East Coast Nursery Girls

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When East Coast Nursery got in touch to see if we (well, Poppy and Ada) wanted to review a couple of their large size floor mats, we said “ummm yes please”. It was the perfect timing, as we were about to head off for a midweek break where we would be sharing a lodge. We thought these mats would come in so handy for the babies to play on safely whilst we were away. And they certainly did! The best thing (other than the exceptionally groovy patterns) was that Poppy and Ada could share a mat easily, meaning we could put each mat in different rooms in the lodge. They are spacious, fun, and kept the girls amused for a long time. As you might imagine, we are both quite impressed with them, especially considering neither of us had actually thought about buying a play mat before. Now, we both have them out for the girls, 24/7. The pair just love exploring the mats together.

East Coast Nursery Girls | She and Hem | #poppyandada

East Coast Nursery Girls | She and Hem | #poppyandada

East Coast Nursery Girls | She and Hem | #poppyandada

Ada’s mat (seen above) is the Patchwork Activity Mat*. This one is covered in colourful characters, one of whom is the ever charming Sally. If you follow us on Twitter, you will know that both our girls have previous experience with Sally, and are obsessed with her dolly form as a Say Hello Activity Friend. This is one toy I (Victoria) know will settle Ada if we are out and about – she loves Sally’s feet, which double as chew toys! Her mat also has a little baby-safe mirror under a sunshine, pretty ribbons and a cloud teether. All are ridiculously sweet.

East Coast Nursery Girls | She and Hem | #poppyandada

East Coast Nursery Girls | She and Hem | #poppyandada East Coast Nursery Girls | She and Hem | #poppyandada

Poppy’s lovely mat is double-sided for double the fun! It’s the Say Hello Friends Double-sided Activity Mat, with the added bonus of a groovy high contrast second side featuring black, white and red shapes. As you can see above, she blooming loves it. Who needs a baby sensory class when little ones can just roll around on a mat, right? On the flipside, once again you have the wonderful Sally and friends, but this mat also comes with a not one but two baby mirrors and textured fabric, so your little one can get crazy with some crinkles. Now mat’s the way to do it! Thanks East Coast Nursery.

Mat’s all folks!

V&J

 

Jo’s East Coast Dresser Hack Blogger Challenge

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Hopefully you all spotted Victoria’s excellent East Coast Challenge post this time last week and now it’s my turn! Hoorah. Just to refresh your memories, the lovely folk at East Coast Nursery invited us to take part in their Dresser Hack Challenge in which each we got to style one of their gorgeous Clara Dresser‘s* using a budget of £50.

After deciding on a bright orange changing mat, in the form of the Diamonds Changing Mat in Coral*, I decided to embrace a colourful theme and set about sourcing some practical bits and bobs to help me store everything I will need. But of course, who needs practical when you can buy bunting, eh? I will admit that this was my very first purchase and comes from patchworkpawprint on Etsy. I bought 3 meters which is more than enough to tie round the top of the dresser. I think it looks really effective and is such a simple way to make the dresser your own.

OK OK, now on to the practical.  As a first time Mum-to-be, I’ll admit this involved quite a lot of heavy Googling as I got lost in other peoples lists and must haves. It can be quite overwhelming, cant it? Thankfully there were a few universal themes and I soon became really excited about furnishing my practical open shelves with baskets of goodies! I couldn’t resist the Set of 2 Knitted Storage Tubs from Next that look like little bears. They are really cute and I decided to use one to store spare baby clothes and the other for muslin squares. I think they look rather lovely on the top shelf next to some spare blankets.

For the bottom shelf, I really wanted a storage system that I could, in future, stop the little one from tipping onto the floor as nobody has time for that! I think I found the perfect solution in the form of Sass and Belle’s Set of 3 Moroccan Geometric Suitcases which I bought from Amazon. They perfectly compliment my bright mat and bunting and offer a really stylish solution to storing all those bits and bobs you need in easy reach. I’ve used one for nappies, one for all the lotions, wipes and creams and one for spare cotton wool balls. Perfect! I’ve got them open at the moment but when baby is crawling it will be super easy to close them up and keep everything safely stored inside.

Finally, a couple of extra touches. I bought some colourful Organiser Caddys, also from Amazon, which perfectly fit to the front of the dresser and create some very easily accessible extra storage. I’ve used one for cotton wool, one for nappy bags and, as I’ve got a lot of hair that I won’t want in the way when I’m trying to change a messy nappy (eugh, gross, poo hair etc), I’ve used one for hair bands. I then also added a couple of extra hooks to the side (the green monkeys which I’ve had for years). I’ve used one to hold a laundry bag (which was a Boden shoe protector bag in a former life) and the other I’ve left free. Perhaps I’ll discover a good use for it once baby comes along!

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So, what do you think? I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out although I imagine this will be neatest it ever looks! It was also so nice to do this challenge and made me feel really prepared for the arrival of the little one in December! So thank you very much, East Coast Nursery.

Jx

Victoria’s East Coast Dresser Hack Blogger Challenge

Victoria's East Coast Nursery Dresser Hack Blogger Challenge | She and Hem

Victoria's East Coast Nursery Dresser Hack Blogger Challenge | She and HemVictoria's East Coast Nursery Dresser Hack Blogger Challenge | She and Hem

Victoria's East Coast Nursery Dresser Hack Blogger Challenge | She and Hem

If you are a regular She and Hem reader or follow us on social media, you probably know that both Jo and I (Victoria) are pregnant, and it’s blooming brilliant! Although a complete coincidence (we’re not that well organised!), it’s weirdly wonderful to be expecting your first child at the same time as your BFF. Especially when they’re a little way ahead of you, so you can pester them with questions like ‘Did you ever get weird pains here?’, ‘What’s the whopping cough jab like?’ and more importantly, ‘What on earth is going to happen to my belly button?!’.

Another thing we chat about pretty much constantly is baby equipment. Prams, cots and all of the things you’ve never needed to think about can become quite overwhelming, and cause your bank balance (and husband) to wince uncontrollably. With that in mind, when East Coast Nursery offered us both the chance to take part in a blogger challenge to style the Clara Dresser*, we jumped at the chance to tick an item off of our shopping list and really start preparing for our little arrivals! Some would say a dresser is not an essential item, but I was particularly keen to get one to act as an additional storage solution. As soon as I put it together I could tell it was going to be so much easier to store all of the baby changing accessories in one organised place, and hopefully quicker to change the little rascal too! Styling the dresser was lots of fun, and I’m dead chuffed with the end result. It feels pretty lovely to have something ready for the baby.

I themed the styling around the Chevron Changing Mat* from East Coast, as I just really love a chevron. I decided to buy grey chevron storage to hold the essentials, some blankets for post-change swaddling, and a few yellow chevron sheets, just because. I also popped a couple of outfits in a gorgeous wooden basket for any emergency clothing changes! But, where will you put the dirty clothes, I hear you ask. After pondering this very question, I came up with the following tip top blogger hack! As the shelves are a bit small for laundry storage, I decided to create my own by attaching a removable suction hook from Ikea (seen below), to which I hung a light laundry bag. Pretty and practical? Yes indeed. No baby brain around here!

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Victoria's East Coast Nursery Dresser Hack Blogger Challenge | She and Hem

Victoria's East Coast Nursery Dresser Hack Blogger Challenge | She and Hem

Look out for Jo’s blogger challenge next week!

Vx