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
I 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
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 : )
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
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!
Baby and Bump under one roof!
I have to admit when I was expecting I never bought anything from Mothercare maternity range, I didnt even look! However on my travels yesterday I found some gorgeous pieces in the Mothercare sale for my bumped up sister.
They have a fantastic sale on and if you have an outlet store near you they are selling all maternity clothes off for just £5! Now thats the kind of sale we like….
I had a little nosy on the website and found a few pieces for you to feast your eyes on but I would advise you go into a shop if possible as it can be hard judging the size of your beautiful bump so best to “try before you buy” as they say.
The items selected above vary in price but none exceeding £30 so what you waiting for……Go grab yourself a bargain after all your pregnant and you deserve to treat yourself…. 😉
Blues and Bows x
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!
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.
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.
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
At 24 weeks pregnant I am still yet to invest in my first set of maternity underwear and lets just say i’m a little fussy. I can’t bear to wear non-matching sets or plain black or white, so as you can imagine it’s proven to be a challenge! My personal experience of buying maternity wear has been that of mixed emotions, it’s either very frumpy and expensive, modern yet limited or cheap and nasty. I sit in the middle tier and have struggled with the transition from my usual girly dresses, high heels and vibrant matching lingerie sets.
So, lets combat the underwear issue…..
I’ve found some beautiful sets that are modern, feminine and not too pricey and I thought I would share them with you! The three sets above are by a brand called HOT Milk, there are plenty of stockists in the UK and internationally and prices vary depending on style. Visit http://www.hotmilklingerie.com to see the entire collection and for more information on stockists.
The below three sets are from the new collection by Elle Macpherson, sold in a number of retailers across the UK and internationally and again not too pricey but definitely worth the investment, visit http://www.ellemacphersonintimates.com/collections/maternity/
It really is surprising how uncomfortable your underwear can get whilst pregnant and in all honesty I didn’t really know what to expect in terms of my changing body shape. We all change and grow at different rates and no two bodies are the same, so, at the point in which you feel you need to invest, go for it! You’ll feel more comfortable and confident. I am certainly at the point at which I need to invest before I have bits and bobs pooping out left right and centre, let me know how you get on and if you’ve stumbled upon great finds.
with love, Gemma x
Mama Mio, Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Butter was recommended to me by a little friend who is about to meet her tiny baby girl for the very first time next week. At 39 weeks pregnant, Cheryl has no signs of stretch marks and it’s all thanks to this sumptuous butter. It’s deliciously thick and creamy and has high levels of omega 3, 6 and 9 which gives your body all the ammunition it needs to beat stretch marks.
Mama Mio tummy rub has won countless awards and received endless positive reviews from all warps of life including celebrities like Jessica Alba, Claudia Schiffer and Coleen Rooney, it really is amazing.
To top it all off this product smells deliciously yummy!
Available from http://www.mamamio.com and priced at £23.00 + pp it can also be purchased from high street retailers such as John Lewis and Mamas and Papas etc.
mmmmmmmmm enjoy : )
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
Sun is shining all! Get ready for the holidays, after all you deserve it!
We’ve found some little numbers for all you expectant mummy’s out there, so get yourself on the beach and take that beautiful bump for a dip! Apparently it gives baby a really calming sensation and makes them feel all relaxed inside that tum of yours. Arrrrrr : )
We love the cute polka dot designs that seem to be this years trend when it comes to maternity beachwear and we found these at http://www.figleaves.com there are a few to pick from so why not take a little peek.
Tankini £35.00/ Beach Dress £30.00 (above)
Marks and Spencer have a great range of maternity swimwear we love the bikini’s to show that bump off.
Bikini £15.00 / Tankini £25.00 (above)
Crave Maternity wear have some lovely designs and styles to suit all, they have a selection of different swimsuits and in a range of colours!
Tankinis £58.00/ Swimsuit £54.00
Happy yummy mummy Friday x
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
Be A Yummy Mummy.
We love this thanks to ‘A Day In The Life Of… ‘A Yummy Mummy’
We have the most perfect dress for all you gorgeous pregnant ladies out there! Just in time for the Christmas party season and available in a range of colours this beautiful maxi dress will no doubt make you look and feel a million dollars! You can create many elegant styles by experimenting with its long luxurious tie including, asymmetric, halter-neck, bandeau or with capped sleeves. This is a must have piece that will see you right through the party season in style and is definitely worth the investment.
Available from Isabella Oliver, visit http://www.isabellaoliver.com/maternity-clothes/uk/100/new-maternity/DR070.html
RRP £179.00 + PP
We at blues and bow love it!
Autumn is nearly here, the leaves are falling and there’s a sudden chill in the air! I find walking with the pram I get very hot and bothered and don’t want a big bulky jacket on to keep me warm so I found a lovely stylish on trend Jacket a bit like a ‘Grandad Jacket’ from H&M priced at £25.00. I thought it was an absolute bargain and it has lovely pink lining! Team it with leggings, a basic top and a good old pair of trusty UGGS!!
Every Friday we will feature a yummy mummy outfit!
Dressing up changes when u become a mummy, you can still be stylish but you definitely have to be more practical for example making sure your knickers are not on show every time you bend over to see to your little one, and the same goes for the boobs : )
Therefore each Friday we will feature an outfit which we think is fashionable yet practical and modelled by our very own yummy mummy Chloë!! 🙂 Hopefully it will give you inspiration just in time for a weekend treat.
P.S We’d love to hear from you : )