Introducing Daisy Belle Dreams

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I’m a huge lover of toys that are a little bit different to the norm – toys that have a classic appeal but with a modern twist. Instagram is a great place to browse for inspiration, and that’s where I first discovered Daisy Belle Dreams – an online boutique which stocks a beautiful range of toys, baby products, and gifts for stylish mums. I was thrilled to be chosen as a brand enthusiast recently so I wanted to introduce you all to Daisy Belle Dreams, their range of products, and let you get to know Julie, the lovely face behind the products.

 

Ben dressed in reindeer hoodie, cuddling two cuddly toy reindeer

 

I was first drawn to Daisy Belle Dreams as they stock Maileg, the Danish toy brand, whose signature bunnies and mice can be found in some of the most beautiful nurseries I’ve seen. Every toy I’ve seen from the brand has a simple charm and whimsical feel to it, with mice who live in matchboxes, and woodland animals including bunnies, deer, and foxes, whose distinctive designs feel like characters from a storybook.

Ben now has a little collection of Maileg deer. They’re perfect for tiny hands, as they have quite a flat profile, which means he can grab hold of them really easily.

 

Baby dressed in grey jumper with star on it, smiling up at the camera, holding a brown knitted Maileg sleepy wakey deer

7 month old baby sitting up in cot, dressed in white and grey striped bear suit, cuddling Maileg soft toy deer

 

Another of Daisy Belle Dreams beautiful product lines is Olli and Ella, whose iconic baskets are perfect for toy storage or for play. I love the luggy and I’m eyeing one up in yellow – the perfect way to encourage your child to tidy up, as they can pull it around the house with them – and Max loves his Pikki basket to take with us on all our outdoor adventures, or to use for a little pretend picnic in the living room.

 

Little boy walking along path in the forest, holding white wicker basket

White shelf with purple 'Ben' sign, Grimms Rainbow, Maileg Sleepy Wakey Reindeer, Zazu Zoe the Penguin, A Little Lovely Company Cloud Light, Sass and Belle suitcases, Meetoo Reindeer boy, and vintage globe

Meet Julie, the face behind Daisy Belle Dreams…

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to set up Daisy Belle Dreams?

Of course! My name is Julie Robinson, I am 37, married to the long- suffering Marc, I am Mum to Daisy (12) and Alfie (10), we share our crazy house with 2 miniature Schnauzers called Heidi and Stella, a tortoise called Herbert and a fish called Malcolm. I trained as a Paediatric Nurse but after a career break when my children were little, I returned to work as a Special Needs Classroom Assistant which I still do part-time and adore. I daydreamed about setting up my own business for a long time and this time last year decided it was time to take the plunge – Daisy Belle Dreams was born!

 

Being self employed as well as a mum is a tough balancing act. What’s your best piece of advice for balancing motherhood and family life?

I am a big writer of lists – I find I need to get things down on paper otherwise my brain just feels too busy and it can all become a bit overwhelming! There is also the wonderful satisfaction of being able to tick things off the list (I’ve been known to write things I’ve already done just so I can tick them off!)

 

What does a typical working day look like for you?

I work in school Monday to Thursday, my day usually starts at around 6.30 with a quick check of my e-mails and prepare any orders that have come in over night, then the mad scramble to get us all out of the house and to work for 8.30 until 3pm. I will then pay my daily visit to the Post Office and pick up children from school/after school clubs. My Daisy Belle Dreams work starts after dinner when I will check/send e-mails, wrap orders and try to keep up to date on accounts (snore!) Friday is my day dedicated to My Daisy Belle Dreams. I usually start with a long walk with the dogs to clear my head, then I start into the lists I’ve been compiling on random scraps of paper all week! My New Years resolution is to try and carve a bit more time out for some ‘me time’ but I find that a bit tricky!

 

I love the brands you stock and have discovered some great new finds from Daisy Belle Dreams. Do you have a secret favourite product?

Each and every product has a special place in my heart but I think my favourite has to be the Olli Ella Luggy. I think there is nothing cuter then seeing a little one lugging all their special treasures along behind them! I love the ethos of the brand – each piece is made ethically and sustainably using natural materials. I love bright colours so the vivid blue and yellow Luggys are my favourite!

 

Childhood toys have such vivid memories attached to them – I can remember some of my own so clearly – the Fisher Price house and my Sylvanian Families collections will always hold a special place in my heart. Do you have a toy from your own childhood which you still have, or still remember?

This is a tricky one! I absolutely loved dolls and imaginative play when i was little. I had a baby doll and a little wooden cot that I always made sure she was safely tucked up in before I went to bed. I think this is where my love of the more traditional toys comes from – in a day and age where a lot of time is spent staring at screens (which absolutely have their place!) I think using imagination is to be encouraged – whether it’s having a tea party with dolls or even a sneaky game of cops and robbers!Another toy I adored was my Fisher Price My First Tape Recorder, it was brown and cream (it was the 80’s) and it went everywhere with me. I had lots of different tapes but my favourite were Beatrix Potter stories – I could fully immerse myself and imagine I was right there with Peter Rabbit or Jemima Puddle-Duck.

 

I love Instagram for discovering ideas for nursery decor and cute toys my boys might like. Who are your favourite Instagram accounts for inspiration?

Instagram is such a great community for finding like minded people or getting inspiration. A few accounts I love for nursery inspo are louisewiberg, misskyreeloves and baileyandthebump. I adore feathering_the_empty_nest, mother_pukka and susiejverrill for stories and giggles.

 

Thank you so much Julie, it’s been an absolute pleasure!

 

Disclosure: As a brand enthusiast, I receive a discount on purchases made through Daisy Belle Dreams. 

  • Wow, what a gorgeous store!!! I love her working day, it sounds so ideal. It’s so tricky balancing everything as a work at home mum and especially finding time for ‘me time’. But its so amazing when you get to do something you love everyday. I love the Olli Ella Luggy too and all the wooden toys. I’d love one for my daughters room. We’re making over her nursery at the moment and theming it purple, pink and white. I’m definitely going to pick up a few bits from here.

    • That sounds beautiful – I can’t wait to see it! There’s nothing I enjoy more than putting together a room – I’m almost sad that all of our rooms are done now.

  • I spotted these on your nursery reveal post and think the are just adorable!

  • Helen Jacob-Lloyd

    Aww I love those deer’s – so classic and stylish! I had not heard of Daisy Belle Dreams before, but their vibe is just what I look for too. Off to give them a follow 🙂

  • Vicky

    I love the style of these toys! Those toy suitcases on display are definitely my style. I’ll have to recommend this to my cousin! x

    • I keep having to stop my 3 year old from swiping the suitcases! He wants to fill them up with loads of random bits and bobs!

  • I love those little teddies, so adorable. I agree that it is such a balancing act when it comes to work / life / family balance. It’s so inspiring reading about women who have crafted their lives to fit in with how they want to live it.

    • It’s a lovely inspiration isn’t it? I think so often we feel our lives have to conform to the norm, and it’s refreshing to hear from people who’ve made their own life work for them.

  • I love the deer. So cute. I also enjoyed hearing about how Julie works part time as well as raising her family and running a small business.

  • Sounds like the perfect working day to me. So nice to find the balance as a working Mum isn’t it!

  • jennifuchs

    What a gorgeous store – so many things I want! And some great IG recommendations too, which I am now following.

  • NewMummy Blogger

    What a busy lady and how inspiring! I’ve just had a browse and what a gorgeous range… I wouldn’t know where to start, it’s all gorgeous and looks addictive – once you start buying you won’t stop! Ben looks very cute with his toys in the pictures xx