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Meet little Sadie. Isn’t she just the cutest!

These natural, playful images were captured by the fabulous Anna Hardy Photography at Sadie’s grandparents home and Sadie’s mummy Sammi is understandably over the moon with them:

“We contacted Anna to originally photograph Sadie’s first birthday party as you never get to have another 1st party! As it happens Anna was getting married on this day so we decided to get some natural shots taken whilst up North at Jake’s family home. We cannot be more thrilled with what Anna has captured, these are images we will treasure forever as they show Sadie being how she is everyday and these are the things I think we may struggle to fully remember as the years go by. How messy she likes to get at dinner time, how she loves to run naked (and riot!) before bath time but most of all her little facial expressions when she is excited, tired, happy and so on. We would hate to have forgotten these memories so we cannot thank Anna enough for her very real pictures, especially the ones of her cute little bum!”

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For more information and to see Anna’s fabulous photography portfolio head on over to her website. You can also find her on facebooktwitterpinterest and instagram.

Finally a huge thanks to Anna for sharing these beautiful images with Hello Baby.

My Fourth installment of ‘handmade with love’ introduces Charlotte Holmes, the lovely lady behind SWYC.

If you haven’t heard of it yet, SWYC (Say What You C) is a brand new, London-based, home and accessories brand that recently launched with a distinct collection of personalised necklaces called the SWYCH collection that I absolutely adore.

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The SWYCH necklace collection is an offering of bespoke handmade designs where your choice of word, saying or date is metal stamped across a matte finished Iron bar. They are super simple but look incredible and I especially love them layered up as modelled here by one of Charlotte’s fans Louise Redknapp…

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Name: Charlotte Holmes

Company: SWYC (Say What You C)

Tell me a little bit more about yourself: Born and bred in London, I draw inspiration from antique fairs across the UK alongside frequent travels abroad.

Describe your business in one sentence: Designs with disposition.

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When did you start your business? We are a new brand just launched in May 2014.

What did you do before you set up your company? I’m still working full time for a film merchandise company in Soho.

Did you face any challenges setting up your company? Not yet – we want to grow organically which so far is working for us. We had a slight shortage on stock but due to great relationships with our suppliers we were able to replenish in 2 weeks.

What is a typical work day for you?  I work 9-5pm full time and then in the studio 7-10pm. It’s busy but hugely rewarding and I like being busy and being driven by results.

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Describe your creative space: To be honest I don’t have a designated spot – I find most of my ideas are generated away from the Studio when I am out and about.

What and who inspires you? Entrepreneurs/New start ups in general – I find it incredibly inspiring how people decide to go out there and try it for themselves – I love the pro-activeness.

What has been your biggest achievement so far? Setting up SWYC.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given? Never give up!

Have you always been creatively driven? Absolutely – throughout school and university I always excelled at Creative Projects and found these the most rewarding and this has continued throughout my professional career.

What projects are you working on at the moment? Several – all a secret so watch this space – new products both for the SWYCH jewellery collection and an Interior Design item range.

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What has been the most interesting or exciting project you’ve worked on? Launching the SWYCH jewellery collection has been incredibly exciting especially seeing sales rise from literally launch day and receiving some high profile orders.

In terms of your work what couldn’t you live without? My IPhone!

What do you love most about what you do? I love the travel involved sourcing new products and the sense of achievement when I look at the order book each day.

What are your business dreams? For SWYC to keep growing and for more product lines to be added each quarter to keep the brand fresh and interesting.

When are you happiest? At home on my old Chesterfield, Dyptique candle lit, after a rewarding day.

How gorgeous are these necklaces?! They are also super affordable too; the long bar is £28 and the short bar is £24.

If you’d like to purchase a necklace or two click here. I can’t wait to get my hands on a few with the children’s names on and perhaps our wedding date as I love the layered look.

You can also follow SWYC on twitter and instagram.

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Hello Baby has teamed up with Charlotte to offer one lucky person the chance to win a necklace of their choice!

For your chance to win, comment on this blog post, telling me what you would like stamped on your necklace AND fill in the Rafflecopter widget below.

Full Ts&Cs are below.

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Terms and conditions:

  1. Entry is open worldwide and you must be aged 18 and over, excluding anyone professionally associated with Hello Baby Blog or SWYC.
  2. The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.
  3. The prize draw starts at 12.00am GMT on 21st October 2014 and closes at 12.00am GMT on 1st November 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, @saywhatyouc 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 SWYC of the winner’s name, address and prize choice, they will then send on the prize. I’m sure this won’t happen but I cannot be held responsible for prizes being lost in the post or arriving late.
 
  • JoanneOctober 22, 2014 - 3:04 pm

    silver definitely!ReplyCancel

  • kim nevilleOctober 22, 2014 - 3:49 pm

    I would a silver necklace please :-) ReplyCancel

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  • LYNNE COLLINSOctober 22, 2014 - 6:56 pm

    EDIE’S nannyReplyCancel

  • Linda HobbisOctober 22, 2014 - 7:20 pm

    I’d like ‘powerful’ on mine – for a bit of inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel RyanOctober 22, 2014 - 9:24 pm

    I would like “Charlie” and “Evie” on mine :) ReplyCancel

  • SARAH WILLIAMSOctober 23, 2014 - 7:29 am

    CARPE DIEMReplyCancel

  • Eileen FlahertyOctober 23, 2014 - 9:40 am

    “Ben” & “Hannah”..my monsters names ( in case I would forget!)ReplyCancel

  • Sharon HingleyOctober 23, 2014 - 6:03 pm

    Mummy’s GirlReplyCancel

  • Natalie WhiteOctober 23, 2014 - 7:44 pm

    Probably my name – Natalie – or some lyrics!ReplyCancel

  • JenniferOctober 24, 2014 - 8:42 am

    auntie poochies, for sure.ReplyCancel

  • Julia @ rainbeaubelleOctober 24, 2014 - 8:07 pm

    These are fab! I would definitely go for my blog name – Rainbeaubelle – in gold! Love it. XReplyCancel

  • Lucy BishopOctober 25, 2014 - 10:01 am

    I’d go for a silver necklace and I think I’d choose ‘Mrs Bishop’ to be stamped on mine xReplyCancel

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I’m a big fan of Fisher-Price toys and so are the little ones, so I was delighted when they recently asked Phoebe and I to review a Sit-Me-Up Floor Seat.

To be honest this request couldn’t have come at a better time as Phoebe is really starting to push herself forward into a sitting position when she’s in her bouncy chair and getting rather frustrated. This chair seems to be the perfect solution and needless to say she absolutely loves it!

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Fisher-Price was founded in 1930 by Herman Fisher, Irving Price and Helen Schelle in East Aurora, New York with the basic principles of intrinsic play value, ingenuity, strong construction, good value for the money and action at their core.

Today, under their parent company Mattel, Fisher-Price is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of babygear and preschool toys and they continue to grow around the world, conducting business in 145 countries and producing toys in more than 37 languages.

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This supportive, bright and colourful ‘Froggy’ seat is a fun, upright place for Phoebe to sit and play. It has two linkable toys on the front of the seat for her to play with; a crunchy butterfly and a flower teether and it can be easily folded flat for storage or to take with us when visiting family and friends.

The ‘sling like’ seat is made from a really soft fabric (which is removable and machine washable thankfully!) and the wide base makes it incredibly sturdy – there is no chance it will be tipped over by her over exuberant older brother! I also like the fact that her little legs are completely free to kick about, unlike some baby seats and the leg openings are pretty wide to allow even the chubbiest of thighs through!

The Sit-Me-Up Floor Seat is really easy to assemble too. The instructions are clear and concise but to be honest, you won’t need them as all the parts only fit together in one particular formation with a reassuring “click” so you know it’s secure and correctly built.

It’s recommended for babies aged 6 months and older, but at nearly 4 months Phoebe holds her head confidently so she has no problems sitting in the chair. (The maximum weight is 25lbs).

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Ultimately, this is not a ‘grow with you’ toy so the lifespan of the product is fairly limited (c4 months to independently sitting), but if you can afford it then I would highly recommend it and I think it is priced very reasonably at £34.99 (Smyths Toys). It has saved my arms on a number of occasions when the bouncer isn’t upright enough and she doesn’t want to lie down!

This baby seat is available from numerous retailers including Mothercare, Toys R Us, Smyths Toys and Amazon.

 

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Phoebe seems to really enjoy sitting in the Fisher-Price Sit-Me-Up Floor Seat. It allows her to be upright which she loves and the easily reachable toys really capture her attention and get chomped and drooled on all day long! I also like the fact that it is low down to the floor so she is at the same level as Jack when he plays. He happily plays alongside her and she is kept amused by his antics.

I love the simplicity of this seat and the fact that it is exactly as its name suggests; it doesn’t play music, light up, bounce or sway but it does make the most excellent upright floor seat. I can put Phoebe in it knowing that she’s safe and she loves playing with the linkable toys and viewing the world from an upright perspective.

 

*Disclosure: I was very kindly sent this item free of charge for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are my own.

  • Gym Bunny MummyOctober 21, 2014 - 1:01 pm

    I could’ve really done with this when my little man was born it looks fab!ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyOctober 21, 2014 - 1:13 pm

      It is fab! XReplyCancel

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!)

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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.