Friday, 22 August 2014

V. I. BUYS: A round-up of A/W 2014 - and the pieces to grab quick!

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So, you may not have even had your summer holiday yet and are still searching for that perfect holiday outfit in what's left of the sales. But, I'm afraid fashion waits for no one. And, the new season is already starting to creep into the shops and through our email inboxes and letterboxes (new Boden catalogue anyone?…. swoon)

Working in the fashion industry you learn to think a season (or even a few) ahead at all times and Christmas starts in July - yes, July. Otherwise how else would we be able to tell you what you need to buy a few months in advance?

So, here my lovely mamasVIB readers is some of my favourite kids collections that I have seen already -  and the pieces you won't want to miss!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

V. I. BIRTHDAY: A cheap and easy 1st Birthday decoration idea

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Miss Marnie's second birthday is fast approaching and this year we have decided to have a family day out rather than a party. Mainly because we feel like it will be easier for her and a little less overwhelming than a big celebration.

I am a little sad as I love nothing more than planning, organising and making things for a get together. I recently helped a schoolfriend plan her wedding (see I LOVE it.) And, coming up with a theme and all the decorations is one of my fave parts.

Last year I spent months planning Miss M's first birthday (you can read my recent post here) and I have to say I am missing doing things this time round but that's no reason why I can't share some of our ideas here.


Tuesday, 12 August 2014

V. I. BEAUTY: New mama in a beauty hurry - your fast fix bathroom must-haves!

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A classic book that all mamas will relate to (By Jill Murphy)


In the early days of new motherhood just getting dressed in the morning seemed to take forever - and as for showering/hair washing well that can feel like a lifetime. 

So, it's no wonder your regular beauty regime takes a bit of a back seat. Of course, as a new mum and you know as a normal person - you still need to do these things - but there's no harm in cutting corners to speed things up in the bathroom.  

Sunday, 10 August 2014

V. I. BOOKCLUB: Our 10 favourite Julia Donaldson books for toddlers

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From: 'A Squash and A Squeeze'

Every night before bed Miss Marnie gets to choose her 3 books before bed - and more often than not they are all by Julia Donaldson.

No surprise when the children's author and poet has published over 60 books - and we have a large collection already. Many I search out in charity shops - I have found some great ones in almost-perfect condition.

And, plus I don't really mind as the rhyming words are easy to read even after a long commute home from work or a busy day together at home. Plus, I think Miss Marnie finds comfort in the bold pictures and easy to identify characters.


Wednesday, 6 August 2014

V. I. BABY: Why I ♥ Little Bird by Jools Oliver - and what I want to see next!

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I have been a big fan of Little Bird by Jools Oliver since I saw the debut collection at the Mothercare press A/W show back in July 2012. I think one, because I was pregnant at the time (Miss M arrived in the September) and two, because it seemed to sum up everything I loved about babies and children clothing.

In fact the little 1970’s winceyette fawn motif nightdress that inspired Jools (it was from Mothercare and had been worn by all her sisters and her four kids) was very similar to one I had myself as a baby – and my mum had – yes, you guessed it saved it for me. Which of course Miss Marnie has worn now too.

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