Saturday, 28 August 2010




I love, love, love this bag!  Such a simple idea and totally brilliant !  A stylish, modern design, you can update as often as you wish.  Available from the super girly Clippy London  I have a 12 pocket tote to giveaway complete with 2 packs of stickers and a clippy postcard to get you started.  All you have to do is leave a comment and follow this blog . SIMPLE !

Fill each pocket with your own personalised photo's, cards, lip gloss, stickers you name it ! Tie ribbons on the handles, you can even buy pretty liners if you wish.  Pop over to the Clippy gallery for inspiration on how to fill your pockets !

Several sizes and styles to choose from including Makup bags and brollies.

If you are looking for something a bit different for a girl's party idea why not try Clippy Parties. For £15 you can choose from a make-up bag, pencil case or file and they will provide you with stickers and fabrics, all the bits you need.  It is ideal for children 9 - 11 years. They really love it. Mums can take photos at the party and print them straight off, so the girls get a very special reminder of the party and a take home pressie.

If you are not lucky enough to win this giveaway, the lovely Clippy has very generously given readers of my blog 20% of her products.  Just pop over to her site and enter code  AATB20

Winner will be picked at random on Wednesday night.  Please ensure you leave a comment and follow this blog to qualify.  Will also post on Facebook, so if you like us there too you will have an additional entry.

Thank you xxx

Monday, 23 August 2010

The Novotel Hotel, ToysRus Tea Party & a game of snakes and Ladders

The ToysRus Tea party invite came on a weekend when we were supposed to be in Cheshire with Grandma.  After some juggling we sorted it so that we could go to the party and then up to Cheshire. A 600 mile round trip in 2 days ! 

Not knowing the area we booked ourselves a cheap overnight stay on Friday in a the Novotel in Reading.  Not as close to Bucklebury Park as we would have liked and a nightmare of a stay!  Reading town centre noise on a Friday night has to be experienced to be believed !  The hotel was stiffling hot with noisy airconditioning, no pillows for the pull out bed for the boys and a grubby itchy blanket, I spent the night balancing on the end of the pull out because of the heat and finally fell asleep at 3.30 am ! There were extortionate prices for food and a £14 parking charge! Never again! You live and learn.

Happily the day at Bucklebury Farm Park with ToysRus soon made our overnight stay fade away.  We arrived early and the boys set to work exploring the park, making new friends and bonding for life with Mum_Themadhouse gorgeous boys .

Jarvis and Maxi (mum_themadhouse son) on the zip

The food was something else, plenty on offer all day long !  Face painting, VIP Tour of the park by the lovely Bucklebury Park staff and as for the deer experience! WoW! 

The Toyologists on their way to the Tractor ride in the deer park .

The day was well planned and the ToysRus staff amazing, friendly people.  Soon it was time to pack the kids and dads off to play with the go carts, bouncy thingy and all the other lovely attactions, while the mummies got down to business with the Team.  Lots of great chat and ideas about the toyology programme a ToysRus Sealed letter containing a list of  the toys we were each to receive, and then the families came in to open the first of their boxes!!  The boys were thrilled with their contents especially the Battle Strikers Metal XS Tournament set and the Ben 10 Alien Swarm Action Cycle (Reviews on my Toyology page later).


Afterwards there was time for MORE food and play and then time for home.  We were all exhausted, we had a lovely, lovely day. Met some great people, made new friends and above all are so, so thrilled to have been asked to be part of such a great project.  ToysRus truly are a PEOPLE company xx Thank you xx

Much Later, home at Grandma's (and after one or two glasses of wine for mummy) we got out another of our toys from ToysRus - The classic Snakes and Ladders game ......

Sunday, 22 August 2010

The RL Gang

I love the new Autumn /Winter collection for boys from Ralph Lauren 

also loving the The Ralph Lauren Gang Narrated by Harry Connick Junior

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

To invest or not to invest ?

Like a lot of small businesses trying to decide what items I should risk investing in, takes up a lot of my time.  I have the best sellers : Ralph Lauren, Levi's and Ted Baker - all guaranteed to sell well.
I have my own small range Milly by the Sea  - which ticks over and then there are the ohhh! the lovely items that I would buy myself but am not sure if they would sell. 
Times are hard at the moment for many retailers.  I would love your thoughts on how you decide what to and what not to buy for your shop.

What do you think about these ....  I am seriously considering investing in them, but is the time ever right ?

Beautiful hand knitted buggy blanket & hat for babies & toddlers

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Ruby and Ginger

I recently received this gorgeous "Out and About Set" from the scrummy Ruby and GINGER .  as my youngest babies are now 5 yrs I gave the set to a friend who had recently had her 4th child.  See her review below.

Ruby and GINGER Ltd was established in 2009 by two first time mums with a passion for business and for creating beautiful things for mums and babies. 

Named after their children two-year-olds, Ruby and Noah (known for his gorgeous ginger hair).  Juggling work and motherhood, they decided to collaborate on something they had come to know lots about – sourcing stylish accessories for mums and babies.

Do go and take a look at their site, beautiful exclusive hand printed fabric sets with modern designs, there is something to suit every taste even a camo one for when Dad is out and about.  At prices that won't break the bank. They would make great gifts.


Hello My name is Jayne.  I was really touched when Karen offered me the gorgeous Out and About Set.  I have 4 children aged from 13 down to 3 months so I am always on the go taking them out and about. 

 I received the Wallpaper set which comprised of a nappy purse, travel change mat, Toy tie and a travel wipe case.  Its a  really lovely modern design which fits perfectly with the colour of my large brown holdall that I lug everywhere these days as a carryall!  Matching colours matter right ?

The travel sized change mat fits nicely inside the nappy purse as well as a spare nappy and the wipe case.  I have to say I haven't used the toy tie but I do like the idea of it and the fact that there is velcro fastening on the nappy purse strap so if you like the co-ordinated look you can hang the purse from the handle of the buggy and a toy from the hood with the toy tie for a super stylish co-ordinated look.

Its a great set and really good value for money, well made and attractive.  I will certainly be recommending it to my friends.  Thank you Karen and thank you Ruby and GINGER xx

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Anyone for T ? - That's Toyologist Tea Party !

Most people know by now that ToysRus recently contacted some blogging mums to invite them to take part in the first ever UK toyologists programme. 

You can imagine how thrilled I was when the email dropped into my inbox.  So thrilled in fact I screamed !  No 1 son asked if we had won the lottery.  Well it feels just as good!

We are off to the official launch in Reading at    on Saturday 21st August for what is promised to be a scrummy tea party and fun filled day, and of course to collect our first package of toys !

My blog is about sharing the love ! with regular giveaway's so I intend to spread our good fortune as far as I am able in return for reviews.

In the meantime why don't you pop over and like the official facebook page ToysRus 

More details to follow soon.

Friday, 13 August 2010

It's in the Jeans !

Always a staple of most kiddies wardrobes, jeans never go out of fashion.  I have a great selection currently available with many more coming soon.  All Ralph Lauren and Levi jeans are massively reduced from the UK RRP.  Take a look in my Ebay store

Ralph Lauren Thompson 750 bootcut 2 - 3 yrs

Classic Polo Ralph Lauren boys jeans Available in  9, 10, 11 yrs

Baby girl Levi's available in 12 months

Monday, 9 August 2010


Apologies for the delay in announcing the winner of the Dandydodo competition. The winner isWhen I came across the gorgeous Dandydodo  website I knew I had stumbled on a real gem. 

Kim from Something Wonderful Designs - CONGRATULATIONS

Thank you so much to everyone who entered xx

"Dandy Dodo was created after the birth of a baby girl who was nicknamed Dodo. Dodo’s mum was interested in buying children’s wear which was different and unique for her pride and joy. She was after clothes that showed personality and style, as well as being fun, and functional." 

 I am sure you will agree they have achieved their aim.

This week's giveaway is for a gorgeous cotton pin stripe shirt looks great with the sleeves rolled up, showing off the great floral accent print.  I have it in  a size suitable for a 2/3 yr old boy.  Just leave a comment and make sure you are following this blog.  Would be really great if you are a twitter person if you would also follow  That's all xx

This first collection is available for children from six months to six years. Unique, timeless, limited edition pieces, at reasonable prices (£12 – £50). Dandydodo source extremely rare fabrics of the highest quality, and never produce more than thirty pieces per style. Whether you are looking for that gorgeous party frock, or the perfect clobber for hitting the playground, they offer stand out clothes for stand out kids.

I love the Rainbow coat

and the Street Sailor Jacket


Saturday, 7 August 2010

Milo and the Bayard Book Review

A short while ago the nice people at Bayard books sent us several sets of books to review. I gave most of them away on the blog and saved one set for the boys. This is Milo's review of the book he liked best (please excuse the strong brummie accent of his mother ). I can highly recommend them. They are packed full of interesting stories, facts and things to do.


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