Want to know what I’ve been loving recently? I’m kicking off a monthly post where I share my favourites – so here goes…
1 – Blog
I have been reading Natasha’s blog The Milk Stand for a while now. The blog is addictive, mixing posts about everyday life with toddler Max with shopping inspiration, recipes, and reviews. She’s ridiculously cool and stylish (I want her home and wardrobe), but so genuine and honest in her musings. She also has a YouTube channel, which I dip into when I have time too. If you like Mum of Boys, you will like The Milk Stand, so make sure you check it out!
2 – Shop
Next has just launched its festive collections and I would like to buy the whole lot for my boys, especially this cool Fairisle Pattern Jumper, Navy Gilet, and Quilted Joggers – but as we are in Dubai in the sunshine, this cool T-Shirt will be added to my online basket. Definitely worth an online browse if you need new autumn/winter clothes for your boys.
3 – Book
I have fallen head over heels in love with Julia Donaldson’s Night Monkey, Day Monkey
book. The story is the perfect way to help active little boys wind down before bedtime, with beautiful words and even more beautiful illustrations. My sister bought this book for Wilfred, but Stanley is completely obsessed with it and asks for it every bedtime – that is fine by me, as it’s a real joy to read.
4 – Film
On the subject of Julia Donaldson – and very apt too, with Halloween around the corner – we have been watching the short animated film Room On The Broom quite a lot recently. There are some things that Stanley likes to watch on the television that really grate my nerves, but this is not one of them and I am always happy to put it on when the boys fancy a bit of screen time. It is quite literally a work of art, with beautiful animation and soothing music. You can buy it as a DVD at Amazon.co.uk or on iTunes to play on the iPad.
5 – UK Discovery
Toddler boys in leggings? Oh yes, it is very cool and very cute – and I will be buying my boys these adorable creations from brand tobias and the bear to wear with their T-shirts and Toms shoes. I’ve just discovered the brand and can’t wait to see the boys rocking them – but first, I have to decide between Ned The Elephant, Brown Bear Brown Bear, or Storm Boy (£15 each).
6 – Dubai Discovery
My friend Simone and I took our boys and husbands to Ripe Market this morning, in its new location of Zabeel Park. I didn’t think I could like the market any more than when it was based in Safa Park before the summer, but seriously, it’s even better. It’s closer to the car park, located on paths shaded by palm trees, with even more stalls. For kids, there’s a great play park alongside, animals to pet and ponies to ride from Tamini Stables, sand art to get creative, and pancakes that look like Mickey Mouse. And for adults, there is amazing coffee from Raw, endless food stalls to enjoy, and beautiful gift, clothing, and craft stalls to browse and buy. It’s on every Friday morning between 9am and 2pm – and believe me, it’s the perfect start to the weekend.
7 – On my wish list
I know I’m in Dubai, but I still want this cosy Grey Blanket from Not on the Highstreet and I think it’ll end up on my Christmas list to throw over the sofa. The weather in Dubai is starting to cool now and I’d love a pair of jeweled sandals to wear with summer dresses, like these Light Pink Gem Stone Sandals from River Island (we still want to wear pretty shoes as mums of boys, right?) And finally, I am desperate to get out on a date night with the husband to watch Gone Girl – hopefully we will manage it this week. Has anyone seen it yet?
8 – Dreaming of…
I’ve been researching a blog post about perfect holidays for families this week (to be revealed soon!) and the Sani Resort in Greece is somewhere a lot of you recommended. We can’t get there from Dubai as there are no direct flights – but if you are based in the UK and are looking for a family-friendly resort, this should seriously be top of your wish list. The resort is exceptionally kid-friendly, making it possible for adults to enjoy the holiday as much as their little companions. We will definitely get there one day…