Five things for the weekend

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1) This week, while my busy schedule of snack fetching and endless rounds of the Shopping List game clearly meant I didn’t go to LFW – probably a good thing; clothes covered in a light frosting of baby sick are so not this season – I had fun, as always, looking at the street style shots of what people were wearing. Isn’t it like a glorious no-uniform day at school for grown-ups? Continue reading

Win: a Skip Hop baby bag with M&S Baby

Skip Hop diaper bag To celebrate the recent launch of M&S Baby – the new dedicated baby section on the Marks & Spencer website – I’m giving away a Skip Hop baby bag, worth £65.

It’s a Deluxe Special Edition of the Skip Hop diaper bag, in a seriously stylish french stripe. It’s a bag that doesn’t scream ‘change bag’ – so you could easily use it as your main handbag when you’re not lugging around 80 nappies, multiple changes of mini clothes and all the usual baby change paraphernalia.

To enter:

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The (Armadillo) Flip side – the Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip XT

We’re currently trying out the new Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip XT pram, and would really love your help with something…

M&P Armadillo Flip XT review

We were challenged to take a creative photo showing the USPs of the pram in use. Our photo – along with those of a group of bloggers – is currently over on the M&P Facebook page. There’s some great pictures, you can vote here for your favourite and the blogger with the most votes will be giving away an Armadillo Flip XT worth £500 (so you could be in with the chance of winning one). If you’d like to vote, that would be fab, thank you!

We wanted to show that due to the small fold and light weight it’s a great pram for using in London, but wanted to flip it (see what we did there?) so our photo is the wall art of our local area. We’re highlighting the excellence of the big hood for naps; Florence was asleep inside and Eliza’s using the handy hood window to check on her.

Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip XT review

It was fun taking the photos, although as usual Alex took a LOT of persuading as it’s his most hated job (anyone else have this? Poor blogger partners, they need some sort of union). Continue reading

Star Wars Saturdays and the circular nature of parenting

Star Wars toy figures

While you can kiss goodbye to luxurious lie-ins when you’re a parent, Alex and I occasionally try and give each other a bit of a longer sleep at weekends. It’s a tiny, tantalising reward for those nights of mid-week wake-up woes that inevitably culminate in all of us squashed in one bed, with the toddler taking up 90% of room.

So in a bid to allow the other a fraction more shut-eye, one of us will entertain the  space stealer for an hour and try to stop her making a run for it in the direction of the sleeping parent while shouting “cockadoodledoooo!” Continue reading

Win: a children’s play tent to celebrate spring

Children's playtent

I’ve recently made Eliza a tepee-style children’s play tent, and since then we’ve had a lot of fun playing in it. So far it’s been a brilliant springboard for creative play when we’ve been stuck inside; it’s been everything from a rocket to a reading nook and a lunch venue.

But spring is on the way – it is! it is – and that means lots more potential for outdoor play. I was contacted by Big Game Hunters, a family-run business that supplies children’s outdoor play equipment. After spending most of last year on our house renovation, this year we’ll be working on the garden and there are so many brilliant things on this site I have my eye on (how amazing are these castle playhouses?).

Big Game Hunters has offered to give a children’s Aztec Wigwam play tent (worth £59.99) to one reader, in a bid to spur on your own creative play this spring.

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Baby groups and the big second child question

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Did you go to a lot of baby groups and activity sessions with your first child? Looking back at the toddler’s first year we went to baby massage, baby yoga, breastfeeding groups, playgroups, play dates, rhyme time at the library, Gymboree and met up lots with our NCT group (we also had a lot of sofa time to balance it out).

So what about your second child? Continue reading