Christenings are a wonderful opportunity for proud parents to celebrate the arrival of their new born baby with family and friends. Other than the wording of the service, parents can plan the type of event they’d like for what will be a very special occasion. It may be handy though to use the points below whether you are involved in planning a Chr...Read More
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6/10/14 2:40 PM
It is fast approaching Prince's George's first birthday (on July 22nd to be exact). I am unsure as to where the year has gone as it does not seem two minutes ago since the world was waiting with bated breath for news of the Royal birth. No doubt there will soon be media frenzy surrounding the first birthday celebrations. What, therefore, can Pri...Read More
6/6/14 5:27 PM
The holiday season is fast approaching which while this might fill some with excitement and thoughts of sangria and sunbathing, for others with children it may fill them with dread. Travelling with a toddler can be a nightmare! Whether you are travelling by plane, car or train it works to do some preparation beforehand! Custard & Crumble have the...Read More
5/20/14 1:02 PM
Summer seems to be a really popular time for babies, although they are born at the end of the school year, in the early months the lighter nights make things so much easier. Both of my little ones are summer babies and it was so much easier feeding at 4am when the light was already coming through and the cool breeze through the window was refreshi...Read More
4/28/14 2:56 PM
My two are almost 4 years and 1 and I am beginning to wonder when the best time would be to put them in the same bedroom. My eldest currently has the largest bedroom and apart from utilising space I think there are a lot of advantages to sleep sharing.
1) Build a tighter emotional bond between the two siblings
2) Encourages better sleeping if the c...Read More
3/25/14 12:44 PM
Organising A Baby Shower
Last weekend I attended a 'double' baby shower for two close university friends. It seems that I am now of an age when hen do's have turned into baby showers. An idea brought over from America, baby showers are a great way to celebrate the impending arrival of a little one, showering the Mum to be with gifts and advice. I...Read More
3/19/14 8:47 PM
Spring risotto with green beans, pea and mint
This spring recipe is full of fresh tastes, and its texture makes it suitable for slightly older babies, 8 months +. For a younger baby you may need to mash the risotto with a fork before serving.
½ small onion, finely chopped
120g Arborio (risotto) rice
500ml chicken or vegetable stoc...Read More
3/11/14 2:36 PM
For first time Mums there is an ever increasing importance on the design of the nursery and getting it absolutely right. New Mums look at no end of baby nursery ideas to try and get inspiration for their little ones room. Perhaps it is the fact that when it comes to a baby, budgets do not seem to matter, every Mum and Dad wants the absolute best ...Read More
3/7/14 2:28 PM
Luxury Baby Clothing & Gifts
Is traditional now trendy? ‘The Baby Shawl’
Is it just me or is traditional now trendy?
I can’t stop spotting examples of this cool trend and I’m just loving it!
From old school satchels to quilted Barbour’s and not to mention baby names. In fact we ended up calling our little one ‘Martha Rose’ but she could have easily...Read More
3/3/14 9:06 PM
Rice Pudding with Pear and Vanilla
This makes a lovely, filling pudding to satisfy little tums, and the pears add a natural sweetness to the dish.
For the pear puree:
1 ripe pear
3 drops natural vanilla extract or tiny scraping of seeds from a vanilla pod
30ml cloudy apple juice
For the rice pudding:
30g pudding rice
½ teaspoon soft l...Read More
2/11/14 11:27 AM
Baby Girl Gift Ideas
Lilly is coming up to 8 months old now. I am not sure where the time has gone but her first birthday is fast approaching! Being a second child to an older brother has meant that up until now she has had to be content with Jack's old baby toys. At this age she is actually far happier chewing his slipper or gnawing the table le...Read More
2/5/14 10:26 AM
Moses Basket Or Crib?
One of the first and most important pieces of equipment you will need when you have a newborn is a place for them to sleep!
There are many options to choose from a cot or cot bed, a moses basket or crib. There are many pros and cons for each, and your decision will largely be based upon space and budget.
A moses baske...Read More
My youngest, Lilly, is almost seven months now. Time has flown by and I can not believe how much she has changed since I brought her home for the first time last June. As with my first, I was really lucky with her sleeping and apart from the nightmare first couple of weeks when she thought night was day and day was night she has only ever really ...Read More
1/13/14 1:34 PM
Braised Beef with Butternut Squash and Thyme Weaning Recipe
This hearty beef dish with butternut squash and thyme is high in iron and rich in vitamins, making it the perfect weaning recipe for these colder months. Both garlic and thyme have antiviral properties to keep those winter sniffles at bay!
This dish has a long cooking time to tenderise and ...Read More
1/13/14 1:27 PM
Spiced Apple and Plum Weaning Recipe
I have used warming cinnamon in this recipe for a festive feel!
3 dessert (eating) apples such as Cox or Braeburn
3 ripe plums
2 small pinches ground cinnamon
1) Peel, core and cut the apples into chunks.
2) Wash the plums, remove the stones and cut into eighths.
3) Place the apples...Read More
12/3/13 4:21 PM
Nursery Design Services from Sarah Matthews
When you're about to have a baby, planning for their arrival can be an exciting actvity. It is important that everything is perfect, including the nursery. To help you make the best decisions, Custard & Crumble have joined together with Sarah Matthews, a brilliant interior designer, who has worked on Royal...Read More
11/19/13 1:03 PM
Sweet Potato, Carrot & Ginger weaning recipe
This warming winter weaning recipe has a natural sweetness and adds the subtle note of ginger to little one’s taste adventures.
1 large sweet potato
1 medium carrot
2cm square fresh ginger
10ml olive oil
200ml vegetable or chicken stock (fresh or made with baby stock cube)
1) Peel th...Read More
11/19/13 12:29 PM
My little girl is almost 5 months now and the time has come to start to have a think about weaning. I remember with my son that during the initial first few months the only thing I felt like I was doing was feeding, preparing food or clearing up food! So to help you out during this fun, exciting and often messy experience, we thought it would be n...Read More
10/25/13 10:30 AM
CUSTARD AND CRUMBLE PROMOTE LOCAL!
As a small business set up at home in Hertfordshire we feel really passionate about other small local businesses and helping each other when it comes to marketing and promotion. So we have decided to dedicate a blog solely to promoting fantastic local businesses in the Hertfordshire area.
1) The Victorian Empori...Read More
10/23/13 10:27 AM
When I was a school girl I was always told that the world was for the taking and that I could do whatever I wanted. My young and impressionable mind actually even believed that I could be whatever I wanted to be and juggle family, career and time for myself. Now that my generation is all grown up it is clear that the idea that you can ‘have it all’...Read More
10/23/13 9:27 AM
Back in July 2013 Custard & Crumble held a survey of 100 women to find out their thoughts on jobs and children. We were quite surprised by some of the results and have put together the findings in this fun infogram.
As well as asking respondants about their thoughts on family and work we also asked about the different products and brands they used....Read More
9/25/13 12:07 PM
Custard & Crumble are delighted to be hosting this month's blog carnival. There is no set theme for this month's carnival so I was really excited to read all of the interesting blogs that we received. We have had some great posts this month, so here they are!
To start us off I love this blog from Mrs Fox entitled 'Going Wild'. She shares some gr...Read More
9/18/13 11:43 AM
Nursery Interior Design Services
Having just had my second child I am constantly looking at new and exciting nursery interior design ideas. Often a new babies room is the smallest in the house and it can take a lot of creativilty to come up with lovely nursery interiors for a small space, especially when much of the room needs to be taken up by a c...Read More
8/29/13 1:45 PM
Deciding to take a holiday with little ones often opens up a whole host of questions...
Will it be warm enough?
What if my child gets sick?
Will we be able to cope with the flight?
Will the hotel have a cot?
Will there be plenty of activities for children?
We decided to take my eldest Jack who is now 3 to Dubai when he was just 8 months old. One of the ...Read More
7/22/13 9:47 PM
At last the wait is over for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - a huge congratulations on the safe arrival of a baby boy born on 22nd July 2013 at 16.24 weighing 8lbs 6oz.
Having just had a baby myself I am sure the Royal couple will be now in a state of complete and utter joy and amazement on meeting their little one for the first time! Endless d...Read More
7/21/13 10:31 AM
My eldest has just turned 3 and his interest in money is becoming increasingly apparent! My husband has a 'change bowl' by the side of the bed and recently we have noticed the levels of money in the bowl going down. My little boy it appears has been taking money out of the bowl and placing it in a little 'money bag' in his room! I have since taken...Read More
7/17/13 8:34 PM
Being a parent is tough, no doubt about it, and sometimes we all need a little bit of time away from it all. But how do you balance family fun time, and your own ‘chill out’ time?
You have to let something slide. It’s OK! The floor can be mopped tomorrow. If you have a partner, when they get home from work hand over care of the children to them and ...Read More
7/16/13 4:26 PM
We are eagerly expecting the announcement of the Royal Baby any day now and by way of celebrating the birth of Prince William's and Kate Middleton's first child and the future King or Queen of England, Custard & Crumble will be donating 10% of all profits made on the day of the birth to Kate's favourite hospice charity : East Anglia's Children's Ho...Read More
7/10/13 1:34 PM
The summer holidays are drawing ever nearer. Your child may be embarking on school for the first time in September or you may have a child already at school. Eitherway, the school holidays can be a great time to spend some time with your child recapping skills they have learnt at school or preparing them for the next key stage in their life. One...Read More
7/7/13 8:39 PM
As the arrival of the new heir to the throne draws ever nearer, I guess the question on everyone’s lips (at least those in the nursery industry), is what will the Royal nursery look like, will the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge be guided by tradition and go for frills and canopies with rocking horses and a dolls house, or will they look for somethin...Read More
7/3/13 2:08 PM
We are delighted to be hosting the Business Plus Baby Business Mums Blog Carnival in September, and I'm really looking forward to receiving lots of interesting blogs to read and publish.
Business Plus Baby provides some fantastic information and advice to those starting and running a business around a young family. Helen, who started the site in 2...Read More
6/13/13 12:59 PM
Not so long ago the word ‘Mumpreneur’ was the new buzz word describing a Mum who has decided to set up her own business. I am not sure how I feel about this label. In essence we are all entrepreneurs like our male counterparts, do we need the ‘Mum’ label attached to this as well? Does it somehow mean that we might be less hardworking because we ...Read More
6/4/13 7:42 PM
Most children love weddings. They love looking forward to the day and counting how many sleeps until the day, dressing up, the excitement on the day, watching all the grown-ups dressed up and enjoying themselves and all the new experiences a wedding brings. There is a ‘but’ though, children can get bored with all the ‘grown up’ stuff. They will ine...Read More
5/29/13 11:08 AM
Take part in our mums survey to be in with the chance of winning a £50 voucher from Custard and Crumble!Read More
5/22/13 6:23 PM
PARTY GAMES FOR TODDLERS
Jack turns 3 in July and so the time has come to start planning his party and the inevitable party games! I think a bit more thought needs to go into a birthday party for this age group. They want to be entertained but still their attention span is not so well developed to take on too many of the traditional games… I thin...Read More
5/14/13 12:25 PM
Choosing the Perfect Gift for Your Baby's Birthday
Choosing the perfect gift for your baby’s birthday can be quite a difficult task. You will have to think about a lot of things while selecting the gift. You will have to decide whether it will be a gift for a small baby or something like a memoir which will last for years to come. Once you have dec...Read More
5/8/13 11:14 AM
Having a baby is both a daunting and exciting time. Changes to your body can be scary and some find the pressures of pregnancy hard to cope with, while others are lucky enough to sail through having that ‘glowing’ look throughout. I am now 33 weeks pregnant with my second child and have certainly found pregnancy harder to bare the second time. J...Read More
5/7/13 4:39 PM
The humble rug is an ancient and relatively simple item, but therein lies its power. Using stylish rugs can help you to change the design of your home's interior without requiring much practical effort. Here are some ways to enhance your decor with a rug or two.
For a lot of people a rug will be a relatively functional product, perhaps ...
4/30/13 9:14 PM
For our May giveaway we are offering customers one free unframed art print with every purchase from the Olli Ella range - choose between their posey, poppet, harlequin and piccoli bedding ranges, fabulous nursing chairs, felt ball rugs or side tables (only one print per person)!Read More
4/30/13 3:46 PM
I thought it was about time I let you know what everyone is buying in 2013, afterall we are already about to embark on May and a third of the way through the year already! I know as a new Mum it was always reassuring to know that you were buying a popular tried and tested brand!
1) Leto Baby Changing Mat - £95
2) Moma Glider Chair - Snow Musk - £925
4/23/13 12:18 PM
At now 31 weeks pregnant with my second baby I must admit this has been a lot harder than the first time round! The first time with Jack as a prospective new Mum I was working at an office job, sat down all day, drank tea and coffee (decaf), came home and lay on the sofa. The hardest part of the day was battling the tube - but with my 'baby on boa...Read More
3/14/13 11:11 AM
If you are expecting a new baby, then congratulations on your new arrival! Planning for your baby is an exciting and daunting prospect, with big changes needed to both your lifestyle and to your home. If you are looking around your house and wondering where on earth your new baby and their belongings are going to go, then read on for some great tip...Read More
2/21/13 10:43 PM
Every Mummy Blogger knows the importance of regular blogging to keep your audience engaged. Google loves regular posts and having a large number of posts allows you to make use of a greater range of keywords (see our recent blog post on How To Generate Blog Ideas That Are Great For SEO?).
The hardest thing about regular blogging is not the actual w...Read More
Calling all Mummy bloggers! Maybe you want to get more traffic to your blog, or you’ve just started out. Your blog can seem like a teeny tiny fish amongst all the other content on the web. You need your content to get found. Other websites will pass you traffic by linking to your blog. This is great for your search engine ranking (Google loves thos...Read More
1/22/13 4:14 PM
As I said in my last blog about the cuddledry towel, I find it always reassuring to read a positive review about a product before buying it. So here is another review, this time of the fabulous changing bags by Pink Lining.
I had always admired my sister in laws pink lining changing bag, and felt very jealous as I met on our playdates with my boots...Read More
1/22/13 11:33 AM
I always like to know a retailers best sellers. Whether it be to make sure I am not missing out on a key trend, or to make sure I buy something different to the masses it is always handy to know! I have therefore decided to write a blog and share with you the current Custard & Crumble best sellers given that we have been selling for almost 1 year...Read More
1/22/13 10:35 AM
It is always nice for new Mum's to feel assured by reading a review about a product they are about to buy, so I thought I would write my thoughts about the famous Cuddle Dry baby towel.
I bought the apron towel in blue and white when Jack was about 6 months old, as I was frustrated by the size of the baby towels and was finding it increasingly diffi...Read More
1/9/13 3:10 PM
Happy New Year! I had a lovely Christmas break this year with family and friends but as always Christmas seems to take forever to get here and then when it does it has gone in a flash. I love the New Year though. It always motivates me to make changes, take actions, spring clean and clear out!
Usually, due to the size of our little ones, they ten...Read More
12/4/12 1:35 PM
I came across The Little Green Sheep through an online search for baby mattresses and other organic baby sleeping products. The Little Green Sheep was founded in 2006 with their first product the UK's first certified chemical free organic cot mattress. I instantly loved their products which are all completely natural and of a fantastic quality. ...Read More
11/27/12 12:52 PM
I actually came across the Baghera ride-on pedal cars whilst in France shopping with my French sister-in-law, nephew and son and introduced them into our selection of ride-on cars. We decided to take the boys into a wonderful little toy shop in Bordeaux. Full of wonderful delights our little boys were enchanted by the range of toys to play with. ...Read More
11/21/12 12:23 PM
I came across Wallies, our main nursery wall sticker supplier, at a trade show in London whilst looking for new and lovely products to add to the site. Wallies have an extensive collection of beautifully designed and easy to use nursery stickers to brighten up any nursery. Wallies have something to suit all tastes! The Wallies baby collection in...Read More
11/20/12 4:49 PM
Now you might think that I am about to write a blog about the well known nursery rhyme, Hickory Dickory Dock The Mouse Ran Up The Clock, and you would be wrong. Instead I wanted to start sharing with you a little about my suppliers and the reasons we have chosen to sell their products.
I came across Hickory Dickory during an internet search for bea...Read More
11/15/12 10:33 AM
Firstly apologies for the lack of blog writing, but as many of you know we exhibited at our first baby show last Sunday 11th November in Elstree, NW London. The show started at 10am but we were able to start setting up from 7.30am so I arrived with my son and husband to help me unload all of the lovely samples which my suppliers had so kindly dona...Read More
10/31/12 11:51 AM
Having a baby is such an exciting time, but it is a long 9 months waiting for your little bundle of joy to arrive. In that time however there is lots to prepare - baby names, baby groups, work and most importantly the nursery! Looking for your dream nursery suddenly makes everything seem a lot more real. Being superstitious I waited until the la...Read More
10/24/12 2:18 PM
A number of my friends have had babies recently and it very much appears to me that the traditional baby names are firm favourites this year and certainly this was true in 2011 as Harry topped the boys most popular list of baby names and Amelia the girls. Furthermore it seems that 2012 trends are largely influenced by the Royal family. The Royals ...Read More
10/19/12 2:24 PM
My little boy is now over two years old and it has got me thinking when is the right time to transfer him from a cot to bed? Having spoken to many Mum friends what does appear to be the case is that there is no hard and fast rule. Mums who have moved their little one into a bed by the age of two tend to have done so due to the impending birth of a ...Read More
10/18/12 10:56 AM
Most children at some point in their early years become attached to a favourite teddy or comfort blanket. For us it is 'Dog Dog' a now slightly greyer and smellier version of his former self, and 'cow' a comforter or 'doudou'. Lucky for us our little boy only requests the companionship of dog dog and cow at bedtime and first thing after waking, b...Read More
10/9/12 4:40 PM
Custard & Crumble are delighted to be showing at the first NW London Mother, Baby and Toddler Fair on Sunday 11th November at the Elstree Village Hotel. The event is sponsored by The Birth Team and the nominated charity is Great Ormond Street.
Alongside the products on show - including ourselves! there will be free expert and parenting advice from...
8/9/12 4:15 PM
Well the summer holidays are now officially in full swing. We have already been on ours - a fantastic camping trip to the Alps with our little one - hence the lack of blog writing and general social media visibility! When it comes to entertaining our little ones during the summer though I need a lot more inspiration as all the classes appear to st...Read More
5/22/12 1:24 PM
It's coming up to that time again - I can not believe that my baby boy will be turning two in July, no longer a baby very much a strong willed toddler! So time to think about that all important birthday gift list!
I love personalised baby gifts. They show thought, care and attention and provide a memory to keep. Personalised canvas wall hangings lovingly painted with their favourite character or object are sure to be a favourite in their bedroom but equally a personalised door plaque or clock makes a lovely addition.
My son loves anything he can ride on! His favourite word and incidentely one of his first words is 'caaaaaaar'. So I think I'll be investing in one of our pedal cars for kids. Classic, timeless and appealing I know he'll love one and I wouldn't mind showing it off in the garden or his bedroom either! Will it be the classic pedal car or the sporty le mans? I'll leave that for his Dad to decide!Read More
5/3/12 11:09 AM
Stuck for nursery ideas? Why not try a nautical theme. The traditional blue, red and white is sure to be a firm favourite amongst little boys, but using simple whites, greys and creams mixed with nautical shapes gives a more contemporary, modern feel.
Here are some of our favourites to inspire you!
A Whale of a Time - Beautiful and unique artwork
Phoebe Chair - blue stripe. Stunning children's chairs handmade in England available with matching footstool!
Olive Kids Aquarium Wall Stickers - Simply peel and remove as often as you like!
Baby Blue Cashmere Blanket - Spoil yourself and your baby with this beautifully soft blanket.
Sailing Boat Canvas - Personalise with name and message of your choice!
Paper Boat Clock - Personalise with name and message of your choice
5/1/12 3:32 PM
If you are looking for a great gift for your toddler take a look at our selection of ride on cars. These pedal cars for boys and girls alike have been lovingly crafted in France with design inspiration taken from the classic vintage cars which we all know and love!
Have a look at this Youtube video if you need any further persuasion!
4/25/12 9:15 PM
This post is for all those who searched for custard and crumble recipes and managed to stumble upon our monkeys! Of course we hope you love our range of luxury nursery furniture, baby bedding, ride on cars, nursery wall stickers and personalised baby gifts, but we thought we'd at least offer something you wanted in the first place! I love this take on the traditional custard & crumble pudding! http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/723/apple+and+custard+crumbleRead More
4/10/12 5:03 PM
With the rise in computer consoles and digital media as well as the increase in cars on our roads, it can be hard to ensure our children get enough exercise. What does not have to be hard, however, is finding them the right clothing and accessories - whether you need swimwear, ski wear, or sport and leisurewear you can find it all at www.sportbaby.co.uk. Take a look, the little characters are great and perhaps a way to get your child involved in picking their own active outfit! They also offer fully licensed kids and baby clothing from some of the Premier league football clubs for all those avid supporters!Read More
3/22/12 3:15 PM
What a busy week it has been. I was at Business 2012 on Tuesday. I must say this was a little disappointing. A lot of sales pitches and promises to earn us millions, poorly sign posted inside and I got the distinct impression that some of the speakers were not that impressed either due to lack of visitors... I am now trying to plan a trip to the Harrogate trade fair on Monday - in the hunt for more lovely things. in the meantime I have just added the new beautiful bedding range from Olli Ella - I'll hopefully be seeing it in the flesh on Monday and will report back!Read More
3/13/12 3:35 PM
It has been a month since the launch of Custard & Crumble. Thank you so much to those who have supported me so far and of course to all those who have ordered from the site! I have been busy adding new products, visiting trade shows and marketing the site - so much to do! To my newsletter subscribers thank you and the first email will be going out very soon!Read More