Summer Infant’s Baby Pixel Monitor

We were asked to review Summer Infant’s newest baby monitor earlier this month and after a few weeks of use, it is definitely one to consider if you’re in the market for a new baby monitor.
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This monitor is packed with features parents will love:
* Enhanced Colour Night Vision
* Virtual Boundary
* Move the camera by tilting the parent unit
* 5 inch colour touch screen
* Sound activated LED lights
* Voice Activated technology ensures the screen switches on when the baby stirs.
* 3 x digital zoom
* two way talk back
* nursery temperature and clock display on parent unit

….. just to name a few !

When we got the monitor the first thing we did was charge it – it says to charge it for 7 hours before use. We then found a safe place for the camera to sit in our little ones room. It can either sit on a counter / shelf or you can place it on a screw in the wall. Included are clips to help you secure the cord to the wall so that your baby cant grab a hold of it.
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The monitor is touchscreen and of a great size. There Volume buttons on the side and sound activated LED lights across the top alert you to any noise / movement in the nursery. You’re able to move the camera either by pressing the screen or tilting it which is a great feature.
I love the talk back feature, if you need to reassure your little one without actually going into their room.  I would recommend using the power safe mode which prolongs battery life. I would keep the unit plugged in overnight (you can change the brightness of the screen so it doesn’t keep you awake with the glare) and would then use it for approx 2 hours during my daughters nap, i’d then turn it off and use it again for approx 3 hours in the evening without needing to plug it in. The camera has a 240m range and you’re able to add up to 3 extra cameras if you need to keep an eye on multiple children.

 

Another nifty feature is their Sleepzone Virtual Boundary Alert feature which allows you to set a virtual boundary on the parent unit and you’ll be alerted when your little one moves out of the boundary.
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The camera has a night light on it which illuminates red to help the baby fall asleep and can then be changed to blue once the baby is asleep.

You can also use the Moonlite enhanced colour night vision to have a full colour view of your little one.

Retailing at £199.99 this monitor is a higher end monitor but I would recommend it as it does have a lot of features that others out there don’t have. Find out more (or to order yours) click here.

Moccis – Hand sewn Swedish Moccasins

I was looking for something for my daughter to wear on her feet as the air turns a bit chilly. All of the slippers out there seem to be too warm and then I saw Moccis – they’re basically a sock with a soft leather sole hand stitched onto it. They’re soft, durable, slip free, washable and have an invisible support strap that stops kids from kicking them off.


My daughter (2 years) has had hers for over 2 weeks now and they’re perfect to put on in the morning when she gets up, before we’ve had a chance to change and get dressed for the day.

If you’re into ethical products, this one is for you – Moccis are hand made in Sweden and their workers are paid fairly. The designs are limited and uniquely chosen by a Swedish mom / artist. Wearing Moccis are very close to being barefoot (which is recommended for muscle development) so are approved by podiatrists too.

Did I mention that they do adult sizes too? If you like twinning with your little one or just love the idea of these ‘slipper socks’ you can get them for yourself too.

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Children sizes start at £25 and adults from £37. They are on the higher end price wise but they are excellent quality and wash well meaning they should last. Have a look at their range here.

We have the ‘wolfie’ moccis but here are a few of my other favourite designs:

Paradise Wildlife Park – ‘A unique attraction in Hertfordshire’

If you’re looking for a great day out for the whole family, Paradise Wildlife Park should definitely be on your list. Situated in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire just off the A10 (near junction 25 on the M25) or if you’re travelling by train, they offer a pick up service from Broxbourne station (£3 per person, under 2’s go free).

Tickets are cheaper if booked online (have to be done at least the day before your visit) and there are normally discount codes available (PWP20 currently giving 20 % off – at time of publication). Cheaper prices are offered for kids, senior citizens and disabled (carers too) visitors – click here for more info. If you live locally you can also purchase annual passes which can be paid in one lump sum or monthly – I have one of these and have been over 20 times since March.

OK, what all can you see at Paradise Wildlife Park ?? As you can see by the map below, its quite a large park with many attractions.

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My daughter LOVES dinosaurs and as ‘WORLD OF DINOSAURS’ is right in front of you when you enter, i’ll start here.
This attraction opened in March this year – here you can experience 30 life sized, moving, ‘breathing’, roaring dinosaurs. Take a walk through the woods (and back in time) experiencing these big animals, there is also a dino train (Tickets £2 per person over 2 years old or free with an annual pass) that takes you through the World of Dinosaurs – be carful as some dinosaurs spit ! Don’t forget to see if you can uncover a dinosaur skeleton before you leave..

Another favourite of ours, especially during the warm summer we had was Paradise Lagoon. A lovely splash pool with slide and turfed picnic area. They have a little hut selling inflatables and ice creams which is a big hit with the little ones. Picnic tables are available meaning you can bring lunch from home and enjoy it whilst the little ones cool down in the pool.

Before heading over to the animal section there is a lovely play area with slides coming out of fire trucks and trains, climbing frames and an area with equipment adapted for wheelchair users too. There is another play area in the animal section which is covered. It has a climbing frame, sea saw and slides. If the weather isn’t great there is an indoor soft play area, Tumble Jungle with a cafe and coffee shop for mums and dads to rest and refuel.

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There is so much to see and do in the animal park, we love feeding the goats and sheep the fresh food (available to buy from the kiosks for £1), then over to BIG CAT TERRITORY.  If you’re lucky you may be able to see some of the big cats being fed which is awesome!

BCEYou can also feed the big cats / wolves – £199 during the week (£249 on weekends) – which is often half price for annual members ! After welcome drinks, you receive a health and safety briefing. Once in position you will feed your cat of choice through the bars of their enclosure.  The experience lasts 30 mins. The price includes access to the park and is wheelchair accessible too.
Click here for more info.
If you don’t fancy feeding one of the big cats / wolves, there are a few other animal experiences on offer (Meet the Red Pandas, Meerkats, Lemurs, get up close and personal with a sloth just to name a few). More info can be found here.

My daughter loves the penguin enclosure as well as the outback trail too. The monkeys are playful and loud and can be heard from almost all over the park – they’re definitely worth a visit.

We absolutely love our days at Paradise Wildlife Park, there is SO much to do there that even having gone 20 + times there are still bits of it we’ve not visited. If you’re looking for a fun, educational day out – Paradise Wildlife Park is for you!

 

 

 

 

Cuddledry – Cuddlebunny Toddler Towel

The same company that created the award winning hands free baby bath towel have created a toddler range, including the Cuddlebunny, Cuddleroar and Cuddlepanda. The cutest bath towels come in 2 sizes (1-3 and 3-6 years).

We were sent the cuddle bunny for Georgia (2 years) to try out.

Georgia loves bath time and hates getting out, there are often tears but ever since her bunny towel arrived, she loves getting out and lying in it. She particularly likes the bunny ears and tail.

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All Cuddledry products we’ve reviewed are of a very high quality and this is no different – the packaging it comes in is beautiful – Georgia loved carrying it around like a briefcase when it arrived. They retail for £29.99 which is on the expensive side but for a product thats used daily, its certainly lasted. It washes well and is still super soft.
Click here for more info or to buy your own. Use code FRIENDS15 to get 15 % discount at checkout.

I love taking her bath towel with us when we go away, its compact and light so these products are great for everyday use as well as while away.

 

DOCK & BAY microfibre towels

Do you hate how long normal beach towels take to dry ? or even worse, sand all over your damp towel? If your answer is yes then you need to try Dock & Bay’s microfibre towels.

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Andy and Benno designed the Dock & Bay towels with some great features:

* They’re the biggest on the market
* They fold up really small
* Sand slides right off due to the smooth texture
* They’re absorbent and smooth
* They dry up to 3 times faster than normal towels

We were sent a bundle that included XL and L towels as well as their mini ponchos – something for everyone in the family.

We’ve used the towels while camping, at home around the paddling pool and whilst away on holidays – here’s how we got on.

The first outing for the Mini Poncho and 2 of the towels was a camping trip. This product is perfect for camping or when going travelling. They’re small and take up no space in your bag and dry quickly! They’re also really trendy and the kids LOVE them

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The second outing was on our family holiday to the Costa Del Sol in July – the weather was perfect and we spent a lot of time around the pool. The girls all loved their ponchos which were perfect to pop them in whilst they had a snack in between swim sessions.
We did make it to the beach one morning but the girls weren’t fans of the cold sea so we aborted that mission and went back to the pool. Before we left i threw a bucket of sand on my towel to see what would happen when i picked it up, and just like the website says, it all slid off

Not only do they sell towels and ponchos for the kids, they also sell mens swim shorts that are made from 100 % recycled plastic bottles. Their Active collection is made up of 30% recycled plastic bottles. Last year they replaced all plastic bags used while transporting their goods and have replaced them with 100 % biodegradable materials

Dock & Bay have a brilliant ethos and are all about taking risks, living your best life all whilst building a more sustainable business.

Dock & Bay featured on Dragons Den in 2017 and received 3 offers (Tej Lalvani, Touker Suleyman and Deborah Meadon). They are now working with Deborah to ‘change the face of towels forever!’.

Get yours here. If you sign up to their mailing list you can get 10 % off when buying 2 or more products, they also offer free delivery within the UK.

Standon Calling Festival – a fabulous family day out

This year we were lucky enough to be able to visit our local family-friendly festival, Standon Calling in Hertfordshire, for the second time. Two years’ ago we went for the whole weekend and had a fabulous time, this year we were given day passes so we headed there on the Saturday. We had a large group of people with us this year, ranging from 9 years through to the 50s. What a perfect day out we had, with something for every age group. I have never thought of visiting a festival for a day, as usually we do the whole camping thing but if you can’t then it’s still worth a visit for the day.

We arrived about midday, wanting to be in time for the fancy dress parade. The costumes were literally ‘out of this world’! Excuse the pun ha…

Our boys spent two weeks perfecting their cosmic astronaut outfits, and really believed they were going to win with their creations…

Alas it was not to be, unfortunately for them there were many more awesome and show stopping fabulous outfits that they didn’t get a look in!

They didn’t seem to mind as they were totally in the zone and amazed at how great everyone looked, they forgot there was even a prize to be had.

The boys, Freddie and his friend Finley, both aged 9 were absolutely buzzing from start to finish, from dodgems, to bumper balls, music and dance and much more…

I did notice a big difference in what Freddie enjoyed this year in comparison to two years ago when he was 7. At 9 he seemed much more interested in the music and live acts than the children’s area. Now this is when I wondered if it was his age, or the fact that we didn’t camp and only went for the day. Every time I suggested doing an activity his friend and he were too focused on the acts on the stages. Music is a big part of their lives and their current idol, George Ezra, definitely stole the day for them.

There really is something for all ages at Standon Calling: here is a little look at what was on offer this year…

If you are thinking of visiting next year then why not grab some early bird tickets:

Weekend tickets are now available with entry to the festival from 12pm on Thursday 25thJuly 2019. Price includes camping in the general camp site or family camp site (car parking must be purchased separately). If you are looking for a little more luxury then opt for the Lavish Lands camp tickets, slightly more expensive but with hot showers, extra toilets, free parking and nearer to the festival.

Early Bird weekend prices (including booking fees) are:

£128.84 per adult

£118.12 16/17 yrs

£107.39 13-15 yrs

£38.74  4-12 yrs

£6.56   0-3 yrs

Pre-payment tickets and boutique camping tickets will be on sale soon and day tickets on sale spring 2019.

We are so excited to see what is going to be next years theme and will definitely be attending whatever the weather and hopefully camping again if our diary allows!

Some images courtesy of Standon Calling.

Chilly’s Bottles – Chilled or warm – you decide.

A few of my friends have told me about these amazing water bottles. When I say talking – I should say, RAVING about them. I got in touch with Chilly’s as I wanted to see what all the fuss was about – They are amazing. Perfect for every member of the family especially on days out.

They’re made with a double wall vacuum technology that keeps cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours and warm drinks warm for up to 12 hours. They’re also Eco-Friendly, reusing your bottle means you will use less single use plastic. It also helps you drink more water – I’ve always struggled to drink water but I’ve been drinking it by the bottle load as theres nothing better than ice cold water on a hot day.

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We received the bottles in the midst of the UK Heatwave a few weeks ago. I put iced water in it straight away and headed out to a friends house. I forgot to take my bottle out of my bag which was in direct sunlight. I went for a sip and when I picked up the bottle, the outside was warm – i thought ‘oh no!’ but when I had a sip, the water was still lovely and cold.

My husband was sceptical at first but he drinks a lot of water through the night so I gave him my bottle and told him to test it for himself – the next morning he was sold! We went on a family holiday to the South of France last week and we took our 2 Chilly’s bottles with us – the temp was no lower than 33c degrees all week, with one day reaching 38c. We spent a lot of time around the pool, meaning our bottles lay around in the sun all day, for days on end – but the result was always the same – our water was always the same temp it was when we filled the bottles.

One note of advice – after reading a few comments on the Chilly’s Facebook page I saw people saying their water hadn’t been cold after leaving it in the fridge or it wasn’t as warm as they’d have expected after a few hours. Chilly’s recommend that you fill the bottle with iced cold water from the fridge, as apposed to using tap water and then refrigerating it in the bottle. The double walled technology means that if your water is room temperature when you put it in the bottle and then into the fridge, thats the temp it will be even if left in the fridge over night. And the same with hot drinks, they advise you to pour boiled water from the kettle into your bottle, warming it up before you add your coffee / tea to keep it warm for up to 12 hours.

Not only do Chilly’s sell bottles, they sell tumblers, food pots and accessories too. The bottles come in 4 sizes, 260ml, 500ml, 750ml and 1.8l. Ranging from £15 up to £35.
They come in many different designs, trendy prints, pastels, metals, neon, matte, mono as well as the Refill bottle.

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Chilly’s is in partnership with Refill, a free tap water initiative designed to reduce single use plastic and promote hydration. There are over 12000 business that have signed up across the UK so far (with over 2000 refill stations in London alone). All you need to do is look for the ‘Free Tap Water’ sign, pop in and fill up your bottle on the go! For every Refill X Chilly’s bottle sold, Chilly’s gives £10 to City to Sea, who runs campaigns to prevent marine plastic pollution and safeguard our oceans.

I would highly recommend these bottles, not only while out and about, but they’re great when flying – have you ever seen the price of water in the airport and nearly died ?? Take your empty chilly’s bottle through security and fill it up when you’re airside saving you on extortionate airport water prices. A 750ml bottle of still water was being sold for EUR4.50 at Nice airport on Sunday. They also make great gifts for those people who have everything.

Holiday Tots readers can get 15% off their Chilly’s order using the code HOLIDAYTOTS15 at checkout. Order yours here