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Women love babies, men love football?

April 9, 2014
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baby blue

Only a parent will understand the unconditional love we feel for our newborns. In my case, it was a pure emotion, almost raw and painful. But do both the sexes feel the same type of emotion? My first son was born at 9pm after a long day of painful induced contractions. He was two...

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Mother’s Day – should be about love and appreciation and not a commercial circus

March 28, 2014
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Me as a baby with my mother and siblings

Two weeks ago my over-tall teenager came downstairs mid-Sunday morning and gave me a bunch of flowers. “For you, mum. You’re the best mum in the world and I love you!” he mumbled as he thrust them into my hands.  I was gob smacked. The gesture was out of the blue and he had...

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News from Nema

March 7, 2014
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mozambique baby

Did you hear the BBC radio new report this morning? They quoted the statistics that in Africa over 1000 babies a day die within the first 24 hours of life. Many of these deaths are needless and could be prevented with the most basic of medical help. These statistics are so shocking and particularly...

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Choosing the right underwear for your pregnancy

February 18, 2014
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underwear

People often complain that maternity and nursing bras are ugly and not sexy enough. However, the reality is that no matter how much non-pregnant designers may suggest you should stay sexy during your pregnancy, unless you are a real glutton for punishment your underwear decisions will be based on comfort – at least in...

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Laura Tenison’s Tips on Choosing your Maternity Clothes

January 31, 2014
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Blue stripe dress

It can be a little confusing knowing where to start with your maternity wardrobe, particularly if it’s your first pregnancy or you’re own a tight budget. But armed with a few basic principles, you should be able to save yourself a bit of time and money. Don’t buy too much at the start of...

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Thinking about a ‘Power Maternity Leave’…are you mad?

January 3, 2014
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juggling_mom

It’s totally incredible how many efficient, energetic and apparently sane women decide that maternity leave is exactly the right time to start a business, learn the cello, improve their Spanish or become a fitness fanatic. If you are one of these girls intent on making the most of your legal rights and taking the...

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Oh God, it’s nearly Christmas again…

November 28, 2013
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keep-calm-christmas-is-coming-98

I absolutely LOVE Christmas; I always have and always will. In fact I enjoy it so much that it is no trouble at all having everyone to my house and I have been lucky enough to be the host for the last three years. My siblings and their families are always appreciative of the...

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Breastfeeding Vouchers…is this fair?

November 15, 2013
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breastfeeding vouchers

We all have ‘breast is best’ drummed into us by the midwives, and most of us want to breastfeed and plan to during our pregnancy. However, as soon as we go into labour all hell breaks loose. THINGS JUST DON’T GO ACCORDING TO PLAN. From my experience, breastfeeding was total, unbelievable agony with my...

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A Day Out at Goodwood Revival

September 16, 2013
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goodwood revival

I don’t believe in the ‘free lunch’. Catholic guilt and a strong sense of morality means that as a business our teams as discouraged from accepting the inevitable invitations which come our way from suppliers. In the past they used to be lavish; centre court at Wimbledon, helicopter ski trips and dinners at the...

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Political Correctness for Working Mums

July 24, 2013
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i dont know why she bothers

This subject is a bit of a minefield and I’m happy to take comments from both sides of the school gate community…but the big question we all ask ourselves when we have our first baby is whether to ‘go back to work’ and if so when? I had no choice. My fate was set...

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All About Autism: How Mark and Listening to “The Reason I Jump”, by Naoki Higashida (Radio 4 book of the week) Opened my Eyes

June 27, 2013
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Little Boy with Ducks

As parents, we are always on tenterhooks. Nowadays I’m worrying about my sons disappearing into the London traffic on their push bikes, or heading off for a teenagers’ camping week. But when they are new-born we just want them to be OK, don’t we? When I was pregnant I was often asked, “Do you...

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Stress-free Holidays with Little Ones

May 3, 2013
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Brittany cottage

When you are desperate to get away but just can’t quite commit to the cost and effort of packing the family off to the airport, generally on a dawn flight with a long transfer on a sick-making coach at the other end, why not consider Brittany?  Loading everyone and everything you may need into...

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Twenty Years and Still Going

April 17, 2013
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JoJo Maman Bebe Newbury

It’s just a year like any other but reaching 20 years in business is quite a milestone. People often ask if I ever dreamed that we could get so big. But when you start a fashion company from your kitchen table your ambitions are pretty realistic; design, sell, deliver, balance the books.  It was...

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And the Winner is…

March 15, 2013
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4-in-1 polarfleece jacket

Awards ceremonies appear to continue to be all the rage; in fact there was a time when we could have spent a day a week entering competitions. Since we are now a ‘mature’ company – this being our 20th year – we don’t really think that we need the publicity generated by winning an...

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Happy International Women’s Day, 2013

March 8, 2013
By
centredinternationalwomensday

International Women’s Day was created more than 100 years ago at a time when sexual inequality was rife and the dissatisfaction of  ‘the fairer sex’ started to gather momentum alongside the birth of some (for the age) radical ideologies. The social networks of the time slowly mounted campaigns to bring to an end this...

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My Famous Uncle

January 28, 2013
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jakes-escape

I’d like you to meet my brilliant uncle … There’s nothing like having a famous uncle. As a small child, growing up in the relatively sheltered city of Brussels (where my father was working) and then near Abergavenny in the Welsh countryside, my imagination would run wild with the stories of my explorer uncle....

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Laura Tenison’s Christmas Survival

December 21, 2012
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Laura Tenison’s Christmas Survival

I love Christmas and the frenzy of excitement during build-up, but the reality is that between September and December we are frantic at JoJo, plus there’s always a lot more parties and school events to fit in. I have to be clever to make sure the additional work load does not get out of...

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Congratulations your Royal Highnesses!

December 6, 2012
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Congratulations your Royal Highnesses!

A new baby is always a joy. As parents we will cut back on ourselves in hard times but still do our very best for the children. The past few years have been hard to trade through but good nursery retailers continue to flourish as long as they offer excellent service, great design and competitive...

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Do We Believe In Child Labour

December 4, 2012
By
enterprising-child

Of course I can’t condone using children as labour in any way and abhor the idea that any child misses out growing up in the security of a loving environment where they can learn through play and creativity. But what about getting them to help out at home? Is it immoral to make our...

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Did you receive one of these last Friday?

November 24, 2012
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Did you receive one of these last Friday?

Well if you did and if you, like I, tried to be efficient and contact the Child Benefit Charge call centre to register the fact that you no longer qualified, you may just be a tiny bit irritated? Or maybe, as in my case, you may even be angry … or possibly you may...

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Being a parent is never easy. Whether we work full or part-time or whether we are full time parents; we are bound to get it wrong.

November 7, 2012
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We all know that it is so tricky to be perfect. Actually, we all know it is impossible to be perfect – I just do my best and quite often I don’t think it is good enough so I keep trying harder (or drink a large glass of wine). However, I recently did an...

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Much Appreciated, Thank Yous

October 11, 2012
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I can’t tell you how often I have told my children to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and on the whole they are brilliant at remembering their P’s and Q’s. In fact, I think most children are pretty good at this these days. I’m sure yours are too? So why is it that as...

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Drowning in September Madness?

September 25, 2012
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Drowning in September Madness?

From the start of the academic school year until we collapse on Boxing day I’m stressed. There is no point denying the fact that I probably go a bit mad and I may even admit, begrudgingly, that I’m a tinsy-winsy bit difficult to live with? It all starts with the back-to-school rush; new shoes...

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Our Dream Holiday Rental – I don’t think so!

August 28, 2012
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Our Dream Holiday Rental – I don’t think so!

I used to refuse to leave the UK in the summer holidays. I could not see the point. The weather was good here and the roads generally clear, making trips to Wales or staying in London a real pleasure. Why head for the sun when it’s sunny at home … well that’s what I...

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Feeding your offspring, from breast to bolognese

May 25, 2012
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Just one example of the mess my boys can make!

Its a strange thing but I think I am amongst many mothers who never minded being woken up in the night by their newborn babies. That total exhaustion when you have just had an hour or two in bed and are woken for another 30 mins breastfeeding whilst sitting up and fighting sleep never...

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What to give when friends and relations have babies?

May 9, 2012
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What to give when friends and relations have babies?

Of course with teenage children I’m a little on the old side to have friends having babies, but whilst there is not the rush I knew 10 years ago, there are still a few brave souls pregnant in their 40’s and of course a few second time round marriages with men my age and...

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The National Trust’s 50 things to do … are we all going mad?

April 26, 2012
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National Trust

Last week the news was full of the new list from The National Trust; 50 things to do before you are 11 3/4 years old. The media responded with  plenty of “Signs of the Times” doom and gloom about how the Security Services are not allowed to do most of the list due to Health...

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Baby Sports Stars

April 11, 2012
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My son played for AFC Wimbledon today. Is that not every Dad’s and some Mum’s dream? Your child is conceived and within days, in my case at least, your partner is predicting great sporting achievements. Daughters will win Wimbledon a la Chrissie Evett or maybe in other families the bump is destined to be...

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The Guilt of the Working Mother

March 28, 2012
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Of course I know that I am not damaging my boys, but in the days leading up to a business trip I get more and more stressed. It has always been the case. It starts about two weeks before I am due to leave and I faff and make arrangements for them while I...

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Hello Battersea Park Road!

February 24, 2012
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Hello Battersea Park Road!

It’s sort of ironic that we, a company whose success is dependent on pro-creation, is now based in a former Catholic convent. I’d like to think that the nuns would have enjoyed our designs and approved of our work ethic and company ethos. May be we should get the building blessed or may be...

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Goodbye Northcote Road

February 22, 2012
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All packed up!

It’s done. We are in. Yes, we have finally moved our design and buying office. For the past 12 years we have spent most of our working days (often stretching late into the night) in a lovely space on Bennerley Road in Battersea. This is where JoJo grew up and we are sad to...

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Half-Term Heaven

February 20, 2012
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Yes it’s completely true.  I am in heaven and so are my boys – or at least I think they are but since I have not seen them for two hours I can’t be totally sure. I love my children, I’m passionate about my job and all  in all I have no complaints about...

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Our charity news

February 15, 2012
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Our charity news

For the past few years I have been a trustee of Nema, our great little charity based in Mozambique. Founded by Amy who runs the lovely Guludo Eco Beach Lodge, we at JoJo help out how we can doing the book keeping supporting health projects, building schools, etc. It’s a huge benefit that we...

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Hello from Bournemouth, well that was the intention ….

February 1, 2012
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On my bike! Let's hope I was heading the right way

Sometimes, when life goes wrong it is easy to slip into deep depression. Today was one of those days. Everything went wrong. Toby forgot his homework when he got on the school bus, I noticed it sitting on the kitchen table having just closed the door behind him. It’s great the bus comes straight...

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A night out WITHOUT the toddlers …

January 31, 2012
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Coriolanus

A couple of  weeks ago I was lucky enough to sneak into the premiere of Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus. Not only did he direct the film, his debut as a director I think, but he plays the lead. I’m not much of a movie luvie but my brother was invited with my wonderful sister-in-law, Susannah...

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Pregnant thespian talent …

January 23, 2012
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Our New Girl

The Bush Theatre on Uxbridge Road, London W12 8LJ re-opened in its new premises last week, the former Shepherd’s Bush Library. I went along to the launch party organized by my friend Susannah Herbert, a talented journalist and previously editor of the Sunday Times Review section, before deciding to take a sabbatical and spend...

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Welcome to JoJo’s Blog!

January 19, 2012
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Welcome to JoJo’s Blog!

Hello, It’s great that you are reading the very first post from our new blog. For the past few years we have shied away from the idea of too much editorial on our website. We felt that you had too much to read already; pamphlets from the hospital, pregnancy and new baby books, news...

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