It’s November, a glorious month otherwise known as ‘prechristmas’ in our house. I’m getting into the festive spirit with plenty of shopping and planning. I’ve mentioned before I do have a small problem with over indulging when it comes to Luisas wardrobe. This year I’m trying to be savvier and it’s going quite well… so far. I’ve begun by forgoing my usual Boden splurge and instead getting two gorgeous woodland animal cardigans from Matalan for less than half the price. I’ve also got a few seasonal pieces I grabbed in the January sales last year which are now the appropriate size for Luisa – winning! Nevertheless I know i’ll have to indulge in a little bit of a shopping spree to pull her festive wardrobe together so today I’m sharing my picks from my favourite high-street retailers for kiddos – JoJo Maman Bebe and Mothercare.     One of the…

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Bobux kindly sent us these boots in exchange for an honest review I feel like parenting a toddler is made up of a succession of realisations that everything has changed, again. Babies change physically, before our eyes, at the time I didn’t really notice it – it’s only when I look back at photos I see how quickly Luisa grew and evolved. Babyhood can feel long, drawn out, a constant slow pushing to the next milestone. There’s almost an unspoken impatience for your baby to learn, become and do. Toddlers on the other hand, they just won’t stop changing. Or maybe it’s an illusion and it’s only now that I can appreciate how fleeting childhood is that I feel each new version of Luisa so acutely.   This past month I’ve seen a huge change in Luisas’ speech. She can talk more than I can and that’s saying something. Most…

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Like most mums, I think, I tend to live vicariously through Luisa. One of my vices is clothes shopping for her, there are just so many cute things you can pick up and thanks to online shopping it’s oh so easy for a few bits to fall in your basket. I’ve been taking on a lot fewer reviews on the blog this year but when one of my favourite brands got in touch about their new collection I couldn’t help myself.     I featured From Babies With Love in November when I showed you their range of organic soft toys. Just to recap – FBWL are a fab company, every penny of profit from their unique, ethically sourced designs goes to orphaned and abandoned children around the world. And to ensure the money is spent in the right way they have their own foundation. SOS Children’s Villages is a charity who…

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I’m sure you can tell by now I have a bit of a problem with baby clothes. I love every aspect of little peoples fashion from shopping on the high-street to browsing online finding boutique brands and supporting small businesses. So when Rockin’ Baby got in touch to see if we wanted to try out their new Summer collection of course I accepted.   Until now all I knew about Rockin’ Baby was that they are an American brand who sell very cool baby carriers and slings. Already being a fan of their fun prints I was excited to see what the clothing collection was like.   Luisa was sent a selection of items from the Summer collection in sizes 12-18 and 18-24. She hasn’t worn them all yet as some are too big but what she has tried I absolutely love. The quality of the clothes was apparent as soon as I opened…

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As a recent survivor of a holiday with a baby I thought I’d share with you some of the bits and pieces that made our lives a whole lot easier. We had our first family holiday abroad in late April this year. Matt, Luisa and I headed to sunny Crete and had a brilliant week, you can read more about what we got up to here. Of course you’ll want to pack the true essentials; clothes, nappies, suncream and snacks if your baby is fussy. But there are a few other things that I’d really reccomend you invest in before you go. In fact we found them so helpful I’d now go as far to call them holiday essentials, at least for us anyway.         Cuddledry SPF50 Plus Poncho Towel* This is really more than a towel, it’s a poncho. Duh. Honestly though I really do rate this…

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There’s very little I’d rather spend my money on than adorable baby clothes and I don’t think I’m alone in that. I have been trying to curb my spending over the last few months as Luisa’s wardrobe was ready to burst. Much to my delight she had a bit of a growth spurt recently so I had a legitimate reason to hit the high-street. The icing on the cake came last week when House of Fraser got in touch and asked if we’d like to pick out a few items and try to stick to a budget of £35. The selection of kids clothing is seemingly endless, it took me a few days to have a proper look and pick out something nice for Luisa.   I decided it would be best to take a look at their vests and sleepwear as that’s what she’s really in need of right now. As I said…

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If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you’ll know I am an absolute sucker for pretty baby clothes. Luisa has far too many, I know, but I love how versatile and eclectic her wardrobe is. Now if only I could figure out a way to enlarge it all for me… Last year Luisa had the pleasure of rocking the softest, cutest pair of shoes from Bambini and Me. You might have spotted them in my post ‘Autumn Winter BabyStyle’ This Summer we’re falling in love with the brand all over again as Lu has been wearing their new bamboo bodysuit & romper.     Bambini and Me are committed to producing ethical & stylish baby clothes and accessories. Their founder, Melissa, is a mum to four and is very particular about quality and value for money. The idea of Bambini and Me began during a wonderful Christmas holiday spent in Thailand…

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When Luisa was about 3 months old I had a spare minute to gather my thoughts and I started to investigate the world of cloth nappies. I was really keen to have Luisa ditch the disposables for a few reasons. Firstly I know that reusable nappies are much better for her skin being softer and pretty much chemical free in comparison to disposable nappies. Of course another draw is that the environmental impact of disposable nappies is pretty immense. In England & Wales alone 3 billion nappies are disposed of every year. Yikes. As if that’s not reason enough to try out cloth nappies there are also potentially big savings to be made. I’ve calculated that if you spend £200 on a set of cloth nappies and run two full loads of washing twice a week for 2.5 years you’ll spend approximately £460. In contrast 2.5 years of disposable nappies…

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Mocc Ons are the latest in a line of genius creations from entrepreneurial Mum of 6 Kezi Levin. Mocc Ons are basically a cross between a moccasin and a slipper sock. The leather sole helps to provide grip for those first forays into walking and the cotton sock element keeps little legs toasty. Like all fabulous parenting inventions Kezi’s first innovation was borne of necessity. In her own words here are how the award winning Sock Ons came to be. I’m a mum of six boys – and the idea behind Sock Ons came from my own family. We had a wedding in December, and my baby had to be dressed in formal clothes, but he kept pulling off his socks. I was on the verge of putting him in tights… But with my degree in graphic design, and love of coming up with mad inventions, one night I got out of…

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