A wedding guest outfit with Bon Prix

  A couple of weeks ago I was asked by Bon Prix to see if I fancied styling up some items from their Wedding guest shop. A website that is absolutely new to me, so I had no idea what to expect when I started browsing but was surprised to find more than a few dresses that caught my eye. I will admit that this dress is a little on the plain side for a wedding guest, but plain means you can style it up or down, wear it for other occasions and for me the wrap front was perfect as I’m breastfeeding. Most nursing dresses come with a hefty price tag but this one has a purse pleasing price tag of just £19.99! It comes in a coral colour…

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Making Baby Bouquets with M&S

So what do you buy for a new baby? The vast majority of us go for clothes but how do you make your present memorable? Make the clothes look like a bouquet of flowers of course! Now there are many people out there who are a lot more crafty than I, and a quick look on pinterest shows that my attempt is firmly on the bottom end of craftiness scale, but hey I tried! You need: some baby clothes! I used a baby starter set from M&S Baby Shop that included 8 items in various patterns to add a bit of colour, along with some elastic bands and some bamboo skewers to use as stems! You could go all out and add in some fake flowers to bulk it all out…

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If I were stranded on a desert island…

A couple of weeks ago I watched Kevin McCloud (who I find irritating for no real reason, sorry kev) experiencing life on a ‘desert island’ in the pacific with a family who had left their life in the UK behind and moved there to live a simple life with their kids. It was interesting to watch and Sam and I had an interesting chat after it about if we were to choose to leave the rat race where we could go, and how extreme we’d go in our quest for isolation (me more than him, which surprised us both!) We then started talking about what we’d miss and what essentials we’d need with us. I’ve whittled mine down to three things A Kindle (fully loaded up with my whole ‘to…

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What the Baby read: A cat called Panda Giveaway

“Are you a panda?” asked young Amanda. “No, I’m a cat, it’s as simple as that.”   A Cat called Panda is possibly the sweetest book I’ve read to Athena yet. Not only is it a lovely story but the illustrations are divine! Written by Melanie Arora and illustrated by Charlie Brandon-King, it’s full of stylized pictures mostly monochrome with hints of colour. It’s a pretty nonsensical and whimsical story, lots of rhyming too which always gets Athena’s attention!   All the illustrations are were hand painted and there are lots of animals hidden throughout the book for little people to spot! It’s definitely going to be a classic and at the moment I’m making sure Athena doesn’t get her hands on it when I’m not around to supervise the…

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A Pedicure and some new sandals!

Our feet carry us for thousands of steps every day of the year, and I for one put my hands up and say I very rarely do anything special to take care of them! A few months of not being able to reach them when I was pregnant, and them carrying me and my large bump around mean they’re not in the loveliest of conditions! Add to the fact that they had been hiding away in boots or trainers since last September and you can understand why I’m not including a ‘before’ photo! I was sent a fantastic pedicure kit from Clearzal, who sell pretty much everything you would need to sort out even the most dire of feet! I have been giving my feet a proper soak in the Tea-tree…

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BritMums – what I’m planning next

You’ll probably know that I along with a few hundred other bloggers attended Brit Mums Live, a blogging conference (not just for mums though) in London. I’m not going to whittle on too much about the conference itself as there are probably a hundred other posts that will do that but instead I’m going to write about what changes I plan to make as a result of my experience. Firstly I need to stop hiding my blog and be proud of it. Very few people ‘in real life’ know about my blog. I don’t mention it unless someone else brings it up, my parents don’t know about it, I don’t have it linked on facebook. I think I originally kept it on the down low because I didn’t want anyone…

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Breastfeeding: Thrupenny bits nursing pillows

Breastfeeding means you get to sit and relax (hopefully!) with your baby, but it’s not always easy finding a comfortable position, and sometimes you need your hands free too, for tea drinking/biscuit eating/toddler book reading to name but a few! A couple of weeks ago I was sent this pretty gorgeous nursing pillow from Thrupenny Bits. Their pillows: contour to the body have ties for a close fit and to use to carry are made of fully washable materials have interchangeable covers have a long zip so are easy to wash/change come in two sizes can be used as a bag allows for hands free feeding The pillows have been cleverly designed so that they can be used as a bag when you no longer need them as a feeding-aide,…

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