Kids Fashion – Sky Tops

Now my kids are not fashion icons but they do know what they like and what they don’t. Throughout the summer the girls have been wanting to wear dresses, anything floaty and princess like. Not always the best choice, especially for a day at the park but I have been able to get away with floaty tops and leggings which are more practical. I’ve had a real job getting them to wear their jeans, but they are quite happy to put them on if they are brightly coloured or patterned. My eldest daughter likes her jeans skinny like her grown-up sister wears, the brighter the better.
You can dress up any outfit with a nice pair of shoes or boots and sky tops are fashionable this autumn. They don’t have to be boring though, you can get them in exciting colours and decorated with glitter. So it’s a win win situation, I get my practicality and the girls get their pretty pretty.

At next they have a fabulous selection of jeans, here are a few teamed with gorgeous glittery heart tops.

So when my girls have made their choice the next step is a pair of high top boots. Here are three from Next, gorgeous pink glitter boots, grey and glitter boots and just so the little man doesn’t miss out a real trendy pair for younger boys.
glitter boots £15-£18
silver sky tops £20-£22
tan colour block sky tops £20-£22
This post has been written for the Next Blogger Network. The opinions are my own and I have not been paid for this review.

Back To School with Next

I love having my children at home during the holidays but I have to admit, I do miss the routine of getting ready for school in the morning. I’m not saying that it’s easy, with three little ones to get ready in a time slot it’s anything but easy. However, it does mean that everything gets done by a certain time, and then I get a little time to myself. This September will be different because my little man will be going to pre-school two days a week as well. I’m really not sure I’m ready to let go, but I know he’s such a sociable little man that he’s going to love every minute.

Now is the time that parents are putting together their children’s new school uniforms. I know a few mums that have had it sorted since before school ended..wow! I did manage to get the official school sweatshirts before the end of term but that’s about it.

These days you can buy cheap uniforms practically anywhere, pick them up with your weekly shop at the supermarket even. You don’t need to pay a ridiculous amount of money for uniforms these days, there is so much competition, but it’s good to know you are getting good quality as well as value. That is why I’ve picked out my choice of uniforms available at Next.

For the Girls:

  • Pink Padded Coat £30-£36
  • black plimsoles, £4.50
  • Poloshirts, 2 pack, available in white, blue, yellow or red £6-£11
  • girls white puff sleeve shirt£5-10
  • school tights in packs of 3, available in grey, light grey, black, red, navy, green
  • girls black bow shoes in wide or regular fit £26-£34
  • pleated skirt available in navy, grey or black, £5-10
  • swimsuit available in navy, pink or black, £8-£11

For The Boys:

  • Boys short sleeve easy to iron shirt available in white or blue, 2 pack £7-£12
  • boys flat front trousers, available in black, navy or grey and in slim, standard or plus fit £7-12
  • black grainy leather strap shoes, availabe in wide or standard fit £30-36
  • boys parka coat in navy or kahki £30-£36
  • boys socks, available in grey,black or navy £5 per pack of 5
  • black plimsoles £4.50
  • poloshirts 2 pack available in white, blue, yellow or red. £6-£11 per pack

Next Mummy Bloggers Event

I was lucky enough to be invited to the Next Mummy Bloggers Event at Crockwell Farm in Northampton.
We had a glorious sunny day and the setting was just charming.

Crockwell Farm

The day was full of fun and relaxation. There were kid’s entertainers on hand to keep the little ones happy while the mum’s took park in some well deserved pampering sessions. Well, I know mine were well deserved 🙂

On display were a lovely selection from the Next Children’s Autumn/Winter Collection which was very exciting. 
I loved this outfit, it would definitely suit my little man.
For my youngest girl I would choose this lovely set;
I love the idea of layering, especially as the weather gets colder. Waistcoats are a trendy touch and I love the matching accessories, the glittery bag and leopard print hat. 
For my older girls I would choose this outfit;
Again, layering is the key. I’m particularly found of checks though and loved this shirt. I loved the boots too, will have to check if they do something similar in adult size 😉
I also spotted some gorgeous tu tu skirts which will be lovely for the girl’s Christmas parties, along with some gorgeous sparkly tops. I will blog about them later. 
For a more personal view of our day out please see my other blog Baby Number Five
Finally, here is a video of the days events.

Jelly Shoes for Summer

Jelly shoes are made of pvc plastic, which is soft and pliable, easy to wear. They became popular in the early 80s and made comebacks in the late 90s and 2003. Now they are making another comeback as more styles are introduced.
original jelly shoes were cheap and cheerful in an array of colours. Today they are much the same only with much more style. Love them or hate them Jelly Shoes keep bouncing back into our shops (maybe they should be made of rubber next?)
To go back to the 80s, how about these Juju Jellies

For the fashionistas you can purchase a pair of mulberry jelly shoes for £100.

For a wide range of Jellies go to Next

my favourite are these gorgeous silver beaded jelly shoes

My little girl loves these pink heart jellies

and for my little boy, he loves crocodiles

True Brit

With the Olympics approaching fast and the Queen’s diamond jubilee just a few weeks away it’s time to get patriotic with your red, white and blue.
I’ve been collecting ideas on this theme for our jubilee party and my daughter’s Olympic birthday party.

First up is a gorgeous union jack dress from Next which you could team with these lovely sequined union jack pumps.

Also lovely is this Team GB sequin t-shirt, it’s a must on our shopping list.

My daughter is a big fan of the ribbon twirling gymnasts so we are going to be making some ribbon wands of our own, using red, white and blue ribbon of course.

click image to go to instructions on how to make a ribbon wand

Our medals are likely to be edible, I particularly like the idea of these biscuit medals, so easy to make to.

click image to go to instructions on how to make medals

Such a simple idea is these gorgeous summery red white and blue strawberries. Dip the strawberries half way into melted white chocolate and then dip the ends into blue sugar. (you can buy this in most big supermarkets in the cake decorating isle.)

Finally, for some more ideas on crafts, games, activities and entertaining please visit this fabulous blog, Red Ted Art

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I’ve also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit me…is this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I’ve loved. If I don’t love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It’s always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I’ll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.