Retail therapy

by Natalie

A Year Of Dates

Mums Off Duty, A Year Of Dates

A Year of Dates started in September 2016 with our date jars and boxes; we’re all busy, this a fun way to bring some excitement and romance to your life. The rules are simple – choose an envelope to open every week and follow the instructions!

We have gifts for those BIG birthdays with our 30 and 40 boxes – the idea is to make memories and have adventures throughout the year with family and friends.

For families, there is A Year of Play; aimed at children aged 5-12, the cards are to help find things you can all do together come rain or shine. Split between indoors and outdoors we hope they inspire. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook.


Mums Off Duty, Buttonbag, Directory

Buttonbag is the UK’s leading craft company for children’s sewing, knitting and making kits. We have easy-peasy starter kits for little fingers –  think dinosaurs, elephants and hippos with pre-punched holes, and big plastic needles, and cute collectible designs for older children such as our Unicorn or Foxy Scarf knitting kits.  

The Buttonbag motto is CreateTime and we believe making things is really important for learning; not just  fine-motor skills, although it’s great for that too –  but to give children the sense of making their mark on the world.  That’s why all our kits have been designed to empower children to say, “Look what I made.”

Follow us on Instagram: @buttonbag_uk
Like us on Facebook: @buttonbag
Find us on Pinterest: @buttonbaguk

mamaME Box

Mums Off Duty, mamaME Box

Join the monthly subscription box for mums. Receive 5 gorgeous, practical and fun treats every month – all carefully curated to help mama enjoy a little me-time. You can purchase a one-off box, or subscribe and save. Treat yourself or gift a lucky mama in need of a little tlc.

We are passionate about supporting mamas and that includes sourcing many of our products from other mama-run businesses. Who better to make and provide treats for mamas, than mamas themselves! So, mamaME boxes will be stuffed full of wonderful products made by mamas, for mamas, and other exciting treats from small, independent businesses.

Rosita Lollipop / Riot Lounge
Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Mums Off Duty, Rosita Lollipop, Directory

Rosita Lollipop celebrates its 8th year! Hoorah! We’re a small shop in Hitchin, Hertfordshire with a big heart! We have an exciting array of children’s clothing, shoes, accessories and gifts. We are not your average High Street shop! Among the many lovingly curated brands in-house are Maxomorra, Tobias and the Bear, Zaxy Kids shoes, Bob and Blossom, books published by the V&A and Tate Modern, Rockahula Kids jewellery, Lapin and Me lamps, and much, much more. The other half of the shop is our vintage inspired adult clothing, shoes, accessories and gifts now called Riot Lounge. Pop in and be dazzled! Follow us on Instagram to see our wondrous delights!

The Sambo Scribbles
Hitchin, Hertfordshire

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Around two years ago I took pen to paper and started to draw as a way to be mindful and induce calm. My style evolved as did the awareness of my artwork and voila my brand was born. The Sambo Scribbles.

Each design is meticulously drawn by hand using fineliners to create mandala inspired designs within the bold borders. I’m often told what a unique style of work I have. I love nothing more than to get lost in one of my pieces and spend many hours on each one. I love the diversity my style allows – cute characters for kids, pet portraits, flora, animals, foodstuffs…the list is endless.

When I’m not scribbling away I’m being Mummy to my daughter Beatrix and am an active member of the Hitchin Art Hub where I exhibit alongside other artists, and raise money for charity.

For any information regarding commissions, wholesale, or collaborations please email me at

Visit The Sambo Scribbles on Instagram.