Atticus And Gilda – Theatre Inspired Kidswear

Atticus and Gilda nightwear

Ooh isn’t that such a pretty nightdress? Sometimes brands and designers just have that something about them that makes you stop and take notice. Being a big fan of theatre, I’m drawn to Atticus and Gilda – a kidswear brand that was started by two costume designers and is heavily influenced by the theatrical world. Lucy and Conchita met while working on Phantom Of The Opera (one of my faves) and worked together on a few West End productions before deciding to join forces and start their own company.

Both have hugely impressive backgrounds. “Conchita trained as a fashion and millinary designer and worked for several years in a London fashion house before moving into theatre costume,” Lucy tells me. “I trained as a theatre costume designer and maker and whilst at college started making contacts and working on West End productions.” Lucy has dressed some of the world’s greatest actors during her career – from Helen Mirren on the film The Madness Of King George to Nicole Kidman in the Donmar’s The Blue Room. Wow. Continue reading

Argos Baby Goodies Worth £150 To Be Won!

When I was pregnant, I was sent a list of things to buy, from a very helpful friend. I then passed it onto lots of other friends, when they were pregnant. The list was huge (like, massive) and I really worried about missing something on the list, and being caught short without that one thing we needed.

“Argh! Why didn’t we buy a topping and tailing dish!” I imagined myself crying – despite not even knowing what a topping and tailing dish was. And if I’m honest, I’m still not sure what the point of them actually is…

If we have another child (I said IF… don’t you all start with those looks) I’ll be much more relaxed about what we need. I’ll remember the things that were genuinely useful (Bumbo, baby bouncer seat…) and the things that weren’t (cotton wool – I still have rolls and rolls of the stuff, unused in the bathroom cupboard).

Thanks to Argos, I’m giving away three things that are on my ‘genuinely useful’ list. One person will win a lovely wooden swinging crib worth £64.50, an Avent bottle starter kit worth £29.99 and an Avent electric steam steriliser worth £59.99. Woo! When my daughter was a newborn, she would only sleep when being pushed in the pram or rocked. This swinging crib would have been really handy (and the neutral wood is lovely). You can take a look at the cribs here. We used Avent bottles, so I can vouch for them and say how great they are. We had an Avent microwave steam steriliser but this electric version would have been even easier to use.

Win Argos baby products

HOW TO ENTER: For a chance to win this bundle from Argos, comment on this blog post, telling me what the most useful child or baby product you own is, and fill in the Rafflecopter box below. Extra entries can be obtained by following me on Twitter, following on Facebook and tweeting about the giveaway. Good luck!
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Terms and conditions:

- This blog is hosting this giveaway on behalf of Argos and is not responsible for the delivery of the prize.
- Giveaway is open to residents of UK and Ireland.
- The giveaway closes 22/02/14 at midnight GMT.
· The prize is non-refundable, non-transferable and no cash alternative will be offered
- A winner will be chosen at random after the closing date from the entrants who have completed the mandatory way of entering – commenting on this blog post. The winner will be contacted by a representative of Argos to arrange for the delivery of the prize within 28 days of the closing date.

Thanks to Argos for working with Not Another Mummy Blog. For details on how I work with brands see my Work With Me page.

If you like giveaways, head over to my other blog The Motherhood where we’re giving away an outfit by designer kidswear brand Ruff And Huddle!

My Family Car Breakdown Kit

*Practical post klaxon* Yes, it’s not very glamorous but it’s really important to be prepared when you’re out and about in the car as a family. When our daughter was a baby, we always had an extra baby change bag packed and in the boot, just in case we went out and (shudder) forgot to take the essentials with us. Back then, being caught short without a fresh nappy or change of clothes was quite possibly the WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN. Now, of course, we don’t need a change bag, but we do need emergency supplies of a different kind.

If our car breaks down, on a journey, there are a few things that are really handy to have, while we wait for the AA breakdown and recovery van to arrive…

What to pack in your car in case of a breakdown

1. A blanket to keep warm. OK so this Breton stripe blanket  from The White Company is probably a bit too posh and lovely to keep in the car – but just think! You’d actually LOOK FORWARD to a breakdown just so you could snuggle up under this beauty while you wait for help.

2. Warning triangle – useful to let other cars know you have broken down (NB. don’t use it on the hard shoulder of a motorway.)

3. A weather-proof torch like this Energizer Impact LED Torch.

4. Hi-vis jackets. Safety advice says that if you break down on a motorway, you should always get out of the car and find a safe place to wait for help, rather than sit in the car. Hi-vis jackets will ensure you’re more visable. And don’t forget the kids – get them a child-size hi-vis.

5Ultra Grip gloves will keep your hands warm in the winter, and will give you extra grip if you’re changing a tyre. Pack some kids’ gloves too.

6. In summer months, it could be sunny (could be, I said!) so having SPF 50 with you will stop family members from burning while waiting for the AA.

7. Snacks are a good idea – something like a cereal bar is ideal as they have a long shelf-life and will survive being kept in the car.

8. Ditto, pack some  small bottles of water in case you get thirsty.

9. Keep kids entertained while you wait with a fun activity book like The Anti-Boredom Colouring Book by Chris Dickason. Well, it beats playing ‘spot the red cars’…

10. It could be tipping it down, so a couple of umbrellas could be a God-send to keep you dry.

 

Is there anything I’ve missed? What would you add to the list?

 

This post was written in association with The AA. For details on my commerical posts, please visit my Work With Me page.