Weekend Links

ZARA skirt

Another crazy week’s whizzed by – I hope yours has been good!

A fast and fabulous shout-out for this Friday’s Weekend Links goes to:

*  Sworkit. I came across this fantastic (free!) App via the wonderfully inspiring Kat Lee of the aptly named Inspired To Action (!) and How They Blog podcasts. Kat recommended it as a great way of squeezing in some much-needed fitness time into a busy mama’s morning (more on this in a later post!). Read more.

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Top Shop Foundation and Concealer review: a teen make-up dream!

Top Shop Concealer and Foundation review

Among this week’s beauty newbies we’ve been playing with at nonstopmama is the hotly awaited new Top Shop Foundation (£16) and Concealer (£10). Read more.

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Popband review: seriously loving!

Popbands Autumn Winter 2014

Oh I LOVE these!

The Popband is nothing short of a busy mama hair styling revelation. Read more.

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Helping Merci Maman celebrate in style!



At last, I can reveal what all the excitement was about last Friday!

This week, one of our favourite jewellery companies, Merci Maman asked nonstopmama to help them celebrate their seventh birthday, this week (bon anniversaire to them!).

To mark the occasion, throughout this week, the lovely Merci Maman team are celebrating on social media with a 24 hour ‘flash’ sale on Facebook, a discount on Twitter, a giveaway on Instagram and a creative Pinterest competition which they have asked us at nonstopmama to help Merci Maman founder, Béatrice de Montille, choose the winner!

Merci Maman Pinterest Competition

How fun?! (Click here to add a link to your board at the Merci Maman Pinterest page, until midnight on Thursday!).

When I spoke to the lovely, French-born Béatrice yesterday (herself a nonstopmaman of four!) in the craziness between her lunch meeting and her own school run, she explained that in France, turning 7 is traditionally referred to as the ‘wisdom’ age! :)

Beatrice and Arnaud Montille of Merci Maman

It can definitely be said that Béatrice (above, with her husband and co-founder of Merci Maman, Arnaud), made a wise move in deciding to take the plunge and start her personalised jewellery company from home, so she could spend time with her children. As she explained, her idea was to offer people a simple but truly special way to give a beautiful, truly personalised gift – all the pieces are engraved using the traditional French cursive style of handwriting Merci Maman has become famous for – which can be ordered online and delivered incredibly quickly (something the company still prides itself on, with no compromise on quality whatsoever).

Seven years and many devoted fans later (including the Duchess of Cambridge herself, who was spotted earlier this year wearing the now-called Duchess Necklace!), the Merci Maman team has grown to include a small, friendly team of 14 who are passionate about creating fabulous, bespoke pieces for the recipient to treasure.

When I asked Béatrice what her style staples are, she explained that, as a busy mama, she likes to keep it simple and chic with plain but classic dresses and skirts during the week – like us at nonstopmama, she’s a ZARA and H&M fan! – and going for jeans on Fridays at the weekends.

She’s also recently discovered the London boutique Katie & Jo (which also offers online shopping).

We’re THRILLED to have been asked to help Béatrice and the Merci Maman team celebrate their birthday this week, and bon chance to all those taking part in the fun online!

(PS: we still have this gorgeous Merci Maman giveaway open here at the blog, too! PHEW! :) ).

This is not a sponsored post and we were delighted to be invited to help one of our favourite companies celebrate!

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Bon weekend!

Have a sparkly weekend, nonstopmamas!

Well, it’s Friday evening – how did that happen?!

Hope everyone had a fabulous week, and apologies for no Weekend Links because it’s been a super-busy and, I can now reveal, quite exciting one!

We’ve got something new to announce next week! Some news from one of our favourite jewellery and lifestyle brands which has asked us to come on board and work with them on something SUPER-fun – watch this space! :)

Wishing everyone the most FANTASTIC weekend – all will be revealed next week!

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It’s Stoptober! How Boots is helping those taking up the challenge …


Today, nonstopmama is celebrating the start of Stoptober – the 28-day national stop smoking challenge – with Boots UK and all those taking part!

We’re all about helping busy mamas, our families and friends feel our healthy, fittest best. Anything which provides fantastic motivation AND practical support in helping anyone reach their well-being goals we’re right behind.

Stopober is about exactly that. Read more.

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