Wearability is always top of my list when it come to kids clothes.
There is nothing worse than the children being restricted by clothing as it makes for unhappy children and stressed parents.
A while ago the lovely people at Lilly and Sid sent me a few items to try and all I can say is both me and number four had smiles on our faces!
Their cotton garments are super soft and cosy, the contrasting prints and bright colours are always so eye catching and for me is one of the ways you can always spot a Lilly and Sid piece.
Bugs and dinosaurs and always a hit with number four and being able to give my little ones clothes that have things they love featured on them clearly go down well.
As well as outstanding clothes their customer service is second to none and whenever I’ve purchased anything from them the delivery is quick, efficient and I can’t imagine any ask being to big for them.
With Christmas fast approaching I can’t wait to see what items they have to slip under the tree!
*we were given these items for the purpose of this review and they are all my own, honest opinions.
Last year I was introduced to the children’s clothes brand Jacadi at their Hampstead branch and was immediately taken by their traditional, timeless classic pieces that are made to perfection.
The brand has gone from strength to strength since hitting the UK and a brand new store has just opened in Richmond that we went to check out last night.
I decided to have a bit of quality time with number three who was more than happy to join me and see what they had to offer.
The store was a little ones dream with a Charlie And The Chocolate Factory theme complete with chocolate fountains, big sticky lollies and a real life Umpa Lumpa!
It was at this point I was extremely pleased that I hadn’t got the little ones as there is no way I would have been able to keep their chocolate covered fingers away from the beautiful clothes!
The stores collection was as stunning as I had expected.
For the boys their were beautiful soft knits that could be teamed perfectly with smart shirts and tailored trousers.
For the girls their were cute dresses and matching cardigans in bright colours that are always welcome at this time of year.
The section that always catches my eye though is for the really tiny ones.
I like babies in outfits that are firstly made for comfort as well as looking good and this is what Jacadi have down to a tee.
Jacadi falls into the upper price bracket of children’s clothing but they really are items that are made to last and with their classic designs could be passed down through the family for years to come without aging at all.
I know that I would be super happy to find a little blue gift box for any of my little ones under the tree this Christmas.
*I was supplied with a gift token for attending this event and they are all my own, honest opinions.
Last year I wrote a post on the trials and tribulations of having a new bag for school every term and how I didn’t cave into the pressure.
This year however bags were needed and the search started.
Instead of going for the run of the mill superhero design or the favourited Disney princesses we looked outside the box and were really taken with the look of this new mini range from Sprayground.
Sprayground are a relatively new company that have made a rapid growth over the last few years and have become a name that several celebrities favour.
With their success on the adult market they are now reaching out to all the mini fashionistas out there with their range of mini backpacks that are perfect for little ones that like something a bit different.
The hard wearing, weather resistant material is perfect for transporting everything you need and the internal compartments make it easy for them to keep themselves organised.
The bright colours make them majorly appealing and easy to spot in a cloakroom full of abandoned bags.
One other great attribute is the fact that only a limited number are made, so you are really left with something individual.
With a fair few designs a simply can’t pick a favourite. What is yours?
I was one of the unlucky ones that was refused a pair of Kickers as a child and I’m sure this has left a little scar for life!
That is why when I had to opportunity to go along to the meet up with the georgous ladies at Mothers Meetings for their Kickers ‘Back To School’ event I knew it was one not to be missed.
We walked into a room full to the brim of super cool mummies and their little ones dancing along to some great tunes, having a bite to eat, getting faces painted and having a good catch up.
Scattered around the room Kickers were showcasing their back to school range with the old favourites and a few new eye catching designs that I had not seen before.
The rounded design and thick stitching was still a predominant feature and I loved seeing the addition of some two tone brouges that really caught my eye.
It was refreshing to see that they have still keep their trademark red and green labels and that longed for tag that I never got to get my hands on!
After singing along to some African nursery rhymes the little ones were over the moon to get to take home some Kickers of their own to set them up for their return to nursery and school.
And I left safe in the knowledge they wouldn’t hold a grudge about not owning a pair of Kickers in their childhood like I have!
Just before Christmas last year I was invited to the store opening of the French children’s wear brand Jacadi.
I wasn’t a brand I had heard much about before but I was really taken by their simple, classic designs with a modern twist.
It appears that it is not only me that has been won over by this brand as they have very deservingly just won the prestigious title of ‘Best Baby Designer Brand’ and came in at a good third place in ‘Kids Best Footwear’ in Junior Magazine Design Awards 2016.
There was a lot of strong competition in both these categories so they did superbly to be placed so highly.
If you would like to take a look for yourself at some of their beautiful pieces then pop over to their newly launched website or get yourselves along to their new store that is due to open at the beginning of September, which is perfect timing to start thinking about your little ones Autumn and Winter wardrobes!
With our minds buzzing about what to wear as a ‘wild’ theme for our impending visit to Elderflower Fields at the end of the month I was really happy to be contacted by Tickled Pink Fancy Dress to try out one of their animal onesies.
I sat with number four and looked through the range and he picked out a super cute looking giraffe.
Placing an order was really easy and the delivery was really speedy.
The packaging was ripped open before I got the chance to take a look and there was a bit of a battle about who was going to try it on first!
I ordered the smaller size which was for ages 3-5 which fits my four year old perfectly and even looked good on my two year old. The quality is fantastic and the material is soft and comfy which is all children ask for really.
The baggy fit allows plenty of room to allow you to wear other clothes under rest which is perfect for the festival as you never know what the British weather is going to throw at you!
Tickled Pink offers a huge range of costumes from children to adults for almost any occasion and are well worth checking out.
*we were given this onesie for the purpose of this review and they are all my own honest opinions
Who could resist a trip to a stunning new children’s wear store in the run up to Christmas.
We were lucky enough to be asked by Jacadi to come along to their brand new store in Hampstead and select an outfit from their wonderful collection.
Until now Jacadi was not a name that I was to familiar with but I soon feel in love with their classic French lines that also had that modern edge.
I had the youngest boys with me and number four was more than happy to wander round the store and pick himself an outfit. The boy has great taste and selected a pair of bright red straight leg trousers, a blue and grey rugby style top and some georgous blue suede boots with red stitching.
You could easily create a capsule wardrobe from this store that could be mixed and matched and take you through the whole season.
What I loved was their range went up to the age of twelve as I often find shopping for my nine year old daughter a challenge as I like to keep her in age appropriate clothes which other stores don’t often cater for.
The whole experience of shopping here was a pleasure from being greeted by the friendly staff as you enter to the imaulate gift wrapping at the end of your shop.
I can’t wait for the new collection to hit the shelves and will be keeping an eye out for their online store which will be coming to the UK very soon.
We were given a complementary voucher to spend at this event and they are all my own, honest opinions.
The school summer holidays near an end and so starts the restock before the children all return to school. Crisp new uniform, shiny new shoes, pencil cases full to the brim and the spanking new school bag and lunch box.
Every year I make sure they have everything they want and need, at as you can all imagine a hefty cost.
So this year to the absolute horror of number three I only bought what was really needed, even the school bags and lunch boxes. I was looked at like I had dropped off another planet!! “What Mum we have to have a new bag and lunch box, everyone does”.
The guilt set in and her little face was pulling on my heat strings. I then looked over at her perfectly good satchel and lunch box that had only been bought a few month before the end of school term due to her losing the last one and held firm.
Freeing up some money that would normally have been spent on replacing unnecessary items left us able to enjoy a few more treats over the holidays which I know they will remember a lot more then new uniform.
School has been back in full swing now and there has not been a mention at all about her uniform and I have a few more pennies on my pocket.
With a house full of children aged 1-18 muck, spills and stains are a daily battle. Be it makeup wiped across the carpets, scooter dirt being driven through the house or food covering every available surface.
When I was given the opportunity to work with Vanish I jumped at the chance to take some of their stain removal tips and use their products.
The biggest problem in my home are food and drink spillages from the youngest ones. No matter how hard I try to keep them at the table before my head is turned they are are clambering the stairs leaving a trail of destruction behind them.
I had some really ground in stains in the carpet that needed coming out, and to be honest I didn’t think anything would touch them. After around four applications of Vanish power shot carpet remover the stains had almost completely disappeared.
My other pet gripe is trying to remove stains from clothing. The boys are the real issue here as they are just muck magnets. My oldest seems to bath in mud everytime he plays football and the youngest two end the day covered head to toe in anything they come into contact with!
I have tried most stain removers and never really found one that worked that well for me. I gave Vanish gold powergel pre-treatment stain remover alongside Vanish gold oxi action powder fabric stain remover a go and was really pleased with the results.
The pretreatment came in a really easy to use bottle and simply needed working into the stains and leaving to do its magic for a few minutes before I put on my usual wash with an extra scoop of stain remover added.
Whites are by far my biggest issues and I will be regularly adding both of these products to my wash which will be a much cheaper option than throwing things away which is what I normally end up doing.
The only downside is that is doesn’t work so well on the children!!
I was gifted these products by Vanish and these are all my own honest opinions of the products.
Number three has such a zest for life, she truly never stops! Her week consists of Brownies, athletics, gymnastics, swimming, dance, singing and acting.
She is always scared she is missing out on something, so as I said last week she wanted to get in on my blogging experience.
This week she has turned fashionista and wants to share with you her style tips.
I thought this week I would do a style blog because I love looking at clothes and hairstyles on YouTube.
My little buns first. You put them into bunches next you twirl it round until there into buns then to keep it in place use a hair band you can get them in almost every shop.
Next my little top knot. First put it in a pony tail then twirl it round just like you did with the bunches. The band im wearing is my big brothers. I like messy hairstyles, so if you do pull some pieces of hair out of the band.
Now onto clothes. I got my white cropped top from New Look. They have a nice range for girls. My blue jeggings are really comfy and from Marks and Spencer. My favourite is my black top from Gap. I love the frill on the bottom. I had black skinny jogging bottoms to match. My lovely bright pink converse are from Office.
I hope you enjoyed that little bit of info. See you next week xx