Tuesday, 26 May 2015

V. I. BABYMAMAS: How to take a stylish holiday …at HOME! Part 2

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STAYCATION
1.a vacation spent at home or near home, doing enjoyable activities or visiting local attractions.

2. (informal) a holiday in which leisure activities are pursued while staying at one's own home

STYLISH STAYCATION
1. a vacation spent at home but imagining you are in a European country through fashion, beauty, books, food and movies 

If you saw last weeks post about how to stylishly holiday at home hopefully you've been waiting for part 2! And, here it is...

As it seems staycations or holidaying at home is becoming more attractive these days. Whether that be down to your budget constraints, lifestyle choices or maybe you're a new mum and the thought of venturing on a plane fills you with dread.

But, a holiday spent in one’s home country rather than abroad doesn't have to mean you can't get into the holiday spirit! Oh no - with a few clever buys and a lot of imagination you can bring a touch of the Italian coast, French Rivera, Spanish or Greek Isles to your doorstep.


Here's a few ideas to get you started: 

Monday, 25 May 2015

V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamamondays… Pipsticks, Colouring books for adults and Cinderella Chic

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Continuing with my new regular post which will include anything that is making us happy - and hopefully you - even though it's Monday. But, a Bank Holiday Monday at that!

It will be anything from what we're doing or planning to what we're eating, watching or reading. Items I'm lusting after or buying to anything else that inspires to make Mondays - and the rest of the week if need be - just a little more bearable.

Step forward #mamamondays 


CREATING

We're big fans of stickers and have recently discovered sticker subscriptions as you may have read here - so, I was of course excited to try out Pipsticks.

I mean who doesn't love stickers? Come on - admit it you enjoy them as much as the little ones? But, what especially appealed to me about Pipsticks is that its shipped from the US as I seem to always be drawn to American stationary online…

Yes, they send out stickers - of course - but this subscription offers a little extra. Each cool pack (look at the envelope and stamps for starters!) contains craft paper, postcards and several sheets of various sized stickers (with no cheesy characters!) ideal for a little cool crafting.


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Thursday, 21 May 2015

V. I. BABYMAMAS: How to take a stylish holiday …at HOME! Part 1

mamasVIB | V. I. BABYMAMAS: How to take a stylish holiday …at HOME! Part 1


STAYCATION
1.a vacation spent at home or near home, doing enjoyable activities or visiting local attractions.

2. (informal) a holiday in which leisure activities are pursued while staying at one's own home
STYLISH STAYCATION
1. a vacation spent at home but imagining you are in a European country through fashion, beauty and interiors, books and movies 

Seems staycations or holidaying at home is becoming more attractive these days. Whether that be down to your budget constraints, lifestyle choices or maybe you're a new mum and the thought of venturing on a plane fills you with dread.

But, a holiday spent in one’s home country rather than abroad doesn't have to mean you can't get into the holiday spirit - with a few clever buys and a lot of imagination you can bring a touch of the Italian coast, French Rivera, Spanish or Greek Isles to your doorstep.

Here's a few ideas to get you started:


Wednesday, 20 May 2015

V. I. BAKE: 5 products that make toddler lunchtimes a little easier - and mess free!


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Toddlers. Lunchtime. Two words that are sure to make even a grown women cry. Besides the tantrums, refusal to eat and OCD requests (no, mummy I WANT the pink spoon…) - it's the mess.

Now I know there are tons of products that promise to make mealtimes a little easier - but here are some of my picks:


THE 'SMALL' COVER-UP

A practical, soft and water-repellent bib for babies from 6mths - 3years. Easy to clean - and super fast drying - it's shape means it fits close to the body to avoid leakage or use the folded pocket to catch any food that new eaters miss.

And, the genius bit? It's super light weight and rolls up into a slim tube for easy packing. (I mean it will fit in the smallest of handbags).

Monday, 18 May 2015

V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamamondays… Puffin Rock, Mothercare and family pictures!


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Continuing with my new regular post which will include anything that is making us happy - and hopefully you - even though it's Monday.

It will be anything from what we're doing or planning to what we're eating, watching or reading. Items I'm lusting after or buying to anything else that inspires to make Mondays - and the rest of the week if need be - just a little more bearable.

Step forward #mamamondays 




WATCHING


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Well technically we will be watching tonight. As Miss Marnie and I are eagerly awaiting the launch of Puffin Rock at 6.30pm on Nickjr this evening.

Puffin Rock is a new pre-school show aimed at 2-5years old with nature and wildlife at the heart of the show - with a beautiful vintage looking visual style too. Stars of the show are puffling pair Oona and her little brother Baba.

Just as every day is an adventure for toddlers - it is for these puffins too. As each episode see the pair, their family and friends learning about the world around them with a few mis-haps and fun in-between.


Wednesday, 13 May 2015

V. I. BUYS: What the buzz? It's time to Save the VIB's - very important BEES!

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How many bees have you seen this Spring? Not many right…

Growing up it seemed like bumble bees were everywhere - and rather than being a pest like wasps - we're now under serious threat of them disappearing.

I have been aware of this fact - if I'm honest I have always been a little fascinated with them - but it was at a recent Crewcuts for J.Crew event I attended with Miss Marnie that it was really brought to my attention. 

The store has teamed up with Buglife (a UK charity dedicated to the conservation of bugs and insects) to help support the cause and raise awareness with a special Tee illustrated by Donald Robertson with 50% of profit going to the charity.

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Save the Bees! Women's tee £45 and Kids £29.50 J.Crew for Buglife


I mean did you know that as the worlds most important plant pollinators - bees are essential for pollinating the crops that form our food (as well as the wild plants that provide food for much of our wildlife) - and without them we could lose a third of our diets?

Seems J.Crew aren't the only one getting involved the high street is full of items. Bee inspired with these buzzy buys and some with profits going directly to SAVE OUR BEES!

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

V. I. BASH: 10 reasons why you should not miss Disney on Ice - Magical Ice Festival

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Miss M and I were lucky enough to be invited to the VIP showing of the new Disney on Ice show. I say *new* because for the first time the show includes those Frozen girls with its Magical Ice Festival.

To say that Miss M was excited would be an understatement - although I know she really wasn't sure what 'on ice' meant - she just knew Anna and Elsa were going to be there. That was enough.

Really it's just a whole new way to see those fairy tales and really proves what a powerful, professional and slick operation Disney really is. They really know how to win you over - no matter your age - and that's what makes it all so magical. 

Although, we had a special invite which also meant we had a meet and greet with the big mouse himself (Mickey in case you're wondering…) I would totally take Miss M again.

And, here's why…

With my 10 good reasons why I think you should NOT miss a Disney on Ice show.

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