Liv Cam – the travel monitor for on the go families.

We were recently asked to review the newest Summer Infant baby monitor, The Liv Cam.  Bronwyn and Georgia tried it on their recent trip to South Africa and were very impressed, see how they got on…

Before we set off on our holiday we got daddy to set up the monitor and link it to our phone and iPad – the set up was easy. Simply download the free Liv Cam app (iOS or Android) and follow the prompts. You pair the camera with your device by putting in the password found on the bottom of the camera. You don’t need a wifi connection or mobile coverage to be able to use the monitor which makes it perfect for travelling.

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Jump forward to night 1 of our holiday. We had just travelled 11 hours overnight and neither Georgia or myself had had a particularly good nights sleep – one of the first things I set up was the Liv Cam as i knew that way I could relax in the living room and know what Georgia was up to when I put her down. I plugged it in (don’t forget an adapter if you’re going abroad!) and hooked it onto the end of the travel cot – it was that simple. I connected it to my iPad and we were good to go. I used it in 3 different places whilst on holiday – the clarity is brilliant, day or night.


There are also some nifty features like having a 1 minute video replay function as well as remote zoom and the option to record and share photos and videos.


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The camera has a range of 76m and the battery when fully charged lasts 3-4 hours. Perfect when on the go. I kept it plugged in and clipped to Georgia’s cot whilst away so that it was ready to go and charged when she napped or went to bed. Its small and light making it perfect for travelling.

The only issue I found was if you didn’t have a 2nd device, you would have to disconnect from the wifi network on your mobile/tablet to be able to connect to the camera’s wifi – meaning you wouldn’t be able to use your phone (on the wifi) at the same time as using the monitor  – its easily fixed by using a tablet / 2nd phone.

At around £100 for a video monitor, it is mid-range, price wise. I would definitely recommend this product. The monitor is available from Argos and is currently on sale at £89.99 (Normal price (£99.99).

We will be running a competiton to win your very own Liv Cam – Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details.





Joie – Pact Lite !

‘Loaded with lots of extras, without lots of weight, this buggy makes one less piece of luggage to fuss over – wherever your travels take you.’

joie4.jpgWe tested out the Joie Pact Lite on our recent trip to the airport, here’s how we got on:

The biggest pro about this stroller is its size/weight when folded up! At only 5.5kg I could carry it on one shoulder at the same time as carrying Georgia. It also takes up hardly any space in the boot.

The Travel bag is really handy and keeps the stroller clean. It’s also a great place to keep the rain cover together with the stroller in the event of rain.

The fold mechanism is simple and can easily be done one handed. There is a button on the handle bar that you press to get it all started. Other strollers like this we’ve reviewed require two hands to collapse, so this is a big win!


It was very easy to push even with Georgia it it. She seemed comfortable and loved having the bumper bar to hang toys off. I felt she was secure because of the 5 point harness.

The Pact Lite comes in a choice of 4 colours and are not only perfect for travelling, they’re great on days out too. I used this instead of my every day buggy the other day. It was a lot quicker and easier to get in and out of the car. It was great in the supermarket as it has a large basket too. The canopy isnt huge so could be a slight issue on a sunny day. I wouldn’t recommend this stroller for ‘off-roading’ and it wasn’t great on cobbled streets.

I will be taking the Pact Lite on our next trip into London, these strollers are perfect when travelling on public transport where space is not in abundance.


The only slight negative I found was that the  back rest, even at its highest level, is very reclined. Georgia is very inquisitive and kept pulling herself up on the bumper bar to see out in front of her.

joie21We have also tested the Pact Lite on a friend’s baby who is younger (16 weeks). This stroller is suitable from birth due to the lie flat reclining seat so perhaps it’s better for smaller babies as she seemed very comfortable in it.

Available to buy from John Lewis at £140.00 this is a mid-range buggy. As standard, you receive the carry bag and rain cover too.

TRUNKI – Introducing Cassie Cat

Most Families with kids have come across a Trunki, but for those of you who havent here is our review on their brand new design – Cassie Cat Trunki. It was released alongside Rocco Racecar on 25 September.

Georgia was immediately intrigued and loved the bright colours. Before I’d even taken the cardboard off she wanted to play.

The idea is genius. A bag that kids can use for their toys but it doubles as a ride on for when they get tired and dont want to walk anymore. Parents can pull them along using the strap or they are able to push themselves. It feels sturdy and can hold up to 110lbs. It also comes with a 5 year guarantee.

We loved the A4 page of stickers to personalise our trunki. Georgia and I spent ages putting these stickers on (she took them off the page and I stuck them on the trunki).

Inside you have 2 sections, one which has an elastic strap to keep things in place and a material internal compartment for smaller objects you dont want to roll around.


Get your kids to pack all the toys they want for the flight in their Trunki and keep your bag for the essentials you need. A good book, ear plugs or a gossip magazine. Georgia spent ages packing and unpacking her suitcase before we left for the airport.


A trunki is great for a staycation as its small and wont take up too much space in the car. It is also perfect when travelling by plane as it not only fits in the overhead locker but even better, under the seat infront of you – meaning you dont need to keep getting up and down.  It is Hand Baggage Approved on most major airlines too.

I loved how easy the trunki was to carry on my shoulder. Travelling with kids means A LOT OF LUGGAGE but I felt completely in control and calm getting from the car to the terminal.

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Whilst in the terminal, Georgia was happy playing with her trunki on her own which made my life easy.  I can see this Trunki growing with Georgia and it will definitely  be coming with us on all of our upcoming holidays.

At £39.99 they are great value.  Buy yours here. If you arent a fan of the Cassie Cat or Rocco Racecar, why not design your own one?  With over 1 Billion combinations let your imagination take over and create the Trunki for you!

We will be launching a competition to win your very own Cassie Cat Trunki in the near future. Keep an eye on our Social Media for more details.