Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Urban Beach Jacket - House of Fraser Review

Finding the perfect all round jacket can be an impossible task. Not only does it have to feel good, it has to protect you against the elements and looking good is a must! Scott was recently sent an Urban Beach Jacket from House Of Fraser to hopefully fix his problem of not being able to find the perfect jacket. I think we might just have found it!

The first thing Scott commented on when he opened the delivery bag, was how lightweight the jacket felt. For one that promised to not only be waterproof and breathable you would have expected it to be quite a heavy jacket but this is the perfect weight to not only throw on no matter the weather, but also it's not a pain to carry around when our weather finally turns out great!

One thing that Scott is quite conscious of is pockets. You may laugh, but when you have to dash for the school run and take a snack, keys, money and headphones you need ample room. He loves that the pockets are deep enough to cram everything but the kitchen sink in. I also love it as I don't have to put all of his bits and pieces in my handbag.

The jacket is true to size and in Scott's opinion, goes with everything a man will own! The branding is small but stylish and theres some great touches that gives it the feel of a high quality product. It's surprising how warm the jacket is and has proven such when we've been for evening BBQ's and Scott's the only one that hasn't run in for a jumper.

When it comes to waterproofing, it definitely doesn't scrimp on durability. With this turbulent British summer we have been caught short in some flash rainfalls and this has not only kept the rain out, but also kept Scott protected against the harsh sea winds we get on the coast. There's a nifty roll out hood that's tucked behind the collar. With it's peaked brim and flat pack style it means that it can be tucked away easily but also works well in the stormy weather.

In Scott's opinion this jacket ticks all the boxes. Not only is it stylish, it also protects him against the elements and is durable enough that it can last even the longest of school runs. Thank you House Of Fraser for an amazing jacket. The Urban Beach Jacket is £34.99 and available in a wide variety of sizes. 

*Note: We received this item for the purpose of a review, all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

This Summer: The Ordinary Moments.

This summer has flown by. It's hard to believe that in 10 days Max will be running off into year one with all of his school friends. Luckily we have crammed the summer holidays with more than we could have ever imagined so it's full of memories for us to look back on.

We've had an amazing time at the WB Studio Tour, seeing Scooby Doo Live and going trampolining at Oxygen Freejumping. Whilst it's been great to get out and about and experience some amazing new things, it's also been glorious to go on playdates with the school friends and time together that we wouldn't normally have.

Some of my favourite moments have included snuggling up on the sofa with a good movie, running riot at Moors Valley and playing with his toys that he loves. The ordinary moments are often the ones that you will remember the most. And whilst me and Scott run wild trying to fit in our work lives around the summer holidays, we have made sure that we are on hand to tick everything off that summer bucket list.

Max seems to have grown over the summer, not only in height but also in confidence and emotions. I'll often catch him sneaking into our bed early in the morning just for a cuddle, or running up to his friends if they hurt themselves to see how he can help. I can tell he's going to be a caring boy for his friendship group the older they grow together.

So here's to the last 10 days. With a festival, Young Women's Trust residential and last days with nanny Jen (she's moving abroad for a bit!) it's crammed with every drop of fun and laughter we can muster. Bring on year one.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Muddy Puddles Puddleflex Jacket

When it comes to raincoats we have a very specific requirement. They need to stand the test of time as we walk to school every day, whatever the weather and they need to be bright enough that we will never lose it. When Muddy Puddles asked us to test drive their Puddleflex jacket we couldn't wait for it to arrive.

Muddy Puddles are a fantastic brand that we already know and love. We have a pair of their Puddlestomper Wellies already and they have definitely withstood everything from school trips to forest walks. Muddy Puddles pride themselves on practical, durable and protective clothing to ensure that children can enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather.

Living a stones throw away from gorgeous woodland and beaches, we always try and get out most weekends. Having tested the Puddleflex jacket for a couple of weeks I can safely say that it has surpassed all of my expectations. Not only is it a gorgeous design, with the bright yellow colouring and complimenting striped fleece inside. It has also held up when we've hit some unexpected August showers.

I love that it's warm enough for Max to wear in the winter but also breathable enough that in the summer it will still keep him warm against the harsh coastal winds. Unlike other raincoats we have had, this one is totally waterproof as it uses a water repellent coating that keeps any type of moisture out. Most of the rain jackets we have had normally leak at some time or another.

This jacket is the perfect one for Max to go into year 1 with in September. He told me over the summer holidays that he was a bit fed up with his old one as "it looked babyish". So as soon as he unpacked this he put it on and has hardly taken it off. It's so flexible and non restrictive and doesn't stop him running and jumping like some jackets on the market can. There's some really deep pockets in the jacket too where I have found many a pine cone and feather.

And the best thing of all? Max loves it. I've found that Max is getting more and more style conscious and finding what he likes. So to know that something he loves is comfortable, durable and will keep him warm and dry, well it's a massive thumbs up in my books! I can't wait to do the school run with him in his new, stylish Muddy Puddles Puddleflex Jacket.

*Note, we were given this for the purpose of a review. All opinions are my own.