Introducing Ovi and Reu – boutique gift boxes for new mums

Boutique Gift Boxes for New Mums by Ovi and Reu
I get approached by a lot of brands and PRs that would like to collaborate with me or send me things to review. With running a couple of businesses of my own alongside this job (not to mention having kids too) I have to be really selective with the people I work with and the campaigns I take on. Sometimes a little gem appears in my inbox, that I just can’t resist and an email from the new company Ovi and Reu was just that. Ovi and Reu make up and send out gift boxes that you can order as presents for new mums (or anyone you’d think would like one), and as a small business set up by two fellow mums and a grandma I knew I wanted to support them.

You can choose between four boxes, The Coastal Gift Collection, The Expectant Gift Collection, The Country Gift Collection  and The Parisian – which is the one that I picked. The beauty of these gift boxes is that they are letter box friendly so no need for the postman to be knocking on your door, or even more annoyingly, having to take a trip to the depot because you weren’t home when they tried to deliver it. I was super excited when my box hit my hallway floor..

Inside the Parisian Gift Collection

Make Up Bag from Miesje Chafer (choose one of 5 designs)
The most amazing selection of on-trend fabrics make these handmade make up bags the perfect addition to this mum’s look.

Decaff Coffee from The Bristol Coffee Company
It may not have the kick but it certainly packs a flavour punch. True Parisians (and all coffee-addicts) will thank you heartily for thinking of this.

Notebook from Studio Sarah
Perfect for jotting down all of baby’s new routines or recording those precious moments in style.

Grey Spotty Peg People from Little Bird Designs
These gorgeous little mum and baby figurines will provide the perfect adornment to a cosmopolitan mum’s boudoir.

Baby Milestone Cards from Amy’s Avenue
Help her to celebrate and record every baby milestone with these fabulous monochrome milestone cards.

Red Lipstick in ‘Red Carpet’ or ‘Some Like it Hot’ from Sara Hill 
What true Parisian woman could be without a slick of ruby red for that pout? We love this brand for all their British credentials but also their undeniably European je ne sais quoi…

‘Loved’ Nursery Print from Rabbit and Sons 
Your lovely message will appear on the reverse of this nursery print from super-cool design house Rabbit and Sons.

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ovi and reu

Obviously as a mum of two school age children with no plans of having babies, I don’t have much need for baby milestone cards, but I do have a very pregnant sister in law who I think will love them, so they shall be heading her way. I can definitely make use of the red lipstick however!

I really enjoy sneak peeks and behind the scenes pictures and videos from brands so when I spotted  this video that Ovi and Reu shared on their Facebook page of how they pack the boxes, I thought it would be fun to share it!

Do head on over to their webside – Ovi and Reu – and take a look! I’ll also be chatting to the three ladies behind it in a MumBoss feature in a couple of months, so do keep an eye out for it.

Huge thanks to Team Ovi and Reu for sending me the Parisian box to review.

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Freshening up our living space for the new year

We’re mid way through January, the Christmas decorations and the tree are down, the New Year has properly started. I don’t know about you but the house always seems a little bare when all things festive have gone. This inspires me to have a little freshen up of our living space, whether it’s moving furniture around, buying some new accessories or having a clear out, or all of the above! I thought I’d share with you some of the little changes that I’ve made for the New Year to our open plan living and dining room. If you missed my post about our living room and dining room renovation you can read it here.

With the fairylights and Christmas ornaments gone I’ve had a play around with the shelves and moved a lot of books from our Welsh dresser. I regularly switch things around on these shelves but I love that each picture and keepsake has meaning and memories for us.

Of course this time of year you can’t beat fresh flowers to brighten up your home. I love having vases of daffodils scattered through out our home. This is so simple (and cheap) and never fails to make me smile.

I love the new addition of this lamp* by my favourite chair. It definitely helps when I’m cosied up in the evenings reading a book.

I picked up this little candle stick, if that’s the right term, candle holder maybe, in Tiger for a bargain price of £2. I might just have to pop in for a couple more.

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More fresh flowers! With hyacinths you have the added bonus of a beautiful fragrance that fills your home. As you can see my love for copper accessories hasn’t wavered in 2017, in face I think I love them even more!

pink and copper interior style

office space

I’ve moved out of my messy office space this week as I have loads of work and no space to do it in! I know that the office/stockroom/exercise space/dumping ground needs a big clear out but I just don’t have the time to do it properly at the moment. Hopefully when the busyness of January quietens down I can set aside some time to turn the room around. For now, however, I’ve stolen my children’s homework area.

We invested in a new bookcase recently, I say invested, it wasn’t a particularly expensive purchase as it’s an IKEA bookcase, that being said I love it and couldn’t wait to fill it with our books when we’d finished putting it up.

I like to have inspiring phrases and quotes around the house and this year I’ve gone for ‘say yes to new adventures’. I think this is a year of change for us and change can be fun and exciting but also a little scary, so this is a great reminder to take the adventure!

 

So with a few little changes our living space feels fresher and no longer bare. It’s amazing what some flowers, plants and a change around can do.

Do you make changes to your rooms in the new year?

 

 

 

*Thanks to Litecraft for sending us the lamp featured in our living room

 

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Introducing independent kids wear brand, Milk and Biscuits

I love supporting independent stores and brands, partly I guess because I have my own and know the work that goes into them but also because I like seeing new things spring up and I’m inspired by the creativity. I first discovered kidswear brand, Milk and Biscuits a few years ago at a trade show I was visiting while looking for brands to stock at Little and Fierce Kids. I loved the classic simplicity of the collection that still managed to have a contemporary and stylish look. There’s a good mix of prints and staples in muted colours.

When they asked me to review something from their AW collection I jumped at the chance. A lot of independent kidswear brands only go up to age 5 and although my littlest girl is five she’s actually in age 7-8 clothes! Luckily for us Milk and Biscuits go up to 9-10 so even my biggest girl could wear them.

I chose this versatile pinafore dress..

We are big fans of pinafores and dungarees, and love how you can change them up to create all sorts of outfits. This particular dress has been worn with tights of various colours, leggings, long sleeve tops, short sleeve tops, boots and trainers. In my opinion having wardrobe staples such as this dress is key for children’s wardrobes. We’re not fans of fussy clothes that can only be worn occasionally, those end up at the back of the drawers never to be worn. Kids clothes need to work for them and be fun and practical while also being effortlessly stylish, and I think Milk and Biscuits do this really well.

E wears the dress with a plain long sleeve top, glittery tights, silver trainers and a glitter star headband.

Another way to style this dress..

My littlest girl has a particular love for unicorns, fun prints and of course her favourite colour of all, yellow, so this kind of outfit is right up her street.

Pricing wise Milk and Biscuits are an independent brand so you shouldn’t be expecting to pay high street prices, however you get ethically produced and high quality kids clothing that you won’t see on every other child. I’m excited to share with you a few sneak peeks of this seasons collection which is a collaboration with illustrator Lucy Kirk and as you can see it’s inspired by the circus.

You can see more of Milk and Biscuits here.

A big thanks to Milk and Biscuits for sending us this dress, as always all views are our own.

 

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Keeping warm on the school run

I’m a bit of a coat and jacket addict and I’m always on the look out for the ‘perfect’ school run coat. It needs to be warm, waterproof and have a decent hood. I’ve got coats that are warm but no hood and waterproof but not warm, I think you get the idea. I thought I’d cracked it last year when I picked up a coat with a removable fur trim to the hood. I thought I was being really clever – I could have the fur on when it was cold and take it off when it rained. Unfortunately when you take the trim off the hood is then too small to cover your head! Fail. I’ve been told by friends that I need to embrace the ‘mum coat’ or ‘teacher coat’, the often brightly coloured waterproof cagole. I’m sure you know the type.

Blacks approached me to try out one of their women’s jackets for my school run mission and this is the one I chose.

The North Face Endeavour Thermoball Jacket

I love the shape of this coat. It’s nipped in at the waist and has a long scoop at the back. Considering it’s so light you wouldn’t expect it to be so warm but thanks to the clever people at The North Face its insulation traps hot air for reduced heat loss and increased warmth. The Lightweight warmth and compressibility of down with the wet-weather insulating performance of synthetic insulation. So in theory I could go for an actual run in this jacket and it would keep me warm (but not too hot) and dry. As you might have guessed I’ve not put that particular aspect to the test yet.. well unless you count legging it to school while dragging to sleepy children along with me!

The only downside is that it has fabric arms, something I didn’t clock when I chose it. So it wouldn’t be ideal in torrential rain but it can cope with a quick down pour. 

 

All in all this jacket is the perfect addition to my school run coat and jacket line up. I’ve been grabbing it and rushing out the door most days since it arrived and I think it will transition well into Spring.

I was sent this jacket for the purpose of this review, all views are my own.

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Renovating our small bathroom

We moved into our current house about six years ago and knew that the small family bathroom would need updating and renovating but just didn’t have the budget for it then. We put up with it and saved our pennies in the hope that one day we’d get our dream bathroom. I hated staring at the brown wallpaper and turquoise tiles, they didn’t reflect my taste and I would feel embarrassed when people went in there! It sounds silly really but I desperately wanted to change it and make it feel like ours. Earlier this year we finally got the funds together and starting renovating our small bathroom.

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

As you can see, it was in desperate need of some love. We may have got rid of the brown wallpaper, but that wasn’t enough to make it look the way I wanted.

I’d spent years dreaming and pinning ideas on Pinterest, I was desperate for a clean bright look and knew that subway tiles would have to feature.

Not only were we getting it re-tiled we also redesigned the whole layout to create more space. Before, we struggled to get more than one person in there at the same time which made bathtime and bedtime with small children very interesting, as you can probably imagine! We ended up turning the bath around and moving both the toilet and the sink. It was a pain but now it’s all done it was so worth it. 

We ripped everything out, with the help of friends and then went on holiday while the builders went in and got on with renovating our small bathroom.

renovating our small bathroom

renovating a small bathroom

This is what we came home to,

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

A lick of paint and some accessories later and here we have it..

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

As you can see we’ve kept it simple with white walls and white subway tiles. The floor is tiled with slate tiles and I’ve tied in the grey theme with our towels and accessories.

All we need now is a new blind and a mirror for above the sink. When they’re in, do keep an eye out for my next bathroom post – Styling a Small Bathroom, which will be up very soon.

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(Small mirror, hand lotion and soap are courtesy of TK Maxx, this post is not sponsored in any way beside the gifting of those items)

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Win unicorns and celebrate Little and Fierce Kids turning two!

My little business, the online kids accessories store, Little and Fierce has been online for two years now! I can’t quite believe it really. Writing this blog and running my webshop while the girls are at school has been a dream come true. When I got made redundant after maternity leave back in 2011 I had no idea that five years later I’d be doing all this.

Of course there have been ups and downs and I’ll admit it’s been a steep learning curve! I’ve discovered some fantastic brands, both big and small and worked hard to curate accessories and gifts that belong together ans share the Little and Fierce vibe – a lot of colour, fun and of course some glitter!

I want to say a huge thank you to all you lovely readers that have popped on over and bought from my shop over the past two years, to all the bloggers that have supported me and even guest blogged over on the Being Fierce blog. I wouldn’t still be a shop owner if it wasn’t for you!

Now that Christmas is around the corner (eep!), there’s a whole section for Christmas gifts and stocking filler ideas, and they’ve even been broken down into price categories to make it easier to shop.

We are very well know for our range of unicorn gifts and accessories so when I put together ideas for a giveaway I just couldn’t resist making it unicorn themed! So to celebrate turning two we’re giving away these prizes, a Unicorn Tape Dispenser, Unicorn Stickers, Unicorn Hair Clips Unicorn Rainbow Pencils Holder, and Unicorn Nail Stickers. To be in with the chance of winning this magical bundle just enter via Rafflecopter below. Please make sure you read the terms and conditions before entering.

Win unicorns and celebrate with us!

 

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

GOOD LUCK

Take a look on the Little and Fierce social media accounts as I’ll be running mini giveaways and sharing offers on there too, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

(Giveaway runs from 14th November 2016 12.00AM until 21st November 2016 12.00AM
The prize consists of 1 unicorn tape dispenser, 1 unicorn rainbow pencil set, 1 unicorn nail sticker set, 1 unicorn hair clip set, 1 unicorn sticker set
Little and Fierce are responsible for the fulfillment of the prize and will send it straight to the winner.
The winner will be contacted within 24 hours of the end of the giveaway, they will then have 48 hours and claim the prize, if they fail to do so another winner will be drawn
All entrants will be signed up to the Coffee Work Sleep Repeat mailing list and the Little and Fierce mailing list, this can be unsubscribed from at any time.)

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Styling the perfect guest bedroom

We’re currently looking at moving house, and near the top of my list when we’re house hunting is an extra bedroom so we can have a room that’s permanently set up as a guest bedroom. We live far away from family and have lots of friends scattered around the country so I would love to have a room for them to stay in when they visited rather than them having to sleep on the sofa or on a blow up mattress in my office! I’m always looking at guest bedroom decor inspiration for when I’m ready to get styling the perfect guest bedroom.

I really like a fresh and neutral colour palate and will be leaning towards white and greys. This works well and can be adapted for anyone that comes to stay. I love the clean lines of a Scandi style space and the greys of Nordic styling but also want a luxe feel so lots of throws and texture too. 

This room is beautifully laid out, they have really kept the guest in mind with making sure there are towels, spare blankets and even a pair of slippers!

styling the perfect guest bedroom

Image from tatertots and jello – top tips for creating the perfect guest room

This is beautifully styled bed by The White Company, I love the blankets and co-ordinating cushions. It’s really simple but elegant styling.

styling the perfect guest bedroom

Hanbury Collection by The White Company

I think it’s important to have bedside tables or units if there is the space for them. Perfect for bedside lamps, books and even fresh flowers.

 

I love being clever with storage and keeping in mind the aesthetics when picking pieces out. This wooden ladder shelf unit is great for towels, toiletries, reading material and even a few little pot plants!

 

See my Guest Bedroom Pinterest board for more inspiration on styling the perfect guest bedrom

Follow Coffeeworksleep’s board Guest bedroom on Pinterest.

 

 

On a practical note, having a dedicated guest room doesn’t have to mean that you’ve got less storage. If you get a larger sized ottoman  bed you can use the bed as storage as well. It’s really handy for things like spare linens, towels and even out of season clothes all in vacuum packed storage bags. You can be clever with storage without having to compromise the style. On the subject of storage make sure that you have somewhere for guests to put their luggage, if there’s space for drawers/a wardrobe make it clear they can utilise them.

When the styling and practicality is down you need to think of what else to add in the room to make your guests as comfortable and looked after as possible. When there’s been a long journey the best thing is being met with a ready made relaxing guest bedroom.

I’ve pored over those Pinterest tutorials on how to be the best host and read those posts listing the essentials your guest room needs (I know, I’m such a goon). It all pays off though, here are some of the ideas I’ve collated for my perfect guest bedroom.

ESSENTIALS

Freshly made bed with guest towels, obviously

Extra blankets and pillows

Scented candles and matches

Bedside lamps

Bin

Fresh flowers

Clock

Wifi code

Accessible power sockets

Toiletries – a great idea I read somewhere mentioned having a basket of mini samples of things like shampoo, body wash etc.

Things to read, books, magazines, etc

If you’ve got kids staying in the room as well then think about anything else that might be useful, a few toys, or books for example

 

What have I missed? Can you think of more?

Do you like the style of my guest bedroom?

 

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