When we found out we were expecting our 2nd baby there were disagreements about what kind of buggy we were going to get.
I wanted a Phil and Teds tandem, my husband wanted a buggy board, my mum said we should get a side by side and my sister thought it would be good to get an add on side car. My mind was all in a muddle. My friend had recently purchased a Phil and Ted sport and I fell in love with it.
My husband got to test a brand new buggy from Phil and Teds called the Explorer.
It came just after Ellie was born so we took it for a spin to the local library.
Putting the buggy together was really simple and didn’t take long at all, the most difficult part was putting the hood on ad keeping it on but after a few goes we managed to sort it out.
I found it very easy to push which was good as I had a c-section so was still a little tender. Ellie went in the back bit which lies completely flat and she looked very cosy in there, I especially like the fact it has a see through cover so you can still see your baby. Caitlyn (22 months) loved being up high in the front and loved being able to see everything up high.
The belt on the front seat is very secure and Caitlyn hasn’t yet worked out how to escape, she has lots of room in the seat and there is plenty of growing room. The only down side I find with the seat (when toddler is in front and newborn at back) is that I can’t see Caitlyn at all because I am short, Caitlyn doesn’t seem to mind though.
The newborn part is nice and cosy, we put blankets in to support her and the see through cover attaches at the hood then toggles down to close. The downside with this is you need to make sure it is secure at the hood otherwise there will be a draft coming through.
We have taken the buggy out with us to all different places, Lakeside Shopping Centre where we encountered having to take the buggy down the car park stairs as the lifts were broken which surprisingly wasn’t too bad. The local town centre market on a busy saturday and it was very easy to fit through the crowds and last week I took the buggy to the park in the mud and it is very easy to push on wet muddy grass which I thought was great and with the mud guards the wheels didn’t get too dirty!
The buggy folds up really easily and you can fold it using one hand. It folds up surprisingly small, just a little bit bigger than my bugaboo bee. I find it quite heavy when it is folded up and is difficult to carry to the car as the wheels don’t go round when it is folded up.
I have found it fairly easy to get the buggy in and out the house although it did take me a few practises especially while I was recovering from my surgery.
My ultimate test was taking it on London buses as I don’t drive, which I was very nervous about as with my single buggy you can only get 2 buggies on with a push so was really worried about getting on with a bigger buggy. I needn’t have worried as I was able to push the buggy straight on the bus through the front door and my mum was with me so we had two buggies and there was plenty of room the bus driver even let on another buggy which was a Phil and Teds tandem and people were still able to move in the bus.
Everywhere I go people comment on the buggy most are good comments in that they think it is a fantastic that you can have such a compact buggy but still have room for two, the only negative comment I get is that the baby is stuffed in a dark area, but I always say to them that it is really comfy for the baby and she is all snuggled and sleeps really well in it.
The advantages of the buggy are that it is easy to manoeuvre, folds really easily, folds small, is comfortable for my newborn and toddler, fits on a bus and is a nice style.
The one disadvantage of the buggy is that I find it heavy to carry when folded.
Overall I think this buggy is great it has met all my expectations and has surpassed my husbands, mums and sisters expectations.
What they say:
Total effects Wake Up Wonder is a lightweight anti-ageing moisturiser providing 7 anti-aging effects in 1 product to wake up your creased, tired looking skin. This is thanks to its new lightweight anti-ageing formula with mint extract.
- Line minimisation: Helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Hydration: For a health radiant glow.
- Firming: Hydrates for firmer skin appearance.
- Dullness: Improves skin surface dullness.
- Exfoliation: Smoothes and evens skin texture.
- Pore appearance: Helps minimise the appearance of pores.
- Antioxidant: Helps to prevent free radical damage to skin’s surface layers.
Guest reviewer Nana Cez reviews Olay Total Effects Wake Up Wonder for The Scrummy Mummy
Packaging – Cardboard box in discreet colours in gold and black clearly states who it’s for and what it does for you. This alone made me want to try it -any 50 plus woman wants to look good all the time.
Applicator – loved the 30ml compact size and the ease of use 3 squirts gave you enough moisturiser for each application. Just loved using the applicator and made me remember to apply daily to aid me in my quest for 7 anti ageing effects.
Product – Outstanding. Loved the smell and texture and how easily it was absorbed by my skin. After a few days of use I noticed that my skin looked firmer and I had a healthy glow. Even dear hubby noticed that I looked ‘different’. The most impressive transformation was how positive I felt about my appearance. It was a privilege to test this very worthwhile product I have no hesitation to recommend this product and believe that it is one of the best moisturisers that I have tried. My 18 year old has tried it too and loves it he says that it makes his skin soft. So soon I will look as youthful as him!
Olay Total Effects Wake Up Wonder has a RRP of £13.99 for 30ml.
We were lucky enough to receive some samples of Charlie Banana Diapers to try out when we were brand new to using reusable nappies.
When I received them I wasn’t disappointed. They are nice and thin and come with 2 inserts and a disposable liner ( which I love especially when someone is looking after my daughters and they aren’t too keen on reusable nappies.) The colours are nice and bright too.
We have been using them now for 3 months and we haven’t had any leaks even at night. They are really simple to use ( even my husband can work them out ) we use an insert which does us fine during the day but if we go out we do tend to put in a disposable liner as then we don’t need to worry about carrying around a smelly nappy but this is our own preference. At night time we use 2 inserts and the nappy is still pretty slimline unlike some of the reusables which are really bulky when you add 2 inserts.
The nappies wash really well and dry really quickly which is a massive plus point for me as I either hang them on the line to dry or hang them on a dryer overnight. The inserts take a little longer to dry than the outer but because they come with 2 inserts I always have a Charlie Banana to hand.
Overall we found these nappies to be a good fit for my girls and would recommend them.
If you would like a chance to be one of the first people to try a Charlie Banana Diaper ( gender neutral colour) then go to my competition page and answer a very simple question.
Calm, Care, Recover, Restore and Soothe with Goko – Skin Recovery in a Tube!
Goko has been hailed as a breakthrough in skincare due to its unique healing capabilities. It contains Centella which in known as the ‘miracle’ herb and combined with Tea Tree Oil, enriches and restores skin back to its natural beauty.
It is fantastic for every day use on dry, dehydrated skin, psoriasis, cuts, bruising, sunburn, skin rashes, insect bites and stings and all other minor skin problems including spots and blemishes and even smelly feet! And the word has already spread up and down the country about its incredible results for eczema sufferers. Goko is suitable for all ages, including children, and for both women and men.
I have been using this cream as my main moisturiser for the past 3 weeks, I even took it into hospital with me when I had baby number two and it was fantastic as a re-hydrator while I was under the air-con 24/7. I have also been using it on baby number one as a cream after a bath and it leaves her skin nice and soft and she loves rubbing it into her hands
I wasn’t keen on the smell to start with as it is quite strong but after a couple of minutes the smell disappears and I am just left with silky soft skin. I didn’t find it too greasy either which i find with a lot of creams that I use.
I like the packaging as it its simple and bold. The cream is also easy to squirt out which is a bonus when you are trying to do it one handed when you are holding a newborn in the other.
I love this cream and will be recommending it to my family as an all purpose cream that your bathroom shouldn’t be without a tube.
My daughter 22 months and nephew 18 months love the Zingzillas. They recognised the characters as soon as they saw the cd. I put the cd on and they started dancing straight away, my nephew was really excited about the music and wouldn’t let go of the cd insert as he was shrieking and pointing to the characters. My daughter grabbed a hairbrush and pretended to sing along ( think I am going to have to get her a Zingzilla microphone )
We have also been listening to the cd in the car and is fantastic for long car journeys as it always keeps my daughter quite.
Our favourite song is Bhangra Beat, it is my daughters favourite as this is the one she dances to the most ( apart from the theme tune )
Release Date: 4th October 2010
Label: Little Demon
The hit pre-school show ZingZillas follows band-mates Zak, Tang, Panzee and Drum through their music adventures on their tropical island paradise. This band of primate friends live to play fantastic music. With the help of their mentor, music guru DJ Loose, they create their unique ZingZilla sounds just in time for their daily performance, The Big Zing.
As well as these regular island dwellers, the island is visited in every episode by a different musical guest. The ZingZillas always discover their musical guest in a lush jungle glade which pulsates with music. They take inspiration from the guests and incorporate them and their sounds into The Big Zing.
With musical influences from rock to soul, jazz to samba and big band to orchestra, the ZingZillas have got pint sized viewers (and their mums and dads) jumping and jiving to a brand new beat.
The 4th October sees the release of ZingZilllas: The album, which will be available on CD and digital download. The album includes the band’s first single, Do you Didgeridoo? As well as an extended version of the infectiously catchy ZingZillas theme tune.
Serving up listeners with a host of world music from over 20 counties, the album features 26 tracks including hits such as Bhangra Beat, The Great ZingZilla Band and Let’s Hear You Scat.
Certain to get fans singing, grooving and dancing just like their favourite primate friends, Zingzillas: The Album will be available through all good retailers.
CD Product Information:
Cat. Number: LTDMG021
Release Date: 4th October 2010