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.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Flying with Kids: Best Holiday Travel Kit for Babies & Toddlers

There's not much you can do about the reality of a flight with babies and toddlers - it's going to get messy. But I'm a strong believer, that with a decent amount of prep, and the right kit, you can at least manage the misery to the bare minimum. I've been mugging up on the best travel prams and luggage, and I've come up with this list of best buys. See what you think, and keep me posted on your favourite purchase.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Flying with Kids: Top Toys to Keep a Toddler Entertained on a Flight

I don't think there's anything that fills me with more dread....the prospect of a flight with a toddler and a baby. We're flying back to the UK on holiday in a couple of weeks - Ivo will be two years old, and Arthur eleven months, and already taking his first steps {why couldn't he have waited till after the flight?!}. I fear it's going to be seven hours of hell. Thank goodness my husband is flying with me - two adults, two children, we're bigger - surely we can keep control? I've read a lot online about how to keep your kids entertained on a flight, and I've prepared a pack for both boys in advance. Here are my top toys to keep a toddler busy on a plane, I'll post the baby one tomorrow. Please chip in with comments - I'd love to hear your suggestions.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Jungle Theme Baby Clothes from M&S

There must be something exotic in the air - nearly all my favourite baby and toddler shops have gone wild with jungle prints. I particularly love Marks & Spencer's patterns - lots of cheetahs, chimps and lions. I'm a massive fan of M&S's baby clothes, their cotton onesies and sleepsuits are second-to-none - they're really soft and snuggly, wash brilliantly, and don't fade. For more jungle prints, try Mini-Boden.

{I want this!} Clockwise from top left 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7

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Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Toddler's Favourite Toys - Ivo aged nearly 2

I've always loved Lego, although I don't remember ever really having any as a child. I have a faint memory of a box of it at my grandmother's house, but we never had it at home. Now, it's all over my house! I found a couple of bits in the shower yesterday, and a train carriage in the fridge. Ever since Ivo's grandmother gave him this Duplo train set for Christmas, he's become obsessed. 

Monday, 8 June 2015

A Cheap & Easy Toy Storage Solution

The boys' toys have started to get pretty chaotic. We started small with one toy-box, but since Ivo's birthday, things have got slightly out of hand. We've also got dozens of books, after I bought tonnes at a second-hand sale. I was searching around for a cheap and cheerful way to store everything, and realised the answer was in my friends' houses! 

They've all got the Ikea Kallax bookshelves {Dubai Ikea link}, but turned on their sides. Add a cushion, and you've got a bench or a playing surface at the perfect toddler height. It's a brilliant solution. You can even buy Ikea baskets and boxes {Dubai link} in various designs to go inside the bookshelves - perfect for smaller toys like Duplo or train-tracks.

My next challenge is to try to paint our bookshelf blue. I've heard about Annie Sloan paint, which you can just slap on without any prep. Then you add wax, and it creates this amazing shabby chic effect. Have a look at my Pinterest page for more ideas.

P.S. The Kallax shelves and some boxes and baskets are currently on sale in Ikea Dubai until 4th July!

{Picture Credits} Top,  Bottom 1 / 2

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Sunday, 7 June 2015

New Pictures of The Royal Siblings

The Royal Family have released a sweet selection of photographs of little Prince George and Princess Charlotte. George looks sweetly impressed by his new sister - I wonder whether that will last, or whether he's started bashing her with his toys! Ivo was thrilled to meet Arthur at first - now he spends his whole time saying 'No Arthur', as Arthur tries to steal his toys.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Patriotic London Themed Baby Buys

Living in Dubai, I feel the urge to express our Britishness a bit more! I've always loved London iconography - the red buses, pillar boxes and black cabs are what makes the city stand out from the crowd. And they make for fantastic patterns on baby and toddler clothes. Here are a few fun purchases to show you're a true Brit, or at least a fan of the UK.

{I want this!} Clock wise from top left 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9

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