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Now Little A is embracing his toddler years and is not quite as ‘little’ as he used to be we have been sadly outgrowing his collection of gorgeous hooded baby towels. However my quest for a toddler sized hooded towel is finally over now I have discovered these super cute animal towels by Skip Hop. Generously sized they are perfect post swim or bath and Little A in particular likes to run towards his nursery with his towel cape flying behind him. We have the owl but there are a whole host of characters to collect.
Available at GLTC.co.uk. RRP: £18
I certainly won’t be losing track of Little A in the park this summer when he is wearing his new fluro shorts. With a pre-washed appeal these chino shorts are of the moment, soft and most definitely bright.
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Let me let you in on a little addition to your London address book. Along with Little A’s arrival I soon came to realise that gone were the days of spending leisurely hours at the manicure counter of Fenwicks and leaving the house with just a small handbag. Swiftly I became aware that if I wanted to retain any element of my former beauty regime things had to change. Hello mobile therapist Rebecca Thomas.
With over 6 years experience in the Beauty industry Rebecca comes to your home and covers a myriad of beauty treatments that you won’t need to book a babysitter for. My preference or cheats way to looking groomed is a Shellac mani (sometimes known as the 2 week manicure). In the early baby days, my friends and I would gather at each other’s houses and take turns baby-cooing whilst Rebecca worked her magic. Now Little A has finally worked out that he needs to recharge his batteries with a lunch time sleep I can get through a pedi and mani uninterrupted. Competitive with spa prices but in the comfort of your own home, for a little bit of luxury give her a call.
Shellac nails from £25
07824 996 648
Last autumn on a wet and windy (typically British) holiday to the Cotswolds we stumbled upon this place which we still refer to as the best large zoo in the UK. On the day in question as we drove down the long winding drive in thick drizzle I thought we might be the only ones there, however, of course there were a few other optimistic parents willing to tackle any weather in order to let their charges have a run around. Surrounding an impressively Gothic manor lies a whole host of animal enclosures, formal gardens and wild flowers meadows. Some of the animal enclosures, like the rhinos above, were housed so creatively with a combination of ha-has and shrubbery that there was hardly a fence insight. Little A got up close with the giraffes in their feeding barn whilst Princess decided to keep him at distance from the lion arena as they made their early morning guttural calls. Endless things to look at you could easily spend all day here and if little feet are tired of walking a Lilliputian train can whisk you from one end to the other.
All in the detail:
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens
Burford, Oxfordshire, OX18 4JP
Park opens from 10am every day (except Christmas)
NB. no Elephants to see but pretty much everything else
What we will be reading this month…
PURE by Andrew Miller. Set in eighteenth century Paris, the protagonist Jean-Baptiste Baratte is tasked by the King of France with the mission to demolish the city’s oldest cemetery. It proves to be a huge undertaking and one that has repercussions not only for those that surround it but for Barette himself.
Sceptre Books, £8.99
For Little A
A BIT LOST by Chris Haughton. The adventures of Little Owl who falls out of his nest, will he find his mummy again with the help of his forest friends?
Walker Books, £6.99
Who would have thought I would spend a minute of my life writing about frozen vegetables but here goes. Little A’s transition to big boy food is a somewhat tricky procedure involving lots of amateur dramatics alongside a spoonful of bribery. The biggest frustration is when you spend time making something that he dismisses in a second. Bored of chopping, peeling and generally sweeping the floor of many a vegetable I have had success with this little pack of delights from Waitrose. Frozen veg (apart from the beloved petit pois) is not something I have normally considered but given the variety in this pack and the brilliance of being able to cook small portions of it, it is now a staple in our freezer. The organic element appeases my anti-convenience food streak and it means that Little A gets some of his five a day…should the mood take him.
All in the detail:
Available at most Waitrose stores or online waitrose.com
For Little A’s first birthday this little duck landed at our door and has since nestled itself contentedly on the bookshelf. You can get hold of one at The Duck Company where each duck is made from bamboo root and handcrafted in the Far East so no two ducks are quite the same. Each duck can arrive with its own personalised name tag and there is also the option to add an inscription painted down their back. Perfect to celebrate a landmark birthday or simply to collect your own flock.
Smallest ducks start at £10.95
Get your ducky at theduckcompany.co.uk
For Little A’s first birthday we got some wonderful books but I struggled to find a shelf that would complement his nursery and be fun at the same time. That was until I spied this beauty from GLTC. We store books on one side and shoes on the other and Little A likes being lifted up to move the propeller. Stylish yet practical, perfect for a little boy’s bedroom.
All in the detail:
Available from Great Little Trading Co
STAIR GATES – Lindam Extending White Metal Safety Gate (62 to 102 cm), by far the best stairgate we have ever used. One downside is that it is wall mounted rather than pressure but on the plus side it is extremely sturdy and you can open with one hand. £17
PLUG SOCKET COVERS – I use the Clippasafe UK Socket covers as they are the only ones I can use without ruining your nail polish. Simply put the end of the plug into the groove to remove them. £1.99
Amateur blogger and London mum to 'Little A' and 'Little B', I'll be sharing all the handy hints, tips and products discussed by all the mums at the playground. Giving you the lowdown on all the latest for the mini me in your life.
About ‘Little A’
Now in 'Reception' at his 'big school' Little A days are filled up learning how to read and write, wrestling with his pals and showing his little sister the ways of the world. A big fan of gardening, cooking and the Great Outdoors, Little A is certainly an adventurer and an explorer who is definitely still keeping his mummy on her toes.
About 'Little B'
Now an independent 2 and a half year old, Little B is flexing her vocab muscles and has us in fits of giggles with her newly found grasp of language. She is particularly adept at dodging the hairbrush and she still thinks Little A is the funniest person she knows. A lover of bunnies, cake and hide-and-seek.
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