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May 2019

Food, Reviews, Travel

The Painswick Hotel – Review

An amazing, dog-friendly boutique bolthole in the beautiful Cotswolds.

The Painswick is a stunning 16 bedroom hotel in the idyllic Cotswolds. Perfect for those who enjoy woodland walks, glorious food and stone cobbled villages.

We stayed in The Hawkers, a gorgeous bedroom with stunning views across Painswick and a wonderful roll-top bath. There was even a travel cot for Jack and sweet treats in the room on arrival!

Dusty, our mini dachshund, stayed with my brother in one of the Garden Wing Rooms and absolutely loved her mini break. She was spoilt rotten, getting lots of attention and dog biscuits from the staff! The doggy treats in the bedroom were also a great touch. Dogs are allowed in the Morning Room and Games Room and in the garden and terraced area, so there were plenty of areas for Dusty to explore.

We kicked off our stay with The Painswick’s delicious Full Afternoon Tea, a mix of sweet and savoury treats served with tea and coffee. The scotch eggs were by far the tastiest I’ve ever had, my husband was a big fan of the pork pie and my brother devoured the gooey chocolate brownie! Let’s just say there wasn’t a crumb left in sight! My mum has a sugar allergy and the kitchen were very accommodating, preparing her a delicious sandwich on sourdough and vegetarian scotch egg, which she said was delicious!

We dined in the hotel’s restaurant, which again did not disappoint. Freshly baked bread and wine started things off nicely and the duck breast I had for my main was cooked to perfection. My brother loved his steak and Dad said his Cornish Cod was delicious. The ingredients were fresh and local and presentation delightful!

We did more than just eat on our trip but I can’t not mention the breakfast, which for me was my favourite meal each day! There was so much choice. Homemade buttery crumpets, Greek yoghurt, muesli and pastries were just a few of the continental offerings. I even made my husband a Virgin Mary! When I was pregnant with Jack I gave up Eggs Benedict because I wasn’t sure which eggs were safe or not. I made up for it at breakfast and opted for the Eggs Benedict both days. How I’ve missed runny poached eggs and creamy hollandaise!

We visited Painswick Rococo Garden, a five minute drive from the hotel and had the most lovely time! Family friendly and dog friendly too, we wandered around the beautifully manicured gardens and found our way to the centre of their maze. The 8,000 tulips blooming in the Exedra Garden were beautiful, as were the abundance of Wild Garlic flowers and there are also lots of interesting sculptures dotted around. There is also a lovely area for children to play. Unfortunately we just missed out on seeing the bluebells with only a few remaining, but I imagine the bluebell walk is gorgeous if you catch it at the right time.

That evening I enjoyed a fabulous Rococo Garden cocktail back at the hotel to toast a great day out and we also enjoyed a few games of pool.

If you’re looking for an upmarket place to explore The Cotswolds then The Painswick is the perfect choice. After a day of walking you’ll be rewarded by the delicious food and comfortable bedrooms and also The Painswick’s exemplary hospitality.

Jack agrees with my rating of 5/5 stars because he loved all the attention from the staff and comfortable John Lewis travel cot! He was also fascinated by all the lovely lights and the crackling, warm, big fire in the lounge area!

Motherhood, Reviews

UPPAbaby VISTA Travel System – Review

The UPPAbaby VISTA is a fantastic pram for first-time parents. Practical, stylish and light are just a few of the reasons why I love it!

I absolutely love the UPPAbaby VISTA!

As a first time mum I wanted a pram that was easy to set up, light and stylish and the VISTA ticks all these boxes. I’m not the strongest of people, my bicep is about the size of a marble, and of all of the prams I tried this was by far the lightest. With the frame only weighing 8.8kg I can get it in and out of the boot easily without pulling a muscle or breaking a sweat!

The included carrycot is perfect for naps on the go. In fact putting Jack in the carrycot is the only way I can get him to sleep during the day! It has a one button release so if your little one is sleeping you can move them without disturbance. What’s more, it’s suitable for overnight sleeping thanks to its vented base and mattress so you don’t have to worry about taking a separate travel cot if you’re going away.

The carrycot also features an extendable, UPF 50+ drop-down sunshade and bug shield, so on a summer’s day your little one is protected and won’t be blinded by the sun.

The VISTA is also incredible sturdy. We live on the coast in Bournemouth, Dorset and the pram fares extremely well on sandy paths and also the forest, with great control and suspension. It’s also very good at navigating tight corners! My only issue is that with the carrycot attached the travel system is quite wide and I have found it a bit tricky in supermarkets and shops with narrow aisles.

The VISTA is incredibly sturdy and perfect for my beach walks with Jack and Dusty!

One of the big bonuses of the VISTA is its basket. It’s huge! The large opening means you can easily fit a changing bag, rain cover, shopping and anything else you pick up along the way and can access it without having to remove the carrycot. The carrycot is also nice and high up so you can easily see your baby and lean in and soothe them if needed.

The seat unit is also great, featuring a one-handed multi-position recline so your child can lie comfortably for naps or sit upright to take in their surroundings and also has a UPF 50+ sunshade. Jack loves to be able to see where he is going in the upright position and then when it’s time for a nap I just recline the chair so he can catch some z’s!

My husband also liked this pram because it can accommodate a second and even third child. This isn’t on my radar just yet though… I’m only just getting used to one!

To summarise this VISTA is well worth the money and ideal for first time parents who like to get out and about. The main positives for me are its lightness, big basket and the fact it looks good too!

My rating, an easy 5/5 stars!

Motherhood, Reviews

Slumbersac Baby Sleeping Bags – Review

A safe and comfortable night’s sleep for babies and parents! Enjoy 10% off with my exclusive discount code…

I have worked for Slumbersac for just over two years’ as their Marketing Manager. It is a fantastic, family business based in Ferndown and its headquarters are based in the quaint town of Plauen in Germany.

I wouldn’t endorse a product I don’t fully trust and love and Slumbersac’s award-winning sleeping bags really are a must-have for newborns, babies and toddlers. You can even buy matching Adult and Baby bags – perfect for Instagram #twinning / #matching posts! And also ideal for breastfeeding mums and those who like to co-sleep with their little ones.

Me and my Nephew Oliver in Slumbersac’s Adult/Baby Sleeping Bag Gift Set!

Research has shown that when using conventional bedding babies and toddlers tend to get too hot or too cold. Slumbersac Sleeping Bags ensure they remain at a constant temperature, eliminating the need for any other top covers, blankets or duvets, reassuring parents that their child’s head won’t be covered. The sleeping bags are made from 100% cotton making them soft against baby’s sensitive skin and they adhere to Europe’s OEKO-TEX safety standards, giving parents peace of mind that their child can enjoy a safe and comfortable night’s sleep, without the risk of them overheating.

Lots of mums like to swaddle their baby to sleep. This is very common because your baby has been nice and snug in your belly for 9 months. However, as your baby grows and their moses basket becomes smaller, sleeping bags are fantastic. Jack absolutely loves his. He was never really a fan of swaddling. He was always trying to break free! Since using a sleeping bag, he has slept so much better. He likes to sleep like a star fish or with his arms above his head and the sleeping bag allows him to do this, while keeping him warm, snuggly and most importantly, safe. I do a dream feed with Jack around 11pm and with him being in his sleeping bag means I don’t have to disturb him by taking off blankets or covers. Plus, as he is still warm in his sleeping bag, after his feed, he is still in his milk coma and falls back to sleep quickly. Yay!

Available in different sizes, designs and togs, you can choose the right sleeping bag whatever the weather or season. I have already got my 1 tog sleeping bags ready for the summer! You can even design your own bag from scratch and embroider their name, a lovely baby shower gift or birthday present.

When Jack reaches 6 months old I am going to put him in a Slumbersac Sleeping Bag with Feet. Lots of babies and toddlers don’t like having their feet covered at night and these sleeping bags solve that problem! You can choose whether to tuck their tiny feet in to keep them warm and cosy, or leave them outside the bag so they don’t feel restricted whilst they sleep.

You can enjoy 10% off* Slumbersac Sleeping Bags. Simply enter the promo code COASTALMUM at the checkout. Head over to to see their entire range and get your discount!

Slumbersac personalised Baby Sleeping Bag
For my maternity present Slumbersac got me a gorgeous Sleeping Bag with Dusty’s picture on it. Jack loves it!

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