My Top Gadgets At The Baby Show And A Premier Exclusive With Stokke!

This week I wanted to tell you about some fabulous new products I discovered at The Baby Show 2015 held at the ExCel. I have been to the show a few times but this year there was just so much more to see and was by far the best baby event I have been to. Maybe it’s because I am now a mum of 2 and have an idea of what I am actually looking for!

I was invited by the luxury scandinavian brand Stokke to attend a World Premier Exclusive for their very impressive Home Collection. Of course I made the most of my press pass by sampling all the goodies on offer and checking out the latest in new baby innovation which I will tell you about later, but for now – you must check out this beautiful nursery collection!

The Little Nursery With Big Possibilities…

This brand originally won me over with their luxury collection of travel systems; their designs are unmistakable so I was very excited to see what they would be bringing out for the home collection. Needless to say, they have not disappointed. The collection is made of 4 extremely stylish and contemporary components, the crib, the bed, the changer and the dresser. But it can turn in to so much more! All of their products are designed with longevity in mind so it’s no surprise they had considered the needs of a young child as well as a new born and cleverly incorporated both into one design.

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The Crib 

This beautiful crib with fabric support actually sways to the motion of the babies movements and is also incredibly space saving. Once you no longer have a need for the crib, you can use the structure to hold the changing top, and once you no longer have need for that – you can turn it into your child’s first desk as you can see above in the hazy grey collection!

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The Changing Table

As well as the crib, the changing table will also fit securely onto the top of the bed and the dresser depending on your preference and stage you are at with your little one.

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The Dresser

The compact dresser offers ample storage for your little one and has been designed with ease of use in mind. Little things like leaving an open space at the bottom of the drawers so you can stand closer whilst changing your baby makes all the difference to your routine.

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The Bed

The bed has been designed with a childs imagination in mind. Making it the ‘home’ of the collection, where your little one can explore and feel safe. The bed will see your infant through until 5 years old and over this time you can change the textiles that drape the structure for a new and more grown up style.

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It is quite simply a beautiful collection that children of all ages will love. It was the tent style bed that got the thumbs up from Scarlett and Savannah who point blank refused to get out of it during the exhibition (embarrassing). I am very excited about a future post where I include this furniture as part of my new babies nursery and to show you the little touches I’ll be adding to personalise the collection.

These products are only at Pre Launch stage and should be available to purchase in May. You can find more information here.

And now on to the gadgets that caught my eye… 

The first that really impressed me was the Puj Tub. A comfortable, curved mat that simply sits in the sink to make bathing a newborn totally hassle free! No more backache leaning over the bath or trying to store one of those massive stand alone plastic baths. I have found it on Amazon at around £30.

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Next up is this clever little bottle by Yoomi with a built in heater for warming milk on the go! A total life saver when out and about and your baby decides they want their milk NOW!!!

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And the last little gizmo that I thought was total genius is this on-the-go pacifier steriliser by Milton which is really handy especially when on holiday.

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If you missed this event, The Baby Show is being held at the NEC Birmingham in May and returning to London at Olympia in October, you can get more information on the events here.

My Top 5 Baby Changing Bags for 2015

So being a ‘Bag Girl’ myself, choosing my first ever nappy bag was up there with the most exciting purchases made during my baby shopping frenzy back in 2011 when I was pregnant with Scarlett. I remember seeing the Elizabeth Storksak in tan at John Lewis and it was love at first site. So much so I went on to also get this in red after having Savannah in 2012! Whilst there is plenty of mileage in the old bags yet, with a new baby should come a new bag. Am I right mums!? So these are my Top 5 tried and tested most stylish and practical baby change bags on the high-street.

Pacapod Firenze, £265

If you already follow my Instagram you’ll know what a huge fan I am of this bag. It’s pretty big, so perfect for me with the 3 ‘under 4’s’ I’ll soon be catering for, plus there are endless compartments for your bits and bobs that mean you can’t help but be organised when you leave the house. But let’s face it, it’s the putty colour, the pebble grain leather and the chunky gold details that give this luxury bag the edge. Like all of the Pacapod bags, it is designed with practicality in mind but by no means sacrifices on style to get there. And whilst this might be on the slightly pricy end of the scale, this fabulous shade of grey will see you through every season making the Firenze a very justifiable investment.

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Pacapod will be launching the much awaited Madison bag very soon and I am delighted to say I will be one of the first to review it :) So, if you are interested in more from their luxury range, make sure you follow the blog to stay up to date!

Babymel Cara, £58

This is the most gorgeous lightweight bag to see you through Spring / Summer and offers instant Riviera style to a simple jeans and t-shirt combo.  It’s got plenty of storage and its large main compartment makes it incredibly easy to find what you are looking for. The changing mat is large yet compact, you aren’t overwhelmed with too many pockets and for sheer ease of use I would give this bag a 10 out of 10. It is definitely the bag that will be joining me on all of our holidays!

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Coco Bow, £190

This brand was recently recommended to me by a fellow blogger, and I have to say I am really impressed! Coco Bow have such a beautiful collection of vintage inspired designs all made in the finest leather, but it is the innovative practicality that set this bag apart as the winner of the Junior Design Awards 2014. It can be worn over the shoulder, as a stylish handbag and even as a back pack making this bag perfect for a mum with more than 1 child. Their SS15 collection will be available from March so I am very excited to see what else they have up their sleeves!

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Pink Lining, Not So Plain Jane, Hydrangea, £34.50

Pink Lining have made their mark with their signature Yummy Mummy cup cake motifs, but for a slightly more toned down version of their best sellers – check out the Not So Plain Jane collection. The hydrangea is my favourite print and the hard wearing canvas means the bag always keeps its shape. It has ample storage solutions and a really lovely branded changing mat. All of this and it is currently half price in the sale! It’s a perfect summers baby change bag.

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Storksak Elizabeth, £199

I couldn’t very well list my Top 5 and not include my faithful Elizabeth… Since getting mine they have bought them out in a much wider selection of colours and I absolutely love it in Chalk, this is a seriously chic bag that will look equally stylish in the colder months.

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Valentine’s Day Giveaway: WIN 1 of 3 Charlotte’s Web Silver Rings!

To celebrate all that is romance, Charlotte’s Web, a beautiful jewellers I discovered on my own online shopping spree, has offered to giveaway 3 of their best selling rings! You  can choose from the Karma Bronze and Silver Spinning Ring, The Rajput Turquoise and Pearl Silver Spinning Ring or the Maharani Silver Spinning Ring. (Click on any of the below images for more pics!). Any of these beautiful rings will look absolutely stunning on a well manicured hand, and with chunky jewellery making a massive come back on last years SS15 runways, they are definitely an accessory to own!

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Karma Bronze And Silver Spinning Ring £49

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Rajput Turquoise and Pearl Silver Spinning Ring £59

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Maharani Silver Spinning Ring £49

Interesting Fact: In ancient traditions silver spinning rings were worn to help reduce tension levels and anxiety. The repetitive motion of playing with a spinning ring can help to relax and calm the mind.

All of these beautiful rings are hand made with only the best quality metals and precious gems. Beautifully wrapped and gift boxed, they make the most perfect Valentine’s gift for your loved one, something special for your daughter or even just as a treat for yourself!

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And now for your chance to WIN…

Remember as usual, each way will count as a new entry!

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The 3 extremely lucky winners will be selected on Thursday 12th February to receive their rings in time for Valentine’s Day!  

Lots of love!

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The Gift Guide For Men This Valentine’s Day

If you are struggling for gift inspiration for the man in your life this Valentine’s Day, check out my list below for something a little different that wont break the bank. If your husband is anything like mine, he will genuinely want the gift to represent the thought and not the price tag so I have found some gorgeous, thoughtful and even novelty gifts which he should love!

Gilbert and Stone, Personalised Pair of Ceramic Egg Cups, £18

I just fell in love with these little his and hers egg cups! The perfect start to Valentine’s day is breakfast in bed with a perfectly dippy egg and crusty soldiers served in these brilliant personalised egg cups. I think these also make a great little wedding gift for anyone on the look out for something a little different!

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Personalised Boing Band from Hurley Burley, £40

Jewellery on Valentine’s Day doesn’t just have to be for the ladies! Made from genuine sailing and climbing rope with a stainless steel magnetic clasp, these are incredibly hard wearing and are also available in a huge variety of colours to suit his style. At Hurley Burley you can get the Boing Bands personalised for free which is a lovely touch for a special gift and just because it’s Valentine’s Day and everyone is feeling the love, they have also offered 10% discount with code LOVE10!

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Hannah Lloyd, Passport Stamps Heart Print, £45

If holidays and travel are your thing, this personalised stamp print will make a beautiful gift to hang on your wall. It’s also a great excuse to reminisce over the wonderful memories you have made along your travels and will hopefully inspire you to book up your next romantic trip away! Again, if you get your order in quick at Hannah Lloyd she is offering 10% off with code VAL15, but you must get in touch before midnight on 4th Feb!

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Bread and Jam, Say Hello Mug, £8.50

If it is just a token gift you are looking for, you really can’t go wrong with a novelty mug! I think most guys will be pleased to have this on their desk to show the world that someone fancies them :)

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If you still can’t find the perfect gift, head down to your local M&S and check out the beautiful new Rosie Huntington collection of underwear. Just to clarify, this would be for you to wear.

If you haven’t yet seen the girls version of this post then you can check it out here!

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Her

With such a huge selection of beautiful brands out there all pitching their key products for Valentine’s 2015, I have had to split this feature in to separate His and Hers posts just to fit them all in! So kicking off the love posts, here is my ultimate gift guide For Her this Valentine’s… No need to thank me boys.

Tales From The Earth, Mesh Bracelet, £37.50

I’m a huge fan of this brand and am now always seen wearing this beautiful mesh bracelet in rhodium plated sterling silver. I think almost everyone that has seen it has commented on how beautiful and sparkly it is! Available in rose gold plated, gold plated and rhodium plated they are so reasonably priced and worth every penny. As with all of their products, it will arrive beautifully packaged in a gift box and ribbon, so guys, if you are looking for some serious brownie points this Valentine’s Day – this is the gift to get! Tales From The Earth have put together a very generous discount for the Scarlett and Me readers, enter SCARLBLOG for a whopping 25% off at checkout! (Normal price £50 for the Mesh Bracelet).

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Brit-Stitch Satchel, £75

I love this little satchel! It is part of the With Love from Brit-Stitch collection. Available in a huge variety of colours with or without the heart, this is the most perfect start to a woman’s Spring/Summer ’15 collection. I have this hand made satchel in shade ‘warm sand’ which you may have spotted on my Instagram, it is just big enough for your hand bag essentials and also has the option to be personalised with her initials.

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Helen Moore, Pom Pom Key Ring, £26

Helen Moore recently hit the headlines when Fern Cotton was spotted wearing one of her iconic multi coloured faux fur scarves. This brand is seriously hot right now and just in time for Valentine’s Day they have this wonderful selection of faux fur pom pom key rings available, perfect for your keys or as a statement accessory on your bag. Get your order in quick though, I’m told these little things are flying off the shelves!

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Otago Design, Safari Collection, £95

Otago Design are my first stop for luxury interior accessories. If the woman in your life considers the items in her home objects of art, then this is the brand to discover. I actually spotted the Safari Collection on a Valentine’s Giveaway they are hosting and thought what a special gift they would make (you can enter it here)! Hand crafted in gold plate sand cast brass, these elegant little statues will make a talking point in your room and a romantic story for your loved one to share.

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Eve Lom Kiss Mix, £16

Luxury lip balm just sort of seemed relevant to a Valentine’s Day gift post, what can I say! Eve Lom is a truly luxurious skincare brand and if your wife / girlfriend / girl in the office that you have a major crush on is constantly getting her chapstick out then this is a perfect little gift for her.

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HEMA Pink Sewing Machine, £59

Random gift!? Well I would love it and hey, it’s pink so totally suitable for Valentine’s Day! If the girl in your life has a passion for needle work then this would make such a thoughtful gift.

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Now ladies, once you are done choosing your gifts to subtly drop hints on, scoot on over to the Gifts For Him version of this post!

How To Give Yourself A Luxury Facial!

The best thing about being pregnant this time around is that I get to enjoy it with some of my best friends who aren’t far behind in their own pregnancies! It’s great having someone close that can totally relate, who can sympathise with the changes our poor bodies are going through and who you can have a laugh with as you discuss the latest encounter your husband had when met with your hormones! But the best bit of all, is having someone to share a pregnancy spa session with…

For Christmas, Paul coordinated with a fellow Dad-to-be and arranged for myself and Lucy to attend a day of total relaxation at Nirvana Spa (it looks like the endless pregnancy moaning finally paid off!). They chose for us the Calming Cocoon package recommended for pregnancy. It included a full day at the spa enjoying all of their wonderful facilities, a luxury treatment (we chose the Invigorating Foot Treatment which FYI is AMAZING), complimentary lunch at the salad bar (which offers far more than just salad – thankfully), unlimited drinks and a bonus skincare workshop!

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We kicked off the day with a hot choc and a latte in the cafe before waddling into the hydrotherapy pool where we basically floated for about an hour until our skin was unrecognisable, (20mins is the recommended duration so must remember that for next time). Then it was time for our treatment, there are a few to choose from in the package but considering neither of us can actually touch our toes without getting out of breath, we decided the Invigorating Foot Treatment would be the biggest treat! It included all sorts of exfoliation and hot mitt action before ending on a truly amazing foot and lower leg massage. All of this on the most comfortable heated treatment bed I think I have ever been on… I must find out where they get their cushions.

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Next it was time for lunch. Having never eaten salad in my life I was expecting to have to order from the menu for an additional fee, but discovered they also serve a selection of hot food which was just delicious! Lets just say we went up more than once and less than 5 times. Hey if ever there is a time to get away with it :)

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So whilst we waited for our food go down, we headed on over to the workshop room.

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It’s the skincare workshop I really wanted to tell you about in this post. There were a few running throughout the day, we opted for the ESPA skincare session taken by a brand representative who seriously knew her stuff. It was fascinating and as well as sampling some luxury products by giving ourselves a full spa facial, I have certainly learnt a few new tricks on application and been educated on how the skin actually works! For instance, did you know that skin cells survive from birth to surface for just 28 days before being replaced? Did you ever really understand the importance of a serum? And have you ever wondered why it’s the wedding finger that therapists apply eye cream with!? Understanding the skin makes choosing your products so much easier.

HOW TO: 

Here is a ‘step by step’ to give yourself a spa standard facial along with the products I sampled and would recommend:

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(Products used from left to right)

1.Optimal Skin ProCleanser –  An exfoliant gel with jojoba spheres that melt on the skin. Gently massage deep into your skin until all the little balls have dispersed. You can apply this as a daily cleanser as well as a deep penetrating mask by leaving for approx 10 mins once a week. Remove with cool damp cotton wool pads and watch as the gel lifts all traces of make up and dirt.

2.Hydrating Floral Spafresh Spritzer –  A hydrating and toning mist which instantly freshens your skin. It has traces of rose and geranium which I discovered are great for uneven skin tones – e.g. – my red nose!

3.Optimal Body Triserum –  Applied as a spray to the body, this dry oil won’t leave you feeling greasy and locks in moisture whilst smelling absolutely divine!

4.Optimal Skin Proserum –  A similar product for the face. Once we were educated on the skins basic functionalities, I understood how important using a serum is! Basically this will penetrate much deeper than a moisturiser to repair and strengthen cells at the root giving them the best possible fighting chance of being strong by the time the cells have reached the surface and are visible.

5.24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturiser – Applied before the face moisturiser, you use your third finger on each hand to lightly dab the delicate eye areas. The reason they use this finger is because it is the weakest so you are less likely to press too hard when applying.

TIP: She also advised that eye cream is great to use along the lip line where the skin has the same qualities and is prone to fine lines. 

6.24 Hour Balancing Moisturiser –  Avoiding the eye area which is already moisturised, apply in circular motions across the face and neck. This is the lightest of their moisturising collection, it really just comes down to personal preference if you like this or something more rich.

7.Essential Protective Serum –  Described as the ‘final film’ over your face to protect the skin from the elements.

Facts on ESPA: They do not test on animals and are made from totally natural products. The only reason they can’t be labeled organic is because of the water content! 

After a little while longer spent gossiping in the hydrotherapy pool, we got ourselves a cuppa and a magazine to chill out around the main pool.

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I worked coming home time perfectly to ensure I missed the girls meal time (probably the most stressful part of an ordinary day) and arrived to girls dressed in their PJs ready for bed – what a perfect day! x

New Baby Essentials

The baby mode button has well and truly been hit in this house and I can’t help but gather goodies like there is no tomorrow. With just over 8 weeks until the due date I am seriously excited about welcoming this little baby into our family!  Third time around I have shopped smart. Investing in quality pieces that will get maximum use as opposed to the vast quantities I have bought in the past that were given to charity still with the labels on! Here are a few of the key pieces I would recommend to any expectant mum putting their ‘must-have’ list together.

Superlove Merino Sleep Gown from Natural Baby Shower, £39

Ever since being educated on the incredible natural science and health benefits within merino wool, it has been my first choice of fabric for new born sleepwear. Not only does this clever fibre help to regulate the babies temperature, it won’t hold on to moisture so your baby will always be comfortable and not clammy when it’s warm, it is the kindest possible material to a new borns skin. This little gown by Superlove from Natural Baby Shower is so adorable, and with its easy fastening poppers at the bottom will be incredibly easy to use.

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This does seem much more expensive than your average pack of baby sleep grows, but you don’t need to wash these nearly as often due to the anti bacterial and anti odour qualities and thanks to their roomy design, they will see you through the first few months no problem. Plus you can get 10% off your first order at NBS just by signing up. Really, you only need a couple to get you through whilst your baby’s skin is adjusting to real life.

For the first weeks I will be swaddling my baby in a Merino Kids Cocooi that I have saved from the girls, just to be ultra sure of temperature control before going on to this…

BabyMoov Cosycover, £19.99

What a clever little swaddler! Obviously I haven’t tried this on an actual baby yet but this looks considerably easier for wriggly little babies than any other swaddling contraption I have come across! It is incredibly cosy and made in a very soft and breathable cotton that has had rave reviews so I look forward to giving it a go.

cosycover Pure Love Moses Basket by Natures Purest, £95

Considering the girls old moses basket spent most of the time in our lounge as opposed to the bedroom, this time I was after something that looked as beautiful as it is comfortable knowing it will constantly be on show! I have definitely found it in this Award Winning Pure Love design. It is dressed in naturally coloured 100% organic cotton with luxurious silk trims. I just can’t wait to get it set up on the white wooden stand and put our new little baby in it to sleep! Moses-Basket-w-M&B-logo

Bertie’s Blankets XL Muslin Blanket, £14.95

I have a collection of colourful day to day muslins by Faye & Lou (as opposed to the plain white I have had in the past that quickly go grey) as well as this beautiful large wrap from Bertie’s Blankets that will offer comfort to the baby and can be used to swaddle him / her when out and about. It is large enough to be used as a cot sheet, a sun shade for your pram and even a towel thanks to its high absorbency! It promises to actually get even softer wash after wash which is impressive as it is already the softest fabric I think I have ever touched made with a woven mix of bamboo rayon and cotton. They have the most beautiful prints for both boys and girls and arrive in a gorgeous gift box so would also make a special present for a new mum. bb-product-shots-pinks-0009-blanket-full-size.c54902c1

Soft as Moonlight Nappy Change Cream from Babes With Babies

Little Butterfly London is the ultimate in baby skincare and is available online at Babes With Babies as part of a very special gift box including baby’s first comforter. The nappy cream is the hero product from their luxury collection and I can not wait to give it a go. It is 100% natural and will heal and protect your baby’s delicate skin with its unique formula of 18 carefully selected ingredients including nurturing mango seed butter, comforting camomile and moisturising cucumber seed oil. This is also pretty effective on mature skin and is a collection favourited by the Middleton’s apparently, ooooh errr! IMG-Nappy_Cream Stokke Steps Bouncer, £149

This really is the Rolls Royce of bouncers and promises to mimic the motion of a mothers cradling in it’s softly cushioned seat whilst offering the correct level of support a new born desperately needs for their development. When you are ready to ween, (or just have a baby that wants to see more of what’s going on!) this brilliant little seat will also attach to the Stokke Steps Chair making an easy transition from floor to table. Stokke Steps Bouncer-Newborn Insert Toy 130815-8I0455 Greige

For more New Born Essentials and gift ideas, you can get some inspiration from my Baby Shower post – all recommendations are still very much current! In the next few weeks, I will be sharing my findings on the best buggies / prams for off roading and urban lifestyles plus my favourite double pushchair, and for me, the best category of all – the ultimate designer and high street nappy bags… See you again soon! x