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MOTHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE

Since it’s my very first Mother’s Day this year – my excitement levels for it have gone through the roof! I thought I would make a lovely Mother’s Day gift guide, not only as a big hint to Dan (because let’s face it, I don’t think Lawson can choose anything…), but also in case anyone is struggling for ideas – I think all of these gifts are really lovely, and pretty much a guarantee to be loved by most mums.

Here’s what is first up on my list. I never thought I’d be one for clothing that blatantly showcases that I am a mother, but here I am, mother to Lawson, and I want to proclaim it to the world through the medium of this garment from Selfish Mother. I’ve had my eye on these for the longest time – they’re edgy, comfy, and most importantly, grey. That’s a winning combo for me. £35 for this one (Daniel – you should know that this is a compromise from the original jumper that I was going to ask for for £50).

Flowers. You literally cannot go wrong. However cliche you make think they are, flowers will make most women smile. They brighten the home, and they’re a really thoughtful gift that doesn’t have to blow the budget to show that you appreciate your Mama. These particular beauties are £25 from M&S – but there are ones to suit a range of budgets.

These little guys just melt my heart. I follow the company Honeywell Bakes on Instagram, and they must think I stalk them or something because I’m literally liking EVERY. SINGLE. PICTURE. These biscuits are just the cutest thing I think I’ve ever seen – they have a lot of different ranges in stock at REALLY reasonable prices too. This gift box comes in at £18.50 and I think they are a really original and thoughtful gift.

OK. This one is a long shot. For anyone that really wants to blow the budget (Daniel – just think about how much Lawson loves me, and how much money he might like to spend on me to tell me that on Mother’s Day…) This is my dream changing bag from Tiba + Marl. Coming in at £120 (I know…), it’s real leather, comes with so many different compartments and a changing mat too. I can literally picture me with this bag, wearing my ‘mother’ top, holding the M&S flowers and munching the Mother’s Day biscuits. It’s a really exciting image for me.

Onto stationery then – the top two in this picture are from M&S. I am OBSESSED with M&S cards/gift stuff right now. Someone needs to buy me that gift bag – £5, and it has confetti in it. I’m sold. The bottom two cards are from Paperchase, and I just love them both. I like cards that also double up as wall art, and I would be more than happy to have these framed in my house.

You can’t go wrong with candles. You literally just can’t. In my most recent video I said I was on the look out for some new candles, so I did a little research and these are the ones that stood out. It’s worth mentioning as well that Sainsbury’s Home candles smell AMAZING. They don’t have them online so couldn’t find any pics but take my word for it, they’re SO GOOD, and cheap too. Top left candle is from M&S – £9.50. Olive might strike you as a slightly weird scent for a candle, but it’s actually one of my very favourite smells. Have you tried ‘Olive Branch’ shower gel from Lush?! OMG. Top right is from The White Company (had to include one!) coming in at £20, they just look so sleek and stylish – I can’t really find a candle that does it as well as they do. Bottom left is a beautiful candle from Oliver Bonas, one of my very favourite places. This one is £17.50, and although I haven’t had a sniff in real life, I’m pretty sure anything with elderflower in it smells incredible. Bottom right is a little set from John Lewis – I am OBSESSED with the design of these – they literally look like they were designed to go in my bathroom. The set is £30, and I think dotted around a bathroom would look so gorgeous.

This one is for all of the entrepreneurial mamas out there. Yes Mum are a company that specialise in positive affirmation cards especially for mums. They have loads of different sets, but I thought this one was most applicable for me! I found these on Scandiborn for £10.50, the other sets are on there too.

Again, if all else fails, go for pyjamas. As a recently qualified mother, I can confirm that I spend at least 70% of my time in my PJs. These ones from Next are an absolute winner for Spring I think, and are actually really good value for money at £18. And again with the grey. Amazing.

So that is my pick of some of the best gifts for lovely mothers far and wide for Mother’s Day. I hope you all have a really special day. If you’re a fellow mama, know that you are AMAZING. I hope you get well and truly smothered in love. If you’re looking for your own mum, remember to tell her you love her as often as you can, not just on Mother’s Day. Guarantee it’ll make her day.

March 15, 2017

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LAWSON’S 6-9 MONTH WARDROBE WISHLIST

This is genuinely one of my favourite things about having a baby. They need a whole new wardrobe like every 3-4 months. And it’s a genuine NEED so I don’t need to feel guilty about spending money, right?!

Even though Lawson has only been wearing his current wardrobe since Christmas really, things are starting to get a teeny tiny bit tight, and I’m not entirely sure his 3-6 month wardrobe is going to last him much longer! So ever the organised mother, I am straight on the online shopping band-wagon and am starting to scout out items that I love for his next wardrobe.

He’ll probably be in these things until May/June time so I’m not going full on summer wear just yet (c’mon, we all know what English weather is like), but I’m trying to embrace more spring-like colour themes and try and pull myself away from my monochrome obsession a little (albeit mostly unsuccessful – but the thought was there).

Let’s start with jumpers. I have a little obsession with Lawson in jumpers – partially because it eradicates the worry that I don’t dress him warm enough (slightly), but mostly because he looks SO. DAM. CUTE. in them! So 3 out of these 4 jumpers are actually from H&M. And OK, maybe I didn’t do that great steering away from my usual monochrome style, but I couldn’t resist these beauties! I particularly like the one on the top left because it has a positive message, and if people don’t listen to babies then, well… I just don’t know. The top right monster jumper is also H&M and you can tell I made an effort with this one because it has yellow in it (proud face emoji). Equally, bottom left is also H&M and I am a little bit in love with that bear face! The hoodie on the bottom right is from Zara. I LOVE Zara baby clothes. Never get old. Lawson has never actually had a hoodie before (other than a zip-up one), so I was kind of enticed by this one. I think 6-9 months is definitely an OK age to start upping his swag game.

It’s no secret than I have a slightly unhealthy obsession with baby leggings. Lawson finds them SO comfy, and I almost see them as a collectors item – I like collecting different ones! So the two prints that you can see here (Flamingos and Monstera Leaf) are from one of my all time favourite Instagram stores called The Cotton Barn. We have so many pairs of leggings from that company, and they are such good quality and fit really nicely, and let’s be honest, those prints are the best thing you’ve ever seen, are they not? Definitely not going to hold back from putting Lawson in that flamingo print. ALL the heart eyes for that. Top right pair is from another Instagram store called Turtledove London – I have a pair of dungarees from here and again, super impressed with the quality. These leggings are from their new spring collection and I’ve got my eye firmly set on them. Last but most certainly not least, the bottom left pair of leggings are from Tobias and the Bear – one of my firm favourites for leggings. They have collaborated with Mr Men to make these AMAZING leggings which I am obsessed with – even if I do find Mr Tickle a little bit creepy. Childhood mems.

This collection I am very excited about. Let’s start with the top left motif tee from Zara. Instant cool. Lawson looks SO great in grey, I may even buy this top in the next size up because I feel like baggy tees look cool on babies too. Top right is my FAVE!! This is from GAP – currently in the sale at £6.99. WHAT. I just love this and am actually going to try and sweet talk Dan and convince him we absolutely need this in our lives ASAP before it sells out! Get on this one people. Love it. Bottom left is quite possibly the most surprising entry because it’s from TESCO. And it’s £4. AMAZING. I saw this in my local Tesco the other day and was a bit indecisive as to whether I liked it – but I think I really do. It’s kind of fun and quirky and all of the badges and letters are individually sewn on – making it look a lot more expensive than it actually is I think! Bottom right is a slightly boring entry for me, because we actually already have these bodysuits in a smaller size. They’re from H&M and I’m mainly just posting it as a reminder to myself that H&M do GREAT bodysuits that are versatile, good quality and great value for money.

So from about 3 months onwards, bibs have to become a necessary part of a baby’s wardrobe. Annoying as it may be because it covers up half their outfit, when you have prints like this, it’s kinda not so bad. I’m pretty fussy when it comes to bibs because Lawson dribbles SO MUCH and I’m not a fan of changing bibs like 4 times in one day – I want one that’s going to withstand the dribble monster. So I buy all of my bibs from a company called Jenny Wren Craft. I haven’t found any other bibs that use this kind of fabric that absorbs the drool rather than soaking it through. I mean, it’s also a bonus that their fabrics are a bit gorgeous too! So I bought a few for his 3-6 month wardrobe, and these bad boys are on my wish-list for Lawson’s spring wardrobe.

Pyjamas. Oh how I love them. I have a bit of a confession. Although I attempt to dress Lawson in cool clothes during the day, at night I REALLY like him to look like a newborn baby. I love having pyjama snuggles and cuddles in his sleeping bag and I just think he looks SO CUTE! I’ve raved about Next sleepsuits before, and will continue to do so, because I just don’t think you can beat them in terms of quality. They wash so well and are great at withstanding nappy leaks/vomit explosions/dribble overflows that may happen during the night. So the top right and bottom left are the multi-packs I have my eye on for Lawson’s next wardrobe. I just love them. The top left and bottom right are kind of new additions to my brand repertoire, coming in from Boden. I hadn’t looked at Boden before but I sometimes get catalogues through the post, and when I spotted these two, I kind of fell in love. I love Lawson in white for bedtime because I just think he looks so cute and newborn-y (I’m trying to cling on for dear life to my little newborn!), and the whale print is SO beautiful and I think the little lamb sleepsuit is perfect for spring too. I just love them.

What are your favourite brands for baby clothes? If you have any that I haven’t mentioned or might not know about, leave me a comment – any excuse to online shop amiright?!

March 1, 2017

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Baby Boy Outfit Flatlays

Oh to master the art of the flat lay… It’s a dream one can only hope to achieve, but you’ve got to start somewhere! So this is where I’ve started!

As you may know, one of my favourite hobbies since being pregnant has been putting baby boy outfits together and trying to imagine our little button looking ridiculously cute in them, followed by getting emotional. So today I’m taking you on the journey with me. I have put some seriously adorable baby boy outfits together, putting into practice my… let’s say ‘developing’ flat lay skills, and sharing them on the internet for all to see. Enjoy!

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If you want to know where some of these items are from – they are mostly from some of my favourite Instagram brands, which I shared in this video:

Go ahead and check it out – and subscribe if you’re not already 🙂

 

September 10, 2016

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Nursery Tour!

At the grand old pregnant age of 34 weeks, we finally got round to doing our nursery! Yay! I am super excited to share this with you – we have lots of little touches and a colour scheme of black, white, grey and mint, which is looking beautiful! I’m sure this room will be a working progress (I have a slight addiction to nursery decor), but this is the ‘shell’, if you will… I don’t feel it’s quite Pinterest worthy yet…

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And there you have it! I will be doing a nursery decor haul video this week so you can find out where everything is from, so stay tuned for that and once it is up I will link it below!

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August 22, 2016

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Baby Shower Dress Inspiration

So my baby shower seems to be coming around much quicker than I had anticipated, and even though I’m not the one organising it, I feel a bit disorganised! I really want to make a special effort for my baby shower, seeing as you only get one (after this it’ll only be ‘baby sprinkles’, and lets be honest, people just don’t get as excited for second babies!) so I’m making this blog post in hope that it will inspire me to start looking for outfit ideas!

I have internet window shopped (yet again) at my favourite places to go for maternity wear online, and these are my favourite picks!

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Starting off with ASOS, one of the best ranges for maternity wear in my opinion. The blue floral dress I thought was super cute for a summer themed, outdoor baby shower, as well as the gorgeous white lace dress on the bottom left (I’m a bit in love with that one, not gonna lie). The denim dress, which I also love, would be really nice for a more casual affair, and the bottom right embellished dress I thought would be lovely for an evening baby shower. My baby shower is during the day, so I think out of these four, the white lace one grabs my attention more than the others. I’m an absolute sucker for a white dress in summer, even if my skin is the shade of a milk bottle.

baby shower dress new look

Onto New Look’s maternity collection, I wasn’t as impressed with it as I was with ASOS, but still a pretty good range none-the-less. The red floral wrap dress is gorgeous and an absolute bargain at £14.99, but unfortunately my wonderful sister-in-law has beaten me to it and bagged that one for herself! (She got great taste.) One thing that I think New Look are doing really well this season is a decent stripe, so I love the stripe wrap dress and the button down stripe dress (which is actually in the sale for £11!) I also thought the colour block dress would be a really great choice for more of an evening do like going out for mocktails and other grown up options!

baby shower dress topshop

Last but certainly by no means least, is trusty Topshop. Their maternity collection is beautiful, but bloody expensive. Although I love all of these pieces, the chances of me buying maternity clothes from Topshop when I only have 6 weeks of being pregnant left, are fairly slim! But I wanted to include them anyway because they’re just so darn pretty to look at. The floral cold shoulder dress is an absolute favourite, and even though it’s pretty similar, I love the floral wrap dress. I just think wrap dresses are amongst the most flattering styles for pregnant beauties. The black jumpsuit is something I’ve had my eye on for a while, and I would most definitely be investing in that if I didn’t only have 6 weeks left and a baby to pay out for! And finally, the tropical print dress is such a gorgeous style and print I just had to include it!

So there is my run down of what are, in my opinion, the prettiest dresses going for a baby shower. I wonder what I’ll end up going with… Stay tuned for baby shower blog! 😉

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August 17, 2016

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Baby Boy Inspiration A/W16

This post has probably been one of my faves to prepare for, oh hey internet window shopping! Not too long ago I did a ‘baby boy haul’ on my YouTube channel, but a lot of those products are no longer available in stores, and I’m not one to leave you hanging… So effectively this is my Autumn/Winter wish list, and all of the products are available in stores right now. I have routed through my favourite high street brands for baby wears, and put together a collage of some of the absolute gems that I have found. Enjoy!

la redoute

Starting off with La Redoute – one of my favourite shops ever for baby clothes! They strike a really good balance of baby clothes that aren’t too babyish but equally not too adult! Their sleep suits are the softest things I have ever felt and SUCH good quality too.

LEGGINGS          DENIM JACKET          SLEEPSUITS          CLOUD JUMPER

ZARA

Zara is up next. I have what can only be described as a slightly unhealthy obsession with baby clothes from Zara. Their A/W collection is starting to dribble in (as with most places), and I am in love.

LEGGINGS        KNITTED BOOTIES       HOUSE JUMPER        BLACK JUMPER

H&M

H&M offer incredible value for money baby clothes, as well as being pretty cool! These are my favourite picks from what is currently available (are you starting to see a colour theme?! #shameless #blackwhitegrey)

JOGGERS          BOWIE TEE          ALL IN ONE          JUMPER

river island

River Island offer potentially the most swag baby clothes on the high street. Some of the things I feel are maybe swaying towards ‘too adult’ for newborn babies, but any opportunity for Lawson to ‘twin’ with Daniel is an absolute winner!

BLOCK TEE          BOMBER JACKET          JUMPER          GREY RAGLAN

For more inspiration – check out my previous haul on my YouTube channel – some of the products are still out there!

August 8, 2016

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