Mother’s Day x iCandy campaign

My name is Malgorzata and I work as an Insurance broker and also a part time freelance photographer. My instagram handle is @tinywellies

I love exploring the great outdoors with my family and our energetic working cocker spaniel called Rio.

I wanted to get involved in the Mother’s Day X iCandy campaign to highlight the importance of slowing down and spending more time with your loved ones and to share a few simple gift ideas that won’t break the bank and will make wonderful alternatives to store bought cards and novelty gifts this Mother’s Day.

This year for Mother’s Day we’re planning on a big family breakfast first thing in the morning followed by a trip to Hengistbury Head. It’s one of my favourite local beaches surrounded by beautiful nature reserve. It’s also a special place to us as this is where my fiancé, David, proposed to me.

This is a perfect day for me as a mum – lovely walk down by the sea, watching kids and the dog enjoy themselves, having a spot of lunch at the beach, taking it slow.

I like to keep it simple for Mother’s Day. In my opinion the best Mother’s Day gifts are the ones handmade by children. Handmade card, painting, cake or cookies – you name it! 

I love receiving homemade treats! My favourite is shortbread (and if you’d like to give making it a go, I’m sharing the recipe at the end of this post).

As a little girl I used to make cards for my mum with my dad. Me and my dad would spend hours painting, cutting out flowers and writing a personal message for my mum.

Now each year I encourage my children to do the same for me. Handmade cards make my kids proud of themselves at what they’ve created, and to me it means I have a lovely keepsake to cherish.

Another weakness of mine when it comes to presents are flowers. I think a beautiful bouquet of flowers never gets old and it’s something I really really enjoy.

I think MiChair is perfect for us. It will bring my youngest, Dexter, right to the table and make him feel part of the family meals and other activities like arts and crafts.

I think eating together is a really important thing. As a child I always sat down at the table with my parents and there was absolutely no option of taking your meal to your room or eating it on the sofa while watching tv and I want to cultivate this tradition with my own family.

When you have a new baby there’s temptation to buy lots of stuff. We’ve been trying to keep it minimal and focus on quality rather than quantity. I like things that will last.

When it comes to my style around home I’d say I like it minimal, scandi, with natural wood and earthy colours and lots of light.

I love everything mustard, rust and pink coloured, so you will see pops of these colours around our house.

We’ve developed a more eco conscious way of thinking in the past years and try to do our best to reduce the waste, so using less plastic, using reusable nappies, composting, buying second hand or buying things we know will last and can be either used for a long time or passed on.

I like the idea of MiChair because it’s designed to last you from newborn all the way until they are older. It’s not just a high chair. 

The modern retro design fits effortlessly with our home style and I think the combination of wood and metal looks really nice. I’ve decided to go with the russet coloured comfort pack because it compliments our dinning area beautifully, and in the future I’m sure it will look equally beautiful in Dexter’s room as his little rocking chair.

Wishing all mums and mums to be a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Lemon Shortbread

You will need…

4oz Plain Flour

2oz Cornflour

4oz Butter

2oz Caster Sugar

Grated rind of 1 Lemon

Caster Sugar for decoration

Pre-heat oven to 170 degrees Celsius.

Mix flour and cornflour together. Cream the butter and the caster sugar together until well mixed. Add the lemon rind then work in flour mixture a tablespoon at a time.

Roll the mixture out to 1cm thick and cut into shape of your choice. Transfer to grease proof lined baking tray and sprinkle with caster sugar.

Chill in the fridge for 15 minutes, then bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

Cool on baking tray for a couple of minutes then transfer to wire rack to cool fully.

Stokke Beat launch

Few months ago we’ve been invited to a Stokke launch party in their flagship store in Westfield London.

Their beautiful pushchair collection welcomed a new addition – Stokke Beat, lightweight modern stroller designed with urban life in mind.

We had a little play with Beat and we loved it! The seat is nice and roomy, it’s reversible and reclines fully allowing comfortable nap times. Beat can be folded with just one hand, it’s super easy to push and steer, it’s light, it’s compact, it’s stylish, it truly is a parent’s dream!

Thank you for having us Stokke!

Visit stokke.com for more info

The Bonnie Mob AW19

Rainbows, pandas, musical instruments, chunky knits and the most beautiful colours – this is what dreams are made of!

The new autumn/winter collection from The Bonnie Mob looks absolutely amazing, and I literally can’t wait for colder days to wrap Dexter in those cosy jumpers and adorable hats! We are super lucky to remain on the Bonnie Mob brand ambassador team for the winter season and support this fab brand!

Imagine AW19

Discover the new AW19 collection ‘Imagine’ – Inspired by John Lennon’s famous song with themes of ‘PEACE’ and ‘LOVE’, you’ll find pandas, rainbows, music and strawberries in fun winter styles. Award winning baby and kidswear brand with a focus on sustainability and quality. 

Bonnie Mob x Bobux

Match made in heaven if you ask me! This season The Bonnie Mob and Bobux collaborate to bring you the cutest soft sole shoes for babies, designed to engage imagination and offer the highest level of comfort.
All little shoes come in adorable designs to compliment the new clothing range.

The sustainable bit

The Bonnie Mob is becoming more sustainable and reducing the impact on the planet is top of the brand’s agenda. With the help of The Bonnie Mob’s suppliers, the brand has worked hard to move 100% of the collection to certified organic cotton. The Bonnie Mob does not use harmful AXO dyes in its printing, all hang tags are made from recycled paper and postage packaging is made from 100% biodegradable material. It is important to The Bonnie mob to care for the environment by designing clothes that are made to last. The brand’s motto is ‘buy once, buy well, pass it on’.

Zero D denim

ZERO D DENIM is clean with no pollution and the pigment dye stuffs are harmless. With one-sided dyeing it leaves no residue touching babies and children’s skin, as would be the case with traditional denim. It uses over 90% less water than mass market indigo dyeing and any wastewater from the process is used to irrigate a vegetable garden in the factory grounds

Come back soon to see lots of cute pictures of Dexter in the outfit combinations selected by us and more in depth review.

We have a cheeky 15% off discount code for all our followers! Use SUNVILLTBM at the checkout!

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Lilly and Sid AW19

New autumn/winter collection from Lilly and Sid is here and we are in love!

We are lucky enough to work with Lilly and Sid as brand ambassadors this season and I’m very excited to share our top picks from baby boys (0-24 months) collection.

Let’s talk stripes. Personally, I can’t get enough of them, stripes never go out of fashion! Our selection of clothing from Lilly and Sid’s AW19 collection contains quite a few stripey items to mix and match. Beautiful hues of blues, grey and maroon create perfect autumnal outfits. This season Lilly and Sid embellished their baby boy’s clothing with some super cute characters like bears and penguins! There’s also some space themed pieces featuring rockets and UFO!

About the brand

Lilly and Sid are UK based boutique brand creating timeless pieces for babies and children aged 0-8 years, designed by in house designers. The brand prides itself on outstanding customer service and clothing made of the softest, specially selected cotton. No PR in sight – Lilly and Sid completely rely on the loyalty of their customers spreading the word! And it’s so easy to spread the word with such outstanding quality, pieces can last you multiple children, but you might find you want to buy all the new cute designs!

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Ergopouch swaddle bag

A few months ago we transitioned Dexter from traditional swaddle blankets to the Ergopouch zip up swaddle. Such a brilliant invention! No more tricky folding and wrapping (it was getting more and more challenging with a wriggly baby) just pop them in, zip up, job done!

Dexter is used to being swaddled; we did it from day dot. Normal sleeping bags are not working well for us at the moment so the Ergopouch was ideal!

This bamboo cocoon swaddle from Ergopouch is lovely – breathable and lightweight, keeps him snug and secure. It’s hip friendly, with a two way zip for easy nappy changing and can be converted into a sleeping bag by opening the arm poppers! Genius!

Dexter’s bedroom is always very warm so we went for the 0.2 tog option and I have to say this tog is also lovely for daytime naps! Ergopouch swaddles are also available in 1 and 2.5 tog.

Visit https://www.ergopouch.co.uk to see full range of swaddles, sleeping bags and more!

RRP of the Bamboo cocoon swaddle bag in waves 0.2 tog is £23.99

Swaddle was kindly gifted.