My top picks – Jools Oliver’s ‘Little Bird’ collection for Mothercare

27 Aug

Way back in June I gave you a sneak peak of Jools Oliver’s upcoming ‘Little Bird’ collection for Mothercare. It promised to be a really lovely collection of affordable newborn, girls and boys clothes as well as nursery and gift items.

The collection landed in stores on 17th August when I was pretty busy with the recent arrival of Little Pea but, having had 5 minutes to investigate I’m pleased to report it’s as fab as I thought it would be.

Here are my top picks:

Little Bird by Jools Jersey Rainbow Pyjama – £12

Little Bird by Jools Blue Bird All In One With Bag And Hat – £15

Little Bird by Jools Toadstool Jersey Top – £12-13

Little Bird by Jools Socks- 5 Pack – £6-7

Little Bird by Jools Floral Tunic Dress – £15-16

Little Bird by Jools Blue and White Stripe Knitted Jumper – £14-15

Little Bird by Jools Toadstool Doorstop – £16

Little Bird by Jools Fabric Storage Basket – £24.99

You can buy the collection online now.

Be quick before I buy it all!

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Perfect new baby gift – Milestone baby cards

24 Aug

I’ve spent far more time than is necessary finding new nursery interiors blogs over the last few months and recently came across the fabulous Bloesem Kids, a veritable feast of interior ideas, toys and books for little people.

I’ve already spotted a new book, Be Creative with Famille Summerbelle, a collaboration with Paumes, the publisher of the beautiful children’s interiors books I’ve blogged about previously but, I’m also taken with these milestone baby cards.

MilestoneBabyCards

The idea comes from new Mum Gemma who used handwritten notes to document her little one’s ‘first’s’. She’s now created some beautifully illustrated cards which can be used when your own Little Pea sleeps through the night, has their first solid food,crawls for the first time or 25 other key milestones in their first 18 months.

Milestone Baby Cards

At £15 a set they’d make a unique baby shower or new baby present. You can check international stockists on the milestone website or buy them online.

All images courtesy of Milestone Baby Cards.

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Introducing Little Pea Green

17 Aug

Well, after 41 weeks and 1 day I’m very proud to announce that Little Pea Green has made her appearance.

Arriving last Saturday 11th August at 8.44pm and weighing 7lbs 14 oz we now have a wonderful new addition to the Green family – Emmeline Beatrice.


We’re 6 days in and slowly getting the hang of it.

Will normal service ever be resumed?! No, probably not but, we couldn’t be happier.

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My nursery moodboard

10 Aug

As Little Pea’s arrival is imminent I need to get my ideas in order for the nursery. As soon as the plaster dries on the walls Mr G needs to be briefed and ready for turning my ideas into reality. Pulling together a moodboard from all my interior decor blog posts as well as my pinterest boards seemed as good a place as any and, why not use this blog to store it.

So, Mr G, please could I have the following:

Wall colour

Still unsure whether to go for grey or white walls:

Either would work really well with some of the accessories I’ve bought (more on those later) but, if we go for white I can always liven the room up with some of these amazing wallpapers further down the line:

Mobiles and bunting

Having seen quite a few bird mobiles on etsy in recent months I’ve bought a book of origami paper from Paperchase and will be attempting to recreate some of these beautiful examples of my own:

Nursery decor ideas

I’ve also taken the lead from the bunting and garlands in the following shots to buy the garland from Bodie and Fou:

ABC’s 

I’ve also decided I’m a bit of a sucker for ABC displays:

And have plumped for these fabulous plates from Rockett St George which I’ll be either pegging up or sewing together like the vintage card garland on one of my previous nursery decorating blog posts.

Nursery decor ideas

Prints

And, last but not least, I’ve already collected quite a few prints which will add to the overall final finish:

P.S

Appreciate reading won’t be our top priority straight away but, just in case I forget, I’d love to create a book wall/play area just like these:

Can’t wait to get stuck in!

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Pregnancy power bar recipe

8 Aug

As you may have seen from my recent post on keeping boredom at bay on maternity leave I’ve been stocking the freezer for when we’re a little short of time or energy for shopping and cooking. Anyone that knows me will appreciate that this particular task would always include baking and we’ve been enjoying banana loaves, chocolate brownies and a few lemon drizzle cakes.

More recently we’ve also been making double batches of breakfast bars, great for a mid-morning lull and they keep for an age in an airtight tin. It’s so easy to make (so much so that I’m inclined to keep it to myself to make me look cleverer!) and the builders and anyone else that comes to visit seem to love them.

Here’s the recipe, enjoy…

Snack for pregnancy

Ingredients:

1 x 397g can condensed milk

250g rolled oats (not instant)

75g shredded coconut

100g dried cranberries

125g mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame)

125g natural unsalted peanuts

To make:

1. Preheat oven to 130C and oil a 23x33x4cm baking tin

2.Warm condensed milk in a pan

3. Mix together all other ingredients, add warm condensed milk and fold

4. Spread into tin

5. Bake for 1 hour, remove from oven and after 15 minutes, cut into four across, four down to make 16 chunky bars

6. Let cool completely before removing from tin.

Recipe courtesy of Nigella Lawson – Nigella Express.

Happy baking.

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Week 40 – due date outfit

6 Aug

Well, Little Pea’s due date has been and gone but, I wanted to document what I was wearing on ‘the’ day for the blog. I wasn’t sure which image was ‘best’ but thought a side view of my bump was rather amusing.

Little Pea Green_pregnancy fashion

In the last week or so, finding any tops that fit my continually expanding belly has been troublesome but thankfully, ASOS’ maternity sale has come to the rescue again with cheap vests and t-shirts to keep me going.

I’ve also been extremely lucky to have been treated to my dream gift, a Mulberry Alexa handbag for my recent birthday/you’re having a baby gift by Mr G. Thought my due date was treat enough to take the bag out on its first outing!

Little Pea Green_pregnancy fashion

Wearing: top, ASOS Maternity; jeans, Isabella Oliver; bag, Mulberry; shoes, H&M

The wait continues.

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10 ideas for keeping boredom at bay on maternity leave

3 Aug

Despite looking forward to the start of my maternity leave I’m now three weeks in and starting to get slightly bored. Mr G is a little terrified of me going anywhere by myself in case I’m stranded in the early stages of labour and I can’t rush around doing as much as I usually would so, how have I been keeping myself busy?

Here are 10 ideas for keeping the boredom at bay before your little one arrives:

  1. Pack your hospital bag

    Something I didn’t even think about until I started my maternity leave but considering I was already 37 weeks when I finished work I could have been cutting it a little fine if Little Pea had arrived early! There are tons of resources online but I found the hospital bag checklist at Baby Centre the most comprehensive.

  2. Write your birth plan

    A pretty essential document to accompany your birth notes on the big day. Yes, theoretically everything you’ve written could go out of the window but, it’s a great starting point for discussions with your birth partner and to guide the midwives/birth professionals who are helping you. Again, tons of resources of line but I’d recommend the NHS birth plan template (which you can fill in online or print a PDF).

  3. Purchase all the essentials (and the not-so-essentials)

    I tend to be the one who keeps stock of all the essentials like washing powder, hand soap, toilet rolls etc at home so, when they’ve been on special offer in the last few months I’ve been stocking up on supplies. Admittedly our cellar now looks like I’m stockpiling for the start of World War 3 but I’m sure we’ll be thankful for my amazing organisational skills. I’ve also bought moisturisers, shampoo, face wash etc for the same reasons.

  4. Treat yourself

    If you’re anything like me treating yourself doesn’t come easily (I always feel bad for spending money on myself) but, now is the time to do it and make the most of it. Facials, massages and pedicures are the way forward and will help you feel a little more human on the big day. I’ve also taken to fake tanning (check the labels of the product first to make sure they’re suitable for you to use) to help me look less like the waking dead when I’ve managed an average of 3 hours sleep at night.

  5. Meet your family and friends for coffee/lunch/cinema trips

    My favourite ‘to-do’ but one I imagine I might not feel as confident, mobile or flush with cash to do in the first couple of months. Of course, friends and family will also be an overwhelming source of support shortly so treating them is a brilliant pre-emptive move!

  6. Wash all the baby clothes, bath towels and sheets

    Make sure you use non-bio washing powder (my favourite is Fairy – smells delicious) and there is nothing as cute as seeing all the little clothes drying in the fresh air on the line. But, don’t go overboard. You’re going to get so many presents after the baby is born you might need to take some things back and, if you’ve already taken the labels off and washed everything it’s going to be a little hard to do so!

  7. Stock the freezer

    Similar to the rationale in number 3 but ‘spare’ time is going to be sparse so, making sure you’ve got enough sustenance to keep you going for a few weeks won’t go amiss. This is especially important if you’re breastfeeding and need to keep up the good calorie consumption.

  8. Catch up on books and films

    If you’re anything like me you’ll have a stack of baby (and non-baby related) books and films you’ve been meaning to read and watch for months. If so, now is your final chance to make the most of the peace and quiet. My current reading list includes Shelter by Harlan Coben and tons of back issues of Livingetc well as watching all my Sky+ programmes and films.

  9. Buy cards and presents for upcoming birthday’s

    Now this one might seem a little too organised but the lack of free time in the next few months shouldn’t be an excuse for missing important birthdays and celebrations. I’ve stocked my birthday card folder and the present box so I can dip in at a minutes notice.

  10. And, if you’re a blogger, line up those draft blog posts

    I’ve had tons of ideas for new blog posts in the last few weeks and so have put my additional spare time to good use drafting all sorts. I imagine they’re going to come in useful when my brain has turned to post-baby mush but still want to keep in touch with everyone and everything via Little Pea Green.

Would love to hear what you did to keep yourself amused on maternity leave.

Share away in the comments below.

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