Friday, 20 January 2012

Morning People

Could it be that we're turning into morning people in this house? While admittedly I never spring out of bed, it is one of my favorite times of day.

We're not get-up-and-goers. We're jammies, and bed head, coffee on the sofa, and Winnie the Pooh on TV watchers. Cuddles and toast and waving bye-bye to Daddy from the front window. That's how we do it.

Mornings are for coziness. Afternoons are for adventures.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Well that was fun...

Iwan just started sobbing in the middle of of "3rd and Bird." He was sad because Muffin was stuck on a lilypad. Either he's pregnant or it's naptime.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

The Essential One- Review and Giveaway!!

A little while back I was approached by a great company about the possibility of reviewing some baby clothes for Elle.  As you can imagine, as the first little girl on both sides of the family, Miss E is not lacking in attire.  What then, would tempt me into adding to our laundry load?  Very simple.  Nothing but the best.  The Essential One baby clothing is that good, folks.

"Okay," I can hear you saying, "but it's baby clothes. What's the big deal?  Make a tiny something, slap a bunny on it, and call it a day."  But the thing about this company, is that it is more than just clothes.  It's an idea.  I like ideas.  The whole premise of the The Essential One is simply to provide the essentials your baby will need in his first year (think bodysuits, sleepers, hats, snowsuits- the essentials, get it?), but to provide them at an outstanding quality you'd be hard pressed to find on the high street.  Furthermore, The Essential One, although operating via web and catalogue sales, seeks to provide a truly boutique experience for their customers.

When the products for Elle arrived, they came in a branded cardboard box and carefully wrapped in tissue paper.  What's more, everything had been spritzed with a subtle, gentle, hypoallergenic scent.  There was also a personalized note tucked into the box.  Lovely.  Just lovely.  It certainly made me smile.

I was sent loads of great things to review, and had a great time playing dress up with Elle.  The Essential One sent us sets of their bestselling bodysuits and sleepsuits, an adorable all in one, two hats, and (my favourite) a furbaby snowsuit.  The quality was really apparent as soon as I started handling the products.  The fabric is all super soft, and I later learned that it only became more so upon washing.  The backings on any appliques are soft and not scratchy.  Everywhere I looked I noticed little details revealing how this company goes the extra mile:  How the little ribbon zip pulls on the snowsuit are stitched so they stay in place and look neat, how decorative details are all embroidered or applique- not printed, how the sets come packaged in matching fabric bags- there was no plastic in sight!

In size 3-6 months, these clothes fit Elle really well (she was nearly 4 months when we started using them).  They even fit well over her bulkier cloth nappies, which is something we often struggle with- especially with bodysuits.  The hats especially work really for her- most hats tend to shift and end up over her eyes, but these stay in place and look so darn cute! These clothes wash beautifully- after many many washes, the colours are still sumptuous, the fabric silky-soft and free from pilling.

Everywhere we go, we  get comments on these clothes, people always want to know where they're from, and are constantly exclaiming over how adorable they are.  But no single item has caused such an uproar as the snowsuit.  Taking Elle anywhere in that thing is like the Beatles on Ed Sullivan.  People just can't get enough!  "She's like a little bear!" "Oh, how sweet!" "I wish they made that in my size!" are just some of the comments we've heard.  And let me tell you, we love this thing.  I think we have basically used it every day since the beginning of November.  Elle is so cosy in it, and it has kept her warm on many a family outing.  I really really think that £28 is quite reasonable for something of such great quality that you would get so much use out of.  Also, we have washed the snowsuit a number of times and it is still as soft and fluffy as the day it arrived, which has really astonished me.
Cosy and warm in her Furbaby Snowsuit during a recent trip to London

So while my impressions of The Essential One baby clothing is overwhelmingly positive, there are a few things I would wish for:  Number one, I wish they had an "Essential Kids" range- I want to be able to continue buying these gorgeous products for Elle once she's older, and I'd love to be able to buy clothes for Iwan at this quality and price point, and in those gorgeous stripes and patterns.  I wish that they had more colourful choices in the unisex range.  But really?  That's about it.  Elle's about to move up to the next size, and you better believe that I've been stalking the website!

Now for a bit of fun ****GIVEWAY**** Open until January 25th, 2012

The Essential One has generously offered a great giveaway for a lucky reader of The Rare Bit!  

One reader has the chance to win the following prize package:

A pack of sleepsuits in your choice of either rose pink, blue. or unisex.
£5 e-voucher to spend at and free shipping of your order.

What's more- The Essential One has generously offered to ship this prize anywhere in the world, so this giveaway is open to everyone!

Here's how you can win!  Mandatory entries (you must follow these steps in order to win, winning entries will be checked):
Leave a comment saying that you follow The Rare Bit publicly (if you don't already, click on the link to the right to make sure that you do!).

Cruise on over to The Essential One and take a look around- come back here and leave a separate comment telling us which product you'd love to try.

Extra Entry:
Like The Essential One of Facebook and leave a separate comment saying that you do.

Entries will be closed on January 25th, 2012, at 9:00 pm GMT.  A winner will be selected at random using

**Full Disclosure**:  These products were provided to me for review by The Essential One free of charge.  My opinion is my own and based on my own experiences of using the clothing on my daughter for several weeks.