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Windfall Cottage…lazy days and log fires

Last year when the autumn was drawing in we decided to leave the city for a ‘staycation’ in the countryside.  One thing that I was dreading was the prospect of packing up the entire house and nursery for just four nights away.  Help was at hand however when I discovered a little gem of a website Baby Friendly Boltholes.  Covering the UK and abroad, BFB offers a spectrum of holiday ideas be it a cottage in the Cotswolds or a villa in France.  Aimed at the more luxury end of the market you can be assured of both style and comfort wherever you book.  We headed to the super cute Windfall Cottage in the Cotswolds which came complete with an aga, a ball pool for Little A, a roaring log fire for the evenings and even ducks and chickens at the end of the garden.  The cottage has 3 ensuite double bedrooms and comes ready prepped with highchair, cot, stair gates, toys and even a dressing up box.  We arranged a Tesco food delivery for our arrival and even if you forget a nice bottle of wine, one can be found in the ‘indulgence cupboard’ in the garage alongside chocs/fluffy robes and anything else you might have forgotten and want to purchase.  Days were spent visiting Daylesford Organic and the chocolate box villages of Broadway and Chipping Camden intertwined with a few walks with Little A taking in the heady heights from his Little Life rucksack on Daddy’s shoulders.  Sadly the Cotswold Farm Park which I had heard rave reviews about had just closed for the winter so definitely check that out if heading there this summer.

All in the detail:

We stayed at Windfall Cottage in Beckford, Cotswolds. www.windfallcottage.com
Booked through Baby Friendly Boltholes www.babyfriendlyboltholes.co.uk
Keith and Teresa, the fantastic couple who own the property, helped to organise a masseuse to visit the house and a babysitter for one evening when we dined at Broadway.

 

 

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Lunch on the go

A real hero product of mine is this lunchbag which I use everyday to carry Little A’s snacks or tea.  Made from recycled plastic and fully insulated on the inside they keep his food nice and cool whilst being small enough to sling in the bottom of the buggy.  We have the car, red spotty and space boy designs.

Top Tip: I also buy the Jumbo Storage Bags which are perfect to store Little A’s old clothes and toys.  They are lightweight and fold away to nothing when not being used.

All in the detail:

Available from a great website Dotcomgiftshop dotcomgiftshop.com/lunch-boxes
RRP: £4.95

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Is it a bird…yes its superpenguin

If you are looking to graduate from Winnie the Pooh prints to something more adventurous then Millie McCallum’s linoprints might be just the ticket. Little A was bought a fabulous ‘Superpenguin’ print by a doting godmother for Christmas and it has certainly added a cool factor to his nursery walls.

All in the detail:
Linocuts are between £60 and £300
Available directly through Millie at milliemccallum.co.uk  or at the Grapefruit gallery on Fulham Rd, 020 7384 3464618

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We ♥ our Maxi-Cosi Cover

CAR SEAT ACCESSORIES:  Having flown long haul over Christmas to the hot climes of Malaysia we could not have lived without our Maxi-Cosi Priori XP cover.  Anyone who is unfortunate enough to have experienced having to clean a car seat after an unexpected bout of baby runs will know that it is money well spent to invest in a removable cover.   In the summer months, Little A always used to be lifted out of his car seat all sticky and sweaty but now is as cool as a cucumber as the fabric cover is made of breathable cotton especially designed to keep the moisture away.  Simply throw it in the washing machine and it is as good as new.  We bought the navy.

RRP: £20-25 and we bought ours from Amazon www.amazon.co.uk/Maxi-Cosi-Priori-PrioriFix-Summer-Cover/dp/B000R58GKY/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1334916361&sr=8-3

 

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With a skip and a hop

Skip Hop towelsNow 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

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The future is bright…

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.

 

All in the detail:

By Next next.co.uk
From £8

 

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Beauty at Home

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.

All in the detail:

Shellac nails from £25
07824 996 648
ariseandshinebeauty.co.uk

 

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Where the wild things are…

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)
cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk 

NB. no Elephants to see but pretty much everything else

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