NEW COLLECTION: ROB RYAN AT GROBAG

London-based designer Rob Ryan‘s papercut style depicting whimsical scenes has long been a favourite. I’ve coveted his work right back from when I didn’t have to think about baby-proofing my home (tbh still not got that one fully nailed…). So it’s such a delight to see Rob’s original designs on a super handy products for…

Newborn essentials…and not so much

Now my teeny tiny baby has turned into a hectic, busy toddler I’ve found people think I might know what I’m doing with babies (spoiler: I don’t). I just muddled through with this one and now have a vague memory of how I got here…but I must have picked something up along the way right?!…

How to build a new life. Step one: make some friends

Three months ago this forever Londoner packed up the baby, boyfriend and cat, and went past the Watford gap. For good. As a born South London girl and longtime Hackney resident this is BIG. I love London. But a year and a bit with a baby in our ‘bijou’ (read: tiny) flat made us realise…

Can’t hack it

A (by no means exclusive) list of things I couldn’t hack in the first year and half of parenting: – cloth nappies – I let my hippy side down. The extra sleep won out over extra washing. And I’m still dog tired. – getting back to work – I tried, I cried, I failed. So…

Designer mama profile: Golly Gumdrops

Since I became part of this whole motherhood thing I’ve been overwhelmed by the number of brilliant mama makers and kid-centric brands. A new (for me) undiscovered variety of positive, supportive people who ‘get’ what this new story brings and want to do their best to make it easier/say ‘me too’. Which, to be frank,…

This week I…faced my sample sale demon

Couldn’t live without: My sample sale addiction. And I’m going to have to live without access to quirky discount sales very soon *insert sad cat emoji*. As leaving London might mean more space, cheaper living, rolling countryside and all that. But I’m slowly coming to terms with the cushy London-centric things I’m having to give…

Calendar: December ’17

As we’ll be avoiding toy shops like the plague this December (in particular you Hamley’s – sorry but I just can’t deal with that level of children squealing) here’s a run down of events to keep adults and nippers entertained in the run up to Christmas. With not a pantomime in sight (oh no there…

Christmas Wish List: Lucy & Yak

No need to thank me – you can stop searching – I’ve finally found the perfect dungarees. All the way through pregnancy and the early breastfeeding days I was searching for this holy grail of dungas. I only had a couple of specifications…they needed to be all-purpose black, loose – but not baggy, full length…

New collection: Mothercare SS18

Hats off to Mothercare for inviting baby/kid-centric press and bloggers to check out the SS18 collection of clothes, homeware, toys and more. We inevitably created a pram jam and let our kids run (or crawl in our case) riot. Minor carnage that the Mothercare team took in their stride. Bravo. This was the first press show…