Our kids were so lucky to have been given a Baby Annabell Learns to Swim doll after their swimming lesson with Rebecca Adlington a couple of weeks ago – all four of them felt like Christmas had come early and they couldn’t be more in love with their new babies. So we thought we would do a little review of the dolls in addition to our post about the swimming.
My Little Button has hit an age where she loves role-play, especially playing ‘shops’. More specifically, playing the ‘Five Pound Shop’, where she charges £5 for everything from a coffee to a kangaroo. Watching her play the shop keeper is fascinating as she’s really using her imagination. I think I’ve said this at every stage, but this is my favourite stage so far (minus the tantrums). To encourage this, I made a cash till for her shop, so she can keep a note of all her £5 sales.
Belle & Boo has been a favourite brand of ours ever since our Little Buttons were tiny. They produce gorgeous prints, books and, as we discovered recently, sewing guides and fabric. They also publish children’s picture books, which Harper adores: since reading their Yummy Scrummy Day book, she insists on only answering to the name of Boo and hopping up and down asking for carrot cake (Boo is a hungry rabbit).
Last weekend we were lucky enough to be invited to the beautiful Larmer Tree Festival in Dorset. I’ve been to quite a few festivals, but none with children. I have never dared. And it was definitely a different experience. I did have moments where I envied the child-free, boozing, snoozing people, but actually I enjoyed this one more than any festival I’ve been to before. Larmer Tree is so chilled out, so friendly and so varied. You can just sit in one spot and entertainment will come and find you.
Ok, I have to declare a little bias when it comes to these books. The Super+Super printmaking and embroidery books are from Brighton-based duo Amy and Claire. These lovely ladies were two of the first people I met when I moved to Brighton and have been a source of craft inspiration ever since. That aside, their books are the perfect stocking fillers for any newbie or experienced crafters out there.
This week Amelie was sent one of these strange-but-cute little creatures from our friends over at Mattel. He’s called an AmiGami – a little pet that comes complete with strips of paper, stickers and other little embellishments that you can adorn your pet with.
At 2 and a half, Amelie is a little younger than the intended age range for this toy, but actually she loved him. She found the little paper bits a bit tricky to attach (cue over-involved mother wanting to take over and do it all by myself) but like every other toddler on the planet, she loved the stickers and wanted to pile them all over the mini beast.
We were lucky to be sent this lovely range of children’s books. Button Books are design-led children’s tales which combine beautiful illustrations, bright colours and pop-out origami creatures.
The Safari Set, The Jungle Crew and The Polar Pack by Madeleine Rogers teach children all about the animals that live in these habitats. The stylised page are filled with bold, colourful geometric designs and their surroundings.
We came across these beautiful t-shirts by Magnificent Stanley through our lovely friend Natasha’s blog, The Milk Stand. Her son Max has an impressive collection of these bespoke t-shirts and always looks so cute!
Becky, who runs Magnificent Stanley, kindly sent us an H and an A t-shirt for our Little Buttons to put through their paces.
It seems that I am having to dig out my maternity wear a lot sooner this time around as my bump is rapidly expanding. As I didn’t have any summer maternity wear last time around New Look were kind enough to send me some pieces from their current range.
I chose a tea dress, as I wear a lot of them normally, and a pregnancy staple – a pair of over-the-bump jeans. I also chose something I wouldn’t normally wear – a kimono – as it seems everyone but me is wearing one right now!
Two of our favourite things are baking and buttons (particularly our little buttons) so when we were sent these delightful cookie stamps from Emma Jane’s Bakery we were thrilled. Emma Jane’s Bakery is an online store specialising in cookie stamps and design-led cakes. All products are designed and hand finished by Emma Jane herself.
What ho! Last night we left the Little Buttons tucked up in their cots, with Dads on babysitting duties, and headed to the Theatre Royal, Brighton, for the opening night of Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense. The play is an adaptation of P G Wodehouse’s book The Code of the Woosters. Being a fan of the books and the ITV adaptation starring Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry it was exciting to see how it could be brought to life in Brighton.