A few weeks back I went to check out the release of Jeanswest JNR – a super cute range for 6 month – 4 year olds.
I loved it – I struggle since living in London to find cheap, stylish kids clothing here and the little stripe tees and mega cute pants are seriously what has been missing from Reuben’s wardrobe! You can pick up bits and bobs from the warehouse or cotton on kids or whatever but the quality is always a bit lacking.
Everyone in my baby group went crazy for their maternity jeans and my favourite postpartum jeans (codeword: fat jeans) are from jeanswest – they also have a lifetime guarantee on their stitching which is pretty cool! They are giving away a colouring book with purchase at the moment and it is an awesome one – Reuben has been thoroughly testing it!
The clothes are available in most stores in Auckland and online at http://www.jeanswest.com.au/kids.html
Recently I was contacted by Vertbaudet asking if I would review their new, free service they have created where you can make a gorgeous poster for your kids room. For those of you not familiar with the brand – Vertbaudet is a gorgeous french childrens/babywear brand – I used to buy tons from the UK – unfortunately they don’t offer international shipping yet but in this case it’s irrelevant as you download and print it yourself! So this wonderful service is available to everyone worldwide.
I picked out this beautiful tree pic and personalised it with Charlotte’s details and it will make a perfect addition to her bedroom! They have a couple of other designs including some stylish ones for little guys, so I’m off to print Reuben’s one out tomorrow! The great thing about this service is not only that it’s free but you get total freedom in your paper choice, you could even stick it on a canvas or get it professionally printed. Click here to make your very own one!
Happy poster creating!!! xx
Those of you who are friends of me on facebook may have noticed already but for everyone else I’ve started a wee business called Squeakle! It’s basically just me trying to be crafty and selling handknits and bits and pieces I’ve sewn for babies/mums.
The website’s still in development but you are welcome to take a look at squeakle.co or join me on facebook where I’ve been listing all my products bit by bit. It’s been way more work than I thought and made me realise just how little time I actually do have in the day but so far I’m loving it and it’s been way more successful than I thought which is pretty cool too!
I’ve been so slack at updating, my blog WAS broken but it’s miraculously fixed itself tonight finally. I’ve also developed a mean sewing addiction which is soaking up any spare time I have !
Apple and feijoa crumble pie and a fabric covered letter for Charlotte’s room. xxx
Here’s a quick video I made of how to swaddle or wrap up your baby just using 2 blankets or cloths or sheets. Just place your blankets on top of each other and baby on top with the blankets at her shoulder level.
Obviously do this at your own risk this is just what I do with my children. Make sure the blankets are flat with no wrinkles and your baby isn’t lying on her hands or arms.
My gorgeous Aunty Robyn gave me this cake tin tonight, and to celebrate my pimping new oven straight from the 80s I baked this amazing cake. It’s amazing because it involves nothing fancier than a normal cake but comes out looking so fancy pants!
Check it out! This oven was in my parents house when they bought it over 24 years ago!! It has fanbake! And a lower oven! Haha. This is a pretty exciting day for me let me tell you…
The cake is Alison Holst’s lemon yogurt cake which you can make it the food processor in less than 5 minutes. Nice and easy, even when you have a crying baby strapped to you in a sling and a toddler demanding your attention 😉
I didn’t sew the whole time I was in London, but having a working sewing machine and a dining table to put it on is so novel I couldn’t help myself.
The other motivating factor in this little project was that the only cotton cot sheets I could find were $30 for a fitted sheet and a flat sheet and boring as heck. What’s with all the polycotton for babies anyway?! Considering we barely use flat sheets and already have some beautiful ones (we mostly use sleeping bags) that seemed like a mega waste of money.
So for the sum of 14 dollars I purchased enough fabric, elastic and thread for 2 fitted sheets. I SUCK at sewing, thus is the first thing I’ve made in many many years and it was so quick and easy. The hardest part for me was measuring it out! Xxx
So it’s been a long time between posts! what’s been going on? Well… we travelled through Europe, USA and Fiji, landed home in New Zealand – where my parents sorted out an amazing house for us, helped them do some major renovations on it both inside and out, moved in, did some serious furniture and whiteware shopping, got our boxes from London, got our boxes that we had in storage from 3 years ago, semi unpacked the boxes, did midwife appointments, set up sky and insurance and stuff like that, caught up with friends and family, job hunted, and oh yeah had a home birth.
This is our gorgeous baby girl, long awaited and already giving us so much joy – Charlotte. So yes I’ve been busy but thanks to my awesome husband’s Christmas present (galaxy note 2!) And lots and lots of feeding time I forsee more time online! Xx
So a few weeks ago I recieved a lovely package in the post from the founder of Seraphine Maternity Cecile Reinaud, with a letter congratulating me on my pregnancy and gifting me this beautiful Breton style dress!
As you can see from my previous maternity posts I’ve got a bit of a thing for Breton stripes or stripes of any kind really.. And today I finally had a chance to give packing a rest and rock my new dress around Westfield on a final London shopping trip.
It is super comfortable, and flattering although I think I need to invest in some kind of belt that works a bit better than the one I was wearing with it. I think maybe a long long thin tan one wrapped twice would look amazing!
As you can see I’m exposing my bare pasty legs so I’m off on a mission tomorrow to get some amazing maternity stockings so I can wear this dress in NY in a months time as it will be pretty chilly! I picked up some gorgeous leather flats and new sunnies to go with my outfit from TK Maxx today too… oh TK Maxx how I will miss you so!
I’d never heard of Seraphine before they contacted but I’ve been browsing their website and loving heaps of the stuff. The catalogue they sent me is just gorgeous too, and they have 20% off heaps of their best sellers this week. Here’s my favourites from Seraphine at the moment… I’m very tempted by the breast feeding tops!!
You can order a catalogue on their website – I would highly reccomend it – it’s a stunning read, it’s like a magazine and I think showcases their products so much nicer than on the website too. xx
19 weeks has arrived and with it so has my bump! Woohoo! I’ve been waiting for this since the get go and already this week the lady at the post office asked if Reuben was getting a baby brother or sister (yes, she knows him by name!) and a stranger at the supermarket has congratulated me! Love getting these kind of comments.
Baby purchasing has so far been under control.. or so I thought.. I’ve been buying bits and pieces off eBay (baby capsule and base, and a bunch of girly baby clothes that were cheap). I had a bit of a stock-take today and realised some of the stuff I’ve bought has been way too warm for a NZ summer baby and some of it when it arrived I was slightly disappointed at the quality so that stuff’s going back on eBay! I’ve also totally blown the budget on something I’ve been coveting for a while… shouldn’t take much to guess if you’ve read my blog before!! I’ll do a reveal on that after the weekend when I hopefully pick it up!!
Here’s Reuben attempting to dress his “baba” clearly a boy haha in some definitely pink girly clothes. I’m so thrilled to have got to the 19 week mark and feel the baby having what only feels like a mad dance party in my stomach day and night. Reuben is still completely oblivious to the fact there is a baby in there although he does think my newly endowed chest is the.most.hilarious thing in the world!!
I’m still mildly freaking out about packing and shipping things home, while at the same time trying to make sure all I buy up all the cool UK things I want to have at home!!! I just hope we can find a proper house to live in as soon as possible when we get back and start to settle in. xx