I’m delighted, and proud, to announce that I am now a Baby Jogger ambassador for 2017!! I always said that I would have loved to have used a Baby Jogger double when our boys were younger, so I was absolutely thrilled when they invited me to become an ambassador for the year as part of their Baby Jogger Squad!

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SO WHO ARE BABY JOGGER?

Baby Jogger have come a long way since their conception over 30 years ago. Created by Phil Baechler, a journalist who simply wanted to be able to keep up with his favourite hobby of running once his baby arrived. He replaced the standard wheels of his baby carriage with bicycle wheels, meaning that he could maintain his dirt track running all whilst spending time with his new son – and the rest, as they say, is history! Baby Jogger has since redefined the stroller category by creating innovative strollers that make everyday life as a busy parent on the go easier. My favourite thing about this inventive and contemporary brand is how it has been designed with families like mine in mind – each stroller adapting as our family grows.

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WHAT DOES BEING A BABY JOGGER AMBASSADOR MEAN?

Over the course of the rest of the year I will be bringing you all the insider info on the brand new products as well as rediscovering their much loved hero strollers. I’ll be sharing the insights of the exciting launches and passing down expert tips of all of the things you need to know. I’m really looking forward to finding out more about the Baby Jogger brand, their exciting new launches and the family values they hold.

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WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM ME?

As a busy Mum of 2 young sons and keen traveller I will be showing you honest, authentic and on the go reviews – we all know pram shopping is a minefield, so I want to make sure I’m sharing exactly what I think of their range to help guide you if you are looking to make that very important purchase for your child.

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Thank you so much Baby Jogger, we are honoured to be part of your #babyjoggersquad ambassador team, watch this space for lots of exciting things over the coming months.

I'm A Baby Jogger Squad Ambassador #babyjoggersquad

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Over the weekend I went along to the Festival Place Eat Street event, which was headed up by special guest Levi roots who charmed the crowds with his live cooking demonstrations, in depth knowledge of Caribbean culture and of course live, soulful music. Surrounding the stage were chefs from the restaurants within the Basingstoke shopping centre; all cooking up a storm for guests to feast on free, delicious food. There was such a fun atmosphere and exciting buzz around the event, with the rhythm of the steel band floating through the air and the warm and spicy Caribbean flavours tempting people in from afar.

– Keep scrolling to take a look at my Caribbean Inspired Holiday Lookbook –

Caribbean inspired holiday clothing look book for ladies

Caribbean inspired holiday clothing look book for ladies

Caribbean inspired holiday clothing look book for ladies

Caribbean inspired holiday clothing look book for ladies

Caribbean inspired holiday clothing look book for ladies

Caribbean inspired holiday clothing look book for ladies

holiday look book Caribbean inspired holiday clothing look book for ladies

As the sun shone through the extensive glass ceiling in Festival Place and the cheer of the well fed community lifted my spirits, it made me think of faraway shores and holidays. I thought I would pull together a Caribbean inspired, holiday clothing lookbook from the high street stores which surrounded me, to tie in with this fun event, for anyone else wanting to explore this vibrant and spirited culture.

– Caribbean inspired holiday look book –

 

holiday look book Caribbean inspired holiday clothing look book for ladies

The details

JUMPSUIT WITH EMBROIDERED BACK £29.99
Denim skirt £24.99
LEATHER LUNA X BOD £26.00
Pompom mules £28.00

 

holiday look book Caribbean inspired holiday clothing look book for ladies

The details

MOTO Pom Pom Hem Straight Leg Jeans £46.00
Spiritual Cross Strap Mule Sandals White Leather £40.00
Petite White Cross Strap Back Bodysuit £9.99
Noisy May Green Tropical Print Kimono £25

holiday look book Caribbean inspired holiday clothing look book for ladies

The details

Cap sleeve midi shirtdress £31.47
PINEAPPLE BEAD CLUTCH  £38.00
BEACH PINEAPPLE NECKLACE £15.00
ON VACAY FEDORA £22.00

holiday look book Caribbean inspired holiday clothing look book for ladies

The details

Tropical Print Wrap Front Culotte Jumpsuit £24.99
Tie Up Choker £8.50 
Leather Tie Sandals £39.00
Faux Leather Across Body Bag £25.00

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The details

KISSING FLAMINGO TEE £30.00
Charlie Palm Backpack by Skinnydip £32.00
Sozzled Fruit Punch Slides Gold £26.00
FRILL POCKET TROUSER £42.00

I love the vibrancy of the Caribbean culture; the bright, bold colours as dynamic as their personalities. I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely ready for a holiday now!! All these items are available at Festival Place in Basingstoke. I’d love to see any pics of you rocking bright and bold Caribbean inspired clothes on holiday or in the sunny UK – Tag me in your instagram snaps – @mumadventures xx

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If you’re looking for beautiful food with stunning backdrops you will not go wrong in Dubai, in fact the vast choice on offer can be overwhelming. I’ve just spent the past 4 days eating my way around Dubai and I wanted to share with you 3 of the best restaurants we found for fresh fish and sushi in the Dubai Marina area.

The best fish restaurants around Dubai harbour

– ZENGO –

Located within the stylish & sleek Le Royal Meridien hotel, Zengo overlooks the beautiful Arabian gulf and offers Asian tastes and styles from a beautifully constructed and intricately designed menu. The restaurant itself is contemporary yet earthy, mixing structured metal with natural materials such as paper and wood, fusing together modern with traditional.

The best fish restaurants around Dubai Marina Zengo sushi japanese within the Le Royal Meridien

The restaurant boasts many intriguing views for feasting ones eyes upon such as the skilful crafts of the sushi masters or Robata chefs; all producing beautiful edible creations. Or you can choose to sit at one of the three bars and enjoy a hand muddled signature cocktail whist taking in the atmosphere.

The best fish restaurants around Dubai Marina Zengo sushi japanese within the Le Royal Meridien

We started with a mixture of sashimi and sushi which was absolutely stunning and melted in the mouth. Our sashimi was served in this beautiful, handmade ice sculpture and decorated with petals which was a real work of art and was delicious as it looks.

The best fish restaurants around Dubai Marina Zengo sushi japanese within the Le Royal Meridien

The best fish restaurants around Dubai Marina Zengo sushi japanese within the Le Royal Meridien

The best fish restaurants around Dubai Marina Zengo sushi japanese within the Le Royal Meridien

The best fish restaurants around Dubai Marina Zengo sushi japanese within the Le Royal Meridien

We chose to dine out on the terrace to soak up the balmy evening atmosphere and the view across the sea. Our evening and meal was thoroughly enjoyable and I wish we could eat it all over again! Take a look at Zengo for more details.

The best fish restaurants around Dubai Marina Zengo sushi japanese within the Le Royal Meridien Zengo

 

– The Maine Oyster Bar & Grill –

It is no surprise whatsoever that Maine has won numerous awards for best restaurant newcomer in Dubai. Tucked away in a hotel loading bay on the edge of the marina, The MAINE is a hip Brasserie, free from any pretension and just oozes cool. If you like a Shoreditch beard, a relaxed atmosphere with the odd dancing waiter here and there then you will feel right at home here in this shabby-chic, hipster hideaway.

The Maine Oyster Bar and Grill is Tucked away in a hotel garage on the edge of Dubai's sprawling coastline, The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill is a Seaside Brasserie devoid of any pretension

The quality and variety of the fresh oysters was boundless, all freshly displayed for us. The menu changes seasonally and provides an abundant selection of gourmet seafood including a raw bar & the best shellfish Dubai has to offer, alongside melt in the mouth Filet Mignon & simple yet elegant pasta dishes.

Once you’re finished dining beneath the enchanting chandeliers head to the bar to let the mixologists charm you whilst whipping up a cocktail to sip on out on the alluring terrace before leaving feeling just that little bit cooler than when you arrived.

The Maine Oyster Bar and Grill is Tucked away in a hotel garage on the edge of Dubai's sprawling coastline, The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill is a Seaside Brasserie devoid of any pretension

The Maine Oyster Bar and Grill is Tucked away in a hotel garage on the edge of Dubai's sprawling coastline, The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill is a Seaside Brasserie devoid of any pretension

The Maine Oyster Bar and Grill is Tucked away in a hotel garage on the edge of Dubai's sprawling coastline, The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill is a Seaside Brasserie devoid of any pretension

– Asia Asia –

It’s hard to arrive in to Dubai and not hear about Pier 7; Located in the heart of the Dubai marina, boasting 7 different fine dining, diverse restaurants, you really are spoilt for choice. Head to the sixth floor and step into Asia Asia; a lavish & multiple award winning Restaurant & Lounge which takes its inspiration and design from the ancient Spice Route travelled by traders of old.

Pier 7 best restaurants in Dubai on the marina near the harbour Asia Asia restaurant

Pier 7 best restaurants in Dubai on the marina near the harbour Asia Asia restaurant

Pitch up at the sprawling bar and enjoy a delicately concocted cocktail while you get your bearings in the soothing ambience of Asia Asia; each of the lounges are designed after exotic destinations, such as Thailand, Shanghai, Macau and Kyoto. Intimate booths line the bar area and provide a relaxing hideaway for small parties and groups.

Pier 7 best restaurants in Dubai on the marina near the harbour Asia Asia restaurant

Pier 7 best restaurants in Dubai on the marina near the harbour Asia Asia restaurant

Pier 7 best restaurants in Dubai on the marina near the harbour Asia Asia restaurant

The food is exquisite and described culinarily as where the Far East meets the Middle East. Headed up by Chef Sang Lee who’s international kitchen staff create lavish and indulgent pan-Asian dishes like black cod and truffle dim sum. Keep your eye out for unlimited deals such as Sushi-Saturday and ladies night for food on an epic scale.

Pier 7 best restaurants in Dubai on the marina near the harbour Asia Asia restaurant

The views out onto the marina are absolutely stunning and perfect for enjoying a post meal sake with the warm air cocooning you in an after dinner warm and happy haze as you stare out to the incredible yachts below.

Pier 7 best restaurants in Dubai on the marina near the harbour Asia Asia restaurant with the most incredible yachts below

Pier 7 best restaurants in Dubai on the marina near the harbour Asia Asia restaurant

Pier 7 best restaurants in Dubai on the marina near the harbour Asia Asia restaurant

Dubai Restaurants

Zengo – For bookings click here.

The Maine Oyster Bar & Grill – For bookings see here.

Asia Asia – For bookings take a look here.

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Our sons share a Birthday and last week they turned 2 and 4 so we held them a woodland adventure party and I thought I would share some ideas if you are also looking to throw a woodland fairy/superhero party!

Woodland Birthday Party Planning Ideas for a fairy or superhero party

I wanted to make some little stations up around the venue for the children to create things if they wanted to.

Woodland Birthday Party Planning Ideas for a fairy or superhero party

Make Your Own Fairy Doors.

Woodland Birthday Party Planning Ideas for a fairy or superhero party

Make Your Own Fairy Dust.

Woodland Birthday Party Planning Ideas for a fairy or superhero party

Save The Superheroes!

Woodland Birthday Party Planning Ideas for a fairy or superhero party

The Cake!

Woodland Birthday Party Planning Ideas for a fairy or superhero party

Woodland Birthday Party Planning Ideas for a fairy or superhero party

Woodland Birthday Party Planning Ideas for a fairy or superhero party

Woodland Birthday Party Planning Ideas for a fairy or superhero party

Fancy Dress.

Woodland Birthday Party Planning Ideas for a fairy or superhero party

Woodland Birthday Party Planning Ideas for a fairy or superhero party

Woodland Birthday Party Planning Ideas for a fairy or superhero party

Woodland Birthday Party Planning Ideas for a fairy or superhero party

The Food.

Woodland Birthday Party Planning Ideas for a fairy or superhero party

Woodland Birthday Party Planning Ideas for a fairy or superhero party

Woodland Birthday Party Planning Ideas for a fairy or superhero party

Woodland Birthday Party Planning Ideas for a fairy or superhero party

Woodland Birthday Party Planning Ideas for a fairy or superhero party

Woodland Birthday Party Planning Ideas for a fairy or superhero party

I hope these gave you some ideas if you are also looking to plan a woodland party for superheroes and fairies, I’d love to see some of your pics, tag me on Instagram if you do! www.instagram.com/mumadventures

Woodland Birthday Party Planning Ideas for a fairy or superhero party

Take a look at the video of the day to see more : Woodland Fairy & Superhero Adventure Party

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It’s been Dementia Awareness Week here in the UK and as this is a disease that I have sadly seen affect loved ones I was really keen to get involved and help spread the word as well as have that difficult conversation with our eldest son about what Dementia is and how it can affect people.

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Dementia Awareness week UK

There are approximately 800,000 people in the UK living with dementia, and an estimated 36 million people worldwide, and it can set in much earlier than you may think. We were kindly sent a box of fun, creative things from Active Minds, who provide activity packages to help improve the quality of life for people living with dementia. Our little package was for the boys to get involved in and decorate their pot and plant their seeds – all things they love doing, generally getting messy!

Active Minds Dementia week

Active Minds Dementia week

Inside our package were some talking points designed for young children to help them understand what happens to our brain as we age and how a person might change.

Active Minds Dementia week

To be totally honest Henry is still a little young to really have a concept of what I was trying to talk to him about, and frankly if it’s me up against glitter glue and stickers I know which would always win! But I do think it’s important for us to chat about these kind of things openly with our children, and even if they don’t take it in, perhaps in a year or so if we spoke about it again he might have some questions that I would be equipped to answer.

Active Minds Dementia week

Active Minds Dementia week

I found the talking points they gave (see above) helped me talk about the effects of Dementia at the right level for a child, and by making the conversation into an activity it held our child’s attention a little longer than normal!

Pop over to Active Minds if you would like to find out more about the support they can supply when dealing with dementia. Their mission is to improve the lives of people living with alzheimer’s by creating products that are engaging and have purpose to them:  https://www.active-minds.org/uk/

Active Minds Dementia week

 

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