We love French Designer Mimi Lou. Her range of wall stickers and home accessories are simple yet beautiful. The subtle mix of colour and use of pattern enable you to add a feature to the room but without it being overwhelming. Below are our new editions to the collection:
You can view the full Mimi’Lou collection here
The Start of a New Adventure…
Exciting times in my house at the moment. We’re moving…….well fingers crossed we are. The house we are in at the moment, albeit lovely, is now a little too small for a family of six so we are on the move. The new house is a large and beautiful Victorian end of terrace with a fantastic garden and more importantly a laundry, yes laundry (this makes me very happy).
We are very fortunate in that the current owner has refurbished the house and done all the rubbish jobs (well rubbish for me) like the rewiring, fixing the roof etc and has left us a completely blank canvas which has retained most of the original features.
I fear this blog may become a mood board for all the ideas I have for decorating and furnishing the house. Can’t wait!
My sincere apologies for a lack of blog action in recent weeks. I have taken a little step back over the last seven weeks due to the birth of my beautiful daughter Eira. However now is an exciting time in this business as we get to SHOP and it is legitimately counted as work. How cool is that?!
We are busy researching new products and brands and will be very excited to be able to present you with some gorgeous new things in the forthcoming weeks.
In the meantime enjoy the sale….http://www.littleyellowbirds.co.uk/collections/winter-sale-2012
Stocking Fillers for 7(ish) Year Old Boys
Searching for some inspiration for young boys for stocking fillers? You can’t go far wrong with this selection of goodies. A great mix of style, functionality and fun…..
Zoe Corney Designs
We accidentally discovered Zoe Corney Designs when a friend invited us via Facebook to a local pop up shop. We looked her up online and loved her style so went along for a visit and we are so glad that we did!
Zoe’s products epitomise what we stand for at Little Yellow Birds; unique, original, recycled and quality. It is for these reasons that we selected her products as a mainstay to our Christmas Collection:
Things you wish you had known before you had a baby….
When we started our blog we didn’t just want it to be a method of advertising our site. We wanted to give you some insight into our lives and personalities and to be able to share experiences of our own and also those of our customers. That’s my explanation for this post anyway….
With the birth of my fourth child looming imminently I have recently taken to thinking about the births of my previous three and how much more at ease about the whole thing I am now than when I had my first. It seems sometimes that once you have had a baby you enter into some kind of secret club where you find out (either by personal experience or through others) about all the the things that probably would have been quite useful to know before you actually had the little darling. When you have your first child there are enough surprises without having to find out that actually pot bellied porn star is the look you will be probably be sporting for the first few months after the birth! So we asked around a few people to see if there was anything they wish they had known before they had a baby. Here is what we came up with:
- If you want to re-home a dog you have to fill in a detailed questionnaire and have a home visit to ensure you have a suitable environment for the animal. You do however seem to be able to leave hospital with a whole new person and no one really checks that actually you are capable of looking after them. I remember the first night we arrived home from hospital with our son thinking “Holy crap what are we supposed to do with this”. As Zoe on facebook says ” the days following the birth are some of the best and worse of your life”. It can be quite comforting to know that this is normal.
- You lose your dignity the minute you get those two lines. Pregnancy and birth are not the most glamorous of events. Even though some people make it seem that way. However, no matter how glamorous people appear they could well have had the “dildo cam” or even a rectal swab. Hardly the epitome of glamour. Lying on your back with your legs akimbo in stirrups is never going to be a good look even if you have only recently had your brazillian! A good friend once told me she was going to keep her knickers on when she gave birth. It was a shame because rather than being excited about the arrival of her baby she was stressed about losing her dignity in front of people. Don’t stress about it and enjoy that very precious time.
- Breastfeeding hurts. To quote Maria “the first time you breast feed it hurts like hell but after 10 days (so long as you have the baby latched on properly blah blah) it never hurts again and you literally toughen up!”. This is sooo true. I thought my nipples might actually fall off to start with but once we got going it was fine. I think that as a new mum you assume that this process is going to be natural and easy. Sometimes it isn’t but if you know about that then you are prepared. At least if you have all the information you can make the best decision for both you and your baby without being overwhelmed.
- Having spent the last four months of my pregnancy confined to having to sleep on my side I was so looking forward to lying on my front. A simple wish you’d think?? But alas no. The mammoth breasts which had miraculously appeared after the birth of my son meant that lying on my front was complete agony until my milk supply had settled down.
- When the midwife asks “Are you doing your pelvic floor exercises?” and you blithely say “Yes” whilst doing them there for the first time (the look of concentration on your face gives it away) remember that actually those pelvic floors come in pretty handy sometimes. Like Lydia says “It’s a lot easier to wet yourself after having a baby than it is before!”.
- When you are in labour drink plenty. Not just to combat the effects of dehydration but also to make that first wee after you have given birth a little more bearable. Highly concentrated wee = ouuccch! Did you know that bidets were actually designed for women who have just given birth….
And a few other things from the people we asked:
- No one tells you that the love you will feel for your child is beyond words and nothing like you have ever felt before but for some that love doesn’t always come straight away.
- That motherhood is the hardest and most wonderful thing in the world.
- That the ideals you set yourself before having children (dummies, co-sleeping etc) will disappear but actually if that means that you and the baby are happy then does it really matter!
- That babies never sleep when you want them to and always sleep when you don’t.
- That you will never ever stop worrying about them!
- Buy shares in wet wipes and sudocream then you may get some money back!
- That your instinct is mostly right and loads of people tell you what to do and how to do it but in reality you and your partner know what’s right for you and your baby.
We would love to hear any suggestions you may have too so please feel free to comment.
Fridays Sharing the Love Blog
If you are on Twitter then you may be aware that #ff means Follow Friday where you can recommended fellow tweeters. We thought we would get in on that action and use Fridays as a day to recommend blogs we love.
The honour of the first “Fridays Sharing the Love Blog” post goes to the fabulous Peggy at http://www.pauletpaula.com/
We love this blog because she blends the perfect mix of cool hunting, beautiful images and light hearted lifestyle articles such as her series on International Breakfasts. If ever I am in need of some inspiration I know that I will find something beautiful to covet over at this blog.
So go and take a look….
Okay so this is probably a slighty irrelevant blog post in the world of children’s interiors but it does relate to childhood memories so I will post it anyway!
Last night on Twitter I came across a tweet by the very eminent blogger Tara Cain who writes at the blog Sticky Fingers. The tweet read as follows: “Kids watching the original Karate Kid. Have rewound ‘the kick’ FIVE TIMES already!”.
This got me thinking because it was something I had done myself many, many times whilst growing up. I think it’s almost a right of passage as a child to watch certain films over and over again, and to then rewind your favourite bits. It is not something I tend do as an adult. Whether this is because films just don’t seem as good anymore or whether my imagination has been blighted by the responsibilities of adulthood so I no longer have the same sense of empathy towards them, who knows??
So here you are: The top five “rewind moments” of my childhood (in no particular order):
- The Sound of Music - the bit when Maria returns from the abbey after she vanished without telling the Captain. The anticipation gets me every time!
- High Society - the wedding scene at the end when Grace Kelly marries Bing Crosby and the music changes to Louis Armstrong and His Band. I used to love it when the little girl elbowed Uncle Willie.
- National Velvet - when Velvet wins the race and the doctor discovers she is a girl. Maybe it was because of the sense of empowerment what with being a girl myself…
- Dirty Dancing - “Nobody puts baby in the corner” and “The Lift”. Need I say more!
- The Railway Children - “Daddy, my daddy”. Makes me well up even now just playing it on You Tube.
Okay folks so is it just me or do you too have “rewind moments” from your childhood? If so please share.
The Twits….A Review
On Sunday it was Esme’s fourth birthday so on Saturday evening we headed out with a picnic, friends and family to watch an open air performance of Roald Dahl’s The Twits. We were fortunate that the menacing black clouds which had been threatening a down pour all day held off and although it wasn’t quite a balmy summers evening it was warm enough for us to enjoy the performance comfortably.
We arrived early and set ourselves up with a good spot to take in the show. We had some fantastic food (thanks Chrissy) and enjoyed the glorious back drop of Attingham Park. Five minutes prior to the start we were introduced to “The Twits” who made themselves known to the audience by attempting to steal their picnic food. This was met with slight bemusement from the older children and abject terror from the smaller ones, especially poor Esme who flung herself on her cake to protect it.
It has to be said that they were brilliant, as indeed was the whole show. However I am not sure that this first introduction to them has not scarred a number of small children for life. As a party we would definately have fared better had we known what was going to happen as the smaller ones in the group refused to watch for the first fifteen minutes until they were sure they were not going to be terrorised again.
All the actors brought the characters from the story to life with charisma and integrity. Mr and Mrs Twit were particularly superb. From their costumes to their mannerisms they were truly believable and had the audience, young and old, in stitches on numerous occasions.
The story itself was brought to life using live music and puppetry and you could see some of the adults revisiting their childhood memories. The whole audience were entranced throughout the show and I think the children loved the interactive elements, which were incidentally very clever and inventive. Given the compact nature of the set it was well thought out and provided the audience with all they needed to let their imaginations do the rest.
Overall I have to say this was one of the most enjoyable theatre productions I have shared with my family. I love the fact that this was a treasured story from my own childhood and that I have been able to share that in another dimension with my children.
“The Twits” was performed by the touring theatre company Illyria who are are touring throughout the UK until the middle of September. I would highly recommend it!