Bargain hunter #aldilove

Oh I do love a bargain and gain a great sense of achievement when I find a working discount code! I do have very expensive taste and ever since I was little would always much rather save up for one special item, than have ten of something else. Having said that when the thing you’ve got your eye on is just out of your price range, who wouldn’t want to hunt for a similar look at a fraction of the price? 
Aldi special buys:

I have got so much love for Aldi! Not just for it’s yummy antipasti and stone baked pizzas but also for its one off special buys. Jo Malone is an absolute favourite of mine and I’m very lucky to have built up quite a collection, but my candles are so special I find myself not wanting to actually burn them! They sit there looking pretty (right next to the lovely fluffy display towels that are not to be used haha!) BUT worry no more as all of my favourite Jo Malone fragrances have been copied by Aldi and made into candles and diffusers for just £3.99! So I can now fill my home with lime basil and mandarin and not break the bank! 

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Our house is now full of these bargain candles!
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Aldi’s lime basil and mandarin diffuser working its magic next to my giant (untouchable) Jo Malone candle!

This week I have found the perfect toy bag for Beau’s monochrome themed playroom. These road map bags are soooo similar to those by Playandgo, which are featured on all of my favourite Scandi style websites but the Aldi bag is less than half the price at £12.99. They come in three different designs too so get them before they disappear!

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This play and go bag is £28 vs Aldi @£12.99
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The Aldi version fits perfectly in Beau’s monochrome playroom!

They also have so many beautiful wooden play kitchen bits in store at the moment giving Great Little Trading Company a bit of competition!

Aldi is definitely a place to go with an open shopping mind as you never know what treasures you will stumble upon. Last year I found this great lamp which is not dissimilar to those in Oliver Bonas (I actually prefer the Aldi version with the marble base.) 

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Aldi vs Oliver Bonas

One last find:

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Beau and his retro ride.
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On the subject of shopping for bargain versions. This retro car would make a great Christmas present. Beau loves scooting around the kitchen on it or pretending to fix the wheels with his little tool box! Halfords sell this for £50 at the moment, which is half the price of others I have seen and apart from the number, it is almost identical.

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The Halfords version of the racing car is available now for half the price!

Style bargains…..two of my favourite words! 

Happy shopping!

Xx

Love it!

I hold my hands up, I’m a baby shopaholic! (Buying stuff for them not actually buying babies haha.) This week we took a trip to the big smoke to visit a few of my favourite places. 

Molly-Meg Islington, children's shop
http://www.mollymeg.com the most beautiful little children’s shop!

I have followed a number of independent stores on instagram since I was pregnant and always wanted to visit http://www.mollymeg.com It didn’t disappoint, it’s filled to the brim with beautiful things. I mean floor to ceiling children’s treasures. If you are in Islington you should definitely check them out or give them a follow http://instagram.com/molly_meg_ 
Santa will be filling Beau’s stocking from here I’m sure!

Fortnum & Mason children's department, baby shopping
Fortnum & Mason children’s department, love it!

My favourite children’s departments have got to be at Liberty and Fortnum & Mason. They host some great names in children’s fashion, toys and interiors and you can be sure to find a little piece of luxury or something you’ve not seen anywhere before. They are both also set out beautifully. Beau had a great time running around F&M filling his Olli Ella luggy shopping basket and flirting with the shop assistants! He also loved the ice cream parlour there too!

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Beau enjoying the Fortnum & Mason Ice Cream Parlour

I love to get him the odd special piece and I definitely spend more on his things than my own but do mix it up with lots of pieces from Zara and H&M. I also take note of the brands I love and look out for them on eBay to see if I can grab a bargain! 

Toddlers first shoes, more expensive than mummy's, ricosta boots
When your toddlers shoes are more expensive than your own!

So what do I love more than buying the clothes and accessories? Organising them, folding them and taking pictures of them. Haha little things give me great pleasure! When I was pregnant I would spend most evenings sitting in his nursery just staring at everything and I haven’t really changed. As he grows out of each age group of clothes, I box them away and rearrange the new bits as if I’m playing shops and I LOVE IT! 

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And his Autumn / Winter wardrobe is better than Mummy’s! Featured: Zara, H&M, Birdies and Bearcubs
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Because every autumn wardrobe needs fox socks! Featured: H&M, Bonnie Mob and of course Miffy!
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Throw back to when I was waiting for my little Beau to arrive, playing shops with his tiny baby clothes, sooo excited to meet him!

Sunday Funday

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Helping himself to a souvenir from the zoo! My little monkey!

Sunday funday!

So Sunday is our family day. It is often the only day my husband gets to spend with Beau as he’s working in the week and I am a cricket/rugby/golf widow on Saturdays! 

Some weeks we love to just do nothing and use it as an opportunity to play with Beau or have him demonstrate his new tricks to Daddy, (he seems to be changing and learning so much at the moment that each week he has a new talent to perform!) But we also love the odd treat day! With his most popular party trick currently being an array of animal sound impersonations, this week we opted for Woburn Safari Park. We also took my four year old nephew, Frankie and a picnic and set off nice and early. 

Woburn Road Safari lion enclosure, day out, Sunday funday
Look out lions! Woburn Road Safari

If you go I definitely recommend arriving about 20 minutes before they open so you are one of the first in the queue for the Road Safari. For us, it meant that every possible animal was out and ready for breakfast rather than hiding or lazing around. So the boys both loved it, Frankie checking off each stage on the map and Beau being restrained from opening and closing the windows whilst driving through the lion enclosure! We didn’t get a monkey on our car but enjoyed watching some sunbathing on the bonnet of another. 

Sea lions at Woburn Safari Park
Sea lions!

My nephew was like the dream child, Beau on the other hand was more mischievous than any of the monkeys and the temper tantrums were back in force today after a calm couple of weeks! Do anyone else’s toddlers have a spate of really naughty days and then seem to remember how to be lovely again?! Today was a naughty day! 

Lemur selfie, zoo fun, group shot, Woburn Safari Park
Our only group shot, my tired face and Beau mid tantrum. At least the husband, nephew and Lemur knew how to selfie!

The foot safari is ok but for us it was all about seeing the animals do their own thing in the big open spaces as we drove past. However if you do go in then definitely do the elephant talk as they bring the elephants right up to the fence at the end for people to stroke. 

Elephant up close, Woburn Safari Park, zoo fun
Elephants up close!

Oh and I forgot to say, I mentioned in my first post that I love a bargain and the thrill of the hunt so here’s my tip! Use your Tesco Clubcard vouchers for your tickets. Just £7.50 worth of vouchers gives you an adult ticket (worth £22.99) 

Cousins day out, zoo fun, sea lions
Cousins day out!

So that’s Woburn ticked off the list and we now have a very tired little man fast asleep in bed, but for how long….