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24th October 2014

Current Favourites

Want to know what I’ve been loving recently? I’m kicking off a monthly post where I share my favourites – so here goes…

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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…



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)



20th June 2014

The coolest shorts for little boys

I apologise in advance if this post jinxes the good weather, but I am declaring summer today with my pick of the coolest shorts for little boys. With prices ranging from £7 to £75, there’s a pair for every budget – and teamed with a T-Shirt or shirt, they will make stylish summer dressing a doddle.

Happy weekend everyone! Let’s hope for a sunny one.

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1 – Star Print Shorts, from £10, Next (click here)

2 – Green Chino Shorts, £16.99, Paul & Joe at TK Maxx (click here)

3 – Denim Triangle Shorts, £14, River Island (click here)

4 – Pirate Print Shorts, from £18, Boden (click here)

5 – Navy Blue Twill Shorts, £38.50, Little Marc by Marc Jacobs at House of Fraser (click here)

6 – Monster Denim Shorts, from £12, Next (click here)

7 – Royal Blue Twill Chino Shorts, £14, Jo Jo Maman Bebe (click here)

8 – Camouflage Rib Waist Shorts, from £7, F&F at Tesco (click here)

9 – Light Blue Chino Shorts, £7.99, H&M (click here)

10 – Palm Tree Grey Shorts, £17.95, GAP (click here)

11 – Denim Shorts, £34.30, DKNY at House of Fraser (click here)

12 – Green Cotton Twill Shorts, £13, La Redoute (click here)

13 – Sunglasses Print Shorts, £76, Paul Smith Junior at Alex and Alexa (click here)

14 – Elephant Print Shorts, £19.60, Mini Rodini at Cissy Wears (click here)

15 – Tiger Print Shorts, £16, Munster Kids at Alex and Alexa (click here)

16 – Distressed Denim Shorts, £75, Ralph Lauren at House of Fraser (click here)

17 – Denim Shorts with Waistband, from £16, John Rocha at Debenhams (click here)

18 – Ticking Stripe Shorts with Belt, from £8, George at Asda (click here)