If like me, you’ve always lusted after an Eames rocking chair but your budget couldn’t quite stretch to £400 plus price tag - Here’s a great alternative. I have to say I’m so impressed with this Eames style rocking chair. We got it around July this year and as my house was in the middle of major renovations, I had to wait to use it in the new space. After a stressful few months, we finally waved goodbye to the builders and in came all our furniture…and this chair is already a favourite in our house and is such a hit with all the family – There are six of us (4 children aged 6-13 plus my husband and I ) and we all use it. It’s comfortable and so stylish that it definitely adds a little bit of retro chic into our home – which I love! I think it looks fantastic teamed with a cosy blanket and rug but would also look just as great with some pops of colour with some fun kids accessories Eames Style Rocking chair is available at Lakeland Furniture and is priced at £48.00 Bye for now Maritza
It’s wonderful when a book captures both my daughters and my imagination. The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb was picked out by us on a trip to London one day – and yes we did judge a book by its cover. But when we got home the story we discovered inside was magical.
It tells the story of a little girl whose mother helps her makes some paper dolls. What follows is the tale of all the adventures the little girl has with the dolls until one fateful encounter with a little boy and his scissors.
The story has a simple but effective message of the circle of life and as the story concludes, we discover how little traditions from our own childhood can be passed on to our own children in a beautiful ending which is so heartwarming that I know this book will be a favourite.
I was so happy to hear from the team behind the book to let me know so I could let you all know that this summer there is a campaign to celebrate the launch of the book. There is going to be an attempt to create the longest ever paper doll chain. The aim is for it to end up being a whopping 3 KM long - this is 60 lengths of an Olympic size swimming pool, 270 London buses and 11,500 A4 sheets of dolls!
If you’re interested in getting involved and becoming a WORLD RECORD BREAKER simply by colouring in some dolls with your children as a summer holiday activity, then click on the link for more information
The dolls don’t have to be back until the 28th of August so there is still a bit of time to create your own displays with the dolls – why not see how long you can make your chain of dolls? You can even send in photos or tweet any pictures using #paperdolls! Each entry should have the child’s name on the back for a chance to be entered into a draw to win a piece of Rebecca Cobb original artwork and a chance for their family to come to the record attempt event!
There is just one piece of small print to remember when attaching the paper dolls together – the dolls must be connected by both hands and feet for the world record attempt to stand.
Visit www.paperdollsworldrecord.com for more information, videos, to view our progress on the doll-o-meter, and to see a gallery of some of the dolls we’ve already been sent!
I absolutely love the whole concept behind Babyccino Kids. Three friends in three different countries, letting the world know about all the cool kids brands, lifestyle and concepts out there. It’s so cool how Esther (Amsterdam), Courtney (London) and Emile (Paris) champion independent boutiques like Home & Kids and they really do make a difference to us little independents in the big world.
Our wooden tool box is what was picked out, just in time for Father’s Day. Such a cute gift for a little boy or girl to give to their daddy so they can play together with very realistic but not at all dangerous little tools.
Whilst looking at the other top ten picks, I noticed Little Scout a shop specialising in toys and gifts for the boys in your life. As a mother of one son and three girls, I know the challenges of trying to find interesting and cool toys for boys. There is SOOOO much choice for girls and I always feel the boys get the small pickings. That’s why I was so impressed with the vast array of choice Little Scout has. Well done guys!
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You may have read earlier on the blog that we were lucky enough to have our recent photo shoot photographed and styled by Malin Ngoie and Bettina Vetter- an amazingly talented and very experienced duo whose work can be found in Junior Magazine, How To Kiss A Frog, Monsoon, Babiekins Magazine, to name but a few.
Beyond The Camera Magazine came along to find out more about what goes on behind the scenes at a photo shoot. Here’s the feature if you want to have read and a little about me and how I came about starting Home & Kids.
Read it here - Beyond The Camera Magazine
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I’m not a shabby chic type of girl really but when it comes to Cath Kidston, I turn into one. Whenever I walk into one of the many stores dotted round the London I am completely drawn in at every corner thinking ‘I really need that and that…and that.’ This is one of the secrets to a successful business. An environment which captures imagination and makes people happy and want to have little bit of the lifestyle which is represented by a particular brand.
This is something Cath Kidston has done so well over the years. A business which was born out of a eureka moment in the 1990′s when Cath saw a floral, traditional design used in a contemporary way on the side of a bath tub. From this vision, a whole stream of ideas followed on, which kick started what is now an iconic and worldwide brand.
The first Cath Kidston shop was in Notting Hill and opened its doors in 1993. With an ‘office’ in its basement, this is where Cath brought the brand to life.
I can totally relate to the excitement and determination of branching out on your own, owning Home & Kids for 4 years, after running Love Me Again for the previous 3 years – I have experienced the highs and lows associated with running your own business and am lucky enough to be at a stage where I’m enjoying what I’m doing right now.
To mark 20 years in business, Cath Kidston’s new book, Coming Up Roses is all about the excitement of setting up a new business and creating an inspirational work space. In an age where we are surrounded with news of doom and gloom in the economy, it’s more important than ever to give people the encouragement to fulfil their dream of starting their own business – whatever it is. If we live in fear of something not working out, we may just miss out on the next big opportunity.
I love this video summing up the story!
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