Posted on 8:39pm Monday 14th Jan 2013
I know that January is a time that alot of parents shudder at the thought of how much has been spent over the Christmas period and decide to tighten their belts on their spending.
I have heard countless times, "when we can afford it" but unless we win the lottery, will we ever be in a position to have everything we want?
So echoing the words of Stacy Risenmay, if you wait until you have enough money to have another baby, to decorate and make your home your own, you never will. If you wait until you have enough money to buy everything new, you are missing the point. It is the old, the new, the hand-made, the hand-me down and the much loved things in your home and your life, that make it unique and your own.
Dont wait, time won't.
Posted on 12:20pm Monday 14th Jan 2013
We do not sell clothes on the Lilypad but like all mums, when it comes to our children, we love spoiling them. Whether it’s the new “must have” toy that they have been dying to have or a chic outfit that makes them look so adorable. For years now, many mums have been turning to the established brands to outfit their precious kids. However, the trusted brands like Chloe, Burberry and Dior of are seeing more competition as up and coming brands prove they are not only trendy, but a hit with both mums and kids.
Model, fashionista and mom, Heidi Klum is devoting her time and fashion expertise to developing a truly trendy and fun line of clothing for children. The line was inspired by her four children. Klum partnered with Babies “R” Us to bring parents and kids chic and practical clothing. In addition to clothing for young boys and girls, there is room décor, furniture, bedding and other baby accessories. Items can be purchased at the retail store and there is international shipping for some countries.
Fun and simple, the children’s garments made by Helen Gordon capture the beauty and innocence young kids. With versatile styles and high workmanship, the clothes work well in any season and will stand the test of time. Retro prints and a range of color patterns make the clothes timeless. The brand works with ethical UK Manufacturers to create and has even developed a new line of organic baby tees.
The west London clothing company was founded by Peruvian born designer Kathleen Holland. She takes advantage of the strong and soft alpaca yarn to bring UK kids super luxurious and warm clothes and accessories. The jumpers, cardigans, dresses, hats, scarves, and toys, crafted by Peruvian alpaca knitters, are all in vibrant colors and quirky patterns that are reminiscent of the textiles found in her native country. Her beautiful clothes aren’t just for those cold winter days. There are several lightweight pieces with embroidered Peruvian designs prefect for summer.
Olive and Olivia
This chic and trendy line is perfect for young fashionistas in the making. The U.S. brand was founded by Alexia Panza who is has built a strong following with her boys clothing line Tom & Drew. The collections, Olivia and Ollie for girls ages 2 to 6 and LIV 7 for girls ages 7 to 14, is not frilly like typical girls wear. Instead, the pieces are sophisticated and classic.
Just keep in mind that making your little ones look darling and dapper isn’t the cheapest if you’re buying them the best clothes out there. As they grow up and outgrow their wardrobe, make money for their new clothes by selling the old ones. It may also help to declutter other areas of your house and you can sell DVD's for cash, old computers and televisions, and even furniture for a little extra money. Removing the clutter and improving the children's wardrobes sounds like a perfect solution to me!
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