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Local purchase: Little Green Radicals jumper

We are great believers in shopping local so I thought I’d start sharing our great buys from local shops.

We’re about to go away and are planning to take just a baby carrier, rather than hauling a pushchair on the plane.

We needed a jumper to keep baby A warm when being carried so popped to the fabulous children’s shop Minibugs in Buxton and picked up this gorgeous starry cloud jumper by Little Green Radicals:


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Starry cloud jumper

Available up to age 4-5 years – why not adult sizes!!! Sulk 😦

Now we’re ready for the holiday!

Michelle x

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Minibugs – arm chair shopping

One of our FAVOURITE shops in Buxton is the awesome Minibugs. Not only do they stock amazing clothes and toys, but the lovely owners are ace, as today’s tale shows!

With a newborn baby, whom I feed on demand, we’re not always in synch with when the toddler wants to get out of the house. This morning, baby was snoozing (and due soon a feed) and toddler E was bouncing around the walls. We’d just tried getting E dressed and after trying to put the newly 3 year old in an age 4 dress that didn’t fit we decided shopping was required!

There’s a sale on at Minibugs at the moment so hubby and bouncy E Popped out to the shop, but I was left feeding the baby.

To ensure I was involved in the shopping decisions, the lovely Rachel at Minibugs helped hubby take photos to send to me so I could help. A small selection of the numerous photos:

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In the end we chose 4 dresses, which cost around £12 – £15 each and were a real bargain. Don’t worry, there are still tonnes available in the sale so pop in to to shop or get online!

Ah, my new favourite type of shopping – personalised armchair shopping cuddling a newborn baby.

Here’s to our next shopping adventure!

Michelle x

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Hiding from Desmond

Sundays are often about chilling indoors, particularly when the Peak District is recovering from being hit by Storm Desmond.

When you live in the middle of fabulous, fantastic moors you need alternative indoor activities when you just can’t face the great outdoors in all weathers.

It’s quite old school, but today we ended up spending about 3 hours making jigsaws. What started off as one, turned into making all of them in the cupboard! I was very impressed with E’s concentration levels. She was very proud of her final display.

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We seem to have plenty of jigsaws (and or receive many as gifts), but if you want to stock up I’d recommend:

Minibugs: Djeco
Our favourite children’s shop in Buxton stock the wonderful Djeco toys, high quality that are designed by artists and all beautifully made. Our favourite jigsaw is the gorgeous Leon the dragon, if you don’t have one buy it before it is discontinued!

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The Works: a family discount store; you can shop locally or order online. Their stock changes frequently and you can pick up a set of jigsaws from a few pounds. The transport jigsaws (large and small) are from The Works.

Supermarkets: most large supermarkets stock children’s jigsaws, we bought our Frozen set at half price.

Charity shops: with children’s jigsaws you can do a quick count to check all the pieces are there! My mum bought the Spot set from a charity shop, reminds me of helping my younger brothers making their jigsaws.

I now want to get out my jigsaw collection, but I don’t think toddler E will have the patience for a thousand piece set.

Happy hibernating all, here’s to our next adventure!

Michelle

New shoes from One Small Step

Last year I posted how lucky we are to have the independent children’s shoe shop One Small Step right on our doorstep!

At the end of last year we bought baby E’s first shoes from there – she was the first ever customer to buy Start Rite shoes from the shop. Start Rite offers a lovely opportunity for you to make a video to commemorate the first shoe purchase, here is baby E’s – click on the image to enjoy 🙂

Start Rite video

(Now if only I hadn’t spent the whole of the time watching the video thinking about the production process to create such a product – but that’s the working mum in me!)

One Small Step

For a small town, Buxton is a peachy spot for new parents looking for trustworthy, local outlets to buy clothes, shoes and toys for their little ones. I feel very lucky to have a bespoke children’s shoe shop almost on my door step, or should I say One Small Step away 😉

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One Small Step is run by the lovely Nichola and since we’ve been here we’ve popped in just to say hello and also to pick up some first stage shoes for baby E.

Our first excuse reason was to get some shoes to wear to her aunty’s wedding. With a dress picked up from Mini Bugs (another post coming soon about another fabulous shop!) she needed some shoes to top off her outfit.

One Small Step stocks the lovely Inch Blue range which come in tempting designs such as bears, ice creams and even trains. I’m a bit of a train nut and the colours of the train shoes matched E’s dress so we had to buy them. I personally believe she had the best shoes at the wedding!

When friends with a baby visited recently, One Small Step was on the must visit list and when I spotted dinosaur shoes for size 6-12 months we had to get them (E insisted, honest).

Today we ventured there again with another purpose – some cozy sock type shoes that would keep her feet toasty and also let her crawl about. With the weather getting colder I wanted something to keep her feet warm but also have grip for her adventures in cruising and crawling. I contacted Nichola via One Small Step’s Facebook page and she advised they stocked lovely moccasins – the Mocc Ons brand. When we arrived the most difficult part was choosing the design, we went for the subtle rainbow colour.

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I’m looking forward to baby E needing shoes for her first steps, there’s such a lovely range to choose from – more importantly from a trustworthy shop (no concerns about being told they need shoes when they don’t, like my sisters have had at other shops). They offer a professional measuring service by fully trained staff. But it’s not just shoes stocked, they also have a fabulous range of raincoats (hubby has his eye on a dinosaur design for E), umbrellas, hats, socks… you get the idea.

Oh and even if you just pop in to say hello to Nichola please do, she’s lovely! And the window display is always fab 🙂

In summary; a lovely local, child friendly shop with a fab range of goods.

We loved:
* window display – scary Halloween pumpkins!
* service, lots of questions answered
* wide range of items for all children’s ages
* toys to keep children entertained

Would be even better if:
* Nichola had heating to keep warm 🙂

Visit the website to browse and buy: One Small Step.

Thanks for reading, here’s to our next adventure!

Everything’s Rosy Interiors – Victorian Tearoom (review)

tea in a china cup with a teapot

I have to admit, we have already started our adventures even before BMD (Big Move Day). The other week we were up in Buxton sorting out things that made me cry – childcare for baby E for when I go back go work *wail*.

But less about me sobbing uncontrollably that weekend and onto the cake! On one of our trips we headed into Buxton main town (if that’s what it’s called?) and naturally needed a place to stop and boob E.

In the local press I’d read about the lovely new tea room in Everything’s Rosie Interiors and I love an excuse to support a local business.

We rocked up with our HUGE pushchair and they sweetly said it wasn’t a problem, hubby folded it up out of the way and I chose some cake (priorities) and then settled down for a feed.

The tea was delicious, cake scrummy and as an added bonus you can look around at lots of lovely items to buy!

At table service was particularly welcome when feeding E (I always like to ask for a top up of the pot of tea) and even though there wasn’t a changing room, they helpfully moved some furniture around to make an impromptu changing table!

Lovely place, can’t wait to go back and visit.

Here’s a summary of baby feeding friendliness:

Comfort: 4/5 lovely comfortable chairs
Service: 5/5 at table service makes it much easier!
Changing: 2/5 none, so they made somewhere
Discreet boobing: 5/5 I felt quite comfortable tucked in the corner
Space: 2/5 would be tricky if there was more than one pushchair, but they were more than willing to move things around
Overall: 4/5 – ideal place to go if you’re by yourself

Thanks for reading, here’s to our next adventure!