I do love a good fashion collaboration and the latest Mini Boden autumn/winter 17 collection inspired by Kenneth Graham’s classic children’s tale, The Wind in the Willows doesn’t disappoint.
With modern shapes and vibrant bursts of colour, Boden’s designs take inspiration from the riverbank, the wild wood and the open road, with a cheerful array of charming creatures featuring in special prints and appliqués, sporty stripes straight from the boathouse and beautiful florals.
I adore the whole collection but here are my favourite items from the Boden x Wind in the Willows collaboration. And don’t forget Boden currently have 20% off for 5 days, so what are you waiting for?!
Clockwise from top left:
Fun Printed Dress
Reversible Teddy Half Zip
Jersey Swing Dress
Clockwise from top left:
Stripy Patch Hoodie
Novelty Zip-up Hoodie
Layered Fun Animal T-shirt
As parents we’re constantly feeling the pressure to be the ‘perfect parent’. It’s all too easy to compare ourselves to others and feel like we’re always falling short in one area or another. Whether it’s feeling inadequate standing next to the immaculately made-up mum at the school gates (whilst you have a mum-bun and minimal make-up!), watching back-to-back instastories of mums whose homes seem to run flawlessly, or measuring our crafting abilities against other mums on Pinterest, the temptation to become insecure in our mothering and homemaking role is never ending.
Thankfully Baby Dove is on hand to remind us that ‘there are no perfect mothers, only real ones‘. Baby Dove encourages mothers to do what they think is best for their baby.
Launched in March 2017, the new Baby Dove range has been created to support mothers with superior baby care products so they can get on with motherhood their way. The range builds on Dove’s 60-year heritage of moisture, mildness and gentle care and goes beyond mildness to replenish essential moisture and nutrients in baby skin.
Dermatologist tested, paediatrician approved and safe to use every day even on newborns, Baby Dove is available in two ranges; Rich Moisture range and Sensitive Moisture range.
As Phoebe has incredibly sensitive, eczema-prone skin we opted to review the Sensitive Moisture range and haven’t been disappointed. The Baby Dove Sensitive range includes three products, the Head to Toe Baby Wash, Lotion and Wipes, all of which are fragrance-free, hypoallergenic (and therefore clinically proven to minimise allergy risks) and pH neutral with tear-free cleansers.
We’ve been using all three products for a few weeks now and they really have left Phoebe’s skin silky smooth and most importantly haven’t flared up her eczema. In fact they’ve helped enormously by locking in the moisture all day and night.
The ‘Head to Toe Wash’ is ideal for daily use and creates a rich, creamy lather to keep your little one clean and nicely moisturised. Containing ¼ moisturising cream, this wash restores the essential moisture that can be lost during bathing, keeping your little one’s delicate skin soft hours after bathtime.
The ‘Lotion’ is easy to apply and gently soothes dry skin from the first use. As with all the products in the range, it’s also suitable for newborns and is dermatologist and paediatrician-tested. This has helped enormously with the numerous dry patches that Phoebe has on her body and I have to admit that I’ve been using it too!
The last product in the range is the ‘Baby Dove Sensitive Wipes’. I have been loyal to another brand of wipes since Jack was born nearly 6 years ago as they are strong, durable and reliable, but I have to say that I’ve been super impressed with the Baby Dove Sensitive Wipes. Fragrance-free, they are perfect for sensitive skin and they’re easy to pull out of the pack for quick, on-the-go cleansing. They’re also strong and moist making them ideal for changing nappies too.
Using the Baby Dove Sensitive range has worked well for us so far and I’ve been really pleased to have found a range of products that are not only gentle enough on her skin for daily use, but are brilliantly moisturising too.
Baby Dove is available now in Tesco, Asda and Boots, instore and online. Other national retailers will launch the brand later in 2017.
Disclosure: This post was produced in association with Baby Dove.
Over the last few months we’ve been testing out the Britax Evolva 1-2-3 SL SICT Car Seat as part of the Britax Mumbassador programme. Britax are renowned for producing excellent quality, safe car seats and having used the DUALFIX for the past year (and loving it!), I was intrigued to see how the Evolva 1-2-3 SL SICT compared.
In a nutshell, we’ve been really impressed and it’s been brilliant to have a seat that can easily be transferred between cars thanks to its dual fixings and weight. We have ISOFIX in both our cars but not everyone does and I love the flexibility that this seat offers as it can be safely installed in most cars, either with ISOFIX and a 3-point seat belt, or with the 3-point seat belt alone. I also really like the ‘ISOFIT’ on the Britax Evolva 1-2-3 SL SICT. The ISOFIX is a ‘soft-latch’ ISOFIX which I’ve never come across before, but I find it so much easier and quicker to fit than the rigid version. You simply pull down the handle to reveal the soft latch ISOFIX mechanism, release the latch and pull out the clip.
There are a whole host of other brilliant features too including:
- It’s a Group 1/2 /3 (9-36kg) car seat, making it suitable from 9 months to 12 years old. This makes it the only car seat you’ll need after an infant carrier. As your little one grows, you can easily switch from the integral harness (up to 18 kg) to using the car’s 3-point seat belt (up to 36 kg) to secure the child in the seat.
- CLICK & SAFE® audible harness system – This is such a brilliant idea to ensure your little one is harnessed correctly, especially if like me, you set off on a journey after fastening in your little one to realise that the straps need tightening even more when you’re on the move. The CLICK & SAFE® system lets parents know when their child is harnessed correctly thanks to an audible click when their child is harnessed to the correct tension.
- Superior Side Impact Cushion Technology (SICT) – The improved SICT offers superior protection in case of a side collision by pushing your child away from the impact in a controlled movement and absorbing the energy exerted on your child.
- Performance Chest Pads – Phoebe found the pads really comfortable and thankfully they also reduce your child’s forward movement in a frontal collision and help spread the forces from a frontal impact more evenly across your child’s shoulders and chest.
- For everyday spills and marks, the seat is easy to sponge down and clean using a damp cloth, but for the larger mucky areas, the seat cover is removable, machine washable and brilliantly you don’t have to remove the harness to get it off.
- The Britax Evolva 1-2-3 SL SICT Car Seat offers a recline position which offers a comfortable sleeping position for all ages. You just have to adjust the seat to a recline position underneath before fitting it in your car.
- The easy-to-adjust headrest can easily be adjusted to the correct position, just above your little one’s shoulders, with one hand – even whilst they are sitting in the seat
The Evolva 1-2-3 SL SICT comes in five different colours including (l to r) Mineral Purple, Cosmos Black, Flame Red, Ocean Blue and Black Marble.
At £210 the Evolva 1-2-3 SL SICT is really good value and on a par with its rivals. So far I’ve been really impressed with the seat, and I know just like the DUALFIX, it’s well made, super safe, easy to install and most importantly comfortable for Phoebe, especially on long journeys where the recline function comes into its own. If you’re looking for the next stage car seat, I can highly recommend the EVOLVA 1-2-3 SL SICT as a car seat and high back booster.
You can find all the latest news from Britax on their Facebook and Twitter pages and to see the full range of their brilliant products, check out their website.
Disclosure: We received the Britax Evolva 1-2-3 SL SICT free of charge as part of our Ambassador programme, however all opinions and photographs are my own and I’d still rave about it even if i’d paid for it!
“No job’s too big, no pup’s too small!
PAW Patrol, we’re on a roll”
Yesterday morning, we were very excited to be invited to PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue at the O2 Apollo, Manchester.
Based on the hit TV series, PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue brings Ryder and everybody’s favourite pups, Marshall, Rubble, Chase, Rocky, Zuma, Skye and the newest pup Everest to the stage for an action-packed, high-energy, musical adventure.
Without spoiling the show and giving too much away, it’s the day of the Great Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger. When Mayor Goodway hurts her foot and is unable to race, the pups come to the rescue (with the help of the audience of course!) to save the day. Using each of their unique skills and teamwork, the pups make several heroic rescues on their race to the finish line and Phoebs especially loved cheering and cajoling the pups along on their adventure.
The show lasts for approximately 75 minutes with an all important 15 minute interval / loo and snack break, so it’s the perfect length for keeping the attention of little ones.
PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue really is a wonderful show and I can’t recommend it enough for your little PAW Patrol fans. I was slightly concerned that Jack would find it quite boring now he’s reached the grand old age of nearly 6, but he really did enjoy it and both he and Phoebe totally immersed themselves in the show and joined in the singing and cheering with gusto.
The live theatre production of PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue is continuing its tour for the next few months visiting London, Nottingham, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Leeds, Cardiff and Glasgow. There are still tickets on sale for the rest of the tour but they’re selling out fast so to avoid disappointment book now!
Disclosure: We were kindly gifted four tickets to watch PAW Patrol live in exchange for this review.
The experience of raising young is a nurturing experience and some say the best experience that a person can have. As you grow as a family, you’ll want to turn your house into a home and here are five ways that you can do exactly that.
Display your memories //
A person’s home should help tell the story of their lives. Display your favourite photographs of you and your partner, your children, other family and friends and adorn the walls with souvenirs from special trips of journeys home and abroad. Another great tip is to show off any and all of the artwork of your children. Doing so promotes feelings of inclusion, pride, and acceptance, and though they may grow to hate it, whatever that creation may be it will one day be priceless to you!
Open space //
As your family grows, so does the necessity for space. The best way to increase space and the value of space is to create open, inviting areas between as well as in the rooms. Open plan homes are unbelievably ideal for growing families, as it helps each member to connect to one another, increases parent’s ability to supervise and communicate with children, and importantly allows a growing child to feel inclusion in the family context and their home surroundings. Freeing up space also means more room for activities!
A way to the outside //
Even the most introverted and reclusive of humans love the outdoors. Every person deserves a home of their own, but the adventure, mystery and wonder of the outside are something imprinted into the very fabric as human beings. Conntecting the inside to the out, whether it be a humble yard, a simple garden, or full on decking complete with double patio doors, can unlock so much potential in your home and improve the lifestyle of its inhabitants in many ways. Kids and adults alike will cherish being able to easily zone from in to out, and connecting correctly to the outdoors promotes an active lifestyle, indulges the senses, and respect for nature.
Looking at lighting //
Light changes everything in the space of a home. Invest in lamps; the affecting difference of atmosphere from an overpowering overhead light to a tasteful spread of lamps is incredible. There are so many choices when it comes to lighting, and experimentation can really introduce you to new, unimagined possibilities in really accentuating the best parts of what makes your house a home.
As your family grows, space can get tight. As we’ve discussed, opening up cumbersome spaces can be a positive step, and looking at achieving more inventive uses from even the most mundane items is something that can be incredibly rewarding in more ways than one. With more people come more possessions, and storage can be an issue for growing families. Shelves can fit into unexpected places, and utilising wall space for shelving works wonders. A coffee table that has interior storage is one the most simple and effective ways of really bringing the most out of your home for the family to enjoy.
Disclosure: PR collaboration