10th December 2018

Making Toothbrushing Fun With Aquafresh

Sponsored by Aquafresh

There are certain brands that stay with you throughout the stages of parenthood – and for me, Aquafresh is one of those brands. Aquafresh Milk Teeth Toothpaste was the first toothpaste I purchased when my eldest Stanley got his first teeth back in 2012 (those same teeth that are now falling out quicker than the tooth fairy can flutter her wings!)  – and it’s the brand I have chosen for Stanley, Wilfred and Mabel’s toothpaste and toothbrushes ever since.

Mabel has 16 milk teeth in her mouth now (I think we’re just waiting for those pesky back molars!) – and as milk teeth have enamel that is thinner and more delicate than adult teeth, extra care is needed to keep those teeth healthy. Aquafresh Milk Teeth Toothpaste (for ages 0-2 years) can be used as soon as your baby’s first tooth emerges, as it’s tough on decay, but with low abrasivity, making it kind to little teeth.

 

Mabel is pretty good at letting me brush her teeth (and having a go herself!) But anything that can keep her attention throughout the process is a big help. I have always sung a song while brushing their teeth (remember that song in the film Grease, when Jan sings at the sleepover? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFAwSqK3SdQ) That’s what I’ve always sung – and it seems to keep them happy enough while I’m brushing to get a really good clean of the teeth!

I recently found out about another way to keep them focused on tooth brushing for a full two minutes – and that’s the Aquafresh Brush Time app! After downloading the free app, you can start it when it’s time for teeth brushing (with different settings for different children) – and Captain Aquafresh and the Nurdles will sing and dance while your little ones brush! The app has a timer that counts down the recommended two minutes – and it also tells the child (and parent!) when it’s time to swap sides.

 

 

 

So what did we think? I didn’t think I’d ever use an app for tooth brushing, but I honestly think it can help – whether for older children like Stanley (who now brush their teeth themselves and I worry aren’t doing it for long enough or covering every surface) or for younger children like Mabel (who are so easily distracted and can clamp their mouth shut). It’s definitely worth downloading and having a go!

Download the Aquafresh Brush Time app here. Available on Apple or Android



30th November 2018

5 Ideas for children that love craft

My children are all quite creative and love nothing better than cutting, sticking, painting, and drawing – but whilst this is lovely and I always encourage it, I’m a bit sick of the clutter that ends up on our dining table…. So, I’ve put together some ideas for parents of crafty children on getting organised and minimising the mess. So here goes…

  1. Craft Drawers

I recently organised all of our craft things into drawers – and it has made a huge difference. Not only do the boys know where to get things when they want them, they also know exactly where to put them away when they have finished (or that’s the idea!) I got this set from Amazon, which is £49.99.

  1. Little Brian Paint Sticks

Mabel loves painting – but sometimes, I just can’t bring myself to deal with the mess that results from a few minutes of fun. That’s why I love Little Brian Paint Sticks, which are just like glue sticks but with colourful paint instead. No mess and lots of fun. I get them from Amazon here.

  1. Cabin Beds

The dream is for each of the children to have their own desks in the future, where they can get creative and store their own stationary – and when I spotted these cabin beds from Room to Grow, they were immediately added to my wish-list.

  1. Baker Ross

It can be really expensive to buy craft supplies for children (especially when they move through each activity in a few minutes), so I was happy to discover Baker Ross recently. This website has lots of fun craft packs (such as ‘colour in’ monster keyrings, penguin bauble making kits, and bumper packs of stickers) starting at just £1.99. Perfect for rainy days. Check it out here.

  1. JoJo Coveralls

I’ve had too many paint / glitter / glue disasters to risk letting them craft without an apron – and these coveralls from JoJo are perfect, as they can slide over any outfit in seconds.

Written in collaboration with Room to Grow



29th November 2018

Currently Loving – Christmas 2018

With December nearly here, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – and right on cue, here’s my ‘Currently Loving’ selection for the festive season!

The selection includes quite a few items from the Mum of Boys & Mabel gift guide, with quite a few discount codes still valid (all detailed below). I’d like to very quickly say a big thank you to the brands that worked with me on this year’s campaign and to every one of you that clicked and shopped links. 

So without further ado, here is what I am coveting, shopping, clicking, and enjoying this month…

1. Soggy Rabbit Illustrations. What better gift can there be than an illustration of your child’s much-loved cuddly toy – or your much-loved pet? Soggy Rabbit are currently offering 15% off all orders with the code MUMOFBOYSANDMABEL (valid to Dec 31st). And whilst the order date for Christmas delivery has now passed, you can pick up gift vouchers (or order for delivery after Christmas) at www.soggyrabbit.com

2. Paper Christmas by Emily Dawe. This really very beautiful book features 16 crafty paper projects for Christmas, including homemade bunting, wrapping paper, and decorations. Work on projects alongside a crafty child (Stanley, aged six, loves it!) – or have some fun on your own. Buy it at Amazon here – https://amzn.to/2TXDBog

3. First Wonder Boxes. First Wonder monthly subscription boxes are suitable for 4-8 year olds and have a different educational theme each month (not that they know it’s educational!) From dinosaurs, to outer space, to colours, to bodies, to bugs, each box contains activities, toys, stationary, things to build, games, and much more. This year, the company are offering a ‘Christmas Gift Subscription’ for the first time, which offers amazing savings up to 30% off the usual price at www.firstwonderbox.co.uk/gift/

4. Crafty Mama. Headed up by the very talented Charlotte, this online store makes dinosaur tails that attach around waists with velcro, beanbags in a range of very cool fabrics (I love the new dinosaur print!), butterfly wings to flutter in, and much more. Shop at www.craftymamastore.com

5. HUSH. I wish I could afford to buy the entire season’s collection from HUSH, but alas, adding this simple, chic star necklace to my wish list will have to do. Shop at https://www.hush-uk.com

6. Print My Smile. I am so happy to discover the personalised gifts from Print My Smile – from personalised notebook, to small initial mugs for the children, to calendars. Everything is very beautifully designed and very affordable – and you can take a further 20% off everything on the website with the code MUMOFBOYSANDMABEL (valid until Sunday 2nd December)!! Shop at  www.printmysmile.com

7. Esme Grace. Take your pick of beautiful winter hats, bonnets, and bibs from the hand-crocheted selection – and then choose the colours of the wool and extra details, like pom poms,. Everything is totally bespoke – and very high quality in terms of material and expertise. Shop at http://bit.ly/2QZwlqd

8. Lots of Lowe Designs. I discovered these stylish personalised prints last year – and promptly ordered an A4 Christmas Jumper Print (named with each family member). I just love it – and it’s something I know I’m going to get out with the decorations every Christmas! You can use the code MUMOFBOYSANDMABEL to snap up a 15% discount this Christmas, plus free shipping for all orders!  Shop at http://bit.ly/2RfkIeI 

9. Blueberry Boo Kids. I am the biggest fan of this clothing company, especially their personalised tops, hoodies and dresses. You can use an exclusive 15% discount on everything online at the moment too, with the code MOBAM15 (valid until 5th December, when they will close orders for Christmas, so be quick!) Shop at www.blueberrybookids.co.uk

10. Katie’s Little Book Bags. With Christmas Party bags starting at just £1.30 each and containing four items (yes, really!), this company offers the most amazing bargains for those looking to save a few pounds this Christmas. From activity bundles to keep the kids entertained at Christmas lunch, to Christmas Eve Bags, to Advent Book Bundles, and much more, you can shop at  http://bit.ly/2PUiVPv

11. Snuggle Bums. If you’re looking to treat your little people to beautiful, handmade gifts this Christmas, look no further than Snuggle Bums UK! This mama-run company (by the talented Kelly) offers a packed product range of tag blankets, personalised bunting, shopping trolley covers, baby bibs and much more! Everything is bright, impeccably made, and affordable (prices start at just £6). Shop at http://bit.ly/2PPSx9C

12. Simply Concrete. I never realised that concrete could create items quite so beautiful but I urge you to check out @simplyconcrete.ni on Instagram. I have some a set of coasters from the brand, painted with rose gold and I love them! If you want to order, be quick, as her order books close Friday 30th November for Christmas. Shop via Instagram here  –https://www.instagram.com/simplyconcrete.ni

13. Oliver Bonas. I’m a sucker for anything dinosaur themed – and this Christmas decoration from Oliver Bonas is ticking all the right boxes. Shop at www.oliverbonas.com 

14. The English Beagle. I just adore the new range of tablemats and puzzles at The English Beagle, which challenge children to find items hidden in the picture. The perfect way to keep them busy at Christmas lunch!  The company are offering 20% off all purchases on the website until the 20th December with the code XMAS18 – Shop here > www.theenglishbeagle.com

15. Oliver Bonas. I’ve got my eyes on these chic gold earrings, to bring a bit of glitz to my outfits over the festive season. Shop at www.oliverbonas.com 

16. My Busy Bots. Along with their brilliant busy bags filled with games and activities to keep children busy in quiet moments over the festive season, My Busy Bots have come up with a christmas range of gifts / stocking fillers to amaze and delight them!  And to help out that little bit more before Christmas, the company are offering 10% off everything on the website with the code XMAS10 – shop at www.mybusybots.com

17. The White Company. Of all the Christmas jumpers I have spotted this year for children, I think this is my favourite. It’s from The White Company and you can shop at www.thewhitecompany.com

18. Cotton & Bloom. Cotton and Bloom are a big favourite in my house for their fun, fashionable clothing. From glittery Santa tees, to personalised baby onesies, to matching Mama/Child sweatshirts, to birthday tops, to brother / sister tees – and much more! The prices are brilliant too. You can shop at www.cottonandbloom.com

 

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25th October 2018

Stanley and Wilfred visit Drusillas Park for Shriek Week!

 

We always enjoy visiting Drusillas Park as a family – so I had their Halloween ‘Shriek Week’ (which is taking place this week, until Sunday 28th) in my diary for a while. But alas, like a lot of working mums, I just couldn’t make it work as I was too busy with work – so my parents very kindly offered to take the boys today.

They had such a brilliant day, but I am told that the highlights of the day were…

1) The interactive ‘Shriek Week’ areas, which included the Maze (with its very own spooky mummy’s roaming around!) and the Witch’s House. Once they’d been suitably scared in the maze, they went up to the platform and watched from the platform and spent a long time watching other children running away!


 

 

2) The spooky decorations all around the park – pumpkins, cobwebs, skeletons, and bats! My parents said they had made a real effort – and a lot of children had come in fancy dress to really get into the spirit.

3) The rides! Drusillas is the closest my children have got to a real theme park – and it’s always one of their highlights of their visit. The Flying Cheetahs, the Hippopotobus, the Safari Express Train – and all the rides in Hello Kitty Land.

4) Visiting the animals – always part of our day when we go to Drusillas and extra special in Shriek Week! The boys loved how the mouse house had been transformed for Halloween and my Dad was impressed by how the animals experts bought the theme into a talk about blood-sucking bats!

Drusillas is always fun to visit – and Shriek Week will be taking place at the park until Sunday. For more information, head to https://www.drusillas.co.uk/halloween-activities-in-east-sussex

And if you want to know what they have planned for Christmas, head to https://www.drusillas.co.uk/christmas-events

 

Thank you to Drusillas for providing tickets for my parents and boys to visit today,so that I could write this review. Thanks Mum and Dad for taking the boys and for taking the photos! 



Currently Loving – October 2018

It’s October and the kids are off on half-term, so I am going to keep this introduction brief – but I will just say that this really is my favourite time of the year and think there’s been some kind of serious mistake with the weather. Maybe someone switched the wrong switch up there? But I’m not complaining; it’s great – and it’s making me look forward to the cold, cosy months ahead (and Christmas, of course, if I am allowed to utter the word…) I hope you enjoy my selection this month – and I will be back with another pick in November.

  1. Next. This coral sweatshirt (from £8) is in the boys’ autumn collection at Next, although it would work very well for either gender. The perfect way to brighten up an outfit! Shop here.

 

  1. Next. Also at Next, I’ve fallen in love with these sand coloured boots for the boys, complete with their very own lion! There’s also khaki and black dinosaurs in the collection (from £23). Shop here.

 

  1. Blueberry Boo Kids. How cool are the new ‘Maker’ enamel pin badges from Blueberry Boo Kids (£7.50)?! Available in Boys and Girls, they’d look great worn on a plain-coloured sweatshirt or jumper – or pinned onto a winter scarf. Shop here.

 

  1. Trilogy Skincare. I used to swear by Trilogy products when I was a beauty journalist – and it was a real joy to rediscover them recently. I love the gentle, botanical ingredients (including lashings of rosehip oil) – and my skin seems to love them too. Shop here.

 

  1. Oliver Bonas. I’d fill my entire house with nothing but Oliver Bonas if I could, so I’m always quick to click onto their new collections when they launch – and this Tiger Scented Candle (Bergamot and Rose) has definitely caught my eye (£23). I’d burn the candle and then use the tiger to keep trinkets on my dressing table. Shop here.

 

  1. Marks & Spencer. M&S has launched lots of initial gift items for Christmas – and this mug in an ‘L’ will definitely be on my wish-list (£6). Shop here.

 

  1. Not on the Highstreet. If I was lucky enough to own one of these personalised embroidered hoop signs by Make & Mend, I’d prop it up on the fireplace when I decorated for Christmas – and then I’d pull it out every year and do the same (£38). Shop here.

 

  1. Alcatel. You will have heard me talk about the Alcatel 3V over recent weeks – and having tried it out, I still can’t believe it has a price tag under £100. It has a crystal-clear 6-inch screen, a really very good 12 megapixel camera, and some fab features like facial recognition unlocking. It’s really user-friendly and comes in a choice of black or gold. Such a bargain for a high quality smartphone! Shop here.

 

  1. Marks & Spencer. I can’t get enough of leopard print dresses – and this pink number would be so versatile, dressed up with heels or down with tights, boots and knitwear (£49.50). Shop here.

 

  1. Boden. I adore these supersoft leather baby shoes, available in hot pink, tan, or navy (£24). I wish they’d been around when Mabel was taking her first steps! Shop here.

 

  1. Jellycat. I spotted this octopus while browsing recently and fell in love (£20)! Such a unique, but very sweet soft toy to have sitting on a nursery shelf. And SO soft too! Shop here.

 

  1. From Mum With Love. I can’t write a ‘Currently Loving’ in the month my very own book goes into pre-order and not mention it – so here is a quick plug for my very first novel! It’s all about a mum, living in London, who decides to start a blog – and the roller-coaster of events that follow. You can pre-order it for just £1 on digital download here (and it will be available in February). Pre-order here.

 

  1. Stories For Kids That Dare To Be Different. You may have heard me mention ‘Stories for Boys That Dare To Be Different’ a while ago – and this book is the second in the series. It’s just very, very wonderful and every child should get the chance to read it (at time of writing, reduced to £13, from £20). Shop here.

 

  1. Pop Reads. Each of these books is based on a different song – with the lyrics beautifully illustrated inside. They are perfect for parents that want to pass on a love of music to their children – I have ‘Perfect Day’ and ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day’ on my wish-list for the kids! Get your hands on the books (from £7) and accompanying soundtracks by supporting the Kickstarter here.

 

  1. Oliver Bonas. It’s nearly time for wrapping up warm in scarves – and this rainbow / leopard print beauty from Oliver Bonas is top of my ‘to buy’ list (£28)! Shop here.

 

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21st October 2018

Enter the ‘Monster Mash’ Design Competition with Print My Smile!

I could not be more excited to tell you about the ‘Monster Mash Competition’ with Print My Smile, which is now open for your children to enter over the half-term holidays and Halloween (closing date Nov 2nd). I will be on the judging panel for the competition and can’t wait to see the designs start coming in!

To enter, you just need to click onto the Print My Smile website (scroll to the bottom of this blog post for the clickable link) and show your children how to use the easy design tools to create their very own scary monster! It’s very simple to use – both my 4 and 6-year old managed it on their own very easily and enjoyed every second!

This video will show you how to do it!

There are some seriously cool prizes up for grabs too:

1st Place: A collection of Print My Smile products featuring the winning monster design, including a child’s mug, A4 framed poster, chocolate card, and notebook. They will also win a cool VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch, pre-loaded with a monster detector game they will love! Finally, the winning child will become a product designer overnight, with their design printed on a range of children’s mugs and notebooks (all profits going to a charity fund).

2 runners-up prizes: The two runners-up will also get their designs sent to them on a mug, A4 framed poster, chocolate card, and notebook, along with the VTech Smartwatch.

Every single child that enters will get their own A5 poster printed for FREE (the first 250 entries will have it posted, whilst everyone else will get a PDF to print at home). Posters will be delivered to every child within 5 days.

But that’s not all, because you won’t just be putting a smile on your child’s face by taking part in this competition, but you’ll also be supporting charity too. Print My Smile will donate £1 to charity for every household that enters, split between Bliss and Born Too Soon (up to a total of £1000).

Each child in your household can enter and receive their poster (one entry per child – so if you have three children, you can enter three times and get a poster for each child). The competition is open to children aged up to 16 years old and a parent/guardian must register on the Print My Smile website in order for their child to enter the competition.

 

Have fun creating your monsters – and I can’t wait to see your designs!

Start creating your monster at the Print My Smile Entry Page here – www.printmysmile.com/p/1293/monster-mash-competition



19th October 2018

Fireman Sam: Set for Action Airs Monday Morning!

My children have always enjoying watching Fireman Sam – so when I was asked if they’d like a sneak preview of new movie Fireman Sam: Set For Action, we jumped at the chance. This brand new film is airing on Cartoonito on Monday 22nd October at 8am – and last week, Stanley, Wilfred and Mabel were given the chance to become mini film reviewers for the afternoon (and they took their role very seriously, glued to the screen throughout the film!)

Cartoonito sent the children some ‘Fireman Sam’ gifts to set the scene – and Mabel watched a lot of the film in her fireman hat, totally gripped by the story!

Fireman Sam: Set For Action is about Fireman Sam going viral on the internet after a daring rescue is filmed and uploaded onto “Pontypandy Planet Online”. Fireman Sam is suddenly a star and is invited to take part in a movie, which remakes the rescue. The film is all about what happens next, with Fireman Sam trying to do his best on the film, despite the meddlings of his Hollywood actor co-star Flex Dexter.

My children are aged between 6 and 2 years old – and all three enjoyed this movie. Mabel just adores anything to do with Fireman Sam – and I think the inclusion of the viral internet clip and movie set was enough to keep my YouTube-savvy 6-year old gripped too. I enjoyed it too and thought it was very clever to bring Pontypandy up-to-date with the inclusion of “Pontypandy Planet Online” and Hollywood actors.

If your children are off school for half term on Monday morning, this is the perfect way to kick start the holidays. Younger toddlers and pre-schoolers will enjoy it very much too, especially if they enjoy Fireman Sam – I was really impressed with how it held Mabel’s attention (so you may even get to drink a hot cup of coffee, which is a real win on a Monday morning!)

Thank you for giving us the chance to watch it Cartoonito – and I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did on Monday morning!

Fireman Sam: Set For Action! will air on Cartoonito on 22nd October 2018 at 8am

 

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12th October 2018

Our Smallfoot family picture, to celebrate the release of the movie in UK cinemas now!

Sponsored Post with Warner Bros UK.

We’re very excited about the release of the animated family movie Smallfoot, which is out now in UK cinemas. With original music and an all-star cast (including James Corden, Channing Tatum and Danny DeVito, no less), the movie turns the legend of Bigfoot upside down when a bright young Yeti discovers a human.

When I told the children about the movie and asked if they wanted to do something to celebrate its release, they asked if we could make our own family of yetis – and so I had the idea to collect beach pebbles and turn them into our own family yeti picture. We just needed white paint, glue, cotton wool, wiggly eyes, blue card, a box frame, and a glue gun – and the children had a lot of fun getting crafty.

So without further ado, here is the short video we made of our Smallfoot themed craft project – and we hope you enjoy it!

Smallfoot is out now in UK cinemas.



27th September 2018

Currently Loving – September 2018

Sorry summer, but autumn has stolen my heart. When the weather is crisp and sunny, with the most beautiful views over the countryside, I think it’s the best season by far. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed watching the trees change colour last year – and I’m getting all excited about cosy weekends, wrapping the kids up warm, and kicking our way through leaves (I know it’s clichéd, but after 9 years in the desert, it’s going to take a while to get over the novelty of it). So here are my top picks for September – and I hope you enjoy a dose of autumn as you have a read…

 

  1. H&M. I’m definitely treating myself to a pink coat this year – and this number by H&M is top of my wish list. I just love the colour and the cut, which will look equally good dressed down with jeans and dressed up with dresses and heels. Shop here.

 

  1. New Look at ASOS. I’ve always loved a bit of leopard print, so the fact it’s autumn’s biggest trend is very exciting – and I have my eyes on these affordable New Look boots, available at ASOS (and currently on sale!) Shop here.

 

  1. H&M. There’s lots I like about these cool high top trainers for boys – but I think it’s the cosy pile lining that seals the deal, keeping their feet snug as the cooler weather arrives. Shop here.

 

  1. Love Roo. If you have a little person in tow this autumn, why not treat them to a beautiful fleece-lined winter bonnet by handmade business Love Roo? My pick is the wolf cub – but the fox cub comes a close second. Shop here.

 

  1. Sheepers. I’ve had my eyes on a pair of Sheepers slippers since I spotted them on feet across Instagram last Christmas – and with the cooler weather rolling in again, I have the perfect excuse to invest. Shop here.

 

  1. Blueberry Boo Kids. Treat coffee lovers to their very own pumpkin spice travel mug, making their consumption eco-friendly this autumn. Shop here.

 

  1. Not on the HIghstreet. If you were planning to buy your little one (or another lucky little person) a sit-on rocker, I don’t think you’re going to beat this foxy design. I just love it! Shop here.

 

  1. Essie. The new season colours from Essie are high on my wish list this month – and this dusty, autumnal red/pink is definitely going on my nails. The shade is called ‘Stop Drop & Shop’ – and it’s the perfect thing to team up with cosy knits as the weather draws in. Shop here.

 

  1. La Redoute. I love this khaki-coloured parka with tiny gold stars from La Redoute – and think I’ll be snapping it up for Mabel’s autumn wardrobe. Shop here.

 

  1. La Coqueta. I’ve fallen head over heels for the beautiful dresses from the brand La Coqueta. Mabel wore a floral white and blue dress from their collection at her second birthday party and everything about it was gorgeous – the cut, the print, the fabric, and the colours. Such a lovely, traditional brand for little girls – for every day wear with knitted cardigans or for special occasions. Shop here.

 

  1. Zara Kids. Zara Kids is my go-to brand for basic knitwear for all three of my children. I love the fact it’s so warm and stylish, but with very low price points. Shop here.

 

  1. Hush. I love the simplicity of this delicate star necklace from Hush, which will add a subtle flash of metallic to your outfit. Shop here.

 

  1. Cath Kidston. There’s always a mug in my ‘Currently Loving’ – can you tell how much I rely on a good cup of coffee? This fox design by Cath Kidston seems like the perfect way to swig it over the coming months. Shop here.

 

  1. H&M. It’s time to cosy up – and these dinosaur-print joggers from H&M would be a very cool way to do it. I just wish they made them for adults… Shop here.

 

  1. Next. Talking of knitwear, I know it’s probably a totally impractical colour for boys, but I can’t wait to see them wearing this chunky ecru jumper this autumn. There’s something very lovely about a simple ecru knit, worn with denim jeans and sandy boots. Shop here.

 

  1. Boden. Boden release different colours of their best-selling Cosy Cardigan every season – and I’m a bit besotted with this dusty pink version for autumn. I can’t wait to see Mabel wearing it over floaty tops and leggings. Shop here.

 

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24th August 2018

Currently Loving – August 2018

Another month is nearly over – and it seems that we are hurtling into autumn. We had such a lovely summer with the seemingly endless heatwave (I’d like to order another one of them next year, thanks very much), so I don’t feel sad that the evenings are getting darker and there is suddenly a chill in the air. I can’t wait to wrap up warm in the coming months – and most of my picks this month are with that in mind. I hope you enjoy the feature – and I’ll be back with another one next month (hopefully earlier in the month, given the boys will be back at school!)…

 

1. La Redoute. I really rate La Redoute for their stylish, but affordable outerwear for children – and this duffle coat is so gorgeous for little boys. If you fancy it, be quick – as there is currently a 30% sale off the entire new collection. Shop here.

2. Oliver Bonas. This neon Prosecco sign would look great in my kitchen – and I’d enjoy admiring with a glass of the sparkly stuff. Shop here.

3. Zara Kids. This sheep jumper is definitely on my hit-list for autumn for Mabel’s wardrobe. Shop here.

4. Scamp & Dude. I’m looking forward to stocking up on Scamp & Dude sweatshirts for the boys for the colder weather – and I am starting with this signature green print, worn with dark denim jeans and chunky boots. Perfection. Shop here.

5. HUSH. Now onto my autumn/winter wardrobe – and this sweatshirt from HUSH for adults is definitely on my wish list. Shop here.

6. Cath Kidston. I spotted this mug in the Cath Kidston Autumn/Winter catalogue and I have fallen in love. The colour, the badger, the shape. I bet it makes coffee and tea taste a whole lot better. Shop here.

7. Boden. I’ve tried so many jeans on my boys over the years, but these slim fit jeans by Boden are hands down the best. They are made of the softest denim, are very durable, and look perfect too. Their my top ‘must have’ for boys this autumn. Shop here.

8. Cool Gear. These water bottles are brilliant. You freeze the inside section, so that the water stays cold for hours. My kids got quite accustomed to ice cold water during the heatwave and this is the perfect solution – and they’re very affordable too. Shop here.

9. Matalan Home. Once we shut the doors to the garden when the cooler weather rolls around, I feel like the inside of my home needs some greenery as it makes me very happy. I am not remotely green fingered, so was really impressed by the artificial selection at Matalan. Shop here.

10. Spearmark at Sainsburys. This lunch bag is the perfect size for pack lunches – and I love the retro colour block design. Stanley has this exact one, with a selection of Locksy containers, which fit inside perfectly (Locksy is available at Dunelm, Morrison’s and Iceland). For the bag, shop here.

11. Next. How cute are these waterproof character macs from Next? They are available in several different characters. Shop here.

12. Matalan. These boots for boys are gorgeous for autumn – and at only £14, they are a bargain too. Shop here.

13. UK Swimwear. Are you lucky enough to be heading away to the sunshine any time soon? I’ve just discovered the website UK Swimwear, which is packed with gorgeous bikinis, swimsuits, and cover-ups for every different type of body. I’ve treated myself to a new swimsuit and it’s really lovely quality (and supportive too). Definitely worth a browse. Shop here.

14. Mint Rainbow. I am obsessed with the leggings by this gorgeous company for Mabel’s wardrobe and will definitely be stocking up for autumn. This pink leopard-print design is top of my wish list – and they’re affordable too. Shop here.

15. TOPSHOP. My favourite pointy ballet pumps are out in leopard print this autumn – and of course, I’ll be adding them to my collection. So comfy and so stylish with dresses or skinny jeans. Shop here.

16. Oliver Bonas. I have my eye on this neon pink lamp to add a pop of colour to my lounge. The perfect way to brighten up the coming seasons! Shop here.

 

 

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