We love boarding an aeroplane for our holidays, but when it’s not your average hour’s flight, Stanley gets fidgety and there’s barely enough space for him to lay down- that’s where the BedBox comes into play. The JetKids BedBox was created by an entrepreneurial parenting duo who have experience in children’s products and saw a gap in the market for an in-flight children’s bed.
We had the pleasure of being sent a BedBox for us to trial during our flight to Turkey recently on our May half term holiday. While it is only a 4 hour flight, this was the longest the boys have ever done and we were also aware that our journey home was to be a night flight! The BedBox is both a suitcase AND a bed! It’s a ride-on that contains a handy lightweight mattress which, when assembled the correct way, turns into a platform for your 12mth to 4year old to sleep and stretch out on.
Stan decorated his with some stickers and LOVED taking charge of it when we arrived at the airport. He pulled it along by the strap and looked like a chuffed Cheshire Cat with his own personal hand-luggage! When we got onto the plane, we obviously had to store it in the overhead locker until we were in the air and the captain had turned off the seatbelt sign. Once we got it down, I assembled it effortlessly for Stanley as he was sat in the middle seat. For this journey he was only keen to use it without the mattress which was fine, as it meant he could have his legs elevated. When we landed in Antalya Airport, the BedBox then became a fun ride-on while the children waited patiently for us to find our luggage.
On our night flight home, the children were super tired so I was very much looking forward to setting up the bed for Stan. The cabin crew on this particular flight didn’t appear too thrilled with me wanting to assemble it. They questioned and queried it’s purpose, but eventually said we could use it. Stanley fell asleep, however yet again made a ‘fuss’ about using the mattress again (thanks matey).
While this product ticks a lot of boxes and definitely does what it says, in my opinion, like everything there is still room for improvements. Not ALL flights allow a product like this because it obstructs the foot-well, so it’s worth checking before you purchase. There is a list of airlines HERE who have approved its use. JetKids are working intensively hard to get more airlines on board. Each time the seatbelt sign goes on (turbulence etc), you MUST store the BedBox back in the overhead locker, which of course can be disruptive especially if the child is sleeping on it, however you have to adhere to all safety regulations. I would imagine this is perfect for a long haul flight because it would get used to the maximum potential.
The BedBox by JetKids is a great concept and made to the highest standard.
Visit the website to purchase your next holiday investment piece HERE.
by Laura x
Ever been intrigued to see what your favourite Influencers have in their wardrobes? Want to know where they like to shop, what their favourite items are and discover their most treasured accessories? This new Series of mine lets us discover the truth behind the style, the old clobber among the new and reveal the stories within the wardrobe.
Wednesday’s Wardrobe Presents….
WHO? Franki Clothier AKA @TheMiddleMama
TELL US ABOUT YOU? I’m a 27 year old mum to one living in Hackney, East London.. I write a blog called THE MIDDLE MAMA, where I chat all sorts of bits and bobs and take too many pictures of my baby. Come say hi!
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE? My style is casual, cool and almost always comfy. I’m trainers 80% of the time.
WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU? I love living in East London for style inspiration. There are so many well-dressed people around. I definitely take a lot of inspiration from the streets, cafes and pubs of Hackney.
DESCRIBE THE CURRENT STATE OF YOUR WARDROBE! Pretty full! And with probably the most colour and print it’s ever had.
WHAT’S YOUR MOST RECENT FASHION PURCHASE? A black, baggy top and joggers co-ord from Zara. I can’t wait to wear it in spring with sunnies and a basket bag. It looks so comfy but cool at the same time. Perfect for mum-ing.
IS THERE A TREND YOU’RE LOVING RIGHT NOW? Leopard print. I seem to be drawn to leopard print loads at the moment. I’ve read that it’s a neutral so, you kind of NEED it in your wardrobe anyway, right?
OLDEST ITEM IN YOUR WARDROBE YOU CAN’T SEEM TO PART WITH? I have a chunky, off the shoulder, pastel pink jumper that I think I’ve worn once. I absolutely love it, it’s really beautiful but it doesn’t really suit me. It would look so much better on someone with smaller boobs but I can’t bear to part with it!
ANY FASHION FAILS YOU’VE MADE? Probably! When I was younger I went through a stage of ONLY wearing clothes if they were Nike or Adidas. I know that’s kind of cool now but at the time it wasn’t really. I was a massive tomboy and whilst other girls my age were wearing crop tops and flared trousers and listening to steps. I was head to toe in tracksuits and at Elland Road watching Leeds United. My mum even cried once because I demanded to wear my trainers under my Holy Communion dress. I would only wear my hair scraped back in a low ponytail too. Again, kinda cool now but it really wasn’t at the time!
IS THERE A PARTICULAR COLOUR YOU’RE DRAWN TO? Black. It’s safe and always looks good.
FAVOURITE HIGH STREET BRAND AND WHY? I used to buy EVERYTHING from ASOS because I’m pretty lazy and free next-day delivery makes it so easy but I’d have to say Zara. Recently, I can’t go in there without wanting everything! It’s so reasonable too.
MOST TREASURED ACCESSORY YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT? Ed bought me a Sophia Hulme cross body bag for Christmas this year and I really love it. It’s quite understated and simple and I really like that. I also wear my mums first wedding ring (it’s my wedding ring now) every day, so that too.
HAS YOUR STYLE DIFFERED FROM PRE TO POST MOTHERHOOD? I don’t think it has really changed that much. One thing I noticed when looking though old pictures was that I only ever really wore black, grey or white before and since becoming a mum I tend to wear more colour. I think that’s the instagram effect! The biggest change I made was chopping all my hair off after having a baby though. I used to have such long hair and now it’s shorter I feel much more grown up and stylish.
WHAT MESSAGE WILL YOU BE GIVING (or do you already) TO YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT STYLE AND BODY CONFIDENCE? That she can wear whatever the hell she wants and will look fabulous in anything that she decides she likes. But also, that there is so much more to body confidence than what you wear. It comes from the inside and I’ll try my best to teach that to her.
QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:
LEOPARD OR STRIPE? Leopard
SECOND HAND OR DOUBLE CLICK? Double Click
HEELS OR FLATS? Flats
STATEMENT EARRINGS OR NECKLACE? Earrings (hoops every time!)
HOARDER OR CLEARER? Clearer (and constant replacer!)
Franki has become one of those great friends I’ve met throughout the world of Instagram. She’s a cool East London mama with lots of style. You’ll find her over on Instagram @themiddlemama sharing her recent fashion purchases and plenty of gorgeous pics of Mally her daughter! With her experience as a former Teacher, she has recently shown an interest in the Period Poverty discussion/ debate and is helping challenge the stigma which surrounds speaking up about Menstruation. If you head to her blog www.themiddlemama.com you’ll find a number of amazing campaigns you too could jump on to help make a difference. One of which is The Red Box Project which Franki herself is running in Hackney xxx
Ever been intrigued to see what your favourite Inflencers have in their wardrobes? Want to know where they like to shop, what their favourite items are and discover their most treasured accessories? This new Series of mine lets us discover the truth behind the style, the old clobber among the new and reveal the stories within the wardrobe.
That Mummy Smile
Wednesday’s Wardrobe Presents….
WHO? Steph Douglas @steph_dontbuyherflowers
TELL US ABOUT YOU? I’m 37 years old, married to Doug, we have three kids – Buster (7), Mabel (5) and Frank (5 months). I run Don’t Buy Her Flowers selling thoughtful gift packages. We started as gifts for new mums and it’s evolved to also include birthdays, bereavement, get well – any time you want to send someone some TLC in the post. I’m enthusiastic, impatient and not very nice when I’m hungry. I’m currently very very tired!
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE? Urgh at the moment it’s distinctly lacking as my body is at that strange not-pregnant-anymore-but-can’t-yet-fit-in-my-clothes stage. Before havng Frank I’d say it was a lot of high waisted stuff, love a good shirt, own a lot of jumpsuits, and there’s a lot of leopard print in the mix. Quite a lot of my clothes have a bit of an 80s feel. I think I was just getting in to my style-stride in the last couple of years and I’m looking forward to getting back there at some point.
WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU? Instagram is brilliant for seeing clothes on real people. Terrible for your wallet, but great for introducing new brands and small businesses, and seeing how others put their outfits together.
DESCRIBE THE CURRENT STATE OF YOUR WARDROBE! A terrible mish mash of maternity and baggy stuff I can throw on and I basically wear because it fits, and my old clothes just taunting me. I think it’s a bit of unknown after a baby because it’s not just whether you’re bigger on not – your shape changes. I have really small boobs but at the moment they’re massive and I’ve no idea how to dress them, plus they need to be accessible for feeding. Wearing clothes out of necessity rather than because you like them isn’t a lot of fun, but I’m not going to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe for a shortish period. If it’s anything like after I had Buster and Mabel, I will want to burn everything I’ve worn for the last few months once I finish feeding! As you can see from the picture, it’s a mess. I’ll get to it in a few months…
WHAT’S YOUR MOST RECENT FASHION PURCHASE? Ooh, some beautiful red buckled Russell & Bromley boots. They’re quite different for Russell & Bromley, which I always think of as sensible footwear for a slightly older lady, but they had these boots and also some very cool trainers that took me by surprise. They were a total impulse buy – I saw them in the window and thought ‘fuck it, I’ve earned them’. Whilst the rest of me is changing shape, these will always fit.
IS THERE A TREND YOU’RE LOVING RIGHT NOW? I’m so unaware of what is on trend at the moment… I think it’s another thing that makes you feel a bit vulnerable when you’re a new mum. You’re locked away for a few months and then when you’re ready to get out again you’re not quite sure who you are or what you wear.
OLDEST ITEM IN YOUR WARDROBE YOU CAN’T SEEM TO PART WITH? I’ve a dress that I got at a vintage market before we were married, so at least 10 years ago, that’s a Diorling by Christian Dior dress. I’ve had it tailored since as I lost my boobs after the first two kids and it was all gapey. It’s pretty much backless and I’m not sure I will wear it again but it’s really different and I loved it when I found it.
ANY FASHION FAILS YOU’VE MADE? I think being a teen in the 90s meant lots of trying to unsuccessfully emulate the Spice Girls – a union jack halter neck was probably a low point BUT I thought I looked the bees knee.
IS THERE A PARTICULAR COLOUR YOU’RE DRAWN TO? Green
MOST TREASURED ACCESSORY YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT? I tend to have a favourite that I wear every day for a few months and then unintentionally swap for something else. I’ve lots of pieces of jewellery that are special to me – I’ve a necklace and earrings from Kelly at Cult Of Youth that I love. I also love a massive Pat Butcher earring so have quite a good collection of those.
HAS YOUR STYLE DIFFERED FROM PRE TO POST MOTHERHOOD? I think it’s improved significantly with age and learning what suits my body better, and also probably buying less but buying better quality clothes. I probably make more effort now
WHAT MESSAGE WILL YOU BE GIVING (or do you already) TO YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT STYLE AND BODY CONFIDENCE? The big two have their own style – I haven’t been able to choose their clothes since they were about two! Buster had a pirate phase (he dressed as a pirate every day for 6 months when he was three) and Mabel went through a tutu phase, which she’d pair with an eclectic mix of patterns and colours and boots and she looked like a little Helena Bonham Carter. I’m really determined that body size and shape doesn’t become a thing, especially for Mabel, because it was for me growing up and I’m annoyed by how much energy and time I wasted on it and it still affects me now if I let it. They’re both completely oblivious to nakedness and different shapes at the moment – Mabel stripped in the street to remove a layer when she was hot yesterday and just thought it was hilarious that she was standing on the pavement in tights and trainers. I’m sure it’s a matter of time before things change, but I love the innocence they have now.
QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:
LEOPARD OR STRIPE? Leopard
SECOND HAND OR DOUBLE CLICK? Both
HEELS OR FLATS? Heels when I’m out out, day to day it’s always flats (usually trainers)
STATEMENT EARRINGS OR NECKLACE? earrings
HOARDER OR CLEARER? Hoarder
I’ve met Steph a few times and she’s a real beautiful gem, with a contagious smile. Steph’s company ‘Don’t Buy Her Flowers’ is an ingenious brand that delivers beautifully thought out gift packages for all occasions, delivered straight to your door. Head over to her website to have a good look at the range on offer. Follow her on Instagram for plenty of yummy Frank pics, family antics (Mabel is HILARIOUS!) and truly real life motherhood at it’s finest.
by Laura xx
Last week I got to meet the lady behind the baby brand From Babies With Love. Cecilia Crossley’s work as a Chartered Accountant years ago saw her wanting to move more into the Charity sector, and it was when she became a Mother that this Social Enterprise was born. But this isn’t any baby brand.. every single penny (YES, 100%) of profit goes to Charities working with abandoned children and babies around the world.
Meeting Cecilia was wonderful. She believes wholeheartedly in the brand and the amazing things she is achieving. Her honesty and heartfelt speech captured everyone in the room. When I got to talking with her personally it was as if I’d known her for years. She’s such a warming person and you can feel every ounce of her compassion for the charity work she does and for all of those many children around the world that she is supporting and contributing to in some way.
‘Buying gorgeous clothes for a beautiful baby is one of life’s pleasures.
But too many babies in the world have no one to give them clothes, or anything else. So at From Babies with Love, we do things differently. Every penny of profit from our unique, ethically sourced designs goes to orphaned and abandoned children around the world. And in safe, happy places, vulnerable children can grow up in a loving family. We started this company to make a difference. And with every piece of clothing that you buy, you are too. Cecilia believes that every baby born wherever they are in the world, should have a fair start to life. From Babies With Love already support a number of babies and two nursery schools, across Africa, South Asia and Latin America.’
A recent collaboration with blogger and Instamum Susie J Verril, partner to Gold Medalist Greg Rutherford, on an ‘Elephant Family’ range has just been launched and I got to see the pieces at the Launch Event. This particular collection includes beautifully soft organic cotton baby grows, bibs, hats and muslins. The brand are hoping that this new collection will not only be loved by families around the world, but that it will also make a real difference to giving abandoned children a safe space to live and grow.
It is so easy for us to take for granted how blessed we are. The privileges we have and everything that we are able to provide to our own families. We are so fortunate to have warm homes, loving friends and family, education, healthcare, living in a developed first world country. When across the world there are babies and children abandoned every day, without families, without support and most of all, without LOVE.
Before having children myself, I went and did my own outreach work in Nairobi, Kenya for a short while, working with street children and a rehabilitation project. It was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever done and working in particular with children is so valid and life changing for everyone involved. If you want to have a read of the blog post that I wrote a couple of years ago on my trip to Kenya, then please click HERE.
Now, like me, that you have discovered this incredible brand From Babies With Love, then why would you ever want to shop elsewhere? There is no middle man, there are no ‘big shots’ making money from your purchases. You are simply giving a gift to not only the recipient, but also to children in the world who have nothing, or very little. And that is what matters the most. Buy something with LOVE.
Take a look for yourself over at the website HERE and don’t forget to check out the new Elephant Family collection.
by Laura xx