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London Adventures and Mothercare Must-Haves!

23 Nov

Hi folks,

What a little adventure I had last week down in London for the Mothercare SS 2018 Press Show.

So… London… now we all know I’m not a Londoner. I really only head on down there when I’m attending a Press Show. Normally when I get there I either walk to the venue or I get a cab. But let’s face it… London is a rather large place & cabs are rather pricey… the most obvious solution is The Tube… yikes! The thought of travelling & navigating the tube on my own has always filled me with dread. But last week I decided I was going to conquer it! And I did! Granted, I only travelled 5 stops… but I still did it. And… when I arrived at the Mothercare Press Show the lovely folk supplied me with a glass of sparkles… so it was almost like a mini celebration of my little victory! Hurrah!

Little Bird & Prosecco… what a way to start the day. My days normally start with a luke warm cup of tea & Disney Junior… so last Thursday was a treat.

Right… so let’s get on to the fabulous new collections from Mothercare!

The new MyK Collection is just utterly stunning. I’m completely in love with the new bedding, rug & storage bin. If baby Number 2 ever happens for us… you can expect MyK bedding to feature in my nursery. I love the grey tones in the clothes. Grey is actually my favourite colour on Seth. Grey to me is always a very understated colour/shade. There’s something very classic about it all.

As always – the Little Bird range never fails to make you fall in love. The vibrant colours as always are utterly stunning. The new bedding is beautiful. The bedding would brighten up any child’s bedroom. I’m actually thinking of purchasing the rainbow rug for Seth’s bedroom as it’d fit so well with his multicolour theme. The detailing on all of the Little Bird clothing is always top notch. For me it’s the small details that make the outfit & also convey the quality.

So here’s some exciting news… imagine being able to have a Little Bird Stroller…

The sheer excitement I felt when I got to look at & touch these gorgeous strollers!!! Completely in love with them. Absolutely beautiful & really comfy. Not that I sat in one – but I did have a good feel & squidge.

More exciting news… who loves the Usbourne ‘That’s Not My…” book range? We do we do! Seth adores the books… we have oodles of them. Well… Mothercare have teamed with Usbourne & brought out the most gorgeous range.

I just love love love these little outfits! Gorgeous colours, beautiful design & lovely soft fabric. I really need to get my skates on with adding a new baby Thorne to our little family.

Smile by Julien MacDonald always delivers a lovely elegance. I love the pale pastel tones. For all the range is very elegant, it’s also very ‘wearable’ if that’s a word. Your little one will not only look gorgeous & elegant, but they’ll also be lovely & comfy. There’s nothing worse than a little one all trussed up in uncomfortable clothing. No worries with this gorgeous range though… lovely soft fabrics that just so happen to look beautiful too!

The new Mothercare Trends Collection has something to suit all personalities with; Trend Denim, Trend Little Explorer, Trend Nomad, Trend City Sailor, Trend Heritage & Trend Pom Pom. Lots of lovely colours & designs making sure that there’s something for everyone. No one is missed out in this fabulous new range. I loved the Little Explorer selection… this is just Seth to a T!

Now… let’s move on to Bags & Buggies!

Now, you all know the trials & tribulations I’ve gone through when trying to find the perfect changing bag. I just simply have never been able to find it! Mothercare have a new range that looks fantastic! I’m going be getting my very own Black Backpack Changing Bag to test, try & review… I’m super excited! I’m hoping that this could be the one! I’ll of course share my findings when it arrives. I’m also going to be reviewing the new Mothercare Journey Travel System in Khaki Green. Can we all just take a moment to appreciate how beautiful it is!? It looks perfect for all terrain usage. We live pretty much in the countryside surrounded by lots of lovely places to walk. I’m thinking the Journey will be ideal! We also holiday within the UK at Center Parcs etc… so testing this out on all the forest walks in Sherwood Forest will be brilliant! We actually go on holiday there in 4weeks!!! Again, I shall let you know what I think when it arrives.

After a thorough look through all of the new collections I went for a lovely Italian lunch with my lovely PR friend from Joie.

Keep those peepers pealed for another Joie Car Seat Review in the New Year!

After a busy but enjoyable day… I headed on back to Kings Cross – via the tube – and managed to catch 5 mins or so to have myself a small bottle of sparkles & a chance to make some notes on the day.

Dare I say… I actually love London a little bit!?

I had such a fantastic day. Please keep a lookout for all of the new collections being launched. You will not be disappointed! Mothercare is that household name that you know you can trust. The new collections will literally make you fall in love. Oh & why not head to their website for some Black Friday deals!? I mean… it’d be rude not too! Think of all the Christmas bargains you could bag!!!

Thanks so much as always for reading!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

London Adventures

17 May

Hi folks,

Wowzers… last Wednesday was so much fun! Travelling to London on your own is always a little nerve-racking I find. I’m just not a regular London visitor… so the whole fast paced hustle & bustle is somewhat scary to me. But… I packed my Vivienne Westwood safari bag armed with my Mac, IxxyPoco Planner & a map installed on my iPhone courtesy of the hubster. He’s a good’un! So… off I went for my London adventure!


First stop was the Mothercare A/W Press Show. Just wow wow wow! This Press Show did not disappoint.

So… first of all… the new collections…



Little Bird by Jools Oliver
… the new collection literally encompasses everything that we know & adore about Little Bird. Colourful, vibrant & definitely designs to make our bambino’s stand out from the crowd. The signature rainbow colours are present along with some lovely little designs & patterns. There’s plenty casual wear & some gorgeous outfits for special occasions. Lovely soft, comfy fabrics too which is always essential for our little ones when they’re wanting to nap one minute & climb every piece of furniture in sight the next.

MyK by Myleene Klass…


I just simply love love love the MyK range. There’s the signature monchrome with some mustard tones thrown in there too. Cute panda designs & fabulous leopard prints. The fabrics are so lovely… chic, yet soft & easy to wear for our little ones. Nice soft fabric with flexibility to allow little ones to be able to crawl, roll & run around. I love Seth to look smart – but I also want him to be comfortable at the same time. This range is so perfect for that. And Myleene is just so lovely & even prettier in real life… how annoying. I need to up my ‘glammy Mammy’ game I think.

Smile by Julien MacDonald…


The Smile range boasts some fantastic occasion wear. Gorgeous pastels & plenty of frills. I always think this range says ‘extravagance’. Whilst being shown around the collection I was told the price of this range has been dropped too… so that’s always good news for the old purse strings.

Blooming Marvellous…

I adored this range of maternity wear whilst I was pregnant. Staying trendy can be really hard when you’re pregnant. Especially when you have a special event to attend. This collection is so beautiful… lots of sparkle & shimmer… comfy fabrics & clever little tops that will be fantastic for discreet breast feeding. All of the shimmer & sparkle will be perfect for the party season.

I loved this quirky little slogan tee shirt


Mothercare/Heritage Collection…


I love soft greys & whites on babies. Mothercare have some gorgeous baby garments. Stunning little pieces that are quite simple really – but very classic. Along with their new bedding & nursery furniture.


Simply adored the Heritage Collection… it was all very regal & rather British. Princess Charlotte & Prince George spring to mind. Gorgeous little outfits. Lots of bold colours & traditional London designs such has Royal Palace Guards & London Landmarks. Perfect for your little Princes & Princesses.

ELC…


The Early Learning Centre have some gorgeous new toys hitting our shelves… in fact. I have a review coming up soon all about the amazing toys Seth received. ELC is such a trusted household name, you can always rely on the ELC stamp of approval to deliver educational, fun toys that also safe.

After being shown around the new collections & soaking up the atmosphere. Clemmie Hooper & Elizabeth Day hosted a fantastic talk & Q&A session all about the new Baby Box by Eve. 

The Baby Box by Eve will go on sale exclusively to Mothercare in June 2017 priced at £99



The box has been exclusively designed by Clifford Richards. Much of his work can been seen in the Victoria & Albert Museum.

So… What’s in the box?

  • Sleep safe tips
  • Jersey fitted 2 pack crib sheets – white
  • CTN cellular moses/crib blanket white (core white)
  • MC 3pk embroidered muslins
  • NB dribbler white 2pk
  • Water Wipes
  • 2 x white bodysuit
  • 1 sleepsuit white
  • 1 white hat
  • 1 white cuddle and dry
  • Flora box includes 1 bear blanket and rattle
  • Fauna box includes 1 elephant plush and blanket

The box also includes a safe & snuggly mattress. The mattress inside the babybox is created by eve’s team of mattress experts and is made of specialist nursery grade high density foam. The cover is washable (at 60 degrees) and quick drying. It is ultra-breathable, thanks to the use of Cairfull ® fabric, and is 400 times more breathable than a standard mattress fabric. The 3D spacer technology in the fabric means that airflow can move from side to side and up and down, providing extra ventilation, moisture regulation, resilience and comfort for your baby. The box will also include tips for safe sleeping.

Love love love the Baby Box. It’d make such a gorgeous Baby Shower gift.

The Q&A with Clemmie was utterly fantastical. Meeting her was so nice. As a first time Mammy, you often worry about doing things right & if everyone else is doing a better job. With social media being such a dominant thing in our lives these days, we’re often bombarded with these ‘glammy Mammy’s’ who make motherhood look so easy. It was kind of nice to hear from Clemmie that she has the same thoughts & worries just like the rest of us.

Why do I look so serious there on the back row!?


Here’s a brief little summary of the Q&A…

  • How do you safeguard whilst being so Insta Famous

This was something I was really interested in. Working in the social media field, you do worry daily about the exposure of your children. Clemmie is very careful not to publish or post any photos of her family that could show them in a bad light. Also, bath time & holiday snaps would be very carefully chosen.

  • Nighttime Routine

I was actually sat next too Naomi Isted & we both asked questions on nighttime routines. Clemmie seems like a very relaxed Mammy. I worry about self soothing & controlled crying. I’m a very clingy Mammy I’d say & we still put Seth to bed after a cuddle & he’s nodded off. Seth sleeps around 12 to 14hrs. Clemmie said this is perfectly fine & if it works for Seth & it works for us. I think sometimes you just need that little bit of reassurance. Clemmie was all about finding what works best for your little family.

  • Sharing your time with all 4 children

Hearing how Clemmie manages her time with all 4 of her children was fascinating to me. Well… we only have Seth. The thought of having another is so exciting but also so scary. It was lovely hear that Clemmie & her husband work as a team to make sure all 4 girls receive all of the love & attention they need.

  • Any tips for first time parents

I loved that Clemmie was so down to earth & said basically just walk around with a muslin cloth constantly. I think I spent the first 9 month of Seth’s life with a muslin cloth draped over my shoulder. Also… have a good girl gang. That group of mammy’s you need around you to reassure you that you aren’t alone & that what you’re doing is right. I personally couldn’t live without my girl gang of Mammy’s.

  • Visitors after baby is born

It was lovely to hear that it’s not just you who feels tired of visitors in those first few weeks. Making cups of tea & waiting on visitors isn’t fun really. Clemmie gave some fab advice… just stay in bed 🙂

  • Things you couldn’t live without as a first time Mam

Microwave & Muslin Cloths. Let’s face it… you never get to drink a hot cup of tea so your microwave is essential.

  • Managing work & parenting

This is something I think about a lot. Clemmie had great advice of arranging special trips out with the children individually & as a family too. Like I said… it’s just nice to know we all have the same concerns & that we’re all becoming skilled at juggling life. Also… at 5pm… turn the laptop off. Don’t answer those emails. Have a cut off time.

So… after a fantastic morning spent at the Mothercare Press Show I headed over for coffee & a choccie muffin with the gorgeous Ena. What a lovely meeting & catch up we had. It’s always lovely to meet up in person after months of emails going back & forth. I’m going to have some lovely Joie UK products to review over the rest of the year. I’ll have a one coming up very soon all about the Joie Every Stage FX Car Seat.


During our catch up I even got to try a shot of the new nitro cold brew.

So… after a fun filled morning at Mothercare & an afternoon of chatting with Ena… it was time to head back to the station. I managed to squeeze in a cheeky glass of vino & a little work before my train arrived. 

It was such a fantastic day. It was also good for my separation anxiety. I literally have no time away from Seth, apart from my 1hr a week to do my driving lessons. So… this was just another step for me. Seth had a whale of time with his Nana… I don’t even think he’d noticed I wasn’t there. I guess that’s good… at least I know he’s a super confident little boy.

I’ve got a lovely review coming up for The Early Learning Centre… Seth is currently trying & testing some gorgeous toys. I’ve also got a fantastic review coming up for the Joie Every Stage FX Car Seat which falls in line with the new car seat laws. And… I’ll have another Nuby review coming up soon too. So much to look forward too.

As always… thank you so much for reading.

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Getting Things Done

3 May

Hi folks

Wowzers… am I happy to see the beginning of May. Last month was just literally filled with so much stress. We’ve still so many box’s to unpack & flat pack to build. Well who am I trying to kid…? We all know I don’t build flat pack lol.

So… May! May is one of my most favourite month’s. Its seriously up there with December. Generally… the weather is quite good… Spring is in the air & there’s cherry blossoms blooming all over… and… it’s MY birthday month! Oh & the hubsters too lol. May is also shaping up to be a very busy month too! We’ve got two birthday’s coming up… a trip to London… a Wedding… & then a little vacation at the end of the month. As well as sorting the house out. To be honest though… we’ve pretty much sorted the main rooms. But we need to desperately sort out the office & the make up storage situation in our bedroom. We’ve also some shelves to get on the wall in Seth’s room to make him a beautiful big book wall as a little feature for him, just a bigger version of the one he had in his old little bedroom. He’s been having so much fun making a mess in his new big bedroom. He’s taken to the new house so well… it’s like he’s just not bothered. He’s gone from sleeping 10hrs through the night to almost 14hrs… loves his sleep that kid.


The kitchen is pretty much sorted, but I really want to convert the utility room into a pantry like we had at the old house. But that’s not priority really I suppose. The hubster is absolutely desperate to get out into our new garden to get that all tidied up. Nothing major, but the garden needs a little TLC… mainly just the grass being cut etc… & some wonky flags sorted. We’ve got some decking which is going to be our garden project… I’ve also told the hubster I want him to build me a garden bar out of wooden palettes lol… so watch this space for that!

I actually really want to do a tour of the house on Youtube. I need to back to Youtubing too. As well as needing to update my website. I seem to be developing a to do list the length of my arm! Or in fact… make that the length of both my arms out together!

In June, we’re getting a skip to basically declutter in the shed we’ve kind of inherited with the house. We made a discovery of lots of broken toys & a rundown rabbit hutch. So… skip it along with any of our stuff we can part ways with. I’m like the anti-hoarder. If it’s not been used in the last 12 month & it’ll sell? I sell it. If it’s junk? I skip it. I hate clutter. Plus… clutter makes it so much more time consuming when dusting & cleaning.

The front garden is little & cute & Auntie Nicky got stuck into that this weekend just gone. I have no idea when it comes to gardening… so I just thought we had an array of full big bush type thingy’s… apparently not. Some were killing other bushes & were badly overgrown! Who knew? So… she got stuck right in there & literally in a flick of a garden trowel – she’d totally spruced it all up. It looks like a new little front garden. Thanks Aunty Nicky!

I’m still ploughing on with my driving lessons. I think I’ve had 19 lessons now. For those of you who are familiar with Doncaster… I’ve done all three big roundabouts. York Road Roundabout & Hub Roundabout have been fairly easy to master as they’re big… but they’re broken down with plenty traffic lights. However… the Racecourse Roundabout is a little more scary. But… I’ve done it now quite a few times. So I guess now it’s just all about building confidence. Luckily for me – I have a fab instructor. I need to start swatting up for my theory test big time… I haven’t even booked that yet!

So… going back to the house. It’s amazing to have a fully equipped kitchen again. Before we moved I had things packed & I was trying to use up all of the food I had in stock & we’d also sold a few appliances. So to have a proper kitchen again is just fab. I’ve been in the kitchen making lots of lovely, healthy, home cooked food. We’ve had loads of beautiful, fresh deliveries from Bearefaced Groceries too. I always feel so much better when I’m eating better & drinking plenty water & green tea. Hey… I even managed to fit into one of my favourite size 12 sweatshirts last week too!!!



Life seems to be returning to some kind of normality thank God. Seriously… moving… it’s the pits! I’m never ever moving house ever again! Packing & unpacking… just yuck! This weekend shall be filled with fun… rather than house stuff. It’s mine & the hubsters birthday weekend so it’s all about fun & our little family. I guess what we’ll be doing will mostly depend upon the weather. I’m hoping ti’ll be nice so we can have a little picnic at The Yorkshire Wildlife Park. I’ve promised Seth that he can go visit the ‘real’ Lion Guard & the ‘big’ Sophies. For anyone who’s life isn’t consumed with Kids TV & Kids teething toys… that’s just Lions & Giraffes lol. I’m also hoping that at some point over the weekend I’ll be taken out for a meal too 🙂

I’ve got some reviews coming up on Skincare... Scented Wax MeltsEarly Learning Centre… & Music Bugs!

Well… I hope I’ve not bored you all far too much with my little catch up 🙂 Thanks as always for reading!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

 

 

 

Love Silver by Christopher James of London

12 Nov

Hi folks ✨

Welcome to my next instalment of my festive gift guide. It’s so hard to know what to buy for people these days. Sometimes you don’t just want to buy that gift card… sometimes you want to buy something a little more personal & thoughtful.

Last week I received the most beautiful Silver Heart Shaped Keyring from Love Silver by Christopher James of London.  


As you can from my pics – the image engraved is so clear!!! This really is a stunning little piece. For £19.99 you can have the most gorgeous sentimental item made. Completely unique. This would make a fantastic Christmas gift for a God Parent, Grand Parent etc… simply gorgeous. On the back I have engraved: Seth Kevin Joseph 15/03/2016. You can anything engraved… so you could have; Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday etc… 


The keyring will arrive in a lovely little gift box too – so even the gift wrap is done for you… all you need is a lovely silver bow & you’re sorted. 


In my opinion this gift looks way more expensive than you actually pay. It’s very classy & elegant. 

I’ve normally got a ridiculous cluster of keyring on my keys… but I’ve removed them all now & all I have on them is this single beautiful keyring. I really would recommend this company. They don’t just do keyring… they do all sorts of beautiful pieces. They famously make the ‘name necklaces’ as worn by Cheryl Cole, Katie Piper & Lydia Bright. Perfect for that special someone you have no idea what to buy for. Oh I’d love one of these necklaces with ‘IxxyPoco’ on it. 

So there you have it… if you’re stuck for what to buy… say it with Silver this Christmas. 

As always – thanks for reading! 

Love & Huggies,

Hayley xxx