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Muna London, a new, design-led contemporary children’s store lives by this William Morris quote, so when I was recently offered the chance to review their gorgeous offering, naturally I jumped at the chance. The Muna London website is overflowing with a beautiful selection of Scandinavian inspired nursery furniture, baby products and gifts. Their expertly curated collection appeals as much to the design tastes of parents as to the needs of your baby meaning you don’t have to sacrifice your taste once your little bundle makes an appearance! With brands including Sebra, Lab Boutique, Nobodinoz and Garbo & Friends, I was really spoilt for choice when choosing an item (or two) to review. In all honesty there isn’t a single item on the site that I don’t like and with my infamous indecision let’s just say I spent many an hour browsing their lovely wares which include these beauties…

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1 // Liberty Print Blue Betsy Eiderdown Blanket, Lab Boutique, £65

2 // Levo Baby Rocker – Aruba Blue, Charlie Crane, £149

3 // Harlequin Half Bumper – Dawn, Olli Ella, £49

4 // Crochet Fox Soft Toy, Sebra, £30

5 // Marrakech Bean Bag – Pink Zig Zag, Nobodinoz, £60

6 // Brisbane Luxury Changing Bag, Nova Harley, £260

7 // Arizona Tipi Play Tent – Pink DiamondsNobodinoz, £140 After a lot of umming and aahhing I eventually plumped for the following two items for Phoebe’s room…
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A // Marrakech Bean Bag – Green DiamondsNobodinoz, £60 B // Crochet Rabbit Soft Toy, Sebra, £30

The online experience with Muna London was fab. The website design is clean and easy to navigate and is full of gorgeous images of each product. The buying process was super simple and as promised, our goods arrived within a few days of ordering.

I adore the bean bag and rabbit. The bean bag is a brilliant, colourful addition to Phoebe’s nursery and according to Jack is ‘super comfy’! And the rabbit is really cute! One of these days I will do a ‘nursery tour’ so you can see them in situ.

Muna London isn’t one for the budget conscious, but if you are after truly beautiful, timeless nursery furniture and accessories this is the store for you. With exceptional, prompt service, free delivery (& free returns), I will definitely be paying Muna London a visit again soon. Oh and if you sign up for their newsletter, you will receive a 10% off discount code, Happy Shopping! 

**UPDATE: To celebrate the weekend, Muna London are offering 20% off from 12pm Friday 31st October until midnight Sunday 2nd November! Just use the discount code WEEKEND20 **

*Disclosure: I was very kindly sent a gift voucher from Muna London for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are my own

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Today I’m bringing you a different take on birth photography!

Corinne was en route to hospital to give birth, with her husband and three-year-old son, when little Matilda decided it was time to enter the world a little earlier than expected, so Corinne gave birth in the front seat of the family car on the side of the road!

With a stroke of luck Corinne’s birth photographer Breanna Gravener, just happened to be travelling behind them on the road and managed to capture these beautiful photos of Matilda’s birth.

An hour earlier, Breanna had received a text from Corinne’s husband to say that Corinne was in the early stages of labour and he’ll keep her updated. 30 minutes later, another text came through saying that they were going to head to hospital shortly so Breanna arranged her own childcare urgently and headed out the door. The original plan was to meet at the hospital but Breanna thought she would drop past their house just in case and upon her arrival they were just hopping in the car and driving off, so she just followed them…

Breanna said “We had a 30 minute drive ahead of us. Cruising down the highway I was wondering how Corinne was going. I knew this birth wouldn’t be really long as Corinne knew how to keep her body relaxed and efficient to birth as she teaches Hypnobirthing classes.

Suddenly the car pulls off to the side, just outside the apple shop! Immediately I knew what must be happening and adrenaline goes in overdrive as I also see Mishi jump out.  Grabbing my camera and running to the passenger door I think I was clicking my button before I even got there. haha. Thankfully I wasn’t 3 seconds later..”

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How amazing are these photos and what perfect timing on Breanna’s part.

For more information and to see Breanna’s beautiful birth photography head on over to her website and facebook page.

A huge thank you to Breanna for sharing these images with Hello Baby.

Buying shoes for your little one is a complete minefield for any parent, but buying shoes for your toddler son is a whole other ball game. Not only do the shoes need to be comfortable and supportive, they also need to be robust enough to cope with the demands of the energetic little dude. They need to look good too and appeal to the little man himself, because I can tell you from experience, he won’t try anything on that doesn’t catch his eye!

When I was approached by Clarks to participate in their #styledbyclarks challenge, it really couldn’t have been better timed. Jack was in desperate need of some new shoes, having worn his previous pair to death, so I was delighted to take part.

Armed with our vouchers kindly gifted by Clarks, Jack, Phoebs and I went on a little shopping trip to The Trafford Centre and came away with a fab pair of Beven Time trainers.

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(Excuse the scratch on the front of the right shoe – the little klutz tripped up a step on his first outing with them; he obviously wasn’t used to having longer shoes!)

They were his number one choice (and mine actually!) and he hasn’t taken them off his feet for the past few weeks so they must be super comfy! They also look pretty cool too…

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Are you and your children big fans of Clarks? Why don’t you share your little ones enjoying their Clarks shoes too (and don’t forget to include the hasthtag #styledbyclarks on social media!)

  • Gym Bunny MummyOctober 27, 2014 - 1:30 pm

    I loved Clarks shoes for my eldest (he’s now 13) but as my 2 year old has suspected Autism (getting tested in 2 weeks) he doesn’t like anything on his feet, socks or shoes so I really don’t know if it would be a waste of money to buy him a pair of Clarks or if it would help…ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyOctober 27, 2014 - 1:53 pm

      I hope the tests go ok for you. xxReplyCancel

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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.

  • Gym Bunny MummyOctober 25, 2014 - 10:36 am

    Oh wow, these are stunning! I’m really not into all the staged baby photography so love these shots, What a talented photographer & a beautiful baby girl!ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyOctober 26, 2014 - 12:45 pm

      Aren’t they gorgeous! xReplyCancel

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.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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

  • clair downhamOctober 25, 2014 - 5:43 pm

    boss of the house!ReplyCancel

  • ElenaOctober 26, 2014 - 1:56 pm

    I can’t decide if I want to be written on in “You,Me,Oui” or “Azrael, Uriel and Nith haiah” which are archangels =)ReplyCancel

  • kim plantOctober 26, 2014 - 3:58 pm

    princess … for my daughter xReplyCancel

  • sarah stevensOctober 27, 2014 - 11:52 am

    bloggerReplyCancel

  • Rebecca TaylorOctober 27, 2014 - 1:38 pm

    I would love Henry Dexter (my son)ReplyCancel

  • Natalie CrossanOctober 27, 2014 - 11:53 pm

    Princess :) xxReplyCancel

  • Louisa SaundersOctober 28, 2014 - 4:52 pm

    famiglia mia forzaReplyCancel

  • SarahOctober 28, 2014 - 8:08 pm

    I’d give this as a gift to my sister so I’d have her name stamped on it! xReplyCancel

  • NicolaOctober 29, 2014 - 7:15 am

    Fab necklace :-) ReplyCancel

  • z webbOctober 29, 2014 - 1:16 pm

    Lovely :) ReplyCancel

  • ClaireOctober 31, 2014 - 7:59 am

    I’d have a gold one, with my name on it!ReplyCancel

  • Lucy ChesterOctober 31, 2014 - 10:36 am

    Silver and Alicia on necklace pleaseReplyCancel