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I absolutely love buying unique and unusual baby clothing for Aria, but, those unique and unusual baby clothes often come at a price, which is why I decided to up-cycle some plain white sleepsuits and create my own unique clothing. Aria now has a set of super cute, one of a kind sleepsuits which I think is super cool. I filmed a tutorial showing exactly how I used the tie dye method to give a sleepsuit a new lease of life. If you fancy up-cycling your own garments with Dylon be sure to scroll right to the end of the post for a Dylon giveaway.

baby wearing a pink, purple and blue tie dye sleepsuit - video tutorial and a chance to win Dylon yourself

Please note, that as these dyes weren’t made up following the specific packet instructions you may not achieve an exact colour match to the packet. Each packet makes up a large amount of dye, it is worth dying several items at the same time to avoid waste. 
Dylon have been super generous and agreed to send one of my lucky followers 2x hand dyes and 2x machine dyes in their choice of FOUR colours! To be in with a chance of winning simply fill in the below Rafflecopter widget. 

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T&Cs : The winner will be contacted by email, if I receive no reply within one week I will draw another winner. The prize will be posted by Dylon, I will accept no responsibility for items that are lost/damaged in the post. UK only. Over 16 year olds only. If you claim to have submitted an entry which you haven’t all of your entries will be disqualified. 

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tutorial mutli-coloured tie dye sleepsuit

Aria has a better social life than me. This month alone she has three parties to attend. I currently only have one party dress for her which just won’t do, she can’t be seen in the same social circles wearing the same dress all the time now can she? She has an amazing casual wardrobe (better than mine) but her ever increasing popularity means that I really need to work on the party wardrobe.

I’ve picked some of my favourite party dresses from Matalan, Next and Esprit, all available in Aria’s current size 6-9 months.

baby girl party dresses wishlist all fit size 6-9 months

Next £14 || Next £13 || Matalan £10 || Matalan £10 || Esprit £29 || Esprit £19

The pink and floral theme here is completely unintentional, I hadn’t realised just how drawn I was to pink florals until putting this collage together, well, maybe I had…

The denim blue dress sticks out like a sore thumb in amongst this lot but I really like it and was instantly drawn to it, Aria suits blue so I know this would look good on her.

Which of these party dresses is your favourite? Where do you tend to buy your children’s party clothing?

A lot of people think that bibs are ugly and ruin an outfit, I’m the complete opposite, I think that a nice bib is often the perfect finishing touch to an outfit, I think of them more as an accessory than a necessity. Aria doesn’t really need them as she doesn’t drool much and wears a rubber bib when eating, but she will be wearing one more often than not because I like how they look.

Review & Giveaway Funky Giraffe Bibs - blog header photo a selection of girls designer bibs laid out on white wooden floor

When Funky Giraffe* got in touch asking me if I would like to review some bibs I of course said yes straight away. They have an amazing selection of my favourite bandana style bibs, something to suit pretty much every outfit. The only difficult thing about ordering was resisting the temptation to order one in every design.

quality bandana bibs from Funky Giraffe with fleece backing and double poppers
I’ll be honest the reason that I wanted to order from Funky Giraffe was for the design of the bibs, I hadn’t even considered or looked to see what the quality would be like. I was super impressed when they arrived and I discovered the fleece backing, they are so thick it would take a lot for these to soak through. They even withstand Aria’s habit of tipping her Fruit Shoot upside down over herself. They have a double popper fastening which is my favourite, I hate when the velcro bibs get stuck on everything in the washing machine!

pink bandana bib with green stars funky giraffebaby girl sat on red and white stripe deck chair at Butlins wearing colourful blue spring bib from funky giraffe
Do you like the look of these bibs? If so, enter below to win a voucher code for £15 to spend at Funky Giraffe.

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If you aren’t lucky enough to win on this occasion don’t worry too much, the prices for these bandana bibs start at just £2 (the more bibs you buy, the cheaper they get!) and delivery is free on all orders over £7. Visit the Funky Giraffe UK, American or Australian sites to order.

T&Cs : The winner will be contacted by email, if I receive no reply within one week I will draw another winner. UK only. Under 16 year old’s must have permission from their parent/guardian to enter. If you claim to have submitted an entry which you haven’t all of your entries will be disqualified.

This year is the first year where Aria will be able to eat chocolate at Easter time, last Easter she was only two months old so chocolate was a no-go. I have however made the decision not to buy her much chocolate, just a small token gesture of chocolate because I couldn’t not buy any. The reason being is my family really wanted to buy her chocolate last year, so I have a feeling that they are going to go chocolate crazy this year! Aria won’t be able to eat it all and I am (kind of!) on a diet so don’t want too much temptation. I’m already eyeing up her egg from nursery.

an easter gift guide for a thirteen month old baby a white basket containing books clothing and a token gesture of white chocolate coins

Easter basket for one year old baby girl containing clothes books and chocolates - alternative to Easter eggs for babies

As mentioned above we didn’t want to go too chocolate crazy, I saw these white chocolate Easter coins in Wilko and decided that they would be the perfect addition to her box. They are individually wrapped which means that we can keep them for ages, just giving her one here and there as a treat, the blue and yellow colours matches the box perfectly (this was a complete coincidence but I am pleased with how it looks together!) and they only cost 50p, bargain.

I wanted to buy a Spring outfit rather than an Easter outfit that would only be worn for one day. I came across the gorgeous bunny top and leggings set in Matalan and instantly knew that it was the one. The colourful yellow flowers and bunny make it the perfect Easter/Spring outfit.

I decided to carry on the bunny theme for the books, opting to buy this super cute Peter Rabbit puppet play book and The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep, I’m not sure if Aria is maybe a little too young for this book at the moment but I have heard a lot of great stuff about it so wanted to buy it while it was on my mind, plus, rabbit!

What have you bought your little ones for Easter? Has Aria’s basket inspired you?

I love buying baby clothes, I rarely buy clothes for myself now, just Aria. I think it is because I know Aria’s clothes will look good on her, where as what I think will look good on me usually doesn’t! She has a ridiculous amount of her current size clothing, 6-9 months, so I’ve started buying 9-12 months in readiness. I splashed out on a few items from Marks & Spencer, Asda and Primark in January, they are all so gorgeous I just had to share.

9-12 month baby girl clothing purchases January 2016

baby girl clothing Marks & Spencer January 2016 9-12 months
You may or may not know that I worked in Marks & Spencer over Christmas, I obviously had to make the most of my discount card before handing it in when my contract ended at the end of January. The Summer cat hat is size 6-18 months and is way too big for teeny tiny Aria, I knew it would be but I couldn’t leave it there. One day it will fit. The two pack of leggings are beautiful, I love the knee detail on the pink pair. The floral playsuit was quite expensive at £16, but look at it! How cute will she look wearing this playsuit and the hat together in the Summer, if she ever grows…

baby girl clothing from asda and primark january 2016 9-12 months
These pink floral jeans are another item that will be perfect for the Summer, I picked them up in Asda of all places, I think that both the jeans and the Primark jumper look more like Next clothing, but thankfully cost a fraction of the price. I really should have bought the jumper in 6-9 months to wear now as it will likely be the Summer by the time it fits her so we may not get a lot of use out of this.

What are your favourite shops for baby clothing? Have you started buying Summer clothes yet?