Category Archives: Better World

MORI launch adorable pandas collection on July 7th

‘Bearly’ have we gotten over the passing of Paddington creator Michael Bond CBE, when another set of delightful, fuzzy pawed cubs comes to our attention. 

MORI – makers of wonderful organic bamboo and creators of #MORImoments – have just announced their new Panda Collection of hoodies, joggers, tees and shorts which will no doubt be as strokably soft as a real panda.

Our faves include the super hip pink and grey logo sweatshirts – very unisex, we think – and the matchy sets.

Even better, the collection has an ethical promise. £1 from every panda product sold through the MORI website will go towards adopting MORI pandas in China and MORI will be sharing pictures
and updates about their pandas with the MORI community.

Akin Onal and Cam Miller from MORI said: “We were inspired to launch a panda collection as the panda is a symbol of peace and protection. We are passionate about making sure our little ones grow up in a beautiful world, which means protecting wildlife and nature. This collection is our way of helping to preserve and protect one of the most endangered, and most loved, animals – whilst making sure little ones look gorgeous too!”

The Panda collection will retail from £17 to £49.50.

Happy 9th Birthday #Ollie #passonthepositive

We may not be Russell Crowe but we’d also like to share our birthday wishes to Ollie; a birthday should always be magical and we hope you tell the bullies that your dad is one in a million – and that’s better than all their so called possessions put together.

On the subject of bullying, we’re including this link from BullyingUK with helpful advice if your child is in the same situation as Ollie and also the Government’s guidelines. 

And Ollie – if you’re reading this and would like to review some toys for us, ask SuperDad to get in touch…

Let’s all #PASSONTHEPOSITIVE today – in any way we can. I’m sure little acts of kindness (and cake) will bring smiles just as much as celeb tweets do.

Talking to kids about terror…

image: CBS

The NSPCC has now published advice to help parents talk to their children about terrorism.

1. Listen carefully to a child’s fears and worries

It’s crucial to make sure their concerns are heard and not dismissed – once you know what they’re worried about, you can understand.

Acknowledge their fears instead of making them feel silly for being afraid.

2. Offer reassurance and comfort 

The NSPCC advises avoiding complicated and worrying explanations that could leave children more frightened and confused – instead, reassure and comfort them.

It’s important to remind children that they’re safe and surrounded by security.

3. Help them find advice and support 

Children can find it easier to understand distressing events and feelings by talking to services such as Childline, which is free, confidential and available 24/7.

Siobhan Freegard, founder of Channel Mum agrees it is important to approach the topic in an age appropriate manner.

“Talking to your children about terrorism is a horrible job, but a necessary one in the modern world and how you tackle it depends very much on their age,” 

“Very small kids really don’t need an in-depth explanation as they won’t be able to fully understand and it will only frighten them further. If you really need to say something, explain some people have ‘been very naughty and will get told off for it.’

Scamp and Dude dino sleep buddy

A quick ’round up of additional tips from some of our contributors:

‘Don’t make this a topic pre-bedtime, unless you want nightmares…’

‘Younger kids can understand the concept of good guys and bad guys, which might be useful here…’

‘Encourage them to make a gesture if they want to; from writing a poem or drawing a picture to lighting a candle…’

Need an extra cuddle at night? Check out Scamp and Dude’s Sleep Buddies, with a pocket for a picture of a loved one. For every Superhero Sleep Buddy sold another is donated to a vulnerable child via our chosen charities Don’t Forget the Kids, Grief Encounter and the leading London children’s hospital.

Pre-order your Pearl Lowe x Selfish Mother kids’ capes from The FMLY store and support Tommy’s

Some collabs are just made in heaven (or in this case, in Somerset – possibly over some of the free flowing prosecco in the Bruton FMLY store…)

All the stylists we use here at Slick Mummy have been going crazy for Pearl Lowe’s Petite range – with its distinctive circus prints and sequins – and there’s always an editorial meeting here when at least two of us turn up in the same Selfish Mother sweatshirt (they are just soooo comfy!)

So we were thrilled when one of our fave PR’s told us that Pearl and Mollie Gunn were collaborating on a range of kids’ capes, sold through The FMLY store with £10 from the sale of each going to support the wonderful Tommy’s charity (which does so much more than just help those affected by miscarriage and premature births).

As these capes are just £60 (vs the £275 price tag of the Petite Pearl Lowe capes) we expect they will ‘fly’ off the shelves – so pre order now to avoid a tearful would-be superhero situation…

They come in pink, blue, green and red (and we won’t just you if you order one for yourself too…).

Pre Order Cape, Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly…

GAP Celebrates Motherhood with the Launch of ‘Mama Said’ Film Starring and Co-Directed by Liv Tyler

We are loving the super cool (and super cute) ‘Mama Said’ campaign video, co-directed by Liv Tyler for GAP  – and in support of Every Mother Counts.

Liv also stars in the film, along with her children Sailor and Lula and fellow parent pals Coco Rocha, Candice Swanepoel, Ali and Cass Bird and Jurnee Smollett Bell.

Their respective children obviously wear GAP Kids – but how adorable is 9 month old Lula’s red and white romper outfit?

All too often we don’t stop to take a moment to embrace motherhood and celebrate it (how many of us have already complained to a friend today about a sleepless night or moaned about the cookie crumbs on the sofa? #Guilty) – Liv’s message about the joy and optimism of being a mother is really sweet and simple.

“I often think of the things my grandmother and my mother have been telling me my whole life. Remembering what your ‘mama said’ as a child and growing up is very important. I often try to think of things that I can say to my children in a way that they can hear me the same way I heard my mom,” (Liv Tyler)

Every Mother Counts campaigns to improve access to comprehensive maternity care in the effort to make childbirth safer in Haiti, Uganda, Tanzania, India, Bangladesh, Guatemala, Nepal, Syria and the United States.To make a donation go here.

Frank Water and the Global WASH Crisis

Frank Water works to improve access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in India and Nepal. Since 2005, through the sales of their bottled water – of which 100% of the profits are invested into their charity work – Frank has funded safe water for 330,000 people in over 300 communities.

Their significant work is alas only the tip of the iceberg as 1 in 10 people in the world currently have no safe water and 1 in 3 have no toilet.

image: Frank Water

As well as seeing their bottles in stores, you might have also come across Frank’s ingenious water Freefill stations at festivals like Shambala and Cornbury; the concept is that you buy one of their refillable bottles and then can have a free supply of clean, cooled water for the festival duration (a godsend if you are at the event with children, and the bottles are really durable too…) Again, the profits from this are ploughed back into research and clean water supply.

If you’re stuck for a gift idea, Frank have some imaginative (and affordable) ones that even young children will engage with; for example £48 will buy a rainwater harvester, allowing a family in the slums of Islam Nagar to take control of their own water supply, instead of relying on the polluted river or expensive ‘water touts’. Explaining to a child that – for example – instead of sending Christmas cards this year you are opting to change a family’s lives in this way is a lot simpler than trying to put into context why someone stops Mummy outside the supermarket asking for a £2 per month direct debit…

image: MAHI

If you’d prefer to support Frank Water’s work with an elegant style piece, we have fallen in love with the understated craftsmanship of MAHI’s unisex leather satchels and holdalls, which are handmade in India. From the sale of each, $1.50 is donated to Frank.

Find out more about Frank Water and their work here.

Cookies and Milk? Medela announces the Big Breastfeeding Cafe 2017

image: Pea Pod

The Big Breastfeeding Café, led by breastfeeding brand Medela, is back for its second year! The hugely successful celebration of breastfeeding is set to engage the nation once again as families join together to chat all things breastfeeding, share experiences and support each other over a cuppa!

The world’s leading breastfeeding brand, Medela, is calling on mums (and dads) to join the fun on Tuesday 16th May, by hosting a Breastfeeding Café in the comfort of home for family, friends and local mums. With more than 500 mums joining together and over 40 cafes held last year across the UK including Yorkshire, Norfolk, Nottingham and London, the brand is hoping to bring more mums together and make this the biggest ever Breastfeeding Café!

The Big Breastfeeding Café was a campaign inspired by a survey, which found that a significant 76% of mums believed chatting with other mums at support groups helped to support their feeding journey. This, teamed with the continued success of its weekly Breastfeeding Café on social media, led to the brand taking the concept on the road, actively reaching out to the parenting community and promoting the importance of essential mum to mum support.

The team at Medela are passionate about supporting all breastfeeding mums, whether they are exclusively breastfeeding, expressing or a combination of both. This year’s Big Breastfeeding Café will mark yet another stride in not only encouraging breastfeeding talk amongst mums, but also increasing the awareness of breastfeeding within society.

Medela UK’s Education Manager and in-house Lactation Consultant, Sioned Hilton Commented “Breastfeeding has been proven again and again to be the best way to feed baby. However, although a part of human nature, it is not always as easy as first thought and can be challenging. Having a supportive, reassuring and caring network around you is vital, if not essential to a successful breastfeeding journey. Chatting with other breastfeeding mums specifically, is a brilliant way to get advice and learn some new tips from those who have experienced breastfeeding and expressing first hand.”

She continued “We’re so looking forward to The Big Breastfeeding Café 2017. We hope that mums across the UK will once again join us to celebrate breastfeeding and vital mum to mum support. After all, what a fantastic excuse to get together and make some new mummy friends, while chatting all things feeding over some much deserved tea and cake!”  

Medela will provide mums with a complete package enabling them to host their very own Breastfeeding Café in the comfort of home. The Big Breastfeeding Café packs will include a handy breastfeeding guide featuring expert advice from in-house Lactation Consultant Sioned Hilton, Medela samples, posters, invitations and of course, tea and biscuits!

To sign up for a Big Breastfeeding Café pack, mums simply need to register their interest by emailing medelamums@gmail.com