Sunday, 29 November 2015

Kids Christmas Present Ideas 2015 - Mini Micro Scooter Accessories

My son Ivo loves his mini micro-scooter. He wanted one almost as soon as he could walk, and we finally caved last Christmas - a few months before his second birthday. They're not cheap, but it's proved to be his most enduring toy, and until I ran over it this weekend, pretty hardwearing. Even that's proven to be something of a blessing, because it meant I stumbled upon the Micro Scooter Accessories website.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Perfect Montessori Knitted Vegetable Playfood Toys

Most of the time my children play with plastic toys, that I've bought second-hand. But I look in envy at my friends who've managed to keep their playrooms looking classy, with lovely handmade retro wooden toys. Maybe it's time for me to take a stand, and start buying better kit. These heavenly knitted vegetables would be the perfect start. Handmade by MapleApple, they're just a small selection of her amazing range. Imagine if your job was knitting veggies for kids - amazing!

{I want this!} Six Knitted Vegetable Toys, £32 by MapleApple

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Thursday, 19 November 2015

Scrummy Fairy-Tale Edible Christmas Decorations

Is anyone else already getting excited about Christmas? Twinkling fairy-lights, warming mulled-wine, snug scarves and rustling presents under the tree? It's all a bit different here in Dubai in the sunshine, but why not add a touch of fairy-tale to your Christmas with these adorable gingerbread house coffee biscuits by Cookie Art London. Aren't they just the perfect after-dinner treat? For the retro look, try their edible Christmas tree decorations, also available in festive red!

Gingerbread House Biscuits, £12 for 16 by Cookie Art London

Gingerbread Christmas Tree Decorations, £12 for 16 by Cookie Art London

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Thursday, 12 November 2015

The Perfect Woolly Christmas Stockings

Regular readers will know I have a slight obsession with giant woolly Christmas stockings. I lusted after the White Company socks for months, but I banned myself from spending so much money. Then - joy of joys - I discovered them in the sale for only £10 a stocking........and now I own eight *shame face*. I'm not sure what I had in mind, or who I had in mind when I bought so many, but with only two children in our family so far, I'm worried my husband is going to get the wrong idea. Suffice to say I won't be buying any more, but if you're in the market - it doesn't get better than these chunky hand-knitted wonders.....

{i want this!} Stockings, £45 by Prinku

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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Buying the Best Cot for Your Baby

There’s a couple of big purchases all new mothers make – the cot and the pram. Luckily I'd already inherited my sister's son's old cot – a gorgeous Stokke Sleepi that my grandmother bought to celebrate her pregnancy. It's a stunning addition to any nursery, but it wasn't until I bought a normal cot for Arthur, that I realised why it's such a clever design.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Trying out Toddler Classes in Dubai

Apologies for my long break in blogging. We spent the summer in England, and spent a lot of time moving around, visiting family and friends. Blogging had to take a back seat. Then we got back to Dubai and Ivo started nursery and I started work, so it's only now that I'm getting back on track. I'm working three times a week, and while Ivo's off at nursery {a post on that to follow}, Arthur {now 15 months} is staying at home with his nanny. I'm feeling pretty guilty about my absences from home, but I've developed a strategy....

Monday, 29 June 2015

Top Tip for Taking Pictures of Your Kids

It's been nearly a year now since we bought a new camera. Arthur was due, and we realised we hardly had any decent photographs of Ivo’s first year. Luckily we had a portrait session done with Chloe from Caught the Light, but nearly all the other images we had were iPhone snaps. Our new camera takes brilliant pictures.