I recently stumbled across the beautiful interior design work of Australian Kate Sparks via her website Little Dwellings.

This stunning bedroom belongs to her lucky little girl, Georgia. With its soft pastel pallete, jagged pink and blue feature wall and gorgeous selection of toys, art and furniture, kids rooms don’t get much cooler than this!

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A huge thanks to Kate for sharing Georgia’s gorgeous bedroom with Hello Baby. If you love Kate’s work as much as I do, head on over to the Little Dwellings website or follow her instagram feed for more inspiration. Based in Sydney, Kate works with clients worldwide so do get in touch with her if you’d like Kate to work her magic in your home.

  • sarahOctober 20, 2014 - 10:50 am

    Gorgeous! I’ve have pinned nearly all of these! xReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyOctober 20, 2014 - 12:13 pm

      It’s beautiful isn’t it! xReplyCancel

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Our home is strewn with blankets that have arrived since Jack and Phoebs joined our family: knitted blankets, crocheted blankets, personalised blankets, cashmere blankets, cellular blankets…the list goes on, but with each blanket, there is a whole host of memories, particularly those they were first wrapped in.

Unfortunately, even in this day and age, there are babies being born lacking basic essentials. Babies that won’t experience the simple pleasure of a warm, clean blanket. So when celebrity mum of two, Rachel Stevens, launched the new Dettol Baby Blanket Donation charity campaign, and donated the first blanket to the cause, I felt it was important to get involved.

The Dettol Baby Blanket Donation charity campaign aims to promote the dangers of bacteria on blankets and highlight the shortage of baby blankets available to babies born in poverty.

Dettol and Rachel are encouraging mums across the UK to “keep the memories, not the bacteria” by donating a blanket via Freepost and sharing their special memories and photographs of their babies’ blanket on social media.

Once collected, the baby blankets will be hygienically washed with Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser before being re-distributed by Dettol to families in need. Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser has also pledged to donate £1 for every blanket collected to children’s medical research charity, Sparks, to raise much needed funds for UK families with children who are affected by serious illness or disability.

Every minute of every day, approximately 50 babies are born into poverty and will experience conditions lacking basic essentials including hygienically clean blankets. Poor hygiene conditions can contribute to illnesses such as diarrhoea, vomiting and dehydration. Laboratory tests commissioned by Dettol – on washed blankets donated by volunteer mums – show that baby ‘blankies’ carry a variety of bacteria even after a 40°C wash with a third of the washed blankets harbouring coliforms – a group of bacteria linked to faeces. Dettol is hoping to raise awareness of this research as well as donate much needed funds to support children’s health.

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Rachel commented:

‘The Dettol Baby Blanket Donation really resonated with me as a mum. I remember bringing my girls home for the first time in theirs and what a special time that was. Many babies across the world will never get the chance to experience the comfort of a warm, clean blanket. That’s the reason why I’m supporting the campaign, asking mums to donate blankets to those in need so that those babies don’t miss out’

So how can you get involved?

To donate a blanket, please post to the following address (no stamp is required; postage is FREE!)

FREEPOST RTKJ-YSGS-SSHR
Dettol Baby Blanket Donation
The Hay Loft
Balcombe Place Stables
HAYWARDS HEATH
RH17 6AZ

Blanket donations will be collected until the end of December.

You can also share your own special blanket memories on Twitter with @DettolBlanket and using the hashtag #sharethememories or on Dettol’s Mission for Health Facebook page.

For full details on how to donate please click here.

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The lovely people over at Wayfair have very kindly offered one of my readers a £150 gift card to spend on their fabulous website.

Wayfair are a huge success over in the US and have recently set their sights on the UK market, but for those of you who have never heard of Wayfair, they offer ‘a zillion things home’.

Offering an unparalleled selection of more than 350,000 products from 5000 brands, simply speaking they have a massive selection of home furnishings and décor across all styles and price points, and will have your house looking uber stylish in the click of a button.

Kitchen appliances, homeware, furniture, lighting, children’s toys, garden accessories…. you name it, Wayfair will more than likely stock it and you’ll be totally spoilt for choice.

We have teamed up with Wayfair UK to offer one of you, my lucky readers, a chance to win a £150 gift card to spend on any item/items of your choice, including free delivery.

So what would you buy for £150? Would you treat the littles or purchase something practical for the home? For your chance to win, comment on this blog post, telling me what item you would put the £150 towards and then fill in the Rafflecopter widget below. Full T’s&C’s are below.

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Terms and conditions:

  1. Entry is open to UK and Ireland residents aged 18 and over, excluding anyone professionally associated with Hello Baby Blog or Wayfair UK.
  2. The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.
  3. The prize draw starts at 12.00am GMT on 3rd October 2014 and closes at 12.00am GMT on 13th October 2014.
  4. Entry is free and must be made by commenting on this blog post and filling in the Rafflecopter widget. Entrants can gain bonus entries by following Hello Baby on facebook,  @hellobabyblog on Twitter, tweeting about the giveaway, following WayfairUK on facebook, @WayfairUK on Twitter and then completing the Rafflecopter widget featured in this post.
  5. The name of the winner will be published on this website within 14 days of the competition closing.
  6. Hello Baby Blog’s decision on all matters is final and binding on all entrants. No correspondence will be entered into.
  7. By taking part in this competition you agree to be bound by the competition terms and conditions.
  8. Hello Baby Blog reserves the right to disqualify any entrant and / or winner in its discretion and without any notice in accordance with these terms and conditions.
  9. Once the winner has been selected at random using Rafflecopter, I will inform Wayfair UK of the winner’s name and address. They will then send on the gift card. I’m sure this won’t happen but I cannot be held responsible for prizes being lost in the post or arriving late.

 

  • Tracey PeachOctober 3, 2014 - 12:29 pm

    I would spend the £150 on some new soft & fluffy bath towels xxxReplyCancel

  • Isabel O'BrienOctober 3, 2014 - 12:44 pm

    I would choose the Babydan travel cot for when my niece comes to stay with me. xReplyCancel

  • Karen HarwoodOctober 3, 2014 - 1:54 pm

    We are about to move house and will actually need a zillion things! Lots practical but if I won this I would spend it on the fun homey stuff! xReplyCancel

  • Claire PaganoOctober 3, 2014 - 3:30 pm

    If I won the £150 Wayfair voucher, I’d use it on a food processor!ReplyCancel

  • Natasha MairsOctober 3, 2014 - 3:37 pm

    I’d buy some lovely items for my bedroom
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  • Rachel @ The Ordinary LovelyOctober 3, 2014 - 4:13 pm

    Oh I’d love rather a lot from Wayfair but I’m currently in the midst of sourcing my perfect drinks trolley so it would be spend on all things bar related.
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  • kim nevilleOctober 3, 2014 - 5:20 pm

    I really like the Olivia Table Lamp in ChromeReplyCancel

  • Victoria MylittlelOctober 3, 2014 - 8:15 pm

    a sink for a bathroom
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  • Jayne TOctober 3, 2014 - 9:01 pm

    I love the Danube Dining Table.ReplyCancel

  • LaurenOctober 3, 2014 - 10:04 pm

    I’d buy a lovely new rug for the living room!ReplyCancel

  • kellyjo waltersOctober 4, 2014 - 7:15 am

    a floor lampReplyCancel

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  • Anna NuttallOctober 4, 2014 - 10:28 am

    Hi this be perfect for me to do some home decoration. xx I love it.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne LunnOctober 4, 2014 - 12:41 pm

    I would put it towards a bed for my daughter she is due to come out of her cot.ReplyCancel

  • Helen GOctober 4, 2014 - 1:17 pm

    Some fabulous cocktail glasses!ReplyCancel

  • CAROL PATRICKOctober 4, 2014 - 2:00 pm

    This lovely wardroe http://www.wayfair.co.uk/Hampshire-2-Door-Wardrobe-HAM02WPNE-GFWB1000.html I desperately need more hanging spaceReplyCancel

  • Jo welshOctober 4, 2014 - 3:05 pm

    I would get some new bedding they have some lovely duvet coversReplyCancel

  • olivia KirbyOctober 4, 2014 - 4:17 pm

    a new bed for my daughterReplyCancel

  • Mary ChezOctober 4, 2014 - 9:52 pm

    I would get some table lampsReplyCancel

  • Natalie CrossanOctober 5, 2014 - 12:41 am

    Some feather bedding :) xxReplyCancel

  • laura banksOctober 5, 2014 - 11:27 am

    some new cushions for the living roomReplyCancel

  • clair downhamOctober 5, 2014 - 12:15 pm

    i like this mano coffee tablehttp://www.wayfair.co.uk/Indian-Hub-Mango-Toko-Coffee-Table-ML08-XIU1026.htmlReplyCancel

  • Natalie EnglandOctober 5, 2014 - 4:58 pm

    I would spend it on some bits for the spare room we are redecorating!ReplyCancel

  • kellyOctober 5, 2014 - 8:40 pm

    Some pretty bits for my bedroom!ReplyCancel

  • melanie stirlingOctober 6, 2014 - 6:20 pm

    The bird cages trunk set.ReplyCancel

  • Colette BOctober 6, 2014 - 7:02 pm

    Some lovely bits and bobs for my, eventually, childfree bedroom x
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  • JenRenOctober 6, 2014 - 8:18 pm

    Something wooden and lovely for the kids please.ReplyCancel

  • RozzerOctober 6, 2014 - 8:21 pm

    Something for my wife. She is the most beautiful and wonderful woman in the world.ReplyCancel

  • Pip BennettOctober 6, 2014 - 8:54 pm

    I would spend it on a writing bureau, the ones on Wayfair are lovely :) ReplyCancel

  • Amy SkinnerOctober 7, 2014 - 9:08 am

    probably new bedding, so many to choose fromReplyCancel

  • Lynsey BuchananOctober 7, 2014 - 10:12 am

    new bedsheets and curtainsReplyCancel

  • Azra DedicOctober 7, 2014 - 11:23 am

    Great giveaway! Hooked on this site! xReplyCancel

  • maxine m partridgeOctober 7, 2014 - 12:06 pm

    id buy a mirrorsReplyCancel

  • MirjanaOctober 7, 2014 - 5:57 pm

    I would love throw, cushions and table lamp :) ReplyCancel

  • Hazel ReaOctober 7, 2014 - 6:44 pm

    I like the Signature Minimalist Duvet Set.ReplyCancel

  • CarolinOctober 7, 2014 - 7:31 pm

    I would get a new TV stand, ours is overdue to be replaced and they have a lot of nice ones.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie EdjourianOctober 7, 2014 - 9:20 pm

    some items for my babys nursery which we will be staring on soon.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth GOctober 8, 2014 - 2:50 pm

    I’d put it towards a dressing table for my daughter’s bedroom – I love the Scandinavian Dressing TableReplyCancel

  • claire senOctober 8, 2014 - 3:01 pm

    I would choose a divan bed for my son who really needs one at the moment..his is being propped up at the moment until we get afford to get another one! The ‘kumfy divan’ looks great on the wayfair website :) ReplyCancel

  • Christine CapleOctober 8, 2014 - 8:47 pm

    I would buy a rug and some cushions for the lounge.ReplyCancel

  • Angela WilcoxOctober 9, 2014 - 11:50 am

    I would get my daughter a new bed or use it to get bits and pieces like bedding and curtains as we’ve been decorating our houseReplyCancel

  • Kiran ParryOctober 10, 2014 - 9:20 pm

    Cushions for the living room and a dining table.ReplyCancel

  • katie skeochOctober 11, 2014 - 11:25 pm

    love the map duvet coverReplyCancel

  • Gillian HolmesOctober 12, 2014 - 4:02 pm

    Bedroom rugReplyCancel

  • Holly GauntOctober 12, 2014 - 4:12 pm

    Some lovely new bedding, cushions and a throw for my bedroomReplyCancel

  • tracy sinclairOctober 12, 2014 - 10:49 pm

    I really want some of the Corona furniture for my livingroom, starting with the TV stand, its the first thing that I would buy, fingers crossed, thankyou xReplyCancel

Never underestimate the importance of a muslin square, or ten. Every new parent knows that these soft pieces of fabric will be your constant companion over the next twelve months or so, so they may as well be pretty to look at!

There is such a vast choice of muslin squares on the market in varying sizes, but these are my top picks:

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1 // Good old M & S have come up trumps again with these pretty muslins. Featuring bright colourful flowers and cute little bunnies, this ‘pack of two’ is sure to brighten up your changing bag. (£20, 2 pack, one size)

2 // I adore these bright, colourful ‘mull cloths’ by Bellybutton (£12.95, 2 pack, 80cm x 80cm) that My Shiny Shop sent me when Phoebe was born. They are lovely and soft and I love having a definite ‘girly’ item in my changing bag (with Jack I had all white, which was incredibly boring!) They are also available in two other patterns: blue stars and rose birds.

3 //  Bright and colourful, Faye and Lou Rainbow Muslins are super soft and highly absorbent. They come in two sizes: 60cm x 60cm (£28.95, 7 pack) and extra large ‘Cozio’ Muslins that are 90cm x 90cm (£27.95, 3 pack). Faye and Lou sent me a lovely selection of both to road-test and they are just brilliant. I tend to use the smaller ones as day to day burp cloths, and the larger ones are perfect for lining the cotbed (so I don’t have to change the bottom sheet if Phoebe possets in the night, I can just change the muslin instead!), as lightweight blankets and as swaddles. The bright colours ensure that they are easy to find in my overcrowded changing bag too.

4 // Your little one’s will love the animal prints on these Aden + Anais Jungle Jam Musy (£19.95, 3 pack, 70cm x 70cm) muslin squares.

5 // Made from organic cotton, your little one’s will adore these vibrant, fun Frugi Dinosaur/Blue Star muslin squares and they are also super soft on your little one’s skin. (£12, 2 pack, one size)

6 //  Available in three different colours; pretty pink, boisterous blue and gorgeous green, these fashion forward Sew Lomax muslin squares are available in two different sizes, 50cm x 50xm (£12.50, 3 pack) and 100cm x 100cm (£26, 3 pack). Sew Lomax very kindly sent me some gorgeous green muslins in the larger size and I adore them. They are beautifully made and are so versatile. So far I have used them as a swaddle, blanket, feeding cover when breastfeeding and as a burp cloth! They are most definitely a must have for mums.

  • IngaOctober 2, 2014 - 1:55 pm

    Hi Stephanie, these are lovely, I like 2, 4 & 5 the best, they’re almost too nice to be used for sick / milk etc!! :-) shall have to buy some of these when Baby No. 2 arrives xxReplyCancel

After a lovely two week break in Corfu (hence the blogging hiatus), we have arrived home to slightly cooler climes as it seems Autumn has made an appearance in our absence!

Every season has its perks but I do love Autumn. There is just something about the clear blue skies, crisp mornings, beautiful trees and a crunchy carpet of leaves under my feet. A new season also means I need to dig out my warmer clothes and start to think about purchasing a few key items for my wardrobe to get me through this Autumn/Winter.

Thankfully John Lewis has recently released their fashion magazine online (which is available free through both Google Play and the App Store) and it is bursting with fabulous style trends and key picks for the Autumn/Winter season.

Here are my top five key pieces:

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1 // Jigsaw Pleated Coated Skirt, £139. This directional skirt looks fab dressed up or down.

2 // Oasis ‘The Polly’ trousers, £42. Add a pop of colour to your Autumn/Winter wardrobe with these uber flattering trousers.

3 // Somerset by Alice Temperley Qualigate Leather Across Body Bag, £150. This classic leather body bag is the perfect size for all your essentials.

4 // Somerset by Alice Temperley Oversized Knitted Jacket, £110. Embrace the cooler months with this on-trend oversized jacket.

5 // Ted Baker Opulent Bloom Skirt, £129. From the winterflora collection, this beautiful Ted Baker skirt will add some glamour to your Autumn/Winter wardrobe.