The perfect Princess party

How to throw the dream party with Magic Fairy Wings


Most little girls go through a pink Princess phase where all things magic, sparkly and with wings are to be adored.

I’m sure many of you will have asked your daughters (or sons?) what kind of a birthday party they’d like this year, to be showered with ‘pleases’ for a Princess Party.


Princess Party


We asked Debbie Talbot from Magic Fairy Wings to help out with some top tips for conjuring up the perfect Princess Party.


Over to you Debbie ……

princess visit belle


Are you sitting comfortably – then I’ll begin!

Once upon a time there was a stressed out mum who had a party to organise, but didn’t have a clue where to begin or how to transfer her 1970′s semi into Camelot!

But with a wave of my wand a sprinkle of fairy dust I was able to help transform various shades of neutral into a gorgeous pink palace with all the special touches that make the perfect Princess Party.


Here’s my ‘How To’ guide with some top tips for the perfect party.




If it’s a summer celebration, then why not plan your party in the grounds of an actual castle, and have a fabulous Princess picnic.

Unfortunately we’re not blessed with an abundance of castles within striking distance of Manchester, so if having it at home isn’t an option, hire your local church hall, community or leisure centre sports hall, and turn it into a fairytale treat.

  • Create a pink carpet for the guests to walk into the ‘Princess castle’ with some sumptuous pink material.
  • Tie pink and silver balloons around the entrance and throughout the venue.
  • Make or buy some Princess Party bunting to spread the magic throughout the room.


Princess Party bunting



Princess Party Invites


Set the tone for your Princess Party with some special Princess themed invitations.

If you’d like to make them especially special then why not check out our Magic Fairy Wings personalised invites here.

To make them even more Princessy, roll them up like a scroll and tie them with a pink ribbon.

Invite all the guests to come dressed in pink, or as their favourite Princess. If anyone comes as Princess Ann then give them an extra slice of birthday cake!



Princess costume

Princess outfit


If you’re feeling crafty, then by all means have a go at making your own.

Have a look at this How to make a no sew Princess costume from a pillow case tutorial.

Alternatively we’ve got some beautiful Magic Fairy Wings dressing up outfits (click here) which will make your little Princess the Belle of the ball.

Accessorise with a tiara and wand from our collection.




  • Display a treasure chest full of beads and baubles for the party Princesses to bejewel themselves as befits their status.
  • Alternatively, buy some kids jewellery bead craft kits so that they can make their own.


  • Book a children’s entertainer – A Manchester based one I recently used for my daughter’s birthday party was Princess Impersonations which cost a very reasonable £40.00 for a half hour visit (see the Princess in the yellow dress above). The children heard a beautiful story written especially to include the birthday girl and learnt princess etiquette.
  • Play pass the parcel with a pink wrapped present full of Princess gifts.
  • Pin the jewel on the crown, the fly on the frog, the crown on the Princess, or the tail on the dragon.
  • Try musical statues to a sound track of Beauty and the Beast.


Party Food


Princess cupcake

  • Pink lemonade is a must for a Princess Party.
  • Use cookie cutters in the shape of stars, crowns and hearts to cut out themed sandwiches.
  • Make magic wands from a slice of kiwi fruit and a piece of star shaped water melon on a wooden skewer.
  • A Princess birthday cake is an absolute must – Asda sell a lovely princess cake (click here) for £9.00. Alternatively, create a tower of cupcakes with pink icing.


princess purses


Party Bags

At Magic Fairy Wings we’ve got some lovely and very reasonably priced party bags and fillers (click here)..

Another idea would be to provide a small gift for each child to take home instead such as one of our fabulous feather trimmed Princess purse (click here).

We hope that your little Princess has a lovely time!



Competition Time


We’ve got a super cute Melissa and Doug Princess Fancy Dress Outfit (see picture here), value £19.99 to give away to one lucky reader.

All we want to know is who is your favourite Princess?

Pop it in the comments box below – but only one comment per person please.

So don’t be shy – tell us who’s your favourite Princess!

Good luck!


Debbie x


Magic Fairy Wings


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Tel: 0161 787 8550


Twitter: @magicfairywings




Photographs: Elena Roussakis, USAG Humphreys, Clever Cupcakes, Lisa Marie Gee of Pamper and Pose, Magic Fairy Wings

This blog is produced in collaboration with our friends at Magic Fairy Wings. We occasionally publish blogs funded by commercial partners.


By taking part in this competition you are agreeing to 4Manchester Womens Terms & Conditions for competitions and prize draws.


Competition closing date: 9pm Friday 1st November 2013.

The winner will be the first name selected at random from all respondents. No purchase necessary. No cash alternative. The Editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Closing date is 9pm Friday 1st November 2013. The winner will be notified immediately. Only one entry per person. UK entries only. No automated entries. Supporting ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions, loquax and  Competitions Time. If you are the lucky winner, your contact details will be forwarded to the providers of the prize, strictly for the purpose of fulfilling the prize and not for any other purpose.
Please note: Should you be notified as the winner, and you do not respond within 2 days of our notification, we reserve the right to re-draw the winner.


Previous competition winners (last 6 months)

Real Nappy Week – win a selection of real nappies (16th April 2013). Winner Sarah Fisher.

Stylish Summer Homes – win Next home goodies (6th June 2013). Winner Ann Calland.

Lady Boys of Bangkok – win tickets (8th June 2013). Winners Rachel Fisher, Catherine Anderson.

The Cruise Show – win tickets (14th July 2013). Winners Kathy Cakebread, Karen Mckend, Claire Kelly.

Sushi Making Masterclass – win a sushi making kit (30th July 2013). Winner Sarah Plant.

Cocktails & Dreams – win a cocktail making masterclass at Lock 91 (29th August 2013). Winner Nicola Robinson.

Creative Stitches & Hobbycraft Show – win tickets (1st September 2013). Winners Claire Jackson, Pauline Rendell, Joanna Arthur, Fran Morgan, Liz Ferguson, Michelle Smith, Dil Price, Pam Gregory, Linda Weatherley.

The Independent Interiors Show – win a house hamper (3rd September 2013). Winner Nichola Gill.

Indulge Fragrance Boutique – win bottles of perfume (8th September 2013). Winners Gillian Shiels, Leanne Williams, Julie Ward.

Creamline Diaries / Getting Kids to Eat Breakfast – win a Saturday Cookshop course with a celebrity chef (18th September 2013). WInner Sara Perry.

The Lounge Gallery – win a Michelle Keeling necklace (22nd September). Winner Alison Ferrara








Spring Fashion for Children

Top pick of Spring fashions for children – all from designers based in the north!


With the promise of Spring just around the corner it’s time to shrug off those winter woollies and look forward to lighter days and warmer weather.

Here in the North West we have a wealth of childrenswear designers who create fantastic quality clothing in the UK and from locally sourced fabric. These are our top picks for your little chicks and bunnies to hop about in this season.


Wild Things


Wild Things is a new brand for children inspiring little minds with beautiful hand crafted dress up everyday pieces. Designer Kirsty Harltey is a stay at home mum of three Wild Things, working from a home studio in Chorley.

Little ones love to wear the strong colours and simple imagery, and grown ups like the subtle retro influences and elements of childhood nostalgia. Everything is UK made,and sourced locally.
Kirsty will be launching a range of exclusive prints this spring, and has just written her first design book to be published early 2015. Available at


Wild Things dresses

Wild Things rabbit dress



The Princess and the Frock


The Princess and the Frock offers luxury clothing for children aged 0-7yrs, at an affordable price. Designer Claire is based in Rossendale, Lancashire, and her daughter Belle is her inspiration for many of the dresses, including their new Fairy Tale collection. Claire has an impressive ancestry of costumers and dressmakers, her Great Grandmother created costumes for Drury Lane Theatre!

Clarie started The Princess and the Frock just after her daughter was born as she wanted to design clothes you won’t find on the high street and to give Mums and Dads something unique, high quality but still at an affordable price. Available at

Their Matilda Mae Collection, featuring three stunning designs for boys and girls, supports Bliss Baby Charity in honour of Matilda Mae.



Princess Frock 3



Princess & the Frock


Parsnip & Bramble


Manchester based childrenswear company Parsnip & Bramble make handmade applique designs on British-made baby onesie vests and children’s t-shirts. All fabric is sourced locally and each design is handcut and stitched using freemotion embroidery.

Designer Victoria is based in Chorlton and has a background in teaching, including working for the Wardrobe department of Manchester Youth Theatre plus teaching sewing and fashion on a summer camp in New York. Victoria loves making eye-catching and robust designs and particulary enjoys collaborating with customers to bring their custom design ideas to life, sometimes from photos of pets and children (see cat the cat below).

See the gallery of their Custom Designs.


Parsnip & Bramble


Parsnip & Bramble.


Poco Nido


Sheffield based Poco Nido create modern limited edition footwear for the smallest family members. Concentrating on the functionality of product they favour child friendly pull on shapes over fussy fastenings and quirky illustrated scenes to stuck on surface decoration.

Everything is made from natural materials such as 100% rubber, cotton and suede. The cotton for the mini shoes is hand printed, with water based child friendly inks, in small runs to avoid mass production.

All aspects of the Poco Nido product are carefully thought out, including the reusable packaging. The mini shoes come packaged in a tube box, which doubles as a postal or gift tube, supplied with a free craft instruction sheet, it can be recycled into an owl money box by the older children.

The wellingtons, which are lo-cut to aid movement and self dressing, come in a handy cotton bag which can be reused.

The ethos behind the company is exclusive design at an inclusive price, great design for all kids. Available at


Poco Nido


Poco Nido




At Baba+ Boo you will find unusual, funky clothing and accessories to keep your little treasure looking tip top! From bibs to shoes, hairclips to bags every item has been hand-picked by Baba+Boo for the ‘well turned out little individual’.

You can also find a fantastic range of reusable cloth nappies that have been passionately designed with your little one in mind.

Eve, the founder of Baba+Boo is a mum of two from Worsley. She has used her pre-baby role as a buyer to great effect with Baba+Boo going from strength to strength. Available at




Baba+Boo t-shirt & nappy set



Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)



Many thanks to Victoria Henderson for coordinating this feature.


Photographs: Baba+Boo, Parsnip & Bramble, Wild Things, The Princess & the Frock, Poco Nido









Costume Ideas World Book Day

Bringing books to life


March 6th 2014 is World Book Day, and my guess is that you’ve had a letter from your children’s school asking that you to send them in dressed as their favourite book character!

While the thought of unleashing your inner Blue Peter may have some jumping with glee – others I have no doubt, will be tearing their hair out.

While I can’t do the gluing and sewing for you – I can help out with a bit of inspiration. So I’ve done a bit of research and found these links.


Childrens Book Characters


Here are some ideas for starters ……


  • The Gruffalo
  • One of the Mr Men
  • Robin Hood
  • Dennis the Menace
  • Peter Pan
  • Superman
  • Batman
  • Zorro
  • Horrid Henry
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Character from Harry Potter
  • Character from The Lord of the Rings
  • Snow White
  • Cinderella
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Tinkerbell
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Felicity Wishes (the blonde fairy that loves pink)
  • Rainbow Fairies – Ruby, Amber or Fern
  • A character from The Famous Five
  • Malory Towers or St Clare’s
  • One of the children or another character from Narnia?


As with any good book – all a costume really needs is a big dose of imagination.



Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)


Photographs: Joke










Nappy Natters

Find out all about cloth nappies at Baba + Boo’s events


If you want to learn more about cloth nappies in a relaxed setting then head over to one of Baba+Boo’s free Nappy Natters events. You’ll even come away with a freebie or two to try out for yourself.


Baba+Boo Cow Reusable Nappy



Recycle for Greater Manchester is partnering with Eve from  Baba+Boo to encourage parents in Greater Manchester to use cloth nappies on their little ones from birth to potty.

Eve with her two children (boy 4 & girl 2) - face on shot.


The Nappy Natter events will take place throughout 2014 to help parents make an informed choice on using cloth nappies as an alternative to disposables.

Eve will demonstrate the benefits of using the convenient, snug, super cool cloth that make economic and environmental sense.



Disposable nappies can cost, on average, £1,000 from birth to potty, compared to £160 for a basic real nappies birth to potty kit, which could save parents up to £800.

Cloth nappies are the natural, washable and re-usable alternative to disposable nappies and there are plenty to choose from. The aim of the partnership between Baba+Boo and Recycle for Greater Manchester is to help to dispel the myth they are difficult to use.


Baba + Boo nappy sets

Eve’s really excited to get out on the road to show parents the benefits of cloth nappies. Not only are they better for babies and their futures, they’re really cute!.




Baba+Boo will be visiting maternity units, coffee shops and baby groups across Greater Manchester and will have free samples too for parents to try them out. The first two dates are:


Chorlton Library

February 4th 2014, 10.30am-12.30pm
Manchester Road, Chorlton Cum Hardy, Manchester, M21 9PN


Bean and Brush in Sale

February 7 10.30am-12.30pm
The Old Sorting Office, 12 Hayfield Walk, Sale, Cheshire, M33 7XW


so make sure you keep in touch with Baba+Boo on their website and Facebook page to see where else they will be visiting.


Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)


Photographs: Baba+Boo




Baba + Boo logo


Web site:


Twitter: @babaandboo

Phone: +44 (0) 7814 315385





Articles by Eve:

Potty training tips

Saving us from boring baby stuff

It’s Real Nappy Week 2013

Making jewellery with children

Baba+Boo’s gorgeous new Woodland Collection

The things they don’t tell you at ante natal class

Why I’m not doing Halloween

Teach me how to shop again!

It’s Real Nappy Week 2012











Back to school fashion

Get ready for school with the latest new arrivals for Autumn


This time of year can be a bit on the pricey side with new school uniforms and Autumn / Winter clothes which your kids will probably have grown out of by October.

So what could be better than a fab little offer from H&M!

20% off the entire kids collection – valid until 27:08:13

Use code 0659 when shopping at



Check out how cute the collection is in the video!



hm kids back to school


We particularly love these t-shirts (only £2.99) from the new Autumn range.


H&M Kids 2013.


Happy shopping!

Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)


Photographs: H&M

The Video is sponsored by H&M via Be On.








Saving us from boring baby stuff

Latest AW13 trends from Cosatto and Baba+Boo


When an invitation to preview funky baby gear company Cosatto’s latest collection dropped into our inbox, it was a perfect opportunity for 4Manchester Women guest blogger and advertiser Eve from Baba+Boo to get the scoop on what’s hot in babies! That sounds a bit wrong – but you know what I mean!

With Cosatto up in Bolton and Baba+Boo in Worsley it was great to bring two such creative and inspiring local baby companies together.


Saving the world from boring baby stuff


Their web site says “Cosatto, my dear friends, is 93% inspiration, 6% sparkle, 4% cups of tea and 2% genius.”Willy Wonka.

Intrigued? We were!


Over to you Eve ……

Eve and her two children


As a Mummy Blogger for 4Manchester Women, I was thrilled to be asked along to the Bolton based nursery company Cosatto last week for the launch of their #patterntastic Autumn/Winter collection.

To say I was blown away by the whole thing would be putting it mildly.



When I was a first-time mum 5 years ago, I have to admit, I didn’t really do a huge amount of research into buying baby products.

I didn’t buy the magazines and social media wasn’t what it is now. So I went down the route of going with what friends recommended and basically got what they said.

Five years on and I am now in the baby/nursery industry myself and I love having a really good nose at what’s new to the market. Mainly because we do like a good old natter on Baba+Boo’s social media sites about all things baby.

I didn’t expect to be as inspired as I was by the end of the day. The offices are like nothing I have seen before – they have just been announced as Runners Up in the Great Place to Work award and it is understandable why – they have a giant slide and a library for staff (what else do you need!)


Cosatto Office


They are on a mission to save the world from boring baby stuff and their showroom clearly demonstrated this, with bright patterns, polka dots and obviously a few superheroes hanging out waiting for their next call. It did make me realise that Baba+Boo fitted right in, as we have a little superhero of our own.


Baba+Boo Superhero

Throughout the day, I was looking through the eyes of a mum, wishing my little ones were still little, drooling over the gorgeous nursery furniture and funky highchairs but mainly because of their new Ooba pushchair.

It is right up my street. It is a being marketed as a luxury pushchair (I have a knack of loving the most expensive items) and it looks just that with leatherette, the patterns, shiny frame setting it apart from the rest, although I would be scared to take it out of the house with its white wheels!


Ooba Pushchair Cosatto


I did love the fact that the designers talked about how woodland, robots and babushka dolls are right on trend – we have them in our (Baba+Boo) range too!




Who doesn’t love a squirrel or two, a cute hedgehog or a baby frog! This Cosatto Foxtrot pushchair works a treat with Baba+Boo’s woodland real nappies and baby accessories.


Woodland Baby Gear



Babushka Dolls


The little stacking Russian dolls are gorgeous. Here’s the Cosatto ‘Hello Dolly’ car seat with a Babushka Bed alongside a lovely Baba+Boo wet bag, nappy and t-shirt set.


Babushka Dolls baby gear



Monsters and Robots


Grrrrr – Monsters! Raaaaaarrrrr – Robots! This time it’s a My Robot Cot from Cosatto along with a Little Monster Moon Unit (swanky!) with more Baba+Boo robot goodies.


Monsters and robots baby gear



I also spent my time at Cosatto looking through the eyes of a fledging business owner and was totally inspired by the business ethos, the offices and the way the designers draw their influences from around the world. With a wall full of motivational common sense values and a ‘Survival of the brightest’ ethos from the ‘rainy city’ what’s not to love about this great bunch of ‘cheeky Northern buggies’!


Motivational sayings


Eve x


Photographs: Baba+Boo, Cosatto

Disclaimer: Eve was invited to a day at Cosatto and fed tea and cakes. We were not asked to write about the day and opinions are our own.


Other articles by Eve:

It’s Real Nappy Week 2013

Making jewellery with children

Baba+Boo’s gorgeous new Woodland Collection

The things they don’t tell you at ante natal class

Why I’m not doing Halloween

Teach me how to shop again!

It’s Real Nappy Week 2012











Out and about with your baby

Top tips to help new mums make it out of the house!


Going out with your baby can be daunting.

Whether it’s for the first time or you’re an old hand at this Mummying business, it takes preparation and can be stressful – no one wants to be seen as ‘that woman with the crying baby’.

But taking your baby out is an important part of their social and mental development and it can be easy to feel a bit isolated if you’re stuck in the house all the time. If you plan ahead and take a deep breath, you’ll soon be able to manage a trip out with your baby whenever and to wherever you want!


Happy Baby


Top Tips for a successful day out


To give you a little extra help, here are our top tips for a successful day out with your little one:


Make a list


Make a list of everything your baby will need for their outing. This will definitely include a complete change of clothing including socks, lots of spare nappies, baby wipes to clean you both up, a light (or heavy if it’s as cold outside as it has been lately up here!) blanket as well as one or two of baby’s favourite toys.


A trendy changing bag


A trendy changing bag can make your nappy supply feel so much more chic and it doesn’t get much better than the ‘Yummy Mummy’ Pink Lining range available from Baby Lurve – who offer free UK delivery if you’re not quite ready to leave the house yet!


trendy baby changing bags


Don’t forget about you!


Don’t forget the things YOU need! As a mum, it can be easy to focus all your energy on your baby, but it’s important that you’re as prepared for a trip out as they are.

Before you had your baby you probably wouldn’t have dreamed of going out without your essentials: lip balm or lipstick, tissues, money, keys, phone, money – don’t let now be any different. Keep them ready to go in your bag and preparations will seem much less stressful.


Healthy snacks and drinks


Be sure to pack a healthy snack and some water too for yourself too, especially if you’re breastfeeding, you need to refuel!
Relax and have fun: If you’re happy than your baby will pick up on this, the same goes for if you are panicked.


Spend quality time

You might need to take your baby along with you to run errands sometimes, but don’t make that all you do. Consider spending some real quality time together and make new friends at a mother and baby group in your local community.

Manchester Museum run loads of family friendly events, including Baby Explorer sessions every other Tuesday, designed to engage babies who are not yet walking, using their unique spaces and collections. They offer specially designed interactive storytelling based on the themes of their collections and lots of my Mummy friends say it’s fantastic. Find out more here.


Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)


Photographs: Flickr, Baby Lurve

This blog post is written in co-operation with Baby Lurve







It’s Real Nappy Week!

Cloth nappies… make a difference by using just one a day


Our regular guest mummy blogger Eve from Baba+Boo is giving a big shout out today to Real Nappy Week (15th – 21st April 2013).

Real Nappy Week 2013

It’s hardly surprising that Eve is a fan of real nappies, as her company Baba+Boo sells the most gorgeous real nappies and baby accessories.


Over to you Eve ……

Eve with her two children (boy 4 & girl 2) - face on shot.


If you hear the words ‘cloth nappies’ being uttered when you are at a baby group or soft play, there’s no need to run a mile – honest.

And if the thoughts of washing, scrubbing and drying inconvenience come into your mind – banish them!

Using modern cloth nappies is not that bad – we promise.


We believe cloth nappies should be viewed like bibs, they are just as simple to use and care for. And like bibs, you don’t need to use them all the time.

We are all for mixing and matching nappies to suit your day / lifestyle / childcare situation – even those moments when whatever is nearest will do. There are some mums who believe that only cloth will do, but we believe the best way to get started is to just have three or so – even one makes a difference.


Baba+Boo Cow Reusable Nappy



Here are some tips to get you started:


  • Don’t think that you have to change your lifestyle for them, they fit in with you. You can even put them in your normal wash. Even if you use them full time, it’s usually only an extra wash a week, and I don’t know a mum that would notice that – when is a mum’s washing machine ever off?
  • Don’t be put off if they leak at first, this is normal while you get the fit right on your baba. Babies come in all shapes and sizes so it takes some trial and error to get the fit spot on.
  • Do mix and match between disposables and cloth until you get used to them. A good way to start is use cloth at home until you get your confidence up (that won’t take long).
  • Do holler if you get stuck. There are so many cloth nappy forums, and mums who use cloth nappies are more than willing to share their experience and offer advice.
  • Don’t be overcome by the amount of information about nappies there is if you start looking into them. It can be daunting. Think of them as a disposable that you put in the washing machine rather than the bin. It really is as simple as that.
  • Do a little online research to see if your local council have any trial schemes or offer any incentives such as cashback. We offer a trial scheme, where you can try one and if you don’t get on with it, we will refund you 70% of the purchase price within two months. We like you to give it a really good try as we are so confident you will like them.

Once you’ve decided to give cloth nappies a try you’ll have another major decision to make – which of the cool and funky Baba+Boo designs to try first!

Do drop us a line if you’re struggling to decide, or if you are a little bit interested in using cloth nappies.


Competition Time


We want to hear about your nappy stories.

Pop it in the comments box below – but only one comment per person please.

We’ve got a fantastic competition prize as an incentive, and one lucky reader who leaves a comment will be chosen at random as the winner.

So don’t be shy – share your nappy tales.


The Prize


pack of 3 real nappies


We’ve got 1 x  three pack of Baba+Boo real nappies to give away to the winner.

The winner can choose from the Baba+Boo website which design they would like (click here to check out the full range).


Good luck!


Eve x



Baba + Boo logo


Web site:


Twitter: @babaandboo

Phone: +44 (0) 7814 315385




Photographs: Baba+Boo

This is a sponsored blog post.


Other articles by Eve:

Making jewellery with children

Baba+Boo’s gorgeous new Woodland Collection

The things they don’t tell you at ante natal class

Why I’m not doing Halloween

Teach me how to shop again!

It’s Real Nappy Week 2012




By taking part in this competition you are agreeing to 4Manchester Womens Terms & Conditions for competitions and prize draws.


Competition closing date: 9pm Friday 3rd May 2013.


The winners will be the first names selected at random from all respondents. No purchase necessary. No cash alternative. The Editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Closing date is 9pm Friday 3rd May 2013. The winner will be notified immediately. Only one entry per person. UK entries only. No automated entries. Supporting ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions, loquax and  Competitions Time. If you are the lucky winner, your contact details will be forwarded to the providers of the prize, strictly for the purpose of fulfilling the prize and not for any other purpose.
Please note: Should you be notified as the winner, and you do not respond within 2 days of our notification, we reserve the right to re-draw the winner.


Previous competition winners (6 months)


Kids say the funniest things – win a family ticket to LegoLand  (13th October 2012). Winner Natalie Holland.

Not doing Halloween – win a Baba+Boo bib (19th October 2012). Winner Karine Jade.

Tell us how you’ve supported Breast Cancer Awareness Month – win Bags of Style handbag (31st October 2012). Winner Vicky Robinson. 2nd Prize Kerry Kilmister

Manchester Tourist – win a mini break at The Oxnoble (1st November 2012). Winner Jo Healy.

Tell us about your first bike – win free bike hire and a meal (8th November 2012). Winner Catherine Thomas

What’s on the top of yours – win John Lewis goodies (13th November 2012). Winner Gerri Tennant, 2nd Prize Lemknip Pink, 3rd Prize Fran Morgan.

What’s your favourite piece of H&D Diamonds jewellery? (17th November 2012). Winner Elaine Stokes.

What’s on your children’s Christmas list – win John Lewis toys. Winner Sarah Foran. 2nd Prize Herb Appleby.

Unforgettable gift experiences – win a case of wine from Purple Gifts & Experiences (16th December 2012). Winner Becky Downey.

Vintage Beauty Parlour – win a calendar, £10 gift voucher and nail varnish (17th December 2012). Winner Eleanor Powell.

Proposal stories – win a jewellery cleaning kit from H&D Diamonds (7th January 2013). Winner Claire Davey.

Favourite childhood item of clothing – win nappy and t-shirt set from Baba+Boo (22nd January 2013). Winner Caroline James.

Opera stories – win tickets to the Opera (Carmen & Tosca) at The Manchester Opera House (20th February 2013). Winner Sue Robinson, 2nd Prize Liz Ferguson.

Favourite wine – win tickets to see The Three Wine Men (10th March 2013). Winners Petra Hora, Julie Fisher, Ruth Houlihan.














Monsoon children

Fun in the sun – and up to £15.00 off!


Hurray, hurray, May is on it’s way! Time to banish April showers and get floaty and floral ahead of all those Summer parties and picnics.


Monsoon Children banner


If you’ve got a diary packed full of weddings and children that need a special outfit, then check out Monsoon children. The clothes are gorgeous, and for a limited period there’s up to £15.00 off selected childrenswear – this includes 90 of their best selling lines!!

Monsoon Children aims to provide cute yet practical designs for perfect princesses and dapper young gentleman. Whether your young fashionistas love to sparkle in a pretty party dress or roll around in the sand on the beach, this collection incorporates everything that your kids love to wear, all with quality and style in mind.


For the girls


Monsoon girls dresses


1. Baby Gabriella Lace Dress – Was £40.00 | Now £30.00

2. Vanilla Rose Dress – Was £40.00 | Now £30.00

3. Baby Vanilla Rose Dress – Was £34.00 | Now £24.00

4. Agneta Printed Pull On Skirt – Was £17.00 | Now £12.00

5. Corsage Ballerina – Was £20.00 | Now £15.00


For the boys


Monsoon boys clothes

1. Byron Check Shirt – Was £15.00 | Now £10.00

2. Alphabet T Shirt – Was £13.00 | Now £8.00

3. Anthony 4 Piece Set – Was £50.00 | Now £40.00

4. Alistair Twill Jean – Was £16.00 | Now £8.00


Check out all the Monsoon children offers and you’re clan will be ship shape and shiny – ready for all your posh Summer functions – in no time.

The range starts from as teeny as newborn and goes right up to age 13. Click here for more information and the full range.


Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)


Photographs: Monsoon children.

4Manchester Women has an affiliate partnership with Monsoon.








Exhibitor spotlight – Baba+Boo

Showcasing our lovely exhibitors






at The Old Parsonage, Didsbury, M20 2RQ

11am – 4pm, Sunday 24th March 2013




Today our exhibitor spotlight is on Baba+Boo and their beautiful real nappy sets and baby accessories.

Eve, who is the force behind Baba+Boo was a professional buyer before she decided to take the plunge and develop a business which she could fit around two small children.

Eve with her two children (boy 4 & girl 2) - face on shot.


A couple of years later, a string of awards in the bag and a loyal following of devotees, Baba+Boo is going from strength to strength.

We are delighted that she will be joining us at An Oasis in the City and bringing her gorgeous goodies with her. Whether you are looking for your own baby or shopping for a gift, we are sure you’ll find something you’ll love.



Baba+Boo Halloween Bib.


Baba and Boo Cool Britannia baby boy sat on chair.


Baba and Boo Cool Britannia baby girl sat on chair.


Baba+Boo Master Frog Reusable Nappy and Organic T-Shirt



Baba+Boo Mr Fox Organic T-Shirt.


Baba+Boo Robot Reusable Nappy and T-Shirt.


Check out the Baba+Boo web site before you come, and if you’ve got a favourite then contact Eve and she’ll do her best to make sure she includes it in her stock for the day.


Baba + Boo logo


Web site:


Twitter: @babaandboo

Phone: +44 (0) 7814 315385




For more information about An Oasis in the City and our other exhibitors, please check out our events page.


An Oasis in the City flyer


Other Oasis in the City Exhibitor Spotlights:


Photographs: Baba+Boo, 4Manchester Women & The Social Butterfly

This is a sponsored blog post.












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