Review: Cosatto Giggle 2 Travel System

Review: Cosatto Giggle 2 Travel System

When it comes to pushchairs and travel systems – I knew which one I wanted way before Violet had even arrived. We were at the Baby Show in London, where there was a huge array of pushchairs in all shapes, sizes and colours and as we walked around stall after stall, it all seemed a much of a muchness, I was left feeling lacklustre – nothing seemed to stand out to me. That was until I discovered Cosatto and just knew they were the brand for me! The vibrant colours and designs immediately caught my eye and after this, I spent nearly and hour trying different prams, ooohing and aaahing over designs until I finally decided, the Giggle 2 in Fox Tale was the one for us. We absolutely loved the design as it’s bright, fun and could be used for a boy or girl, so it was perfect!

That seems like a lifetime ago. For months our Giggle 2 stood boxed in the nursery awaiting our arrival and I honestly couldn’t wait to give it a spin. So, now Violet’s here I’ve been proudly pushing her here, there and everywhere and not sure which gets more compliments – our pushchair or the baby! Maybe both, but I can tell you we stop nearly every old lady in her tracks, that’s for sure! Here are some of our adventures so far……

Review: Cosatto Giggle 2 Travel System

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty of the Cosatto Giggle 2 Travel system (and keep reading to the bottom as I have a fabulous special offer for you too!) – it’s not just the carrycot you see in the pictures, thats just the mode we are using at the moment whilst Violet is a wee nipper. The travel system is a complete package with three modes – the carrycot, the pram and a dual-facing pushchair seat. This means she’ll be using this for quite some time now and it will grow with her over time. The chassis also fits the Group 0+ Hold Car seat, which we have too (in matching Fox Tale pattern, of course!) so it really is a versatile system. Each mode clicks on and off with ease, so at the touch of a button you can assemble and go, even in a hurry. The big buttons a clearly marked with yellow or red – so even I can do it and I am not technical – at all!

The fold down is super smooth and popping the chassis into the boot of the car is a piece of cake as it folds flat and is light and easy to pick up.

Review: Cosatto Giggle 2 Travel SystemReview: Cosatto Giggle 2 Travel System

The Giggle 2 is amazingly smooth and easy to manoeuvre, the three wheel chassis allows you to swing round corners and curves like a breeze, although it doesn’t unfortunately stop you from being a bad pram driver, I think I still have my L plates on when it comes to taking it into shops (crash, bang, wallop) but thats not the prams fault, I just need a little more practice! The handle has a soft foam coating which gives great grip and comfort, plus the handle height is also adjustable too.

The chassis has full all round suspension – where we live has cobbled pavements and a pebbly path along the seafront – all the bouncing over the pebbles doesn’t seem to stir Violet from her sleep, in fact I think she finds the smooth movement calming as she often drops off to sleep.

Review: Cosatto Giggle 2 Travel System

Under the carrycot is a spacious basket, perfect for shopping and carrying the all important rain cover. Whilst we are talking about the weather I should mention the hood is also UPF50+, so your little ones are super protected, come rain or shine. Included with the travel system is a matching change bag with change mat and wet bag so you can look super coordinated at all times! I’m still at that stage where having a pushchair for my bags and shopping is such a luxury, the novelty hasn’t worn off at all – I don’t have to carry anything around, it’s fabulous!

Review: Cosatto Giggle 2 Travel System Review: Cosatto Giggle 2 Travel System

We’ve got so much use out of our Giggle 2 so far, mainly because the carrycot is so comfy we take her everywhere in it plus it’s so handy that it’s suitable for occasional overnight sleeping – although she’s never slept in it overnight we do use the carrycot in our living room for naps as it’s a safe place I can let her sleep in the house during the day. Robbie our sweet black labrador loves to snuggle up to her, which is so cute but for her naps I’m pleased she has a safe place, high off the floor where he can’t try and snuggle in too! Also to mention, the carrycot has a washable lining, which I haven’t had to utilise yet, but I’ve done a few nappy changes on the run (or ‘danger changes‘ as I like to call them) in there, we might have to wash it soon as I’m sure she’ll catch us out doing that soon enough!

Violet loves the design on the inside of the carrycot, she spends so much time fascinated by the bright colourful pictures – they really catch her attention and as she can’t look out yet, it keeps her occupied as we go along. If the Fox Tales design isn’t your thing, they also do the Giggle 2 in a range of bright and colourful designs – my other favourites are the Magic Unicorns and Space Racer prints.

Review: Cosatto Giggle 2 Travel System Review: Cosatto Giggle 2 Travel System

At 8 weeks, we haven’t used the pushchair mode as she’s still a little small, but in my excitement I have assembled it and have given it a go around the house –  just to test all the different settings. The pushchair mode has both front and rear facing, with 4 different recline settings, it looks so versatile and something we will be using for quite some time yet. I can’t wait to try her in that one when she can look out and about – I think she’s going to love it!

So, overall we give the Cosatto Giggle 2 the big thumbs up – we are impressed all round. I have to say as a new parent I had no idea what I’d look for in a travel system, I was suckered in by the colourful prints and design, but now I’ve tried and tested my Giggle 2 non-stop for over 8 weeks, I can safely say this pram is built not just for the design but is lightweight, easy to manoeuvre across a multitude of terrains and so simple to adjust, fold down or interchange the parts. Cosatto have literally thought of every little detail, from adjustable handles to additional rain covers, cosy toes for the stroller and attachments to clip on the Hold Car Seat. Bravo Cosatto!

Review: Cosatto Giggle 2 Travel System

The Cosatto Giggle 2 costs £484.94 which is fantastic value for money, bearing in mind how much is included within the system. The matching Hold car seat is an additional £154.94, although here’s a heads up – the car seat is FREE with any Travel System in May, so snap one up whilst the offer is on! Also, whilst you are there…. take a look at the wonderful range of pushchairs, car seats and high chairs over on the Cosatto Website, I just love the bright colours! My eye is on the unicorn print for our next purchase – maybe the highchair or a stroller when she gets a little bigger! We shall see!

We were sent the Cosatto Giggle 2 Travel System in exchange for this review. All views and opinions are my own.

Review: The Body Fuel Cafe Hove

Review: The Body Fuel Cafe Hove

Although I love my sweet treats – from towering hot chocolate with cream to endless bags of mini-eggs, when it comes down to it I’m quite conscious of nutrition and eat healthily most of the time. I also think being pregnant gives you another perspective on food – with every mouthful of food I’m feeding to our baby too, which naturally makes me so much more aware of everything I put into my system. So, when I was invited down to The Body Fuel Cafe in Hove, I was eager to give it a go as it seemed right up my street. I find when I’m out and about, it’s so easy to eat junk food, with most cafes are just loaded with tempting pastries, cakes and sugary drinks – it’s refreshing to see a place serving fresh, tasty food at reasonable prices too.

Review: The Body Fuel Cafe Hove

Inside the cafe, the seating area is light and airy, with a clean and fresh vibe – although towards the back of the cafe there are more private areas too, which would be perfect for cosy catch-ups, or maybe breastfeeding Mum’s who want a little more privacy.

The cafe is open daily from 8am (9am Saturdays and 11am Sundays) – starting of the day with breakfast options such as wholemeal blueberry pancakes, poached eggs, smoked salmon or smashed avocado. Come lunchtime, their super healthy salad bar is open. Plus, of course could just pop in at any time for a coffee and a (healthy) sweet treat too.

I recently popped in for a spot of lunch with a good friend of mine and healthy food lover, Tash. When we arrived we were instantly drawn to the colourful salad bar and decided to skip brunch and head straight for the lunch menu – so many options and all of the produce looked super fresh too. The menu for the Salad Bar is fully customisable – firstly you choose a protein – they have everything from lemon and dill chicken breast, various steak, fish options such as tuna, grilled salmon and lastly, veggie options of falafel and grilled halloumi. There is quite a selection! I was particularly impressed with this part, being a vegetarian (well, pescatarean technically) I often miss out on the ‘protein’ section or have a limited choice, but this left me spoilt for choice! Next up, is the base of your dish – Rice, Sweet Potato and Quinoa are just a few of the options here. Moving on, we visited the salad bar where you can choose a generous 6 items from the extensive list – you then top your dish with a dressing of your choice. Honestly, there is so much choice you could make about 1000 different combinations with all of the different ingredients and not eat the eat a different dish everyday!

Review: The Body Fuel Cafe Hove

Both Tash and I went for the grilled salmon, which was cooked to perfection and so fresh, we accompanied our meals with a couple of smoothies too. I tried the Tropical Delight (Orange, Honeydew Melon, Mango, Passion Fruit and Lime Juice) which packed a zingy punch and certainly woke my senses up! Tash went for the super healthy Go Green (fresh pineapple, spinach, avocado, lime, fresh ginger and coconut water). As you can see from the pictures below, our meals were absolutely full to the brim with goodness, nutrients and the freshest ingredients-  not an additive or preservative in sight, plus it was all cooked within around 5 minutes too.

Review: The Body Fuel Cafe Hove

Review: The Body Fuel Cafe HoveReview: The Body Fuel Cafe Hove

As we left I took a couple of sweet treats away to have once I got home – you know, maternity leave means afternoons are mainly spend on the sofa with a coffee and cake, so instead I got a take-away Not Naughty, Definitely Nice Smoothie (almond milk, banana, nut butter, raw cacao powder, vanilla, honey, cinnamon)  and a delicious Date Protein Bar, as I’ve been eating 6 dates a day as it’s meant to help with labour – putting them in a protein bar seemed a perfect excuse to get my daily dose in as I’m getting sick and tired of eating pure dates alone these days!

I would 100% recommend trying the Body Fuel Cafe if you are local to Hove, it is so refreshing to know you are eating pure clean, fresh ingredients, plus it was so delicious it felt like a real treat too. My next meal there will be brunch – I think there are some wholemeal blueberry pancakes with my name on!

The Body Fuel Cafe is located at 123 Church Street, Hove  –  pop for some super tasty, healthy food next time you are passing! 

Valentines Day Gift Guide 2017

We don’t really ‘do‘ Valentines Day in our house – we never really have as it’s just not our thing. However, as the days count down before Baby Peaches arrival, it’s got me in the mood to celebrate our last Valentines Day together as a couple, before we become a little family. We aren’t exchanging cards but as little gestures to each other we are giving sweet (but useful) gifts – things that  will pamper and make each other feel special and to celebrate a day of just being ‘us’ before baby. So, with this in mind – I’ve put together a few gift ideas along the same lines. Here are a few of my favourite picks this year:

Valentines Day Gift Guide 2017

Pampering before baby is high on my agenda at the moment, so this lovely bundle of treats from Crabtree and Evelyn is my perfect gift right now. The All Butter Rose and White Chocolate Biscuits (£5.00) are rich and delicious and with the Ultra Moisturising Hand Therapy (£6.00 per tube) so fragrant and luxurious – a real treat after all that busy nesting and scrubbing around the house!

Valentines Day Gift Guide 2017

I absolutely love flowers, but always feel a bit sad when my lovely, beautiful bouquet withers and dies. That’s why I was so excited to find these beautiful faux flowers by Cote Noire. These Oriental Lillies in Clear Glass (£50.00) are so realistic, but will last forever, so we can enjoy them time and time again. The arrangement also comes with a 10ml Spring Flower Scent bottle so you can refresh your flowers at any time. The scent is light and pretty and adds a touch of freshness to any room.

Valentines Day Gift Guide 2017

I absolutely love long, hot, baths – so having my own Personalised Towels from Christy (various prices) is the perfect gift for me. We have a lovely heated towel rail in our bathroom, so getting out of the bath into a warm, fluffy towel is just a dream. I love Christy towels as they are such great quality and are so lovely and cosy – We have a green set too, you might have recently seen them in our New Bathroom Tour!

Valentines Day Gift Guide 2017

With our baby due on 20th Feb, Valentines Day is the perfect last moment for us to reflect on life as a couple before we expand into a little family. To remember all of our favourite moments in 2016, I put together this sweet Favourite Memories Box (£22.00) from Love Give Ink for Vee. It has 4 photo memories and 8 sealed notecards, you can completely personalise every last detail, making this a really lovely keepsake gift and something a bit different.

Hope this list has given you a little inspiration for a gift for your loved one this year! Have a fabulous day, whether you are staying in or going out – I hope you are spoiled or pampered and treated like a King or Queen. Happy Valentines Day! 

Post contains PR samples – opinions are my own

Festive Food #4: Terre à Terre Brighton – Festive Menu

Festive Food #4: Terre à Terre Brighton - Festive Menu  So, my festive food journey around Brighton continues with one of my FAVOURITE restaurants in Brighton. This was the one I’ve had in my diary for over a month and I’ve slowly been counting the days as I just love, love, love Terre à Terre. I think I would go as far as to say it’s my favourite place in Brighton. You may have seen my last review from the summer – the food is just out of this world, so I was excited to see what festive treats would be on offer. For me, the best thing about Terre à Terre is the vast choice on the menu and just being able to relax and eat every dish as it’s all vegetarian. I always feel so spoiled for choice! I’m also always wowed by the creativity of the dishes and always come away feeling like I’ve tried something new and different, this is never your run-of-the mill meal out.

Festive Food #4: Terre à Terre Brighton - Festive Menu

Festive Food #4: Terre à Terre Brighton - Festive Menu

On the day of our review, annoyingly both Vee and I were feeling totally under the weather with an awful cold, but after eagerly awaiting our meal at Terre à Terre, we just couldn’t miss out –  so we plodded on out into town, hoping they would look after us and fill us full of comfort food and vitamins to cure our ailments. As soon as we arrived, we were shown to our table and upon seeing our sniffly noses, we were offered hot lemon and honey (I think Vee had a shot of Whiskey in hers!) to help us feel a little better. I thought this was such a lovely touch and with my sore throat soothed by the warm drink, I felt a little better already.

Festive Food #4: Terre à Terre Brighton - Festive Menu

If I am honest, there wasn’t anything on the Festive menu I didn’t want to try, I may even have to go back so I can say I’ve tried it all, but eventually we ordered the following…

Starters: As a mince pie lover (I think I started eating them in October this year), I just had to order the Mince Pie and Chantilly Face (Hot Twineham Grange cheese and mustard seed pastry mince pie filled with mushroom marinade mincemeats served with hot porcini custard, quince pepper jelly, sherry and spice pickled walnut and Chantilly salt bean curds). I have to say I’ve never tried a savoury mince pie before but the flavour was just amazing – they had totally encapsulated the festive taste of a mince pie but with a gorgeous mushroom filling in the most delicious buttery pastry. The cream on the side was sweet, giving this a really interesting combination of salty and sweet – a taste sensation!

Vee went for the KFC (Korean fried cauliflower with sweet and sour sesame, onigiri rice, soused shiso dikon pickled mirin ginger jelly and green leaf salt dried chips finished with chestnut purée.). She chose this option as we’d tried it back in the Summer and loved it. The KFC are sweet, succulent fried cauliflower pieces with a light fluffy batter that isn’t at all heavy like some tempura can be, dipped in an oriental mix of flavours and sesame to give it that asian fusion taste.

 

Festive Food #4: Terre à Terre Brighton - Festive Menu

Festive Food #4: Terre à Terre Brighton - Festive Menu

Mains:  For the main, I had my eye on the the soufflé, but with Brighton Blue cheese, this is a big no-no in pregnancy so I had to be good and go for my second choice of Ding Dong Dengaku (Slow soft baked ume and ginger sake aubergine with tahini, toasted seed oil, white miso and mixed sesame crust with cranberry hibiscus juice. Served with amchur nori salt dusted puffed rice seaweed cracker, edamame, wasabi and yuzu pesto and wakame vegetable thread salad.). This was a completely unique dish, I wasn’t sure what to expect! The main part of the meal had a strong salty taste, which was almost a little overwhelming for me (or maybe I just have super pregnancy taste buds) however, mixed with a mouthful of the wakame vegetable salad gave the perfect balance with a refreshing, tangy zing. This was perfect comfort food as I was feeling under the weather, the cooling salad soothed my poorly sore throat and the flavours were strong enough for me to taste through my stuffiness!

Vee went for the Chai Fawkes (Chestnut Rosti bomb with salt plum and camembert molten middle, rolled in gunpowder beet tea embers, served with heritage and rainbow chard flames, ragout of hoppy sticky cinder salsify and root logs, juniper soused bulbs and boktops. Finished with silken mushroom mallow, black garlic aioli and amber crimson salts) and I have to admit I had slight food envy as it looked just amazing! She described it as eating a wintery ‘posh’ roast dinner that sizzled and popped in the mouth like popping candy! This is the most festive, creative dish I’ve seen on my festive food journey – I was impressed.

Festive Food #4: Terre à Terre Brighton - Festive Menu

Festive Food #4: Terre à Terre Brighton - Festive Menu

Desserts: Lastly, our desserts – my favourite part of the meal! After our dessert last time at Terre à Terre, they had a lot to live up to, but honestly – this time they didn’t disappoint either! We were both delighted with the pudding menu as both of our favourite dishes featured, for me – I couldn’t wait to have my first taste this season of Christmas Pudding, so I went for the Figgy pudding (Figgy pudding sticky with rumtopf fruits aged with spice spirits and barrel brews. Served with tangerine and Frangelico ice and smugglers clove custard and poached cranberries). This was the perfect traditional figgy pudding with a twist of the refreshing tangerine and frangelico ice – a real festive mix of tastes that had Christmas written all over it.

Vee was excited as her favourite, Churros were on the menu with a Terre à Terre twist –  the Churrosimo  (Cinnamon sugar spice dusted doughnut straws served with vodka cherries, salt caramel sticky dunker, warm dark chocolate dipper and finished with wild berry freeze dried crumble and extra brute cocoa powder). They tasted like they were baked, rather than being fried which took away that classic donut greasy taste, but the bit that made this dessert was the dip – Salt Caramel with Dark Chocolate in layers made this a real treat. The vodka cherries and wild berry crumble gave the dish a festive twist too.

Overall, we absolutely loved our festive menu experience at Terre à Terre, I know I’m biased as I’m a huge fan of the restaurant, but it was one of the best festive menu’s we’ve tried this season for both taste and creativity! I also felt super looked after by the wonderful staff who chatted to us lots, created special cold remedies and catered for our every whim.

If you’d like to try the festive menu, head down to Terre à Terre this month – the set 3 course menu is £33 per person and worth every penny. To book a table, visit their website or call 01273 729051. 

 

We were invited to Terre a Terre for a complimentary meal in return for an honest review – All words and opinions are my own

 

Festive Food #3: Giggling Squid Brighton – Christmas Menu

A couple of weeks ago we were invited to Giggling Squid in Brighton for a sneak peek into their Christmas Menu ahead of their release date in early December. I was particularly intrigued as normally Christmas menu’s consist of Roast Turkey, roast potatoes and Christmas Pudding, so I was excited to see the Thai cuisine take on a typically traditional menu. I am a big fan of Giggling Squid, although I’d never visited their Brighton restaurant before, I’ve always been to one in Hove. Inside the restaurant is bigger than I expected with three floors and plenty of seating. We were sat on the second floor, which was a basic dining area with simple furniture, it didn’t seem to have the higher-end feel of the Hove restaurant, but was full with families and couples dining out so had a busy, friendly vibe instead.

We were given the Christmas Menu, which had two main choices, a more ‘standard’ three course meal for £24.95 which included mainly curries and stir fries, or for a little extra at £29.95 you could choose a three course meal with a few added extras like a glass of Christmas Spritz and higher-end choices like Seabass or Steak. We are both Vegetarian (and V is allergic to fish), so with one veggie selection on each menu, we were a bit limited  – but chose to try both the menu’s and share all the veggie dishes between us.

Starters: For our starters we ordered the Vegetable Spring Rolls and Sweetcorn Fritters, which are my absolute favourite at Giggling Squid and I was so pleased to see them on the Christmas menu! They did not disappoint at all, I love how Giggling Squid flavour their corn fritters with aromatic lime leaves, it gives such a strong Thai taste and fragrance, they are simply divine. We were slightly surprised when our starters arrived as I think the waitress had forgotten to bring us Prawn Crackers (I can eat then, even if Vee can’t!) or the glass of Christmas Spritz as stated on the menu, this was a bit of a shame – one of my favourite parts of a meal is snacking on the prawn crackers and dip over a drink before the main meal arrives, I also felt this took away part of the festive experience too. We tried to ask the waitress but it was so busy, we couldn’t get her attention.

Main Courses: For our mains we went for the Vegetable Tropical Jungle Curry and the Vegetable Cashew Stir Fry and shared both dishes so we could give them both a try. Both dishes were full of Thai flavours and the curry was pretty spicy too, but I didn’t feel there was anything particularly ‘special’ or different about these dishes for the Christmas menu, they were quite standard Thai dishes, which were presented without any garnish or extras on the plate meant this looked like a very plain plate of food. I enjoyed the main courses, but I wouldn’t say they had a ‘wow-factor’ at all, and not what I’d expected for a festive menu.

Desserts: Where the Giggling Squid did excel for their Festive Menu was the desserts. We ordered a Chocolate Feuillantine (which was a chocolate mousse with a smooth velvety coating) and the Caramelised Mango Cake, which as you can see from the photographs came beautifully presented with fresh fruits, cream and sauces – this level of presentation and pizzaz seemed more like what I had been hoping for throughout the meal!

Overall, I’m sure you can tell I was a little disappointed with the Giggling Squid’s festive menu, which is a real shame as I am actually a massive fan of theirs and have had so many lovely meals at the Hove restaurant. I’m not sure what happened on the day we visited, but I didn’t feel like the Christmas Menu as very special, the service seemed rushed and have had so many nicer meals just eating from their usual evening menu. This hasn’t put me off eating at the Giggling Squid at all, but I know next time I go back I’ll stick to what I know and love from the menu – and remind the waitress to bring our Prawn Crackers!

 

We were invited to Giggling Squid for a complimentary meal in return of an honest review – All words and opinions are my own