Dressing up the kids you either love it or find it challenging. Ever since Jay was born I have been keen on colourful, ethical and organic childrenswear. Based in the UK Pigeon Organics are devoted to producing organic and high quality, soft clothing for babies and younger children. The cotton is of the highest quality possible and the designs are really special and eye-catching. I have friends who dress their children in the contemporary prints and there have always been nice compliments about the clothing. Jay was kindly sent two items and this was a lovely surprise as we have seen the gorgeous social media posts and the items exceeded my expectations.
I think it’s incredibly important to mention the brand’s impressive stance when it comes to the environment and helping organic farming families. Pigeon Organics is GOTS certified company, choosing organic cotton for quality products that are softer, kind to skin, better for the environment and the people that make them.
Organic Cotton production involves replacing the synthetic pesticides and fertilisers with natural ones, then using crop rotation and mixed planting. This means less exposure to chemicals for the farmers and in the environment. Any ‘seconds’ eg. garments with small printing faults and end of season stock is donated to charities working with vulnerable babies and children. I love that and glad to see a brand make every effort to help where they can.
Jay loves his viking print top and navy jogger bottoms both incredibly soft and wash/keep so well. He can be so fussy at times with clothes but these garments have that soft hand feel and really showcase ethical and responsible fabric. There is a range of products from hats, dresses, jackets, gilets, pyjamas, onesies and snuggle suits. Our items arrived beautifully presented and the quality is evident the moment you hold the fabric.
Pigeon Organics collection is colourful and contemporary. Great attention has been paid to the finished product, offering you a high quality range, comfortable to wear and practical to care for. I highly recommend the brand and wish them continued success.
Last year I attended a work event and a friend of mine Lauren was wearing a tee that basically made me do a double take. Lauren was chatting to a group of friends and I joined the conversation to discover that this clever lady had designed the tee herself with the help of her mother-in-law. Not only that but it was even more of a surprise when she showed me that there were hidden zips on each side just under the armpits to allow easy access for breastfeeding or expressing.
You’ve got to admit that is a clever design! Lauren kindly sent me a tee of my choice for an honest review (she is so sweet) and she genuinely has spent a lot of time and effort into starting a business alongside being a busy mum to two beautiful young girls.
Most of you who know me will know that I don’t have a breastfeeding baby but I wanted to write about this innovative design as I know many mums who would benefit from this. I ordered a t-shirt in small as I am a UK size 8-10 and I like the fact that they are longer in length than the average 68cm meaning they won’t ride up while feeding and can also be worn over leggings or jeans.
Even if you’re not a mum you may know someone who would love a tee like this. They are made from 100% cotton, EKO-TEX® certified, meaning the material doesn’t contain any harmful substances and is safe for even delicate skin. In fact I wear mine because I love the design and how comfortable and soft it feels against the skin. I’ve received compliments each time I wear it and there is usually a fun surprising reaction when I explain the design. I really wish this was available when I was breastfeeding Jay as I used to struggle especially with finding tops that were practical and comfortable. This Love tee retails at £29.99 with free UK shipping over £50. Do look out for flash sales often advertised on Instagram linked below. I highly recommend this wonderful and fun collection of Milky Tees available in different designs. I love the slogans all which parents can relate to!
Recently Lauren decided to launch the same tees in black which again are gorgeous and really stand out. I can see them being a huge success. I genuinely hand on heart think this is an item of clothing worth investing in. I wear mine for the fashion aspect and I think that is totally okay. Please do share this blog post with anyone who you think would benefit from this item of clothing. I highly recommend The Milky Tee Company, good quality clothing and I really wish Lauren continued success. Every business starts with an idea and I’ve a lot of respect for Lauren who is one of the kindest people I know wanting to help mums make life that little bit easier.
School is well underway for the school year but there is always room for improvement! Mornings can be stressful— getting ready for work, packing lunches, making breakfast, and don’t forget about signing those last-minute permission slips! The last thing we need to think about is how to get our kids dressed in a timely manner, am I right?
We’ve compiled a list of our top 5 outfit hacks that will help you get your kids dressed and out the door in a more timely fashion. No more missed school buses, tardy slips, or dirty looks for the teacher.
1. Stock up on the basics
This is something our mother has been telling us for years, “stick with the basics” but to tell you the truth, it actually works! By stocking up on basis solid colors like white, black, navy, and tan you can be sure to have something that goes with just about anything. Adding some solid colored t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, and even some basic dresses in these colors can minimize frustration over what to wear. We are loving these basics from La Bella Flora.
2. Mix and match with pops of colour
Have the basics? Check. Now it’s time to add some color, it’s easy to fall into a clothing rut, but it can be avoided by adding little pops of color. Your little darling would sparkle with a neutral colored shirt matched with some brightly colored leggings. This is a mom win any day of the week. Think outside the box, it doesn’t just have to be clothing items that add color, but accessories too! From the shoes to scarves you can help your little one insert some extra style into her wardrobe. Take this headband, for example, a super fast hack for adding some sparkle and taking care of the bed head that’s impossible to manage.
3. Plan ahead
Putting a little bit of time aside on Sunday night to pick out some outfits with your kids can be a huge help when it comes to morning time routines! If you have a few outfits picked out ahead of time it can be a cinch to allow your kids to choose one of them and move on to the next step in the morning, like eating breakfast or brushing teeth. Plus this can be an extra bonding time! Make it fun, try on different outfits, shoes, and accessories and make it part of your weekend routine. Not only will you feel good about getting the extra laughs in with your littles, but you can ease the morning stress of hearing them complain about having nothing to wear.
4. Add the accessories beforehand
Ok, you’ve got the basics, you’ve mixed and matched, planned ahead, but what about adding the accessories too? Don’t just focus on the clothing items, think about what shoes and clothing would look best with that particular outfit. Have you checked the weather for the week? Placing the entire outfit together on a hanger or even in a drawer can help kids on the younger end of the scale get dressed by themselves. This is a home run for mom and kid, boosting self-confidence and individuality while freeing mom up to attend to other items on the must-do list.
5. Labels are our friends
This last one might seem over the top, but labels can really help keep moms and kids organized. Label drawers and areas of the closet to help speed up picking out an outfit. Don’t have your little one waste time digging through drawer after drawer, by labeling them with pictures or words (depending on the age of your child) you can have them navigate their way through getting dressed in the morning. If you keep clothes for all seasons in your kids closet, label them or keep only. Then sit back, enjoy your coffee, and pack those lunches all with a little time to spare. Once you add these 5 outfit hacks into your morning routine, outfit choices for the current season up front in plain view. Have you planned some outfits ahead of time? Tie a little label around each hanger with the days of the week and finally free up some time in that morning routine.
Thanks for reading!
*This guest post is in collaboration with United States based LaBella Flora Childrens Boutique an exquisite boutique designed to provide beautiful clothing just for girls.
As I recently mentioned Instagram is one of my favourite social media platforms and one of the reasons why I love it is discovering the wonderful online shops that are appearing on my insta feed. I have always admired busy mothers who are able to start ventures and balance motherhood and I’m sure it takes a whole lot of guts, sweat and tears to achieve results. Recently while looking for clothes yes more clothes when I should in fact be looking for storage, I came across a new clothing business called hotMaMa and I started looking at the designs not realising they were nursing style tops!. They looked ever so pretty and stylish. I’m so pleased to share with you three of the designs from this fabulous line. So if you know anyone that is expecting who is possibly thinking about breastfeeding their baby I genuinely recommend taking a peek at the garments all which are manufactured in England.
I must start however with a little bit about business owner and stay at home mum Sophie who is the designer of these gorgeous stylish breastfeeding clothes. I applaud Sophie for showing that nursing clothes don’t have to be boring, frumpy and plain. These clothes are meant to be practical and noticeable with the wonderful fabric and designs all coming together to make a mama feel great. I breastfed Jay for two months and must admit I wasn’t too keen on the clothing that was out there at the time and just couldn’t find anything I liked which felt comfortable. I relied on High Street stores for nursing clothes but it goes to show that there is plenty of choice online when you come across the right brands.
Breastfeeding Long sleeved top in white with chevrons – £27.99
I love strong patterns and monochrome colours and this one is definitely eye-catching. The cotton and polyester material is machine washable and super soft. The tops come in sizes 8-16. I have a size 10. The front breastfeeding panel doesn’t leave you feeling exposed! I’d still wear it whether or not I was breastfeeding!
Breastfeeding Long sleeved top in Cambridge bicycle – £27.99
This is top is again comfortable being a mix of cotton and polyester and has a fun bicycle print. I associate the colour grey with clothing of a casual lounge around feel. This top feels much thicker than the chevrons.
Breastfeeding Kimono in navy florals – £39.99
This beautiful floral print is my favourite from the range. The garment feels very luxurious and thick and with its kinomo style sleeves gives a really stylish look. Breastfeeding is easy with the wrap front style. I can see this garment being worn at perhaps special events as opposed to daily wear but it would look great with jeans.
If you’re looking for great quality affordable clothing then head over to the website and check out all the wonderful designs on offer.