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Announcing the Winners of the 2015 #MMHA

Congratulations – the final ten winners and our Mummy Must Haves are below. Thanks to everyone who voted, including our celeb judges, we think this is a fantastic selection.

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In no particular order, the #MMHA go to:

Microscooters 3-in-1 – so well designed, gets little ones active and they love them!

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Becky Mantin’s Nappy Grab Bag – super practical, Becky has thought of everything with this product.

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Pacapod Sequoia Changing Bag – the ultimate changing bag that doubles up as a gorgeous handbag.

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Lilly and Sid Sunsafe Suit – safe, stylish and beautifully made.

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KoziKidz Rainsuit – rain won’t stop play with these…

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LittleLife Snuggle Pod – be the cutest at the sleepover with this penguin pal.

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Merino Kids Go-Go Bag – not to hot, not too cold and great for settling wriggly sleepers.

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Aden + Anais Musy Mate – part comforter, part burp cloth, part spill mop, Musy Mate gets softer the more he is washed too.

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Adam + Eve Teenage Skincare Range – at last, a natural range for teens that soothes troubled skin and looks chic in the bathroom cabinet to boot.

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Sago’s Mini Road Trip – from the preschool app makers, this one inspires little minds.

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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

SM chats to… Stacey Jackson

Stacey Jackson is one heck of a slick mummy. Balancing a career as a popstar (giving the Taylor Swift gang a run for their money in her forties) with running a busy home, record label and now fashion line, Stacey is a transatlantic mother of four and rarely spotted out of high heels. Somehow she also finds time to work out, party with the Made in Chelsea gang and Snoop Dogg and perform live around the world.

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SM: Stacey, what are you up to at the moment?

Stacey: You know that saying ‘when it rains, it pours’… I’m about to launch my new StaeFit workout tops which I developed to help women with various issues they face while working out such as skin irritation like breast rash. It will initially be available on Staefit.com. I’m also debuting a new single off my three-volume cardio mix album called StaePumped. The single is called “How Much is That Hottie in the Window” and it features a good friend of mine, Andrew Derbyshire who was a finalist on Britain’s Got Talent. 

SM: What would be the best advice you could give our readers when hiring a nanny?

Stacey: As a working mom, finding someone with good judgement is imperative. I recommend you check them out so thoroughly — even try to find them on Facebook or Instagram for example. Are most of their pictures of them partying? You can get a sense of a person by the images they choose to upload. Also when interviewing, give the candidates scenarios so they can tell you how they would react. Such as, “what happens if I’m away and the child spikes a fever?” or “what if there was an accident on the playground, how would you handle it?” or “the phone rings while the baby is in the bath tub, what do you do”. You’d be surprised the number of crazy answers you can get. A good nanny shouldn’t even have to pause to reply to these questions with answers that will make you feel they know what they are doing.  Also I suggest to actually speak to their references, don’t just take an agency’s recommendation. 

SM: Any plans for a childrenswear line?

Stacey: Haha, very possibly. The first Stae Brand being launched is my fitness range called StaeFit so I’m focused on that right now. But you never know… I hope to carry the Stae range through to other brands, StaeSexy (lingerie) StaeHome (home accessories) and you never know… StaeYoung or StaeKids 🙂

SM: Are there any future pop stars burgeoning among your brood?

Stacey: My 17 year old son is an awesome drummer and at the moment my 8 year old daughter wants to be a pop singer like her mommy… We’ll see how long that lasts! 

SM: And finally, we recently announced the Shortlist for our 2015 Mummy Must Have Awards. Do any of the products or brands we selected stand out for you as a parent?

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Stacey: I’m an avid fan of the coconut water. It’s amazingly rehydrating and tastes delish! I take it to the gym and I also drink it before I’m about to go on stage. Love!

Follow Stacey on Twitter @Staerox

Vote for Buko Coconut Water in the #MMHA 2015 here

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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