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Our smarTfold Adventure | REVIEW

ParentingReviews / Aug 10, 2017 / 0 Comments
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Last week the guys at smarTrike kindly got in touch to see if we’d be interested in taking their latest wheels for a spin. It took the whole of two seconds (I’ve never been good at playing it cool) to respond excitedly to say that we would.

Bells first used a trike on her birthday back in June and absolutely loved it so I knew that she was likely to be a fan. However, previously, she’s been in control of steering and it’s been somewhat of a burden to pack away in the car and therefore has not made an appearance at as many family days as we would have liked. Queue the smarTfold.

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Unlike the other trikes that I’ve come across, this one literally took no assembly, just pop the wheels on and arrange the bag and you’re pretty much good to go! There’s also handy red buttons which act as a dummy reminder for people like me who can’t remember to fold the thing, although it’s so easy to do that once you’ve done it once, it’s a breeze… and super quick too.

One of the best features that I’ve found however, is the rotating front wheel which you can click into place choosing whether your little monkey has control of the steering or you. Before now, on other trikes, I’ve been forced to put Bells on the back two wheels to avoid us being steered into oncoming traffic (once again). However this swifty little feature means that she can feel like she’s steering as much as she likes but I’ve got ultimate control, mwahaha.

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We took the smarTfold on an adventure to one of our favourite spots, Odds Farm to put it through it’s paces. I’m pretty sure the team would be a little bit mortified if they realised that within 5 minutes, I was pushing her through long grass and over rough terrain as I managed to get us lost, but I’m happy to report that Bells’ new wheels dealt with the challenge like a trooper… Bells looked positively comfy in fact.

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With an increasing desire for independence (mum who?), this is the perfect solution for getting out and about quickly and allowed Bells to get up close and personal with the action. I’m pretty sure that none of the goats appreciated this but Bells was in her element. It was great to see her really embracing everything going on… she grinned like a cheshire cat from start to finish (although her camera poses would have you believe otherwise!!).

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Our adventure was such a success that we’re considering taking the smarTfold to Poland with us next weekend. Thankfully it folds down small enough that we’re able to take it as hand luggage onto the plane and means we won’t be left lugging the heavy monkey around as we try and locate her pram. Obviously the only drawback is that she can’t take daytime naps in it as it has no way of lying flat (that would just be a damned miracle) but we’re planning to get around that by taking the baby carrier for her to snooze on the go.

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We were super luck to be gifted this amazing trike by the guys at smarTrike as part of their #smarTdiscoveries campaign, but I can hand on heart say that I’ll be recommending it to all of the mamas that I know. Retailing at £130, I’m pretty sure it’s just made our expensive pram redundant. AWKWARD.

You can check it out for yourself here or if you haven’t already watched, we made a little video.

M xox

Our toughest week yet.

ParentingVideo / Aug 6, 2017 / 0 Comments

Hey guys,

We’re so sorry for the radio silence last week, life just got in the way. Dickie was on a stag do and Bells and I have been poorly. We love creating these videos for you, we really do, but they also take a lot (both in terms of shooting and editing) and sometimes when you’re running on empty, it’s just impossible, so please forgive us.

ANYWAY, normal service has resumed, so expect more fun from next week. I really want to get more into roughly shot vlogs where I can include you guys in a lot more of our lives, but I seem to be getting in my own way of doing that… the drawbacks of being a perfectionist. Hopefully you’ll see more of that to come. If you enjoy the videos, please take the time to subscribe to our YouTube channel and you can always check out our 1 minute snippets over on Instagram searching for #KentishDiaries.

Thanks as always for your continued support.

M xox

 

My daughter, the flirt.

Parenting / Aug 3, 2017 / 1 Comments
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Bells had been in this big scary world for precisely 10 minutes before Dickie took it upon himself to warn her about the danger of boys. I wish that was a joke, it really isn’t. I can only imagine the years of pain that we have yet to incur.

Therefore, you can understand my hesitation to break the news that our daughter is the biggest flirt that I’ve ever met… and no, she doesn’t get it from me.

The flirting started a few weeks ago. Up until her first birthday, Bells showed no interest in interacting with anybody other than us. Attempts from strangers to make her smile would be met with a deadpan expression, or as we endearingly named it “resting bitch face”. At the time, I was so embarrassed, I’d apologise on her behalf explaining that it was nothing personal, that’s just how she was.

Then her first birthday came and it was as though a switch had been flicked. Yay, our daughter could finally show the world that she was ACTUALLY happy.

Now, onto the flirting. It started with a coy glance, progressing to a display of her gums and tiny teeth. Fast forward a month and Bells flirting techniques have developed somewhat.

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Her displays usually take place when we’re queuing to pay for something and are therefore unable to escape. Bells will spot a hot guy in the queue behind me (the girl has a radar) and a naughty grin appears before she reaches for her toes, bringing her foot over her head displaying her physical prowess. If the poor unsuspecting chap hasn’t spotted her, said foot is placed in her mouth before loud sucking commences. Fabulous.

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Of course, the piece de resistance is the blowing of kisses as we finally leave. Naturally.

So yeah, our daughter everyone. For now, I just have to hope that Bells doesn’t find anyone that takes her fancy whilst she’s in daddy day care. Can you imagine what the school discos are going to be like?

M xox

A family day in Richmond | VLOG

LondonParentingVideo / Jul 23, 2017 / 0 Comments
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Hey guys,

This week, we made the most of the lovely weather (before the torrential rain that poured through our roof… hello July!) by taking a trip to Richmond, where I also managed to drag Dickie to Petersham Nurseries, one of my favourite spots.

It’s been a week of lots of family and friends which has been lovely and now Dickie is away on a stag do in Amsterdam so I’m making the most of Bells without needing to share her (although sharing the early mornings would be great).

As always, thank you for your support, I hope that you like the video and if you do, please give it a big thumbs up and subscribe.

Ta ta for now! M xox

I’ve Changed.

Parenting / Jul 19, 2017 /
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Before Bells was born, I really didn’t like kids to be honest 🙊. I remember having a whispered conversation with somebody at my baby shower, sharing my concerns that I was worried I wouldn’t like my own… something you don’t want to admit only a few weeks before your baby’s arrival. I was assured that everything would be different when it was my flesh and blood and I had no choice but to take their word for it. Thankfully they were right.

No matter how much somebody tells you that your life will change when you have a baby, nobody can prepare you for just how much that is the case. I’m not talking about the killer sleep deprivation or the length of time it takes to get out of the door (although these are both things are real issues!), I’m talking about the entire shift of your core.

As soon as you are holding your very own little person, a fierce protective instinct kicks in where you would do anything to ensure the safety of your child. It also becomes impossible to be selfish, every single decision that you make is based around them and their wellbeing, teaching you a level of selflessness that I could only ever have imagined. Most surprisingly, it teaches you a level of patience and forgiveness that still to this day puzzles me…. Bells can be SO naughty all day (the kind of naughty where 7pm can’t come soon enough!) and yet somehow, she always chooses just the right time to laugh along with a joke that Dickie and I are having to completely melt away the frustrations of the day, as if nothing had happened. Dickie will testify that no other person has this ability, including him! 😂

All of these changes occur and you don’t even realise that they’re happening, you genuinely don’t. You know that you don’t feel the same as you did before, but it’s often hard to put your finger on exactly what that change is. I now recognise that I’m not the same person as I was before I had Bells, and whilst I swore I wouldn’t change, I’m really OK with that…. this all coming from the girl who can’t remember the last time she bought Louboutins and spent 2 hours yesterday cleaning out spiders from a wendy house. I know?!?

M xox

NB: To all of the mums out there, I am not saying for one second that there aren’t moments where she drives me to total distraction, trust me, there are plenty.

NNB: Please note that just because I don’t remember buying Louboutins, doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t like to *hint hint*.