All my life, my dad has run his own business. It's a football merchandise business and I spent many a weekend working for him. He, pretty much, works every day of the year with really long hours so I have seen first hand the blood, sweat, tears and passion that goes into running your own business. This is why I think it is so important to support small brands and help their business grow if you can. At the end of the day, supporting the brands I am going to feature in this post allows a mama to keep doing what she loves and spend more time with her children too - whilst allowing you to enjoy amazing products.
I hope you enjoy this post; let's get into it.
Brand 1. Birdies and Bearcubs http://www.birdiesandbearcubs.co.uk
This is a brand I have been admiring for about two years now. They are a children's clothing brand and do a few items for adults too... after all twinning is winning! They stock tees, sweaters, hats and hoodies. Our most favourite items are the tees and sweaters. Most recently, we purchased their special edition Santa tees. For Christmas, Posey received the gorgeous red 'we both matter tee' and Lochann got the Mumma's boy tee in a beautiful burgundy colour. I also have my eye on the, 'darling you're different' tee for Posey and the, 'I am enough' tee for myself.
The quality of this range is really brilliant, I honestly cannot fault it. The clothes are really comfortable and my children love wearing them. In fact, my son often strops if his momma's boy tee isn't clean! I often size up when I buy for my littles from this brand but that is purely because I want them to fit them for as long as possible as we love these items so much. They wash really well too, which is a winner!
Jade, the lovely lady who runs Birdies and Bearcubs, is really friendly and super stylish. She also gives me major hair envy as she has gorgeous locks and a fringe to be proud of! 😊 You can follow her on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/jadelarrah/
Tops: Birdies & Bearcubs. Shorts Cribstar
Tops Birdies & Bearcubs
Brand 2. Cribstar https://www.cribstar.co.uk
Ok, Cribstar is another stylish children's clothing brand run by a lovely mama. This is my go to shop for trendy little tops for birthdays. Last year, I got my children matching ones that said, ' not your basic 2 year old and not your basic 3 year old.' This year, we went for something slightly different and bought the candle tees which both the children love. Again, the quality is great and the prices are reasonable. For P and L's birthday outfits this year, I also treated them to a pair of matching shorts each. They are comfy little grey numbers with a leopard style print on them. I love Lochlann's little bottom in his and Posey looks super stylish in hers. I like to team these little outfits with their converse. Honestly my children are far better dressed than I am!
Top Birdies & Bear cubs Shorts Cribstar
Top: Cribstar Shorts: Next from a pack of three.
Brand 3. TeddyandCo http://teddyandco.bigcartel.com
This brand is a little different as it isn't a clothing brand. This lovely lady sells prints and wooden peg dolls. I have followed her instagram shop for a while now and have often sat and thought about how much my two would love the peg dolls. I love the fact they are not plastic- fantastic, much more pleasing to my eye! Plus I love the idea that these are custom made. I decided to buy some for Lochlann's third birthday. We are now the proud owners of Batman, The Joker, Woody and Buzz! Both Posey and Lochlann love playing with the dolls. They are brilliant quality and look lovely sat on the top of our Ikea play kitchen too! Another fabulous thing about this brand is ' Fiver Fridays.' Every Friday, you can grab yourself a peg doll or a print for just five pounds. How great is that?
I am planning on adding to our peg doll collection very soon.
|Photo credit Teddy and Co.|
That's it. There are LOADS more small businesses that I could mention but these three are my favourites at the moment. Three great quality brands, three lovely mamas and lots of beautiful products.
I know there is a general consensus that buying from small brands is too pricey and I do sometimes understand where people are coming from. In all honesty though, the brands I have bought from have produced some lovely things that are really great quality. I plan to buy less ' stuff ' and spend more wisely in 2018. I am going to shop small in 2018. I love so many small businesses and what they are all about.
Which are your favourite small brands? Share yours in the comments!
Thanks for reading.
Lots of love,