Bose Build – The Speaker Cube for Kids to Build Themselves

Summer holidays are upon us. AAAAAAAARGH. We have weeks of nothingness stretching ahead of us. Well. I say nothingness, but I can guarantee you, the nothingness will for sure be punctuated by lots and lots of “I’m bored” or “What are we doing todayyyyy”. Well, always happy to help a materialistic conundrum involving your kids – here’s something to keep them busy from now, until they leave for University. 

I present ‘The Speaker Cube‘ by Bose – a new DIY speaker for kids that they can engineer themselves and then really benefit from the results.


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Top 15 Cool Back to School Products

I’m going to be rather smug now. It’s not often. I am C.O.M.P.L.E.T.E.L.Y. sorted for Back to School. I’ve done it people. All of it. I missed the crowds and had the pick of the bunch. Sorry. Not sorry.

So having thoroughly researched the market (as it goes without saying my kids need to have a great school look, achieved beyond the uniform) I want to share with you my Top 15 coolest picks for kids going Back to School. Let’s go.

Multi-black Gator Lux backpack £60 MadPax.


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Buglet- Wearable Bug Deterrent

My blood is to mosquitos what chocolate cake is to me: Delicious.

We all know the agony of an unscratched mosquito bite, and for kids, it is especially hard to resist clawing at their limbs especially if it offers a release. We’ve all tried the preventative sprays and creams but there is something poisonous about the smell, and who can be bothered the play the game of ‘catch the kid running away from the spray’ – not me! Plus do they ever really work?

Introducing Buglet, a stylish slap-on bracelet for kids that deters midges, mozzies, and other biting insects which is available to purchase from Treehouse Kid & Craft.


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Top 10 Kids Underwater Inspired Fashion for Finding Dory

Many, many years ago when I had a small kids fashion retail pop-up in a local leisure centre, there was a large fish tank next to it that was filled with lots of beautiful tropical fish. Amongst them, Clownfish AKA Nemo. All I heard ALL DAY LONG from little kids walking past was “Neeeeeeeemo mummayyyyyyy”. Now this was all very much pre having had kids for me – I had no clue what they were on about.

Oh how very much my life has now changed. And now, all these years later – Disney Pixar have finally created a sequel to Finding Nemo called Finding Dory which is released in the UK on the 29th July. Which if Nemo is anything to go by, will be a huge smash. Not least with our British summer pretty-much guaranteeing NO rain-free days – it’s somewhere to take them and keep them amused for a few hours eh? Here’s the trailer.

So inspired by this – I bring you my Top 10 Underwater inspired fashion as it goes without saying that we don’t ‘do’ official merchandise darlings. Let’s go..


How perfect is this underwater-scene hoodie by Hitch Hiker (Monnalisa’s boys brand) €87.


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Protect Your Kids Eyes with Proper Sunglasses this Summer

Now, I know it is hard to believe, but summer is almost upon us. And whether you are jetting off to sunnier climes (ha -not that anywhere in the world is less sunny) or having a staycation – it’s not only your kids delicate skin that needs proper protection from the harmful rays of the sun – but also, and very importantly, their eyes. Here’s a fact for you that’s a little bit shocking actually – 80% of a person’s lifetime UV exposure happens before the age of 18. This kind of freaked me out.

I chatted to the opticians at Smartbuyglasses Optical to get their tips on how to protect kids eyes properly. “The best way to protect your kids’ eyes is to buy (and always wear) sunglasses with 100% protection against UVA and UVB rays. Many brands, both expensive and inexpensive offer this protection – there’s a lot of choice. But the key, is to make sure to check the label. Sunglasses, just like sunscreen, come with different sun protection factors. In order to provide our eyes the best protection, we must first understand how our sunglasses protect us.”

“UV protection categories range from 0-4, with 0 offering no protection and 4 offering the best protection available. In Europe, lenses with the certification ‘CE’ have passed EU regulation and are deemed fit for use in most conditions. When picking your sunglasses, you should always take these labels into consideration and keep your kids’ eyes protected whenever the sun is shining.”

So as a kindness for such helpful information, I promised them I would choose my Top 5 sunglasses. So here we are with our Top 5 kids sunglasses to protect their peepers in style.


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