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Christmas Jumper Day – 16th December

Friday 16th December 2016 sees a whole host of celebrities including James Corden, Fleur East, Myleene Klass, Jon Snow, Jack Whitehall and Conor Maynard support the return of Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day

Save the Children collection at Selfish Mother

This year, Save the Children’s annual Christmas Jumper Day is taking place on Friday 16th December.

Silliness will be sweeping the nation as schools, homes and offices across the country will be ditching their day-to-day dress for as daft as they dare for Save the Children.

 

This year, a whole host of celebrities are co-knitted to Christmas Jumper Day. James Corden, Jack Whitehall, Fleur East, Myleene Klass, Jess Wright, Jon Snow, Freddie Flintoff, Jamie Redknapp, Claire Richards, Ashley Jensen, Conor Maynard, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Wretch 32 and Rylan Clark. have all popped on a pullover to mark their support for the campaign.

The best bit is that all this silliness has a serious purpose. By sticking on a daft sweater, signing up and donating £2 to Save the Children (£1 if you’re at school) at christmasjumperday.org, you’ll be saving children’s lives, and helping the charity do whatever it takes to make sure the world’s forgotten children get the chance to have a brighter future.

All money raised through your woolly-wearing could help give a child living in a refugee camp clothes to keep them warm through winter, help us buy nutritious food for their entire family, or set up a safe space to give children the chance to be children again. It could also help us bring essentials like healthcare, education, protection and food to the millions of children around the world who are missing out on the most basic support.

In praise of… Daisies

Whilst they might be scarce in January (Granny used to say being able to put one’s foot on seven daisies at one was a sign that Summer was here) we can’t get enough of simple, chic daisies.

From the Marc Jacobs floral scent – which actually has its heart in gardenia and jasmine rather than the humble yellow and white bloom – to the Instagram of super hip Daisy Finetto (formerly lead singer of Mausi, now rocking some sultry solo French electro sounds), daisies can only make us smile.

Check out jewellery brand Daisy London and their beautiful kappa ring; simple, elegant and very English. Or layer up daisy chain bracelets for a Coachella look…

Boden’s Harriet dress is on sale right now – snap it up in 60’s inspired blue daisy motif…

And grab a pair of
sunny yellow Daniella flats and the roomy cotton and leather Abbey bag to make the outfit really pop.

For little blossoms, Myleene Klass’ Baby K range at Mothercare includes this adorable tee – 50% off in the sale.

Match  with Monsoon’s lemon Daisy Walker sandals…

Take the hassle out of paying the babysitter with new app Payfriendz

A bright young thing put Payfriendz on our radar recently.

At first we wondered why a PR would be hitting us up with something so clearly ‘trendy’ that it ends with a ‘z’… But stick with this one, we did…

Payfriendz (I know, I just want to go at it with correctional ink!) is an app whereby you and your invited friends can seamlessly pass money around without needing to go to a cashpoint or (if you are of my mother-in-law’s generation) not have to get your purse out and vulgarly dispense cash…

Obviously this is aimed at scatty young house sharers, too busy hitting the PlayStation to remember to contribute to the ‘lager and pot noodle fund’, but we’ve discovered it’s actually quite a useful tool for mums too…

Paying the babysitter: how many times do you have the exact money to pay the babysitter in your purse at the start of the night and then either end up running over by half an hour, get to the last cash machine on the way home only to find it’s out of order, or come home to the babysitter saying she was bullied by the kids into buying them ice creams and can she be reimbursed or (ahem) ordering an extra glass of wine after you’ve paid the restaurant bill and breaking into your cash?  Sound familiar? Well, simply add your babysitter (s) onto a Payfriendz group and you can just transfer them the cash instantly – as simply as sending a text. Plus there is an integrated ‘chat’ function which might sound godawful but means you can communicate about money in a ‘whatsapp’ format… Maybe not your cup of tea but it resonates with teenage sitters…

Baby Ballet: or for that matter baby-anything whereby the teacher is a) away with the fairies when it comes to financial matters and b) doesn’t carry enough change if you pay for the class with a tenner. Get the whole class signed up to Mme Loubilou’s Payfriendz group and you no longer need to scrabble down the back of the car seat when she demands an extra 20p for squash and a biscuit or few quid for new ballet tights…

image Lopezdorigo

Car pooling: do you do the honorable thing and share the school run driving? With Payfriendz you can share the petrol costs too…

Birthday parties: Mmm, well, in our office we all read and applauded Myleene Klass and her unicorn outburst, but let’s face it, chipping in for a birthday present is commonplace in modern life. Make it super easy – plus you don’t have to remember which sticky banknote came from which child – with Payfriendz.

Payfriendz is free for iPhone.

What to *really* pack in your hospital bag for labour

Read Mothercare’s recommendations here – they suggest things like nighties, maternity pads, camera etc. Yeah yeah, very practical. But we think there are a few touches you could find room for that might make the experience a bit slicker…

  • Colourful baby blanket: Myleene Klass takes this opportunity to plug her Baby K range, but when the little one comes out in an NHS hospital they tend to just wrap them in a regulation white towel. So pack a nice blankie and not only with your newborn be snuggly, but those first pictures will look less ‘clinical’… Hillcrest Knitwear in Scotland make some gorgeous cashmere ones in a range of colours (from raspberry to teal to lime to chocolate) at a very reasonable £24 each.
  • Jurlique Rosewater Facial Mist: smells like Valentine’s Day in a bottle and cools whilst hydrating and softening. Spray it liberally on your brow, feet, nape of neck… Heck, give the tired nurses a quick blast too…

  • Contraction Master App: OK, not so much one to pack as to download, but let’s face it, who wants to faff about with a pen and paper and a stopwatch when you can track contractions on your iPhone. The App also plots a handy graph you can show the midwife when you arrive and is techy enough to keep your partner interested…
  • Bubble Popping Game: forget watching a romantic film or reading Tatler, what you really need is instant gratification. Try downloading an old skool game like this bubble wrap popping one: http://www.games.com/game/dragonsnare0/bubble-blaster
  • Hipflask: OK so not ‘hospital approved’ but Dads-to-be might find a little dram in the car park helps with the stress of a long labour. Just get a taxi home…
mock croc flask, £45 from Aspinal
  • Post partum girdle: super skinny ‘blessed with good genes’ Natalie Portman may have emerged from hospital without a mummy-tummy but a good girdle not only helps keeping the wobbly bits tucked in but also gives a bit of back support.

  • Gifts from the baby to an older sibling: Aaah, the first time your little darling meets its nemesis, quite unlikely to go without screaming ab-dabs and general confusion. Reduce the drama with a petit cadeau – we’d suggest something non-projectile like this ‘Big Brother’ tee from Cafepress.

  • Lollipops: sucking on lollipops helps regulate breathing through contractions, provides you with a much-needed sugar hit and generally gives you something else to do with your mouth bar screaming, wailing and biting your husband’s hand… Keep it classic with fruity Chupa Chups.

  • Thank You cards: after your midwife has spent 24 hours mopping, coaxing, measuring your cervix via the medium of gloved hands and doing most of the above whilst being grunted at, you might like to scribble a little note of apology/gratification afterwards. Bizarrely, hospital shops don’t seem to stock anything other than ‘Get Well Soon’ cards – so come prepared. Smythson’s ‘Truly Wonderful’ notecards (£40 per set) say what you might be too overwhelmed to write…

  • And pack it all in this Travel Bag by Chamomile from not on the high st: gorgeously girlie, comes with a travel pillow, a blankie that doubles as a changing mat and notepads with crayons for you to scribble rude words on, this is the ultimate in calming, beachy-chic baggage.