Tag Archives: John Lewis

18th October 2014

The best bags for mums – and the best accessories to go in them

When I was pregnant with my first baby, I decided I didn’t need a nappy bag. ‘I’m not giving up my collection of designer handbags“, I mulled. “Why do I need separate compartments and a washable interior?” My friend, who was already a mummy, snapped back: “Would you put poo-stained clothes in your designer handbag?” I recoiled. Of course I wouldn’t. And with that, I purchased my first changing bag and have rarely used anything else since.

As a child gets bigger, of course, you don’t necessarily need the compartments or the washable interior – but you do need space, whether it’s for spare clothes during potty training, snacks for hungry toddlers, or activities for keeping them entertained during boring moments.

If I was shopping for a new bag, I would definitely take my pick from the 10 below. And within it, I would stock up on the useful 12 accessories below that (keep scrolling!). Happy bag shopping – and have a lovely weekend!

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1. Poppy Navy Changing Bag, £89, Storksak at John Lewis (click here to buy)

2. Chevron Changing Bag, £61, Skip Hop at John Lewis (click here to buy)

3. Star Print Rucksack, £22, Next (click here to buy)

4. Coral Changing Bag, £70, Storksak (click here to buy)

5. Dome Rucksack, £35, Accessorize (click here to buy)

6. Sophia Leather Bag, £189, BabyBeau at John Lewis (click here to buy)

7. Navy Mirano Changing Bag, £99, Paca Pod (click here to buy)

8. Navy Spot Satchel £35, Babymel at Mamas and Papas (click here to buy)

9. Leather Satchel, £74.95, GAP (click here to buy)

10. London Buses Changing Bag, £95, Cath Kidston (click here to buy)

Acceessories

1. Travel Bottle Warmer, £8.40, Tommee Tippee at Boots (click here to buy)

2. Mini Portable Soother Steriliser, £5, Milton at Boots (click here to buy)

3. Bugs Snack Pots, £9, Jo Jo Maman Bebe (click here to buy)

4. Sheep Changing Mat, £19.99, Zara Home (click here to buy)

5. Hand Gel, £1.45, Cussons at Boots (click here to buy)

6. My Buggy Buddy Pram Clip, £4.79, Amazon.co.uk (click here to buy)

7. Printed Nappy and Wipes Holder, £12, Not on the Highstreet (click here to buy)

8. Wet and Dry Bag, £13, Jo Jo Maman Bebe (click here to buy)

9. Disposable Bibs, £5.49, Tommee Tippee at Amazon.co.uk (click here to buy)

10. Ladybird Food Flask, £15, Jo Jo Maman Bebe (click here to buy)

11. Pack Away Pocket Highchair, £14, Jo Jo Maman Bebe (click here to buy)

12. Baby Formula Mixer, £19.99, Amazon.co.uk (click here to buy)

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22nd August 2014

18 of the coolest jumpers for boys

Feeling the chill? I certainly am – and I am rapidly running out of long-sleeves for my boys, who are more used to living in T-shirts in the warm Dubai climate. We’re still in the UK for a few more weeks, so I have been spending some time browsing for a few jumpers to see us through until September (no doubt this will prompt the sun to come back out in typical ‘sod’s law’ fashion, but at least they can wear them on our Christmas trip home if that’s the case…)

So without further ado, here are my favourite jumpers for boys this autumn. Happy shopping!

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1. Stripe Guard Jumper, £30, The White Company (sizes 2 to 8 years) (click here)

2. Smiley Face Sweat Top, £7, Mothercare (sizes 2 to 8 years) (click here)

3. Engineer Stripe Sweater, £14.95, GAP Kids (sizes 12 months to 5 years) (click here)

4. Batman Jumper, from £18, Marks & Spencer (sizes 5 to 14 years) (click here)

5. Colourblock Crew, from £12, Next (sizes 3 months to 6 years) (click here)

6. ‘This Boy Rocks’ Jumper, £9.99, H&M (sizes 18 months to 10 years) (click here)

7. Striped Sweater, £65, Elias & Grace (sizes 4 to 14 years) (click here)

8. BAM Jumper, £20, Pumpkin Patch at House of Fraser (sizes 0-18 months) (click here)

9. ‘Pullover’ Jumper, £62, Stella McCartney at Alex & Alexa (sizes 2 to 14 years) (click here)

10. NYC Sweater, £14, River Island (sizes 3 to 12 years) (click here)

11. Dog Jumper, £22, Mamas & Papas (sizes 2 to 6 years) (click here)

12. Half Zip Jumper, from £29.95, Joules (sizes 3 to 12 years) (click here)

13. Dinosaur Hoodie, from £15, John Lewis (sizes 2 to 12 years) (click here)

14. Cashmere Star Jumper, from £59, Not on the Highstreet (sizes 1 to 10 years) (click here)

15. Dogtooth Jumper, £14, Baby K at Mothercare (sizes 1 to 8 years) (click here)

16. Cable Knit Jumper, £20, Jo Jo Maman Bebe (sizes 6 months to 5 years) (click here)

17. Sunglasses Sweater, £46, Emile et Ida at Cissy Wears (sizes 1 to 6 years) (click here)

18. Dog Jumper, £22.47 (reduced), Barbour at House of Fraser (sizes 8 – 13 years) (click here)



6th August 2014

Summer Holiday Shopping Part 1 – Polo Shirts

What more does a boy need over the summer holidays than polo shirts, sandals, and swimming shorts? Well OK, a few other things would be handy obviously, but give a boy these three essentials and he can enjoy a season of gardens, beaches, and water play. They’ve got to be stylish of course, so I’ve done the hard work for you and found the best the virtual rails have to offer…

I’m starting with my pick of polo shirts for little boys – and I will follow over the next few days with sandals and swimming shorts. Happy shopping – and see you again tomorrow!

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1 – Blue & White Striped Polo, £30, Ben & Lola at Not on the Highstreet (click here)

2 – Blue Colourblock Polo, from £10, Next (click here)

3 – Navy Polo Shirt with Logo, £14.50, Joules at John Lewis (click here)

4 – Rugby Stripe Polo, £5.99 (reduced from £10.95), GAP (click here)

5 – Spotty Polo, from £10, Next (click here)

6 – Block Striped Polo, from £17, Ted Baker at Debenhams (click here)

7 – Mint Polo, £70, Vilebrequin at Alex & Alexa (click here)

8 – Striped Polo Shirt, from £8, Bhs (click here)

9 – Navy Polo with A Motif, £5.99 (reduced from £10.99), Zara (click here)



2nd July 2014

Best of the summer sales for boys

I’ve managed to pick up a horrible summer cold, which means we are house bound with an ample supply of tissues and lemsip. There’s one thing that cheers me up when I get a bit of time to myself though; browsing the online summer sales. So today, I’ve decided to round-up of the things tempting me from the virtual rails for little boys. And I may have just made a purchase (sssh, don’t tell the husband).

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1. Slim jeans with braces, £11.99 (reduced from £17.99), H&M (click here)

2. Camouflage shorts, £9 (reduced from £18), Mamas & Papas (click here)

3. Denim shirt, from £9 (original price not specified), Marks & Spencer (click here)

4. Toms Tiny Classics Denim Exclusives, £13 (reduced from £23.99), Office (click here)

5. Atsuyo et Akiko Cat mask pullover, £17 (reduced from £34), Cissy Wears (click here)

6. Jogging bottoms, £6 (reduced from £12-£14), John Lewis (click here)

7. DKNY NY T-shirt, £11 (reduced from £22.50), Alex and Alexa (click here)

8. Vans Old Skool Trainers, £16.99 (reduced from £27), Schuh (click here)

9. Tommy Hilfiger denim shorts, £24.50 (reduced from £49), Alex and Alexa (click here)