Friday, 24 May 2019

A visit to Bush Babes Baby Store in Chesunt

We were very kindly invited to come and have a look around at Bush Babes Baby Store in Chesunt, Hertfordshire. It was very easy to get to from Biggleswade and took around 30-40  minutes. It is located at one end of the high street and they have plenty of parking for customers, which is always a great big fat positive for me as I get such parking anxiety. Outside the front of the store they have spaces designated for car seat fittings too, so if you are looking to get a car seat and have it fitted on the day you can park here.

Upon entering the store I got all the magical feels you get when you enter a baby store for the first time. We saved most of the bigger bits from our second pregnancy, so we never actually went 'proper baby shopping' throughout our third pregnancy and wandering around the store made me realise that I had actually missed out on this kind of experience, especially because baby products have changed and improved so much since each of our babies.
It is light, airy and easy to guide a pushchair around if visiting with a baby. The staff were super friendly and so easy to talk to, they were more than happy to answer any questions we had and demonstrate with products found in the store.
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Downstairs within the shop you will find car seats, pushchairs/bundles, strollers, highchairs, bouncers/rocking chairs, baby carriers, baby clothes, baby toys, nursing/feeding products, weaning products and nighttime products.
There are a great selection of car seats from groups 0, 1, 2 and 3. All your top brands such as Maxi-Cosi, Joie and Silver Cross and you are able to try them all out.
We were shown the next stage of carseat that would fit our isofix base and were able to try Harrison in it. Because this seat is forward facing we were kindly advised when he should move out of his current seat, that being when the crown of his head exceeds the back of the car seat. It is very reassuring to know that the staff are very knowledgeable when it comes to car seat safety, because even though we have a nearly 9 year old we had never known that about the crown of the head until now!
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The selection of pushchairs, strollers and travel systems they have to offer is simply amazing, there are some really beautiful designs out at the moment and Bush Babes stocks a lot in store and online. They also offer a variety of bundles, so if you are having your first baby (or just love to buy new for the next babe) this would be a great option as it works out cheaper than buying the items individually.
In store you are able to have a test go with the pushchair/stroller by pushing it around or folding it down to make sure you find the one that suits you most, be it for comfort, style or practicality like fitting in the boot of your car.
You will also find a great selection of pushchair accessories from sun shades/umbrellas to foot muffs. Funnily enough one of the sun shade umbrellas reminded me a lot like my own when I was little.
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The clothing selection they stock is just adorable and so unique, you would defiantly be able to select your baby's going home outfit from here! They also stock my absolute favourite soft toys, Jelly Cat, which are suitable from birth.
Their main stock for feeding products are Dr Browns in store, but also stock Medela online. You will also find breastfeeding products such as breast pads, breast pumps, nipple cream, milk bags and breast feeding pillows.
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Moving onto upstairs and don't worry there is a lift in store, so if you find the stairs hard you won't miss out. Upstairs you will find all your nursery furniture, bedding and bathing essentials. The set up for the nursery furniture is absolutely beautiful, it really give you an idea just how your baby's room could look if you intend to go all out. There is a great selection of cot beds ranging in colour and style so you really aren't limited on choice. You can too get the matching furniture in store or online for the cot bed such as a wardrobe and a changing table. My favourite was defiantly the Stokke oval shaped cot, something I have never seen before.
Popular brands such as Mamas & Papas, Snuz, Clair de Lune and Silver Cross can be found for baby's bedding from sheets, quilts, blankets, bumpers to sleeping bags.
They also stock travel cots an essential for that first (or many) nights away from the house. We picked up one on our visit as we know in the upcoming future Harrison will be spending his fist night away from us...sob!
You will also find your baby bathing essentials upstairs such as towels, changing mats, bath seats/supports and baby baths. 
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If you are in the Hertfordshire area or like me Bedfordshire, I'd most defiantly recommend popping in to take a look. Thank you again Bush Babes Baby Store having us into the store.
Let me know if you decide to pop in and be sure to quote 'CHELSEA10' in store or online for a 10% discount.


Saturday, 18 May 2019

My Fairy Kitchen Garden - review

Ella and Harley have been busy building and growing with the My Fairy Kitchen GardenWe were very kindly sent the My Fairy Kitchen Garden to test out and review and the kids were super excited to learn all about how to grow and harvest pea shoots.

What's in the box?
In the box you get a planter box, a decorative fence/gate, pea shoot seeds, a fairy house to build and Fern the fairy.
There is no soil included, but you can pick this up cheap from any home store type shop.
My fairy kitchen garden   My fairy kitchen garden
 Like with anything first we had a good read of the instructions to figure what we needed to do in preparation to get growing. The instructions were easy to follow and we had no trouble reading them at all.
Next Ella began to build the fence around the planter box, whilst Harley built the fairy house.
My fairy kitchen garden
Once they had each finished building, it was time to soak the pea shoot seeds in water. We only needed to use half the packet so we will be able to regrow all over again!
Whilst the pea seeds were soaking Ella and Harley took  it in turns to fill the planter box with soil.
After the kids had put enough soil in (we filled up to the bottom of the fence line) they then added some water to make the soil nice and moist, then they added the fairy and her house to the end of the garden.
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You have to leave the seeds to soak for quite some time, luckily we timed it perfectly so that the kids got to plant the seeds just before bed. I then put the planter box in a dark, warm space as instructed.
Once the seeds had started shooting, I took them out from the dark and placed the garden on a windowsill.
We planted the seeds on the 22nd and this was how much they had grown by the 29th! 
Since then we have cut and harvested our pea shoots several times.
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The kids worked really well together to build, plant and harvest the fairy garden. It is a really great and easy way to teach them how to grow and care for plants.
My fairy kitchen garden, wirepr

A big thank you to WirePR for sending us the My Fairy Kitchen Garden, be sure to check out my Instagram @chelseafullbrook where you can find us putting it all together in my 'collabs' highlights.


*this item was gifted, all opinions are my own*
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