St Bert’s Clothing – Review & Giveaway

As soon as I saw Karen’s girls sporting coordinating rainbow hoodies from St Bert’s over on her instagram, I knew I had to have them.  I’ve always co-ordinated the kids’ outfits to a point – sometimes outright twinning and other times just making sure what they’re wearing goes with one another.  It’s not like I make sure they match every day but when we’re going out somewhere I tend to make sure that at least look like they belong together.

Unisex hoodies from St Bert's

Both of my girls love a dress but they’re not always practical are they – sometimes you just need to wear jeans and a hoodie.  What I particularly loved about the St Bert’s hoodies is that they are completely unisex – in fact the whole range is.  Yes there’s a little pink in there but there’s nothing saying the boys can’t wear it or that the girls shouldn’t be wearing blue – none of the motifs are aimed at one gender or another and the website isn’t organised into boys’ or girls’ clothes.  The only time you’ll see gender mentioned on the St Bert’s website is in relation to the adult hoodies where it says “men’s” and “women’s” but that relates more to sizing than anything else – point proven by the fact that I ordered the men’s one for myself just because I preferred the colour.

matching St Bert's hoodies

It’s worth bearing in mind that the sizing on the hoodies can be a little small so I sized up in each of them to the cosy, slouchy look we were going for (and also just for the sake of growing room – nobody wants to spend £35 on a hoodie for it only to be worn for two months!)

Contrasting cuffs on the rainbow hoodie from St Bert's

cosy St Bert's hoodie

I love the little details on these jumpers – from the stylish contrasting tipping on the cuffs and hem, to the St Bert’s logo on the sleeve and of course the kids love a kangaroo pocket in their hoodies be it for keeping hands warm or filling with leaves and pine cones!

St Bert's branding on hoodie

kangaroo pocked on St Bert's hoodie

And the best thing?  They wash beautifully.  I was really worried that they might bobble quickly or that the fabulous rainbow print would crack and fade but my fears were unfounded.  Every time I’ve washed the hoodies they come out looking like new – which considering they kids have been wearing them to tramp through the woods or spill their dinner on is something of a win in my book!

Amy and Daddy

Grey rainbow hoodie from St Bert's

We’ve had so many compliments on these hoodies each time I’ve posted a picture of the kids wearing them on my social media feeds so it’s worth mentioning that they are selling fast.  If you do want one, you might want to pop on over and get them in your basket now.  I’ve got my eye on a couple of the sweatshirts for them next!

Unisex rainbow hoodie from St Bert's

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(If you like the look of the kids’ boots – you can read a review of those here)

*We received the St Bert’s rainbow hoodies free of charge for the purpose of review, however all thoughts and opinions remain our own*

BOGS° Boots for the Whole Family

It’s no secret that we love an adventure and I have three children who would practically live in wellies if they thought they could get away with it, Amy particularly.  Of course wellies have their downsides, they’re often cold, they can be uncomfortable and I personally struggle with fit on my calves.  Enter BOGS° . . .

BOGS° have been making boots for 15yrs starting out with a grounding in making boots for farmers.  Over time the range has grown to include women and children with footwear for a whole range of purposes – but first and foremost they’re going to keep your feet warm and dry.

family adventure in BOGS° Boots

As soon as I started to browse the BOGS° website, I completely fell in love with the “Crandall Wool” boots – mainly because they just doen’t look like a pair of wellies – they’re way smarter and more stylish than taht.  Whilst they’re perfect for a stomp in the woods of a Sunday morning, they won’t look out of place on the school run during the cold wet months ahead either.  I must admit that with my past history of struggling to get wellies (or boots in general) to fit my calves, I was a little nervous that the Crandall Wool boots might suffer the same fate, however I was pleasantly surprised.  Yes, there’s no denying I would probably benefit from a little more space in the calf area so that the boots could fit without wrinkling but they’re incredibly comfortable and I think they look great!  I was worried that the top section would suffer for getting dirty but I’m pleased to report that once the mud had dried it just brushed off and my boots look as good as new.  The best bit was taking my boots off after our walk and realising that actually, my feet were really warm – no frozen toes, no sweaty feet from too thick welly socks – just comfortable, cosy feet thanks to the plush lining.

stylish waterproof boots from BOGS° Boots

Dave’s boots are fairly serious – they look enormous both off and on the foot and rightly so as they are they “Ultra High 15″ boot” which was originally designed to help dairy farmers stay safe and comfy on slippery floors . .  not something Dave needs to worry about anytime soon but these boots do feel very much ready for anything.  Obviously they’re not quite as stylish as my boots but they are way more hard-wearing than any boot he’s had before whilst being really comfortable.  Dad did point out when he tried them on that the lip at the back designed to help you pull off the boots is a little higher than he would have liked but I think that’s a fairly minor niggle and something you’d quickly get used to.

children's wellies from BOGS° Boots

BOGS° Boots for kids

Ben has a pair of “Kid’s Durham Solid” – a lightly insulated boot, 100% waterproof boot to keep his feet warm and dry while he concentrates on climbing trees and generally getting filthy.  Ben loves the easy-on pull handles but did find it a bit tricky to get his jeans comfortable in his boots – in the end we tucked them into his socks first and that seemed to do the trick for him.

BOGS° Boots - kid's Durham solid in Khaki

For the girls I chose the “Kid’s North Hampton” – which they both immediately fell in love with.  The bright colours were a big hit as were the easy-on pull handles.  The boots look really stylish and nobody complained of any discomfort wearing them for the first time.

BOGS° Boots - North Hampton Kid's - red

BOGS° Boots - North Hampton Kid's - purple

There’s no denying that a pair of standard wellies from the supermarket would be a lot cheaper however my three go through wellies like nobody’s business – scuffing them and wearing holes in the soles or splitting them.  If you’re outside a lot then the hard-wearing design, and fantastic quality of BOGS° is worth investing in.

BOGS° boots for the whole family

*We were sent our BOGS° Boots free of charge for the purpose of review – all thoughts and opinions remain our own*

Autumnal Style with Nutmeg

My girls are both big fans of a dress – there was a time where I had to forewarn Chloe if she was going to need to wear jeans the following day to avoid a dress-based tantrum.  Thankfully we’re a little more relaxed now, however given the choice they’d both pick out a dress any day of the week.  Of course this is all well and good in the summer months when you need little more than a sundress and a pair of sandals however I do find the obsession with dresses a little trickier to manage in the autumn & winter months when the need for sleeves, tights, boots and cardigans arises.  Neither girl is happy with a dress over leggings, that’s just a glorified top then!

This gorgeous little autumnal ensemble is from Nutmeg (for those of you not in the know this is the Morrison’s own brand clothing range launched some four years ago now!)  Amy was thrilled with her new outfit – from the sparkly buttons and frill at the bottom of her mustard yellow cardigan to the dress which absolutely passes the twirl test yet pleases Mummy with it’s long sleeves and high neckline.

puffed shoulders - Nutmeg autumn

sparkly buttons - Nutmeg autumn range

long sleeve details - Nutmeg

I’m continually impressed by the attention to detail in the Nutmeg clothing ranges – their awareness of the need for comfort means they avoid scratchy labels in the necklines,  adjustable waists make for a better fit and room to grow.  They ensure their clothes wash and wear well yet they don’t cost the earth and still manage to remain fashionable at the same time.

The best bit is that this autumn, Nutmeg have launched a women’s range into 80 of their stores and having had a big of sneak peek myself earlier this month I can’t wait to go and investigate further!  Nutmeg want their focus to be on quality, fit and style – they’re not trying to be the cheapest on the market (or should that say supermaket!) but they do want to represent good value and from what I’ve seen so far they’re absolutely nailing this.

*Amy received her outfit free of charge for the purpose of review however all thoughts and opinions remain our own*

School Shoes from Start-Rite – Review

Next week my littlest lady will start school.  For five mornings a week she will don her school uniform and potter off to school with her siblings before I pick her up again at lunchtime.  The first step on a long road through formal schooling.

Buying her first school uniform, and with that her first school shoes, is of course something of a rite of passage.  Having an older sister means that not all of Amy’s school uniform will be new (and thankfully she’s at an age where she couldn’t care two hoots about that!)  Her cardigans, skirts and dresses are mostly hand-me-downs, though I’ve bought her new polo shirts as Chloe’s are in no fit state to save by the end of a school year (whiteboard markers and school shirts are not the best of friends let me tell you!).  The one thing she will always have new though is her school shoes.

Siblings in school uniform and Start-rite shoes

This will be Chloe’s fourth year of school shoes and having tried out several styles over that time the one thing I always go back to is patent.  They just seem to look smart just that bit longer.  Although Chloe could most certainly be described as a “girlie girl” – she can often be caught trying to climb walls on the way to school and she’s certainly had her fair share of trips and falls.  As such I want shoes which are sturdy, supportive and fit for purpose.  I’m not interested in the pretty little details (though she might be!) or even the name of the shoes.  I want shoes that fit well, which are easy for my girls to fasten and which will last them until they have grown out of them.  (There is nothing more frustrating than having to buy a new pair of shoes in the same size as the last ones!)

This year both girls have got new school shoes from Start-Rite.   My one stipulation for their school shoes this year was that, where possible, they were patent.  Amy has the Princess Elza (£47.99) in a 9F and Chloe has the Lizzy ((42.99) in a 13F.

Start-Rite Princess Elza 

Starting at a size 9 and going through to a size 3½ with three width fittings, Amy’s new school shoes are lightweight and flexible with a riptape fastening meaning she can put her shoes on and off herself (one less thing for me to worry about first thing in the morning and a bonus for her class teacher after PE!)  The ankles are padded and supportive and her shoes feel sturdy.  As well as being patent they feature a scuff resistant toe bumper (which after seeing how quickly her big sister ruined her last shoes, I’m thrilled about!).  The Princess Elza shoe comes with a range of detachable & interchangeable charms – as a child I know I’d have loved this and it was the first thing Amy noticed about them.  As a parent and a teacher I must admit my first thought was “Oh something else to play around with and get lost”.  I personally prefer the bow detail and plan to leave those on her shoes and pop the others way “somewhere safe”.  If you prefer a plainer shoe then the charms can be removed altogether leaving just the detailing on the toe section.

Start-rite Princess Elza with bows

Start-rite toe bumpers - scuff proof shoes

Start-Rite Lizzy 

Again this shoe starts at a size 9 and going through to a size 3½ with three width fittings but feels much more grown up in style.  The black patent is smart with just enough detail on the toe section to stop them from being too boring and sensible.  Very similar in shape and style to the Princess Eliza, Chloe’s Lizzy shoes have the same riptape fastening (which, after a term of faffing about with buckles, I’m pleased to go back to!) and the same scuff resistant toe.  I’m confident that Chloe’s new shoes are going to be comfortable and supportive for her through the Autumn term and beyond!

Start-rite Lizzy

Start-rite patent school shoes

Start-rite school shoes

This is the first time we’ve had Start-Rite shoes for school and on first impressions I’m really pleased with the way they look.  The scuff proof toes are similar to a feature we often find on Ben’s shoes but rarely for the girls so I’m hopeful they will do the trick.  Their shoes look smart but pretty enough to keep the girls happy.  Most importantly they are fit for purpose.  My girls will run, jump, skip and kick balls in the playground and their shoes need to be ready for that!

Siblings walking to school in Start-rite shoes

*We were provided with the girls’ Start-Rite school shoes free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts an opinions remain our own*

Start-rite school shoes - black patent with scuff proof toe bumpers.

Bobux Sandals Range – Review

Kids wearing Bobux sandals

As I’m writing this post, it’s the end of August and the weather is looking undeniably grey. We’re supposed to be going to the seaside tomorrow however the forecast is currently one of heavy rain. All day. I don’t know about you but I feel decidedly cheated by the summer this year, I’m not ready for the children to go back to school and to accept that it’s over and that it’s time to brace ourselves for the wind and rain that Autumn brings. Only yesterday I was chatting to my friend Lizzy about how little wear the children have had out of their summer clothes this year, specifically their gorgeous Bobux sandals!

You might remember that earlier in the year Bobux increased their range to include Bobux Kid+ which means they now go up to a Size 1 and, joy of joys, Ben and Chloe could both continue to wear Bobux footwear.  (Remember those gorgeous boots my girls had a couple of years ago?)  Whilst browsing the Bobux website back in the Spring to choose new shoes for everyone, I rather fell in love with some of the gorgeous sandals that were available and was excited to receive them before the summer holidays.

Bobux sandals for girls and boys

Now I’d love to tell you that these beautiful Bobux sandals haven’t barely left my children’s feet all summer but it would be a lie.  I think I ordered them a bit late really seeing as how we had all that sun in May & June.  The weather has just been so rubbish that they’ve hardly worn them.  The girls in particular have been dying to wear their sandals and who can blame them when they are this gorgeous!

Bobux sandals - spin

Bobux - SPIN AQUA WITH STRIPES

Bobux - Spin red with zebra

Ben hasn’t had a pair of sandals in years so he was amused to feel the sensation of fresh air blowing on his toes!  I love that his Bobux sandals are so smart as I often think sandals for boys tend to err on the scruffy side of things.

Bobux sandals - Rove navy

Bobux sandals for boys - Rove

I’d like to say I’m optimistic that we will get an Indian Summer and that the kids will get lots of wear out of their sandals but in all honesty they promise us that every year don’t they and it never really happens!  I’m just hoping their feet don’t grow too much over the winter and they can rock them out next spring instead!

Kids wearing Bobux sandals

If you’re planning a little late sun this year (no, I’m not jealous, not one little bit) then check out Bobux for comfortable, well fitting sandals that look fantastic too!

*Ben, Chloe and Amy were sent their Bobux sandals free of charge for the purpose of review however all thoughts and opinions remain our own*

Bobux summer sandals - 2017

Sun, Style & Smiles with Nutmeg Clothing from Morrisons – Review

Shopping for clothes in the supermarket is par for the course these days, especially when it comes to picking up bits and pieces for the kids.  The low prices and general convenience make it super tempting to just pop that extra t shirt or pretty dress in the basket with your cornflakes and a loaf of bread.  Morrisons are relative newcomers to the kids’ clothing market having launched their Nutmeg range in 2013.  Over the last few years I’ve picked up bits and pieces for the kids with reasonably regularity and have always been impressed by the thoughtful details and overall quality – especially at such low prices.  People are always so surprised when they compliment Amy’s t shirt only to find out it’s from Morrisons!

This summer Nutmeg have sent new outfits over for Ben, Chloe and Amy to try out – my only stipulation was “no pink“!  I was interested to see what they sent over as I’m quite very fussy about what my kids wear and have all sorts of things refuse to put them in – stuff with ears, characters (unless on pjs and underwear), naff slogans . . . as I said, I’m fussy.

Summer 2017 Nutmeg clothing for kids

When the parcel of clothes arrived I was pleasantly surprised – each of them items we’d been sent cost less than £10.  Ben’s super skinny jeans were exactly something I would have chosen for him and whilst I generally avoid putting them in white tees (especially at this time of year when sun-cream can be the death of a pristine white top) it was perfectly inoffensive and Ben thought it was pretty cool.

Summer 2017 Nutmeg clothing for kids - boy's tee

Summer 2017 Nutmeg clothing for kids - skinny jeans

Chloe was super excited by the frilly, girlie nature of her top and again, I don’t think I’d have bought it but it actually really suits her and I do love the yellow.  The loose fit and bare shoulders are gorgeous for a hot sunny day.  Her super skinny light denim jeggings are great for this time of year and the knee slits are obviously very trendy.  (Chloe wasn’t sure about them at first till I reminded her that both Mich and Aunty Custard have jeans with rips in them!)  Her denim bomber jacket is lovely, again I probably wouldn’t have chosen it but it really suits her and the fabric is really soft meaning it’s way comfier than your average denim jacket so I know she’s going to get lots of wear out of it.

Summer 2017 Nutmeg clothing for kids - double denim

Summer 2017 Nutmeg clothing for kids - denim bomber jacket

Summer 2017 Nutmeg clothing for kids - yellow cold shoulder top

Summer 2017 Nutmeg clothing for kids - shoulder detail

Summer 2017 Nutmeg clothing for kids - slit knee jeans

Amy’s outfit is probably my least favourite – I do love the bright colours but the hanky hem is something I’ve always avoided and white leggings on a three year old?  That way madness lies.  However, I must admit she looks pretty cute – she’s clearly comfortable and is a big fan of how “twirly” her top is!

Summer 2017 Nutmeg clothing for kids

Summer 2017 Nutmeg clothing for kids

Summer 2017 Nutmeg clothing for kids

If you’re on the look out for some stylish new summer bits for the kids, check our your local Morrisons – you might be pleasantly surprised  (And, if you’re not all that impressed – you can return ANY Nutmeg item, for any reason, up to 200 days after you bought it with proof of purchase!)

Summer 2017 Nutmeg clothing for kids

*We were sent Nutmeg clothing for the kids free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions remain our own*

Cuddledry Snuggle Bunny – Review

Easter is on the horizon – this excites me for many reasons, the main one being two weeks off school with my babies but there’s also the chocolate . . .  Aunty Nic is exceptionally good friends with the Easter Bunny so we all get thoroughly spoiled at Easter.  Traditionally the Easter Bunny writes a letter to the kids and then hides goodies from the whole family around my parents’ garden for them to find.  I’m not quite sure how this will pan out this Easter as we’re going to be away – perhaps he will make an exception and set up his Easter egg hut on a different day.  Either way, the generosity of the Easter Bunny means that Dave and I don’t buy Easter chocolate for the kids.  Instead we tend to treat them to a new book or perhaps a top.  If you’re looking for an alternative treat this Easter then Amy has been testing out the  Cuddledry Snuggle Bunny for you!

Cuddlydry Snuggle Bunny

As £32.99 this isn’t a cheap present, in fact it isn’t a cheap towel either.  What it is though is the cutest, softest, fluffiest hooded towel you could wish for.  Hooded towels are usually the territory of babies (is there anything cuter than a freshly bathed baby wrapped in a snuggly hooded towel?) but they are quickly outgrown and I’ve always thought that was a bit of a shame – a hooded towel is so useful and so cosy!  (There’s a reason why Dave insists on a hood on his dressing gown!)

Cuddledry Snuggle Bunny - floppy ears

Amy fell in love with her Cuddledry Snuggle Bunny towel the moment she put it on – and I can see why.  The superfine microfibre is so ridiculously soft that it doesn’t even really feel like a towel, more like you’ve rolled out of the bath and into a super absorbent blanket!  She loves the hood with it’s floppy bunny ears and the little popper to keep it fastened on, oh and the bunny tail on the bag is a cute detail too!  It’s way easier to chuck the Snuggle Bunny towel on her and let her hop about for a few minutes than it is to wrangle her dry with a normal (somewhat rough) towel. Though, as Cuddledry themselves say, the problem comes when you want to catch her to take it off and get her dressed!  She thinks its hilarious to bounce around singing “Hop little bunnies, hop hop hop” – it was very cute the first time . . .

Cuddledry Snuggle Bunny

I had been a bit worried that the first time I washed the Cuddledry Snuggle Bunny towel that it would lose some of it’s softness but nope, it washes beautifully.

Cuddledry Snuggle Bunny

The Cuddledry Snuggle Bunny towel should fit children around age 3-6 years and at 3, it wraps around Amy generously – almost touching the floor so so hopefully she will get a couple of years of use out of it yet which, when you look at the old “cost per wear” means that the £30+ price tag isn’t quite so painful after all.

Cuddledry Snuggle Bunny

*We received the Cuddledry Snuggle Bunny hooded towel free of charge for the purposes of review.  All thoughts and opinions remain my own*

Bobux Spring Range 2016 – Review

I can’t tell you how excited I was when I was browsing the Bobux Spring range recently – for two reasons; firstly it’s all flipping gorgeous and I’d quite like to be able to wear much of it myself but secondly, this latest range sees the launch of Kid+ which caters for 5-8yr olds (ish) and means that I can get my big two back in super stylish Bobux!

Now you all know I love a bit of navy right?  I also hate pink.  My girls never wear pink and I’ve never been able to get my head around the fact that the shops are always full of pink shoes – how are they practical? Surely they don’t go with everything?  Anyway, the Bobux spring range is packed with colour and style – yes there’s pink if you want it but there also navy, red, tan, green, leopard print and even flipping unicorns if that tickles your fancy!

Bobux spring range

I must admit I was sorely tempted to pick out matching shoes for the girls as I loved it when they had the same Bobux Outback boots a while back however, in the interests of showing you more of the range, we decided to pick out different but coordinating shoes.  Usually I just pick out the kids’ clothes myself but this time Dave gave a helping hand, choosing Ben a pair of high tops (which I then promptly mis-ordered and he got the the low top version but to be honest that’s probably better for this time of year anyway).  We chose Chloe a pair of really tidy looking navy sneaks which remind me of my beloved Puma Mostros which I wore to death in my early twenties.  Finally we chose Amy the rather aptly named “Rascal” which is a pump similar in style to a Converse or Adidas Shell Toe and I won’t deny being a little bit in love with the navy spot colour way we chose for her!

kids running in bobux spring range

I wish I’d recorded Ben’s reaction when he first opened his shoes.  Let me try to replicate it for you . . .

“Wow! They’re sick Mum! They’re so cool! Yes! Thanks Mum!! These are so sick” 

Roughly translated it was safe to say that Ben loved his new trainers as much as Dave and I had done when we ordered them!  What really made me smile was when he first wore them and clearly had that Peter Kay moment of “how fast can you run in new trainers” before telling me that it was like he had nothing on his feet and it felt like he was running in his socks – that would be the super lightweight, flexible sole that Bobux are so proud of then Ben!

bobux kid+

bobux kid+ spring range

Now I must admit that Chloe doesn’t love her shoes as much as I do but I guess they’re not quite as girly as she’d have liked but I’ve explained that sometimes she needs to wear jeans or leggings and that her tan boots are not always practical so she relented and actually once she’s worn them I think she realised that they were a great choice!  The velcro fastening means they’re really easy for her to put on herself and to make sure they are tight enough.

Amy’s Rascal pumps are just so flipping cute – I love the combination of elastic laces and velcro strap which means they look more grown up but Amy is able to put her shoes on independently (as a Mum of three I can tell you this is important in a morning!).  The bright white toe section and spotty design lift the shoe and make it feel really spring-ready after a winter of wellies and dark boots.

All in the new Bobux range is a big hit in our household, our only complaint is that Mummy & Daddy can’t have a pair too!

*We were sent the Bobux shoes free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions remain our own*

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Polarn O. Pyret Yellow Shell Jacket

Yellow hooded coat

It’s no secret that I love a bit of navy but I’ve learned the hard way that it’s probably not the best choice for my kids’ coats!  Ben, Chloe and Amy all had beautiful navy coats last year – they were super smart and really practical (by which I mean they don’t show the dirt!) but when it comes to spotting them in the school playground they are a nightmare!  Believe me, when you’re trying to keep your eye on three kids running in different directions, navy coats are not the one.  I decided that in the future, I would make sure I bought them much brighter winter coats (even though I know I’m going to end up washing them far more often – grubby cuffs are guaranteed!)

As as result, when I was browsing the Polarn O. Pyret website I was immediately drawn to a beautiful bright yellow shell jacket for Amy.  (As well as swooning over a whole array of navy striped items – I know, I know, I can’t help myself!)

Amy in yellow coat

In true Mum style, I ordered Amy’s coat in age 3-4 with the hope that it would be just nicely too big to get plenty of wear out of it and to make sure it would fit over big jumpers and cardigans as the colder months approach.

Amy on climbing frame

I’m pleased to say that it fits exactly as I hoped – there’s plenty of room in it for extra layers (in fact it is designed to work with a Polarn O. Pyret fleece jacket underneath for year round wearability!) and the adjustable hem and cuffs means she doesn’t look like she’s drowning in it, nor will her coat get in the way of her adventures!

adjustable cuffs

Aside from the beautiful bright yellow being really easy to spot in a crowd, the coat features discreet reflective strips for increased visibility which is fantastic for those dreary autumnal school runs – and I know my Grandad would certainly have approved!

Although at first glance I thought this lightweight, waterproof coat was probably more suited to the heavy showers of the autumn and spring, I’m increasingly convinced that it’s going to see Amy right through the winter.  The warm windpoof fabric is breathable and flexible for comfort but also extra durable so I know it’s going to last her for as long as it fits (and still be in great condition for passing on to my friend’s twins!)

Amy climbing

The hood is detachable and features an adjustable tab at the back to allow for the perfect fit, there’s nothing worse than a hood which gets in the way of you being able to see properly.  The small peak and lightly elasticated sides means it’s also less likely to fall down when you’re running home from school in the rain!  (I can’t be the only one who has raced home from school holding hoods to children’s heads!)

Yellow hooded coat

adjustable hood

I guess the only downside is that whilst the coat is machine washable, the yellow is going to show the muck on a major scale – on balance though I think this is a small price to pay in comparison to her being super visible!

Amy yellow coat

We were sent this coat free of charge for the purposes of review. All thoughts and opinions remain our own

Trunki Paddlepak – Review

Ben has been learning to swim for a couple of years now but he has never had a ‘proper’ swimming bag – we’ve always just chucked his things in whatever we had to hand, usually a supermarket “bag for life” type thing.  It does the job but it’s not exactly exciting.

We were asked to review the new Trunki Paddlepak and I knew immediately that it would be great for Ben’s swimming kit.  I showed him the website and asked him which bag he would like “That one please Mum, the shark.”  I didn’t have the heart to tell him the one he had chosen was actually a killer whale – besides I was secretly quite pleased he’d chosen that one as I really liked the look of it.

When the bag arrived I was struck by how light it was – but I also thought it seemed quite small and worried that we wouldn’t get much in it.  I needn’t have been concerned.  Ben was so excited when he saw the bag that he rushed off to grab all his swimming gear and pack his bag ready for his next lesson (almost a whole week away!)  We were easily able to fit in a large beach towel, swimming trunks, talcum powder & swimming hat with plenty of room to spare.

Features of Trunki Paddlepak

The bag is packed with features – the most notable being the water-resistant fabric and the roll top closure to prevent water getting in (or out!)

What we love:

* The Trunki Paddlepak is lightweight and of a good size to make it comfortable for a child to carry

* The shoulder straps are easily adjustable which is great as I find backpacks often seem to trail down kids’ backs

* Reflective patches on the straps are a great safety feature but fit in with the design beautifully

* It’s deceptively spacious – Ben was easily able to fit all his clothes & shoes in during his swimming lesson (and you can imagine that he hadn’t really folded them!)

* It’s water-resistant – ideal for a soggy swimming kit!

* The roll top is easy for Ben to fasten by himself and also stops water getting in or out

* There’s a handy mesh side pocket “for a drink” according to Ben.

* The back of the bag is padded for comfort and also covered with mesh to stop it being sweaty

* There’s a handy internal pocket

* The tail forms a dry zip pocket which we found useful for popping some change in for the locker

* The “Trunki Grip” makes for a handy place to keep your sunglasses – a feature which Ben though was really cool

* A loop for hanging the Trunki Paddlepak up on a hook

What we’re not so keen on:

The only downside for me is that Chloe loves Ben’s Paddlepak so much I’m going to have to buy her one too when she starts her swimming lessons!  In all seriousness there isn’t anything I would change about the Paddlepak – I’m hugely impressed by it.

Trunki Paddlepak Killer Whale

Ben was excited to try his new bag – the biggest bonus here was that it meant he carried his own bag to swimming instead of me having to carry it!  Although we have used the Trunki Paddlepak for Ben’s swimming kit he also reckoned it would be good for school or adventures and I have to agree.  According to Ben “It’s the coolest bag ever” and who am I to argue with that?

Trunki Paddlepak

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*Disclaimer – We were sent the Trunki Paddlepak free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions are our own*