As the family reviewer for Wriggle  I get to take the kids and more often the little man to try all kinds of nice places to eat in Brighton. Last week Kooks was added to the Wriggle bargains and so in the hope that breakfast would coincide with nap time I booked in for breakfast.

The Kooks signature eggs brunch is a bargain fiver if you grab a Wriggle code. Drinks were extra at £2.50 for my white decaff coffee.

I asked for the salmon and poached eggs. It  came with a side salad. The hollandaise sauce was separated but I asked for this on the side. The smoked salmon and eggs were lovely but most importantly everything tasted super fresh. The decaff coffee was really good quality.

img_7535The order was taken at the table and the staff member on that day was really lovely and got quite a few smiles from Beatlebum.

There are baby changing facilities at Kooks and buggy space. It wouldn’t be able to take loads in the thin part of the dining area but towards the back is a very family friendly space.

We will be visiting again!

I have recently discovered Wolf & Bear Kids after working on whatthekidswore.com. I love their kids surf inspired range. The boys were sent an item each to wear and we were so thrilled with the quality that we will be ordering more ready for their summer twinning sessions.

Priced from £10 per item they are super easy on the budget but super cool on

We were recently sent a new collection of Thomas and Friends clothing to review. The outfits bring together all the practical everyday outfits for babies in the softest cotton from bodysuits to bibs, all featuring Thomas motifs and colourful prints including stars, stripes and little engines. We were sent a lovely parcel which included 5 onesies and 2 pairs of Pajamas in a 6-9 month size for Beatlebum to show ofI am a big fan of PJs on little ones. All of our children have never liked the feet closed in on sleep wear and so PJs are always our first option once they get to toddler age.

The quality of the clothes is really lovely and soft. We got sent a 6-9 month age set and I’ll be honest and say they are really roomy for our little man and so there is plenty of growing room!

The colours are what you would expect and match the Thomas branding really well. They’ve washed well so far and seem to be holding their colour very well too. A great gift for a newborn or even a first birthday.

 

As a parent it’s hard sometimes. My most missed thing at the moment is not being able to go out without kidlets attached.

I’d love a sneaky glass or bottle of vino at the pub or even a night out where I knew I could sleep through until mid day the next day.

It’s my choice to breastfeed. It’s my choice to co-sleep. It’s my choice to not have a bedtime routine. It’s my choice to let my old life go…

But here I am starting the process of getting some me time of a Saturday night back even if it is to the tune do a fisher price teapot rather than the Mercury Rev glasto slot we’ve got on record…

It is a well-established fact that gardening is beneficial for both the mind and soul. Gardeners tend to live longer and enjoy a higher quality of life. There are a variety of suggestions as to why, from the beneficial microbes in soil to being “earthed” more often. Whatever the reason, gardeners have it good.

It makes sense to get children interested in gardening at a young age. If you’ll excuse the dreadful pun: if you do it right, you can sow the seeds for a lifetime of hands-in-earth bliss. Young children are inquisitive by nature and love to learn. Gardening allows them to put the work in, and then enjoy the fruits of their labours – literally!

img_7266Choose Plants and Trees With Rewards

If you want to encourage the young gardener, always pick something with an obvious reward. Fruits and vegetables are an excellent place to start. Salad greens and tomatoes are easy to grow, and can be grown in containers if you don’t have much space. You can start introducing the idea to kids by growing these items from seed. They can see the entire process that way, from tiny green seedlings to eating sweet tomatoes for lunch.

Trees are a great way to keep things interesting year in year out, with nothing needed but maintenance. Sweet fruits like plums and apples are ideal and easily located. You can buy fruit trees online in varying stages of growth and encourage children to help choose ideal locations.

If you don’t have the ideal conditions for growing edible foods, go for something beauty and spectacular. Lupins are stunning flowers that grow with ease. You want something with a short growing cycle, so no one becomes disinterested waiting a month for an inch of growth.

Kid-Friendly Tools

 

Little hands may struggle with conventional gardening equipment. To keep everyone comfortable and able to do their bit, invest in some tools designed for children. These are inexpensive. You don’t need to buy a small-sized version of everything, but a hand trowel, fork, and gardening gloves are a good place to start.

Weeds, Weeds Go Away

You can teach a great lesson about maintenance with gardening. Show the “bad” plants, such as weeds; that might damage the life cycle of the things you want to thrive. Teach how to remove them. You can then continue the learning experience by teaching about composting, using the pulled weeds as food for future growth.

And Remember…

 

If you’re going to have kids working outdoors in summer, they’re going to need to be covered up. Children’s skin is especially sensitive, and any burn sustained can put them off going outside. Invest in good-quality sunscreen, sure, but the best choice is to completely cover skin. Loose-fitting cotton clothes and a hat are essential. You don’t need to spend a fortune; designate these clothes for gardening and accept they might get muddy. If your garden is particularly exposed, it’s worth considering a gazebo to provide some shade on the hottest days. And it’s not just the plants that will need watering- make sure everyone is drinking plenty of fluids too!