Anyone would think I’d done a disappearing act judging by my absence from social media and the blog last month. I’m still here; we’re in the process of buying a house so there has been lots keeping me occupied. It still hasn’t prevented me from discovering a few brands I previously hadn’t heard of. Here’s a quick round-up of the ones that came on to my radar during August. Some of these companies have been around for ages and others are small businesses that are still emerging but they all have one thing in common; I wish I knew about them sooner.

  1. Neat Treats – MERMAID FUDGE! Have I succeeded in getting your attention? I knew I had to try this edible delight the moment I saw the listing on Etsy. I came across ‘Neat Treats’ whilst looking for a sweet treat to give as part of a birthday present. This Southampton based ‘create at home’ confectioner produces a range of fudges that can be delivered to your door in next to no time. The mermaid fudge is a bluey green coloured Eton Mess flavoured fudge with hidden edible blue ‘pearls’.
  2. Pyjama Drama – I am always looking for new weekday groups to take little Miss to which will build her developmental skills at the same time as having a lot of fun. ‘Pyjama Drama’ is a group that ticks both those boxes by holding pretend play classes. The aim is to build confidence and creativity in children by encouraging them to embrace their individuality and see how far their imagination can be stretched. We’ve signed up to start in September and I have a feeling it will become one of the highlights of our week because, in the words of R. Kelly, “if you can dream it, then you can do it”!
  3. Mama Me Box – Most mums don’t have the chance to enjoy even a fraction of the ‘me time’ they deserve. The Mama Me Box is a perfect way to remind yourself, or someone else, that looking after yourself is just as important as nurturing the small ones. Available as a subscription box or as a one-off gift; this package of joy containing five high quality items will arrive at the door ready for you to take time out. I will definitely be keeping this in mind as a gift for my loved ones who are due to welcome a new addition soon.
  4.  Mr Wolf Kids – As a fashion lover, supporter of  independents and mother who spends way too much time and effort finding pieces for her daughter’s wardrobe; I am surprised I didn’t know about ‘Mr Wolf Kids’ earlier. Rather bizarrely; it was during a kite festival that they were brought to my attention. The quirky designs immediately drew me over to their stall and once home I headed straight to the website to browse further. I’m sure it won’t be long until little one is spotted on Insta sporting a piece from the collection!  

I can’t wait to see which brands and products fly on to my radar this month. Let me know if you are part of a  small business, local company or emerging brand that I should know about.