Showing posts with label What mama wore. Show all posts
Showing posts with label What mama wore. Show all posts

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Summer Family Bucket List

This beautiful Bank Holiday weather has made me so excited for summer and six weeks of having all four children at home! I have started making our summer bucket list full of things to keep us occupied over the warmer months.

strive footwear, summer bucket list

1)  Go to the beach - This one is a bit of a given for us and I am hoping to go at least once a week but it needed to be included.  Obviously every beach trip should involve ice cream.

2) Paint rocks and hide them - I love the rock hunting craze and we have been on plenty of hunts but we still haven't managed to decorate our rocks yet so this is on our list!

3) Go camping in the back garden - for the first time we have a garden that we can pitch a tent in and the boys are excited to have garden sleepovers with their friends.

4) Go on a nature 'treasure hunt' in the woods.  We have bug hunting and bird watching books, leaf identification sheets and magnifying glasses and we are all set to go exploring outdoors!

5) Spend the day at a local festival - There are a few we want to go to including a local folk festival that we attend every year.

6) Go paddling in the outdoor pool - There is a big local paddling pool that I have somehow never taken the children to . . . until this summer.

7) Pick Strawberries - It will never just be strawberries, but they are definitely the tastiest fruit to pick! I want to pick apples and plums too.

8) Fly a kite - We have a kite that we just never seem to find the time to take out but living so coastal means we are never short of wind!

9) Climb trees - Muddy knees and scuffed shoes are just part of the summer and we have a favourite park with 'climbing trees' as well as a great den to hide out in.

10) Feed the ducks - I know you are not supposed to feed them bread so we will take peas and sweetcorn and hope the kids don't eat it all before we get there!

strive footwear, summer bucket list

There is so much more we want to do, but these are 10 things that are getting me so excited for those 6 weeks off! I was recently sent some super comfy sandals from Strive Footwear which have biomechanical footbed technology which fits the natural contours of my feet and helps relieve stress on my body and reduces aches and pains.  Plus they are shiny and gold which means I have a very jealous child whose favourite colour is gold! They are perfect for looking after my feet on our summer adventures and you will see them cropping up in lots of pictures! I had their boots over the winter which were so comfy and these are just the same.

strive footwear, summer bucket list

What have you got planned for the summer? What should we add to our list?

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Thursday, 19 April 2018

My Mama Style // Baabuk Shoes

I have never really been a trainers kinda girl.  I wear boots from October-ish to April-ish and then swap into sandals and there is no inbetween.  Well there wasn't until recently.  The people at Baabuk got in touch to tell me about their wool shoes and I fell in love with a pair of blue and yellow sneakers (my favourite colour combo!).  

Baabuk wool shoes, wool shoes,

What really fascinated me though, was the materials.  The couple who started the company, Dan and Galina took inspiration from the Russian's who use wool to keep warm and developed a range of cosy slippers that had no seams, were completely breathable and naturally antibacterial.  From these slippers came the idea to make sneakers and the more I read about them, the more sense they make! 

Baabuk wool shoes, wool shoes,
The dirt wiped straight off when we got home
Wool is breathable, naturally antibacterial, naturally water repellent and renewable amongst many other great qualities.  This means that these shoes adapt, keeping your feet warm in the winter and cool in the summer.  All my other shoes are so season specific, but here is a pair that can be worn whatever the weather.  Because wool is antibacterial it means I don't even need to wear socks with the shoes (a huge bonus in this weather) and they get comfier every time I wear them as the wool adjusts and adapts to your feet.

Baabuk wool shoes, wool shoes,

The material is really soft with no seams as it is felted as one piece and the shoes are machine washable (there are instructions on the website).  I love how they are ethically produced and made and I love the style which is fun and colourful and so easy to wear.  I have worn these shoes everywhere recently and they seem really versatile. There are two varieties of shoe like this, the sneaker and the urban wooler and they come in a variety of colours to suit men and women.  

Baabuk wool shoes, wool shoes,

I would love to try their boots in the future and am considering purchasing some for the winter as they look amazingly comfortable and warm!  They do a range of slippers for adults and children too on the Baabuk website.

Baabuk wool shoes, wool shoes,

The shoes were sent to me by Baabak for the purpose of this review but all thoughts and opinions are completely my own.

Baabuk wool shoes, wool shoes,

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Monday, 23 October 2017

Leaf Kicking

The half term holidays are here and the weather is still pretty mild for this time of the year.  We aren't reaching for our coats most days, we are managing long afternoons at the park without getting too chilly and it feels like we can really take in the beauty of Autumn together.  Dylan was sent home from school with a list of activities to do in half term, things like going on a train or bus,  baking a cake and kicking leaves in the park.  

Leaf throwing, Autumn activities with kids

We are going to try and fit in as many of the activities as we can and kicking leaves was one of the easiest to cross off.  Our local park has plenty of leaves so armed with our best leaf kicking shoes, we went exploring.  I was sent a pair of Chatsworth boots from Strive Footwear and I love being able to join in with the children. 

Autumn activities with kids, Boden boys

Strive footwear

The ground was damp from rain and the leaves were more soggy than crispy but it didn't stop the fun.  We threw them in the air and danced as they fell, we built mountains and snowmen and stomped through them.  We kicked the leaves as high into the air as we could and we sat in the middle of them to examine them properly.

Autumn activities with kids

Autumn activities with kids, Maxomorra

We found fallen trees and practiced our balancing and jumping off the ends and we played hide and seek amongst the ones still standing.  My boots have supportive technology which follows the natural contours of your feet which makes them not only super comfortable but also orthodontic and better for my posture.  Being on my feet so much with the children has made me think a lot more about the shoes I wear and these are perfect for our Autumn activities.

Autumn activities with kids, Maxomorra, fire engine boys clothes, strive footwear

Autumn activities with kids, fire engine trousers, strive footwear

Cora loves the freedom of the park and the space to explore.  Whilst the boys are kicking and jumping she is learning to run and climb, discovering different textures and sensations and gaining independence.

Autumn activities with kids, maxomorra, baby bogs

Strive footwear, Autumn activities with kids, maxomorra, mother and daughter

We have so many more autumn adventures planned for the week and I think these experiences are so valuable for my curious, imaginative children as they learn about the world.  

Autumn activities with kids

leaf kicking, Autumn activities with kids, strive footwear

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Breastfeeding Friendly Fashion from JD Williams

My wardrobe has been in desperate need of updating recently and Cora is still breastfeeding during the day with no signs of slowing down, so I have been limited to clothing with easy boob access.  I don't want to live in just the traditional nursing clothes though so I chose a few items from the JD Williams site and the skirt below is definitely my favourite.  

I paired it with a crop top but the fit of the skirt meant my tummy was still covered.  I love how flexible this skirt is as it would look great with t-shirts, vests or jumpers as the seasons change.  It has pockets too which is always great!  I found the sizing a little generous so if you are in between sizes then I would suggest sizing down. 

There are a great selection of skirts on the JD Williams website so I have picked some of my favourites below

I like how these can all be dressed up with a pretty top or paired with a t-shirt for a more casual daytime look.  Most of these styles are available in sizes from 10 to 32 so there is something to suit all different shapes.

I have picked some of my favourite nursing friendly tops from the website too.

Wrap tops are perfect with a vest underneath and the off the shoulder tops slide down easily to feed.  I quite fancy the first top to pair with the denim skirt.

As well as the skirt, I also chose this lovely tunic top.  The zip comes down far enough to feed easily and the tunic is super soft and easy to wear.  The sleeves can be rolled up for the warmer weather and it looks great with leggings.  

There is a great selection of breastfeeding friendly clothes on the JD Williams site and it feels great to have some new bits just for me rather than the children!

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Thursday, 1 December 2016

What Mama Wore // Lighthouse

My mama style has changed significantly since Dylan was born.  As I look around shops I have to think about what is practical as well as what looks good.  At the moment things need to be suitable for breastfeeding in, easy to throw on for early morning school runs and warm enough for standing around in the park.

A yellow coat has been on my wishlist for ages, I love the colour and with the daylight hours shrinking I like to feel a bit bright.  I couldn't resist this one from Lighthouse when they asked me to pick something and I just love it.  It is warm and light at the same time, more than just a raincoat but not a thick winter coat.  It keeps me dry when I can't hold an umbrella and I know Dylan can spot me when he runs out of his classroom after a day at school.

I pair it with everything, I think I have worn this coat everyday for the past few weeks.  I love Autumnal colours so I often have navy, browns and mustard colours on, but I firmly believe that yellow goes with everything!

Lighthouse coat, yellow coat, icandy raspberry, mama style

Thanks to Lighthouse for sending me this beautiful coat, I need to check out the kids section next!

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Monday, 19 September 2016

What Mama Wore - Radley Bag

My pre-pregnancy clothes don't fit, my hair usually needs a wash, I often have a wet patch on my left shoulder that Cora just loves to lick and every morning when I dress myself I have to think about how practical my outfit is for breastfeeding in.  My wardrobe needs updating desperately but I keep putting it off with a 'I will start eating healthier / doing more exersize' and fit back into the jeans that tease me every morning when I open the doors.  When Radley offered me a new handbag, the obvious answer was yes!

Every Mama needs their own bag, something a bit more grown up than a baby bag, something without crumbled up rice cakes and empty nappy bags in the bottom.  We all deserve something that makes us feel good and this bag is it for me. 

Baby bits are banned, no wipes, no dummies, no toy cars and lego bricks.  This bag is for me and when the day comes where I can leave the house without a baby attached, this will be the bag that accompanies me and reminds me of all the things I am as well as a Mama.

For now it is kept high up so that no Playmobil people or plastic keys mysteriously find their way in.  It is kept baby free even when I want to quickly throw a nappy in there rather than open up the changing bag and it is looked after, kept special in anticipation of the day I leave Cora at home and venture out without her.

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