The sun is forecast to put in an appearance again soon - hooray! After our recent hot spell, I optimistically packed away all our winter clothes and brought our summer stuff down from the attic. I love rediscovering all my dresses and shorts, fingers crossed that they all still fit! Sadly my daughters have grown out of most of their clothes and so we have started the annual shop for new summer clothes.
If you too are on the look out for some new designs for your children for the summer, have a look at the new range from Zac & Bella released last week. I caught up with Hayley from the brand to find out more about her new range and the inspiration behind it...
Hayley, the new range is looking amazing! What was your inspiration behind the designs?
"The collection was very much inspired by nature - with an emphasis on being kind to it! All garments are made from organic cotton which is proven to be one of the most eco-friendly fabrics you could possibly have your clothing made from.
"The prints I’ve used are fun and quirky, making them perfect for children’s clothing. The Narwhals print was one that my son Zac chose as he loves his nature programmes and Narwhals are one of his favourite sea animals."
"The inspiration behind the styles of clothing came from allowing children to play comfortably as well as having the practicality of easy fastenings and being machine washable! "
"I have continued to include the ever popular harem style leggings as well as adding a similar style in shorts with some fun slogan tees to coordinate. Dungarees and rompers also add a fun yet practical addition to the collection.
"The majority of the range is available from newborn to 12 years - perfect for matching sibling outfits! "
I'm sure you'll agree that the new Zac & Bella range is looking adorable. I love the seainspired designs and I know that Hayley is adding new pieces to the range this week so head on over to her website to find out more.
If you are looking for somewhere to go for a walk this Easter holiday to work off all the chocolate, I would highly recommend Parc Cefn Onn, situated on the Northern fringes of Cardiff. The grade 2 listed woodland parc is a favourite of families and dog walkers alike due to its accessible pathways and flowing streams.
I spend a lot of time up there during the week walking Betsi when it is pretty quiet and she loves to run in and out of the stream and sprints off between the trees to discover her next smell. The parc has such a calm and relaxing atmosphere and once you have moved away from the sound of the M4 thundering by, all you can hear is bird song, the gush of the stream and the occasional Valleys train.
It contains a truly magnificent collection of native and exotic trees set within an intimate valley. My daughter Awen and I spent time there last weekend and now that the cold snow is behind us, the blossom has started to appear in abundance.
The parc was designed over 90 years ago and has been a popular site to visit ever since. I love seeing how the parc changes from one season to the next. With a good sized car park which is free to use, it is easy to see why so many people visit all year around. Here's a map to show you where to find it. Let me know if you visit it for the first time and what you think. Enjoy!
April Liddell. Founder of Little Otter Markets. Lives a crafty life. Loves going for walks with her dog Betsi, listening to music, and eating chelsea buns.