Easy midweek dinner: tomato risotto

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.


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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

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Storksak Exclusive: 30% Easter Discount

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.

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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.

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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.

Mother’s Day Competition Winner

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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASome of our favourite entries and most valuable advice includes:

Leanne BellOther 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 CunniffI 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 BloreI 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 DormanI 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.



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

This Mother’s Day we are supporting an amazing cause, ‘Women and Children First’, as well as giving away one of our lovely new bags, the Noa in yellow, to one lucky Storksak mummy.

To win yourself a beautiful Noa Yellow, RRP £75, this Mother’s Day:

  1. Like us on the social media platform of your choice: Facebook, Twitter 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.

Lifestyle_Noa_Yellow copyThe 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.

Storksak in Brussels; AW15 photo shoot behind the scenes

10959328_877574148965834_2798274804289181945_nLast 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!

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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 Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, for sneak peeks of new styles, and all that is happening behind the scenes at Storksak HQ.

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

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!

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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!

Love is all you need! – Tales from the Studio

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.

12 Opulent Red RosesFlowers, 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’

Storksak Valentine’s Competition: How to win

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.


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


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

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

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.




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


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!

Win with our Pinterest competition ‘Storksak does Lunch’

We know how much you love our Facebook page, but perhaps you didn’t know Storksak also features on Pinterest, as well as Instagram, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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.

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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!