Isn’t it funny how differently you approach having your first child to having their sibling(s). When I was pregnant with Jack, we were super prepared and his nursery was completely decked out with brand spanking new furniture and accessories months before his arrival. On the flip-side, poor old Phoebe arrived to a less than complete nursery and it’s only now, 9 months on, that her bedroom looks and feels finished thanks in part to the lovely folk at Lullabuy.

If you haven’t heard of Lullabuy, I strongly urge that you check out their wares pronto. Founded by three design-oriented friends, Lullabuy offers an eclectic selection of designer nursery products that are fresh, modern and charismatic while still maintaining the quality of traditional nursery products. From a beautiful array of wall stickers, wallpaper and cushions to mobiles, changing bags and cots, Lullabuy really do stock a vast selection of must-haves for your little ones and when I was recently offered the chance to review an item or two, I was completely spoilt for choice.

Some of my favourite items on the website include….

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A // Ratatouille Storage Basket, Rose in April, £32.95

B // Small Miffy Rabbit Lamp, Mr. Maria, £114

C // Pink Caravan Crib Cot, Kalon Studios, £934.95

D // Brisbane Changing Bag, Nova Harley, £219

E // Retro Ride On Speedster Car, £79.95

F // Hello Poster, MiniWilla, £23.95

…but I eventually chose…

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1 // Raccoon Storage Bin, 3 Sprouts, £37.95

2 // Butterflies Wall Sticker, Ferm Living, £32.95

3 // Goat Laundry Hamper, 3 Sprouts, £33.95

The lullabuy website is really easy to navigate and I’m a big fan of the clean design and the gorgeous imagery. The ordering process is really straightforward too. Alongside the lovely imagery, there is a detailed product description and an indication of delivery time which is brilliant for managing expectations.

Once my order was placed, it arrived promptly within the designated time specified and I was delighted with the items I chose; the wall stickers have been the making of Phoebe’s nursery and have provided a beautiful focal point and the 3 sprouts linen basket and storage bin have added a sense of fun aswell as practicality. I have a ‘nursery tour’ post in the pipeline so you will see them all in situ very soon.

Lullabuy have a staggering range of products to suit all budgets and with prompt delivery and a brilliant customer services team, you won’t be disappointed. Happy Shopping!

*Disclosure: I was very kindly sent these items from Lullabuy for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are my own.
  • DANIELLE VEDMOREMarch 24, 2015 - 7:44 am

    I love the racoon storage bin! So cute!ReplyCancel

I’ll be honest, after two children, I’m rather partial to a one piece over a bikini, and a ‘control swimsuit’ that pulls everything in and smooths everything out, is a big bonus! If you’re in the same boat, this post is most definitely for you.

I’ve pulled together 6 of my favourite ‘slimming’ swimming costumes to make you feel more fabulous on the beach.

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1 // Secret Slimming Textured  Zig Zag Bandeau Swimsuit, M&S (online only), £35 – I adore the colour and style of this swimsuit, which would suit all body types.

2 // Secret Slimming Circles Print Bandeau Swimsuit, M&S, £23 (reduced from £35) – A fab, pretty print that can be worn with or without the strap.

3 // Control Twist Front Swimsuit, John Lewis, £55 - With a scoop back and a really flattering ‘v neck’, this gorgeous costume is ideal for beach confidence.

4 // Secret Slimming Tribal Print Swimsuit, M&S, £35 – I love the pattern and colour of this flattering swimsuit and it is definitely on my hit list for my summer holiday.

5 // Miraclesuit Pick A Posey Sonatina Swimsuit, Patricia Eve, £125 - Look 10lbs lighter in 10 seconds in this amazing control swimsuit! I adore this vibrant print and the fit is incredible flattering.

6 // Secret Slimming Floral Bandeau Swimsuit, M&S, £35 – I’m a huge fan of florals and having a strapless option is perfect to minimise those tan lines.

  • DANIELLE VEDMOREMarch 20, 2015 - 7:02 am

    I think even if I had a models body I still wouldn’t like a bikini! I would be scared of falling out! I really like all of the esp Number 2 :) ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyMarch 20, 2015 - 1:47 pm

      Ha, lovely aren’t they. I’m a big fan of that one too! xReplyCancel

lindt-gold-bunnyFrom 28th March – 19th April, Lindt will be bringing the joy of Easter to life with a series of Lindt Gold Bunny Hunts at ten specially selected venues across the UK.  From the beautifully landscaped Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh to the award-winning gardens at Hever Castle and Gardens in Kent, chocolate lovers all over the UK can discover an Easter adventure that’s sure to excite both the young, and the young at heart.

Your little ones will love following the flash of Lindt Gold Bunny ears and the gentle tinkle of its bell through enchanting trails to solve clues and uncover irresistible Lindt chocolate treats.  What’s more, there’ll be the chance to create traditional Easter crafts such as bonnets and take part in the Lindt Golden Carrot competition. In addition if you can guess where the Head Gardener has hidden the Lindt Golden Carrot, you’ll be in with a chance of winning a huge 1kg Lindt Gold Bunny!

The ten locations for the hunts are:

·         The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland:  28th March – 12th April

·         Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Cambridgeshire: 28th March – 12th April

·         Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden, Lothian: 28th March – 6thApril

·         Hever Castle and Gardens, Kent: 28th March – 19th April

·         RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Yorkshire: 28th March – 12th April

·         RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Essex: 28th March – 12th April

·         RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon: 28th March – 12th April

·         RHS Garden Wisely, Surrey: 28th March – 12th April

·         Tatton Park, Cheshire:  28/29th March, 3rd April – 19th April

·         Bluewater Shopping & Retail Destination: 28th March – 4th April; 6th April

I’ll be taking Jack down to Tatton Park for a forage; I love a good treasure hunt and if it involves chocolate, even better!

For more information click here.

‘A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2015′

Inspired by The 52 Project. 

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Jack // A week at home with the pox and you start to get cabin fever so i’ve never been more grateful that we have a garden! Looking a bit tired (and bored!), Jack wrapped up warm with Mr Ted of course, donned his home made crown and went for a bounce on the trampoline!

Phoebe // Ha, she is going to really hate me for this photo when she’s older, what a little pudding!

If you missed the previous instalments of my ’52 Project’, you can click on them here: Week One // Week Two // Week Three // Week Four // Week Five // Week Six // Week Seven // Week Eight // Week Nine

 

Sleep, lovely elusive sleep.

Phoebe is now eight months old and, as it is for all new parents, a good night’s sleep is a long forgotten dream. Sleep also becomes a real obsession when you have children doesn’t it! Did she sleep better than the night before? When will she sleep through the night? Will WE ever sleep through the night uninterrupted ever again??

When I came across this infographic, courtesy of Mattress Next Day, detailing sleeping habits around the world, I thought i’d share it with you.  It shows how much sleep people get in different countries, if people nap or not, bedtime routines, how sleep differs on work nights and nights off and how much more sleep people actually need. Interestingly, only a small percentage of people get enough sleep in all the countries shown below, so I’m most definitely not alone!

Sleeping Habits Around The World

*Disclosure: This has been written in conjunction with Mattress Next Day.