Family adventure: The Forest of Dean part one | #AD


Last Friday we packed up our bags, picked everyone up from school and nursery ready to hit the road and drive the short distance from Somerset/Bristol to the Forest of Dean. It couldn't have come at a better time, Rob had been away all week for work, our weekends have been all over the place and it really felt like we needed to reconnect as a family. Planning holidays usually takes quite a bit of effort for us (like most families!) but we really have to consider travel time as Rohan doesn't do very well in the car for long distances, so travelling for just over an hour to somewhere we've not really explored before was perfect.

We had the whole weekend ahead of us to unwind, explore and spend time together all in a beautiful setting. Whilst even though it's so close we've not really properly explored this area before, more skirted around the edges whilst visiting my Mum, who lives not too far away in Malvern. It's always been one of those places I'd heard of but not realised that it was quite so close as it is!

We were lucky enough to be invited to spend the weekend at the Forest Holidays Park near Coleford, which proved to be an excellent base for lots of exploring, as all of the places we visited were less than 15 minutes drive from here and there was so much to do. We were staying in a woodland cabin and realised that this meant it came with a hot tub, much to all of our excitement! I don't think we've ever quite been the family to holiday in places with hot tubs, or know anyone with one, so it was still a total novelty. The cabin itself was beautiful, with so much open space, floor to ceilings windows that perfectly framed the view of the forest behind. There was a wood burning stove, a fully equipped kitchen, and in our two bed cabin we had an en suite bathroom as well as a main with a bath. There was everything you'd need to stay a week or more! It definitely exceeded our expectations!


Once we'd settled in and unpacked we ordered some pizza from the main reception (which had it's own bar and cafe), to be delivered to our cabin so we could enjoy an evening in. We brought our own food too for the rest of the weekend, which really helps to keep costs down, but having one little treat on the first night was great. Once we'd settled Rohan into bed we enjoyed dinner, then hopped into the hot tub that had been warming up all day. It was a perfect way to unwind and really feel like we were on holiday, that and a glass or two of prosecco! 

The next morning after a lazy breakfast we headed a short drive away  (under 10 minutes) to Pedalabikeaway Cycle Centre to hire bikes for the morning and explore the forest on two wheels. The service was brilliant as they checked and fitted all of our bikes, including swapping to a trailer for Rohan as we felt he'd enjoy it a little more this way, and give Onyx a rest if he needed it! We were soon all set up and on our way, deciding to take the ten mile family trail round the forest. It was a great distance for us, taking around an hour and a half (with a few stops!) and provided us with such stunning scenery. The trail was also relatively quiet, with us being the only users on it for good portions, which was great to feel like we could spread out and go at our own pace. Onyx ended up running the whole way with us, he was definitely a tired pup at the end of the day! The views were just beautiful and it's so relaxing cycling through the woods, it really reminded me of a place we used to go to as a family for cycling over in Norfolk. 


Once we'd returned our bikes we headed back to the cabin so Theo and Rob could head off for a forest survival session located onsite. They spent a good few hours with an expert who talked them through all sorts of skills, giving tips and advice as they walked along through the woods. Theo seemed to take so much of it in and came back chatting about all that he'd learnt, especially about fire lighting and wanting to get his own steel and flint. After building a camp fire and having a go to light it, they finished off with hot chocolate. I think they'd definitely recommend having a go at this! I just think it's so important for kids to get out in the woods and immerse themselves in it, and learn some new skills along the way.


Determined to explore as much as possible, once Theo and Rob had returned we jumped back in the car to go up the road to Puzzlewood Forest. Unfortunately they don't allow pushchairs on site, and the forest isn't accessible to wheelchairs, something which isn't very clear from their website and we were only told when we turned up, so something to bear in mind to plan for if you want to visit! It's a shame it isn't more disabled accessible, but I do understand that it's an ancient natural woodland. If we'd known we would've taken our back carrier so we could all visit the wood, but Theo and I just had a wander round instead. That being said there was a lot to do for Rohan without visiting the woods themselves, so he was happy. When we arrived we headed to the cafe for a late lunch, and sat outside in the lovely picnic area surrounded by trees. The area had a mini music garden and a great hill for rolling down which is perfect for keeping kids entertained whilst you wait for food, we stayed in this area for quite a while as it really relaxing in the late afternoon and not too busy at all. 

After lunch (which was nice and well priced!) we wandered over to the playground and farm area and said hello to all the animals which was very fun...I always have a soft spot for goats! It was actually quite nice not to have the pushchair for a few hours as I think it encourages Rohan to be out on his feet and engaging in the world a little more, he is too heavy to carry in our arms constantly and I like seeing him wander about as much as possible. After the mini farm we headed to the barns where they have a few activities such as a maze that Theo and I tackled and a toddler area with lots of ride on cars and scooters which Rohan had a lot of fun on. Whilst he was entertained here Theo and I headed into the magical forest itself where we followed small winding paths taking us through the woods and off on tangents around and under the roots of these old trees. The woods was dark and mysterious, covered in moss and smelling of damp earth. We followed steps leading through between towering rocks and held hands as we explored round scary corners. It was so quiet and still, except for the occasional rustle of the undergrowth where we managed to spot little mice travelling through their tunnels and poking their heads out occasionally. The watched squirrels dart from tree to tree and just stood and marvelled the ancient trees and the magical surroundings. You can see why it's been used as a backdrop for so many films. 

After we'd wandered around a while and managed not to get too lost we made our way out of the forest as it was nearing closing time. We definitely could have stayed a lot longer and explore more of the woods. I think we'll add that to our list of something to visit again, this time with a carrier for Rohan! 


Despite their faces they did enjoy themselves! We made our way back to the cabin ready for an evening of hot tubs, eurovision and the log burner...sounds good doesn't it?


Come back for more soon!




We worked together with Forest of Dean & Wye Valley Tourism board for this post, in exchange for a review of local attractions and accommodation. Our cabin, entry to places and travel has been covered in exchange for the review, but I've not been paid for my time or opinions. All words 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. 

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. 

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! 

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.

Finding the perfect pushchair: Bugaboo Cameleon3

This is a post I've been meaning to write for a while, and actually started before Rohan was born, and is on one of my favourite subjects...pushchairs. I do love a good buggy and having a nose when it comes to finding out what pushchair someone has chosen for their new arrival. So I thought I would talk you through the journey and selection process we went through in choosing our pushchair. 
But as you all probably know, Rohan is still in hospital. We've yet to do those first little milestones such as our first trip out as a family, a walk to the park or even the school run. And whilst obviously Rohan's health is the most important thing and we know he's in the best place, I still get pangs of jealousy and longing to be pushing my own buggy around and showing off my new baby. When we're in hospital with him I don't seem to notice, but as soon as I step out the building without my baby I feel like something is missing. Doing little things like walking to school, to the doctors or round the supermarket feel significantly odd without having a baby with me to carry or push. I've not pushed a pushchair in over two years now but somehow now it feels as though something is missing without it. So we have our lovely pushchair all ready and waiting at home, and all we want is for Rohan to be home so we can complete our little family and finally have those little moments and trips out like other families. 

But anyway, I thought I would put together a little of how we came to a decision on which pushchair to get and what we looked for in one. 

I didn't take much notice of pushchairs before Theo was born, and to be honest didn't do ANY research into buggy's when we were buying for him. What a mistake that was! We didn't really know what we were looking for, what we WEREN'T looking for, what the best pushchairs out there were etc. I really didn't know that this whole world of buggy buying existed, we sort of just picked one in our price range and went with it, only to get a month or two down the line and actually using it when we soon realised the error of our ways. 

We sold our first awful 'travel system' a few months after Theo was born, and replaced it with something that did the job and saw us through until we no longer really needed to be lugging a proper pram about. It was a good option, in our price range, and despite a few issues with breaking wheels, did us pretty well. But this time around I was definitely more clued up. I knew I didn't want to go and get the same as we had last time so I had to actually start thinking seriously and properly researching what we wanted. 

When looking for a pushchair for us we really wanted to make sure we made the right choice first time around this time. From experience we knew what it was like to make the wrong choice and how much it inconvenienced us in those first few months, and it was a pain to have to go through the whole buying process again after a few months. So making sure we fully researched, by reading forums, watching online demos and reading reviews on blogs made me feel much more at ease and knowledgeable about the products we were looking at and to make a more informed decision.

 We knew from the start really what we were looking for, and started researching not far into the pregnancy this time around. I was pretty excited to be able to go and pick something out and imagine having a baby in our lives again. So we had a list of things we were looking for in a pushchair when researching, and even though I pretty much knew what I wanted from the beginning, we did look at alternatives to compare.

 Our criteria list looked a little something like this:

 - We wanted a pushchair that could be versatile for our needs, so good for the city and for a little off roading for our family walks.

 - I wanted something with a carrycot for those first few months, something which we missed out on last time. - I then wanted the option of having a rear and front facing seat that could grow with the baby and be easy to maneuver into different positions.

 - We wanted a fairly compact pushchair that wouldn't take up too much room in the boot or home and would fold up fairly small.

 - A good adjustable handlebar height to suit both Rob and I's height difference. (6ft 6in and 5ft 10!) - Having had problems with wheels on our last pushchair we wanted something with good suspension and handling that could take lots of different use

 - We wanted something that looked good too, from having bought something pretty ugly first time around! I like a bit of colour too, but didn't want a garish design.

 - A good size shopping basket - Finally, and importantly, something with good safety features.


So after a few months of looking, researching and having a play in various shops I think we finally decided on my favourite, the Bugaboo Cameleon3. I have always loved the look of the Cameleon, and to be honest did have my heart set on it from the beginning. We did look at others, but always came back to it because it seemed to tick so many of the boxes and meet all our above requirements 

Now obviously we haven't had chance to road test it properly, so I can't say fully whether it has met all of our needs or requirements but there are definitely things we love about it already. Firstly the look of it, I've always loved the classic design, with a great range of colours for the fabrics and the fact the carrycot and seat unit fit on the same frame without having to store a great big unit whilst you're not using it. After reading quite a few reviews of various pushchairs, I was aware that putting them together can be a bit of a challenge so was a little wary. I have to say Rob did most of it, as at pretty much 9 months pregnant I couldn't do any lifting or bending! But I watched and it couldn't have been easier. The frame was assembled in the box, so all we needed to do was attach the wheels, shopping basket, the carrycot to the frame (which is very simple with velcro straps!) and finally the fabric hood and apron. We've had a play around with folding and unfolding it, and whilst we've not been able to test it when we've been out and about, we both feel pretty confident about how it works and love how simple it is. The handle bar height it also a winner for us, as it extends to a great height for Rob and this was such a major design aspect for us.




So now we just can't wait to use it and test it out properly (and obviously have Rohan home!)


Finding the perfect pushchair: Bugaboo Cameleon3

This is a post I've been meaning to write for a while, and actually started before Rohan was born, and is on one of my favourite subjects...pushchairs. I do love a good buggy and having a nose when it comes to finding out what pushchair someone has chosen for their new arrival. So I thought I would talk you through the journey and selection process we went through in choosing our pushchair. 
But as you all probably know, Rohan is still in hospital. We've yet to do those first little milestones such as our first trip out as a family, a walk to the park or even the school run. And whilst obviously Rohan's health is the most important thing and we know he's in the best place, I still get pangs of jealousy and longing to be pushing my own buggy around and showing off my new baby. When we're in hospital with him I don't seem to notice, but as soon as I step out the building without my baby I feel like something is missing. Doing little things like walking to school, to the doctors or round the supermarket feel significantly odd without having a baby with me to carry or push. I've not pushed a pushchair in over two years now but somehow now it feels as though something is missing without it. So we have our lovely pushchair all ready and waiting at home, and all we want is for Rohan to be home so we can complete our little family and finally have those little moments and trips out like other families. 

But anyway, I thought I would put together a little of how we came to a decision on which pushchair to get and what we looked for in one. 

I didn't take much notice of pushchairs before Theo was born, and to be honest didn't do ANY research into buggy's when we were buying for him. What a mistake that was! We didn't really know what we were looking for, what we WEREN'T looking for, what the best pushchairs out there were etc. I really didn't know that this whole world of buggy buying existed, we sort of just picked one in our price range and went with it, only to get a month or two down the line and actually using it when we soon realised the error of our ways. 

We sold our first awful 'travel system' a few months after Theo was born, and replaced it with something that did the job and saw us through until we no longer really needed to be lugging a proper pram about. It was a good option, in our price range, and despite a few issues with breaking wheels, did us pretty well. But this time around I was definitely more clued up. I knew I didn't want to go and get the same as we had last time so I had to actually start thinking seriously and properly researching what we wanted. 

When looking for a pushchair for us we really wanted to make sure we made the right choice first time around this time. From experience we knew what it was like to make the wrong choice and how much it inconvenienced us in those first few months, and it was a pain to have to go through the whole buying process again after a few months. So making sure we fully researched, by reading forums, watching online demos and reading reviews on blogs made me feel much more at ease and knowledgeable about the products we were looking at and to make a more informed decision.

 We knew from the start really what we were looking for, and started researching not far into the pregnancy this time around. I was pretty excited to be able to go and pick something out and imagine having a baby in our lives again. So we had a list of things we were looking for in a pushchair when researching, and even though I pretty much knew what I wanted from the beginning, we did look at alternatives to compare.

 Our criteria list looked a little something like this:

 - We wanted a pushchair that could be versatile for our needs, so good for the city and for a little off roading for our family walks.

 - I wanted something with a carrycot for those first few months, something which we missed out on last time. - I then wanted the option of having a rear and front facing seat that could grow with the baby and be easy to maneuver into different positions.

 - We wanted a fairly compact pushchair that wouldn't take up too much room in the boot or home and would fold up fairly small.

 - A good adjustable handlebar height to suit both Rob and I's height difference. (6ft 6in and 5ft 10!) - Having had problems with wheels on our last pushchair we wanted something with good suspension and handling that could take lots of different use

 - We wanted something that looked good too, from having bought something pretty ugly first time around! I like a bit of colour too, but didn't want a garish design.

 - A good size shopping basket - Finally, and importantly, something with good safety features.


So after a few months of looking, researching and having a play in various shops I think we finally decided on my favourite, the Bugaboo Cameleon3. I have always loved the look of the Cameleon, and to be honest did have my heart set on it from the beginning. We did look at others, but always came back to it because it seemed to tick so many of the boxes and meet all our above requirements 

Now obviously we haven't had chance to road test it properly, so I can't say fully whether it has met all of our needs or requirements but there are definitely things we love about it already. Firstly the look of it, I've always loved the classic design, with a great range of colours for the fabrics and the fact the carrycot and seat unit fit on the same frame without having to store a great big unit whilst you're not using it. After reading quite a few reviews of various pushchairs, I was aware that putting them together can be a bit of a challenge so was a little wary. I have to say Rob did most of it, as at pretty much 9 months pregnant I couldn't do any lifting or bending! But I watched and it couldn't have been easier. The frame was assembled in the box, so all we needed to do was attach the wheels, shopping basket, the carrycot to the frame (which is very simple with velcro straps!) and finally the fabric hood and apron. We've had a play around with folding and unfolding it, and whilst we've not been able to test it when we've been out and about, we both feel pretty confident about how it works and love how simple it is. The handle bar height it also a winner for us, as it extends to a great height for Rob and this was such a major design aspect for us.




So now we just can't wait to use it and test it out properly (and obviously have Rohan home!)


A painting workshop


Last weekend I had the pleasure of being invited to 19 Alexandra Road, in Clevedon for an Annie Sloan painting workshop. This wonderful shop sits nestled in between boutiques offering customers a trove of found trinkets and treasures, as well as beautifully upcycled furniture, all painted in the irresistible shades of Annie Sloan chalk paint. 

I was contacted by the twins who run the shop to see if I'd like to come and take a look and participate in the workshop, run by their mum, to try out the paint and learn some techniques. I was thrilled to be asked, and couldn't wait to see what all the Annie Sloan fuss was about. 

I arrived on a fresh and bright sunny Saturday morning, to be warmly greeted and introduced to the workshop. We sat around a large table in a purpose built studio area with lots of natural light, with bowls of various shades of paint laid out in front of us. Amongst the group I was definitely the youngest participant, a novice in the world of painting furniture. Many of the ladies (yes all ladies) had current projects or ideas they wanted to work on, and had previous up-cycling successes under their belt. But the workshop is for beginners so even though I had little experience of painting furniture we were all taught the same techniques, in a helpful and friendly way. 


It was great to learn how to add texture to paint, learn how to get an aged feel and to practice layering with the paint. It definitely gave me lots of inspiration for future projects! With a coffee and pastry break in the middle I had a wander around the shop itself, falling for many objects, including a set of chairs that was already reserved for someone! I loved all the small objects dotted around, and the memory boxes caught my eye, I may even have a go at making one myself.


I was asked to pick out some of my favourite objects from the shop, which with so many beautiful things on offer featuring lots of local artists, such as: prints, books, brooches, glasswear, baskets and trinkets, was a hard task! But I managed to narrow it down to a nature inspired memory box, some beautiful glass bottles and the classic Observer books. 


So thank you Victoria and Becky for having me, I will definitely be back to visit when I've made up my mind on the upcycling project! 

I was offered a place on the workshop for the purpose of this review! 

A painting workshop


Last weekend I had the pleasure of being invited to 19 Alexandra Road, in Clevedon for an Annie Sloan painting workshop. This wonderful shop sits nestled in between boutiques offering customers a trove of found trinkets and treasures, as well as beautifully upcycled furniture, all painted in the irresistible shades of Annie Sloan chalk paint. 

I was contacted by the twins who run the shop to see if I'd like to come and take a look and participate in the workshop, run by their mum, to try out the paint and learn some techniques. I was thrilled to be asked, and couldn't wait to see what all the Annie Sloan fuss was about. 

I arrived on a fresh and bright sunny Saturday morning, to be warmly greeted and introduced to the workshop. We sat around a large table in a purpose built studio area with lots of natural light, with bowls of various shades of paint laid out in front of us. Amongst the group I was definitely the youngest participant, a novice in the world of painting furniture. Many of the ladies (yes all ladies) had current projects or ideas they wanted to work on, and had previous up-cycling successes under their belt. But the workshop is for beginners so even though I had little experience of painting furniture we were all taught the same techniques, in a helpful and friendly way. 


It was great to learn how to add texture to paint, learn how to get an aged feel and to practice layering with the paint. It definitely gave me lots of inspiration for future projects! With a coffee and pastry break in the middle I had a wander around the shop itself, falling for many objects, including a set of chairs that was already reserved for someone! I loved all the small objects dotted around, and the memory boxes caught my eye, I may even have a go at making one myself.


I was asked to pick out some of my favourite objects from the shop, which with so many beautiful things on offer featuring lots of local artists, such as: prints, books, brooches, glasswear, baskets and trinkets, was a hard task! But I managed to narrow it down to a nature inspired memory box, some beautiful glass bottles and the classic Observer books. 


So thank you Victoria and Becky for having me, I will definitely be back to visit when I've made up my mind on the upcycling project! 

I was offered a place on the workshop for the purpose of this review! 

London, part four


So the last little look at our weekend in London! We spent the morning in the hotel trying to make the most of the facilities, like visiting the amazing Landmark London Spa and Health Club for a quick swim before breakfast. I wish we'd only had time to test out some of the treatments! But our rumbling tummies were beckoning us to the breakfast table, and I was more than excited the experience dining underneath the glass atrium amongst the palm trees in the Winter Garden. Breakfast was laid out on long tables with an amazing selection of pastries, continental, fruit and cooked breakfasts. We ate until we were truly stuffed and headed back upstairs to pack our bags. We were sad to leave our amazing room and the hotel but it was such a experience! Everything from when we set foot in the door was perfect, the food, the service, the location, the facilities. We couldn't have asked for a better hotel experience, I only wish we could have stayed longer! 

We spent the rest of the day wandering around Marylebone, meeting up with friends. We pottered around charity shops, delis and clothes shops, including my favourite, Toast, where I lusted over my dream coat! We ended the afternoon like all Sunday's should, with a pub roast before making our way back to Paddington for our train home. 

Every time I visit London it entices me to stay longer and to explore, there's just too much to do! We will be back soon, that's for sure! 

London, part four


So the last little look at our weekend in London! We spent the morning in the hotel trying to make the most of the facilities, like visiting the amazing Landmark London Spa and Health Club for a quick swim before breakfast. I wish we'd only had time to test out some of the treatments! But our rumbling tummies were beckoning us to the breakfast table, and I was more than excited the experience dining underneath the glass atrium amongst the palm trees in the Winter Garden. Breakfast was laid out on long tables with an amazing selection of pastries, continental, fruit and cooked breakfasts. We ate until we were truly stuffed and headed back upstairs to pack our bags. We were sad to leave our amazing room and the hotel but it was such a experience! Everything from when we set foot in the door was perfect, the food, the service, the location, the facilities. We couldn't have asked for a better hotel experience, I only wish we could have stayed longer! 

We spent the rest of the day wandering around Marylebone, meeting up with friends. We pottered around charity shops, delis and clothes shops, including my favourite, Toast, where I lusted over my dream coat! We ended the afternoon like all Sunday's should, with a pub roast before making our way back to Paddington for our train home. 

Every time I visit London it entices me to stay longer and to explore, there's just too much to do! We will be back soon, that's for sure! 

A weekend in London: The Landmark London

 We had been looking forward to this weekend gone by for a long time. It has become a sort of tradition for us to go away for Rob's birthday, just the two of us and it was much needed. We had a weekend of fun planned that included comic book shop shopping, meeting with friends, eating and drinking. Oh and a stay in a luxury 5* Hotel...

Friday provided us with just that, as we arrived in the afternoon and walked around Soho, Carnaby Street, China Town and Leicester Square taking in the sights and visiting a few shops. Rob got his birthday wish of visiting London comic book stores, whilst he drooled over graphic novels and comics I immersed myself in the great children's books sections and we whiled away the afternoon. Later we met up with my group of besties for an evening of eating and drinking. As it was London cocktail week we headed to seven dials in search of an underground 1950's diner, serving bourbon cocktails and American dishes complete with roller skating waitress's...sounds to good to be the true right? And it was, we found the place, but alas it was dark, crowded with no food in sight and the waitress's just had normal shoes on...Scandal! But not to let it ruin our night we skipped over a few streets to a tried and tested favourite, The Diner to tuck into some burgers and hard shakes. An evening of cocktails, chatting and laughing continued into the early hours. (Apparently I was having too much fun that I forgot to take out my camera once!) 

On Saturday we awoke slightly bleary eyed and fuzzy headed and relaxed in our child free hungover state. But soon the sunshine drew us out and we met for a quick lunch at our favourite Turkish in Harringay before Rob and I headed over to Marylebone for the main attraction. 

We were booked to stay for the night in The Landmark London and couldn't wait to drop our bags and take in the luxurious surroundings. The weather was a perfect early Autumn day, with light pouring through the trees throwing long shadows on the pavements and illuminating buildings. 

I'm not sure whether I've ever set foot or in fact stayed somewhere so beautiful! As soon as we stepped up to the door we were greeted with the door held open. We were welcomed and checked in with great ease, and made to feel like special and valued guests from the attentive staff. We found our way to our suite, yes suite, through great corridors and greeted by every member of staff we passed. 

The hotel is classically decorated, with a feel of great quality and luxury throughout and our suite certainly was not lacking. As we opened the door not knowing what to expect we were definitely wowed. 


 The light poured in through the large windows, casting shadows and pools of light all over the room. We were amazed to see that our suite included a separate hallway and living area with everything we could need. The bedroom was generously sized and the attached bathroom included well lit double mirrors, a walk in wardrobe, deep bath, walk in shower and separate toilet. I was sad we were only staying for a night, as I could happily use this as my base for exploring London for a week!

After relaxing and freshening up we decided to take a walk around the Hotel to savour the  most of the beautiful weather and headed out. The Landmark London is perfectly situation as a base for London exploring, being only two stops or a 20 minute walk from Paddington, two more stops on the tube for Oxford Street and the centre, and within a five minutes walk to Regents Park, with attractions such a London Zoo just on the door step. 

We made our way through the breath taking Atrium, with its beautifully situated Winter Garden restaurant sitting under the great glass roof. Its grandeur certainly didn't fail to impress us, and we felt very lucky to be able to stay here! 




More to come soon! 

We were gifted a stay at the Landmark London for the purpose of this review, but all my thoughts (and admiration!) are certainly my own! 

A weekend in London: The Landmark London

 We had been looking forward to this weekend gone by for a long time. It has become a sort of tradition for us to go away for Rob's birthday, just the two of us and it was much needed. We had a weekend of fun planned that included comic book shop shopping, meeting with friends, eating and drinking. Oh and a stay in a luxury 5* Hotel...

Friday provided us with just that, as we arrived in the afternoon and walked around Soho, Carnaby Street, China Town and Leicester Square taking in the sights and visiting a few shops. Rob got his birthday wish of visiting London comic book stores, whilst he drooled over graphic novels and comics I immersed myself in the great children's books sections and we whiled away the afternoon. Later we met up with my group of besties for an evening of eating and drinking. As it was London cocktail week we headed to seven dials in search of an underground 1950's diner, serving bourbon cocktails and American dishes complete with roller skating waitress's...sounds to good to be the true right? And it was, we found the place, but alas it was dark, crowded with no food in sight and the waitress's just had normal shoes on...Scandal! But not to let it ruin our night we skipped over a few streets to a tried and tested favourite, The Diner to tuck into some burgers and hard shakes. An evening of cocktails, chatting and laughing continued into the early hours. (Apparently I was having too much fun that I forgot to take out my camera once!) 

On Saturday we awoke slightly bleary eyed and fuzzy headed and relaxed in our child free hungover state. But soon the sunshine drew us out and we met for a quick lunch at our favourite Turkish in Harringay before Rob and I headed over to Marylebone for the main attraction. 

We were booked to stay for the night in The Landmark London and couldn't wait to drop our bags and take in the luxurious surroundings. The weather was a perfect early Autumn day, with light pouring through the trees throwing long shadows on the pavements and illuminating buildings. 

I'm not sure whether I've ever set foot or in fact stayed somewhere so beautiful! As soon as we stepped up to the door we were greeted with the door held open. We were welcomed and checked in with great ease, and made to feel like special and valued guests from the attentive staff. We found our way to our suite, yes suite, through great corridors and greeted by every member of staff we passed. 

The hotel is classically decorated, with a feel of great quality and luxury throughout and our suite certainly was not lacking. As we opened the door not knowing what to expect we were definitely wowed. 


 The light poured in through the large windows, casting shadows and pools of light all over the room. We were amazed to see that our suite included a separate hallway and living area with everything we could need. The bedroom was generously sized and the attached bathroom included well lit double mirrors, a walk in wardrobe, deep bath, walk in shower and separate toilet. I was sad we were only staying for a night, as I could happily use this as my base for exploring London for a week!

After relaxing and freshening up we decided to take a walk around the Hotel to savour the  most of the beautiful weather and headed out. The Landmark London is perfectly situation as a base for London exploring, being only two stops or a 20 minute walk from Paddington, two more stops on the tube for Oxford Street and the centre, and within a five minutes walk to Regents Park, with attractions such a London Zoo just on the door step. 

We made our way through the breath taking Atrium, with its beautifully situated Winter Garden restaurant sitting under the great glass roof. Its grandeur certainly didn't fail to impress us, and we felt very lucky to be able to stay here! 




More to come soon! 

We were gifted a stay at the Landmark London for the purpose of this review, but all my thoughts (and admiration!) are certainly my own!