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Games and Books Under £10

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We have these great learning cube games on the shop.  Kids love them, learn and play at the same time.  A great gift, also good little alternative Easter gift if the little one you know doesn’t do chocolate.

numbercube_a_850Numbers cube, count the animals and also spot the difference on each side.  This is a favourite in our house.

alphabetcube_850 spellingcube_850Alphabet and key stage 1 spelling cubes.

dinocube_850 planetcube_850Dinosaur and planet cubes, are perfect for little dino lovers and galaxy wonderers.

dinogamea_850This dino game is a great little maths game.  Do the sum and win a dino.

books_850We also have these 2 new sound board books.  Perfect gifts for under £10, have an on/off switch at the back too.  The best sound books I’ve ever heard, not annoying at all!

Love Stuff

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valentinesA tiny selection of love stuff we adore (and secretly wish for) x

Topheart socks (asos), rose gold stud earrings (Matthew Calvin), Love Will Keep Us Together Tee (GoodHood)
MiddleWith You I Breathe necklace (Stephen Webster x Tracey Emin), Breton Stripe Heart Eyes Playsuit (Lil’ Beans)
BottomBilleCart Salmon (Selfridges), My Heart Beats And There Is Time Top (FinchNorwich), Le Labo Candle (Liberty)


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Screen Shot 2015-06-14 at 20.05.31I’m in love with the new Cult Of Youth collection, hand made by trained silversmith Kelly Seymour.  Kelly is London based and was inspired by her pregnancy for the collection, hence the MAMA and MOTHER necklaces.  I’m drawn to rose gold so that would be my pick, but there is also gold and silver to choose from – or mix it up with the chain and letters.  The necklaces caught the eye of many on instagram for these necklaces in particular and the waiting list grew.  As did Kelly’s tummy and is now a week away from her due date 🙂

Screen Shot 2015-06-14 at 20.05.44Kelly says: I was inspired by how superhero like you feel becoming a mama, if you can grow a human, you can take on whatever the universe has to throw at you.  I wanted to wear the word ‘mother’ like a big yellow S on the front of my shirt…

I like people that put a personal touch in to things, it brings a story and background to a collection or brand.  Kelly also takes custom orders for necklaces upon request.

Screen Shot 2015-06-14 at 20.05.04 Screen Shot 2015-06-14 at 20.04.43See the full collection here and you can follow Kelly on instagram here.

images. Cult of Youth


Not In My House UK

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Not In My House UK is a very new brand (just a month old) that produces lego art for kids and adults for that matter.  Rachael, the mother brains behind this idea makes them to order and has already been commissioned by Kids Trade Show Dot to Dot and events company MAD (mum and dad) LIFE for pieces.

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Rachael sources lego from anywhere and everywhere, buying second hand from car boots, ebay and her boys to buying new for specific pieces or colours.  A website is on it’s way but for now you can see Not In My House UK on facebook and order on Etsy.  There’s lots more to come from Rachael and NIMHUK, so like their facebook page and keep up with what’s to come.

IMG_29433 quick ones with Rachael:

Where do you live and with whom?
I live in a small picturesque village called Clapham in the Yorkshire Dales where our neighbours are sheep and Alan Bennett
I live with my husband James Atkin my 2 boys Sonny age 9 and Marley age 7 Hobo the cat age 5 and 2 Guinea Pigs Mogwai and Felix Age 6 months

How has being a mum changed you?  What are the dynamics in your house being the only female amongst boys?
Being a mum changed my hugely when i had Sonny,i struggled with my identity and felt like i could no longer be the person i was,becoming a mum is the biggest thing that has ever happened to me in my life and it has been the most rewarding and yet most challenging.As the kids have got older i feel more like me again and realised that i could be myself and my kids mother.My kids are my biggest achievement in my life and have given my life more purpose and i try to be the best mum i can be and that is a big journey in itself with lots of mistakes and learning happening on the way!!!
I am a total tom boy and so being surrounded by the boys isnt too big a deal-i think i would have struggled more being surrounded by girls to be honest!The boys dont take themselves too seriously and the toilet humour is right up my street and to be fair im probably worse than them on that front. I am getting used to the boys pointing and laughing at my various body parts as the ageing process kicks in and there is defo no room for ego when your child pokes at what you think is a beautifully toned tum and says ‘Mama has a big fat belly’

What’s your favourite thing to do as a family and meal to eat?
One of the treats we have as a family which may not seem as a big deal but is to us living in the sticks is a city trip with a wagamama lunch thrown in – the kids love it there and me and james always share a bottle of wine – we call it a ‘boozy lunch’ ha and the kids love it coz they know we are much more generous with a glass of wine in us !!!



Mini McKean Studio LOVE

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I am in love with these mini model sets by Australian husband and wife team McKean Studio.  All the products are about travel and cities, aswell as these mini handmade, hand painted sets, they produce bangles, scarves, prints and domino sets.

I’m totally after a Palm Springs set (and the dominoes) especially as we were there last month.  A good excuse for some memorabilia I think.

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Mothers Day

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mothersdayGift ideas: top row: tea towels, One Day Young photography book

middle row: new baby and mum socks, mother’s day cards

bottom, underwear, East Wick fig candle, maman cool sweat


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