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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.

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.

Pastel Picks…

Clockwise from top left: Girls’ Duck Egg Cardigan from Down at the Duckpond collection by JojoMamanBebe, award-winning Moba Moses basket in Blush from their new pastel range, supersoft organic cotton sleepsuit in Stardust from MORI, merino base layers in Mustard from Smalls (this year their Woolly Vest Week campaign will support Heads Together charity), Rainbow Wide Stripe blanket from Lilly and Sid (on sale if you’re quick!)

Our pick of super cute saddle bags…

Sometimes you feel like a carthorse, lugging changing bags and bookbags – not to mention a few shopping bags… But sometimes it’s blissful just to skip out of the front door with nothing but keys, phone and lipgloss. (OK, and maybe a Twix!)

Right now we are loving (clockwise from top left): Village England’s Cranleigh Stirrup Bag in Caramel, Honey and Toast’s Etter Saddlebag in Leopard, Tiba+Marl’s Silver Cross Body Bag and luxe dog accessory brand Teddy Maximus’ gorgeous rose pink Charlotte bag.

Lovely Little Things: Canvas Backpack from British Legion Shop

Who knew the British Legion sold anything other than poppies? Not me… OK, maybe I thought they also sold ‘fancier’ poppies (like the ones female newsreaders or Princess Kate are often spotted wearing) – perhaps the odd poppy-motifed tea towel.

Well, pop yourself over to PoppyShop.org and be pleasantly surprised at their range of Orla Kiely designed bags, neroli scented candles and bluetooth speakers. Some of the products they stock make a design feature of the poppy emblem whilst on others, there is just a subtle nod to it.

My personal favourite thing is this military-style backpack, made from navy canvas and leather with brass fittings. With multiple pockets, it is brilliant as a changing bag, gym bag or to keep your laptop clear of your lunch.

The point here really is that you can support the British Legion all year ’round – not just with a paper flower on your jacket for a couple of weeks in November.

The canvas backpack costs £49.99, Juco bag £9.99 and the candle pictured £19.99

 

Order one of our Slick Mummy Xmas tees…

Looking for something festive, yet sophisticated to wear on Xmas Day? Why not order one of our Slick Mummy Xmas tees or sweatshirts? Here are the design options…

 

Alles Shlaft: for those who are on top of it all by the start of September, celebrate your smugness with our one-liner from ‘Silent Night’, which in the German translates to ‘all are sleeping’ rather than ‘all is calm’. Which is a bit smugger, Right?

Horsey Xmas: got a pony? Want a pony? Just think the world would be better if Xmas was all about ponies? ‘Deck the horse with bales and holly’ would be our rhetoric for you.

Tannenbaum und hundegluck: We loved this phrase when we discovered it, it translates to ‘fir tree and dog love’ – which to us is the definition of Xmas hygge.

Waltz Darling: Loved up for Xmas? Take a leaf out of Malcolm MClaren’s books and twirl. Just don’t trip over the LEGO.

Our tees cost £14.99 each and mostly come in sick-up friendly colourways plus they are made from organic cotton. Designs also available as sweatshirts – they come up quite large so check the sizing on the site.

For all options visit our Teespring Store.

SM reviews… Gifts from Personally Presented

Editor writes: “I struggle with gifts for my mother. Not only because she travels such a lot that her house is stuffed full of ‘curios‘ (ie tat!) from far-flung countries but also because she is prone to the dreaded ‘gift rehoming’ if something you’ve bought isn’t to her taste. In short: a nightmare! 

So when I was invited to check out Personally Presented – a website which is filled with lovely items which can all be personalised – I thought ‘heck, let’s start with the toughest cookie. 

The website allows you to search by person (ie Dad, Grandad etc) or by interest, occasion, gender – even by price if you’re doing Secret Santa. 

I started in the ‘foodie’ category of interests (cos even fuss-pots need to eat, right?) On the first search page, I spotted a lovely kids’ baking set with those hipster metal pails for ingredients and uber-cute engraved rolling pins. In short, an amazing gift for my kids, or any of their cousins, my godchildren or my kids’ friends. But not for their grandmother.

Next I spotted a really cute tray for dips, which my other half has been asking for since we were at a (child-free) friend’s house and they produced olives and nibbles on something similar. Snack envy, as it were. My mother would most likely just banish it to the back of the kitchen cupboard.

Then I saw a slate two-tiered cake stand, which I really coveted for myself. So many times I’ve presented cakes at mums meetups on the pop-up cardboard thing the bakery supplied and essentially have just ended up with soggy cardboard. This might have worked for my mother, except that she’s on some crazy no-sugar diet. #Whatever.

But then – the holy grail of gifts – I have literally never seen one of these anywhere before (and I’m sure my mother wouldn’t be able to say she could have got one cheaper in a streetmarket in Marrakech). What was this amazing thing? Well – a rolling pin. How is that so special? It could be personalised (in my case with the kids’ names) with inverted writing so that when you roll out pastry the message appears! Genius! And only 15quid with no extra charge for the engraving. 

I’d definitely go back to Personally Presented’s site (even for easier to shop for people!) – I do dabble with personalised gifts from Not On the High St but the product quality varies so much and I do find wading through all the options quite draining… “

Slick Mummy readers can get a 10% discount on all Personally Presented personalised gifts by using the code: slickmummy10

The code expires on 10/12/17

 

 

Shop aden+anais new range of buggy blankets…

classic stroller blanket in Rockstar design

Whilst aden+anais are known for their huge, multi-function muslins and equally huge cozy dream blankets, as anyone with a city-sized buggy knows, it’s all about having a blankie that tucks in little legs and keeps out the chill, but isn’t constantly snagging in the wheels or dragging in the dirt.

Enter the new range of aden+anais buggy blankets which are (ta-dah!) 70x70cm, made from wonderful soft four-layer muslin, come in some gorgeous, striking signature designs (including Rockstar, Leader of the Pack and Lovebirds) and – best of all – can just be chucked in the same warm wash as the rest of your child’s clothes if they do happen to fall on the pavement.

RRP £25 – shop online here.

(Psst: whilst you’re on aden+anais website, check out their amazing Black Friday deals!)