Six of the best… barbecues!

Oh hello Sunday. Nice to see you sunshine!

Now, hands up whose barbecue has seen better days? Yep, that’ll be most of us.

Before you take yourself off to the garden centre and lose hours of your life heatedly debating with your other half the pros and cons of literally every single BBQ there, here’s my pick of the six best ones, whatever your budget… (for those of you wondering, we went for the Weber Kettle one. It’s fab.)

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Notes of Hope to struggling new mums

Nancy Gibbs, Lobella Loves, #WhatKatyDid

Making a difference: Not just beautiful brands
Picture by: Nancy Gibbs, http://www.nancyhgibbsphotography.co.uk

Here’s a frightening fact, suicide is the leading direct cause of death for mums within the first year after their child is born, a recent report showed.

One in seven of the women who died during pregnancy or up to a year after giving birth killed themselves, according to data compiled by MBRRACE-UK.

Which is why – this Mental Health Awareness Week – I’m so excited about Lobella Loves’ Notes of Hope campaign.

The new online destination for the most beautiful baby and toddler brands has teamed up with Cocoon Family Support, a charity supporting families suffering from pre and postnatal mental health issues. Continue reading

I’m loving… this limited edition Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte

Katy Pearson, limited edition, Champagne

The stuff summer is made of: I’m loving this limited edition Champagne

It’s no secret that I’m a big (*huge*) fan of Champagne. Nor is it a secret that I love flowers (yes, it’s true my husband has a bouquet delivered to me every month…)

So this lovely new limited edition floral sleeve on bottles of Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte for spring/summer at John Lewis (£28) is ticking all my boxes.

Available while stocks last throughout Spring and Summer 2017, the Brut Reserve (the booze inside the pretty sleeve) is a delicate, structured Champagne, with elegance and finesse.

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They’re small but babies are a big expense!

Charity shop buy, toy, Katy Pearson, Children's Society, Sonny Jim

Why pay £80 when you can pay £7? A charity shop find

A year into this parenting malarkey and while I’m still figuring A LOT of stuff out, one thing I know without question is that babies are expensive. Silly expensive.

Even when you take out the big expenses – the pram, the buggy, the car seat, the crib, the cot – the cost of clothes and toys do really add up.

So I’ve been trying to save money wherever I can – without feeling like a total Scrooge. And these have really helped…

  • Ruby & Willow, Leigh Road, Leigh: Sells pre-loved designer baby clothes. Pick up some lovely clothes for a fraction of the price they are new (my fave was a pair of Blade & Rose rocket leggings which cost a mere £4!) Which, when your baby grows out of *all* his clothes about every ten weeks, is a huge help. Plus you can take in your baby’s gear and they’ll sell it for you on a 50/50 basis. So you can get some cash BACK on the clothes the baby wore the whole of once before they grew out of. Groovy Baby, a few doors down, also sells the most FABULOUS pre-owned baby clothes.

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We’re loving… Childs Farm baby range

Childs Farm, Sonny Jim, Katy Pearson, eczema, bathime

Soothing: Sonny Jim’s eczema isn’t aggravated by Childs Farm’s baby bedtime bubbles

Before having Sonny Jim, I had no idea that one in five under fives suffered from eczema.

To be fair, even after having Sonny Jim, I still didn’t. It was only when a viral infection (that lasted five weeks and saw three trips to the doctors and one to A&E) triggered severe eczema all over my now ten-month-old baby, that eczema was everywhere in our little world.

Out of nowhere, Sonny Jim suddenly had a rash all over his poor little face, back, tummy and it had started spreading to his arms and legs. It was so much, and so sudden I was utterly CONVINCED he had measles. Or slapped cheek. Or maybe German measles. (I knew it wasn’t meningitis as I had been doing the glass test. A lot.)

It wasn’t any of those things though. It was *just* eczema. And so we entered a land of lotions and potions, of creams and oils. And bubbles at bathtime became a source of much consideration. Continue reading

I’m loving… MURI candles

MURI candle

Mama’s little indulgence: A MURI candle

Having posh candles, when you have a little one, can be something of an indulgence.

I mean, what with the no sleep, the feeding, the playing, the classes, who has time to go lighting candles? (Safely placed wellllllll out of reach of the oh-so-curious buba of course!)

But I’ve always had a candle or two burning about my house – it just makes it feel more cosy, more hygge you could say – and that hasn’t changed since the arrival of Sonny Jim.

That said, with me being on maternity leave and the boy constantly out growing clothes and starting to eat his body weight in grub, there’s not quite the budget there once was for super expensive candles (so long my Jo Malone lovelies.)

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I’m loving… Sew Heart Felt children’s slippers!

Sonny Jim, Katy Pearson, Sew Heart Felt

Super sweet: Sonny Jim’s slippers

Sometimes you discover something so sweet that you have to swallow a squeal every time you look at it.

Sew Heart Felt’s children’s slippers fall ever so easily into this category – especially when they are on Sonny Jim’s little feet.

These Darci Donkey delights, £24.95, are just one of 26 different styles designed here in England by Sonia Spencer and skilfully hand-made by women across the world, using local traditional crafts handed down over many generations.

From Pete the Penguin and Sally the Seal to Billie Badger and Finlay Fox, the collection is made using organic fibres and eco-friendly pigments (wherever possible). Continue reading