1. Style conscious mothers should take a gander at Little Spree – a blog set up by a fashion editor at Red who following the birth of her twins became a bit obsessed about children’s clothes. The layout is simple and easy to digest and the little fashion finds from the likes of M&S and GAP (that you just might not have spotted) are really affordable too.
2. Because schools don’t give working mothers enough jobs (make this, bake this, dress up in that) this month was World Book Day (so that should be the exception but surely making Easter Bonnets is the perfect task to do AT school) where children across the globe dressed up as their favourite book characters.
I was interested to come across a survey conducted by One Poll that came up with the 50 books all children should read by the age of 16 as well as the top 20 best loved book characters. Surprisingly Harry Potter did not come out number one, two OR three….The top 12 (not 10 because I couldn’t miss off my favourite, Matilda) books were:
- Charlie and The Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
- Alice's Adventures In Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
- The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
- Winnie-The-Pooh – A.A. Milne
- Black Beauty – Anna Sewell
- James & The Giant Peach – Roald Dahl
- The BFG – Roald Dahl
- A Bear Called Paddington – Michael Bond
- Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
- Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone – J.K. Rowling
- Matilda – Roald Dahl
You can look through the full list and find out who missed out to Paddington as the number one book character here.
3. Our friends at Made.com are killing it and their range tgar just launched for kids is just as lust worthy as the rest. In the market for some Scandinavian inspired bunks? Then look no further. Plus great storage, mini tables and chairs, soft furnishings and more. On trend product design at great prices. What’s not to love?!
4. Longing for a yoga retreat but childcare volunteers not queuing up? Enter Holy Mama, a new business set up to provide luxe yoga retreats - in Ibiza - that you take your baby, toddler or young child along to too. Recharge, practice yoga, eat great food, meet other mothers and spend time with your tot. The slots are selling out fast and frankly with all this on offer plus childcare on hand, it’s no surprise why.
5. I went to a talk last week given by Noel Janis-Norton (Author of Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting and parenting coach for Helena Bonham Carter) on the subject of raising boys. I was grateful to discover the techniques she went over were just as relevant to girls and I picked up some really useful tips.
Noel spent a lot of time explaining the concept of Descriptive Praise – a term I’ve heard used before and I’m happy to say that so far it is working rather well – chairs being scraped along the floor seem to be a thing of the past thanks to ‘Well done for NOT dragging your chair’ being handed out just before the moment it would normally occur. For a better explanation read this really useful article here that Noel has written exclusively for SheerLuxe.
6. Finally, if you’re anything like me this article, ‘What Every 4 Year Old Should Know’ won’t leave you with dry eyes but my is it worth a read.