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……!

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

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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Silver Cross Surf Review

ESZWQRCLFYVAXGFYI have the award-winning Silver Cross Surf Pram in Lime Green and so I thought it would be a great idea to let you know what I think to it. I must say when we were choosing a pram I found it quite overwhelming, there is so much choice and its pretty hard choosing a pram and colour option for an unborn baby, especially when you don’t know the sex!

After plenty of viewings and trials of various brands we decided to go with the Silver Cross Surf. Our reasons for this were the light weight chassis, the babynest-which provides a luxury padded lie flat surface for your newborn baby without the added expense of a carry cot, the essentials pack which contains a reversible seat liner, parasol, rain cover, sunshade and cup holder and the zesty lime colour option. Basically this pram had everything we were looking for.

We were also really lucky because at the time of purchasing the retailer were offering a half price maxi-cosi car seat and so we decided to go for the pebble because it is snug for baby, includes removable support pillow, harness pads and integrated sun canopy, one-pull harness adjustment, and a ‘Easy out’ harness-which stays open to get baby in and out of seat in seconds.

I must say I’m not disappointed with the surf, like any pram, once you start using them day-to-day you soon realise that you would change little things but on the whole its a great travel system. My only comments would be that it is a little clumsy on the front wheel drive, I personally think the wheels need to be sturdier to drive the pram. I would also like to see the round basket made larger as the it looks far more stylish than the new square version and there isn’t much room between the base of the seat and the basket itself, making it more difficult getting things in and out.

If I was to offer one piece of advice it would definitely be the following: rather than buying the carrycot invest your hard-earned pennies in the iso-fix family fix base. It really is a god send and makes life so much easier when getting baby in and out of the car. Do some research on pricing because we bought our iso-fix from Mothercare and made good use of their price match promise. In the end we paid £119.00 instead of £160.00 which I thought was a bargain and its the best thing we’ve bought!

with love Gemma

Ultra modern Moses basket


Oooooooh exciting times! blues and bows are very excited today! We’ve stumbled upon a brand new ultra modern Moses basket that is soon to be launched to the UK market! As they say at Moba® this is a “seriously cool bit of kit”. It’s modern, is available in a fabulous range of colours, is ergonomic, hygienic, light weight and fully ventilated! What more could we ask for….!

The creators of Moba®, have experience of importing natural fibre Moses baskets for the baby sector and experienced a wealth of issues first hand including quality inconsistencies, inability to clean thoroughly, rotting and degrading over time to name a few. This is why they have developed this genius product and we cannot wait for the launch date!

The recommended retail price is £89.99, keep a check on the Moba website for the official launch date : )

Happy Friday : )

Newborn clothing essentials

Just whilst I’m on this little mission myself, I thought I would share my essentials clothing list with all our lovely expectant mummies and daddies out there. It certainly is quite daunting and just remember once the little arrival is here, people will be leaping over themselves to buy you gifts : ) So here goes, this is what we think you will definitely need in preparation for the little angel…

Oooooh it’s very exciting!

6-9 bodysuits or vests with popper opening.
6-9 sleepsuits (look out for the ones that have the little hand coverlets built-in)
4 All in Ones for day wear with or without feet
1 cardigan for layering
1 little coat/jacket
1 pramsuit for that special journey home and to keep them nice and toasty (In autumn/winter)
2 pairs of scratchmitts to prevent them scratching their tiny face
4 pairs of socks
2 hats
4 bibs
1 blanket

Featured items are from a little gem of a company called The Essential One, they have everything you need so why not start here, visit http://www.theessentialone.com oooh and they’re very reasonably priced : ) Also, remember to take a peep through the baby brands we love section on our blog for help in finding amazing baby products.

P.S I’m now 29 weeks and can’t wait to meet our little one!

With love

Gemma x

Yipeeeeeee!!

Whilst I was out shopping yesterday, I looking for little bits and bobs for the new addition to the family – due in October. I found a few little nifty things, like ‘Glow in the Dark’ dummies for instance, whoever came up with that Genius idea? I want to kiss them !! 

It wasn’t these however that made me squeal out loud on the aisle! 

Drum Role Please…….. 

 

Let me introduce you to the answer to all our Mummy and Daddy prayers… 

 

Milton Dummy Sterilizer! whoopee! 

I hate to put my little girls dummy in my mouth and I have resulted to this on several occasions when she has thrown her dummy on the floor! With no running water or other cleaning devices it’s usually me that cleanses it followed by a baby wipe. Yuk huh!

So when I saw this I just couldn’t contain my excitement, what an amazing handy little device! 

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Referred to as the ‘Mini’ Milton have newly launched the dummy sterilizer which comes with an attached strap to enable you to fix onto your bag/pram so you always have it to hand. 

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All you do is simply add water and one of the Milton sterilise tablets and the sponge inside soaks the teat for fifteen minutes and makes it clean and germ free for the little bambino! I immediately purchased two and it will defiantly be a gift from me from now on to whoever I know is expecting. 

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Its reason’s like this why bluesandbows love to blog 🙂 

Love Chloe x 

 

 

 

Priced at around £8 and worth every penny.

Find stockist here-www.milton-tm.com

PacaPod – the Audi of the changing bag world!


If like me you have searched for the ultimate changing bag that is stylish yet functional then look no further. The PacaPod is pure genius! Designed by mum of two Jacqueline Waggett, the PacaPod is everything you could wish for, the Audi of the changing bag world. I’ve literally just stumbled across this myself and let me just tell you, boy am I glad I did.

There is quite literally a design and style to suit everyone’s taste and lets face it, that is quite a difficult task these days. However PacaPod do it incredibly well. Each bag has two neat and detachable PacaPods that organise feeding and changing items so that they are easily accessible whilst preventing cross contamination of food and changing products. Not only do these neat Pacapods fit discreetly into the outer bag but they can also be used as separate outer pods which attach to your pram if you need extra space for items such as a laptop or change of clothes for baby in the main outer bag.

Each bag is designed to a first class specification having compartments for keys, phones, purses and even travel documents. The pram attachments on each bag/pod are simple yet functional and allow you to simply attach your changing bag to your prams handle bar without the need to carry it around.

There is no stone unturned when it comes to the PacaPods, you only need to watch the promotional video (http://www.pacapod.com/about/demo-movie-napier) and I can guarantee that you will be joining the PacaPod fan group! I certainly have : )

Truly inspirational and definitely worth every single hard-earned penny! Take a look http://www.pacapod.com prices vary between £65.00 and £200.00 depending on design.

Love Gemma x

Travel Time….

As if going away with a baby isnt stressful enough you literally have to pack the whole house! Leaving very little for anything you may need or want to take, welcome to your new life!

So eventually you conquer the travel time and arrive at your destination, unload and unpack. No doubt you will have forgotten something and usually, that something, will be your bit of something you really wanted to take, (leave the tantrums to the baby). Never mind as long as baby has everything and they are happy this is all that matters. If like me, you are not too keen on the idea of using travel cots which are supplied by hotels, then you will have spent months looking for the perfect one and if you have still yet to buy a travel cot, well, you’re in luck!

Blues and Bows have found it for you!

The Graco Contour travel cot is (we think) one of the best, it has a mobile with toys to entertain baby, comes in different colours, has a changing unit which can be attached and has a detachable mat which can be raised or lowered depending on baby’s age. You can also buy extra’s for instance a side panel which has inserts for nappies, clothes etc.

I used this cot myself on a trip and I found it very useful, easy to assemble and comfy for baby to sleep in. Also the side pockets came in handy for storage!

Prices vary depending on where you buy but range from £100-£190.

love Chloe x

Crawlings save the day

Let us introduce to the amazing Crawlings! Designed to protect those precious little knees from the effects of crawling and those bumps and grazes when learning to walk. They’re perfect for both indoor play and outdoor adventures and are available in a variety of designs and colours! Certainly a stylish addition to any little ones wardrobe!

Founded by sisters and new mothers, Tina Dowden and Hailey Kim, Crawlings are an American brand and are due to make their European début in early summer. But, don’t be disappointed, if you simply can’t wait to grab a pair then pop over to the online store at http://www.crawlings.com/ and they will happily ship them over to you via UPS.

Priced at just $20 US Dollars (approx £13.00) per pair plus shipping costs.

Recommended for ages 6 months to 3 years plus.

We love, love, love them and so does Victoria Beckham!

Gro-egg™

The innovative Gro-egg™ is most definitely a must have the product for all those sleeping beauties and parents out there. It tells you if the temperature in the nursery is too cool, just right or to warm by changing colour, helping you to keep a cosy and safe sleeping environment for your baby. In addition this the Gro-egg™ doubles up as a gentle night-light which is perfect for checking on your little one without disturbing them.

This product has received plenty of positive reviews and gets 4 out of 5 stars on the rating scale.

Visit http://www.gro.co.uk/what-we-make/gro-egg.html for further information and stockists, prices range from £15.00 upwards.

We love it!

Add a splash of fun to your day out!

We always babble on about cute bits and pieces and this is a perfect example of why we just can’t get enough of the stuff. These daysacks from LittleLife are simply adorable, priced at just £20.00 each and available in a variety of designs, they will almost certainly brighten up any little ones day whilst adding a splash of fun.

It’s surprising just how much these daysacks hold, they are perfect for days out and about, nursery time and even for over night sleeps at grandparents and if you need a bigger version they also have the wheelie version perfect for taking on holiday.

The daysacks also have fantastic beneficial features including a removable safety rein for parents to keep children close by and a weatherproof hood for those rainy days.

They really are adorable, cute and practical and a fantastic buy! Visit LittleLife for more information on where to buy these great products and to see the full range! http://www.littlelife.co.uk

Love is in the air

Valentines days is a great excuse to get dressed up, eat truly amazing food and be spoiled rotten. We love it and this Valentines day we want our readers to feel fabulous and enjoy it just as much as we do. The mummy’s to be out there will all agree that being pregnant and looking a million dollars can be quite challenging. Your shape changes quite radically, you gain weight where you never did before and you have to cover up certain areas that you’ve never paid attention too.

If like us you always end up buying a pair of shoes instead of clothing because they’re the one thing that you can buy without feeling disappointed, then we have the solution.

Isabella Oliver, this is the one name you need to remember! Perfect for occasion wear, perfect for making you look and feel fabulous and perfect for a shopping spree without the hassle of trudging around shops in search of something that doesn’t exist.

There online store makes us smile just by simply logging onto it, with its abundance of fashion must haves, bright colours and amazing designs you really cant help but treat yourself. Gone are the days of looking frumpy and here are the days when pregnant woman can look on trend, fabulous and feminine! Wooohooooo

You really must take a trip over to the website, trust me you will love it, and more importantly you will most definitely find a fabulous dress for Valentines Day : ) http://www.isabellaoliver.com

Thats Amore x

Storytime

Taking time out to read with your little one is something that we should all make time to do. Elodie loves to sit and turn the pages and she is now starting to visually connect with the images. One of her favorite books is a visual animal book and it’s really funny to see her refer to the dog as ‘Toddie’ (our family westie) and she’s got the high pitch sound to a tee. However at the minute she thinks that every dog is ‘Toddie’ but it’s so cute.

There are some truly amazing books out there for all ages and we wanted to share one of our favorites with you, Peepo. Many of you will have already come across this classic from Janet & Allan Ahlberg, published in 1981, this book still delights parents and children. The story is set in the 1940’s and offers a nostalgic look at time gone by, with tin baths and hot porridge. The story is centered around a day in the life of a little baby, we get to see things through his eyes from waking in his cot to going to the park and each page has a circle cut out that allows us to take a peep through to life on the next page.

The illustration style captures the period and is plentiful and visually appeals to both little one and story-reader. With is simple verse, rhyme and repetition and the inclusion of everyday objectives, this really is a must have book for any nursery bookshelf.

You can buy this from all good bookshops and online at Amazon.

Who needs a highchair…

We’re sure most of you have experienced the difficulty of feeding a baby/toddler without the help of a highchair! It’s not impossible but it is unbelievably difficult and a whole lot easier and less messier if you have one. I’ve still got little specs of spaghetti bolognese in my rug from 6 months ago and as I don’t have my own children I don’t own a highchair, but, I do have my little niece Elodie.

We stumbled upon Totseat whilst doing some product research to try and find a solution to this problem and we are so happy we did! This is genius and certainly deserves the vast array of awards that it has already achieved from the industry.

The Totseat is a portable highchair that makes life-on-the-go a whole lot easier for both parent and child. It converts dining chairs, of all shapes and sizes, into a safe highchair for your little one. It is compact in its very own travel pouch, machine washable and comes with a lifetime guarantee! It’s perfect for babies who can sit unaided and trust us, this is worth every penny, at a very reasonable £24.00 + PP.

Totseat would make the most perfect gift, or travel companion and we definitely recommend it!

For more information visit http://www.totseat.com/english/home/ where you will also find the online shop where you can treat yourself or someone special.

Gemma : )

Milk two bunnies this Christmas

We here at blues and bows are sooooooo excited this morning! We have just come across one of the most gorgeous brands, that even we have never heard or seen before and oh my gosh, adorable is not the word! We have been browsing the internet to find some truly unique Christmas gifts for those precious little bundles of joy and we’ve found an entire range that we just simply love.

milk two bunnies is a London-based design company who specialise in handmade children’s wear. The designs are made from limited edition Liberty printed cotton, organic jersey, trimmed with vintage lace and buttons and are just simply irresistable.We can’t get enough of them, this is a truly wonderful and inspirational brand and any item would make the most perfect gift this Christmas!

Happy shopping : ) 

Visit the online store at http://www.milktwobunnies.bigcartel.com/

Snug as as bug


Oooooh look at these gorgeously adorable snug booties! We came across them whilst browsing for winter inspiration and these will do the job just nicely! Made using ultra soft leather and fluffy sheepskin these booties are a must have for any little one this winter! Each pair is lovingly hand-made in England are available in baby pink or chocolate and are priced at £19.99 with free postage and packaging! We simply love them!

Visit Starchilds online shop at http://www.star-child.co.uk/buyonline

Countdown to Christmas

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Look how adorable this Christmas advent calendar is and what makes it even more special is that you make it with the help of your little elf.
The easy to sew kit ensures every one can get involved, and the bright coloured felt allows you to have fun whilst making a truly memorable piece that can be used for years to come.

Once complete you can fill each pocket with little surprise treats for each day on the run up to Christmas!

This really is one of our favorite Christmas pieces! Definitely a lot more fun than the standard advent calendars, trust us you and your little one will love it : )

Finished calendar measures 80cm high. Fabric: 100% cotton and felt and priced at £18.00 + pp

Visit Jonny’s Sister online store http://www.jonnyssister.co.uk/personalised-advent-calendar-kit-p-462.html

Twinkle twinkle little star*

Ooooh we just love these cosy fleece star wraps by Tuppence and Crumble! Theres nothing better than wrapping up warm in winter and doing it in style. These are a must have for this season and definitely a great gift idea. Perfect for the buggy, pram, car seat or just simply for a snuggle and snooze.

Availble in Sizes 0-6 months and 6-12 months in a fantastic range of colours and at a very reasonable £19.95 + PP. We simply couldn’t resist, they just look so cute!

Visit the online store at http://www.tuppenceandcrumble.co.uk/star_wraps.html

A little something for the daddies

We came across Button and Bean whilst browsing for gifts for all the daddies out there and we are so happy we found it! Offering the most adorable image of a childs tiny foot or handprint embossed in solid silver and available on a range of gifts from cufflinks to bookmarks and necklaces to charms. There really is something for everyone and we cant tell you how much we love this simple yet so precious gift!

Button and Bean was born out of love for jewellery and the knowledge that the founders little ones were growing so fast, and as a result this great little company has evolved!

This is a fabulous idea and definitely one of our favorites, simply priceless!

This pair of cufflinks are priced at £130.00 + PP and arrive gift packed in black card boxes branded with the Button and Bean logo.

To shop the entire range please visit https://www.buttonandbean.co.uk/