Travel essentials

New York 2018: Three Wardrobe Essentials

Eek. It’s been a little while since I last updated you lovely readers on just how exciting 2018 has proven to be so far! Of course the most exciting news of all is that we’re off to NEW YORK! Those who know me in real life know only too well just how much this trip means to me. I’ve wanted to visit since I was a small child. I always wanted to live in America, and New York was the pinnacle for me. I was (and still am) totally in love with the movie postcard city scenes. I want to ride in a yellow cab. I want to ice skate at Central Park. I want to watch the sun set over Brooklyn Bridge and to look out from the Statue of Liberty’s crown… and next month I WILL! The original plan had been to go for my 30th birthday, and believe me back then when we only had one child it would have been so much easier! As it turns out, this trip is a 40th birthday present and the child count had quadrupled but there you go! And so on to the planning. Of course, I’ve been obsessing over where to go and what to do for some months now, but the finder details of our trip are yet to be organised. The question on my mind right now? What ON EARTH do I pack? Please, if you’ve been to New York in early March let me know in the comments if I’m way off track in this post. I give you, New York 2018: Three Wardrobe Essentials that I need in my life right now… (more…)

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Christmas Travel with mifold- our initial thoughts

We were recently sent a new and rather exciting product to test out over Christmas. the mifold car seat. On first glances, it doesn’t look anything like a traditional car seat and to be honest, at first Ghostwriterdaddy and I were a little confused… here are our initial thoughts on the mifold car seat- I’ll update you on when we return from our Christmas travels!

The mifold

Christmas travel with mifold- our initial thoughts_ car seat is billed as the ‘grab and go’ booster seat- ideal for journeys where you need to preserve as much room in the car as possible, or for play dates and impromptu pick ups. It’s ten times smaller than the average booster seat, but just as safe. Because of it’s size, it can fit easily into the glove box, or under the passenger seat for safe storage. It’s portable, so your child can take it to school with them if they’re off to a friend’s house for a play. It can easily fit in the back seat, thus eliminating the ‘how do we fit three car seats along the back’ problem.  (more…)

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Travel Essentials part four- SHolder giveaway exclusive!

This is the final part of my travel essentials reviews. Now, this is one product that I had to turn down in the end. It wasn’t an easy task as the product itself looks amazing and I really wanted one BUT the toddler is too small and the big one, I know, would not wear it without fussing. I also felt it wasn’t quite what I was looking for for a holiday in Florida. However, I did think that it was such a fabulous new product that I agreed to host a giveaway as part of this feature. So, let me introduce the SHolder.

The SHolder is a new, innovative product that has only just been launched onto the market, so its likely that you won’t have seen many around yet. Its designed for kids aged between 3 and 9 years old and literally allows you to try some of that ‘hands free’ parenting you sometimes hear about…

The following features come as standard: security name tag; reflective strips for safety; zip pocket for valuables; a weatherproof mac/ poncho and a water bottle holder. Its basically a fun shoulder sash that allows children to grab a taste of independence. As you can see from the picture, kids can carry all the important stuff during days out, which leaves your bag free to carry all of your important rubbish stuff instead.


The SHolder comes in two sizes, 3-5yrs and 6-9yrs. For more information, you can  call 08453 90 80 68 or email


I have one SHolder Kit to giveaway to  one lucky reader! All you need to do is leave me a comment with your email address, and tell me about a super family day out that you have had recently. It doesn’t need to be a long comment, just a few lines that lets me know about the fab ways you make days out fun. One entry will be chosen at random in one week’s time- Tuesday 9th August 2011 at 4pm.

The giveaway is open to UK residents only and the prize is one SHolder Kit in your specified size. The kit will be sent out by MummyMitts.

So that’s it- what are you waiting for? This looks like such a fab product, I would love to know what you think!


Travel Essentials part three: Bubblebum car seat and Sound Asleep speaker pillow

As part three of my travel with kids feature, here are two more fantastic products that are designed to make the whole ordeal experience a little easier.

Firstly, the Bubblebum car seat. This is another product that is definitely going to be taking up its rightful place in my suitcase. We’ve booked car seats with the hire car but this is still one prouct that I know will come in very handy. The Bubblebum compresses down into a small pouch and can be carried with you wherever you go. When you need to use it, you simply blow it up! Genious. It complies with all the safety regulations so it perfectly fine to use for older children who just need a booster seat. I won’t be using it for the toddler, but the big one has already put it to good use when she’s been picked up from school by other parents etc. The plan is to take it with us, stash is under the buggy and if she wants to ride home at a different time with my parents or one of my sisters, there is no need for us all to trek back to our car to change car seats. She just inflates her Bubblebum (!) and she’s away. Simple.  As always, I shall be posting a follow up review to the Bubblebum car seat once we return.

The second travel essential we have been lucky enough to review is for the big one again, although I have a feeling I may be pinching it at some point. The Sound Asleep speaker pillow is a great idea- it shapes around your shoulders and has little speakers built in close to the ears. This means the big one can listen to books on CD or any of her favourite music during the flight or car journeys. We’ve yet to try this out on a journey but the big one has tried the cushion at home and it looks like  a good fit. Its not suitable for kids under 5 so, again, the toddler won’t be using this. My only reservation is the volume of the speakers and whether or not it will disturb fellow passengers. We shall see. On the plus side, its way more comfortable than headphones so that could be a major plus. Once again, I shall be posting a follow up review.

Tomorrow I shall be letting you in on one final product, which I shall be giving away to one lucky reader. Don’t forget to pop back to find out what it is!

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