Rainy Sundays with Debenhams

Ever since Debenhams very kindly sent the children brand new raincoats for Spring, all I’ve heard each single morning is, “Can we wear our new coats today?”. With the weather lurching between gale force winds, snow blizzards and sub zero temperatures, I’ve had three very disappointed children wearing their winter coats, hats and scarves each day, looking longingly at their beautiful new coats waiting in the wardrobes.

Today, with the snow finally cleared and the temperatures raising ever so slightly, you’d have thought it was Christmas and their birthdays all come at once when I told them that they could finally wear their new coats. “This is the best day ever!” Harry said as he put his new Jasper Conran Raincoat,“I look so cool!”. 

The girls were sent the most stunning pink rainmacs from Ted Baker and I’ll be honest with you, I want one for myself! With rose gold fastenings and a concealed hood they are not only beautiful, but practical too.

After weeks of being cooped up indoors we decided to brave the rain and go for a walk in the woods, something we haven’t done at all this year due to the children being unwell or the weather too bad. Nothing beats getting outdoors, breathing in some fresh air and letting the children run wild!

As we walked through the woods I couldn’t help but notice how grown up the children appeared compared to the last time we were there, just a few months earlier. As they ran ahead of me, no longer holding my hand in the same way they once did, I felt a lump in my throat as I mentally calculated that in just six months time all three of them will be in school and our days of walking in the woods will be strictly limited to the weekend.

As we walked along, with me getting muddier and wetter with every step, I promised myself that over the next few months we will make the most of every moment, regardless of the weather. As long as the children are warm and dry we don’t need good weather to make memories – just give my children a stick, a pair of wellies to splash in the stream and the challenge of a pinecone hunt, and they genuinely could not be happier!

Thanks to Debenhams we made it all the way round the woods with only one of us moaning about being cold and wet – me!! I love that Harry’s raincoat has a little visor on the hood to keep his little nose dry from raindrops, I could have done with one myself!

By the time we made it to the playground the rain had finally cleared and, after an hour playing on the swings, we were all in need of a steaming hot chocolate and marshmallows to warm us up. It felt so good to have finally made it out and I only hope that over the coming months we have so many more adventures ahead.


** We were gifted these coats from Debenhams. All words and opinions are my own. **




    • Laura Dove
      March 5, 2018 / 1:58 pm

      Me too, I love red! It really brightens up the rainy days! xx

    • Laura Dove
      March 5, 2018 / 1:57 pm

      They are gorgeous aren’t they? Thank you for joining us at #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      March 5, 2018 / 1:56 pm

      They are amazing Michelle, such a gorgeous colour! xx

  1. March 5, 2018 / 11:01 am

    Those Ted Baker coats are to die for! Do they come in adult size? I seriously need one! Plus Harry is so right; he does looks super cool in his red raincoat!

    • Laura Dove
      March 5, 2018 / 1:53 pm

      Haha Jessi that is exactly what I said too! They are gorgeous aren’t they? xx

  2. March 5, 2018 / 1:57 pm

    The raincoats are lovely especially the girls…perfect for all the Spring rain showers which will be coming out way over the next couple of months! xoxo

    • Laura Dove
      March 5, 2018 / 9:07 pm

      I agree, as long as they are warm and dry there’s still fun to be had! xx

  3. March 5, 2018 / 3:07 pm

    What beautiful raincoats we love the pastel pink and the rose gold features. They look gorgeous on your girls #BigPinkLink

    • Laura Dove
      March 5, 2018 / 9:06 pm

      Thank you! I love the colours, they are perfect for Spring! xx

  4. March 5, 2018 / 3:09 pm

    Good for you for getting them out in the rain. They will not melt! #bigpinklinke

    • Laura Dove
      March 5, 2018 / 9:06 pm

      Yes! You’re so right, and a hot chocolate soon warmed us up! xx

  5. March 5, 2018 / 3:19 pm

    I really think that I need one of those pink raincoats too – that’s such a beautiful shade of pink! I love getting out in the rain, it makes everything smell so much fresher and I feel happy [although soggy usually]!

    • Laura Dove
      March 5, 2018 / 9:05 pm

      Me too! I genuinely would wear that coat in an adult size! Nothing beats getting outdoors does it? xx

  6. March 5, 2018 / 5:18 pm

    Oh they look gorgeous – I love when a brand is practical and functional. And hello… Rose Gold buttons..?!

    • Laura Dove
      March 5, 2018 / 9:05 pm

      I know!! So stylish!! xx

  7. March 5, 2018 / 5:26 pm

    Those raincoats are stunning, I LOVE the zip pull. #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      March 5, 2018 / 9:05 pm

      Me too! So pretty! xx

  8. March 5, 2018 / 5:33 pm

    I adore Ted Baker kids wear and am always hunting the sale rails for a beauty at a bargain. These macs are lovely.

    • Laura Dove
      March 5, 2018 / 9:04 pm

      Me too Amy, they have the most amazing clothes! xx

  9. March 5, 2018 / 5:47 pm

    Their coats look lovely and I the colours really brighten up any rainy day. I hated it when our walks were limited to weekends only, but now with half day schooling in Sweden there is ample time to explore every afternoon 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      March 5, 2018 / 9:04 pm

      Oh I’m very jealous Sonia, I will miss my days with my youngest from September. xx

  10. March 5, 2018 / 6:01 pm

    One of my fondest memories was roaming around the countryside of Northampton in my wellies and mac. Having an adventure with a grown-up that wanted to get muddy 🙂 Thank you for posting. I really enjoyed reading about your lovely day out.

    • Laura Dove
      March 5, 2018 / 9:04 pm

      Ah how lovely. Thanks Jacqueline. xx

  11. March 5, 2018 / 6:04 pm

    I love those Ted Baker coats! The little bow detail is so cute! #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      March 5, 2018 / 9:03 pm

      Me too Jen, you can’t beat Debenhams for kids clothes! xx

  12. March 5, 2018 / 6:18 pm

    Looks like a lovely time out getting back to nature. Very smart raincoats. The hot chocolate sounds much needed. #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      March 5, 2018 / 9:03 pm

      Thank you, the hot chocolate was very much needed! xx

  13. March 5, 2018 / 6:19 pm

    They look adorable in those raincoats and they look very comfy.

    • Laura Dove
      March 5, 2018 / 9:02 pm

      Thank you! They are gorgeous coats! xx

  14. March 5, 2018 / 6:24 pm

    They look lovely raincoats, I really like the bright red perfect to brighten up a rainy day X #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      March 5, 2018 / 9:02 pm

      Oh me too, you can’t beat a bright red to brighten up a rainy day! xx

  15. March 5, 2018 / 7:34 pm

    Those raincoats are so fab, the red one is so bright and I love the little visor on the hood. And the pink ones are so cute, those rose gold details are so gorgeous!

    • Laura Dove
      March 5, 2018 / 9:01 pm

      The rose gold details are gorgeous aren’t they? I genuinely want one in my size! xx

  16. March 5, 2018 / 8:18 pm

    It looks like you all had a fantastic time! I love Debenhams for getting lots of different things. The coats look brilliant – might have to search for one for myself! 😉

    • Laura Dove
      March 5, 2018 / 9:00 pm

      Oh me too Morgan, I love that colour too! xx

  17. March 5, 2018 / 8:48 pm

    Lovely raincoats! Especially love the girls matching raincoats. So adorable 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      March 5, 2018 / 8:57 pm

      Ahh thank you, they are gorgeous aren’t they? xx

  18. March 5, 2018 / 9:06 pm

    Ahhh they all look lovely! The girls are so cute in their matchies and Harry is such a scene stealer, the red really suits him! x

  19. March 5, 2018 / 9:17 pm

    What beautiful, really practical coats. Must have been great for being out and about in the woods.

    • Laura Dove
      March 5, 2018 / 9:52 pm

      It was so good to get out, we’ve been cooped up for weeks with illness and the weather! xx

  20. March 5, 2018 / 9:31 pm

    Debenham couldn’t have picked better models then your doves,Laura!! The cheetah and I are also waiting some much nicer weather so we can go on a walkabout as well.

    • Laura Dove
      March 5, 2018 / 9:52 pm

      Ahh thank you Patrick, you’re very kind to us. I hope the Cheetah has a rainmac ready for those April showers!? xx

  21. March 5, 2018 / 10:39 pm

    I can see why you want to nab the girls raincoats for yourself, the colour is absolutely gorgeous. And it is great that now that the snow has cleared you have been able to go out into the woods and have a right old giggle. Time flies by when you are having fun!

    • Laura Dove
      March 6, 2018 / 6:41 pm

      They are gorgeous aren’t they? The rose gold fastenings are sooo pretty, if only I could squeeze into one! xx

  22. March 5, 2018 / 10:42 pm

    How nice are those coats, there is nothing like having a wonderfully warm coat for the cold days so you can still go out and play!

    • Laura Dove
      March 6, 2018 / 6:40 pm

      I agree, as long as the kids are dry they are happy! xx

  23. March 6, 2018 / 7:27 am

    They look like wonderful raincoats! I love that vibrant red. We bought Zach a new one at the weekend – it’s definitely raincoat weather now the arctic blast has gone!

    • Laura Dove
      March 6, 2018 / 6:38 pm

      haha yes! Just swapping one element for another! xx

  24. March 6, 2018 / 8:02 am

    I love the gorgeous coats, they are perfect for the cold and rainy weather we are having lately! They look very cosy and comfortable too!

    • Laura Dove
      March 6, 2018 / 6:38 pm

      They are really gorgeous, Harry won’t take his off, haha! xx

  25. March 6, 2018 / 8:14 am

    Ah, so lovely that your kids got to finally wear the new coats and you are right, they are gorgeous. I also want one of those pink ones for myself! Another thing you are right about is kids having fun regardless of the weather. They don’t care if they’re wet. In Sweden, kids play out in all weathers, even at school, as they always have appropriate clothing!

    • Laura Dove
      March 6, 2018 / 6:37 pm

      Yes I think we are guilty of hiding away from the weather in this country, which is crazy as it’s rarely dry! xx

  26. March 6, 2018 / 9:23 am

    I do love a bit of Ted Baker so those raincoats are lovely x

    • Laura Dove
      March 6, 2018 / 6:36 pm

      Oh me too, they are gorgeous aren’t they? xx

  27. March 6, 2018 / 9:39 am

    Your just right, getting out and about but all hopped up :0 these raincoats from Debenhams look fab and they certainly did the trick for your little ones x

    • Laura Dove
      March 6, 2018 / 6:36 pm

      Thank you Lynne! xx

  28. March 6, 2018 / 10:49 am

    My girls are just the same we are always on walks with a stick in hand and on a treasure hunt! I love the girls coats, my girls would adore these too. Harry’s is a great colour, I love a vibrant coat x

    • Laura Dove
      March 6, 2018 / 6:34 pm

      Hah yes! They always manage to find a stick wherever we go! xx

  29. March 6, 2018 / 11:44 am

    Gorgeous coats and even more gorgeous children! I always forget about Debenhams now that they have closed the one in Cheltenham, I will have to have a look at their website! #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      March 6, 2018 / 6:33 pm

      Thank you! They have some amazing clothes for children…and adults! xx

  30. March 6, 2018 / 11:46 am

    Beautiful raincoats! I think it’s so important to have great kids outerwear.. it usually is what is on show to be honest!

    • Laura Dove
      March 6, 2018 / 6:33 pm

      I totally agree, I always spend a little more on their coats! xx

    • Laura Dove
      March 6, 2018 / 6:33 pm

      Thank you! xx

  31. March 6, 2018 / 1:11 pm

    Oh I love these little raincoats, my stepdaughter would love the pink one. She is obsessed with anything any shade of pink x

    • Laura Dove
      March 6, 2018 / 6:32 pm

      Ahh mine too, they are real girly girls! xx

  32. March 6, 2018 / 6:10 pm

    Those raincoats are absolutely lovely – definitely needed in the recent weather we’ve been having!

    • Laura Dove
      March 6, 2018 / 6:29 pm

      Yes! Its been awful hasn’t it? xx

  33. March 6, 2018 / 7:41 pm

    Oh my, those Ted Baker coats your little girls have are gorgeous; I’m a tad jealous!

    • Laura Dove
      March 7, 2018 / 12:50 pm

      Me too Rachael! I want my own! xx

  34. March 6, 2018 / 7:52 pm

    Lovely shade of pink and just loving the red too! Looks like a great area to explore with the stream too. #bigpinklinky

    • Laura Dove
      March 7, 2018 / 12:49 pm

      We are lucky to have this gorgeous countryside on our doorstep. xx

  35. March 6, 2018 / 7:54 pm

    oh I love them! Especially the pin one, how gorgeous! x

    • Laura Dove
      March 7, 2018 / 12:48 pm

      Thanks Fritha! xx

  36. March 6, 2018 / 8:31 pm

    They are lovely raincoats! I know my girls would go and and play in them too! #bigpinklink xoxo

  37. March 6, 2018 / 9:47 pm

    Such a fabulous day out with the kids and how wonderful that they get to wear their new coats too. I am loving the red Jasper Conran coat your son is wearing and your girls’s Ted Baker coats.

    • Laura Dove
      March 7, 2018 / 12:46 pm

      Its always lovely to get outdoors isn’t it? xx

  38. March 6, 2018 / 10:22 pm

    I am so ready for Spring, I could understand your kid’s frustration. These Spring coats looks absolutely amazing, I do love Debenhams items

    • Laura Dove
      March 7, 2018 / 12:46 pm

      Me too, they have some gorgeous items xx

  39. March 6, 2018 / 10:24 pm

    Oh my how gorgeous are these jackets!!!? I seriously want one too!

    • Laura Dove
      March 7, 2018 / 12:46 pm

      haha me too Natalia! xx

  40. March 7, 2018 / 12:46 am

    Those coats are gorgeous. I need an adult version of the pink one too!

    • Laura Dove
      March 7, 2018 / 12:45 pm

      Oh me too! It’s gorgeous! xx

  41. March 7, 2018 / 12:48 am

    I love Harrys raincoat, it’s beautiful. Raincoats are just perfect for the transitions between seasons – now lets hope we start transitioning into Spring hey?

    • Laura Dove
      March 7, 2018 / 12:45 pm

      Oh I hope so, I miss the sunshine! xx

  42. March 7, 2018 / 7:13 am

    I love that little red one, I think it’s safe to say that it will be off to Debenhams we go to buy a coat for the Lion this Spring.

    • Laura Dove
      March 7, 2018 / 12:42 pm

      Oh it’s gorgeous, you can’t beat a bright coat to brighten up the day! xx

  43. March 7, 2018 / 10:40 am

    These are gorgeous. I particularly love the girls ones x

    • Laura Dove
      March 7, 2018 / 12:38 pm

      Oh me too! They are stunning! xx

  44. March 7, 2018 / 1:35 pm

    Oh my gosh, these are just so cute! I love that little red one… I love that style for rainy days.

    • Laura Dove
      March 7, 2018 / 2:53 pm

      Me too, its super cute isn’t it? xx

  45. Jess
    March 7, 2018 / 2:41 pm

    No wondering you wanted one of those pink macs for yourself, they look ace! I love the rose gold finishing touches. Knowing what the British weather is like I’m sure you’ll get plenty of use out of these, ha.

    • Laura Dove
      March 7, 2018 / 2:52 pm

      Oh me too, rose gold is so pretty isn’t it? xx

    • Laura Dove
      March 7, 2018 / 11:06 pm

      I love Debenhams, I never come out empty handed! xx

  46. March 7, 2018 / 10:50 pm

    Your kids are awesome! I love their energy on the photos. And they look beautiful in their new coats! <3

    • Laura Dove
      March 7, 2018 / 11:00 pm

      Ahh thank you so much! xx

  47. March 7, 2018 / 11:09 pm

    Great pictures and lovely practical coats but attractive too #BigPinkLink

    • Laura Dove
      March 8, 2018 / 11:45 pm

      Thanks Kate! xx

  48. March 8, 2018 / 8:21 am

    Such lovely raincoats, I am looking forward to packing the big heavy coats away now

    • Laura Dove
      March 8, 2018 / 11:43 pm

      Oh me too! I’m bored of winter now! xx

  49. March 8, 2018 / 9:35 am

    All their coats are lovely but I have to admit I love Harry’s the most. That red is so vibrant, easy to spot anywhere. I’ve just bought my son a new raincoat, although it’s not as nice as Harry’s!

    • Laura Dove
      March 8, 2018 / 11:41 pm

      I love bright rain coats, its great for a child like Harry who likes to run off! I can spot him at a distance! xx

    • Laura Dove
      March 8, 2018 / 11:35 pm

      Rainy days always need brightening with a vibrant rainmac! xx

  50. March 8, 2018 / 11:44 am

    They have such a nice range for kids! My fave is def the red one

    • Laura Dove
      March 8, 2018 / 11:35 pm

      Baba would look super cute in it wouldn’t he? xx

    • Laura Dove
      March 9, 2018 / 7:32 pm

      Thanks Beth! xx

  51. March 10, 2018 / 5:30 pm

    I have never heard of the raincoat brand but they do look great on your kids! There is just something so special about exploring the outdoors in the rain and mud. At least, I think so lol #BigPinkLink

    • Laura Dove
      March 12, 2018 / 12:30 pm

      Thank you Michelle, I totally agree! xx

  52. March 10, 2018 / 7:48 pm

    I agree those pink coats are gorgeous and should be in adult size too #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      March 12, 2018 / 12:27 pm

      haha yes! They are so pretty! xx

  53. March 12, 2018 / 5:32 pm

    I love the red Jasper Conran raincoat, and it is great to get outdoors with the kids ☺️ #bigpinklink

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