Create Warm Memories with Lilly and Sid (UK Giveaway)



I'm scared of the ocean. I'm not a very strong swimmer but it's not that really, it's the vastness of it. I'm okay if I can spot a sandy beach or even some jagged cliffs in the not too far distance but what I find most terrifying is being in the middle of the ocean, no idea of where the edge lies; feeling at the centre of everything and nothing. This is basically what I felt like when I brought my son home from hospital.

I was okay for the first two weeks, when my husband was around and the guests were flowing but after that I sometimes found myself having out at sea moments. When I felt like this I would dress my little baby, wrap him in a beautiful blanket and take him for a walk. Sometimes I would go to the supermarket and spend a while choosing a new shampoo, sometimes I would go to Starbucks and have a cheeky coffee and sometimes I would just walk. Blankets are wonderful because most babies calm when swaddled in one, I love how you can't really go wrong with them you just tuck them in and you're parenting. A blanket is the soft furnishings equivalent of a hug and they say to you and to the world, I can care for my child. A blanket was my life jacket in the choppy waters of motherhood. The other great thing about blankets is a well made one can be a wonderful keepsake and perhaps less embarrasing to take to university than a teddy. 

If you would like to help create some warm memories for  a parent, I have a £40 voucher for the delightful Lilly and Sid to give away. With that you can buy one of their beautiful blankets or in the sale even two. What a wonderful way to start the New Year. If you're good for blankets Lilly and Sid also stock loads of children's clothing and accessories, including my current favourite the polar bear feet sleep suit




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  1. My favourite keepsake is a photobook of my family and closest friends.

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  2. My little box of my children's treasures - ie their hospital tags, first tooth, curl, baby grow, shoes.

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  3. a knitted cardigan my Mum knitted for my son when he was a baby.

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  4. I love my sons first sleepsuits they wore

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  5. my kids firsts - hair and hospital tag etc

    ashleigh

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  6. I knitted my daughter a blanket when I was pregnant with her. I also plan to keep an adorable onesie my brother and sister in law got her.

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  7. the tags and knitted hats that my boys each had in hospital

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  8. The first little sleepsuit - so tiny!

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  9. It probably sounds silly but...when I was much younger my dad was going on a business trip to America. I asked him to bring me an American dollar back for me. He did, and I've kept it all these years, I must have had it around 17 years now. He died 14 years ago so I keep all those little bits of things safe.

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  10. my partners grandparents bought us a really fancy, expensive photo album when our son was just born. ive put all his first photos in it (he was prem and in NICU for a while) so its really special to me

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  11. Baby hospital tag and a small tatty jellycat bunny

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  12. my children's first babygrows, reminds me how tiny they were

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  13. I my shadow box with my wedding bouquet dried and displayed

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  14. first Christmas card my little boy wrote himself :-)

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  15. I have all my scan pictures in a little box with their hospital bands and I've kept each of their first blankets.My 1yr old is very attached to a 17yr old blanket that was my first borns. :-)

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  16. Baby clothes from when my daughter was a newborn, she was premature and they are like little dolls clothes.

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  17. I have a beautiful picture of my grandparents with my son before they passed away framed on my window ledge :)

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  18. My name tags from my daughters after giving birth.

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  19. a lock of all my kids hair from their first haircut

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  20. The wristband from hospital when I gave birth :) Probably harbouring all kinds of germs but I don't care because it just takes me back to that moment :)

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  21. MY CHILDRENS FIRST OUTFIT WITH PICTURES NAME TAGS ETC ALL IN A CUTE BOX

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  22. i have a wicker hamper full of loads of stuff

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  23. My daughters coming home outfit :) xx

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  24. A birthday card from my little brother that he gave me the year before he died

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  25. My kids first baby grow its so tiny

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  26. The baby shawl that my mum and grandma knitted - it's a bit moth-eaten now as I was 50 last birthday

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  27. I have kept my children's baby gro from hospital and their first teddies

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  28. I have a box of my sons cards abd drawings.

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  29. My daughters first sleepsuit xx

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  30. My sons First babygrow :) and duck soft toy.

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  31. the wristbands from when my babies were born x

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  32. Baby grandparents of my niece and nephew

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  33. My silver tree of life necklace which has my daughters' names on it

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  34. I still have a hedgehog hand puppet that my parents gave me as a baby. His name is Herbie and he is now 30 years old!

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  35. Photographs mean everything to me, memories and 1000 words in each one <3

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  36. I have a cardi for each of my children that their Grandma knitted. So small and cute!

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  37. a box with my daughters baby stuff in it

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  38. I have a memory box full of treasures which mean nothing to anyone else but is precious to me - small tokens which trigger amazing memories x

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  39. My favourite keepsake is my box of photographs, so special x

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  40. First ever sleepsuit, so small and cute

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  41. My son's baby shawl that was knitted by his Grandmother. Will keep this forever :)

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  42. It will always be photos of my family over the years, also the family tree

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  43. A beautiful keepsake box with my precious daughter's name tag, scan pictures, first hat and two beautiful poignant cards written for her. Our daughter was born after years of miscarriages and fertility treatment so this box is so special.

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  44. A Hippo toy from when I was small

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  45. A Picture of my nan who sadly is not with us anymore x

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  46. My photos I love looking back at the memories

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  47. My favourite keepsake is definitely photographs! I look forward to starting a memory box for my daughter due in march :)

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  48. My childrens first babygro's

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  49. My two kids boxes of all thier baby stuff x

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  50. my twin babies were 1 month old on Christmas day and I got them name printed Cardigans to wear to Christmas service. I would be keeping these in the keepsake box! That was my twin babies first trip out too :-)

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  51. I have so many things of my sons stashed away, I need a bigger box. I have his hospital writs band which I love looking at

    Cat Culmer

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  52. My fave keepsake is my grandads gold signet ring, means the world to me :)

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  53. A little place of my nephews name, which is now 17+ years old!

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  54. For me it's the teddy bear I was given on the day I was born - which I still have 32 years later!

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  55. a handmade blanket my mum made me when I was a baby x

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  56. my son's tiny little white cardigan that my mum knitted.

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  57. Mine is a Little Scotty Dog Toy, that i gave to my nan when she was in hospital having treatment for Cancer, She loved it, She unfortunetly didnt make it and so now i have the little scotty dog teddy by my bed <3

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  58. Baby hospital tag and their first teddy x

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  59. The shawls I wrapped my babies in

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  60. My favourite keepsake is our family photos :) xx

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  61. My son's first little pair of shoes - he is 45 now!

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  62. a necklace which my nanna gave to my mam when she died and my mam gave it to me shes still alive :-)

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  63. My grandmother's wedding ring. I remember her telling me about buying it, not being impressed with what was on offer and being told "Madam, there is a war on!".

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  64. My children's going home outfits.

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  65. my most precious keepsake is a lock of hair from my grandaughter who passed away.

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  66. The first outfit my son ever wore

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  67. A cardigan my mom gave my newborn son

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  68. My handknitted christening gown

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  69. a money box i had since being a baby x

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  70. hair and teeth and baby clothes from when my children were younger

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  71. My sons clothes and little blanket of him he sadly passed away at 6 weeks old.

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    1. I'm so sorry, I understand how precious these must be x

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  72. A teddy from when I was a baby.

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  73. My daughters little white dress from 3-6 months

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  74. My favourite keepsake is a beautiful vase that was my grannys :)

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  75. My favourite keepsake is a diamond ring which was my nana's but she gave it to me on my 18th birthday :)

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  76. Sarah-Louise Thompson6 January 2016 at 15:15

    I have had teddy bears made with my daughters baby clothes - without a doubt my favourite keepsake and something I will treasure

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  77. My son's baby bath he is now 32

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  78. I have a tiny pebble I bought back from Australia - from my student gap year - that was stuck in the sole of my boot on the flight home ;) You are not supposed to take soil or anything from other countries whilst travelling, although I know loads who have sand in little bottles...but what makes it special is the pebble wanted to hitch a ride back with me...it's as if I took a little bit of Oz home with me? x

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  79. A necklace my dad gave me xx

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  80. My little girls first newborn baby outfits

    Kelly Ellen Hirst

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  81. A necklace my grandad gave my mum when she was little that she then gave to me when he died xx

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  82. The shoes I wore to my dads funeral. I still have some of the mud preserved.

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  83. I just have a few little toys from when I was a boy hidden away.

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  84. I have a box of some of the little people's baby and toddler clothes which I treasure. I hope they will, in turn, be treasured when the little people grow up to become big people.

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  85. A silver charm bracelet from my late nan

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  86. A necklace blessed at Lourdes when I was ill as a child

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  87. My bracelet charm with my boys footprints on xx

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  88. My late grandmothers recipe box with all her hand written recipes

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  89. A letter my grandmother wrote to me :)

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  90. my little boys first scan picture x

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  91. My scan pictures & my kids first locks of hair

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  92. A second hand book that my grandad brought me for my 16 th birthday, he put a note in it saying he thought I might like it and how proud he was of me and he died a few months later, it is so precious to me

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  93. My childrens baby scan pictures

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  94. The outfit which I used for both of my kids when they first came home from hospital.

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  95. my scan picture of my daughter

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  96. Scan pictures, hand and footprints, hospital tags, first shoes and photo albums, there's lots :)

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  97. When I got divorced my ex took 30 years of photos our wedding photos all the childrens photos and baby albums and keepsakes. I have my memories and 3 hospital bands. I will treasure this forever xx

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  98. A vase my parents bought on their honeymoon in 1945.

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  99. My daughter's first dummy :)

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  100. Kelly Summerfield8 January 2016 at 21:13

    My babys first sleepsuits :)

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  101. The teddy bear I got from my grandma when I was 2

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  102. A lovely photo album which I filled with photos when my son was born to give to my partners nan, she has since died and the album is back in our possession so its special for two reasons, the photos of our son and the fact it belonged to her :)

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  103. I still have some of my son's baby teeth, from about 20 years ago, weird keepsake maybe, but I'll never throw them away x

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  104. I don't know if you would class it as a keepsake but I have a baby blanket that my mum used for me that I have used for both of my daughters, I plan to pass it down to my eldest daughter if she decides to have children.

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  105. I keep a lot of keepsakes, hospital cards & tags, first outfit, handprints etc

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  106. My children's first babygrows, so tiny

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  107. My favourite keepsake is a beautiful wooden memory box I have which is filled with special things from my children, their ultrasoun scans, their hospital tags, their Christening gowns and other things I cannot bear to part with.

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  108. My gold ring my father bought me when i was 4 and now my daughter wears it even though she is 21, and i was told last night i am going to be a grandmother for the first time! :) so excited,and hopefully the ring will be passed on. x

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  109. a moses basket & a blanket that was used for me & my siblings when we were babies and then i in turn have used for my children when they were babies

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  110. The hospital identity tags from my four children

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  111. My favourite keep save is a photo book of my family and friends xx

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  112. My grandmothers wedding ring, which I wear every day.

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  113. My first rattle

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  114. A treasured photo of my dad who passed when I was young

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  115. I'm not sure that I have any apart from photos

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  116. My Nans pearls she passed way when I was 9, I wore them when I got married so I had. Bit of her there with me

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  117. I have some lovely photos & videos of my kids that are going to come out on their 18th birthday!!

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  118. It's slightly embarrassing but I have a dingy old PJ case with the head and body of a grey mouse on it. It belong to my nan who had it for about 20 years. I used to play with it when I visited her and when she died when I was 4 I was given Minnie to keep. Minnie is now coming up to 51 years old (20 years with my nan and 31 with me!) and is pretty well travelled. She has been to Disneyworld in Orlando more times than I can count, LA, San Diego, San Francisco, Mexico, Paris, Malta, Brussels, Cairo, Luxor, Barcelona and Las Vegas to name a few. She currently lives on the chair in my bedroom with a collection of actual Minnie Mouses I have :)

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  119. My transam toy car from when I was 10 years old.

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  120. Photos of my sons when they were born

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  121. Tickets from my trip to New York fulfilling a 30 year dream

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  122. first outfit with a tiny hat :)

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  123. I have a turquoise & pearl brooch that my grandmother gave to me, which was given to her by her grandmother.

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  124. My great Grandmothers wedding ring which was passed down through the generations and which i now proudly wear X

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  125. when my mum past away I kept her necklace that she wore all the time. It was nothing special to her, she just loved it, but it's special to me! :)

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  126. I have loads and all the items have a different meaning to me, my Nan's old jewellery, my Mums wedding band to my own children's first clothes 💕

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  127. The last birthday got my nan got me

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