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Celebrate the Year of the Dog!

As the Chinese New Year dawns and we choose to honour ‘Man’s best friend’, why not spoil your own pooch with some doggy-style gifts?

Shetland print

Teddy Maximus’ luxury dog beds can be found at the Mandarin Oriental (should you choose to bring your pet). We’re torn between the Shetland print and the brand new Liberty print design. (PS, their range includes gorgeous leather saddle bags too if you want to do matchy with your mutt…)

 

 

Nineteen 87 make baked perfection ‘farm to bowl’ dog food and treats. Grain-free and packed with superfood ingredients, the range is created by dog lover Graham at his bakery in Wales and wolfed down by hungry hounds around the world.

 

 

We love the Burt’s Bees range so we’re really happy to see that they also make shampoo for dogs, which is every bit as kind and gentle as their range for two-legged types.

Made with oatmeal, it’s kind to sensitive skin but tough on mucky pups.

Five ‘couples holiday’ ideas to give your Instagram serious smug factor

Whilst Michelle Obama might have honoured Valentine’s Day by making her husband a playlist, wanderlust couple Jack Morris and Lauren Bullen (of ‘doyoutravel’, who reportedly earn over 6K for each one of their enviable Instagram posts) celebrated in a hot tub in Finland…

Below are a few picks to inspire you to grab your beloved, bribe your inlaws to take the kids – and pack for a #nofilter trip.

A stay at the Ice Hotel at the foot of Mount Kebnekaise, the highest peak in Sweden might mean you’ll need to swap your La Perla for (less romantic) reindeer skins, but as the venue melts and is then rebuilt each year, the snaps you tag yourself in will literally be ‘once in a lifetime’.

The chalets at Nebesa (meaning ‘heaven’) in Slovenia are not only picture windows for the snow-capped Adriatic Sea, but they are also situated in perfect geometry on the mountain landscape. So no need to adjust your frame. Each chalet sleeps two and you can help yourself to the complimentary wine and cheese (which is #winning, whichever way you look at it!)

Even complete novices will be riding the waves after a week of instruction at luxury Costa Rican resort Kalon Surf, claim its owners (who themselves are a husband and wife team). The proximity to the unspoiled jungle, sandy beaches and the idyllic infinity pool mean that – even when you’re not out on your board – things won’t seem boring.

Goodwood House’s ‘Little Moments of Winter’ breaks are available until March and the estate – owned by Lord March – provides the perfect backdrop for sporting matching tweeds and Dubarry wellingtons. Snuggle up in The Snug and act British.

The Gypsy Rose is a traditional bow top wagon owned by The Apple Store Retreat at Maytree. Situated permanently in a private glade (full of bluebells at the right time of year) overlooking a waterfall, she takes glamping to another level. Instagram food-porn comes courtesy of the complimentary hamper of farm produce; including homemade cake and cider,

Go on – book that babysitter and grab some alone time. Your social media feed will feel better for it.

Bathtimes for sensitive skin…

If your kids have sensitive skin, bathtimes stop being essentially a chance for you to have ten minutes to yourself and become a whole ritual of rubbing in cream and placating ‘Mummy that hurts…’

Because – whether the sensitivity is due to a skin condition, a rash, chicken pox or just generally being new to the world, the right soap is mission critical.

Right now we are loving:

Dandydill Way’s exceptionally gentle Bubble Bath which is made with Hawthorn extract and creates lots of delicately scented, moisturising bubbles. Even better, it comes in a VERY grown up looking bottle, sure to be a hit with your bathing mermaid.

 

Cuderm’s Gel Wash is soap-free and suitable for 3-months upwards. It is gentle enough to wash faces (or bottoms) and the clear gel feels as pure as cleansing with spring water. Double up with their cream, which uses oat proteins to create a natural barrier between your dainty flower, their Spring layers and the outside world.

 

And this week Dragon’s Den winning brand Good Bubble announced their collaboration with everyone’s favourite woodland creature, The Gruffalo (available from 19th Feb through Ocado). Made from superfruit prickly pear, with soothing coconut oil, the range is vegan, not tested on animals and no mice were eaten during the manufacturing process.

How to Valentine like a parent…

What’s more romantic than red roses and scented candles on V Day? Well, if you’ve got young children, basically ANYTHING  without thorns or a naked flame…

Stuck for a gift that says ‘You’re the Best (even with sick in your hair)’?

We’re loving MuthaHood Goods’ Love Pin – which costs £6.25 and will be treasured on the label of our school run jacket for a long time. (And it even comes with a card, if you forgot to buy one!)

Or how about showing your beloved how much you care with a Marloe London unicorn charm? Because it’s made from solid, dependable brass – yet it is also a unicorn!

Or – for that super cheesy statement – how about one of Wyke Farms’ limited edition heart-shaped cheeses?

At very least, as a loving gesture when you’re a parent, a coffee in bed goes a long way towards showing appreciation.

Many Happy Valentines, you deserve them.

Shop the PAMPELONE Pop Up at Blue Almonds – 10th to 17th March

Blue Almonds – the luxury baby and nursery boutique on Walton Street SW3 – is delighted to announce an exciting pop-up with London-based resort wear label PAMPELONE from Saturday 10 to Saturday 17 March.

Launched in 2016, PAMPELONE has quickly established itself as the ‘go to’ holiday essentials brand and last year launched its ‘Mini Me’ collection in partnership with the charity mothers2mothers.

The Mini-Me collection comes in sizes 2 – 7 years for girls and in sizes XS – XL for women.
In addition to the Mini-Me collection, PAMPELONE founder, Holly Anna Scarsella will be bringing along some of her other favourite pieces from the collection, ensuring that stylish mothers can stock up on their holiday essentials. “I became a mother myself last year and discovered Blue Almonds – it instantly became
one of my favourite shopping destinations for my daughter Sienna,” says Holly. “One time at the shop, I was chatting to Blue Almonds’ owner Izabela Minkiewicz and we came up with the idea of the
PAMPELONE pop-up. We thought it would be fun to offer the mums that shop there something to buy for themselves too!”


The main collection includes beautiful beach dresses and kaftans inspired by the style of Brigitte Bardot fused with today’s tremendously glamourous women who flock to the Cote d’Azur for
the holiday season.

100% of the profits from the Mini-Me collection goes to mothers2mothers. Prices start from £45.00 from
the Mini-Me range and the main collection prices retail from £55 to £165.

Competition: Win a My Fairy Garden kit

With the My Fairy Garden range, children can imagine, create, nurture and grow their own fairy garden. My Fairy Garden is a collectable range that encourages interaction with nature through play. The kits offer children a delightful experience of imaginative open-ended play whilst discovering the magic of growing real plants. There are cute little flowerpot fairy homes, fairy doors to place in your house to allow fairies to enter and Fairy Tale stories to encourage children’s imaginations.
You can WIN your very own My Fairy Garden simply by RTing our message on Twitter and following @MyFairyGardenUK.
Winner will be announced on 23rd February 2018, UK entrants only, no cash alternative. 
Details of Prize:

My Fairy Garden: Your fairy will love to live in the enchanted cottage and grow her own living garden using the grass seeds provided. This kit contains everything you need to make your fairy and her mouse friend feel at home; just add imagination and a little sprinkling of the fairy dust included! 

  • Follow the 8-page colour illustrated activity guide to learn how to construct the enchanted fairy cottage.
  • Grass seeds are provided to create a beautiful living garden for your fairy and her mouse companion.
  • The kit comes with a shell water feature, washing line, mushroom, plastic flowers and gravel for a path.
  • Add more features by making your own garden furniture out of recycled materials.
  • Just one of the collectable my fairy garden kits available from Interplay.
  • My Fairy Garden is available from toy retailers, supermarkets, department stores, homeware/garden stores and online, RRP £14.99.

New Disney collection from aden+anais launches tomorrow!

If – like us – you adore aden+anais for their supersoft muslins and quirky, chic designs, you’ll know that they previously collaborated with Disney (we’ve seen Pooh, Jungle Book and Bambi all beautifully represented on swaddles, bibs and blankets).

Well “drum roll please” – from tomorrow you’ll be able to order from their brand new Disney collection which includes some CLASSICS: 101 Dalmatians, Lion King and one we had almost forgotten about but well worth revisiting, Aristocats!

As usual, the aden+anais design team haven’t gone overboard with colours and strong graphics – the line drawing format is delightful and elegant – but still captures the magic of the Disney characters.

The pieces from these collections are not only practical, hardwearing and will be well loved by your children right now, but we think they will also become keepsakes to pass down to grandchildren (even if they are used and washed a thousand times…)

Order online from aden+anais website. 

 

Frugi launches its SS18 Bedding Collection – and it’s adorable!

Rainbows, sharks and unicorns have all found their way into the delightful and colourful range of bedding in Frugi’s SS18 collection.

All made from supersoft, chemical free, organic cotton, many items can also be personalised.

We are LOVING the dinky yellow star pattern sheets and Happy Days duvet cover/pillowcase.

The range includes single bed and cot sizes.

Shop online here.

BabyBjorn celebrates the launch of its new carrier with A Love Manifesto

There’s a new version of the One and One Air Carrier from BabyBjörn – and with it comes a manifesto.

What’s new?

  • The head support is higher and designed with a fully adjustable buckle, which gives both newborns and older babies greater neck support.
  • The seat area now has an even wider maximum position with fully adjustable settings for the perfect position for your little one.
  • There is less fabric between you and your baby which enhances the dreamy bonding experience and breathability of babywearing; you will be able to see and feel that your baby is sitting in a natural position, with their back in a “C” curve.
  • The padding in the shoulder straps is brand new, to offer even more weight distribution across your shoulders and back, for hours of comfy carrying
  • The mesh used in the Baby Carrier One Air is made from a new patented fabric that’s been specifically developed to be even more breathable and feel extra soft against your baby’s delicate skin.

And the manifesto?

A LOVE MANIFESTO

* Trust yourself

* Create your own rules

* Invent your own parenting

BabyBjörn have seen that unrealistic expectations and demands put a lot of pressure on soon-to-be and new ‘millennial mums’ particularly. Many women go to the internet for help and find themselves the target of negative comments and harsh criticism for their parenting style. BabyBjorn believe that being a parent is not a competition and should be about what is real.

BabyBjörn want to put things into perspective by empowering new mums and dads to have faith in their own instincts, set their own standards and develop their own unique parenting style. The one thing that all parents have in common is the love they have for their children.

 Let’s support this, one and all! 

BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One, available in: Black, Denim Grey/Dark Grey, Classic Denim/midnight blue, Grey/Powder Pink. RRP: £139.99 BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One Air, Mesh available in: Black, Anthracite, Navy blue, Silver, and Frost Green. RRP: £159.99

Shop at https://www.babybjorn.co.uk

Celebrate National Handwriting Day with Stabilo

Editor writes: “I love handwriting. Cursive, loopy… the sort like mine that looks like a seismograph reading… Not so much my middle child, who would rather wield a tennis racket than a pen. But we had never really thought about improving the engagement with the pen. Well – other than ‘Do you want to try the red one now darling?’

If you have a preschooler struggling to get to the starting line, Stabilo’s EasyGraph pencils are well worth a look as they have lovely ergonomic indentations to help little hands grip in the right places.

For slightly bigger ones who want a ‘grown-up pen’ but break every biro you lend them by putting too much pressure on the nib, the left or right-handed EasyOriginal rollerballs are wonderful.

There is lots of helpful handwriting support on Stabilo’s Pen License webpage also.”