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TOP 10 FREE SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS: EDINBURGH

Friday, 23 September 2016 10:29:57 Europe/London

For our final edition of our 4-part series, we have put together our top 10 free things to do in the vibrant city of Edinburgh.

With many historic sites, museums and parks to visit, Edinburgh is packed full of family activities to do at the weekends and the holidays to keep everyone occupied. 

 

 Photo sourced from: http://www.waimhcongress.org/about-edinburgh 

Our Top 10

1. Explorathon

On Friday 30th September and Saturday 1st October Explorathon will take place in Edinburgh. This year, coming back with even more events planned, Explorathon will be ready for all ages to enjoy and experience all sorts of new events and activities. Download the program today and see what family activities and organisations are taking place including; whale arts and curiosity forest. 

Photo sourced from: www.explorathon.co.uk/edinburgh

2. Sandemans free walking tour of Edinburgh

On this FREE 3-hour walking tour they cover all the main sights of the Old City of Edinburgh. Starting on the famous Royal Mile, the tour continues up to the fascinating sites of execution, cloned sheep and the birthplace of Harry Potter. The tours start outside Starbucks, Tron Kirk and begin at 10am, 11am and 2pm on every day of the week, Monday – Sunday. 

Photo sourced from: www.neweuropetours.eu/Edinburgh/en/tours/tour-view?Tour=604&date=17/09/2016

3. The Museum of Childhood

Have a fun family day out, at the museum of childhood and learn about growing up through the ages. Why not take along the grandparents and learn about what games they played and what it was like for them to go to school! Parents can have a slice of childhood nostalgia while children learn about the children of the past from toys, to games and music. The museum is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

Photo sourced from: bit.ly/2csFabF

 4. Gorgie City Farm

Visit Gorgie City Farm, one of the only free farms in the city! Open 7 days a week, 9.30am-4pm. The farm is packed full of animals including; horses, cows, ducks, guinea pigs and tortoises that will keep your children occupied for hours. The farm also includes gardens growing fruits and vegetables and attracting all sorts of wildlife in the green houses.

 

Photo sourced from: bit.ly/2d9hqKn

5. Holyrood Park

If you feel like a long country walk with scenic views of the city and country side, then take your kids on a family day out in Holyrood park. The park has a five-mile radius of land and has been a royal park since the 12th century. Holyrood Palace is the royal residence in Edinburgh and is situated on the edge of the Royal park which is also a beautiful scenic spot to visit. The highest point of the park that can be seen from the city is Arthur’s seat. This is an ancient volcano attracting many tourists to take a look. 

Photo sourced from: www.eeo.ed.ac.uk/undergraduate/field/holyrood/

6. Saughton Park

Saughton Park is a fun park to visit with all the family, tailored to all ages. This beautiful park includes scenic views of rose gardens, flower displays and greenhouses. For the kids there is a large play area with lots of different climbing frames, swings and adventure trails as well as a football pitch and skateboard/bmx park. 

Photo sourced from: www.edinburghoutdoors.org.uk/featureDetails.php?id=441

 7. Portobello Beach

If your needing a break from the city, then take a day out to the beach! A perfect place to relax in the last of the sunshine or even go for a walk on a colder day. Take a bucket and spade for the kids to build sand sculptures and see what new creations you can come up with. You could even invest in a metal detector and see what hidden treasures you can find under the sand for endless fun and adventure!

Photo sourced from: towerbankprimary.wordpress.com/abouttheschool/

8. The National Museum of Scotland

The museum is family friendly and welcomes all ages of visitors. Family run events and activities are held regularly, welcoming children to the museum and take part! A free event held every week on a Wednesday for your little ones is the magic carpet, which introduces objects in the museum through stories, songs and activities! This event will run every week until Wednesday the 21st December between 10.30 and 10.55 and 11.30 and 11.55. The class is held at the green fountain in the Grand Gallery on Level 1.

Photo sourced from: earthxplorer.squarespace.com/blog/tag/the-national-museum-of-scotland

9. Royal Botanic Gardens

Check out the beautiful royal botanic gardens, a perfect place to explore with your kids on a sunny afternoon. The gardens are home to some of the rarest plants and flowers, covering 70 acres of land as well as accompanying glasshouses, restaurant, café and gift shop. 

Photo sourced from: http://healthyedinburgh.com/rbge/

10. Cramond Beach

A popular family spot is Cramond beach, a beautiful place with views across the fifth of fourth. This sandy beach is perfect to take a long walk, cycle, rollerblade or just sit down and get some sea air. 

Photo sourced from: http://around-scotland.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/cramond-island.html
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TOP 10 FREE SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS: DUBLIN

Monday, 12 September 2016 15:53:20 Europe/London

In the third addition of our 4-part series we have put together our top 10 free things to do in the beautiful city of Dublin.

The summer holidays may be over but we still need to keep the kids occupied over the unpredictable weekends of Autumn.

 

Part 3: Dublin

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Our Top 10

1. Culture night

Culture night is an all-island festival held this year on Friday 16th September. All cultural venues and organisations extend their opening hours to the public including workshops, special events, talks and performances for the whole family to enjoy and get involved with! Specially dedicated complimentary culture night buses will run all night making your transport and access to events as easy as possible. 

Photo sourced from: dublin.ie/whats-on/listings/culture-night/

 2. St. Stephen’s Green

Take a walk in St. Stephen’s Green. This beautiful Victorian park is perfect for a family day out in the sunshine. The playground areas are perfect for both smaller and older children featuring, swings, slides and a roundabout. The garden for the blind is an interesting place to visit, containing signs in Braille, and aromatic plants that can be handled. Take a picnic, some games, relax and have fun!

Photo sourced from: www.thousandwonders.net/St+Stephen's+Green

3. Star Wars Trail

Take your kids on a journey and visit the Star Wars trail! If your kids are Star Wars fans, the latest films have all been filmed in this prime location, from the tip of Donegal down to the rocky shoreline of Cork. Take your kids for a day out along the coast line and see if they can recognise the famous locations where the stars walked and maybe even reenact some scenes! 

Photo sourced from: www.ireland.com/en-gb/articles/star-wars-episode-viii/

4. Dublin Castle

Visit the beautiful grounds of Dublin castle, on a sunny day you could even take a picnic! On a rainy day you could go inside and take a tour of the grand halls, hidden rooms and enjoy the history. 

Photo sourced from: paradiseintheworld.com/dublin/

5. Free walking tour

Sandeman’s new Dublin walking tours offers free tours around Dublin. The tour lasts around 3 hours, covering some of Dublin’s key and historic sites such as the castle, cathedral and the temple bar. Tours depart daily at 11am and 1pm from city hall on Dame Street. 

Photo sourced from: www.neweuropetours.eu/dublin/en/home

 6. Irish museum of Modern Art

Take a walk around the museum, and make sure you take some pencils and paper and get your kids to recreate their favourite pieces! Every Sunday family activities are held between 2-4pm with projects designed for your kids to learn whilst having fun! Unfortunately, these events do not run in the summer months but they will begin again on 2nd October. 

Photo sourced from: kenilworthinstitute.ie/event/irish-museum-of-modern-art/

 7. National Museum of Ireland

There are tours and events specifically tailored for families keeping it fun for all whilst being educational. The whole family can explore the museum, from Vikings to heritage in prehistoric Ireland. Throughout the month of September, the exhibition ‘The Hoard & The Sword: Echoes of the Vikings in Mayo’ will be running for all ages to attend. The exhibition has examples of late 10th century craftsmanship, evidence of Mayo’s Viking Heritage. 

Photo sourced from: https://www.expedia.com/pictures/ireland/dublin/national-museum-of-ireland-archaeology-and-history.d500969/museum

 8. Merrion Square Play Area

Leading on from the National Museum of Ireland, next door is the Merrion square play area! On a day in the sunshine take your kids for a play and a picnic and enjoy the activities suitable for all ages. From the low walking planks, to the top of the tower this park provides endless fun for all!

 Photo sourced from: http://scruplesnoregrets.com/2015/05/14/a-bit-of-museum-and-then-the-new-playground-at-merrion-square/

 9. Corkagh pet farm

The pet farm is situated in Corkagh park, Clondalkin, a 300-acre park full of fun for all the family; including a play area, river and a fishery. The pet farm is a perfect place for young children to escape to and includes lots of farm yard animals and birds. 

Photo sourced from: http://www.sdublincoco.ie/index.aspx?pageid=939&pid=16282

10. Coffman Park

Coffman park is the perfect family day out! Take a walk around the park, or you could even go for a family bike ride! Make sure you bring some snacks and leave the kids to play in the adventure play area while you relax in the sunshine under the trees. 

Photo sourced from: https://bikingtoplay.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/dublin-veterans-park-and-indian-run.html

 

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How will you be keeping the kids entertained this weekend?

Friday, 26 August 2016 14:57:28 Europe/London

The summer isn’t over yet so take advantage of the warmer weather and bring the kids down to your local lido!

Escape the city, take a picnic and enjoy the breeze by the pool or on the grass. To save you time, we've researched the best Lidos in the country and have even tried a few (all in the name research, ofcourse!)

London Wycombe Rye Lido  

Wycombe Rye Lido is a local landmark that has been providing summer fun and great memories since opening back in the 1950s. It is rated as one of Britain’s Top 20 Lidos by The Times (July 2016) with heated out-door pools, sauna, gym overlooking the pool with lots of fitness classes, making it quite unique. 

Lido mum – ‘It is an outside space that’s beautiful in a town setting. The kids always have fun whether it’s hot or not because the pools are heated. Lovely grass area for a picnic too.’

Cornwall Jubilee Pool  

Get that sea feeling without having to deal with the sand! The Jubilee pool is the largest sea water lido in the UK catering for all ages with a main pool and a child pool available. This lido may have taken a beating in storms during February 2014 but it remains as one of Cornwall’s most famous landmarks with stunning sea views and attractive art deco.

Devon, Chagford Swimming Pool 

This unique river-fed pool is the largest pool in Devon within Dartmoor National Park, making it a perfect family day out during a camping trip in the moors. Enjoy a poolside snack in their cafe and sit back and relax in their peaceful deck chairs. This pool is partly heated by clever solar pool covers that ensure a delightful dip even if the weather isn't quite Mediterranean!

Lido mum ‘I love the lido because it gives a holiday feel when the weather is hot. My little boy loves it and could spend hours there, I usually bring a packed lunch and have a picnic!’

Bristol, Clifton Bristol  

One of the oldest Lidos in the UK, this stylish Lido dates back to the Victorian era and was re-opened and refurbished in 2008 and is now a popular venue for every occasion from family swims and celebrations to a relaxing holiday. The Lido has an impressive pool for all swimmers and a state of the art spa and a highly rated restaurant to make your day into an experience to remember.

Cheshire, Nantwich Outdoor Brine Pool  

Another unique pool which has an added health benefit is the brine spring pool in Cheshire. It is a popular destination for all swimmers of all ages. Not only does this pool have natural medical benefits it is nicely warmed to 74F/ 22C making this pool a fun place to go even on a cool day!

Aberdeen, Stonehaven Open Air Pool  

This impressive Olympic sized pool is the focal point of Stonehaven’s summer days out, famous not just in Stonehaven but Aberdeen. Despite the large size of the pool it is fully heated to make your day out fun and warm even if the British weather is letting you down! The pool uses seawater giving this lido a fun holiday feel.

 

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Top 10 free summer activities for kids: Cardiff

Wednesday, 17 August 2016 17:27:57 Europe/London

In the second addition of our 4-part series we have put together our top 10 free things to do in the beautiful city of Cardiff.

Cardiff has many attractions and fun, free things to do with kids on the days you get a bit stuck over the summer holidays!

Part 2: Cardiff

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OUR TOP 10

1. Cardiff bay beach

Visit the urban sea side at Cardiff bay beach! A fun day out for all the family running all summer long, with free entry, live entertainment and activities for all ages. Check out some more info here, we particularly love the sound of the water zorbing and the bumper boats!

Photo sourced from: http://bit.ly/2b8fCiF

2. The Cardiff story museum

At the home of Roald Dahl, develop your child’s learning at the Cardiff story museum and take part in exciting activities such as reading, listening to stories and exploring new adventures with the famous characters. For 0-5 year olds, visit Dinky Dragons, on the second Friday of each month to take part in rhymes, craft, music and play!

Photo sourced from: http://bit.ly/2biYEzJ

3. Adamsdown playcentre

A day at Adamsdown playcentre is a perfect way to support learning in a fun way. Enjoyed by all 5 -14 year olds, the centre is full of fun and games from team building sports, to cooking, it will keep your children occupied for hours and out of mischief!

4. Geocaching

If you are ready for an adventure then take your kids to go geocaching! This fun activity can keep your kids active exploring new exciting locations. Geocaching is a GPS treasure hunt game played all over the world! All you have to do is download the app and start your adventure…

Photo sourced from: http://bit.ly/2b8gmnL

5. The Animal Wall

Visit the animal wall and see the amazing life-like sculptures crafted into the wall. Perhaps you could get your kids to keep a tally of how many animals they can spot on the wall? Whilst in the area make sure you explore the castle and make a day of it by taking a walk in Cooper’s field park next door. On a sunny day you could even take a picnic!

Photo sourced from: http://bit.ly/2aILWEX

6. Amelia trust farm

Take a trip to a working farm with all your favourite farmyard animals including pigs, sheep and chickens. Onsite there is a play area and café but you could also take a packed lunch and enjoy the countryside under some shady trees.

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7. Cwmbran boating Lake

Visit the scenic spot of cwmbran boating lake. On a sunny day, take along a picnic and some extra bread to feed the ducks! Kids can play on the paddle boats or splash around in the water while parents soak up the sunshine.

Photo sourced from: http://bit.ly/2aDz1IW

8. Victoria Park Splashpad

Victoria Park splashpad is great fun for all ages to run and play in a mini water park set up. The all-time favourite place for kids to cool off on a hot summers day!

Photo sourced from: http://bit.ly/2ba93NP

9. Summer family trail

Explore your heritage at the national museum of Cardiff. The summer family trail is a great experience for all the family to take part in. This treasure hunt trail gives families the opportunity to solve clues around the museum and learn some new facts!

Photo sourced from: http://bit.ly/2aNtHAX

10. Forest Farm Country Park

Become an explorer and take up bird watching or see how many different animals you can find in forest farm country park, just outside of the main city.  This park is perfect for all ages to enjoy the scenic walks and cycle rides, as well as getting up close to its wildlife.

Photo sourced from: http://bit.ly/2bj2APV
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Kids free activities for over the summer holidays in London

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 12:56:40 Europe/London

Kids free activities for over the summer holidays

The arrival of Summer Holiday is always a welcoming break from School for kids. However, as parents, the challenge is on to keep the kids away from i pads and video games when the sun is out.

So to make your Summer a little easier, we’ve come up with 10 free ways to keep your kids learning and entertained over Summer as part of a 4 part series.

Part 1: LONDON

OUR TOP 10

1. Visit the Science Museum

Take a trip to the science museum and educate yourselves! Learn about the world of science from the professionals and have some fun too. Make sure you visit the water play area located inside, that is an interactive space designed for children aged 3-6 years old to learn about water properties of sinking and floating and shadows and reflections.

Find out more at: http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

Photo Sourced from: http://bit.ly/2awsnnX

2. Explore Golders hill park and zoo

Take a picnic to the park and spend the day visiting the owls, coati and even the lemurs! This is a fun day out on a sunny day for all the family to enjoy!

 

3. Watch the pelicans being fed in St. James park

Take a walk to Buckingham palace and watch the pelicans being fed between 2.30 and 3pm in St. James park.

 

 4. Go pond dipping at Camley Street natural park

Take your kids to go pond dipping and see what they can find in the two-acre nature reserve in the center of London. Make sure you visit the viewpoint, a floating platform with peep holes to take a sneaky peak into the world inside the pond.

 

 

5. Check out Coram’s Fields Playground

Coram’s field is open to under 16’s for a fun day out packed full of activities and new experiences all free of charge. Make sure you visit the adventure play area, the sandpits and the paddling pool!

Find out more at: http://www.coramsfields.org/ 

Photo sourced from: https://playgroundadventureuk.wordpress.com/

6. Take a trip to Mudchute Farm

Take a trip to Mudchute farm and visit all the animals, they even have llama’s and alpaca’s!

Find out more at: http://www.mudchute.org/

7. Make your own temporary sculpture at Liminal, Tate modern

At the Tate Modern they are encouraging families to take part in a series of family workshops around Liminal. Boost your child’s creativity with a fun day out at the gallery and broaden your imagination!

Find out more at: http://bit.ly/2an9e5k

Photo sourced from: http://bit.ly/2an9e5k

8. Test out the giant slides in Victoria park

Visit the giant slides in Victoria park for endless fun of running up and sliding down! Perfect for all ages.

 

Photo sourced from: http://www.studioludo.org/blog/

9. Explore the Grant Museum

Explore zoology at the Grant Museum! Discover a natural world and take part in family activities to uncover fossils and find all sorts of exciting new things!

Find out more at: http://bit.ly/2aHgWX5

 

Photo sourced from: http://huff.to/2aJMqf3

10. The alligators mouth book shop

Educate your children at the Alligator’s mouth book shop in Richmond. Meet the authors of all your kids favourite books and take part in story time on the carpet to listen to all sorts of new stories.

Find out more at: http://www.thealligatorsmouth.co.uk/

Photo sourced from: http://bit.ly/2apMVfB
 
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Summer Flavours

Monday, 11 July 2016 09:49:04 Europe/London

This fruit infused water is a fun way of tasting new fruits and creating a healthy and appetising drink for you and your family to enjoy!

Particular combinations that we’ve listed below provide tons of vitamins and minerals and can have fantastic health benefits.

summer flavours at Storksak

Lemons alone can bring down a fever, prevent kidney stones and have anti-cancer benefits. Grapefruit can help you lower your cholesterol as well as giving you a healthy dose of vitamin C. Alternatively, Ginger is a fantastic ingredient for building up immunity and fighting bugs off during cold and flu season!

So throw out the sugary cordials and start getting creative with your water. You can even get the kids to help make this and pick out the flavours!

summer flavours at Storksak 2

Method:

All you need:

- A few jugs of iced mineral or sparkling water

- A selection of all your favourite fruits

Simply slice and dice the fruit and divide it into new combinations for you to try!

 

Below are some of our favourites:

  • Strawberry, Cucumber,Lime and Mint
  • Cucumber, Ginger, Lemon and Mint
  • Blueberry and Lime
  • Strawberry, Raspberry and Basil
  • Orange and Kiwi  (The vitamin C booser!)
  • Watermelon, Kiwi and Strawberry

 

You can also try fruit infused ice cubes.

Simply place small pieces of fruit into an ice cube tray, freeze for approximately 3-4 hours and then pop them into your drink to add more flavour. You could even add them to a pimms jug on a warm Saturday afternoon!

Fruity ice cubes at Storksak

Drink Up!

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New Collection Just Launched

Wednesday, 6 July 2016 10:23:00 Europe/London

We have just launched five stunning new styles for our AW16 collection that combine up-to-the minute contemporary design, with detailed interiors and accessories …

EDEN

Embracing the trend takeover of non-leather bags, we are proud to announce that we have launched our first ever vegan-leather bag. The Eden was designed to bring about style and quality whilst offering a great alternative to leather A nod to sustainable fashion, the new Eden is soft, buttery and leather-free and will double up as the ultimate gym or weekend bag. With double sided webbing in a vibrant contrasting colour, the smart straps across the outside of the bag allow for easy storage of your jacket, baby blanket or even yoga mat.

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 Vegan Leather bag, Eden, by Storksak

 

EMMA

Our new ‘hero’ bag for Autumn Winter 2016 is the Emma. The Emma is the perfect everyday ‘go-to’ bag, set to be on every fashion editor’s hot-list next season. Classic, understated and with timeless sleek detail, this is the ultimate shoulder-bag that can be teamed up with any outfit, and will double up as an equally luxurious handbag.

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Autumn/Winter 2016 Emma bag by Storksak

SANDY

On-trend with this year’s homage to sports-luxe style, the new Sandy is another fresh new changing bag to be added to the Storksak collection. A super lightweight bag cleverly designed to hold all of your essentials. It comes equipped with a luxury padded changing mat with two mesh pockets for storing baby’s creams and nappies and a back pocket for wipes, plus FAB bag (food and bottle bag) to keep your baby’s food and bottles warm while on the go.

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 Sandy bag by Storksak

ANNA

The Anna is another spacious new addition to the new season’s range. It has a stylish patterned quilted nylon finish, chic enough to transition your look from urban day to night, but casual enough for trips out to the park. This elegant bag also comes with a separate matching insulated FAB bag (food and bottle bag) that can also be attached to your stroller for quick trips out.

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 Anna bag by Storksak

QUILTED STROLLER ORGANISER

Designed to give you smart and convenient storage for all your babies essentials whilst out on the go. This practical satchel-style Stroller Organiser made from water resistant quilted nylon, is the perfect accessory for keeping you organised. The velcro straps attach onto your stroller to help make parenting easy, comfortable and hands-free.

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Quilted Stroller Organiser by Storksak

 

Our new collection is available to pre-order online now and you can shop the full range of Storksak bags, accessories and organics products here: www.storksak.com

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A letter from Sorcha …

Monday, 6 June 2016 10:29:32 Europe/London

From time to time, we get lovely letters and emails from our wonderful customers. We wanted to share this particularly lovely note from Sorcha, a truly inspiring Storksak Super-mum!

“I first bought a Storksak Jamie for my sister in 2009. They loved it and so when I found I was expecting in 2011 I asked my child’s father to buy me a Storksak for myself.

Little did I know that 5 years on I would still be using it every single day!

You see my son has autism (with sensory processing disorder, and social communication disorder,) as well as poor muscle strength, hypermobility syndrome, probable ADHD and a rare auto-inflamatory disease called PFAPA -a periodic fever syndrome. 

It took a long time to get his diagnosis’ and we had many, many trips to A&E, many hospital admissions to different hospitals, occupational therapists and speech therapists….

Throughout it all the Storksak (called mummy’s brown bag) has been there providing him and myself with security!

It has so many useful pockets for dummies, medicines, wipes, trains, cars, apple juice, spare clothes (he was toilet trained just at 47 months but still required plenty of changes of clothes incase water drips on him or he spills any food or drink).  

It has had communication cards clipped onto it to help him in nursery, and now it also houses my phone and tablet, Chargers and external batteries…..  

It has been everywhere with us, including nursery daily, trips to Thomasland, and the trip we took to Finland. It has been sat on, jumped on, dragged on the ground, chewed on.. And it still looks good!  

So Thank You! And as for my sister- well she used her bag for two years, put it away and has now used it another 2 years for baby number 2.  

Well done on a great product!”

 Sorcha's son Isaac with the Storksak Jaime bag

Sorcha’s son Isaac

Thanks for your kind words Sorcha!

If you want to share your thoughts on our bags, please send us a message on facebook or email directly to chloe@storksak.co.uk.

 

 

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Outdoor Activities for your baby this Summer

Tuesday, 17 May 2016 10:40:21 Europe/London

Sometimes bringing up a child can be hard work so it’s important to take a break from your daily routine by getting some fresh air and being active with your little one! 

This is a great way to aid their physical and cognitive development as well as releasing ‘happy-hormone’ inducing endorphins for you!

Outdoor activities for your baby

Now’s your chance to show your baby the world, we’ve got you covered with things to do.

A walk in the park

Taking a walk in the park can be a great way to relax for yourself and your baby. They will love exploring the big world outside, opening their eyes to the adventure outside of the home. Even if your baby is too young to play, they will love meeting new people and enjoying the colours of the park, with the nice feeling of grass on their feet.

Splash around in the pool

If your baby loves a bath, swimming is a great bonding activity for the both of you and is also a great way to meet other local mums with young babies too. As your baby grows, kicking will become one of his/hers favourite ways to exercise and stretch out their limbs. Also, the earlier your baby becomes familiar with the water the better as this will help them develop the skills for swimming.

Go for a Jog with the Stroller

Many mothers who struggle with low mood in the months following the birth of their baby have found exercise to be a key ingredient in lifting their mood and becoming happier! Strap your little one in securely to your stroller and go for a gentle jog to get your heart rate up, even 10 minutes a day of exercise can have surprising results in relieving stress.

A picnic in the sunshine

Just grab a blanket, pack up some yummy treats, find a nice shady tree in a scenic park and enjoy! Bring along toys or even fun extras like bubbles to keep you little one entertained.

A day at the seaside

We all know just how relaxed seaside air can make us, so imagine the effects it will have on your baby! Bring a sun umbrella or tent with you for a bit of shade and enjoy the beautiful view in front of you. Don’t forget sunscreen! Sand is also fantastic for babies to play with and mould as they develop their motor skills.

Bond through yoga

Restorative yoga can be a great way of both bonding with your baby and toning your entire body! Lots of yoga studios offer classes designed for mum and baby that will stimulate the relaxation response in both of you.

Bring indoor activities outdoors

Bring your babies high-chair for a meal outside in the garden, and you don’t have to worry about mess on the floor! You could also bring toys outside to help your baby get to know and explore new surfaces.

One for a rainy day …

Treasure Baskets

Treasure baskets are a amazing way of teaching young babies how to touch, recognise and taste different objects. Just put a random selection of things into a basket, making sure they are big enough not to swallow. Let your baby explore and investigate the interesting materials and enjoy the sensory delights of the basket.

For 20 months +…

Waterplay time

If it is a warm day, set up a paddling pool under a shady tree and fill your paddling pool with 5-10cm of water so your baby can have a little splash around. Play with plastic cups and bath toys to keep them entertained. It is also very important to never leave your child unattended near the water and paddling pool!

 

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TOP 15 TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

Monday, 9 May 2016 10:54:00 Europe/London

As the holiday season is fast approaching and kids are getting more excited in anticipation of their summer trips away, we thought it would be useful to our Mums to create the ultimate packing list for your summer holiday.

15 Travel Essentials by Storksak 

We partnered with our sister brand Babymel and asked our fans and customers to tell us the ONE thing they could not travel without on their family holiday, hundreds of you replied and gave us your travel essentials. We’ve compiled the answers to create a list of the top 20 travel essentials to take on your family holiday …

1. Wipes: Whether its standard wet wipes, antibacterial or the trusty baby wipe… this one came at the top of your list

2. Snacks: For emergency feeds and tired children when travel plans change last minute

3. Changing bag:  We are very happy to hear that a changing bag is very high on your travel essentials list – we totally agree!

4. Spare clothes: Little accidents are sometimes unavoidable so it’s important to always pack extra clothes for the journey

5. Stroller/carrier: A must-have to make any journey easier!

6. Tablet: Sometimes a lifesaver when you or your children are suffering from delayed-flight boredom!

7. Toys: Great for comforting your little one or as entertainment on planes and trains

8. Camera: Don’t forget to capture those wonderful memories on your holiday!

9. Sunscreen: An essential for babies delicate skin when away in the sunshine

10. Blankets / Muslin cloth: These simple pieces of woven cotton cloth have numerous uses and are definitely a must have item when travelling with a baby

11. Soft toys: For children who can’t go anywhere without their trusty cuddly toy, which also doubles up as a great comforter when travelling on a plane!

12. Mobile phone: An obvious one for Mum and Dad, but your phone can also double up as hours of entertainment for young children

13. Dummy: An essential item to placate and relax your child

14. Music: Playing music to your little ones can brighten their mood and boost language skills, and it is also great for making long journeys more entertaining for everyone

15. Colouring books/ Books: Perfect for hours of entertainment, especially on long journeys!

 

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The Designers Pick

Thursday, 28 April 2016 15:37:00 Europe/London

Here at Storksak we understand how hard choosing a bag can be, especially when there are so many great bags to pick from! We thought we would make your lives that little bit easier and asked our Founder and Head of Design, Melanie Marshall to tell us her favourite bag from this year’s Spring Summer collection, and share her reasons why this is such a fabulous, must have bag …

Here at Storksak we understand how hard choosing a bag can be, especially when there are so many great bags to pick from! We thought we would make your lives that little bit easier and asked our Founder and Head of Design, Melanie Marshall to tell us her favourite bag from this year’s Spring Summer collection, and share her reasons why this is such a fabulous, must have bag …

Her pick: The Noa Stripe Fawn

“Feeling the promise of Spring, I am loving our new Noa fawn stripe. Long summer days, linen clothes and outdoor fun – this is definitely my favourite bag for the coming Summer. The super functional mini organiser is perfect for keeping your essentials organised on short trips out of the house. I also love the simple colour palette which goes with everything!”

 

The Noa Stripe Fawn is available to pre-order now for May Delivery,  SHOP NOW – bit.ly/1qWYsZ8

 

 

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Spring Bag Trends

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 14:52:00 Europe/London

A changing bag is the perfect way to update your look for the new season for busy mums – this essential everyday accessory doesn’t have to be merely practical, but can bring your outfit together and make it look stylish at a time when fashion can’t be your first priority. Whatever your personal style, here is our edit of the biggest catwalk looks, and which Storksak bags you can invest in to nail them.

Graphic prints

Graphic patterned bags, stripes and bold prints ruled the runway at Kenzo, Stella McCartney and Dolce and Gabbana this season. Storksak’s style is more classic than loud, but for print lovers we have designed a beautiful range of bags called the Nina, whose series of patterns are completely original and designed in-house. We also introduced a stripe design to our Noa range for SS16; the Noa Stripe Fawn.


Primary colours

Bright, primary colours feature heavily on the catwalk for the new season, especially prominent in the Tommy Hillfiger collection. Our award-winning Noa range is available in a stunning selection of colours, whether you are looking for bright, pastels, or classic neutrals. £5 from the sale of every Noa yellow via our UK website goes to charity ‘Women and Children First’ – so you can even shop guilt-free!

Backpacks

The backpack trend is still going strong, and luckily for busy parents this perfectly practical item, once the domain of school children and hikers, has had a high fashion makeover. We have introduced the Charlie backpack, a unisex design in a range of colours with matching insulated food bag, to the Storksak range for Spring/Summer 2016. A fun, practical and easy to wear item, this is the perfect investment for both parents.

Metallics
The 3.1 Phillip Lim collection offered a range of pretty metallic silver designs, in minimal, unstructured shapes for SS16. Our classic Tania Bee Graphite fits this trend perfectly – with a slightly metallic finish that is subtle enough for everyday use.

Top handles
This ladylike style was seen all over the catwalk this season. Invest in our chic top handle design, the Catherine Leather, as seen at Miu Miu, Dior and Fendi, for grown-up glam.

 

 

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Nigella Lawson recipe: dairy and wheat free chocolate cake

Friday, 4 March 2016 11:15:09 Europe/London

Yesterday at Storksak HQ we celebrated Product Developer Rebecca’s birthday, and Emma created this amazing dairy and wheat free cake for her.

It’s so delicious and chocolatey you would never guess that it isn’t the real deal! If your kids have a dairy or wheat allergy they don’t have to miss out, here is the recipe for this delicious treat below:

 Dairy wheat free chocolate cake

Ingredients:

Makes: 8-12 slices

Metric Cups
  • 150 millilitres regular olive oil (plus more for greasing)
  • 50 grams good-quality cocoa powder (sifted)
  • 125 millilitres boiling water
  • 2 teaspoons best vanilla extract
  • 150 grams ground almonds (or 125g plain flour / 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour)
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 200 grams caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 170°C/gas mark 3/325ºF. Grease a 22 or 23 cm/ 9inch springform tin with a little oil and line the base with baking parchment.
  2. Measure and sift the cocoa powder into a bowl or jug and whisk in the boiling water until you have a smooth, chocolatey, still runny (but only just) paste. Whisk in the vanilla extract, then set aside to cool a little.
  3. In another smallish bowl, combine the ground almonds (or flour) with the bicarbonate of soda and pinch of salt.
  4. Put the sugar, olive oil and eggs into the bowl of a freestanding mixer with the paddle attachment (or other bowl and whisk arrangement of your choice) and beat together vigorously for about 3 minutes until you have a pale-primrose, aerated and thickened cream.
  5. Turn the speed down a little and pour in the cocoa mixture, beating as you go, and when all is scraped in you can slowly tip in the ground almond (or flour) mixture.
  6. Scrape down, and stir a little with a spatula, then pour this dark, liquid batter into the prepared tin. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the sides are set and the very centre, on top, still looks slightly damp. A cake tester should come up mainly clean but with a few sticky chocolate crumbs clinging to it.
  7. Let it cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack, still in its tin, and then ease the sides of the cake with a small metal spatula and spring it out of the tin. Leave to cool completely or eat while still warm with some ice cream, as a pudding.
 
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Storksak AW16 London Photoshoot

Thursday, 28 January 2016 16:05:33 Europe/London

For the past two days we have been on location in North West London for a photo shoot for our Autumn/Winter 2016 collection, plus a very exciting new range which we can tell you more about in the coming months…

For our Autumn/Winter 2016 collections we have our original little model on board Edie – who has been modelling for us since the early days of Storksak, Edie’s brother Arthur, babies Maisie and August, plus supermodel Charlotte is back on board and we have a new addition to the team – male model Artur.

Bag designer Emma has joined the Storksak team for the creation of our Autumn/Winter range and we are so excited for you to see her mix of fashion-forward and classic new designs.

 

 

We have chosen a stunning location to reflect the luxurious upcoming range of bags; a converted church with a chic and minimal style and white and grey colour palette. We have a serious case of home envy with this one!

Take a look at our behind the scenes pictures from yesterday, and keep following us on Facebook and Instagram to hear our latest news.

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Introducing the Charlie and Kay bags: Spring Summer 2016

Monday, 11 January 2016 16:14:30 Europe/London

Luxury changing bag brand Storksak is celebrating the spring months with the launch of two brand new styles – the Charlie backpack and the Kay, plus updates to their award winning style of last season, the Noa.

Storksak’s bestselling Noa bag, winner of Little London’s ‘Best Changing Bag’ award 2015, is now available in luxurious leather. The sleek and minimal design is a classic tote style, doubling up perfectly for use as a handbag, and includes a handy, removable interior mini organiser. Noa leather is available in classic black, tan or almond. There are also further additions to the Noa range in coated canvas; the fawn stripe, or a bright and feminine, summery coral.

Storksak is introducing the Charlie backpack for the spring/summer season, an on-trend, unisex design with all the practicality needed for a busy day with baby. The Charlie is available in a range of colours, including black , navy ,grey with eye-catching orange detail, and a burnt orange.

 

Like the Noa, the super functional Charlie backpack also includes an extra accessory- the design’s insulated food and bottle bag keeps food and bottles warm or cool for up to four hours.

The final new addition to the Storksak range is the Kay. Adapted from Storksak’s bestselling, classic Kate bag, the Kay boasts new features and a more modernised look. It is available in a subtle crosshatch navy design with a contrasting sunset yellow lining, or in smooth  grey or navy. Produced in a matt laminated coated canvas, trimmed with real leather and featuring chunky high-grade hardware, the practical changing bag includes an insulated, coordinating food and bottle bag, and is perfect for everyday use.

Whether you are looking for a fashionable, practical fabric design, or one of the beautiful leather bags that Storksak is renowned for, you will find a changing bag to suit your personal style with the Storksak Spring/Summer 2016 range.

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Week 2 of our Christmas Competition: Rachel Riley

Thursday, 10 December 2015 11:35:33 Europe/London

In the second week of our 4 weeks of Christmas giveaway we are offering a lucky winner a beautiful cotton baby gro from luxury, vintage inspired children’s brand Rachel Riley, RRP £39.

Rachel Riley is a British brand for children. Rachel’s design philosophy is rooted in her traditional lifestyle and draws inspiration from the forties, fifties and sixties with fine tailoring, beautiful hand smocking, hand embroidery and vintage-inspired prints designed by and exclusive to the brand. Rachel Riley designs, manufactures and retails clothing and accessory collections four times per year for boys, girls, babies and ladies.

 Rachel Riley baby gro

Founder of the brand Rachel Riley worked as a model in Paris, New York & London before setting up her own company twenty years ago, when she had children of her own, as she likes to hand sew, embroider and knit.

The brand came to mainstream prominence in spring 2014 when they were honoured to see Prince George wearing their sailboat smocked dungarees on his first Official Engagement and a striped polo and pocket shorts on his 2nd Official Engagement, as well as several moss stitch cardigans on his first trio overseas.

Rachel Riley’s collections are classic in style, and draw inspiration from the forties, fifties and sixties, with fine tailoring, hand smocking & embroidery, and beautiful soft fabrics. They design their own exclusive prints, inspired by Rachel’s personal collection of vintage fabrics that she has been collecting since her teenage years.

Our Rachel Riley competition will run until midnight GMT on Sunday 13th December, with a new competition starting on Monday morning. Like our Facebook page to keep up to date with all of our offers and competitions.

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Introducing Storksak Organics at Ocado

Thursday, 10 December 2015 11:29:13 Europe/London

Following the October launch of our new certified organic bath and body collection for babies – Storksak Organics, we are delighted to announce that the latest stockist to offer our range of lovely products is online retailer Ocado.

Ocado Stock of Storksak Organics

 

Ocado now stock the entire Storksak Organics range, so ordering couldn’t be easier by adding any product to your weekly shop as and when you need it. As well the individual products you can shop our two beautiful gift sets, perfect for last minute gift ideas all year round, Christmas gifts and stocking fillers for mums.
Storksak Organics is a beautiful collection of natural and certified organic bath and skincare products which are specifically designed to pamper your baby and make bath-time fun. We are known globally as one of Britain’s best loved luxury parenting brands and we decided it was time to create something special for little ones too!

Proudly made in England, we only use the finest natural and certified organic ingredients to ensure all our products are safe, pure and easy to use. Our natural and delicate signature scent has been specially designed to pamper your baby. Formulated by the fragrance experts of Grasse, it combines subtle notes of English pear, chamomile extract and honey inspired by the gentle tranquillity of the countryside.

Products in the range include Baby Oil 100ml, Baby Lotion 100ml, Baby Wash and Shampoo 200ml and 100ml, Organic Cotton Hand & Face Wipes and Baby Balm 60ml. The two gift sets include the ‘Little Traveller’, packaged and perfectly sized for weekends away, and our stunning beautifully illustrated gift box, the ‘Baby Spa’ featuring every product from our Organics range.
As well as Ocado, other major retailers offering our Storksak Organics products include Boots, Jo Jo Mamen Bebe and Bentalls. You can find the full list of Storksak Organics retailers here on our website.

For more information and to stay up to date with all news about Storksak Organics, sign up to our mailing list or visit our Facebook page.

 

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Week 1 of our big ‘4 Weeks of Joy’ Giveaway: Bonnie Mob

Thursday, 3 December 2015 11:40:00 Europe/London

The Christmas songs are on and we’re chomping down on mince pies in the Storksak office, so we decided it’s time to spread a little Christmas cheer to our lovely Facebook fans and treat you to a four week giveaway!

Our week 1 prize is an absolutely beautiful cotton cashmere baby blanket from Bonnie Mob. The super-soft blanket with all-over bunny print will keep baby cosy in the cold, and makes a very stylish addition to your pram to boot.

Bonnie mob cashmere blanket

Bonnie Mob’s story began in 2005,  founded by knitwear designer and new mum Tracey Samuel. Although Tracey didn’t know much about parenthood back then, she did have an impressive career in knitwear design and an imagination built for creating new fabrics and textures. Tracey set about designing modern, colourful & distinctive baby-knits with the expectation that you should ‘Buy once, buy well, pass it on’. Bonnie baby was born: Practical, tough-wearing, spirited baby clothes to be loved in, played in and passed around.

 Bonnie Mob blanket giveaway

The brand’s collection draws from Tracey’s own childhood memories of growing up in the 70’s and 80’s; romping through the Scottish countryside, dancing to Abba on the radio and drawing endless felt-tip pen masterpieces. From the wild outdoors, creatures pop out of the designs: Mr. Banks the Badger, peeping rabbits and padding paw prints. The beautiful collection retains a modern and unique look whilst drawing from retro inspiration.

Week 1’s competition will run until Sunday, and the winner will be announced on Monday 7th December. We are running a new competition every week for four weeks until the end of December, with royal favourite Rachel Riley the next brand up for grabs, featuring in week 2 of our competition. Visit our Facebook page for more details.

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Winter 2015 Trend Report

Thursday, 19 November 2015 11:56:34 Europe/London

It’s time to wrap up warm as the first snow of the season is predicted this weekend, so if you haven’t already dig out that big winter coat, scarf and gloves ready to face the winter!

Update your look for the new season with an on-trend changing bag from Storksak. Here’s our guide to latest catwalk trends, and the Storksak AW15 bags that will help you get the look.

Ellena-Boho range, Storksak bag

Boho’s back

The seventies vibe is here again for a second season, this time even bigger than before. Storksak is adding to our classic boho range with the beautiful Ellena – forgoing more extreme detailing seen around the high street such as fringing, suede and patchwork, for a bag that hits the trend but can be used for years to come.

Going grown up

Street style looks have dominated the catwalk in the last few seasons, and as a reaction designer like Marc Jacobs are bringing ladylike back this Autumn. Our sleek and structured Lucinda bag in tan is perfect for bringing a bit of stylish sophistication to your day time look and Catherine in black leather is a compact and chic design, perfect to transition your look from day time to evening.

Athleisure

Casual clothing meets sharp tailoring has created new trend ‘Athleisure’. A number of brands like Paco RabannePublic School,Cedric Charlier and Carven all showcased this look for AW15, and as it hits the high street in a big way you can expect to see more in the next spring/summer season.

A classic Storksak bag, the Tania Bee in graphite, fits this sportsluxe look perfectly. The Tania Bee is a practical, on trend design with a sporty vibe and stylish metallic finish.

Pattern

Bold patterns could be seen all over the catwalk this season. Stand out with a Storksak original – the new Nina Teardrop Navy is designed exclusively in-house from our London head office; a pretty blue and white pattern complemented perfectly with tan coloured trim and handles. Whilst currently out of stock, our Nina Antalya Grey is a great alternative; another lovely printed design in the range.

Take a look at our full Autumn/Winter 2015 range, as well as our classic styles, here.

 

 

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Celebrating our ‘Little London Awards’ win for the lovely Noa Grey!

Friday, 16 October 2015 12:19:59 Europe/London

We are so excited to announce that we won ‘Best Changing Bag’ at this year’s ‘Little London Awards’ for our fabulous Noa Grey bag.

Last Tuesday we celebrated the Little London Awards 2015 at the beautiful Hurlingham Club. Filled with over 200 people from the industry, model Caprice Bourret presented the awards, and it was a wonderful chance to meet other people working in our field.

 Little London Award, Noa Grey, Storksak bag

All the baby, toddler and kids brands were collated by nominees into different categories, with prizes awarded to the best of each. We were up against some amazing brands, so we are so grateful that our lovely Noa bag was chosen as the winner.

The Noa bag was introduced to our extensive collection for the SS15 season, and has been a big hit ever since, with leather versions and a larger range of colours introduced this Autumn.

Changing bag by Storksak

Features which make this super-versatile bag stand out include a wipe clean changing mat, side insulated bottle pocket and interior and external pockets. Perfectly organised, The Noa also includes a handy mini-organiser bag, featuring six pockets and an internal compartment which can be used as a stand alone to carry all your basic essentials.

The Noa Grey will be available for purchase at The Baby Show, Olympia, October 23rd – 25th, one of a wide selection of Storksak styles alongside the Storksak Organics range. Please visit us at stand D82 for some great offers and a free giveaway.

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Introducing Autumn/Winter 2015

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 10:27:00 Europe/London

This year Storksak is welcoming in the winter with a range of classic black additions to the brand’s most popular styles. The Catherine and Noa will both be available in black, and will be joined by the Lucinda in tan leather and a burgundy addition to the Noa range. For pattern lovers Storksak is introducing the Nina in a stylish Navy print, and there will be a completely new, on-trend range; the Brooke backpack.

The Catherine in black leather and black nylon are timeless additions to the stylish Catherine range. The black leather is crafted in luxurious, soft leather whilst the black nylon option is in a hard wearing fabric. The minimal Catherine is a design that will look chic for years to come.

For the fashion conscious mum, Brooke is the second rucksack style to be added to the Storksak range. The clean and sleek shape, available in both black and grey with contrasting tan detail, is packed full of useful functions, leaving parents with free hands to care for baby.

The Nina is Storksak’s ultimate bag for pattern lovers, with every unique design created exclusively in-house at the Storksak London office. The Nina Teardrop Navy features a pretty triangle-based design complemented by contrasting tan details.

The Noa is Storksak’s bag for the perfectly organised parent. Already available in a choice of five colours, the brand is introducing two further, dark colour options for the winter months; Black and Bordeaux.

The Lucinda Tan is an ideal every day bag. The perfect partner to casual denim, the lovely neutral colour works equally well for both winter and summer months.

 

Whether you love colour and pattern or you prefer a chic and minimal look, the AW15 changing bag collection ensures you don’t need to compromise your individual style for function with Storksak. 

 

 

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Summer Holidays in London: Storksak’s top picks

Friday, 24 July 2015 10:07:00 Europe/London

The Summer holidays are officially upon us! Whilst it’s lovely to spend some extra time with the kids, thinking of ways to entertain the little ones over a six week stretch can be rather daunting.

Luckily our vibrant city has plenty of great activities for kids of all ages to take part in this summer, whether you are a visitor or live in the capital. Here are Storksak’s top picks for family fun days in the city:

 

Kid’s Week:

Not actually a week but a whole month, ‘Kid’s Week’, running from 1st to 31st August, is an event offering free tickets for children under 16 when accompanied by a paying adult. There’s a huge range of tickets available for shows including ‘The Lion King’, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ ‘Bend it Like Beckham’ and ‘The Adventures of Pinocchio.’ Get them before they sell out!

Archikids:

Inspire kids at this fun festival full of activities this weekend, and who knows, they could end up becoming a future architect! Things to do at Archikids will include building domes on the top of the Gherkin, eye-spy on the top of the Walkie-Talkie, gooey fun at Broadgate Circle and film-making in 6 Bevis Marks! There are more than 35 fun things to do, so you’re sure to find something that your little ones will enjoy.

Beach East:

You don’t need to leave London to feel the sand beneath your feet this summer! At the Queen’s Olympics Park there are more than 2200 square metres of sand, as well as a huge paddling pool and funfair rides – perfect for tiring them out before bedtime.

The venue hasn’t forgotten the adults, as there is a choice of two bars to keep you refreshed! There will be a programme of events available soon, including competitions, sports and events. Keep your eye on the Beach East website for more information.

Dri Dri Gelato workshop:

Looking for a fun activity on a rainy day? If your kids love ice cream (who doesn’t?!) this fun workshop run by Italian Gelato experts ‘Dri Dri Gelato’ will give them an opportunity to make their own, using original Italian Gelato equipment from the 1960s. Kids will love making their own label to put on their ice cream to take home, as well as  earning their very own gelatiere certificate.

 

Do you have any other suggestions for ways to fill your kid’s summer holidays, what do you have planned over the next few weeks? We would love to hear your suggestions. Please leave us a comment on Facebook!

 

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Father’s Day Competition: Does #DadKnowBest?

Friday, 12 June 2015 12:58:17 Europe/London

Black leather Alex, by Storksak

We have a stylish leather men’s leather messenger bag from luxury work bag brand Marshall Bergman to give away. The Adam, in your choice of Black or Espresso, RRP £125, is the perfect gift for Father’s Day.

Tell us the best advice your father has given you by following this link, and the most interesting or funniest story will win the prize for Dad delivered in time for Father’s Day on 21st June!*

Espresso Adam, by Storksak

Premium functional bag brand Marshall Bergman launched with Apple in 2011. The beautifully crafted leather designs are the perfect accessory for stylish Dads, ideal for carrying an ipad or 11″ Macbook Air. Combined with a removable key holder, two pen holders and two slip-in pockets, the Adam is a versatile storage solution for all  work and personal essentials.

The competition to win one of these luxury designs is now open, and will run until 12pm on Thursday 18th June. The winner will then be notified by email, and will be sent their bag in time for Father’s Day (as long as they provide their address by the end of the day on Thursday.) Good luck everybody!

* The competition is open from 12pm today until 12pm on Thursday 18th June 2015, after which time the competition will be closed. The competition is open to UK residents over the age of 18 only. This competition is in no way endorsed by, or affiliated with, Facebook.

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Easy midweek dinner: tomato risotto

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 13:16:32 Europe/London

It can be easy to fall into the habit of relying on a few faithful dishes when cooking for your family during a busy week, but it’s great to try out something different and introduce your children to new flavours. A favourite recipe from our Marketing Executive Emily, why not try this quick, easy and delicious risotto.

Add or change the ingredients to suit fussy eaters, and disguise vegetables by chopping them finely so they blend into your tomato sauce! You could also add a little chorizo or bacon to create a meat dish. Let us know if your family enjoy it, and we’d love you to share your favourite risotto dishes with us.

Risotto, midweek dinner

Ingredients:

2 red peppers

1 chili (optional)

1 onion

2 garlic cloves

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

400g arborio risotto rice

1 can chopped tomatoes

1 vegetable stock cube

Handful of fresh basil

A tablespoon of mixed herbs

A grating of parmesan

1 pack, or vine, of cherry tomatoes

Method (serves 4):

1. Finely chop your peppers, onion and garlic, and fry on a gentle heat in your pan

2. Meanwhile: roast your tomatoes on a baking tray, drizzled with olive oil and season with pepper, for about 15 minutes.

3. Add your risotto rice, fry for a minute, then tip in your can of chopped tomatoes, dried herbs and stock cube

4. Gradually add boiling water to the pan as it is soaked up by the risotto rice, until your rice is cooked (about 20 minutes)

5. Serve with torn basil leaves, grated parmesan and the roasted tomatoes

Easy midweek Risotto

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Storksak Exclusive: 30% Easter Discount

Monday, 30 March 2015 13:34:58 Europe/London

The evenings are brightening up and it’s time to celebrate the sunnier weather with a special spring time discount from Storksak.

If you’re looking for a new addition to your changing bag collection, or you are expecting your first baby in the coming months, for a limited time only you can invest in some of our classic Storksak styles at an impressive 30% discount.

Storksak Easter sale, 30%

Our two monochrome options; Tote Python and Kate Stone/Black are particularly on trend for the current season; fitting in so well with the grown-up, tailored aesthetic for 2015.

The Kate is the perfect choice for busy mums who want their bag to stay glam despite daily use – crafted in durable, water repellent material, with luxury leather trim, it is a sleek and shiny handbag-style option.

 Tote Python, by Storksak

The Tote Python is a wonderful summery bag; lightweight and roomy, it’s perfect for print lovers and ideal for sunny days out with baby. Now available at an amazing £49, it might almost be tempting to buy more than one!

The pretty Bobby Putty is a pretty yet unusual neutral. A bag with lots of extras, both a coordinating FAB (food and bottle) bag is included, as well as pacifier case. This lovely, quilted design will complement a light, springtime wardrobe, as well as winter outfits.

If you are specifically looking for a luxurious leather style, the Caroline Royal Blue is a brilliant choice for colour fans. The chic style is perfectly practical; large enough to use as a weekend bag, and featuring six internal storage compartments. Available with an amazing £78 discount, now is certainly the time to buy the classic Caroline.

The discounts are now applied on site, and will continue until 13th April 2015, or until stock sells out. The discount applies for Storksak UK customers only.

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Mother’s Day Competition Winner

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 13:41:40 Europe/London

This Mother’s Day we launched our collaboration with charity ‘Women and Children First’, who work to educate mothers in third-world communities on keeping themselves and their children safe and healthy, and avoid preventable, often life threatening illnesses.

We asked you to share something with us that you wish you had known before having your baby. We have been overwhelmed by the huge amount of entries and it is wonderful to hear about your experiences as new parents.

Storksak mothers day competition

 

Some of our favourite entries and most valuable advice includes:

Leanne Bell ‘Other parents are super competitive – It doesn’t matter that their child rolls, crawls, has teeth etc before yours. Your son/daughter will develop at their own pace – cherish every moment, it goes by far too quickly’

Victoria Cunniff ‘I wish I known how much I would change as a person – I definitely don’t feel like the ‘me’ I was before I had my daughter’

Lucy Blore ‘I wish I knew why women didn’t always wear makeup and have immaculate hair. It’s because they are no doubt mums who never have time for themselves because they always put their children first I am now one of those women, and my appearance is the last thing I think about in the morning!’

Emma Dorman ‘I wish I’d realised how much my priorities would change and how I would know more fear and find more strength and resilience to do anything to give my children the best possible outcomes in life.’

Jenny Williams ‘Don’t aim to be the perfect parent, aim to be the best parent you can be.’

And the one that we here at Storksak of course agree with:

Gaby Jones ‘Always carry a well organised changing bag so you are ready for all baby related situations!

We have chosen a winner, Danielle Davis, whose simple advice ‘Don’t wish the years away; embrace every milestone’ we loved, and summed up the feelings of many of our lovely parents. Whilst those baby years are busy and difficult, your little one won’t be tiny for long and it is a special time to treasure. Our beautiful new Noa yellow is now on its way to Danielle. With handy organiser interior bag, the yellow colour is perfectly sunny for the summer months – a practical yet stylish choice for holidays, as well as an ideal everyday bag.

As difficult, challenging and tiring as Motherhood can be, all our entrants were in agreement that it is an amazing experience that can’t be compared to anything else in life.

We know how challenging new motherhood can be here in the Western world, despite having health visitors, doctors, nurses, family and friends to turn to for help when times get difficult. But imagine how terrifying life could be if you were living in poverty, lacking the basic information to do the right things to keep yourself and your baby alive and well.

That is why here at Storksak we have chosen to support ‘Women and Children First‘, a small yet invaluable charity who work to prevent mothers and babies from dying during pregnancy, childbirth or in the first few days and months of life, in some of the world’s poorest communities. Their work improves a mother’s chance of surviving pregnancy by up to 45%.

The charity does this by running self-help community women’s groups where women are given the information and knowledge they need to keep themselves and their babies safe, and where they can receive good quality health information and care from properly qualified professionals.

There are various ways for you to help this amazing charity, visit their website for more information. Buy the Storksak Noa Yellow on our website and £5 from every sale goes directly to the charity.

 

 

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Mother’s Day at Storksak with ‘Women and Children First’

Monday, 9 March 2015 13:47:33 Europe/London

  1. Like us on the social media platform of your choice: FacebookTwitter or Instagram
  2. Sign up to our mailing list by email or via Facebook or email
  3. Tell us the most valuable advice you received as a new mum, with hashtag ‪#‎STORKSAKMUMS‬

We are very proud to be supporting amazing charity ‘Women and Children First’ beginning with new Spring Summer 2015 bag the Noa Yellow this Mother’s Day. This wonderful charity work to educate women in poor and ostracized communities in the developing world, helping them to care for their baby and themselves.

The company’s mission is to prevent baby and Mother’s death from treatable or preventable illnesses, so here at Storksak we are doing what we can to help them reach that goal. If you would like to read more about their work, or make a donation, head over to the Women and Children First website.

 Storksak with "Women and Children First"

The winner will be notified on 16.03.15. This competition is in no way endorsed by, or affiliated with, Facebook. Open to UK residents only.

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Storksak in Brussels; AW15 photo shoot behind the scenes

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 13:54:09 Europe/London

Arriving in Brussels

Last week was a rather exciting departure from the office for Storksak  – we jumped on the Eurostar and had our first ever photo shoot overseas!

Founder and designer Melanie, along with Sherina, Jo, Tania and Emily, all took the trip to Brussels, home of not only wonderful chocolate, beer and Art Nouveau architecture, but also our glamorous model Charlotte Collard.

Marking a change from our usual lovely North London locations, we chose a beautiful apartment in the Belgian city as the backdrop for our upcoming range of changing bags.

Model Charlotte joined us for her second shoot with the company, as did little baby Bella, who has grown considerably since our Spring/Summer 2015 photo shoot six months ago!

 

 

Preparation for Storksak shoot

It was an early start for everybody, and we made the most of the beautiful space and high ceilings in the lovely building and took plenty of great shots! Baby Bella behaved impeccably throughout the day; the picture of professionalism already at just eleven months old.

As for the bags…well you will have to wait and see. We can reveal there will be new additions to our Nina and Lucinda range, as well as some completely new styles to update our ever expanding range, in a versatile range of colours.

Keep up to date with our FacebookTwitter and Instagram pages, for sneak peeks of new styles, and all that is happening behind the scenes at Storksak HQ.

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Valentine’s Day at Storksak – our winner is announced!

Monday, 16 February 2015 14:05:03 Europe/London

The big, romantic day of the year is over and we hope all of our wonderful fans were spoilt rotten on Saturday!

Our competition winner has been chosen – Amanda Anderson, an expectant mummy who we will be sure to use her pretty pink changing bag all summer. Amanda is the lucky recipient of not only a Storksak bag from our new Spring/Summer 2015 collection – the Noa – but also a beautiful bouquet of luxurious roses.

The stunning Valentine’s flowers were delivered by our friends Appleyard London, a lovely florist who believes that everyone should have a little luxury in their life. Where possible Appleyard source their flowers from British growers and have designed their packaging to produce as little waste as possible. All of their beautiful bouquets are hand-tied at their UK floristry centre with love and care by their team of experienced florists, ready for your special flower delivery. We can’t think of a more lovely company to turn to when treating someone special!

Appleyard Valentines flowers

The second part of our lovely prize, our Noa bag, is a completely new style for Spring/Summer 2015. The changing bag is available in a choice of five colours – from bright and summery yellow to feminine powder pink and blue, as well as neutral grey and navy. The perfectly practical baby bag boasts a chic and simple single colour finish, complemented by a co-ordinating lining, perfect for summer days out with family. The coated canvas fabric is wipe clean inside and out, meaning your lovely new bag needn’t become grubby!

The Noa also includes a handy mini-organiser bag, featuring six pockets and an internal compartment. It is perfect for keeping everything in an easy to find place, and can even be taken out of your bag to fill with essentials for a quick trip to the shops. The Noa is finished off with stylish silver hardware, detachable long strap, and luxurious leather handles.

Here at Storksak we love to treat our fans. Look out for our next competition via Facebook, Twitter, Insagram and Pinterest pages!

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Love is all you need! – Tales from the Studio

Friday, 13 February 2015 14:12:59 Europe/London

It’s the stuff of songs, poems and novels and it makes the world go round! Love is most definitely in the air as we approach Valentine’s Day.

Not many of us would even dream of competing with outrageous celebrity gifts of platinum phones or £8 million Bulgari necklaces, but we would like to know what would be your dream Valentine’s gift?

We are running a competition for the chance to win our Noa bag in Powder Pink, as well as a gorgeous bouquet of flowers from our friends at Appleyard Flowers. Just send us a pic of your fave treats via Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #StorksakValentines.

Appleyard bouquet for Storksak Valentines

Flowers, chocolates and perfume featured highly on the Studio’s wish list as they are the most popular and traditional gifts, but the Team also had some very interesting ideas!

Nowadays you can have just about anything personalised: from Coca-Cola bottles and cupcakes to jewellery and prints of your favourite love songs.

The most important thing is to think about what your partner likes and to reflect that in their gift, and a thoughtfully worded card and a romantic meal will go a long way to let them know you care. True Love comes from the heart, not the wallet…
‘But I, being poor have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams’

 

 

 

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Storksak Valentine’s Competition: How to win

Thursday, 5 February 2015 14:25:11 Europe/London

Valentine’s Day is nearly here and we think it’s about time our busy Storksak mums got rewarded for all of their hard work! With our latest giveaway we will be treating one special fan to our Noa summer bag in soft pink, as well as a stunning bouquet of red roses.

 Noa Summer Bag, Soft Pink by Storksak

We are offering our fans the chance to enter our Valentine’s competition via either Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, when you give us your email address and sign up to our mailing list. We want to see what your perfect Valentine’s gift is, so follow us via whatever platform you prefer to use, and share an image with us, including hashtag #StorksakValentines

TO ENTER

First, sign up to our mailing list. You can inbox us your email address on Facebook or Twitter, or sign up on via the Email Signup icon on Facebook. Alternatively email it to us directly: Emily@storksak.co.uk
Instagram:
Follow @Storksak_UK and upload a picture of your dream Valentine’s gift with hashtag #StorksakValentines

Twitter:
Follow @Storksak_UK and upload a picture of your dream Valentine’s gift with hashtag #StorksakValentines

Facebook:
Post a picture of your dream Valentine’s gift to our wall and include #StorksakValentines in the post text.

 

 Entry closes and the lucky winner will be picked at 12pm on 12.02.15. The competition is open to UK residents only. This competition is in no way endorsed by, or affiliated with, Facebook.

 

 

 

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Tales from the Studio: Sleep? There’s a nap for that!

Thursday, 29 January 2015 14:31:06 Europe/London

Baby Sleeping

Sleeping-Baby

How to follow the social butterfly that is December, her parties back-lit by curve-flattering fairy lights? That would be January, a bulging trouser button of a month now synonymous with dieting and denial!

 

The harsh truth is that whatever New Year resolutions people make, around a third of them will be broken by the end of January, so if the only “Resolve” you have is the one you mix with water to cure a hangover, you can understand how they feel!

 
Rather than setting ourselves up to fail by giving up too many of the things that make us happy, why not pledge to do something nice instead? Lorraine’s New Year resolution was to bathe more, thankfully this wasn’t a hygiene issue, she just recognised the need to have more “me” time! Frankly we could all be kinder to ourselves, whether that is meeting up with friends or luxuriating in a bubble bath.

 
The one thing that would massively improve our quality of life would be to get more sleep, and anyone who tells you that they sleep like a baby probably doesn’t have one! 6 out of 10 adults in the UK regularly don’t get enough sleep which we know can lead to medical problems in later life and yet we will happily skip sleep for the latest box set or bestseller.

 
So thank you NYE we had a ball and acknowledge that the party is over for another year, but we won’t be tricked into promising to lose a stone or to give up our Sauvignon Blanc. For 2015 we are resolving to slip on a cashmere eye mask, turn off the tech and hibernate until February!

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Win with our Pinterest competition ‘Storksak does Lunch’

Monday, 19 January 2015 14:37:18 Europe/London

The fun image-sharing platform Pinterest is a great place to go for inspiration for fashion, food, baby and everything lovely, and is one of our favourite places to be online!

Follow ‘Storksak London’ to see our lifestyle and product imagery, as well as behind the scenes peeks at our photo shoots and life around the office. We share everything that we at Storksak love; our favourite recipes, fashion, chic nursery décor ideas and more via our Pinterest account.

Storksak does lunch

From now until 28th January 2015 we are running our first ever Pinterest competition, ‘Storksak Does Lunch’. We will be giving away a selection of five of our stylish, insulated lunch bags and bottles – the perfect addition to our to your Storksak changing bag, for keeping your and baby’s lunch warm or cool while you’re on the move.

To take part in our competition simply follow us: www.pinterest.com/storksak, create a new board called ‘Storksak does Lunch, then simply pin our competition graphic and your favourite lunch recipes to the board.

Good luck and happy pinning!

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Swim, sun and luxury leather – Storksak SS15

Wednesday, 7 January 2015 14:42:58 Europe/London

Spring/Summer 2015 is sure to be an exciting season for Storksak as the luxury changing bag brand introduces three completely new styles to their much-loved range – the Catherine, Ariel and Noa. Storksak is also bringing a striking teal addition to the popular Lucinda collection, perfect for the summer months.

 Catherine rich Almond leather by Storksak

Sure to become a future classic for the brand, the Catherine is a wonderfully luxurious leather bag in a neutral yet unusual almond and a rich Bordeaux shade. The chic yet simple design is also available in high quality, durable nylon fabric with leather trim, at an accessible price point, in dark navy and moss.

The Ariel and Noa are simple yet stylish tote-style bags packed full of useful features, ideal for spring, summer and beyond.Noa Grey by Storksak

Ariel is a bright and fun addition to the Storksak range, available in coral and hot pink. Ideal for sun, sport, sand and swim, the pretty colours are sure to light up your look for the warmer months.

The Ariel is crafted in durable silicone with high quality PU trims and includes plenty of useful features. There is a handy drawstring bag ideal for carrying wet swim clothes or sports wear, as well as an interior zip pouch pocket. There is also a fuss-free popper closure and internal attachments included for attaching your Ariel onto a stroller.

Lucinda Teal, by Storksak

The Noa is a wonderfully useful new bag in soft pink, navy, powder blue, yellow and grey, with coated, wipe clean canvas fabric inside and out. The Noa’s handy mini-organiser bag features six pockets and an internal compartment. The bag is finished off with stylish silver hardware, detachable long strap, and luxurious leather handles.

As seen on the catwalk, Storksak’s colour of the season is a bright teal, updating the AW14 hit, the Lucinda bag. Crafted in premium textured leather, Our Lucinda teal features a modern, minimal structure and Storksak’s signature lining. It is also designed to fit most laptops.

Whether you’re looking for your perfect beach bag or a changing bag that doubles up for a day at the office, Storksak has what you’re looking for with their latest Spring Summer 2015 collection. As always, there’s a place for everything and everything in its place with Storksak.

 

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Tales from the studio – Storksak on balancing work and baby

Friday, 12 December 2014 11:24:57 Europe/London

Melanie recently bumped into a friend who had to give up her job as a scientist as she couldn’t reconcile family life with the demands of her career. This got Suzi and Melanie thinking back to when they came up with the idea of Storksak bags over 12 years ago, of how they wanted to build a business that could be a success without them having to sacrifice too much precious family time.

Yoga meditation

 

A decade on it’s not straightforward – and it’s definitely still a juggle and a struggle – but they have been able to support staff members who want to work irregular hours from home and some studio staff work part time to allow them to do the school run.

Forget about having it all, it’s all about having a life.

Having a baby takes parents on a joyful and scary roller-coaster of emotions; throw in a job with a 45 minute commute at either end of the day after a night of broken sleep with a fractious baby, and it’s not difficult to see how our mid 30’s can be one of the most stressful times of life.

So what we can do is surround ourselves with a network of people who make our lives that little bit better: a supportive partner, close family, friends with shared experiences and, hopefully, a sympathetic employer. This is our ‘Clan of Care’. The people who support and allow us to work, to enjoy our family and simply to be.
We strive to put quality, care and thoughtfulness into each Storksak product and we extend that same courtesy to our staff so that you can be secure in the knowledge that your Storksak bag is gorgeous – inside and out!

 

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Win a ping pong set from the game’s creators, Jaques!

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 11:28:57 Europe/London

Jaques Storksak prize!

We have a rather special prize for today’s competition – a set of Original Ping Pong as it was when it was invented by Jaques of London!

Ping Pong was invented in 1901 by John Jaques III, and the current generation of the family are still making beautiful, traditional toys and games today. Established in 1795, Jaques of London is the oldest sports and games manufacturer in the world. Throughout their long and distinguished history Jaques has been responsible for inventing some of the world’s most popular sports and family games including Croquet, Ping Pong, Ludo, Tiddledy Winks and Happy Families. The company is still owned and run by direct descendants of the original company founder Thomas Jaques.

Jaques of London has relaunched Original Ping Pong for Christmas 2014, recreating Ping Pong as it was when it was first invented. This is set to be one of the most original and timeless games of the season.

The set, which includes two bats, three balls and one net with posts and clamps, made to fit all tables, is an exact replica of the original hand-crafted Ping Pong set launched in 1901. The two steam-bent bats have solid wooden frames and handles and are covered with the finest grade vellum, which is glued and hand-stitched into place. The vellum creates a drum effect, which produces a very satisfactory “ping pong” sound. The antique-finished wooden posts incorporate two solid brass clamps. The net, hand-made from natural cotton, can be adjusted in size simply by wrapping it around the posts.

Original Ping Pong isn’t just great for kids, but is also the ideal after dinner party game. It is designed to be played on any table – including dining room tables! Once supper has been served, drinks have been quaffed and coffee cups have been cleared, simply attach the net to the posts, screw the solid brass clamps (both cushioned by soft foam pads to avoid table damage) onto the table and let the games begin.

Original Ping Pong is available to buy now from Jaques of London’s website for £59.99.

Original Ping Pong, By Jaques

here are still two days of our ’12 days of Christmas’ competition left. Visit our Facebook page at 10am tomorrow for our next riddle, to be in with a chance of winning the 11th day’s wonderful prize!

 

 

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Win a personalised gift from Olivia Sticks with Layla

Tuesday, 9 December 2014 11:35:18 Europe/London

Today’s prize is a beautiful personalised placemat and coaster set from ‘Olivia Sticks with Layla’ an up-and-coming, beautifully classic British brand.

This London-based brand was founded and is run by Claire Summery. She creates children’s wall art and personalised gifts for little ones including a children’s illustration range of art for kids rooms, greeting cards, cushion covers, stationery and many more products to be launched soon. All of Claire’s lovely products are created in a classic children’s storybook style.Olivia Sticks with Layla place matClaire loves drawing, and is a trained illustrator with a degree in design, winning design graduate of the year in 2005.

Claire previously worked in the fashion illustration industry and has completed commission work for many high-street brands featured on TV and in shops and has had work published in illustration books. She was inspired to create the brand after she had her two young children.

Today’s lovely giveaway set includes an ‘Olivia sticks with Layla’ placemat and coaster, personalised to include your child’s name. The pretty ballerina set is perfect for a girly girl’s Christmas gift, and might even encourage fussy eaters to stay at the table a little while longer!

We will announce all competition winners on the 13th December. The ’12 Days of Christmas’ competition is open to UK residents only. The competition is in no way affiliated or endorsed by Facebook.
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Nature’s Purest

Monday, 8 December 2014 11:42:22 Europe/London

Lovely baby brand ‘Natures Purest’ have been very kind in offering a beautiful range of organic cotton knitwear for our ’12 days of Christmas’, all in a neutral cream, perfect for a baby boy or girl!

Natures Purest create a beautiful range of sensitive natural products comfortable for baby’s skin. The brand was founded back in 2006 by Jane Albon, and is now stocked in 46 countries around the world, offering 14 ranges and more than 240 products!

Nature's Purest, Knitted Blanket

roducts now carry both the ‘Oeko-Tex 100’ and the fabulous ‘Garments Without Guilt’ certification. The cotton is naturally coloured and 100% free from pollution-causing fertilisers, as well as harmful pesticides and chemicals.

Baby’s skin is far more delicate and susceptible to harmful chemicals and substances than adult’s. In their first year of life, babies spend around 16 hours a day sleeping, and a lot of time playing in their room. For this reason Nature’s Purest recognise how important it is for babies to be surrounded by healthy, natural products.

The giveaway set includes the Cream Organic Cotton Knitted Hat & Mitts Set 0-6M – RRP15.00, Cream Organic Cotton Knitted Hooded Cardigan 3-6M – RRP £26.00 and Cream Organic Cotton Cable Blanket 75 x 100cm – RRP £28.00, for a total value of £69.00.

We will announce all competition winners on the 13th December. The ’12 Days of Christmas’ competition is open to UK residents only. The competition is in no way affiliated or endorsed by Facebook.
Nature's Purest, Knit Hat
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Win a Discoveroo Rocket Toy

Sunday, 7 December 2014 11:50:45 Europe/London

Today’s prize is a lovely wooden rocket toy from Australian brand Discoveroo, which not only looks stylish displayed on a shelf but can be played with as a stacker and a rocket toy, providing hours of fun for kids!
 
Discoveroo is an Australian brand of Educational Toys and Games, who offer a unique range of products for early learners, pre-school and primary school children, all made from 100% eco friendly, sustainable, plantation wood.
 
Perfect for developing motor skills and pretend play, the toy is made up of eight pieces which slot in together via magnets. It includes a spaceman, alien and monkey.This leaves the child to explore the possibilities and develop their mind.
Discoveroo Rocket, win through Storksak
 
For young children, seeing how a toy works is an important part of understanding the world. The natural materials stimulate the senses in a way that processed materials cannot.The team at Discoveroo are committed to providing high quality products which last and also the safety of the children who use them.
 
Only certified manufacturers that can meet strict criteria are selected. Products meet and exceed the safety standards in the countries where they are sold.All products are certified by independent testing laboratories. Because all aspects of Discoveroo products are tested, not just the coatings, you can be sure they are completely safe for small children. And because they are abuse tested against the toughest standards, you know they will last.

 

Discoveroo is stocked by ‘Ginny 1 Two Kids’ in the UK, who are also original UK stockists of Sophie the Giraffe. Read more about the family brand here.

The ‘12 days of Christmas’ competition is open to UK residents over the age of 18 only. It is not in any way affiliated with, or endorsed by, Facebook. All competition winners will be announced on December 13th via our Facebook page.

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Remember precious moments with Milestone baby cards

Saturday, 6 December 2014 11:56:05 Europe/London

If you answered today’s question correctly you could be in with a chance of winning a lovely set of Milestone cards; the perfect way to commemorate all of baby’s special moments as he or she grows up.

The beautifully illustrated Milestone Baby Cards are produced in the Netherlands. The cards and box are printed on FSC certified paper that is acid and chlorine-free. The printer uses the Vega-Fast ink: a Dutch printing ink based on vegetable oils.

Milestone Baby Cards

Baby's milestones

Milestone Baby Cards enable you to capture and remember baby’s first smile and steps as years go by, or create cute updates to send to family and friends.

Simply fill in the date and take a picture of your baby together with the card.

This set contains 30 cards with all the major milestones, the perfect gift for new parents!

Milestone cards are stocked by family company ‘Ginny 1 Two Kids‘, founded back in 2008.

Originally the first UK stockists of Sophie the Giraffe, the company has made it their mission to search out other fantastic products and are very proud to be exclusive distributors for Sophie la GIrafe,

Discoveroo, Milestone Cards, Tutim NYC and many more.

1 Two Kids work with more than 500 quality retailers across the UK and Ireland, providing unique and exclusive products that can’t always be found on the high street.

We will announce all competition winners on the 13th December. The ’12 Days of Christmas’ competition is open to UK residents only. The competition is in no way affiliated or endorsed by Facebook.
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Win a teether from legendary French brand Sophie the Giraffe

Friday, 5 December 2014 12:06:59 Europe/London

Today’s competition prize is French design classic and baby essential Sophie the Giraffe teether, the ideal Christmas present for a new baby.

Sophie the Giraffe was invented by Monsieur Rampeau in France in the 1960s, who was an expert in transforming sap from thSophie the Giraffee hevea tree using the rotationalmoulding of rubber as a toy-making concept. He came up with the idea of designing a giraffe as the exotic wildlife figure would be a first on the market, and her size and shape is perfect for a baby’s small hands to grasp.

Sophie the Giraffe looked exactly the same then as she does today, and went into production on Thursday 25th May 1961. The toy quickly became an essential new baby gift in France, but wouldn’t become widely used around the rest of the world until recent years.

What makes this particular teething toy so special is a combination of appealing looks and squeaky noise, safe and healthy natural rubber and dyes, and the shape, colour and

Sophie the Giraffe

 texture that helps baby grip and relieve the pain of their gums. All sensory simulation is covered with Sophie – hearing, taste, touch, smell and sight.

Give the gift that combines practicality and fun for babies this Christmas with Sophie 

the Giraffe!

We will announce all competition winners on the 13th December. The ’12 Days of Christmas’ competition is open to UK residents only. The competition is in no way affiliated or endorsed 
by Facebook.

 

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Win with luxury favourite Aden+Anais

Thursday, 4 December 2014 12:23:54 Europe/London

The right answer to today’s quiz will win you a pretty special gift in our Christmas competition – a beautiful set from popular luxury baby brand Aden+Anais.

New Beginnings Gift Set

 

 

Aden + Anais, the baby brand widely known for its iconic muslin swaddling, sleeping, feeding and bath time products, is giving away a ‘New Beginnings’ gift set worth £64.95 in a festive twinkle print.

The beautiful products made using Aden + Anais’ signature cotton muslin, it’s everything mummy and baby will need to stay comfy, cosy and have a little fun too! The gift set includes two swaddles, burpy bib, musy mate, lovely comforter and musy.

Aden+Anais was co-founded by Raegan Moya-Jones in 2006. After moving from her native Australia to the United States, the news in 2003 that Raegan was expecting her first baby triggered many mixed emotions. Although her family was half way around the world, Aussie motherhood traditions were always with her. On the top of her list were muslin wraps that Australian mum’s use to swaddle their babies. It was to her surprise when she went looking for them in New York that they were nowhere to be found.
 
After scouring stores across the U.S. for the soft, breathable wraps used by mothers everywhere in Australia she was disappointed – there was nothing quite right for swaddling her new baby girl, Anais. Before she knew it Raegen was a new mum and entrepreneur!  In July 2006, Aden + Anais® was born and can now be found in thousands of stores across 63 countries, worldwide today.
Eden + Anais cotton muslin

We will announce all competition winners on the 13th December. The ’12 Days of Christmas’ competition is open to UK residents only. The competition is in no way affiliated or endorsed by Facebook.

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Win a beautiful princess gown from Rachel Riley

Wednesday, 3 December 2014 12:32:01 Europe/London

We have a rather special gift to give on the third day of Christmas; a stunning girl’s dress from a fellow luxury London-based brand, Rachel Riley.

This beautiful brand has been creating adorable, traditional children’s clothes for the past twenty years, however they are particularly on everybody’s radar since Prince George was pictured wearing their sailboat smocked dungarees on his first official engagement in spring this year.

Rachel Riley Princess Dress

Rachel Riley is an award-winning brand based in Marylebone. Rachel’s design philosophy is rooted in her traditional lifestyle and draws inspiration from the forties, fifties and sixties with fine tailoring, beautiful hand smocking, hand embroidery and vintage-inspired prints designed by and exclusive to the brand.

Rachel Riley Princess Gown

 

The company designs, manufactures and retails clothing and accessory collections four times a year for boys, girls, babies and ladies. The exquisite party slippers are hand-made in Rachel’s own workshop in France.

The brand has two stores in London and a store on Madison Avenue in New York, as well as being stocked in department and independent stores all over the world, including Selfridges and Harrods, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue in the USA and Takashimaya in Japan.

Today’s prize is the perfect Christmas gift for a little girl who loves to dress up – the beautiful ‘Dress up Princess Gown’ is RRP £139, and is made with layers of ivory net, with a silver ribbon at the waist, and cream and silver heart shaped buttons to fasten at the back. We all would have loved to have had a dress this pretty when we were children!

The ‘12 days of Christmas’ competition is open to UK residents over the age of 18 only. It is not in any way affiliated with, or endorsed by, Facebook. All competition winners will be announced on December 13th via our Facebook page.

 

 

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Win beautiful kid’s shoes from ‘Hug and Hatch’

Tuesday, 2 December 2014 12:41:02 Europe/London

Beautiful baby shoes that are created to support and be comfortable are difficult to find, so when Hug and Hatch told us that they had a gorgeous pair of kid’s shoes to give away for our ’12 days of Christmas’ competition we knew you would all be delighted!

Hug and Hatch is a ‘home-grown’ British brand designed by Laura and Lisa, both footwear designers and mums. After years of struggling to find styles that were individual but had the quality they were looking for at an affordable price they decided to start ‘Hug and Hatch’.

Hug and Hatch baby shoes

 

Hug & Hatch, the British toddler and kids footwear brand, puts passion and quality at the heart of its designs. The shoes not only look adorable but are designed to provide the best possible support for children’s feet.

We are offering the lucky winner of today’s competition a beautiful pair of Hugo silver ankle boots from Hug and Hatch, worth RRP £68. The crepe effect sole boot is designed to provide support for baby’s delicate feet and there is a pewter suede upper with silver suede toe cap and pink spotted elastic. Thoughtful features include the balloon trim back loop, there to help you put the shoe on your child. The sole also features a Hug and Hatch balloon emboss.

The ’12 days of Christmas’ competition is open to UK residents over the age of 18 only. It is not in any way affiliated with, or endorsed by, Facebook. All competition winners will be announced on December 13th, via our Facebook page.

 

 

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Invest for less: Storksak does ‘Black Friday’

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 12:46:35 Europe/London

In celebration of our American cousins’ Thanksgiving tradition, this year Storksak is offering our loyal and new customers alike a pre-Christmas sale day. On ‘Black Friday’ we will bring you our beautiful, luxury items at a fraction of their usual price.

Invest in the Nina Print Tan, Lucinda Orange, Tania Bee Burnt Orange, Isabella Pebble, Tote Python and Olivia Tweed all at 50% less than their original retail price.

Lucinda Orange by Storksak

The Lucinda orange is new for Autumn/Winter 2014; a beautiful, eye catching design, perfect for brightening up dreary winter days, and as useful for a day at the office as a day spent with baby!

The Tote Python will now be available for an impressive £35 – the perfect stocking filler for a mum-to-be. The Tania Bee burnt orange is a Storksak classic, and our most sporty design. In contrast, for a very ladylike look, the Isabella pebble is a pretty and feminine style, smart enough to use after baby has outgrown the need for a changing bag.

Tote Python, by Storksak

The Olivia Tweed is a chic and simple design in perfectly wintry fabric, and last but not least lovely Nina Print Tan is the perfect choice for pattern lovers, wonderfully decorative and designed exclusively in-house by our London team.

From 5pm on Thursday night to 5pm Friday, these six styles will be available at their discounted price. All bags are only available while stocks last. Promotion available to UK customers only.

 

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Easy Mid-week Dinner: Tomato Risotto

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 10:14:00 Europe/London

It can be easy to fall into the habit of relying on a few faithful dishes when cooking for your family during a busy week, but it’s great to try out something different and introduce your children to new flavours. A favourite recipe from our Marketing Executive Emily, why not try this quick, easy and delicious risotto. 

Tomato risotto

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Look chic and help an amazing cause with ‘Selfish Mother’

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 12:56:10 Europe/London

Looking for some guilt-free additions to your wardrobe?

Here at Storksak changing bags we are very excited to support this worthy cause; Blogzine ‘Selfish Mother’ has launched the MOTHER collection to help raise money for women affected by war. 

Selfish Mother, Sweatshirt and T-shirtSelfish mother T-Shirt

 

The stylish mini-collection includes three tees (black, blue and grey) and three sweatshirts (black, moss and grey). The range features a distinctive MOTHER print and all items are created using Organic Cotton at Fairwear certified factories (meaning no unfair labour).

Molly Gunn, fashion journalist and editor of Selfish Mother launched the range to show solidarity for the global sisterhood. She says: “Us mothers in the Western world have got it damn good compared to other women around the world, who are trying to bring up kids in poor conditions, without adequate shelter, food, money or support! We have the power to help other women and mothers – it’s time to share the love!”

All profits from sales of Mother designs go to Women for Women International – an amazing charity that helps women in eight war-torn regions rebuild their lives through training programmes. This means £15 from the sale of each t-shirt and £20 from each sweat shirt goes straight to this amazing charity.

Since 1993, Women for Women International has helped nearly 420,000 marginalised women in countries affected by war and conflict. They directly work with women in eight countries, offering support, tools, and access to life-changing skills to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency. Head to their website http://www.womenforwomen.org.uk for more information.

Women for Women International say: “We really can’t thank you enough for choosing to support Women for Women International through this inspiring project, which is so in keeping with what we at WfWI believe about the importance of solidarity and the power of bringing women together.”

The MOTHER collection feels good to wear in more ways than one…

Tees: £30
 Sweatshirts: £45 
Available from SelfishMother.com.

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Easy Italian – let’s make calzone!

Thursday, 6 November 2014 13:02:57 Europe/London

Kids love helping out in the kitchen and what child doesn’t love pizza? Try an alternative with this impressive yet easy calzone, a lovely recipe to make together at the weekend.

You can fill your calzone with whatever you like, so get creative or make a veggie special for non-meat eaters. Serve with a side salad to make sure you all get your five a day!

Easy Italian Calzone

 

Ingredients:

  • 290g of pizza base mix (to serve two people, double for four) or make your own.
  • Filling of your choice: try salami, chorizo or ham for meat eaters, spinach, olives and tomatoes for veggies, or a combination of the two.
  • 1 jar of passata
  • Cheese of your choice: ricotta, cheddar and mozzarella are all tasty options!

Instructions:

  1. Start off by pre-heating your oven to 220°C, and lightly grease a baking tray with oil.
  2. Roll the dough out into two circles, around 20cm in diameter
  3. Spoon a layer of passata onto each base, leaving a border of around 1cm
  4. Put the filling of your choice on one half of the circle, then fold over and seal the edges with a little water.
  5. Bake for around twenty minutes
  6. Finish off with a little passata, sprinkle some parmesan cheese on the top, and add a bit of colour with a small handful of rocket when you serve, basil or cherry tomatoes. Delicious!

Do you have a favourite Italian recipe that you love to cook with your kids? Please share in the comments section; we would love to hear from you!

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Spooky Storksak Halloween Competition

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 13:14:09 Europe/London

All Hallows’ Eve is nearly upon us. It’s time to get carving those pumpkins, get a spooky outfit for your kids at the ready and stock up on trick or treat sweeties!Spooky Storksak

The Storksak team would like you to share your clever and creative pumpkin designs, whether it’s a proud picture you have kept from years past or this October’s amazing effort. Share your inspiring pumpkin pictures on our Facebook page and you will be in with a chance of winning our impossibly chic Tote in Diamonds Black, RRP £70 if your photo is the spookiest.

The Diamonds Black changing bag is new to our Tote range for AW14. As one of our best-loved styles, we update the collection with an on trend design every year.
Made from water repellent nylon with a fashionable contrasting base, our latest tote is super-lightweight and roomy. With its additional, adjustable long shoulder strap, it is extremely versatile, comfortably worn as a shoulder or cross body bag.

The tote is equipped with essential features for new parents, including two inner elasticated storage pockets, one zipped pocket for valuables, one large velcro closure compartment for clothes or nappies, in-built thermo-insulated bottle holder to keep fluids warm/cool for up to four hours, additional long strap with built in stroller clips and padded changing mat.


Wipe clean fabrics and linings throughout make this changing bag one of our most practical choices for stylish mums. Large enough to fit most laptops, it also doubles up perfectly as a weekend bag when off duty.

We love the striking monochrome design here in the office, and think it makes a great handbag whether you are a new parent or not!

The Diamonds Black Changing Bag

Simply like the Storksak Facebook page, an

d post your proudest pumpkin caving pictures to us to be in with a chance of winning this stylish changing bag! The Storksak team’s favourite entry wins.

The competition is open to UK residents only, and will close for entries on Friday 

October 31st at 5pm. We will announce our chosen winner on Monday 3rd November. This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

 

 

 

 

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Storksak’s Luxury Baby Gift Ideas

Wednesday, 8 October 2014 13:33:29 Europe/London

Looking for the perfect baby shower gift, new baby or first birthday present, or a little something to make a new mum feel special? Here’s some of Storksak’s top picks for lovely luxury treats…

Nursery furniture from ‘Nature’s Purest’

If you are giving a gift for a baby shower and mum and dad haven’t chosen to find out their baby’s sex, this is the company for you! Choose from a lovely selection of luxurious baby products in neutral creams and whites. We especially love the mobiles, teddies and bedding – perfect for a simple yet stylish nursery.

Nature's Purest, Teddy

‘Storksak’ changing bags

Finding your perfect changing bag makes everyday life with your baby that bit easier. Whilst it’s important to include all the function a parent , giving the gift of a Storksak changing bag will also feel like a lovely luxury treat for a lucky new mum! Our classic best-seller, theElizabeth in tan, is a sure fire choice.

 Elizabeth in Tan

 

‘Olivia Sticks with Layla’ personalised gifts

Honour a friend or family member’s new arrival in an extra special way, with a personalised card from small British brand ‘Olivia sticks with Layla’. Pretty and traditional, the quintessentially English brand also makes art prints, personalised placemats and coasters, thank you notes and invitations.

Olivia Sticks personalised gifts

‘Aden+Anais’ swaddle cloths

These beautiful swaddling cloths from Aden+Anais make a lovely gift for new parents, with a luxurious range of merino, organic and bamboo fabrics. The ‘New Beginning Gift Set’ is an ideal go-to gift from the brand, with muslin square, two swaddles, bib and ‘musy mate’, in Jungle or Twinkle theme.

Aden+Anais swaddle cloths

 

‘Sophie the Giraffe’ teething aid

Teething toys are a baby essential, but this classic is sure to delight parents for its cute appearance as much as its ideal shape for babies to squeeze and chew. Sophie the Giraffe has been a classic new baby gift for French mums for the last fifty years and the rest of the world is fast catching on. The classic gift box is our choice for great baby gift.

Sophie the Giraffe Teething Aid

‘Hug and Hatch’ baby booties

Available in a lovely gift box, these beautiful little shoes make for wonderful presents for baby’s first birthday. The brand creates shoes for pre-walkers, first walkers and juniors. The soft suede designs are kind to delicate little feet, but they’re super stylish too – available in leopard print and polka dot patterns booties, sandals and shoes.

Hug and Hatch baby booties

We hope you found our pick of lovely baby products useful. Are there any other great brands that we haven’t included here which are your go-to when buying gifts for new mums? Please share!

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Storksak’s ‘Pretty Muddy Run’ for The Brain Tumour Charity

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 14:20:06 Europe/London

Storksak participates in the mud run!

On Saturday 20th September the girls at Storksak got together and we prepared to get covered in mud as we ran the Race for Life Pretty Muddy Run in Finsbury park!

We were raising money for our amazing accountant Jo Naji’s brave little boy Zak, who has battled through a rare form of brain cancer, Medulloblastioma.

In September last year, when Zak had a lot of headaches, Jo took him to A&E. It was discovered after undergoing a CT scan that Zak had a brain tumour.  After undergoing his first surgery, tragically it was discovered that Zak’s cancer had spread to his spine, and he had to endure more surgery to help the fluid in his brain.

Zak

 

After three lots of surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, it’s wonderful that Zak is now free of his cancer.

We are so pleased that Zak is now in remission, but there are around 500 children that are diagnosed with brain cancer every year. The lack of funding in place for paediatric cancers means that if Zak relapses there is no further treatment available to him in the UK.

The Brain Tumour Charity is the UK’s largest dedicated funder of research into brain tumours, to help more children and adults like Zak. Currently only 2% of Cancer Research in the UK is dedicated to brain tumours, so it’s time for us to do what we can to help!

We had an amazing day, made extra special by having Zak himself there to cheer us on, and his two sisters joining us all for the race!

Storksak in the mud run

So far we have raised an amazing £1,330, thanks to the generosity of friends and family. Our Just Giving page is still open so pleasedonate to this amazing cause if you can.

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Swim, sun and luxury leather – Storksak SS15

Wednesday, 3 September 2014 11:35:00 Europe/London

Spring/Summer 2015 is sure to be an exciting season for Storksak as the luxury changing bag brand introduces three completely new styles to their much-loved range – the Catherine, Ariel and Noa. Storksak is also bringing a striking teal addition to the popular Lucinda collection, perfect for the summer months. 

Model with the Storksak Noa changing bag

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Storksak shining in the press

Friday, 22 August 2014 14:28:50 Europe/London

It’s always great to see our lovely changing bags in the pages of glossy magazines, and so here we are sharing our proud moments with you!

Storksak has had a very busy few months of press coverage, and we’re delighted to see how much journalists and loyal customers love our changing bags.

Our bags have been seen everywhere recently, from big fashion and lifestyle magazines like Grazia and Irish Tatler, to top baby publications like Gurgle baby magazine and Baby & Me. Lots of our styles including the Tania Bee, Bailey, Ellena, Aubrey, Ashley, Sofia and Kate Patent have all been featured.

Here’s a selection of some of our favourite press bits, as featured in parenting magazines over the past year…

 
Gurgle Magazine, May 2014
Gurgle is championing our Ellena as the perfect subtle and understated changing bag for new mums.

Ellena changing bag by Storksak

Baby and Me, May 2014
We were delighted to see Baby and Me include our Kate Patent in their ‘Changing bags we love’ selection.

Kate Patent by Storksak

 

Baby and Me, November 2013
Our Ashley Blue is included in the top pick of changing bags for new dads.

Ashley Blue by Storksak

 

Parenting Magazine, April 2013
The Elizabeth is included in the ‘Hot Mama’ list, as a stylish and functional choice for Moms on the go.

Elizabeth by Storksak in 'Hot Mama'

 

Angels and Urchins, March 2014
The Bailey weekend bag is featured in Angels and Urchins in ‘Pregnancy and Baby News’ as a good choice for a weekend or hospital bag.

Bailey weekend bag

 

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Choosing your Storksak Changing Bag

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 14:41:29 Europe/London

Olivia Ariel by Storksak

 

Storksak changing bags are great for keeping organised and carrying your baby’s essentials, including nappies, wipes, bottles and dummies, alongside your own belongings.

There are so many different sizes, shapes and colours of changing bag available in every fabric and at every price point however, choosing the one that’s right for you might seem overwhelming.

It’s worth taking your time when choosing your Storksak, as having the right changing bag by your side can make life so much easier as a new mum. To help you out we’ve covered a few main points for you to consider, to help you start thinking about what you actually want and need in a changing bag:

Fabric

A sumptuous leather changing bag is the ultimate luxury choice, but if you want something a little more casual looking, are keeping to a budget, or perhaps won’t buy leather for ethical reasons, Storksak offers a variety of alternatives.

The Bobby and Poppy bags are made in a high quality quilted nylon, which is designed to be hard wearing and withstand every day use. A few of our bags are also cotton canvas, which works particularly well for unisex styles such as the Ashley and Bailey.

If you are looking for a classic leather design the ElizabethSofia or new Lucinda bag are some of our loveliest leather choices, and will double up as handbags or work bags when baby is out of nappies, and you need to carry a laptop rather than a changing mat.

Size

Size is a tricky issue when it comes to changing bags. As a new mother you have a lot to carry so will probably look for a bag larger than the handbag you previously carried. However, choose a bag that’s too big and it becomes heavy and tempting to over-fill.

If you have twins or need to carry a lot about with you one of our larger bags, such as the Bailey or Tote might be your best choice.

If you breast feed and dont need to carry bottles, formulas etc a smaller bag might be more suitable. Some of our slightly smaller styles include the Elizabeth, which is quite a slim design, and the Helena.

Elizabeth by Storksak

Ease of Cleaning

Your new bag needs to be practical and easy to clean. All Storksak bags have wipe clean linings, but if you choose a synthetic style many are also wipe clean on the outside too.

It is possible to clean leather bags as well, and a variety of products can be used to do so. It is best to test on a less visible area first however, as some leather cleaners could discolour your bag. Read our care instructions for more detailed information.

Carrying a bottle

An important component of the baby-changing bag is a holder or section to keep your baby’s bottle out of the way, clean and temperature regulated. Storksak integrate an insulated bottle holder into each bag in a variety of ways, either with a removable bottle holder bag, or a zipped, concealed bottle pocket.

You may prefer the pocket as a part of your bag as a neat option for keeping your baby’s bottle in place. Bags with an insulated pocket include the LucindaTote and Jamie. If you plan to use your bag for work also, you might prefer a design with a removal bottle holder, such as the Caroline or Nina.

To go girly or keep it sensible and unisex…?

If you’re a girly girl and you are going to be the only one carrying your changing bag, you can go all out – the bright Bobby Magenta, Tote in Diamonds Black or Bailey in Coral are all pretty, feminine fashion choices which are sure to get you noticed.

However, if your partner is also going to be using your changing bag, making him carry around your bright pink Storksak might not be a popular decision! Luckily we offer a range of stylish unisex designs, including the Ashley in black or blue, Bailey in black or navy, or the celebrity dad’s favourite, Jamie in espresso or black.

View our full range of Storksak changing bags and choose the right one for you here.

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Amoralia offers Storksak’s customers an exclusive discount…

Friday, 8 August 2014 15:05:00 Europe/London

Amoralia with Storksak

Storksak has teamed up with beautiful underwear brand Amoralia for a discount on their products – now you can enjoy an impressive 20% off Amoralia’s full price items until August 15th 2014 with product code P15SSK.

The lovely brand makes a range of pretty yet practical underwear, swimwear and nightwear for women during every stage of pregnancy, as well as for nursing mothers.

There is nothing more important than feeling comfortable and supported during the changes your body goes through during pregnancy and early motherhood, so luckily Amoralia has the products you need as well as plenty of practical advice for choosing the right items.

Amoralia was born seven years ago after its creator Jules noticed a gap in the market for beautiful yet functional underwear for pregnant women and new mothers – much as Storksak was created when our founders Mel and Suzi realized the need for a stylish yet functional baby changing bag. For this reason our two brands are perfect partners!

Amoralia is constantly striving to further their expertise through research, feedback from Mums, testing and tweaking, so it’s not surprising they have won the UK Fashion & Export award for lingerie and beach fashion, as well as coming runner up in the Blueprint business planning awards back in 2005.

Take a look at Amoralia’s lovely range here to choose your perfect products at a brilliant 20% off full price items.

Amoralia bra

 

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Summer with Storksak: our fans share their favourite family days out!

Friday, 25 July 2014 15:13:46 Europe/London

Katy, Competition winner

Our summer day out competition has officially ended and we are so pleased with all the great suggestions from Storksak fans for family days out in the UK this summer!

Congratulations to Katy Stanley, who sent us an adorable collage of her baby daughter Sophie’s first summer, enjoying her family’s favourite day out activity – a picnic.

If you are looking for some inspiration for special family days during the warm months, take a look at some of our competition entrant’s top tips…

Katy Stanley

My family loves picnics in the summer. This year is our little Sophie’s first summer, and on Sunday she had her first ever picnic at the fun fair, with tractor rides and arts and crafts for her big sister Amy!

Lori Anderson

York! We were there last month with our 7-month-old son for a few days. It was wonderful and full of such friendly people! We live in Glasgow and are lucky enough to have the commonwealth games coming up this summer, so there will be plenty of free events happening to keep kids entertained too.

Becky Smith

I love Camber Sands – it’s close enough to big towns for there be plenty to do, but secluded enough to be able to really relax. There is a gorgeous beach and nice open spaces.

Nina Merry

Funfair rides. As much I love taking my little girl to the zoo I don’t have the money to keep going! So we always take her on walks somewhere different instead and she loves exploring, plus it’s a great day out with the family and some quality bonding time.

Sharon Jones

Snow tubing is great fun! Playing football in the garden as a family is also one of our favourite summer day games.

Emma Ann Hunt

You can’t beat a day out at the seaside. Buckets and spades, sand in your toes, chips in a cone and ice cream make our perfect family day out!

Leah Sullivan

We just adore going on a family trip to the beach. It can cost as much or as little as you choose. We often visit Joss Bay, near Broadstairs, as the water quality is great and it’s a nice safe and enclosed bay for little ones.

We always take a big picnic (watch out for the pesky seagulls though!), sports equipment like bats and balls, a blow up paddling pool (so the children can still splash about when not in the sea), kites, inflatables, buckets and spades and some nets to go to the rock pools when the tide is out.

With all this, you can really arrive early in the morning and not leave until around 6pm, but have had a really lovely, fun and varied day out. There’s nothing like the sea air and a bit of sunshine to make for the perfect day, wherever you are along the coast.

 

Thanks to everyone who entered for sharing your great ideas! If you didn’t win this time keep an eye on our FacebookTwitter andInstagram pages for the great competitions we have coming up…

 

 

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Lucinda Orange by Storksak

It’s time to look forward to crisp leaves under foot and cold, frosty mornings; the Autumn/Winter Storksak collection has landed!

The lovely Storksak range has been updated with a luxurious new tote style, the Lucinda, and on-trend updates to many of our existing popular lines. All are now available for pre-order.

The Lucinda Tote is perhaps our most modern and sleek style yet. Created to withstand regular use, the minimal hardware and contemporary lines make for a wonderfully versatile design. The bag will be available at an accessible price point and in a choice of three beautiful colours.

Storksak’s Senior Designer Sherina has said: “We wanted to create a leather tote with a difference – filling a gap in the market for a baby bag which can also be used as a tote. By being adventurous with pattern we have made use of the bag’s asymmetrical style to create a large external pocket. The Lucinda is a modern, minimalist design. Crafted in lightweight, hard-wearing leather, it’s perfect for everyday use.”

The Lucinda offers all of the features you will need as a new parent; side zip with thermo-insulated bottle pocket, comfortable leather shoulder strap with padded shoulder section, secure top zip, a number of elasticated inside pockets and padded changing mat. You can choose from classic Black, a lovely neutral Taupe, or add a pop of colour to your wardrobe with Sunset Orange.

Storksak favourites such as our Poppy, Bobby, Tote, Ashley and Bailey bag are also available in new colour and pattern options for the Autumn/Winter season.

The Poppy and Bobby now come in a sophisticated charcoal colour. Premium-looking and neutral enough to go with most colours, charcoal has been chosen as a more interesting alternative to grey and softer option than classic black. The Bobby in Magenta is perfect for the colour-lovers amongst you; the beautiful bright shade will warm up your winter look and complement most neutrals.

Our classic tote design has been updated with a monochrome theme for the winter. On trend for the season, the interesting, versatile print is the perfect addition to your winter wardrobe.

Finally, the Ashley and Bailey bags are now available in black with tan detail; a great unisex options suitable for dads as well as mums. Stylish as well as practical, they feature a water resistant finish.

 

View our nine beautiful new Autumn/Winter bags on our website now – available to order immediately for late August delivery.

 

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Easy Italian – let’s make calzone!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 11:42:00 Europe/London

Kids love helping out in the kitchen and what child doesn’t love pizza? Try an alternative with this impressive yet easy calzone, a lovely recipe to make together at the weekend.

Calzone recipe

 

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Storksak Supporting 'Women and Children First'

Thursday, 3 July 2014 10:58:00 Europe/London

On Mother’s Day 2015 we began our work to support an amazing cause, ‘Women and Children First’, with £5 from the sale of every Noa Yellow changing bag on our website going directly to the charity.

Mother and child in a third world country

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Summer holiday day out competition

Wednesday, 2 July 2014 15:22:14 Europe/London

British Outings

The summer holidays are coming up and it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to keep your little ones amused for a whole six weeks home from school or nursery!

This is where Storksak comes in; we want everyone to share their best British family days out, whether it’s building sandcastles on a Cornish beach, visiting your favourite London museum, a day at the zoo or a picnic in the grounds of a stately home. Ideas to inspire us all for great summer holiday.

Enter our competition to be in with a chance of winning yourself the essential accompaniment to a busy family day out; our vibrant and chic Storksak orange and fuchsia tote.

This stylish yet amazingly practical bag features a number of pockets to keep your valuables safe and organised, a padded changing mat and thermo-insulated bottle holder – perfect for carrying all of your day out essentials.

To enter, please send us your day out idea, any photos you have of your family enjoying the day and your email address* via our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/StorksakBags by deadline 21ar July 2014. We are looking out for the loveliest imagery and most inspiring ideas when choosing our winning entry. Good luck!

 
*When you provide us with your email address you will be automatically added to our mailing list.

 

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Help Save a Life this Christmas

Thursday, 12 December 2013 15:27:08 Europe/London

Women and Children First

Many of our employees at Storksak are parents themselves who agree that nothing can be more natural and enjoyable than having a baby.  But the reality can be very different in some less fortunate regions of the world, such as Africa and Asia.



Here in the UK the news that a baby is due is something to celebrate, bringing family and friends closer. Unfortunately, in Africa this is not always the case. One young woman in Malawi described her impending birth as, “like having one foot in the grave”. This is heartbreaking for us to hear. 

Women and Children First (UK) is a charity that believes empowering women with knowledge about their pregnancy and wellbeing can save lives- a value in which Storksak believe is of great importance.

Women and Children First train community leaders in Asian and African villages to establish women’s groups – think of the NCT here in the UK – so that vital knowledge can be passed on to pregnant women, helping them to identify their most important problems and plan how to address them with their own resources.

For every woman who dies, at least twenty more suffer complications, leaving them with lifelong disability and pain.

The work of Women and Children First (UK) is supported entirely by donations.  Every penny counts toward helping to improve the lives of women and children.

So far, the charity has achieved up to 45 per cent reduction in newborn mortality in two years.

On December 8th this year, WCF presented their new campaign which aims to help raise awareness of the plight of women and children and to encourage listeners to dig into their pockets and donate this Christmas.

£30 will fund six women to attend a group for a year. 

For further information on Women and Children First (UK) and how to donate, please visit it’s website:  www.womenandchildrenfirst.org.uk.

We at Storksak have supported Women and Children First for over two years, and on Mothers Day 2012 we began a partnership with the charity and announced our popular Tania Bee Changing Bag as Storksak’s way of contributing to the cause. For every Tania Bee sold on our website, we will donate £5 to WCF. We hope you can support us in our partnership with this fantastic charity, educating and helping mothers in places less fortunate take care of their new born babies.

 

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Royal Seal of Approval from the Metro

Tuesday, 20 August 2013 15:31:09 Europe/London

We’re thrilled to see the Storksak Elizabeth and Jamie, both winners of the prestigious ‘Best Changing Bag’ Junior Design Award, featured on the commute this morning in the Metro newspaper. Which Storksak do you think Kate would covet?

Elizabeth and Jaime by Storksak in The Metro

 

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It’s In The Bag: Royal Baby-Inspired Parenting Products

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 15:37:00 Europe/London

After much anticipation, many of us watched as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge introduced Prince George to the world. While you may not have given birth to the heir of a royal throne, there is no reason you can’t enjoy practical parenting products fit for a little prince or princess.

Check out the Storksak Kate Red Label bag featured in the August issue of Earnshaw’s magazine.

Royal Baby-Inspired Items

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Congratulations to Storksak model Tess on her wonderful proposal!

Thursday, 25 July 2013 15:39:00 Europe/London

 

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Father’s Day Competition on Facebook

Tuesday, 4 June 2013 15:39:34 Europe/London

‘A Place For Everything, And Everything In Its Place’ – that is Storksak’s formula for creating a baby changing bag which does the job wonderfully and looks beautiful too.

Elizabeth unpacked

 

Today we are launching our Fathers’ Day competition, giving three lucky Storksak fans the chance to win a laptop bag from our brother brand, Marshall Bergman.

To enter, simply post a picture on our Facebook wall with the caption ‘I’ve Got It In The Bag!’ either of your Storksak packed, or with all your essential items laid around your bag*.

Remember not to edit the objects you find in your baby changing bag too much – bonus points for the weirdest items included in your photo!

We will pick three winners on Monday the 10th June, who will each be sent a Marshall Bergman Corbin man-bag worth £79.99 in time to treat Dad on Fathers’ Day.

*Please don’t cut open your Storksak though – you’ll regret it after you’ve posted your entry!

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Happy Customer Feedback :)

Thursday, 16 May 2013 15:42:05 Europe/London

This morning we received this lovely feedback from a pleased customer. The little things like this made us very happy! Thank you Nicola, and we hope you continue to enjoy using your Storksak…

I have had my Olivia bag (moss) for 2 and 1/2 years now and its been the best £98 I’ve ever spent. It has withstood daily use carrying absolutely everything I could possibly need for my daughter and I don’t think I have ever been happier with a purchase.

It still looks as good as it did the day I bought it and I’m always complemented on my bag – most people do not realise its a baby changing bag.

When we have our second child I will look no where else for a new changing bag – I will buy another Storksak. And the only reason I am buying another one is because of the divine choice of colours the Olivia bag comes in.

Thank you for making such a wonderful bag that is not only superbly practical but stylish and chic and makes me proud to have it on my shoulder.

Kind regards,
Nicola Moore

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“A Place for Everything, & Everything in its Place”

Friday, 10 May 2013 15:43:49 Europe/London

We have just added new photographs to some of our signature styles showing how they can be packed with a surprising amount of items, keeping everything organised and accessible when on the go with a little one in tow! See if you can spot which baby changing bags on our website have been carefully packed with love…

Kate Patent Black by Storksak

 

 

The best-selling Kate Patent Black

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Daddy Cool – A Review from Julia Restoin Roitfeld

Thursday, 9 May 2013 15:47:44 Europe/London

Cool Daddy Bag

French art director Julia Restoin Roitfeld, daughter of past Vogue Paris editor Carine Roitfeld, today features the Storksak Aubrey on her inspirational blog, Romy and The Bunnies in the Must-Haves section.

“Romy & the Bunnies is a place for new and expectant mothers to find inspiring stories of family, always with an eye toward style, beauty, and joy”

Check out the post here

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A Decade of Design at Storksak

Thursday, 25 April 2013 15:50:57 Europe/London

This year we celebrated our 10th Anniversary at the Storksak HQ. It seems amazing to think that it was ten years ago that Storksak founders, Suzi and Mel, first met and conceived Storksak the brand.

Ten years on, we are celebrating this milestone with a new arrival – the Elizabeth Leather Chalk. The Elizabeth is often seen as our signature style, having been our most popular choice for new mothers since it was launched in Spring/Summer ’07.

Elizabeth Chalk by Storksak

“I think what makes it so special is that is epitomises the ‘baby changing bag/handbag’ ethos of Storksak. Its design has never changed – it just seems to fit the bill for many mothers”

Mel, Creative Director and Co-Founder of Storksak

The ‘English Rose’ of our collection, the Elizabeth Chalk features an elegant, white rose lining and matching accessories. This bag has even been chosen by many of our stockists as the bag Kate Middleton would most covet! We can only dream…

Elizabeth Chalk by Storksak

Shop the Elizabeth Leather Chalk here

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The Essentials

Saturday, 28 January 2012 16:32:08 Europe/London

 

 

 

Star blanket - Lilly & Sid (www.lillyandsid.com), Giant muslin - Aden & Anais (www.adenandanais.co.uk),
Muslins - John Lewis, Sleeping bag - Bambino Merino (www.bambinomerino.com), Notebook - Smythson,
The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh, Bunny - Jelly Cat (www.jellycat.com), 
Sudocrem, IPad, Longsleeved bodysuits - Polarn O. Pyret, Gap and H&M (www.polarnopyret.co.uk),
Nappies, Wipes, Sunglasses, Bottle - Born Free (www.newbornfree.com), iPhone,
Translucent powder - Chanel, Corrector - Bobbi Brown, Lipstick - Mac, Masterpiece mascara - Max Factor,
Trousers - JoJo Maman Bebe (www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk), Cardigan - Chelsea Clothing Company (www.trotters.co.uk)

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NEWS FLASH | SOFIA WINS LBP AWARD 2012

Tuesday, 19 July 2011 11:34:57 Europe/London

It has just been announced that the Sofia has been awarded gold in the Lovedbyparent Awards in the 'Best Changing Bag over £150' category. The Sofia is one of our best selling styles, so we are over the moon. Thank you LBP!

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STORKSAK LOVES | THE URBAN FLOWER COMPANY

Saturday, 16 July 2011 11:48:23 Europe/London

The Urban Flower Company in Crouch End is always full of beautiful arrangements of seasonal flowers. We have long loved it and highly recommend a closer look! You can see their website here

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STREETSTORK | ELIZABETH STYLE

Saturday, 16 July 2011 11:31:11 Europe/London

Last weekend we spotted two Elizabeth bags at a spa in Bradford-on-Avon on the arms of two very stylish mummies. We love how versatile this bag has proven to be!

 

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STORKSAK LOVES | FISH SWEETIES

Thursday, 14 July 2011 11:38:18 Europe/London

Thank you to our Japanese agent, Mr Kurosawa, who brought the team these colourful fish sweets on his latest visit. They're (almost) too lovely to eat!

 

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STORKSAK LOVES | JUBILEE SHOP WINDOWS

Tuesday, 12 July 2011 11:41:20 Europe/London

One of the Storksak team spotted this quaint little shop window in a backstreet in Hampstead today...we particularly like Queen Elizabeth's pack of corgis! We hope you all enjoy the long weekend and have plenty of relaxing family time over the next few days.

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NEWS FLASH | JAMIE WINS JUNIOR DESIGN AWARD 2012

Monday, 11 July 2011 11:44:15 Europe/London

We are thrilled to announce that the Storksak Jamie has just been crowned 'Best Changing Bag' in the Junior Design Awards 2012! Read what they said about it here

 

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City Break: Rome

Wednesday, 6 July 2011 16:34:41 Europe/London

 

 

Ollie Octopus Jiggler – ELC (www.elc.co.uk), Closer to Nature Travel Bottle Warmer - Tommee Tippee (www.tommeetippee.co.uk), 
Baby Sun cream 50+ SPF 75ml – Bepanthen (www.bepanthen.co.uk), Arc 2 Travel Cot Sunshade – Littlelife (www.littlelife.co.uk), 
Baby Ocean Jellyfish Jiggler – Mothercare (www.mothercare.co.uk), Pack-It Travel Bedtime Blind - Koo-di (www.koo-di.co.uk), 
Snoozihedz Monkey Travel Pillow - Trunki (www.trunki.com), Elemental Organic Nappy - BumGenius (www.bebeco.co.uk), 
Wipes – (www.boots.co.uk), Sunglasses – (www.selfridges.com), Sudocrem - (www.sudocrem.co.uk), 
Clothing - Tapestry floral cord playsuit / baby all-in-one vintage dress and bloomers (www.therinibs.com),
Book – The Lemon grove by Helen Walsh (www.waterstones.co.uk) 

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STORKSAK LOVES | JUBILEE CAKES

Sunday, 3 July 2011 11:39:47 Europe/London

We hope you all had lots of fun over the Jubilee weekend. Here is Storksak's cake entry, baked and lovingly decorated by our customer service whizz Wendy!

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REVIEW | PRINCESS AND THE PRAM

Tuesday, 17 May 2011 11:33:21 Europe/London

The Elizabeth Quilted Black is featured in Princess and the Pram's latest post on changing bags. You can see it here

 

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STORKSAK LOVES | FOOTBALL FUN DAY!

Tuesday, 19 April 2011 11:46:53 Europe/London

One of the Storksak team's sons enjoying Football Fun Day at his school. Good luck tackling that mud, Mum!

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STORKSAK LOVES | STORKS AT BELMONT FARM

Thursday, 17 February 2011 11:45:27 Europe/London

On a recent trip to Belmont Children's Farm in Mill Hill, we spotted this handsome Stork and fell in love. They have a huge variety of animals, from alpacas to micro pigs, and provide a lovely learning experience for children. If you live in London and think you might like to visit, you can see their website here.

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Storksak Loves: BELVOIR CARDS

Wednesday, 9 February 2011 16:39:00 Europe/London

When Suzi and Melanie founded Storksak in 2003, they both had young children and were juggling family life with their careers. Another company who are doing the same are Belvoir Cards LLP, set up by Deborah and Nicki in Nottingham in 2011. All of their cards feature original photographs and are produced in Nottingham using a local family run printer. Our favourite is Smartie's Bad Hair Day! Have a look at their website here and see which you like best!

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STREETSTORK | JESS RED

Monday, 12 April 2010 16:41:18 Europe/London

Yesterday we spotted a friendly face on the London Underground - the Jess, featured in the latest John Lewis poster celebrating their best British products!

 

 

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