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The Best of Bubble London

Stuff we Loved. Thank you to Bubble London and Fuse Communications – always a great show.

Got a LEGO obsessive in the family? You’ll want to know about BRICKLIVE

The UK’s largest LEGO® exhibition, BRICKLIVE, is returning to London. After the success of the 2015 show in the city, the popular event is coming back just in time to kick off the summer school holidays at the ExCel from 27th – 30th July.

An unmissable experience for LEGO® fans of all ages, visitors can expect to see enormous LEGO sculptures, dive into brick pits, plus play with a whopping three million LEGO® bricks that will fill the free-build zones for enthusiasts to create their dream creations.

Meet real live master builders from across the globe as some of the world’s finest builders display their latest creations, exclusively for BRICKLIVE.

With special guests and the latest exciting LEGO launches announced on the Live Stage, event goers can also look forward to interactive LEGO® themed zones, giant brick filled play areas and the latest LEGO® computer game releases from Warner Bros.

From Star Wars and Ninjago to Minecraft and Friends – fans can experience their favourite LEGO® themes all under one roof.

BRICKLIVE offers visitors a full day of entertainment for the entire family, attendees can visit our shopping strip, ‘Brick Lane’, from nostalgic sets, a lost piece in a collection or simply a memento from a great day out, BRICKLIVE has it covered.

Ticket prices are £21.75 for a standard admission or £16.75 for a family ticket. To purchase tickets or to receive the latest news and updates from BRICKLIVE, visit their website at http://bricklive.co.uk/

Visitors can make their way to the ExCel using the Emirates Air Line cable car for just a £2.50 single fare. To redeem this exclusive discount, all you need to do is show a confirmation email/ticket to the staff at the terminals.

 

#Win a Cinema Night Out courtesy of Pop Up Screens

Almost Famous

Prepare yourself for a Summer of cinematic joy as the legendary Pop Up Screens is back, this year presented by Eurowings and bigger and better than ever – with an epic programme of classic films, guaranteed to give you the perfect summer movie night out.

Once again Pop Up Screens has put together a programme to inspire and delight, that includes comedies Deadpool and Four Weddings and a Funeral, vintage blockbusters The Big Lebowski and Back To The Future, fantasy adventures Jurassic Park and Ghostbusters and timeless faves Dirty Dancing and Pretty Woman.  Plus a couple of more recently Oscar-approved entries, including La La Land and Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.

Check the PopUpScreens website for screening times and up to date info.

To provide the perfect al fresco settings, this year’s London venues will include:

Bishops Park in Fulham

Central Park, Greenwich Peninsula

Coram’s Fields, Bloomsbury

Ravenscourt Park, Hammersmith

Manor House Gardens, Hither Green

Southwark Park, Canada Water

Kennington Park, Kennington

Tickets are £12 for adults, £6 for under 10s and you can bag yourself a weekend ticket for £25.

You’re welcome to bring your own blankets, beanbags and cushions or you can hire a director’s chair for £2.

If you feel like styling up your cinema experience, this year Pop Up Screens are introducing VIP seats, for £20 each that will include a chair in a prime location plus a free drink!

There will be popcorn from Drum and Kernel, burgers and craft beer on offer and you can bring your own drinks and snacks too.

In a new addition for this year’s programme, Harley Dogs will be catering to every weekend event, a Harley Davidson complete with a BBQ – what’s not to love?

The Breakfast Club

We have TWO SETS OF TWO PAIRS OF TICKETS (for two lucky winners plus a guest each!) up for grabs to a screening of your choice – simply follow us on Twitter @SlickMummy and RT our competition message. (No cash alternative, the two winners will be notified and contacted directly to arrange ticket collection for the film/location of their choice, subject to availability.)

Tickets are on sale now and can be booked from WWW.POPUPSCREENS.CO.UK

Our tips for dealing with kids in the heat…

If navigating your path through motherhood has been increasingly befuddled as a result of the recent heatwave, our team have a few tips to share to prevent further meltdown:

“Let them eat lollies..” OK, it’s not an ideal choice for breakfast, but an extra way to top up fluids. Make your own super organic ones if you can be bothered – or order some from Lickalix (they make ones with booze for grown-ups too!)

aden+anais muslin squares in fluro pink

“Wet the muslin” There has been huge controversy in the news about the good ole muzzy-over-the-buggy raising the temperature inside. Take a tip from mums in warmer climes and shade your bubba with a damp muslin.

“Keep them indoors” Make being a killjoy more fun with a fab creative playbook such as My Beautiful Room: Interior Design Workbook by Jasmine Orchard and Olivia Whitworth which has press-out furniture to create beautiful interior designs.

“Get a tent” We are loving Infantino’s Grow with Me Teepee – it’s so delightfully colourful and cheery and it makes for a good sun shade. Or for bigger ones, Babyhub’s SleepSpace travel cot turns into a super tent-den. Kids love to hide, so make dodging the rays into a fun game.

Aldi paddling pool

“Get an awesome paddling pool” We LOVE Aldi’s, Crane Quick Up Pool – 10ft diameter and just £29.99.

“Just chill” Chuck everything in the freezer to cool it down a little; teethers, t-shirts, sippy cups, teddy…. Prosecco.

Diono launch Quantum stroller with Sara Cox and Olivia Wayne

Diono launched their new ‘adventure ready Quantum stroller in style with an event at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea, hosted by Sara Cox. (Lots of fab pics on Diono’s Insta feed)

 

 

 

 

Sara joked that if she had a new baby she would be blagging herself one of the new Quantums; the features of which include a HUGE sunshade roof (no need for a muslin) and a super quick fold mechanism.

Olivia Wayne looked far too glowing to have a new baby son and didn’t mention if she’d be swapping her Bugaboo for the Diono Quantum – but one of the features she likes about the Bee5 is the colour choice and the Quantum comes in lovely teal, berry, blue and black options.

Thanks to Babyville for hosting the event – we can’t wait to put the Quantum through its paces properly…

 

Mothers’ Day, C’Mon Let’s Do This!

Scandiborn mug

Editor writes: Personally, I believe Mothers’ Day should involve Mummy having a bit of ‘me-time’. Maybe a coffee (or two) in bed. The chance to read at least one of the papers in peace (OK, maybe just the supplement!)

Sweatshirt from FMLY store

 

 

My middle child has just started to draw and thus I look forward to a ‘proper’ picture  – as opposed to the goopy handprint cards you’d have gotten in previous years, made at nursery. And goodness knows a glass of fizz wouldn’t go amiss…

But really, what I’ll cherish most this Mothering Sunday is the chance to appreciate some of the things I already have, take some deep breaths and do a bit of yoga stretching… (well, until one of my sons blows a raspberry in my face!)

Dark Iris lounge pants from Jockey

First of all, I won’t be getting properly dressed. Mothers’ Day attire will be this: my supersoft ‘Mama’ print sweatshirt from The FMLY Store (which I have in navy) and dark iris lounge pants from Jockey, which are lighter than air and as close to wearing nothing as you can get without being arrested.

What else? Well, I’m going to layer up my perfume. Who cares if it is 8 in the morning, I will be smelling like I’m on a hot date. I’ve recently discovered that layering Annick Goutal’s heady rose ‘Ce Soir ou Jamais’ with Library of Fragrance’s dreamy ‘Plum Blossom’ creates the kind of super creamy floral haze you’d imagine would make Jayne Mansfield swoon. I love it – but on a normal day I am hardly going to waft of it in Waitrose.

Library of Fragrance Plum Blossom cologne

Then I’m going to paint my toenails. Super decadent, you might gasp (as my youngest is barely crawling). Forget the more expensive brands, Rimmel’s ‘Rapid Ruby’ is divine (and sets in 60 seconds, so when you realise you also need the loo you don’t need to hobble…)

And I’m going to wear lipstick. At the breakfast table.

With chestnut hair, reds are trickier to match than you’d imagine. I adore Nars Audacious Lipstick in ‘Olivia’ (or the slightly paired down ‘Marlene’) – or Clinique’s ‘Black Honey’.

Marloe London Lady Garden scarf

I’ve been inseparable from my Marloe London scarf blanket since I got one (fingers itching to buy another one…) They are so chic – but also so cosy. If you need to have a duvet day whilst in a board meeting, essentially, this is the way to do it. I’ve worn mine as comfortably to Charity Galas as to the kids’ riding lessons. You can’t go wrong (and if you snap up the current Lady Garden collab one, you’ll be doing right – namely helping the gynecological cancer cause.) So basically, I shall wrap mine ’round my shoulders whilst I skim the Telegraph.

Powerbank from PNY

After that my day will involve Netflix. I’ve gotten a handy power pack from PNY which means when my tablet runs out of juice mid episode of ‘The Client List’ I can just plug in for prolonged telly gratification.

And yes, I realise that the likelihood of any of this happening is as entirely fantastical as the homework excuses my eldest child comes up with. But if you have the chance to enjoy even a fraction of my daydream, please live vicariously for me and for mothers everywhere.

Happy Mothers’ Day. 

What I want for Mothers’ Day…

We asked a few Slick Mummies out there what they’ll be hoping for this weekend…

”For Mother’s Day I’d like to not have to cook a single meal, wash any school uniform, nag anyone about doing maths homework, wipe a single surface or break up a single argument between my three children!  Oh, and can I have a flat stomach please.  Not asking for much am I?” Melanie Lawson, Founder of Bare Biology. 
(Bare Biology launches a fab campaign today to support PANDAs UK – follow #IHadPND)
“If I could have a dream Mother’s Day pressie it would be new stemless (excuse the flower pun) red wine glasses – stubborn are the perfect solution for tired mums as they are less likely to topple over (at bath time) and I do like to do my creative work with a glass of red in hand. Perhaps not the most traditional Mother’s Day pressie but certainly all the mum’s I know love wine!” Beth Kendall, Wilder and Wren

‘There’s nothing wrong with chocolates and flowers on Mother’s Day, but after a long day of work and the when the kids are in bed, there’s no better treat than a long gin and and tonic with plenty of ice! Craft Gin Club send you a different bottle of unusual gin to try every month, so it’s a gift I can enjoy all year round!’ Dragon’s Den star Sarah Willingham.

“ My ideal gift? For Mother’s Day to be 48 hours long! I’d want to enjoy as much time with my daughter as possible.” Suzie Walker, founder of Primal Pantry.

 

“A handmade Mother’s Day card from my girls is always a winner (and will go into my treasure box) but also a coupon to book for a massage or a lovely bath with wine and bubbles. I’d also appreciate a meal that’s not made in my kitchen!” Jacqueline Waggett, CEO Pacapod.

76% of Mothers with Young Children Want a Break from Parenting Duties this Mother’s Day

New 2017 research reveals we spend on average £38.50 on our mothers; up 5% from 2016
Flowers are still the most popular gift to buy, though just 4% of mothers with young children claim it is their preference

However, 91% of grandmothers would rather the gift of spending more time with their families on Mothering Sunday.

Liberty bouquet from Wild at Heart

With Mothers’ Day just around the corner, shops and restaurants are gearing up for an expected increase of sales and bookings in the coming weeks. In a survey commissioned by Onbuy.com, it was discovered that Brits are spending on average £38.50 on their mother’s yearly; up 5% from last year’s findings. Like other years, men were spending more on their mum’s (£42) than women (£35).
A survey of 1650 reveals the top five presents bought for mums (with the average spend) in the UK are: (1) Flowers- £35 (2) Taken out for family meal- up to £30 per head (3) Chocolate- £10 (4) Perfume- £40 (5) Homeware- £18.

Further analysis highlighted that presents such as flowers and chocolate relayed a gesture of appreciation and love, where such gifts are given to highlight a special purpose. Additionally, children taking their mums out for a meal allowed them to spend time together as a family, ensuring their mother felt special and valuable.

Jo Malone London Blooms collection

However, are these traditional gifts what mothers wanted?
In a mirrored survey of mothers with children aged 3-10, Onbuy.com discovered that these gifts held little value. Although much appreciated, after just a few years, many started to resent these generic “cheesy” gifts. In fact, it was found flowers were not so popular among mums, with only 4% admitting they would rather flowers over other presents.

When presented with a list of options for gifts, what came out as most popular in the survey was the following: (1) A relaxing spa day- 19% (2) Date Night- 17% (3) A quiet night in with wine- 14% (4) An extra three hours in bed-11% (5) No housework- 9%. Ironically, the survey highlighted that 76% of this group of mothers ultimately wanted a day off from parenting responsibilities on Mothers’ Day.
Additional analysis alternatively emphasised that those whose children were aged 18-30 favoured quality family time with their children (87%), highlighting the disparity between different stages of motherhood. Additionally, 96% of grandparents would in fact rather spend time with their families, with 56% claiming they felt neglected on Mothering Sunday.

Jam making set from Kilner Jars

In short:

What Mothers Get
1) Flowers
2) Taken out for a meal
3) Chocolate
4) Perfume
5) Homeware

What Mothers Want

1) A relaxing day at a spa
2) Date night
3) A quiet night in with wine
4) An extra three hours in bed
5) No Housework