Sunday, 25 October 2015

Yummy Autumn Treats!

One of my favourite things to do with Abbie right now is baking, she is so into it and surprisingly a natural too! Growing up I baked with my Nan a lot, she would let me do pretty much everything and I loved it so much, passing the memories onto Abbie is definitely something I want to share.

It's not always fun, I mean she is 3, the amount of times she's had a tantrum because she wants to break another egg/pour the bowl upside down/eat the cookie dough before it's cooked etc is too many to count. But 7 times out of 10 she just wants to stir, add the ingredients and eat them afterwards! 

Autumn is the perfect opportunity to get back into the baking spirit, with the colder days and now having an extra hour in the day too, there's no excuse for us! When the house smells like freshly baked brownies or cookies, it makes me feel a bit fuzzy inside! With that said I decided to go through Pinterest and find some delicious Autumnal treats for you all!

Do I really need to go ahead and convince you to make these? Thought not.

Growing up in Southend, these were readily available all the time, at the little stands by the beach, I always chose the simple toffee apples, but they seem to have been elevated since I was little, now they are made with caramel, chocolate, sprinkles, nuts and loads more, definitely fancier and even more yummy! I've actually ordered some for our food shop this week, and will definitely be trying them next month too, although I think red apples instead of green!

I have to be honest, I'm not really a fan of all these pumpkin recipes at the moment, I've had pumpkin soup before that was bloody delicious but I can't help but feel that it should be left out of sweet things, however, these have some rave reviews and look so yummy too, if pumpkin isn't your thing either, just replace it with some angel delight, add some orange food colouring and you're good to go!

My own little recipe now, probably my favourite thing i've ever baked, heavenly hazelnut goo of Nutella in every mouthful, YUM!

I don't know a single person who doesn't like apple pie, part of me wants to just pour a loud of custard on top of this pile of cookies! These have been added to my to bake list for next month!

As soon as I saw this my mouth started watering, look at those layers! It's like a trifle of caramel and apple goodness! So simple and easy to make, even the little ones will love helping out, although I think more apple would end up in Abbie's tummy than in the actual cups...

Oreo Cheesecake Cookies
I have a bit of an obsession with cheesecake at the moment, and Oreo's for that matter. Mixing them both together for double the treat is a no brainer really, really gonna have to make these again soon!

Lemon Drizzle Cake
Such a simple recipe again, something Abbie loves helping me make too! A definite winter warmer and family favourite, adjust the ingredients to suit your personal taste and serve with a yummy cup of tea! Yum!

I have been meaning to make these for ages, three delicious layers of sweet treats, no baking needed, just a fridge, some mixing and lots of eating! 

And last but not least...

Basically a staple during Autumn and Winter,  instead of heading over to Starbucks or Costa, have a go at making your own yummy hot chocolate! With digestive biscuits, mini marshmallows and a generous drizzle of melted chocolate, nothing says winter warmer like this!

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Review | Thule Urban Glide

For a few months now we have been testing out the wonderful sports stroller from Thule, having worked with the brand before using their Ride Along Bike Seat, we had really high hopes for this product and couldn't wait to get testing!

We were introduced to the brand just over a year ago now, and have been continually blown away by their products! The brand is designed with active families in mind to bring you products such as bike carriers, sport strollers, bike seats and luggage to name a few! Whatever adventure your family will go on next, Thule have you covered to make your experience safe easy and stylish! 

The Thule brand was established in 1942. Under the motto Bring your life, Thule globally offers a wide range of premium products for active people that allow them to bring what they care most for safely, easily and in style. It offers among other things roof racks, bike carriers, roof boxes, computer/camera/sports bags and child related products like child bike seats and multifunctional strollers. The products are sold in more than 125 countries world-wide!

"Whatever your passion, whatever your pursuit. Wherever you're going, whatever you're bringing. With Thule, you're free to live your active life to the full."

Building was super easy, even with two toddler hands playing and singing the wheels on the bus whilst spinning the wheels around..Yes it is bigger than your average pushchair but compared to a lot of other sport inspired strollers, it's definitely more compact! The front wheel is no where near as intimidating as others I have seen, which in turn makes it much much easier to fold away too!

The most surprising feature I found, was just how light it was. Looking at it you might think it would be a bit bulky to push around but in all honesty, this is easily the LIGHTEST pushchair we have ever used, which in turn makes it so much easier to manoeuvre too!

We tested it out on all different terrains including concrete, grass, bark, sand, mud and through shallow water too! Each one was just as easy as the other, not once did it get stuck, and not once did we struggle, it really is some sort of magical pushchair! I cannot recommend it enough!

Swivel front wheel for easy maneuverability, locks into place for jogging
One-handed compact fold for storing and transporting
Ergonomic handlebar with a range of heights for parent's comfort
Rear suspension for a smooth and comfortable ride
Padded seat with vented top reclines to a near flat position for on-the-go naps
Multi-position canopy for added protection with view-in roof port to see your child
Large storage compartment with zippered water resistant cover

"Thule Urban Glide is an all-round sports stroller with a sleek and lightweight design making it perfect for urban mobility or jogging on your favorite path."

In terms of comfort, it's well padded, with shoulder pads covering the straps, a fully reclinable seat perfect for nap time and enough leg room for older toddlers as well as babies. Having previously tested out other pushchairs, this one literally feels like it was made specially for Abbie, she fits so perfectly into it and has plenty of leg room still to grow into!

I have to separately mention the shopping basket for this, it is the biggest i've seen, it's sturdy, doesn't sag when full and is nice and secure too! I took my Pacapod changing bag with us, it was full to the brim and it slotted in perfectly into the basket, with extra space too! There is also an extra zippy part at the front which is perfect for the little things you need to keep handy!

So if you're looking for a lightweight, all terrain purpose built, comfortable, weather proof, smart, all age appropriate pushchair, perfect for long walks, jogging or just as an everyday pushchair, this will tick all your boxes! This is easily our most favourite pushchair to date and can't wait to take it along with us when we go away and for long walks through the woods!

For more details, visit the Thule website
For all their stroller range, click here, including the original Thule Glide & Double Stroller!

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