VLOGGED: IKEA Toddler Haul

If you’ve read my previous post about Elliott’s sleeping routine you probably already know that I’m a big fan of IKEA. Their baby and toddler products are just brilliant – so much fun, hard-wearing and super-affordable. There’s bibs, cutlery, pottys, bedding, toys, the all-important toy storage solutions and loads of stuff you never knew you wanted, but now you’ve seen it you just can’t live without it, and it’s so cheap, shall we just get it? Come on we’ve all had that conversation with our other halves in the IKEA market hall, haven’t we?

Here’s our most recent IKEA toddler haul:

What are your IKEA toddler essentials?

And, what are your tips for potty training?

PRODUCTS MENTIONED

KALAS cutlery set

KALAS mug set

SMASKA cutley set

LEN mattress protector

LILLA potty

STORABO rug

FORSIKTIG step

KALLAX storage

DRONA storage boxes

 

 

 

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Haul: How we spent our Christmas money

Is it just me, or is Christmas money still a bit of a taboo topic? Everyone gives it; everyone receives it – yet very few seem to talk about it. Strange…

Anyway, here’s how we spent ours this year…

Or at least some of ours. Making this video highlighted the joyous fact that we actually still have some Chrimble money left. Woo-and-bloody-hoo!

If you’d rather read all about it than watch the video, keep scrolling…

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Planner stickers – yes, me, a 36-year-old mum, decided to spend around £27 on stickers from Etsy. Will they have the desired effect and make me uber organised? We’ll see…

Money flag stickers, £2.35, Etsy
Gold sparkly heart stickers, Etsy
You Tube video planning stickers, £1.70, Etsy
Blog tracker stickers, £1.70, Etsy
Bathroom duck stickers, £1.50. Etsy
Hydration tracker stickers, £1.99, Etsy
To buy stickers, £1.99, Etsy
To do stickers, £1.99, Etsy
Balloons stickers, £1.99, Etsy
Telephone stickers, £1.99, Etsy
Cupcake stickers, £1.99, Etsy

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Sticking (see what I did there!) with the theme of stationery I purchased these gorgeous washi tapes from Paperchase. I’ve used them to decorate my desk calendar at work and think they will come in useful for various toddler boy craft projects too.

Anchors Washi tape, £3.00, Paperchase
Blue Gingham Washi tape, £3.00, Paperchase

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I’m a bit obsessed with these Berol Fineline pens – they’re great for writing and doodling with.

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Eyelash curlers, lip balm and a new Venus razor – I really know how to treat myself don’t I?

Eyelash curlers, Asda, £4.50 (at time of writing they’re on promotion for £4)
Norwegian formula lip balm, £2.89
Venus Razor, £8.55

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A replacement Brita water bottle, which they’ve changed and I’m not keen on the new version – watch the video to find out why!

Brita Fill & Go Water Bottle, £9.99

Want to find out what we’ve spent our joint money and Elliott’s Christmas money on so far? You’ll have to watch the video! 

What did you buy with your Christmas money? Do you have any left?

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Tu at Sainsbury’s Haul and Try On

Oh. My. Word! I’m not normally a fan of supermarket clothes for me (love F&F for Elliott though) but have you seen the new collection from Tu at Sainsbury’s? It’s full of pattern, colour and some seriously sixties designs. I first spotted it when I popped into their Merry Hill branch and fell in love with this top. At the time I couldn’t justify splurging on clothes. But afterwards I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It was just so cute, so Orla Kiely-esque and would be perfect for my back to work wardrobe.

So, armed with some holiday pay and the need to indulge in some extreme air con I headed to their Kidderminster store. You can take a look at the video below, or keep reading to find out what I purchased.

P.S. YouTube hates me and isn’t letting me change my thumbnails resulting in some slightly scary selections. I’m hoping to sort it soon but in the meantime look past the scary toothy lady and take a look!

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First up, is this gorgeous jacket. I just adored the pattern – bright red background with blue, red, white and mustard flowers in differing sizes. There’s also some broderie Anglaise panelling to the front which is super pretty.

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It will be a great way to dress-up  jeans and a basic tee, or could be worn to work with some simple black skinny trousers and a plain top. The sleeves are cropped and it’s a lovely lightweight, soft cotton, but alas, still a bit too heavy to wear in our current climate. Never thought I would be wishing for cooler summer weather! Once on it has got a bit of an Oriental vibe going on so I may have to be mindful not to wear it to any Thai restaurants, lest I get asked for some Pad Thai.

Red printed jacket, Tu at Sainsbury’s, £18

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Next up, this beautiful mustard cardigan, featuring decorative cut outs. I just adore this colour and it’s got a certain air of 70s chic about. A bit Orla Kiely; a bit what your posh Aunty would have worn back in the day. It’s kind of cropped, but not really. However, for someone with a long torso, like me, it hits at a strange point so I unfortunately had to return it. If you have a normal length torso you will be fine – I just have a freakishly long one!

Yellow cut out cardigan, Tu at Sainsbury’s, £14

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This is the top that originally caught my eye. Just look at it! It’s perfect – almost! That print! That Peter Pan collar! It’s so 60s! It’s so Orla Kiely-esque! It would look perfect with some navy Capri pants. Yes, it would, if the collar wasn’t too heavy for the body material which means the front pulls forward and you get left with a weird bit of white material sticking out. Another reluctant return.

Multicoloured Peter Pan Collar Floral Top, Tu at Sainsburys, £12

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And finally this amazing dress which I almost didn’t purchase but I am so pleased I did. It’s perfect to wear when I’m back to the 9-5 (well 8:30 – 5 when I return – eek!). It’s the same amazing colour as the cardigan and with a fabulous floral design – oddly combining two of the elements of the items I sadly had to return. It’s a work appropriate length, a lovely soft material and well I love it. One point is that I have had to add a belt to it as otherwise it looks a bit ‘maternity’ on me which might freak out my boss on my first day back in the office! Ha, ha!

Yellow Floral Tunic, Tu at Sainsbury’s, £16

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I did also purchase this gorgeous notebook. I already have a diary/bullet journal which I use for appointments, birthdays, to do lists, meal planning etc… And a general notebook for things like packing lists. But I wanted something I could dedicate to everything Wrinkly . I loved the pink colour and the gold embossing and, well, the wording is very apt for me.

Sainsbury’s Impressionist Text Notebook, £5 (it says A4 here but mine is A5)

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I did think about apologising about the cluttered background in my photos of the clothing but then I thought, nah #mumlife innit? Ironically I did tidy up these shelves a few days later. Just so you can get a true sense of my working conditions, I thought you would appreciate this ‘behind the scenes’ candid.