Review: Graco Evo Mini

As a Graco Ambassador I was recently sent the Graco Evo Mini to review. I was quite excited for this to arrive as I knew it would be compact and lightweight but apart from that I didn’t know much about it.

Review: Graco Evo Mini

The Graco Evo Mini arrived in one surprisingly heavy box but when I had taken everything out of the box I was impressed by how few parts there were to put together – I literally had to click the wheels on, attach the basket to the axle and put the hood on. After that the Graco Evo Mini was ready to go and even more lightweight than I had hoped!

Review: Graco Evo Mini

We’ve been using the Graco Evo Mini as our out and about stroller since it arrived and we love how easily it would fit into any car because of how compact it folds – I have never used anything quite so compact when folded! The unique fold means that it takes up less space than even most umbrella fold strollers.

Review: Graco Evo Mini

The shopping basket is huge, so much bigger than I’d expected and I can easily fit the change bag into it as well as shopping. A shopping basket is a great selling point for me on a pushchair and the one on the Graco Evo Mini doesn’t disappoint.

Review: Graco Evo Mini

The three wheel design of the Graco Evo Mini along with how light it is makes it incredibly easy to push and it goes up and down kerbs without any problems. One downside of it being lightweight is that it is very much made of plastic and this could put some people off but the Graco Evo Mini is well made and robust – The lightweight factor definitely outweighs the plastic for me and it definitely wouldn’t be a deal breaker.

Review: Graco Evo Mini

The Graco Evo Mini comes complete with a well fitting raincover and the only downside is that no footmuff is included. As the Graco Evo Mini is quite a triangular shape I’m unsure whether a universal footmuff would fit the Graco Evo Mini but we tend to use a blanket when we’re out and about in the colder months anyway.


The sun hood of the Graco Evo Mini is incredible large blocking out a huge amount of the sun. The seat is very well padded and the harness is easy to use and fastens securely. The seat has a different reclining mechanism to any I have seen before where you pull a toggle to adjust the recline. This does mean that you can have the seat as reclined as you like rather than set recline positions and it reclines all the way to laying flat. The toggle recline does take some getting used to but once you’ve used it a few times it becomes second nature.

Review: Graco Evo Mini

We have loved using the Graco Evo Mini and it is our pushchair of choice for when space is limited or I’m out and about with just Little Man. I love how easy it is to fold and how compact it becomes. I also appreciate the generous shopping basket and maneuverability of the Graco Evo Mini. Overall this is a fantastic stroller that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.


The Graco Evo Mini has an RRP of £179.99

Review: Graco Evo Mini

Disclosure: We were sent the above pushchair for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.

LP’s Birthday Celebrations

Last week was such a lovely week, mainly dedicated to LP’s 3rd Birthday.

On Wednesday we had a day at Legoland Windsor and both LP and Little Man managed to go on a four rides with the usual school holiday queues and had a lovely lunch. LP and Little Man were oblivious of the queues and just loved the rides that we managed to go on – trains are a definite winner for the whole family!


On Thursday, LP’s actual Birthday we had a morning of present opening and playing before heading to Wellington Country Park for a play, explore and lunch. It’s somewhere we hadn’t been before but a great day out, so much to do and the weather was lovely to really be able to appreciate it. We left at about 4pm when both babies were exhausted and went to a local dessert parlour for an ice cream celebratory treat! What child doesn’t love Birthday ice-cream!


On Sunday we had LP’s Birthday gathering. Friends and family came round and the sun shone more than it has done in weeks. The weather was truly fantastic and it was so nice to be able to spend time outside. We don’t normally go all out for Birthdays – LP has never shown an interest until this year – and so we ordered some helium balloons, put up a banner from The Little Things and had matching tableware and party bags from there too. LP loved it all and helped me to get the party food together.





LP insisted on party hats, a Mickey Mouse cake and one candle. We obviously couldn’t refuse! LP had such a lovely party, she loved playing with her friends and she said goodbye to each of them with filled up party bags – sweet treats, bouncy balls, bubbles and skipping ropes! I now can’t believe her Birthday is over, that she is three and that this time next year she will be 4! Where does the time go?!

Happy Birthday Little Pickle.


Disclosure: We were kindly sent products from The Little Things for LP’s Birthday however all opinions are my own.

E45 Giveaway!

E45 is a name I have been familiar with since I was a child and it has always been the brand I turn to whenever I have any dry skin or just want to moisturise. E45 have got products to suit all the family and they are still a brand that I always have in the cupboard having used it on LP and LM’s dry skin at times, on my stomach during pregnancy and now as a regular moisturiser after baths and showers.

E45 understands the importance of quality everyday skin care products that provide the best possible care for your skin with minimum fuss and for 60 years E45 has been the clinically proven, trusted skin care expert in sensitive skin moisturisers, dry skin moisturisers and treatment for eczema, dermatitis and other skin problems. E45 has proven dermatological expertise that is dedicated to vulnerable skin.

The E45 range of good skin care products has been developed to work for all different skin types, all over your body and every day of the year. E45 works hard for your skin: to protect, maintain and improve skin health with quality products that deliver.


So that you can try out E45 products for yourself, E45 are giving away a Moisturising Lotion and an Intense Recovery Lotion to three lucky winners. To be in with a chance of winning please enter using the rafflecopter below.

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Disclosure: I was sent e45 products for the purpose of this post however all opinions are my own.

Review: CBeebies Sweet Dreams with Squidge and Giveaway!

Little Man is a huge fan of cuddly toys or those that play music so when we were offered CBeebies Sweet Dreams with Squidge to review I thought he might quite like it. The Squidge character will be familiar to anyone who watches CBeebies – A cute yellow lump! The CBeebies Sweet Dreams with Squidge character comes complete with attached sleeping hat!


CBeebies Sweet Dreams with Squidge is a soft toy that plays music and has a multicoloured light show inside it. This is activated by pressing a star on the front and the CBeebies Sweet Dreams Song plays with coordinating lights. Unfortunately CBeebies Sweet Dreams with Squidge doesn’t have a volume control and only plays one song but the children didn’t seem to mind – they happily kept pressing the star to get the song to play yet another time.



The CBeebies Sweet Dreams Squidge has a recommended age of 10 months and over but LP grabbed it as soon as I got it out the box and has hardly let Little Man even look at it since – she loves it! LP has pretended to sleep with CBeebies Sweet Dreams with Squidge constantly since it arrived and I honestly thought she wouldn’t be interested at all.



Overall CBeebies Sweet Dreams with Squidge is a great toy that is now LP’s favourite companion although I think if given the chance Little Man would love it just as much.


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Disclosure: We were sent the above toy for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.

Living Arrows – 35/52

This week has been such a great week. Although I worked for three days, as a family we have managed to cram in so much to the rest of the week and Hubby has had a few days off work too.

Thursday was LP’s 3rd Birthday and we spent the day at a local country park, followed by an ice cream treat in a local dessert parlour. We also had another visit to Legoland Windsor the day before her Birthday and had a little walk around a local Classic Car Show when I finished work on Saturday. Sunday was then LP’s Birthday gathering and we did our usual garden barbecue with close friends and family. It was a lovely day and both of this week’s photos were taken during her party.

LP loves to wear ‘Princess clothes’ – pretty dresses and ‘dancing shoes’ – sparkly flip flops. She has turned into such a girly little thing and loves nothing more than to sing and dance. But even wearing princess clothes and dancing shoes there is still time for a play on the slide – even princesses like to play!


Little Man has grown up hugely this week and has started sitting on our mini table and chairs, even getting up on the chairs by himself. During our barbecue he spent as much time as he could sitting on our mini picnic bench and even climbing on top of the table at times – he is such an adventurer!


This week was packed full of quality family time, it was well planned and so special. I am definitely hoping for more weeks like this in the future!

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