Posted in product review, toys

GooZonians UK toy review

We’ve been checking out the NEW GooZonian toys from Character Toys this week. These are out now and available to buy from Smyths Toy Superstore – Ellie can’t wait to go and add to her new collection as there are 6 characters to collect!

GooZonians – the stretchiest Superheroes protecting the magical realm of GooZonia. All while juggling new powers, royal responsibilities and squad goals! GooZonians are squishy and stretchy and tactile – designed for girls aged 4-6. Ellie is 5 and loves them!

We have been kindly gifted two of the new characters – Cora and Princess Flik – for an honest opinion.

The story

Many generations ago, the Stone Heart turned the enchanted rainbow hued goo dull and hardened it across the land and in the hearts of the people. It caused chaos and destruction in GooZonia. The Queen (Cinder) saved her people by creating six charms from the last of the flowing goo and gave them the power to defeat Stone Heart and reverse it’s effects. Now Stone Heart is back and the Superheroes must find the hidden charms to protect GooZonia from the ApoGoolypse!

Characters

The GooZonian characters all have special qualities different to each other. Each one is brightly coloured allows children to build on their storytelling skills.

Queen Ember – a Pheonix – leads the good people of GooZonia. She is brave, charismatic, dutiful but critical. Ember is filled with flame effect strands and star shaped sparkles combined with red, orange and yellow flecks of shimmer.
Roxy – the life of the party in GooZonia. She is the royal spokesperson and head of the castle’s social committee. She is glamorous, naive, generous but superficial. Discover her silver snowflakes and blue stars.

Isla – an avid surfer and animal lover, she is the most environmentally aware GooZonian. She is independent, easy-going, optimistic but forgetful. She is filled with purple moon and star shaped sparkles and clear water beads.
Princess Flik – a true princess of GooZonia who believes she should be patrolling the realm and be ready for battle always. She is confident, adventurous, impulsive but clumsy. Flik is filled with swirling galaxy effect and a lightning shaped shimmer.
Cora – the artistic director of the Royal Performance Company. She sings, dances and acts and keeps the GooZonians entertained. She’s enthusiastic, creative, opinionated but overconfident. Stretch her to see her small hexagonal sparkles in her pink and orange filling.
Glyda – an enigmatic introvert. She loves to solve problems and ways to stop the Stone Heart. She’s shy, inventive, passionate but insecure. There’s lots going on inside her filling – a mix of pink and purple water beads and a dragon scale effect with pink sparkle dust suspended inside too!

The Toys

We received Princess Flik and Cora to try out and review. Both these toys are super stretchy, super squishy and lots of fun! They always return to their original shape which absolutely amazed Ellie, she tried so hard to stretch them further and further and then watched them return back to their shape within seconds. She loves the texture and the feel of the toys, Ellie can be quite sensory sometimes and can be put off by the texture of objects. Ellie enjoyed experimenting with the different ways she could reveal the hidden magic power charms in her two superheroes – squishing and squeezing until the gooey bodies moved.

As a parent they feel therapeutically tactile, hard-wearing and have endless possibilities for imaginative play!

To accompany the new launch, the GooZonians also have their very own webisode which is live over at Character Kidz TV and so fun to watch! The webisode has really brought life to these empowering heroines and Ellie has absolutely loved watching the first episode.

Would we recommend…

100% yes! Ellie has had lots of fun playing with these new figures and having them watch the episodes with her too. The stretch appeal along with the bright colours really appeal to Ellie and others aged 4-6 years old will love them too!

Disclosure – We were gifted the GooZonian toys to review however as always all thoughts, opinions and photographs are my own.

Posted in baby loss, Jason

Seven

Seven years since I last held you.
Seven years since I saw those tiny little hands.
Seven years since I had to say Goodbye.

Seven years of missing you.
Seven years of hurting.
Seven years of what ifs.
Seven years of why me.

I can’t imagine our lives with a 7 year old. I guess that’s what hurts the most; that we never got to have a life with him in it. A day with him was never enough but a day was all we got.

Jason’s birthday came and went in a flash. It was a normal Tuesday, school/work and hardly any time to think about the day itself. People asked me how I was, I was fine I suppose. The days that followed seemed harder. I’m a huge believer that the build up is always worse, the days that led to Jason’s birthday haunt me. I should have known, I could have done more, I should have been able to stop this from happening. So yeah, the actual day felt like any other. We had a cake and told Ellie it was Jason’s birthday cake which she was thrilled about and then the usual routine kept us busy.

The days that followed were hard on Ellie, I’ve never sheltered her from Jason’s death – of course she doesn’t know the full extent of what happened but she does know he’s dead and it’s a tough thing for a 5 year old to comprehend. Her teacher brought her new baby in to school to meet everyone and usually Ellie would have been all over her but she looked at the baby and just said it reminded her of baby Jason. She has talked to her new teacher and her amazing TA about him and why she got upset that day. She asked me if he could just come and play with her, just for his birthday. It breaks my heart to know she grieves in her own way for a sibling she never got to see.

They’ve also been learning the Easter story at school which has confused her a little. Why shouldn’t her big brother be able to come back to life if a man who lived thousands of years ago was able to do it. Why can’t we put his body in a cave and wait for the angel to revive him. Why was Jesus special enough to be allowed to live again and not Jason? These are just some of the questions we’ve had to try and answer for her. I’m not a Christian, I never was and I love that she’s so inquisitive when it comes to religion but jeez they were tough! I don’t believe in God – if there is some almighty being then making me live without my child is pretty crappy of them don’t you think?

Thankfully, Ellie has been more settled again this weekend. Jason’s birthday is a memory and in the eyes of a child she’s done with it all. She does still have moments where she talks about him and I will always encourage her to do so, he is her big brother, he is my son and he will always be apart of our family.

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5 Benefits of Himalayan Salt Lamps

Last Christmas Luke bought me a Salt Lamp, at the time I knew nothing about them. Apart from the ambient light which I find very calming they are known to have many health benefits. They have quickly become very popular – especially with those interested in natural health. I’ve put it next to the bed as I had read they are great in the bedroom. Since then we’ve added to our collection and purchased another salt lamp which sits on my desk.

Below I’ve written up 5 benefits of owning a salt lamp – these are all things I feel I have noticed. I must add it did take a week or two before I started noticing any benefits to using the HPS lamps, so if you are wanting to try then I’d recommend using them for a longer period of time.

1. Filter and Deodorise the air

This is probably the most well-known benefit to owning and using salt lamps. They are able to filter the air, remove dust, pollen, bacteria and lots of other contaminants from the air. They do this through something called hygroscopy, which basically means it attracts water molecules from the environment, absorbs the molecules into the salt crystals. As the lamp warms up the same water evaporates back into the air but keeps all the trapped particles locked in the salt.

2. Reduce Allergy/Asthma Symptoms and Eases Coughing

This is one of the main reasons we purchased another lamp for the living room. Due to the fact that the lamp removes the contaminants such as dust and pet dander and mold from the air, the lamp can reduce the allergy symptoms. Himalayan pink salt is actually great for your airways so the asthma sufferers in our house have noticed a difference too. (You can even get Himalayan Pink Salt inhalers!)

Himalayan pink salt lamps removes contaminants from the air and helps your body filter air more efficiently meaning any particles that do happen to be breathed in won’t get to your lungs therefore reducing the need to cough.

3. Improves Concentration & Mood

HPS lamps are a super way to naturally enhance your mood, the calming ambience is known to help you unwind and relax. They are perfect to keep by your bedside. They can also improve your concentration. We have touched on hydroscopy above but when the HPS absorbs water and particles it also takes positive ions with them. Positive ions can cause us to feel sluggish. As the lamp absorbs the positive ions it expels negative ions. Negative ions have a great effect on our bodies, they improve blood and oxygen supply to the brain as well as providing a boost of serotonin.

4. Better Sleep

Having an over-exposure to positive ions (usually from electronics!) can reduct your quality of sleep. Positively-charged particles can reduce blood and oxygen supplies to the brain and results in irregular sleep patterns. HPS have the opposite effect on our sleep patterns due to the negative ions it expels. It’s best to leave the lamp on as long as possible to warm up so that it has already absorbed the positive ions before sleep.

5. Environmentally Friendly

HPS lamps can use a low-watt bulb which consumes very little energy while others are usually powered by a lit candle which makes them more environmentally friendly than most light bulbs.

Have you used HPS lamps? Have you noticed any benefits? I’d love to know. Let me know in the comments below.

Posted in parenting

Breaking the Silence at Christmas

I am 1 in 4.

I found out I was pregnant with my first child in August 2014, it was a complete surprise but one my husband and I were so very excited about. We hadn’t been trying, it just happened and honestly I had a very easy pregnancy; no morning sickness, no cravings and no worries. I was in a blissful naivety that after 40 weeks we’d be welcoming our first child in to the world and our family would start. We’d flown past the worrying 12 weeks and everything was going so well. I wasn’t aware that babies died; of cause I’d heard of families going through miscarriages and even of family and older friends whose babies had either been stillborn or died from SIDS but that was years ago and I certainly didn’t think it could happen to me.

I was wrong.

At 35 weeks my Son, Jason, entered the world after a very quick and traumatic labour he was born breathing after an unplanned home birth. He was taken straight away and we were told there was a very small chance he would make it. I remember thinking “he’s only 5 weeks early, babies are born and survive at 28 weeks, he’ll be fine”. I didn’t get to hold him alive, he didn’t get to feel my heartbeat from the outside or hear my voice.

My “nearly full term” baby had died. There wasn’t anything I could do and 6 years later the pain, the hurt and the grief hasn’t gone away. You don’t stop grieving for the child you love or for the life you never got to know.

Christmas is a really difficult time for me especially. I love Christmas, always have done but knowing he isn’t here makes it very hard. Christmas is a time for family but when a family member is missing it feels wrong to celebrate. As the years have passed my grief feels different; the first Christmas after Jason died was really tough but we survived by ignoring it as much as we could. Now Jason’s sister is here; it is obvious that Christmas is about family time but the grief is harder to deal with. I long to have presents with Jason’s name on. I know he’d have been so excited to see Santa had been and I long for the Christmas’ I had as a child with my brother. I can’t make plans for Christmas Day – I don’t want to be around anyone other than the three of us because I never know how I’m going to be. I never know if the wave of grief will cause me to shut down. I found writing Christmas cards and not knowing whether to even include him at all tough, it took a long time for me to find a way of including him. Even now, I am constantly wondering whether including him is the right thing to do or not so I choose very carefully who is worthy of seeing his name or his star drawn.

I carried him for 35 weeks, I birthed him, I held him, talked to him, urged him to wake up but to the outside world he is gone and in some ways “forgotten” which hurts all the more at a time when family is at the centre of the celebrations. 

The death of a baby affects 1 in 4 pregnancies that’s around 60,000 babies a year in the UK. I never thought my family would be one of those and I’ll never get that innocence back.

Posted in parenting, reading

Books 2 Door – Harry Potter Collection -Review

As a child I couldn’t get in to the Harry Potter books, I didn’t like the movies and I really didn’t understand the hype. As an adult I absolute love the movies (Me and Luke finally watched them all 3 years ago) and completely understood why HP was such a loved franchise. Since then we’ve both felt the need to read the books – especially as I think they are something Ellie will enjoy as she gets older too.

We recently got in touch with Books2Door who sent us a boxed set with all seven of the multi-award winning Harry Potter books in paperback. This release of Harry Potter Complete Collection contains all the Harry Potter books by J.K Rowling featuring beautifully illustrated cover art by Johnny Duddle (the author behind the amazing Gigantosaurus books) and comes in a sturdy box to keep the books in.

The book titles included are:
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter are the Deathly Hallows

The Harry Potter series is recommended for children aged 9 and over. They were originally aimed at primary aged children but due to the success of the first few they were made darker and more adult orientated as the series went on. The first few books would be great to read aloud together but we will wait for Ellie to be a little bit older before introducing her to them – I want to read them myself first anyway!

I’m very excited to dive into the magical world of Hogwarts and get deeper into the characters and all the bits the movies miss out.

Books2Door has over 7000 reviews on Trustpilot and have amazing offers and deals! You won’t be disappointed in the range of books they offer – the bargain section is pretty stocked up too!

Disclosure – We were gifted the Harry Potter Complete Collection 7 Book Set to review by Books2Door however as always all thoughts, opinions and photographs are my own.

Posted in Gifted, product review

Trendhim – Salt & Hide -Review

We’ve been really excited to work with Trendhim again on another one of their stylish backpacks. Luke likes to take a backpack to work and the Salt & Hide Sagan Backpack is perfect for him to use on a daily basis.

Trendhim – who are they?

If you haven’t read our previous review – Trendhim are a menswear and accessory brand founded in late 2007 by Sebastian and Mikkel. Their products are designed in Denmark. They are hugle popular across many European countries and have a dedicaed UK website (currency in £) making it really easy to find menswear products and accessories.We recently worked with them on this review.

Trendhim have a wide collection of products, from bags and wallets to jewellery and scarfs, they make great quality gifts.

Shall I show you what we received?

We received the Sagan Green and Brown Backpack by Salt and Hide and once again I was impressed with the quality, the style and the likeliness to the image on the website. This backpack has so many pockets and compartments and is designed to keep your laptop safe while storing all of your other bits and bobs for the day. It has an exterior zipped pocket along with adjustable shoulder straps. Inside – the lined interior features two large compartments, one of which contains a padded spot for your laptop. Other spaces for your credit cards, phone, pens, etc. are built-in too!

Made from cotton canvas, genuine cow leather and cotton lining its flexible, sturdy, strong and durable its a bag fit for every day use!

DIMENSIONS (taken from the website)
Length: 34cm
Height: 41cm
Width: 13cm

Holds up to 15.6″ (38,5×26,5×2,5 cm) laptops.

Postage and Packaging

Once added to cart there are two options of delivery available;

  • Royal Mail package which typically takes 3-7 working days which is currently £4
  • DHL Express Delivery which typically takes 1-2 working days which is currently £12

At the time of writing they are also offering FREE royal mail delivery on all orders over £29 too!

We opted for the standard option which arrived within the 3-7 working day period and Trendhim work on same day guarantee – if you order before 4pm on any weekday the order is shipped the same day! Mine definitely was as it arrived so quickly. If you order after 4pm on a friday, saturday or sunday it is shipped on the next working day. We were also provided with a tracking number on our “your order has been shipped” email which meant I was able to see exactly where the parcel was.

The bag arrived well packaged, in a dust bag that kept it safe in transit too!

Disclosure – We were gifted the Sage & Hide Sagan Backpack to review however as always all thoughts, opinions and photographs are my own.*
Posted in parenting

Jaques of London Wooden Toy – Review

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With Ellie’s birthday coming up I was finding it difficult knowing what to buy for a 5 year old – mainly because I’m not ready to admit my baby is almost 5 but also because children seem to grow up so quick that it’s hard knowing what toys are actually suitable. Then I heard from Jaques of London about a collaboration and as we already own a few of their wooden games I knew they were top-quality toys and found the website so easy to navigate thanks to their categories I could simply find Toys for 5 year olds really easily!

The Packaging

For me, Jaques of London is a first choice for gifts, the toys arrive beautifully packaged in brown boxes sealed with a black ribbon. Inside the toy/game is wrapped in old fashioned newspaper style paper and includes a card with the name of the person who had personally packed it.

This packaging comes as standard with all their products – this for me shows just how much thought and emphasis on detail goes in to their company and how much the customer is thought of too!


Four in a Row Game – Wooden Connect Four

As Ellie is getting older she is starting to enjoy games that have “rules” so I knew she would love the wooden Four in a Row Game to add to our collection of classic games. Score 4 is made of solid FSC Approved Wood and comes with 36 black and red wooden discs.

After a few games it is clear that Ellie has quite a competitive streak and that Mummy doesn’t let her win enough ha! Score 4 is a great game if you want something quick and easy to set up (even better for those with short attention spans). It’s also great as it’s quick to tidy up once you’re finished playing! Score 4 is portable and a perfect size for travelling. All the pieces fit inside the base and the board slides over stopping them from getting lost – everything is contained!

The game is designed to encourage children to develop their problem solving skills, it develops fine motor skills (due to the small counters) and helps with their social skills (winning/losing, taking turns) everything that a child needs to help them in life.

Jaques of London was established in 1795 and it is clear that with over 225 years of experience in making memories and bringing happiness to children they have perfected how to design toys and games that have children’s best interests at heart.

We’ve also been very kindly sent a link for 15% off for all our followers and subscribers too – click on the link to get the discount added to basket! https://jaques.games/15off
They also offer FREE DELIVERY on orders over £40!

Disclosure – We were gifted the Score 4 – Wooden Four in a Row game to review by Jaques of London however as always all thoughts, opinions and photographs are my own.

Posted in Gifted, parenting, product review, toys

Petite Amelie Wooden Dolls House – review

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Ellie has such a kind and caring nature and she absolutely loves looking after her toys – she feeds them in her play kitchen, she puts them down for naps and she plays with such a vivid imagination. I love nothing more than sitting down with a cuppa and listening to the storylines she comes up with – although worryingly it usually starts with the Mum dying!!

I knew she would be over the moon with the wooden dolls house we received from Petite Amélie and she has played with it non-stop since she first saw it.

So here’s our review of our new dolls house. It’s possibly one of the few times Ellie has willingly let me bother her for photos!

In 2010 when a mum-to-be wasn’t able to find the cot of her dreams for her daughter – she took matters into her own hands and designed one herself and had it made – it was at that moment that Petite Amélie was born. They have since expanded their range of products to include complete baby and children’s bedrooms, transitional beds, infants chests of drawers and wardrobes, children’s bed linen and wooden toys – furniture perfect for Nurseries or Toddler Rooms..

Their main goal – to inspire parents to create a beautiful nursery that has unique furniture and accessories suitable for babies and children alike.

With so many beautifully designed, timeless products to choose from I found it difficult knowing what to pick when we were offered to choose something from the site – however since we already have all the furniture we need we decided to look at the wooden toys and decided on the La maison d’Amélie wooden dolls house.

Traditional Toys with a Modern Touch

The La maison d’Amélie wooden dolls house is a house of dreams! It’s stylish open fronted design is a great way to encourage children to play – the neutral tones of white, grey and black match with the natural wood perfectly too allowing it to be appealing to all children.

The wooden dolls house does come flat packed and was relatively easy to assemble when little hands arent trying to “help”. Initially I had decided to build the dolls house but found getting the balcony to fit a tad bit tricky so set Luke off on the task and of course, being the Master Builder he is, he did it in no time at all! The house also comes with a 19 piece furniture set too which is already assembled and matches the main house with its neutral colours and wood. It would be easy to add some colour and a bit of the childs personality to the house by painting the furniture but honestly I really love the natural look and love how it all looks inside when we’ve set it up.

The dolls house has rooms on 4 floors and just like a real home it has a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living room and office space as well as a balcony on the top floor too! The possibilities for play are endless – every time Ellie plays with it her role play is different to the last. We’ve had role play linked to every day life – bath time, breakfast and Ellie loves tucking her little family in to bed at night – and we’ve had rescue missions, flooding and evil pirates but Ellie’s favourite is to pretend she’s a giant reaching in through the window and scaring the children!

Our Overall Verdict

I particularly love the fact that the wooden toys from Petite Amélie are made from high quality materials (SFC wood and organic cotton where possible) and the house is EN71 safety tested and the paint used is safe for children too, I also like the additional thought on safety with the rounded edges.

We’ve had such many nights after school playing with our new dolls house, it’s been a fantastic way to watch Ellie’s imagination grow and we’ve used it to talk about our days when she hasn’t been so keen to share! It’s been a wonderful addition to Ellie’s playroom and I can’t wait to watch her grow and maybe one day pass on to her children too!

Have you had any toys or furniture from Petite Amélie?
Will you be buying wooden toys this year?
Christmas is only 92 days away after all!
Let us know in the comments below!

Disclosure – We were gifted the La maison D’Amelie wooden dolls house to review however as always all thoughts, opinions and photographs are my own.

Posted in parenting

Trendhim – Review

I find buying presents for the men in my life a really difficult task; when asked they either say they don’t want anything or they seem to want something really basic – socks come to mind! I seem to spend hours on the internet trying to find something they’ll either like or something novelty that will make them smile/laugh. As the years move on I have found it much harder to find unique gifts. That was until I came across Trendhim!

We are very fortunate to have been given opportunities to review many products and share them over the last few years but it’s unusual for Luke to be treated to these opportunities so when I told him we were working with Trendhim, a company based in Denmark, on a gifted collaboration he was pleased to get involved.

Trendhim – who are they?

Trendhim are a menswear and accessory brand founded in late 2007 by Sebastian and Mikkel. Their products are designed in Denmark and they currently have 13 brands in their portfolio. Their vision is that men don’t need an occasion or be a certain type to be able to tell your story – men’s accessories are for everyone and every occasion.

Ordering/Navigating the Website

I was able to navigate the UK website easily, I found it to be informative, quick response times and have a great selection of products. I then gave the website link to my husband (who isn’t great with technology really) and he commented on how easy it was to move between products and find items he really liked. He’s not much of an accessory wearer so he immediately turned to the hats, bags and watches sections and was drawn to how the pictures looked genuinely like the products.

A very stylish, organised front page on the Trendhim website.

Once added to cart there are two options of delivery available;

  • Royal Mail package which typically takes 3-7 working days which is currently £4
  • DHL Express Delivery which typically takes 1-2 working days which is currently £12

At the time of writing they are also offering FREE royal mail delivery on all orders over £29 too!

We opted for the standard option which arrived within the 3-7 working day period and I was also pleasantly surprised at how quick Trendhim got the order out – if you order before 4pm on any weekday the order is shipped the same day! Mine definitely was as it arrived so quickly. If you order after 4pm on a friday, saturday or sunday it is shipped on the next working day. We were also provided with a tracking number on our “your order has been shipped” email which meant I was able to see exactly where the parcel was.

Shall I show you what we received?

Okay – so here’s where the actual product review comes in!
I left Luke in charge of picking something he would actually want/use and as he takes a backpack to work every day he thought it would be nice to change his old one for something that on the website looked quite stylish and trendy.

Delton Grey Compact Backpack is available from Trendhim and it currently £49

The Delton Grey Compact Backpack is perfect for everyday use as it is designed to be practical. It has a spacious interior and 4 external pockets. Luke was drawn initially to the minimalistic design and the extra space so was pleased when it arrived as it was bigger than he originally thought.

The canvas material makes the backpack durable, light and comfortable to wear – the smart shoulder straps have a brown trim adding a bit of style to grey tone.

DIMENSIONS (taken from the item description on the website)
Height: 43 cm
Width: 31 cm
Depth: 11 cm

Can hold up to 15.4″ laptop.

Our Overall Verdict

I have to say what was pictured on the site was actually what arrived – a smart and stylish compact (however not as compact as I’d imagined) Men’s backpack. The design is flawless and the workmanship of the bag is really good. I do like to have a look at the reviews other people have written about a brand and a product especially when I am working with them as I like to give an honest review of brands and I am pleased to say that the majority of reviews I read were very satisfied – both with the Brand themselves and the products received. The only reviews I read that seemed slightly negative were onces about the delivery times – which honestly isn’t entirely the brands fault as they rely on the delivery companies – I would say if you were in a desperate need for the item pay for the express delivery rather than wait for Royal Mail but honestly for us, the item was shipped same day and it arrived with Royal Mail within the time frame provided by Trendhim.

Finally…

You can have a look at all the Trendhim products on their website and their social media by following the links below:

www.trendhim.co.uk (UK)

http://www.trendhim.com (US)

Facebook

Instagram

Youtube

Disclosure – We were gifted the Delton Grey Compact Backpack to review however as always all thoughts, opinions and photographs are my own.*

Posted in Gifted, motherhood, Mum Blogger, product review

Trunki/Yondi Review

If you know your way around an airport or a train station then you’ve probably seen a Trunki Suitcase. They are such an ingenious idea and I’ve been really excited to give it a full review and find out just what makes it the best-known ride on suitcase for kids – winning over 100 awards since 2006!

We were recently sent a Una the Unicorn Trunki and matching Yondi to review and use – unfortunately with the pandemic we haven’t been able to book a holiday but we are hoping to get a late deal in the summer holidays even if it’s just a weekend and I know the suitcase will come in handy for that and the sleepovers Ellie will be having at her grandparents when she is allowed.


First I wanted to talk about the Trunki:
I love how unique the trunki is; the fact it comes in many different colours/themes yet still has the option to be completely personal with the stickers (this was a huge hit with Ellie who loves a good sticker sesh!) I also love the independence it allows the toddler/child to have – packing their own toys/clothes and being able to pull it along themselves.

The Trunki comes with a pull-along strap allowing the child to ride on the suitcase (perfect for those long airline queues). It has a curved top which Ellie tells me is really comfortable to sit on, two handy grab points (Ellie calls them ears) for the child to hold on to. The whole product seems very resilient too – made from hard plastic making them easy to clean which is even more important now and you can use antibacterial wipes without it ruining the outer plastic.

A Trunki has an 18 litre capacity and holds quite a lot. We packed Ellie’s suitcase ready for her first out of lockdown sleepover and I was surprised at how much room she still had for all her teddies. It’s lightweight and a perfect size – we don’t tend to travel abroad but I’ve researched and is classed as hand luggage on some airlines (I’d recommend checking with the one you are flying with) as they are the perfect size.

Inside the Trunki has an elasticated teddy strap to keep luggage and most importantly teddy safe from falling out everywhere and an elasticated internal pocket for easy access.



Now for the Yondi:
When Ellie was smaller we purchased an own brand neck pillow for her when she was first transition from her baby car seat – it was awkward to put on her and she hated wearing it when she wasn’t actually asleep – she threw it off so much it broke after a few times.

I can honestly say the Yondi travel pillow is a far better product – it connects under the chin with hidden magnets and forms a supportive cushion around the child’s neck. This stops their head from rolling forward and means they can sleep in a comfortable and safe position in their car seat. The Una the Unicorn Yondi is suitable for ages 2-5 so a perfect size for Ellie, she can fasten it under her chin easily and she tells me it’s comfortable around her neck. She hasn’t actually fallen asleep with it on yet but she quite enjoys wearing it in the car anyway.

Like all the Trunki products the travel pillows are bright, colourful and based on childrens’ favourite animals or things children love so they are keen to try them out which is always a win.

We would 100% recommend Trunki to anyone thinking of travelling with a toddler this year.



Price Guide
The Trunki suitcase retails at around £39.99 which does seem a little pricey however when you take in to account everything it has to offer it’s actually a great investment!
The Yondi Pillow retails at £12.99 – again a very good price for the peace of mind it brings.

You can check out the other characters/colours of the Trunki suitcases and Yondi Pillows as well as their other products on the Trunki website

Disclosure – We were gifted the Una the Unicorn Trunki and Yondi to review however as always all thoughts, opinions and photographs are my own.*