Featured Posts

Educational Play with Schleich I'm a big fan of learning through play. Unforced educational play. I'm not a teacher and I don't want to be. I want my children to naturally learn whilst they are having fun. When I was contacted recently...

Read more

Say Eh-Oh to the new Teletubbies toys! There back!! Teletubbies made a joyous return to CBeebies last year, and this year marks the launch of the new range of toys. As you know I was sent a box just before Christmas, and today I can finally...

Read more

Travel: Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, Scarborough Last weekend Nana and I took a rather lengthy journey north for a night away at the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel in Scarborough, with Little Dude in tow. The Ox Pasture Hall Hotel is a luxurious country hotel...

Read more

A Place To Enjoy My Garden I love my garden. I love the fact that I have a garden, especially with the recent gorgeous weather we've been having. Whilst I have a pretty compact garden, there's a lot going on out there. Plants, fruit...

Read more

Cuddles With Ben Cohen Some days I have a really difficult job. Days like this for example. *Ahem* That rather nice young man is former rugby player Ben Cohen. Ben is a bit of an expert when it comes to cuddles. He has...

Read more

#Review: Bobux Shoes

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Fashion | Posted on 25-09-2015

Tags: , , , ,

0

Little Dude is walking… mostly. Yes he still has that great drunk wobble to him, and if he wants to get anywhere quickly he’ll revert to the far speedier tactic of crawling, but he can walk and I’m it won’t be long till he’s running. And with walking, comes the inevitable need for shoes.

With Little Man we took him off to the high street and got his feet measured. He wore crawling shoes, cruising shoes and then walking shoes. It was hugely expensive and looking back, massively unnecessary. Being born in May meant that Little Dude hasn’t really needed shoes this summer and has been crawling and cruising in socks or more often than not bare feet. We did want to get him some shoes though, and I was keen to avoid the typically bulky shoes found on the high street.

I was really lucky to discover Bobux, a New Zealand based company who have a gorgeous range of footwear. We were even luckier to be sent a pair of Freestyle Xplorer shoes to review, and I couldn’t be happier.

Designed from the ground up to meet the needs of children learning to walk the Xplorer is a shoe like no other. A micro-armour toe cap provides incredible abrasion resistance and an elastic closure makes them easy to get on squirming feet. The innovative EVA sole is strong yet flexible enough to encourage healthy foot development. The Xplorer is a triumph of form and function.

The shoes are brilliant. They protect his tiny feet when he’s outside, and yet they aren’t bulky so they don’t slow him down when he’s crawling. They are super easy to open with a velcro strap and an elasticated opening, and they fit really well. They’ve been worn to wander around the house, stomp around the garden, and rampage through the sandpit at the local farm.

Bobux-Freestyle-SussexMummy

Price wise they are cheaper than any first walker shoes I’ve spotted in our usual shoe shop, and I wouldn’t hesitate to buy more shoes from Bobux in future as his feet grow. Even Daddy is impressed, so they must be good!

Review: Due Patent Diving Blue Fitflops

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Christmas, Fashion, Product Reviews | Posted on 24-10-2013

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

0

When I think about Fitflops I automatically think of those chunky flip flops that were all the rage several years ago. Not my idea of nice footwear – I don’t do flip flops unless I’m honeymooning in Hawaii. When I was contacted by the team at Fitflop to take a look at their website and choose a pair to review I wasn’t particularly hopeful. How wrong was I. After a bit of surfing I’d found several pairs that looked amazing – like “real” shoes, not just flip flops. After much deliberation I settled on a pair of Due Patent in Diving Blue.
Fitflop Due Patent Diving Blue Shoes

How pretty are they!

Here’s what the website says about them:
“Built on a super-cushioned, height-enhancing midsole – our ultra-versatile DUÉ looks like a ballerina and feels like a sneaker. Scoop cut with a rounded toe cap, it’s flirty, feminine, can go formal or fun, works equally well with skinny jeans or a skirt, and feels amazing underfoot. Ladies, it’s that shoe you’ve been looking for your whole life.” 

The idea of Fitflops is simple enough. Ultra comfortable shoes that make you look and feel amazing. I was very keen to try them so put them on immediately. The curved sole does make them a little “bouncy” and going back to “normal” flat soled shoes afterwards was a bit odd. The Fitflops were really very comfortable and this style is both practical and fun. Flat shoes are all I wear so this pair is perfect for me, and I’ll no doubt end up wearing them with my jeans, but also with skirts and dresses, and in the summer months may be even with a pair of shorts. They can genuinely be worn with anything. And if the colour is a bit much for you, you can also get them in nude.

Now I own a lot of shoes – just ask my husband – and a lot of them are this style of ballerina flat. Finding shoes in this style to fit can be a bit of a mission though. Whilst I have fairly average size 5 feet my toes are quite long – yes, I have freaky feet – so I often struggle with standard size 5’s. With the Fitflops I was thrilled to find they did half sizes, so ordered these shoes in a 5.5. Perfect fit. It not only means I can wear them despite my weird toes, but also means I can wear them over socks if needs be or over thick tights in the winter, making them a truly versatile and year round shoe.

Overall I am really pleased with my new shoes. Yes, they take a bit of getting used to with their bouncy soles, but they are comfortable and stylish, and to be honest that’s all I’m really looking for in a pair of shoes. The pair I nearly chose was “The Cuddler” – and I think I’ll be popping a pair on my Christmas Wish List!!

Shoes For Sunnier Weather

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 21-10-2013

Tags: , , , , , ,

0

A friend of mine has just emigrated to Australia. Lucky thing. Thankfully she’s not near Sydney where the awful bush fires are breaking out everywhere, but its still a bit of a worry. They are about the experience the hottest summer for decades, and no doubt my friend and her little family will be feeling it much more than the natives. I’m not a big fan of the heat – clearly Australia isn’t for me – but I do prefer warmer weather to the recent spell of wind and rain we’re having. As photos appear on Facebook of her settling in with bright blue skies and sunshine it does make me think of next summer. As much as I love winter clothes and boots and coats, there’s nothing like being able to wander around in comfortable sandals and skirts and tshirts. I was having a look on the Lotus website earlier and found some rather nice looking wedge sandals. Maybe something to think about for next year, or maybe I should point my friend in that direction. Here are my favourites.
I’ve never been particularly good with heels. My feet just aren’t designed to wear them unless they are fairly low so the blue pair on the left would probably be the safest option for me, but I do like the beaded peep toe ones more. They’d probably make very good wedding shoes actually, or I see them teamed with a fifties style dress for a special night out. Maybe I’ll just have to convince my feet to co-operate…

Camping Kit: Footwear

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Camping | Posted on 13-08-2013

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

0

Its only a few weeks till we head up to Cumbria to visit The Quiet Site for four nights. I’m remaining eternally optimistic that the weather will hold out, or at the very least remain reasonably warm. As well as making sure we have all the necessary kit for our camping adventure, I also need to make sure we have all the right clothing. Lots of lightweight clothing, waterproofs in case of sudden downpours, and comfortable footwear. Whilst Daddy and I have trainers, hiking boots and wellies, Little Man only really has wellies which are suitable for all terrains. Whilst we’re clearly not about to start hiking the hills of Cumbria, we may well go on a few walks and some lightweight footwear that is suitable for wet or dry conditions would be a bonus. Off to an internet search engine I go, and I found these cute little sandals on the Jelly Egg website.
JellyEgg Keen Kids SandalsThese infant shoes from Keen look ideal for stomping around the countryside and for any trips to the coast we manage whilst we’re up there. The Quiet Site is very close to Ullswater so no doubt there’ll be some splashing around done there by the Little Man. The soles look pretty sturdy so should cope well with the kind of terrain we’re likely to take him on, but should also work fine on trips into towns and villages.

Now I come to think about it Daddy has been muttering that the shoes he currently walks to work in are getting a but tatty and in need of replacement. He’s awful when it comes to buying shoes so maybe it’d be quicker for him and more painless for me if I just get him a pair of these whilst I’m buying Little Man’s?
These boots are waterproof, breathable, and designed for comfort and stability. Whilst Daddy doesn’t tend to fall over much – there was ONE time he did and it was hysterical – he does walk about three miles a day in all weathers so these look perfect for him. Maybe I’ll just forward him the details and let him spend the money eh?

Product Review: Hotter Shoes

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 18-02-2012

Tags: , , , , , ,

2

On an average day, how many hours do you spend on your feet? Do you spend the day doing school runs, house work or running after a toddler with boundless energy? Do you do all three? I have a 16 month old who is always on the go plus I seem to go up and down the stairs a dozen times a day with washing, nappy changes and the odd bit of house work. When it comes to my footwear comfort is paramount. Long gone are the days of wearing anything remotely heeled – though to be fair those days were few and far between anyway. Nowadays you’re more likely to find me in a pair of well worn trainers then anything else. I want comfortable shoes that are going to last, but I also want them to be pretty – I am a girl after all – so I was thrilled to discover the Cleo Shoes from Hotter.

These are billed on the Hotter website as “Mary-Jane styling meets contemporary sports shoe” so sounded ideal for me. The shoes are lightweight and adjustable using the strap across the top. They come with a good solid sole and have a soft comfortable fit. When the packing talked about it feeling like you were walking on a million air bubbles I was a little sceptical and thought the design team had gone a little overboard with their description. I was delighted to be proven wrong. These are, without a doubt, the comfiest shoes I have ever owned, and my husband and mum will attest for my long term shoe addiction.

The Cleo shoe is available in three colour schemes, and the Violet, Beige and Aqua I received is new for Spring 2012.

You can find out more about the glorious Hotter range now at their website.

Product Review: Snuguns

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 13-10-2011

Tags: , , , , ,

0

Socks are a complete waste of time. Before babies start wearing proper footwear – more on that in future reviews – socks alone are pointless. My Little Man seems to thoroughly enjoy removing and eating his socks, or dropping them out of his pram if we’re out and about. As the cold months approach barefoot is no longer an option so I set out to find an alternative before we ventured into the world of foot measuring and new shoes potentially every six weeks! You’ll be pleased to hear that I do in fact have a solution.

Snuguns!!

Now you may already be aware of their lovely range of gloves, but come December Snuguns will be branching out into booties. Elasticated socks which have a black band which you fold down so its fitted around the ankle bone ensures a perfect fit which even my Little Man can’t remove.  The loop pile means there is comfort and cushioning that also allows complete movement whilst air moves freely so you don’t end up with overheating feet. My favourite feature is the silicone lattice pattern on the soles which means they won’t slip when they start cruising and eventually walking around.

These “booties that fit growing feet” do just that – they fit as they grow. One pair will fit from age 6 months up to about 4 years. Available in pink and blue I highly recommend that you invest in a pair – or two – for your little ones.

Snuguns Booties will be available from http://www.snuguns.com

Whilst you’re there take a look at their glove range – also perfect for those cold winter months.