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    New Brand Launch - Roomblush

    New Brand Launch - Roomblush

    We are excited to welcome Roomblush to our collection of gorgeous brands. Roomblush was founded by Eline in Belgium who wanted to create a collection of children's interiors to bring colour and warmth into your homes and to make you happy. 

    We love this brand which features 3 main designs including feathers, arrows and hearts. The collection consists of beautiful storage baskets, rugs and play mats as well as gorgeous baby blankets. Shop the collection. 


    Interview with Jess from Mummy of Boy Girl Twins

    Interview with Jess from Mummy of Boy Girl Twins

    I was delighted to be interviewed by the lovely Jess, a fellow twin mummy who has the most fantastic blog called Mummy of Boy Girl Twins. Check it out below:

    So Shelley, what is your background?

    I was born in Brighton and still live here now in a house by the sea with my 4-year old twins Summer and Ronnie, my husband Rob and kitten Tiger. I did a degree in media and communication studies and then worked  in London for 6 years at the children’s charity SPARKS as Head of Events. After leaving SPARKS I joined the Grounded Events Company to set up the first Brighton Marathon, where I still work part-time as an Events Production Manager.

    Why & when did you start your business?

    I had always wanted to set up my own business and have had loads of ideas over the years, but when my twins were born I naturally started focusing on a business relating to products or services for children and parents and that’s when The Dandelion Den was born. As a result of my own interest in trying to find cool and unique items for their rooms I wanted to provide a place for parents to find lovely stuff all in one place! I spend hours on Instagram and Pinterest sourcing items from all around the world. I launched in May and am working hard to raise the profile and increase exposure as I’m up against so many other similar amazing businesses.

    Where do you work from?

    Home! I also do social media stuff though while I’m out and about.

    How many people do you employ?

    Just me. I’d love to collaborate with someone though and/or launch another business with someone else as it can get lonely and would be great to bounce ideas around with someone else.

    Where do you get your inspiration/ideas for the business?

    My children, Facebook groups, Instagram, bloggers and Pinterest.

    How many children do you have?

    I have boy/girl twins aged 4, who are so much fun!

    How do you balance work and your own family life?

    It was so much harder before the twins started school but now I have my set days to work on my business and plan my time carefully. I’ll also do things in the evening when the twins are in bed. I rarely do work at the weekends as we tend to go out and about. It is hard at times to balance the time.

    What does the future hold for your business?

    I’ve got lots of business ideas both to expand The Dandelion Den and a new business idea. My husband often tells me to slow down and focus on one thing at a time but I just can't help it!




    New Brand Launch - Plyconic

    New Brand Launch - Plyconic

    We are excited to become a stockist of these stylish desks and stools for children by our new brand Plyconic.

    Plyconic was born out of the love and respect for twentieth century furniture and their designs emulate the shape and style of these iconic designs. We love the simplicity of these beautiful designs, made in ply and finished by hand.

    The desks and stools come in 4 different finishes and we love them all!

    Precious Moments

    Precious Moments

    The twins have now started school full time and I am sitting here in total silence (apart from the washing machine noise that is) wondering where the last 4 and half years have gone. Its come round so fast. 

    Being a twin mum is hard and what you don't realise is how busy, noisy and hectic your life will be, and how fast it will go. As a twin mum you spend a lot of your time not only feeling guilty, but wishing the days away and praying for the next phase to come because its so hard. Then with a blink of an eye 4 years passes and you are dropping them off to school. 

    Looking back I wish I didn't get so stressed and wish time away because i'll never get that time back again. I realise how truly lucky and blessed I am to have them. 

    ''Double trouble''or ''well done, that must be hard'' people would say. ''Rather you than me'' people would joke. But I count myself extremely lucky to have twins, precious firsts that I get to experience twice, double the joy, double the fun, double the laughter, double the love and double the sleep deprivation and stress (but we wont dwell on that one!) all at once.

    What I have realised is being a mum is hard at times, full of ups and downs and its perfectly ok to find it hard, so I will stop feeling guilty now and enjoy every single moment with my precious twins. 


    All About Playing Interview with Pink Nounou

    All About Playing Interview with Pink Nounou

    I was recently interviewed by the lovely and very talanted Ana from Pink Nounou about how we play in the Tregidga household. See the questions and answers below: 

    Please tell us a bit about you and your family:
    My name is Shelley and I live in a seaside city called Brighton in the UK, with my husband Rob and 4 year old twins Summer and Ronnie. We are a very active family who love the beach, the woods and having fun together as a family.

    Best playground:
    Hove Lagoon is one of our best playgrounds, its right on Hove seafront close to our house. It has a playground, trampolines, skate park, watersports lagoon, mini golf, boating, a paddling pool, a cafe and of course the sea!

    In a free day what is your favourite family activity?
    We love going to the farm to see the animals and on the outdoor play equipment or or to the woods on an adventure! We love building dens, collecting sticks and climbing trees!

    How do you play with your kids? With what kind of toys?
    I do lots of imaginary play with them. For example I might pretend to be a customer at their shop or be a patient in their doctors surgery! We also do lots of singing, dancing and craft activities.

    What is your favourite toy? What is your kids favourite toy?
    I love their wooden shop because it can also be made into a puppet theatre, a school, doctors/vets, cafe or anything they want it to be! It also looks great and I love all the cute wooden play food and cash register. My little boy loves his wooden farm and animals and my little girl loves all kinds of imaginary play whether its with her wooden shop, dolls house or doctors set.

    When you were a child what did you play and with what toys? What was your favourite one?
    When I was a child I loved playing with my dolls and Sylvanian Families. I also remember doing lots of imaginary play.

    What kind of crafts/DIY projects do you like to do with your children?
    Lots of colouring, cutting and sticking!

    Your kids prefer playing or watching tv? What they see in television influences how they play?
    The twins prefer playing for sure, although at the end of each day, after their tea, they are allowed to watch some TV and they enjoy deciding what to watch. Yes I do think TV can influence how they play because they will copy. For example if you tell them to not jump in muddles puddles they would probably just say ”well Peppa Pig does”!

    What are your kids favourite books? And yours (from their collection)?
    Summers favorite book is: The Singing Mermaid by Julia Donaldson, Lydia Monks
    Ronnies favorite book is: What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson, Lydia Monks
    I love: The Jolly Postman and other peoples letters by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.

    Please ask your children “If you could choose to be a storybook character what would you be? Why?”
    Summer would be a fairy from one of her books because she loves dressing up and thinks fairies are magical. Ronnie would be a superhero!

    Do you know how your children play at school?
    Yes. Summer spends lots of time dressing up and doing imaginary play and Ronnie will be over at the craft and construction toys table and running around outside climbing or with the football.

    Do your children prefer playing indoors or outdoors?
    Outdoors for sure!

    Do your children like to create their own activities / games / characters?
    Yes all the time. Thats the lovely thing about twins is they always have a playmate and they make up the most amazing games together. They often play mummys and daddys, teachers and pupil, doctors and patients, etc.

    Are sounds and music important to your children when playing?
    Yes, we always have music on and the children are constantly singing, dancing and dressing up!

    Generally the twins play well together but there are times when they fight, argue and refuse the share! (Thats when the TV goes on!).