December is finally here! Myself and all four of the mini adorn kids couldn’t be more excited, and as I wrap their presents I am imagining their faces, as they rip open the wrapping paper. I tend to lean more towards presents we can all enjoy, it is all too easy for each child to be engrossed in their own thing, so it is nice to play together.
Its been awhile I know, but not really going to apologise about it because I have plenty to keep me busy, and you have to know when to leave certain things by the wayside, because Mini Adorn kids definitely isn’t going anywhere. Soapsmith London has fast become one of my favourite bath and body products, and of course I share with the kids. Their skin is quite dry but the natural ingredients within the selection of handmade bath soaks, soaps and body melts have not aggrevated their skin.
Sun protection is very important to me, and sometimes people ignore this issue when they have dark skin. Everyone can burn, and have sun damage. Clarins have a great range of sun care for you and the whole family. The basics are essentially about protecting yourself from UVA and UVB rays, and I tend to use between factor 15 up to 30, for myself and the kids.
The travel size Clarins sun control stick is perfect for the parts of the body we forget are exposed to the sun like the ears, and back of the neck. Just like we use a different moisturisers for the face, and the body, there is the Clarins Sun wrinkle cream which has moderate to high protection for the face, and body. They absorb quickly and a little goes a long way. There is a sprayable lait solaire sun care milk which goes as high as factor 50+, not something I need for my little ones (the 20 will do) but will work for young babies, and very pale skins that can burn easily.
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Vaseline have made our lives that little bit easier with their latest moisturiser sprays. Available in three lotions, Essential Moisture, Aloe Fresh and Cocoa Radiant, each Vaseline intensive care spray moisturiser contains natural extracts, so all you have to do is choose, which is best for you. Although all very moisturising, not sticky or greasy and perfect for for dry skin, the Cocoa radiant has the beautiful sweet smell of cocoa butter, the Aloe sooth is a fresh ‘green’ scent. Essential moisture is subtle and clean.
Overall the Vaseline Spray Moisturiser is very lightweight, the spray lotion absorb very quickly, the twins love when I spray them after the bath, they laugh riotously as the fine spray quickly and evenly covers their skin. It does feel a bit like a factory, as I stand them side by side, and make them spin, as I press the nozzle, but there is no real need to rub everything in, and their pyjamas go straight on, saving much-needed time. The rotating ring also stops those accidental sprays, just turn when done, which covers the hole.
Well done Vaseline!
We have quite a small place, and the kids are used to sharing, but there is only so much space you can improvise with, until you run out. We invested in a three tier triple bunk bed, in place of their regular bunk bed so now the eldest doesn’t have to put up with twins crazy sleeping positions. She is at the bottom, the twins are in the middle and the boy got the top bunk.
Their room is a calming gender neutral green, but I really wanted to let them have their own style, so here is essentially how to very easily decorate for individual tastes when the kids have to share.
Soak & Sleep bedding
I can’t stress enough how much I love Soak and Sleep, the beautiful designs coupled with the quality materials make for luxurious bath & bedtimes. The easiest start for individual style is their bed sheets and with the selection from the Soak & Sleep children’s range the only issue came from having to choose.
Mini Adorn girl has the illustrated Jungle animal duvet set, (can be personalised) which is 100% cotton and printed on a 200 thread count bedlinen, so it’s strong, easy to treat for stains, and tumble-dryable. The duvet cover has string closures so securing with bows add to the beautiful design. Simply drape a lambswool blanket at the base or across the middle of the bed. This looks gorgeous but also great for warmer nights when the duvet is too much, or when it gets colder as an extra layer to the quilt.
The twins have the reversible bedspread in pink (their favourite colour) a good mix of lightweight, 100% cotton for the outer, and a medium thickness, the wadding is a mix of rayon and polyester, but not stiff. It feels good tucking them in after their bedtime routine of a bath, and a story. To them its like having a new bed every night as they alternate between the flowery ditsy print, or the subtle polka dots. For best care it is suggested to hand wash at around 30 Degrees, and not suitable for tumble drying and bleach.
Last but not least my son went for the toy animal print duvet cover animal print duvet cover, which actually is the same kind of look as the Jungle print sheet, so go with the kind of animals your child likes. For something more individual, I paired with the reversible kissing penguins cotton throw kissing penguins cotton throw, contrasting the bolder print with the smaller scale of the sheet. From there add their favourite toys and a scattering of cushions for pillows, for their own personal stamp.
Did you see that weather yesterday? It is Britain, so no matter how old this post is, it will definitely mean something. With ever-changing weather and seasons that seem to have an identity crisis, it is important to have an easily transitional wardrobe for the kids.
The Eldest Mini Adorngirl is all about being comfortable and casual, and when she had a chance to choose an outfit from the Next girls Fall range, she went for the long-sleeved layered cat print crew top with white vest, and paired with a button up denim skirt. The ombre glitter top trainers are so fun, the design seems to combine, cool grange, pretty and casual.
The best part about shopping online on Next Kids are the styled outfits, as you can really see how everything comes together. We styled the slight crop top with the sleeves bunched at the elbow, and for the unpredictable weather, opt for a denim shirt as a light jacket, like we did for her younger brother, and black military trousers, featured in the full online look.
Clothes c/o Next
We love illustrated books, so when we stumbled across this behind the scenes video from Laurence King publishing inside the Johanna Balfour design studio, we had to share. Check out their video and see how she creates her beautiful illustrations and her insight into how she develops her intricate black and white drawings into the bestselling books Enchanted forest and the Secret garden.
My mum said to me the other day that sometimes its all about making your life a little easier. I am a big advocate for cake and pastry mixes, the only ingredients you tend to need are eggs and water. I spotted this chocolate brownie mix at Lidl and wanted to give it a try. The instructions are simple enough to follow on thé back of the box, preheat the oven, grease some baking paper and line the tin.
This mix has chocolate chips, but the kids wanted some extra crunch so crumbled some Whittard butter strawberry shortbread biscuits into the batter mix after stirring in the egg, water and oil. Cook in the centre of the oven for around twenty minutes, and leave to cool. We added chocolate crisp balls on the top, as if we didn’t already have enough chocolate. So delicious, with just enough rise.