Thursday 31 March 2016

Me and Mine March

I think the theme to this year's Me and Mine photos is going to be  'ah, it is the end of the month, quick, jump outside and look this way'.  We surpassed last month's 5pm on the second to last day with a 10am on the very last day of the month as the boys were already in bed last night when I remembered.  We did it though, we always get it in there somehow and whilst they certainly aren't the best photos, you can see us.

This month has been about Easter, with the excitement starting very early on, Easter cards being drawn daily, talk of chocolate, egg hunts, time off school and family.  Our Easter was lovely with a great mix of time just us five, time with the wider family and a little spring cleaning thrown in there too.  We are leaving this month with anticipation of a busy April, lots of appointments,  the rest of the Easter holidays to enjoy and hopefully a continuation of the lovely Spring weather we keep getting glimpses of.

This month Mummy is loving how strong baby kicks are getting, having her big boy off school for a while, the way that Finn sings to himself when he is happy and buying the boys matching t-shirts.

Daddy is loving feeling Britney bump kicking, turning 32, Cadburys mini egg cakes and hitting the (dry) ski slopes again when we went to Snozone in Milton Keynes for the day.

Dylan is loving writing birthday invitations to everyone and anyone (his birthday isn't until August but he likes to be organised), playing pirates with Finn as his matey, hunting for eggs in Grandma's garden and paddling in the sea.

Archie is loving the freedom of the empty beach and being able to run around, his new scooter, bedtime sleepovers in Dylan's bed and having his big brother home more.

Finn is loving emptying packs of baby wipes, eating sand, being able to crawl around outside more now that it is dry and his little slip on moccs.

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Wednesday 30 March 2016

Fitting 6 in a 3 Bedroom Home

When we moved into our current house back in 2012, I was heavily pregnant with our second baby.  Our previous home was quickly being outgrown and we chose somewhere we could see our boys growing up, somewhere near the schools that we wanted, within walking distance from everything we needed and that fitted our family of soon to be four.  Archie was to be the final piece of our puzzle and we didn't want to have to think about moving.

Over three years there have been lots of twists in our story, an unexpected pregnancy that resulted in a third baby boy meant the bigger two boys had to start sharing a bedroom and a job change for me and redundancy for the bloke has seen us both start working from home.  Our long term house has quickly started to feel rather full and with a fourth baby on the way, I think our time here is coming to an end.  

We don't want the stress of moving whilst pregnant or even with a newborn, so we are going to find a way to make things work for a while whilst we make a plan for the future.  Our current set up has the two boys sharing a room and the baby's room doubling as an office, so we have to decide whether to lose our office and work from the dining room or have the three boys all in together for a couple of years - something not completely hard to imagine as they are all so close in age but busy all the same.

It is looking like bunk beds are definitely on the cards, something which the boys are incredibly happy about.  Dylan currently has a mid sleeper which he loves so I think a bunk bed will be really easy to get used to.  I love the idea of a fitted bedroom to help create more storage and space - this kids 'Cassia' option creates so many drawers and nooks around the bed that it would give the boys far more space to play if their stuff could be well stored.  

Downstairs, we are lucky that our house is quite well planned out with a long living room/playroom, a dining room and a box kitchen, so there is enough space for six of us to live, it is just the bedrooms that seem to be problematic.

It doesn't feel like long ago that I packed up Finn's 'baby bits' and in three months or so they will be coming back out again.  A play mat, bouncer and moses basket take up quite a bit of space in the living room so I think fitting six into a three bedroom house is going to be about being organised, tidy and finding the best storage solutions that we can.

Do you have any tips on squeezing us all in comfortably for a few years?

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Tuesday 29 March 2016

An Easter Outing

This year the Easter weekend has seemed even more special than usual.  I have two children old enough to know what is going on, a little one who can have his very first taste of chocolate and the promise of two weeks with no school run and my biggest little boy at home,  Over the long weekend we managed to fit in some spring cleaning, catching up with friends, quiet time in the house, family time and an Easter outing too.  The winds blew, the sun shone, the chocolate disappeared pretty fast and three little boys were already asleep as their heads hit the sheets each night.

Easter Monday was the day we had planned a day out and despite the fact the wind had howled all night (and blown over our fence panels), the sun was still shining and we needed a day of fresh air.  We headed to our local Wildlife centre as it has something for everyone and had such a lovely day that we all came home smiling.

I love seeing the big cats but we seem to spend the longest time in the reptile house as the big two are fascinated by lizards, snakes, crocodiles and rodents.  It works out well if you manage to time it so that you are in there whilst it rains and enjoy the nicer parts of the day outside though.

We love this park as it has a playground inside that has so much to do and we spend just as long climbing and sliding as we do looking at the animals (and there is a soft play inside so that Finn can get out the buggy or sling and explore too).  There are also ride on electric trucks that they have to have a go on each time we visit.

I can't wait to spend two whole weeks with my favourite small people now, especially considering that when the new term starts Archie will be doing more hours at nursery and our time together will be even more precious. 

How was your Easter Weekend?

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Monday 28 March 2016

On the Go with Little Dish

Now that Finn is on the move, I often have three children going in three different directions and they are always on the go.  They share a love of exploration, adventure and food and I am sure the three of them eat far more than I do!  They all have a healthy (large) appetite with a love for fruit and vegetables and a desire to graze throughout the day.

I am always on the hunt for new snack idea to add variety to their diet and with Finn's intolerances to dairy and egg it is easier to find things that all three can eat rather than providing seperate and hoping that he doesn't pinch anything that his elder brothers have.  We mix up crackers, cheese, breadsticks and fruit at home, but always choose pre packed goodies for when we are out - they are so much easier to grab and go, portioned well and they love the novelty.

We were recently sent some of Little Dish's new GoGos to try out and they seemed the perfect choice for us.  Suitable from one year upwards and with Finn-friendly ingredients too.  They are full of healthy ingredients like chia seeds, oats and flax and help release energy slowly - ideal for a day out with little people.  They come in three flavours, raspberry, vanilla and ginger and the bags are just the right size too.

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We have been testing them this past week and they are a hit with all three boys.  Finn finds them a great size to grab and easy to eat with limited teeth too.  The fact they have no refined sugar makes me happier letting him loose with them and he loves the independence of his own bag.

Archie loves the ginger flavour and enjoyed dipping them in yoghurt too.  The bag is a perfect size serving for him at just turned three and the slow release energy is perfect for a child that doesn't stop moving. 

Dylan is four now so above the target age but definitely not too big to enjoy them and they have turned out to be a perfect after school treat.  He prefers the raspberry although they love to swap some if they have different flavours.  I am still quite fussy with what I let him eat and so these are a perfect compromise.  He feels grown up with his own packet of biscuits and I know that they are providing him with protein and contain only ingredients I am happy for him to eat.

They will definitely be added to our list of going out snacks, at 60p per bag or £2.50 for a multipack of five they are inline with what I normally pay (We tend to stick to the toddler food aisle for pre packed snacks for all three).  I would love to see a savoury flavour added to the mix in the future too as we are always looking for new savoury packaged snacks.

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Saturday 26 March 2016

1 Month in, 1 Year on

One year ago, we were one month into our life as a family of five.  It had been a rocky month and we had only been home for a few days when I took these photos and wrote this update.  Everything was still new and uncertain, we were finding our way and creating a new a new normal.  Exactly one year later, I love looking back on how far we have come, every one of us.

Finn was a baby that wouldn't grow, relying heavily on medication and wanting to be held at all times.  There was so much we didn't know about him that we do now and his future was so uncertain.  Now he is a thriving thirteen month old with chunky thighs, a cheeky nature and plenty of met milestones under his belt. The biggest thing I see in common between the baby above and the one below is they both seem to have constant eye infections!

Archie is less of a toddler and more of a preschooler, he expresses himself more clearly, listens less and makes an even bigger mess than we thought possible. He is happiest in company, something that probably comes from always having at least one brother around.

Dylan has started school, grown bigger, but still looks at Finn with the same look of adoration as he did a whole year ago.  He is the most wonderful big brother and I have only seen that love grow over the year.

And me, well I am a different person too.  I have learned so much from parenting Finn, about losing expectations and enjoying exactly where we are now, about juggling three very different sets of needs (not always successfully) and about how proud I can be of these boys of mine.  I am expecting another baby to add to the chaos and I just know we will be fine.

I love the similarities in these photographs, I still see so much of their personalities, Dylan's interest and care for his baby brother, Archie's inability to sit still or look the right way, Finn feeling right at home in the middle of them.  I dressed them all in grey shades on purpose this time to recreate it, and I remember feeling proud when I took the first set that they were all so co-ordinated, and that I had full outfits that were clean for them each!

And in the photos below, I see quite how much Finn has grown, both in size and in personality.  He is a huge part of the family now, one of our team and one year on from our one month in, we are happy, settled, thriving and smiling (well not for the camera if you are Archie).

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Friday 25 March 2016

Saving on Scooters with Flubit

Archie was always one to do his own thing and as soon as he could walk he wanted to assert his independence and walk everywhere.  As he turned two, he slowly starting moving back into the buggy though, and as his third birthday approached he became to reluctant to ever get our of it.  Not only do I have another baby on the way, he is also a rather heavy boy and pushing Archie and Finn around with my growing bump wasn't easy!

I took to the internet and the general consensus seemed to be a scooter.  We had one already, but it was old, knackered and rather wonky.  The metal wheels were noisy and we seemed to be getting nowhere.  I went back to instagram and asked for scooter suggestions, Micro Scooter seemed to be the recommendation and then it was trying to find the best deal.

If you haven’t heard of it already, is an online marketplace with over 40 million discounted products available. Unlike other “daily deals” sites, it allows you to get a better price on the stuff you actually want – you just give them the link of the item you want to buy and they’ll get it for you cheaper through one of their online retailers. The same exact item, just cheaper!

No one is exactly sure of how they do it, but say their platform “empowers consumers to demand a discount on items they want to buy, and gives online retailers the chance to win more orders whilst protecting their margins.” So it seems like a win-win situation for everyone.

Discounts are on average 10% lower, but can be as much as 15% off depending on the product / category. For example, electronics, toys and games, home and garden, film & TV are all typically good categories, although slightly more niche products might not be available at such good discounts – but it’s always worth trying!

So if you’re shopping on Amazon why not give them a go? Just find the item you want to buy, copy the product web address and paste it into

First you will get an “instant offer”, typically only a couple of percent cheaper.

If you don’t need to order the item right then and there, you can choose to wait for a couple of hours for a better deal.

I put in the URL from Amazon for the Micro Scooter and managed to save myself nearly £5 by shopping through Flubit (an 8% discount).  The scooter arrived soon and it is safe to say that Archie hasn't been back in the buggy since!  It is always under his foot or in his hand, and he is determined to scoot everywhere.

It’s completely free to use and there is no obligation to buy. If you fancy giving them a go but not sure what you want to buy, check out their recent round up of popular toys for 2016 here 

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Thursday 24 March 2016

Never too young to get Cleaning - COMPETITION

This pregnancy has been exhausting and during the first 12 (20) weeks, I really struggled to stay on top of the house.  The washing piled up, the bathroom needed a serious deep clean and the floors collected crumbs so quickly that I was very glad that Finn wasn't yet crawling.  It made me realise that something had to give, and that we needed a new routine and as the bigger boys are now four and three, that they could be given some responsibility for looking after the house.

We haven't given them set chores, but instead I find that giving them different tasks each day helps keep them interested and excited, especially if there is an element of competition involved.  One thing that I have discovered that they love to do it use a broom, and so sweeping the dining room has become one of their regular tasks.

They take it in turns to use the broom and the dustpan and brush and the best thing about being so small is that you can get right under the table!  These are jobs that are starting to take a strain on my back as my bump grows and their enthusiasm makes it more of a game than a chore.

Getting them to do more of the small jobs that I would do without thinking also seems to be teaching them responsibility and the more they do them the more they become an unquestionable part of life.  Taking their plates into the kitchen once they are done, scraping food into the food bin, folding school clothes that will be worn again the next day (on the odd occasion that he manages to keep something clean), sorting the recycling.  I never really asked for help before this pregnancy but now that I need it they have shown me that they were ready all along.

Finn is still too young to really get involved, although the idea of strapping things to his hands and knees and getting him to clean the floors hasn't completely left my mind - he does love crawling in and then sliding backwards on his tummy so he may as well be polishing whilst he is there!  Hopefully as he grows up watching his brothers help out around the house he will pick up the habits naturally.

My top tips for getting children involved in the housework are:

-Make it into a game or competition - they love excitement and can find it in anything so help them along the way.

-Think of simple age appropriate tasks, emptying washing machines, tidying toys, laying the table and sweeping are all ok for a four year old.

-Do it as a family - put on some loud music, have a dance as you clean and all do a different task in the same room together.  It feels like a group activity and things get done so much quicker.

-Be careful with chemicals - I don't let them near anything strong, but we do have cleaning wipes for them to use that are very mild.  Keep everything stored safely in case they decide to do some impromptu cleaning whilst you aren't looking!

-Make it become routine as quickly as you can so they do their tasks automatically rather than feeling like a request each day.

I also shared some tips over on the Argos page so check it out!

This pregnancy has definitely taught me to do what I can and not stress about the rest.  Bursts of energy are spent giving one room a deep clean and I am desperately hoping that the nesting instinct kicks in this time, I seem to have skipped it in my other pregnancies!

How do you encourage your children to get involved with the housework?

There is a fantastic competition to win £250 of Argos vouchers to spend on a floor-care product, to enter simply share a photo on social media (facebook, twitter or instagram) of your family fun cleaning routine and use the hashtag #Cleaningwithkidscomp.

Two other bloggers and I will be choosing our favourites to put forward and an independent judge will choose one winner.  I can't wait to hopefully get some tips from you guys too!

Competition Terms and Conditions: 
By participating in the #CleaningWithKidsComp competition you are deemed to accept these terms and conditions. 
1. No purchase necessary. 
2. Only one entry per person 
3. The competition is open to UK residents, except employees of Home Retail Group. 
4. The prize is as follows: £250 [two hundred fifty] Argos vouchers to be redeemed against a Floor-care product on the Argos website. Subject to availability. 
5The winner will be asked to provide their name and contact details. 
6. The information you provide here will be safeguarded under the Data Protection Act and controlled by Home Retail Group. 
7. The competition runs from 23/03/2016 to 23/04/2016 [the entry period]. 
8. Argos will notify the winner by email within 14 [fourteen] days after the competition closing date. 
9. The winning entry will be selected by an independent judge based on criteria including creativity and quality.  The judge’s decision is final.  No correspondence will be entered into. 
10. No cash alternatives will be substituted for the prize.  The promoter reserves the right to offer alternative items/activities of a greater or equivalent value should unforeseen circumstances require it. 
11. Entries submitted before or after the entry period will not be eligible. 
12. Use of a false name or address will disqualify any applicant from receiving the prize. 
13. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason. 
14. Any entries attempted through the use of agencies or robotic, repetitive, programmed, or similar methods will be void. 
15. If the prize is not claimed within 28 days, we reserve the right to redraw. 
16. The promoter reserves the right to (a) add to or waive any rules on reasonable notice (b) reserve the right to alter, amend or foreclose the competition without prior notice. 
17. The winner may be required to participate in post-event publicity arranged by or on behalf of the promoter. 
18. Promoted by Argos Distributors Limited, 489-499 Avebury Boulevard, Saxon Gate West, Milton Keynes, MK9 2NW. 

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Tuesday 22 March 2016

Peugeot 308SW Review

We are a family that loves adventure and we need a car that can keep up with us.  With three under fives in the back seat and the fact that we always need a buggy with us as well as all the 'stuff' that comes with small children, we need a spacious car - one that we can fit in, travel in and snooze in (except the bloke of course, he has to stay awake!).

Peugeot loaned us a shiny new 308 SW to trial and the bloke was very excited to get behind the wheel.  It looks sporty and sleek and he was looking forward to testing out the parking camera - a little camera in the back so you can watch yourself reversing in real time on the screen rather than guessing how close you are to the car behind or listening for the beeps. (It even had guide lines to help you park in tight spaces)

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Our first impression was that the car had every gadget you could possibly want.  The sunroof was our favourite and it opened up completely meaning we could watch the sky and get so much light in.  It gave us the feel of a convertible with the warmth of a car (which we needed in February!).  The dashboard was interactive and there was nothing we couldn't do, from link up our phones via the bluetooth to play music to using the inbuilt sat nav.

Peugeot 308sw

The boot was incredibly spacious and we could fit in a large double pushchair along with a big shop with no problem.  We took the car for a birthday adventure to the zoo and loaded it up with everything we could possibly need with plenty of space.

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Unfortunately where the car let us down was the back seat.  We couldn't comfortably fit three car seats in it, and the only way to shut the door was to really use our bodies to push the seats closer together, even then the door barely shut.  We currently use one infant car seat, one extended reat facing seat with isofix and one high backed booster.  We also found that Archie had to be forward facing as there wasn't enough room to have him rear facing.  The bloke was able to drive, but he wouldn't do longer than 30 minutes as with a car seat behind him, he couldn't get his seat far back enough to reach the peddles comfortably. He is around 6 foot so neither particularly short or tall for a man.  

With that in mind, I would say that this car is suitable more for families with two children.  If I could change one thing it would be to make the back seat slightly wider and longer so that there was space for three children.  

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The 308 was so smooth to drive, the steering felt light and the steering wheel was smaller than we are used to which was more comfortable.  Everything was easy to use from the 'start' button to start the engine and the large display 'i-cockpit' to help control all the little things.

Overall we loved the car, but it wasn't suitable for our young family as I am very particular about car seat safety and having the right seats for the children and they just didn't fit into the back seat.  You can find out more technical imformation over on the Peugeot website

We were loaned a car for the purpose of this review but received no compensation.  
All thoughts and opinions are completely my own.
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Sunday 20 March 2016

First Birthday Box from My Baby's 1st

Finn turned one last month and having two older brothers made it very difficult to buy for him. As the boys are so close in age, there was never really a stage between them where we threw out toys they had outgrown and so everything Finn could possibly want or need, we seem to already have.  With that in mind, his birthday gifts were more token things, something to help his brothers understand that it was his special day, something for him to open and something that is all his, not handed down.

My Baby's 1st got in touch and offered us a First Birthday Box and it was the perfect gift for our little guy.  It contained some awesome leggings, a co-ordinated bib and a sweet little knitted dinosaur toy to follow the theme.  

Finn may not be particularly ahead in many areas, but if there is one way in which he excels, it is his roaring.  Show this kid a dinosaur and he immediately recognises it and roars back so you can imagine how much of a hit his new leggings and toy were!  Our house has been taken over by dinosaur things since the boys started showing a preference for toys and Finn is fitting in well by starting the interest in them so early!

For £25 you get a pair of Blade and Rose leggings and one of their bibs and a toy all beautifully wrapped in a box that is perfect for saving and storing first birthday cards or other keepsakes in.  We have had leggings from this brand before and they are one of our favourites, wonderfully stretchy, brilliantly bright and with a print on the bum that really stands out (especially if they have a big cloth bum underneath!)

My Baby's 1st have a great variety of gift boxes for all occasions from a new baby to a toddler's birthday, their bamboo gift set is gorgeous and a great present for an expectant mother.  I really love our box and it made a perfect gift for our baby boy's birthday.

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Thursday 17 March 2016

Newborn Baby Wishlist

This is now my fourth baby and I have worked out what I really want and use, and what I don't.  Some of the things I thought were 'essentials' when I was pregnant with Dylan were never used and things I had never thought of became the bits I couldn't live without.

I am so excited to be carrying a baby girl this time, but I have found that for those very newborn purchases, most of the things I like are pretty unisex anyway.  I adore colour on babies, but I love a newborn in white still and whilst I am not anti - pink at all, I am not desperate to be surrounded by it either.

I have put together a little wishlist for when our baby girl arrives, just things for those first weeks, the newborn stage.

Newborn Baby Wishlist

ELIZABETH Tan / White Rainbow Sleepsuits Three Pack (0mths-2yrs) / Buy John Lewis Baby Safari Animals Print Dress, Teal | John Lewis / The Little Green Sheep / Snuz Crib Bedding Set Cloud Nine The Little Green Sheep / Playsuit romper / Hot Air Balloon Tula Baby Carrier / TotsBots Teenyfit V4 Treasure / Swoon motion / celebration bamboo swaddles / Choose a Bundle - Poddle Pod UK / bugaboo-donkey-duo-black-off-white-f.jpg (600×600) / Wine Maroon Wrap Sling

With a small age gap this time (16 months) I will be alternating between a double buggy and a sling and single.  I love the Bugaboo donkey as I can have a carrycot and still have Finn facing me and for a newborn I will use mostly a stretchy wrap.  I will be using my Snuzpod again whch got carefully stored away after Finn outgrew it and I love the new collection of bedding, especially the grey and yellow.

For first clothes, I love Next sleepsuits and these rainbows are top of my list. I have added in a beautiful muslin romper for those hot summer days and a little dress too - after all this is the first girl after three boys.

The poddle pod looks great for keeping baby snug, as do the swaddle muslins, and if baby isn't keen on being swaddled then I find you can never have enough muslins, the larger ones are perfect to use as sheets in the carrycot too.

I fancy a nice changing bag again and mine broke very recently.  After three babies I definitely prefer a less baby and more Mama style and this looks elegant and practical.

What would you put on a wishlist, is there anything essential I have forgotten about?
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Wednesday 16 March 2016

Cosatto To and Fro Double Review

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With two small age gaps under my belt and a third on the horizon, double pushchairs have been a part of my life for three years.  There seems to be more choice than ever and we were excited to try out the brand new To and Fro double from Cosatto.  It boasts all the ease of an umbrella fold stroller but with the added advantage that when using it with a newborn, they can be parent facing.

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We love the extra features that Cosatto offer, and the to and fro double pushchair comes with a four year guarantee as standard.  The design is bright and colourful (something I find very important), and I love how much this double stood out.  The package comes complete with raincover, two footmuffs and cupholders and it is ready to go pretty much straight from the box.

cosatto to and fro double stroller

My favourite thing about the to and fro double stroller is the fact that the newborn can be parent facing.  For me this is something I will not compromise, especially having had two winter newborns who needed the protection of being facing in.  It is really easy to change from facing out to facing in and it lies completely flat with a five point harness.  The hood is really generously sized and with the footmuff on as well it looks lovely and snuggly.  I have used it for Finn facing in when he is tired, but in parent facing mode the child does have to be flat - I would love to see an option to have them parent facing sat up in the future.

cosatto parent facing stroller, to and fro duo

cosatto parent facing double stroller, to and fro double

The seats seem quite a generous size for a side by side double, these pictures were taken just before Archie turned three and he is on the 75th centile for his height and weight.  He isn't in a buggy much any more but his little legs still get tired on a long day out and it is important for me that he has a proper seat when he needs a rest.

The pushchair comes with two footmuffs as I mentioned above, but I would say these are designed for twins more than siblings as they are suitable until around 12 months with an average sized baby. You can see in the picture the size of it compared to the size of Archie.  It would be great if you could order co-ordinated blankets for older siblings as I just love the raindrop design and it would be great to continue it across everything.

The buggy was easy to push, I did need two hands but then the combined weight of these two is around 26kg so that isn't surprising!  I found it easy enough to get up and down curbs, around corners and shops and I had no problem taking it on buses and trains.

The baskets were pretty generous for a double buggy when the children are facing out although if they lie down or parent face then they are harder to access but not impossible at all.  I am used to the fact that most double pushchairs sacrifice on basket space and this has the equivalent of two stroller baskets which is great.

The buggy is compact when folded compared to other doubles, it has an umbrella fold similar to other strollers but of course is twice as wide.  I did find that when folded the hoods came off completely so every time I set it up again I had to click them back on again.  I do find it a bit annoying as I can't get the buggy in my house set up so we fold it up and down a lot but it only takes a minute or so each time.

Overall, I would say that this is a good double stroller.  The fact that it can parent face for a newborn is something new and amazing and if I was looking to buy a double stroller to use from birth it would be this one without a doubt for that very reason.  I would say that this is better suited for young twins than toddlers or children with a big age gap, but I find it easy enough to push despite quite a weight and size difference between my boys.

Disclosure :  I was sent this stroller for the purpose of this post but all thoughts and opinions are completely my own.

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Tuesday 15 March 2016

What The Boys Wore - Pikku Online

Archie is my wild one, he craves freedom in every sense and that includes what he wears.  Whilst he owns jeans, he will always pick something more flexible, leggings, joggers or shorts are all favourites as they allow him to move and stretch constantly and comfortably.   His new found love of Scooting is emphasising this as he wants the comfort.

Pikku Online is a clothing boutique selling lots of brands we already know and love and a few that I hadn't heard of before. They sent Archie the most amazing combo, something I would never have chosen myself but am absolutely in love with and I am now researching their summer collection. Archie's 'dragon' joggers are lined in orange and are thick,warm and practical. I love the detailing on the bottom and it matches perfectly with the fun hood on the matching jumper.  Both items look great on their own but together they really stand out and we have so many compliments every time he wears it. We were also sent a simple light green long sleeved top bu GugGuu which is perfect for underneath, although the sizing isn't quite as generous.

Archie isn't one for posing but if you take enough photos you eventually get one that isn't blurry and I just love this outfit on him.

Finn was also sent something to wear from one of our trusted favourites,  Pigeon  Organics.  He may be 12 months now but comfort is still the most important thing with his clothing and I love this nautical romper for both day and nights. This is a 12-18 month size and it has a lot of growing space so I imagine it will last all summer. It looks perfect for days at the beach, something comfy for him to wear on the way home and I love that even on this bigger size there is an option for fold over feet so it can be a romper with shoes in the daytime and a sleep suit at night.  

The quality is fantastic, organic and the colours are beautiful. I love the simple style and the fact the traditional colours are mixed with a mustard yellow giving it a pop of colour that I love. 

Finn was gifted a beautiful airplane rattle too, but the novelty had worn off before the camera came out so my phone was the only thing that would keep him still! (babies are much easier to photograph when they can't crawl yet). We love knitted toys and I will definitely be keeping the rattle for bump as it is a perfect first toy. I can already picture the boys showing it to her.

Pikku online do a great collection of kids wear with a Scandinavian feel and a choice of organic brands too. I would recommend checking them out as their clothing starts with newborns and goes up to 6 years.

Thank you to Pikku for the boys' wonderful clothes, we are looking forward to plenty more adventures in them.
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