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Get a 30% discount at #MMHA17 nominees Jardine at London

To us, Jardine of London epitomises handbag elegance. Their clean lines, soft leather, and chic designs are key attributes that saw them nominated for the Mama Style category in this year’s Mummy Must Have Awards.

And to celebrate making the shortlist, Jardine are offering a 30% shopping discount to Slick Mummy readers – valid until 31st October 2017.

Shop the range of bags (including the gorgeous new Judi clutch) and leather accessories (such as the striking Suffolk leather journals).

Just use coupon code:  SLICKMUMMY30 at the checkout.

Parisian Baby label Jacadi opens its fifth London store in Battersea

Jacadi – France’s oldest baby and children’s fashion label with 270 stores in 35 countries – opens its fifth store in London on Northcote Road in Battersea.

Shop Jacadi’s range of Liberty prints, adorable knits, Breton stripes and party shoes with staff on hand to help out – or have a browse in store and then order online for home delivery (and free gift wrapping).

Jacadi Battersea is located at 50 Northcote Road, SW11 and is holding an opening party on Thursday 28 September from 2 – 6 pm. Guests are invited to discover the AW17 collection and can enjoy an exclusive 20% discount as well as other surprises on the day! For more information please visit www.jacadi.co.uk

Our pick of… Picnic Baskets

Nothing quite says ‘English Summer’ than loading up a picnic hamper with a spread and scoffing it al fresco. Obviously the right kit is crucial (unless you like scooping up waterlogged cheese and crackers from the bottom of your bag) – here are a few options we love:

Hadleigh’s Wicker 4-person basket (£49.95) has a curved lid so is much easier to close when you’ve over catered (or want to put a bottle of wine in there) and the neutral inlay makes it look much classier and more expensive than it really is.

Willow & Avon’s 4-person Tweed basket (£99.99) comes with a blanket and napkins as well as plates, cutlery, wine glasses, salt and pepper pots and a corkscrew. In fact, everything but the kitchen sink.

Going hiking (or need your hands free to push a buggy)? Try the chic grey VonShef Ash 4-person picnic backpack (£49.95) for size. The outer pocket has a chiller feature to keep your prosecco ‘party ready’.

 

 Feeling too lazy to cut the crusts off your cucumber sarnies? Check out The Little Picnic Company, who – as the name suggests – will do it all for you and deliver…

Your food comes either in their signature blue cardboard carrier box or pay a bit more and they’ll pack it into a wicker basket.

#BlackFriday Deals

Seemingly Black Friday is the new black. A few of our fave shopping sites have some awesome offers…

Get 30% of lovely merino childrenswear; great as base layers or winter pj’s (or on long haul flights) at Smalls with codes KIDFRIDAY or BABYFRIDAY.

Nothing says ‘punk all grown up’ like the gorgeous pieces at True Rocks – such as this rose gold pin. Get 30% off today with code: blackfriday

 

There’s 20% off the Black Friday collection at children’s boutique Me & Buddy – click here to view... We love this Kid + Kind sweatshirt…

 

Or there’s 40% off at Polarnopyret – grab this cute party dress for just £13.20!

 

 

 

Or check out the sample sale at Hill and Friends – not only are their bags half price but they are one of a kind too!

 

Take a bow: The Great British Baby Company launches fundraising campaign with ECPAT UK

The Great British Baby Company has just launched an official fundraising campaign with ECPAT UK, the country’s leading child protection and anti-child trafficking group.

It is selling a super chic collection of British-made woven silk accessories for children (ties, bow ties, and pussy cat bows) in ‘ECPAT UK purple’ with all profits going directly to ECPAT UK. The fundraising items are available via The Great British Baby Company’s online shop.

My love affair with the Koochi Pushmatic

Last week I had a fling. He was wiry, he was athletic, he had go-faster stripes – and he got me and my baby son a lot of dirty looks.

His name? The Koochi Pushmatic. 

The first thing to say about this sexy little buggy is that the Green Hyperwave trim literally had me stopped in the street by men (some of whom didn’t even have children!) commenting on how snazzy it looked. Its vibe is a cross between the sort of trainers that boys who spend a fortune on trainers have and those 90s Nokia screensavers that are now super-retro-vogue.

The second thing to say is my gosh is this thing light! I could run up and down the steps at the train station carrying this buggy – with my chubby son in it – and my laptop bag – without even needing to glance around for a potential white knight, let alone succumbing to any hopeless panting situations halfway down. Two minutes til the next train? Pah, I’ll make it in one – and with a smug look on my face!

The third – and truly surprising – thing about the Pushmatic is that it is great value. At £180 all-in the model comes with kitbag, footmuff (a really warm, rainproof one), raincover and detachable head hugger and pads. You can use this buggy on a newborn and it lasts thru 15kg – so could be all the buggy you ever need. Granted, if you want your newborn to face you as you push then this might not work, but we’d recommend giving it a go and making up for ‘lost eye contact time’ by using a Baby Bjorn carrier or Moby wrap for shorter journeys.

Koochi is actually from the same stable as the award winning Cosatto range and in its infancy as a brand. Sure, there are a few things we’d improve (the five point harness *is* a little fiddly although very secure and the brake pedal is quite big/cumbersome) but for a buggy that corners like a dream, holds a decent amount of shopping (including a family sized pizza and a bumper pack of nappies) in the underseat storage, easily folds into a car boot and gets the ‘comfy seal of approval’ from all who ride in it.

Furthermore – and I’ve tried – if you fancy a buggy you can jog with, this one is a breeze. Sure, it isn’t one of those long wheelbase fancy-schmantzy ones but with the Pushmatic you can fit it on the bus home if the jog knackers you out, or ’round the table in the local cafe if your jog just happens to take you in the direction of cake…

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Sadly, my fling came to an end as we raffled the Pushmatic to raise money for charity. Big thanks to Koochi for their generosity and we look forward to supporting the product range in the future.

Koochi-koo my adorable little love buggy, I shall miss you…

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SM chats to… Kristi and Emma of BerryClever

If you’ve not yet discovered BerryClever it’s definitely a site to scope before you buy anything new for your kids or pets. The site provides peer recommendations for a huge range of products and it’s directors Kristi and Emma work tirelessly to ensure their advice is trustworthy. We caught up with them and found out what made these two former City workers decide to trade it all in to work with children and animals…
Photo Emma and Kristi
SM: How did BerryClever come about?
Emma: Kristi and I both experienced that sense of being overwhelmed as expectant mums when it came to buying baby products. We both leant on our friends and families for advice, who all gave us a shopping list of things they had used. This was where the idea for BerryClever was formed. We wanted a place where parents could go to get trusted advice about baby products from people they know. When we researched what our audience wanted, we discovered that 86% of new mums leant on their friends and family first when considering what to buy for their children. We also found that 86% of mums preferred to read reviews from people they know and trust.
BerryClever.com is a unique online environment, which allows you to connect with existing friends and new like-minded ones to discover the products they love, regret or simply can’t live without. You simply log onto the site to browse and discover new products, and read other parents’ reviews. BerryClever’s reviews, known as ‘tips’, are no longer than 150 characters making them quick to write and read on mobile devices and ideal for busy mums on the go. Our hope is that we help parents make the right decision about what to buy, and also to give them new ideas for making life easier! There are so many baby products out there, so BerryClever is a great way of wading through all of the products and find what’s right for you. There are also lots of great pre complied lists that you can browse, these will give you ideas on the best products for dealing with certain issues such as teething or colds, or just to prepare you for different stages in your baby’s life like weaning, bathing, feeding or changing. 
 
SM: What has been the biggest challenge for you as a business?
BerryClever: We had a host of product features and ideas prior to launch and the most difficult thing to do was decide on which products to launch with and test first. With a limited budget we chose those which we felt would give us the most significant learnings to take the product forward.
 
SM: Coming from corporate backgrounds, do you miss wearing suits for work?
BerryClever: Not at all!  We mostly get to wear jeans to work, and dress up a bit more for meetings.  It’s a good mix!
 
SM: Being mums and pet owners yourselves, do you find you tend to agree with the tips on your site, or are there products that surprise you?
BerryClever: There are definitely products that we loved, and then found that lots of other mums didn’t like them (and they listed out great reasons for why they didn’t like them!). Most of all, we’ve discovered a lot of really innovative and helpful products that get highly reviewed, or that other parents suggest that we put on the site. Some of these products are quite simple, and will make such a big difference!
 
SM: Which of your respective babies, dogs and cats is the most difficult to shop for?
BerryClever: we think puppy Parker is probably the most difficult to shop for, because he is less able to tell us what he loves, mehs or wishes he had.
 
SM:  What’s next for the business?
BerryClever: We’re always working on refining our website and making it easier for people to use.  We are working on lots of new features and designs that we hope our members will love!
 

Stroller Days Out: The Baby Show 20-22nd Feb London ExCel

Got a bump? Well you have a bonafide excuse to shop – and where better than a huge fiesta of all things baby; with hundreds of products from leading brands all under one roof.

Browse the likes of iCandy, Cosatto, Joie, Mothercare, Stokke and many, many more – plus some lovely boutique brands and cult products.

Advice is on hand by way of talks from baby experts such as Annabel Karmel, Jo Tantum and breast feeding guru Clare Byam-Cook, plus fashion shows and entertainment for little ones including play areas.

Get tickets now from http://www.thebabyshow.co.uk/