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Read the Autumn issue of Slick Mummy Magazine

Eager beavers who can’t wait til they get the print copy can read the online version of the Autumn issue of Slick Mummy Magazine now.

Featuring: Carol Decker, Nadiya Hussain, DJ Jon Carter, Carol Smillie and much more…

Columnists: Clare Heal, Caitlin Hayward, Matt Rowntree, Becky Mantin, Janey Holliday and Wild Hendry.

Fashion Story: shot by Clare Bowes

Front cover: shot by Rich Hendry on location at Danesfield House, styled by Kara Kyne

If you like it, please do share the link: Slick Mummy Autumn issue

Look out for print copies in child friendly cafes, boutiques, spas, hotels and playcentres nationwide.

Announcing the shortlist for the #MMHA16

BADGE2It’s the 7th of the 7th – so lucky for some – and hopefully for the following twenty products and brands that we’ve selected for this year’s Mummy Must Have Awards Shortlist. 

This year’s awards will be voted down to a final ten winners via likes on Instagram and retweets on Twitter – so show some love for the ones you rate highest and there will be some incentives and competitions along the way to make the voting more exciting 😉

Editor writes: this year’s shortlist was actually something of a challenge as we had so many fabulous submissions and suggestions. Our criteria for the #MMHA has always been quite broad in terms of category, but infinitely comes down to one simple fact: this product is bl**dy brilliant! Big thanks as usual to all the input from our writers and celeb mums and congratulations to all included in the shortlist…

The #MMHA16 Shortlist is as follows – in no particular order: 

Lilly and Sid Baby Blankets: in a world of blankies, these are the ones that kids would choose for themselves. Soft, washable, durable, ethical – you’ll find these well loved and still on the beds of pre-schoolers. To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHALILLYANDSID
Nuna Leaf  Baby Seat: This clever baby rocker has a one-of-a-kind side to side floating motion and grows with your child to become a comfy toddler armchair. To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHANUNALEAF

Chillipeeps:
we love these little teats and spouts, which can be popped in a handbag or changing bag and are the perfect size to fit into a ready mix formula carton or a bottle of water. Reusable and dishwasher-proof, they are possibly the best £7 you’ll spend… To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHACHILLIPEEPS
aden+anais Muslins and Dream Blankets: with a constantly evolving range of gorgeous but understated designs, these muslins and blankets really do get softer with each wash and are roomy, for snug as a bug swaddling and snuggling. We love the latest Disney collaboration prints as well as the chic classic designs. To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHAADENANDANAIS
Pacapod Jasper: loved by celebs ranging from Benedict Cumberbatch to Zara Phillips, the Pacapod’s unique pod system means that you can just ‘grab and go’. We adore the Jasper’s chic leather outer, spacious interior and general elegance – and the fact that it crams 35 litres of baby clobber into one hardworking handbag. To vote on social media use hashtag:  #MMHAPACAPOD
Tiffany Rose: celeb mum Becky Mantin told us “I love Tiffany Rose for pregnancy & nursing clothes” and we fully agree; stunning designs, flattering fit and the occasion wear really does make one feel ladylike and special (even in the third trimester). To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHATIFFANYROSE
Boden Mac: we had great deliberation about the perfect ‘school run coat’, but in the end (thanks to the unpredictability of the British Summer) the Boden Mac was the clear winner. Showerproof, with a hood to keep your hands free and pockets big enough to hold Fruit Shoots, car keys, wipes and bits of toast – this coat comes in a range of vibrant or classic colourways and means you’ll always look ‘together’ no matter how late you are running…  To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHABODENMAC
Bambini & Me Rompers: we think Bambini & Me is definitely a ‘one to watch’ brand and we fell in love with the adorable range of rompers and bodysuits, made with skin-friendly bamboo. The range also includes swaddles and sleeping bags – all very unisex and deeply delightful. To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHABAMBINIANDME
Bee Good Plump and Firm Moisturiser: made with British wildflower honey and hyluronic acid, this day cream packs an absolute suckerpunch of tightening, glowgiving and nourishing – so much so that we swear you can go without makeup. To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHABEEGOOD
The Organic Balm Co Baby Mother and Baby Nourish Balm: a one stop solution for stretch marks, rough elbows, sensitive baby skin, dry feet, eczema… You name it, this delicious blend of vitamins, omega 3’s and hemp seed oil can zap it! The pump dispenser makes it changing-bag friendly too… To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHAORGANICBALM


Bobux Shoes
: designed for little feet to have the freedom of being barefoot, this range of padders, first walkers and toddler shoes is not only created to allow healthy development but the comfortable fit also ensures ‘stay-ability’ if you have a child who insists on throwing their footwear off in the supermarket…Check out the latest collaboration with Solene Roure also. To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHABOBUX
Belly Bandit Tummy Tucker: your new best friend when it comes to blitzing the baby belly, this postpartum secret is made from medical grde, latex free elastic and is recommended by doctors – as well as being loved by celeb mums including Camilla Rutherford, who called it ‘Mother’s Little Helper…’ To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHABELLYBANDIT

Mon Breton: we’re big fans of the Breton top as a ‘throw on with jeans and you don’t notice the yoghurt stains’ mummy-dressing solution. Mon Breton have pushed the boundaries of a timeless classic by allowing you to personalise with initials or cute emojis. Go matchy-matchy with their men’s and kids’ range too… To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHAMONBRETON
Oh Arthur: This trio of ladies have put together a ridiculously cute collection of childrenswear and accessories – making them undoubtedly one of our favourite boutique startups. To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHAOHARTHUR
Baby Bjorn One Outdoors:  real game-changer if you like to a) babywear b) yomp or c) want no limits on where you and baby can explore. Festivals, hill climbs, fun runs… this carrier can take on the elements and is ergonomicaly designed for comfortable carrying from birth to three years. Lovely colourways too! To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHAONEOUTDOORS
Laurence King Colouring Books: Jasmine Guinness told us “, you can never go wrong with a colouring book and pencils, it’s such a nice thing to do and luckily the kids agree. Creativity is so important.” And when it comes to fabulous, innovative colouring books we adore the range from Laurence King Publishing, such as ‘To the Moon, the World’ Tallest Colouring Book’. To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHALAURENCEKING
Doona: this carseat-come-stroller really has broken the mould when it comes to practical design and out-of-the-box thinking. Laura Hamilton told us “this is one of my all-time favourites.  It is so convenient for travelling or even if you need to pop out quickly.  So many people comment on it when they see it because it’s such a clever invention.” To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHADOONA
Nappy Grab bags: wipes, cream, nappy and mat all in one pocket-sized solution. Biodegradable, simply roll it all up and bin it afterwards. Keep one in the car, under the buggy, in your coat pocket – life suddenly got a whole lot simpler! To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHAGRABBAG
Splashabout Wetsuits: the brand that brought you Happy Nappies now has a range of wetsuits for children and babies (including one that integrates the famous nappy pants), meaning that kids will stay in the water for longer without getting cold – and easing the transition from warmer baby pools to regular/outdoor pools (or English seaside paddles!). Adorable designs and a range of lengths/sizes – Beyonce’s daughter loves the ‘Apple Daisy’ one. To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHASPLASHABOUT
Smalls: layer up with these merino wool tops and leggings that are so pretty they work as outerwear or PJs too. Brilliantly breathable, your kids will be warm and toasty (but not uncomfortable or sweaty). Merino stays cleaner for longer (less washing) and it doesn’t sag, bag or shrink. Fab underlayers for flights, camping trips and puddle jumping…To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHASMALLS

We hope you like our selection and will show your support by giving your favourites some social media love. The votes will be counted on August 4th and the final ten winners announced.

One last thing: we have two extra award categories this year, both of which will be voted for by our editorial panel and guest judges. They are Buggy Love (our stroller category) and Better World (our charity and ethical partnership award). Watch the site for more details on both of these.

Lovely little things: nappy wipe holders…

OK so wiping botties per se might not be lovely, but we think these clever wipe carriers are too pretty to be confined to the changing bag…

Ruby and Ginger’s nappy purse has been a classic for years, with its lovely vintage-y looking fabrics that are easy to wash and a refillable snap-shut box for wipes.

Or check out the new Huggies Style on the Go purse – refillable and in cheerful designs – with a buggy clip too.

Go luxe with the vegan leather ‘Katharine’ changing clutch from Evie Bett – available in classic black or brown (pictured right).

Or do some good for the world with a beaded  party purse from TOMS, whose one-for-one mantra means that a mother in need will get a safe birth… (pictured below left)

And of course, where would this feature be without a mention for Slick Mummy columnist Becky Mantin’s Nappy Grab Bags…?

 

Watch Becky’s video below to see how clever they are…

A little preview of our print magazine

Look out for copies of Slick Mummy magazine at family friendly cafes, children’s boutiques and play centres.

Here’s a little peek at what’s in the Spring issue, or read it online here.

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And please do follow the bon mots of our fabulous columnists @BeckyMantin Ltd @ClarenceHeal @MattRowntree @JaneyHolliday and @RealWildHendry on Twitter too!

Our childrenswear shoot was photographed and styled by Clare Bowes – follow her on Instagram ClareBowesPhoto

Our cover was shot by Rich Hendry – follow him on Instagram RichHendry – and styled by Kara Kyne.

 

 

More places to buy #MMHA winning Becky Mantin Nappy Grab Bags

As you know, we adore these clever little disposable changing bags from Becky Mantin – ideal for taking to the park, chucking in the car – they’ll even fit in your pocket – for a quick change.

And now the list of stockists has been extended to include Amazon, WholeFoods, Tree of Life and more – for the full list go here.

PS they are on offer via Amazon Prime (and you’ll get free delivery too).

Join the LittleLife Tiny Test Team

LittleLife is searching for real families to join its new Tiny Test Team.

Think you have what it takes to put LittleLife’s products through their paces? If so, LittleLife needs you to apply to join its Tiny Testing Team – an exciting new panel of 40 parents who will be sent fab products to test and review. The Tiny Test Team application process will be open for entries until Wednesday 12th August at 5pm, to join the panel, simply visit the website, or go to the Facebook page to find out more.

The 40 lucky families chosen to be part of LittleLife’s Tiny Test Team will each be sent a Frog SwimPak plus an Ultralight Poncho Towel.

PS did you vote for the LittleLife Penguin Snuggle Pod in our #MMHA 2015? Becky Mantin loved it too…

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SM chats to … Caprice

Model, actress, presenter (she had a singing career somewhere too) Caprice Bourret was named the World’s Sexiest Woman by the News of the World, GQs Woman of the Year and Maxim’s International Woman of the Year for three consecutive years. So it may come as a surprise to some that she can run a lingerie, swimwear and bedding empire, give motivational speeches to inspire fellow entrepreneurs and also raise two young boys (who are not quite twins – but almost).

We recently discovered that she can also add writing an intelligent, poignant autobiography to her list of accolades, telling the story of her amazing career, her struggle with IVF and the magical arrival of her sons.

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We managed to put the book – titled ‘My Boys, My Body, My Business’ – down for just long enough to grab a quick chat.

SM: We loved the observation you made in your book about British women feeling embarrassed to admit that they want to make money. If you could give one piece of advice on this subject, what would it be?

Caprice: Don’t be embarrassed about being ambitious. Independence is your happiness. Don’t ever be ashamed of making money. The only piece of advice I would say is always have integrity and don’t burn bridges to get ahead.

SM: The story of how your gorgeous boys came into the world is an incredible one (Caprice found out she was pregnant whilst a surrogate was carrying her other son, thus the boys are mere weeks apart in age) In your extensive work with IVF/Women’s charities, have you ever met anyone else whom this has happened to – or was your experience really one in a million? 

 Caprice: Not one person, neither has my doctor who has been in the business for 25 years. Both of my boys are my miracle boys and I feel very thankful and blessed.

SM: You’ve graced over 250 magazine covers. Which will be the first one you’ll show the boys?

Caprice: Probably one of my Maxim or GQ front covers.  I’ll say, see mommy used to look like that.

SM: And any plans for a childrenswear collection…?

Caprice: I do have a project in the pipeline that is related to children. Once I will launch that, children’s wear is definitely on my agenda.

SM: And finally, we are in the final week of voting for our Mummy Must Have Awards (#MMHA 2015) are there any standouts for you? 

Caprice: Becky Mantin’s nappy change kit looks like a really clever invention. Very handy for on the go! Being an advocate of organic food, I would also have to opt for Buko’s Coconut Water aimed at the whole family.

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‘My Boys, My Body, My Business’ by Caprice Bourret is available now through Blink Publishing

Caprice’s website: www.capricebourret.com

Celeb Mum Becky Mantin’s pick of our #MMHA 2015 Shortlist

At SM we are big fans of Becky Mantin’s style, attitude and general joie de vivre – so were delighted when she cast her thoughts over our Mummy Must Have Awards Shortlist.

Stand outs for Becky included Kozikidz rainwear : “These look great and the perfect cover up for playing in the rain or going to Forest School without worrying about a change because of wet, muddy knees. Without trying, it’s hard to say if they are durable and comfortable but the idea is good and the designs are very nice.”

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Lilly and Sid Sunsafe Suit: “These are very cute and seem practical too with the hood. I like that the front zip seems long enough for easy on and off and that it’s SPF 50+”

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And of course her own amazing Nappy Grab Bag (once you’ve tried it you’ll wonder how you lived without it!):

“Fabulous of course! Sure to be a worldwide hit! This should definitely win! ;)”

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Follow our Instagram to cast you own vote in the Mummy Must Have Awards and read more of Becky’s opinions on our Shortlist.

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