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Cosy and Christmassy

10 Dec

15 days until Christmas… eeeeeeck I’m too excited!!! I just live getting all of the gifts wrapped & the house all Christmassy & cosy.

This year, I’m going to be putting the boys Christmas gifts on their Just4Kids chairs. Their gifts are going to look so cute all displayed on them.

These lovely little chairs are the loose cover chairs from Just4Kidz.  These chairs are handmade right here in the UK. They comprise of a solid wooden frame, lovely comfy foam cushions & then covered in stunning fabric that is exclusive to Just4Kidz… so you will not find that print anywhere else. They print the fabrics themselves which I love. There are lots of lovely prints to choose from. Seth decided he liked the farmyard design best & Ted has the safari print. Both boys love animals & these prints compliment each other so well.

The chairs are super sturdy. I mean, Ted is only 13 month old & been climbing all over them. Being so well made, means they are quite literally built to last, and… the cover can easily be removed to hand wash too! I mean how amazing is that!? Perfect for grubby, sticky finger marks. These chairs are perfect for pre-school children all the way up to primary school age. They’re the perfect addition to any lounge, play room or children’s bedroom.

These chairs can be used for all sorts… reading corner… arm chair for watching TV with family… etc… Seth has been sat in it doing puzzles & drawing at times or it’s become the ‘doctors chair too’ lol. Ted just loves being able to get all snuggly on it. I think he loves having his own chair that’s small & comfy.

Even the box the chair arrived in was the cause of much excitement & fun!

These lovely little chairs were the first piece of children’s furniture that Just4Kidz designed & sold. Over the years they have sold tens of thousands. The photo’s really don’t do them justice… they’re chunky, comfy & so well made. For me though… one of the biggest selling points is that you can remove the fabric. We all know what it’s like trying to keep things clean with little ones running around. With every will in the world… it’s pretty impossible to keep those chubby little hands grime free for any length of time. If for any reason you damaged your fabric on the chair over the years… you can buy replacement covers. It really is a chair for life.

They also make the loose cover sofa. I love the little sofa. So perfect for siblings to cosy up on.

Just4Kidz make & sell a gorgeous selection of children furniture. If you head over to their website, you can browse their products. Another of my fave items is their fabulous bed in a bag. The perfect sleepover companion. This would be ideal for children sleeping over at their grandparents house, or at a friends sleepover etc… It’s also an extra bed for if you have an extra little one staying over. Again, there is a lovely selection of exclusive printed fabrics to choose from.

If you’re looking for that special gift this Christmas, I’m sure you’ll be able to find something perfect on their website.

You can find Just4Kids on Facebook & Instagram. Give them a Like & Follow to keep up to date with new items, news & competitions.

As always, thank you so much for reading. I really hope you’ve found this useful & that you have fun browsing all of those gorgeous handmade products over at Just4Kidz. They really are a lovely company with stunning products.

Love & huggles,

Hayley xxx

 

Disclaimer: This is a collaborative posts – I have received gifting &/or compensation for featuring some of these items, but all opinions are my own.

“You Can Find Magic Wherever You Look. Sit Back and Relax, All You Need Is a Book”. Dr Seuss

25 Apr

Hi folks,

I love the Dr Seuss quote I’ve started this post with. It’s no secret that I’m a big Dr Seuss fan & that I think reading is a very important part of growing up. As a child I was always read to at bedtime & I was always encouraged to read. I was very lucky in that I had a selection of books to choose from & read.

From the moment I first found out I was pregnant with Seth, I began to buy him books… the first thing I bought him was a book. I was the same with Ted. It’s so important that my boys are surrounded by books… stories… literature.

Both boys have reading corners in their bedrooms, but they also have a gorgeous little corner now in their play area. Well, Ted is only 6 month… so it’s ready for him when he’s old enough to use it. For now he’ll have to put up with me reading to him.

The boys little reading corner is super cute… complete with a new comfy arm chair, perfect for little bottoms. Seth adores this chair… he’s very protective of it. He’s been sitting in it saying ‘Mammy… I love my chair”.

This lovely little chair is the loose cover chair from Just4Kidz.  It is quite literally the cutest thing. This chair has been handmade right here in the UK. It comprises of a solid wooden frame, lovely comfy foam cushions & then covered in stunning fabric that is exclusive to Just4Kidz… so you will not find that print anywhere else. There are lots of lovely prints to choose from. Seth decided he liked the farmyard design best. Everything is animal & farm based for Seth at the moment. Every other minute he’s singing ‘Old MacDonald Farm’. We’ve actually been sat looking at the fabric & making up stories about the animals printed on his chair. Seth just adores to make up stories. So even the fabric has been spiking his little imagination.

The chair is super sturdy. Being so well made, means it is quite literally built to last, and… the cover can easily be removed to hand wash too! I mean how amazing is that!? Perfect for grubby, sticky finger marks. The chair is perfect for pre-school children all the way up to primary school age. So this chair is a lovely little companion for little ones to grow up with. Ted is only 6 month… but he’s already been trying to stake a claim on it.

This chair can be used for all sorts… reading corner… arm chair for watching TV with family… etc… Actually Seth has been sat in it doing puzzles & drawing. It really is his new fave spot. I think he loves it knowing that it’s ‘his’ chair. His own little comfy corner. Well… until Ted decides to nab it lol.

This lovely little chair was the first piece of children’s furniture that Just4Kidz designed & sold. Over the years they have sold tens of thousands. The photo’s really don’t do it justice… it’s chunky, comfy & so well made. For me though… one of the biggest selling points is that you can remove the fabric to hand wash. We all know what it’s like trying to keep things clean with little ones running around. With every will in the world… it’s pretty impossible to keep those chubby little hands grime free for any length of time. If for any reason you damaged your fabric on the chair over the years… you can buy replacement covers. It really is a chair for life.

Everyone who has been over, has commented on how lovely it is. It’d be the perfect piece of furniture for any play room or bedroom. Or, if you have more than one child, you could always go for the loose cover sofa. I love the little sofa. So perfect for siblings to cosy up on.

Just4Kidz make & sell a gorgeous selection of children furniture. If you head over to their website, you can browse their products. Another of my fave items is their fabulous bed in a bag. The perfect sleepover companion. This would be ideal for children sleeping over at their grandparents house, or at a friends sleepover etc… It’s also an extra bed for if you have an extra little one staying over. Again, there is a lovely selection of exclusive printed fabrics to choose from.

If you’re looking for a special gift for birthdays or christmas, I’m sure you’ll be able to find something on their website.

You can find Just4Kids on Facebook & Instagram. Give them a Like & Follow to keep up to date with new items, news & competitions.

As always, thank you so much for reading. I really hope you’ve found this useful & that you have fun browsing all of those gorgeous handmade products over at Just4Kidz. They really are a lovely company with stunning products.

Love & huggles,

Hayley xxx

 

Disclaimer: This is a collaborative posts – I have received gifting &/or compensation for featuring some of these items, but all opinions are my own.

Our Little Wardrobe

13 Jun

Hi Folks,

As a parent we all know how tough teething can be. It’s so rotten for our little ones to go through something so traumatic that we have no control over.

While Seth has been teething the drool has been never ending. Literally 5 mins after dressing him, his little tee shirt can be soaked around the neck. For me, bandana bibs have always been a saviour.

A few weeks ago we received a gorgeous little handmade bandana bib from Our Little Wardrobe It’s super cute & such good quality. All handmade in the UK too.

As you can see – Seth loves Mickey Mouse. So it was lovely to get a Mickey Bib to match his tee shirt. The bibs are super soft & have a popper fastening. The stitching is lovely & the quality is fab. It’s almost double layered if that makes sense – so it’s ideal for catching that pesky dribble before it soaks a tee shirt & rubs delicate skin. And to the important bit – it washes so well! We all know how annoying it can be when you’ve bought something your little one adores but then it comes apart or shrinks. But not these bibs. Ours has been washed half a dozen times already & it’s still looking perfect!

As soon as I opened it up when it arrived in the post, Seth was shouting “Mickey Mickey”. It’s nice when they recognise designs. If you head on over to their website, you will find the perfect design for your little one I’m sure! You’ll also find lots of other gorgeous little goodies perfect for Baby Showers!

This is a lovely little business ran by Mummies, for Mummies. You can find them on social media too! You can find them on Facebook & Instagram. So why not give hem a follow to keep up to date with new products & offers.

Thanks so much for reading!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Stunning Storage Solutions

13 May

Hi folks,

A few weeks ago Seth received the most beautiful custom handmade toy box from The Traditional Toy Box Company

As you can see from the photo above – these toy boxes are so beautifully made. The quality is stunning. They’re also fully customisable which is great for finding that perfect toy box to suit any room & any colour scheme.

As most of you will know, Seth has not long just turned 2 years old. It’s always a bit of a worry with toddlers that they can be a tad too ‘heavy handed’. Before our beautiful toy box arrived I did worry in case it wouldn’t be sturdy enough to withstand Seth on a daily basis lol. Well I can honestly say that I needn’t have worried. The boxes are so solid – they actually weigh quite a lot. Which is great as it shows just how high a quality the whole thing is. The fittings & hinges are also really strong & of good quality – they seem really durable. Which is fantastic since Seth is in & out of the box every other minute lol.

As you can see from the above pics – the toy box does hold a LOT of toys. It’s great for literally throwing toys in at the end of the day, then once that lids down – the room is nice & tidy again.

But it’s also fun to dig around in the toy box & to drag everything out on to the floor too apparently lol.

The top of the box is padded & covered in lovely fabric – which is also customisable. With it being strong & then padded – it makes a lovely little seat. In fact… Seth’s been having fun making little displays on top of it haha.

This stunning Traditional Toy Box would make such an amazing addition to any nursery, bedroom, play room or lounge. I don’t think the photos convey just how beautiful it is. Everyone who has seen it in the flesh has said just how gorgeous it is.

This would make a stunning baby shower gift… you could fill it with so many goodies. Perfect for that collection at work when no one knows what to buy. Or, why not start planning for Christmas in advance. Any child would be delighted with such a beautiful gift. This toy box is big enough to be shared too, so if you have more than one child… this could be a lovely communal toy box. When our little bundle of joy arrives in October, I’m sure him or her will love our communal toy box.

You can also purchase memory boxes too. Perfect for keeping all of those treasured keepsakes safe. Weddings, Births, Christenings etc… What a fantastic thoughtful gift.

Right now, The Traditional Toy Box Company are offering a massive 35% discount! But be quick as this is for a limited time only. Use code: EXCLUSIVE50OFF

If by the time you’re reading this, the fabulous 35% offer has ended… fear not! Simply add coupon code: ixxypoco10 for 10% off.

There is also the opportunity to pay using an interest free payment plan along with a small deposit. Simply head on over to their website for more info.

To keep up to date with news, new designs & offers, you can follow The Traditional Toy Box Company on Facebook & Instagram.

Thank you so much as always for reading & I hope you’ve enjoyed the review!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Melting Creations

14 May

Hi folks,

A few weeks ago I was sent some lovely eco friendly handmade soy wax melts to try. I do love a yummy fragrance engulfing my home.

These melts are handmade by a single, stay at home Mammy. The packaging isn’t fancy – to keep costs low. But, the product itself is so lovely that it doesn’t need to be wrapped up in a fancy box.

The scents I received:

Black Cherry

Dove

Parmaviolet

Cinnamon Apple

Candy Hearts

Angel Cake

Mango

The first scent I decided to try was Black Cherry. I popped two of the little melts in to my warmer. I decided to use two, simply as I like a stronger scent. The aroma was lovely. It almost had a ‘fizzy’ candy kind of smell. I’ve used these melts in my sitting room, but also in my kitchen to get rid of cooking smells. Honestly, these melts literally fill my whole house. Even with the door closed downstairs… I could smell it up in the bedrooms. None of the scents were too heavy either.


All of the other scents were just as lovely. If you’re looking for that fresh clean scent… then Dove is the one for you. Candy Hearts is just like a fizzy refresher sweet. Parmaviolet literally does just make you think of childhood sweets. Angel cake has that lovely home-baked fragrance. Mango is lovely & fruity for the Summer. Then last but not least – cinnamon apple made me think of cozy nights in & Christmas.

Now, we all know & have tried the big brand names when it comes to wax melts & candles. Yes… they are beautiful… but they can be rather pricey too. These little melts & bars are so easy on the purse strings. You could also buy a few packs & split into little parcels for Wedding Favours or Baby Shower Gifts. Or, with the end of term fast approaching – these little melts would make a lovely gift for your favourite teacher. A lot more diet friendly than a box of chocolates!

The wax bars are fantastic value for money as you can break them into 8 pieces. So essentially thats 8 melts for the price of 1 really. As they’re so affordable, you could also become really creative. You could buy a few bars & break them up & make some fragrance cocktails. Add a piece of this & a piece of that to create your own home fragrance! I mean… why not.

I love that this is a little family business & that Stacey get’s her kids involved too, with helping Mammy to add the stickers to the packets etc… Being a Mammy myself, I know just how much kids love to get involved. I mean, Seth is involved in so much of my work… & he loves it!

So, all in all… amazing little melts that are so affordable.  Also, with them being soy wax… they’re a lot more ‘safe’… Cleaner burning – no toxins, carcinogens or pollutants which means it’s less likely to trigger allergies. No petrol-carbon soot like you can get from petroleum-based paraffin candles. It’s also longer lasting  as soy wax burns cooler. Therefore you can enjoy soy wax melts for generally 30-50% longer than a paraffin based melt.

You can find Melting Creations on Facebook here & you can find them on Etsy here.

Coming soon… I shall be posting my London adventures very soon. The Mothercare A/W 2017 Press Show was utterly fantastic! I have some gorgeous pics of the new collections along with a summary of Clemmie Hoopers Q&A.

Thanks so much for reading folks!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Something Beautiful 

2 May

Hi folks,

So… There’s always that perfect memory you want to preserve. That moment in time you want to hold on to & make it live forever. I still just cannot believe that Seth is now 13 month old… It’s just utterly crazy how quickly the time has flown. Every single baby grow, vest & outfit Seth has worn I have stored perfectly as it breaks my heart to let them all go.


Whilst packing everything up before we moved… I found my big stack & store boxes of tiny baby clothes… I couldn’t help but go through all of the garments & reminisce. But… really… what should I do with all of these clothes? I decided to sort into piles… some I donated to charity… some I have packed away for in case we’re lucky enough to have another bambino & another pile which consisted of my favourite things that Seth has worn… His coming home outfit after he was born… His first halloween Outfit… etc… Then it struck me… what can I do with these precious items? How can I make them into a gorgeous keepsake??? That’s when I met Tracey. Of course we went for a lovely little lunch to discuss crafts & ideas.


Tracey is a fantastically talented lady who makes the most gorgeous bespoke crafts. You can find her Facebook Page here. I handed over Seth’s outfits & she magically turned them into a handmade, totally unique Memory Quilt. It’s simply the most stunning keepsake. I’m so in love with it. It’s something I will keep forever & when Seth is older – I can show him. I can’t praise her talents enough. Tracey is always up for a challenge too. So, if you have a set idea in your mind of something you’d like to have made – she’s open to ideas. You can contact her via her Facebook Page.


The quality & finish of the quilt is so stunning – her rates are so competitive too. I was originally quoted over £150 to have a memory quilt made. Tracey only charges £50 for her quilts. I can’t believe her prices for something so lovingly made by hand.
Oh, & for all of you avid blog readers… you can read her blog here. 

There’s always that birthday looming & you have no idea what to buy… why not have a memory cushion made? Or how about a quilt made of someones favourite t-shirts they’ve bought over the years at concerts!? Seriously… there are so many unique possibilities. Why not have a think about what you may want to buy for Christmas gifts… get your orders in early 🙂

I simply cannot recommend enough.

The memories in my quilt are just priceless.

So… what are you waiting for??? Have a little think of what you’d like to have made & get your order in 🙂

Thank you so much for reading!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

 

The Handmade Christmas Co

5 Dec

Hi folks ✨

Christmas is literally around the corner! I’m sure by now you’ve all bought your gifts (well I’m sure a few of you are leaving things to the last minute lol). Now you’ll be wondering what to wrap all those beautiful gifts in. Well… this is the review is for you! 

The Handmade Christmas Co have sent me the most beautiful handmade personalised Santa Sack 


The sacks are 80cm x 53cm in size. I’ve manged to fit so much into Seth’s Santa Sack. The beautiful finishing piece for me is the gorgeous satin ribbon to tie the top. It just gives it a beautiful finishing touch. 

The sacks are priced at £22. A fantastic price when you think you’ll be using them year after year. There are various styles to choose from. There are also some non-personalised sacks too which are the exact same size & are priced at £17. 

If you’re looking for something that little bit more special for someone – this is just perfect. I was going to buy Seth a ‘Baby’s first Christmas Stocking’…  but this is waaaay better. With a stocking like that – you wouldn’t be able to use it year after year. With this – you totally can! Seth is too young to fully understand Christmas & Santa this year, but when he’s bigger, I’ll be filling this sack with goodies & leaving it in his room to wake up too on Christmas morning. 

The quality is simply beautiful. The print looks so ‘vintage’ & it has an overall luxury ‘classy’ feel to it. You also have the option of choosing the colour of the text on the name too. 

The Handmade Christmas Co have a Facebook Page you can ‘Like’ to stay up to date with new products & promotions. 

I’ve already got Seth’s Santa Sack under the tree & it looks so beautiful… I really am in love with it. If you did decide to go for the non-personalised Santa Sack – you could use it for the office Secret Santa to keep all the gifts in. Or, if you hand out gifts around the dinner table on Christmas Day – then this would be the ideal prop. 

So go on – head on over to their website now to look at all of their beautiful festive goodies. 

Hope you’re all having fun getting festive ✨

Thanks for reading as always!

Love & huggles,

Hayley xxx