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Product Review: Sit & Go

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Days Out, Product Reviews | Posted on 20-08-2012

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With festival season well under way and the summer weather back for another go, long days out are becoming increasingly likely. So if you’re heading down to the beach for the day, going to a festival, heading to the Paralympics, or even taking up residence in the local park for an all day picnic, you’re going to need something to carry your food in. Picnics are brilliant as you always know what you are getting and wont have to battle the queues – or the inflated prices – by buying food when you arrive. You want something strong and sturdy, ideally that will keep your picnic nice and cool, and that’s easily transportable. What you need, is a Sit & Go.

Now I realise it looks a little bit like one of those shopping trolleys that you see elderly people dragging down the high street and around the supermarkets, but I assure you it is much cooler than that. Literally.

The bag itself is insulated meaning your food will stay nice and cool – or warm – in there as you pull it around the Olympic Park, or park it up on the beach or at your next music festival. Its very easy to move about and it stands up by itself. But this is no ordinary bag. Oh no. This bag is much cleverer than your average shopping bag. The Sit & Go comes with a fold down chair built in, and the Union Jack model comes with a parasol/umbrella too. You might not fancy sitting down on the floor, or you might have an elderly relative with you who just can’t sit down on the floor, so this chair is ready and available. You can sit in comfort whilst helping yourself to the food stored in the bag behind you.

This bag would also be great for an elderly person to do their weekly shop in. They could pull it up to the shops, store their food safely in it as they head home, and if they need a rest they have a chair with them so they can sit down for a while.

Perhaps you’re a frequent visitor of food fairs and shows which are often large and crowded with limited seating. You can buy all your tasty goodies without worrying about the carrying them or returning to the stands as you leave, and you’ll be able to take a seat for a well deserved cup of tea in comfort and style.

The Sit & Go would also be great at Wimbledon or at the cricket for some patriotic support, and I can see us using it this summer in the garden to keep drinks cold in during picnics or barbecues.

The Sit & Go is available now in four designs from the Direct To Your Door online store.

Family Football Festival – Crawley Town FC

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information, Sponsored Posts | Posted on 16-11-2011

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Both my Husband and myself are big football fans, though we don’t support the same team. We enjoy watching matches on the TV but its years since either of us have been to a live game before. The lovely people at NetMums gave us the chance to change this, and we were more than happy to oblige.

From October to December the Family Football Festival is running in association with the npower Football League. Forty matches have been chosen to host fun and games in order to tempt families back into the stands. We were invited down to Crawley Town FC’s home, the Broadfield Stadium, to watch their match against Accrington Stanley, and to experience the festival atmosphere.

Before kick off the festival was in full swing behind the ground. Bouncy castles, a bungee run, fire engines, a magician and face painters were on hand to keep the children entertained – Little Man was rather bemused by the whole experience I think – whilst music played and an ice cream fan dished out treats. It’s a shame it was October really and a little cold for that! 22 lucky fans were chosen to form a guard of honour for the start of the match, and at half time 5 fans got to try and score penalties past mascot Reggie The Red Devil. There was also a fancy dress competition running for all the children that came dressed as devils! Whilst Little Man was a little small to appreciate most of the festival he did find the sight of all the children running around enjoying themselves fascinating.

During the match itself we were seated in the Family Stand, which meant that we all had seats – even Little Man! Whilst watching the match he enjoyed his first ever chips – probably not the healthiest choice but it was the football after all – and thoroughly enjoyed watching the match and more often than not grinning and waving at the other fans! My husband and I had a great time too and thought the facilities at Crawley Town FC were perfect for families. I can see us returning in a few years time when Little Man is a bit older.

Details of the Football Festival can be found at: http://www.facebook.com/familyfootball

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