My friend Kirsty is very talented. She’s one of those people who just knows what looks good, and after years of designing things (magazine pages, wedding invites…) for other people, she’s finally struck out on her own and created her own range of prints, tea towels and greetings cards. They’re all bright, cheery, fun and great value, featuring everything from retro ice lollies to gnomes. She’ll even make up any of her…

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One of the biggest – and most fun – shopping tasks you can be faced with is buying a present for a new baby. Having had a little boy earlier this year, I’ve been privileged to be on the receiving end of such gifts – and people are amazingly kind and generous. I was given enough hats, socks, babygros and woolies to last the tiny fella for months. Really cute, beautiful outfits…

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Don’t you just hate it when you buy someone a Moroccan pouffe, large duvet, or space hopper – and then have a problem wrapping it?! Here’s the solution: bin bags that look like Christmas puddings! Of course, they’re meant for putting rubbish in, but at nearly £1 for each ‘Happy Sack’, they’re surely destined for greater things. I reckon they’d make wrapping a difficult item really fun. PS: a rubbish sack isn’t…

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One of my favourite looks (hark at me, sounding all ‘fashion’) for weekends – well, evenings and sometimes work too – is jeans and trusty Converse trainers. I like the traditional Chuck Taylor Allstars Ox Low Converse trainers, as they’re comfy and go with everything from jeans and shorts to summer dresses; and in my life I’ve worn them in pretty much every colour. I’m currently the proud owner of a purple…

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I’m going to discuss hats. No, not fashionable ones, but party hats. Until now, the only real option was the flimsy, paper crown variety that you get in Christmas crackers. Not only do they break if your head is too big; or fall down your face if your head is too small, but lots of people (including my husband) refuse to wear them because they think they look sad. But that’s not…

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