Welcome to #mamamondays. Here I try to include anything that is making us happy – and hopefully you too – even though it’s a Monday. And, I have to say it really 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…
The last few months I’ve really noticed a step-up in Miss Marnies’ imaginative play. I mean yes she plays with her toys and makes all the right noises but lately her role playing and acting out social situations has really developed.
More than just playing with her dolls and pretending to be their mum, or having picnics on the carpet with her teddies. I have caught her a few times reading to them – like she is there nursery teacher. We also have to play ‘pre-school’ which involves us telling her what her doll has eaten, played and done all day at nursery – she then asks to sign them out – just as we do when collecting her.
It’s so sweet watching her imagination grow and something we encourage by playing along. I mostly get involved playing shops and restaurant’s (where she takes my order on a flip pad!). Which is why when the lovely people at George Home asked us to pick a lovely wooden toy from their new range I had to choose this tea trolley and tea set.
Miss M loves nothing better than playing teashops and cakes (I can’t imagine where she has learnt this from?) – so, a vintage style trolley was the perfect choice for a stylish tearoom game.
Plus, I have a bit of a thing for wooden toys – don’t get me wrong we have our fair share of plastic bits too – but there is something about timeless wooden toys isn’t there?. Miss M already has a wooden market stocked with wooden foods, a wooden kitchen and accessories and wooden dolls house.
Mainly I like the fact they last, are somewhat unbreakable and the very best bit – no batteries required (how annoying receiving gifts and not being given the batteries/ or having any in the house). I guess the only drawback is the putting it together. Thankfully the husband does that (and doesn’t swear once I promise!) failing that my sister is pretty handy with a screwdriver so she often puts Miss M’s toys together.
Anyway, back to the tea trolley. This beautiful push along trolley is a steal at £25 (and £10 for the matching afternoon tea set with cute little teabags and everything). It’s the perfect height for Miss M to push and serve up her fresh brew. The two trays are ideal for a tea set and any other wooden cakes or treats underneath.
I think it makes a great gift for any budding teashop owner. Just be prepared to drink lots of pretend tea!
Miss M didn’t have a birthday party this year – but that doesn’t stop me looking at party accessories. This fab collaboration with My Little Day (possibly the chicest kids party pieces site ever – full of everything you need from balloons, invites, party bags and everything in between) and Noodoll (a quirky design brand full of happy monsters and fun stationery).
This is a first for Noodoll – as the designs are normally only on toys, notepads, pencil cases and the like. So, worth snapping up these special My Little Day X Noodoll pastel hued pieces now and saving for your next little bash.
|Prices from €3 – €40|
It’s been a busy few months around here – and I’m not complaining. I work much better when I am juggling several things at once….most of the time!
The last few months has seen me put together the Superdrug Christmas Gift Guide, several fashion pages for Very magazine (a fashion mag linked to the website that is free every 3rd week with OK! Magazine) and continuing to compile pages for Gurgle magazine (which is honestly one of my favourite jobs!) – I am particularly proud of this months A-Z Autumn trends.
It was a big one to put together but so worth it when you see the finished piece in your hands. I will be sharing some behind-the-scenes parts of my work very soon.