Getting Winter Ready With Marks & Spencer


The temperature has dropped greatly here since we have transitioned into autumn which means it's time to pull out the winter wardrobes and get rugged up. The north islands climate is often unpredictable and you can often need both jackets and t-shirts in the same day! Although we live in the warmer island of New Zealand our mornings are often chilly, meaning coats and jackets are needed for those weekend family walks - this is where Marks & Spencer comes in.

We headed out to the forest early in the morning for the day, rugged up and ready to embrace the much needed weekend fresh air. We are so lucky to have a huge range of walks very close to our home but this spot is one of our favourites!

Choosing winter gears for the whole family is easy with Marks & Spencer's range of women's, men's and children's jackets and coats. I selected for myself the showerproof 2 pocket anorak which is perfect for those morning daycare dashes through the rain or weekend adventures. The light stone colour allows it to be easily paired with so many casual outfits and makes it the perfect throw on and go jacket for the wetter seasons.

Shopping for the children on Marks & Spencer was so much fun with a large range of gorgeous warm items to choose from. Leo wears the hooded chunky cardigan in tobacco - and looks snug as a bug in the thick cotton knit! Frankie wears the long sleeve denim jacket which I can tell is going to be a firm favourite of hers this winter (which is a bonus because she looks like a little gem in it!). 

Marks & Spencer offer FREE shipping to New Zealand on all orders over $100 - which makes shopping online that one bit easier!

This collaboration was supported by Marks & Spencer and Shopping Links.


Homeday Children's Chairs


When we were putting together our new master bedroom just before Leo arrived I was on the look out for a practical and stylish children's beanbag or chair to go in the corner of the room. Leo's cot is set up beside our bed and I wanted Frankie to have a special little corner too so she didn't feel left out once he arrived.

I stumbled across Homeday on Instagram and fell in LOVE with their children's seats! The size was perfect for the corner space I had set aside and the fabric was super practical for removing little kiddie finger marks from.

I stuffed ours with a mix of beans and old clothes - the beans took forever to put in (I don't have the longest attention span haha) but old clothing did the trick just fine and gives a nice firm feel for Franks to sit on.

For more information on the chairs you can visit their site here.

Other room details:
Chair - Homeday
Rug - Norsu
Bedding - Jamie Kay
Bed - Made by the husband
Light Shade - Norsu
Print - Olive Et Oriel
Cot - IKEA
Bassinet - Nature Baby


Mountain Buggy Cosmopolitan


Our hunt for a new stroller began when we discovered we were expecting a second baby last year. Because Frankie is still at an age where she enjoys going for long walks in a stroller we didn't know whether to go for a double stroller and run the risk of her out growing it super quickly or go for a new single with some extra attachments that would suit both baby and toddler.

Mountain Buggy's new cosmopolitan caught my eye initially because of the beautiful new colours and fabrics the model comes in. I fell in love with the mocha (fitting colour name for a sleep deprived, caffeine fuelled mum haha) before even before trying it out. There were a few things that sold me on this model stroller:

1. 4 wheels & airless tyres. Our previous stroller which I absolutely loved was a three wheeler and I have always loved the idea of a 4 wheeler stroller for extra control when walking. We managed to somehow pop all 3 tyres on our last stroller so airless wheels was quite appealing to save time filling wheels and money on new inner tubes.

2. Accessories. You can attach some really cool features to the cosmopolitan which I absolutely love! We ordered the Free Rider scooter for Frankie to use on the back which both clips on for when she gets tired and un clips for when she wants to boost around by herself.

3. Light weight. The stroller weighs the same as our two year old so it is super easy for me to get in and out of our car by myself! It collapses really flat which is ideal for smaller boot spaces also.

My thoughts on the stroller so far when  being used with the carry cot attachment is that is glides beautifully when being pushed - so smooth and easy to manoeuvre without any buckling of the wheels. The carry cot itself is sturdy in design with a very comfortable inner - Leo looks snug as a bug wrapped up in his blanket in it on walks. The shade hood protects him really well from the sun (not that we will be seeing much of that now that we are heading into the cooler months!).

I am so excited to get Franks out and about on some long walks and share how we find the free rider in the coming months.

For more information on the Mountain Buggy Cosmopolitan you can visit the website here.


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