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More Mirus Magic

27 Jun

Hi folks

As you all know, we’ve been on a little seaside getaway. I love holidaying in the UK. Especially with having a 15 month old… it just seems easier to me to holiday here. We can pack the car up with all of our essentials without having to think about baggage allowances. I just would not know where to start if I had to pack for Seth with having a baggage allowance hanging over my head. He has so much stuff that he seems to need every single day.

One of my most favourite everyday essential items is our trusty Joie Mirus. I know I have reviewed my Mirus before… but I just felt like I needed to talk about it again as it literally is the best stroller I have had… & I have had lots! Plus, when I am on social media the one question that seems to crop up time & time again is; “What buggy do I buy?” The Mirus! You buy the Mirus!


So… why? Why buy the Mirus? I use Seth’s buggy everyday. He does like to walk a little now, but his little legs get tired so quickly, so I always have my buggy for when he’s tired. The Mirus is super lightweight. Even with my back problem, I can fold this buggy with one hand & pop straight into the car. Yes that’s right… one hand fold! Every other pram or stroller I have had has required both hands. This is ideal for popping out & about in the car. I can actually lift this with one hand & pop straight into the boot. We have a Hyundai i30, so not a super big car & there’s still plenty room leftover for shopping. However, when we go away on holiday, we tend to pop this in the backseat footwell. When the Mirus is folded it stands upright. So it easily stands in the footwell. This means your whole boot is then left for luggage! Also, when at home I leave my buggy folded in the porch. It’s slimline so there’s still plenty of room. You can also fold it up when you’re dining out… so handy in busy restaurants.


I never liked the idea of having a stroller for holiday & a stroller for home. Seth likes his creature comforts – just like his Mammy 🙂 So, when he’s on holiday he wants his comfy Mirus. He adored long walks by the sea after funtime playtime on the beach. Well… I think he only stayed awake for all of 5mins. Seth falls asleep all of the time in the Mirus. In fact… if I want him to nap, I just take him out for a little walk & he’s soon nodded off. The Mirus has a lovely big hood to shade him from the Sun on hot Summer days. There are also lovely side bits on the headrest to stop your little ones head lolling off the side which could hurt their neck. You can also recline the seat. The Mirus will fully recline to a laying down position which makes it suitable from birth. You can also switch the push bar position to make it either rear or forward facing. I’ve only ever used it in a forward facing position with Seth being older.


The basket underneath has plenty room for your rain cover (Just in case!), changing bag, cardigan, snacks, shopping etc… The beauty of this buggy is that it’s well made & looks bulky & comfy, yet it’s super light weight & actually really slim. I can get into any shop & get down the aisles without causing utter mayhem lol. I’ve seen so many other parents getting wedged in an aisle because their buggy or pram is really wide. Another fab feature is the anti scuff brake No one likes a scuffed toe on their shoe. This brake works by rolling your foot back or forward. No toe flicking.

For me… this buggy just has it all… easy to use… comfortable… safe… & lightweight. We also have a Joie carseat. I reviewed the Joie Every Stage FX a little while back… I shall be reviewing again very soon as this is another thing that crops up all of the time; ‘What car seat do I buy?’. So keep your peepers pealed for that one! But, if you haven’t read my previous review, read it here.

Thank you so much for reading & I hope you’ve found this review useful.

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Travelling with Mirus

26 Mar

Hi folks

As you all know – it was Seth’s first birthday last week. Eeeeeck! So, to make his birthday a little more special, we decided to take him away to Center Parcs for a little birthday holiday. We had such an amazing time.


Holidaying with babies is much different than when it’s just you & your partner. I mean… I thought I packed a lot of stuff before, but when you have kids its a whole new ball game! There’s just so much to pack! Since we don’t have a transit van, we have to neatly pack everything into our Hyundai i30… Clothing, Travel Cot, Buggy, Toys, Toiletries etc… I can’t tell you how nice it is to have a buggy that will fold (using only 1 hand) into a standing position that can sit in the footwell of the backseat leaving the whole boot free. Well… if you like the sound of that… buy the Joie Mirus. If you’re reading this having a bit of a Ground Hog day experience… yes…I have already reviewed the Mirus. But, I did promise you all that I’d continue to review the Mirus so I can cover every single little detail.

  • What did I love about Mirus whilst holidaying? 

The best thing about the Mirus is how light it is but how substantial it is. So, when you’re on holiday, you don’t have room for your big bulky travel system as well as everything else you need to bring along with you. Well, we don’t anyways. So this buggy will fold using one hand & will comfortably fit in the footwell of our back seat. But for all it’s super light & very user friendly, it actually looks quite big once it’s folded out & Seth is sat in it. He also finds it super comfortable. You can full recline the seat & also, on the side of the headrest there are padded flaps either side so if your little one falls asleep with their head to the side they have support. The hood is always great for those unexpected Sunny days too. No need to carry a buggy parasol around with you for that just in case sunshine moment… the hood on the Mirus is so big that it’ll curve right over & pull right down to keep the sun off your little one.

  • Are there any special benefits?

YES!!! We eat out a lot, not just on holiday. But obviously while we were away – we ate out every single day. In restaurants you’re always limited for space, & once you have a highchair at the table & your buggy & all the bags you have to lug around with you when you’re a Mammy… you just feel like you’re hogging the whole place. So… how fab would it be to have a lovely little buggy that you can easily fold in seconds & tuck away snuggly to free up some space? I can’t even count how many restaurant staff said to me how brilliant our buggy was. Literally… one hand, click… it’s folded! No fancy footwork needed to press peddles… no fumbling around pulling levels & pressing buttons. One Mammy actually came up to me in Hucks Diner & asked what make our buggy was… where could she buy a one & how much. She was mega excited to get home & order one lol.

  • Could we live without it?

NO! As most of you know – I’ve had numerous surgeries on my back & on my right leg. I can’t really manage anything too heavy & too clunky. Our little Mirus is superb on going up & down curbs. Pushing it through Sherwood Forest on grass, paths, gravel, wood chip… you name it… it was a doddle. The basket is super spacious too for a buggy. So I’m able to pop Seth’s back pack in there no problem along with rain cover & any shopping I’ve picked up along the way. I’ve also got myself a buggy buddy clip to hang my handbag on. The push bar is comfortable & just a nice width too. Also, don’t forget that you can move the push bar to switch between forward & rear facing. I use our Mirus forward facing purely because Seth is super nosey lol.


Let’s talk money… surely something so convenient & fantastical must cost a fortune? WRONG! The Mirus retails for around £120. You can buy from places such as: Boots, Babies R Us, Kiddicare, Mothercare etc… Right now Mothercare have the Mirus on offer for £80! I spotted that this weekend.

If you’re looking for an everyday buggy that’s affordable, great for holidays & isn’t too big & bulky… this is for you!

I hope you’ve found this review useful!

Thanks so much for reading,

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Meet Mirus 

22 Feb

Hi folks,

Last week we received a beautiful Cherry Red Mirus pushchair from Joie. We’ve had lots of fun giving it a test drive. I’ve decided though, that rather than doing a one off review… I’m going to continue a rolling review. That way, I can give a good review on all aspects of it. I mean let’s face it… Pushchairs aren’t exactly pocket change, so you want to know that you’re getting the best value for your money possible. So… this post is all about my initial findings, then in 3 weeks time, we shall be taking Mirus to Centre Parcs with us. Also… Summer is fast approaching, so I shall be taking Mirus to lots of family days out to the seaside, farm & wildlife park! I’m also going to test drive it on public transport. Every single inch of the Mirus shall be covered 🙂


My first impressions… lovely lovely lovely pushchair. The Mirus can be used forward & rear facing by simply moving the push bar. Seth is at an age now that he likes to be super nosey… so we’re using the pushchair forward facing. A massive thumbs up from me has to be the anti scuff brake! I hate the fact that all of my shoes get scuffed on the toe from flicking the brake up. But the Mirus has a lovely brake with no need for ruining your fave shoes. The seat fully reclines making it suitable rom birth. There’s an easy to use handle/lever on the back of the seat making it easy to recline if your little one nods off & you want to make them that little bit comfier. I also love that it’s a one hand fold. I am so cack handed & clumsy – it’s unreal… and even I can fold the Mirus with just one hand. It falls into a fold position really easily & automatically locks into position. When folded, it stands up right. Great for storage! It will easily fit into small boots too. We have a Hyundai i30 & it easily fits in our boot, however, we popped ours in the footwell of the back seat stood upright. The basket on the bottom is a great size… much bigger than the Silvercross Pop basket. All in all… this is very lightweight… yet substantial. If you’d like to see more… watch a video here.


So… where have we been with Mirus? Where I live we have lots of small, little narrow streets & cobbles. I live in a pretty little olde worlde village. Big chunky prams don’t really fit well. Mirus has taken those cobbled side streets with total ease! The full suspension on the wheels also stops Seth from bobbing about too much. We’ve also taken Mirus to restaurants… coffee shops & shops. I’ve managed to navigate tight aisles with ease. It’s crazy because you think the Mirus is quite big with it being comfy & sturdy… yet its actually smaller & more slimline than you think. I find it easier to handle in a shop than the Silvercoss Pop. The length on the push bar is perfect too. I sometimes find that the bars can be a little short & I end up feeling as though I’m holding really down. I’m 5ft 8′ & the height is perfect. The wheels are in a great position too – there’s no falling over the wheels. I hate it when the wheels are too close to your feet & you spend the whole time kicking & tripping over them. This is really comfy to push.

Seth clearly finds it super comfy as he literally falls asleep every time he’s in it. I bought a universal footmuff for it for £10 off Amazon to make it that little bit warmer for winter.


This pushchair is also fully compatible with Joie 0+ infant carriers… no adaptors needed. So in effect… this would be the only pushchair you’d actually need to buy. So, if you’re on a budget, you could save money on buying big expensive travel systems. The Joie Mirus retails for around £99 to £120. This is a serious bargain, for what you get. Or you can buy it alongside the Infant carrier as a pack for around £160.

Overall… I can’t fault this pushchair… so far it’s been utterly flawless. I can’t wait to take it on vacation with us. I shall be sure to take plenty of pics on different terrains to let you all know how it fairs.


Thanks so much for reading & I hope you’ve found this review useful.

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

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My Fave Must Haves!

1 Jul

 

Hi folks,

Wowzers… how are we even 7 month into 2019 already!? This year is going by super fast… but then, I’m just super busy 24/7… so no wonder it’s flying by.

Parenting is so much easier, when you’ve got the best parenting must haves to help you! I mean… where would I be without my most fave Joie products!?

In May we had a lovely birthday break in the Yorkshire Dales & then in June we had a lovely little Haven Holiday to Blackpool. For both holidays – we took our Kubbie Sleep with us for Ted. I know I’ve written a review about the Kubbie Sleep already, but I just wanted to say once more – how much we love this travel cot. I so wish we’d had this for when Seth was a baby too. It’s great as it’s a travel cot – but also a side sleeper. Side sleeping has been such a lovely bonding experience for us. We have never co-slept. So having a side sleeper has been the better, more safe option for us. And it’s even better when you can carry on side sleeping while travelling too.

As you can see from Ted’s happy little face… he loves the Kubbie Sleep.

One of the things we love about it, is that it folds down small into it’s little carry bag. It’s so easy to assemble too. There’s nothing worse that a really fiddley travel cot.

It has a lovely thick, firm mattress for your little one to sleep on. The metal poles come apart & collapse easily to fit into the carry bag. The bag is perfect for storage too – it’ll keep your Kubbie Sleep nice & dust free between each use. The mattress can also be removed easily too for playtime & tummy time… Perfect!

This really is the perfect travel companion. You can find my original Kubbie Sleep review here. This really is a must have item when travelling with baby. We tried Ted in a regular travel cot & he would not settle at the mattress just was not firm enough. Yet he settled so quick in the Kubbie Sleep. I cannot recommend this travel cot/side sleeper enough.

Now… It’s no secret that I’m also a massive Joie buggy fan! Let’s Meet Mirus

The Mirus can be used forward & rear facing by simply moving the push bar. It’s nice to have the option of rear or forward facing. Ted is super nosey… so I do tend to forward face him. But, if he’s a little upset – which he has been recently with teething… it’s nice to be able to see them.

A massive thumbs up from me has to be the anti scuff brake! I hate the fact that all of my shoes get scuffed on the toe from flicking the brake up on most other buggy’s. But the Mirus has the brake on the side of the push bar!!! So with a flick of a switch you can put the brake on & off with your hand. No more scuffed shoes!

The seat fully reclines making it suitable rom birth. There’s an easy to use handle/lever on the back of the seat making it easy to recline if your little one nods off & you want to make them that little bit comfier. I also love that it’s a one hand fold. I am so cack handed & clumsy – it’s unreal… and even I can fold the Mirus with just one hand. It falls into a fold position really easily & automatically locks into position. When folded, it stands upright. Great for storage. We keep ours in our front porch & it just stands neatly against the wall & is so slimline when folded that it doesn’t get in the way.

The basket on the bottom is a great size too… great for carrying your picnic when on days out lol.

I love the large hood – great for Summer days when the sun is shinning.

I use the Mirus every day on the school run as we don’t live too far from school. The Mirus will manoeuvre easily when using only one hand. There’s a few busy roads I need to cross so I need to be able to hold Seth’s hand while I push Ted in the buggy. One handed push is not a problem for the Mirus. You’ll also receive a rain cover as standard too – which is a total must have.

Seth has really taken to holding Ted’s hand actually while he’s in the buggy… so cute.

This pushchair is also fully compatible with Joie 0+ infant carriers… no adaptors needed. So in effect… this would be the only pushchair you’d actually need to buy. So, if you’re on a budget, you could save money on buying big expensive travel systems.

This is such an excellent buggy… lightweight… one handed fold… one handed push… comfy… what’s not to love!? I’ll be taking this buggy away with us too when we travel, so you can expect more updates on it is to travel with.

Thank you as always for reading & I do hope you’ve found this review useful!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Disclaimer: This is a collaborative posts – I have received gifting &/or compensation for featuring some of these items, but all opinions are my own.

 

Keeping Things Shiny and New

13 Sep

Hi folks,

I’m always getting compliments on how new & shiny Seth’s buggy’s are. I guess I am a little bit of a clean freak in a lot of ways… but when it comes to buggy maintenance it’s totally essential. I like things to stay looking nice & brand new. Plus, the more well kept something is, then the longer it’ll last.

So… what are my top tips for keeping that all important buggy ship shape?

  • No Crumbs Here… seriously… crumbs seem to multiply when you have a toddler. Seth loves to snack & you can guarantee that when we’re out & about it’s going to be something extremely crumbly & messy. I cannot stand a buggy full of crumbs. Plus, it’s not hygienic. I hoover Seth’s buggy regularly. It may sound a little extreme, but literally a few seconds with a handheld hoover & all the crumbs are gone. I even hoover the basket on the bottom too as it seems to get sprayed with little pebbles & bits of dust from when you’re out & about walking.
  • Baby Wipes… Baby Wipes & More Baby Wipes… don’t you just love sticky finger marks everywhere… NOPE! So again… little ones love to wipe their hands everywhere. The bar across the front of the Mirus can get pretty mucky. My saviours are Baby Wipes. I wouldn’t want to use anything harsh or abrasive on the buggy in case it affected the fabric. So I tend to us a good old delicate baby wipe to eradicate any mucky finger marks. Works an absolute treat!!! Plus it’s super easy to grab a baby wipe when you’re on the go.
  • Germs Be Gone!… I store our buggy indoors. I don’t tend to leave in the car or the garage. So, I don’t really want muddy, mucky wheels spreading germs & dirt on the floors. I wash the wheels down with water & I tend to spray a little anti-bacterial on the wheels & give them a wipe. It’s the best way I’ve found to keep the wheels clean & working well.
  • Nice & Dry… We all know what the British weather can be like… dark, gloomy & wet. You can’t help it when you’re caught out in the rain. I never fold the buggy up to store if it’s wet or damp. I always leave it folded out & somewhere it’ll be able to dry fully. It just stop it from getting any kind of fusty smell.

I don’t just apply the above to buggy’s… I do this with Seth’s car seat too. In fact… I even hoover my handbags from time to time… honestly. That sounds so bizarre doesn’t it. But, when you’re a busy Mammy & throwing biscuit wrappers & half eaten bags of crisps into your Mam bag… crumbs happen!

Damon Marriott who is the Head of Product Development over at Joie UK has issued these handy hints;

How to maintain your buggy for a long-time ride

Damon Marriott, Head of Product Development, Joie UK

If you’ve just bought a brand new buggy, which is shiny and clean, then chances are you want to keep it that way and make sure it lasts as long as possible. Buggies do require a certain amount of maintenance to ensure they stay in working order – rust-free, clean and always lubricated (no squeaky wheels!). But don’t worry there are simple things you can do to keep yours in tip top condition. Damon Marriott, Head of Product Development at Joie UK, shares his top tips to help you to maintain your buggy, whatever conditions you use it in!

  1. Avoid sand and sea water

Beach visits are great day out for the family, but they’re also an environment that can cause havoc for your buggy! If you’ve had a great day out by the sea, it’s very important to take care of your buggy shortly afterwards. Make sure you rinse off the sand and seawater as sea salt is damaging to metal frames and working mechanisms and can get in the crevices causing rust. Clean the buggy using hot soapy water or a bike cleaning spray, and especially focus on the wheels and brake system, as rust can also be a problem here and prevent them from functioning properly. Also, remember to dust off any sand that might have been deposited in the basket area as this can often get forgotten. Once cleaned, lubricate again with a silicon based lubricant spray.

  1. Keep your buggy bone dry

Sometimes you just have to leave the house even though the rain is pouring outside and you end up returning with a soaking buggy. In these instances it’s important to take care of your buggy afterwards and let it dry properly. Place the buggy in an area where it can air dry. If the sun does appear then you can leave to dry outside, but a heated room will work just as well. The most important thing is to avoid leaving it wet and folded up in your car or cupboard, it won’t dry properly and will cause your car or home to become damp and it won’t smell that great either! If you have a rain cover on then make sure you hang this up to dry before you pack it away again too.

  1. Wipe clean

It’s also important to maintain the fabric on your buggy. Give the surface a good clean with warm water and a damp cloth, using mild soap. A soft fabric brush (or even a toothbrush) can be also helpful to scrub any areas that might require extra attention. With a dry towel, wipe away excess water and soap and let the buggy air dry in a warm place. Avoid using bleach or harsh chemicals as they may perish the fabric and be potentially dangerous to your little one. Finally, we recommend only machine washing buggy fabrics that specify they are machine washable as not all are. Never tumble dry any fabrics.

  1. Lubricate your brakes

Of all the parts of the buggy, the moving mechanisms are the most important ones to maintain. This includes the wheels, brakes and the recline and folding features. Keep them not only clean, but more importantly, keep them lubricated. If you do, the lifetime of your stroller will be hugely extended. For example: if you have squeaky wheels you can easily fix this with regular lubrication, this is the same for any other part of the buggy. If you start to find the brake pedal stiff to apply then lubricate it, ideally do this once a month to keep in good working order. We recommend using a dry silicone spray lubricant, and don’t forget to wipe off any excess spray.

Also, if your buggy has air tyres, make sure to check your tyres pressure regularly. Your buggy should come with an instruction manual which states the correct pressure limits. Tyre pressure is affected by heat and can cause the rims to warp, so store your buggy in a cool place to keep them at the advised level. Your buggy will be easier to push and manoeuvre when tyres are pumped up to the correct pressure. If you are going out for a long day, or somewhere like the beach, it can use useful to carry a pump with you.

You can find Joie’s full pushchair range here: https://uk.joiebaby.com/cat/pushchairs/  

Damon has some fab tips! I’d never thought about lubricating the brakes etc… so that is something I’m definitely taking on board!

Obviously… everything above is just helpful hints. No one has time for a full deep clean after each use… but a little maintenance regularly does go a long way.

I hope you’ve found this blog post useful & thanks as always for reading!

Love & huggles,

Hayley xxx

Finding the Perfect Car Seat

24 May

Hi folks,

So… Let’s talk car seats. What an utter mine field Car Seat shopping can be. Especially since the law regarding car seats & booster cushions has changed this year. You can view the official government guidelines here.
When you leave hospital, you leave with your newborn baby in their infant carrier. Buying an infant carrier is relatively easy. I mean, usually you purchase a full travel system anyways. So you’ve probably gotten your baby carrier as part of a set. You click your prescious bundle in & out of the car via an ISOFIX base & you’re sorted. But… what do you do when they start outgrowing their baby carrier!? What do you buy? Do you buy a rear facing seat only to discard it when you start forward facing? Do you begin forward straight away when your bambino reaches 9kg even though you feel nervous about it? Do you need an ISOFIX base? Or do you just secure with a car seat belt? So many questions… so much choice… where do you start!?

Well… here’s the answer… The Every Stage FX Car Seat by Joie. 


This car seat is an utter game changer. This is literally the only car seat you will ever need! This car seat is literally 4 seats in 1. This is a 0+/1/2/3 Stage car seat, rear facing from birth to 18kg & forward facing from 9kg to 36kg. When rear facing this seat is secured via the car seat belt. When forward facing in group 1, this seat has easy & exact ISOFIX installation. When you progress to groups 2/3 for high back booster mode there is an easy ISOSAFE connection. So you can rest easy knowing that this car seat is rock solid.

What are the features? 

  • Group 0+/1/2/3 car seat
  • Suitable rearward facing from birth to 18kg/4 years
  • Suitable forward facing from 9kg to 36kg/12 years
  • 6 recline positions: 2 rear facing and 4 forward facing
  • Easy installation with ISOFIX and top tether when using in forward facing group 1 mode
  • Side impact protection provides added security for the head, body, and hips
  • Guard Surround Safety™ panels provide extra side protection and fold into seat when not in use
  • One-hand, 10 position height adjustable headrest
  • AutoAdjust™ side wings widen as headrest is raised to accommodate growing children
  • Reinforced steel inner seat shell increases structural integrity
  • 3 piece flexible insert system includes an infant head support, infant body support, and infant wedge – all customisable for the ultimate fit at every stage
  • Grow Together™ multi-height headrest and harness system adjust simultaneously and require no re-threading of harness
  • Custom Harness Hideaway™ compartments store the 5-point harness when using as a Group 2/3 booster
  • Plush, deluxe cushioning and fabrics
  • Built in side ventilation
  • Side, mesh storage pockets for child’s must-have travel items
  • Well marked, colour-coded installation paths
  • Dual lock-offs for installing with vehicle’s 3-point seat belt
  • BabySoft 5-point harness with shoulder and lower buckle covers
  • One pull motion easily tightens the 5-point harness


So… you’ve read the technical bit… but is it comfy? Well, you all know that Seth is a little fussy scamp – but he seems rather happy with his new seat. He’s giggled in it, had snacks in it & even had a nap in it. With the click recline system it’s perfect for the younger bambinos to be able to snooze without hurting their necks. Both mine & my hubster’s family do not live near us – so we quite often go on road trips to visit. This seat is perfect for longer car journeys. We’re actually off on holiday next week – so I’ll be sure to give you a vacation review of it. Along with our much loved Mirus pushchair – also from Joie


So… how much does it cost? This car seat retails for around £250. Now, that may seem pricey, but when you think that this literally goes from birth to 12yrs… it’s such a bargain! Amazing investment. This is the ONLY car seat you will EVER need. Put it this way… if we have another baby… this will be our travel essential!

Installation… I left that in the capable hands of my hubster. But here’s a handy video

I really do love this carseat as it has everything… even down to little side pockets for those all important essentials. I feel confident & happy with this carseat… Seth is comfy & cosy… & it looks nice! I mean, I know that safety has to come to before what looks good… but it’s a total bonus when you can have it all. But seriously… this car seat allows you to choose when you want to begin forward facing. It’s such a hot topic. Only ‘you’ know what is best & right for your baby. This seat gives you that freedom to choose.

So please stay tuned for more reviews of this fabulous carseat. Like I said – we’re off on holiday next week so I shall be writing up another review when we get back, along with an update on our Mirus.

Thanks so much as always for reading & I hope you’ve found this review useful!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx