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Safety 1st Flat Step Gate  |  Review

When you have a baby you know that at some point you will have to “baby proof” your home. Whilst I was pregnant I didn’t really think about the safety of the house as Smidge was going to be immobile for at least a few months as they don’t start to crawl until about 9 months or so. However, what I didn’t think about was how I would actually need a safety gate as soon as Smidge was born and not for the baby... for the puppy! 

If you have read my blog for a while then you will know that we have a cockerpoo called Maisie who is the soppiest yet most excitable dog. Hubby and I had been speaking whilst I was pregnant about how we needed to think about making sure the baby stayed safe around Maisie. Ultimately she is a dog and no matter how much we trust her I would never want to leave her alone with a baby as you just never know. 

Luckily Saftey 1st was on hand with the perfect saftey gate to solve my problems. The gate we were sent is a pressure gate which meant that we didn’t have to drill into the walls or cause any damage to the door frame. You can also purchase separate extenders that will make the stair gate bigger so they will fit most door ways and door frames. We have placed our gate across quite a wide door way where our lounge meets our kitchen. This means that Maisie can still stay in the kitchen and go outside to the garden but it means if I need to pop to the loo or go grab some nappies, I can leave Smidge in his swing or Moses basket and close the gate knowing that he is safe in the lounge. 

There is so much about this gate which makes it superior to other saftey gates that we’ve tried before.  Features of this particular saftey gate include - 

  • Ergonomic handle design which means you can open the gate with just one hand. Perfect for me as I’m either carring one of the boys or something for one of them. 
  • A coloured indicator that shows you if the gate is locked.
  • A super thin step over bar that is only 1.1cm thick. This is so important for us as I can’t tell you how many times Pickle has managed to trip over previous gates we’ve had. This time it is pretty much impossible for him to trip over! 
  • Easy to use hand wheels for instillation and to restore pressure if the gate is pushed too hard or is moved. 

All of that for just £30 as well!! As I have mentioned above we were sent this gate but I would honestly recommend it as it has been the best one we have tried before. So much so that we have actually ordered one to go across the top of our stairs as our current one is a bit naff. 

You can grab your own Saftey 1st pressure gate by clicking here

Note - we were sent this item for review but all opinions are honest and my own. 


Baby Bjorn Mini Carrier | Review

If your a parent then you’ll know that Baby Bjorn is a bit of an institution. The Swedish family-owned business is well known for it well thought out, simple yet reliable products. There products have a classic yet contemporary design and are made with parents in mind. All of their products are designed to make parents lives easier. From carriers to bouncers and travel costs... Baby Björn has something for every parent and every baby.

Their latest offering is the Mini Baby Carrier. This is a softer version of their classic carriers, aimed at babies under 12 months old. We were very kindly sent one to try and I was able to see first hand how much thought has gone into this carrier.

The first thing that I loved was how easy it is. I’ve tired slings and other carriers before and they always seem so difficult and complicated. This carrier is so simple that you can put it on with one hand!! Perfect when you holding your baby in the other. It has adjustable buckles and straps all of which are concealed if near baby (so they don’t hurt baby) and/or super soft. The entire front section of this carrier easily unfastens with a simply push of a button meaning that if your baby has fallen asleep you can lay them down without waking them.

This carrier is not only super simple, it is unbelievable soft. It’s thick enough to provide support to your babies back and hips but it’s soft enough for your to feel your babies position underneath. The fabric that this carrier is made out of was actually developed specifically for these baby carriers. The fabric consists of 3 layers - an inner layer, an outer layer and a middle layer. This means that instead of having to use padding that can make baby too hot, the middle layer consists of a fine, single-fiber thread that helps keep baby warm whilst not overheating them. Amazing right?!?!
There are so many other features of this baby carrier that makes it so unique and brilliant -

  • It’s super small meaning that it’s perfect to take out and about. 
  • The positioning of the carrier means that baby is carried higher up therefore they lay on your chest and can hear your heartbeat. This instantly soothes newborns as it is familiar to them from when they were in the womb. 
  • You have opinions! You can have baby facing towards you for when they are newborns with less neck control and then when they grow you can turn them out so they can see the world. 
  • It has an adjustable head support that is so easy to use. The head support folds down for when your baby wants to see out but you can easily turn it up again if baby falls asleep or needs extra head support. 
The Baby Bjorn Mini carrier is available for £79 (amazing price!!!) and comes in a huge range of colours. To see the range and to get yours head over the the Baby Bjorn website!

Note - this carrier was sent to us for the purpose of this review but all opinions are honest and my own. 

The Best Kids Bath Bombs!  |  MiniU review 

What is it with kids and bath bombs these days? If your child is anything like mine (I’m taking about Pickle here not Smidge) then you will know what I am talking about. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve shared my lush stash with him. I have even brought him his own stuff from lush before but at £4 sometimes £5 for just one bath bomb it can get very expensive. I started looking for alternatives and that is when I found the amazing MiniU. 

I made my first purchase from MiniU back in December of last year and I was blown away by their products and the value for money. First let’s talk about the range of products as they are so much more than just bath bombs. They do bubble bath that changes the colour of your water. Lovely Bubbly Coloured Bubble Bath £3.40...and the bottle is HUGE. We got at least 25 baths out of ours. They also do water colour changing tablets which are a steal at £1.95 for 9 and 1 tablet is enough to change a whole bath. The Fizzy Plops Bath colour tablets come as a single pack of 9 or you can get a multi pack of 3 packets for £7.95. 

The next thing I want to mention is the value for money when it comes to the products, especially the bath bomb. The bath bombs come in a range of colours and all colour the bath water. They are only £1.95 each (you can get bundles that have more bombs in for a discounted price) and they all come with a hidden surprise. As the bath bomb dissolves it reveals a hidden sponge. The little sponges come in loads of different shapes from rabbits to stars and Pickle loves collecting them and sticking them along the side of the bath to see which ones he has. It’s something so small but he really does love it. 

The collection is huge! MiniU are so much more than just bath bombs and colour changing fun. They have a huge range of hair care goodies from brushes to conditioners and also hairstyling products and a skincare range, all aimed at the little loves in our lives. The greatest thing about the entire range that MiniU offers is that the collection is SLS/SLES and paraben free to help protect your little ones skin and hair.  What more could you want??? 

We love MiniU and would highly reccomend it if you have a little one who loves a colourful and fun bath. If you want to try the range out then you can use my discount code to get a whopping 20%! Just head to the MiniU website here and type in Miniu20% at checkout! 

Note - some of these products where sent to us but I have purchased from this company independently before and all opinions are honest and my own. 

Training for a Triathlon with David Lloyd  |  Collaboration 

My husband loves to set himself challenges and goals (even if I may think they are a little crazy at times!). Last year he set himself a goal to complete the Southend half marathon and he did it! He didn’t find it easy because it was a scorching hot day but he trained hard before hand and he competed it. This year he wanted to go one step further and he decided that he was going to do the Southend Triathlon! For those that don’t know (as I didn’t when Hubby first mentioned it to me) the Southend Triathlon is a 750 meter swim in the sea, 20km cycle along the seafront and then a final 5km run and it was because of this mix of sports that it was so essential that Hubby trained seriously before hand. Thankfully, David Lloyd Southend was on hand to help him! 

Hubby had never done a triathlon before but he had done runs so the running part wasn’t really of a concern to him, it was the cycling and the swimming that he knew he had to focus on. To train for the cycle Hubby started off by going to the gym and using the stationary bikes to help him with his technique. The personal trainers in the gym (many of whom have done sporting events like triathlons before) were on hand to help with his technique to make sure he got the best from his cycle. Hubby also went along to some spin classes. Spin classes are high impact cycling classes that are usually done to music with a very enthusiastic and motivating instructor! That is definitely what you get at David Lloyd Southend! The instructor there is motivating whilst still making sure the class is fun and enjoyable! These classes really helped Hubby to build up his stamina on the bikes. 

The other thing that Hubby had to focus on was his swimming. David Lloyd Southend has two pools that Hubby could use (they actually have 4 pools but 2 of those are children’s ones) to aid his training. The indoor pool was the perfect place for hubby to work on his technique. He was able to take his leg float with him which he used to focus on his upper body technique and was able to use either the lanes to help with his stamina or the main space to slow down and work on technique. The outdoor pool was actually better for him in the winter as he could go out and use it to get him used to swimming in the cold air. However, it didn’t prepare him for the freezing temperatures of the sea as it is lovely and warm in the pool but it did help him with his breathing as he was outside in the cold air. 

The support and training that Hubby was able to get from David Lloyd in Southend was a vital part of his triathlon journey as without them it would have been a huge struggle. He was able to use the high quality facilities and equipment, draw on the knowledge and experience from the staff and then best of all relax with a well deserved drink in the club room after all his training! 

Next up for Hubby... an iron man!!! I think I’ll just stick with my Zumba :) 

To find out more about what David Lloyd Clubs have to offer and to find your local club, check out their website here -