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Bugaboo collaborates with We Are Handsome

We Are Handsome, the cult swim, gym and resort-wear brand that you see the likes of Katy Perry or Beyonce rocking in that ‘hey – I can carry off patterned lycra ‘cos I’m better than you’ kinda way, have just announced their collaboration with Bugaboo. Yes – really.

You can either buy the whole stroller in this striking design or if you already own a Bee5, Donkey2, Buffalo or Cameleon3 then you can pimp your child’s ride with the accessories. Oh heck, go the whole hog and get the leggings too. You’re worth it.

For more info or to order visit Bugaboo website.

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 ūüėČ

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 Рin 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

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 Рso 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 Рmaking 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‚Äôs 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 Рlife 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.

The Lemon Detox diet diary

Often¬†described as ‘the quick way to lose 10lb in a week’ and loved by Beyonce, The Lemon Detox diet is actually based on 50 years of research that made its founder Hawaiian Naturopath Stanley Burroughs a world revered figure.

The premise is simple: eat nothing for 5-10 days and drink a concoction made from natural tree syrup, lemon juice and cayenne pepper – plus water and a bit of herbal tea – and hey presto, you lose weight.

Simple, you’d think? We¬†gave it a whirl…

SM tester writes: I was delegated this one and wasn’t sure if I’d drawn the long or the short straw. Yeah, I could do with losing 10lb in a week – who couldn’t? – but live on lemon juice? Especially with young kids… Errr…

The first day was obviously the hardest. I am the biggest culprit of finishing off what my kids leave on their plates rather than put it in tuppaware and annoyingly my eldest had asked for pancakes for breakfast. So there I was juicing my lemons to mix up a day’s worth of drink, watching the kids and their dad wolf down plates of stodge and jam… BTW, it’s worth mentioning here that you will need A LOT of lemons for this diet – they recommend organic ones – so a word in the ear of a friendly local greengrocer might be able to score you (as it did me) a whole box of them much cheaper than buying in the supermarket.¬†

The drink itself is quite tolerable. They suggest you drink it luke warm or tepid – drinking it cold is a bit ‘full on’ … The syrup and the pepper in it sort of give it the taste of one of those ‘old fashioned lemonade’ drinks I used to buy in the health food shop for morning sickness.¬†

What is trickier is the FOUR LITRES of water you are meant to drink in addition to the two litres of lemon drink. Granted – bar the odd cup of peppermint tea – this is all you are allowed, but at first you feel like you’ve humanly drained¬†a swimming pool for the amount of water you consume. They suggest you keep a bottle at your desk and sip all day but frankly I needed more motivation than that so just set myself a half hourly alarm to then drink a 6oz glass whilst I was working.¬†

I imagine Beyonce – or any other celeb doing this diet – would probably also book themselves into a yoga retreat or island spa, as this is an easier diet whilst nobody is waving a bacon sandwich in front of your nose or expecting you to whip up a batch of after-school-snack cookies without licking the bowl…¬†

But I stuck with it. Day one there was no weight change but I was ratty as hell. 

The following morning I woke up early for an almighty wee… and my tummy did look a bit flatter. I sat there in the morning light sipping my drink and thinking ‘maybe this is really going to work’. I took myself back up to bed with a peppermint tea whilst the kids had their breakfast (the tea helps your bowels but also with the funny taste you get in your mouth – again, a bit like the metallic taste you get during early pregnancy).¬†

‘OK,’ I told myself ‘, you can do this!’ and set myself up for another day. I’ll confess, there is a book that comes with this diet that I had only skim read before commencing. Possibly they should suggest that you only read the bits you need to know for each stage, as reading it on day two I discovered the section about what you can eat once the fasting is over (mmm, porridge, I’d kill for that right now…) and also the Spanish version of the diet, which is only partly made up of fasting and drinking lemon drink and the rest of the time you can eat normal(ish) meals.

By day two I am definitely losing some weight (annoyed that the scales only showed 1lb as it felt like more) but I decided that the distractions were a bit much so packed myself off to a girlfriend’s house for the night, leaving my poor husband with the kids and a compost bin full of lemon skins.

My diet-sleepover was quite a success. She dutifully didn’t laugh at me arriving clutching my bag of lemons, supplied awful 90s films and some lovely herbal tea (possibly not one of the ‘allowed ones’ but…) and was polite about the fact that I was asleep on her sofa by 8.45pm.

Day three is meant to be the hardest and I won’t lie, I was not a happy bunny. Really missing my morning coffee (damn that Nespresso machine, staring at me…) and afternoon bag of Quavers. And I was cold all the time. I had lost 3lb though, plus had a good long think about all the cr*p I eat in a normal day which I tell myself doesn’t matter but (err -half a pack of iced gems is still about 60 calories…) and it does feel a bit ‘cleaner’ to be drinking lemon juice and water – although I was starting to find the taste of the syrup a bit cloying…

Day four and I¬†am sure I won’t make it. I was really about to give in and have a bowl of Weetabix. But then a huge work crisis is suddenly thrown my way and for the best part of the morning I’m scrabbling around the hypothetical ‘box’ trying to think outside of it… Which is at least distracting. I completely forgot to drink any water, neck half the day’s dose of the lemon drink at lunchtime and pick most of the skin off my thumbs trying not to snatch¬†the KitKat off a colleague’s desk.¬†

Day five: I decided this was the final day. You could do this diet for another five but I feel like I gave it a fair try. I’ve learned a lot about myself and I’ve lost 5lb, which isn’t bad. When you come off the diet they suggest gradually introducing food again (one orange at a time) and it’s natural to gain a bit of weight back – but you can do the diet three or four times a year, apparently.¬†

Unsurprisingly perhaps, you do actually find yourself craving lemons afterwards (good job I bought that big box!) and I had a newfound affinity for neat lemon juice as a salad dressing…

I would definitely give this another go – in fact, having a wedding to go to in the new year is good motivation to – but I think you need as few distractions as possible in order to get ‘in the zone’ as it were. Also, I was too busy thinking about food and lasting til the next meal to even consider gentle exercise during the programme, but if I did it again I would factor is a bit of Pilates or a swim in there, just to get the endorphin vibes going a bit more.

Find out more about The Lemon Detox from the website.

Slick Mummy Moments: Beyonce and Blue Ivy

We’ll be paying tribute to SM moments we love – and thought we’d kick off with this one, in celebration of Blue Ivy’s third birthday.

Mummy Bey looks super luxe and groomed in her peach and grey combo and how adorable are her daughter’s silver ballet pumps..?Choosing to stay hydrated with Smart water, whilst carrying a coordinated baby bottle warmer – and her ultimate accessory: a look of complete serenity!

Get the look with Bloch’s Sarah Glitter ballet flats

Image Marie Claire