Love this. It’s so cute and perfect for Easter parties.
With Peter pan collar and polka dots your princess will also be on-trend for spring.
I’d pair with white textured tights.
£6 from Primark.
Hitting the right note with maternity fashions can be tricky - and weddings with a bump can pose a style panic.
I love this dress, £40, from ASOS. It comes in a mouthwatering selection of pretty pastels and features one of the season’s key looks: lace.
Also a sure winner for a summer baby shower.
Be quick though - I can’t imagine them sticking around for long.
As far as bibs go these Funky Giraffe ones are pretty cool. I reckon if SJP designed dribble-moppers they’d almost certainly look like these:
Here’s my little girl Hattie rocking one:
When it comes to bibs though, it’s probably the thing you want to splash the least cash on…
The ‘bandana bibs’ are £4 each - but the more you buy the more you save. So five would cost £11 (£2.20 each) and 10 £20.50 (£2.05 each). And after an order 10 they are £1.90 each.
I may be tempted to stock up so I always have a stylish but practical baby present in the house for newborns.
The quality is fantastic. The design is printed onto cotton, they have a snug fleecy backing and two sets of nickel-free poppers to the rear so babies of all ages are catered for.
The selection of prints available is fantastic. Take a look here. I’m a convert.
Of course we have a competition for you. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address by February 15 with the subject line Bibs for your chance to win three designs of your choice. Get browsing!
It’s bloody miserable outside today. But there is a way to lift the gloom. Look at the latest coats from Joules luscious kidswear range. Just wish they did them in my size.
Sizes: 0 - 12 months
Sizes: 3-12 years
Sizes 3 - 12 years
Sizes: 3 - 12 years
And, as always, we have a great discount for you - £10 off when you spend over £50 at Joules online. It even applies on top of current sale prices. Just enter the code BOOTS13.
I lied. It’s get fit for 99p actually. And it’s an absolute revelation.
No poncey gyms. No embarrassing fitness classes. No red-faced jogging.
The answer? My new pedometer.
A pedometer counts how many steps you do in a day. You simply clip it to your waist and you’re good to go.
So far I’m falling into the just above average bracket, which is between 3,000 and 4,000 steps a day.
The aim is 10,000 steps a day. If you reach this golden goal it will have a significant impact on your health - which is what we’re all after, isn’t it?
And the best bit is that you can step to it at every spare minute, fitting it in and around your average day.
I have a new spring in my step knowing that all my running around is for a good cause.
* It can help weight loss
* It tones your legs, bum and tum
* …and your arms
* It strengthens your heart
* It lowers risk of disease including diabetes, asthma and some cancers
* It can help prevent dementia
* It can help prevent osteoporosis
* It can boost your energy
* …and your mood
And there are hundreds more reasons to walk it out that I’m hoping to soon discover.
So join me in my 10,000 a day steps challenge. I promise you won’t be sorry.
A tea towel on the head and dressing gown cord around the waist. How things change.
If you’re running low on creativity - or are a bit rubbish at sewing - then Asda has the answer for this year’s nativity… at £8 a costume.
Tesco is also in on the nativity action. Their outfits are 50% off at the mo. A cracking £5 for the Mary costume and £3 for the star. Bargains.
And you can pretend it was all your own hard work. I won’t tell.
Christmas fashions fill me with dread. Why retailers think we like glitter-laden Lycra is beyond me.
Thankfully Matalan has stepped up to the plate this year. I adore the Abbey Clancy range.
This Abbey Clancy Space Dye Midi Dress, £20, is my choice for the office party. Use this code for 20% off: XFF520 (and 30% off if you spend over £50).
Thanks Abbey. Job well done.
Start a tradition and kit yourselves out in Christmas jumpers on the big day.
Here is my bargain-busting round up.
1. Festive Christmas Jumper, £3, ikrush
The best Christmas jumper deal around. As part of ikrush’s 12 Days of Christmas offer, on December 10 you can bag this top for just £3! Mark it on your calendar now.
2. Father Christmas Sweatshirt, £32, Cath Kidston
Cath Kidston quality but at a fair price. Don’t forget to get your 20% discount code from yesterday’s blog post, which would bring the price down to £25.60.
3. 3D Christmas Pudding Jumper, £14, Asda
George at Asda has a fantastic selection of festive winter warmers at fabulous prices. I like this one the best.
4. Maternity Grey Seasons Tweetings Robin Christmas Jumper, £17.99, New Look
One for the mums-to-be. You mightn’t be able to enjoy a Christmas booze up but you can enjoy this sweet treat. And get a cool 20% by signing up to their store card here.
5. Women’s Retro Skier Jumper, £12.80, Peacocks
This for me is the clincher. Retro cool. Made cooler still as it’s been marked down from £16.
There’s a tradition in our household: Christmas Eve PJs.
Santa is not allowed to see you in shabby PJs when he comes a-visiting.
I love these from Cath Kidston.
Yes they’re a tad pricey, but in my experience quality nightwear does last the distance. And with this special 20% discount they work out at a more thrifty £40. Use the code BBY13 at the checkout. There is also a special £1.80 delivery offer if you order today.
Now you won’t be embarrassed should the postman - or Santa - catch you in them…
I’m back at work and have taken great delight in ditching the dowdy mum get-up for some smart work clobber.
I feel as though a part of my long-lost identity has returned.
But as my first pay day hasn’t arrived just as yet good old Dotty P’s has been my back-to-work wardrobe saviour.
And today there’s an impressive 40% off on many items - plus an extra 10% off if you sign up to the newsletter AND free worldwide delivery on orders over £50 with this code: DPDEL50
Take supplements but not if you’re taking antidepressants. Supplements aren’t proven to work but they can interfere with antidepressants (despite not working).
Keep yourself busy but remember to find time to relax. Look after yourself first and then dedicate your time to others, volunteer.
Find God. Find yourself.
Cut out dairy. Cut out meat. Cut out gluten. Eat melted cheese. Eat more potatoes. Eat more meat. Sugar is evil. Remember to treat yourself to cake.
Delve into your past to get to the root of your problems. Then forget the past, move forward, concentrate on the future.
You can work it out, never give up - although never forget that acceptance is key.
Routine, routine, routine. Routine can solve many ills - going with the flow is also helpful.
Cut out all alcohol. A bit of what you fancy does you good though - and a glass of wine never harmed anyone.
Enjoy the here and now but always make plans. It’s imperative to have things to look forward to. Push yourself but don’t expect too much of yourself.
Think positive but if you do think negatively don’t fight the feeling.
Fake it until you make it and be yourself - at all times.
Find a hobby. Be still. Keep active. Exercise. Relax. Yoga. Meditate.
Think of the big picture. Don’t think too much though, just about the things you can control. In fact it’s probably best not to think as you are not your thoughts - except when you are your thoughts. When they are good thoughts you are your thoughts but negative thoughts aren’t you. Ignore them. Become the watcher of your thoughts. Observe them.
Don’t spend time alone but set aside 15 minutes each day to spend time alone. Have ‘me’ time.
Get out into the world except when visualising your safe place - then you must forget the outside world and retreat into your safe place.
Allow yourself time to heal. Time is a healer. Let time pass. Don’t forget though that time is of the essence and you must enjoy every moment. Believe in the power of now.
Pass your fears to God, he has the answer. You have the answer though, you always have.
Massage. Reiki. Aromatherapy. Homeopathy. Herbal tea.
A problem shared is a problem halved: talk it out. But be dignified; if you’re going through hell keep going. Be strong. Be brave. Survive.
Hope that helps.
Husband (in bed this morning): “I’ve got a coupon for some Cif.”
1. To call my husband daddy (still can’t believe I do this. Awful)
2. To answer to mummy from my husband (again, awful)
3. To have misbehaved children
4. To let them eat anything other than homemade food made from organic produce
5. To let them play with anything other than quality-made wooden toys
6. To use chocolate/crisps/unhealthy stuff as bribes
7. To let them watch cartoons
8. To let them watch cartoons whilst eating
9. To let them use iPads, iPhones and other adult electronic devices
10. To have ridiculous names for body parts
11. To allow them to sleep in our bed
12. To buy plastic tat to keep them quiet
13. To post pictures of them on social media
14. To ever refer to them on Facebook
15. To write a mum blog
16. To aspire to own a whole range of lounge wear
17. To parent (loudly) in public places
18. To talk to friends at length about my children
19. To analyse baby poo for signs of illness
20. To be generally neurotic about their health and development
21. To let having children affect my social life
22. To let having children affect my career
23. To let having children influence my fashion choices
24. To give in to whining/nagging
25. To use the phrase ‘me time’
I’m sure there’s more but that list is depressing enough as it stands for now. Add yours in the comment boxes below.
Baby clothes are adorable. The problem is that they grow out of them far too quickly; particularly annoying when they’ve cost you a small fortune.
Our daughter Hattie has some truly beautiful dresses which sadly only got one wear before her upper arms became a shade too flabby to fit in them. Ain’t it always the way with those damn bingo wings.
Anyhow…this is what I’ve been doing with her prettier dresses that she can no longer wear - strategically hanging them around her nursery on little wooden hangers from Ikea - £2 for a pack of five. Bargain.
Please feel free to share your nursery decor tips in the comment boxes below.