Boys on trend with Howick – House of Fraser

My boys love their clothes and they don’t need an excuse to dress up in their best clothes. They are forever rummaging through their wardrobes searching for outfits to wear. Putting together new styles and always asking me if they look smart. They have their own styles which they have, over the past few years, put together by themselves. The middle boy will always be found wearing a Dickie Bow or a Trilby hat and the youngest likes to dress smart. Their bedroom floor has always got the odd item of clothing scattered across it from where they have got changed throughout the day.

I love that they have a passion for clothes, as I studied fashion when I was younger, It’s a nice feeling to know that even though I don’t have a girl to follow my passion for fashion the boys enjoy it too.

Just before Christmas the boys were sent a few items of clothing from House Of Fraser.

I chose a particular t shirt for my 9 year old. It is a Bike print crew neck top by Howick. He loves to wear unusual clothing, something that makes him look different from his friends.


The print is large and fun with bicycles, helmets and water bottles scattered around the T-Shirt. My son is an outdoors person and likes nothing more than to go out around the block on his bike. This T-shirt suits his personality to tee (excuse the pun)


The material is 100% cotton leaving it feeling soft against the skin. It looks lovely teamed with a pair of jeans and a blazer over the top. It’s the ideal smart casual staple for any boys wardrobe. The T-shirt is a size 7-8 and it fitted my son perfectly. His height is 125cm.


What does the boy say “I like the bike T-shirt as it is very comfortable to wear and soft on my skin. I also like the print on it”

T-Shirt £12/ Current sale price £6 (Jan 2016)

From smart casual to special occasion smart. We was also sent a three piece classic suit in grey by Howick.

Now this has got to be the most adorable little outfit I have seen my youngest wear. He had me in tears when he wore it. I am hoping that we have an invite to a special occasion so that he gets to wear it again before he outgrows it


He was so proud of himself wearing it, he was beaming from ear to ear. And you have to admit, he looks pretty dapper in the tailored suit.

The quality of this suit is of high standard. The stitching is neatly done and the material is soft and comfy. The last thing you want is a child in a suit that is uncomfortable all day long,


If your child has a slim waist then the trousers are ideal, as they have an adjustable waist line that can be tightened by pulling the elastic on to the button


There are two usable pockets on the back of the trousers and are finished off with a pressed central crease down the front of the leg giving the overall look of the suit a polished look.


Along with the trousers and jacket there was also a waistcoat. 20161226_133113

The silk lining follows throughout all three items. You will find this suit has all the design features you would want from a smart suit for any age.

  • Inside pockets on the jacket
  • Button hole on lapel
  • Box vent on the back of the jacket
  • Lined and stitched to a high standard


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  • Metal clasp trousers, easy to use for young children
  • Adjustable elastic waist
  • Detailed belt on the back of the waistcoat


  • Buttons of reasonable size for little hands to grasp


The suit is not sold as a three-piece, each item is sold separately.

Both items are of good quality as you would expect from a high end department store. In my opinion they are lovely staple items for any stylish boys wardrobe.

Jacket £46  Trousers £26  Waistcoat £24 Current prices as of Jan 2016 Take a look at some of the boys clothes that House of Fraser have to offer here

We was sent these items for the purpose of this review, photos and opinions are of our own.



Joe Browns Review and £50 Voucher Giveaway

As the weather has been getting warmer and summer is nearing I have been on the look out for some lovely cool summer dresses that I can wear for the school run and for work, as I work in a school they obviously need to appropriate wear….not too short, no bare shoulders and a big thing is comfort.

Joe Browns have gorgeous unusual clothes and a huge selection of different types of dresses to suit all, most of them have big and bold prints on them, some are cute little summer dresses to suit daytime or evening. I’m not really a print type of girl but I definitely don’t like boring, as I was scanning through the dress page on their webpage I found the perfect dress for me, the Luscious Linen costing £39.95

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With a loose fitting style it was perfect for my job at school, it looked cool and with the embroidery at the front, very cute.

I quickly ordered the dress and within a couple of days it had arrived, wrapped in tissue paper i ripped it open and couldn’t wait to try it on. I had ordered a size 8, my size ranges from 6-8, I have a 26.5″ waist and a 30″ bust, I normally find it hard buying clothes that fit me perfectly. The dress was very loose and didn’t flatter ma at all, with my skinny frame it just hung on me, I made a big mistake when ordering the dress as I didn’t look at the measurements in the description. It looked really cute on the model but then again she probably wasn’t short with no bust! lol

I took the dress in at the sides from under the arm down the the hem, by about an inch either side and found that it was an ideal loose fit now.

The material is soft making the dress very comfortable and with the loose fitting it is ideal for those hot sticky days.



I absolutely adore the detail at the front of the dress, the embroidered lace yolk and the cute little wooden buttons (which are just for the design and not usable) The dress is beautifully made and the little added embroidered lace around the bottom of the dress makes it just that extra special. The yolk on the top back of the dress has some pin tucks in it which gives it extra gathering when the belt is tied.

20140708-062544.jpgEven with the little belt tied up it still feels very loose and has lots of movement in it


I teamed the dress up with a pair of golden jellies and a 3/4 sleeve lace cardigan for work and not once did i feel restricted whilst working, not only does it look comfortable it IS comfortable to wear. The length is perfect as it reaches just at knee level (i’m 3′ 4″) especially if your a very active person, It’s ideal clothing for my work as I am up an down on the carpet, running around with children and bending down at tables.

I was asked to choose an outfit to review but have also been given a £50 voucher to give away to one of my lucky follower/readers. If you would like to be in with a chance of winning the voucher to spend on line at Joe Browns then follow all of the options on the rafflecopter form below.

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Behind the scenes of a child fashion shoot

The alarm went off at 6am this morning, up bright and early on the school holidays isn’t something I would normally be doing especially as I am on holiday from work too! But today was special day, today was Joseph’s photoshoot for an online department store.

The call time was 9am and we had to travel to Camden Road in London. It took us an hour and 15 of travelling on one bus and two overground trains and a short walk from the station and we was there 5 minutes early.

The room where Joseph’s shoot was being held had a pool table and a sofa, so while the boys played a spot of pool I sat down on the comfy sofa for a little break.


Joseph was called in to make up where he had his face powdered and they tried to tame his hair with a spray of hairspray.


Hair and make up all done he was ready to don some of the gorgeous clothes and pose for the camera


It’s hard for me to get Joseph to stand still so I’m not sure how they managed to get so many snaps of him standing still but they did and I think it was a success!

I promised him if he stood as still as a statue for 5 seconds I would buy him a bubble wand, he went further than 5 seconds an managed a whole 12 seconds which is a record for him lol

The shoot was over by 11am, so saying our thank yous and goodbyes we was free to go home, now we just have to wait until his photos go online 🙂

If you have any questions on child modelling that you would like to know, ask away and I will try and help as much as I can 🙂


Baby Basics With Mamas & Papas

According to the Nursery Retailer Mamas & Papas new parents are feeling the financial pressure with buying the day to day essentials you need once you have had a new baby, so using their parenting expertise Mamas & Papas have handpicked a list of everyday quality essentials that will be needed for those first few precious months.

As a parent to a 19 month old and 2 older children I can fully understand how concerning it can be to budget for a new baby, I already had most of the essential nursery equipment from my previous children and yet I still worried about how much having a new baby was going to set us back.

Most Soon to be new parents spend years saving up their money in order to have a baby, it can be stressful and worrying thinking about how much money you will need. Mamas & Papas have derived a list to help you prepare for your new arrival with the baby essentials consisting of 21 items for sleeping, feeding, clothing and moving all for just £717!

Unbelievable! I know just what I thought!

One of my prams that I bought cost £700 and the cot set us back £150 so how on earth could I possible buy all of the essentials for just over £700. I couldn’t see it possible until I looked at the lost myself and I was pleasantly surprised with their list. They had covered the most important items with a pram, cot and car seat, the clothing is the basic what you will need so you will have to rely on the gifts you will receive for the fancy outfits.


 Aton.Car Seat – Black Jack £120

Pram / Pushchair Luna £159

Changing Mat Bedtime Hugs £14

Bouncer Bubble Bouncer £19.95


Cot Bibi £105

Mattress Basic Foam Mattress 200 £35

Sheet 2 Cot/Bed Fitted Sheets (70x142cm) Cream £19

Blanket Cellular Cot/Bed Blanket Cream £12

Monitor Motorola Digital Baby Monitor MBP11 £35

Sleep Bag Bedtime Hugs Dreampod 0-6 Months £18


All In One 3 Pack All In One White £14

Baby Socks 5 Pack Essential Socks White £10

Scratch Mitts Essentials 2 Pack Mitts Cream £4

Hats Essentials 2 Pack Hats Cream £8

Cardigans Knitted Star Cardigan – Welcome to the World £24

Pramsuit Essentials Velour Spot Pramsuit Cream £32

Bodysuits 5 Pack Sleeveless Bodysuits £10

Booties Fur Booties £8


Steriliser Equipment Tommee Tippee – Closer to Nature – Electric Steriliser Kit £50

Muslin Squares Muslin Squares White £12

Bibs 3 Pack Bibs £8

Total £717

I think Mamas & Papas have covered all the essential items that will be needed for the first few months with good quality products at affordable prices, although I would have liked to see a baby bath on there too! It’s not everything that will be needed but its definitely a very good start!

Find out more about the Baby Basic List here

What do you think of the list? Would you stick to this list to save money or is there anything you think that they have missed off?



Trendy L’asticot Toddler

Whilst recently scrolling through my home page on Instagram I came across some pictures of gorgeous items of childrens clothing that Jenny from Kyna Boutique had uploaded. She was sharing with us some new stock from L’asticot and I knew the moment that I saw them I just had to have them for Oliver.


One of the items was a L’asticot bodysuit with a penny farthing print on it and a yellow trim on the neck and legs. With spring on its way, yellow is the ideal colour to be buying and after the dreary long winter we have had this bodysuit was certainly going to be brightening up my little Oliver’s day.

I ordered the items and within no time at all they had arrived, they was beautifully wrapped in cream paper and tied together with a black satin ribbon, I instantly knew that I would be happy with my purchase. As soon as I got my hands on the clothes I knew that I had bought some quality clothes, they felt soft like velvet. The material was thick and stretchy but not that stretchy that it would lose its shape.


I couldn’t wait to try it on him and was pleasantly surprised to see that the bodysuit had a double position poppers which is a fabulous idea as the item gets to grow with your child resulting in it lasting longer.

20130305-220506.jpgThe body suit oozes excellence and is made from a superior quality of material with a stunning print of bikes on it.

As daddy is a keen cyclist and spends a majority of his time out on his racer I thought this would be lovely to show daddy how much Oliver supports daddy when he is competing in races.20130305-220517.jpg

I can’t wait until the weather warms up a bit and I get to show Oliver off wearing it, What do you think of it?

The body suit cost me £20 but worth every penny as it will double up as a t-shirt in the summer and with the extra poppers it will last longer too. If you like the look of this bodysuit, pop on over to Kyna Boutique and check out the rest of L’asticot new seasons stock.

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Trendy Toddler ‘Me Too’

For the past couple of months Oliver has been wearing an all in one coat which i bought from TK Maxx about 4 years ago for his older brother Joseph. The coat is from a danish company called ‘Me Too’ who design clothing for children which are bright in colours and of fun designs. Since i bought the coat i have been on the look out for a similar one in an older age but as yet not found one!

The coat is windproof and waterproof, the hood is detachable with press studs and is elasticated and the cuffs are also elasticated which helps keep out the cold and rain. There are elasticated adjustable foot straps which help keep the trouser leg down and it is fully lined with a nice soft cotton material.

I love the design on the coat and the colours are gorgeous and with all the wear that my two boys have given this coat it has not worn nor faded a bit. On the front it says ‘Beware’ and the back says ‘Adventure, Bugs world’ which matches my boys character to a T as they both love being outdoors on big adventures. The colour is blue and green and where the material is so soft there is plenty of give in the coat making it very comfortable without restrictions.


Oliver has been wearing this coat this week in the snow, he has previously worn it in the rain and everytime i take it off of him he is always nice and warm, somtimes even sweaty.I love this coat and so do my boys.

What do you think of Olivers Me Too coat?

What has your little one been strutting around in this week? Please share in the comments below or link up a post with Medicatedfollower.


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Boys All In One Fun with Next!

With Christmas almost on top of us i have been doing a bit of browsing on line for a few little gift ideas for my boys. I love the idea of them snuggling up together in some lovely warm onesies on a cold winters day. They look all cuddly and comfortable. I always like to buy the boys pyjamas and clothes as gifts for christmas presents as i know they will definitely get some use out of them.

Next have a gorgeous selection of clothes and i would like to share with you a few that i have put onto the boys christmas list.

This Polar Bear All in One would look absolutely adorable on my little Oliver, it comes in sizes from 9-12 months to 5-6 years and costs £17-£19.


The next one is for Joseph, this Blue Star All in one is perfect for him as he is my little star! I love the bright blue colour and Joseph really likes to wear hoods at the moment too. It comes in sizes ranging from 9 months to 6 years and costs £11-£13.

And lastly this Angry Birds All in One suits my Jak to a tee. He loves the idea of wearing onesies but he gets too hot in them and can only last half hour before jumping out of it saying he cant stand no more. As this item isn’t fluffy like the others he should last longer in it. It comes in sizes ranging from 3-16 years old and costs £21-£26.

What do you think of my selection? Do your children like to wear onesies?

Thank you for reading 🙂



Trendy H&M Toddler

What has your little one been rocking this week? (literally in Oliver’s case)

Today Oliver is wearing his check shirt with his brown trousers. I absolutely adore him in this outfit, the colour of the shirt bring out his gorgeous blue eyes

Both items are from my favourite high street store H&M, not only do they have a fabulous selction of clothes for my boys but they are affordable aswell. I find there clothes to be made to a high standard and fit really well. Oliver fits into their 6-9 month clothing range as he is only 74cm but i think it won’t be long until he will be able to fit into the next size up.

The shirt is blue, red and white check with a grandad collar, it has a denim blue choke on it and is slim fitting. The trousers have braces which i adore all of my boys in, not only do they look trendy and stylish but they keep their trousers up as they have such tiny waists lol. They are two tones brown and are like a soft denim.

I think the oufit has quite a country look to it, what do you think? Especially with Oliver sitting on his rocking horse 🙂

If you want to see some other trendy toddlers visit Medicated Follower blog especially to see Ethan in his Hatley coat and some more gorgeous clothes from Hatley

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TEN Baby Gentle Massage Oil

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TEN Skincare range offers a selcetion of skincare products dedicated to the well-being of your skin for mums and babies. -TEN-™ skincare has formulated a new range which is high in natural key active ingredients. –TEN-™ like to think of us as intelligent individuals, who would like to know more on the way ingredients actually work to promote better skin. Finally a skincare range that explains it all! Anti-aging, dry skin, oily skin, mums and babies, will find a true skin partner with -TEN-™.

“TEN philosophy is to inform our consumers on the key ingredients contained in each formulation and why these are used. Our range is a boutique skincare range, which comes with all the attention that you would expect from a premium range.” Combining Science and nature to rejuvinate, protect and nourish the skin.

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Oliver was sent a bottle of TEN Baby Gentle Massage Oil by Scrubsuk to test out. The Oil is ideal for baby’s delicate skin, being effective, safe and gentle to baby skin. The oil comes in a 125ml plastic bottle with a pump-action spout. The smells gorgeous and lingers for a long time after using. I found the oil to leave Oliver’s skin soft and supple and it absorbs really well, it leaves no oily residue on the skin which can be transferred on to the baby’s clothing. I really liked the fact that Oliver’s skin was not oily and slippy after using it and unlike some oils I don’t have to wipe my own hands after massaging him too. The oil is specifically formulated to hydrate the skin apply it after a bath to help retain the moisture within the skin. I have always enjoyed the special time Oliver and I have when its massage time, we have done the routine since he was 2 months old after attending a course together where I was taught special techniques. A good massage helps baby to keep calm and comforted, it also a good time to bond with your baby. Oliver suffered with really bad wind and I found a massage helped him and as he is a very active baby a nice calming massage is just what is needed after a hectic day of running around the house and playing with all of his toys.

The key ingredient being Sweet Almond Oil which is a natural ingredient rich in oleic acid. It softens delicate skin and acts as a humectant to help prevent loss of moisture, keeping your baby’s skin hydrated and soft. The oil is also reputed to help relieve dry, flaky or itchy skin. Since using the Oil I have noticed that Oliver’s eczema patches on his legs have become less aggravated and reduced in size.

I would recommend this product to anyone and it is definitely an oil that I would continue using on Oliver. It has kept his skin lovely and soft and smells divine.

To find out more about the range Of TEN Skincare products for mum and baby visit there website

I was sent a bottle of baby massage oil for review purposes only, the words and opinions are of my own.


Raindrops Swimwear in Style! Swimwear Review

When i saw a post pop up on twitter from Jellyfingers saying that a clothing company called Raindrops were looking for reviewers for their swimwear products, I got straight to emailing them my details. My boys love to swim and i am forever buying them swim aids, Joseph who is four years old learnt to swim properly late last year without the aid of any floats. They spend every day in the summer in our swimming pool in the garden, so i knew we would definitely be able to test these products.

Raindrops are best known for their Scandinavian high performance rain and winterwear. Their clothes are designed for tough outdoor play and they have an exclusive range of clothing from top Scandinavian brands proving to be practical, stylish, robust and comfortable to wear every day. They work with companies who produce clothes in an environmentally sensitive way using natural materials where possible. Raindrops are more well-known for their winter outdoors clothing but they do have a fabulous selection of swimwear and summer clothing.

We was lucky enough to be sent some swimwear outfits for all of the boys to suit their age groups and all were produced by a company called Lindberg.

Jak was sent a pair of Black Lindberg Largo Shorts, these were a big hit with him as he is 9 years old and has outgrown wearing the trunks and likes to wear the baggier version. They are knee-length with a very grown up design on them, they tie up at the waist and have a back pocket. Jak found them very comfortable and even wore them on a day out to London, where he put them to the first test in Diana’s memorial fountain in Hyde Park. We found them to be quick drying and very stylish. they kept him cool in the hot weather we were having and he found it easy to run around in the park wearing in them. They have netted pants inside so there is no need to wear underwear with them.


Style: Very fashionable and stylish with a superb design to suit the older age group of children. The material is soft and made to the highest quality.

Fit: The size we received was for 134/140cms, Jak’s height is 135cm so these fit him perfectly. They have elastic at the back of the waistband and a tie at the front so easily adjusted.

Performance:Very Good! comfortable to wear in the water as well as out of it. Quick drying material and light weight. Jak never felt any drag from them whilst swimming.

Price: £18.95

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Next was Joseph he was sent a pair of Lindberg Max Dinosaur Trunks and a Swimcoach in yellow to try out. The Trunks are very cute and perfect for the little ones, with a gorgeous cute little design on it, the colour is bright and the material is strong and durable. I like the fact that the pictures are only on the side of the trunks and not all over it, we found them to be perfect to play in too as Joseph jumped around on the trampoline with them on.


Style: Perfect for the younger ones and not too babyish. I love the bright colour and ideal to wear out of the pool too. Cute little pictures of dinosaurs down the side. The design with the front pocket gives it an older style look to it and the quality again is superb.

Fit: Joseph looked so cut in these and said he looked like his big brother. They can be adjusted at the waist with the draw string and is lined with a front panel. The material is strong.

Performance: Joseph wore these at Hyde Park like is brother and was very comfortable in them. We have yet to try them in the swimming pool but i am sure they will be perfect.

Price: From £10.00

The Swimcoach is a unique flotation aid to help your child learn to swim without feeling constricted. The extra buoyancy helps your child to feel confident and their swimming skills will develop naturally. The Swimcoach is suitable for children aged 2-6 and easy to use on the beach and in the water. It has a built in flotation material with the purpose of improving the child’s freedom of mobility in the water. This was definitely Joseph’s favourite, he loved it! He was comfortable wearing it and very comfortable in the water. With the flotation on the front and back it gave him that extra confidence to swim into the deep end with no help from me. I felt at ease allowing him swim away from me and he felt comfortable in doing so, he even jumped into the deep end and just bobbed back up again. I liked that it is in flourescent yellow as the swimming pool was busy and i could find him easily. His arms were free to do his strokes as the Swimcoach fits snuggly around his body. This product definitely gets the big thumbs up from us.

Style: I love the style of this product, its high visibility, perfect to spot on a busy beach on swimming pool. I like how it is attached to a pair of trunks and that it stretches to fit children as it is made from lycra. Joseph said he felt like his daddy when he wears his wetsuit.

Fit: The fit is snug and the material is strong and comfortable in the water and out. This outfit was tested on the trampoline too lol. It didn’t need to be adjusted at all when he was swimming and gave him complete freedom in the water.

Performance:Easy to put on and take off, even Joseph managed to do this himself. Perfect buoyancy and lightweight even when wet. We found it to dry very quickly too. Fabulous product.

Price: From £24.00

Oliver was sent a Lindberg Swim Nappy in Royal Blue. They have a hidden protection inside the nappy so there will be no embarrassing moments in the water. They look like a pair of pants and are not very bulky at all. As we was sent on to fit a 9-12kg baby and Oliver is at the lowest of the measurement I put on a nappy underneath just to be on the safe side. They are lightweight and were soft on Oliver’s little bottom. They have cut little pictures of teddy pirates on them and are very bright in colour.

Style: I like the style of these swim pants, they are different from any others i have seen. They have pictures and words on them, It says ‘Company’ and ‘Bandanas’ and has pirates and swirls all over them. They are lovely and bright.

Fit: Very good! The material again is soft on the inside and out and is elasticated around the waist and leg. They have adjustable waist with a drawstring and are not bulky at all, they left no little marks on his skin around the waistline or legs like some swim nappies do.

Performance: Oliver tested these in the swimming pool and they worked brilliantly. Again they dried very quickly.

Price: From £12.50

We was very happy with all of the products and would definitely recommend them to others. They are of a high standard and very good quality and are priced very competitively to the high street. In my opinion the products were all gorgeous and brilliantly made to a high spec.

Visit Raindrops at and check out what else they have in stock you will not be disappointed.

We received the items from raindrops to review and my opinions are of my own and of m,y children.