The weather is very October-y here in London. While for many that means cozying up with a nice book and living their best #pumpkinspicelatte life, I find it a little trickier myself. Between the head-to-toe insulation of waterproofs required to step outside each morning, stopping the laundry from piling up faster than the clean clothes can dry, and keeping the kids entertained indoors, it all just feels so... October-y!
So, today's email is all about things that make it a little more cheerful - and with half-term around the corner, things can only get more golden.
The only thing worse than having laundry up drying in the precious space of a small London flat is... letting it pile high indefinitely. Dryers are quick but environmentally and electrically costly - though sometimes needs must! - instead, a heated drying rack is a happy middle ground. I've had this one from Lakeland (in standard size) for about 7 years and it can dry a full load over a day.
If staying indoors, like me you might not have a ton of space for the kids to run about in. Orchard Toys make wonderful board games for ages 18 months and up - from silly sounds to rhymes and counting, there's lots of age-appropriate options. A lovely aunty and uncle got Sleepy Sloths for my kids a couple of years ago - it's remained a firm favourite ever since.
Fill this mat with water, inflate the outside with air, plonk your baby on the top and they're good to go. With vivid colours and gentle splish-splashing noises, it keeps them entertained while they strengthen their neck and core muscles.
I've realised that when a toddler wants to jump in a puddle they don't just need wellies for their feet, they also need their legs (i.e. the SPLASH ZONE) waterproofing. I really like this terrazo-style set of trousers and matching jacket.
I really enjoy Bablands' blog - a treasure trove of ideas for being out and about in London. Again, many options of things to do for all ages, areas, and budgets.
I came across these bagels last week (at a 3 year old's extremely cute birthday party) and they're... well they helped me understand why people can be obsessed with bagels. Started in lockdown and with nationwide delivery, Papo's bagels come in a range of sizes and flavours and with some other-wordly cream cheese "schmear" options. Worth the price tag.