photo 1So, we moved into our lovely new home in December (mad I know) and since then I have been working my little socks off to get it from a house into a home. Yes, I know, it takes time but being the type of person I am (no patience and totally OCD about completing things) I have just about finished (wohooo). Part of the list was the middle bathroom. Whilst this is mainly used by Jazzy Jasper, I wanted it to be a bit more ‘cool’ and have a theme, so I chose a common but chilled theme of Nautical!

Most of my purchases were from the lovely NEXT (yes, my second home I know) and I also asked the lovely photo 2Bella and the Moo to create me some wonderful hand made bags, little padded hearts and some matching bunting. A lovely lady, very professional (amazing prices may I just add) and a short while later, a big box arrived full of my goodies! I especially love the rope ties she used to go along with the theme and I haven’t put the bunting up yet, but I am sure you will agree her items look amazing. 

Jasper loves looking at the ‘boats’ and I added some nautical style pictures to the wall, a few candles with nautical sayings as well as some hanging fishes and jars full of shells. Nothing too major, but enough to turn my photo 4bathroom into a homely one. So, how much did it all cost? Well, all done for under £150! Perfect for a quick makeover and took less than an hour to complete once everything arrived (thanks to a very handy daddy with a drill for the pictures on the wall). Check out Bella and the Moo on twitter (@bellaandthemoo) and look at her amazing work – totally worth every penny!

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Okay, so having a little boy is totally cool – mainly because we get to hang out and do ‘boy’ things like get messy, but also the clothes. It is really hard finding cool boys clothes, and whilst I am not a very cool mother, I like to try and dress him in young, funky clothes so at least one of us is trendy.

This is where my little love affair of NEXT started. Since Jazzy was a baby, he has worn NEXT clothes. They wash up really well, and the staff are always so lovely, its very easy to go back for more (another issue I seem to have with Majestic Wine) and lately NEXT have really got it spot on trend with their boys clothes.

Some of my favourite pieces for Jazzy are:-

In Third Place – The GENIUS all-in-one Onsie (£20)

Genius Next OnesieTotally gorgeous, soft and worn all the time. Its perfect for that Sunday morning chill out, covers the knees and also can be used as a little going out outfit with hi-top trainers. Love this outfit on him and I know it washes beautifully, as it has (many, many times) been in the wash. Ketchup also came out perfectly off the ‘G’ so for £20 a perfect all rounder here!

In Second Place -  The Cable ‘Mock’ Shirt (£17)

Next Cable Shirt TopThis beautiful little set is a jumper and a shirt all in one, taking the need to attempt to get two pieces of clothing over my 2 year old’s head, allot easier and calmer not only for Jazzy but for mummy as well. It looks mega smart, washes beautifully AND requires no ironing (bonus I know).

Next Car ShoesIn First Place - The Cars Lace Up Shoes (£12)

Yes, my Jazzy is obsessed with cars, buses and anything with wheels and not only adores these shoes but will let me actually put them on him without trying to escape, call ‘kidnap’ or run away and hide his feet under his bottom. These beautiful, bright and really modern little shoes are really soft and…yes, have been through the washing machine and are still as bright as ever. Gorgeous and easy to put on, really nice pattern and look smart with any outfit. Love these little shoes, they totally rock.

So, stuck for something to wear? Head over to NEXT and take a look at their beautiful little boy’s collection and if you feel the need to, yes, add in a pair of shoes for you!

So, after a very long while (yes I know, I’m rubbish) I’m back. I have missed blogging but as some people will agree, you have to be in it all or nothing. I lost my love for blogging when it became hard work, now, I’ve freed up some time from sleeping, eating, working and generally being a home and work slave and dedicated a small piece of that time to me (yes, shock horror).

So, just a note to say hello, hi, ‘whassup’ and how’s it hanging? Thought I would start today with my top 3 things of today:-

1) Next Clothes – yes, I love all the emails you send me, and yes, because of you my account balance is stupid, but I love you. Especially your summer tunics (that cover my chunky butt) and are cheap, involve no, yes no ironing and come in funky leopard print for under £20:- http://www.next.co.uk/g746386s4#860304g74

2) Pip Studio – never heard of it? Good! Then more for me…well its a make of GORGEOUS dining wear, and I know that sounds boring, but its lush. It makes me want to have a get together (which I hate as I hate mess) just so I can use my tea pot, mismatching plates and butter dish (I don’t even like butter!) but its a gorgeous collection and you need, yes need to look at this link:- http://www.johnlewis.com/pip-studio/800004980-tableware+offers=department/brand

3) Knickers - I used to love knickers, then lost my love for them and am pleased to say it’s come back. I don’t mean those thong things, or skimpy pants, I mean full on frilly knickers. The one’s you get and go ‘gorgeous’ but then never have anywhere to wear them! So, here is my last love shout out for big, fat frilly knickers:- http://www.eternalspirits.com/boutique/bridal/dollymixture-63

Do you have any favourites? Anything that you think ‘that makes me go ooooh?’

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