He doesn’t appear very often on my blog or on my instagram and I rarely write about him, we don’t need to publicly declare our love and it goes without saying that he’s a great dad. But actually I am going to say it. If this little blog is going to be a record of how our life looks now, then this picture of Annie and her daddy says it all. JORD got in touch with me and asked if I’d like to review their wood watches and I decided it would be a great chance to give my lovely husband a thank you gift for being so amazing.
The past couple of months since I’ve been commuting to an office once again, he’s had to pick up all the slack at home. He always helped out anyway, we’ve probably shared school and nursery runs 50/50 but now it’s pretty much always him. And when Annie was first born he did a 4 day week to spend time with her, so he’s pretty happy to be doing the same now with Evan. He likes being with the kids as much as I do and you can tell they love us equally. I know not every child is so lucky to have both parents be so hands on. So this is my public thank you to my husband, please consider this your valentines / father’s day and birthday present for this year!
Anyway, onto the review. I chose the Conway Kosso & Midnight Blue for him because he couldn’t decide, he liked the Sawyer series and the Dover series and pretty much every colourway of them all. I thought this one would go well with his navy blue suit as well as a couple of his shirts and jumpers. It arrived quicker than I expected from the US, around 2 weeks I think. There was a customs charge of about £16 because it costs over £135, so make sure you order when you’ve got time to get to the post office. Luckily my husband was pretty excited about this arriving so he offered to get it!
The packaging is gorgeous, it’s a solid wooden box which will now be living on my husbands bedside table. The watch itself is so much nicer in real life than I was expecting but I think wooden items always are – it’s such a tactile material. The colours are exactly what I was hoping for, it’s such a rich coloured wood and it goes beautifully with the midnight blue face. My husband is made up, he’s wearing it at every opportunity.
If you’d like to win a $100 gift code to spend on a JORD wood watch, enter via this link: https://www.woodwatches.com/g/anniebobs
N.B. Thank you to JORD for sending the watch in exchange for an honest review.
Luxury Wooden Watch
You might remember back in September, when it was still warm, I reviewed some coats by Lighthouse. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably seen that my Reva coat has had a fair bit of use out of it now so I thought I’d add to my review of it and confirm that yes I still love it.
It’s my go-to coat for the winter, even above my beloved Zara coat from last year. It’s really warm, long enough and the hood actually works. I’m not normally a hood fan but I forgot my umbrella this morning so unfortunately had to test it out on the way to the office. I love that it’s a bright colour, perfect for gloomy wintery days. And it’s been well tested around the Lake District for warmth – it’s freezing up here at the minute!
The kids also got coats from Lighthouse – Evan’s had slightly more wear out of his Ollie jacket than Annie has out of her Ellie rain coat, but that’s because she’s at school most days so she wears a bigger coat just in case. They’re both more suited to the Autumn / Spring than winter as they’re not thick coats, so they’ll both be in them more once the weather warms up a bit.
If you’re in need of a decent coat, I’d really recommend these – plus there’s a sale on now (link below). For more pictures of our coats, take a look at the original review post here.
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Messy Me make wipe clean products for babies and toddlers in a range of stylish prints and useful products. They asked if I’d review one of their products and I chose The Messy Mat in Olive Grey, I love the grey and white star print. As the name suggests it’s a mat that’s used in places that will get messy, I’ve put this one under the children’s table in our living room. We regularly have snacks here and do craft sessions but for messier things that might ruin the carpet we use the kitchen table so the living room stays cleaner.
With the mat underneath I thought I’d let Evan have some soup in the living room, I didn’t really consider that he would then be very close to his toys – poor Mickey got a bath in tomato soup! The mat did it’s job and the soup was cleaned up easily from the wipe clean fabric. We also recently had our very first mince pie of the season and it turns out that Evan really likes them! Bob did the clearing up for me, scavenging under the table for any crumbs he could find. Normally I’d have to hoover up after a snack like that but again the Messy Mat (and Bob!) made sure the crumbs didn’t reach the carpet.
The size of it is perfect for under our little table or under a highchair, any bigger and it would be a trip hazard. I just leave it under the table but it does fold quite small so you could just as easily get it out each mealtime or use it when you’re out and about.
If you have a baby or a toddler then you need things that’ll make cleaning up after them easier and that you don’t mind looking at for potentially a few years, until you know your house is safe! I really like Messy Me products and think you will too, to view their collection of products click here.
N.B. Messy Me sent me The Messy Mat in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own.
I was asked to review the KidloLand app just before we went to Disneyworld which was perfect timing. It was our first time flying long haul so I wanted to make sure all bases were covered! Evan doesn’t really play with the tablets yet, he prefers just to watch Peppa Pig but I thought I’d give it a go with him. I knew Annie would love it, she’s always happy to get extra playing time on the iPad.
I couldn’t get Evans attention with this on the way there – he’s a very active toddler who does not like being made to sit down especially for such a long time. The flight was pretty awful, we couldn’t find much that he wanted to sit down and do! The way home was better because it was a night flight so he was already tired. He sat in his pram and watched some of the dinosaur nursery rhymes with Annie while we were in the queue. When we were on the flight I used the KidloLand lullabies to send him to sleep. It was so sweet, he was watching for about 10 minutes before he gave in.
It worked on Annie too but she only stayed asleep for an hour so she played the games and listened to stories for the rest of the flight. She figured out that when you press on the picture while the story is playing, the scene changes slightly, those little details help to hold her attention. Annie’s favourite is Meow Meow Farmer, a game with lots of little puzzles that she can easily do.
If you’re looking for a new children’s app I would recommend this one, especially if you have more than one child – there’s a lot of variety so it’d suit most children. My almost 5 year old and almost 2 year old both enjoyed using it and I’m sure it’ll be used on many more journeys. Click the links to download the app for your device: iOS, Google Play Store, Amazon Appstore. The apps are free to install but there are in app purchases. Let me know if you try it out with your kids and if they like it as much as mine do.
Lighthouse asked me to review some coats from their Autumn Winter 2016 collection so we tested them out at the windiest place I know, South Walney Nature Reserve. There also happens to be a beautiful beach and a lighthouse so it’s a lovely day out. I chose the Reva coat in Plum for myself, the Ella in cloud print for Annie and the Ollie in shark print for Evan but there are a lot of beautiful autumnal coats to choose from.
When they arrived I knew I’d found my new school run coat, the plum colour is beautiful and it’s really snug. I got a size 10 and it fits perfectly but there’s still room in it if I need to add an extra layer once it gets colder. There’s toggles so you can cinch the waist in too, always a good thing. The kids coats are fleece lined raincoats and both have elasticated hoods so they’ll be perfect for keeping them warm when we go puddle-jumping.
South Walney Nature Reserve is such a lovely place for a walk with the family. There’s cattle roaming freely so Evan was in his element mooing at the cows and counting them (two, ten, two, ten…). Annie loves map-reading, so she was in charge of holding it and looking out for the red markers we were following, it became a celebration every time she found one. We looked out from one of the hides to see if we could spot any seals, the tide was in and visibility was good so I bet we’d have spotted one if the kids weren’t so impatient to keep going!
We followed the trail along the beach towards the lighthouse and back, it was Evan’s first time walking it instead of being carried / pushed and he did really well but we couldn’t do the full trail. Annie loved looking out towards Barrow and Piel Island, there’s stunning views of Piel castle and she’s requested that we go there next. Evan’s favourite part was throwing stones in the water and jumping up and down in the waves, we had to drag him away from the beach! It’s a beautiful place and you get the best driftwood, we even brought back a big piece for Bob because dogs aren’t allowed at the nature reserve. He loves driftwood much more than regular sticks, must be the added salt!
As you can see from the pictures, we’ve got beautiful sunny weather here at the moment so thankfully haven’t been able to test out how waterproof the coats are. I’m sure it won’t be long before we can though! There’s that saying ‘there’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing’ and we’ve found the right clothes to keep us warm and dry this Autumn / Winter. As you’ll have seen on my instagram and here on the blog, we love the outdoors whatever the weather. Some of our best beach trips this year have been on colder days. If you’re looking for some beautiful new coats to help you stay outdoorsy through the winter, take a look at the Lighthouse website.
Thank you to Lighthouse for sending us the coats in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.