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Getting children outdoors at this time of year can be tough. Like us, they’d rather wrap up warm and watch a film. But it’s also important, because children need to be outdoors, getting fresh air and exercise. And it’s true what they say, there’s no such thing as bad weather. Only the wrong clothing.
British company Frugi are passionate about good quality, ethical clothing. They only use organic cotton grown by farmers they trust. Better still, their outerwear is made from recycled plastic bottles. That includes these gorgeous jackets.
Frugi sent both girls a matching puddle buster coat and wellies. Lia’s coat is age 5-6 and it takes 20 plastic bottles to make a coat this size. The whole jacket is made of recycled polyester. The outer has a waterproof coating and the inner is a warm, fleecy material. Both girls have matching wellies that are made from PVC free natural rubber with soft lining on the inside.
I adore the Narwhal Natter pattern on these clothes. I’m even more impressed by the fact that they’re made from recycled plastic. In a world where we’re constantly creating waste, it’s great to see a company using the rubbish we throw away to make something incredible.
Skirts and dresses
Libby is not a child who often wears dresses. She’d rather be in sports gear which she finds both more comfortable and more practical. Despite this, she has fallen completely in love with her red Holly cord dress. It’s made from organic cotton, with an adorable bird design on the front. Libby hasn’t wanted to wear anything else since it arrived.
Frugi sent Lia an organic cotton cord tabby twirly skirt. Like Libby’s dress, this has a cute bird design. This lovely full skirt that makes little ones feel like a princess has an elasticated waist with a drawstring for fit. It’s made from organic cotton cord, with little spots that look like snowflakes dotted around.
Along with Lia’s skirt, she has a scarlet slouchy tee. The goose design is fabulous and Christmassy in a subtle enough way to make sure that she’ll be fine to wear it all winter. It goes so well with her twirly skirt and fits loosely so it’s a bit like a cross between a top and a jumper. She’s been wearing it on its own, but when it gets a little colder she’ll be able to fit a t-shirt under it and it will still look great.
At this time of year, any smart outfit needs to be paired with a pretty cardigan. I have a real soft spot for the girls’ sweet swing cardigans. Being grey, they’ll go with literally anything. They’re also beautifully soft, and nice and short making them easy to wear with any outfit. It’s a relief to find a warm cardigan that they choose to wear rather than trying to leave it at home.
Something for me
Much as I love seeing the girls with new outfits, it’s always nice to have a little treat myself too. Frugi sent me this cute festive mug with my name on it. Being made from metal, this is ideal for camping and I’ll be putting it in the van next time we’re off on our travels. For now though, I’m enjoying a cup of tea in it.
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