Chicco Quattro 4 in 1

As part of the Mumsnet Bloggers Network we have been given a Chicco Quattro 4 in 1 to review.

First impressions

The Quattro 4 in 1 needs to be put together first and the instructions were not very clear, they were just photo instructions and so I found them a bit difficult to follow, although it didn’t take longer than 15 minutes (I’m the impatient kind). Once it was constructed I loved the bright colours and simplicity of putting Baby Girl into it. Baby Girl obviously agrees as look how happy she is…

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Elounda, Crete

Although it feels like a lifetime ago, in August we spent twelve nights in Crete in the lovely harbour town of Elounda. It was our first holiday with entourage (grandparents and an auntie!) and I’m not sure we will holiday without them from now on. Built in babysitters are the way forward!

Elounda is an hours drive from Heraklion airport but I think its worth the drive, past the bright lights and English breakfasts of Malia and driving along a gorgeous coastal road. We got a taxi from the airport which cost €75 but you can also book cheap car hire and drive the beautiful route yourself.

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Find the Rhyme with TopToyBox

The Boy is a genius, at least I think so (as does the Man)! He doesn’t really enjoy playing with toys for any length of time and has always been more interested in books and more lately the TV and computers (sigh). About six months ago he suddenly “got” jigsaws and since then there has been no stopping him. He has single handedly completed a 150 piece jigsaw for ages 8+ (my chest is proudly puffed out writing that). Continue reading

Turners Restaurant, Birmingham

On Saturday the Man and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary with a trip to Turners restaurant in Harborne, a lovely suburb of Birmingham just up the road from our free babysitting service (Grandparents!).

Turners is located on Harborne High Street, which like most High Streets now is getting a bit shabbier than in days gone by, so it is quite surprising to find a michelin star restaurant sandwiched between a charity shop and a hairdressers. It is a very small restaurant with about 10 tables but nicely laid out with smart decor. On a Saturday night the only menu option is a £75 8 course tasting menu, so arrive hungry. Continue reading


Everyone remembers their first love or rather, their first obsession. Mine was Jordan Knight from New Kids on the Block. Just writing his name brings back memories of scrawling it over and over in my notepads preceded by Mrs. I was head over heels and watched their tour video over and over. When New Kids on the Block split up I was devastated. So devastated that I never again allowed myself to become so engrossed in a band. While my friends were crying over the Take That split some years later I just nodded wisely and berated them for their naivety. Fools. Continue reading

A day in the life of a Quinny Moodd

This is a montage of me, the Man, Baby Girl and the Boy on a day out putting the new Quinny Moodd to the test. I will be publishing a full review of the buggy after thoroughly road testing it but for now here is a preview of a day in the life of a Quinny Moodd along with some shots which show how easy it is to construct (left hand side) and collapse (right hand side).

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Caserio del Mirador review

We visited Caserio del Mirador in August 2010 with the Boy. I wrote this review shortly after but thought I would share it with you now on here in case you are looking for a fantastic family friendly holiday. Continue reading