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Travel: Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, Scarborough Last weekend Nana and I took a rather lengthy journey north for a night away at the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel in Scarborough, with Little Dude in tow. The Ox Pasture Hall Hotel is a luxurious country hotel...

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Next Spring/Summer 2012 Range Preview!

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Blogger Event, Information | Posted on 28-11-2011

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Last week I was amongst a select few bloggers who got to take a trip up to Next HQ in Leicester to view their new range for early 2012. What a brilliant day out, and what gorgeous clothes! I love buying clothes for my Little Man. If I could afford to I’d spend a fortune on him as I just adore all the tiny outfits that you can get for children. Having seen what Next are going to be offering next year I can assure you they won’t disappoint.

First up in my preview is their new unisex range. I was nervous about the prospects of unisex – I expected beige, white, cream – but I was thrilled to find bright colourful clothes in every colour of the rainbow.


I then focused on the boys range – sorry to anyone with a girl, but you have some lovely clothes to come too – as I wanted to make a start on my list of things that I’ll be buying when the range fully hits the shelves in January. Here’s my pick of the best!

I especially love the blue jumper at the top – the hood sports cute dinosaur detailing and it say “Roar!” on the back. I think Little Man can look forward to wearing that in the New Year.

The full range hits the shelves of your local Next store in early January – keep your eyes peeled!






Sussex Baby & Toddler Show Preview: Maddie’s Crafts

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 20-08-2011

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Maddie’s Crafts is next up in my Sussex Baby and Toddler Show preview series.

Maddie’s Crafts offer personalised embroidered gifts and toys for babies and young children. They offer a huge range of towels, blankets, bibs, onesies, sleepsuits, booties, tshirts and banners. Any item can be embroidered with practically anything you want, and not just the range shown on the website.

There are so many cute items on the website, but my personal favourites are below.


Claudette will be taking lots of items to the show that will be personalised already, and she will also be taking orders there. If you want to pre-order an item to collect at the show and save postage you can do so, but any personalised items will need to be paid for when you order.

To see the full Maddie’s Crafts range and get your order placed visit the website.

Sussex Baby & Toddler Show Preview: Toddlebike

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 20-08-2011

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On Saturday September 17th the Sussex Baby and Toddler Show will be on in Eastbourne.  Previously held in Hastings earlier this year this will be the second outing for Teresa Gillam who is the brains behind the show.  I’ll be attending the show in Eastbourne and blogging about it then, as well as hopefully grabbing a quick chat with Teresa on the day.  Before then I’ll be previewing some of the exhibitors who’ll be appearing on the day and first up is Toddlebike.  

The Toddlebike is new to the UK thanks to Jo Hockley who’ll be bringing the bike to Eastbourne.  Designed as a first bike for 18-36 month olds who can confidently walk it fills that gap between first baby steps and a balance bike with pedals.  It has four inline wheels and it successfully teaches balance, steering, propulsion, and moving confidently at speed.  Made from lightweight plastic but with a strong steel axis the Toddlebike is waterproof and can be used on a multitude of terrain which allows your little ones to practice at home, in the garden, at the park, or even on holiday.  Toddlers often spend lots of time in their buggies and the Toddlebike gives them that little bit of freedom in a fun and safe environment.
At the Sussex Baby and Toddler Show Jo will be selling Toddlebikes at a show exclusive price of £19.95 as well as offering Toddlebike Training.  “It's amazing how many baby and family events that you go to that still have the Toddlers strapped in their buggies – hopefully we're going to be teaching them the first key cycling skills as well as less boring buggy time.”
For more information on Toddlebikes check out Jo’s website.
To register for the Sussex Baby & Toddler Show and beat the queues click here.