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Prams, pushchairs and prices!

It all began with our pram. Our little green pram. Actually, it's not that little but it has been a little godsend ever since we purchased it! It was £20! Yes, that's right, £20 and I felt doubly pleased when we got it as it was from a Barnardos charity shop and so we knew our £20 would go towards making a difference.
It had the majority of accessories with it - rain cover, shopping bag, foot muff, straps so we snapped up a bargain. The only things it was missing were the apron (found on eBay), the carrycot liner (also found on eBay), an umbrella (found on Gumtree) and a changing bag which we managed to find in the exact same charity shop! All the important parts were machine-washable and came up as good as new. Of course, we did the obligatory new parent test run to check for safety and pumped up the tyres using our in car tyre pressure gauge.
Like most pregnant couples we had attended the expectant parent Mothercare events and oohed and aahed at the latest models (and pri…
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Deep, sleeps the Winter,
Cold, wet and grey;
Surely all the world is dead;
Spring is far away.

Wait! the world shall waken;
It is not dead, for lo,
The Fair Maids of February
Stand in the snow!
~ The Snowdrop Fairy - Flower Fairies - Cicely Mary Barker ~
Last week, I was lucky enough to have some beautiful keepsake photographs taken of my very own snowdrop fairy by the talented Cheltenham photographer Gill Thomas, founder of Mouse About Town.

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The early morning drive to Painswick was eerie with snowflakes falling across the Cotswold skies and on arrival we were greeted by Gill who was instantly warm and friendly.

She guided us through the grounds and down to the lower gardens where thousands of delicate snowdrops carpeted the floor. We set to work immed…

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Founder Ashella Hale's dreams became reality when she launched 143 Sensory in June 2017 whilst on maternity leave with her son Hendrix. Keen to leave behind the fashion industry and instead focus on a fulfilling family friendly career, Ashella wanted to provide parents with a sensory class that offered her own creative twist. Ashella says that becoming a 'MumBoss' has been the best move for her to date.
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Plastic bibs
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