You may have seen the buzz (awful pun, sorry!) already around the launch of the new Bugaboo Bee⁵ Pushchair. We’ve been lucky enough to have been asked to test it out before it had even hit the shops – and we have been seriously impressed! You can watch my video review here..or read on for more in depth thoughts around this latest installment of the Bugaboo Bee family…

Firstly, let me explain our backstory…We have 2 little boys aged 3 and 1. We live in a suburban location and love getting outdoors for walks and adventures. We currently have a bulky double pram which takes up my entire large boot and our eldest son has definitely outgrown the seat. He’s also got to a point where he doesn’t need a constant seat, but often gets tired if we’re out on long walks.

Bugaboo Bee 5 Pushchair - Out and about review!

Bugaboo Bee 5 Pushchair - Out and about review

Bugaboo Bee 5 Pushchair - Out and about review!

Bugaboo Bee⁵

A little about the pram: ” The compact, light Bugaboo Bee⁵ is a smart choice for urban adventurers with a newborn or toddler…The neat one-hand, one-piece fold makes it easy, and takes up less space at home…Your child can enjoy the ride from the comfort of their padded seat that grows with them — reversing, reclining and extending in just a few clicks”

Bugaboo Bee⁵ Pushchair - Out and about review

Bugaboo Bee 5 Pushchair - Out and about review

Why we love it:

As our children are older, we are less in need of a full travel system, and more in need of a compact, lightweight stroller style pushchair which I can throw in the back of the car (with one hand!) The main seat is so padded I am pleasantly surprised at the quality of the design and materials used, the height is adjustable depending on who is riding in it and the 5 point harness has a memory feature, meaning that you don’t need to readjust it when you make the seat bigger – genius. You can full recline the seat, making it suitable from birth, and even add a car seat or bassinet. It’s even fully customisable! The basket underneath is a really good size (perfect for my shopping trips) Even the wheels are detachable – great for cleaning mud and grit, and also customisable! This really is a new level of lightweight pushchair.

Bugaboo Bee⁵ Pushchair - Out and about review

Bugaboo Bee 5 review

The absolute game changer about the Bugaboo Bee⁵ for us is the toddler board, with seat!!! It’s absolutely made this pram perfect for us because we can be assured that Henry can have somewhere to sit/stand if his little legs get tired, but without the huge space that an extra full seat takes up. It’s so easy to attach – even he can do it. It takes a little knack to get used to walking to one side, but once you’re walking you really don’t notice the extra effort to walk out of the way of the board.

Bugaboo Bee⁵ Review

Bugaboo Bee 5 Pushchair - Out and about review!

Bugaboo Bee⁵ Pushchair - Out and about review

The independent 4 wheel suspension in this new upgraded model is really good and it makes light work of difficult terrain. I love the faux leather handle and the extendable sun canopy which means you can completely cover your little one up in the sun/rain/wind, or when they take a little nap (Those were the days!!)

Features:

  • Five-point harness with height-adjustable shoulder straps.
  • Independent four-wheel suspension

  • Extendable sun canopy

  • One handed steering with excellent suspension
  • Light chassis, easy compact fold

  • Car seat compatible

  • Independent carrycot

  • Extendable seat – great for bigger children

  • Rear and parent facing position

  • Suitable from birth

Thanks for reading our review. Please check out the video review if you would like to see the Bee5 in action. Thank you to Bugaboo for kindly loaning me this pushchair, all views are my own and I really do love it! The Bugaboo Bee⁵ is now available to purchase from all Bugaboo retailers.

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I love living so close to London, it’s just a quick 45 minute train to get to the city and each time I go I try to find new places to explore. Many of my school friends have settled in London so it’s always nice to pop up and visit. but having to make a quick dash for that last train is always a stressful experience. Sometimes it’s so much more convenient to stay up there, so when I was invited by Novotel to check out their stylish and contemporary hotel in the Royal borough of Greenwich I was really pleased.

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Sadly I didn’t get to the hotel until pretty late, so I didn’t utilise all of the facilities such as the stylish bar, pool or international cuisine restaurant. I did, however, very much enjoy a full night’s sleep in the super comfortable bed dressed in eco-designed “LIVE N DREAM” comfort bedding and pillows – a real treat which anyone with young children will agree!

Nespresso with Novotel #1000 stories

#1000 stories with Novotel

#1000 stories with Novotel

Any hotel which offers Nespresso on tap is a winner for me. I love being able to have a strong coffee in the comfort of my pyjamas before heading down to breakfast.

nespresso with Novotel #1000 stories

I was racing out the door first thing the next day on my way to Blogfest so I just had enough time to grab a quick bite to eat from the breakfast buffet which included a nice selection of continental and cooked options. I probably should have loaded up more but I was, of course, being characteristically late!

Breakfast was served with view. The cosy cobbled streets and iconic red telephone box set the scene for a traditional London landscape. Morning was rising with a cool dampness to the air and I was excited for the day ahead meeting lots of fellow bloggers. It was such a shame I couldn’t explore the area as from what I had seen it had so much to offer. I’d love to go back again with the boy’s when I had more time to take a look around the area; especially as they offer great facilities for families. The hotel was so close to the train station it was really convenient to navigate to despite feeling quite far out initially.

#1000 stories with Novotel

Greenwich has a unique village feel to it, home to a World Herritige site, a Prime Meridian and where hemispheres meet. It’s so easy to get to out of central London, and the over ground train takes you through the winding tracks above Canary Wharf’s waterways which is never something I’ve seen from such a perspective.

I loved that all the toiletries were Fairtrade. Novotel is committed to PLANET 21, the sustainable development programme of the AccorHotels and there are many eco friendly materials used throughout the hotel.

Novotel #1000 stories blog 

Thanks to Novotel, Greenwich for inviting me to stay. You can take a further look at my stay at over on my YouTube 

If you stay with Novotel make sure you tag #1000stories on social media to share your story.

 

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I was so pleased when this gorgeous box of My Little Piccolo organic baby food pouches arrived on the doorstep last month. Both my boys are the biggest fans of fruit pouches even now and the Piccolo organic purées are just so lovely I was thrilled for them to try them out.

Piccolo organic baby food pouches

If you’ve been reading my blog since the early days (thank you!!) then you may well have read my post about weaning and preparing food for your little one. You might also have caught my post written second child in about the cheats way of weaning when you don’t even have time to prepare food for yourself!

Piccolo organic baby food pouches

But it’s not just fruit, My Little Piccolo have cleverly disguised lots of healthy veg within these delicious pouches so I can relax when they refuse their homemade supper (seriously, how annoying is it when that happens!!) because I know that they have got some amazing goodness from the Italian inspired pouch offered with their meal. They are also fab for days out because they don’t need to be refrigerated if they are unopened so they’re perfect for car journeys or picnics. Oh and teething. Uh-mazing for teething when they won’t eat anything else!! You can also freeze them in ice lolly moulds for when they want to gnaw on something to ease their swollen gums.

Piccolo organic baby food pouches

I honestly love everything about them, even the packaging – especially the packaging! The flavours are delicious, yet so interesting, which all include a nod to their Mediterranean roots. Apple & Apricot with a pinch of cinnamon, Peach & Apple with a hint of basil, Banana, Blueberry and Apple with a hint of vanilla, Squash, Red Pepper & Chickpea with a hint of rosemary, Cherry & Yoghurt with wholegrain oats and Spring Greens with a hint of mint.

Piccolo organic baby food pouches

I really can’t wait for the next range of flavours to be announced, they are bound to be as big of a hit with my boys. They are perfect for all ages if you want to get some organic goodness into your child.

Piccolo also donates 10% of its profits to food education, and is the first baby food brand to work in partnership with the prestigious National Childbirth Trust (NCT), the UK’s largest parenting charity. So all the good feels.

Piccolo organic baby food pouches

I am so pleased that we got to try out these organic food pouches because I’ve never seen my boys wolf down veg like it!

If you want to get hold of a pouch to test out yourself then head to the below for stockists. I don’t think you will be left dissatisfied, and your bubbas certainly won’t be left hungry! Have you tried the range of Piccolo baby food pouches before?

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It’s no surprise that when we were telling people of our plans to take our 10 month old baby traveling we were met with a lot of shocked expressions and “wow you’re brave” comments. And of course we were concerned about certain aspects of it and knew we’d need some tips for traveling with a baby. But I can honestly say that it was so so easy. It really wasn’t any different to being back home, apart from adjusting to the time zones and a couple of difficult bed times. So if you are in the position to be able to take your baby on a long holiday then please don’t be put off.

TIPS FOR FLYING WITH A ABABY OR CHILD

The flight;
I wrote some tips here on how to survive the flight. During our first 9 hour flight Henry only slept for 45 minutes so we certainly needed some serious distraction tools. For us snacks worked better than toys. We were able to make a box of raisins last about an hour at one point! We took 6 flights in total and Henry was brilliant, so much better than I anticipated in a confined space at funny times of the day. My main tip would be to try to get the bulkhead so that you have a lot more room by your feet for them to have freedom and you can get the bassinet for them to sleep in if you can get them down. If you expect the worst, they will probably pleasantly surprise you!
Our 7am flight from LA to Vancouver.
Jet Lag;
I won’t lie, the first 4 days were very early starts. He would wake at around 4am and be ready to start the day playing! And it was also tricky when we returned home. If you’re looking for tips to readjust your child I would recommend the following;
Try and give them the first day to catch up on their sleep when they want to if like Henry they didn’t sleep much on the plane. Don’t book too much in, take the time to adjust.
Give them as much daylight during the day time hours, this adjusts their internal body clock most effectively if they are back to front.
Try and stick to your home routine as much and as quickly as possible, gradually introducing a later or earlier bed time depending on which way they are out.

tips for travelling with a baby

Timings;
Day 1 of our return;
Henry was spot on to his pre trip routine the day we got back – 2 naps and bath and bed at 6.30pm – talk about a false sense of security! At 9pm he woke up and would not go back to sleep despite shushing then almost an hours walk out in the pram. We came to the conclusion that he was just not ready for bed and so we allowed him to get up and play for a couple of hours before trying him back again at 11.30. At this point Stuart and I hadn’t slept for over 37 hours so we were tired little bunnies. Luckily for us Henry slept in until 11.30am – so 12 hours, just the wrong times!
Day 2 – Awake at 10am, bedtime 9pm
Day 3 – Awake at 9am, bedtime 8pm
Day 4 – Awake slight slip back to 10am, bedtime 9.15pm
Day 5 – Awake at 8am, bedtime 7.30pm
Day 6 – Awake at 7.30am, bedtime 7pm
Tomorrow let’s hope for normal 6.30am wake up and 6.30pm bedtime!
My main advice would be, don’t book anything too intensive in for the first few days. This will help limit the stress for both you and your baby. We were lucky that we were staying with our friends in Chicago for a week, so we had loads of space for him to play in for those first few early starts, and we could limit our adventures until he was settled.

tips for travelling with a baby

Packing;
We certainly didn’t travel light, and that was mainly due to the amount of time we were away for and the 2 extreme climates we had to dress for – Canada in April and California in May! If you are struggling with luggage weight limits I would recommend that you try not to bring too many of the same thing, such as sleep suits and vests as there will always be washing facilities within the hotel or nearby. You shouldn’t need towels as all hotels have them for both showering and swimming. Think about how many days you may have by the pool or on the beach as these days you won’t necessarily need a full outfit for them on top of their swimming outfits (sadly ours wasn’t such a holiday this time!). Think also about your traveling days as you could think about using a sleep suit for the aeroplane rather than an outfit (my experience is that they get utterly filthy from crawling around on the floor during the hours of waiting for planes.) Here are my top 3 products I wouldn’t go away without.

tips for travelling with a baby, the review

Driving;
It goes without saying to time your naps around your traveling needs of course; as you would do at home. But this was really key for us as a couple of days we had a lot of ground to cover. We would set off straight away after breakfast so Henry would have 1hr 20mins plus another 40 mins or so of being amused looking out of the window. Then a break for lunch and a play somewhere he could get out and explore, followed by the same during his after lunch nap. This only happened a couple of days as usually we would limit our driving to 1 sleeps worth every few days.
 tips for travelling with a baby
Day time Activities;
It was really important to us to make sure Henry was getting enough mental and physical activity as possible, so if you’re feeling the same I’d suggest you do some research to see where local soft play and children’s centres are. In America they have “Children’s Museums” which are fantastic and we were given passes by our friends in Chicago to the local one there which was packed full of amazing activities for all ages of children, Henry had an amazing time exploring. We found loads of these around the States. The beach was also a huge hit for our boy who’d never felt the sand between his toes before and on cooler days he would spend hours playing with it, fascinated.

tips for travelling with a baby

After 6 weeks, 6 flights, and 4 time zones we certainly learnt a lot as well as seeing a fantastic array of beautiful sites, and these are just a few tips, but please get in touch if you wanted any further advice for your upcoming trip. Try not to let the planning and preparation stress you out and enjoy the memories you’ll be making with your family.
 tips for travelling with a baby the review
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Last week I was thrilled to have been invited along to the Space NK store opening in Winchester. If you follow my YouTube channel I am sure you will know I am a total beauty & skincare addict so this was my idea of heaven!

SNK-Signage

The closest Space NK store to us is about an hour away so I am so pleased they have opened their stunning new store in Winchester, Hampshire. The building, once used for tea dances (cute), has been renovated to a beautiful standard and it lends itself perfectly to the luxury brands it houses. The original beams, low ceilings and period features really give it an authentic apothecary feel.

SNK-NARS

The store was full to the brim with my absolute favourite skincare and beauty brands. From NARS to Becca and Rodial through to Zelens. All brands which aren’t readily available on the high street.

As you may know, I love Sephora and have filmed a few hauls over on my channel. However being an overseas store, it’s not exactly easy to get my hands on things. I can’t tell you how pleased I am that I now have these amazing brands on my doorstep, and what’s more I can go in, talk through my needs, wants & wishes with expertly trained staff who will be able to personally help me find the right products. The staff don’t get sales based commission which really makes me feel like the advice and service they are giving me is what’s right for me and not because they have to push particular products out the door!

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What’s more, if you want to try that super expensive serum, but you have really sensitive skin (like me) then you can take away a generous sized sample and test it out for a couple of weeks to make sure you’re not going to waste your money on something you skin doesn’t like or isn’t suitable for your needs.

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I didn’t quite count how many ladies there were, but there were expert make up artists on hand to do full make overs if you so wish, or touch ups, test colours/specific looks out on you which would be amazing if you had no idea what you were doing when it came to make up, wanted to try out a new look, or even if you had a night out to get ready for!

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I spent over an hour just browsing everything, I was oohing and ahhing at each shelf, one after the other. I can’t tell you how much I loved it. The store was so hotly anticipated that they had a queue of almost 100 people waiting patiently before they even managed to open the doors first thing! I’m glad I’m not the only totally obsessed skincare addict!

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At the back of the store, beyond the skincare and make up, was a treasure trove of beautiful smelling goodies like luxury candles and Himalayan bath salts. Plus hair styling products and organic hand and body treatments from many brands I am yet to try. My wish list was already far too long and I have definitely increased my Christmas list 5 fold since my visit.

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Have you visited the newly opened Space NK in Winchester? What did you think? What’s on your beauty wish list? I’d love to know!

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Take a look at my latest video featuring some of the bits I picked up at Space NK!

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