Monday, 28 March 2016

iCandy Strawberry

I'm a big fan of iCandy, mostly for their looks and I've had a Peach 2 and an Apple 2 Pear before. A couple of months ago I found a beautiful Strawberry and had to try it!
iCandy Strawberry is a lightweight pushchair and what separates it from the Peach and Apple 2 Pear is the fact that despite being a full size pushchair, it can fold with the seat in place both world and parent facing. It also feature a memory seat which means that when opened the Strawberry seat will go back to the last position it was in so no fiddling around to recline the seat or set it upright before placing the child in it.
Here's my list of pros and cons.

  • lightweight both to lift and to push
  • large comfortable and supportive seat with a great 5 point harness
  • punnet - secret pocket underneath the leg rest that can hold a raincover or purse, keys etc.
  • very large although a little shallow basket
  • height adjustable handlebar, goes low and high enough to suit everyone
  • great size carrycot
  • option to use as a travel system with a range of car seats
  • option of purchasing flavour packs in different colours both for the seat unit and the carrycot.
  • very noisy canopy
  • fixed bumper bar
  • difficult two hand recline, buttons are hard to reach especially parent facing
  • not much of a suspension, can't feel it at all on the front wheels which means the ride is quite bumpy
  • small front wheels, care needs to be taken when going down kerbs
  • massive folded size although it does freestand
  • there's a knack to folding the Strawberry, the instructional video makes it looks very easy but in reality it takes practise and I never managed to fold it to freestand like the lady in video! :) 

This is my own pushchair.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Julian Bowen Barcelona Mid Sleeper Bed

I wanted to show you our son's new bed. My parents bought it for him a few months ago. The quality of material and durability is fantastic. My son has been sleeping in it very well and he loves playing on the bed or using the storage underneath for all his toys. The mattress that you can buy with it is also excellent quality (we went with the diamond platinum one). I researched bunk beds and mid sleepers for weeks and I'm honestly very glad we went with Julian Bowen. You can check the range here: 
Furniture 123 is were we bought ours, excellent customer service, speedy delivery and what's important you get a time slot for the delivery so you don't waste a whole day waiting in. 
I tried to photograph my husband's efforts in building the bed but I mostly spend my time keeping the baby away as she was all to keen to help. As you can see the dogs were very helpful as always :) My husband is a skilled carpenter and was pleased with how easy the bed was to put together. It did take him most of the day to built but it was well worth it!

Just a little bit jealous lol

Thursday, 10 March 2016

        Storytime with Claire Freedman 

To celebrate the launch of the new store, Mamas & Papas are hosting an exclusive event on Thursday 24th March, 2016 from 10am – 7pm.  Claire Freedman, author of Aliens Love Underpants, will be reading from her ‘Underpants’ series throughout the day at 12noon1pm2pm and 3pm and giving away signed copies, posters and activity sheets.

Mamas & Papas– the UK’s favourite nursery brand – is thrilled to unveil its brand new store concept on Monday, 21st March 2016 at Westfield, White City.  

The newly evolved store sets a new standard for dedicated personal shopping, friendly expertise and advice to ensure mums and mums-to-be have all the essential information and tools they need to make the best choice for themselves and their babies.  From how our products are designed to support a healthier, natural sleep to choosing the right pram for your lifestyle – the in-store team will provide that all important helping hand.

To celebrate the launch of the new store, Mamas & Papas are hosting an exclusive event on Thursday 24th March, 2016 from 10am – 7pm.  With tons of exciting activities from master classes hosted by industry experts on birthing, sleep, first aid and car seat fittings to complimentary pamper sessions – come and help Mamas & Papas welcome their new store in style!

Claire Freedman, author of Aliens Love Underpants, will be reading from her ‘Underpants’ series throughout the day at 12noon1pm, 2pm and 3pm and giving away signed copies, posters and activity sheets.  There will also be delicious things to eat and drink and some fabulous goody bags.

From top-of-the-range pushchairs – all road tested in the Mamas & Papas on-site UK accredited Test Lab – and limited edition designer fashion collaborations with Liberty and Donna Wilson – the product range focuses on innovation and style while the new store will also offer:

  • A new and improved one-to-one personal shopping service
  • A beautifully designed space for mums to feed their babies, including bottle warming, with a separate changing room
  • Expert and personable staff providing tailored advice to parents at any stage of their journey
  • The latest ‘home from home’ theatre technology to transport parents to their dream nursery

Furthermore, mums and mums-to-be can get to know each other and enjoy a range of in-store classes and events, knowing that baby feeding and changing facilities are all on hand. With the look and feel of a large but easy to navigate fashion boutique, the new store concept store seamlessly mixes fashion and style with practicality.

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