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Kidly | A Little Childhood Magic

This month we were invited to play with a flamingo and party crown for Kidly to test how the kids got on with them... All in a days work!

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Camping With Kids | Mad or Genius?

Sooo… we did Camp Bestival two years ago with a 5 & 3 year olds. The son shone, our DIY festival trolley worked brilliantly and it all seemed so easy. We realise this was probably a huge fluke but this Summer we’ve already lined up two camping trips in the hope that with 3 kids (we might leave the youngest whose only 7 months with family for one of the trips!) we can recreate this idealistic simple summer pleasure. The two trips planned so far are a Dartmoor trip with a group of friends and the Purbeck Valley Folk Festival.

With this in mind we’ve been researching the best camping hacks which will hopefully help make the whole experience, well, frankly, work! Here’s the first 5 items from practical to just plain fun starting with the tent…


We’ve just bought the Berghaus 6XL in a brilliant pre-Summer sale online which you inflate rather than battle with poles. It comes as one sheet and theoretically you peg out the 4 corners and inflate each section before pinning out the guide ropes. Makes the stress of ‘Now where does this  pole go?!’ a whole less stressful when turning up to the campsite with excitable and impatient kids.

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The next item was an unnecessary necessary!

A festival flag to make our tent easily identifiable when we’re headed back after a few too many ciders (and useful for the kids too when they haven’t looked up from playing in a while and get disorientated).

Either helping to mark out the pitch edges for when the kids inevitably break out the ball games it seemed like a fun idea which might prove useful too.

We chose this 4m spectrum flag from eBay which is really tall but folds up super small when not in use. We live by the beach too so thought we’d get extra use out of this for Summer beach meet ups and when the kids are playing outside. Really excited to have this up this Summer… photos to follow!







Next is one for our wishlist at the moment (secretly hoping they do some amazing sale soon as unfortunately they’re a little out of our price range for this year!) these Bundle Beds.


They unroll into a ready made bed, a mattress you can inflate, a pillow and a duvet. It’s the immediacy of these which we love as a ready made bundle. Turning up, unfurling and sleeping and when at home being an instant handy spare bed in the kids rooms. The mattresses come with a 10 year guarantee, moisture wicking material to stop that damp feeling when camping and it’s just the quality and colour combos of these which are, frankly, just very cool!


















Since Blue Planet II we’ve been feeling very guilty about the glitter pens etc the kids have in their craft cupboard with a mental note not to buy more but there is definitely a magic in sparkle!

The great compromise is Dust & Dance who sell biodegradable glitter for festival faces with 10% of profits going to YoungMinds; a mental health charity.





An absolute lifesaver with the kids. We’d put them in their pj’s and put the onesie’s over the top to keep them warm when playing late in the evenings, they even slept in them!

This year our eldest has gone for Chewbacca (the fancy dress theme for this years Purbeck Folk Festival is ‘C’) and we have to find one our middle boy would like still… Crocodile being his preference currently (we did buy him the sweetest cowboy outfit (Woody) but he made us return it!)





Next on the list is food (have started a Pinterest board for camping hacks – any recommendations welcome!). Also wondering re: seating is chairs better or those air sofas? The researching goes on!

Anyone else planning some camping adventures?

ecomodernstudios x



Christmas Cheer | Moveable decor

Haven’t got round to your tree? Been frankly so busy and suddenly only realised it’s Christmas next week? If you’re not wanting a ginormous tree then The Tiny Tree from Bloom & Wild is probably the answer! Perfect for injecting a little glitz and Christmas cheer when you come in from all this blustery, hand-numbing weather we’re currently experiencing (and we haven’t even get the snow!).

Packaged minimally and cleverly to fit through a letterbox the trees arrive with everything you need to immediately put them up. Already in moist soil you are provided with moss to line the pot, the lights, the baubles and the star tree toppers. All in a box the perfect size to fit through a letterbox so you don’t even have to be in. Now that’s clever.


Living in a bungalow we don’t have a sweeping staircase so creating Christmas features can be a bit of a challenge as you walk in the door. The lights on the tiny tree are battery operated so they’re great as there’s no long wires to try and hide – the tree can literally go anywhere. It can also be moved around which is fun for the little ones.

We are a fan of wreaths we can reuse each year and these felt designs from John Lewis (L) and B&Q (R) definitely fit that bill but sometimes it’s nice to have real greenery inside and these Tiny Trees definitely fulfil that without the mess of draping large branches about which is impractical with three young children in the house!


Pick up your own Tiny Tree from Bloom & Wild now. You can get 25% off with code 25SLEIGH until 5.30pm TODAY so it’s you’re very last day to order blooms before Christmas! Enjoy x

In the interest of transparency we were sent a Tiny Tree for the purposes of blog review but have enjoyed having them in the house for some years now as well as using Bloom & Wild to send bouquets to friends. They are a friendly creative florist and we would recommend! Follow Bloom & Wild on Twitter and Facebook for more seasonal ideas.



Tiny hands | Tiny Trees

When you want to bring some festive cheer into the home small-scale...

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Christmas 2017 | Thoughtful Gifts

A little guide to giving thoughtfully this Christmas with a little help from The Wisehouse.

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Instalife | Visual Stories

This month we share 5 Instagram accounts which are inspiring us because of their creativity, honesty and drive.

Come and meet the makers, DIYers, bakers and those driving change...

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Cornwall | Modernism By The Sea

A little escape to Cornwall and some design lessons learnt this November...

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Stationery Finds

For those who love stationery as much as us you might like our little shortlist.

There are so many fantastic brands producing beautiful products designed to brighten your working day! Let's get to it!

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WildFire Teepees | Monochrome Adventures…

Playtime cool for rainy indoor afternoons or sunny adventures in the great outdoors.

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Ola Origami | Absorbed in Paper

We’ve featured Ola before on the blog being a tiny bit obsessed with their stunning patterns and quality stationery however this time we’re sharing something from their Christmas shop;  the origami decoration kit. Whilst fantastic for Christmas they are quite frankly decorations we’ll probably display all year – especially as their homemade!

There are two kits to choose from but the one we selected was the Milano collection (top right) which was designed in collaboration with renowned origami artist Coco Sato.


Using their signature patterned papers designed and Made In England you can make eight contemporary decorations.


Learning a new skill takes time and concentration. With this in mind they are great for this time of year with long dark evenings when you just need to stop and quieten your mind and become absorbed in something that will take you away from day to day life.  We would recommend these for yourself or actually as a Christmas present as people may have the time to dedicate this time to a project over the holidays. We tackled it as a team of two and this definitely added to the enjoyment and sense of teamwork as we worked our way through the instructions.


The kit comprises of 48 x small patterned squares, 12 x large patterned squares and satin ribbon and is presented in a hand-finished box with the instructions of how to make them all.


Being novices at Origami it was exciting to undertake a new project but we have to be honest and say there were a few steps where we were completely foxed. Frustrating and funny at the same time those first ‘prototypes’ were definitely a challenge. However, the cheat sheet bit is that you get access to their exclusive step-by-step videos which show you how to do them and this always saved us when we had reached a dead end. A clever idea and great to have as a back up if you need it.


We could see how we improved in our accuracy as the gaps got tighter and the decorations got more crisp. It was rewarding, fun and a great way of being creative with some guidance. We’d definitely recommend these as a beautiful present for someone with a love of paper to create their own bespoke decorations made by hand with paper made in England. What’s not to love?

Shop the Ola Studio Christmas Shop or follow on Instagram or Twitter for a shot of pattern and creativity.

For transparency we were sent the origami decorations as a challenge to make them as part of this feature!