Wicked Wednesdays – 23rd July 2014

Yesterday, Thomas got hold of my phone and started taking photos. There were some interesting results as you can see below!

Toddlers eh?




Win a Britax Baby – Safe Plus SHR II Car Seat

As a Britax Mumbassador, I’ve been given a brilliant BABY-SAFE plus SHR II to giveaway on my blog, to celebrate Prince George’s 1st birthday on 22nd July!

Last year, the Royal couple used a Britax car seat when leaving the hospital with Prince George, so to celebrate this year, I’m giving you the opportunity get hold of your very own seat.

The BABY-SAFE plus SHR II is suitable from birth to 13kg (approx. birth-12- 15 months) provides superior side impact protection, has a 5-point safety harness and integrated adaptors also allow the seat to be used with any Britax pushchair that has CLICK & GO® adapters.

The winner will be announced on 22nd July and you can enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

Good luck!

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My Week That Was (W/E 12th July 2014)

On Sunday, Thomas found Nanny's dominio cup and declared himself the winner!

On Monday, Thomas fell in love with a balance bike at Kiddicare but unfortunately, they had none left in store so….

On Tuesday, we had an exciting delivery!

On Wednesday, we took it for the first bike ride on our way home from nursery

On Thursday, I had a small ice cream sundae!

On Friday, I made starry fruit pockets. Recipe will be on my food blog next week
On Saturday, Daniel turned 6 months old and we went to a friend's wedding reception. I took this photo just before we left to go to the wedding reception. They both look like they have had an electric shock or something!



Britax Urges Parents To ‘Bin The Booster’ And Travel Safely This Summer

This week, leading child safety brand, BRITAX, has launched a nationwide initiative designed to educate parents about car seat safety in Group 2-3 and to highlight the dangers of using booster cushions with older children. The ‘Bin the Booster’ campaign urges parents to opt for high-backed boosters with side impact protection to ensure little ones are safe and secure on their travels in the lead up to summer and beyond.

The current law says that children must travel in a car seat until they are 135cm tall or approximately 12 years old, whichever comes first. With this in mind, many parents opt for a simple booster cushion to help lift their child and ensure the car seat belt sits across them at the right angle. However, BRITAX found that approximately half (49%) of seat belts used to secure child seats may be fitted incorrectly*. They are often twisted, too high, or fitted around the seat and not the child.

Booster cushions also do not offer children any side impact or head protection, which is why BRITAX now only sells high-back boosters, which offer deep protective side wings and head support. Despite this, booster cushions are still sold because it is not required by current EU safety standards to conduct tests for side collisions, even though around 1 in 4 (25%) car accidents are from a side impact crash**. However, if the regulations change to include side impact testing, BRITAX experts do not believe that any new booster cushion would pass.

Recent research from consumer champions, Which?, reveals that 55% of 4-12 year olds are using a backless booster seat when travelling in a car and that 22%*** believe they offer the same protection as a high-backed booster seat. Like BRITAX, Which? experts recognise that this simply isn’t the case and so have also urged parents to switch their booster cushions for a high-backed option in a bid to keep children as safe as they can be whilst on the road.

Product developers at BRITAX design their products to provide protection during traffic collisions from every angle of impact. This protection includes deep side wings, head support and a v-shaped backrest which grows with the child to ensure comfort and security at all times. These are all safety features evident on BRITAX’s latest KIDFIX XP SICT car seat, which has set new safety standards within the industry with its energy absorbing seat belt pad, the XP PAD, and new adjustable side impact cushion technology (SICT) for superior side impact protection. Also, to ensure the seat is perfectly in place every time, the XP range also uses ISOFIT technology to connect directly and rigidly to the ISOFIX fittings in the car.

BRITAX products surpass legal safety requirements and set high safety standards in the international market – and the company is not alone in its belief that booster cushions are not the safest option for children.

To help further educate parents about safety in Group 2-3, BRITAX has teamed up with leading parenting advice programme, Emma’s Diary, to run a week long campaign dedicated to getting out and about with children safely this summer. The week will include tips on giving your car seat a health check and what to look out for when purchasing a new Group 2-3 seat. The campaign, which will run from Monday 7th July, will also include a live Q&A on the Emma’s Diary Facebook Page with BRITAX safety expert, Mark Bennett, who will be on hand to answer any questions parents may have on the topic.

For more information on BRITAX’s range of Group 2-3 seats, visit http://www.BRITAX.co.uk/car-seats/award-winning-highback-boosters/award-winning-highback-boosters-home


* Based on internal BRITAX testing 2013

**Loughborough University, 21st International Tech Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles, 2009 Stuttgart

*** Which? research of 1,000 parents conducted in April 2014:http://www.which.co.uk/news/2014/04/which-warning-ditch-unsafe-backless-booster-seats-363271/



My Week That Was (W/E 5th July 2014)

On Sunday, we went to a farm and Thomas gave a lamb a bottle of milk

On Monday, I attempted to get Thomas to eat more vegetables by making green dinosaur toast with peas and broad beans. It failed as Thomas just ate the toast and left the ‘green stuff!’

On Tuesday, we went to the park and fed the ducks

On Wednesday, Daniel was all jumped out!
On Thursday, I made strawberry and lime cheesecake pots. Check out my food blog for the recipe later today
On Friday, I was home alone so I tried some of this chocolate pizza
On Saturday, Thomas enjoyed playing in the pub beer garden with Owen and Brendon. They raced round on their scooter and bikes








Product Review: Fisher Price Baby Gear

Over the last few months, Thomas and Daniel (mostly Daniel!) have been testing out a range of Fisher Price newborn to toddler products. We received the Sit Me Up Seat (pictured above), the Kick N Play Piano Gym and the Rainforest Friends Newborn to Toddler Rocker. Our first impressions were that the range was brightly coloured, easy to set up and seemed to have both children interested as soon we put them up. Here are more detailed reviews relating to each product.

Sit Me Up Seat

We were very impressed with this seat. It folds fold for easy storage and transportation to grandparents for example. There are two toys attached tv at are interchangeable with other Fisher Products (the Piano Play Gym is one example). Daniel loves sitting in this seat and quite enjoys playing with the toys. Thomas likes this seat too and keeps asking to sit in it despite being too big for it!

Kick N Play Piano Gym
Daniel has loved this since we received it. He enjoys looking at himself in the mirror and playing with the four interchangeable toys. His favouite toys are the elephant and the zebra. Daniel loves kicking the piano and I generally leave it in automatic mode (it plays a series of tunes continuously) but when he is a bit older, I will let him press the individual keys. Once he can sit up, I will let him play the piano himself too by changing the piano position using the screws on the side. Thomas likes this too and keeps on trying to play with it, despite me telling him it’s for babies!
Rainforest Friends Newborn To Toddler Rocker
The rocker is our most used piece of the range. Thomas and Daniel both love it’s bright colours and Thomas is very happy that he can go in it too. The weight limit is 40lbs and Thomas is just under it at 2 and a 1/2 years old. They both love the lion on the hanging bar. Thomas and Daniel both think it is a popular TV character beginning with the letter ‘R’. Daniel likes talking to and rattling the lion using the leaf holder at the bottom. The square toy on the other side does not really attract his attention that much. The toy bar is removable so bigger babies and toddlers can get in the seat easier but the toys on it are not interchangeable which is disappointing. You can recline the seat slightly so babies can go to sleep in it. Daniel has gone to sleep in it a few times and looks very comfortable indeed. The seat also vibrates which further helps little babies go to sleep in it. The restraint is easily adjustable and it is easy to strap babies in it. You do not need to use it for toddlers who can get in and out of the chair on their own. The rocker folds down for easy transportation and storage so you could take it on holiday or to grandparents for example. To make the rocker more useful, I think the toy bar should have interchangeable toys and you should be able to swap the side over that the bar sits on.
Overall, we have been very impressed with the Fisher Price range. It is well built, attractive to babies and toddlers with the bright colours, good value for money as they will last your baby/toddler a long while and they are very portable and compact for easy transportation and storage. We have been so impressed that we have just purchased a second hand Jumperoo for Daniel so its really like we have had a Fisher Price explosion in our living room now!
Disclosure: we were sent the Fisher Price products for the purposes of this review. All opinions are our own. We were not required to write a positive review.




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!


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!


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!












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