Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Win with Elodie Details

Elodie Details are a brand I first discovered when I had Ethan nearly 6 years ago now.  I first loved them because they made beautiful baby bottles and accessories.  Over the years their range has grown and grown as has their following.  Now they make beautiful home wears and even their own strollers as well as the most stunning stroller/buggy accessories, blankets and clothing.

The lovely folks at ED have offered my readers the chance to win two prizes.  I'm going to be giving one away via my blog and one on Instagram.  Two wonderful prizes!  On Instagram we're giving away a Graphic Grace cot bed bedding set and here on the blog we're giving away a Graphic Grace hooded towel.  They are both heavenly, bang on the monochrome trend and unisex.  Perfect really!

If you'd like to be in with a chance of winning the towel simply use the Rafflecopter below and like both my facebook page and the Elodie Details facebook page.  Don't forget that I will be checking that the entries have been made correctly (i.e. if you click to say that you've liked the Elodie Details facebook page that will be checked up on).  It's only to keep things fair.

If you're on IG, don't forget to check out the giveaway there!  Both giveaways will end on Tuesday the 19th of May and the winners announced shortly after. Good Luck!

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Saturday, 2 May 2015

Instaspiration - Lovelane Designs

Ahhh, it's that time again.  The time when I can try to ease my craving to shop by enabling everyone else instead!

There are so many wonderful indipendant brands out there now across the world that I think this feature could roll on forever but today I'm very happy to introduce to you Lovelane Designs.  Of course, you might have heard of them before.. but as they are in the US you might not.

I can't remember exactly how or when I stumbled across Lovelane.  It might even have been a random finding on Etsy, but I know it was over 6 months ago and I've been lusting after their beautiful designs ever since.

As Felix's second birthday approaches (yes, I know, how?!) I started to think about what to get him and it seemed to me to be the perfect time to order one of Lovelane's wonderful superhero capes!

Lovelane Designs

Kids love dressing up and I love kids dressing up but I'm not really a big fan of branded tacky costumes.  There's a time and a place, of course, but I prefer handmade and tasteful where possible!  This is where Lovelane comes in.  Her gorgeous designs appeal to kids but the don't offend adults sensibilities.  On top of that, they are incredibly well made and are the kind of thing that you're grandchildren are going to enjoy too - I know, think of that!! It's an heirloom piece folks, you can't not buy one!!

Our cape arrived on Friday and I'm captivated by it.  It pains me to have to hide it in my wardrobe for the next 24 days.  I might just have to get it out from time to time and spin around in it myself.  I hope Felix loves it.  I'm pretty sure his brother is going to pinch it!

Lovelane don't just make capes.  There are amazing hats and cuffs that match and even (hilariously but I love it) pet teepees!!

Lovelane Designs Pet TeePee
Well hi there!

You go Lovelane!  You rock :-)

Friday, 1 May 2015

Oust your house!

I love a clean tidy house.  Most people know that about me.  It's no secret.  I've written about it here before.  On top of liking a clean house, we live in a hard water area.  Anyone living in a hard water area knows that means one thing - limescale!

Anything in our house that has regular contact with water has a limescale issue.  Taps, the loo, the kettle.  Even toys the boys play with in the bath and the draining rack in the kitchen.  Limescale, the cheeky thing, builds up on everything.  So, when a huge bundle of Oust products arrived in the mail I was very happy.  Something that would come in very handy and be satisfying to use!

I have to descale our kettle very often, I would say every 2-4 weeks.  Most often I use white vinegar to do the job because it works and it reduces the amount of chemicals being used.  However, I do have to use something a bit stronger from time to time because the vinegar, whilst it does work, doesn't seem to do quite as good a job.  Personally, I've always used Oust for the kettle.  In the package we received there was a kettle descaler sachet included except it was a little different to the one I'd used before.  Usually I use one which is in a plastic sachet you have to cut open and poor in.  Oust have got a bit clever here though and come up with a nifty little bag that can be placed straight into your kettle and disposed of afterwards.  Very handy and means it's less likely you'll come into contact or get chemicals on your hands.

I found it worked very well.  I just followed the instructions on the box (fill your kettle half full, boil, place in the sachet and leave for a while).  You just have to look at the pictures to see it did the job!

Oust Your House Oust Descaler

Oust also sent me some other limescale removing products including one for dishwashers and washing machines.  I've never used anything on either of those before so I was happy to give them a go.  I have to say that using limescale removed on the dishwasher and washing machine doesn't really give you results you can see but knowing how well it works on my kettle and knowing how hard the water is where we live I can be sure that it's been beneficial to use!

Oust Your House Oust Descaler

All of the Oust products are easy to use with clear instructions.  I'm not just saying that, look at my gleaming kettle!

**The products were very kindly provided by Oust but all opinions are genuine and my own**

I made this! Getting crafty with Laura Ashley

I am quite a  crafty person naturally, I love to create, I love colours, I love texture.  I just don't find much time to do it now I'm a Mum.  I know some parents are always up to something crafty but I'm usually too busy blogging, researching fashions, reading, faffing about online, selling stuff on eBay, trying to catch up with hubby,  All the usual stuff.  Craft doesn't always get a look in!

Lovely bloggers network Joe Blogs contacted me a while back and asked if I'd like to attend their craft event at @Bristol in Bristol (duh!).  I leapt at the chance.  It's not that often there are blogging events that close to me.  Plus, a chance to craft without the kids crawling over me for a couple of hours- yes please!

The day itself actually worked out well for us as a family (something I do worry about with blogging events is them taking family time up) as we have @Bristol family membership so whilst I was getting my craft on, Pete took the boys around the delights @Bristol has to offer (we love it there and I have to say it's very worthwhile getting membership but that's a post for another day!).

The craft event itself was actually hosted with The Crafty Hen (who run craft workshops) and Laura Ashley.  I'm not all that knowledgeable about Laura Ashley so I was excited to see what their fabrics would be like!

I wasn't entirely sure about what we would be crafting but when we arrived we were told that we would be making a cover for a notebook and some Suffolk Puffs.  I didn't have a clue what on earth a Suffolk Puff would be (let's not make any crude jokes here!) so I just thought I'd focus on the notebook.

Covering a notebook is, in theory, relatively simple.  But double sided sticky tape is a beehatch to work with, excuse my French.  It took me a lot longer to get the job done.  It's probably made harder by the fact I'm a bit of a perfectionist and I wanted my finished cover to look good!  There were some beautiful fabrics to choose from (all from Laura Ashley's current collection) and some cute accessories like buttons and ribbons.  We had access to needles, thread and a glue gun.  We received a demo from the ladies of The Crafty Hen (who were great, very patient and helpful!) and had a handout with simple instructions on.  In the end I quite liked my cover!

After a little lunch break (a chance to catch up with lovelies like Ella, Kath, Lucy and others we got back to the crafting.  Now it was time for me to find out what on earth a Suffolk Puff would be!   The answer is that they are circles of material on which you sew a running stitch around the edge - this is then pulled to create a scrunched up "puff" shape.  Once you have created your puff you can use it in as many ways as you can think of.  A rosette, a hair piece, a broach.  Decorated with ribbons, buttons and net.  I found myself really falling for these puffs because they are so simple and yet so effective.  I can think of so many ways I could use them and I think that they'd make lovely presents.  I ended up making three in different sizes and then creating a facinator which actually, I'm damn proud of!

It was a great afternoon.  Thanks to all involved! My crafty juices have started flowing again!

Funky Kid Friday - Twinning

Twinning.  It's a bit of a controversial subject I'd think.  After all, I know people who find the idea of dressing their kids in similar or matching outfits abhorrent (there was a time when I wasn't keen on it myself!).

Do you know what I mean by twinning?  It's all over Instga these days darling!  Getting all matchy matchy with the sprogs in your life.

When I just had Ethan I would sometimes see some families where the children were matching each other and I'd think it a bit tacky.. but like a lot of things in parenting (and life) when your situation changes you suddenly find yourself changing your mind.  You're pregnant with baby no2 and suddenly those Big Brother Little Brother tees don't look so bad.. no, they look cute!  You have two children and suddenly it becomes thrilling when you find shoes that match in their exact (different) sizes.  And then.. you walk around the corner in TKMaxx and... what's this?  THEY HAVE THE SAME SHOES IN MY SIZE TOOO!!  What if I... no... I couldn't, could I?  BUT IT'D BE SOOOOO CUTE!!!

See?  It creeps up on you! Somehow I find it amusing if we go on a family outing and all 4 of us are rocking our chucks.  They might not all the the exact same colour, but we all have a pair of converse, Pete included!  Then there's the DMs.  Both my boys have a pair of black patent DMs and I have a pair of mat black ones.  I love it if we're all wearing them!

You can go a step further too!  Lots of the independent brands I find on Insta these days have some of their stock sized for kids and adults.  You can get matching items from Hello Apparel (stocked at Southwood Stores in the UK) and Whistle and Flute.  One of my fave online shops, The Dandy Kid, have recently got some exclusive stock - they have snagged Scandinavian inspired Canadian brand The Wild kids apparel.  I am excited about this because they have designs in adult sizes as well as kids!

The Wild kids apparel The Dandy Kid

Their designs are simple, modern, quirky and appeal to children and adults alike.  Personally I love the owl and lumberjack designs.  I'm really hoping that The Dandy Kid start to stock some of their other designs too!!

What are your thoughts on twinning?  Do you do it?  Would you do it?

If you've written a kids fashion piece lately, please do link up below!  Tweet me your link and I'll retweet.

Happy Friday all!

Monday, 27 April 2015

Gardening around kids

Since we had the boys it's been quite tricky to work in the garden.  I don't know if it's the personality or age of our boys but actually managing to get anything beyond the absolute basics in the garden has proven hard.  They are far more interested in mucking about and getting messy...

When Ethan was a tiny baby I remember Pete mowing the lawn whilst he was in a sling.  In fact, I remember him doing the same when Felix was tiny, Ethan playing in in his "cafe" and Felix in the tula baby carrier!

Once Felix got to be a bit older it was much much harder.  He's such a pickle, always into things.  Last year we had a really big problem with him picking up stones, trying to eat them and throwing bigger ones around.  Not content with trying to eat mud or sand once or twice he would eat handfuls over and over again.  Pulling down plants, stamping in flowerbeds.. Really it's a wonder our garden looks as good as it does!

We are the first to admit we are not really "gardeners".  We like a nice garden.  We enjoy being in one, looking at it out of the window.  Truthfully though?  We don't want to put too much effort in.  It just isn't us!  We'd much rather be playing with the boys out there.  We've designed our garden to fit in with us so it takes minimal effort.  We prune and trim when it needs doing, we tidy the leaves when they fall but you won't find us out there making our fingers green for hours.  Our boys won't allow it and we don't want it!

Thanks for keeping the lawn trimmed Mum & Dad!!
Probably the most important thing to keep on top of is the lawn.  As long as the lawn looks neat it's surprising what else you can get away with! We found it was well worth investing in a good strimmer.  Secondly, it's a good idea to research lawnmowers and find one that suits your garden.  Our lawn is quite small so we new we'd be fine with a small flymo type lawnmower.  Once you've got those two bits of essential equipment, get out there as often as you can during the spring/summer/autumn months and mow away!  On a personal note I've found that if you mow every week or every other week it takes a lot less time to mow.  Leave it a month or more and you'll have a tougher job on your hands!

What do you find most essential in the garden?

Friday, 24 April 2015

Real Family Holidays - the affordable way to take a family break!

Since my Ethan started at school in September 2013 we have become very restricted with regards to holidays, much like most of the families in this country.  Prior to this we would go on holiday during term time to take advantage of the cheaper prices.  We were very lucky and would go for a week away in the Summer in France or the UK, a week in Centreparcs in October and maybe a long weekend away somewhere at some point in the year.  Because it was cheaper, we could afford to!  We managed to fit in one more cheeky Centreparcs break once Ethan had started at school because he wasn't 5 until July '14 so legally we didn't have to have him in school.. but now he's in Year One and rapidly heading towards 6, it's a different ball game.

I hate to be restricted in this way.  I personally feel that holidays are incredibly beneficial for families.  Not essential maybe, but very important.  Holidays mean a change of scenery, time together, a chance to get away from every day chores that take up our time, new experiences, new languages, new food.  Holidays create memories that all of us treasure and look back on forever.  Think of some of your favorite memories from your childhood or in fact your life in general..  Most of mine are from time spent away with family and friends and I bet yours are too!

I understand supply and demand.  I know why travel companies up prices in the school holidays but it is still maddening to most of us.  If you do take your child out of school you can now be fined (though I have heard whispers that something might be being done to change all of this).  For some of us, the risk of a fine is one worth taking.  My husband and I are a bit goody goody really and being fined does put us off.  We're also not comfortable with the idea of phoning the school and pretending Ethan is ill for a week.  In no way would I want to make my child lie and show them that lying is OK. So.  We are stuck.  Holidays in the school holidays it is.  Or no holidays at all.

For this reason, when I read about Real Family Holidays earlier this year I pretty much lept up and whooped for joy!  Finally a company who want to make holidays accessible to all!

Who are Real Family Holidays?  Well, they are part of the Field Studies Council?  Not heard of them before?  Well, they are a registered charity who are "dedicated to helping people enjoy nature".  If you studied Geology or Geography at A Level or higher, chances are you took a field trip and stayed at one of their locations around the country to complete some field work.  This is where the idea came from.  The FSC have lots of locations in the UK which are used by schools/collages/universities in term time but during school holidays, these places are left empty of students.  Why not fill them with families who need a break from their towns and cities, want a chance to get close to nature and have a family holiday that doesn't cost the earth?!

From £20 per person per night (including all your food and accommodation) you can get away to a variety of places around the UK during the holidays.  You can't get much cheaper than that!  The FSC have buildings in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Yorkshire, Wales, Surrey, Somerset and Devon.  A good selection!

We decided to visit one of their Welsh locations, Dale Fort in Dale, Pembrokeshire.  We felt it would be a good distance from us in Somerset.  The location in Somerset felt too close to home.  Anything further than a couple of hours drive too far away (Felix is not yet 2) and Devon is somewhere we visit quite often.

Dale Fort is a converted Victorian Military Fort right on the Pembrokeshire cost.  From the base you can easily explore beaches and countryside and even visit the famous bird islands of Skomer, Skokholm and Grassholm.  The accommodation consists of a mixture of twin/3 bed/dormitory style rooms, so great for families and groups.  Toilet & shower facilities are close to rooms and in some cases in rooms.  There is a quiet lounge for visiting adults and a common room for children.  These rooms house coffee/tea making facilities, TVs and games.

A free activity is offered for each day, at Dale Fort these activities include rock pooling, pond dipping and wild art.

The centre also offers a field for sports and a lawn/decked area for relaxation in nice weather.

We visited during the first week of the Easter holidays.  Unfortunately the weather wasn't great during our stay, it was rather cold and very windy.. but this was unlucky!! For the people staying during the second week I'll bet it was a different story!  Despite the weather we were very impressed.

We found Dale Fort easy to find.  Once you reach the village of Dale it's quite a long thin road you have to rive down to reach the fort but it's very quiet so this was no issue.  There was plenty of parking once we'd arrived.

The welcome we received was very friendly.  In fact, all contact we had with staff during our stay was fantastic.  They were all friendly and very very helpful.  I felt they were excellent at dealing with young children and you certainly felt they were available to you, should you need them.  We were shown to our room which was one of the dormitory style rooms which could sleep up to 5 people (or more!).  The room was an excellent size.  There was one set of bunkbeds, a high sleeper and two single beds underneath.  Plenty of room for us to set up Felix's travel cot, a large desk, a chest of draws, wardrobe, chairs, sink and our own shower and loo.  An excellent set up!

Dale Fort Real Family Holidays

Felix still drinks a lot of milk so we were very pleased to find a small fridge available in the common room and adult lounge.  We were assured that it was absolutely fine for us to store milk there and just advised to write our name on it.

Once we had settled into our room and been for a little explore around the centre it was time for our first meal.  Meals with Real Family Holidays are a little like a school dinner experience but I mean that in a positive light.  The evening meal was served between 6-7pm.  Breakfast was between 8-9 am and packed lunch making facilities and supplies were available in the mornings until a little after breakfast time.  Homemade cake, tea & coffee were available at all times in the common rooms.  All of the families staying at the centre eat in the same room (but there are separate tables) and the food is served from a hatch (this is where it feels a bit like school dinners!) with water, squash, tea/coffee, sauces, cutlery, napkins and fruit available on the tables.  The menu changes each day with one main choice, a vegetarian option and the option of a jacket potato and toppings if you don't fancy the main option.  A pudding is also provided in the evening.

Dale Fort Real Family Holidays

We found the food to be great!  Yes, it's not Michelin standard but it was more than acceptable,  Tasty, warm.  Just what you need after a busy day.  Ethan loved going up to the hatch and asking for his food.  We loved all eating together and not having to cook or wash up (you do help by taking your dirty plates through to the wash up area).  Because the boys are still young there aren't many times we all manage to eat as a family of four so this was a lovely chance for us all.

The trickiest thing about our stay was that we were all in the same room.  Felix is not yet two and not the easiest sleeper at the best of times.  I would be lying if I didn't say sharing a room was hard.  However, if he were a little older I know this would not be a problem.  Or even if he had a different personality!! The fact is he's a light sleeper and very switched on.  Other kids are out like a light and hardly wake!  Thankfully the room was big enough for us to put one light on once the boys were asleep so we could read, chat quietly and have a cheeky pint.  WiFi was available too!

Our second day dawned and we all excitedly attended breakfast.  There was plenty on offer. A cooked breakfast with all the trimmings, cereal, fruit, drinks.  We filled ourselves up!! Once we'd eaten we visited the packed lunch making room (down a corridor from the dining room) and were VERY impressed with the choice!  Just about every sandwich filling you could ever think of was on offer.  I mean it! Marmite, jam, cheese, phili spread, egg mayo, tuna mayo, cheese savory, coronation chicken, branston pickle and the list goes on.  There was plenty of bread, brown and white, masses of salad and veg, fruit and heaps of cakes and biscuits.  You just made as much as you wanted and bagged it up for later!!

After making our packed lunch we went for a stroll into the village.  It took about 20 minutes to walk there (it'd be a bit quicker without young ones in tow) and once there we visited a cafe as Felix had fallen asleep.  Pete and I read whilst Ethan did a bit of Minecraft!! Chill out time.  After that we headed back up to the Fort to eat our lunch in our room and then do some more exploring!  In the afternoon Ethan and I took part in that day's free activity.  We'd decided it'd probably be a bit too structured for Felix (again, this will depend on the activity and your child!) so Pete took him for a walk.

Dale Fort Real Family Holidays

Ethan and I met the FSC employees who were running the activity in the Dale Fort library.  That day it was just Ethan and I taking part in the activity and we were asked if we'd like to go pond dipping or rock pooling.  Ethan and I decided rock pooling would be more exciting.  We then grabbed a load of equipment (I borrowed some waterproof trousers.  Waterproofs and wellies are available for hire during your stay) and off we set.

We took a short walk from the centre down to one of the small beaches nearby.  It took about 10 minutes to get there and whilst a little steep at times, it was an easy walk for Ethan (who's 5) to manage.  Once down on the beach we headed to the rocks to find the rock pools and see what we could find!

Dale Fort Real Family Holidays

The staff were full of information and were absolutely brilliant with Ethan who wouldn't stop talking and singing at them.  Honestly, they were a delight!  We found heaps of creatures.  Ethan impressed everyone by correctly identifying barnacles, anemones and limpets!  We found fish (Blennies), crabs and even some tiny, very cute starfish! Ethan was in his element and we had a fantastic time.  I don't think Pete had it so easy controlling Felix back at the fort!!

Once we arrived back we all hung out in the common room.  The boys enjoyed seeing some other children in there.. then before we knew it it was time for our evening meal!  We had fish and chips with fruit salad for pudding.   Classic!  After tea Pete took Felix back to our room to get him settled down for the night.  I took Ethan off to the adult quiet room as there was no one else there.  We enjoyed a bit of TV together for a bit (I had a coffee!) and then we nestled into one of the sofas and I read him a few chapters of his book.  After that it was up to bed where he settled down quite easily and Pete and I could relax in (dark) peace for a bit!

On our final day we took part in the morning activity which was Wild Art.  We all trekked down to the beach in Dale village and set about collecting whatever we could find.  Ethan had asked me if he could make a mobile so we found bits of drift wood and shells.  It was sunnier but still windy and a bit chilly so we didn't hang around too long- Felix was starting to get cold and grumpy!  We found a good selection of stuff and with the help of the staff who provided string and scissors I was able to create quite a good mobile with Ethan!

Dale Fort Real Family Holidays

After the activity we decided to start making our way home as we had a 2.5 hour drive ahead.  Whilst we would have liked to stay for longer than two nights at Dale Fort we suspected in advance that it would be quite hard work with Felix being so young still, all of us in one room.  We were right.  However, on our journey home Pete and I both expressed that whilst it was hard work looking after him there, we would do it again in a heartbeat.  We're just going to wait a year or two!

The boys enjoyed themselves no end which is what it's all about really.  Ethan didn't want to leave.  he really took to the staff and they to him!  He loved being able to take part in making his own packed lunch and rambling around getting mucky and exploring the beaches.

Since getting back I have told so many friends and family about Real Family Holidays.  Everyone I tell is so impressed with the price.  I think it's such a fantastic idea and we truly recommend it.  If your children are aged 3-4 upwards I think it'd be perfect.  There's little else you can do in this country for this price, food and accommodation included.

The different centres around the country offer different times for stays but they are all set during the school holidays.  There is something for everyone!

Thinking of going?  Great.  You won't regret it!! All I would say is to remember it's an outdoors/activity based holiday so pack for all weathers and don't pack your nicest clothes and you'll be fine!

Funky Kid Friday - Tale Of My Boy

One of my greatest Insta buddies is Sooby of +Standing Bythewall fame.  You probably already follow her.  In my opinion (and many other people's too, I'm sure!) she has one of the best feeds on there so you must go check her out.  Anyway, Sooby sent us a package of gorgeousness this week, her little Penn had grown out of a fantastic Tale of A Boy romper and she passed it on to Felix!

We had to get it on straight away and it looked amazing.  Felix wore it for gymnastics class this week and it proved to be great for leaping around, walking the beam and bouncing!  It also looked pretty damn cool in our sunny garden!

Tale of A Boy, Sunjellies, Jelly Shoes

Tale of A Boy, Sunjellies, Jelly Shoes

Romper - Tale of A Boy

That brings me to the weather - hasn't it been stunning this week?  I don't want it to end!  It feels like summer is here.  Longer evenings, that warm smell in the air.  Birdsong.  Blue sky.  Ice creams.  Heaven.  It doesn't matter what season it is, I enjoy each one when it rolls around.  I adore the smells of Autumn, the mists of November.  Crisp cold walks in Winter.  Buds on the trees in Spring.  But there's something about the thought of summer coming along.  I just feel a smidge more alive and motivated!! And when it comes to the blog, that's a good thing!

The good weather has meant the jelly shoes are out!

Sun Jellies, Sunjellies, Jelly Shoes, Jellies, Meduse

Jellies - SunJellies

On a slightly amusing note, Felix fell asleep on the living room floor on Tuesday - at least he looked cool whilst snoozing!

Stitched Up Apparel, Chapter One, The Bamboo Design

Ice Ice Baby t shirt - Chapter One
Elephant teether - Chapter One
Constellation leggings - Stitched Up Apparel

I hope your weeks have been lovely.  Don't forget to link up your cool kids below! Tweet me your link and I'll retweet! x

Monday, 20 April 2015

Fitted furniture? It fits in!

We've been in our house for over 10 years now and in the last few months we've started to think about the possibility of moving.   We're in no rush, we have enough room, but the boys are growing older, getting bigger, and we would like to have somewhere a little larger one day!

As moving has been at the back of my mind, I've started to pay a little more attention to the houses for sale in the local paper and online.  Something that's struck me is that quite a few houses seem to have built in furniture such as wardrobes.  Built in furniture has never been something that's really appealed to me, in my mind it brings up memories of dated decor and, quite frankly, bad taste.  The houses I've seen advertised with fitted furniture mostly seem to fit into this category as well.  Which got me thinking.. Sometimes, it does make sense to have fitted furniture or wardrobes built in.  There are some rooms that really do lend themselves to it, perhaps wardrobes fitted either side of a fireplace in a bedroom.  Still, if I were to have built in wardrobes, I'd want them to look good.  I'd want them to fit in. Not stick out like a sore thumb!  After all, that's the point of built in furniture, isn't it?  To save space and to fit in!

Having a bit of a browse online I have managed to find one place that offers modern fitted furniture.  Urban Wardrobes.  They seem to have a pretty well rounded collection to me.  There are classic ranges like the Windsor shaker style range.  I can see that working really well in period properties - I've always wanted a 1930's house, I could see this range fitting in!

Urban Wardrobes, Fitted Furniture, Shaker Style, Windsor

If you're looking for something really modern, they have that covered too.  Take the Liverpool Street range, I could see that looking fantastic in a city flat!

Urban Wardrobes, Fitted Furniture, Modern, Liverpool Street

Something I'm really loving the look of is their range of built in bookcases.  I could see these working in any home!  I really want to have white walls and exposed floor boards in my next house.  I wouldn't mind adding in one of these too then I wouldn't have to limit myself to how many books I keep anymore!

Urban Wardrobes, Fitted Furniture, Modern, fitted bookcase

Do you make plans for your next house?  It can't just be me!  Any thoughts on fitted furniture?

Friday, 17 April 2015

Funky Kid Friday - Outlandish sunnies!

I've seen a few people post pics on Instagram with them or their children with these wacky yet cool "mouse" style shades.  They have flip shades on them, you flip them up and it looks like the sunglasses have mouse ears!!

I thought they looked brilliant, out-there but with a hint of style.  Well, I decided to track some down.  I usually find these things are best found on eBay and I was right.  A quick search for "mouse glasses" and I found what I was looking for.  I found them in several colours so I ordered three pairs (so Felix, Ethan and I can all wear them at the same time, naturally!!).  I ordered black, white and yellow.  The yellow have yet to arrive but the black and white pair arrived at the weekend.

Felix hasn't seen them yet but Ethan is very taken with them, in fact he wore the black pair to bed one night!!

They do look funny.  I think there's a hint of Lady GaGa, someone mentioned Jonny Depp as Willy Wonka which I can see.  I think they are fun though and children love silly don't they.

What do you think?  Not everyone's taste, I know!

Mouse Sun Glasses, Mini Rodini, Snake Socks, Mini Dressing

Stripped top - charity shop
Strong man top (underneath) - Mini Rodini 
Pug leggings - Mini Rodini
Snake Socks - Mini Dressing at Greenberry Kids
Sunglasses - eBay

Felix was perfecting his poses this week as well!! Haha.

Mini rodini, The Bamboo Design, Katvig, Haute is Handmade

Giraffe Hat - Mini Rodini
Stripped top - Vintage Katvig
Bloomer Shorts - Shop Haute
Penguin shoes - Crocs

Curly Hair Don't Care, Kenzie Jaws, Monochrome, Belle and the Bear, Moccasins

Curls Gone Wild tee - Kenzie Jaws
Leggings - H&M
Socks - as above
Mocs - Belle & The Bear

We've had some beautiful post this week.  Instagram introduces me to so many wonderful handmade clothing brands.  Something I've been waiting for for ages was our Greyham NYC order which arrived a couple of days ago.  I'm very impressed, the quality is lovely and the designs are adorable.  I love how the labels have cute magnets attached on them with the same images as the tshirts.

Greyham NYC, Milk De La Milk, Bonne Nuit

Care to share your little one's style from this week?  Link up below!  By the way, are you following me on Instagram?  Come along and join in!  I'm currently hosting a giveaway for a pair of beautiful handmade sandal style moccasins made by Monkey & Mole.  Size 5.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!