Checking Out The Smyths Baby Room Catalogue

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Smyths is a shop I spend a lot of time in. We have a store the next town over and I could easily spend hours in there. Forget all the toys and stuff for my kids, there’s plenty in there that I want. The majority of Jack and Olivia’s birthday and Christmas presents came from the store and they are one of our go to places when Jack needs to buy a present for a friend’s birthday party.

The brand have just released their Baby Room catalogue which is filled with gift inspiration for kids under three. I’ve been checking it out – seeing what products they have to offer and making a mental list of some items I plan on getting Olivia in the near future. Why not take a look and see if any products take your fancy?

As is to be expected in a baby catalogue, there are plenty of pushchairs, strollers, car seats and other baby accessories. There’s also plenty of nursery furniture available too. I knew that you could get these items from Smyths but did you? So many think of the brand as just selling toys and games! There’s even products for sleeping, for weaning, for potty training and for when they are on the move. Smyths really have covered all bases when it comes to every stage of your child’s life from birth to age 3.

I loved going through the catalogue, making notes of products I know Olivia would love and seeing some old favourites such as the Big Steps Play Musical Activity Cube (which I reviewed here). There’s a great selection of brands available such as Big Steps, V-Tech and Fisher Price and gifts that suit every price point.

There’s also a variety of indoor and outdoor toys.  If you are looking for a scooter or a trike for your child, there are plenty to choose from and if play equipment for your garden is what you are searching for, there is plenty of that too.

What I also love – and didn’t actually know that they offered until today – was the note about free car seat fitting on the back of the catalogue. You just need to ask their certified Baby Experts for free advice and a free car seat fitting in-store. I was also made aware of their new Facebook group ‘Smyths – The Baby Room’ which I also didn’t know existed until today. Both these things fill me with confidence that Smyths are totally a brand to consider when it comes to all things baby.

It seems that Smyths have plenty to offer families who have children between the ages of 0-3. Not only do they have a vast selection of toys and games for this age group but they also have an amazing selection of baby safety products and so much more. With the ability to get a free car seat fitting in store and be able to buy all your baby needs in one place, it sure would be difficult to make the decision to go elsewhere.

Did you know Smyths had all this to offer? Do you shop with Smyths – whether in store or online?

Britax Römer Has Expanded Its Range With The Launch Of The 2-In-1 KIDFIX² R and KIDFIX² S Child Car Seats

I have not been compensated for this post. As an ambassador for this brand, I am sometimes asked to share information on new product launches, review some products and host some of competition for some of their products. Today’s post is letting you know about their latest products.

Britax Römer, the leader in child mobility, have today announced the launch of the KIDFIX² R and KIDFIX² S child car seats. These are joining the award-winning highback booster KIDFIX range.

The KIDFIX² R and KIDFIX² S are 2-in-1 child seats suitable for children in the Group 2/3 car seat stage (3.5 to 12 years of age; 15 – 36 kg; up to 150cm in height) and come with state-of-the-art safety features and the option to remove the backrest for children above 135cm for added flexibility.

These are highback boosters up to 150cm in height and are modelled after Britax Römer’s popular KIDFIX XP and KIDFIX XP SICT car seats. The high backrests come with softly padded side wings for comfort and side impact safety. The upper and lower belt guides ensure the seat belt is correctly positioned, while the SecureGuard helps protect the child’s abdominal area by adding a forth contact point to a three-point seat belt.

The KIDFIX² S comes with additional Side Impact Protection (SICT) which offers superior protection to a child in the event of a side collision. It reduces impact forces by minimising the distance between the car and the car seat and deforms to absorb the energy before it reaches a child.

Comfort on the go

Between the ergonomic headrest and V-shaped backrest, children will travel in cosy comfort from day one. The headrest protects and provides comfort for a child’s head and neck and can easily be adjusted to the correct position with one hand, even while the child is sitting in the seat. The unique, V-shaped backrest provides a spacious fit for children of all sizes. As the child grows and the car seat’s headrest is moved up, the V-shaped backrest ensures the child’s shoulders – typically the widest part of the body – corresponds to the widest part of the seat, up until the child reaches 150cm in height.

For children above 135cm, parents have the option to remove the backrest of the highback booster for instances when additional flexibility is required. The booster cushion of the KIDFIX² R and KIDFIX² S comes with cutting-edge safety features extensively tested in Britax Römer’s crash test centre. A unique belt clip optimally positions the vehicle seat belt directly over the shoulder of the child for the duration of the journey. The booster is installed using ISOFIX connectors and comes with the SecureGuard feature to ensure the lap belt is positioned over the pelvic bones of the child. European regulations followed in the UK require children to sit in a car seat until they are 135cm or 12 years of age, whichever comes first.

Award Winning KIDFIX Family – Made In Germany

The KIDFIX² R and KIDFIX² S are Britax Römer’s latest additions to join the award-winning KIDFIX range. All KIDFIX child seats have been designed, developed and manufactured in Germany. This enables Britax Römer to carry out numerous tests in its in-house crash test facility and guarantee the highest possible quality.

The KIDFIX family has also been extensively crash tested in real cars.  More than 95 percent of cars crash tested by Euro NCAP in 2017 used a Britax Römer child car seat. Of these, more than 25 global automotive brands selected a member of the KIDFIX family for cars of various sizes and designs, such as the Mercedes Benz C-Class Cabriolet, BMW 5 Series, Ford Fiesta, Mini Countryman, Citroen D S7 CROSSBACK and Land Rover Discovery. These range from city cars to SUVs and large family vehicles.

While consumer organisations test child car seats on sleds in specific environments, Euro NCAP tests the entire restraint system – the car in combination with the child car seat – and crashes actual vehicles in real-life accident scenarios. Excellent child protection in these simulated crashes is a condition for cars to achieve five stars in Euro NCAP.

The KIDFIX² R and KIDFIX² S are now available to purchase, starting from £150. For more information, please visit

3 Reasons Why Every Parent Should Invest In A Family Photoshoot

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Everyone knows that part of childhood is begrudgingly standing still for family photos when you’d much rather be off causing mischief.

Refusing to smile, pulling ugly faces, pinching your sibling when no one’s looking… it’s all part of it and makes for some hilarious pictures to look back on.

These days, it almost feels like the magic of family photos is being lost. We’re living in the technological age. So instead, we find it much easier to snap pictures of our children sneakily and ad-hoc rather than getting everyone together and creating a lasting memory.

When we do remember to take family pictures, it is even more rare for every member to be included. Mums or dads are usually stuck behind the camera, shouting ‘say cheese!’ but being greeted with a range of moody expressions.

These are just some of the reasons why investing some time to attend a family photoshoot is a wonderful idea. All you have to do is choose a good outfit, drag your kids along (good luck) and follow instructions. But what you will leave with is professional and high-quality photographs of all the family which are sure to last a lifetime.

Your kids will most definitely thank you later!

Let’s have a look at the three big reasons why booking in for a family photoshoot is worth your time and money.

1. Recording memories and growth… 



The first big reason why going for a family photoshoot is a great idea is for the lasting memories that they create.

Photos might just capture a certain moment in time, but when your family look back on them, all the memories from that time will come flooding back. Having family photo shoots at different stages in your children’s lives is an amazing way to capture their growth on camera – it’s shocking and pretty sad how much information our brain lets go.

As well as being a beautiful thing for parents to look back on, your children will be grateful to have photos to remind them of their cute, interesting and some downright hilarious phases.

Capturing memories in a professional setting will also benefit not just your family but future generations to come. Although smartphones these days are capable of producing relatively high-quality pictures, we are all guilty of having far too many photos stored on our phones. This ends up meaning lovely family snaps end up getting lost in the abyss.

Going to a photography studio and spending money on a family photoshoot means the pictures that come out of it will be printed, framed, sent around to various family members and more. They definitely wouldn’t be forgotten about.

2. Have fun together…



A family photoshoot doesn’t have to be the bog-standard boring type either, with everyone standing in a group with cheesy grins. They offer a bonding opportunity for your family of all ages to get together and have some fun.

In today’s society, we are all about capturing ‘candid’ moments, but why not let someone else worry about this part for you?

Nousha are a professional family and child photography company based in London. They take a fun and unique approach to the typical family photoshoot by encouraging all families to just let loose and be completely themselves in the studio. Having this relaxed and fun nature means that all the pictures produced are real and represent your family’s individual character.

3. High-quality pics… 



The third and final big reason why you should get cracking and book in for a family photoshoot is just simply the quality. It is highly unlikely that you have fancy camera equipment just lying about the house and it is definitely not worth going out and buying any. At professional photography studios, top of the range equipment is all there, set up and ready to go.

The extremely high quality of the pictures and the range of forms that you can have them printed in, makes a family photoshoot well worth the investment. You can order your prints blown up onto canvases to decorate your home or even just use a few as greeting cards. Whatever your preference and budget, the option is there with a professional family photoshoot.

(All images included taken by Nousha themselves)

Now You Are Two

This post is going live at the exact moment you turn two. How has it been two years already? It has been a whirlwind two years, I can’t quite believe it but having you in our life has been amazing and you’ve made a wonderful addition to our family.

Jack adores you and although you two bicker like anything and wind each other up, you are as thick as thieves together and you miss him a hell of a lot once he’s at school. He’s back at school today from Christmas break and I just know you’ll be upset and miss him like crazy.

It has been a struggle to know what to get you for your birthday this year – you don’t really need anything and you are at that weird age where certain things are too babyish and others are too old for you. Trying to find the middle ground has been without great success. You’ve got a couple of presents from us and one from Jack, I hope you like them.

You’ve learned so much in the past year – so many words, your vocabulary is getting quite extensive and it is quite funny to hear what you say next. It still makes me laugh everytime you say ‘You’re Waddle!’ when you want ‘You’re Welcome!’ from Moana played. That is one of your favourite songs – the other two are Let It Go from Frozen and of course, Baby Shark!

You absolutely love your playgroup on a Thursday, you’ve made some lovely little friends there and it seems to be the highlight of your week. You’re obsessed with Disney princesses, Teletubbies, Peppa Pig and Ben and Holly and seem to have developed quite the obsession with Gekko from PJ Masks.

You’ve been loving your Tickle Me Elmo from Christmas a lot – I love hearing you giggle everytime you pick him up. You’ve grown up so fast in the past year and whilst I don’t want you to grow up too quickly as you’re still my ickle bubba, I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for you. I love you, happy birthday!


It feels like just yesterday I was holding you in my arms for the very first time and now here you are, seven years old. Your life has changed so much since those days when you were ever so tiny. You’ve done so well, adapting to having someone else sharing the attention of us, your parents – although it is safe to say you do get a little jealous sometimes.

You’ve been trying so many more things this year – you found a church group you really enjoy going to on a Friday night and like attending their Sunday services every now and again as well as their holiday clubs. Your sister has even started going to their baby and toddler group!

You have still been enjoying football and golf has taken a backseat for now but I am sure that will all change once the weather is better. You’ve lost your first tooth, then your second and you’ve got two very wobbly ones right now too!

You are loving school still although you are finding Maths a little trickier than you did before. You still love Science though and you love talking about what you got up to in PE. You are also loving the fact that Daddy works at the school too so you get to see him all the time.

Your relationship with your sister is still fab although now she’s getting older, you do bicker a lot. You wind each other up but I suppose that is the job of siblings.

I can’t believe you are seven now, please stop growing. You are turning into a young man right before my eyes. I love you.