My Two Weeks That Was (W/E 28th June 2014)

On Sunday, we went to Bewdley. Thomas and Grandad had fun by the river

On Tuesday, Daniel the builder fixed everything!
On Wednesday, Thomas raced away on his scooter coming back from nursery
On Thursday, Daniel learnt how to turn round on his play mat!
On Friday, I went to London for BritMums Live
On Saturday, I was still at BritMums Live
On Sunday, Thomas watered his Nanny’s plants
On Monday, I made some belated birthday cakes for myself (it was my birthday while I was in London)
On Tuesday, we went to a splash pad at Brinton Park in Kidderminster
On Wednesday, Thomas modelled his new Aston Villa kit
On Thursday, we picked the first strawberry out of our garden
On Friday, Daniel tested out a Jumperoo at Kiddicare

Yesterday, we went to Birmingham and watched the dragon boat racing in Brindleyplace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Child Safety Week With Britax

This week is Child Safety Week, an annual campaign by the Child Accident Prevention Trust, to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented. To help raise awareness of in-car safety this week, Britax has put together its top three tips for keeping children safe in the car and as an official Britax Mumbassador, I've been asked to spread the word!

First things first is the law. Children must be in a car seat until they are 135cms tall or 12 years old- whichever comes first! From the age of 4 onwards or 15kg children can be moved to an adult seat belt and a booster seat. Britax do not sell booster cushions as they offer no side impact protection, which form one of the most severe types of collisions on the roads* and only recommend a high-back booster seat which offers deep protective side wings and head support in the event of a collision.

Secondly is fitting the car seat. Britax found that 49% of seat belts used to secure child seats may be fitted incorrectly**, often twisted, too high or fitted around the seat and not the child, leaving the child unprotected. When you purchase a new car seat, it's a really good idea to take your car to the store and have it fitted by an in-store specialist. Make sure the seat is the right one for the weight and height of your child, and do ask your child's opinion too! The best car seat is the one that fits both your child and car, why not try the Britax fit finder to find the best seat for your needs?

Lastly, it's important to keep children entertained and comfortable in the car. As we all know, little ones can cause big distractions with constant questions of 'Are we there yet?' and if you're worrying about your child wriggling around then you can't concentrate on the road. Britax created a 'Keep Calm' guide full of tips from their Facebook community, ranging from using a washable marker pen on windows for children to draw with to giving kids a pretend steering wheel to join in with the driving! Take a look here for ideas on how to keep calm on your journey.

Drive safely everyone!

* Casimir. Child Car Passenger Fatalities – European Figures and In-Depth Study”, Alan Kirk; Loughborough University, UK; Conference: Protection of Children in Cars, Munich, 2011.
** “Misuse: Recent Evaluations in Ireland”, M. Bennett and F. Bendjellal, 2011.

 

I’m Going To BritMums Live!

Jo

Name: Jo

Blog: Jo's Nursery & Jo's Kitchen

Twitter ID: @Jos_Nursery & @Jos_Kitchen

Height: 5ft

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Brown

Is this your first blogging conference?

No, it is my third BritMums Live and my seventh blog conference overall

Are you attending both days?

Of course

What are you most looking forward to at BritMums Live 2014?

Meeting my blogging friends, making new ones and chatting to brands. I also hope to finally say hello to Katy Hill too. I have always been too nervous before. I have admired her since she was on Blue Peter.

What are you wearing?

See below

What do you hope to gain from BritMums Live 2014?

I hope to finally decide on what I am going to do with the appearance of my blogs. I have had the same theme for all the years I have been blogging and desperately need a change as soon as possible. I am hoping someone will give me the inspiration as to what to do

Do you have any tips to pass on to others who may not have been before?

Don't feel that you need to go to every session. You will get information overload if you do. Miss any that are not mega useful to you. Take a break, enjoy the lounges, chat to brands or just get some fresh air. You will be glad you did.

 

What Am I Wearing!

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I will be wearing the dress above from Next on the Friday with black leggings and my happy shoes (see post here). On the Saturday, I will be wearing jeans or cropped jeans along with a t shirt with my details and my sponsor's details on with trainers. Saturday is a long day so I am going for comfort over fashion.

My Sponsor is…

Opal Aura

Opal Aura is a local West Midlands company run by my friend Manie. She is a doula, birth coach and also sells a range of natural self healing products that help all the family. Manie was my doula at Daniel's birth and is a much trusted friend. I am very proud to be representing Opal Aura at BritMums Live.

 

Product Review: Mia Tui Bags

I have a slight confession! I love bags especially changing bags and Mia Tui are my absolute favourites! I currently have 10 Mia Tui bags in the house (although one is my husband’s!) including the two I am reviewing here. I have 4 Lotties, 1 Matilda Mae, 2 Grace’s, 1 Minnie Ameile, 1 Ella and 1 Ascot. Please don’t tell my husband how many I have – they are all hidden under the bed LOL!
I love them as they look like like proper gorgeous bags but they have many secrets inside them. They are completely waterproof inside and out so are perfect if you get caught in a heavy shower or spill a child’s drink in your bag which I seem to do on occasion. The majority of their bags also have:
  • Coordinating clutch bag with a wrist strap
  • Clear PVC clutch bag which is airplane travel compliant
  • At least one insulated bottle holder
  • Full zip closures for added security
  • Key holder
  • Mobile phone/pen pockets
I have brought most of the bags above with my own penny’s however I was recently sent an Ella and an Ascot to review. I love the Ella as it is big enough to hold my things and everything I need to carry for Thomas and Daniel too, however it is not so big that I feel swamped carrying it. I am only 5ft tall so big bags can be a problem for me to carry for long periods. I generally use it without the extra long strap as it is on my shoulder, on my buggy buddy hook or in my bigger pushchair’s basket. It has 2 insulated bottle holders inside so I can carry a drink for both Thomas and Daniel in it. However, if we are going out for a longer period of time I use these insulated bottle bags that attach easily to the side of the bag using the D-rings that the extending shoulder strap attaches to.

 

My husband loves his Ascot bag too. It is not as big as the Ella with only one insulated bottle holder inside however it still feels very generous and he is able to get everything he needs for both boys with ease. It has a large outside side pocket which is large enough for nappies and wipes etc. I have used it too on occasion and am very pleased with it. I am tempted to get one in Steel Blue for myself as I think it would make the perfect laptop bag. (Shh! Don’t tell Stuart!!)

I was fortunate enough to meet Charlotte (the founder of Mia Tui) at The Baby Show recently and although I am not going to tell you, what is coming soon, it is very exciting and I am sure I will be adding to my already vast Mia Tui bag collection.

Use the discount code below to get 15% off Mia Tui bags. You will not regret it. They changed my life so why not let them change yours!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Week That Was (W/E 14th June 2014)

On Sunday, I had pie, mash and liquor in London which I have wanted to try for a long time. It was very filling and delicious!

On Monday, we took out our Britax B -Motion 3 which we have been sent to review for the first time. We love it so far!

On Tuesday, the weaning adventure began for Daniel!

On Wednesday, Thomas decided he was big enough to drive my car

On Thursday, I went to the BBC Good Food Show Summer and was lucky enough to meet Paul Hollywood!

On Friday, we enjoyed the sunshine and Thomas showed off his new hat and sunglasses

 

On Saturday, Thomas supported England but refused to stay still long enough for a good photo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Week That Was (W/E 7th June 2013)

On Sunday, Daniel was all smiles before we went out out for a meal

On Monday, we went to the park and Thomas tried out his new helmet with his scooter

On Tuesday, Daniel had lots of fun talking to his butterfly friend

On Wednesday, we went to mother and baby yoga. Daniel was zonked at the end of it!

On Thursday, Daniel was pulling faces at his lion friend!

On Friday, I travelled to London with Sarah of Taming Twins for Food Bloggers Connect. We had lots of fun and drank lots of Patron Tequila!

Yesterday, I was still at Food Bloggers Connect. I took part in a food photography workshop with Donal Skehan and had a great time

Linking this up to Project 365 with The Boy and Me and The Week That Was Captured with Make Do and Push

 

Win £20 Amazon Gift Voucher With Best Of Parenting!

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In the past, if you wanted parenting advice, you talked to an older relative or consulted a book on parenting. Nowadays, the majority of people have a smart phone and the answers are just a click away. Best of Parenting is a website, smartphone (iOS and Android) application and soon to be, Ebook which can help give us the solutions if we hit a stumbling block when looking after our little ones.

You can view a demonstration of the application here. I have been using the application for the last couple of weeks now and I am impressed with how it breaks down common parenting problems into both age range and time of day. The answers to some of the questions are quite concise but still give a few useful tips that would help you in a crisis. I swear Thomas is turning into a teenager already aged 2 1/2 years old!

The lovely people at Best of Parenting have very kindly given me a £20 Amazon voucher to giveaway in exchange for some feedback from my readers on their innovative smartphone application. To enter, all you need to do is fill in the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Britax B-Motion 3 Awarded Which! Best Buy Award!

Today, leading family lifestyle and child safety brand, BRITAX, is delighted to announce that its lightweight, three-wheeler stroller, the B-MOTION 3, has been awarded the highly coveted ‘Best Buy’ award from Which? Magazine.*

The super smart stroller, which launched in 2013, achieved an outstanding rating after undergoing rigorous independent testing by the Which? team. The perfect choice for parents looking for a one-stop solution to their pushchair woes, the versatile B-MOTION 3 scored top marks for manoeuvrability on both pavements and bumpy off-road terrain thanks to its air-filled rubber wheels and superior rear suspension.

The award-winning stroller features a lightweight aluminium chassis, a quick, easy one-handed fold mechanism and a height-adjustable handlebar that can be simply moved to a position that is exactly right for each individual parent. As an added bonus, the B-MOTION 3 also incorporates a protective barrier on the handle bar avoiding little tears and scratches while standing up folded.

With multi-position seat recline, including lay-flat mode, the B-MOTION 3 provides the ultimate comfort and protection from birth to four years, whilst its detachable CLICK & GO® adapters create a handy travel system when used in conjunction with BRITAX BABY-SAFE infant carriers.

Bengi Bingol Yalcin, Marketing Manager at Britax, comments, “Our teams worked incredibly hard to perfect the design for the B-MOTION 3, so we’re very proud that it’s performed so well in the Which? test. For us, it was all about listening to the needs of real parents and trying to incorporate all of the little features that come in so handy when out and about with little ones. The result was a quality product at a great price point that will grow with families from birth right up to four years of age.”

Further features of the B-MOTION 3 include a spacious shopping basket that is ideal for storing all-important baby essentials on-the-go; a removable, washable seat cover and a raincover that protects the little ones from the elements. The B-MOTION 3 also comes complete with a bumper bar, raincover and CLICK & GO® adapters as standard which are included in the price (RRP £249.99).

For more information visit www.britax.co.uk or call 01264 386 034.

Follow us at www.facebook.com/britaxUK or www.twitter.com/BritaxUK

 

 

Product Review: Britax King II LS (Group 1) Car Seat

Britax King II LS Car Seat

Over the last six weeks we have been testing the Britax King II LS (Group 1 9-18kg) car seat. The car seat has a couple of very unique features that make it different to others on the market. These are:

  • A light and sound harness indicator that helps you harness your child with the correct strap tension for a safe journey
  • The seat tilts forward allowing easy access and visibility to fit the seat belts correctly
My first impressions of the seat were really good. The instructions for fitting were easy to follow and I was able to carry and fit it into my car (a 62 plate Ford Focus) with relative ease. The seat’s tilt action did make the job of fitting the seat in the correct position much easier, however my one minor concern with it, is how does well does it work in smaller cars, especially those with less headroom? When I attended The Baby Show a couple of weeks ago, I spoke to the Britax team about this and they said, that as long as the seat was in the recline mode during installation, the seat should fit in most cars and the headroom should not be an issue.
Thomas loved his new car seat from the moment he saw it and thought that the harness tension indicator (a green light flashes and a clicking sound is heard when child is strapped in correctly) was a new game. He looks for the light whenever we strap him in.
The strap holders on each side of the seat are a handy feature and are great as long as you remember to put the straps in them at end of each journey so they are ready for the next one (This is something I have been forgetting to do on a regular basis but it’s a great feature, if you remember to use it!)
A little negative that bothered when we first had the seat was that the buckles were a bit fiddly to put together and clip into place. Thomas goes through stages where he does not want to go anywhere and you have to fight him into the car seat. I found the buckles quite hard to do initially especially when he was fussing around and refusing to sit still. After a couple of weeks of use, I did get used to them and they are second nature to me now. The Britax team did tell me that they do the majority of their testing with dummies which obviously do not move around when put in the seat. They are welcome to test their car seats wth my terrible two year old anytime!
Overall, we have been very impressed with the King II LS. Thomas loves going in it (most of the time!!) and he has told me that he is comfortable in it. Thomas regularly goes to sleep in his car seat too. It is the only place I can get him to have a nap these days!! We would highly recommend this car seat to anyone looking for a group 1 car seat and it would be especially useful for grandparents etc who do not regularly use car seats as it gives you a clear indication when your child/grandchild etc is strapped in correctly.
You can purchase the car seat from Kiddicare and it is priced at £165
We sent this car seat to review as part of the Britax Mumbassador programme. All opinions are our own. We were not required to write a positive review.

 

My Week That Was (W/E 31st May 2014)

On Sunday, a trip to Nanny's was exhausting for Daniel!

On Monday, Thomas was a mini Pizza Express Chef!

On Tuesday, we went to Stables Farm with our NCT friends. We ate lovely cake, fed the animals, went on a tractor ride and saw little chicks

On Wednesday, we had a relaxing day at home (more relaxing for some than others!!)

On Thursday, I went to The Craftiere with my NCT friends for wine, cake and crafting. I sewed for the first time in over 10 years!

On Friday we went to a surprise 40th birthday party. Thomas enjoyed dancing and running around with the balloons!

On Saturday, after Thomas' first trip to the cinema in the morning (we saw Postman Pat) we went to the pub and took Thomas' scooter with us and he played outside in the beer garden

 

 

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