Monday, 30 June 2014

Best Maternity Buys from ASOS

During my last pregnancy I hardly let myself buy any maternity clothes at all. It was winter, and I figured I'd survive in a couple of pairs of jeans and a few loose tops. It was such a bad decision - I spent the whole of my pregnancy feeling badly dressed and frumpy - and then after I had Ivo, it was just as bad. I never realised that most mothers need to keep wearing their maternity clothes for a good few months. Second time round, I've taken a different approach. With the help of some birthday money from my mum, and the bargainous website ASOS, I equipped myself with a fantastic summer wardrobe. Here are a few of my favourite buys.


{I want this!} Fabulous Maxi Dresses 
1. ASOS Trapeze Beach Maxi Dress in White, {I bought Size 12, and it's huge!}, £26 | 2. New Look Maternity Grecian Maxi-Dress, £19.99 | 3. ASOS Trapeze Beach Maxi Dress in Electric Blue, £26


{I want this!} Wearable Shift Dresses - all now in the sale, you lucky things!
1. New Look Maternity Shift Dress, £9.50 | 2. ASOS Maternity Sleeveless Swing Dress With Pockets, £12 {also available in black for £15}, £ | 3. New Look Maternity Shift Dress, £9.50


{I want this!} Comfortable Nursing Bras - great before you give birth too!
1. Emma Jane Maternity Nursing Bra, £12 | 2. Emma Jane Maternity Nursing Bra with Removable Padding, £16

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Saturday, 28 June 2014

Baby's First Haircut at Mata Mata, London

Ivo's been long-due a haircut for months, but we never got round to it! It wasn't until his fringe was literally growing into his eyes, that we realised we had to take action. I'd heard about Mata Mata Hair Salon for children through a friend, and as it's just down the road in Islington, it was the perfect option. It's paradise for children! Instead of chairs, they have a selection of car-shaped seats, including a racing car, police patrol car and motorbike. There are books and toys everywhere, and iPads and mini-TV's showing cartoons. We went for the First Haircut Package for £30, which included a certificate with photo, a keepsake lock of hair, a goody bag and a voucher for future use. Plus Mata Mata sent us all the pictures they took via email the next day - a really nice touch. Ivo took to the hair-cutting process very well - no tears, just a bit of restlessness near the end. His lovely hairdresser put us completely at ease, and I didn't feel worried about sharp scissors near my baby's ears at all! Be warned though - if you end up holding them for the final few snips, you do end up covered in hair - I felt very itchy afterwards!




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Friday, 27 June 2014

Loving Ikea for Baby Weaning & Toddler Meals

I'm always on the look-out for a bargain, and Ikea is definitely prime stomping ground for cheap and cheerful deals. Their highchairs are a well-known staple of any household {only £12!!, and now you can buy matching cushions for £6}, but have you discovered their children's tableware? With mugs, bowls, plates and cutlery sets at only 90p a set of six, you could buy a new set for every day of the week! We've been using the bowls for months, and Ivo's just about ready to take on the cutlery, so I'm due another visit. P.S. How is it that if everything's so cheap at Ikea, I always manage to spend a fortune?!





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Thursday, 26 June 2014

Baby & Toddlers' Favourite Toys - Ivo's Stacking Cups

You might have already discovered the lowly stacking cup, but if you're new to this game, I couldn't recommend a toy highly enough. I first bought these from Marks & Spencer when Ivo was five months old, and I had no idea that they'd be such a long-lasting toy. While crinkly worms, chewy giraffes and noisy walkers have fallen by the wayside, the stacking cups are still going strong. Ivo can now stack them up to number four, but prefers to put them inside each other. They've also been used as drinking vessels in the bath, sand sieves / buckets in the sandpit, and comedy hats. Somehow we've managed not to lose any, although number 8 did take a short holiday at a friend's house. For a cheap and cheerful toy that really lasts, it doesn't get any better! The M&S ones seem to have sold out, but you can buy stacking cups for £3.69 from Amazon & for £3.99 from Kiddicare. Ikea even do a mini-set for a bargainous £1.50!


{I want this!} Marks & Spencer Stacking Cups, £6 {SOLD OUT}

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