Friday finds 17/8/12

We hope you have enjoyed this weeks posts. We particularly enjoyed sharing our first photography shoot from a UK photographer (see the cake smash here) and in case you want to try it out with your little ones we have found you the perfect recipe for making your own rainbow cake below. We also found some DIY items you can make for your toddlers at home, celebrity collaborations with UK baby and children’s brands and lots of great advice from pregnancy through to your children leaving for university.

Don’t forget we would love to hear your feedback on this weeks posts or suggestions for future posts. Either leave a comment on the blog, email us or interact with us on twitter or our facebook page.

We would also like to hear from you if you have a nursery or children’s bedroom worth sharing, if you are a photographer with a photo shoot you would like to share on the blog or if you are a UK designer/brand/handmade artist that has products aimed at families.

We hope you have a fantastic weekend and we will see you back here on Monday.

1. DIY ‘get knotted’  board to help teach your child to tie their shoe laces.

2. UK children’s shoe company, Start rite, teams up with Myleene Klass. Designs for boys and girls, see the full range here. Prices start from £34

3. Remember Little woodlanders from monday’s post? well there are new items in the shop already since then. We love this set of three wooden acorns £6, perfect for autumn.

4. Mothercare introduces new range by Jools Oliver (little bird)  today. We love these rainbow pyjamas £12 (available in sizes 0-3 months up to 18-24 months) and this mobile £20.

5. If you loved the look of the cake in yesterday’s cake smash and want to make one for your child’s birthday, then head over to more than toast where Alice shares her recipe.

Looking for ways to entertain little ones? why not have your own bug Olympics or here are a few book recommendations for under 3’s.

Ideas for keeping toddlers entertained and older children too.

50 post about rainy day activities

How to make a no sew play tent

Everything the books don’t tell you about pregnancy

What to pack in your hospital bag

Another great post on flying with a baby, you can never have too many tips!

Fun tips on how to survive your babies first six weeks

How to calm a baby with colic (tips that finally worked for one mum who thought she had tried everything)

Since yesterday was AS level results day some of you may know someone heading off to university this autumn. Read the Thrifty Mrs’s thrifty advice on what to buy and pack and this article on budgeting tips for university students.

We love the sound of the new Edmonton’s mothercare store. We think it really shows that added benefit of shopping in person rather than on the internet and we hope this concept gets rolled out across more of Mothercares stores. It includes a buggy test track (with various surfaces), a drive through area where you can try car seats in your car, a mum’s space (which amongst other things baby classes are run), a cafe and an area where you can have 3D pregnancy scans for £70. Find out more about it on their website or read more about what blogger Sarah Trivuncic thinks about it.

Remember a few weeks back we told you about the big latch on? well here are some photos and feedback on the Birmingham group.

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