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A Family Trip To The Cinema

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Days Out, Product Reviews | Posted on 30-07-2013

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Last weekend we went to the cinema with Little Man for the first time. He’s watched movies at home before with Tangled, Monsters Inc, any Toy Story movie and currently Despicable Me being amongst his favourites. What he tend to do though when watching films at home is wander about, play with toys, and more often than not fast forward the dull bits and watch his favourite sections. In Toy Story for example he tends to focus on any bits with Buzz or Zurg in. Going to the cinema was going to be an entirely different proposition for him. Not only would he not being to skip bits, but he’d have to sit still and stay fairly quiet. We were also at the end of week 2 of potty training. It was going to be an experience, that’s for sure.

We arrived at the cinema in good time so that Little Man would have chance to get used to the place. We’d told him that we were going to see “Monsters University” which had the same characters in as “Monsters Inc”. We took his Mike and Sulley toys with us, as well as his new Munchkin Monsters Click Lock cup. We told him we’d be seeing a movie on a really big TV which he thought was very exciting indeed. After collecting our tickets and buying some all important snacks for the movie we went inside and settled into seats on the front row. We wanted to make sure we could have a speedy getaway in case of toilet trips or if it all became too much for him. You could collect a booster seat from the lobby for little ones to sit on but we’d taken our new BoostaPak from Trunki. This seemed an ideal opportunity to test out its uses outside of the car. It fit perfectly in the seat and stopped it from closing on Little Man as he merrily climbed aboard and settled into his special chair. Needless to say the sight of the “really big TV” got him even more excited, even though nothing was showing. Try as we might to take his photo in the seat it was impossible, but I did get this shot of his little friends.

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He didn’t seem at all concerned when the lights dimmed and the TV came on, despite the volume and he happily watched the trailers and adverts whilst munching on his popcorn and drinking his Monster juice. When the film eventually started – I think 30 minutes of adverts before a children’s movie is insane – he instantly recognised Mike. “Monsters University” is a prequel to “Monsters Inc” and shows the early lives of Mike and Sulley and how they meet and come to work together. Its full of great comedy moments, and whilst the plot is hardly the work of genius this is a children’s film after all. I loved it. Little Man and Daddy did enjoy what bits they saw. Like I said, Little Man is currently potty training – and doing VERY well – so about 30 minutes after the actual movie had started let us know he needed to go. Daddy took him and they came back about ten minutes later. Apparently after weeing Little Man had spent five minutes running up and down the lobby. You wont be surprised to hear that ten minutes later he claimed to need to go again, and spent ten minutes running up and down the lobby. Upon his third trip to the toilet Daddy decided it’d be easier to just stay outside! “Monsters University” is a great family movie, but perhaps not one to watch if you’re potty training!

I am a huge fan of the Munchkin Monsters range too. We have the click lock cup which is perfect for dark cinemas as it doesn’t leak, as well as the toddler feeding set which comprises a bowl, sectioned plate and fork and spoon. We use the sectioned plate daily. Its great at lunch time to put Little Man’s sandwiches in one section, a pile of fruit in the other, and usually a small pile of toddler crisps or rice cakes in the third. We also use it at breakfast with brioche rolls, blueberries and grapes. The rubber rim on the base of both the plate and the bowl is ideal for toddlers as it stops it from sliding about – very important for enthusiastic eaters!

“Monsters University” is showing at cinemas nationwide now and you can find the Munchkin Monsters range in store now.

I was provided with a voucher for cinema tickets and the Munchkin Monsters range for the purposes of this review.

Have A Trunki Christmas…

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Christmas, Christmas Gift Guide, Product Reviews | Posted on 13-12-2012

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For any last minute shoppers out there you can’t go wrong with a gift from Trunki this Christmas. To start you off, here are their Top 5 Toybox Fillers…

And in case you’re after any more encouragement – and a cute photo – here’s my Little Man modelling his new SnooziHedz friend, Milo.

The SnooziHedz is a great friend to take in the car. It comes as a cuddly pal your little one can just hold, but when nap time approaches they can use it as a pillow. They can also remove the blanket which is inside their pal to make sure they keep nice and warm, just as my Little Man is doing here. There is also an inflatable pillow included which can be returned to the empty SnooziHedz to make it nice and comfy. I can’t seem to encourage Little Man to use the pillow, but he was definitely nice and cosy under his blanket. There is even a pocket on the blanket – the grey face section above – for your little one to pop a teddy in, or even their hands if you use the blanket in their pushchair. A fabulous multi-functioning item, and yet another amazing invention from Trunki.

 

Summer Holiday Essentials: Trunki Accessories

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Holiday, Product Reviews, Summer Holiday Essentials | Posted on 05-07-2012

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Every parent knows that Trunki’s are the ultimate suitcase for children when they go on holiday. Available in a range of colour, designs and characters the Trunki is the only choice when buying luggage for your children, but before you head off on holiday this summer check out their range of accessories too.

The Extras Pack is the perfect addition to any Trunki. It comes with:

A Tote Bag – this fits neatly inside your Trunki to keep toys or books separate. It comes with a carry handle and a shoulder strap, and there are two clips on the back which allow it to be attached to the pocket on the back of car seats or plane seats. We used this Tote Bag a lot on holiday as it was¬†permanently fixed on the car seat in front of Little Man and loaded up with his favourite books. This made them easily accessible by us as we travelled to Devon, and when he’s a little bigger he’ll be able to reach them himself too.

A Purse – this cute purse is ideal for pocket money or spending money when on holiday. It can also be clipped onto belts, Trunki’s or other bags and rucksacks.

A Saddlebag – this bag fits over your Trunki allowing for a more comfortable ride for your little one, and has a handy squeaker inside so they can alert any passing pedestrians to their presence. It also makes a great bag for your little one to carry around, with lots of little pockets to stash their bits and pieces in.

Stickers – all children love stickers – Little Man certainly does – and the included stickers here allow you to decorate your Trunki if yours is a bit bare, and will no doubt find their way all over the place soon enough!

The Extra’s Pack is available in Pink or Blue and can be found at the Trunki online store.

Product Review: Trunki Trunkisaurus Travel Chums… and a COMPETITION!

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 20-09-2011

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As part of the launch of their new Trunkisaurus РRex and Rox РTrunki have released a new set of  Travel Chums!

The travel chums set contains a wash bag, a pencil case and a coin purse. Each comes with clips so that they can either be attached to one another, or clipped to your pram, your car seat or even your Trunki.

Trunki sent me a set to take a look at and I was hugely impressed. The detailing on them makes them look like miniature versions of the Trunkisaurus – they have the scales and the fierce teeth. Whilst we don’t yet own a Trunki the quality of these convinces me that one might just find its way under our tree this Christmas.

Competition

If you fancy winning your own set of Chums then just answer the question below. Post your answer as a comment on this blog post and then tweet the following:

“I want to win a Trunkisaurus Travel Chums set thanks to @Trunki and @SussexMummy!”

And the question is:

What is the name of the two new Trunkisaurus Trunkis?

The competition ends on Friday 30th September at 8pm – Good Luck!

Dinosaurs are BACK!!!

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 30-08-2011

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