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
By Donna Tweedale
Everything Starts with a Doodle!
It's this time of year we turn our attention to travelling with the kids. Your eyes widen at the prospect of delays, queues, valiant efforts to enjoy a leisurely meal out together with the kids in tow.
As my Instagram handle implies (crayons_miumiu), taking residence in my bag is a small pot of crayons and a notebook. Always. iPads are great but sometimes they can wind my 2 up when the reasoning behind them having it was to calm them down. Helpful.
Taking crayon to paper allows them to relax, breathe, take time out. Often a conversation starter between us, them. If feels good in a world where we seek instant stimulation, taking it 'old school' where an iPad alternative of colouring is a welcomed screen free distraction and an opportunity to allow them to explore their creativity.
This is something championed by Doodlemoo. The creative force that is Emily and Chris combine their Graphic Designer and Fine Art Illustrator skills to produce vivid playful prints and stationery. It all begins with a doodle that evolves into the final design. Through their website you can print free downloads, some seasonal fun and some classic colouring in and activity sheets. Perfect. Print, Fold Up, Pop in your bag for when you'll need to buy yourself some time. Mama win.
Doodlemoo's high quality prints make a great addition to your childs space. Their signature bold lines and rich colours would fit in any room.
Imagine this, a fairy Godmother who knows your child inside out and delivers a perfectly packaged parcel to your door full of beautiful clothing and accessories that fit your childs size and style completely.
Wouldn't it be wonderful?
Well, that's what Shortstitch is. The fairy Godmother of shopping. This fantastic service delivers a selection of clothes and accessories to take the strain out of shopping with your child. A beautiful box arrives at your home at your convenience and inside is an array of the most stunning pieces to delight your child.
You just choose the items you want to purchase and then send the rest back to Shortstitch at no cost to you. You just pay for the items you keep! Seem too good to be true? It's not - it really is that brilliant and that simple.
Let me talk you through our experience...
Firstly we created a Style Profile for Pippa. This is a short questionnaire to tell Shortstitch all about Pippas style, size and needs. This gives them an overview of the kind of thing Pippa loves and if there's anything she particularly needs for an upcoming event/holiday etc.
The stylists then get to work and create a box full of outfits based on the profile given. Shortstitch work with a fantastic range of European brands including Soft Gallery, Beanie and Bear, ABC123me, April Showers by Polder and Zoobug plus many more. A few days later, an exciting box arrived and we couldn't believe the gorgeous selection of pieces inside.
The stylists had done a perfect job at selecting items that were exactly what Pippa and I would have chosen ourselves. There were gorgeous floral prints, cute sandals, pretty accessories and comfy leggings. Pippa is a little bit of a tomboy, but still loves pretty things, and Shortstitch got the balance just right.
We had up to 10 days to try everything on and make our selection. It really was like having a boutique delivered to your home. Pippa felt like royalty!
Delivery and return is complimentary. You can use a local drop off or request a pick up and you pay only for the items you keep. So easy, we'll definitely be using them again.
For more details on Shortstitch and to try out their service, visit their website here