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TLM Monthly Edit

What’s New: Lucinda’s Top Discoveries For February

Welcome to my monthly discoveries feature! It’s a round-up of all the brilliant things I’ve come across in the past month and felt compelled to share with you. Homeschooling has been in full swing this month so I’ve included a couple of educational recommendations alongside some treats and activities to help you blow off some steam at the weekend.

Put a spring in your step

Nike Women’s Day Break, Nike

£80

One for the activewear collection! How cool are these vintage Nikes? I’m loving the reds and pink in signature Nike style. They’re perfect wearing all day while you’re running about. Check out my post on trainers for the school-run for more cool and comfy options.

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Luxury accessories for dogs

Dog accessories, Pugalier of London

Pick up some gorgeous pet accessories from Pugalier of London. Handmade in England, these luxurious leather dog accessories for perfect for your pampered pet. I’m a fan of the leather harnesses (pictured) – they’re practical, stylish and can be personalised! Pugalier also has some lovely Pooch Packs with lead, collar and accessories that would make brilliant gifts too.

10% off for TLM readers! Use code PUGALI3R10 at the checkout.

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For more pet gifts, check out my gift guide: 24 Purrfect Presents For Pet (& Pet Lovers)


Vegan recipe boxes with no subscription

Vegan Recipe Boxes, Cookaway

The Cookaway has a huge range of incredibly tasty vegan meal boxes. The recipe boxes are inspired by cuisines from around the world and made from only premium quality ingredients. All you have to do it cook it! The current options include smokey jackfruit stew, miso tofu steaks and aubergine stew. You don’t need to subscribe to these boxes, so there is no commitment required!

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The best chocolate brownies

Bespoke cakes and sweet treats, Indigo Rose Cakes

Tried-and-tested, Indigo Rose Cakes has hands-down the best brownies in Hampshire. Enjoy postal sweets, treats and brownies from the super-talented Indigo Wilson. Check out her Instagram to find out more about the different options you can order.

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Choosing the right secondary school advice

I know we’re all facing a challenge with homeschooling at the moment (as well as juggling everything else!), so I wanted to recommend Meta Prep. It can provide a helping hand in tutoring your children, identifying and filling gaps in their knowledge and preparing them for the 11+ exam. Currently, Meta Prep is offering free trial lessons for Year 4. Choose between metacognition games, maths, and English skills then give let your child give it a try.

For more guidance on how Meta Prep can help your child’s education, check out my article: How To Navigate The 11+ Exam & Admissions Process

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The book club in a box

Book subscription, The Book Dragon Club

Boost your child’s reading skills, encourage their love of books and develop imagination skills with this brilliant book club membership. Choose between three levels: picture books, chapter books and advanced readers. There is a physical book box membership option where Book Dragon Club send you a box with the book of the month and activity pack or you can select the online membership where you can download the activities online.

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Beautiful bespoke bobbin frames

Bobbin frames, Etalage UK

I can’t get enough of these gorgeous frames from Etalage. The fine art print and vintage oil painting specialists offer a selection of everchanging prints, paintings and framing options on its website. If you have some prints you’d like framing or are looking for some advice on a gallery wall, I recommend getting in touch.

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Looking for a super tutor?

Erin Calderwood, Super Duper Tutor

A passion for learning lead Erin to a career in tutoring. Now she offers maths, English grammar and writing, and 11+ entrance exam tutoring sessions. Erin is able to ascertain quickly your child’s level and needs in order to tailor her teaching around them. The lessons are interactive, fun and will help your child get their head around the tricky things!

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Virtual wine tasting

Paul Young Issue Two Wine Experience, Rebottling

Sign up for an exclusive wine and chocolate experience with flavour alchemist Paul A Young. You’ll receive three fine wines alongside two boxes of artisan chocolates created by Paul then get ready for an evening of fabulous wine pairing via a live Zoom broadcast!

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A party in an igloo

Looking to celebrate a birthday? Or perhaps throw an extra special family sleepover… Invite Partycloud over with their brilliant party igloos. They’re perfect for winter celebrations and escaping the house we’ve been cooped up in for months. The igloo can be transformed for whichever event you’d like to host whether it’s a pampering session, afternoon tea or arts and crafts, Partycloud will have everything set up for you.

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Gift Guides

Share The Love This Valentine’s: Top Fashion, Food, Florists & More

What is the best way to say ‘I love you’? It’s the ‘L’ question we all start wondering about around Valentine’s Day. With 14th February looming, it’s time to make some plans with the special person in your life or pick up some presents to show your love for them.

Meal kits and food delivery services have really started wowing me during lockdown and many of them are offering special Valentine’s themed boxes to make the most romantic day of the year memorable. Maybe it’s time to impress your partner with your culinary skills or agree on something you can make together.

I’m also loving the heart decorations — especially the fairy lights —  for bringing some romantic red and pink hues into the house. If there’s any excuse to add more red and pink into your decor, Valentine’s could be just the thing to upgrade your interiors.

Shopping for your galantine? I’ve popped some fashion and beauty recommendations on the list that I would absolutely love to receive on Valentine’s Day. For any fellas reading, these gifts will certainly go down well with your wife or girlfriend. Of course, I couldn’t leave off the Cupid’s classic gift of flowers, so I’ve suggested some fabulous florists too.

Fashion

Leopard print blanket scarf, TLM Edit

£45

There’s something seductive about animal print. This scarf says romantic yet sensual.

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Heart print upright detachable collar, TLM Edit

£28

Add playful love hearts to your everyday attire to reveal your romantic side.

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Gold knot red stretch belt, TLM Edit

£20

Wow in this sexy red belt with your favourite figure hugging black dress.

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Amity shirt, Indigo Island

£75

Add some rosy red to your man’s wardrobe with this smart shirt.

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Beauty buys

Love Sleep Pillow Spray, this works

£30

Get in the mood… for a good night’s sleep with this calming pillow mist.

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Valentine’s Collection 2021, Look Fantastic

£55

Look no further for a box dedicated to self-love — something we all need a lot more of.

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Red Lipstick Trio, MAC

£53

Nothing quite says Valentine’s like a lick of red lipstick.

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Food & drink delivery

Be My Valentine / Galentine, Leo & Co

£15

A soak in the tub with a bar of chocolate and a cuppa — what more could ask for?

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Simon Rogan ‘At Home’ Valentine’s Menu, Simon Rogan

From £95 per person

Dress up and wait for your dinner to arrive. Enjoy a sumptuous menu and wine pairing from Simon Rogan.

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Meal Boxes, Cook

From £3.50

Take a break from the kitchen by selecting a delicious starter, main and dessert delivered by COOK.

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Sent with Love Box, Paul

£28

Say ‘Je t’aime!’ with a sweet treat from Paul.

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The Fortnum’s Valentine’s Hamper, Fortnum & Mason

£250

If food is the way to their heart, woo your lover with this luxurious hamper from Fortum & Mason.

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Ruby Chocolate & Strawberry Truffle Making Kit & Prosecco, Britain Loves Baking

£35

Try your hand making truffles and fudge treats to really impress your loved one.

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Valentines Hamper, Bottles ’N’ Jars

£65

Kick off a romantic night in with fizz and snacks before enjoying an Italian red and some ‘music to drink wine to’.

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Aperitivo In Terrazza Luxury Box, Nio Cocktails

£85

Enjoy an Italian aperitivo by candlelight with this luxurious cocktail set.

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Florists

Valentine’s Roses, Appleyard Flowers

Say ‘I love you’ with a beautiful bouquet of red roses. Appleyard has a fantastic selection to choose from depending on your preferences and budget.

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Hungry Eyes Bouquet, Petalon

£42

A beautiful bouquet to truly show someone you love them.

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Love Note Dried Bouquet With Vase, Your London Florist

£40

I love a fresh bouquet of flowers as much as the next woman but this dried bouquet from Your London Florist is so striking and elegant.

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Decorations For Dinner

Valentine’s Day Pink Rose Candle, Cotswold Candle Co

£20

Transport yourself to an English rose garden with this romantic rose-scented candle.

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10 Heart-Shaped And Confetti Balloons, Little Lulubel

£6

For an inexpensive but grand gesture, these Little Lulubel balloons are a delight to hang about the house and add a little colour to your date night dinner.

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Rose Gold Heart Shaped Metal Straws, Ginger Ray

£6

Metal straws are essential for entertaining (and caring for the environment) and these ones are without a doubt the cutest I’ve seen. Pick up a pack of five from Ginger Ray.

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20 LED Silver Filigree Heart Indoor Fairy Lights, Lights4Fun

£20

Drape these heart fairy lights across the dining room table to give the evening a soft, warm glow.

Valentine's decorations

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Solid Oak Hot Stuff Wood Trivet, Wood Paper Scissors

£35

Show your partner they’ve still ‘got it’ with this retro wood trivet.

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Anamorphine pink candle, Overose

£46

A blend of peonies, sweet raspberries and raw vanilla, this Overose scent is perfect for creating a sensual atmosphere.

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Love Heart Garland, STUDIOBELL

£6.63

Keep things simple and cheerful with a love heart garland. You can also request a particular colour to match your decor.

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Paper Heart Honeycomb Valentines Decorations, Deco Pom Poms

From £4

Go tasteful yet subtle with these honeycomb heart decorations. Available in both pink and red, these paper hearts or great for hanging or using as a table centrepiece.

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Valentine’s decor for the home

Somebody To Love Queen Inspired Retro A3 Art Print, Fanclub

£28

Bring a little love and style into your home with this Queen-inspired art print.

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Valentine Wafer Red Blanket, The Natural Blanket Company Ltd

£65

Wrap up with your loved one in a warming, red blanket made from luxurious merino and alpaca wool.

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Looking to update your wardrobe, buy a gift or treat yourself?

You will find a gorgeous range of jewellery, accessories and clothes on TLM Edit, all hand-picked by The London Mummy.


10 LED Paper Heart Battery Fairy Lights, Lights4Fun

£12

Fairy lights are quick and easy mood lighting. I love the soft dusty pink and warming glow of these paper lights.

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It’s In The Air Dish Towel, Anthropologie

£20.00

Something to tempt your date into drying the dishes…

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Margot Accent Armchair, MADE

£399

This old rose armchair is a beautiful piece for introducing some feminine pinks into your home.

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Standing Mouse Table Lamp, Seletti

£85

Looking for something a little quirky? Seletti always has a marvellous selection of out-there interiors and this mouse seemed an unlikely Valentine’s decoration!

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Regency Pink Velvet Cushion – Two Pack, Habitat

£50

I couldn’t resist these luxurious velvet cushions – great for trialling dusty pink in your decor before a complete revamp.

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An Online Course For All Couples

The Marriage Course – Online, The Marriage Course

Free

Sign up for the course that promises to improve your marriage and help couples navigate this time of uncertainty. And it’s free!

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Family Life TLM Monthly Edit

What’s New: Lucinda’s Top Discoveries For January

A new feature I’m keen to introduce for 2021 is my monthly discoveries, a round-up of the best things I’ve come across in the past few weeks and wanted to share with you. Hopefully, you’ll find something that will inspire, entertain or simply brighten up your day.

Fresh baby food for busy parents, delivered

I am blown away by Sweet Pea Spoons. It’s a subscription service that parents can sign up to and receive handmade, fresh baby meals right to their door. The small business recently announced delivery is now possible nationwide! Sweet Pea Spoons recognised a gap in the market in wanting to support time-poor parents who want to feed their child nutritious and tasty meals but don’t want to resort to store-bought pouches. Every flavour has been expertly developed with a nutritionist using seasonal ingredients to familiarise your baby with diverse flavours from an early age. I’m sure we all know some new parents who could do with this helping hand!

Baby food subscription service, Sweet Pea Spoons

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Give a laptop

Pass on old laptops and computers to school children in need of them. Did your kids get a phone or tablet upgrade at Christmas? If you’ve got old devices lying around, it will make a huge difference if it’s possible to donate them. Many children shared learning devices during the last lockdown, so having their own computer or tablet this time would make the world of difference to their education. Charities across the UK are working to facilitate getting computers out to children, so check out the list by following the link below to find your nearest charity.

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Discover a hidden world with geocaching

Dive into the world of geocaching to discover new places around you. This is a brilliant app that the whole family can get involved with. It’s an excuse to get outside (when the restrictions are lifted) and let the app lead you to new places you would never have visited otherwise.

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Online mentoring sessions with Brain Labs

Oppidan Education is a fantastic online learning platform that connects children with mentors. The platform doesn’t offer tutors to help your kids through GCSEs and A-Levels but rather mentors who can help your child prepare for the world. As well as education, children need to be equipped with resilience, empathy and independence and these are precisely the skills in personal development Oppidan Education aims to teach.

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A tasty new tipple

New Town Lemon & Basil Gin, Wharf Distillery Gin

From £20

This lemon and basil gin is just delicious! If you’re a lover of flavoured gins or wanting to give a twist to your classic London dry gin, Wharf Distillery has a lovely selection to choose from – other flavours are Mango & Cucumber and Orange & Pomegranate. The independent distillery, located on a farm in South Northamptonshire, also offers a gin school where you can learn about making your own gin and the distillment process. (If you’re in the midst of Dry January, this is certainly one to earmark for later.)

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Ghosts, Dolly Alderton’s latest novel

I loved reading Dolly’s Everything I Know About Love, so was keen to pick up a copy of Ghosts which was released late last year. It tells the tale of Nina Dean as she enters her thirties, a time where friendships become more distant, ex-boyfriends have moved on and everyone is leaving the city. Similar to Everything I Know, Dolly examines the themes of relationships, friendships and family.

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Empowering activewear from Oliver Bonas

Say hello to OB Active, a wicked new collection that Oliver Bonas has launched, inspired by the first lockdown — a lifetime ago, right? We all know that sitting in our pyjamas all day isn’t good for us, so switching into some comfortable activewear at the starting of the WFH day makes a lot of sense. Plus, what could be better to inspire you to actually go for your morning jog (or brisk walk) than a lovely new sports top and leggings?

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A hilarious guide to middle age

Amongst all of the rubbish that lands in my inbox, the Midult is a refreshing newsletter I love to read. Packed with anecdotes, conversations and useful tidbits, Midulthood, aimed at women from 35 to 55, is redefining the boundaries of middle age. Perhaps we’ve all been in the house too long but the Sounds of Madness article seemed to ring a little too true…

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100% vegan bath and body indulgences

I can’t get enough of Miss Patisserie’s bath slabs. Throw a couple of chunks into your bath for a decadent soak and watch them fizzle and shimmer in brilliant pinks and blues. Wash and unwind with a bath melt bar, a luxurious blend of cocoa and shea butter. Bath-time has never looked (or smelt) so good.

Nougat Bath Slab, Miss Patisserie

£7.50

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Glam rock decor

Gold Lightning Bolt Mirror, Bride & Wolfe, Antipodream

£65

I always have my eye out for statement decor and this mirror makes a striking impression. It comes in a vibrant selection of colours and you can also pick up a rainbow-shaped one too!

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Looking to update your wardrobe, buy a gift or treat yourself?

You will find a gorgeous range of jewellery, accessories and clothes on TLM Edit, all hand-picked by The London Mummy.

Gift Guides

24 Home Gift Ideas To Buy Any Interiors-Obsessed Friend

We’ve all got that one friend who can’t get enough of home design. Whether it’s their quirky artwork, gorgeous glassware, or wallpaper that is impossible to find anywhere else, you’re always a bit envious of some oddity that you spot about their house. If you’re looking for something unique for a loved one or something to style your own house, I’ll do my best to steer you in the right direction with my suggestions below. There’s a mix of stuff from here, there and everywhere that’ll (hopefully) impress any homeware lover.

Diamond Decanter Set, thumbsup

£35

This decanter makes such a wonderful table centrepiece and the diamond glasses make it the perfect set.

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Smelly Room Tin Candle, Betsy & Blue Boutique

£6

Definitely a novelty gift but it does make me giggle. The orange and grapefruit scent is perfect for covering any bad smells!

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Jali Table Cloth, The Summer House

£70

The Summer House has a lovely collection of elegant table cloths, it was tough to choose which one to feature. The Jali one keeps things simple and look great indoors and outdoors.

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Ready For The Races Print, Amelia Anderson

£38

I’m a big fan of Amelia’s animal portraits, so was delighted to find she does prints too. The elephant one is definitely a favourite.

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Rope Words, Betsy & Blue Boutique

£18

Pick up some cool and quirky rope words from Betsy and Blue. Choose from ‘love’, ‘happy’, ‘hello’ and ‘gorgeous’.

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Colourful Glass Bud Vases, The Pink Pheasant

From £8.25

It’ll be tough to buy just one of these, as they look so lovely together in all the different colours! Leave them empty or add one or two flowers.

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Bespoke Ruler High Chart, The Real Ruler High Chart Company

£115

These rulers are pretty special. You can customise them with your family’s name, kids’ names, special dates or anything else you can think of.

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Turquoise Blue & Gold Alarm Clock, Addison Ross

£48

Add a pop of colour to their desk or bedside table with one of these gorgeous silent clocks from Addison Ross. Super simple, super chic.

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Botanical Collage Kit, Cai & Jo

£45

This collage kit is such a lovely way to brighten up your kitchen, conservatory or any wall around the house.

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Petit Moroccan Espresso Cup, Chabi Chic (Savannah Willow)

£9

Handmade and painted in Morocco, I’m loving these stylish espresso cups. The proceeds provide sustainable income to the Moroccan artisans.

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Pink Achillea Foliage Fabric Notice Board, Handcrafted by Harriet

£65

With the family here, there and everywhere, a noticeboard has become invaluable for keeping track of everyone’s schedules and not losing letters from school. Handcrafted by Harriet has a lovely range of fabric print noticeboards to choose from.

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Looking to update your wardrobe, buy a gift or treat yourself?

You will find a gorgeous range of jewellery, accessories and clothes on TLM Edit, all hand-picked by The London Mummy.


Feather Wreath, Forever Wild Interiors

£30

A wreath doesn’t just have to be for Christmas and this feather one is very much an all-year-round interior. It makes a great table centrepiece too.

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Tea Towel And Tray, Indigo Prawn

£20

How lovely is this vibrant matching set? Indigo Prawn can kit you out with prawn-themed art prints, cards, aprons and towels.

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Dark Green Pheasant Glass Tray, Melissa Lafave London

£60

Hand-painted and finished with 18k gold edging, this pheasant tray will complement any bedside or coffee table. It’s available in red too.

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Melamine Tray, The Mews Furnishings

£12

It’s always good to have trays on-hand for serving drinks, cakes and everything else. I like the quirky chicken feet pattern on this one.

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Starburst Salt Cellar, ASL Ceramics

£45

These bowls an ideal size for condiments. I love these as kitchen decorations — they’re almost too lovely to use!

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Martini Print, Emma Van Zeller

£45

Emma’s ‘Limericks For The Loo’ collection is just brilliant. I’m loving this Dorothy Parker quote on Martini and the ‘perfect husband’ quote made me giggle.

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Lipstick Print, Emma Van Zeller

£45

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Small Round Enamel Light Pink Tray, Turnbull & Hooch

£14

Turnbull & Hooch is one of my favourite places to pick up unique tableware. I know that trays and bowls are gifts that you know are always going to come in useful, so these are my two top picks.

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Round Enamel Red Tray, Turnbull & Hooch

£40

Find out more about Turnbull & Hooch in my Spotlight interview with founder Sarah here.

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Tea Cup Candles, Antique Teacup Candles

From £27

Give a gift steeped in history with one of these teacup candles. Each china cup comes with its own hand-written background story. You can reuse again and again once the candle has burnt down.

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Coated Linen Tablecloth, Polkadot Parsley

£12.50

These tablecloths are genius for anyone who has kids. Easily wipe clean after whatever mess they’ve made.

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Scallop Tole Planter in Yellow, Matilda Goad

£36

A bold and brighter planter suitable for indoors and outdoors. I think it’d look fantastic filled with herbs on the kitchen windowsill.

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Table Napkins With Kantha Stitch Border, Truffle Home

£55

What gorgeous napkins! These are perfect for both formal and informal dining. Truffle Home recommends teaming with a plain table cloth.

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Looking for something else? Take a peek at my ultimate directory for the best parent, style and business recommendations.

Gift Guides Interiors

22 Christmas Decorations To Get Your House Ready For The Big Day

Holiday season is almost upon us, so it’s time to stock up on the Christmas decorations! I know it doesn’t feel like it usually does but one of the ‘normal’ things we can still do is decorate for Christmas. With so much time at home, are you feeling tempted to do it earlier than usual? I know I am… if only to brighten the place up and welcome in some festive cheer.

My Christmas shopping is almost complete and I’ve made a list of all of the lovely festive food I’ll be picking up nearer the big day. So, all that’s left is the wrapping and decorating. I’ve got a stack of decorations from previous years to pull out of storage but part of the fun is always picking out some new baubles, fairy lights and candles.

Some years, it’s nice to go traditional with reds and greens, glass baubles and classic Santa knick-knacks about the place. While other times, I feel like indulging in all the quirky, modern trimmings that come in all sorts of colours.

I’m still undecided which way I’ll go this year, so this post feels like a mood board of all the brilliant, vibrant Christmas decorations out there and it’s really inspiring me to bring together a tasteful combination of old and new ornaments and decoration.

For more Christmas inspiration, here’s what to buy a man who is hard to buy for, how to treat your tween this festive season and things to keep everyone entertained for a potential lockdown Christmas.

LED Leaf String Lights with Remote Control, Kikkerland Design

£13

Make your fairy lights fun and functional with these remote-controlled leaf lights. I’d place these on a windowsill or around a mantelpiece — anywhere that could be brightened up with some greenery.

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Circus Candlesticks, Tooka

£16.50

Christmas decorations you can use throughout the year will always be a better investment and these Circus Candles fit that description. Great for your Christmas Day table and a colourful addition elsewhere the rest of the time.

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Little Harrods Tree Decorations, Bombki

£99

Glass, hand-painted ornaments are the epitome of traditional Christmas decorations. The Bombki Little Harrods selection are each classic markers of Christmas: the tree, the bauble, the present, the stocking and, of course, the champagne. Place high enough that the children can’t pick off the tree!

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Bauble Name Place Holders, Nordic House

£12

Laying the table at Christmas is all about the finer details and setting up a beautiful place to eat dinner together. Mark each person’s place with a sweet bauble place holder.

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Ceramic Fox Terrier Hanging Christmas Tree Decoration, The Dandy Dog Company

£11

I came across this porcelain dog decoration while putting together my gifts for pets list. You can also get the ornament personalised with your dog’s name. Definitely a decoration you’ll pop on the tree year after year.

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Dyri Burgundy, 54 Celsius

£27

As much as I love traditional Christmas decorations, I can’t resist this deep purple reindeer candle from 54 Celsius. It’s made from Pyropet wax which means the wax burns away differently to regular candles and it reveals the reindeer skeleton as it goes.

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Personalised Christmas Eve Board, Artsy

£15

Continue the family tradition of leaving a little something out for Santa with this personalised Christmas Eve board. If you leave Santa a bottle of beer or something other than a mince pie, you can personalise this bit too.

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LED String Light Set with Star Topper, Urban Outfitters

£60

Bigger is always better, right? That’s the attitude I’m taking when it comes to the Christmas star this year. These LED lights with a superstar attachment really make a sparkling statement.

 

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Personalised Velvet Christmas Pom Pom Stocking, We Are Bread & Jam

£60

Add a lavish touch to your mantelpiece with a string of these Christmas stockings. I want to buy just one but the colour options hanging together compliment each other so well.

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Christmas Paper Wreath Craft Kit, May Contain Glitter

£24

With plenty of time indoors on our hands, Christmas crafts are the way forward. Follow the step-by-step instructions and create this beautiful floral leaf from paper flowers.

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Limoncello Bottle Decoration, Liberty London

£13

Liberty London has some really cool and kitsch ornaments, like this Limoncello one, that blend together the traditional hand-made bauble feel with a modern twist.

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Orange & Cinnamon Candle, Manchester Candles

£13

It wouldn’t be Christmas without orange and cinnamon scents wafting through the house. Made from coconut and rapeseed wax, this candle will last longer and burn cleaner.

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Looking to update your wardrobe, buy a gift or treat yourself?

You will find a gorgeous range of jewellery, accessories and clothes on TLM Edit, all hand-picked by The London Mummy.


Octopus Glitter Fabric Tree Decoration, Meri Meri

£8

Have the kids pick out some fun and funky tree decorations from Meri Meri. The shimmering, glitter octopus is my favourite but don’t miss the flamingo, donkey and toadstool.

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Crystal Cluster Fairy Lights, Evie’s Drawer

£23

Classic, crystal lights glow perfectly amongst the festive decor but will also add warmth to the family home all-year-round.

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Festive Spirit Tipple Tray, From The Oak Tree

£35

Give your special tipple pride of place on this solid oak tray. Plus, you can stop worrying about drips on the sideboard or Christmas table cloth.

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Stocking Made With Liberty Fabric, Poppy & Honesty

£35

Hang this lovely hand-made, Liberty print finished, stocking on the end of your child’s bed and fill with sweet treats for them to open on Christmas day.

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Vintage Wooden Box Trio, Bethlehem Baubles

£32

Hand-blown by Muslim artisans and hand-painted by Christians in Bethlehem, these baubles remind us what Christmas is really about. These are truly unique Christmas ornaments to adorn your tree year-on-year.

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Paper Sprout Wreath, Liberty London

£37

Inject some humour in your Christmas decor with this paper sprout wreath that will amuse fans of the festive vegetable.

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Round Christmas Wine & Gold Stag Tablecloth, The Tablecloth Company

£23

Roll with the red and gold on this traditional reindeer tablecloth. Machine-washable, you’ll be able to reuse throughout the festive season.

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Natalie Embroidered Christmas Napkins, Ragged Rose

£20

Impress your dinner guests with these delightful, embroidered dinner napkins. They keep things simple yet sophisticated.

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Winter Scented Ceramic Bell Decorations, The White Company

£20

The White Company’s ‘Winter’ scent is often known as ‘the smell of Christmas’ and these fragrant baubles keep that dreamy smell hanging around throughout the magical season.

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Rattan Deer Head, Cox & Cox

£65

Add an elegant deer head to your seasonal decor to bring a classic Christmas feel to your home this winter.

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Looking for something else? Take a peek at my ultimate directory for the best parent, style and business recommendations.

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Interiors

9 Ways To Style Your Desk

Last week I had an old school friend over for a cuppa. I have been following her rise through the ranks in the interior world since she started Annabelle Holland Design and love her smart, cosy style.  I made the most of her visit by showing her the office space that we are creating in the garage and listened intently as she generously and tactfully shared her ideas for a pretty and practical desk and office space.

Annabelle Holland

Annabelle was full of useful tips that I had never thought of, so asked her to share them in a post. Here they are!

9 Ideas to Style Your Desk 

1) Light.

If it can’t be natural then be sure to add a directional funky desk lamp to keep your desk well lit.

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2) Clear the clutter.

File away unnecessary papers to allow space on your desk, leaving more urgent items in stackable acrylic trays or pretty storage boxes making even the most mundane tax return look more appealing.

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3) Colour Palette.

Surround yourself with colours that you love to create a serene working environment and loosely co-ordinate the items so that it looks pretty on your desk.

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4) Stylish stationary.

Because it somehow feels better doing those accounts with a pretty pencil on a decorative notepad or simply pencilled into a stylish diary.

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5) Art or Motivational words.

Surround yourself with pieces that you love and make you want to be in your office.

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6) Something Green.

A plant like a cactus is pretty to look at and low maintenance so you won’t need to be worrying about wilting flowers.

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7) Chair.

A comfy stylish high back chair will beckon you to sit at your desk and get to work!

8) Re use old pots.

Wash out old candle pots and use them for small items like paperclips or pencil sharpeners.

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9) Light a candle.

Because it’ll make the room smell good and will keep you calm on Monday morning!

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Where Every Item Is From… 

Acrylic trays from John Lewis
Filing Box from Nina Campbell
Grey and Gold Pencils from Katie Leamon
Stapler from Kate Spade
Organiser from Smythson
Plants from Pod and Pip
Old Candle Pots from Diptyque
Leather Tape Measure from Zara Home
Candle from Neom
Desk Accessories from House of Fraser
Table Lamps from Marks and Spencer 

I have really enjoyed checking out these sites, especially ones I hadn’t heard of (Katie Leamon), small start up (Pod & Pip) and the larger brands that I didn’t realise had such an extensive home section (French Connection!)

If you need an interior designer or just want to make a few enquiries, drop Annabelle an email info@annabelleholland.com She is lovely and very approachable and has an incredible eye.

Follow Annabelle on Instagram  for gorgeous interior snaps and lots of inspo.

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Interiors

How To Style a Kids Bedroom

It has only been this month that I have finally got my shizzle together and decided to blitz the children’s half done bedrooms. They are now in their rooms for the foreseeable future so it seems only fair that they are done to the best of my ability!

Starting with my 2 year old daughter…. She inherited a unisex nursery but other than the hanging aeroplane light from the ceiling, everything else was superficially ‘boy’.

The green nursery rhyme curtains were a good place to start as a base and of course I picked out the flicker of pink that was flecked throughout.

Green and pink are complimentary colours and so the green helped balance out an overtly girly theme. Or did it. Eek.

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Over the year she has accumulated some pretty cool bits that have really helped the room come together but it is definitely a girls room!

  • The liberty print fusion from Poppy & Honesty is a firm favourite
  • I love the flamingo pendant from Laura Ashley on her bedside table.
  • Continuing on a bit of a tenuous ‘flamingo’ theme, the bin from Sas Rowan Designs is incredible!
  • If you no longer need your change table – use it as a book shelf!!

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My second son moved from the nursery to the pod room at the back of the loft a couple of years ago. It is a good size room and has double doors leading out to a Juliet balcony (albeit he isn’t allowed onto as this one can climb!)

The furniture was a bit brown and adhoc, so I decided to lighten it up by deciding his ‘theme’ would be pale blue and white.

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  • I hit the sales and bought 3 crates form Zara Home for his books (as they were precariously – or should I say messily – resting on a table) and also the bedspread and two pale blue cushions.

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I liked the stars so much I bought them in Navy blue for my oldest sons ‘nautical’ bedroom! (He didn’t have a choice – only went nautical due to the red and navy cousins that we had originally!)

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  • The walls are Skimming Stone
  • I didn’t know what to do put along side his top bunk and found these football figures in from the same company that just fit perfectly!

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  • The London Skyline was also an option!
  • I have finished off the room with two bedspreads reduced to £45 each in the sale from Laura Ashley again. I think there kids range is reasonable and pretty cute, so it is always worth a look if you are looking to spruce up their rooms.

The one thing that is missing from this room is a nice book shelf/ storage system so if you have any recommendations, please let me know!

 

Tips for bringing room together

  • I think bunting is great for creating a bit of warmth in a room. If the room is looking a bit busy (like the nautical room above!) I would have used plain rather than patterned.
  • I love a rug. If you can afford, try to get a heavy-duty one as otherwise you are constantly flattening it out.
  • A good bed spread can really neaten up a room. When you make the bed in the morning (or afternoon!) cover the whole bed over and above the pillow.
  • Any ornaments that aren’t functional or attractive – put them away. Yes, I will keep a painting out occasionally but eventually it goes in a box. Even better get all their art work collated onto one piece artwork. Check out Barney & Wilf 
  • Get a personalised door name or something fun! It gives the children a sense of ownership. Sadly, I am not sure where these ones are from but there are plenty on the internet.

 

 

If you run a small craft business, find somewhere to leave your website on the object. So annoying when you want to buy another one or recommend it and there is no label!

 

 

  • I have to recommend The Kids Curtain Company. We chose the fabric from their selection and, sent them the size and style we wanted (i.e. blackout) and they posted them out already to hang. Really good service.
  • Have a good book clearance, toy sort out every once in a while. Even if you just put it in storage, I guarantee as soon as you have it in a pile to put away they will be interested again!
  • Don’t worry too much about measuring when putting painting or pictures up. Trust your gut and just go for it!

I have the utmost respect for Interior Designers. There is no way I would have the inclination or ability to do this for someone else but I have loved doing it for my little ducks. Please tell me of any businesses, ideas or products for interiors, I love hearing what’s out there.  Unless we talk and share outside our busy little bubble, how are we meant to know!

Please check out my Instagram for more interior ideas!

xx

 

Beauty Spotlight

New Business Alert : The Natural Living Company

Leone, who set up The Natural Living Company this year, supports local enterprises by selling a wonderful selection of eco-friendly beauty and natural homeware products.  She has always loved fashion, cosmetics and interior design and became aware that sustainable and eco-friendly products were few and far between.

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I wanted to see better quality products on the market but most importantly because there is a need for these types of products to sustain the beautiful world we live in.

 

The Natural Living Company aims to show through it’s carefully curated collation of goods that natural, sustainable products from British enterprises can be better, higher quality and more beautiful than their high street counterparts.

It certainly achieves that….  (and don’t forget to check out her 5 Favourites at the bottom – they are awesome!!)

Anyway, here are my top picks from her beautiful website!

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Beauty 

Being an absolute beauty junkie, this is my favourite part of Leone’s website. From facial oil (everyone has to have a face oil!) to scrubs and ‘bath potions’ you could really get your Instagram ‘shelfie’ nailed.

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For a busy London mum, I urge you to buy yourself the Calming Gift Box filled with a body oil, candle ands salts.

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Pregnancy 

If you are pregnant, there is also a wonderful range of goodies. Breast Balm? I wish that had been around in my day!!

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Baby & Child 

Leone has a wonderful baby range of baby balms, butters and oils and the baby skin gift set would be a lovely new baby present. I especially love ‘Little Herbs, Tummy Rub

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There is also a gorgeous section of natural baby grows, blankets and hats. The red star range is my favourite!

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This little Whale Bodysuit is would be a lovely baby gift at only £13.

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Interiors 

I am a sucker for items that make my home cosy at the moment and this Indigo Welsh wool throw is a steal at only £29.

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She also sells lots of lovely smelly things such as candles  – I love the ‘Happy’ one!

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I am also a sucker for a room spray. Some of the combinations of her ‘room mists’ are exquisite! Lime, Basil and Clementine… 

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Kitchenware

There are some fab chopping, bread and carving boards at only £39.45 along side pretty ceramics.  The stoneware cup and saucer is would make your Instagram flat lay unbeatable!!

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The little jugs are only £12 too!

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Rose Linen Apron £35 (Also comes in Charcoal to the left of the photo and Dove Grey)

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January is certainly a time for getting your house in order, looking after yourself and making good choices.  You can certainly do all that here!

Everything is delivered in a beautiful box so you can ensure your recipient will be blessed with a an amazing gift all beautifully wrapped too.

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Leone’s Favourites 

Shop : I love going for a wonder around the shop at Petersham Nurseries. They have such beautiful antique furniture and chandeliers, some occasional skin care products and of course the most beautiful plants and plant pots! I could spend hours and a lot of money there if I’m not careful!

Website :  I love reading blogs, I’m really into The Londoner and Pretty Hungry Me for their amazing post on new restaurants and to lust over their latest travels. I have also recently discovered Yoli & Otis who are an Australian kids clothing company with beautiful such a beautiful blog!.

Restaurant :

“I have been slowly going vegetarian over the past couple of years so I always look forward to a meal at Mildreds where nothing on the menu is off limits – everything is utterly delicious.

I also love lusting over anything by Jo Rogers, Skye McAlpine, the lovely Lucy and Jemima of Tart London and Meg & Issy of The Curious Pear on Instagram. All the recipes I’ve tried have been so straight forward and flavoursome.”

Hotel :

“It has got to be the Soho House. I love their farmhouse in Oxfordshire, especially during a less crowded weekday stay. Barnsley House in the Cotswolds is also such a treat!”

Holiday Destination :

“My family is from Cape Town, so going to visit never gets old- it really feels like a second home to me and I never tire of the stunning scenery and gorgeous weather.

We’ve had a holiday house in Harlyn Bay, Cornwall since I was born so that part of the country holds many sweet (and often hilarious) family memories of spending scorching summer days on the beach and terribly wet summer days cycling up endless hills or being dragged on coastal walks, all memories we look back on with fondness though!

Next on my bucket list are South America, Kenya, India and South Korea…”

Parenting Tip :

“Although not a mother myself, growing up in a large family (I’m the second youngest of six) I’ve had plenty of experience with kids of all ages. Firstly, always carry a spare change of clothes (or two) and a muslin.

Secondly, try not to compare yourself to other parents. I think it’s so easy to compare in an era of social media, but we should be using this platform instead to educate and encourage each other.”

The Natural Living Company 

Follow Leone on Instagram