Monday, 24 August 2015

V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamamondays… Julia Donaldson, Green People & Pre-School


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I have been posting #mamamondays for a few months now and I always try to include anything that is making us happy - and hopefully you - even though it's a Monday. And, I have to say it's really making me make the most of this often 'depressing' day

It has been anything from what we're doing or planning to what we're eating, watching or reading. I've even included items I'm lusting after or buying and anything else that has been inspiring me to make Mondays - and the rest of the week if need be - just a little more bearable.

I really hope that #mamamondays is inspiring you to make the most of this fresh start we get every week


WATCHING


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I've already mentioned here what big fans of Julia Donaldson we are - and our new found love for the stage versions. So, when we were invited to see Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales - of course our answer was yes!

Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales includes 4 of Donaldson's (and illustrator Axel Scheffler) books: Tiddler, Monkey Puzzle, A Squash and a Squeeze and The Smartest Giant in Town.

To be honest I was concerned how they were going to tell all four stories in one go. But, I needn't have worried as the wonderful team at Scamp Theatre (Stickman, The Scarecrows Wedding) did an amazing job at keeping it ticking along.

Monkey Puzzle holds it all together by opening and closing the show - it's also woven between each of the other stories like a little rest bite. Each of the other stories last about 15-20 minutes each.

The stories were more condensed and told a lot quicker - which really helped keep Miss Marnie's attention up. Although, it was full on for just over an hour and maybe one less story would make it easier on really young viewers.

We often read 3-4 books at bedtime to Miss M so for her it was just all her fave books in one go - and  I think the bag of jelly tots kept her in her seat too! 

There is only a week left - so if you stuck for something to do this week or over the Bank Holiday weekend I would highly recommend.

Monday, 17 August 2015

V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamamondays… The Great Little Trading Company, Clarks Shoes & Costa Coffee

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I have been posting #mamamondays for a few months now and I always try to include anything that is making us happy - and hopefully you - even though it's a Monday. And, I have to say it's making me try to make the most of this often 'depressing' day


It has been anything from what we're doing or planning to what we're eating, watching or reading. I've even included items I'm lusting after or buying and anything else that has been inspiring me to make Mondays - and the rest of the week if need be - just a little more bearable.

I really hope that #mamamondays is inspiring you to make the most of this fresh start we get every week



PLAYING


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Is it a wigwam or a tipi?

Either way it has been a fab hideout for Miss M this summer.

When the Great Little Trading Company offered to send Miss M a wigwam – I ignored the ‘where am I going to put it argument’ and went with seeing how much fun she would have with it.

I was drawn to the red stars and stripes design as it gives it a more classic feel. This print canvas design is actually exclusive to GLTC too.

I am impressed by the sturdy frame and how roomy it is too. I will confess that it wasn't the easiest thing to put up though… and caused a few crossed words with the hubby (this cemented our need to us book a pre-pitched tent at Camp Bestival!)

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

V. I. BUYS: High summer style with River Island kids & £50 Voucher Giveaway

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I've been a big fan of River Island mini since it arrived last Spring and Miss Marnie has several pieces hanging up in her wardrobe. But, what has won me over it that I really think the collection gets better and better each season. 

The collection launched to huge success and expectation - I guess when a 'big' brand does something nee all eyes are on them so it has to be good. 

I think River Island really upped the style stakes for newborns and toddlers - and gave some big labels a run for their price tag. Alas for us as the range stops at 36mths - or 3yrs for those who can no longer count in months -and Miss Marnie turns 3 soon. So, I thought I had better start have a nosey at the kids collection to see what the older section had to offer.

Well, I really wasn't disappointed. It seems River Island girls and boys collections are the perfect fast-fashion for little ones - but, more than that it's age appropriate - in the main - and really well priced.

Here's a look at the high summer campaign - I mean how cool do these kids look?

Friday, 7 August 2015

V. I. BUYS: Fashion Finder - new collections and what's coming to a store near you soon!

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Limited editions, collaborations and new collections - here's a few kids ranges that I'm looking forward to.

Although, we're still in the middle of summer (at time of writing it was sunny!) the fashion world are already looking forward to the next season.

But, before I do any round-ups and shopping guides I just wanted to highlight a few ranges that are in store now or hitting the shelves soon.

Make a note in your dairy - you really won't want to miss out!


WHO: Vans 
WHAT: #vansanddisney
WHERE: Vans and stockist nationwide
WHEN: now

Little one a fan of Disney? Then they will love this cool collaboration from Vans

The Vans and Disney collection feature its iconic pumps and slip-on trainers with some familiar Disney characters. More than just Mickey and Minnie - you can get other Disney favourites like Goofy, Winnie the Pooh and even some princesses, like Ariel from The Little Mermaid.

And, if you like a bit of mini me action they also have adult styles.

Shop now at Vans

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Toddler styles from £27 | Kids styles from £32

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

V. I. BASH: Hair, nails & a girly day out with Childs Farm… plus our fave toddler good hair day essentials!

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A few Saturday's back Miss Marnie and I took a girlie trip into town to attend a special kids summer hair event.

Hosted by Child's Farm we headed to swish salon Neville Hair and Beauty in Sloane Street. Where Miss M was treated to a whole host of beauty treats…

From quick summer hairstyles including this 'halo braid' - which is so much easier than it looks.  I have since done it on her myself (and can I say, proudly to many a compliment too!) It's basically a French (under) plait started from the side rather than top...


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Monday, 3 August 2015

V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamamondays - The Gruffalo Live, Christmas in July & Camp Bestival (again!)

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I have been posting #mamamondays for a few months now and I always try to include anything that is making us happy - and hopefully you - even though it's a Monday. And, I have to say it really making me try to make the most of this often 'blue' day

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

I really hope that #mamamondays is inspiring you to make the most of this fresh start we get every week


WATCHING

Miss M and I are big fans of Julia Donaldson. We have almost all of her books, the audio books, activity books and now a collection of show guides.

If you've been hiding under a mountain of washing you may not have realised that most of her stories have been made into 'all singing and dancing' shows perfect for toddlers and even adults.

We recently added the Gruffalo to our list of ‘Julia Donaldson shows' we’ve seen. Our first experience was last summer when we made a last minute decision to watch What the Ladybird Heard – Miss M was nearly two and I was worried she might not sit still for the 55 minute show.


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How wrong was I? Not only did she sit still - she didn’t say a word either. Since then we have seen Stickman (just before Christmas and the perfect time to see this one I think). And, recently at Camp Bestival we caught a special performance of The Scarecrows Wedding.

But, back to the GruffaloI actually didn't realise that it had been running since 2001 - now that just proves the timeless nature of the story. This wasn't always one of our favourite books - but it has grown on Miss M as she's got a little older. 

We managed to go to a family screening of the Gruffalo Live a few weeks back and it's brilliant. Seeing it on stage has really sparked Miss M's interest again - as we've been reading it a lot since the show! It's a real laugh out loud show (even for the grown-ups), well acted and fantastic set too .

Monday, 27 July 2015

V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamamondays… Cafe Rouge Rouge Enfants menu, Love Soap & Camp Bestival


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Continuing with my regular post includes anything that is making us happy - and hopefully you - even though it's a 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 


EATING

This weekend we were invited to Cafe Rouge - a chain of restaurants serving classic French meals and snacks - to try out the 'menu pour les infants' - or to Miss Marnie and and the rest of us the new kids menu.

We headed out in the rain - but were greeted by a lovely warm and cosy atmosphere at Cafe Rouge. We were drawn to the red sofa seating area, so plonked ourselves there and had a very laid back early Sunday supper.

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