Thursday, 22 September 2016

Duns it right (again)

If you've read my blog for a while, you'll know that I love Scandi kids clothes.  In fact, my love of Scandi brands is one of the reasons I started the blog!  Back then it was Katvig, Molo, Plastisock and a few others.  I still love those, but I have to say that season upon season, Duns are my go to favorite for an appropriate print.

Duns are always eye catching.  And unisex.  Something I love.  I have two boys but I love that they can share their clothes regardless and they can be passed on to boys and girls alike.  Like all the other brands, Duns bring out a S/S range and A/W range.  For me, the best A/W print out there goes to them.  What says September/Autumn to you?  Autumnal colours, that's for sure.. leaves?  But how about the conker?  Everyone loves conkers! Amusing to find, fun to collect, a favorite toy throughout the generations.  I was ecstatic to see the conker print Duns created.  It's so bold and gorgeous.  

Duns Radish Conker Autumn Winter 2016 Scandi Kids Clothes

Duns Radish Conker Autumn Winter 2016 Scandi Kids Clothes

Duns Radish Conker Autumn Winter 2016 Scandi Kids Clothes

I bought Felix a long sleeved top from Funky Little People and myself the age 12 top (which fits perfectly, maybe even a smidge too big).  You know I love a bit of twinning.  They look brilliant.  Felix has worn his every few days.  As always it's washing brilliantly.  Anna from Funky Little People also stocks this print in a single bedding set and I can't tell you how much I want it.  I am truly in love.

Duns Radish Conker Autumn Winter 2016 Scandi Kids Clothes


Well DUNS! ;-)

Linking up with my lovely buddy Hannah for Funky Kid Friday

Friday, 16 September 2016

Papu - clothes for Mama and Child!

The twinning thing... sometimes it's a bit cheesy.. but I have to admit I do like being a bit matchy with my boys at times.  Why?  Well, let's face it, they are unlikely to want to wear anything like what their Mama wears for very long, are they!  I think it also has a lot to do with the fact that I quite like kids clothes myself. As an adult, I've always worn children's clothing,  Hopefully not in a "to look like a child" kind of way.  No.  What I mean is I'm a shorty. and often I've found that clothing made for a 12/13 year old girl often fits me just fine.  And it can save money too.  A lot of what is made for women is also made for teen girls and if I can buy a pair of leggings that fit me better and cost less, why not?  I think if you shop carefully there's no need for you to look like you're 13!

Still, what I like even better is when a clothing brand caters for adults as well as the kids.  This seems to be happening more and more these days, especially with Scandinavian clothing brands, which I love anyway.  Brands like Duns/More Than A Fling, Moromin & Danefae sell clothing for women.  Some different to their kids stuff but a lot of it just adult sized versions of the same stuff.  

A brand I find do an amazing job of it though, are Papu.  Papu are relatively new to the UK market. In fact, they are relatively new in general.   A Finnish brand, they describe themselves thus:


"Papu is about graphic unisex prints, certified organic cotton, flexible sizes and brave design.



The foundation for Papu is collaboration, transparency, sustainability and good spirit. Papu product design is based on high-quality, ecological materials and durability. The combination sizes grow with the children and the products have adjustable features. Papu clothing is produced in Europe and have OEKO-Tex Standard 100 certificate."

I must admit that it is important to me to buy sustainable OEKO-Tex standard clothes where I can.  Or if I can't I try to buy second hand.  I don't like to think of others suffering for the cloth on my back.  
How to look like a twit despite a cool dress
What of the clothes themselves then?  Well, the prints are bold.  There's a wonderful selection to choose from from their SS16 collection.  They are the kind of clothes that will look wonderful for a long time, both quality and style wise.  Myself and the boys have a selection of their clothes and I can reassure you that they wash excellently.  They haven't bobbled up or faded.  The boys and I all have matching leggings.  The boys have several tops and I have 3 dresses and two hats.  The hats are just adorable.  The dresses wash wonderfully.  I would say the sizing is generous.  I have small or extra small and they aren't clingy.  I can honestly say they are some of the most comfortable dresses I own and when I wear them friends always comment on them.  The patterns aren't totally outlandish but they do get you noticed.  In a good way! One of the dresses I have is plain black but has really statement sleeves.  I love details like that on clothing.  Not in your face but still a little 
different.  

Personally, I find the leggings we all have very flattering! Ethan loves the hooded top he has.  It's snug and whilst mostly black, it has patterned material on the inside of the hood and a cute button detail.



Ethan sporting his cool Papu hoody

Ethan wearing a Papu vest

The AW16 collection is avaible now and there are a few UK stockists to choose from including Yellow Lolly and Scandi Mini

Gorgeousness for women from Papu

**linking up with my old blogging buddy Hannah at Make Do & Push for Funky Kid Friday which will probably surprise her!**

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Seasons change, times change, we change...

Hello blog.  You're still here!  Is anyone else?  According to stats people are still visiting this site every day.  How funny.  I last blogged in March.  Very early March.  And even before then my posts were sporadic.  So.  Why is that?  Where have I been?  What's been going on?  Does anyone care?

The truth is.. life.  Life has been going on.  2016 has been one of the most, if not THE most difficult years of my life thus far.  I won't and can't go into great detail on here I'm afraid.  It just isn't appropriate.  It's one of the reasons I've not been able to blog.  Not that I've felt much like it.  But the things that have been going on in my life have just taken over.  It wouldn't be right to write about them, at least not here.

I am hoping now that these issues will be taking a back seat and that life as I knew it will be returning to some sense of normality.  However, that's not really possible either.. because it's September, isn't it.  That well known month of change.  So many parts of my life have changed in the last week that I feel I no longer know who I am, where I fit in my world, what I do, when I do it etc.  Ethan has moved schools.  We moved house last September (almost a year ago!) and we realised that one of the other local schools was closer to our new house.  This school is a bit more outdoorsy which we feel  will suit Felix better when he starts school. Which is only a year away!  So.  Ethan has moved schools and is now in the juniors section (I can't believe I have a junior school child!).  Felix meanwhile has started at preschool.  Another change.  Even at his gymnastics class things have changed, he's now in the preschool class which means I have to leave him there.  All on his own!  My little baby.  Except he's not a little baby anymore, is he?  He's 3.  A preschooler.  Becoming independent.  And I'm watching from the sidelines, reeling from all the changes.  New schools, new uniforms, new teachers, new timings, new routines, new friends, new ways of doing things.

I now have more time to myself.. and as yet, I'm not quite sure what I'm doing with it.  I was thinking back yesterday, to when Ethan had just started at preschool.  When he started I would go to an exercise class after dropping him off and then go home, do some housework and blog.  That was about all I ever did bar meeting a friend for coffee sometimes, or popping into Bristol to do some shopping.  But shortly after he started at preschool I became pregnant with Felix and that meant that for almost the entire duration of his time at preschool, I was pregnant.  That was my real focus.  I found pregnancy with Felix pretty hard going and so was very glad of time alone to either blog or, let's face it, eat chocolate and sleep.  This time around I am not pregnant and I'm certainly not planning to be.  So I have to figure out what I'm doing.

I am a full time stay at home Mum.  It's pretty much all I know.  I last worked in May 2009.  Over 7 years unemployed.  Staying at home.  Looking after the house and children.  That has been my focus.  Being a Mum to my boys isn't a job that is going to end but it is a job that will change and it's currently going through a  huge change.  My boys need me a little less.  They are with me a lot less.  I now need to figure out who I am again and what on earth I do.  What defines me?  What do I like doing?  Am I going to work?  What work would I like to do?  What can I do realistically?  You see.. that's the thing.  I can't just go jumping into any old job.  For one thing, I have the chance right now to take stock.  My last job was unrewarding.  Badly paid.  Inflexible.  Boring.  Anything I do now has to work around the boys.  Yes, I have 15 hours a week when Felix is in preschool but that's from 8:30 - 1:30.  Ethan needs picking up at 3:20.  I still need to be available for them and I don't have the kind of childcare available to me to cover longer hours.  I would need something that's term time.   We all know how hard those gems are to come by.  No.  Right now is not the time to be taking any job that presents itself.  It's a time to think, evaluate.  At the moment we are used to managing on the money we currently have coming in.  It's the easiest time for me to take time to figure out what to do whilst we are used to managing on this income.  It's the best time to start my own business.  Choose a new direction.  Study.

Right now I feel almost frozen by choices.  I think I need a plan.  A simple plan to get me through the next few weeks, something that will allow me time to think but also feel like I'm not wasting time.  Like most Mums I often fall into the trap of feeling guilty for having free time.  As a Mum, or a parent, I should always be on the go, right?  Always with purpose.

So.  This plan then.  Something simple.  An exercise class one day.  Blogging (seeing if I can and want to get back into it!! And if anyone will read!).  Admin.  Going for a run.  Playing the piano.  Catching up with people.  Exploring business ideas.  Walking.  Yoga.

I'll take it from there.  Then hopefully, this time next year, when I am facing the fact I'll have two school children, I'll know exactly what I'm doing with myself when they are off making the world theirs.  I need to be an inspiration to them.  More than Mummy.

Friday, 4 March 2016

Wildlife Week at Wyevale Garden Centres Review

Half term - remember that?  Passed in a blink of an eye, didn't it!  Just shortly before half term, I was contacted on behalf of Wyevale Garden Centres to ask if the boys and I would like to take part in one of their children's holiday activities. Of course, I said yes... anything to keep us busy during  the hell wonder of school holidays!

Wyevale have several garden centres across the country and they run activities during school holidays to help us parents survive without a gin drip keep our sprogs entertained.  Our local centre is Cadbury nestled between Congresbury and Yatton (or outside of Bristol if you're not as yocal as us).  It's always been a good place to visit with children in tow.  It's large so they love to run around and get lost among the plants.  Or play house in all the summer houses and sheds.  They also have a Costa to keep you caffeined up and a cafe offering tasty yumminess.  There's a handy little soft play too.

We attended a Wildlife Week session entitled "Pollination Station".  Set up in the middle of the garden centre, we and a small group of children were given plant pots to decorate.  There was a lovely selection of craft materials, some lovely pens including glitter gel pens (who doesn't love those?  Like glitter but less messy!) and cute animal themed stickers.  The boys had a lovely time sticking stickers all over their pots and getting a bit glittered up.

Wyevale Garden Centre Cadbury Congresbury Yatton Pollination Station Wildlife Week


Once the pots were decorated, they were filled with soil by one of the centres helpful staff members (they were great - very patient with my dear Felix).  Once the pots were full, the children got to sprinkle on some seeds.  They were also able to decorate a sweet label to be stuck into the soil.

Wyevale Garden Centre Cadbury Congresbury Yatton Pollination Station Wildlife Week

We are now waiting for our seeds to sprout and the boys are very excited about what will grow.  Currently Grandma is looking after our pots.  She is the green-fingered one in the family and we look forward to seeing what grows in the coming weeks!  The seed mix includes flowers that insects and bees love, hence the title "Pollination Station".  We've all heard how our bee population is suffering so activities like this are great.  Good to give nature a little helping hand!

The session lasted about 15-20 minutes and the cost was £2.50 per child to cover the costs of the materials etc.  I think the length of the session was good.  Especially for a child like Felix.  Towards the end of 15 minutes he was itching to get away..  Ethan could probably have stayed drawing on his pot and doing some colouring for a lot longer, but he is six, not two!  Bearing in mind we've come away with two sweet pots and (in time) some flowers for the bees to enjoy, I think it was good value for money.

Wyevale Garden Centre Cadbury Congresbury Yatton Pollination Station Wildlife Week

To inject a bit of real life into my review, I would like to share with you the reality of doing an activity like this with a child like Felix.  The fact is that after a short period of time, he will get restless and run off...  Thank goodness I am able to leave Ethan whilst I chase Felix.  Felix being Felix, he managed to escape at speed.  When I finally caught up with him I found him wielding a hammer in one hand and a pen knife in the other.  Don't ask.  After our activity we went to the cafe where he proceeded to climb onto someone else's table whilst they had gone to get some cutlery.  Before I could grab him he had pinched their fruit scone and was making quite a messy dent in it.  Embarrassing doesn't cut it.  Let's also not forget when we visited the loos and he posted his glove into a sanitary bin.  So. Much. Fun.

Did we enjoy the activity?  Yes.  Would we do it again?  Yes.  Should I ever have another child? No. NO NO NO.

Thank you very much Wyevale. Hope you've manged to clear up after Felix's visit!

Funky Kid Friday

Hey Hey Hey!  Welcome to another Funky Kid Friday, a kids fashion linky hosted by myself and the rather awesome Hannah of Make, Do and Push.

Last week, as always, there were some fantastic link ups.  I really love the adorable Zara dungarees shared by Baby Sausages.  Adorable!


Now, back to this week!  If you have a kids fashion post you'd like to link up, please do so below!  Don't forget to tweet us your link so we can retweet for you!

Here are our guidelines:

- Link up your kids fashion post/s below
- Comment on the hosts and at least one other post
- Display our badge (see sidebar)
- Tag us on Twitter - I'm @medicatedfollow and Hannah is @mamamakedopush. We will retweet your posts. Don't forget to use the tags #funkykidfriday and #FKF as well!
- The linky opens on Fridays and is live until the following Monday.

Happy Friday everyone! X


Thursday, 18 February 2016

Funky Kid Friday

Hey hey! It's Friday... so it's Funky Kid! Today is the day to join us with your kids fashion posts.  Link them up below.  We have a few simple guidelines:

- Link up your kids fashion post/s below
- Comment on the hosts and at least one other post
- Display our badge (see sidebar)
- Tag us on Twitter - I'm @medicatedfollow and Hannah is @mamamakedopush. We will retweet your posts. Don't forget to use the tags #funkykidfriday and #FKF as well!
- The linky opens on Fridays and is live until the following Monday.

Thank you to Hannah for hosting last week.  Last week Karen from Would Like To Be linked up some lovely posts including a selection of dresses worn by her girls.  As ever she showcases her gorgeous photography skills.  Such lovely photos, girls and dresses :-)


Would Like To Be, Dresses, Kids Fashion, Funky Kid Friday

Over to you lovely lot now - link up your posts below and don't forget to tweet us!

Happy Friday!
X

Friday, 5 February 2016

Funky Kid Friday

Hey guys! Sorry it's late.. it is still Friday though....  so it's Funky Kid! Today is the day to join us with your kids fashion posts.  Link them up below.  We have a few simple guidelines:

- Link up your kids fashion post/s below
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- Tag us on Twitter - I'm @medicatedfollow and Hannah is @mamamakedopush. We will retweet your posts. Don't forget to use the tags #funkykidfriday and #FKF as well!
- The linky opens on Fridays and is live until the following Monday.

Thank you to Hannah for hosting last week.  As always some amazing link ups.  I particularly loved the star print body suits being rocked by Toby & Gabe!



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Happy Friday! X

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Funky Kid Friday

Hey guys! It's Friday so it's Funky Kid! Today is the day to join us with your kids fashion posts.  Link them up below.  We have a few simple guidlines:

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- The linky opens on Fridays and is live until the following Monday.

As always, thank you to my co-host Hannah for hosting last week.  There were a fantastic bunch of links last week.  I particularly loved Bex from The Mummy Adventure's Tootsa MacGinty post.  I'm a big fan of Tootsa myself and I love the items her boys were rocking.  Tootsa are a unisex brand so of course they get my approval!

themummyadventure,tootsa-macginty


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Thursday, 7 January 2016

Funky Kid Friday

Hello and Happy New Year! 2016! Wow, the years sound so futuristic now. You can even ride on a hoverboard.  What's that about?!

I hope you all had wonderful Christmases.  It was good here.  Rushed past as ever.  A blur of family, friends, gifts and food.  Always over too quickly and now we're back to the daily grind.  But that's OK.  I don't mind really!  In fact, we're currently having our kitchen ripped out and replaced so it's all a bit hectic here!

Thank you to lovely Hannah for hosting our last Funky Kid Friday.  So many wonderful link ups.  In particular I have to give props to Hannah herself.  I loved her post.  Twinning is winning in my book so a big yay!

make do and push

Fancy linking up this week?  It's simple!

- Link up your kids fashion post/s below
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- The linky opens on Fridays and is live until the following Monday.

Have a wonderful weekend! X

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Children's bedding for Christmas

Christmas is big business these days, isn't it!  Long gone are the days of throwing up a few sprigs of holly and making some paper chains.  Well, many of us still do that, but let's face it, there is a wealth of choice when it comes to decorating your house for Christmas now!

Fairy lights everywhere, bespoke baubles on your tree, honeycomb decorations, Christmas jumpers, Christmas socks, special tableware.  There is pretty much a Christmas version of everything!

Personally, I love the chance to Christmasify (is that a word?) our house.  I like to bring Christmas into every room so we have Christmas tea towels, clothing, flannels, fairy lights and decorations all over.  Something I've branched out into in the last few years is Christmas bedding.   It started a few years back when I bought a snowflake print set for our bedroom.  I loved getting the bedding out at the end of November each year to put back on the bed.  For about 6 weeks I wash the set each week and put it straight back on!  This year I decided that I should add another to the mix so I treated myself to a new set in my favorite monochrome pallet with cute Christmas trees on from George at Asda.  I thought it wasn't fair that it was only us who had Christmas bedding so I bought a set for Ethan too!

Ethan loves the chance to bring Christmas into his bedroom and I'm happy to help him do so.  He's got a mini tree, lights in his window and Christmas has even arrived in his dolls house with a mini light up tree and chocolate selection boxes for the dolls!  So getting him a set of Christmas bedding seemed like the sensible thing to do!  Of course, he's very happy with it.

Now, all I want to do is buy a few more sets!  Felix could do with one of course, and it's always good to have just one more spare... so that brings me on to all the wonderful sets that are out there!  Primark are usually good for things like this.  I mentioned Asda already.  There are some good choices online as well.  Of course, Christmas bed linen might not be for everyone but it does make a good present for your child if you're updating their room for Christmas.  Quite often at this time of year you might be buying a new bed for them, or some accessories for their room.  If we could afford it, we'd be getting Ethan a new bed for Christmas.  So you could buy them a duvet set with their favorite animal or character on.  The Yorkshire Linen Company have a good selection of bedding sets for everyone, particularly children.  There's all the favorites like Peppa Pig and Thomas but also sets that will fit in with themes such as space or racing cars.  Prices are great too starting around £12.99.  You can't really go wrong!