Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Belle's First Haircut

Belle waiting for her first haircut, she had a little booster chair!

Ready to go!

Sitting very still!

All done!

You were such a good girl and sat very still the whole time, apart from now and then when you got an itch :-)
Love You Mummy's Big Girl xxx

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

The Gallery: World Photography Day

I love taking photo's and I'm rarely seen without my Nikon D40x. But my husband actually took these photo's and I adore them! We were in the South of France at the time.

Pop along and have a look at all the other entries in this weeks Gallery:

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

IKEA Playroom Makeover: Beat the Mess Stress!

Ikea recently made over Belle's Playroom in a bid to prove to the Mummy's Shoes household (and you) how simple storage solutions can help beat the stress of mess around the home!

I was shocked at just how organised I felt with a few simple key pieces of furniture. Watch this video for a quick background to our messy playroom...

Here for you in pictures are the fantastic results of the makeover. Under the pictures are links to the items for you too. I can not rave about the TROFAST storage system enough, Belle calls them her 'doodle drawers'!



The Solutions:

Our favourite piece of furniture by far! All of Belle's toys are in their own place now and you can have craft drawers, activity drawers or however you chose to compartmentalise.

Different size and colour drawers/boxes available for the TROFAST unity 
plus shelves. We went with green, pink and white. A lovely fresh combination of colours.

A fantastic unit if you haven't got a lot of space. Fits in corners nicely

Nice big boxes perfect for putting toys or dressing up clothes. Also stackable!

Great value for money and easy to put up!

Lovely finish and available in other colours too

Fantastic Value for money!

Belle adores her kitchen and it is great for storing her cups and saucers, pretend veg etc

A fantastic large rug. Lenght: 160cm Width: 133cm

Very handy for storing those little bits and bobs

There are many many more storage solutions available from hanging wall organisers to storage chests that IKEA have to offer. These are just some of them and we could not be happier with the choices. Belle loves her playroom so much now and she knows where everything is finally! As for hubby and I...we feel far less stressed not having to worry about toys everywhere!

Thanks IKEA!

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Win Disney Cars 2 Goodies with Clinton Cards

The long awaited sequel to the Disney Cars blockbuster roars onto the big screen this week, and to celebrate this summer’s hit movie, Clintons is offering two lucky fans the chance to win a super bundle filled to the brim with Cars 2 themed goodies!

Belle loves cars so much that Grams & Papa have been buying her a different car character each week. Belle may look uber girly but boy does she love her little disney cars! That is why we love it so much, great for boys and girls (and adults too!)

So if you’re excited to welcome back old favourites Lightening McQueen and best friend Mater then you’ll be keen to get your hands on these fantastic prizes:

From 2012 calendars and posters to lunch boxes, beakers and more, there’s loads for little Disney fans to enjoy!  

To Enter

Simply answer the following question:

What is the name of the main character in Cars?

Please leave your comment in the comments section below along with a way to contact you (email address or twitter ID etc)

For an extra entry:
Tweet about this competition saying "Win a bundle of Cars2 goodies thanks to @ClintonCards Go to @MummysShoes blog to enter " 

Two winners will be chosen at random on the 30th of August

Terms and Conditions:
• This competition will run for 3 weeks from 9th of August to the 30th of August
• 2 winners will be chosen at random
• Competition is open to residents of the UK and Ireland only
• Prize is non-refundable and no cash alternative is available


1) Winner is @ellen27
2) Winner is @mummiafelice

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

The Gallery: Birth

This weeks theme for The Gallery is Birth. 

I was going to be clever but then got lazy and went for the obvious option. Our little angel Soraya (or Belle to you) Our world is a better, more fun, loving, crazy, emotional and beautiful place because of you. We will always remember those flashing blue eyes and the moment they first opened. 
Before you were here I wanted you,
Before you were born I loved you,
Before you were here an hour I would die for you

RSPCA : The Frontline & Behind the Scenes

Here at Mummy's Shoes we regularly give to charity. We give "Zakat" each year, which is giving away 2.5% of your wealth to charity, this is something we always do and it feels right to be doing it. We usually pick children's charities and other charities close to our heart such as cancer research. However I did not until recently realise what an important part charities such as the RSPCA play in our society and world today. 

Unfortunately there is a lot of cruelty in this world, from people to natural disasters and the RSPCA do a lot to help animals in need. On average someone in England and Wales calls the RSPCA’s cruelty line on 0300 1234 999 every 30 seconds. The charity received more than 1.25 million phone calls last year and responds to around 1,000 incidents a day, rescuing, caring for and re-homing animals that have been trapped, abandoned or hurt whether it’s 2pm or 2am. What’s more, the RSPCA is funded entirely by voluntary donations.

Today the RSPCA are tweeting animal emergencies over 24 hours for the first time from 10am, on part of its 24/7 appeal.

Twitter fans can follow @RSPCA_Frontline and will be able to see the wide range of calls for help the RSPCA receives daily. The aim is to give us a bit of an incite into what they do out on the frontline.

Something that surprised me most about the RSPCA is how they have improved the lives of farm animals by asking and encouraging people to buy higher welfare labelled products such as Freedom Food. More and more people are now making an ethical choice at the supermarket. This is something we always try to do and I am a great believer in.

To see what else the RSPCA do pop along to their website here and make sure you pop over to twitter to take part in the 24 hour tweet-a-thon @RSPCA_frontline where you can see the wide range of calls for help the RSPCA receives.