On Saturday we had a family day out, travelling to Chasewater Railway for a friends 40th birthday party. I was really looking forward to it as a few other mutual friends who I don’t see very often were also attending, and of course we were all looking forward to the train ride!
The train wasn’t due to leave until 1.30 pm but we decided we would set off a little earlier than the time it would take us to get there, as the station is set in a country park so we would have a little walk beforehand – to make room for cake of course…
“Mummy, me want cake!”
Chasewater was easy to find, being well signposted. Even the GPS didn’t get us lost! There was plenty of parking, though by the time we left we wished we had carried on up the road a little to the station parking as it was a good 10 minute walk, and when you have a tired toddler and a pregnant tired lady, it felt like much longer.
When we arrived, the first thing we had to do was find the toilets, I had gone two hours without going so I was desperate! We then decided we’d take little man to play in the park, but we were a little disappointed that there were no baby/toddler swings, as he just wouldn’t have stayed on a normal one as he wouldn’t have held on.
After deciding the park was a no-go we decided to go for a walk next to the lake and find where we needed to be later on. We had taken little man’s backpack and rein so he could have a run around, so the walk took longer than we were expecting! We still didn’t find where we needed to be so we headed back to the car park to put his pushchair in the car, at which point we met one of our mutual friends arriving, so we decided we’d find it together.
Once we got to the station we saw lots of familiar faces and hugs and hello’s galore were had! We were given our tickets then it was time to board the train. I thought little man would be okay as the last time we went on a train he loved it. The journey was great, we stopped at each station before stopping a little longer at the last one so that the birthday girl (lady) could go in the engine, and it was taken to the other end of the train for the return journey. Little man had fun running up & down the carriage and smacking all the seats for the whole journey! Though he did manage to sit still for a few minutes to look out the window with Daddy.
This was paid for by a friend but I wasn’t asked to write this review, I just wanted to share our experience! All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.
When I was offered the opportunity to review a personalised poster from Paper Themes, I jumped at the chance because I love personalised items, and am always looking for lovely things to add around the home. There are a choice of 50 prints on the website so it was hard to choose, but I eventually cut it down to 3 prints and finally decided on the Stork Blue poster for little man’s room.
The poster came well packaged in a cardboard tube, and was wrapped in tissue paper with a lovely sticker on it:
Obviously the poster arrived rolled up, so it’s still a bit curly on the corners. I was expecting the paper to be a little thicker for the price of £25, and the whole thing a little bigger, but maybe that one was just me not taking proper notice of the size on the product description. The print quality is brilliant though, and I love the lettering style.
You can have up to 14 lines of personalised text about the child. On my poster we have his name, his DOB, where he was born, his weight, time of birth, the price of a first class stamp, the prime minister, number one song, the Chinese symbolic year, his birth flower, his birth stone, Mondays child, his Grandparents names, and our own little quote at the bottom, so you can fit quite a lot on there! There is also a cute baby & stork image in the centre. It’s a lovely keepsake for years to come when they wish to know about the world at the time they were born.
I think the poster is a little too flimsy to be put up on the wall on its own, so I will be putting it in a frame and hanging it proudly on little man’s wall in his bedroom.
Disclosure I was sent this product free of charge to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.
The Milton Mini portable soother steriliser is a brand new product from Milton for cleaning & sterilising on the go. Anyone who takes a dummy out & about will know how frustrating it is when the dummy is spat or pulled out, but you can’t give it back because it’s been on the floor, so you end up having more than one with you. Now there is no need to take more than one dummy.
In the pack you get the Mini, a carry strap, instructions, and 10 sterilising tablets to start you off. The instructions are very straight forward to follow, so after the first time using it you won’t even need to read them again. You just fill the Mini with water, add the tablet, let it dissolve, add the sponges and then in goes the dummy and screw the lid on. The Mini is then ready to use after just 15 minutes. The unique sponges absorb the solution so there are no spills, plus it helps to remove dirt from the teat, so no need to rinse.
The Mini stays sterile and reusable for 24 hours, so is incredibly handy for long journeys, or even to take on trips away or holidays. The carry strap will attach to practically anything, so the pram frame, car seat, handbag, or changing bag, to name but a few. This ensures you always have a sterilised dummy directly to hand.
We took it out on an adventure yesterday and attached it to the clip inside of my changing bag.
The Mini comes in 3 different colours, the lovely purple shown here, and a fantastic blue & green. It retails at £6.99 at a variety of stores, and stockists can be found here. Disclosure I was sent this product free of charge to review, but all thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.