November 2012 | Modern Mummy

Friday, 30 November 2012

The Modern Mummy Christmas Gift Guide



IT'S THE FIRST OF DECEMBER TOMORROW! Eeeeeeeee I can hardly believe it!

I love everything about Christmas; the decorations, the food, the vino (ahem), the spending-quality-time-with-friends-and-family, the crappy Crimbo movies on TV all day every day and most of all the SHOPPING!

I love buying presents for other people. Thinking really hard and finding that perfect gift is really important to me, as is spending my money at small, independent businesses instead of the huge money grabbing chains that are trying to take over the world.

Which is why I've put together this Christmas Gift Guide. It's a collection of ideas for presents and stocking fillers from some of my favourite small, independent online stores. Companies where the quality is out of this world and customer service is faultless - which is what shopping should be all about! 

And the best bit? Because they are all owned and run by such lovely, lovely people, they are offering a special Modern Mummy festive discount just for you!

Poco Nido
Poco Nido, makers of fabulous clothes, shoes and wellies for kids (you can see my review of their Owl Wellies here), was set up by Catherine - a footwear designer with fourteen years' experience and also a proud mum of two. Her aim? To create quality and super cool clothing for kids that won't break the bank.  



Blue & red cat wellies, sizes 4-10, £20.00.
Poco Nido are offering Modern Mummy readers 15% off purchases and free Christmas giftwrap using the code '7SWANS'. Discount code valid up until 24th December 2012.

Little Genius Crafts
Little Genius Crafts is a very small and very new company that came up with a brilliant idea. No mess crafts for kids! Michelle sells fun, creative and educational, no mess craft kits for young children (age 3+). Each beautiful kit has been hand-made and contains everything you need to make a collage - the Christmas collage (pictured) comes with:
  • An A4 strong card background to the collage;
  • Two sheets of double layered card shapes waiting to be peeled off and put on the collage; and
  • A bag of fun and educational facts about Christmas.
The best bit is that the kits are nice and compact and tucked inside a box that has a width and height of only 5mm more than an A4 sheet of paper and it is just 10mm deep - so its easy to take with you when you are on the move and have small people to keep entertained!




Michelle is currently offering £1 off craft kits, which usually retail at £8.99. To buy a kit at this discounted rate simply insert the code 0RQWTESP at the 'shopping cart summary'. If you wish to buy a kit as a gift she will write a personalised message to it's recipient (and save you paying postage twice!).

Slugs & Snails
Slugs & Snails are a small, family run business selling tights for boys! Boys, by nature, are busy, bold and robust and tights allow your child the freedom to bend and move freely and in a way that conventional leg wear just doesn’t allow.
Slugs & Snails tights are more than just tights. Their designs (unlike girl’s tights) don’t stop at the knee, which means that they can be worn with or without trousers. Each pair is made of soft, breathable combed cotton and comes with anti-slip soles to give grip to busy little feet. A pair would make a perfect stocking filler and will keep little legs extra cosy and warm this winter!



High Flyer tights, available in sizes 0-6months to 3-4years, from €12.99
Slugs & Snails are offering Modern Mummy readers free shipping with the code Freeship (which will save you €3.50 on your order!). Valid until Christmas Eve.

Dot & Co
Dot&Co was founded by Annie Coherton, who had worked in the fashion industry for over 9 years and saw a gap in the market for a new brand of organic babywear. Annie wanted to sell fun and colourful clothes instead of the usual array of neutral shades and conventional designs.
Dot&Co garments are practical, functional and fun. For example, the reversible trousers can be worn twice before washing.  In this day in age where we are all tightening our belts, this provides a cost effective solution whilst maintaining the brand’s exciting style. In addition, the integral mitts featured on each babygrow prevent little ones from accidentally scratching their faces, whilst keeping their hands nice and warm.
You all know I'm passionate about organic food and drink - and I am now a big fan of organic clothes. Why? Because organic cotton is a softer, natural material that is more comfortable against babies' skin.  Quality is a given, and without the use of pesticides, you can have every confidence that you are contributing to a greener way of living.  All of Dot & Co's garments are certified by the Soil Association.

Raspberry stripe babygrow, available in sizes 0-3months to 12-18months, £19.00
Dot & Co are offering Modern Mummy readers 20% off all online purchases this weekend only (30th November - 3rd December 2012) using the code MODERNMUMMY.

KyNa Boutique
Another fabulous organic clothes store is KyNa Boutique which stocks fabulous brands such as Ava & Luc, Green Baby and OrganicZOO.
These designers have all been tried and tested so you can rest assured that not only do they look great, they are kind to your child's skin.
Having young children is tough, it's more than a full time job and getting them to try on clothes when you're out shopping is something that all parents dread. KyNa Boutique offers free UK delivery and free returns too - so you can place an order and have your purchases in a day or two and then anything that doesn't fit or doesn't look right on your child you can send back using the prepaid returns label. Brilliant.

Every child needs a pair of pyjamas for Christmas! These Ava & Luc dog print pyjamas are a gorgeous heritage blue - perfect for little boys - and cost £22. 

KyNa Boutique are offering Modern Mummy readers a 10% discount using the code MODERNMUMMY. This offer runs from 30th November to 7th December 2012. 

Scamp Personalised Baby Gifts
Super clever and crafty sisters Stacey and Jennifer set up Scamp at the beginning of 2010 after it proved difficult to find lovely, unusual and affordable items for their children's bedrooms. They sell absolutely beautiful handmade babygrows, blankets and bibs, cushions and nursery wall art ~ all of which make perfect Christmas presents for the small people in your life!



Available for £10.00 are these gorgeous personalised wooden Christmas decorations which are the perfect gift for a very special (or hard to buy for!) someone! Ideal as a keepsake to celebrate baby's first Christmas or a fabulous (and unique) gift for your little one's teacher.
The wooden decorations are laser cut into an angel or reindeer shape and then have a number of different personalised options available to be added on top. Both the angel and reindeer decoration have a very jolly red gingham ribbon tied onto it so it can be hung up straight onto the tree or on the mantlepiece.
Scamp Baby Gifts are offering Modern Mummy readers 15% off all purchases using the code MODERN15. This offer is available until 15 December 2012, which is the last date for placing personalised orders that are guaranteed to be received before Christmas.

Livie&Luca
Livie & Luca was formed in 2005 when friends, all new mums, compared notes and discovered there weren't any shoes on the market with the modern designs, flexible soles and affordable prices they craved. Deciding to create their own shoes, Livie & Luca was born, with the fitting tagline "Adorable shoes for adorable feet."
Their shoes certainly are adorable; made from brightly coloured leathers and in bold designs incorporating eco-friendly practices wherever possible they make the ultimate Christmas party shoe and there is something to suit everybody!

Pio Pio Rose shoes, sizes 3 - 9, £34.99

Livie & Luca are offering Modern Mummy readers 15% off using the code 'MODERNMUMMY'. (Code valid from today until 24 December 2012).  

Morgan & Pink
And now for something completely different!
Us mamas need a special Christmas treat too - and what could be more lovely than some gorgeous jewellery, hand made in the UK using sterling silver, semi precious stones, freshwater pearls and beautiful glass beads. Perfect, and affordable, presents for friends, family, teachers - or even a gift for yourself!


Inspired by Joan Aiken's story 'A Necklace of Raindrops', these earrings were created to look like beautiful droplets of water. The drops are made from clear glass, which catch the light beautifully, and they hang from fine sterling silver chain. The hooks are also sterling silver.
Available here for £20.00 - and all jewellery comes gift wrapped!

Morgan & Pink are offering Modern Mummy readers a 10% discount for the period 1st to 15th December, using the code MMM10. 


So what are you waiting for!? Eight fabulous shops, eight fabulous gift ideas and eight very generous discount codes! Happy shopping xoxox


DISCLAIMER:
This is NOT a sponsored post and I was not given any products in exchange for a review. This post was written for free, to help promote small independent businesses that I love.
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Thursday, 29 November 2012

Christmas with Jokers' Masquerade

The Christmas preparations are well and truly under way in the Modern Mummy household. Although we haven't got our tree up just yet (we're off to Witley Common to chop down our own next week! How exciting!) I have written our Christmas cards, had beautiful hand crocheted stockings made for the girls, been visiting Christmas fairs galore and have got the decorations out of the loft ready to adorn the house!

Daisy has a part in her nursery nativity play and has been skipping round the house singing songs I don't recognise about 'little baby boys' and there 'not being enough room in the house' - which I presume is her practising for the big event and I have downloaded the Rat Pack Christmas album to add to my festive music collection and have been singing along to that as I potter around the house.

I've even made (and eaten) my first batch of mince pies! (Recipe coming soon!)

Today we have felt extra-super-Christmassy though as not only have we hung our first string of twinkly Christmas lights in the kitchen and spent the morning cutting out snowflakes to stick on our windows, our friends at Jokers' Masquerade also sent Daisy a brilliant Christmas Star Fairy outfit, which she has been wearing all day!

They have heaps of kids Christmas fancy dress options - including this adorable snowman outfit and this gingerbread man costume which I think is AMAZING - but the Star Fairy Outfit is Daisy's perfect fancy dress outfit and she adores it.



Made from 100% polyester (a mum's best friend when it comes to fancy dress, due to its durability and the fact it is wipe clean!), this costume includes a shimmering white dress with a gold netted overlay and comes with a pair of fairy wings and a gold headband with an attached star!



Not only is this costume fantastic for festive fancy dress parties and dressing up games at home - it would also be perfect for use in a school nativity play if you're a busy mama and don't have the time to make a costume yourself. It is a bargain at £18.99 and the Jokers' Masquerade delivery options mean that any of their costumes could be with you the very next day if necessary!

Check out the rest of their Christmas outfits for kids here ~ and for grown ups too here!

Jokers' Masquerade are also on Twitter and Facebook..... follow them or become a fan to be the first to hear about their fabulous special offers! xoxox



DISCLAIMER
We were sent a Star Fairy Costume by Jokers' Masquerade for the purpose of this review.
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Win a FABULOUS Lollipop Lane Stroller!


Last Monday Lollipop Lane launched a brand new range of fabulous strollers - you can see my review of the Carnaby here.

Today I am super excited to announce that I have been given one of these brilliant (and gorgeous!) Acti-Cruise strollers, worth £95, to giveaway!

Lightweight and easy to fold and manoeuvre AND stylish, comfortable and suitable from birth to three years; these strollers are perfect for style conscious parents (and kiddiewinks) and come complete with heaps of  brilliant features and in four gorgeous designs. The winner can choose from the Harbour, Mariposa, Domino or Carnaby models and the stroller will be sent direct from Lollipop Lane.

Don't say I never give you anything!!

Now for the boring stuff....

Entry is via the Rafflecopter widget below and there are six ways to take part (which means a grand total of six entries per person!). You can leave a comment below, follow me and Lollipop Lane on Twitter, like us both on Facebook and tweet about the competition too. The competition closes at midnight on 6th December 2012 and the winner will be announced on here, on Facebook and on Twitter on 7th December. This competition is open to UK residents only.

Good luck! xoxox


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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Evie's Birth Story


My little Evie Pie is almost a month old now! She has fitted in with our family so perfectly that it feels as if she's been here forever and we are all so completely and utterly head over heels in love with her

One of my very first blog posts on Modern Mummy was Daisy's birth story (you can read it here) so I thought I would write Evie's while it's still fresh in my mind. It was not dissimilar to my labour with Daisy (both involved inductions and super fast second stages) but this time round it was SERIOUSLY HARD WORK. Menfolk, stop reading now!

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After a very quick labour with Daisy (1hr 39mins from start to finish!) I spent a lot of my pregnancy with Evie worrying about the same thing happening again when I was on my own or just with Daisy. Our move to the country didn't help matters as it meant Himself's work and both of our families would be over forty miles away should I need them - and I had The Fear that I would end up giving birth at home with Daisy as a midwife before anyone could get to me!

Oh how wrong I was!

I was admitted to hospital at 38+6 - firstly because my little monkey hadn't been moving as much as normal, secondly because I was REALLY suffering with my SPD and needed to rest up and also due to the midwives at the DAU thinking I might have excessive amniotic fluid. I was given two options - to have a scan to check my fluid levels and return to the DAU for monitoring every other day until bambino arrived, or to be induced.

I chose the latter because I thought that having a planned labour would stop me panicking about me being on my own and I went home to get my hospital bag and to pack Daisy off to Granny & Grandads expecting to be induced later that afternoon and sent home with a brand new baby the following morning. Hahahahahaha.

I went back to the hospital and got comfy on my bed in the ante-natal ward but because the labour ward was jam packed and there were no rooms available was told I would be given my first prostin pessary the following morning. (They didn't want me going into labour and not having anywhere to go!).

So the following morning I was examined (cervix closed and unfavourable, grrr), monitored for an hour and then given the first prostin. Note my use of the word 'first'. Oh yes. There were many, many more!

Needless to say, the first pessary had no effect whatsoever. Twelve hours later, as I prepared to spend my second night in hospital, I was examined (still no change) and my induction was attempted for a second time.

Those of you that have had babies before will know that 'examinations' aren't particularly pleasant. Neither are sweeps or stretches. (Men if you are still reading this when I specifically told you not to, you are going to have to google those terms to find out more). Those of you that have been induced before will know that the prostin drug/hormone/whatever it is (I've heard something horrible involving the words 'pig' and 'semen' and am too scared to research further) leaves your bits and pieces feeling completely and utterly bruised - as they are effectively attempting to dissolve your cervix.

The following three days (and nights - yes thats right, I was in hospital for FOUR NIGHTS before I went into labour) left me feeling completely and utterly violated. I had no less than FOUR pessaries and all the internals that come with them!

The second pessary left me with period and back pains and had me bouncing on the birthing ball.

The third pessary (on Hallowe'en night) had me full on contracting every four minutes (I was up to 70% on the TOCO machine) - then I took some codeine to take the edge off it, fell asleep and woke up feeling spritely and with no contractions whatsoever.

The FOURTH pessary had me wailing on the ante natal ward, the midwives trying to get me a room on the labour ward (which was fully booked again) and ended up involving a shot of pethidine which was quite possibly the most amazing thing EVER after three nights on a communal ward with women panting and groaning and mooing and snoring and generally keeping me up and with me feeling particularly emotional about not having seen my beloved Daisy Moo for so long. But it knocked me out and again the contractions stopped.

So the plan changed. 

The following morning (early, early - before the other pregnant women of Guildford could go into labour and fill up all the delivery rooms yet again) I would be taken to the delivery ward, have my waters broken and stay there until my little bugger made her grand entrance into the world. I almost didn't believe it would happen.

So at dawns crack the next day, woken by the panting and groaning and mooing of the women on the beds around me, I had a shower, washed my hair and EVERYTHING and returned to my bed to find a midwife waiting to take me to the labour ward!

My cervix was favourable this time and my waters were broken. Ouch! I was told to walk around to get things going so Himself and I went up and down the stairs, grabbed a Costa, came back - and still nothing.

Next up - The Synto Drip. 

And we were off!

The synto is increased gradually and being the hard nut that I am I managed to get up to level 16 of 20 before being declared in full blown labour. The gas and air came out, the TOCO readings were off the scale, I suddenly felt the need to push - and within 1hr 30mins little Evie Eskimo was born! Her official labour time beat her big sister's by 9minutes!

After 4 long days and nights of early labour, an hour of BLOODY PAINFUL contractions and thirty minutes of pushing, my 8lb chunky monkey, Evie Joan Bluebell, was delivered straight onto my tummy and started feeding straight away.

My parents brought Daisy to meet her teeny, tiny baby sister, then Himself took them all home and I spent the night just looking at my gorgeous, chubby new daughter (as you do!) before being discharged the following day. It was hard work but she was sooooo worth the wait!

And now we are all home and settling into life as a family of four!

xoxox


 

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Friday, 23 November 2012

Pink Lining Changing Bags: A Review

Oh Pink Lining! I do love you.

Daisy is the proud owner of one of their 'Little Lady' overnight bags (which we reviewed here) and this week it was my turn to be sent a pressie from the lovely Pink Lining team!

Have yourself a wee looky at my gorgeous new Apple Tree Queensdale Tote changing bag. Isn't it divine?  


When Daisy was small I was kind to Himself and opted for a plain black changing bag that he wouldn't be embarrassed to carry around. But I think he only actually took it out (without me) about twice and I was lumbered with the bloody horrible, boring thing. I'd see all my mama friends out with their gorgeous bags and promised myself that next time I would opt for the prettiest, girliest changing bag I could find.

Pink Lining changing bags are perfect for girlie girls. Famous for their signature Yummy Mummy design, they now have a huge range of shapes and patterns available and I am now the proud owner of a Queensdale Tote in the apple tree design.

The Queensdale Tote is the Ultimate Changing Bag and I absolutely LOVE it.



The first thing you notice is it's size. There's no denying it is huge! This bag is perfect for long days out or for mums of more than one. You can fit heaps in it. It has lots of super handy compartments for different things including two thermo-insulated bottle pockets (which keeps bottles warm for up to three hours), a mobile phone pocket, a zipped compartment for valuables and two large pockets which are perfect for nappies and wipes. There are also two easily accessible pockets on the outside and the main body of the bag has ample room for muslins, changes of clothes, and those mummy essentials like your purse, your sunglasses and a filofax (if you're old-school like me and still carry one around!).

These bags also come with a handy detachable mirror, a key/dummy fob on a long ribbon, a pen loop, a padded Pink Lining cupcake print changing mat and a zip-up wet bag (meant for putting old wet wipes and dirty clothes in but which holds a packet of wipes, a couple of nappies and some nappy sacks perfectly - so you can whip that out and take it to the baby change instead of taking the whole bag if you want to).The straps can be changed to hang/be clipped onto different buggy handles or carried on your shoulder and the bag's exterior is entirely waterproof and wipe clean.

Needless to say, I absolutely adore this bag and would recommend it to anyone who, like me, likes to be prepared and carry a lot of stuff round! The different designs available are feminine and beautiful and there is a colour scheme to compliment every buggy out there!

The Queensdale Tote retails at £79 and is available direct from the Pink Lining website here. Other styles start from £39.

xoxox



DISCLAIMER:
I am a member of BritMums and I follow their guidelines when I review products and services. In this instance I did not receive monetary payment, however I did receive the item under review for free. I am entirely honest in my reviews and will always discuss the good, the bad and the ugly. If you would like me to review a product for you, please feel free to contact me here.

 
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Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Make Your Own Christmas Jumper

Last year I published this post on how to Make Your Own Christmas Wreath. To date it has been my most viewed blog post - with people reading it on an almost daily basis throughout the past year!

With Christmas 2012 only a little over a month away, I thought it was time I wrote another crafty DIY post - and this time I wanted to give you some ideas about how to make your own novelty Christmas jumper!





I do love a Christmas jumper.

I love chunky knits and fair isle patterns and have a fair few in my wardrobe, but last year I was invited to a Christmas jumper party and decided to go all out with a creation of my own.

I bought a cheap baggy jumper (with pockets) from Primark (a bargain at £12!), some battery operated fairy lights from Poundland and a whole heap of crafty stuff from Hobbicraft and got cracking.

I opted for a Christmas tree theme and stitched (badly) a green felt tree (in red felt bucket) onto the front of the jumper. I decorated it with silver and gold glittery pipe cleaners as tinsel and a gold star parcel label on the top of the tree (I glued all these on - using UHU) and also cut out snowflakes from white felt and made pom poms out of wool for a 'snowy' backdrop. Other ideas I had was to sew tiny baubles onto the tree (for sale in Paperchase) or to use one of the Innnocent smoothie woollie hats (there was an angel one in circulation last year) as a Christmas fairy. The piece de resistance was the fairy lights which I poked through the chunky knit from the inside on each point of the Christmas tree. The battery pack then went into the pocket. 

I literally CANNOT WAIT to crack this bad boy out at Christmas and am contemplating making some for the rest of the family this year. I think you lot should give making one a go too! Snowmen, reindeer, Christmas puddings, robins.... these are but a few of the designs you could come up with!

If you do get all festive and creative and make one PLEASE email/tweet me a picture!  I would love to see them! xoxox



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Monday, 19 November 2012

The Secret is Out!


 
I know a secret, I KNOW A SECRET!

I've wanted to tell you all for SO LONG, and it has been SO HARD keeping my big gossipy mouth shut, but I have been sworn to complete and utter secrecy.... until now!

I'm so excited to FINALLY be able to announce that Lollipop Lane, the UK's largest independent nursery brand (and one of my own favourites!), have today launched a brand spanking new range of strollers - and we were lucky enough to be chosen to review one of them.



The Acti-Cruise Stroller comes in four uber stylish designs; Harbour, Mariposa, Domino and Carnaby - the latter being the stroller Evie and I are now the proud owners of! 

The Acti-Cruise Stroller is suitable from birth to 36months (or 15kg) and is a really high tech design with heaps of brilliant features ~ including a five-point harness for extra safety, a huuuuuge shopping basket (and an extra zipped compartment in the canopy which is perfect for easily accessible keys and phone) and - the BEST BIT in my opinion - a removable cup holder, perfect for cappuccinos on the go on days when you feel like a sleep deprived zombie!


The stroller is super lightweight (only 6.9kg) and folds away easily - I have even mastered the art of doing it one handed which I have never been able to do with other strollers. It reclines to an almost fully horizontal position and has a padded seat liner, two qualities that are great when the stroller is being used for a baby, and the window in the canopy means you can see your little passenger all the time without having to stop walking to peer around the front of the buggy. 




These strollers have an aluminium chassis which makes them extra hardy and durable so, as well as being great for newborns, they will last forever and see you through until your small person is ready to walk by him or herself. The aluminium is super lightweight which means the buggy is really easy to steer, even one-handed, which is brilliant when you have another little hand to hold, and it is extra sturdy - it doesn't tip up even when the handles are laden with shopping bags (I had one on each handle, and my changing bag across both and it still remained upright after I took Evie out).

Other fabulous features include:
  • A removable arm rest
  • An adjustable foot rest
  • Rear wheels with suspension and link brake, front wheels with swivel and directional suspension and non-puncture, foam filled wheels
  • Foldable canopy with front shade visor  
  • A reversible (and machine washable) padded seat liner (bold print one side, plain colour the other) 

And the price tag? An incredibly reasonable £95.00! How good is that!

We seriously love our stroller and are so glad to have been part of the launch. If you are looking for one at the moment, definitely take a look at the gorgeous Lollipop Lane range. They are available direct from the Lollipop Lane website here.  

If you place an order for a stroller before 31st January 2013 you can claim a free Treacle and Bubble luxury fleece blanket worth £14.99 - just add the item to your basket and use the code LBPlolly at checkout. Happy shopping! xoxox
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Friday, 16 November 2012

Poco Nido: A Review

I have recently discovered a new brand of children's clothing and footwear. A BRILLIANT new brand. I love it when that happens and I get to introduce them to other people!

Poco Nido.

Poco Nido was set up by Catherine - a footwear designer with fourteen years' experience and also a proud mum of two - with the aim of creating quality and super cool clothing for kids that won't break the bank. Their products are also produced in limited runs, an idea that I LOVE, as it means there is always something new - and exclusive! - available. 

You can look at their website here.... and make sure you do because I quite honestly think it is the most beautiful, simple, colourful and easy to navigate website out there at the moment. 




Daisy was sent a pair of purple owl wellies to review last week (and Evie was sent a pair of pink woodland mini shoes!) Both are seriously GORGEOUS. They arrived beautifully packaged - the wellies in a mini canvas bag and the shoes wrapped in tissue paper and presented in a gift box - and both designs are just fab; the unisex wellies went down a treat with Daisy (she LOVES owls) and both Himself and I coo-ed over the adorable teeny tiny pink shoes made from cotton and suede in a pattern of woodland plants and animals and little red riding hoods!

Daisy has insisted on wearing her wellies EVERY DAY this week. Even in the house. They are perfect for keeping little feet cosy and dry. They are ankle length, made from 100% natural rubber, easy to get on and off (without any help from mama!) and the designs are fun and colourful. We have had many a trip out in them, stomping in the autumn leaves and splashing in muddy puddles!



The wellies are priced at £20.00 and the mini shoes £16.00 and both are available from the Poco Nido website here. They are most definitely winter wardrobe essentials and would make fabulous Christmas gifts for the small people in your lives!

Poco Nido are also on Twitter here and Facebook here. xoxox
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Monday, 12 November 2012

A Recipe: Chocolate Banana Cake

Last week I had a dirty, unadulterated craving for serious amounts of chocolate. I wanted to shovel an entire tin of celebrations down my throat. I'm talking death by chocolate. A penguin biscuit or eating nutella out of the jar with a spoon just wasn't going to cut it.

Randomly, I also had a bunch of bananas that needed eating. (I hate waste and can't bear to throw food away). Brown bananas usually get turned into banana bread in this house but I needed a sweet treat that would leave me groaning and holding my stomach and unable to move for hours after eating it. 

So I {super creatively} put the two together and decided to create a Chocolate Banana Cake.

I used my Chocolate Fudge Cake recipe as a base - but added three mashed up bananas to the cake mix and used 400g of chocolate (no Cadbury's fudge bars) in the butter cream icing.

It was either going to be a raving success or a complete disaster. Waiting for the results was a very tense time indeed, although we did thoroughly enjoy licking the bowl and spoon....


After 45 minutes in the oven (gas mark 4) the wait was over. Out came the sponges and, after cooling for 20 minutes, they were smothered in icing and two big fat slices were cut.

I am delighted to report that it was bloody delicious. Hurrah! - I love coming up with, or adapting, recipes to use up food that may end up going to waste.

The banana made the cake super moist - it lasted perfectly until today, when the last crumbs were eaten - and they also made it super virtuous.... there must have been at LEAST half of one of your five a day in each slice! Sounds like a good excuse to eat more than one if you ask me xoxox
 


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Thursday, 8 November 2012

Look What We Made!

She's here!!

Introducing Little Miss Evie, already nicknamed Evie Eskimo, who arrived on Saturday at 4.42pm, weighing a lovely chubby 8lbs! She is absolutely scrumptious and we all adore her ♥ 

Daisy has been the BEST big sister EVER; she is so excited to have a little baby sister to look after - and she was born the day before her third birthday too! What a present!

Here are a few photos of our littlest lady and our big little lady!

I am completely and utterly head over heels in love!






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