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Summer Maternity Style

6/16/16 12:41 PM

Summer Maternity Style

Finding out that you are expecting a baby is probably one of the most thrilling times of your life – you know there are lots of exciting new changes on the horizon, and most new mums-to-be are busy planning the nursery, choosing which buggy to buy and making a shortlist (or long list!) of potential baby names. However as your pregnancy progresses you might notice something else you have to think about – new clothes.

Yes, your amazing growing bump means that your old wardrobe won’t fit you anymore and you’ll need to head out to the shops to buy some maternity clothes. Luckily the days where maternity wear consisted of large, shapeless smocks are long gone, and there are now some really lovely, fashionable and chic clothes for pregnant ladies who haven’t lost their sense of style.  

If you are pregnant summer can often be the hardest season to dress for as the heat can make you feel uncomfortable and you’ll be looking for clothes that are both relaxed and stylish. So we’ve come up with our summer maternity style guide to make sure that you and your bump will be looking wonderful whatever the weather!

Cool Clothing

To stay cool in the heat a dress is often the best option and we love this range of simply gorgeous maternity dresses from the stylish Nine In The Mirror. Whatever your look there’s something here to suit you - from tailored smart work wear to loose and flowing shirt dresses which are ideal for a final child-free holiday in the sun. If you prefer a more casual look these funky maternity dungarees are a comfy and chic option. Team them with a plain T-Shirt or dress them up for the evening with some chunky jewellery and heels. They will also be great for chilling-out in when your baby is here. What’s more you can now use the code CUSTARD20 to get a fabulous 20% off your order.

Get the Glow

Of course many mums to be know that beauty comes from within, and nothing can beat that gorgeous pregnancy glow. It’s important to eat a balanced diet when you are expecting but this can sometimes be hard especially if you suffer from morning sickness. That’s why we love this range of organic vitamin supplements from Wild Nutrition which will ensure that you look and feel great on the inside as well as the outside. We are excited to let you know that we can offer you the discount code WNCC1 to get 20% off any supplements that you buy.

Sometimes the summer heat can make your skin feel rather hot and itchy so what better way to take care of yourself and calm things down than with some gorgeous skincare products that are especially designed for mums to be. Shea Mootie provides just that with a luxurious range of skincare made from Shea Butter and pure natural oils.  They also have a range for your baby too so why not stock up so that you and your little one can both have baby soft skin!

Mix Practicality and Style

Most new mums and mums to be know that style can sometimes take a backseat to practicality but this doesn’t have to be the case. Many pregnant woman find that in the summer months they really need a bigger handbag so that they can carry around water to keep hydrated, a facial mist and fan to stay cool. And of course in the final weeks of your pregnancy you might want to have your maternity notes with you at all times too! KeriKit has the ideal solution - roomy bags made of buttersoft leather that transform into change bags once your baby arrives and which look stunning. These are change bags that change with you!

With so many stylish solutions for summer you’re bound to find something that suits your mum to be look and we’re sure that you’ll be looking cool even when it’s hot hot hot!

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Introducing Lilies & Lions nursery furniture at Custard and Crumble

At Custard and Crumble we are lucky enough to work with some fabulous furniture suppliers who enable us to offer you unique ranges of nursery furniture that you won’t see on the high street! This month we’d like to introduce you to our stunning Lilies & Lions range.

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Easy ways to give your child’s room a makeover for spring

When spring is in the air we often feel the need to give our homes a bit of a lift. It’s the perfect time of year for refreshing the décor in your child’s room and with so many great design ideas and gorgeous products out there you’ll be spoilt for choice. However re-decorating can be costly and the thought of hiring decorators, spending lots of money on new paint and laying out the dust-sheets can be a bit daunting if you are a busy parent. That’s why Custard and Crumble have come up with some simple solutions to help you give your child’s room a re-vamp without having to spend too much time or money!

Why not try the following to give your tots room a cute new theme. If you have an older child then make sure that you involved them in choosing the décor too. They love the responsibility of making choices for themselves and of course it will encourage them to take pride in their room and to enjoy spending time there.

Buy new bedding for a fresh feel

There’s nothing like the feeling of climbing into a bed with clean, crisp fresh bedding. Choosing a new duvet set can really help to update the look of a room and there’s no shortage of beautiful designs out there. We love the current range at Isla and Wilbur who provide wonderful soft, organic bedding with super cute designs. In fact we love it so much that we’ve got together with them and you can now get 15% off when you spend £30 or more with the discount code CANDC15!

Create a world of wonder with wall stickers

Once upon a time changing the walls of your child’s room would mean the hassle of stripping and painting but not any more! We have a range of wonderful wall stickers that are easy to stick on and simple to take off. This means that you can change the nursery walls frequently to keep up with your little one’s changing tastes! From pirates to princesses and from cars to cheeky monkeys whatever theme you choose we have something to fit. And what’s more our wall stickers are all reasonably priced so they are the perfect solution for a low-cost refurb.

Add some simple finishing touches

Sometimes it’s the little things that can make a big difference when you decorate your child’s room. You’ll be surprised but just adding some new artwork can give a room a totally different look. We love our personalised pictures and so will your little ones! They can choose the image to go with their name to really make their room feel like their own. Or how about a new lampshade or rug? Our brightly coloured Roald Dahl themed lampshades are always popular and our Olli and Ella rugs are warm, cosy and the perfect place to sit and read a book or play with toys! For a final touch why not drape the pretty stardust garland along the wall or over the bookshelves – it looks stunning and gives a playful feel to any room.

With these easy ideas it’s never been easier to give your child’s room a spring makeover. We’d love to see how you got on with your room re-vamp so do share any photos on our Twitter or Facebook pages.

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Custard and Crumble Gift Bags and Offers

Finding out that you are pregnant must definitely go down as one of the most exciting days of your life! It’s amazing when you discover you are having a baby, and at Custard and Crumble we want your pregnancy to be as relaxed as possible. We think that expectant and new mums deserve a bit of a treat now and a...

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Spring Baby Essentials

2/11/16 9:11 PM

Spring is a wonderful time to have a new baby. The blossom is on the trees, the evenings are drawing out and there’s a hint of sunshine in the air. If you’re expecting a baby this spring you may be busy compiling a ‘must have’ list of items to buy before you give birth. With so much choice out there we know that it can often be hard to narrow it down - so we thought that we’d share our essential spring baby items with you to help you choose!

  1. 1.     A Baby Sleeping Bag

Although the days may be warmer there can still be a chill as night time falls and it’s important to keep your little one warm. However many new parents are worried about babies overheating under lots of blankets, or alternatively you might find yourself woken up in the night by a cold baby who has kicked off the sheets! That’s why we recommend a baby sleeping bag. These adorable sleep pods keep your baby warm and safe and are ideal for babies from birth onwards. We love our gorgeous Piccoli sleeping bag because it is just so cosy, and what’s more it is made from 100% organic cotton – ideal for your baby’s sensitive skin.

  1. 2.     A Stylish Change Bag

Just because you’re going to be a mum it doesn’t have to mean you lose your sense of style! Be prepared to get out and about with your baby in tow this spring and choose one of our stunning change bags from the KeriKit range. These bags are the height of fashion and their roomy interior and practical pockets mean that there’s plenty of room for everything your baby needs too.  We think that the Keri Jane Camel is perfect for spring with its sumptuous camel leather look.

 

  1. 3.     An Organic Moses Basket and Bedding

 

When you become a new mum you’ll really learn the value of a good nights sleep so anything that can help your little one to sleep through the night is a must have product! We believe that the foundation of good sleep for newborns is a good Moses basket. Using a Moses basket for your baby’s first bed means that they’ll feel cosy and safe. It’s also an ideal way to keep your baby close to you even when sleeping, and it’s portable too so that your little one can make the most of any sunny weather. Our Palm Moses Basket is organic and comes with a certified organic bumper and sheet from The Little Green Sheep – meaning that it’s perfectly gentle and breathable for that supersoft baby skin.

 

  1. 4.      A Play Blanket

Sunshine is great for little ones (and mums too) so as the spring days get longer and warmer you’ll want to be outside as much as possible. That’s why we think a multipurpose play blanket is a must have item for any mum. Our Harlequin Dawn play mat is stunning and organically soft. Use it for tummy time play, take it to the park with you for outdoor picnics, cover up when having a nap in the buggy or use it as a cot blanket! The timeless design and high quality means that your blanket will last and last!

 

Of course there’s a whole range of beautiful nursery goods available at Custard and Crumble so why not take a look at our website to get some great nursery design ideas too!

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January can be a hard month for everyone but it can be particularly difficult for new mums. Whilst life with a young baby is lovely, it isn’t always easy and now that the Christmas festivities are over some mums find that they come back down to earth with a bump - and the cold weather and dark evenings don’t help!

But there are lots of simple ways to cheer yourself up and beat those winter blues. Here are some of our top tips from new mums for ideas to get motivated and lift your mood this January.

Make some mum friends

It can be lonely being a new mum, you’re often on your own all day ,and if you are the first in your friendship group to give birth then you might find that you don’t see as much of your old friends as you used to. So, make a new year’s resolution to make some mum friends in your local area. It’s lovely to have a group of people you can relate to or just share a coffee with whilst you commiserate about sleepless nights and the joys of weaning! Going to baby and toddler groups or joining the NCT are both great ways to meet up with fellow mums and will help you build a supportive and friendly network.

Learn something new with your baby

You’ll want to keep your brain active when you’re on maternity leave so why not learn something new – and you can bring your baby along too! There are lots of mother and baby activities around which cover a wide range of interests. From swimming to yoga or singing to sign language there’s bound to be an option to suit you and your little one.  Studies show that stimulation can boost your baby’s brain power and they’ll love sharing a learning experience with their mummy.

Take a breath of fresh air

Even though it’s cold outside take a walk in the fresh air to blow away the winter cobwebs. Exercise can really brighten your day and helps you to release feel good endorphins into your system. It’s also really good for your baby to get outside regularly too. So wrap up warm, fire up the buggy and get active! You could take a gentle stroll around the park or, if you’re looking for something more challenging, why not join a ‘buggysize’ style class where you can do some exercises especially designed for new mums, this is also a brilliant way to meet new people too.

Become a mindful eater

When you have a small baby you often find that your time is just not your own. Meals are swapped for a snack that is grabbed on the go and it’s rare that you ever actually finish your much longed for cup of tea! However a lack of vitamins and essential minerals can really deplete your mood and leave you feeling tired and down. Make sure that you take the time to eat healthily and choose tasty and nourishing foods that feed your body and soul.  Whizz up some super soups or smoothies and have them ready in the fridge to snack on to keep you energized throughout the day.

Take some ‘Me time’

Sometimes you just need a bit of ‘me time’ to re-charge your batteries. It’s really important to take a break occasionally and it’s vital for your health and wellbeing. You might just want an hour to soak in the bath or read a magazine in peace or you could head out to the shops, the gym or even the local library. Try to put yourself first every once in a while and give yourself the space to relax and recuperate – after all motherhood is the hardest job in the world (but also the best!).

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The Change Bag Challenge

12/8/15 11:25 AM

There are lots of changes to your life that happen when you become a mum for the first time, but one that you might not have considered is that you’re going to need a new handbag! Yes the days of slipping your phone, credit card and keys into a small bag and rushing out of the door are over. With a new little one in tow you’ll need precision planni...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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 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...

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Baby Showers

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...

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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.

Ingredients

½ small onion, finely chopped

30g butter

120g Arborio (risotto) rice

500ml chicken or vegetable stoc...

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Nursery Room Ideas

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 ...

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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...

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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.

Ingredients

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

300ml milk

½ teaspoon soft l...

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Baby Girl Gift Ideas

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...

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Moses Basket or Crib

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.

Moses Basket

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Spiced Apple and Plum Weaning Recipe

I have used warming cinnamon in this recipe for a festive feel!Spiced Apple and Plum weaning recipe

Ingredients

3 dessert (eating) apples such as Cox or Braeburn

3 ripe plums

50ml water

2 small pinches ground cinnamon

 

Method

1)    Peel, core and cut the apples into chunks.

2)    Wash the plums, remove the stones and cut into eighths.

3)    Place the apples...

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Nursery Design Services

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...

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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.

IngredientsSweet Potato, Carrot & Ginger weaning recipe

1 large sweet potato

1 medium carrot

¼ onion

2cm square fresh ginger

10ml olive oil

200ml vegetable or chicken stock (fresh or made with baby stock cube)

 

Method

1)    Peel th...

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Weaning Recipes

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 remWeaning recipe - bowl with spoonember 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...

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Custard & Crumble logo 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...

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Can Women Really Have It All?

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’...

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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.

Careers and Children Do They Mix?

As well as asking respondants about their thoughts on family and work we also asked about the different products and brands they used....

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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!

Blog Carnival - Pink 

To start us off I love this blog from Mrs Fox entitled 'Going Wild'.  She shares some gr...

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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...

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Holiday in Dubai

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 ...

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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...

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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...

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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 ...

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The Royal Baby

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...

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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...

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FIT FOR A ROYAL NURSERY?

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...

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Blog Carnival

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. 

Blog Carnival - Pink

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...

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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 ...

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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...

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Take part in our mums survey to be in with the chance of winning a £50 voucher from Custard and Crumble!

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Party Games For Toddlers

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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

Reliable Rugs
For a lot of people a rug will be a relatively functional product, perhaps ...

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May Promotion!!

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)!

Choose between The Places You Will Go, A Wonderful World, Oh The Sight...

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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

3...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Cuddle Dry Towel Review

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...

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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...

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The Little Green Sheep

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.  ...

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Baghera Ride-On Pedal Cars

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. ...

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Wallies

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...

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Hickory Dickory

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...

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NW London Baby Show Feedback

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...

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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...

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Baby Names - what's in!

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 ...

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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 ...

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History of the word 'Doudou'

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...

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NW London Baby Show

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...

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Summer Holidays

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...

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Personalised Baby Gifts

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!

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Nautical Themed Nursery

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

A Whale of a Time

Phoebe Chair - blue stripe.  Stunning children's chairs handmade in England available with matching footstool!

Phoebe chair - blue stripe

Olive Kids Aquarium Wall Stickers - Simply peel and remove as often as you like!

Olive Kids Aquarium Stickers

Baby Blue Cashmere Blanket - Spoil yourself and your baby with this beautifully soft blanket.

Candy Blue Cashmere Blanket

Sailing Boat Canvas - Personalise with name and message of your choice!

Sailing Boat Canvas

Paper Boat Clock - Personalise with name and message of your choice

Paper Boat Clock

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Ride-on Cars

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!

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Custard & Crumble

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+crumble

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Sportbaby Anyone?

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!

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What a busy week!

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!

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End of month one!

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!

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Welcome to the brand new Custard & Crumble website!

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