There is something special about looking back on milestones and seeing when your baby took her first steps or when he cut his first tooth. My children are 13 and 10 and apart from a few videos of them first crawling and taking their first bite of solid foods, I don't have anything that documents all their firsts. And my second child... well, there's hardly any photos, let alone sleeping schedules!
I so wish Tiddlers and Nippers were around when my children were babies. This fantastic range of journals record your baby’s daily activities and milestones...Read More
We spent a magical sunny Sunday last weekend on the canals in London on one of the new self-drive boats from GoBoat London. Building on the tremendous success of GoBoat in Scandinavia, the mission of GoBoat London is to make the canal waters accessible to all those who live in and visit London.Read More
Three. Three necklaces of mine fell victim to chubby toddler fingers and their perpetual grip during feeds, You would have thought I'd have learnt my lesson. And then there was the time the much relied upon Sophie La Giraffe went AWOL. But. That round your neck doesn't quite make the right statement.
Lara & Ollie have since launched to save your jewellery from the same fate. Hurrah!Read More
Scamp design products with stylish parents in mind. Their product ranges include lots of vibrant, colourful and funky babywear, bold and simple graphics on bedroom accessories and personalised products all thoughtfully designed by Scamp sisters Stacey and Jennifer and made in the UK.Read More
Petite Pearl Lowe has teamed up with Molly Gunn's Selfish Mother and The FMLY Store to create a set of gorgeous Limited Edition sequin capes in support of Tommy's Charity.
This set of beautiful capes come in a range of colours and is handmade in Somerset by a team of seamstresses. The cape is aimed at superhero boys and girls from age 2-12 years.Read More
Seeing these little yellow people reimagined as classic art portraits is giving me all the feels. I just love the way artist Stefano Bolcato has used his iconic style and taken it a step further. From Frida Kahlo to Andy Warhol and Sandro Botticelli to Leonardo da Vinci - these little block people sit perfectly in an oil painting!Read More
Isn't the world of social media great? I have met so many like minded inspirational women since Little Flea started, many of whom have been through Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.
One of these women is the beautiful and extremely talented mega babe, Jo Love. She has worked tirelessly to launch her new venture Lobella Loves and it goes live TODAY!Read More
Now that I'm an adult, learning is something I crave. I enjoy. The discovery channel would be on 24/7 if I had my way! History intrigues me and the world around me is fascinating. And don't even get me started on the universe. Woah!
But back at school, learning was a chore. Something we had to endure to get through school and out the other side with some qualifications.
As my daughter said recently "Nobody really wants to go to school do they? Nobody loves it mum!"
But can't learning be fun? Yes many teachers work their butts off to make their lessons fascinating in the hope the kids are inspired, but with 30 kids in a class and all at different levels, it can be difficult to achieve this.
At Lucky Gecko their mission is to inspire children to think differently about their education and take back control of how they learn.
Learning should be an adventure which will last a lifetime. It is what makes the world exciting. The more we know, the more we want to know. The more we search, the more mysteries we find.
Lucky Gecko Discovery Boxes are designed to get children connecting the dots between what they learn at school and the world around them. Knowledge doesn’t (and shouldn’t) break down into simple, separate chunks. Geography is History, History is Literature, Music is Maths and Sport is Science. Everything connects, and finding those connections is both inspiring and empowering.
Lucky Gecko Discovery Boxes teach children about the world, about themselves and about others. But they also give them the confidence to be curious, to dream and to think for themselves.
Here's how it works:
CHOOSE your box and subscribe. They're all fab, so this may be tricky.
RECEIVE a new box every month. Set your alarm, write a note on the calendar, tie some cotton around your finger (yes that's a thing...). Your box will be with you before you know it!
DISCOVER a whole new way of learning. Stand well back and watch as the spark of inspiration is lit.
Boxes include Wisdom, Imagination and Curiosity and if you're not sure which box to choose? No problem! You can swap boxes as often as you like, cancel your subscription at any time and, if you don’t like your first box, Lucky Gecko even offer you a full refund.
So why would you want a Lucky Gecko box?
People subscribe to Lucky Gecko Discoveries for many different reasons. Sometimes it’s to encourage a child that hasn’t yet found their passion. Or one that can clearly achieve spectacular things but just isn’t inspired by traditional school-based learning.
Some subscriptions are bought for children who find a particular area of learning really hard, and need to hear that despite that (or because of it!), they are still amazing.
Lucky Gecko believes that their Discovery Boxes would benefit every child at the upper end of KS2, and that every child would benefit in a totally unique way. Whether they need support, inspiration or a new approach to learning, they have a box that will help.
Perfect for children aged 9 to 12, all of the boxes are delivered monthly, and cost £36 per month. For more details and to order visit www.luckygecko.com
By Donna Tweedale
The nightwear you were wearing as a child associated with memories from Christmases, Birthdays and lazy Sunday starts. How much more special would those memories be in sleepwear created by the hands of Atticus and Gilda?
The 100% cotton sleepwear range has a real sense of history, the classic sleepwear silhouettes and nostalgic detailing is just beautiful. At the hands of creators Conchita and Lucy the sense of occasion goes deeper into the collection.
The name Atticus came about while Conchita was reading her favourite novel “To Kill A Mocking Bird”. Gilda came from Lucy's love of the silver screen and the elegance and beauty of stars such as Rita Hayworth, who starred in the iconic film Gilda. So Atticus and Gilda was born!
With their experience in Musical Theatre Productions, the attention to detail is second to none. When you consider their previous works and the actors they've dressed for huge productions with incredible reputations, you can appreciate the level of workmanship that goes into each collection.
Taking inspiration from their travels and careers bespoke pieces are finished with trimmings and fabrics they've collected over time through their experiences. So your little ones can own a piece of real history, British culture with a beautiful sense of drama. How amazing is that?
With plans for new sleepwear accessories range, including cushions, and sleepover bags in the pipeline, We cant wait!
To see more of the collection, head over to www.atticusandgilda.co.uk
Written by Donna Tweedale.
Donna is a mother of two, writer and stylist who runs her own blog Crayons in my Miumiu.