We have been rather excited about these playsuits at Baby Duck Shop, not just because they are beautiful but they are also made just down the road from us (you know how we like to support our home-grown talent).

Poppet have been manufacturing for the last 50 years and pride themselves on quality and being ‘Made in England’, everything from design to making the fabric and sewing are all done here in the UK!

I even got to see where the magic happens over in the Poppet factory when I went to collect our first order, it was a great site to see.

We only have a limited amount at the moment, but we think you’ll agree they are lovely and should sell fast, plus if you buy before the end of June you can get yourself 10% off these beauties with the code POPPET, just enter the code at the checkout.

It’s the 29th again and that means Independents Day over at All About the Boys. First of all though how warm and lovely has it been, hope you’ve all been enjoying the sun and are looking forward to a lovely long weekend (well for us in the UK anyway).

Back to independent businesses though, first up we have a company I spotted over on twitter. Le Papillon Vert offers a gorgeous selection of baskets and accessories, the traditional French baskets are my favourite and as a lover of France I would love one of these to take away with me next time I go.

Next is a another bag company, I recently purchased a Mia Tui bag and I love it. As a busy mum on the go I needed something I could have over my shoulders that would fit in all my mum, business an general lady stuff! My Grace bag does the job and then some!

Another company, which I bought my husbands Anniversary card from is like us Nottingham based. The Curious Pancake sells a gorgeous selection of cards, gifts an other beautiful items. I particularly love this Corgi broach, perfect for the upcoming Jubilee celebrations.

And finally is the fabulous Hunkdory Home, if you are looking for something a little bit different for your home then this is the place to visit. I particularly love the Custard Cream cushion, it is quirky and the perfect conversation piece.

I hope you have enjoyed my selection this month, please do pop on over and have a look at these most fabulous of independent businesses.

The weather doesn’t seem to be able to make it’s mind up at the minute so I am always looking for things to do with the children in doors in case the dreaded rain appears.

I recently found Samantha Eynon’s website and I love it, we have tried Harold The Super Hamster and he is fab but any of them are a true work of art and they are free to download.

If like us you have several broken crayons hanging around then why not turn them into new crayons, you can do this easily using silicone bake ware. I found this blog that shows you how to do it, I now just need to find some cheap silicone moulds I can use. I love this post from Smashed Peas and Carrots on how to do it.

I am really loving the Hand Print Art ideas over at Red Ted Art, they look so easy as we love doing hand print painting. They especially make great birthday cards for family as they are personalised and cheap to do! Keep up the good work guys!

And finally if you love baking then how about making some cornflake cakes like The Mummy Diary, we love making them and they are so easy to do with the kids and always make a yummy treat on a miserable rainy day.

Please feel free to leave any craft posts you have in the comments section, we love finding new things to do on the rainy days :)

Hello there, I bet you didn’t expect to see me here did you?

I am on a bit of a mission to hijack blogs everywhere to get you all talking about my wonderful and exhausting prize draw. Some of you might recognise my name as I ran a hugely successful tombola just before Christmas where I put 196 presents under peoples trees. As this was so successful I started to think of other things that I can do.

In January my sister in law gave birth to my nephew, he was 10 weeks early and very small weighing 1lb 4oz. Obviously this meant he was kept in NICU and then the SCU. When visiting him I came across Bliss and all the lovely work they are doing in these units to support the parents of these gorgeous babies. From providing leaflets and information to training specialist nurses Bliss are there for them and for my sister in law.

I decided that I needed to do something for Bliss and bought some running shoes, I couldn’t even run after a bus when I started but now on 20th May I will be running 10k. Obviously I am trying to get people to sponsor me to do this but as a little thank you I have arranged a prize draw for everyone who sponsors me.  At the moment I have more prizes than I do sponsors so it is looking very likely that people will be getting something nice through the post soon.

You are reading this on Baby Duck Shop’s blog because they are one of the many lovely companies who have donated a prize to me, so if you are here because you love their products then you might be able to win one of them.

You can find a full list of the prizes here

To sponsor me you can Text “XOGY47 £1” to 70070 or click on my Just Giving page

To be entered into the prize draw you must validate your entry here this is to abide with competition and gambling laws.

Tired Mummy of Two

Today is Independents Day over at All About The Boys and again we are excited to take part in this fabulous idea.

I am a true believer in supporting small businesses, usually run from a spare room or garage they are something that someone has set up because they have a passion or because they had a dream of doing something they love.

And this months choice are no exception, I hope you enjoy my selection :)

The first is Stamptastic, although I haven’t tried this I think I may have to invest in one for when my son starts school in September, I am rubbish at sewing and I think this is a great alternative, especially for stamping none clothes items too.

The next is a gorgeous online party store that I happened upon over on twitter, Stylish Party Bizarre sell the most amazing and gorgeous party accessories I have ever seen! The paper straws being my particular favourite!

Alyssa Smith is a fellow #SBS winner and I love her jewelry, especially the tweetie bird necklace it is stunning. Everything is handcrafted in her Hertfordshire Studio.

And finally, we love wooden toys and toys that ignite the imagination of children, something that doesn’t require batteries and this last store does just that. Play Merrily have some really gorgeous toys that would make great gifts.

I hope you enjoyed my selection for today’s Independents Day and if you fancy seeing some more fab businesses who are taking part then pop on over to All About The Boys.

Our son loves farms but taking him to a farm park can get a little expensive so when we found Stonebridge Farm in Nottingham we were thrilled, it would mean a five minute drive to see some animals.

It is free to visit and although there aren’t a lot of animals, there is one of each of your standard farm animals ;)  As well as plenty of vegetables to see growing, a park and picnic area.

What made me want to blog about it more, is that it is such a great piece of the country side in the city. It has been around for such a long time I think it needs to be supported for future generations.

It’s places like this that need to exist for children who don’t necessarily have the means or funds to get to a big farm park out in the country side.

It also offers work experience, school visits and is a way for people to get back into work by volunteering.

There is a cafe to buy home made cakes or to have a drink or ice cream and a small shop were you can buy eggs and veg off the farm as well as local honey and crafts.

So if you are looking for something to do one Saturday morning in Nottingham then look no further than Stonebridge Farm, take along a few old carrots for the donkey’s or indeed you can buy some animal feed from the shop and have a nice hour with the family supporting something that is great for the community.

Everyone is very friendly and always willing to stop and have a chat about what they are doing, we hope you have as much fun as we do at the farm and if you don’t live in Nottingham why not check out your local area to see if you have an inner city farm :)

Last year, we were lucky enough to be picked by Theo Paphitis for a Small Business Sunday (SBS) retweet.  It felt brilliant to be picked and we became part of a brilliant group of businesses.

Then on the 30th March, Theo and the wonderfully generous people at Ryman’s organised a #SBS event for all of the winners and we were invited.

We arrived at Edgbaston Stadium and were greeted by several hundred other business men and women all eager to hear what Theo had to say.

First we met Danny from Baby’s First Calendar, a fab newborn gift that we started stocking shortly after our retweet. I had a great time chatting to him about Baby’s First Calendar and his new arrival due in June.

I got talking to Helen from Bambino Beads who I have met a few times at the Nottingham Mums Business Club meetings and then to Phil from All Ironed Out who it turns out went to the same school as me (small world eh)

After an hour or so we finally got to hear Theo talk, and what an inspiring talk it was. He spoke about how he had started his businesses and that #SBS was inspired from him sitting down on a Sunday night preparing for the week ahead.

The man himself

He showed us the new #SBS website which is fab and not only offers help to those who have won a retweet but to those who would like to have a go at winning one as well, he truly is an inspiration and does this because he cares.

Lots of fab business owners

After a few hours talking he then took the time to have his picture taken with all the #SBS winners, I think it’s safe to say a great day was had by all!

Me receiving my certificate from Theo


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