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Monday, 3 August 2015

Bean Bag Planet | Review and Giveaway

The time came recently to take the step in getting Harry a single bed.
He had been sleeping in his cotbed, with the sides removed obviously. And with a really uncomfortable mattress and no room to turn over it felt like the right time to purchase a new bed.
His room is small so the logical thing was to buy a cabin bed, with the plan to use the space underneath wisely.

We're still working out how best to use it, and something I really wanted to do for him was to create an area that was almost den like, where he could play with his toys, read a book, write or draw.
I wanted a comfy seat, something that he could relax in, but also be comfortable enough for him to move around in and to suit him as he grows.

Bean Bag Planet kindly sent us one of their Bean Bag Chairs to review.

Two removable covers.
1x newborn cover with strap and buckle.
1x toddler cover without strap and buckle.
Bean bag base with double zipper protection.
2.5 cubic feet of filling.

When this turned up I was a little surprised that you have to fill the cover yourself, and it's not a case of zipping up the cover over a netted bag of tiny balls. You have to pour the balls into the bag, which is a little fiddly and tricky...and messy if you tip the majority of them all over your kitchen floor. (fun times when you have a kitten!) 
However, once the bag was full I felt confident enough that there was no way we would be seeing those balls again thanks to the quality of the bag.
Two removable covers make the bean bag suitable from newborn up to age 7, if not older. We are using the newborn cover, which is against the health and safety advice given from Bean Bag Planet, however when Harry isn't sitting in it (he doesn't use the straps) we place his teddies in there and they are occasionally strapped in. 

The bean bag is comfortable and Harry is able to sit up or to lay back, depending on what he is doing. The shape of the bean bag means it fits perfectly in the space under his bed, and if we had it in the lounge or another room in the house it wouldn't take up too much space. The design is also pleasing to the eye and wouldn't make any room look messy, which I think the "classic" shape can possibly do. 

The bean bags are available in a wide range of fabrics, making it hard to choose which to have as there is so much choice.

If you would like to be in with the chance to win your own bean bag, simply use the form below and follow the steps.

Good luck!

Health and usage benefits:
Helps reduce the risk of flat head.
Provides comfort for babies with colic and/or acid reflux.
Has a maximum weight of 30kg (newborn to around 8 years old).
Very lightweight and easy to move around the house, perfect for nurseries, bedrooms and living rooms.
Easy to clean:
The interchangeable covers allow for easy clean up.
Both top covers are washable at 30°C, both in the washing machine and by hand.
For best results, both covers should be air-dried.
The base can be wiped clean with a moist cloth and air-dried
Both the bean bag filling and the bean bag covers are fire retardant.
Our bean bags meet all of the relevant fire safety regulations.
Children must be supervised at all times whilst using the bean bag. Do not leave unattended.
Do not lift or move the bean bag chair while the child is on it.
Parents should make the switch to the toddler cover, once your child is able to move the chair on their own, or when it is no longer safe to strap him/her to the bean bag chair.

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Thursday, 30 July 2015

The Right Wedding Venue for You

If you are getting married, it is vital that you are happy with every aspect of your day. It only takes one thing that you are not sure about or worried about to potentially ruin your day and leave your hairdresser having to cover up grey hairs as well as style your hair.
One of the most important decisions you have to make is where you get married, and this post is going to help you.
Take control from the start
The first tip is to make sure it is you and your partner that makes the decision. Of course, it is important that you take suggestions from friends and family. If you are using a wedding planner, take a look at some of the venues he or she suggests. Doing so will help to give you some ideas.
But, make sure that where you hold your wedding is your choice not anyone else’s. Try not to allow anyone to influence you unduly. There are some lovely wedding venues in Cheshire, but each venue is unique so take your time and find the one the works for you. Here are some things to consider.
Is it the right backdrop?
Everyone has a vision of how they want their wedding to be. If you want a rustic style wedding, getting married in a manor house is not going to make it easy for you to create a rustic ambience. A farm venue would work much better for you.
When you look at a venue, ask yourself does it have the right ambience? Can I create the look and feel I am looking for in this venue?
Also, think about the photographs. Years down the line, this is how you will remember your wedding and how you will share it with future generations. You want everything to look right in the photos. Most venues keep a book of photos of previous events ask to look at these to get an idea of how your photos will look. This will also help you to determine whether the venue offers the backdrop, you want.
Is it big enough?
If you are inviting a lot of guests, you need enough space for them. That does not just mean enough space for everyone to sit down and have a meal. Your venue needs space for everyone to mingle and enough parking spaces.
Is it intimate enough?
That said, you also need to think about it from the other angle. If you choose a venue that is too big for your wedding party it can be difficult to create the right atmosphere. You do not want your guests to feel dwarfed by the venue.
What is included in the venue package?
It is important to check exactly what is included in the package offered by the venue. If you want absolutely everything to be taken care of for you, a hotel wedding is a better option than a marquee wedding.
Follow these simple tips and choosing your wedding venue will be much easier.

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