Win An Outfit from Little Bird By Jools Oliver

Bright colours, 70s prints, retro shapes and details… the Little Bird by Jools Oliver range at Mothercare is without a doubt my favourite high street kidswear line. The designs take me back to my childhood where I wore hand me downs from my older cousins and outfits made by my mum on her sewing machine. Floral dresses with Peter Pan collars, sweatshirt dresses, velvet knickerbockers, t-shirts with the rainbows on them, I have really vivid memories of some of the stuff I wore when I was little. Here I am, aged around three, I’m guessing…

Alison Perry as a child

Fun at the fair

I love that I’m hard pushed to find any photos of me as a young girl wearing pink. In fact, the photo above of me, my mum and my brother at the funfair (or ‘the shows’ as we called it) is amazing because I’m in yellow and green and my brother Rod is in orange. We’re just in fab, bright colours.

That’s one of the nice things about Little Bird – floral dresses aside, there are loads of pieces you could happily put on either a girl or a boy, just like you found back in the 70s and 80s. Last week, I walked past my local Mothercare and found myself drawn in. I ended up buying two things for my daughter – a bright green sweatshirt and a rainbow star t-shirt. Both would look great on a boy or a girl…

Little Bird at Mothercare unisex sweatshirt

Little Bird at Mothercare unisex t-shirt



Mothercare have given me an outfit to give away to two winners – hooray! So enter for your chance to win an outfit of your choice from the Little Bird range (an outfit comprises of either trousers, top, jacket, footwear and socks or dress, tights/socks, jumper, jacket and footwear) I’ve created two outfits here, as inspiration but you can select your own items and create an outfit to suit the child in your life…

Little Bird by Jools at Mothercare outfit

Little Bird by Jools at Mothercare outfit

How to enter:

    • All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is like the Not Another Mummy Blog Facebook page.
    • For three additional entries, follow Not Another Mummy Blog on Twitter, tweet about the giveaway and leave a blog post comment below, telling me what your favourite item of clothing was, as a child.
    • Then don’t forget to complete the Rafflecopter widget on this post so your entry will be counted.

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Terms and conditions: 
1. Entry is open to UK residents aged 18 and over, excluding anyone professionally associated with Not Another Mummy Blog or the Promoter. 
2. Two winners will receive an outfit of their choice from the Little Bird range. An outfit comprises of either a) trousers/skirt, t-shirt, jacket, footwear and socks or b) dress, tights/socks, jumper, jacket and footwear. The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. 
3. The prize draw starts at 12.01am GMT on 2nd March 2014 and closes at 11.59pm GMT on 17th March 2014. 
4. Entry is free and must be made via Facebook, by liking Not Another Mummy Blog’s Facebook page. Entrants can gain bonus entries by following @notanothermummy on Twitter, tweeting about the giveaway and leaving a blog post comment, then completing the Rafflecopter widget featured in this post. 
5. The name of the winner will be published on this website within 14 days of the competition closing. 
6. In the unlikely event that the prize becomes unavailable the Promoter reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal value. 
7. The Promoter’s decision on all matters is final and binding on all entrants. No correspondence will be entered into. 
8. By taking part in this competition you agree to be bound by the competition terms and conditions. 
9. The Promoter reserves the right to disqualify any entrant and / or winner in its discretion and without any notice in accordance with these terms and conditions. 
10. The Promoter is: Mothercare PLC, Cherry Tree Road, Watford, Herts, WD24 6SH




Sweatshirt Love

Zara rainbow sweatshirt

I’ve developed a bit of a thing for sweatshirts, of late. It started off when I bought a grey one from Marks and Spencer, on impulse, back in November. And then last month I picked up a floral embossed black sweatshirt (and a burgundy one) from New Look (well, they were a tenner each! How could I say no?). Then last week, I bought a white sweatshirt in the Mint Velvet sale – it was half price, and calling out to me from the sale rack.

Since then, I’ve found myself wandering casually into Topshop to look at their sweatshirts and looking on My Wardrobe at some pretty expensive ones. Oh and pinning a lot of them on Pinterest. The thing is, they’re so blooming versatile. My favourite way to wear a sweatshirt is with a statement necklace, skinny jeans and my new black leather Ash trainers. When I get to work, I can swap my trainers for heels and the look still works. If I had better legs, I’d rock the sweatshirt and leather skinnies look (I’d have to be careful not to end up in a lotion/talc mess like Ross from Friends). Continue reading

My Daughter Wears Pink… And I’m OK With That

Think pink

Recently, headlines about Jenny Willott, Consumer Affairs Minister were in most newspapers.

“Parents who dress their daughters in pink are holding back the economy, says minister” was the Telegraph headline.

Jenny Willott had been in an MP debate at Westminster Hall when she spoke about gender stereotypes and how they affect our children as they grow up and choose career paths. “Girls and boys take into the classroom assumptions that they develop as part of playing,” the Lib Dem minister told MPs.

“Boys who have routinely experienced the sense of accomplishment associated with designing and building something, which can often can come from playing with what would be seen as a boy’s toy, feel more at home with subjects such as maths and science, which utilise such skills more,” she continued.

“By the time they get to university level, boys and girls are strongly segregated in some areas with, on the whole, boys dominating in the subjects that can lead to the most financially lucrative careers.”

Gender stereotyping is something I feel strongly about. It’s so huge in my mind that I haven’t really talked about it on here – there’s just too much to say and so much angers me. In the past, I haven’t even known where to start. Continue reading

Life Lessons We Can Learn From Disney Movies

Being mum to a three-year-old, it’ll come as no surprise that we are slowly working our way through the back catalogue of Disney and Pixar movies. We have a mix of DVDs (Tangled, Toy Story…) and well viewed movies on Netflix (The Princess And The Frog, Tinkerbell…). A couple of weeks ago we took our daughter on her first trip to the cinema. We watched Frozen (which was all kinds of amazing) and the little one did so well sitting through it without getting too fidgety. We need to work on her eating-ice-cream-in-the-dark skills (I was covered in chocolate stickiness by the end) but she thoroughly loved it. So much so that after the credits ended, she dissolved into huge heartfelt sobs because it was over.

Frozen's Elsa

But Disney movies aren’t just for fun, you know. We can learn all important kinds of life lessons from them… *serious face*…

Life lesson 1: Follow your dreams

Learn it from: Cinderella

All Cinderella wants is to go to the ball, with her step-mother and step-sisters. After being promised she can go if she finishes her chores, her step-mother goes back on her word and leaves Cinders in tatters at home. When the Fairy Godmother turns up, Cinderella could have said “Oh forget it! I’m just going to stay home and play Scrabble with the mice by the fire” but she didn’t. She picked herself up, went along with a crazy plan, and her boldness was rewarded by achieving her goal (marrying the prince. Hey, I didn’t say this was a feminist-friendly life lesson.) Continue reading