New finds – a few of my favourite things….

Do you ever wish you could just relive a whole month again and again? Well that was December for me! Not only did we have our magical trip to Lapland UK (see previous post) and Christmas which was made even more exciting by watching our Beau open his presents, but we also squeezed in an amazing honeymoon to Dubai!

So back to reality now but thought I would share some of my new favourite things, some from Santa, some from the sales and some from experience!

For the babe….

So of course Beau ended up with far too many things for Christmas even though I was convinced I hadn’t bought that much! I will share some of the fun things next time but here are a few of the new additions to his nursery and wardrobe!

Whale: by BigStuffed but also available from some of my favourite shops such as Liberty, Molly -Meg and Smallable

Whale: by BigStuffed but also available from some of my favourite shops such as Liberty, Molly -Meg and Smallable

Camera trousers: Lottie and LyshCamera trousers: Lottie and Lysh

Camera trousers: Lottie and Lysh

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Tiger stripe jumper: Stella Mccartney Kids from the Liberty sale.

Squirrel jumper and checked shirt by Gocco

Dinosaur shirt: by Hatley, bought from my friends lovely little shop Bells & Whistles

Cool kids socks, Mayoral, Melijoe

Socks: Mayoral from Melijoe

Jax and hedley, sale shopping, baby bargains, toddler fashion, kids clothes, monochrome babyJax and Hedley have an amazing sale at the moment full of monochrome loveliness!

For the home….

Monkey wine bottle holder, Graham and Green, Home accessories, quirky interiors

Say hello to our new friend, Mr Monkey! Fulfilling a purpose for my husband and adding a bit of quirky interest to the kitchen counter for me! I don’t know how many times he throws the sentence “style over substance” at me but with this wine bottle holder from Graham and Green, he has nothing to moan about!

Alternative sugar bowl, quirky kitchen accessories, bits and bobs, succulent love, urban garden, house of disasterWhen you add “unusual sugar bowl” to your Christmas list, there’s no telling what Santa (or your sister in law) may find but we were pretty chuffed by this little cutie! My love of succulents makes it even more perfect! Urban garden range by House of Disaster

TK Maxx, interesting shelf, Shelfie, geometric shelf, interior accessories Excuse the unpainted walls but I was so pleased with this geometric find from TK Maxx that I bought it in two different colours. Their website is definitely worth a browse for home bits if you can’t make it into the store as it is often a case of when it’s gone it’s gone in there!

For myself…

Abigail Ahern, design masterclass, interior design

So I had the best surprise Christmas gift from my mum, to spend the day with one of my favourite interior gurus Abigail Ahern at a design masterclass in February. I cannot wait and will definitely be telling you all about it next month. In the meantime check out her website and swoon over her super cool instagram page full of amazing faux plants, daring colour pallets and eclectic accessories like my pelican friend lamp.

Abigail Ahern, pelican lamp, interesting lighting, quirky lamp, eclectic interiors


So I don’t often buy myself new clothes anymore, when I do, I tend to wear that item every other day for weeks as if I have nothing else and until I get sick of it! Thought I’d spend my Topshop vouchers and treat myself to a pair of dungarees! They are sooo comfy I can’t believe I’ve waited so long to get a pair. However I do keep questioning if I’m too old for them… any other 30 something women rocking the dungarees?!

For an extra special family holiday….

Atlantis the Palm, Dubai, holiday with toddler, Dubai review, Atlantis review, Dubai for children, luxury family holiday, AtlantisI cannot recommend Dubai enough for a family holiday, especially in mid December. It was quiet, a perfect temperature for Beau (24-28 degrees,) full of things to do for all ages and interests, clean and felt safe. The Atlantis hotel was perfect for us. Lounging by the pool or on the beach and looking out across the city skyline. Walking past sharks and rays on the way to breakfast each morning, amazing restaurants and yummy cocktails from various bars (with happy hours!) There was also free entry to the water park and aquarium. I have not been anywhere else where you can have the best of both types of holiday (beach and city break) all at once. You can even get your snow fix at the mall! Oh and the shopping is great too! We will definitely be saving the pennies to go back!

Atlantis the Palm, Dubai, holiday with toddler, Dubai review, Atlantis review, Dubai for children, luxury family holiday, AtlantisSo that was our rather eventful and expensive December. It is safe to say that January has been relatively dull!

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!


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 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 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 
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!

Fortnum & Mason ice cream parlour, treats
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! 

Autumn Winter wardrobe ready, H&M, Zara, Next, Birdies & bear cubs, baby fashion
And his Autumn / Winter wardrobe is better than Mummy’s! Featured: Zara, H&M, Birdies and Bearcubs
Autumn Winter wardrobe ready, H&M, Bonnie mob, Miffy lamp, baby fashion
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….