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Bonding with your baby is a unique and individual experience and we all have different ways of creating a bigger bond with them, from a calming cuddle to singing a fun nursey rhyme to tempt a giggle!
1 – Facial Interaction with your baby
A simple one but probably the most effective, your baby’s favourite entertainment will be your face and the expressions you pull. Research shows that early interactions through eye-contact and facial expression regulates their emotions and aids relationship building and the functioning of the brain. You will find your baby will enjoy gazing at faces especially noses and mouths! Getting up close to your baby is a good idea right from beginning (as they can only see up to 30cms in front of them from the beginning). Therefore, the best way for your baby to see movements is from your face! Stick your tongue out and pull funny faces, repetition of your funny faces will bring your baby closer to you, as they will begin to remember the expressions and find comfort in them.
2- Baby Massage
A small and gentle massage is a great way to get close to your baby as research has found that only can it strengthen the relationship between you and your baby but it can also relieve stress in premature babies and also reduce postpartum depression for the mother. To learn how and when to massage your baby there are many infant massage groups, which offers a brilliant chance to learn from other parents.
3- Nursery Rhymes
Singing to your baby is a great way to get them used to your voice and a great way to comfort your baby. Singing different nursey rhymes is a fun way to start bonding, babies are very receptive to repetition so singing similar nursey rhymes will build a bond with your baby. Use different tones of your voice for when playing with your baby and when putting them to sleep.
4 – Swaddling
For newborn babies this is a great method for early bonding, your baby is still getting used to being out the womb, so wrapping your baby up tight in a blanket will keep them warm and make them feel safe. Give your baby a cuddle and kiss while they are wrapped up to make your baby associate the warm calm feeling with you. In addition, making sure your baby is well rested and using the swaddling method to do this allows more time to interact with your baby during periods of focused attention after being well rested.
5– Tummy Time
A slightly more active way to bond with your baby but very effective! Tummy time is a great way to start getting your baby used to their outer surroundings and learn about their own spacial awareness. Although start slow, at around 1 or 2 months when babies start to hold their heads up or you can wait until 3-4 months when your babies neck has strengthened. Start with just a few minutes and increase the time as their neck gets stronger and so your baby does not get frustrated, using toys in front of your baby to encourage them to look up is a good idea, or using your face in front of your baby to make them feel safe about this new activity.
6- Talking and laughing
To get your baby used to your voice you should talk to your baby a lot, talk to them animatedly while changing and bathing them to make them feel soothed and comforted by your voice and doing new things. Blowing kisses to your baby and laughing while tickling them will make them feel excited and happy and will create a strong bond between you and your baby.
Make this Halloween a time of treats, not tricks! Here at Storksak we have put together a list of some of our top 10 Halloween events in the UK for all the family, from pumpkin carving and scary face paints to creepy cottages and haunted hayrides, see what spooky event is happening near you!
South West – Creepy Creek - www.camelcreek.co.uk OPEN from 10.00am - 5.00pm
If you are looking for a truly spooktacular Halloween experience, Camel Creek is bursting with all kinds of creepy events and truly frightening thrills that cannot be missed. To celebrate the half term and spooky festivities they are offering a free pumpkin for every child, and a free gift for every child that arrives in fancy dress! Camel Creek has two brand new scare zones, magic shows and a grim reaper ghost train. Halloween themed crafts for those who avoid the frightening festivities.
South East – Sussex - www.drusillas.co.uk/halloween-activities-in-east-sussex OPEN from 10.00am - 5.00pm
Explore Drusilla’s zoo this Halloween! They have exciting events for Halloween from spooky dressing up and frightening horror trails full of lots of exciting surprises, and experience the creepy crawly discovery centre to feel completely spooked! Also, enjoy seeing all the frightening animals around the zoo on your spooky trails.
Figure 2 www.drusillas.co.uk
London –Horniman Halloween Fair - www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/events/horniman-halloween-fair - OPEN from 10.30am - 4.30pm
Dress up and enjoy the Halloween festivities at the Horniman Halloween fair for a day packed full of frightening games and spooky activities, your little horrors can enjoy a spooky trail with the wild fangs and the creepy creatures cave. Treat yourself at the Halloween fair with some tasty treats from the farmer’s market.
Figure 3 www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/events/horniman-halloween-fair
Wales – Halloween Festival - www.familiesonline.co.uk/local/south-wales-valleys/whats-on/halloween-festival-and-half-term - OPEN from 09.00 am - 09.00pm
This Halloween festival is the place to be for kid’s this time of year, with creepy craft activities for all to enjoy and take home. Then enjoy a frightening Vampire Hunt trail through the woods and have a go at defeating count Dracula!
West Midlands – Kenilworth Castle www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/ghosts--ghouls-Keni-24-10-2016/
For a truly frightening adventure this Halloween visit Kenilworth Castle to walk around and see the frightening sights and hear the spooky tales from the Barber Surgeon and make some of your very own creepy crafts and activities. But don’t miss the fancy dress competition at 3pm with a prize for the spookiest dressed.
East Midlands – Grisly Gore Tour, City of Caves - www.cityofcaves.com OPEN from 11.00am - 4.00pm
For a different Halloween experience explore the caves of Nottingham in their oldest cave system, with a guided Grisly Gore Tour with actor led guides on hand to answer questions about the spooky events.
Figure 5 www.cityofcaves.com
North East – Adventure Valley - www.adventurevalley.co.uk OPEN from 10.30am - 4.30pm
An event for all the family, the Adventure Valley is full of Halloween fun! Get involved in gooey games, jump onto the ghastly tractor ride and follow the monster hunt and you can even carve a pumpkin to take home in time for trick or treating! The fun doesn’t stop there either with daily magic shows and fearsome birds of prey.
Figure 6 www.adventurevalley.co.uk
North West - The Blackpool Tower Dudgeon - www.thedungeons.comOPEN from 10.00am – 8.00pm
To be truly frightened this Halloween visit the Blackpool Tower Dungeon for an amazing experience with fearful theatrical actors, special effects and skin crawling scenes where you can hear, touch, smell and feel the frightful scenes around you. A hauntingly fun event to visit this Halloween that will have you laughing and crying.
Scotland – The Battle of Bannockburn - www.familiesonline.co.uk/local/stirling/whats-on/historic-halloween OPEN from 12.00am - 4.00pm
A unique event enjoying all the classic fun of Halloween, dress up in your spookiest costume and enjoy spooktacular fun with apple dunking, yucky dip and creepy mysteries to guess if you are really brave! Carry on the medieval fun and take a go at archery to defeat the zombies.
Figure 8 www.familiesonline.co.uk/local/stirling/whats-on/historic-halloween
Northern Ireland – Halloween Monster Mash and Fireworks display - www.discovernorthernireland.com/Halloween-Monster-Mash-and-Fireworks-Display-Belfast-P62246 OPEN from 4.00pm - 7.00pm
A day jam packed full of Halloween fun at the Halloween Monster Mash, be amazed by the spooky street theatre and walkabouts with fire-shows and jugglers! Don’t miss the fairground rides and Harry potter themed live music, and all enjoyed with a range of food, drinks and devilishly tasty Halloween treats. At the end of the day, enjoy a firework display to finish off your Halloween fun!
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- Sausages of your choice (works best with chipolatas or frankfurters)
- 8oz Plain flour
- 3.5oz Butter
1. Cook your sausages of choice so that they are almost fully cooked (the thinner and smaller the more effective they are)
2. Whilst the sausages are cooking you can make the pastry. Firstly, rub the flour and butter together until it resembles breadcrumbs
3. Stir in a pinch of salt and then mix in 2-3 tbsp of water to create a dough texture
4. Knead the dough with your hands on a floured surface and then roll out flat
5. Cut the dough into thin strips (smaller than the width of your finger)
6. Once your sausages are almost cooked take them out of the oven to cool down slightly
7. Once cool enough to touch, wrap the dough strips around them to create the ‘mummified sausages’ look, leaving a gap where the ‘head of the mummy’ would be
8. Put the sausages back in the oven to finish cooking for approximately 15-20 minutes until the pastry is a golden brown
9. Once they are cooked and golden brown, take the sausages out and put them on a plate
10. To finish, put two small dots of mayonnaise in the gap at the top to create the eyes
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- White Chocolate
- Lolly sticks
- Chocolate chips
1. Peel your bananas, cut them in half and push a lolly stick in the middle of each piece
2. Break into pieces, then put your white chocolate in the microwave to melt
3.Dip each banana into the white chocolate covering it in a layer of white chocolate
4. With your chocolate chips, make a face on the banana
5. These are then ready to eat warm OR for something a little different you could also put the banana ghosts onto a tray and place them in the freezer for at least 4 hours to make banana ice lollies!
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- 6oz plain flour
- 4oz Butter
- 2oz Caster Sugar
- Red food colouring
- Almonds (shaped like finger nails)
1. Mix the butter and the sugar together.
2. Stir in the flour to make a paste (if the paste is soft, chill it in the fridge for about half an hour)
3. Cover your work surface in flour and gently roll out the paste until sufficiently thick (this will rise in the oven)
4. Cut into finger shaped strips and place on a baking tray
5. Bake in the oven for approximately 10-20 minutes until the shortbread is slightly golden at 180 degrees
6. Once cool enough to touch, take individual almonds and press one gently onto the end of each finger
7. Apply the red food colouring by pouring a tiny amount onto the base of the almond (not the far edge) and watch the colour spread under and over the almond. Decorate the fingers with red food colouring for a spooky effect.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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!)
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.’
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.
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!’
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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…
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
“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!”
Thanks for your kind words Sorcha!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
Casual clothing meets sharp tailoring has created new trend ‘Athleisure’. A number of brands like Paco Rabanne, Public 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!*
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.
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.
2 red peppers
1 chili (optional)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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’
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.Claire 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!
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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 the 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
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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 & 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Baby and Me, May 2014
We were delighted to see Baby and Me include our Kate Patent in their ‘Changing bags we love’ selection.
Baby and Me, November 2013
Our Ashley Blue is included in the top pick of changing bags for new dads.
Parenting Magazine, April 2013
The Elizabeth is included in the ‘Hot Mama’ list, as a stylish and functional choice for Moms on the go.
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.
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:
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 Elizabeth, Sofia 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 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.
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 Lucinda, Tote 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.
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.
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…
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
‘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.
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!
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.
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…
The best-selling Kate Patent Black
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
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.
“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…
Shop the Elizabeth Leather Chalk here
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)
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!
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
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!
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!
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.
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
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)
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!
The Elizabeth Quilted Black is featured in Princess and the Pram's latest post on changing bags. You can see it here
One of the Storksak team's sons enjoying Football Fun Day at his school. Good luck tackling that mud, Mum!
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.
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!
Yesterday we spotted a friendly face on the London Underground - the Jess, featured in the latest John Lewis poster celebrating their best British products!