Keeping tiny toes warm…

Since Daniel arrived, he hasn’t been too keen on keeping his socks on.

 

Not that big a deal in the summer months, but with the weather getting noticeably cooler in recent weeks, I was getting concerned that his tiny toes were not quite as toasty at they ought to be.  A few people advised me to try Sock Ons, so I got two pairs of these from a local Mothercare a few weeks back. I thought they looked quite good, but within five minutes he had worked out how to get them, and his socks, off.

 

To be fair, they did tend to stay on longer, but when he wanted them off, he wanted them off. I have also found that I keep losing them, either in the washing machine or they get caught up in other clothes. I also thought that at £3 a set, they were a bit on the pricey side, and colours in my mothercare were restricted to blue and pink.

 

I put out a cry for help on twitter, and a couple of people came back to me suggesting Slugs & Snails Boys tights might be the answer. I had a look and figured that as well as meaning his toes are kept warm, theyd also be really useful for when I am baby wearing out the winter months, I can probably get a pair of socks over the feet to ensure he is doubly warm.

 

I had a look around and found an online store called Daisy Chain Baby. I ordered the ‘Out of this world’ design. The service from Daisy Chain was second to none and when they arrived I put them on Daniel – he was super warm and, thankfully, hasn’t managed to take them off yet!!

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Daniel is left super toasty in his Slugs & Snails, and they’re also perfect for throwing in the change bag as a spare pair of trousers in case of nappy leaks and/or food spills. I was so impressed that I have ordered a pair of Ivor Spider for his birthday in a few weeks. I order these from Itsy Bits, and again, the service was perfect. I can’t recommend these two stores highly enough.

 

They also wash really well, dry well and I’m sure we will get plenty of wear out of them for both Daniel and his sibling due on February.

 

I’m so glad that so many of my twitter followers recommended these tights – I really can’t praise them enough…. and I really need to choose which of the new designs to order for Daniel!

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A successful shopping trip

One of the things I was keen to do was to recycle the maternity clothes I wore when pregnant with Daniel… However with Daniel I was pregnant over a summer with this one it is over winter. I also didn’t account for the fact that a lot of my clothes would be stretched out by a big bump!

This means that my trousers in particular are just too big at the moment, I’ve been persevering with them but I decided that, really, I needed to get a couple of new pairs. As I am not in work, I can keep them quite casual, particularly as much of my time is spent on the floor chasing after Daniel as he explores his world.

Today I popped to a local mothercare and for less than £50 got two pairs of trousers, a lovely dress and a pair of tights… Very impressed as the quality of the stuff I bought from mothercare last time round was really good and the dresses, tops and tshirts will be used in this pregnancy too.

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I then popped over to TK Maxx. I will admit it, I am a bit of a snob with TK Maxx. I can’t bear the rummaging around looking for clothes. However I have had some nice homeware stuff from them in the past, so I thought I’d take a look as I am looking for a mirror and a picture or two for our dining room. Whilst there I came across the stationery section. I had to be very restrained as the papers and notebooks they had are gorgeous!

In the end I spent around £20 and got some lovely writing papers, three little journal books which I might send on to friends in the future or use myself and the most gorgeous book of Beatrix Potter postcards. These are my favourites as they are just so sweet and would look lovely framed on a desk. I intend to send some of these to my snailmail pals in the future.

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They also had some very pretty storage boxes, but as I have spent more than enough this week on various bits and pieces for the house, they will have to wait for another shopping trip I think.

I fear I may be a TK Maxx convert!

Have you had any bargains recently?

A rare shopping trip

It is very rare that I go out to buy clothes for myself. Now I am not working (well in formal paid employment!) I find that I can make do with the jeans and bits and pieces I already own.

However, now that Daniel is almost six months, I have had a clear out of my wardrobe, as I didn’t buy cloths last year, unless they were maternity clothes, I had a lot of stuff that I just didn’t want anymore, either because it doesn’t fit or just isn’t a style I will wear now.

So, over the past couple of weeks I have been ebaying my old clothes. I raised over £50 so today, I went on a rare shopping trip for just me! That’s right, I banned myself from buying Daniel anymore clothes, he really doesn’t need any!

For just £23 I managed to b a pair of jeans and three props, I think I did well! I didn’t want to spend a lot as my days are spent on the floor with Daniel or being drooled over.

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The jeans are just a plain blue bootcut and a bargain at just £10. I already have a pair of these and they’re the only jeans I have found that fit me well.

The blue top has a really pretty detail on the bottom, and was a steal at £4. The green top is an unusual choice as I don’t usually buy green. However I nearly bought it a few weeks back (when it was full price) but today it was just £5 so I thought I’d give it a try.

The final top, the grey and blue stripes is just a casual jersey top that I quite liked, again a bargain t £4.

As well as the clothes I couldn’t resist getting some books for Daniel…. Primarily as I saw this one…

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At our baby sign class today the teacher said that we will be reading this book next week, so it seemed too good an opportunity to miss.

I then saw these two, and liked the rhyming stories so much I just couldn’t resist.

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Have you had any bargains recently?