Product Review

Joosed! Junior Drinks Giveaway

The wonderful people at Bensons the Juicers recently contacted me to see whether Pumpkinella would like to try their new range of children juice drinks. I find it difficult to get her to drink anything other than milk and that can cause problems because she’s also a fussy eater and only eats white food at the moment. I know Pumpkinella loves fruit so the big question was how she would handle a bottle of fruit juice, something she’s been shunning for over 6 months now. I needn’t have been concerned though because as soon as she saw the bottles, she […]


How big is too big new TV and telly addict toddler

I’ve been fighting with myself and deliberating over this one for a couple of years now to my husbands great disappointment. We have a 2 year old daughter who’s obsessed with tv shows like Hey Duggee (I love this one too), Bing, Go Jetters ( great job BBC!) and Raa Raa The Noisey Lion. As such we try and keep the tv off as often as we can to give her a chance to play and do other fun things. The thing is though that it’s winter…and it’s cold. I don’t like the cold and I don’t like going to our […]

Tadcu and Pumpkinella

The Hoover Wi-Fi cooker will save my bacon every time

I know this is quite removed from my usual topics but I’m bursting at the seams to be able to share this with you. And I can’t believe it. Here i was looking for a new induction hob online and wanting something quite flexible which would allow me to cook with lots of different sizes pots easily. I thought it was a joke when I came across the Hoover Wizard induction hob. I had to take a closer look. My husband’s a techie who loves new gadgets and I’m a wannabe techie obsessed with getting a good bargain. I saw […]

Bzzagent goodies

I’m super excited to have discovered the world of product testing even if it’s only on the smallest of scales. I’ve been lucky enough to be chosen for two new trials with Bzzagent! Who are they you might ask? Well they are a market research company that run surveys and trials of products in a very new-media-like way. They encourage testers to get on social media and feedback on products they testing. My first trial was for Lindt’s new Hello choccies. They were absolutely fantastic (trust me because I don’t say things like this lightly!) My favourite flavour was cookies […]

Bzzagent box of treats to trial

Rear facing car seat adventures – Concord Reverso v Cybex Aton

I’ve been looking for a group 1 rear facing car seat for Pumpkinella for about 6 months now and I’ve found it to be an absolute minefield. Safety is paramount to my husband and I. It was a no brainer with her first car seat as it seemed to be the standard for very young children to be in rear facing car seats. I bought the very best I could find in terms of safety ratings, a Cyber Aton 3 and right after we bought it another much better looking model was released and at the same price, irritatingly. You can’t even find […]

How I miss my City Mini GT

So before Pumpkinella was born I did some serious market research on pushchairs. I went to every shop on the high street, from Mothercare to Kiddicare to John Lewis, I could go on. I tested every last pushchair and the one thing they all had in common was that they were quite heavy, at between 10 and 15kg. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a skinny-Marie and I am used to buying too much during a shopping trip and having to carry heavy bags to the car. However I felt that I needed to at least be able to pick […]