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

 

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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!

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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.

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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

 

 

I Am Not A Fashion Blogger!!

Image by Steph (stephstwogirls.co.uk)

'This time at Blog Camp…..'

A few weeks ago, I was one of 170 bloggers at the Tots100 BlogCamp in Birmingham. This was the first blogging event I have been to since having Daniel and since discovering I had PND. Although I have been to loads of blogging events over the years, I still feel really nervous whenever I attend one. It was made worse this time as I have not had much sleep over the last few months, I am covered in baby sick all the time, I am in the middle of a large wardrobe crisis and I am suffering with low confidence due to the PND.

Therefore, I decided that I needed to get off my bum and do something about it. My wardrobe is a disaster zone as my maternity clothes are still all over place and I am still finding out what fits or does not fit me anymore. I decided it was time to treat myself to some new clothes, shoes and make up.

Image used with permission from Hotter Shoes

After much deliberation (I really have no fashion sense at all!!), I finally settled on a black and white tunic from Next, with black leggings and these gorgeous Rumba shoes from Hotter. I love these new shoes so much, I have started calling them my 'happy' shoes!!!! They are so pretty and comfortable. I usually struggle to find heels that I can wear for long periods but these are great.

Armed with my new clothes and shoes, I went with my friend Sarah of Taming Twins to Blog Camp. We had a fun day learning about food and portrait photography from Tom Arber, received WordPress tips and tricks from Annie, Ruth and Emily and learnt how to make better videos from Ruth too. I met up with many blogging friends including Emma, Fi, Sarah, Alex, Vic, Jaime and Joy. I also made new friends including Emma, Laura and Steph.

Image by Steph. (stephstwogirls.co.uk)

By some miracle, during baby feeds and doing general housework the Thursday before Blog Camp, I managed to organise drinks for some of the bloggers attending the event afterwards at Hotel La Tour. About double the number of bloggers I expected turned up and the hotel very kindly served everyone a sample of their signature '1889' cocktail. I had a fantastic time and hope everyone else did too. I hope to organise something similar after next year's event. Thank you to Hotel La Tour for hosting us at such short notice. You did Birmingham proud!!

Anyway, I am going to two more blogging conferences in June (Food Blogger Connect and BritMums Live) and I am back to square one again! I have nothing to wear to either event and not a single clue as to what suits me or does not. I am only 5ft tall, have a little post baby belly to hide and need look and feel comfortable for the long days at conferences. I have my 'happy' shoes to wear so need something to go with them. I normally wear black and have no real cool about patterns, floral or anything like that. I am very boring in what I wear normally.

Can anyone help me find the perfect outfit(s) for the conferences? I would really appreciate it if you could xx

 

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My Week That Was (W/E 24th May 2014)

On Sunday, we went to The Baby Show. Daniel had lots of fun in the new Jumperoo from Fisher Price

On Monday, Daniel borrowed Thomas' new Happy Hopperz

On Tuesday, Thomas and I made cakes

On Wednesday, we tried a new curry dish from Our Little Secret

On Thursday, I went to my friend Fi's book launch

On Friday, Thomas drew a plane on his sketch pad and I was able to take a quick picture before he wiped it off.

On Saturday, Thomas had lots of fun playing with his new castle (It is full of HappyLand characters!!)

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

 

My Week That Was (W/E 17th May 2014)

On Sunday, I had a look at some baby photos of myself. Spot the resemblance to Daniel!

On Monday, we went to IKEA and discovered Peppa Pig does follow us everywhere!

On Tuesday, we went to a gym in Birmingham. Thomas had lots of fun running and jumping!

On Wednesday, Daniel and I went to a bloggers event at our local Kiddicare to celebrate the launch of the new Stokke Steps highchair. As you can see Daniel looks very comfortable in it

On Thursday, I got bored so played around on the ipad

On Friday, we went to Haden Hill Park with our NCT friends

Yesterday, after helping out at my local NCT Nearly New Sale in the morning, we went to the pub beer garden in the afternoon and enjoyed the sunshine and blue skies

 

 

My Week That Was (W/E 10th May 2014)

On Sunday, I cooked us a roast chicken dinner

On Monday, we went to the pub. Thomas found a stick microphone and started singing some songs

On Tuesday, Thomas showed Daniel how to play with some of his toys

On Wednesday, Daniel made a new friend

On Thursday, I made a rather large chocolate cake

On Friday, I went to Brompton Cookery School with the #BBCGFSBloggers. We had a bread making session and demonstration and learnt lots from Marcus Bean

Yesterday, Daniel was 17 weeks old

 

 

Win tickets to the The Baby Show In Birmingham, courtesy of BRITAX!

From 16th-18th May the BRITAX team will be packing their bags and heading to Birmingham for The Baby Show at the NEC. As a BRITAX Mumbassador I’ve been given a pair of tickets to give away to one of my lucky readers!

At the show, BRITAX will be showcasing its brand new all-terrain power pushchair the BOB Revolution® PRO. This is the FIRST pushchair on the market that has a swivel wheel which is safe and approved* for running and skating in the UK and Europe. Adaptable and easy to use, it is also the perfect everyday stroller for any family, with a swivel front wheel that makes it easy to manoeuvre around town and will be on hand to try at the show.

Also on the stand will be the versatile DUALFIX seat. This clever ISOFIX Group 0+ & 1 car seat swivels a full 360°, offering parents the choice to leave their child rearward facing up until 18kg (approx. 4 years) or turn them 180° to a forward facing position from 9kg without reinstallation. DUALFIX’s 360° flexibility offers parents the best of both worlds, empowering them to choose a position that best suits them, their vehicle and their child.

Finally, BRITAX will also be showcasing its luxury pushchair, the Britax Affinity. A super-sleek pushchair for the fashion conscious mum and exuding quality, the BRITAX Affinity was created in conjunction with one of Europe’s leading designers and is as elegant as it is practical. Suitable from birth, its minimalist design gives it a distinctive, modern look, but without compromising on comfort, safety or ease of use.

Enter into the giveaway below and you could find yourself on your way to The Baby Show to see the most innovative and popular products on the market! I am going to The Baby Show for the first time and cannot wait. I am really excited!!! Competition closes on Saturday 10th May 2014 and the tickets will be posted out to the winner at the start of next week!

Good Luck!!! :-)

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