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Mother's Day activity ideas

Lydia Mansi

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Rather than a box of supermarket chocs or flowers that will wilt before the week is through - this year we wanted to inspire you with some Mother’s Day activity ideas - thoughtful experiences, fun crafty activities or tokens that won’t break the bank but will show your love and appreciation for the ‘mum’ in your life. It might be your own mum, step-mum, godmother… or a mum friend who could do with hearing ‘you’re doing a mighty good job’. Mums come in all manner of guises - here’s to celebrating yours this March…

Compliments jar
Send a text to all her friends and family asking them ‘What do you love most about her?’ - collate all their answers and write them on slips of paper. Add them to a jam jar to present to her on Mother’s Day so she can read through the ‘love notes’ one by one.

Time
Do you know what 90% of mums secretly want? Time - time to read a whole chapter of their book uninterrupted, finish a cup of tea in peace or slope off for an afternoon nap. Whether it’s offering to babysit their kids or give them an empty house for the afternoon - a few cherished hours for them to indulge in some ‘me-time’ is a thoughtful gift any mum would love. Why not make them a hand-made ‘gift certificate’ that they can redeem after a particularly stressful week?

A home-cooked meal
If your mum is the designated ‘chef’ of the house - chances are she’d relish the night off duty and to be wined and dined by her loved ones. Get the whole family involved, let the kids decorate the table and draw up a ‘menu’ and serve up her favourites. A chance to connect in a relaxed, fun way as a family.

A creative collage
Why not put together a ‘mum moodboard’ - kid’s drawings, photos, memorabilia from trips you’ve taken together, your favourite quotes… creating a visual reminder of why you think she’s the bee’s knees is a powerful way of celebrating any mum or woman in your life.

Green fingered fun
If you’ve got a mum who loves her garden or all things botanical - why not plan an afternoon in the garden? March is a great time of year to get the garden into shape - plant her favourite summer bulbs and shrubs and watch them bloom together all summer.

Get out in nature
Does she love the beach? Woodland trails? Pack up a thermos, picnic (and one of our blankets!) and grab a camera to head off on an adventure for the day. The kids can burn off some energy and you can fill up the memory bank with a fun few hours in her favourite place.

Personalised gifting


We have launched a ‘Mum’ tote for Mother’s Day that is designed to be personalised by you, her kids - or to gift as a creative project she can let loose on herself. Made of recycled cotton with our exclusive tattoo inspired design.

6 fun rainbow designs for kids

Lydia Mansi

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We love a rainbow design at Lala & Bea and to celebrate the launch of our new ‘Design your own’ rainbow sweatshirt, we’ve put together an edit of some of our favourite multi-coloured designs, from interiors to kidswear.

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How cool is this rainbow personalised cape from Wild Things Funky Little Dresses (£39)? Choose your glitter initial and whoosh! They’re off! (eyemask included).

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We love this simple felt garland from The Little Craft House (£20) - adding a pop of colour to a neutral colour scheme.

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This rainbow flock of birds from illustrator, Sarah Edmonds is so clever (£18), it would look fab in a jungle themed bedroom.

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You definitely won’t lose them in the playground in this rainbow number! (£42, Jo Jo Maman Bebe) With a cosy fleece lining, hood and waterproof finish, perfect for all-weather-walks this winter.

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We are HUGE fans of Eleanor Bowmer’s prints and her new wallpaper collection that launched last week has got her all aflutter - including, you guessed it, this rainbow design of dreams… Eleanor Bowmer (£75/roll)

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Our 100% pure new wool rainbow star blanket is one of our bestsellers - it comes in a large house throw, picnic blanket and baby blanket size

Skiing with kids - a survival guide!

Lydia Mansi

Pic credit: @mylittlewildlings

Pic credit: @mylittlewildlings

If you are gearing up for a ski holiday this season and you have kids in tow, here are our top tips for hitting the slopes with smalls.

Think beyond skiing
If you want your kids to fall in love with skiing as much as you - don’t overdo it. While your enthusiasm will be infectious - if they’re booked into ski school for the morning, ensure you fill the afternoon with downtime. In short - leave them wanting more. If they overdo it too soon it will put them off. Pack lots of cosy activities in to balance out the day - cosy movies in the chalet, hot chocolates on the terrace… apres ski with kids may be more tame than you remember, but it is much needed!

Wear wool
You can read more about why wool, and specifically the merino wool we use in our hats, is the perfect natural fibre to wear while skiing, or in cold weather in general on our ‘benefits of merino wool’ page.

Fuel!
Skiing burns 400 calories an hour - if you want to avoid hunger-related meltdowns at the summit make sure you take enough breaks and re-fuel frequently! Also make sure you have plenty of easy, quick comfort food suppers up your sleeve for the end of the day to help them re-fuel.

Safety first
You may have learnt to ski without a helmet - but it was probably the 80s and you were probably wearing a questionably coloured salopette/ski jacket combo - are we right? Times have changed and a good helmet and googles to protect their eyes are a must. We love Little Skiers for all things snow-related for kids.

Face the fear
They are going to fall, faceplant and fail. The three F’s of learning to ski. Make peace with that and teach them that the wipeouts are all part of the process (and the fun!). That said, ensure you all have a plan in case you get lost and they are carrying your chalet address and contact details with them at all times.

Packing
Pack way more gloves/socks/hats than you think you’ll need. They’re always the things that they get wet and want to change most often. Also ensure you can attach their gloves to their ski jacket in some way - it will save you with the lost glove hunt on repeat!

We’d love to see your ski season snaps - make sure you tag us and your Lala & Bea goodies on Instagram - @lalaandbea