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Let’s Get Personal – monogram marvels

So a couple of years back I went to the States and was in absolute heaven will all the monogramming/personalisation options you could find in the shops.  I came back with all manner of things embossed and initialled and simply couldn’t find anything to compare in the UK….that is until now.  Hello Initially London.  If you have a friend’s birthday, need to take a pressie whilst staying with friends or you simply fancy having a ‘me me me’ moment then take a look at their gorgeous personalised goodies.  I have the wonderful Covent Garden Market Basket personalised in hot orange that I will be toting all summer.  Adorned with a lovely co-ord tassel – it’s the perfect size for the beach, park time or even just grabbing your evening groceries.

Next on the my hotlist is their St James cotton seersucker wash bags.  At £25 they are the perfect pressie for a galpal and you get to play designer and choose from a series of styles and colour thread choices.  I am hankering after the baby pink seersucker with an apple green italic monogram.

Brothers, fathers and boys in general needn’t be left out as they have a broad selection of boot bags, wash bags and sports bag all in ‘manly’ finishes.  For babes their nappy covers make the perfect newborn gift.

So if you have a large brood or just fancy getting organised, take a look and have fun adding your initials to their fantastic designs.


All South West Londoners – you can pop down to Papouelli at 187 New Kings Road where Initially London has taken up residence for the week.  Monday 8th through to Sunday 14th May.

All by Initially London
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Prices range from £20-£75 and include monogramming
All feature an embroidered monogram and you get to choose the font style and thread colour
Most importantly they have no limit on the number of letters so you can have house names, mantras and hashtags
If you are not sure on which initial goes where, then check out their super helpful monogram guide
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All in the name – Liberty Print name signs

So it seems like the stork is delivering a fair amount of pink bundles this year and one of my besties received her own precious addition just a few weeks ago.  Sadly due to distance I am yet to have my first cuddle but I have been able to glimpse the newbie, Elkie Bea, over Skype.  In the meantime I wanted to pop something in the post that would be easy to fit through the letterbox and a sweet touch for her new nursery.  My fingers hit the keyboard and went straight to Little Cloud.

I love love love their Liberty print wire names. Each individual name is hand forged from a single length of wire covered in gorgeous Liberty of London fabric, into decorative cursive letters. They look great on nursery shelves or hung on bedroom walls and doors. There are lots of prints to choose from and some neutral ones that would work well for boys’ bedrooms too.  They come beautifully packaged so you can also send direct to the recipient – a winner all round.

Check out Little Cloud’s other Liberty print nursery offerings ranging from the star wall stickers, wall hangings through to soft furnishing with their name garlands, musical cushions and high-chair pads.

All in the detail:

All by Little Cloud
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Nursery Mobiles, £40
Name Signs, £10-£24
Wall stickers, £10
High Chair cushions, £40

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All Wrapped Up – Cosy Personalised Towels

So the weather is the pits and there is nothing nicer than putting my littlies into a hot tub at the end of a long, windy January day.  It’s made all the more lovelier by their gorgeous new personalised towels, lying await on the radiator for them post dip.  A great new discovery, Butterflies & Bees, is run by two mummies achieving that tricky balance of work and mumlife and from face cloths through to bath sheets they have got bathtime covered.

The animal-obsessed Little A has the shark motif lettering and for Little B I was instantly drawn to their Libertyesque Cornflower capers.  All towels are made from brilliantly thick 100% white cotton and the bespoke lettering makes them an ideal present for godchildren and siblings. Take a look.

All in the detail:

All by Butterflies and Bees
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All towel products 650GSM 100% Cotton
Facecloths, Hand Cloth, Bath Towel and Bath Sheet
From £6

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Xmas One Stop Shop – Sophie Allport

SA backpack

Now we are safely in November I can finally breathe the word Christmas! Yep its time to get organised and tick off the pressie list.  First wonder shop to visit is Sophie Allport. There is a great range for different budgets and I have already accosted Father C to deliver one of their Alice in Wonderland rucksacks for Christmas this year.   Huge variety in prints – we love the Safari and Woodland Party especially – and if you have Godchildren pressies to post, the children’s aprons are sure to be a big hit and postbox friendly too.

Also if you feel your Little Ones have outgrown the melamine plate stage then check out their gorgeous Alice in Wonderland china.  I snapped up the cereal bowls and plates and not only do the kids feel very ‘grown up’ but it also gets them to finish their food as they race to find the mischievous White Rabbit adorning their crockery.

All in the detail:

All by Sophie Allport
Backpacks from £19
Aprons from £12
Melamine Dinner plates from £7
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Taking flight – shwings for your shoes


So I thought I had seen everything until I was watching one of my bessies wrap her daughter’s birthday presents and she pulled out these.  Which Little One wouldn’t like a pair of silver wings to make them go faster?  She combined them with a fresh pair of white converse (from Schuh Kids) and voila a pretty cool new pair of kicks.  Perfect to upgrade any trainer, Shwings are available in five colours and attach easily to any lace-up shoe.  I am just wondering if mums and dads can get away with wearing them too…

All in the detail:
Shwings attach easily to any lace-up shoe
Five colours to choose from – we love the silver
Great pressie for any Christmas stockings
£7.99 – available here


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A Good Nightie indeed – girls’ nightwear

W&BI blame Peter Pan’s Wendy for my love of girls’ nighties.  Watching her float out the window in her long nightdress is an image that has stayed with me, and now I can think of nothing nicer than Little B appearing post-bath in a crisp white nightie.  Super pleased to discover the wonderful Willa and the Bear to help realise this vision.

They sell a heavenly white smocked nightie, available in a flutter sleeve for the summer months or long sleeves for chillier nights.  Bright pink handsmocked rosebuds adorn the neckline and each piece is lovingly handmade.  Willa and the Bear’s founder Hattie Goodley (check out her super cute daughter modelling the nighties) has a long standing love-affair with Nepal where she has her nightwear made by an artisan women’s cooperative.  It certainly feels good to know that each piece has enriched the lives of those making as well as those wearing.

All in the detail:

All by Willa and the Bear
Nighties, £40
Check out their lovely bedding and PJs too
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Party Perfect – Kids Stationery

F and PI don’t know what it is but I like Stationery.  I can spend a happy half hour perusing the aisles in Paperchase or ordering online at Scribbler – check out their Bestseller list over nap time  – and yes I do have a ‘card drawer’.

Another favourite of mine are Brit stationers Fraser & Parsley.  If Elephants and Pigs wearing party hats appeals to you as much as it does to me, then have a look at their great new Children’s party range.  They do invitations, gift tags and sweet folded notes which make great Thank You cards.  Lots of choice for boys and girls from Knights and Dinosaurs to Cupcakes and Tiaras.  And if that isn’t enough did I fail to mention they do Unicorns too.

F and Parsley

All in the detail:

All by Fraser & Parsley
You can choose highlight colours and a choice of lovely fonts
Gift Tags from £10
Invites and Folded Notes from £20
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Easter Bunnies – Peter Rabbit at Mothercare

Peter RabLadies and Gents it’s time to stock up the pressie drawer as the gorgeous Peter Rabbit collection has landed at Mothercare. Marking 150 years since the birth of Beatrix Potter, the collection consists of beautiful nursery bedding, baby clothing and gifts all featuring the famous Peter Rabbit illustrations in a soft grey and white colour palette.

I adore the Peter Rabbit romper (£12 as pictured above) and anyone would love to zip their Little Ones up in the Peter Rabbit sleeping bag.  Most pieces are unisex, given the neutral reworked colourways, and just perfect for any Spring babies imminently arriving.

All in the detail:
The Peter Rabbit Collection exclusively at Mothercare
Clothing sizes newborn – 18 mths
Bedding and Gifts available too
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Run Rabbit Run – gorgeous rabbit fabric

rabbitsLittle B is massively into rabbits.  She drags her beloved Maileg rabbit round with us everywhere we go and when I saw this print I just knew it would be her cup of tea.  Made in the UK and inspired by the lining of a tea cosy found at a antiques fair, Hollyhock Home‘s fabric is vintage in look and depicts charming scenes of rabbits busy in the garden. Made from 100% Linen the fabric is also available in a heavier upholstery fabric too.  We love the cushions that make for sweet gifts and will add a nostalgic vibe to any nursery.

All in the detail:

Made by Hollyhock Home
Square cushions, £35 – click here to view
Rectangular cushions,£30
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They also make lovely Linen Cotbed and Single Bed duvet covers and fitted sheets.

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All wrapped up – hooded towels for kids

Hooded OwlsIf after bathtime you realise that you are still trying to dry your toddler-sized Little One with one of their baby hooded towels then it might be time for an upgrade.  I still think that towels with a hood are still the best as they allow for the Superman/Superwoman method of drying, which involves running around the house with your towel flying behind you before collapsing into a towelling heap.  Lucky Little A received one of these fab large hooded towels from his fairy Godmother and we just love it.  Made by a Granny and Mummy team who saw the gap in the market, Hooded Owls have something for everyone.

For starters they are big and so can easily accommodate toddlers up to 8yr olds.  They are super soft and luxuriously thick and they each have a handy little pop fastener to keep the towel from sliding off so they are great for poolside chill time too.  Little A likes his because it’s blue, super snuggly and has a dinosaur trim and I am eyeing up a strawberry trimmed version for Little B.  For kids aged 7-13 they also offer a ‘Jumbo’ version and all towels can be personalised too.

On the subject of bathtime and much like the upgrade needed in towels I have also just invested in some less babyish bath toys.  These ducks and fishing rods by Djeco are a great find as they crucially don’t have a hole in the base so no black gunk can build up and they have different numbers on the underside so you can play games too.  Unlike some of their duckling brethren these ones also stay upright and are easy to hook by their tails.  A winner at bathtime although if you have more than 2 in your brood you might have to take turns with the rods!

All in the detail:

Towels by Hooded Owls
Standard size, £25 (approx 1-8 yrs size)
Jumbo size, £33 (approx 7-13 yrs size)
Free shipping on orders of more than 3 towels

Bath duck fishing toy by Djeco, £22 at JoJo Maman Bebe but you can find cheaper elsewhere online.

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