on.  I opted for Classic White high tops with baby blue embroidery and as they were promptly instagrammed by his mother I take it she likes them! Also worth checking out their range of personalised towels and hooded fleece robes.  All items come in their own gift boxes which is great if you are posting a gift or your wrapping skills aren’t up to scratch.

All in the detail:

All items by My 1st Years
High Top Trainers, £20, available in lots of colours
Sizes: 0-6mths, 6-12mths and 12-18mths
Click here to buy

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In Full Bloom(ers) – new label alert: Pipkin Clothing

floral bloomers
Whilst I was pregnant with Little B, I was convinced that she was going to be a he. Although I wanted it to be a surprise, my sneaky glances at the sonograph machine meant I washed and ironed Little A’s old wardrobe of blue breton stripes and boyish dungarees.  Instead, to our amazement Little B arrived into our lives in a flurry of pink and I began to discover how much fun it is clothes shopping for girls.  One look I really wanted to perfect was the bloomers over tights combo.  Having looked high and low I think I have found the perfect pair.  Made by Pipkin Clothing, they are 100% cotton, soft and lightweight and look fab when teamed with cream tights and a chunky cardi. Reasonably priced at £18 and available in lots of colours, check out the sweet turquoise pair for boys.  You can tell that the designer behind Pipkin Clothing is a mother by the classic design feature of an elasticated waist which is included throughout the collection, making the clothes perfect whether you are changing nappies or potty training.  Little A is now wanting to surprise me every morning by getting dressed himself and Pipkin’s trousers certain make it easier for him.

All in the detail:
Floral Bloomers by Pipkin Clothing
Available in pink floral or blue floral (other plain colour ways too)
£18 for ages 3-18 months and £20 for 2-4yrs
Click here to view 

 

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Different branches, same tree – family photo frame

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So most of my friends seem intent on making having 3 children the new ’2′.  Recently a whole host of cute number 3′s have arrived to set my ovaries aflutter and serve as a reminder of how scrumptious newborns are. The perfect gift for any new family welcoming their No.3 has to be this fab photo frame tree.

However, if like me your family doesn’t quite number 5, then they also make great ‘Godparent Trees’.  Both Little A and Little B have them in their bedrooms as conveniently they have 5 godparents each.  Serves as a good reminder of who’s who if they haven’t seen them in a while. It’s easy to insert the photos and its clean lines would suit most nurseries.

All in the detail:

PT Photo Frame Family Tree Assorted Frame
Available at Amazon for £25.13 with free delivery
Hold 5 frames
Click here to view

 

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Home Sweet Home – cute nursery shelves

house shelf
Having just finally exchanged on our new house after 7 roller-coaster months, I am already filling up the new dream nest with treasures from the summer sales.  First up is this gorgeous Dolls House shelf for Little B’s room.  Perfect to house her knicknacks and I am sure her tiniest Jellycat bunny will happily perch on the stairs too. Grannie bought the mint green one for her upcoming birthday, now I just have to work on what colour walls for her nursery!?

All in the detail:

Gesso Dolls House Shelf from Cox & Cox, now £38.50 in the sale
Click here to view
Worth noting the green is not quite as duck egg as the picture implies
White version available non-sale for £55
h 61cm x 40cm x 5cm

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An Open Door Policy – chic children’s doorstops

little b
If you are struggling for a gift for a newborn and want to avoid giving clothes then I always consider something for their nursery. Little B was recently given a simply stunning bespoke doorstop by Flossie & Bumble and it has turned out to not only look rather pretty but be extremely useful too. Personalised with a duck egg blue ‘B’ stitched onto a vintage rose print, it is just the thing to prop open her door so I can peek in on her on my way to bed.  The perfect gift for a godchild or niece/nephew and there are a range of fabrics and colours to choose from.  I love the Lighthouse print for boys and for any elly-mad child the blue elephant print is charming.

All in the detail:

All doorstops by Flossie and Bumble
Personalised Initial doorstop, £24.50
Available in a selection of fabrics and each comes with an embossed ostrich leather handle
Click here to view
Plain Elephant doorstop, £17.99
Click here to view
Doorstops measure 14 x14 x14 cm

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Game, Set, Match – kids’ tennis pyjamas

tennis
We have had the Open, last week has been all about Queens which can only mean that Wimbles is round the corner.  Made from 100% cotton and with a smart blue piped collar, these lovely PJs make a fab pressie for any budding Wimbledon hopeful.  The matching dressing gown has a terry towelling inside – perfect for a spot of post bath telly watching.

 

All in the detail:

All by Em&Lu
Classis PJs sized 12-18mth up to aged 10, from £34
Dressing Gown available in ages 2-10. from £44
Click here to view

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My Father The Hero – subtle gifts for Father’s Day

 

FD14It’s Father’s Day this weekend and I am pretty sure high up on my hubby’s list is a child-free lie-in.  Gone are the days of lounging around until 11, a lie-in in our house is now considered 9am. As well as the must-have handmade card from the Littlies (well maybe Little B can add a fingerprint) I have splashed out this year and ordered him some customised collar stiffeners.  In the last three years of Father’s Day gifting I have noticed that the presents that go down well are the more discreet ones. I have learnt that the matching father/son swimmers are not for public consumption but only for private pools whereas the matching PJ bottoms are a winner in the home.  As much as my husband likes to celebrate his parent prowess he would just rather not do it in a novelty public way.  Matching T shirts emblazoned with Father/Son logos are out and that’s why I am hoping the collar stiffeners might be a winner.

Other more undercover options to consider are these character socks.  The perfect in joke that Father and son can enjoy getting ready in the morning yet one the boardroom won’t be privy to. Alternatively, if your husband is the leather bracelet wearing sort (sadly mine is not) these are also quite charming and you can personalise them with your child’s birthdate. Material gifting aside nothing beats telling your loved one what a hero they are.

All in the detail:

Personalised Men’s leather date bracelet, £39
With next day delivery there is still chance to buy!
All available at NotontheHighstreet.com
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On The Road – car journeys with kids

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Last weekend we made our way to Scotland to celebrate a special birthday in the family at Gleneagles.  When I say ‘we’, what I really mean is that I drove Little A and Little B the length of the country whilst the hubby took a leisurely, childfree flight to Edinburgh post work. Doing any long drive on your own with children is somewhat tricksome as you have to be the driver/children’s entertainer/loo stop manager all in one go.  This time I was prepared.  Little B at 10 months was my easiest passenger and once full of grub and in a clean nappy she was happy to snooze for the majority, cosily enveloped in her travel sleeping bag – an excellent purchase if you do lots of nighttime driving as you can transition them into a cot easy peasy as the sleeping bags have slots for the carseat harness.  Little A, however, was somewhat more demanding. Luckily I had borrowed a friend’s iPad holder (it was a goody that I will now be purchasing – click here to view) and with Frozen loaded up and ready to go we had a rather nice time. As much as I do love trilling along to ‘Let it Go’ as the next Disney frazzled parent, I certainly didn’t fancy listening to the whole film from behind my headrest and so courtesy of his rather cool JVC headphones, Little A enjoyed a bespoke cinema experience and I could listen to my own music up front.  After movie hour was over and Little A had critiqued my driving, it was time to stop playing The 1975 and put on something more 3 yr old friendly.  Little A is obsessed with Don Cooper’s Dino Songs, an album from my childhood, which not only is a trip down nostalgia lane for me but also strangely catchy. Emma Thompson’s audio version of her book, The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit, is also easy on the brain and a sweet story for all.

These were just a couple of things that made our journey north a little smoother and the restorative Hot Stone Massage I had at Gleneagles on arrival soon erased any other travel angst.

 

All in the detail:
We stayed in a cottage on the Glenmor Estate at Gleneagles which meant the kids could run riot in our own space but we could join the other family members and use the facilities at the main hotel, click here
Travel sleeping bag by JoJo Maman Bebe, £29, click here
JVC kids headphones, £19.99 on Amazon, click here 
Frozen DVD, Don Cooper’s Dino Songs and Emma Thompson’s The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit all available at the iTunes store
Cygnett CarGo Car Mount for Ipad, currently £13.99 on Amazon, click here

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Let them eat cake! Hummingbird bakery Christening cakes


christening cake

Tradition dictates that you should save the top tier of your wedding cake for your firstborn’s Christening and for Little A’s big day that is exactly what we did. Rejuvenated from its big freeze, our top tier looked surprisingly sprightly and if fruit cake is your thing then it was pretty good.

For babe no.2′s big day and out of fear that my oven might produce something resembling a biscuit rather than a cake I took to the shops to find an alternative. Thankfully for me (and our guests) the genius bakers at Hummingbird Bakery stepped in to save the day.  We chose the personalised Rabbit cake (£75 for a 10″cake to serve 18-20 people) and ordered the matching cupcakes to hand out to the littlies coming.  The vanilla sponge was incredibly light and moreish and it was so generous in size we were still eating it days later.  As I am no Nigella and if I can escape Mother’s Guilt, I will certainly be ordering Little B’s first birthday cake from HB - just check out their Rainbow cake (£39.95 for an 8inch cake serving 12). Also worth looking at their giant red velvet Cupcake one for a fun dinner party pud.

All in the detail:

Celebration cakes by Hummingbird Bakery, click here to view
You can order online and then collect from one of their bakeries
As each celebration cake is handmade to order they need to be ordered 48hrs or more in advance
Hummingbird Bakery also do a Gluten free ‘Made Without’ range  - good for little ones with intolerances

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Put a collar on it – basic bodysuits for babies

collar
Anyone that knows me, knows that I like a collar. Instantly Little B’s outfits look even cuter when a little Peter Pan-style white collar is peeping out. I find it incredible that you cannot buy a reasonably priced simple 5 pack of white collared bodysuits for babies/toddlers.  Trotters have some lovely piped navy and pink ones and Little B’s drawers are also full of these ones from H&M. With a lovely lace collar they go under any dress and at only £4.99 each they don’t break the bank (or your heart when spag bol drips down the front).

All in the detail:
Trotters pink trimmed bodysuit, £17.99
Click here to view
Trotters blue trimmed bodysuit, £17.99
Click here to view
Lace collared short-sleeved bodysuit by H&M, £4.99
Click here to view

If you know anywhere selling a basic 5 pack of white collared bodysuits then get in touch!

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