Rediscovering Music with VQ  – WIN an Emma Bridgewater Retro Radio

For so long we never listened to music, I enjoy music but it just wasn’t part of our routine, kids TV took over. Aria likes to watch CBeebies while she eats breakfast, I oblige as it gives me a chance to peek at social media. The TV then tends to stay on in the background throughout the day until we switch it off before going to bed.

I missed music. Music is good for the soul. I decided that it was time to make a change, to have a dance each morning that wasn’t to Mr Tumble’s dulcet tones, to start the day with a smile.

We have now fallen deeply in love with our VQ Retro Mk II Dab radio in the most beautiful Emma Bridgewater blue daisy print*. We tend to keep the radio in the kitchen. Each morning when I am preparing breakfast with Aria we stop for a moment, we turn the radio on and have a sing and a dance. I often turn it on while cooking tea and sometimes we will pop it on during the day too, usually when Aria is ‘helping’ me carry out the chores.

 

Emma Bridgewater Retro radio review with iphone dock

Now, the retro Emma Bridgewater radio is quite special. It looks amazing which is an instant hit as far as I am concerned, but it’s also a very functional piece of kit. The sound quality is superb, it features DAB, DAB+ and FM radio, it comes with a dock which can be used to play music from your Apple device or just to charge it. One of my favourite features is the re-chargeable battery that gives you around 25 hours listening time in between charges meaning that we can take our tunes out into the garden with us. Also, the leatherette wrap means that I can quickly wipe Aria’s bubbles/hand prints off it, mammy win!

Emma Bridgewater Retro radio review with iphone dock

Win an Emma Bridgewater Retro radio worth £129.99!

If you fancy getting your mucky paws on this stylish leatherette wrapped piece of equipment simply fill in the Rafflecopter form below.

Emma Bridgewater Retro radio review with iphone dock

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*Disclosure – I received the radio in exchange for a feature*

How Do You Supa Go? Cosatto Stroller Review – Magic Unicorns

We’ve recently been tasked with putting the Cosatto Supa Go Stroller in Magic Unicorn print* to the test. As ever, Aria was more than happy to sit down, relax and trial the pushchair. Aria has taken to her new stroller like, well, a unicorn takes to rainbows. Now, as we know, a happy baby/toddler is a huge tick when it comes to strollers, but a happy mammy & daddy is an even bigger tick, we’re the ones who have to lug it around and store it after all!

Cosatto Supa Go Stroller Review - Unicorn print stroller

As soon as I saw this stroller I fell in love with the eye catching magic unicorn print, as did Aria, who excitedly exclaimed HORSEY! The girl has a lot to learn, she hasn’t yet realised just how magical and amazing unicorns are, referring to them as their poor relatives horses, is she actually mine?

No detail is left when it comes to Cosatto, the brand who are on a mission to save the world from boring baby stuff.

Cosatto Supa Go Stroller Review - Unicorn print stroller

I hate to admit that at the grand old age of thirty *cough* something I still don’t drive, this means that I rely on public transport and as a result I need a compact, lightweight stroller that is easy to manoeuvre and easy to collapse in a hurry. The Supa Go ticks all of these boxes, or at least it does on the way shopping before I load it up with ten million carrier bags. I can easily get the stroller on and off the bus and into position without disturbing my chilled out little madam. I no longer have the fear if I see another pushchair on the bus as I know that mine is small enough to fit us both on. In the unlikely event that there are a few pushchairs on the bus and I can’t fit mine on too, or the driver is just being mean and making me collapse the pushchair even though there is room, the Supa Go is easy enough to pop Aria out, fold down, click into place and carry, all while holding Aria’s hand so she doesn’t run off.

Talking of shopping, the shopping basket is the perfect size for everyday essentials and a few extra bits. Living in Wales means that I do tend to take the rain cover with me whenever I go out, and this does take up a huge chunk of the space, but I can still fit a few more bits and pieces in. The one downside to the shopping basket is that it can be quite difficult to get in and out of when the stroller is fully reclined.

Cosatto Supa Go Stroller Review - Unicorn print stroller

The rain covers that come included with the stroller as standard are massive, ain’t nobody getting wet with this covering them. The basket, recliner and ‘spy hole’ are all still easily accessible with the rain covers in place. The handles are adjustable which is perfect for shorties like me and not so short people too!

Quite possibly Aria’s favourite thing about the Cosatto Supa Go stroller is the adjustable footrest. She loves to be the girl about town, chilled out with the foot rest in the raised position and looking cool.

Cosatto Supa Go Stroller Review - Unicorn print stroller

Aria’s least favourite part of the Supa Go, but a very good feature, is the reclining seat. Aria hates it because she associates me reclining the seat with nap time. I recline, Aria screams. If you have a child who actually enjoys naps, or are using this pushchair for a newborn, this feature is perfect. What makes it even better is that it is so easy to recline with just one hand and very little disturbance. Unless your child is Aria and they scream when you recline it, then there will be a lot of disturbance.

The extendable hood on this stroller is HUGE. It is perfect for sunshade, or if you live in Wales and don’t need to worry about sunshade it is perfect for stashing your shopping in as you walk around, just remember to take it out and pay to avoid any awkward situations.

Cosatto Supa Go Stroller Review - Unicorn print stroller

Other features include a handy ‘spy hole’ which is perfect for checking on your child without disturbing them, a five point harness and an easy to use kick on/off brake. All wheels are swivel and you have the option to lock the front wheels.

Not only is the stroller easily wipeable but the seat also also pops off for washing, perfect for sickly newborns and messy toddlers alike.

Priced at just £174.95 and suitable from newborn, the Supa Go really is fantastic value for money, especially when you consider the fantastic four year guarantee.

Cosatto Supa Go Stroller Review - Unicorn print stroller

As you can see, Aria has a clear favourite way to Supa Go! How do your little ones Supa Go?

If you prefer to watch rather than read, check out my video review :

*Disclosure – we received the Cosatto Supa Go in exchange for an honest review*

UK Degustabox July 2017 – Unboxing & Review

I’m super late posting my July Degustabox review*. It arrived with us about two weeks ago now but I have been so busy what with playing catch up following the house move and a lack of childcare I just haven’t had time to edit my video and write my review. Better late than never though hey!

I have to admit that this was the most disappointing box for me so far, even Aria seemed pretty disappointed! Don’t get me wrong I’m more than happy with my wine and I will use most, if not all, of the content, but it was just boring.

Onto the pricing, the products and prices on my content card were :

Blossom Hill Spritz – £4.99
Crafted Juice – £1.80
Ryvita Thins Three Cheese – £1.89
Rowntree’s Randoms 30% Less Sugar – £1.29
OLOVES Healthy Olive Snacks – 2 x £0.99
Merchant Gourmet Simply Cooked Red & White Quinoa – £1.99
Frylight Cooking Spray with Avocado Oil – £2.99
Weetabix Additions Coconut & Raisin – £2.99
The Collective Kids Big Tub Yoghurt (voucher to purchase in store) – £2.00
Maille Dijon Original – £1.99

Total box contents – £23.91

As I am a reviewer I received the contents from both the alcohol and non-alcohol boxes, the non-alcohol box contained two bottles of Thor Dry Spritz as an alternative to the Blossom Hill.

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UK Degustabox June 2017 – Unboxing Vlog & Review

The barbecue themed June Degustabox* landed on my doorstep yesterday. Knowing that they don’t tend to send fresh food I was unsure as to what to expect in a barbecue themed box, and I ended up being pleasantly surprised with the contents.

While the box didn’t initially blow me away there are plenty of items that I am really looking forward to trying, including the chilli & coconut quick cook sauce, but, it may yet be too spicy for me, and the BBQ pulled chicken sachet. Of course my favourite item in the box was the shortbread biscuits!

Onto the pricing, the products and prices on my content card were :

Eisberg Sauvignon Blanc Alcohol Free Wine – £1.49
Capsicana Brazilian Chilli & Coconut Quick Cook Sauce – £1.99
Haribo Summer Frenzy – 2 x £1 each
Spoon Apple & Peanut Granola – £3.70
Light Bites – Mango with Vanilla Yoghurt Fruit Chips – £1.49
Schwartz Authentic American Flavour – 2 x £0.85
Original O’s Savoury Cumin and Sesame Nibbles – £2.99
Walkers Pure Butter Shortbread Scottie Dogs – £1.95
Light Bites – Superfood Fruit Bar – £1.25
Westons Cider – 2 x £1.99
Berrywhite Organic Drinks – £1.39

Total box contents – £23.93

I also received ENRJ – Energy Juice in Mango & Passion fruit and Apple & Berries priced at £1.75 each, which is what would have been in the non alcoholic box, making that box a value of £23.45.

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A Family Staycation at The Vale Resort, South Wales

We’ve enjoyed staycations for quite a while now, usually travelling around 1-3 hours from home to enjoy a beautiful destination without enduring the stresses and hassles of flying. More recently I have decided to incorporate a few short stay staycations into our family trips, we live in such a beautiful part of the country it seems silly to travel too far away for a break, let’s be real, who really wants to be stuck in the car for hours on end with a two year old? Not me that’s for sure!

toddler pulling along peppa pig suitcase

For our most recent staycation we teamed up with The Vale Resort*, near Cardiff, South Wales for dinner, bed and breakfast. The Vale Resort is only half an hour away from us and is host to many a celeb, so I figured if it’s good enough for them then it is good enough for us, and so we went along on my birthday.

birthday celebrations at the vale resort near cardiff

We headed to The Vale Resort for our check in time of 3pm, upon checking in I was delighted to see that they left out birthday gifts and a card for me, this, along with several other little touches throughout our family room really made us feel special. They even left out an activity pack for Aria. The Vale Resort sure thought of everything.

review of the vale resort near cardiff south wales

With plenty to keep us entertained we decided to make the most of our comfortable surroundings and relax in our room before heading for dinner in the Vale Grill Restaurant. We had a wander around the beautiful grounds, which are home to a golf course and a castle. We decided that we wouldn’t take advantage of the spa and creche facilities as we were only there for a short while.

the vale resort grounds

The dinner was included in our package, and for this we could order three courses from a set menu, we also had the option to order from the full menu for an additional charge, but we were more than happy with the choices on the set menu so stuck to that. The food was delicious and the staff were superb and very friendly.

Following the meal we retired to our room to make the most of our lovely comfy bed, we had a brilliant night sleep and loved the thick black out blinds, although we did almost sleep through and miss breakfast because they make the room so dark! Breakfast was your standard buffet breakfast, busy buffets always make me anxious so Spencer picked mine for me while I sat at the table with Aria. Breakfast was served until 10am, and we were slightly disappointed that the pancake machine had been switched off when we went to use it at around two minutes to ten, that will teach us for sleeping in so late!

Watch my video to see our stay in more detail and for a tour of our lovely family room.

Find out more about The Vale Resort and book your break here.

*Disclosure -We received dinner, bed and breakfast at The Vale Resort in exchange for promotion*