March 2014 | Modern Mummy

Monday, 31 March 2014

Modern Mummy Loves ♥ The New Edition

Here's something new. Well new-ish. I've decided to resurrect an old feature I used to write. It was a bit like a diary entry; a completely personal post where I would talk about everything that had been making me smile. A positive space where I could document what the girls and I had been up to and where I could share my thoughts and feelings and discoveries. 

I'm not sure why it ever fizzled out. I think wedding things got in the way. Life got in the way. Which is ironic really as it was all the things that were keeping us busy that I wanted to write about! 

So here goes; the new edition of Modern Mummy Loves. I hope it won't bore you too much ;)


Family 

The past couple of weeks have been super hectic but brilliant fun. We've had heaps of press events, including afternoon tea with Moonpig, a shopping evening with Clarks, a BBQ (and some lunchtime vino!) with Morrisons plus the most amazing trip to Disneyland Paris which I've yet to blog about. We've also been baking Lazy Cookie Bites and making food art with items from the new, limited edition Spring range from Costa.

Bloggy things aside, we've been doing lots as a family this week which I have loved. 



Silly little things have made me smile - like Evie's first pigtails! 



Of course we all celebrated Mother's Day on Sunday - and Daisy made me the most beautiful butterfly brooch. She brought it home from nursery on Thursday and was desperate to tell me what it was but managed to keep it to herself until she handed it over to me on Sunday morning. Then she blurted out what it was and exactly how she made it while I was still unwrapping it which was both hilarious and utterly gorgeous at the same time. I'm one lucky mama for sure.



Today the girls and I had an impromptu trip to Portsmouth to have some lunch and to do a spot of shopping. We ate enough sushi to feed about ten grown men.... millions of maki rolls, salmon and tuna nigiri, beef tskune, pumpkin korroke and a whole heap of edamame beans. I love that my two little bears enjoy sushi as much as I do.


Daisy had pocket money to spend, and bought herself some pretend glasses (so she can look like me apparently - told you she's cute!) I think she looks adorable.

Food 

I've been reading up about Paleo over the past couple of weeks. I've not blogged about it before but earlier this year I was diagnosed with gallstones. It came as quite a shock as I thought I had the healthiest diet out of everyone I know! Turns out hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause them and, in my case, they are aggravated whenever I eat fatty or sugary foods. I've been forced to give up most meats, all dairy and cake (sob!) until my surgery and the Paleo diet has been recommended to me by a few fellow sufferers. I'm tempted but think I'd miss rice and breakfast cereals too much! I'm definitely going to give some of the recipes I've seen on Pinterest a go though. Yum.

Fashion 

Fashion wise I'm lusting after this Brighten Up dress from Cath Kidston, these Leopard shimmer smoking slippers from Ruby+Ed and and I NEEEEEEED this red brogue satchel from the Cambridge Satchel Company. Possibly not altogether.

Soundtrack 

There are two songs that I've been playing on repeat over the past few days.

This one: (yes I'm slightly obsessed with Gossip Girl and yes I realise I'm about ten years late)




And this one is my current happy song - I just love it! 


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The #CostaFoodFun Challenge

Costa Coffee have recently launched their limited-edition Spring menu and to celebrate I was invited to take part in their #CostaFoodFun Challenge. 

The girls and I LOVE Costa. The coffee is strong, they have a huge selection of delicious treats on offer and they are incredibly child friendly so we regularly visit their Haslemere shop for caffeine and sugar hits after a particularly sleep deprived night!

The new menu is amazing and includes things like Belgian Chocolate Jaffas (light vanilla sponge, with a zesty oozing orange curd, topped with a Belgian milk chocolate ganache and enrobed in Belgian dark chocolate), Marshmallow Crispie Bites (crispy rice pieces mixed with syrup, honey and melted marshmallow and covered in a thick layer of Belgian milk chocolate), Hot Cross Buns (a sweet dough packed with raisins, sultanas, citrus peel and Easter spices, all in a unique shape similar to a muffin) and Farmyard Gingerbread Biscuits (farmyard characters made from Costa's secret gingerbread recipe and hand iced).


We were sent a huge hamper of Spring menu goodies and our challenge was to get creative with them, turning them into works of 'art'! 

I decided to give Daisy free reign with our challenge. I asked her what makes her think of Easter and she said 'The Easter Bunny' so she decided to centre her design around bunnies.


I was actually very impressed with her idea - she put the bodies together herself and told me she needed to make ears before proceeding to cut them out herself and then colour them in. She asked me what we could use for eyes and we decided to use drawing pins. 

We might not win a prize for being the most creative entry, but we had heaps of fun and I defo think Daisy was amazing to come up with the idea all by herself - she's only four after all!

This is our finished creation; what do you think?


Then, of course, the fun REALLY started as we got to eat everything!

My favourites were the huuuuuuuge jaffa cakes, Daisy loved the giant jammie dodgers and Evie was a big fan of the gingerbread.


Search the #CostaFoodFun to see what other bloggers came up with as part of the challenge - there have been some smashing pictures on Twitter and Instagram already and I'm looking forward to reading all about the fun the other families had creating their masterpieces!

DISCLAIMER: We were sent a hamper of goodies in order to take part in this challenge.




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Friday, 28 March 2014

Morrisons Summer 2014 Preview

Yesterday Ruth from RocknRoller Baby and I headed up to the Icetank Studio for the Morrisons Summer 2014 press day.

It was an opportunity for Morrisons to showcase their gorgeous new picnic ware, their fabulous garden toys and their Nutmeg kidswear summer collection - and for us to taste the summer inspired culinary masterpieces of Neil Nugent! I may even have sampled a wee glass of wine.


Neil and his assistant Andrew cooked us up a selection of BBQ goodies in the M Kitchen! We got to sample a traditional Great British ploughman's, chilli haloumi burgers in focaccia, beef burgers made with bone marrow and served with BBQ sauce, sweet barbecue pork shoulder, pork, mozzarella and basil sausages (which were a massive hit with Evie), huge wild tiger prawns cooked in a simple tagine seasoning and salt beef with an asparagus salad. EVERYTHING WAS AMAZING, and in case we weren't full enough there were also cakes, sweets, ice creams and ice lollies to try afterwards.

Morrison's wine specialists were also on hand to talk us through their spectacular wine selection and I took the Three Question Taste Test to work out which grapes are particularly suited to my palette (sauv blanc is in there OF COURSE!).


I'm totally in love with the Nutmeg Summer range and have picked out these beauties for the girls! Cute character tees, hareem pants, dresses and playsuits; as always everything is beautifully designed and made, and at ridiculously affordable prices too. 

Evie and I had a lovely morning (E *may* have trashed the garden toys corner.... sorry about that!) and we left with ginormous summery wish lists and full bellies. But it goes without saying that Evie still had room for a gingerbread man on the train home!


We were invited to the preview but were not paid to write this post.
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April #NYNYStyleProject

We're now about to start our fourth month of The Project and I'm still having so much fun. I might be coming up with the prompts in advance, but I'm still playing along like the rest of you and it's been brilliant delving into the deepest darkest corners of my wardrobe and pulling out things I've not seen for a long time! I've also been borrowing things from my friends again and (don't tell my husband) I've been making a few sneaky purchases too, off the back of all your brilliant recommendations.

Some of this month's prompts are a bit abstract but don't forget that the interpretations needn't just be fashion related - you can take health, fitness and beauty into account too. The Project is all about making you feel good - and we all know that food, exercise and pampering contribute to that. Explain your choices, tell us why you like/want/use/do the thing you've snapped. We all want an awesome assortment of photos for our Instagram feeds plus it's nice for us all to get to know each other a bit too.

So without further ado, here is the list for April:




Want to join in? Here's how to play. 

 Find the day's prompt on the month's list. We publish these in advance, usually around the 25th of the month. 
 Interpret the prompt as you will - and incorporate your interpretation into your daily style, health, fitness or beauty regime. It can be an item of clothing you own, a piece you've seen and are lusting after, something you've done or seen or eaten that has made you feel better about yourself.  
 Take a photo!  
 Share it on Instagram or Twitter. Don't forget to use the hashtag #NYNYStyleProject so that other people can find your pictures.
 Search the hashtag yourself and check out other people's photos. Like what you see? Tell the photographer! It's a nice way to get to know eachother and a lovely confidence boost too.  
♥ You don't have to join in every single day! Sometimes it's just not possible - and that's okay! Dip in and out whenever you like, and if you're not able to take your own photos, look at other people's for inspiration.

Most importantly - have fun! - and don't forget to search the #NYNYStyleProject hashtag on Instagram and Twitter!

I'm crossing fingers for our best month yet, so please help spread the word and encourage your friends to join in! 

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Thursday, 27 March 2014

Clarks Kids Exclusive Launch

Yesterday the girls and I were invited to the Clarks store at Westfield, White City to see their brand spanking new and super high tech foot measuring equipment for kids.

Yes, little old Clarks, who we have known and loved for years and years and years, have well and truly stepped into the twenty first century with their brand new iPad food gauge.

We got to experience their new, unique shoe fitting service first hand, and the girls also got to pick out some shiny new shoes.


The iPad (which measures feet of a size seven and above) uses a footplate to measure foot length and a special digi-tape to measure the width and is BRILLIANT for engaging children. They get to pick an animated character (either Jack Nano or Daisy - no guesses who D chose!) who then talks them through the whole process. Daisy was over the moon when she discovered her feet had grown a whole size since Christmas and she set about searching for the pinkest shoes she could find while Evie had a turn at getting her feet measured.


Clarks have always been all about great fitting shoes and their aim is to continually improve both the accuracy of their measuring and fitting service and the whole shopping experience. That's why the iPad Foot Gauge is utterly brilliant and a fabulous first for the shoe industry.


We headed off home with a pair of Trixi Dazzle in lipstick pink leather for Daisy (top - £32) and a pair of Litzy Lou in hot pink leather for Evie (bottom - £30).

Thanks a mill to Clarks for a fabulous shopping experience (the macaroons were amazing!) and for the girls lovely new shoes.xoxo
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Three copies of Radio Go! Go! Go! up for grabs!



Hands up who secretly loves The GO! GO! GO! Show on Nick Jr?

*looks around discreetly and puts hand in air*

"Family friendly pop" isn't a genre of music I ever expected myself to like, let alone announce in public, but the songs are so catchy and the girls completely LOVE them so I've found myself singing along, and possibly wiggling about a bit, on more than one occasion. We've even got tickets to go and see them live over the Easter weekend!

Aside from the tour next month, they also have a two disc album coming out on 7th April and we're all more than a little bit excited about it.

The "Radio Go! Go! Go!" CD (disc one) will feature 12 of the show's hit songs plus two instrumental karaoke tracks for fans to sing-along to at home (or in the car - squeeeeeeeeeeee) and the second disc, a DVD, will feature seven music videos and three dance tutorials.
"Radio Go! Go! Go!" will be released on Monday 7th April 2014, but is available to pre-order on Amazon for £6.85. You can also enter my giveaway to win one of three copies RIGHT NOW!
Entry is via the Rafflecopter widget below and everyone is entitled to four entries each. The competition closes at midnight on 3rd April 2014 and the winner will be announced on Twitter (and emailed directly) the following day. This competition is open to UK residents only. 

Good luck! xoxox

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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

The Mother's Day #ELCBakeOff: Lazy Cookie Bites

Even though Mother's Day is just around the corner, Daisy and I never need an excuse to get our bake on! When the Early Learning Centre challenged us to bake something delicious using their 'Let's Bake' range, we already had a recipe up our sleeves.

We spent Monday afternoon making our favourite Lazy Cookie Bites - the EASIEST and TASTIEST treats EVER, that just so happen to only take about 15 minutes to get from the mixing bowl into your tummy! 

In fact they're so easy to bake that they don't even need a proper ingredients list - they're simply made from Betty Crocker cookie dough mix and water. The only difference is that by baking them in cupcake holders rather than flat on a baking sheet, they end up a delicious doughy delight; crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside.


We bake a lot, but this is the first time Daisy has had her own miniature baking equipment to use and she LOVED it!

The Cupcake Baking Set is made up of 1 x mini cupcake tray, 12 x mini silicone cupcake cases, 1 x mixing spoon, 1 x piping tool, 4 x piping nozzles, 3 x double sided recipe cards and 1 x cardboard cake stand and the matching Baking Utensils Set contains a mixing spoon, a rolling pin, a spatula and a pastry brush.

They are both just perfect to encourage youngsters to have fun in the kitchen and retail at £15 and £8 respectively.

DISCLAIMER: We were sent a Cupcake Baking Set and matching Baking Utensils Set for the purpose of this post.
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On an Eternal Quest for a Good Night's Sleep


Earlier this month, which coincidentally is National Bed Month, Silentnight (of bed manufacturing fame) teamed up with Warburtons (of breakfasty carbohydrate heaven fame) and offered me the ultimate bed and breakfast kit - see above!! - to try and help me get a great night’s sleep.

They recently carried out a survey about people's sleep patterns which I was really keen to read, being on an eternal quest to have a decent night's sleep myself.

I'm a terrible sleeper. Actually scrap that. I hate to pass the blame but it's my children that are the terrible sleepers. Between them, they wake me up on average four times a night, and they are both notoriously early risers. We regularly find ourselves waiting for CBeebies to start in the mornings.

The only time they're good as gold is from bedtime (7pm) until around midnight, when our night time shenanigans begin. If I'm shattered (which is often) I know that I'm pretty much guaranteed a solid four hours sleep straight after the littlies are asleep, but if I go to bed that early it means my poor husband ends up watching TV on his own.

I'm DESPERATE for a full, uninterrupted night's sleep. DESPERATE. In the last five years I think I have probably had a maximum of three and OH how I loved them!

One thing I've noticed is that technology has a really negative impact on my sleeping habits. My phone is particularly to blame. I'm constantly checking my emails and social media; last thing before bed, first thing in the morning - I'm even guilty of checking it in the middle of the night if I find myself lying wide awake. I know that my phone keeps my mind active which in turn stops me getting to sleep - which is why I actually turn it off when I go to bed these days and the temptation of checking it is massively reduced.

Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, Silentnight’s sleep expert, offers these tips, which I think are brilliant and all of which I already do:

“Exclude technology from the bedroom and get into the habit of winding down before bed by reading a book or having a relaxing bath.

“Eat a nutritional breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up, and plan some exercise into your morning routine to reduce stress hormone levels. This will enable you to sleep more deeply and wake up feeling refreshed and energised ready for the day.”

The only problem is that these tips won't stop the small people waking you up! And on that note I'm still hoping to book a solo spa weekend at some point in the not-too-distant future!

You can read the sleep study here if you fancy. xo
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Thursday, 20 March 2014

Daily Outfit ♥ Mother's Day Boden Special

There aren't many labels that I love for both the girls and myself - but one that I do have a massive thing for is Boden.

I love that all their clothes have a vintage feel to them. Capri pants, tea dresses and full skirts for me and corduroy pinafores and cotton dresses in stripes and florals for the girls. When it to comes to children's clothes, Boden are officially THE most hard wearing out of any brand out there. The girls have second, third and even fourth hand dresses which are all still immaculate so I don't mind paying that little bit extra for them, as I know they'll last.

As a special Mother's Day treat, Boden offered Daisy and I a piece each from their SS14 range.


I chose jersey lined anorak in an orange and pink daisy print for Daisy as she needed a lighter jacket for the Spring. The British weather can be so unpredictable at this time of year and this one is ideal as it's warm but lightweight - and shower proof too. I love the super soft, contrasting stripy green lining!



For myself I chose this gorgeous Nancy dressClassic - but casual - day dresses are my thing, and this fifties inspired frock is the perfect colour, the perfect length and the perfect fit for me. The black and blue pattern means it can be worn with either black tights and patent t-bars for a dressier look, or bare legs and Salt Water sandals when the sun's out. (I'm wearing my Ruby + Ed suede pumps in the picture above). I love the low back and the fullness of the skirt. I have an inkling this is going to be one of my favourite summer dresses this year - and they do it in a yellow sunflower pattern and a French Riviera print too which is bad news for my bank account!

The Jersey Lined Anorak retails at £38 and the Nancy Dress at £89.

DISCLAIMER: Boden gifted me the Nancy dress in blue and Daisy the orange daisy anorak in exchange for this post.
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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Muru Oak Leaf Pendant from Lulu Winter

The oak leaf: the Talisman for strength and a symbol of honour and strength of character.


Lulu Winter is a family run business with a passion for bringing new and exciting jewellery brands to its customers. The pieces they stock are chosen to make the wearer stand out from the crowd - and they really do!

Last week I was asked to review them, and was offered a piece of jewellery in order to do so. I chose this gorgeous gold vermeil oak leaf pendant by a designer brand called Muru. 

When it comes to jewellery I like unusual pieces. Every item I own has a story behind it. I would rather spend my money on one, quality piece than buy ten cheap ones.



This necklace is made from sterling silver and finished in 18 carat gold vermeil. I chose it because sometimes I feel like I could do with a Talisman about my person! I've worn it every day alongside my usual charm necklace which is silver (I love to wear gold and silver together) and which has three charms - my initial, K, my Mummy-Daisy-Evie pendant and my Lourdes medal. I think they look beautiful next to each other.

The Oak Leaf Pendant costs £54 and is available online here

DISCLAIMER: I was gifted this Muru necklace by Lulu Winter in exchange for this review.
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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Mother's Day with Moonpig


Today I was invited to the Montague Hotel in Bloomsbury for champagne, afternoon tea and a pampering session courtesy of well known online gift retailers, Moonpig. It was in honour of Mother's Day - and the perfect opportunity for them to showcase their wonderful collection of flowers and gifts.

Now I don't know about you, but up until today I thought Moonpig just sold personalised cards! It turns out they've been keeping their gorgeous flowers and hampers on the down low - but now I've seen the luxurious and delicious foodie gifts and pampering packs they have in stock, I'll be sure to bear them in mind whenever I have gifts to send.


Today was awesome. Moonpig's team of flower specialists were on hand to talk us through their beautiful creations and then I got to gaze wistfully at their gorgeous gift ideas. My favourite is this brilliant Breakfast in Bed hamper, made up of champagne, English breakfast tea, REAL coffee, pure orange juice, granola, jam, marmalade, a cute milk bottle vase and a 'Good Morning' toast stamp and mini dustpan and brush. I've already started dropping hints to Mr Modern Mummy.....


I also loved that Moonpig sell Godminster cheese - MY FAVOURITE - and Montezuma chocolate too.


After looking at everything and making mental wish lists, we were treated to amazing massages from Milk Mobile Beauty and then sat down to a delicious afternoon tea. What made it even better was that some of my favourite bloggers and their broods were there too - and Evie got to see her little bestie Orlaith (Alice from An Essex Wife's youngest daughter) for the first time in ages.


We headed home with full tummies in time to do the school run - and took Daisy home a Montezuma chocolate flower (which I think looked just like a daisy) because she missed out on all the fun. It went down a treat.


Moonpig's Mother's Day bouquets start at just £25 with free next day delivery. 

Thanks a mill to Moonpig for hosting such a super event xoxo

DISCLAIMER: I was not paid to write this post.
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Spring Boots from Seven Boot Lane

Now that the sun has decided to make an appearance, it's time for us all to get our pins out! I may love springtime fashion but that doesn't mean I'm ready to get the havaianas out of hibernation just yet.

Spring style, for me, is all about layered t-shirts and skirts or dresses with chunky knits, bare legs and socks and boots and these suede beauties are my absolute favourite things in the world right now!


They come from a company called Seven Boot Lane. Based in Somerset and established in 2012, Seven Boot Lane create THE most beautiful footwear. Stylish, bohemian, totally timeless. Not only do I love all their designs, I also love their ethos; they want to create a product that will last - an antidote to society's current throwaway mentality which is something I can't stand.

The leather of all their shoes and boots is natural and hand finished, and all hardware is of the finest quality. They are all made in Elche in Spain, one of the few surviving shoe-making towns in Europe.

My boots are the Agathas in sand. They're a lower cut biker boot made of super soft suede with studded leather straps. They have a padded collar, which makes them extra comfy and super easy to pull on. I've been wearing them this past week with my favourite spring/summer dresses and I cant wait to pair them with skinny jeans and denim shorts, later in the year.

They're also available in khaki suede and black leather from the Seven Boot Lane store here and retail at £175.


DISCLAIMER: I was gifted a pair of sand suede Agatha boots in exchange for this post.
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Monday, 17 March 2014

Red Candy: A Review & #Giveaway

It's the little details and finishing touches that really make a home. Recently I've blogged about our new kitchen blinds, new bed linen, our kitchen shelf and our wood burner - and since getting each of these our house has felt so much lovelier and cosier. The smallest things can have the biggest impact - and this week, as we've started work on our hallway, that has proved to be the case again!

When I say 'started', what I really mean is 'started to think about'. Our hallway isn't really a hallway as such, more a staircase in-between our two downstairs rooms, but despite being a touch on the small size it really needs a lot of work. We need a new staircase (yes, really!) then we need to have the walls taken back to brickwork and re-plastered. Then I plan to paint them a warm cream colour and fill them with canvases of the girls!

At the bottom of the stairs is a wall that has already been plastered and painted as part of our front room. That's where our rather crowded coat hook is and coat hooks are the topic of today's blog post!


We were asked if we'd like to review a product from Red Candy and I chose this really cute butterfly coat rack



My plan? To split our collection of coats and jackets up into 'grown ups' and 'kids' and for these coat pegs to be specifically for the girls. The butterflies are huge and perfect for little people to throw their coats and bags onto after a hard day at nursery, so we mounted them at Daisy and Evie height and I think they're just perfect!

These retail at £42.00, are also available in white, and can be purchased from the Red Candy website here.

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How would you like to win a super summery Rainbow Egg Cups Tower Set from Red Candy for your kitchen? Made up of six bright, bold stackable egg cups with a tower stand to keep them nice and neat when they're not in use, this set would cheer up any breakfast!

Entry is via the Rafflecopter widget below and everyone is entitled to eight entries each. The competition closes at midnight on 23rd March 2014 and the winner will be announced on here, on Facebook and on Twitter the following day. This competition is open to UK residents only and the prize will be sent direct from Red Candy. 

Good luck! xoxox



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Sunday, 16 March 2014

Fish for Thought: A Review


Last month we were sent a Fish for Thought seafood hamper to try.

Fish for Thought are a small, family run business (the best kind!) based in Cornwall that started out in May 2007. They were the first ever online fishmongers, have won numerous awards and have even starred alongside The Hairy Bikers (who just so happen to be my favourite celebrity chefs).

The girls and I love fish. It's so good for you and so quick and easy to prepare, which is important for me as a work-at-home Mum. My husband isn't as keen (he won't even eat it battered with chips..... weirdo!!) so we will often eat it for dinner when he's at work and we're home alone.

Our Fish for Thought kid's hamper arrived, well sealed in a polystyrene box filled with ice, first thing in the morning. Inside, clearly labelled, were forty very generous 100g portions - including 2kg of fresh fish fillets, 1kg of fish pie mix and 1kg of white fish goujons. The fish (which can be either cod, haddock, coley, pollack, plaice or salmon) is already skinned and boned (as best as possible) ready to be prepared and cooked by you!

I divided it up and re-bagged it in individual portions and it filled an entire drawer in our freezer! Completely amazing for only £40. White fish lasts for around 8 months when stored properly so it's the perfect healthy freezer food and is very worthwhile buying in bulk.

Our box included a big bag of mussels, pollack, plaice, whiting and goujons and lead to some delicious meals over the coming weeks, including:


Moules marinere

Fishfinger puddings - recipe coming soon!

Fish pie - served with beans after an interesting Twitter debate!

I've also had a couple of simple baked fish suppers-for-one once the children have gone to bed and have been utterly delighted with the quality of all of the fish we received.

Fish for Thought have a variety of different hampers, and smaller portions of fresh and frozen fish and shellfish, available online here. Delivery is £7.95, or free on orders over £100. The website is also a wealth of information when it comes to seafood and has some amazing recipes too so is well worth a look!

As a special offer, first orders over £25 have free delivery and come with two free Cornish plaice. That sounds like a good incentive to give Fish for Thought a try if you ask me! They definitely get the Modern Mummy seal of approval and we are already looking forward to buying from them again.xoxo

DISCLAIMER: We were sent a Fish for Thought Kid's Fish Box for the purpose of this review.

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The Chill Factor Slushy Maker: A Review


Last week Daisy was sent a Chill Factor Slushy Maker and I had to write a post about how BRILLIANT it is - because it IS, and I foresee it getting lots of use over the coming (hopefully warm!) months.


These cups are magic as far as I'm concerned (I'm not very scientific so have no idea how they work!). Daisy was amazed when we made our very first slushy!

All you have to do is put the cup in the freezer for 4-6 hours, then once it has frozen you pour in a chilled drink, put the lid on and squeeze! 

Thirty seconds later you have your very own slushy drink! 


It works with water, squash, juices and sodas - and even dairy, although you have to place the cup back into the freezer for a few minutes if you use milk, before you start squeezing. We juice daily in our house, and our slushy maker has brought a whole new lease of life to the juices we've been making over the years!

These cups have an RRP of £12.99 and are available online here. I have a feeling we're going to have to buy a second one so that Evie can join in the slushy making fun (and possibly a third for me too!) xo

DISCLAIMER: We were sent a slushy maker for the purpose of this review.
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Daisy's Daily Outfit ♥ Spring Evening


White, long sleeved t-shirt - hand-me-down
Skirt - Monsoon, £5.40 (current sale) - very similar here
Brown suede boots - AW13 Clarks - similar from Startrite here

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Saturday, 15 March 2014

Evie's Daily Outfit ♥ At the Park


Floral Print Skirt, £8.40-£9.10 (sale)
Rainbow Knee High Socks (part of two pack), £4-£5
All Little Bird by Jools Oliver at Mothercare

DISCLAIMER: Evie was gifted this outfit by Mothercare.
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Friday, 14 March 2014

The Seraphine Breastfeeding Shawl




This is most definitely my favourite accessory at the moment. Not only is it the perfect transitional piece now that the weather is beginning to warm up, it is also super practical if you're breastfeeding and utterly beautiful to boot!

Made from super soft bamboo, this shawl is particularly large and drapes beautifully over the shoulders. It's size, and the poppers on one shoulder, allow the wearer to breastfeed discretely - and would keep a baby bump cosy on chilly summer evenings too. But even if you aren't pregnant or nursing, this piece is the ultimate investment and the style possibilities are endless! It would look equally fabulous with a floral spring dress and heels at a summer wedding or with denim cut offs, a vest top and sandals at a festival.

DISCLAIMER: I was gifted this shawl by Seraphine
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Daily Outfit ♥ Little Black Dress


Black, leather look, brogue Chelsea boots - New Look, £24.99 - similar here

Every wardrobe needs a Little Black Dress (or two! or three!) and this one from me&i is a perfect all rounder!

Made from super comfortable sweatshirt fabric, this dress is fairly slim fitting but is a bit looser over the tummy (seriously perfect for me!). The v-neck is very flattering, as are the slits cut into the sleeves and the bottom of the dress, and the cute butterfly detailing on the elbow is a lovely detail.

This dress looks equally at home on the school run, in the office or in the pub on a Saturday night!


DISCLAIMER: I was gifted this dress by me&i


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Thursday, 13 March 2014

Introducing.... Anna Söderström Fine Knitwear

I love discovering new brands and one designer that I have fallen head over heels in love with recently is Anna Söderström.

Anna, a Swedish Mum of one, launched her fine knitwear company, Anna Söderström, in 2012. Her designs are inspired by the wild landscapes of the Swedish Island of Gotland, where she grew up, and her beautiful products are made in her London studio from the finest quality cashmere and British sheep wools.

Daisy (left) wears Little Sårk and Little Nidre in blue | Evie (right) wears the silver version.
Scarves retail at £40 and hats £28

Anna very kindly sent me and the girls a hat and scarf set each from her new Spring/early Winter collection and they are utterly gorgeous. Soft, delicate and lightweight, they are perfect for this time of year when the weather is temperamental and can change from morning to afternoon.


Silver/blue sårk £159 | Nidre blue £28

Each piece from Anna's collection is handcrafted using a combination of hand and machine knitting techniques. These techniques, as well as the gorgeous traditional fair isle patterns knitted and Gotland colour combinations used, have been passed down through the generations. Nothing about production is rushed, and everything is made with exceptional care and love.

These scarves and hats are the epitome of luxury, but at the same time they are perfect for every day wear. The quality of workmanship is utterly outstanding. They go with everything. Their super softness makes them ideal for little ones and the grown up versions are just divine. 

Each piece comes with a personalised tag telling you who knitted your garment, the animal that the yarn used to make it came from and how to care for it and is presented in a simple and stylish cardboard tube. It's little details like this that I adore when it comes to buying presents - or treats for myself.

Anna also makes scarves and hats for men, as well as the most amazing blankets.

If you do one thing this weekend, make sure you pay her beautiful website a visit {here}. Her products can be bought online and are also available at The Cross in Holland Park and Wolf & Badger in Notting Hill xoxo


DISCLAIMER: Daisy, Evie and I were sent hat and scarf sets for the purpose of this review.


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Daisy's Daily Outfit ♥ Dungaree Fun


Unisex dungarees, Little Bird by Jools Oliver at Mothercare, £15-£17
White, long sleeved t-shirt, hand-me-down

DISCLAIMER: Daisy was gifted the dungarees by Mothercare.
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