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The Art of Motherhood – Mère. Soeur

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So the beautiful Carrie, founder of Mère. Soeur, lover of a bit of pink, launches her new project next week.  It’s an adult colouring book curated by Carrie, and drawn by some very talented female artists.  The theme is motherhood, sisterhood and girl power.  All proceeds go to families in need.

Carrie has answered a few questions about the book, new Mère. Soeur products and her lovely fam.


Had you wanted to do something for charity for a while?  How did the idea come about?  Why this theme?

Absolutely, I hadn’t realised it had been almost a year since I held the #nepalquakeauction (we raised $1525 for a Circle of Health, a charity who get aid out to pregnant women and new mums and babies in areas of crisis) on my IG page and thought it was about time I did something else to give back. I wanted to do something different this time. A collection of all-female art inspired by motherhood and sisterhood seemed like the perfect way to do it. The illustrators have all been so generous with their time and talent. It really was a team effort. All profit will go to Home Start, a family support charity whose volunteers are all parents themselves (perfect, no?!). They help vulnerable families all over the UK through various problems and work together to create stable family environments in which to nurture children.

What has inspired you for it, you’re journey in motherhood?
Everything I do is inspired by my journey through motherhood but I’d say the idea for this definitely came from the riot grrrl zines I read as a teenager and always dreamed of recreating. I thought there was nothing cooler.
Feminist art, a DIY ethos and and the idea of parents helping parents were the driving force behind creating this book.

What new products do you have for the shop, where do you want to go with it?
I have a few new tees, a limited edition PINK Mama Gang tee, I’ll be releasing some patches as well as a the first Mère Soeur sweatshirt this summer too!

3 quickies about Carrie:

IMG_8876Where do you live and with whom?
I live in North Wales with Riv! His dad lives in Essex and has a barber shop in Hackney. We have family time once a fortnight.

What did you do before motherhood?  How has it changed you?  Has anything surprised you good or bad?
I worked for Lush and I loved it. I just couldn’t face leaving River once mat leave was over. I had the fear big time! Becoming a mama has done wonders for my work ethic and given me the motivation I needed to become self employed and really give this thing a go.

What is your favourite time of day, what is your favourite thing to with River?
Bathtime is my absolute favourite part of the day. It always has been. That stage that comes after excited and playful but just before tired and cuddly is the sweetest.
Our new favourite thing to do is run around the field next to my house (we’re in the valleys so there’s a LOT of space), at least twice a day Riv will bring his shoes and hat to me to let me know it’s time to go play. Watching the birds makes him so happy!

Book will be available from the 17th May from Mère Soeur


Fi-Rex for Children In Need

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Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 20.35.43We were very happy to receive this book in the mail today.  It’s written by a long list of celebs (doing a page each) to raise money for Children In Need.  Illustrated by Julia Patton and published by Fat Fox Books, the boys loved it.  Was expecting them to switch off a bit because of the length of it, but they stayed engaged until the end.

We took part in a book chain with Selfish Mother and Fat Fox Books, to instagram and tag an image after reading, then sign and post on to the next person on the list.  The book is signed by Kate Moss, who also collaborated on a page of the book and these signed copies in the chain, will be auctioned off and the money donated to helping children.

IMG_8759You can grab yourself a copy, have a great read with the littles as well as doing your good deed for charity.  Books are available from Amazon as well as other good book stores.

Charity T’s

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charityteesAll or some of the profits of these adult and kids T’s go to charities, so apart from them being great they’re definitely worth a look and a purchase now!

Top: LIl’ Beans x Le Gun, Mother of Dragons Tee Foster LA, Monkey and Mole
Middle: Selfish Mother
Bottom:  Monkey and Mole, Lil’ Beans x Le Gun

Shopbop + Born Free

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Shopbop collaborated with 22 designers and Vogue to produce this collection for Born Free.  All profits will go towards aiding the end of mother to child HIV transmission at birth.  The collection features limited edition pieces from designers some being Chloe, Victoria Beckham, Isabel Marant, and Prada.

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images. Shopbop

With most of the Easter chocolate gone now, I’ve made the odd slightly healthier treat this week.  One being these brownies, made with sweet potato.  Not the best picture, and I overcooked them a bit (distracted by bean 2 + 3) but they tasted pretty good and would definitely make them again.

browniesFind the recipe along with many more delicious things here at Deliciously Ella.

I’m thankful today is Friday this week…. happy weekend xx



Go visit LatteMama’s pop up

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LatteMama are having a pop up on the Kings Road from 15th – 28th August, in conjunction with Popup Britain.  A great part of London for a bit of shopping and a chance to browse through some cool AW13 stock, from the likes of Mini Rodini and Indikidual.  Our Lil’ Beans/Le Gun t-shirts will be there with the lovely LatteMama too, so you you can add a bit of guilt free shopping in to the mix, as all profits of them go to charity.  A visit is a definite must.

Happy weekend x

image. LatteMama

SpiritHoods – give a little back

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We like these fake fur hats for all ages from SpiritHoods.  Made in Los Angeles, the company gives 10% of net profit from each sale to the conservation of endangered animals.  Like our Lil’ Beans/Le Gun tee’s it’s a bit of ‘shopping for a good cause’, and receiving a great product in return.

images. SpiritHoods

Today’s the day

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It’s finally come around and we have launched our site!  It feels like it’s been a long time coming, but Lil’ Beans online kids store is now here!  Launching with our limited tee’s, (profits of them go to charity (NAS)), we hope you like what you see and stay with us on our little adventure to showcase lovely new finds as well as some brilliant brands that are already known and are awesome.  We will be introducing our AW13 stock from such brands over the next month, so please keep in touch, whether it be through the newsletter, blog, twitter or instagram for updates.

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A week today

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Our Lil’ Beans Kids Store launches a week today! We are launching our online store with a limited run of t-shirts, all profits from these tee’s will go to charity.  The t-shirts have been designed by Chris Bianchi and Bill Bragg from London collective Le Gun.  They are currently involved in an exhibition ‘Memory Palace’ that launched last week at the V&A.  We will then gradually add our brands to the shop for AW13 over the next month.


Red Nose TKMaxx

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It’s come around again, and TKMaxx have some more t-shirts of famous faces (and the odd animal) wearing red noses by Stella McCartney.  They range from £5.99 – £14.99 and Emma Bridgewater has also done a little ‘red nose homeware’ collection.  Red Nose Day is next month, on the 15th.

image and t-shirts. TKMaxx


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