We Went Back To School with JD Sports

Just before BG went back to school JD Sports contacted me and asked us to review an item from their back to school range. BG was in need of some new trainers for the school run so it was perfect for us.

BG either bikes or scooters to school. If I let her wear her school shoes they get totally ruined so on the school run she wears trainers and we change them over before she goes in.  BG is getting quite particular with her clothing and shoes and after looking at every trainer online she choose these adidas Originals Dragon trainers £32.

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I have to say they look awesome on!

BG loves the colours and tells me they are really comfortable to wear. They have been worn on the twice daily school run and she wears them at the weekend and they are still in really good condition.  I find the Velcro straps so convenient when we are swapping her shoes over at school much easier than laces.

The JD Sport site is easy to navigate and the shoes arrived in really good time. They have a great selection of school bags, sports equipment and coats in the back to school range. The prices are really reasonable.

I will shop with JD Sports in the future.

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Pram Glam with Persil Non-Bio & Grace Woodward

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During the Summer I was invited to a Pram Glam event with Persil Non Bio. It aim was to show us great ways to feel like yourself after having a baby using some top fashion tips from Grace Woodward.

One of the things people forget to tell you about having a baby is that period afterwards where your maternity clothes no longer fit right but your body is not ready to fit into your pre pregnancy clothes. To be fair it’s not something new mums are bothered about right at the very beginning but when things start to calm down about 3 months in a lack of flattering and practical clothes can be quite disheartening.  I really struggled after having BG, I was never a small lady but my stomach after a c section was terrible and I haven’t been able to wear proper jeans since.

What I needed was stylist Grace Woodward to share her wonderful insight with me.  Grace shared with us some great tips on out to feel glam but practical at the sometime, especially for those that are breast feeding. Having not long had her baby she was the perfect person to host the event.

“Having had my little boy six months ago, I have struggled with the overhaul my wardrobe needed to help me look and feel great. I’ve compiled these style tips as I want mums to give themselves some attention too, so that they can celebrate their bodies and this new chapter in their live.  After all, there’s nothing more beautiful than self-confidence and the joy that comes from being a new mum.” Grace Woodward

Her tips were great and even though my baby is now 20 months *sobs* they apply to me as well.

My favourite ones were:

The Wrap Dress.  

Silky fabrics are great when your skin feels delicate and sensitive and should be the perfect treat item for your new wardrobe. Pick a patterned dress to hide spills and choose a wrap style for ease when breast feeding

I love wrap dresses they are really flattering for most body shapes. I need a few more for autumn.

The Patterned Scarf.

Although you may think that block colours will ensure all eyes are on you, they are actually fantastically complementary. Pair with a patterned scarf for a chic look that will hide stains (which are bound to end up around your neck just as you leave the house…)

I have a large collection scarves and I love wearing them.  They keep me warm, cover my wobbly bits and make a good cloth when your child needs a wipe!

We saw the tips in action and some lovely new mums  modelled some outfits for us while I sipped champagne! It’s a hard life I know.

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I came away with some great advice ( as you can see I need it!) and a lovely scarf. A big thank you to Persil Non-bio and Grace Woodward.

You can download your own copy of the Pram Glam guide which has all the tips in it here.

 

6 Brilliant Reasons You Should Have Your Holiday at Butlins Skegness

Last half term I, OH, BG, Little Miss, my sister, my brother in law and my nephew spent the week at Butlins Skegness as Butlins Ambassadors. It was their first time at Skegness and they loved it as did we. We had booked a last minute weekend there last August and knew that’s where we wanted to spend our holiday this year.

Not only is it only an hour from us, which is godsend when you have children that don’t like long journeys but with the new swimming and new restaurants it’s a brilliant site to go to. (Though we do love Bognor Regis Butlins as well)

We stayed in a Gold apartment which fitted the 7 of us quite comfortably. I love the Gold drive through check in, so quick and simple. We checked in just after 12, parked up and went exploring.

We had the most brilliant week and didn’t want to leave. We will be back next year even if we are not ambassadors again; it’s the ideal holiday for us.

I’m not going to bore you with a day by day account but I will tell you the 6 reasons why you need to choose Butlins Skegness as your next holiday destination:

The Food

The food is really, really good. We had premium dinning which meant we got breakfast and dinner at either the Yacht Club or the Deck. We ate the Yacht Club the first night and the food was really good. We had breakfast the next day at the Deck and loved the large dining area and the slightly more choice so ate there for the rest of the week.   The standard of food was brilliant in both places. The breakfasts are amazing so much choice the kids went slightly crazy with choice. You could have cooked breakfast, cereals, fruit, yogurt, pancakes and omelettes to order and there was also a grill making bacon baps and grilled cheese sandwiches.  In the evening there was always a roast, several main meal choices, vegetarian option (which my sister who is a vegetarian was very happy with, pasta station, Asian station, grill, soups, salads, hot and cold puddings including an ice-cream machine. Fruit juices, tea and coffee were also included.

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We found most days that we didn’t need lunch after a hearty breakfast and the children were happy with snacks.

On the first day we had lunch at the new Firehouse which is chicken restaurant. It is really cool in side and the food was delicious. As it was lunch we didn’t want a big meal so we had the Family Roast Chicken Platter which is a whole chicken and four sides. We had three chips and one onion rings plus we added rustic breads and oil platter. With drinks that came to £36.65 for 7 people! There was enough for all of and it was good.

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When we came last August we didn’t add the meal plan but as we didn’t want to cook we ate out each night and we realised that it would have been better value for us to buy the meal plan. However we did get the chance to eat at Ludo’s Italian and Rock n Soul which are both great place to eat.

The Entertainment

We really enjoy the shows every year that Butlins has to offer. We found that this year BG had out grown some of the younger shows like Thomas the Tank Engine and Fireman Sam (though my 3 year nephew loved them) so we went along to the Beauty and the Beast Pantomime, Scooby-Doo and the Skyline Gang Shows. They both loved the tots disco in the evenings. Little Miss wasn’t bothered either way but she is only 17 months old!

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The shows are really well done, the children and parents are kept entertained.

My nephew loved the puppet shows.

There was so much to do which we didn’t get around to like Messy Time or Get Busy sessions. There are also sports sessions to attend.

Splash Waterworld

All three children loved Splash Waterworld and we spent a lot of our time there. It’s huge! There are several different pools including rapids, lazy river, flumes and rock pool which has three mini slides and were we spent most of our time. It has plenty of seating areas and a café. We found that the changing rooms could get crowded but the pools themselves never felt too busy.  We spent hours there and the children never wanted to leave.  It’s one of the best pools we have been to.

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The Spa

My sister and I managed to sneak away for a few hours to the Spa. We treated ourselves to a package that included two hours in the Spa which had a pool (which wasn’t filled with children, gym, hydrotherapy pool, sauna and steam room. A two in one treatment, we both had a sea salt body scrub and massage which was heavenly. We also got a glass of wine all for £50 which I though was great value for money and we had such a relaxing time.

The Spa has a range of treatments including mini treatments and two in one packages. A must visit for any mum!

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The Fairground

We didn’t have the best of weather this year but we still managed a visit to the fairground though we spent quite a bit of time there last year. It has a Carasol, Bumper Cars, Miami Wave, Waltzer and Safari Train. When we visited last year the children’s fairground was in doors and the opposite of the site from the fairground. We were happy to see that it was now outside next the traditional fairground.  It’s a Bob the Builder fairground with tea cups, airplanes, ladybirds and trampolines and perfect for the little ones. Next to the fairground it an arcade and hidden inside is a great soft play area that all three loved to play in.

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The Vale For Money  

When I talk to people about going to Butlins the one thing most of them mention is the cost of a Butlins holiday. I agree it’s not cheap but I do think you get value for money. We have been on holidays were the accommodation has been cheap and then by the time you have added in food ( we eat out because I don’t want cook on holiday), days out and petrol for days out we have spent more than what we have on a Butlins holiday. If you had to pay separately for each thing you did there in just one day it would cost a fortune.  Our holiday cost £1,673.75 for 7 of us that included food, a gold apartment and unlimited visits to the swimming pool, fairground, soft play, several shows and nightly disco. We didn’t have to travel anywhere once we got there, our food was cooked for us and we had constant entertainment. Most importantly we had an amazing holiday and made great memories.

If you haven’t booked your holiday yet this year I would highly recommend you give Butlins Skegness a try you will be pleasantly surprised.

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Peach Jogger iCandy Review

Several months ago the people at iCandy sent me at Peach Jogger pushchair to test out and I have to say I really love it.

The Peach Jogger is a three wheel, all terrain and super stylish pushchair.

I don’t drive so need a sturdy, easy to push, large basket pushchair for my daily school run and shopping trips. Little Miss needs a comfy seat and the iCandy Peach Jogger does all that.

We have tested this pushchair out fully and it has very little faults in my opinion. It’s been to the beach, on bumpy terrain and on many, many school runs.

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Pros:

  • Easy to fold. I mean really easy to fold. You take off the seat unit (which is also easy) and then then push the handle straight down and it folds up.
  • It has a strap in the base of the pushchair so once you have folded it the chassis can go on your shoulder leaving your hands free for the seat unit. This was a godsend when we were on holiday as we were upstairs and there were no lifts. OH could pop the chassis over his shoulder, have the seat unit in one hand and either BG’s or Little Misses in the other.
  • Once the chassis is folded it stands up all be itself
  • It’s really compact when folded. Its fits nicely in our little Ford Focus and there is still room for shopping. If you want to get even smaller you can remove the wheels.
  • The wheels pop on and off really easily
  • There is a pump in the basket in case your wheels need pumping up.
  • It’s easy to unfold and seat unit just clicks into place
  • The basket underneath is a really decent size. I can get quite a bit of shopping underneath it.
  • The handle is adjustable
  • There are 3 reclinable positions
  • It’s really easy to recline and it’s a smooth transition.
  • The seat unit can be forward or parent facing
  • The leg rest is adjustable
  • Comes with a rain cover which is easy to put on
  • Pushes and steers like a dream
  • Smooth ride for Little Miss
  • Comes with foot muff
  • The hood extends up which is great when Little Miss gets a bit taller

Cons:

  • Little Miss never seems like she is fully upright. She is always reclined slightly
  • The rain cover is quite stiff and doesn’t fold up very small so can take up quite a bit of room in the basket
  • Doesn’t come with parasol

As you can see there are very little cons for me. I really think this is a great pushchair. It’s really sturdy and will last beyond Little Misses needs.

If you want to use it from birth can purchase the carry cot (£195) to go with it.

The Peach Jogger is available in 5; Blackberry, Cranberry, Glacier, Loganberry, Avocado, and Gumdrop.

I have it in Cranberry which I really like.

You can also purchase accessories to go with your iCandy Peach Jogger including cup holder (which we were sent and its fab), parasol, changing bag, mattress, seat liner, and sun shade.

The Peach Jogger starts from £640 which is reasonable for a high spec, high end pushchairs.

If you are looking for hard wearing, long lasting, stylish pushchair you can’t go wrong with the Peach Jogger.

You can find your nearest stockist here.