Blues and Bows Online Baby Boutique: visit bluesandbows.co.uk

As part of our ongoing 2nd Birthday celebrations Blues and Bows have not only unveiled the new brand identity but we have also launched our online baby boutique. Our celebrations come at a historical point in time with the soon to be Royal arrival and so we thought what better way to celebrate than to have a ‘Royally’ British sleepover party.

For the purpose of this launch we have given exclusivity to children’s British sleepwear and accessories brand Pixie Dixie who make the most beautiful quality 100% cotton products. Just to make this even more special the designs replicate iconic images from Britain including the London Bus and Grenadier Guard and new designs include the Princess Crown which makes them perfect for this special occasion.

So what are you waiting for, have a browse through the collection and we have no doubt you will love it! All products are made using the best 100% lightweight cotton and are comfortable to wear, easy to wash and require no ironing.

We simply love them!

Oooh and by the way, we sell the absolutely fabulous Paint Your Own Pyjamas as featured on Emmerdale! Who wouldn’t want a pair of these?! Visit bluesandbows.co.uk prices range from £11.99 – £49.99.

With Love

Gemma &Chloe

Here’s a few of our favorites : )

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London Bus muslin

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Crown Nightdress

Guards Bathrobe

The Simple Pleasures of Childhood – Belle and Boo

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Belle and Boo is one of our favorites! A beautiful brand with the most beautiful illustrations : ) we simply love it!

Originally posted on Netmums Blog:

belle hugs boo wall stickerToday’s guest post is from Mandy Sutcliffe, Founder and Co-Director of Belle & Boowww.belleandboo.com She writes about the memories she has of the simple pleasures of childhood and how these inspired  her illustrations for Belle and Boo. If you’ve never visited the Belle and Boo site before – go and check it out – it is just lovely. And we also have one of their delightful wall stickers to giveaway. Just leave a comment on this blog and from all comments received by midnight on Sunday 5th May we will pick out a lucky winner.

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The summer of 1976 is heralded as one of the best summers ever, I was 3 years old and Mandy Sutcliffe - Belle and Booalthough I can’t claim to remember actual events I can see in the square now slightly faded photos that my dad reguarly took that I had a wonderful, wonderful time.

Now all grown up…

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Weaning just got easier….!

Whilst I was out shopping last week I was having a nosey down the baby isle in my local superstore to see if there was anything I needed for my little weaning adventure. Blake was 6 months old on Saturday and seen as he was 10lb 13oz when he was born, you won’t be surprised to hear that I had to start weaning him a little earlier than 6 months, as the current government health guidelines state. Either that or I was looking to invest in a diary cow : )

We made the decision to start weaning him early as he was constantly hungry and so I read a fair few weaning books in preparation and took the leap 5 weeks ago. Lets just say, Blake took to it like a duck to water, I couldn’t believe how easily he grasped the technique and adapted to the different textures. Since that day I have made all of his meals using the Beaba babycook (Godsend I might add) and he eats like a king.

So, whilst noseying down the baby isle, a bright orange package caught my eye, it was a brand named KOKO and the contents were food pouches. Let me just say that this is another genius invention that you simply need to have if like me, you cook all of your own delicious baby food and store it in the freezer. They’re simply fantastic, you get 10 empty pouches that you can fill, freeze, defrost, wash and re-use. Superb!

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Just to make this brand even more special, you can also buy the food pouch spoons which attach to the nozel of the pouch making meal times whilst on the go simple and effective.

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I invested in one of each of these and I will never look back, I’d recommend them til the cows come home! Plus they are so much more cost-effective than the food brands you can buy in pouches, saving you money along the way!

Sheer brilliance!

Visit http://www.koko-innovates.com the pouches are priced at £ 4.99 and the spoons complete with travel case from £4.49

with love Gemma & Blake x

Mama Spanx Power Panties

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Fan-tas-tic! Spanx have their very own maternity range called Mama Spanx.

We don’t know about you but when both me and Chloë were pregnant we loved the fitted dresses for both a casual daytime look and glamorous evening look. But there was just one teeny, tiny problem and yes you’ve got it, the wobbly bits! It’s inevitable that during pregnancy your size and shape change and you definitely don’t need to be wearing baggy, loose-fitting clothing that makes you look like an overgrown sack of spuds. So bring on the Mama Spanx, every pregnant woman should own a pair of these and lets just say ‘if you’ve got it then flaunt it’ Invest in a pair of power panties, you’ll never look back and you’ll be shaking that shimmy for the full nine months!

Priced at £34.00 and available from Spanx online shop http://www.spanx.co.uk

Yey……!

Beaba Babycook: Wean until your heart’s content

beaba-BabycookI didn’t realise how fabulous this product really is until I invested in one recently. I’ve heard plenty about the Beaba Babycook and people have recommended it to me but I didn’t invest because I thought I would see how I got on with the equipment I already owned. Let me just say, this is a godsend! It is the easiest and by far the best investment I have made in the baby world and I would definitely recommend it to everyone who is about to embark on weaning!

It is certainly one of a kind, with its compact size and multiple functions this nifty piece of equipment cooks, blends, reheats and defrosts. The steam cook function cooks fish, meat, vegetables and fruits in 15 minutes or less whilst preserving their yummy vitamins and flavors. The blender allows you to control the desired consistency of your meals from purée to a more lumpy texture making it perfect for every stage of weaning.

It is simple to use, easy to clean, BPA free and prepares healthy scumptious meals for your little one in no time! You can also store the leftovers in the freezer for days when you need a quick fix.

It has made my life a whole lot easier and I wish I had invested from the offset! It retails at £90.00 but it is worth every single penny!

Available from most major retailers including Amazon, jojomamanbebe, Mamas and Papas and Mothercare.

with love

Gemma x

My Buggy Buddy Weights

My Buggy Buddy WeightsOooooh we love a little gadget especially if it’s going to make parenthood simpler in the process, so we would like to share with you ‘My Buggy Buddy Weights’. Fabulous little product that was designed by two fathers to eliminate the problem of our buggies tipping over when overloaded. We’ve all experienced it and it is quite scary when it happens but it is so easily done. Products that are born out of practical parenting knowledge are always the best and really do serve to eliminate real parenting problems just like this.

These are very easy to use, they quite simply wrap around the buggy frame and velcro in place. The discreet slimline design doesn’t interfere with the manoeuvrability of your buggy and they sit higher on the frame to keep them a little cleaner.

We love this product and they are a very cost-effective solution : ) averaging around £10.00.

Available from most major retailers visit http://www.mybuggybuddy.co.uk for more information on stockists.

With love blues and bows : )

Happy Easter….

Whilst we have been on the hunt for baby products associated with Easter we came across this utterly gorgeous knitted blanket pattern by Jean Adel! We absolutely love it, so, if there are any knitters out there we’d love to hear from you because we’d absolutely love one for our kiddie winks : )

Follow the link below for the pattern and lets get knitting!

Happy Easter

with love blues and bows x

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Spring Summer 2013: Candy Pink, Butterfly Prints, Pretty Polka Dots and Little Stars…

OcXLzERSsBM16KhxwhU3bPV3HC07-SE8ZPj-FkcklZ0Launched in 2008, Toffee Moon specialises in luxury super soft cotton rich clothing and accessories, for babies and toddlers, that are both practical and beautiful. This season, the Girl’s Collection combines dainty Candy Pink, Blossom Pink, and Hot Pink with cool Linen. The new Butterfly, Dotty and Stripe Prints offers an eclectic mix of influences in a pretty offering of summer sleepsuits, rompers, dresses, tops, pants and knitwear. The adorable dresses collection for the girls cleverly structures super soft cotton rich jersey in to a striking range of dresses featuring puff hem detailing, gentle ruching, lace trim and layering. New Pretty Knickers complete the outfit. A timeless collection of fine knitwear includes delicate lacy effect pointelle and fine stripes in comfy tops and pants. Structure and floral detailing also features on the Lily Bolero and Vintage Peony Cardigan.

Ocean and Sky Blue, Cloud and Thunder Grey, with hints of Linen and Kelp Green feature throughout the Boy’s Collection this season. A combination of stripes appear across the knitwear and jersey, in a collection of tops and pants, rompers, sleepsuits, fine knit jumpers and cardigans. A beautiful new Stargazer print in Sky Blue with delicate tiny stars in Linen, offer one of many gorgeous gifting options. The collection offers matching accessories in both knitted and cool cotton jersey hats, shawls and booties.QCQrL0qMj3eSdi1S_MlOKt8WLAXp8naCRQgOBnBrqAY

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A little bit of luxury

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The OVO high chair by Micuna offers aesthetics, comfort and safety all in one seriously stylish bit of kit. This high chair is elegant, sleek and über stylish making a fabulous addition to your furniture collection. It features a round tray which is removable and washable, a footrest, and a leather strap for the safety of your little ones. Priced at approximately £260.00 this is certainly an investment but one that is worth every penny because not only does this product function as a high chair but it also grows with your little one, turning into a sleek desk chair for when he or she is a little older.

This is certainly a little bit of luxury but one that is worth every penny if you are design savvy and super chic!

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We love it : )

Beautiful rugs for babies nursery

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We at blues and bows love beautiful things that make us smile and whilst searching for a rug for my little ones nursery I came across this gem of a company, Nattiot. A French brand who sell hand made rugs for babies aged 0 to 3… perfect! The gorgeous designs and colour palettes are suited to all styles of nursery decor and we’re positive you’ll love them just as much as we do.

Our personal favorite is the teddy rug which is priced at about £110 but they’re all so gorgeous it’s difficult not to want one of each : )

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Take a look at http://nattiot.com/index.php where you can view the whole collection and buy in the online shop.

With love Gemma x

The Labour of Love Bag

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This is a fabulous idea from our friends over at huddle & bliss. They have taken the stress out of labour before you even get there by creating this great bag jam-packed with everything you need for labour and when your little bundle of joy finally arrives. The products included are all british made and the gorgeous bag can be used as a changing bag once you leave the hospital. The only items they haven’t included are nappies, sanitary items and breast pads, as we can all appreciate these are a very personal choice but don’t worry there is space allocated to pop these in.

So, if you are a very busy mummy to be and need a little helping hand to get you organised then this is a must have! It retails at £180.00 but if you’re quick, you can take advantage of the very generous £30 discount they are currently offering on the website.

Visit http://www.huddleandbliss.com and search The Labour of Love Bag.

Below is a list of everything that is included : )

We simply love it!

The Bag

Made from 100% cotton with a wipe clean PVC coating. Measures 42 x 28 x 17 cm with a top zip opening. Main compartment is divided by a large zipped pocket, there is also 2 wall pockets, additional zipped pocket and external open pocket. The bag is fully lined and complete with adjustable shoulder strap.

Content for Mum-to-be

Labour & Birthing Shirt.
Spa-style Slippers
Bed Socks
Pure Cotton Face Cloth
Pure Cotton Towel
Balancing Facial Mist
Hydrating Lip Balm
Purifying Bath & Shower Elixir
Hand Sanitiser
Silver-plated Compact Mirror and Atomiser (These are free gifts worth over £25 and will be included while stocks last)
Content for Baby

Pure Cotton Newborn Sleepsuit*
Pure Cotton Newborn Bodysuit *
Pure Cotton Knotted Hat & Scratch Mittens*
Pure Cotton Swaddling Blanket*
Pure Cotton Burp Cloth
Pure Cotton Bib*
Baby Change Mat
Protecting Nappy Change Balm
*These are white but can be substituted with yellow, pink, blue or any of our current designs upon request

Milk Powder Dispenser

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Now this little product is great if you are formula feeding and when out and about with your little one. It doesn’t look like much but trust us it really does make life so much easier. It enables you to store up to three feeds worth of milk powder in three separate compartments so that when you are out and about you can simply add the formula to your bottle in quick time and without any mess. It has a rotating lid and a poring nozzle so that you have easy access to each compartment. It’s compact design means that it fits nicely into your changing bag without consuming too much space. It really does make life so much simpler : ) hence why we love it!

We purchased ours from Asda but there are plenty out in the market place and generally they go by the name of milk powder dispenser.

with love

Blues and Bows x

Milk Powder Dispenser….

Now this little product is great if you are formula feeding and when out and about. It doesn’t look like much but trust us it really does make life so much easier. It enables you to store up to three feeds worth of milk powder in three separate compartments so that when you are out and about you can simply add the formula to your bottle in quick time and without any mess. It has a rotating lid and a poring nozzle so that you have easy access to each compartment. It’s compact design means that it fits nicely into your changing bag without consuming too much space. It really does make life so much simpler : ) hence shy we love it!

We purchased ours from Asda but there are plenty out in the market place and generally they go by the name of milk powder dispenser.

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with love

Blues and Bows x

Gummee Glove

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I was browsing through twitter last night whilst engaging in the networking session held by #buybritishbrands and I stumbled across the Gummee Glove! Well, lets just say I was a wee bit excited! How did such an amazing product steer clear of blues and bows! We love it and can completely relate to the story behind its creation.

Blake is now 3 months old and chewing like a trooper on his little fists, he’s not quite able to hold a teething ring and so he rely’s solely on his little hands. The Gummee Glove is a mitten which can be secured to baby’s hand with a safe & secure velcro clasp, it features a detachable water filled teething ring, numerous protrusions for baby to teeth on, a black and white crinkle square and its very own travel bag.

A total stroke of genius! There’s no wonder this is an award-winning product, so simple yet so functional!

We simply love it! Pop over to http://www.gummeeglove.co.uk where you can buy you’re very own for just £9.99 + pp

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Beatrix Potter for Baby GAP

011713_IB_peterRabbit_swim_DIR_US1Well well well, what do we have here! Beatrix Potter and GAP collaborating with a whole new collection for our very own little bunnies. We absolutely love it and what’s even better is that it is available in store now, so what are you waiting for…….? Hop over to Baby Gap and treat your little one, we just couldn’t resist.

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Hoppy Shopping

love blues and bows x

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