An Autumn outfit with Glasses Direct


It's finally here isn't it? Autumn has arrived and I couldn't be happier. It's not just about the colours (even though they still take my breath away time I see a beautiful tree turning various shades of red and orange) for me it's that feeling of a fresh new start, of shedding the old and making changes. I love this time of year though when the evenings are getting colder and the mornings are crisp. It's that back to school feeling and getting organised for the months ahead.

Firstly, the change I love the most - Autumn Outfits! I get so excited about finally being able to wear tights again, to dig out my jumpers and knitwear and throw on pinafores and dungaree dresses and pretend I'm going back to school. It does end up being like some sort of uniform, but I love it. I have a pretty substantial collection of vintage floral shirts and I love pairing them with denim or black dresses. This time of year though is all about layering, as it can still be surprisingly warm (like this day!) when you go out bundled up in a big cardigan only to be sweating a few minutes later! I learnt my lesson, but I was so happy to be able to walk comfortably around in just a shirt and dress for most of the day.


Since I've started my new photography business I find that I'm spending more time looking at a screen editing lots of lovely pictures for people (and for myself!) and I felt like I needed to get my eyes seen as it had been a year or two since my last check. It turned out my suspicion was right and I needed a slightly stronger prescription than my old glasses, so I'm glad I got my eyes checked out.

After I got my prescription I decided to have a look at Glasses Direct again, as I've used their service before and have always found it efficient and great value. I also love the range of glasses on offer, and the fact that even though it's an online service you can order up to four frames to try on at home before you order them with a prescription. If you're anything like me I always feel a but pressured and panic at the opticians when looking at frames, and I like to take my time in deciding and see what they look like in better light, which is important I think when you're potentially going to spend £100+ on something. So I ended up deciding on four (but it was so hard to narrow it down!) and ordered my 7 day home trial through the website. I then turned to my Instagram stories to get some advice from you lovely lot on what suited me best! I eventually, with your help, decided on the Scout 'East' Glasses in dark tortoise shell. Ordering couldn't be easier, as when you like a frame you can just click "add to my home trial" which you can then go on and order. Then once you receive your home trial you have 7 days to try them on, and then free postage return.

Once you decide on your favourite frame you can order them using the online form. You simply choose your frame (which are stored in your home trail basket) then choose what lenses and package you want, and then add your prescription. Putting in my prescription was really easy (even if you have no idea what it means!) as you just input the specific numbers from your prescription into the corresponding boxes on the form. You then have the option to choose extras for your lenses to protect them from scratches etc. After reading up about the types of lenses I opted for the Blue reflect lenses, which is a protective coating that aims to reflect blue light and glare from screens from entering your eyes, which for me was important as I spend quite a lot of my time looking at screens.


I really love the look of these glasses, they're slightly larger than my other frames which I really like as it's always good to try something new right?! They feel really great quality, and after putting my prescription they were with me in a week. If you want to get £30 off your order with Glasses Direct then follow this link!

The rest of my outfit is:

Pinafore dress: Monki
Floral shirt: Vintage
Shoes: Converse



This post is in association with Glasses Direct and I received the glasses in return for the service review. All thoughts, words and images are my own and I really do think it is a great service! 


An Autumn outfit with Glasses Direct


It's finally here isn't it? Autumn has arrived and I couldn't be happier. It's not just about the colours (even though they still take my breath away time I see a beautiful tree turning various shades of red and orange) for me it's that feeling of a fresh new start, of shedding the old and making changes. I love this time of year though when the evenings are getting colder and the mornings are crisp. It's that back to school feeling and getting organised for the months ahead.

Firstly, the change I love the most - Autumn Outfits! I get so excited about finally being able to wear tights again, to dig out my jumpers and knitwear and throw on pinafores and dungaree dresses and pretend I'm going back to school. It does end up being like some sort of uniform, but I love it. I have a pretty substantial collection of vintage floral shirts and I love pairing them with denim or black dresses. This time of year though is all about layering, as it can still be surprisingly warm (like this day!) when you go out bundled up in a big cardigan only to be sweating a few minutes later! I learnt my lesson, but I was so happy to be able to walk comfortably around in just a shirt and dress for most of the day.


Since I've started my new photography business I find that I'm spending more time looking at a screen editing lots of lovely pictures for people (and for myself!) and I felt like I needed to get my eyes seen as it had been a year or two since my last check. It turned out my suspicion was right and I needed a slightly stronger prescription than my old glasses, so I'm glad I got my eyes checked out.

After I got my prescription I decided to have a look at Glasses Direct again, as I've used their service before and have always found it efficient and great value. I also love the range of glasses on offer, and the fact that even though it's an online service you can order up to four frames to try on at home before you order them with a prescription. If you're anything like me I always feel a but pressured and panic at the opticians when looking at frames, and I like to take my time in deciding and see what they look like in better light, which is important I think when you're potentially going to spend £100+ on something. So I ended up deciding on four (but it was so hard to narrow it down!) and ordered my 7 day home trial through the website. I then turned to my Instagram stories to get some advice from you lovely lot on what suited me best! I eventually, with your help, decided on the Scout 'East' Glasses in dark tortoise shell. Ordering couldn't be easier, as when you like a frame you can just click "add to my home trial" which you can then go on and order. Then once you receive your home trial you have 7 days to try them on, and then free postage return.

Once you decide on your favourite frame you can order them using the online form. You simply choose your frame (which are stored in your home trail basket) then choose what lenses and package you want, and then add your prescription. Putting in my prescription was really easy (even if you have no idea what it means!) as you just input the specific numbers from your prescription into the corresponding boxes on the form. You then have the option to choose extras for your lenses to protect them from scratches etc. After reading up about the types of lenses I opted for the Blue reflect lenses, which is a protective coating that aims to reflect blue light and glare from screens from entering your eyes, which for me was important as I spend quite a lot of my time looking at screens.


I really love the look of these glasses, they're slightly larger than my other frames which I really like as it's always good to try something new right?! They feel really great quality, and after putting my prescription they were with me in a week. If you want to get £30 off your order with Glasses Direct then follow this link!

The rest of my outfit is:

Pinafore dress: Monki
Floral shirt: Vintage
Shoes: Converse



This post is in association with Glasses Direct and I received the glasses in return for the service review. All thoughts, words and images are my own and I really do think it is a great service! 


Rohan's feeding journey and reviewing the Stokke Steps


So it's been a little while since I've talked about Rohan's eating on here. I've shared little videos of him eating and drinking over on my Instagram stories, but thought it was time for a proper update.

I just checked back and my last post on the subject was nearly a whole year ago, so I guess now would be a fitting time for an update! So much has happened in a year with Rohan's feeding and weight too that I feel it's really important to document.

So since last year when Rohan had been weaned off his NG feeding tube and had began to take all of his feeds orally as well as us starting his weaning journey, things have been pretty up and down. The Winter cold season hit Rohan hard and his constant snottyness and vomiting became pretty bad. He ended up having two stays in hospital for the whole of February pretty much and he was dramatically underweight. We'd had his weight monitored closely before this, but in the process of moving and switching over his community care we sort of fell through the net a little bit and had a gap in care. He also became so poorly that we could see he'd lost a lot of weight looking back. At the time it's hard to notice as he was gradually losing weight, but it's such a shock to look back at photos of that time, and when he turned one to see how much he had lost.

I voiced my concerns regularly about his vomiting before this point, and his meds were upped a little bit for reflux but it didn't seem to help. Whilst he was in hospital both times he received little doses of IV feed to rehydrate him and this seemed to help him gain back a little weight which was a relief. But it got to March and a little while after our discharge and I was still really concerned about his sickness and slow weight gain. So after a few desperate phone calls to my GP and being passed around different Paediatrician receptionists, and after crying down the phone I finally got to speak to our new Paediatrician who prescribed a different reflux medicine. A week or two of this and we could already see the benefit and results. We also finally got to see a new dietician who prescribed a new, even higher calorie milk now that he was over one. I was so relieved, relieved that I had finally been listened to, and that finally Rohan seemed to be making real progress with his weight. Which has only continued to improve.


But during this time our weaning attempts obviously took a back seat as we concentrated on Rohan being able to keep his high calorie milk down. I think we still offered him puree, but there was no way we were going to try and introduce more solid food when he was having such a hard time of keeping liquid down. But eventually as his weight improved and he became stronger again we've start up our journey again.

We have seen a speech and language therapist too, and whilst I was concerned that Rohan was struggling with his gagging on lumps and bits that in fact if we looked at where he was developmentally he is at the right stage with his eating for that, just not his age. So that in a way was a relief to know that we could take things a little slower and not rush him. In that time though Rohan has shown us that he's ready to try new things and has pretty much mastered drinking from an open cup. I'm not sure how this happened but he would always reach out and lunge for our glasses of water on the table, so we let him try and soon enough he was lifting and tipping it correctly and drinking well. He still has a bottle for his milk, but will have a cup of water with his food. Don't get me wrong, a lot of it ends up tipped on the floor, but he's doing so well and loves it. In terms of food we're still very much in puree land, and whilst we got used to buying pouches for convenience (which he also can hold and suck the food out of himself) I don't want him to get dependent on them. We try as much as possible to feed him from a bowl at home and only offer him the pouch when we're out and about in his pushchair, but when sat at a table I feel it's important he tries to eat like us.

We love these Babease vegetable pouches, and this Uki.be spoon and toothbrush

He has done really well with self feeding with a spoon, and will pick up a loaded spoon and direct it to his mouth perfectly and then replace it in the bowl. I still have to load food on it for him but I'm so impressed by this. The food will go everywhere and the spoon and bowl will get dropped on the floor a few times, but we're getting there. Rohan has also really started to be interested in our food and feeding himself more finger foods. We're definitely still working on chewing, but I feel so much more confident to let him try and not so fearful of him emptying his stomach. It's definitely going to be a slow process, but he's learning to cough out just the lumps instead of being sick which is a big step in the right direction! Now he just needs to chew and swallow more.

When we first started weaning Rohan was in a special chair lent to us by the physio team, as he was too small for a highchair but still needed to be able to be supported to sit up. Eventually he was strong enough to support himself so we dug our old IKEA antilop (the cheap one everyone has!) highchair out of the loft and purchased a new cushion as he was still pretty little. This did us pretty well but it got to the point where we realised that Rohan needed a little more support, and room to grow (as he'll probably need to use the highchair for longer than average). On advice from our physio's Rohan also needed to have a footrest so that he can get used to having his feet flat when he's sitting, instead of his legs just dangling. So we went on the hunt for a longer lasting highchair, that would be supportive and that has a footrest, and we came across the Stokke Steps.


I've been a fan of Stokke from afar for a long while and have always admired the Tripp Trapp and its ability to transform and grow with the child, so they were the first port of call when we were looking for a new highchair. But as we researched a little more we found that the Steps actually suited our needs better. We went with this chair with the added extras of the baby set, tray and cushion. As Rohan is still small and not as strong we found that the design of the seat supported him more, with a taller back rest that is adjustable as the baby grows. We needed a chair with a tray too, as he has a tendency to reach and pull everything off the table onto the floor, so being able to have his own surface was really important.

Firstly we loved the look of the Steps, purely because it matched our existing chairs really well, and as the chair transforms I can see it still looking nice along with the rest of our furniture. I also like how easy it is to clean, as we're still very much in the messy stage of eating, and food tends to go everywhere. You can take the tray off really easily (something that always used to annoy me about the IKEA highchair is that the tray was difficult to get off) to clean, but it doesn't need to be removed to get Rohan in and out. The rest of the parts are easy to clean too, and even if necessary you can remove the 'baby set' to give it a proper deep clean.

The seat is big but enclosed with a great leg divider so I feel like Rohan is really safe in it, but it also has additional harnesses that go over the shoulder as well as around the waist (again the IKEA only has around the waist). The general feel of it is really sturdy and extremely well made, and if we ever had any more children I know that it would last for them too (or to pass on after we've finished with it!) We have the extra cushion for Rohan as we felt like he might need the extra padding, but actually it looks and would function just as well without it.

The footrest has been great too, and I like that you can adjust the height as he gets taller, and still use it once the baby set has been removed. I hope that encouraging him to put his feet flatter and to be able to feel a flat surface has helped him to be stronger and more confident when he's weight bearing on his legs when standing by furniture. It's all in the plan to get him stronger and eventually standing and walking.

So for us, we needed a highchair that met quite specific needs, which I really felt that the Steps has met. I'm looking forward to seeing how it holds up as Rohan gets older and bigger, but for now it's been a great chair for us and Rohan's additional needs.


We received the Stokke highchair for review purposes, but all words, thoughts and images are my own. 

Rohan's feeding journey and reviewing the Stokke Steps


So it's been a little while since I've talked about Rohan's eating on here. I've shared little videos of him eating and drinking over on my Instagram stories, but thought it was time for a proper update.

I just checked back and my last post on the subject was nearly a whole year ago, so I guess now would be a fitting time for an update! So much has happened in a year with Rohan's feeding and weight too that I feel it's really important to document.

So since last year when Rohan had been weaned off his NG feeding tube and had began to take all of his feeds orally as well as us starting his weaning journey, things have been pretty up and down. The Winter cold season hit Rohan hard and his constant snottyness and vomiting became pretty bad. He ended up having two stays in hospital for the whole of February pretty much and he was dramatically underweight. We'd had his weight monitored closely before this, but in the process of moving and switching over his community care we sort of fell through the net a little bit and had a gap in care. He also became so poorly that we could see he'd lost a lot of weight looking back. At the time it's hard to notice as he was gradually losing weight, but it's such a shock to look back at photos of that time, and when he turned one to see how much he had lost.

I voiced my concerns regularly about his vomiting before this point, and his meds were upped a little bit for reflux but it didn't seem to help. Whilst he was in hospital both times he received little doses of IV feed to rehydrate him and this seemed to help him gain back a little weight which was a relief. But it got to March and a little while after our discharge and I was still really concerned about his sickness and slow weight gain. So after a few desperate phone calls to my GP and being passed around different Paediatrician receptionists, and after crying down the phone I finally got to speak to our new Paediatrician who prescribed a different reflux medicine. A week or two of this and we could already see the benefit and results. We also finally got to see a new dietician who prescribed a new, even higher calorie milk now that he was over one. I was so relieved, relieved that I had finally been listened to, and that finally Rohan seemed to be making real progress with his weight. Which has only continued to improve.


But during this time our weaning attempts obviously took a back seat as we concentrated on Rohan being able to keep his high calorie milk down. I think we still offered him puree, but there was no way we were going to try and introduce more solid food when he was having such a hard time of keeping liquid down. But eventually as his weight improved and he became stronger again we've start up our journey again.

We have seen a speech and language therapist too, and whilst I was concerned that Rohan was struggling with his gagging on lumps and bits that in fact if we looked at where he was developmentally he is at the right stage with his eating for that, just not his age. So that in a way was a relief to know that we could take things a little slower and not rush him. In that time though Rohan has shown us that he's ready to try new things and has pretty much mastered drinking from an open cup. I'm not sure how this happened but he would always reach out and lunge for our glasses of water on the table, so we let him try and soon enough he was lifting and tipping it correctly and drinking well. He still has a bottle for his milk, but will have a cup of water with his food. Don't get me wrong, a lot of it ends up tipped on the floor, but he's doing so well and loves it. In terms of food we're still very much in puree land, and whilst we got used to buying pouches for convenience (which he also can hold and suck the food out of himself) I don't want him to get dependent on them. We try as much as possible to feed him from a bowl at home and only offer him the pouch when we're out and about in his pushchair, but when sat at a table I feel it's important he tries to eat like us.

We love these Babease vegetable pouches, and this Uki.be spoon and toothbrush

He has done really well with self feeding with a spoon, and will pick up a loaded spoon and direct it to his mouth perfectly and then replace it in the bowl. I still have to load food on it for him but I'm so impressed by this. The food will go everywhere and the spoon and bowl will get dropped on the floor a few times, but we're getting there. Rohan has also really started to be interested in our food and feeding himself more finger foods. We're definitely still working on chewing, but I feel so much more confident to let him try and not so fearful of him emptying his stomach. It's definitely going to be a slow process, but he's learning to cough out just the lumps instead of being sick which is a big step in the right direction! Now he just needs to chew and swallow more.

When we first started weaning Rohan was in a special chair lent to us by the physio team, as he was too small for a highchair but still needed to be able to be supported to sit up. Eventually he was strong enough to support himself so we dug our old IKEA antilop (the cheap one everyone has!) highchair out of the loft and purchased a new cushion as he was still pretty little. This did us pretty well but it got to the point where we realised that Rohan needed a little more support, and room to grow (as he'll probably need to use the highchair for longer than average). On advice from our physio's Rohan also needed to have a footrest so that he can get used to having his feet flat when he's sitting, instead of his legs just dangling. So we went on the hunt for a longer lasting highchair, that would be supportive and that has a footrest, and we came across the Stokke Steps.


I've been a fan of Stokke from afar for a long while and have always admired the Tripp Trapp and its ability to transform and grow with the child, so they were the first port of call when we were looking for a new highchair. But as we researched a little more we found that the Steps actually suited our needs better. We went with this chair with the added extras of the baby set, tray and cushion. As Rohan is still small and not as strong we found that the design of the seat supported him more, with a taller back rest that is adjustable as the baby grows. We needed a chair with a tray too, as he has a tendency to reach and pull everything off the table onto the floor, so being able to have his own surface was really important.

Firstly we loved the look of the Steps, purely because it matched our existing chairs really well, and as the chair transforms I can see it still looking nice along with the rest of our furniture. I also like how easy it is to clean, as we're still very much in the messy stage of eating, and food tends to go everywhere. You can take the tray off really easily (something that always used to annoy me about the IKEA highchair is that the tray was difficult to get off) to clean, but it doesn't need to be removed to get Rohan in and out. The rest of the parts are easy to clean too, and even if necessary you can remove the 'baby set' to give it a proper deep clean.

The seat is big but enclosed with a great leg divider so I feel like Rohan is really safe in it, but it also has additional harnesses that go over the shoulder as well as around the waist (again the IKEA only has around the waist). The general feel of it is really sturdy and extremely well made, and if we ever had any more children I know that it would last for them too (or to pass on after we've finished with it!) We have the extra cushion for Rohan as we felt like he might need the extra padding, but actually it looks and would function just as well without it.

The footrest has been great too, and I like that you can adjust the height as he gets taller, and still use it once the baby set has been removed. I hope that encouraging him to put his feet flatter and to be able to feel a flat surface has helped him to be stronger and more confident when he's weight bearing on his legs when standing by furniture. It's all in the plan to get him stronger and eventually standing and walking.

So for us, we needed a highchair that met quite specific needs, which I really felt that the Steps has met. I'm looking forward to seeing how it holds up as Rohan gets older and bigger, but for now it's been a great chair for us and Rohan's additional needs.


We received the Stokke highchair for review purposes, but all words, thoughts and images are my own. 

A family portrait with Mr.Men and Little Miss



One thing that I promised myself when we moved to our new house, was that I was going to put up more pictures. We had a few prints up at our old house, but if you can believe it, not one photograph of any of us. Now this is particularly ridiculous considering the sheer amount of photographs I have taken over the last few years, I've made photo albums and books yes, but not printed any out to frame. So I did, they still need putting up, but they are there in frames all the same!

So when I was asked whether I'd like to make a little family portrait of ourselves out of Mr.Men and Little Miss characters I thought this would be a great way of adding to our collection of portraits. Theo also loves the books and we really enjoyed doing this together. He's so proud of our little family and couldn't wait to decide who we should all be.

The making of it couldn't have been simpler, we just headed over to the website, chose our background and got stuck in choosing the characters. We liked the camping background as this is something we enjoy as a family, I let Theo mainly choose who we should be and we had lots of fun! We loved that we could include our pets too as they are as much a part of our family! We then clicked finish and ordered it to be framed and sent out to us. Simple as that!


 This is what it looks like and I think it's such a great addition to our home! It's currently taken up residence in Theo's bedroom and I think it fits in really well and brightens up his shelves.


A family portrait with Mr.Men and Little Miss



One thing that I promised myself when we moved to our new house, was that I was going to put up more pictures. We had a few prints up at our old house, but if you can believe it, not one photograph of any of us. Now this is particularly ridiculous considering the sheer amount of photographs I have taken over the last few years, I've made photo albums and books yes, but not printed any out to frame. So I did, they still need putting up, but they are there in frames all the same!

So when I was asked whether I'd like to make a little family portrait of ourselves out of Mr.Men and Little Miss characters I thought this would be a great way of adding to our collection of portraits. Theo also loves the books and we really enjoyed doing this together. He's so proud of our little family and couldn't wait to decide who we should all be.

The making of it couldn't have been simpler, we just headed over to the website, chose our background and got stuck in choosing the characters. We liked the camping background as this is something we enjoy as a family, I let Theo mainly choose who we should be and we had lots of fun! We loved that we could include our pets too as they are as much a part of our family! We then clicked finish and ordered it to be framed and sent out to us. Simple as that!


 This is what it looks like and I think it's such a great addition to our home! It's currently taken up residence in Theo's bedroom and I think it fits in really well and brightens up his shelves.


Creating our dream pet with Pet Plan!

When it comes to pets I think we're fairly well covered, we have a cat and two rabbits and family who all have dogs. Theo loves our pets, but definitely needs reminding that he needs to be a bit gentler at times, as he does like to cuddle perhaps a little too tightly! I can't imagine not having our little pets around, as they're a proper part of our family. We got Alma when Theo was about 6 months old, and she's only a few months younger than him so I like that they are growing up together, and our rabbits were our latest addition last year! When we moved house a few years ago during those important first few weeks Alma somehow got out of the house and then must have become slightly confused and started visiting another family (lured in by tinned tuna nonetheless!) for a week or two until we finally managed to get her back. It was so strange not to have her in the house, and her presence was definitely missed. It's funny how much of an impact these furry little creatures have in our lives and we want to do everything we can to protect them!

So when Petplan’s Pet Insurance got in contact and asked if Theo would like to have a go at creating his dream pet, to have transformed into a cuddly toy all for him, we thought it was a great idea! Theo hasn't always been into drawing so when given the opportunity to try and encourage that I always jump at the chance. He's recently been obsessed with Harry Potter, and he wanted to design his very own owl so he could have owl post sent to him. We tried to encourage him to be as imaginative as possible and suggested it could have special features, but I think he wanted it to be as real to life as it could. I was so impressed with his little drawing, it looks like such a friendly (if not slightly startled) owl!


When the toy arrived Theo was just so excited, I think it was a lot bigger and better than he imagined, and he names him Errol (no guesses where he got the inspiration for that name from....!) So now he has his very own Owl to fly around, and a pet with whom he can squeeze and cuddle to his heart's content!

I think it's such a great idea for them to draw and design their own pet, and have it brought to life in toy form. Hopefully it might help to teach Theo the importance of caring and looking after our pets and things we love too.


In association with Pet Plan, all words and images are my own! 

Creating our dream pet with Pet Plan!

When it comes to pets I think we're fairly well covered, we have a cat and two rabbits and family who all have dogs. Theo loves our pets, but definitely needs reminding that he needs to be a bit gentler at times, as he does like to cuddle perhaps a little too tightly! I can't imagine not having our little pets around, as they're a proper part of our family. We got Alma when Theo was about 6 months old, and she's only a few months younger than him so I like that they are growing up together, and our rabbits were our latest addition last year! When we moved house a few years ago during those important first few weeks Alma somehow got out of the house and then must have become slightly confused and started visiting another family (lured in by tinned tuna nonetheless!) for a week or two until we finally managed to get her back. It was so strange not to have her in the house, and her presence was definitely missed. It's funny how much of an impact these furry little creatures have in our lives and we want to do everything we can to protect them!

So when Petplan’s Pet Insurance got in contact and asked if Theo would like to have a go at creating his dream pet, to have transformed into a cuddly toy all for him, we thought it was a great idea! Theo hasn't always been into drawing so when given the opportunity to try and encourage that I always jump at the chance. He's recently been obsessed with Harry Potter, and he wanted to design his very own owl so he could have owl post sent to him. We tried to encourage him to be as imaginative as possible and suggested it could have special features, but I think he wanted it to be as real to life as it could. I was so impressed with his little drawing, it looks like such a friendly (if not slightly startled) owl!


When the toy arrived Theo was just so excited, I think it was a lot bigger and better than he imagined, and he names him Errol (no guesses where he got the inspiration for that name from....!) So now he has his very own Owl to fly around, and a pet with whom he can squeeze and cuddle to his heart's content!

I think it's such a great idea for them to draw and design their own pet, and have it brought to life in toy form. Hopefully it might help to teach Theo the importance of caring and looking after our pets and things we love too.


In association with Pet Plan, all words and images are my own! 

The story of bees


A few years back I heard the quote "To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow" and I loved it so much that I used it on the packets of wildflower seeds we gave as favours at our wedding. Because to me it gives me hope and something to believe in for the future.

For us nature is a huge part of our every day, and I've always been as keen as possible to show Theo how important it is, by teaching him the names of trees, flowers, birds and insects and the important part they play in our everyday. Living in a city where perhaps wild landscapes are harder to come across, this seems even more important. Nothing makes us happier as a family as heading out of the city for the day and going on long walks through the woods, or finding wild spots nestled in the city for a breath of fresh air. Thankfully Theo does seem to have a great natural interest in it all, and loves to go hunting for bugs and ask questions about how things work. I'm also really happy that he's interested in the work of bees and it's been really great seeing him learn the job that bees do and how we can help them.


That's why I was delighted when Taylor's got in touch and asked whether we'd like to work with them to help promote the bee's humble story. They've created the most amazing real life bee hotel, all to the theme of Wes Andersons Grand Budapest Hotel, to provide the bees with a beautiful place to hang out sampling the best flavours from nature. Just take a look at their mini film and see for yourself how amazing it is!





Their research shows that fruit and herbs pollinated by bees and animals make for the tastiest flavours, many of which are used to create beautiful flavoured food for us humans too, including herbal and fruit teas. Taylors have been working close with the experts at Kew garden to come up with some new tea flavours that show off the very best nature has to offer, all of which need those little buzzing bees to survive.


So that's where we come in. With the development of more and more urban areas, pollution, farmland and pesticides the bee population has halved in the last 25 years, and that's a scary statistic. We need our bees to help keep up pollination not just for our own uses but to help keep the whole eco system in order. But it's been found that there are still as many bees in urban areas as wild ones, we just need to help provide a good home for them. By planting bee friendly gardens, and creating places for them to nest we can encourage more bees to live with us in our cities and hopefully start rebuilding their population. Taylors gave us our own mini bee hotel (without the disco and spa unfortunately!!) to put in our garden and we can't wait for the bees to make a little home!


We also loved our other bee themed goodies included, and have been trying out the teas. I have to say I have never been a massive fan of fruit teas, as I find them a bit too sweet so have always preferred herbal infusions such as chai, lemon and ginger and peppermint, but I think I may have been converted! The Rose Lemonade tea is delightful!


You can find out tons more information about the Story of Bee's over on the website, including tips on how to help bees yourself and even a competition to win tickets to the wonderful Kew Gardens!

Bee illustration by my talented sister: Hello Sarie !

We were sent this bee hamper for the purpose of the review, but all words, images and thoughts are my own! 

The story of bees


A few years back I heard the quote "To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow" and I loved it so much that I used it on the packets of wildflower seeds we gave as favours at our wedding. Because to me it gives me hope and something to believe in for the future.

For us nature is a huge part of our every day, and I've always been as keen as possible to show Theo how important it is, by teaching him the names of trees, flowers, birds and insects and the important part they play in our everyday. Living in a city where perhaps wild landscapes are harder to come across, this seems even more important. Nothing makes us happier as a family as heading out of the city for the day and going on long walks through the woods, or finding wild spots nestled in the city for a breath of fresh air. Thankfully Theo does seem to have a great natural interest in it all, and loves to go hunting for bugs and ask questions about how things work. I'm also really happy that he's interested in the work of bees and it's been really great seeing him learn the job that bees do and how we can help them.


That's why I was delighted when Taylor's got in touch and asked whether we'd like to work with them to help promote the bee's humble story. They've created the most amazing real life bee hotel, all to the theme of Wes Andersons Grand Budapest Hotel, to provide the bees with a beautiful place to hang out sampling the best flavours from nature. Just take a look at their mini film and see for yourself how amazing it is!





Their research shows that fruit and herbs pollinated by bees and animals make for the tastiest flavours, many of which are used to create beautiful flavoured food for us humans too, including herbal and fruit teas. Taylors have been working close with the experts at Kew garden to come up with some new tea flavours that show off the very best nature has to offer, all of which need those little buzzing bees to survive.


So that's where we come in. With the development of more and more urban areas, pollution, farmland and pesticides the bee population has halved in the last 25 years, and that's a scary statistic. We need our bees to help keep up pollination not just for our own uses but to help keep the whole eco system in order. But it's been found that there are still as many bees in urban areas as wild ones, we just need to help provide a good home for them. By planting bee friendly gardens, and creating places for them to nest we can encourage more bees to live with us in our cities and hopefully start rebuilding their population. Taylors gave us our own mini bee hotel (without the disco and spa unfortunately!!) to put in our garden and we can't wait for the bees to make a little home!


We also loved our other bee themed goodies included, and have been trying out the teas. I have to say I have never been a massive fan of fruit teas, as I find them a bit too sweet so have always preferred herbal infusions such as chai, lemon and ginger and peppermint, but I think I may have been converted! The Rose Lemonade tea is delightful!


You can find out tons more information about the Story of Bee's over on the website, including tips on how to help bees yourself and even a competition to win tickets to the wonderful Kew Gardens!

Bee illustration by my talented sister: Hello Sarie !

We were sent this bee hamper for the purpose of the review, but all words, images and thoughts are my own! 

My summer skincare and make up favourites

So Summer is finally here, well sort of it was, for a week and there's nothing like a new season to send me off to the shops in search of new colour palettes, make-up and skin care. Add that to the fact we've got two weddings coming up which is always a great excuse to pick up some new items for my collection.

I've not got a huge make up selection, and most of it does tend to be drugstore as much as I would love to be able to afford higher end, I just can't. But that being said there are still some great products to use. The change in seasons usually plays havoc with my skin, and all this humid weather definitely doesn't help the condition of my skin so I do try and keep my make up light, and my skin well hydrated. I've been trying out these new products from Green People, which are part of their new Organic and scent free product range specially for sensitive skin. Perfect for me then! I always love Green People products as I can guarantee that they won't be harmful for my skin, and full of great ingredients.  I've been trying the Light day moisturiser and the Sensitive hydrating serum specifically. I've only really just started to take my skincare routine seriously, but from just reading some of the benefits of using the serum and the moisturiser I was excited to try them out. I've always suffered with eczema, and whilst in recent years luckily it has seemed to calmed down on my face, I still like to know the products I'm using aren't going to irritate my skin and actually the natural ingredients providing extra benefits that other less natural products wouldn't. So after using these for the past few weeks I can say that I'm really happy with them, the moisturiser is light and absorbs really well and my skin feels soft and hydrated all day. The serum goes on so easily and you only have to use a small amount. I love knowing that I've got really good ingredients going on my face, even if the rest of my make up isn't quite as natural.

Other than skin care I've been loving trying out a few new lipsticks, or rather lip products as I've been after something that stays put on my lips. I love the matte look so have found the Sleek lipgloss and No.7 lip crayon work really well. I've also been trying to embrace the world of bronzer and contour, and have joined the grown up world of finally investing in some decent brushes too! The others are just a few of my make up bag staples, easy to use, affordable with good results.

Items from clockwise:

Green People light day moisturiser // Green People sensitive hydrating serum // Benefit Gimme Brow // Max Factor Creamy blush in Soft pink // Real Techniques expert face brush and sculpting brush // No 7 Matte lip crayon in Raspberry red // Max factor skin luminizer // Mac retro matte in All fired up // Sleek matte lipgloss // Benefit Roller lash // Benefit Hoola bronzer // Collection lasting perfection concealer in fair  // 17 Eyeshadow Palette in Birthday suit  

My summer skincare and make up favourites

So Summer is finally here, well sort of it was, for a week and there's nothing like a new season to send me off to the shops in search of new colour palettes, make-up and skin care. Add that to the fact we've got two weddings coming up which is always a great excuse to pick up some new items for my collection.

I've not got a huge make up selection, and most of it does tend to be drugstore as much as I would love to be able to afford higher end, I just can't. But that being said there are still some great products to use. The change in seasons usually plays havoc with my skin, and all this humid weather definitely doesn't help the condition of my skin so I do try and keep my make up light, and my skin well hydrated. I've been trying out these new products from Green People, which are part of their new Organic and scent free product range specially for sensitive skin. Perfect for me then! I always love Green People products as I can guarantee that they won't be harmful for my skin, and full of great ingredients.  I've been trying the Light day moisturiser and the Sensitive hydrating serum specifically. I've only really just started to take my skincare routine seriously, but from just reading some of the benefits of using the serum and the moisturiser I was excited to try them out. I've always suffered with eczema, and whilst in recent years luckily it has seemed to calmed down on my face, I still like to know the products I'm using aren't going to irritate my skin and actually the natural ingredients providing extra benefits that other less natural products wouldn't. So after using these for the past few weeks I can say that I'm really happy with them, the moisturiser is light and absorbs really well and my skin feels soft and hydrated all day. The serum goes on so easily and you only have to use a small amount. I love knowing that I've got really good ingredients going on my face, even if the rest of my make up isn't quite as natural.

Other than skin care I've been loving trying out a few new lipsticks, or rather lip products as I've been after something that stays put on my lips. I love the matte look so have found the Sleek lipgloss and No.7 lip crayon work really well. I've also been trying to embrace the world of bronzer and contour, and have joined the grown up world of finally investing in some decent brushes too! The others are just a few of my make up bag staples, easy to use, affordable with good results.

Items from clockwise:

Green People light day moisturiser // Green People sensitive hydrating serum // Benefit Gimme Brow // Max Factor Creamy blush in Soft pink // Real Techniques expert face brush and sculpting brush // No 7 Matte lip crayon in Raspberry red // Max factor skin luminizer // Mac retro matte in All fired up // Sleek matte lipgloss // Benefit Roller lash // Benefit Hoola bronzer // Collection lasting perfection concealer in fair  // 17 Eyeshadow Palette in Birthday suit  

Summer wishlist





Clockwise from left: Kimono - M&S // Headscarf - Zara // Striped t-shirt - COS // Rose-gold Saltwater sandals - Toast // Scarlett of Soho frames - Glasses Direct // Shirtdress - Monki // Broderie blouse - M&S // Clarks Originals Dusty Soul sandals - Clarks // Denim skirt - Topshop

So seeing as the warmer weather sort of seems to be arriving I've been doing a little bit of online window shopping and I thought I'd share with you some of my finds!


 As you can see it's still all about the pastels with a little rose gold thrown in. I always look for light loose fitting clothing in the summer as there's nothing worse than tight sweaty clothes so this shirt dress would be perfect! I also hate it when dresses are too short (I'm looking at you Topshop!) and you feel super uncomfortable about going out with no sort of leggings on incase you flash your underwear so I'm always on the lookout for longer style dresses.  I'm definitely not one to show much skin either so have been loving these really pretty light cover up kimono style tops which can be thrown over a sleeveless top but still keep you cool. On to my next love that is sandals. I've been an avid wearer of Saltwater sandals for about four years now, before you could really find them in the UK, I own two pairs already but when I saw these exclusive Rose-gold pair from Toast my heart definitely skipped a beat. These Clarks originals in pink and metallic also stole a little piece of my heart and they just look so comfortable. I've been lusting over denim skirts for a while now as I think they're just so versatile, I like how you can wear them with a t-shirt and trainers or dress them up with a pretty top, and this pink acid wash is just a winner for me.

I've also been wanting to share with you my new sunglasses that I've been loving. I decided to branch out (daring I know) away from my go to tortoise shell and pick these beautiful Scarlett of Soho Churchill frames in grey from Glasses Direct. I've used Glasses direct a few times now and I'm always super impressed with the fast service and range of brands and frames available. If you fancy using it yourself you can get £30 off frames by following this link!


Summer wishlist





Clockwise from left: Kimono - M&S // Headscarf - Zara // Striped t-shirt - COS // Rose-gold Saltwater sandals - Toast // Scarlett of Soho frames - Glasses Direct // Shirtdress - Monki // Broderie blouse - M&S // Clarks Originals Dusty Soul sandals - Clarks // Denim skirt - Topshop

So seeing as the warmer weather sort of seems to be arriving I've been doing a little bit of online window shopping and I thought I'd share with you some of my finds!


 As you can see it's still all about the pastels with a little rose gold thrown in. I always look for light loose fitting clothing in the summer as there's nothing worse than tight sweaty clothes so this shirt dress would be perfect! I also hate it when dresses are too short (I'm looking at you Topshop!) and you feel super uncomfortable about going out with no sort of leggings on incase you flash your underwear so I'm always on the lookout for longer style dresses.  I'm definitely not one to show much skin either so have been loving these really pretty light cover up kimono style tops which can be thrown over a sleeveless top but still keep you cool. On to my next love that is sandals. I've been an avid wearer of Saltwater sandals for about four years now, before you could really find them in the UK, I own two pairs already but when I saw these exclusive Rose-gold pair from Toast my heart definitely skipped a beat. These Clarks originals in pink and metallic also stole a little piece of my heart and they just look so comfortable. I've been lusting over denim skirts for a while now as I think they're just so versatile, I like how you can wear them with a t-shirt and trainers or dress them up with a pretty top, and this pink acid wash is just a winner for me.

I've also been wanting to share with you my new sunglasses that I've been loving. I decided to branch out (daring I know) away from my go to tortoise shell and pick these beautiful Scarlett of Soho Churchill frames in grey from Glasses Direct. I've used Glasses direct a few times now and I'm always super impressed with the fast service and range of brands and frames available. If you fancy using it yourself you can get £30 off frames by following this link!


Reviewing the Pacapod Lewis change bag!

Over the past month or so we've been trying out the Pacapod Lewis change bag. Since Rohan came home from hospital and we were faced with having to cart around a lot more equipment than we were with Theo it became pretty obvious that we would need something a little better than my backpack with some nappies and a spare change of clothes chucked in. 

I've been using a backpack as an everyday bag for a while now as I just can't get on with shoulder bags very well, I like to have my hands free and find they just get in the way a little. So we were searching for a change bag that also doubled as a backpack too and were so happy to find this one. I love that you can use it with two straps on your back, or for those who do prefer an over the shoulder bag it can be easily converted with one long strap. It also has clips to attach it to the pushchair handle which is handy. I love the design of the bag as it doesn't instantly look like a change bag, but is made out of a really durable material, that's wipe clean so is perfect for use with a baby and family life and vegan leather I might add! 


Because we are having to bottle and tube feed Rohan we needed something that we could transport all the milk, bottles, syringes and water around with us whilst keeping milk cool. One of the things we love about the bag is the two pods that fit inside one part of bag. There's a change pod and a feed pod. The feed pod is insulated which is perfect to carry around bottles of milk for whole day, and fits at least two bottles and all the rest that we need as well as an individual bottle cover to keep them hot/cool. The changer pod is great too and has individual sections for all your changing bits such as the nappies, wipes, cream and a little bag for wet or dirty clothes. It fits in enough for a whole day and more and it's just so handy that all the things you need for changing are all to hand in one, neat place! 

I also love that you can choose to have the pods in the bag, which are accessible by a zipped compartment of their own at the back of the bag, meaning that you don't have to wade through the whole bag to find what you need or you can take out each one separately when you need. If we were out and about and either one of us needed to go and change or feed Rohan, we could just grab the pod we needed and leave all the rest of our things in the bag with the other person. They're so compact that they're really easy to just carry around too and keep close and handy. We actually use them out at home too when we're downstairs away from the changing table as it keeps everything we need close to us and organised. If you're just having a quick trip out or want to have them more accessible they attach onto the pushchair handle really easily with velcro meaning you can just quickly unzip them to grab what you need. I've also stored my phone and keys in the little change pod back pocket which is really useful if you're not taking the whole bag with you. 

Lastly the other section of the bag, accessible from another zipped pocket, is for all your own items. I love that things for baby and you can be separated as it's one of my pet hates trying to root around in a bag and locate things! There is a handy tie and clip to attach your keys to so they don't get lost at the bottom of your bag, a zip pocket on the inside for your wallet or phone and some open organiser pockets for other items such as sunglasses, make-up, pens etc...what ever you want! I of course end up carrying around lots of different things for myself and Theo too! (You can see a what's in my bag at the end). There's also one more full sized pocket on the very front of the bag which is really handy for storing items you may need to get to quickly. 

All in all we've loved using this bag, and can see it lasting and adapting to our needs as Rohan gets older. It's so versatile and I just love how it keeps everything so organised and to hand. Its comfortable and not at all garish or "mumsy" in its design...so good for Rob to use too. It's definitely been so useful already! 


We were sent the Lewis change bag for review purposes but all images, words and thoughts are my own. We really do love using this bag! 

Reviewing the Pacapod Lewis change bag!

Over the past month or so we've been trying out the Pacapod Lewis change bag. Since Rohan came home from hospital and we were faced with having to cart around a lot more equipment than we were with Theo it became pretty obvious that we would need something a little better than my backpack with some nappies and a spare change of clothes chucked in. 

I've been using a backpack as an everyday bag for a while now as I just can't get on with shoulder bags very well, I like to have my hands free and find they just get in the way a little. So we were searching for a change bag that also doubled as a backpack too and were so happy to find this one. I love that you can use it with two straps on your back, or for those who do prefer an over the shoulder bag it can be easily converted with one long strap. It also has clips to attach it to the pushchair handle which is handy. I love the design of the bag as it doesn't instantly look like a change bag, but is made out of a really durable material, that's wipe clean so is perfect for use with a baby and family life and vegan leather I might add! 


Because we are having to bottle and tube feed Rohan we needed something that we could transport all the milk, bottles, syringes and water around with us whilst keeping milk cool. One of the things we love about the bag is the two pods that fit inside one part of bag. There's a change pod and a feed pod. The feed pod is insulated which is perfect to carry around bottles of milk for whole day, and fits at least two bottles and all the rest that we need as well as an individual bottle cover to keep them hot/cool. The changer pod is great too and has individual sections for all your changing bits such as the nappies, wipes, cream and a little bag for wet or dirty clothes. It fits in enough for a whole day and more and it's just so handy that all the things you need for changing are all to hand in one, neat place! 

I also love that you can choose to have the pods in the bag, which are accessible by a zipped compartment of their own at the back of the bag, meaning that you don't have to wade through the whole bag to find what you need or you can take out each one separately when you need. If we were out and about and either one of us needed to go and change or feed Rohan, we could just grab the pod we needed and leave all the rest of our things in the bag with the other person. They're so compact that they're really easy to just carry around too and keep close and handy. We actually use them out at home too when we're downstairs away from the changing table as it keeps everything we need close to us and organised. If you're just having a quick trip out or want to have them more accessible they attach onto the pushchair handle really easily with velcro meaning you can just quickly unzip them to grab what you need. I've also stored my phone and keys in the little change pod back pocket which is really useful if you're not taking the whole bag with you. 

Lastly the other section of the bag, accessible from another zipped pocket, is for all your own items. I love that things for baby and you can be separated as it's one of my pet hates trying to root around in a bag and locate things! There is a handy tie and clip to attach your keys to so they don't get lost at the bottom of your bag, a zip pocket on the inside for your wallet or phone and some open organiser pockets for other items such as sunglasses, make-up, pens etc...what ever you want! I of course end up carrying around lots of different things for myself and Theo too! (You can see a what's in my bag at the end). There's also one more full sized pocket on the very front of the bag which is really handy for storing items you may need to get to quickly. 

All in all we've loved using this bag, and can see it lasting and adapting to our needs as Rohan gets older. It's so versatile and I just love how it keeps everything so organised and to hand. Its comfortable and not at all garish or "mumsy" in its design...so good for Rob to use too. It's definitely been so useful already! 


We were sent the Lewis change bag for review purposes but all images, words and thoughts are my own. We really do love using this bag! 

Giveaway: Win A Trunki and a family day pass to The Wildplace Project Bristol!


A few weeks ago we were invited on a little day out to The Wildplace project with the wonderful Trunki as part of their ongoing campaign to help raise money for a brand new giraffe house. There we were met by the team and introduced to their newest member of the Trunki family, Gerry the Giraffe. We were there to learn a little more about the conservation work that the zoo is involved in and why they've teamed up with Trunki to help raise the money for the giraffe house. With every sale of Gerry the Giraffe, £5 is donated to the zoo to help raise money for the conservation work for giraffes in the wild. 


We've not actually been to Wildplace before, since it being a fairly new addition to Bristol and we were all pretty excited to get out of the city and explore. We set off to find the animals and hear some great talks by the keepers on the different animals they have there and the work they are doing with them and the site. We loved seeing the Meerkats being fed, meeting the red river hogs with their beautiful face markings and funny ears and seeing the brand new baby lemurs (born the night before!). After lunch we had a bit more of an explore around discovering the woodland where the wolves reside and watching them stalk around through the lookout point. Theo loved looking for the cheetahs and playing in the little African outpost building. 

We had such a great day, and Theo's not stopped talking about his visit since. I think another visit is definitely in store in the warmer weather so we can spend a little more time in the playgrounds and try out the barefoot trail.

If you would like to win your child a trunki of your/their choice PLUS a family day pass to The Wild Place project in Bristol, then you can enter at the end of this post! Good luck! 




Giveaway: Win A Trunki and a family day pass to The Wildplace Project Bristol!


A few weeks ago we were invited on a little day out to The Wildplace project with the wonderful Trunki as part of their ongoing campaign to help raise money for a brand new giraffe house. There we were met by the team and introduced to their newest member of the Trunki family, Gerry the Giraffe. We were there to learn a little more about the conservation work that the zoo is involved in and why they've teamed up with Trunki to help raise the money for the giraffe house. With every sale of Gerry the Giraffe, £5 is donated to the zoo to help raise money for the conservation work for giraffes in the wild. 


We've not actually been to Wildplace before, since it being a fairly new addition to Bristol and we were all pretty excited to get out of the city and explore. We set off to find the animals and hear some great talks by the keepers on the different animals they have there and the work they are doing with them and the site. We loved seeing the Meerkats being fed, meeting the red river hogs with their beautiful face markings and funny ears and seeing the brand new baby lemurs (born the night before!). After lunch we had a bit more of an explore around discovering the woodland where the wolves reside and watching them stalk around through the lookout point. Theo loved looking for the cheetahs and playing in the little African outpost building. 

We had such a great day, and Theo's not stopped talking about his visit since. I think another visit is definitely in store in the warmer weather so we can spend a little more time in the playgrounds and try out the barefoot trail.

If you would like to win your child a trunki of your/their choice PLUS a family day pass to The Wild Place project in Bristol, then you can enter at the end of this post! Good luck! 




Reviewing the Bugaboo Cameleon

So it's been nearly six weeks since Rohan has been home, and it was surprising how easy it all became so normal again. Before we were discharged properly from hospital we were allowed to take Rohan out for little day trips, which meant we were finally able to use our pushchair. I don't know why this was such a momentous occasion, but the first time we laid him down in the carrycot and wheeled him through the hospital ward it all just suddenly felt better. We had our baby with us, and just pushing him along the street felt so momentous but so normal at the same time. 

Since we've got home we've been getting used to having a baby around again, and that means re-adjusting to having all the equipment and paraphernalia that come with a baby. We generally keep the pushchair in the boot of the car where it fits in nicely (We don't have much space in our house even for a small pushchair!) Our boot is pretty spacious, but if we have more items to fit in the boot too we take off the back wheels and collapse the carry cot and it all condenses really well. I find it pretty easy to take it in and out of the boot, and can lift it with one hand as well as set it up. The beauty of the bugaboo is that you can just lift the handlebar and the frame folds out for you, it then locks into place when you put the carrycot/seat unit/car seat on the frame. Even though you then have to remove the seat to fold it again, it's so quick and easy it doesn't matter.



We've obviously not had a chance to try out the seat unit yet, but I love the fact the carrycot has four little feet which means you can place it on the ground when folding without worrying about the base getting dirty. The carrycot itself is really spacious and I can see Rohan having space to lie in it for a good few months more. I love that the handlebar attaches to it too, meaning that lifting it on and off is really easy and can be done with one hand. We have to use the underneath storage basket mainly to carry the oxygen tank around with us, but it fits that in well along with a few other items we need. The only problem we seem to have with the basket is that when you use the carrycot it's not very accessible. We have no problem when the car seat is attached, and I think it's more accessible with the seat unit. I love that it can be closed with the elastic tie so you don't have to worry about your items falling out. 

We use the base with the car seat attachment often, sometimes for quick trips or outings where space might be a little more limited. I love the ease of just clipping the car adapters to the frame and slotting the car seat on top. It's so easy and can be done without any disturbance to a sleeping Rohan. We've found it really light to use and haul around, and Theo is able to push it too, which he loves doing! I have to say I was worried about having a slightly bigger pushchair in the city, but so far I've not had any problems or found myself wishing I had a smaller one. We've been on a few buses with it and found it fits in the designated space just fine.


We've used the pushchair on a variety of different surfaces so far, and I think it's handled really well. We've pushed it through smooth corridors of the hospital and found it easy to maneuver smoothly around corners and into lifts. We've taken it along pavements and cobbled streets and been able to steer it one handed to weave our way past obstacles, bumped it up and down steps and fitted through small doorways all without a problem. Other people who've pushed it have commented on how smoothly it pushes and how steady it feels. Our old pushchair used to buckle it's front wheels when it got caught on paving slabs or coming off the curb but we so far haven't had this problem. I think the front suspension really helps and I love how it is adjustable as the baby grows. We've ventured off road a few times, through forest paths, mud and sand and found that it handles just as well. We've used the moveable handlebar to change the larger wheels to the front so they can take more of the terrain, with Rob even managing to push it through mud and me through the sand! I also find that being able to flip the handlebar really helps with access to the baby or fitting into tighter spaces. We found that the height of the handlebar is really useful too, as it's so easy to switch between having it right down for Theo, middle height for me and fully extended for Rob. A good height handle bar was essential for us as Rob is so tall (6ft6!)


After a few muddy walks the pushchair was definitely in need of a wash, so we just took all the wheels off and cleaned them and the frame and it looked brand new once again. We've had to give the inside of the carrycot a wipe a few times because of a bit of sick, but a wet wipe or sometimes a spray and cloth seems to do the job as the material is pretty wipe clean. I do get a little worried that the silver frame with get scratches on it, with the amount of hauling in and out of the boot it does, but I'm not sure whether this would be worse than on any other buggy. Compared to our last pushchair I do feel like the build quality of the bugaboo is much better, and would be surprised if it broke easily as it just feels like it's built to last. The brake also works really well, and even though it's up on the handle bar instead of by the wheels it feels really secure. I always used to worry with previous pushchairs that it was on properly, but as it has to click into place you know that it's locked on. We've found though that it does need demonstrating to other people on how to use it, and whilst being securely locked into place it can be a little stiff to take off again. 

I love how versatile the cameleon is, it's perfect for the city and for country walks, I love how the seat unit will sit on the same frame that the carry cot does, meaning it doesn't take up lots of space. The raincover fits every attachment, even the car seat, and we noticed it just has two larger air holes instead of lots of tiny holes which we found last time we perfect for little fingers to poke through and make bigger, eventually ripping the plastic! I'd say that even though this pushchair is definitely on the more expensive end, I love how everything is included in the price. You don't have to pay out further for a carrycot or raincover as it all comes in the price. I also think that they hold their value well, as when researching pushchairs we found that it was a really popular model to be picked up second hand, which shows how long they last. 

We've really enjoyed using the Cameleon so much already. I love the way it looks, how easy it is to set up and steer and I really do feel like it's supportive and safe. I can't wait to use the seat unit and see how it grows with Rohan. It has some really great features such as the extendable hood for when it's sunny, the adjustable handlebar position, good handle bar height and sturdy suspension. I like how we could purchase tougher terrain front wheels to make it even smoother on rougher walks. I think it will last us a good few years and I can't wait to put it to the test even more! 

I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Panel, a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have not paid for the product or to attend an event. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity. I received the Bugaboo Cameleon for the purpose of this review.

Reviewing the Bugaboo Cameleon

So it's been nearly six weeks since Rohan has been home, and it was surprising how easy it all became so normal again. Before we were discharged properly from hospital we were allowed to take Rohan out for little day trips, which meant we were finally able to use our pushchair. I don't know why this was such a momentous occasion, but the first time we laid him down in the carrycot and wheeled him through the hospital ward it all just suddenly felt better. We had our baby with us, and just pushing him along the street felt so momentous but so normal at the same time. 

Since we've got home we've been getting used to having a baby around again, and that means re-adjusting to having all the equipment and paraphernalia that come with a baby. We generally keep the pushchair in the boot of the car where it fits in nicely (We don't have much space in our house even for a small pushchair!) Our boot is pretty spacious, but if we have more items to fit in the boot too we take off the back wheels and collapse the carry cot and it all condenses really well. I find it pretty easy to take it in and out of the boot, and can lift it with one hand as well as set it up. The beauty of the bugaboo is that you can just lift the handlebar and the frame folds out for you, it then locks into place when you put the carrycot/seat unit/car seat on the frame. Even though you then have to remove the seat to fold it again, it's so quick and easy it doesn't matter.



We've obviously not had a chance to try out the seat unit yet, but I love the fact the carrycot has four little feet which means you can place it on the ground when folding without worrying about the base getting dirty. The carrycot itself is really spacious and I can see Rohan having space to lie in it for a good few months more. I love that the handlebar attaches to it too, meaning that lifting it on and off is really easy and can be done with one hand. We have to use the underneath storage basket mainly to carry the oxygen tank around with us, but it fits that in well along with a few other items we need. The only problem we seem to have with the basket is that when you use the carrycot it's not very accessible. We have no problem when the car seat is attached, and I think it's more accessible with the seat unit. I love that it can be closed with the elastic tie so you don't have to worry about your items falling out. 

We use the base with the car seat attachment often, sometimes for quick trips or outings where space might be a little more limited. I love the ease of just clipping the car adapters to the frame and slotting the car seat on top. It's so easy and can be done without any disturbance to a sleeping Rohan. We've found it really light to use and haul around, and Theo is able to push it too, which he loves doing! I have to say I was worried about having a slightly bigger pushchair in the city, but so far I've not had any problems or found myself wishing I had a smaller one. We've been on a few buses with it and found it fits in the designated space just fine.


We've used the pushchair on a variety of different surfaces so far, and I think it's handled really well. We've pushed it through smooth corridors of the hospital and found it easy to maneuver smoothly around corners and into lifts. We've taken it along pavements and cobbled streets and been able to steer it one handed to weave our way past obstacles, bumped it up and down steps and fitted through small doorways all without a problem. Other people who've pushed it have commented on how smoothly it pushes and how steady it feels. Our old pushchair used to buckle it's front wheels when it got caught on paving slabs or coming off the curb but we so far haven't had this problem. I think the front suspension really helps and I love how it is adjustable as the baby grows. We've ventured off road a few times, through forest paths, mud and sand and found that it handles just as well. We've used the moveable handlebar to change the larger wheels to the front so they can take more of the terrain, with Rob even managing to push it through mud and me through the sand! I also find that being able to flip the handlebar really helps with access to the baby or fitting into tighter spaces. We found that the height of the handlebar is really useful too, as it's so easy to switch between having it right down for Theo, middle height for me and fully extended for Rob. A good height handle bar was essential for us as Rob is so tall (6ft6!)


After a few muddy walks the pushchair was definitely in need of a wash, so we just took all the wheels off and cleaned them and the frame and it looked brand new once again. We've had to give the inside of the carrycot a wipe a few times because of a bit of sick, but a wet wipe or sometimes a spray and cloth seems to do the job as the material is pretty wipe clean. I do get a little worried that the silver frame with get scratches on it, with the amount of hauling in and out of the boot it does, but I'm not sure whether this would be worse than on any other buggy. Compared to our last pushchair I do feel like the build quality of the bugaboo is much better, and would be surprised if it broke easily as it just feels like it's built to last. The brake also works really well, and even though it's up on the handle bar instead of by the wheels it feels really secure. I always used to worry with previous pushchairs that it was on properly, but as it has to click into place you know that it's locked on. We've found though that it does need demonstrating to other people on how to use it, and whilst being securely locked into place it can be a little stiff to take off again. 

I love how versatile the cameleon is, it's perfect for the city and for country walks, I love how the seat unit will sit on the same frame that the carry cot does, meaning it doesn't take up lots of space. The raincover fits every attachment, even the car seat, and we noticed it just has two larger air holes instead of lots of tiny holes which we found last time we perfect for little fingers to poke through and make bigger, eventually ripping the plastic! I'd say that even though this pushchair is definitely on the more expensive end, I love how everything is included in the price. You don't have to pay out further for a carrycot or raincover as it all comes in the price. I also think that they hold their value well, as when researching pushchairs we found that it was a really popular model to be picked up second hand, which shows how long they last. 

We've really enjoyed using the Cameleon so much already. I love the way it looks, how easy it is to set up and steer and I really do feel like it's supportive and safe. I can't wait to use the seat unit and see how it grows with Rohan. It has some really great features such as the extendable hood for when it's sunny, the adjustable handlebar position, good handle bar height and sturdy suspension. I like how we could purchase tougher terrain front wheels to make it even smoother on rougher walks. I think it will last us a good few years and I can't wait to put it to the test even more! 

I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Panel, a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have not paid for the product or to attend an event. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity. I received the Bugaboo Cameleon for the purpose of this review.