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Little Miss Fashion Designer

8 May

Well, it would seem that my daughter Alice-Sara fancies herself as a bit of a fashion designer.

When I was asked if any of the children would like to create their own T-shirt design Alice-Sara was first in line.

Yes, I had a vision of a somewhat messy home, what with fabric paint normally being the way forward. I couldn’t have been more wrong. All that was required was for Alice-Sara to draw her design on paper in which she coloured in felt tip pens as she normally would.

I couldn’t believe how very simple this whole design process was turning out to be! Having simply drawn her design on paper this was then scanned onto the computer and clothes2order done all the hard work so we didn’t have to!

Alice-Sara drew a really bold funky picture of what I’m told is a drawing of myself (seriously… I don’t wear that much lipstick in the flesh).

Clothes2order offer a huge choice of customisable products from great brands. We opted for a plain white T-Shirt in a size 9-10. This was from the well known brand fruit of the loom.

The company stock T-shirts in varying sizes from children’s tees to adults. Because Clothes2order have this huge range on site meaning nothing has to be ordered in and the fact all printing is done on site, makes the service an astoundingly quick one when it comes to dispatch & delivery times.

All customising can be done on line, this includes anything from uploading your design to entering text for added slogans or names. Whether ordering just one t-shirt or 100 (yes, there is no minimum order) this is done in minutes.

Certain product lines are available to order on express delivery but all products are dispatched in record time.

I absolutely love the finished t-shirt bearing my daughters creative drawing of her mummy caked in lipstick… In fact we all thought it was brilliant and now Little man has expressed an interest to possible try his hand at designing one too.

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Designing you’re very own t-shirt Is a fab way of keeping the kids entertained and making their art
Into something that bit more special. I would recommend it to anyone.

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This is a review post, though opinions are honest and that of my own. We received the t-shirt free of charge but was under no obligation to have to write about it.

The search for two new faces for the ‘Argos Kidswear Range’ is on, and I’m a judge!

17 Nov

As many of you may have seen, I’ve been doing some work with Argos lately as part of the ‘Santa’s Little Helpers feature’. How excited was I when I received an email on Tuesday, inviting me to the Ideal Home show (Christmas Event) this Saturday 19th November! Yes, I have been asked to join the Argos judging panel who will be selecting one boy and one girl (aged between 4-10) out of the 40 finalist who entered to become the face of the ‘New Argos Kidswear range’.

The competition has been running a while, thousands of proud parents uploaded a picture of their little angels to the Argos Facebook page and the judges had the hard task of narrowing it down to just 40 finalist.

The two lucky winners will model in a photoshoot for the Argos Kidswear page on the website, feature on Argos TV home shopping channel, win the entire clothing collection in their favourite character as well as being given a modelling contract with Alphabet Kidz! How awesome a prize is this!

Ten runners-up will each receive a Argos Kidswear goodie bag.

All 40 finalist will be walking the catwalk and undergoing a short interview at the final. In preparation for the day, I was today sent the picture of the fab 40 and WOW… What an amazing 40 they are! This is gonna be one hard decision, I just know it.The 40 finalist in the Argos competition to find the new faces of it’s Kidswear range

I felt very privileged to be asked, I’ve never been a judge before and wasn’t really aware of the competition in-till recently, but goodness am I excited! As a mother to three beautiful children I can really relate to how excited yet nervous all the parents of the final 40 must be feeling. I’m also guessing that all are pretty proud right now, and rightly so, I would be too!

When I told Little man that Mummy was gonna be a judge in the competition, he asked if I was now like Cheryl Cole, I had to laugh, “I only wished son!”

Honestly, I really cannot wait till the big day, not only will I get to check out the fabulous exhibition, (I’m sure the ideal home show Christmas, will be spectacular event) but I also get to experience something a Little different and try something new. It feels strange knowing I’m going to help make some Little boy and girls dream come true but it’s also very rewarding and I’m totally up for.

As for the new Argos kidswear, my youngest would love the George pig and Thomas the tank engine range, and I’m sure my daughter would also be pretty keen to get her mitts on some of the gorgeous outfits. I’m already an avid Argos shopper, especially at Christmas, the clothing addition fits really well and I can see myself adding items to the christmas shopping list this year. You really can’t go wrong with kids character wear, kids just love it!
If you fancy checking out the range for yourselves, then just click here.

Current models showcasing the Argos Kidswear range

For those of you who maybe interested in popping along to the event itself, the children will take to the catwalk on Saturday 19th November at 3.30 pm at the awesome ‘Ideal home show Christmas’ at Earls Court London.

If you’re coming along then do say hello, I love to meet those that read the blog as It’s always lovely to put a face to a comment & say thank you.

Lastly… Good luck to all 40 awesome children lucky enough to get to the final (you should all be very proud) and I can’t wait to see you all this Saturday.

Just remember one important thing! Have fun!

Note: I’ll be running a fabulous competition next week, offering you the chance to win a £100 worth of Argos shopping vouchers to spend this Christmas! So keep your eyes peeled.

Children’s fashion by Vertbaudet

4 Nov

Being a blogger,  you get some awesome opportunities come your way.

 This was one off them, I was frilled when asked to review something from the Vertbaudetchildren’s range.

 I find it hard to find clothing for Little man as he wears nothing but tracksuits as he is defensive to most materials due to his problems with his sensory processing.

 I was going to try out a tracksuit for the purpose of this review but unfortunately the stock was all sold out when I choose the one I liked. With this I decided that it would be the perfect opportunity to showcase some children’s wear that would be suitable for the upcoming party season.

 I couldn’t resist the girls clothing, they have some truly beautiful pieces. I spent what seemed like hours scoring over the girls dresses and came across some stunning pieces. I narrowed it down to a top and a skirt, (sold individually) together the cost of the outfit was a total of £31 which I thought was pretty reasonable given the excellent quality of both the items.

 Check out the gorgeous items we chose.

 Girls top

 This pretty long-sleeved 100% pure cotton jersey, is great for the child who has sensitive delicate skin. It features a print motif with embroidery and sequins (embroidery only in sizes 2-3 for health and safety reasons). It has back button fastening as-well as small gathers.

Available in a choice of 3 colours from ages 2yrs to 13/14 years Priced between £9-£13

Girls Frilled Skirt

 A stunning dot print tulle with adjustable waistband with inner elastic and buttons. There is a side zip and a pretty velvet ribbon and bow on the waistband. The skirt is machine washable and 100% cotton satin lining with 100% polyester outer to give it that tulle frilled effect.

Available in five colours and from ages 2yrs all the way up to age 13/14yrs

priced between £14-£18

 WHY I LOVE THESE ITEMS

Although these items are great worn together as a party outfit  (perfect for the approaching party season this Christmas) they are also great worn separately. The top can be worn with almost anything as we chose the colour white. The top looks causal but pretty worn with a nice pair of bootcut jeans (Alice has worn this with a pair of leggings, however it’s getting a tad cold for that).

 Although the skirt is quite dressy it still looks funky dressed down in a pair of winter tights and boots (the website shows a perfect example of this when worn by one of their models).

 I just loved the fact it had an adjustable waistband, great for the child with no waist or one who is slightly larger. The skirt is a great length coming just over the knee and this combined with the adjustable waistband means your child with get some good wear out of it and your pennies will have gone that bit further.

 These are real girlie pieces and Alice-Sara loves them worn both together and individually.

 The quality is super impressive meaning you don’t mind spending that little bit more as you know it will last that bit longer.

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Vertbaudet price they’re clothing based on the dress size ordered, example, the skirt in a 2-3 will cost you £14 where it’s £18 for a 9-10 year old, which seems fair enough given the extra material needed to make the clothes, plus this seems to be the way most mail order companies now operate .

 Level of service and delivery 

 I was super impressed with both items, the delivery process and speed, plus the level of customer service was fantastic.

Current online promotions 

When browsing the Vertbaudet online store I discovered that they have currently got some “Not to be miss” promotions running, so thought I would share a few!

up to 30% off selected lines in the Autumn range and 20% off full priced items with the addition of a free gift of a £12 ‘baking kit’ by entering the promotion code 8074 at the checkout (Limited time only)

 Mid-Season Sale with 100s of items currently 50% off

 Half-Term back to school 10% offer

 New costumer offer £15 plus free delivery on first order

 Free delivery on orders over £60

 Visit Vertbaudet where you can also request a free catalogue by clicking HERE

My Little Eskimo

19 Oct

The warm beautiful sunshine seems to be a distant memory! 

We are now officially in autumn and the weather is getting wetter and colder by the day!

 Don’t get me wrong, I love both autumn and winter… the ground turns into a blanket of golden brown and I get to wear my beautiful knee length boots and winter coat! I love being sat by the fire or snuggled up in a warm bed with the sound of the rain pelting down on the window pane! There’s Bonfire night and Christmas to look forward to, the seasons where everything becomes magical . 

 However despite my love for all that’s listed above, there is one thing autumn does bring that myself and children, are not all that keen on, and that’s getting drenched during an English downpour & freezing our butts off!

 The kids will be coming home from school with some lovely runny noses, coughs and what ever else happens to be flying around this year, another thing I’m not looking forward to!

 So, when I recently discovered that Adventure Togs (provider of children’s winter waterproofs) were on the look out for reviewers, via twitter, I went for it!

 I was extremely lucky to be sent the Eskimo suit  for my youngest to road test! There was no chance Little man would have worn one of these full body waterproof padded snow suit as he is unable to tolerate the waterproof material that these are made from. Nevertheless and lucky for me, 22 month Harley had no such problem. 

 

The Eskimo suit we received came in a lovely dark blue colour with light blue lining, in a size 2-3 years.

  However this same suit is available in a choice of 4 colour-ways and is suitable for boys and girls, between the ages of 6 months through to 4 years. 

 The Eskimo Suit has a cute little image of a dolphin on the beast, with a cute dolphin zip pull that Harley loves playing with when sat in his buggy. 

 

The all in one design is hooded and its padded material means not only is this completely waterproof but it’s lovely and warm too. 

 We received the Eskimo suit  just under a week ago just as the weather turned that little bit colder. Harley has now worn the suit a number of times, given he often refuses to use his buggy preferring to walk ever so slowly, the suit has done a delightful job at keeping him warm and dry. Teamed with his funky green froggy wellies the, ‘Eskimo suit’ looks kinda neat and Harley seems to think so too!

 With Snow due to cover the ground sooner than you think, now might well be a good time to check out the  Adventure togs online site, where you will discover a range of good quality waterproofs for children of all age.

The Eskimo Suit is sold at Adventure Togs  for a price of £32.99 with free to delivery to the UK

To visit the store click HERE

It’s a pyjama day

14 Oct

I don’t know about you guys but I love it when my little ones and not so little ones have had their bath and are ready for bed in a pair of cosy pyjamas.

We will huggle (Yes, that is a made up word) and watch a DVD together.

When Indulging in a little twitter recently I replied to a tweet about testing a range of toddler PJ’s. The lovely Tracey, owner of Stitch, baby + kids an online Australian store, shipped me a total of six pyjamas, two girls and four boys in a range of different cute designs.

I decided that little Amy-Leigh, my cutie-pie of a niece who is just 10 weeks younger than my little Harley, would test the girls pyjamas while Harley of course would put the further four boys pairs to the test.

Harley, like little man (aka a boy with aspergers) is a tad fussy when it comes to clothing. He will get pretty stressed out if his clothing is baggy, flopping over his ankles or worse still his feet. Another of his pet hates is wet clothing, anything gets the slightest bit wet there coming off.

Tracey let me chose the six pyjamas myself via her online store which states…
“We’re always on sale”
She also offer’s free shipping for orders over $15 which is great for us in the UK and so easy done.
The site offers a range of baby and toddler pyjamas, all in ones, rompers and a range of tees.

Tracey a mother of two states that she has opened the store to offer her buyers the chance to buy brands which are quite hard to find online to order in Australia (Through she ships to a number of countries including the UK)
She doesn’t stock a massive range but is steadily adding to the store all the time.

All Pyjamas are currently on sale, priced at $12.00 each, a reduction from the $16.00 price they started at.

We had our delivery in under a week which is quite impressive given they travelled from the other side of the world.
Note: It was clear to see the items were brand new however non are tagged and even-though they are sold individually all come packaged together. This is fine, I guess its like buying a pack of six here in the UK

Here’s what we got.

Loin Pyjama’s


Rock Star Panda


Rocket Pyjamas

Porcupine Love Pyjamas

Dinosaur kids pyjamas

Love Bird

Both Harley & Amy-Leigh were pretty impressed with the designs. Harley loves pandas so the, ‘Rock-Star Panda’ went down a storm. Harley also roared an awful lot while wearing his loin set.

All pyjamas were two piece sets. Five long sleeves tops and full length bottoms and one short sleeve tee and shorts.
I ordered three pairs at a size 2 years, two pairs at an age 3 years and the remaining pair in a size 18-24ms. I figured Harley would be fine with the 2 years as at 22 months his tall and I could put the age 3 years away for a later date. However the trousers are a little tight on the leg of both Amy-Leigh’s and Harley’s pyjamas (the waist was fine) this is either the design (the long-john effect) or the sizing slightly differs here in the UK. So I guess Harley will be in his age three PJs sooner than I first thought.

What I found awesome about the PJs were the bottoms of the trousers are elasticised meaning they don’t go baggy around the ankles or flop over the child’s feet. This was perfect for little Harley just as he liked them.

Also I should mention that the pyjamas are branded as baby gap which was a pleasant surprise as I wasn’t expecting a well-known brand label to arrive.

I’ve only washed them once and they washed up fine on the first wash.

Visit the store and check them out
Stitch baby + kids
Don’t forget that these are priced at $12.00 Australian dollars which is currently around £7.79 at the moment.

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