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.

 

Written in collaboration with Alcatel Mobile

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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

 

This blog post is sponsored by Cartoonito



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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23rd August 2018

Our Brilliant Day at ZSL London Zoo…

The last time I visited ZSL London Zoo, I was a little girl. I don’t remember a huge amount, but I do remember being in awe of the gorillas. I also remember it was a giant zoo, bigger than my imagination could’ve even dreamt up, with so many different animals. I genuinely remember it being the best zoo I’d ever visited – so when I was invited to visit with my little ones this week, I jumped at the chance.

Getting there

ZSL London Zoo is located in Regents Park, with the nearest tube being Camden Town. You can drive, jump on a bus, or jump on a water taxi to reach it, so it’s very accessible. We got the underground to Camden Town and then walked, which took about 15-20 minutes with little legs. It’s a really pretty walk, alongside Regent’s Canal with its resident houseboats and over bridges. We had pre-bought tickets, so joined that queue (much shorter, so I’d recommending buying online before you go – you save 10% by doing this too) and then strolled straight into the zoo.

 

Our favourite animals

The reason we were there was obviously the animals – and I was nearly bursting with excitement to see the childrens’ faces when they spotted them. Wilfred’s favourite – without a doubt – was the Tiger Territory. He loves cats, so it was always going to be the way – but when he spotted a tiger resting above our heads, he couldn’t take his eyes off it. Just at the right moment, it woke up and turned to look directly at him and I think his day was made already.

Stanley’s favourite was the Land of the Lions. This amazing part of the zoo has been styled to look like a colourful Indian village called Sasan Gir, complete with houses, street food stalls, lion transportation vehicles, and lots more. It’s really clever how they’ve done this, because you really do feel like you’ve stepped out of London and into India – and the Asiatic Lions are the icing on the cake.

Mabel’s favourite was the penguins. She was stunned into silence as she watched them dive into the water and pluck fish from the bottom of their pool. The glass wall makes this a really magical experience – and we stayed watching them for a good 20 minutes, as they performed somersaults in the water in front of our noses.

My favourite was the giraffes – because we just had the most magical moment. We walked into their indoor enclosure (the only family inside) only to discover they were all outside. But just as we were about to walk out again, a giraffe walked indoors and right up to the edge of the enclosure where we stood. He or she then proceeded to eat and drink a few feet from us, so close we could see the individual hairs and hear its breathing. I’ve been up close and personal to giraffes twice in my life before, feeding them in both Kenya and Abu Dhabi, but I have never been stunned like this. I think it was the fact we were stood at the same level, suddenly aware of its height and beauty.

My husband’s favourite was the Gorlla Kingdom – because how could you not be stunned and amazed by these incredible creatures? A gorilla was sat right by the glass of the enclosure when we walked past – and seeing its human-like expressions and sheer size was really special.

But they weren’t the only animals we fell in love with. The African Hunting Dogs were a big hit with the children, the snakes had us all mesmerised, we spent a long time watching the komodo dragons, and we adored the plump pygmy hippos. There were so many more too – bugs, birds, mammals, and fish.

The Conservation side of the zoo

But as much as we loved the animals, the zoo isn’t just about entertainment. ZSL London Zoo is run by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a charity dedicated to conserving wild animals and where they live. Ten per cent of what ZSL invests in displaying gorillas and tigers, for example, goes to protect the same animals in the wild. In fact, the zoo entry fees underpin its conservation projects in 50 countries – and as a big animal lover, this is really important to me.

 

Our day

Our day was brilliant. We genuinely did enjoy every second. I was scared it was going to be really busy during the summer holidays – and despite people being there, the zoo has enough space and enough exhibits to make it feel quite calm and quiet even at the busiest times. We only had to wait 30 seconds or so at the busiest parts of the zoo for someone to step aside so we could have a look too. We ate our (home-made) picnic lunch in a really calm and quiet part of the zoo, where there were several benches free around us. Nothing like the busy atmosphere I was imagining.It was just a lovely day and I can highly recommend visiting with your children. We will definitely be back!

Visit www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo for more information

#ZooLife

Written in collaboration with ZSL London Zoo



30th July 2018

Currently loving… July 2018

I’m only just scraping through with this month’s ‘Currently Loving’ on the last few days of the month, phew. The truth is that my to-do list is growing by the day, with the boys off school for summer, but I’ve finally got there – and despite the crazy heat we’ve been having recently, I’m mainly looking ahead to the new autumn collections this month. From denim rompers, to Batman shoes, to pretty mugs (and lots of other brilliant gift ideas and buys for the kids). I hope you enjoy the selection – and I’ll be back with another ‘Currently Loving’ in August.

 

1. Boden Long Sleeve T-Shirts. I’m loving the new collection at Boden, especially these long sleeve tops in the boys’ section. My boys lived in long-sleeve T-Shirts from Boden like these a few seasons ago and I have been hunting for a design I like as much ever since, so I’m delighted to find a fab selection in this new collection. They will take the boys through that warm one minute / chilly the next transition from summer to autumn. Shop here.

2. Cath Kidston Backpacks. When it comes to back-to-school buys, I don’t think you can beat this fun, but stylish Super Dogs backpack. It’s brand new in at Cath Kidston and Stanley loves it! Shop here

3. H&M Home Banner. Oh how I love this banner! I’d like to string it over a cosy reading corner in the boy’s room – but I think it would look amazing over a bunk bed, above a cot, or in a play room too. And it’s only £8.99! Shop here.

4. Not on the Highstreet Bespoke Artwork. I’ve fallen head over heels for these bespoke handwriting signs from Not on the Highstreet! You can write any message and the company will make it into a sign, with the background the colour of your choosing. I’m staggered by the price too, at only £28. Shop here.

5. H&M Home Porcelain Cups. I adore these simple mugs by H&M Home, at only £6.99 each. They’re available in this gorgeous dusky green, pale pink, and white. I’d like to fill my cupboards with a mixture of all of the three colours. Shop here.

6. Oliver Bonas Tricerapot Planter. The perfect addition to your shelfie… This would encourage even me to be green fingered! Shop here.

7. My Busy Bots. You might have caught my post about these activity bags a few weeks ago, but let me just reiterate that they ARE TOTALLY GENIUS! Each bag is tailored to the age of your child, containing an activity that will keep them busy at home, at a restaurant table, or on a long journey. We tested them while away from home and the boys (and Mabel) loved them – and I now have a selection stashed in my nappy bag for quiet moments out-and-about. Read my social media post here. Shop here.

8. Marks & Spencer Mugs. I’m loving this new collection of mugs, which comes with motifs such as ‘Day Dreamer’, ‘Book Worm’, ‘Sleepy Head’, ‘Trend Setter’, and ‘Party Animal’. And at only £5 each, they will make amazing gifts. Shop here.

9. Oliver Bonas Dinosaur Salt & Pepper Pots. Two very cool salt and pepper pots, in the coolest coral hue. They’d make a brilliant gift. Shop here.

10. Next Batman Shoes. I can’t quite put into words how cool I think these shoes are… Just amazing. That’s Wilfred’s autumn footwear sorted! Shop here.

11. Baby Led Spreads. These jars contain healthy spreads for baby-led weaned babies, toddlers, and children – and can be used as dips for them to dunk vegetables or breadsticks or toast (or anything else on their plate), or stirred into pasta, loaded on baked potatoes, or used as bases for homemade pizza. You can use them at home or throw the jars into your bag for healthier meals when you’re out and about. There are six flavours to pick from (Mabel’s favourite is the “Carrot, Apple and Hummus”) with three of the recipes completely dairy-free – and until midnight on Wednesday, you can snap up 10% off all orders with the code 10OFF to snap up your discount (valid only once, per person). Postage is completely free too! Shop here.

12. La Redoute Denim Playsuit. If I had a baby or toddler boy, he would most certainly be wearing this denim romper. It’s one of the coolest things I’ve seen in the new autumn collections. Shop here.

 

 

Written in collaboration with My Busy Bots and Baby Led Spreads

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12th July 2018

SANCTUARY SPA WET SKIN MOISTURE MIRACLE – THE PERFECT PRODUCT FOR BUSY MUMS

I remember the days when I used to have the time to moisturise my skin head-to-toe after a long bath. The days when I didn’t run the risk of a baby waking up mid-way through the process. The days when my evenings were for me – and not for washing bottles, and picking up discarded pants from the living room floor, and making sure there was school uniform for the next day that didn’t have dinner splattered down the front. Those were the days.

These days, however, my time is limited – which is why I love Sanctuary Spa Wet Skin Moisture Miracle. This clever moisturiser can be applied in the shower – so when you climb out and dry off, your skin is already beautifully moisturised. You don’t have to engage your brain to remember to apply body lotion when you’ve dried off (when it’s actually full of what you need to pack in the kids’ lunchboxes for the next day), nor spend precious time actually doing it.  The job has already been done by this clever product in the shower – and the good news is that until the end of July, the product is only £5 from Boots (down from £8). Read on for more information and the link!

I used it today for the first time – and it left my skin feeling both soft and hydrated. The texture is like a body cream – thinner than a body butter, but thicker than a lotion. It glides onto skin under the water, allowing you to cover your entire body in a matter of seconds.

This summer, Sanctuary Spa has launched two new fragrances of the Wet Skin Moisture Miracle (to join the original Signature Sanctuary Fragrance that launched last year) – a floral ‘White Lily and Damask Rose’ and a citrus ‘Green Lemon & Orange Blossom.

I’m not a floral scent fan, so didn’t expect to like ‘White Lily and Damask Rose’ – but I was very pleasantly surprised. It has a spa-like, quite expensive scent – just like the scent on your skin after a luxury massage. I could smell it on my skin hours later.

The second fragrance ‘Green Lemon & Orange Blossom’ is the kind of thing I’d pick up from the shelf and already know I am going to like. I wasn’t wrong. It’s fresh, zingy, uplifting, and perfect for early mornings (even when I’ve been woken up 1,000 times by my children). This one was definitely my favourite.

And if you like these, you’ll also love the two Sanctuary Spa Shower Bursts – like a thick, whipped foam for skin, with equally tempting fragrances. I’m quite hooked on these now – it’s a bit of sensory treat for skin!

The three scents of Wet Skin Moisture Miracle usually cost £8 each and the two Sanctuary Spa Shower Bursts usually cost £7 each – but the good news is that all the products are just £5 each at Boots.com until July 31st

That’s a total bargain – and the perfect excuse to try them out!

You can find them here – http://www.boots.com/sanctuary-spa/sanctuary-spa-whats-new

 

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