So, as you’ve gathered from the title of this post, I’ve continued to merge my blogging and modelling career (the latter borne from the former!) which still makes me pinch myself by the way, and have been signed as the face of beautiful boutique baby and maternity wear brand The Essential One!

The Essential One are the only baby brand that focuses solely on baby essentials such as babygrows, their mantra being ‘Things you really need’, quality pieces you can happily have your baby dressed in all day long.

A little reveal of my new role with them actually came out in Yorkshire’s biggest paper The Yorkshire Evening Post on Saturday, but I wanted to write about it in more detail here and host an epic competition one lucky mum-to-be or new mother, to celebrate.

I must start by writing that I honestly do not for one moment take anything that comes from this blog for granted, yes I work incredibly hard but I wholeheartedly appreciate all that has arisen from my career as a pro-blogger, for myself and for my little family too of course.

To do what I’m so passionate about as my job, that works around my children is a real privilege and this is such a wonderful next chapter for me.

Without sounding all Miss World on you (Mrs World maybe or Mum World-I wish), I want to thank all my fabulous readers for being so loyal and (sorry, I’m about to get all soppy now) for supporting, reading, commenting, championing and truly inspiring me. You lot rock!

So let’s go right back to the beginning when I first ‘met’ The Essential One-

I actually featured The Essential One, just after Alexander, now 2 1/2, was born and I’ve kept all those perfect tiny starry and spotty baby clothes to this day, now carefully wrapped up in tissue paper and tucked away with any other precious baby items, in case I ever have another child, or to pass on to my brother when he hopefully has kids one day.

Going through old posts sure has brought back lots of special moments and memories, just look at Alexander as a newborn in his spotty sleepsuit and striped blanket. What a stylish start to life hey!

And that hair! No wonder we called him baby Elvis!

baby in The Essential One

…I tried not to cry re-reading another post I wrote a few months later, Besotted documenting the love I had, and of course still have, for my little ‘baby’.

And just look how little he was as well!


How utterly dreamy are those grey and navy star print sleepsuits?! So perfect for my big brown eyed bouncing baby boy.

The Essential One

The Essential One sleepsuit

The Essential One are all about simply stunning, understatedly chic pieces for your baby and these pictures remind me of such precious times.

Second-time motherhood made me feel truly empowered, stronger than ever, more fearless than with my first son Oliver, as many mothers feel second time round (with greater confidence) and those early months in particular were a complete and utter joy.

Wrapping Alexander up in the softest, most snug of outfits, comfortable yet cool meant ‘easy-to grab and change’ items (so important with little ones) that never compromised on style or quality.

The Essential One

And today, the range remains true to that ethos with exquisitely designed, super-chic, eye-catching prints, in both a classic, and vibrant palette with a focus on soft 100% cotton, in a mostly unisex range- it quite honestly was and still IS my most favourite babywear brand out there.

The Essential One range

I’m absolutely honoured that founder, Karen has asked me to be their ambassador and face of the brand meaning I’ll be modelling on official shoots for the company- sadly sans bump so not in their gorgeous maternity wear but with their beautiful baby models-(… this new role is already getting me broody) and I will be blogging and vlogging for them on YouTube and on their own blog, as well as hosting exclusive competitions, insight into the ‘behind the scenes’ of the company and previews of their latest collections.

To say I’m thrilled is an understatement. Working with The Essential One alongside my ambassadorial and modelling work for luxe baby brand Nova Harley is a dream come true, and frankly one, after two kids, I never thought would become a reality.

Thank you again to my readers, followers, likers and pinners who support this blog, and me, endlessly and know that when I endorse a brand, you can 100% trust in them too.

I would never recommend anything I wouldn’t use myself.

Now onto this incredible competition to celebrate my news.

The Essential One are giving one lucky Honest Mum reader this glorious, breathtakingly beautiful £300 baby clothes hamper.

Just dreamy isn’t it?!

The Essential One

The hamper includes all of the below (WOW):

  • 3 x pramsuits
  • 1 x cardigan
  • 1 x blanket
  • 1 x Jacket
  • 3 x Rompers
  • 1 Romper with hat
  • 2 Dribble bibs
  • 3 bibs
  • 3 hats
  • 6 pairs scratch mittens
  • 12 bodysuits
  • 12 Sleepsuits
  • One set of padded letters spelling the word LOVED

The clothes are a selection of sizes including Newborn, 0-3 months and 3-6 months to give the winning new mum lots to keep her going.

All items are neutral and unisex and all sleepsuits/bodysuits/hats/mitts are 100% superfine cotton.

All sleepsuits have integrated scratch mitten cuffs and although The Essential One don’t do blankets anymore, they’ve kindly popped one in for you along with the padded letters as extra treats especially for the competition.

To be in with a chance, simply enter via Rafflecopter below.

UK only

Ends April 1 2015.

Huge good luck!

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Promoted on Prize finder, BritMums, Super Lucky and Loquax.

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403 Responses

  1. Pia Stephens

    We have another little one coming into the family and it would be lovely to give such a bundle to the very deserving Mommy x

  2. Lindy Hine

    I’d love to give this to my best friend who is expecting her first baby soon after years of trying. This would be a very special present for a very special event!

  3. Lisa King

    I would love to win this as I am expecting a little boy on July 16th 🙂 This will be my last child too so would be fab to win

  4. Corinne Peat

    I would give this to my friend who is due baby number 4 very soon!

  5. Sarah phillips

    I am a midwife in London and as a result meet many mothers who are going through difficult times for a variety of reasons, and those who have lost their babies. These products would be shared out to make a fabulous gift for those who are disadvantaged and a lovely keepsake for those who have lost babies xx

  6. Heidi Leah Peter

    I would love to win this for my niece who is due in May.

  7. Natelle Cooper

    I would love to win because my best friend has a newborn baby girl and I love her to bits I would love this for her

  8. Karen Lloyd

    I would like to win because they look look like such lovely clothes. Also it means that I can save a bit of money when I start buying things for bump.

  9. Gaynor brown

    id sooooo love to win this as I’m expecting a baby this would be amazing xx

  10. lynn neal

    I would like to win the hamper for a friend who deserves a treat!

  11. Kate Cass

    It would be so very perfect to be able to give the hamper to my sister she would be overwhelmed, despite it being for her new baby, I think it would make her feel very special too!

  12. Kristy Brown

    Wow – who wouldn’t want to win! This would be fantastic for my lovely new niece

  13. Caroline S

    A good friend of mine has a surprise third baby on the way (having already passed on all the clothes and equipment to others). I’d love to win this gorgeous set for her.

  14. L tabstar (@LTabstar)

    I have a special friend who is finally expecting after suffering loss. I would love to win this for her little bundle.

  15. Victoria Dixon

    I have a beautiful granddaughter who would look lovely in all these beautiful outfits!

  16. Kerry Kilmister

    I’ve recently had a baby girl and my princess would be absolutely beautiful in all the clothes from this hamper.

  17. Farhana

    I’m on baby break but it would be ideal gift for my brothers first baby in a couple of months.

  18. Mark Chamberlin

    Trying to conceive so would be nice to have some stuff ready!

  19. Hannah Cummings

    Id like to win this for my best friend who has just found out she is pregnant.

  20. Fiona K

    My daughter is expecting her first child in April, my first grandchild.

  21. Rosalind Blight

    because my sister is pregnant and I know she would appreciate all of this 😀

  22. EJ Dunn


    I would love to put this away for when me and my partner have a little one

  23. Victoria Wale

    I recently had my baby and received lots of wonderful gifts. I have a friend expecting in the next few weeks and would like to surprise her with this gift basket!

  24. hazel m

    Congratulations on your news!! Would love this for our little munchkin when they arrive in august, loving the fact its all unisex as we dont intend to find out the sex at our scan on thursday! x

  25. Liz Williams

    My sister is very excited to be pregnant with her first baby and I would love to be able to give this to her. Fingers crossed!

  26. Zoe L

    I’m currently pregnant with my second and I would love to win these and then I would gift to my friend who is also pregnant 🙂

  27. Catherine Bell

    My sisterin laws 1st baby is due in September so would love to win this for her.

  28. Angela Campbell

    I’ve just had a beautiful baby girl my third child but with two older brothers – I’d love for her to be dressed up in beautiful feminine clothes like The Essential One! <3

  29. Kirsty N

    I’d love to win because I am expecting my first baby in August and the hamper includes all the baby essentials I will need as a new mum!

  30. pauline black

    My friend is due her baby in 8 weeks and this would make a fab gift!


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