I wanted to share with you some of our travel diaries because since I have started vlogging more and more I realise how much I love being able to look back on all the amazing things we have done as a family and I didn’t really ever get round to putting many words down while we were traveling. I also didn’t vlog back then which is such a shame. I hope you don’t mind these little travel updates here and there, hopefully if anyone is looking to visit any of the places we have been to it will help serve as a guide!

Well, without further ado…

My heart smiled as I woke up to the sun rising over the Canadian Rockies. We are so fortunate to be here, I thought. We did it.

The decision to take our baby, Henry, traveling didn’t come easily. All sorts of worries and concerns consumed us, but having traveled the world both solo and on honeymoon with Stu, we knew that the process of actually traveling wasn’t as daunting a task as when you’re actually there, living it.

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As we drove in from Calgary, I frantically took photos, each corner we turned the view better than the last. Little did I know what laid ahead of us. We had picked up our hire car at Calgary airport where we’d flown into from Chicago and after spending 2 hours trying to sort out and fit the car seat we had rented we were finally on our way. The drive was less than 2 hours including my constant requests for Stuart to stop so I could take more photos! As we got closer the scenery got even more stunning and the mountains grew to tower over us.

Banff Travel Diaries traveling with a baby

We couldn’t believe our eyes when we drove into Banff, pure beauty. Picture perfect. We arrived in April and the weather was just turning a corner from the bitter winter. The snow was melting, but we were there just in time to see the last of it. It was perfect.

The travel diaries with a baby, Banff Canada

Banff itself is a beautiful little town. It’s pretty small which is part of its charm. Because of the time of year and that ski season was probably coming to an end, it wasn’t particularly busy, which was good for us. I expect during high season it gets very busy with tourists and skiers alike. Personally I think we visited at the very best time. It wasn’t uncomfortably cold as we had braved ourselves for, but the snow was still around, helping the beautiful scenery live up to our expectations. Everything was walking distance and easily accessible within the town, although we did need the car to go off venturing up to the mountains.

The travel diaries with a baby, Banff Canada  The travel diaries with a baby, Banff Canada

The travel diaries with a baby, Banff Canada

The travel diaries with a baby, Banff Canada

The travel diaries with a baby, Banff Canada

Not too sure what this pose was all about, I think I was excited that they had upgraded our car for us. Luckily so too because we just managed to escape quite a bad snow storm on our way back to Calgary. The wheels on the cars were huge on most vehicles out there, totally different to our little cars in the UK. They know how to get about in bad weather!

The travel diaries with a baby, Banff Canada

The travel diaries with a baby, Banff Canada

We ventured out from Banff the short distance to Lake Louise, a beautiful lake renowned for it’s majestic views, mountains alive with wildlife and rich in activities for families and couples alike including hiking and walking, gondola rides, tubing, skating, rafting & canoeing, and biking. The day we visited the lake was still fully frozen over, a sharp contrast to the mirrored water which glistens throughout summer.  It was so bright and the sun reflected so greatly off of the pure white snow we found it hard to stay outside for much time, especially for little Henry who spent the whole time sneezing!!

The travel diaries with a baby, Banff Canada

Lake Louise The travel diaries with a baby, Banff Canada

The travel diaries with a baby, Banff Canada

We had the most brilliant time visiting Banff and I feel so fortunate to have seen so much natural beauty, and not get eaten by a bear. That’s always a bonus.

I hope you like reading these kind of posts. Travel is a huge passion of mine and I love sharing these memories and being able to look back on them. Looking forward to sharing more adventures.

The travel diaries with a baby, Banff Canada

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Sadly my Mother’s Day didn’t quite work out the way we had planned, in fact it was pretty much a total fail. I woke from my slumber, after a full nights sleep and lay in, to Stuart rather frantically explaining that I might want to come and see something before I get ready for our day out…Interesting I thought, new car with a shiny big bow on it out the front perhaps??

As we headed downstairs Stuart explained that our baby boy had not stopped being sick so far this morning. My poor bubba, he’s never been sick a day in his little life. Immediately I knew that all hopes of our special day out were out of the window. Mothering instinct kicked in and all I wanted to do was to make sure our little Georgie was safe and felt ok.

mother's Day fail the Ordinary Moments

Our little man spent the whole day still, a sad expression on his pained face, not moving from the sofa unless it was in the direction of the “bucket”. Such a contrast to our happy, lively boy who spends his day tearing around noisily after his big brother.

I was treated to lots of lovely homemade gifts from the boys (thanks nursery!!) and Stuart spoilt me with some really lovely presents and a few shop runs later I was surrounded by carbohydrates…who needs a fancy lunch anyway??

mother's Day fail the Ordinary Moments

It may not have been the Mother’s Day we had planned, but within that moment of first running down the stairs to see our beautiful baby boy looking so poorly and dependant on us, it felt like the imperfect perfection of what motherhood means, what it gives us when we become mother’s. I felt fiercely protective and so guilty that I couldn’t help him. I felt needed and depended upon, sad that he was feeling this way and that it was out of my control but happy that he chose me to be his Mummy, that I could look after him when he needed me most. And proud that he was so brave, taking it all in his stride, like the boss that he is!

I felt sad that I couldn’t see my own Mum, as she is on holiday. I’ve been missing her so much and especially so on Mother’s Day. I would be totally lost without her and the boys absolutely adore her. I never take for granted how lucky I am to have a mother whom I love so dearly and have been fortunate to have 2 sons of my own who are so precious to us.

mother's Day fail the Ordinary Moments

Shout out to this little ledge who was also housebound all day and managed to keep himself occupied in between going in to “check on Georgie” #cute

mother's Day fail the Ordinary Moments

I hope you have all had less of a fail this Mother’s Day. Mine may not have been perfect, but at least it was spent with my favourite people.

 

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I’ve been really getting into making Birthday presents recently and I think this Succulent terrarium is a really special gift to give to someone, especially for Mother’s Day, because I think it’s nice to make something a little bit different rather than buying a bunch of flowers or chocs from the supermarket. Plus it’s so nice to know that it will last a lot longer, and look pretty cool too!

 

How To Make A Succulent Terrarium DIY Tutorial

I got my set from Not On The Highstreet, from a lovely little shop called Dingading Terrariums, they do so many different shapes, sizes and metals, but I really liked how this one looked and thought it would be a perfect size for a shelf.

How To Make A Succulent Terrarium DIY Tutorial

 

I chose the set which came with a succulent, but you can easily find all the internal components, including the plant, from Homebase or B&Q and just purchase the terrarium on its own. But I liked that it all came in one box and I didn’t have to buy it all separately.

How To Make A Succulent Terrarium DIY Tutorial

As you can see from the video it only took a couple of minutes to make it and it is so easy. Check out the video if you would like to see how to make your very own succulent terrarium.

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I have always been a massive fan of Caroline Hirons and when I heard she was doing a product collaboration with the legendary brand Pixi I couldn’t have been more pleased to find out it was a double cleanse product. Caroline is the queen of the double cleanse, her trademark beauty must-do, so this was just the perfect beauty product for her first release.

Testing the Pixi x Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse REVIEW

If you’re reading this thinking what the F is a double cleanse when it’s at home…then let me explain, to quote Caroline herself, ‘if you’ve spent time putting it on, then take time taking it off’ ergo, it’s worth your time to present your face full of make up, or just grime, (gross) with more than just a face wipe at the end of your busy day. You need two different cleansers – something oily to attack make-up and oil from your face, and something water-based to eliminate more skin level dirt, such as sweat and environmental muck. Additionally, you don’t want to be using an expensive cleanser just to tackle the make up, leaving out the actual task of cleansing your skin.

Testing the Pixi x Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse REVIEW

I have filmed a video which includes a full review and live demo, which you can watch here, but I wanted to give you a quick run down of my thoughts of the Pixi double cleanse here too.

double cleanse by pixi review

Firstly, the oily cleanser. This shiz will melt away any trace of make up on your face…in the video I had been filming all day and I had re-applied make-up about 4 times throughout the day, so it had it’s work cut out, and it slid through my face and melted off all my make-up, including my waterproof mascara, leaving my skin feeling so clean already…this is only stage one!

Testing the Pixi x Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse REVIEW

Now onto the creamy cleanser. What I love about this is that you can work it into the skin for a really long time without it just disappearing within a few circular motions of the face. It feels like you can really get to work with it and get your skin totally clean. I love that you don’t need to use a huge amount, just a fingernail amount will do the job. I think anyone who has it is probably having their own internal battle not to use one side up before the other! I know my balm side is going quicker than the creamy side, but that’s probably because I just love it so much on my skin.

 

A couple of additional features of the double cleanse which I love are that it’s not fragranced; now, I know some people really love the smell of the products they use, and sometimes that can be a selling point in itself (I love the smell of a good spa as much as the rest of you) but personally I like that it’s non-offensive…just in case they had got this part wrong (highly unlikely, I know) I also love that it’s so compact and easy for travel being a 2 in 1. Admittedly the packaging is quite bulky, but it’s definitely smaller than taking 2 sets of cleansers with you.

Testing the Pixi x Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse REVIEW

So here’s my face…Squeaky clean. Oh, side note…if you wanted to watch my adult acne journey video, you can do so here. Equally, how I cover it is here! Ha, not sure I can squeeze any more links into one sentence 😉

Testing the Pixi x Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse REVIEW

Caroline very kindly sent me a pot of my own, however I wholeheartedly enjoy using this product and I will be re-purchasing it once it runs out. I have been using it every night and my Oskia Renaissance cleanser in the morning. I hope you like this review, have you tried it?

Watch the video here if you’d like to see the Pixi double cleanse in action!

 

 

 

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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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