Thursday, 22 January 2015

V. I. BRAND: A sneaky peak at S/S 2015 - and what we have our eyes on!

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The sales are over and that can only mean one thing…. SPRING is on its way.

In the shops - if not in the air. It may be cold outside but it's time to kick your mind into gear for the new season.

Here's my favourite kids press show highlights and a sneaky peak at what's to come...

Monday, 19 January 2015

V. I. BRAND: Mango baby has finally been delivered to store...

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Exciting new for any news mamas or mamas-to-be - Mango has finally launched a baby collection and its ah-mazing.

I love Mango kids - but am always a little frustrated that the collections start from age 3 (and Miss M is a small 2 year old - so, I can never get away with going an age up!). So, when I heard they were doing a mini range - I have literally been waiting for it to drop online.

And, now it has. 

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Saturday, 17 January 2015

V. I. BABY: The TUSK for Mothercare nursery collection has arrived

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If ever there was a nursery collection that makes me want another baby like-NOW. This is it. The TUSK collection for Mothercare  which finally launched this month. 

Seriously, this is one cool partnership. 

Mothercare has teamed up with the TUSK Trust to create a beautiful collection of must-have baby items including bedroom furniture and accessories, everyday essentials and one cool pushchair - with an amazing 4% of profits going directly to the charity.

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The TUSK Trust was set up in 1990 to raise awareness of animal conservation for endangered species and habitats as well as support a more sustainable community (through schools, water projects for example). 

What's more the Royal Patron is HRH The Duke of Cambridge…. umm, wonder if Kate has her eye on this collection for baby no. 2?

This unisex collection is a calming mix of burnt-ochre and sweet caramel shades reminiscent of the Serengeti - mixed with on-trend safari prints like giraffes, elephants and monkey motifs.


Thursday, 15 January 2015

V. I. BABYBRAIN: To a positive New Year…



My new year didn't start too great. 

My new year started with a funeral.

My new year started without my dad.

So, while everyone else was celebrating by singing auld lang syne, making resolutions, kick starting their diets and hitting the gym. I was - and still am just trying to get up in the morning and get through my day.

Although, having a toddler helps somewhat with the getting up part - the getting through the day is taking time.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

V. I. BASH: Happy New Year and thanks...

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Happy New Year… mamasVIB will be taking an extended break and hopes to be back to normal very soon.

In the meantime can I say a big THANK YOU for all your likes, shares, comments and general support in 2014. It really has been a constant source of encouragement. I mean it. It's what has kept me wanting to continue into 2015 with my teeny-tiny corner of the internet.

xxx

Sunday, 21 December 2014

V. I. BUYS: Not so Secret Santa & some last minute buys under £8

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 (Paperchase)

Working from home and freelancing means no annual Christmas party, no long lunches, no excuses to get glammed up everyday in case there is after-work drinks and no Secret Santa.

I love a bit of Secret Santa but you get the moaners who think secret Santa means spending money you don't have, on people you don't especially like and receiving a load of tat you don't need.

Granted if you are part of a large office this could be the case - but, I worked with a small team and loved thinking up inexpensive gifts that were thoughtful too. But, then I used to take in homemade treats for the whole floor…. 

When I was on maternity leave it was my idea to organise a mamas and babies lunch for my NCT group and of course suggested we all do a Secret Santa for the babies. Old habits die hard.

So, I was pleased this year when the girls in the Facebook Blogging group I am part suggested we do a 'not so secret santa' and spread a little Christmas spirit to each other - and then blog about it.


V. I. BOOKCLUB: 25 of the Best Christmas Books - *Bookclub Special (Part 4)*

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Night Before the The Night Before Christmas by Natasha Wing £2.54
The classic 'Twas the Night before Christmas' Poem by Clement Clark Moore is given a modern and funny twist suitable for little ones. With burnt cookies, mummy's flu and running out of bulbs for the tree you'll have to read on to see if the Christmas spirit wins out in the end. Fab illustrations too.

Mrs Christmas by Penny Ives £4.63
So, what is all of the Christmas eve deliveries had to be organised by a woman? When Mr Christmas and his reindeer's are all unwell that's exactly what happens and all in Mrs Chritsmas's own unique way.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

V. I. BUSY BEES: 10 Stylish ways to wrap those Christmas gifts with brown paper!

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Done all your wrapping yet? Top marks to you. I am still waiting on Internet shopping to arrive, doing last minute dashes into town and trying to find the paper I brought in the January sales.

Since having Miss Marnie my Christmas prep has slipped a little - but one thing I won't let slip is my wrapping. I LOVE wrapping gifts. Seriously...it one of my favourite things. So much so that a old colleague of mine even brought me this book.

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We had a mutual love of gift wrapping, stationary and yes tying the perfect bow. One year I had to describe over the phone - whilst she was on a Christmas shoot how to tie a bow - if anyone had overheard us they would of thought we were a Martha Stewart SOS helpline!

Anyway, back to wrapping. It was this picture from Oh Happy Fry on Instagram that inspired this post. I mean how chic and simple? 

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