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Review: This Is Nessie Thank You Cards

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information, New Year, Product Reviews | Posted on 28-12-2012

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Well Christmas is over and hopefully Santa came and delivered everything your little ones wanted. Should they – or you – wish to send letters of Thanks to any friends or relatives who might have added to Santa’s gifts, then you might want to take a look at This Is Nessie.

This Is Nessie offers a delightful range of handmade stationery for all ages, but its Christmas Thank You cards are just beautiful. You have a choice of designs to feature on your cards, and you also have the option of having them personalised if you wish. We were sent a set for review and they were even more exquisite than I expected. The design features a Santa holding two gifts aloft and beneath that is our personalised message. The cards are high quality A6 size and come with, in our case, bright red envelopes. There is plenty room on the front and back for a little note thanking someone for their gift and a brief message. I am really looking forward to sending these out in the New Year and receiving no doubt hugely positive feedback. Packs of 10 cards cost just £7.50 which is a great price for such a high quality product.

The ordering process is so simple. With just a few clicks you can get precisely the design you want. In the Christmas Thank You card section there is a choice of several classic images, from reindeer to stockings to Christmas trees, and then your simply type in any personalisation you want. It couldn’t be simpler, and you end up with perfect thank you cards.

As well as thank you cards they also do other stationery, including greetings cards, change of address, birth announcements, and even your own personal writing paper. Delivery is quick and efficient, and items arrive gorgeously wrapped ensuring your items arrive in the best possible condition.

You can find the full range from This Is Nessie at their website.

Review: Photo Cufflinks From Ring Jewellery, Brighton

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Christmas, Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 27-12-2012

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Little Man was very sneaky this Christmas, and managed to get Daddy a rather special gift. Okay so he had a little help from Mummy, but Daddy was very impressed with what he got to unwrap on Christmas morning. The wonderful Ring Jewellery in Brighton sent Daddy some new cufflinks to wear to work. But they weren’t any cufflinks. They were very special and very personal cufflinks.

This is one of Daddy’s favourite pictures of Little Man, which was taken on a recent holiday to the New Forest we all took in September.

It was a totally impromptu shot, but I think Little Man looks great and when Ring Jewellery contacted us, it became the ideal photo for them to use to make a very special gift for Daddy this Christmas. Here’s the finished cufflinks.

You simply provide Ring Jewellery with your image and decide whether you want the cufflinks to be round or square, or silver or gold. We went for a round silver style and I think you’ll agree they look brilliant.

Now Daddy isn’t the only person with his own set of personal cufflinks. Celebrity clients include Mark Ronson, Theo Walcott and Graham Norton, so he’s in pretty good company.

If you live in the Brighton area head into their shop to find out more about their bespoke pieces, or check out their website. You can also find them on Twitter @RingJewellers.

Baby Stationery from CLD Stationery

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information, Sponsored Posts | Posted on 20-11-2012

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The birth of a new baby is an amazing time in any parents life and no doubt you want to shout it from the rooftops and tell everyone you know about your newest addition. What you don’t want to be doing though if wasting those precious early moments with a phone glued to your ear ringing around friends and relations, nor do you want to start writing emails to those friends that do have internet access and notes to those without. You want to spend every possible moment bonding with the latest addition to your little family. Its time to turn to CLD Stationery and get your babies birth announced quickly, easily and rather stylishly.

Birth Announcements cards aren’t a new idea, but I love the quality and style from CLD Stationery. They’re not the cheapest, but you definitely get what you pay for. You have the option of cards with photos of your little bundle on, or just simple text. There are colour options and text options, and you can get cards which are ready to send out immediately, or that have room for a short note of your own. Here are a few of my favourites.

I especially like the one in the top left corner. I love the simple yet striking appearance of just text on the card, whilst including all relevant details – gender, name, date of birth, weight and time of birth. Its clear and simple but looks really stylish. I think if you ordered a set and had one spare it would look great in a frame hanging on the wall of your newest arrival.

You can find a full range of Birth Announcement cards on the CLD Stationery website.

Once your little bundles arrival has been announced its inevitable that a steady stream of gifts and tokens will begin to arrive. You have to be hugely organised when items arrive, and make sure you make a note of who sent you what. Then as soon as you can manage you need to start thinking about Thank You cards. Again thanks by email and text are just very impersonal so a lovely Baby Thank You Card from CLD Stationery could just do the trick.

These are available with either gender specific borders of small motifs in the corners. They’re not huge so you wont end up having to write lots on each card, but there is plenty space to thank every relative or friend that sent something to mark your new babies arrival.

I can’t recall what we did when Little Man was born to announce his birth – I think it may have been something totally impersonal like a photo on Facebook – but should we find ourselves with the need to announce a birth again in the future, I think we’ll be taking a look at CLD Stationery for something a little more stylish.

You can find all the CLD Stationery collection now on their website.

Decorating A Child’s Bedroom – Jungle Theme

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Home & Lifestyle, Product Reviews | Posted on 07-05-2012

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The majority of Little Man’s toys and books have a jungle animal involved. Giraffes, monkeys and lions are very popular in our house, so when we moved from our flat and Little Man was given a bedroom with plain white walls we had no doubts over what theme to decorate it in. Over the past few weeks we’ve been gathering lots of amazing jungle themed items to use to make Little Man’s room a proper boys bedroom, and we are thrilled with the results.

Duracoat Tough Matt Paint from Homebase in ‘Yellow Submarine’.
This paint contains extra acrylic making it super durable and ideal for high traffic areas. Its also washable which is going to come in very handy when Little Man decides to decorate himself with crayons!
I love this colour and it brightened up the room immediately. It also works incredibly well with the rest of the decorations.

Jungle Wall Stickers by Roommates from Jomoval.
Twenty six stickers of varying sizes featuring an array of creatures found in the jungle, as well as a couple of palm trees, birds and a bright sun. These stickers can be placed on any painted or papered wall, furniture 0r mirrors without causing damage. What’s more you can move and reposition as you want, reusing them if you move or fancy a change of scene, and they are waterproof and wipe clean.
I always wanted to use some type of wall sticker to add pictures to Little Man’s room, and I must have looked at dozens of designs and styles. These were perfect – particularly being re-positionable – and make a dramatic impact as soon as you place them. Little Man saw his wall yellow for a few weeks before we put these up, and as soon as he came back into his room he immediately ran over pointing at them all and poking the ones he could reach. Most mornings he waves at the creatures from his cot! These stickers are just fantastic.

Monkey & Giraffe Decorative Light Switch Cover from Homeplates.
This is a simple cover which is fitted easily over your existing light switch making them a popular home decoration accessory. They are so easy to fit – even I managed it!
I’d never really imagined having a light switch that was any colour other than white, but after discovering the Homeplates website and their vast selection I can see more of these popping up around the house. Inexpensive and so simple the inclusion of this switch cover in Little Man’s room is subtle but so cute.

Jungle Animals Personalised Height Chart from Stuck On You.
Made from high quality canvas and supplied with matching stickers to mark your little ones height on special dates – birthdays, Christmas, etc – these height charts are easily personalised on the website and come in a huge range of designs.
This height chart has featured on my blog before here, but it is still a brilliant part of Little Man’s bedroom and one brightens up a blank wall.

Bespoke Bunting from Just Bunting.
Just Bunting was set up by Karen Davey from Cornwall and she makes a huge range of bunting for all occasions, and she was kind enough to make this colourful personalised bunting for Little Man. The quality is fantastic and it was precisely what I’d imagined – you can see why she’s a member of the #SBS Winners, as chosen by Theo Paphitis of Dragons Den fame.

Green Elephant Organics For Kids Blanket from NaturalMat
This blanket is reversible – the other side has stripes on – and is so soft and snugly. It would be brilliant for wrapping your newborn nice and cosily, or as an extra blanket for use in the cot or in the car, and what’s more its 100% organic cotton and machine washable.

Personalised Safari Wall Art from Alphabet Gallery.
A 15cm square deep wooden box containing the first letter of your child’s name, along with their full name and the origin of it, and their date of birth. This makes a great addition to any nursery and would be a perfect christening gift too.
This item is so beautiful.  The Safari theme provides a great background and the detail that goes into it is exquisite. I am so pleased to have one of these on Little Man’s wall, and I’m sure it’s something we are going to always treasure.

Doodle Zoo Travel Grobag from The Gro Company.
This sleeping bag can be used both at home and on the move as it can be fitted into a car seat or buggy and is five point harness compatible. At 0.5 tog it is ideal for hot summer nights and holiday travel.
This grobag is full of lovely jungle creatures. We have used it in the car seat too whilst travelling past Little Man’s bedtime. The full length front zip makes it easy to transport your little one if their asleep as it gives simple access to your harness. The 0.5 tog means it will get plenty use this summer – should it ever get hot!

Jolly Day Out Portable Storage Caddy from The Gro Company.
Keeping nappies, wipes and creams tidy is easy with this caddy, and the included changing mat and comfy handle means you can carry it around the house with ease.
This was chosen because of its bright orange colour. There may not be a jungle creature on here, but greens, yellows and oranges are jungle colours so its a great match. We keep this filled with nappies and wipes – super cute jungle creature decorated ones from Tesco’s in fact – as well as the essential hand gel and nappy rash cream.  Its great for using around the house, and makes a instant nappy changing station in any room.

Roaring Raa Raa Toy from Toys R Us.
This interactive roaring Raa Raa provides endless fun with a simple push down of his head. The more you press his head the longer and louder the realistic roar, and he even does a little wiggle too!
Raa Raa has been watched by Little Man for quite a while now, so you can imagine his excitement upon receiving his very own Raa Raa – I couldn’t get it out the box fast enough! Little Man loves to press his head down, and often mimicks the wiggling motion when the roar begins. I love this toy because the voice is the same as on the show and its a brilliant copy of a very popular character.

Tigga Shoes from Inch Blue.
Inch Blue are the place to get handmade soft leather shoes, and these bright orange with black stripes make a great jungle addition.

Blue Original 6 month + Soother Two Pack from Mam.
A cute pack of soothers, one of which features a very appropriate elephant! Soothers are only used in our house at nap time and at night, but we seem to lose them all the time, so a good stock is essential.

Jungle Animals Kids Party Boxes from Favours From Us.
These boxes are designed to be used at parties, and would make great goody bags for children to take home filled with sweets. In Little Man’s bedroom they make cute decorations which he could put little bits and pieces in.

Panda Zoobie from Jaz Kids.
This cuddly panda is a great soft toy for your child, but it also holds a secret. It is also a super-soft blanket and comfortable pillow, making it ideal for car trips and cuddling up at home.
This panda has become an instant hit in our house. Little Man loves it, and can often be found carrying it around with him and giving it big cuddles. He doesn’t really use it as a blanket and pillow as yet,  but as a toy its one of his best friends.

Monkey Bibs from Close Parent Ltd.
These bibs come in two sizes – 0 month + and 6 months + – and are soft and absorbent. The 6 month + bib has additional poppers which allow you to fold bottom of the long bib up to form a pouch – great for catching any spillages!

Little Man is rather pleased too – he does enjoy a nice chat with his new animal friends…

Like what you see?

Here are all the website links and Twitter accounts of everyone who contributed towards making my Little Man’s bedroom amazing!!

Homebase can be found @Homebase_UK
Jomoval can be found @Jomoval
Homeplates
Stuck On You can be found @StuckOnYouTweet
Just Bunting can be found @JustBunting
Natural Mat can be for @NaturalMat
Alphabet Gallery
The Gro Company can be found @TheGroCompany
Toys R Us can be found @ToysRUs
Inch Blue can be found @InchBlue
Mam
Favours From Us
Jaz Kids can be found @JazKidsClothing
Close Parent Ltd can be @CloseParent