Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Summer Sales = Winter layers

Many thanks to all who entered this wonderful giveaway from LoveDeeBaby  . 

The winner is :    caroline ohare baby.mummy@hotmail.co.uk   CONGRATULATIONS ! 


Always on the lookout for bargains at the end of the Summer sales, I Love to find stylish clothes that can be layered for Winter wear. 

 The small but beautifully formed LoveDee Baby has kindly offered the choice of a navy blue or Pink tee shirt for this weeks giveaway, perfect for layering with a long sleeved top underneath. Available in sizes 6 - 12 Months or 12 - 18 Months.  With Funky heart and wing motif these are sure to be a winner !
Currently running an introductory offer on the new LoveDee Baby range and with fantastic sale prices on their Stardust kids range, you will be sure to snap up a bargain.  Please pop over and take a look and leave a comment here letting me know which item you like the most. 


I love this gorgeous hooded playsuit suitable for boys or girls and at an amazing introductory offer price of just £10.75 you can't go wrong.



or how about this lovely Stardust kids skater dress on sale down from £22.00 to £13.20 !  would look wonderful layered with a top and leggings underneath.

For more chances to win :

Leave a new comment each time telling me you have :

 tweeted  or RT'd  the giveaway
Are a new follower to this blog
Are a new friend on Facebook for http://www.facebook.com/LoveDeeBaby 

Open to UK residents only and will close on Monday 4th October.

Thank you xx


Thursday, 23 September 2010

Icklebabe Style

Many thanks to everyone who entered and the winner of the lovely @icklebabe_com giveaway is  wendy_mcd83     CONGRATULATIONS !



One of the first friends I made when I joined twitter was the simply gorgeous Helen, who tweets at icklebabe_com .   To celebrate the recent re-launch of her pretty shabby chic style website selling hand crafted items, Helen is offering a wonderful giveaway. 



You can choose from either a £20 voucher to spend on the site or 1 Adult tee or 2 kiddies tee's !





I have the Adult version of the Cath Kidson London tee above, myself and its fab!  It always receives comments when I wear it out, made from super soft cotton, it washes like a dream too.





To enter  just pop across to Helen's website at http://www.icklebabe.com/   take a look around and leave a comment here telling me which item you like the most.

For even more chances to win leave a new comment everytime you :

Follow my blog
Follow either Helen or I on twitter
Post a tweet about this competition

Remember to post a comment with each new entry for more chances to win

Open to UK residents only, competition ends on Monday 27th September at 7pm
 

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Chicken Feet

Wonderful hand knitted chicken and frog feet and hats, along with stunning knitted outfits for your baby. 







All available from the fabulous     TheMiniatureKnitShop  

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Outside Looking In



We have been aware for sometime that one of our twins is "a bit different" to our two other sons.  He has always been a particularly sensitive little boy, showing extreme levels of embarrassment and self consciousness at a very early age.  Not traits normally associated with small boys.  Sensitive to the extreme, he crys easily and is upset by the smallest changes.  He needs very little sleep and questions, questions all the time .  He doesn't like to join in with other children at play time and hates rough and tumble games with his big brother . We put this down to him just having a more gentle nature to the rest of the boys in the family .


Since starting Year One a few weeks ago, he started off with lots of "silly" behaviour that is gradually getting worse. He ignores adults when spoken to or will challenge them, sometimes even saying "yea! yea! Blah ! blah! " in reply .   He is using swear words that lord only knows where he picked them up from and has started saying he is bored with school, bored with life "bored ! bored! bored ! "  he is 5 yrs old ! No amount of talking, cuddling, repremanding seems to work.


Yesterday I was called into school to be told he had bitten another child for no apparant reason.  After a lengthly conversation with the teacher it turns out he is continually disruptive in class, always questioning the teacher and saying that he is bored!. 


When I collected him from class I noticed he had a bump on his cheek, caused he said by his twin brother.  When we returned home we had a chat about how to behave and what was and wasn't acceptable behaviour.  Twin brother was repremanded for hurting his brother although no information on the incident could be gleened!


About an hour after bedtime he called downstairs "mummy, I'm sorry"  I went up and got into bed with him as he was obviously upset.  That's when it all came pouring out.  He finds it hard to make friends with the other children, nobody wants to play with him.  One boy yesterday punched him in the side of the head so hard his head hit a wall  and to my horror, the incident with his brother was caused when two boys and his twin brother (all five yrs old) chased him knocked him to the floor and his own twin kicked him in the face.   I spent an hour holding him while he and I both wept, his twin brother sleeping blissfully below us.  He eventually fell asleep.  I came downstairs horrifyed relating the details to my husband. 


I don't know what to do, what to say. I am at a total loss as to how to deal with this, How to help them both, I can't believe his own brother would do such a thing let alone to his twin. I need to talk to someone who can help him and us, do we take advice from a professional with no personal experience or do we seek out parents of twins ?

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney is launching her children's wear line in November. 

The line will outfit newborns to 12-year-olds and will include floral print dresses, cotton babygros, day-of-the-week pants, a peacoat and field jackets. (lets hope there are no halterneck baby rompers, like the one she designed for the Gap 




 Prices will range from £16 for a tee to £126 for a coat. 

 I've had a quick peek at http://www.stellamccartneykids.com/   Where there's a funky video and you can register for an exclusive lookbook of the collection  a week before its launch.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Stellina Baby

With Many thanks to all who entered, the winner picked at Random was :

DAWN BROWN  

CONGRATULATIONS .


Without doubt a luxury giveaway today. 

The beautiful Luxury baby and children's Cashmere company Stellina Baby have offered a beautiful Cremino Sleeveless Cashmere Tank in gorgeous Vanilla/Light Grey/Buttercup Age 3 yrs !

This giveaway will end on Thursday evening .


Suitable for a boy or girl the gorgeous Cremino tank above would truly be a wonderful addition to your child's wardrobe.




Stellina Baby was established by Stella Antoine and her husband after the birth of their first child and inspired by a favourite shops in the little Southern Italian town of Caserta, where Stella grew up - the old fashioned little sweet shop was full of wonders. Jars of all colours and shapes contained the most unusual sweets (Violetta was my favourite, a Parma Violet Sugar sweet with the most delicious flowery flavour, in the softest shade of lilac).

Wonderful baby clothing ranges are made with supreme softness in mind and will serve as the perfect luxury baby gifts for a christening or for a 1st birthday or simply to spoil your little treasure with luxury cashmere clothing. Each piece of baby clothing is made with 100% pure cashmere or 100% pure cashmere outer and 100% cotton inner. Enter the world of Stellina Baby for an amazing shopping experience and to find truly sensational baby clothing gifts…



Competition Terms

To qualify for entry into this competition just pop over to the Stellina Baby website and choose an item that you love the most.  Leave a comment here explaining why you like it along with your email address, UK residents only.

  Please note it is a requirement of this giveaway that you agree to Stellina Baby holding your email details for future marketing activity.  If you do not wish to be contacted in the future with special offers, news and information on the range then unfortunately you cannot enter. 

Monday, 6 September 2010

Every Little Helps !

Since joining twitter I have made some amazing "cyber friends" . Often people you never actually meet become like members of your own family.  A few weeks ago I had the real pleasure of meeting a few of my twitter pals at the ToysRus Tea party.  One of those lovely ladies was the gorgeous, bubbly Emma (AdventuresEM on twitter) who blogs at Adventures of an English mum    

There has been some "discussion" recently regarding bloggers who review products and do giveaways, which I must admit upset me a little, but I don't get involved in these debates as I consider it a no win situation and anyway I am old enough to know its each to their own in this World and you are unlikely to change someone elses opinion!  so when Emma nominated me to receive a "uniform pack" from Tesco I was truly thrilled !  Although I sell "Designer Brands" for my business, I buy direct from America, sell them heavily discounted and make very little profit, but it allows me to work from home and be there for my children.  Our family is on a very tight budget and if you read my post   Who would you put on the naughty step      you will know that we have a very long way to go before we could afford to be proud and turn down such a wonderful opportunity!

So Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Emma and Tesco We really appreciate your wonderful gift!  This is one I won't be giving away !

Here's what we received a big black box packed full of Polo shirts, trousers, shirts, stationary and to top it off a £30 clothing voucher for me (see what I spent it on SOON - YIPEE) :

Thursday, 2 September 2010

New for Autumn / Winter to All About The Boys

The twins go back to school next week and I will finally be able to get back to trying to earn a living in earnest!    One of the new ranges I will be stocking are these little beauties, would love your opinion.

Available from newborn to 18 months - tee shirts and onsies



Walk with me - Junior Style

Great to see a lovely selection of Autumn/Winter clothes from reasonably priced retailers appearing in Junior Magazine.


Pink jacket, with bow details £14 by Florence & Fred at Tesco’s (ages 12 months – 6 years); patterned skirt with buttons £19 by Ted Baker for Debenhams (ages 3-11); knitted wool bear hat £18 by Little Joules (ages 3-12); sequin plimsoles £6 by Florence & Fred at Tesco’s (sizes 23-34).




Tweed zip-up coat £79 by little Joules (ages 3-12); Dark denim jeans £30 by French Connection (ages 4-14); Carrick boots £35 by Little Joules (sizes 26 -34).

Photography Jacob Thue; Fashion Matthew Holroyd

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