Extended Rear Facing Carseats – Diono Radian 5

Extended rear facing car seats are extremely popular across the pond in America, and are becoming increasingly popular here in the UK. The safety aspects far outweigh any cons that people may think of.

There are many discussions about the pros and cond of extended rear facing, but for me personally the safety aspect far outweighs any of the superficial reasons for forward facing.

Extended rear facing refers to children staying in a rear facing car seat position until at least 2 years of age, but car seats are increasingly catering to rear face until 4 years of age.

Studies are showing that remaining rear facing can be up to 5 times safer in an accident, that’s 500% safer! In an imaoct the seats are absorbing the majority of the force, and helps to distribute the impact better.

When forward facing any impact can send young children forward, putting strain on their necks and spine, like a whiplash injusry that we would sustain. But their delicate bones are not able to deal with this kind of force as well as me may be able too, often leading to incredibly serious injuries, sometimes even from the most minor incident.

But to rear face passed the 1 year mark you need the right car seat to do this. As with all car seats height and weight limits still apply. It’s no use leaving them rear facing in an infant seat when their head is clearing the top of the seat, the intended use to protect them from impact wouldn’t work.
Having looked into the best seats for extended rear facing, and their are becoming increasingly more available, we were really taken by the Diono Radian 5. Based on the best seller in America where extended rear facing is becoming more the norm, its safety features are brilliant, and as a bonus it is also really stylish and extremely comfortable.

It’s not a cheap car seat, but you can’t really put a price on your child’s safety. Plus it’s made to last until they are approximately 7 years old. It is not solely a rear facing seat so can be used when your rear facing days are finally over.
We’ll need to use it forward facing on longer trips in our family van, as it wouldn’t fit properly rear facing.

We’ve only been using the car seat for a few weeks so a full review will follow once we’ve really put it through it’s paces, but here are our initial thoughts on the Radian 5.

What I noticed first was the weight! Beacasue of it’s higher weight capacity it has a unique steel frame, not only providing incredible protection against crash forces but also meaning that it can be used up to 25kg. It means that the seat is really heavy, but it folds up to be able to carry it better. It even comes with a travel case.

Despite the heavy frame, the car seat is really narrow. Much narrower than the car seat we had before. It means that it’s a lot more comfortable whe you have to sit next to it in the back of the car! They reckon you could even fit 3 comfortably in the back of some cars. Obviously we’ve not tested this theory out but I can certainly see that it could work.

The seat and interior is really nicely padded. As with the rest of the seat it’s not overly chunky but it’s memory foam meaning that it is extra comfy. Perfect for all of our day trips and holidays that we’ve got planned this year!

G’s already given it a sleepy seal of approaval a few times, and he loves the cup holder. So do I for that matter, no more mid trip scrambling for a dropped cup or bottle.

What are your thoughts on extended rear facing? Did you read face for a longer time?

Mrs H xxx

Superheroes Need a Sidekick…


Guess what…


Every superhero…


Needs a sidekick…


Or two…




Number 2!



Mummy is growing…


Another superhero!


Due November! Yay!!!


  27 Random Things About a 27 Year Old

Google wished me happy birthday – I got very over excited

I turned 27 this week and for some reason it sounds scarier than any other age! I think it’s because it’s now officially “late 20’s” and being a mum to a toddler it feels like I should be a grown up. I don’t feel like a grown up! I still feel like I need my mum to cook me tea after school…well she does, but now it’s after work haha!

This is so me!


Don’t get me wrong, I’m not whinging about being oooold (ok I’ve said it but i am kinda joking) it’s just a bit bizzare feeling like an adult, and also wondering why it’s taken so long to feel this way. I’ve been responsible for a tiny human for almost 2 years but now that he’s a toddler it seems like more responsibility than having a little baby. Toddlers have social lives, and activity schedules and so much ENERGY! Babies almost revolve around your own schedule. Not exactly all the time, but he was much more willing to do what I wanted when he couldn’t argue with me.

So to celebrate my 27th birthday I’m going to share 27 things about me, that you may or may not know.
1. I’ve always wanted a big family, lot’s of children.

2. After just one I’m not sure I’m cut out for the 6 plus I’d always said I wanted, but I’d like more in the near future.

3.I’m left handed.

4. I have a very vivid imagination, I get totally enthralled in books and they become very real (or I want them to! Who wouldn’t want to go to Hogwarts!?)

5. My first ‘proper’ boyfriend is now my husband. This year we’ll have been together 11 years.

6. I have an abnormal obsession with to do lists. And never finishing them.

7. On paper I’m so organised, lists to do, to buy, to go etc, but almost always forget to look at them.

8. The first school I went to was welsh speaking and wish I’d been able to go to another welsh speaking school when we moved.

9. Because of this I’ve always had a big interest in learning to speak welsh, but my reading and written welsh is better than my speaking and listening.

10. I didn’t watch the first series (I mean the ‘new’ series’) of Doctor Who first time round. My husband introduced me and I’m now a huge Whovian.

11. I love my cordless Dyson more than is natural.

12. We talked about baby names pretty much since me and my husband got together. We have only ever completely agreed on one boys’ name. If we have another 5 kids I’m terrified theyre all going to be boys and we wont be able to name them.

13. I’m still pretty scared of the dark.

14. I could watch Sweet Home Alabama everyday.

15. I was involved in a lot of ametuer dramatics but havent done anything for a few years.

16. I’m a big tv and film addict, and probably watch at least one film (at home) a week.

17. I couldn’t choose my favourite food becasue I love it too much (hence joining slimming world) but would never say no to spagetti bolognese.

18. When I was very young my dream job was a ballerining pig farmer. I’d worked out that I’d practise the ballet whilst scattering food to the pigs.

19. I pick up peoples accents uncontrolably. I cant stop it and it can be very embarassing.

20. As hard as it can be, being a Mum is the best thing I’ve ever done.

21. One of my favourite holidays was to Las Vegas. I still miss the place and would go back tomorrow.

22. I constantly want to change my hair colour but never manage the up keep. I’m kind of lazy.

23. I dont think childbirth is the most painful thing I’ve ever done. I think being high as a kite on gas and air might have helped this thought.

24. I’ve moved house around 15 times, over 3 different countries. I’ve only lived in one house more than 3 years.

25. I’m completely addicted to fizzy drinks, mostly coke and pepsi max.

26. I used to have a season ticket to Cardiff City football.

27. This was easier than I thought it would be…and I have to stop before there’s 50 plus not overly interesting facts!

Birthday slippers 🙂

Looking forward to whatever new (and hopefully interesting) new facts the future holds

Mrs H xxx

A Dodgy Leg, Too Much Tv and Saviour Parents…

Can it really be almost a week since my last post, and only a Silent Sunday post at that?! My New Years resolution of at least one post a week already seems troubled! 

Recently though, I’ve really struggled to sit down and write anything as I’ve just been feeling rather down and a bit uninspired by everything. Sorry for myself is probably the phrase I would use. Or just sulky!


plaster off – not quite the “new boots” I wanted


As some of you may know I injured my leg just before Christmas, luckily it wasn’t broken, just ligament damage, however it’s left me quite limited in my abilities, for one at least. I’ve been wearing a splint boot so physical activity has been hindered. Not only has this meant that days out or activities have been axed, it also means what I’ve been able to do around the house has been limited too. 

This week Mr H has been busy in work, so it’s just been me and a toddler most of the time. No option of transport and no possibility of me walking anywhere. There was next to no chance of us getting out of the house anyway but the weather cemented the fact that we were going to be house bound for a little while at least.

It’s not brilliant being housebound without a choice anyway, it’s even less fun when you have to keep a small hurricane amused too! 

organised chaos

I have invented lots of fun ‘games’ which, to his credit, G has humoured me greatly! Most of these games are a thinly veiled disguise of playing fetch. I realise that this is something intended for our four legged doggy friends, however desperate times call for desperate measures! There have also been several “can you pass mummy the….green train/dinosaur/orange block” games which he doesn’t tire too easily of. As well as driving the trains over mummy’s head games, which I’ve endured for as long as possible as it seems to really make him laugh. Mostly when I’m yelling in pain when my hair has got caught in a wheel. Again.

assessing the new Mr Tumble episodes

We’ve also watched more telly than is recommended for an almost 2 year old. But that’s never really bothered me. We often watch it together and talk and learn about different things. And he can dance along to lots of songs too, as well as jumping, waving, moving about and even yoga. I really recommend CBeebies for a great range of educational and fun shows for preschoolers. It’s been a great teaching prompt for me, especially whilst I’ve been limited in my movement. 

The house itself has suffered greatly whilst I’ve been out of action. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not great at keeping the house tidy anyway, but with the craziness of Christmas and New Year and my limping about tiring easily, the house has suffered more than ever! To the extent that we couldn’t even use the table to sit and craft, let alone eat at. 
My angel of a mother came around on Thursday and helped clean and tidy the whole house top to bottom! She even cleaned the oven! I don’t know where we’d be without her and my Dad, especially since the accident and Mr H being back in work. 
They’ve been invaluable, making sure that we’re fed, doing laundry for us and most importantly with childcare for G. Even my Dad has had a full Sunday on his own with G whilst I was at work! I knew he could, but the confidence, or indeed the need hasn’t been there. 
Unfortunately for him there’s no excuse now! Though I don’t think he’d ever complain about a day playing trains with his little best mate.

all hands on deck!


Now that mum has helped tidy everything away, I’m really looking forward to some craft projects with G this week. Nothing structured, just messy fun. I’m sure we’ve got an unused Toucan Box stashed away too.
And as my leg keeps improving I’m hoping that some trips out are in our near future. I’m even craving a trip to a soft play! At least there I can mostly watch as he burns off some energy. I just need to work on getting there, and being able to chase him when it’s time to go! 

 G gets to spend some of this weekend with his other grandparents Nan and Pops, his beloved Uncle H and his ‘big’ cousin (who’s 14 months older than him), so I’m really happy that he’ll be out and about getting some much needed fresh air and a change of scenery. 

I’ll be in work, but planning for a much more positive week ahead and some new games! 

What do you with your children on rainy days or days you can’t leave the house?

Mrs H xxx

Happy 2016!


Happy new year all! Hope you’ve all had a great Christmas/New Year holiday, and if you were lucky enough to have that time off, I hope today’s “back to normal” routines haven’t been too harsh!

As is almost compulsory with the New Year, I’ve been thinking about New Years resolutions. Firstly how most of them are negatives….and generally failures! Having a brief look over the ones I made last year, it was mostly the obvious lose weight; which I broke down into handy monthly goals. I achieved the first one. Then failed, failed, failed.
I also remember wanting to “be more organised”. Pretty sure that’s been on the list for a few years too. Pretty sure I can say that’s been a fail too.

So even though I still want/need to lose weight, and I certainly need to get more organised, I’ve decided to come up with a few resolutions that are less negative, and that are probably a bit more important too.

1. Smile more! I’m sure I’ve read that it’s a scientific fact that if you smile, even if you don’t feel like smiling, that it triggers something in your body and you end up feeling happier anyway. And it’s contagious, so other people will smile too. A simple way to spread a little more happiness.

2. Get outdoors more. I’m a bit of an indoor girl, cosy and warm in front of the telly. But it’s not always so good for the health, mentally and physically. And the chance for Toddler G to burn off some extra energy can’t be a bad thing. Of course living in Wales means this comes with a few weather challenges. But there are plenty of families who are making the most of outdoor time in spite of the weather, so I’ll be looking out for inspiration.

3. Put down the technology. Its ironic I know, as I’m sat here writing this on my iPad, and keeping an eye on my phone for social media. However I know that I spent far too much of the day attached to my phone, just in a general checking things out kind of way. So I’d like to introduce “screen free time” for myself! Schedule posts or tweets etc if I need to, and then catch up later, then put it down again! More quality time with my family.

I think that’s enough to start with for January. Maybe I’ll add things throughout the year. Resolutions shouldn’t be kept to once a year.

Have you made any resolutions for 2016?

Mrs H xxx

Nom Nom Pouches – Improved!


Still the cutest design out there


I reviewed the Nom Nom pouches a little while ago, complete with a fruit smoothie recipe.

Recently the lovely people at Nom Nom got in touch again, to let me know that they’ve tweaked their (already fab pouches) to improve them even more! The seal was already pretty strong (I had it toddler tested and it passed with flying colours) but now it has a double seal to make it even safer for toddler use or chuck in a change bag and forget about…not that I’ve ever done that…obviously.

Now these pouches are clearly a fantastic accessory if weaning with purees is your thing. It was our thing, and I’m gutted that we never found these pouches until it was too late for G. That does not mean, however, that these pouches are restricted to just weaning! Oh no my friends it certainly doesn’t! It doesn’t even stop at toddler snacks, although it is perfect for smoothies and yogurts.

I’ve been on a little mission to see how I can include the pouches into our lives a little more, making breakfast, lunch, tea or snacks a little easier.

Breakfast with no spills!


Breakfast: I’ll admit, mornings aren’t my strong point! So I like breakfasts to be quick and easy. Toast is a favourite, I also try to have a stash of French toast, pancakes or waffles in the freezer ready to pop in the toaster and have ready in a few minutes. But I do want to vary it a bit, and porridge is a great choice. Healthy and filling, you can change it up with loads of fruits and flavourings.

Lately though all of G’s food needs to be finger food or he’s not interested. Porridge is definitely not a finger food. Until now…sort of…putting it in a pouch is working wonders! You do have to make sure it’s thinned out a little and quite smooth but that’s easy enough, we usually use ready oats anyway which are quite smooth (and quicker than normal oats!)

Another bonus of porridge in a pouch is that any early mornings where you need to be out the door quickly breakfast is portable. No more battling to get him to finish faster (and not choke!) he can take the pouch with him and take as long as he wants to…like he normally does.

Taking them to work


Lunch: there are a ton of choices for lunch and tea that can be put straight into a pouch such a soups and stews. But this is a slightly different idea. Not so much eaten straight from the pouch, but a great idea for a packed lunch or picnic. Not just for the kids either! 

Flavoured hummus is a great as a main feature with veg crudités or pita breads. For adults it’s great as an alternative to a salad dressing. I’d be happy to take a pouch to work; it would certainly cheer up lunch hour!

Tea at the grandparents…have pouch, will travel!


Dinner: the pouches are perfect for pasta sauce, and pasta sauce is perfect for hiding a ton of extra goodness and veggies into! Make a big batch and freeze portions ready for a quick and easy (but nutritious) meal. If you have an evening outing that you can plan for, boil and cool some pasta shapes that you can pack up and take along with a pouch. Both can be warmed through whenever needed. 

If taking a seperate pot of pre cooked pasta isn’t convenient, add little pasta stars to the sauce for a complete meal in the pouch. They’re small enough to pass through the spout easily and bulk up a meal. G has even been happy to eat this cold. Pasta salad in a pouch!?
These pouches have survived picnics, trips at the bottom of the changing bag, toddler excited squeezing, many stays in the freezer, and they’re all still here to tell the tale!

The large side opening means that not only are they incredibly easy to fill (no need for funnels) but it also means they are easy to wash. Even easier when you bung them in the dishwasher! I know that I’ve mentioned before my detest for washing up, so this makes them a dream.

Do your toddlers have a favourite on the go snacks or meals? How do you keep up with busy toddler schedules?

Mrs H xxx

*Disclaimer: I was sent a pack of the newly improved Nom Nom Pouches to test, all views and opinions are my own.

Autumn Fun at St Fagans


Autumn has well and truly arrived. I don’t mind the cold so much, but I’d rather it wouldn’t rain (wouldn’t we all!?) because then it means we get to enjoy lovely days out like this!
If you grew up in South Wales I can guarantee you’ve been to St Fagan’s Welsh History Museum at least three times, but even as grownups myself and Mr H love it there!
It’s a fab day out for all the family and is free too! You have to pay £3 for parking, but that’s all day, and then that’s it, no entry fees.

For those who don’t know, or have never visited, the museum has many examples of life in Wales. From the Celtic village, to the majestic castle, right through the farm houses and 60’s pre fab home, they are set up exactly how life was during that era. My personal favourite is the row of terraced houses, complete with gardens. I’d love to go back to the 40’s/50’s and have veg growing in the garden, making bread everyday and generally being a traditional housewife, not for everyone I know! I’d love a 50’s dress, hair style too, but I’d have to sneak a pair of converse back in time with me.

Sticking with the retro theme, my second favourite places to visit are the Bake house and shop and the Gwalia stores. All conveniently located in the same “village” area. I love imagining life in a village like that, visiting the post office and making small talk with all the shop keepers! You can shop ‘for real’ in the Bake house and Gwalia stores. I could easily kit out my kitchen with the retro tins and bake ware from the shop. And no visit is complete without a loaf of bread and a sugar mouse to take home!

 G is at a great age to start enjoying places like this. Appropriately attired in his wellies he threw himself into the proper autumn activity that is leaf diving! He had an absolutely fab time running through them, throwing them and crunching them. It completely cemented for me that we can enjoy some outdoor fun whatever time of year it is. Next step is to buy G a decent waterproof suit, and me some wellies and we’ll be good for the rest of Autumn and Winter!

I was slow collecting some dry leaves for Autumn crafts; we were too busy jumping through them. By the time I thought of it, it had (has) been raining for days. Unless someone has a good craft that requires leaf mush, I’m out of ideas!

Where are your favourite places to visit locally? Do you get to enjoy the outdoors in Autumn?

Mrs H xxx

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week 16th-22nd November 2015

What can’t you smell, see or taste but is highly dangerous!? Carbon monoxide can kill swiftly without any warning and around 40 people every year die from poisoning caused by faulty, poorly maintained or poorly insulated gas appliances and chimneys. Serious damage can be done to your health even if levels aren’t high enough to kill. More than 200 people every year are admitted to hospital with suspected poisoning. Prolonged exposure to carbon monoxide can cause brain damage or even paralysis.

The 16th-22nd November is Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week and we’re hoping that by increasing public knowledge and understanding of this deadly gas, we can all start to take better precautions to help reduce the risk of suffering at its silent hands.

Any appliance that can burn fossil fuels, including oil, wood, coal, gas, please make sure it is maintained and serviced regularly. If you have a chimney please make sure it is well swept.

Other signs to look out for: pilot lights that regularly blow out, soot or yellow/brown staining around or on appliances, increased condensation inside windows.

Carbon monoxide detectors can be bought easily and are not very expensive. Small children and the elderly are the most at risk, but it can affect everyone. They really should be as important in every household as a smoke detector. In fact id go as far as to say they slightly more important, because carbon monoxide has no tell tale signs such as a smell, or visual signs.

CORGI HomePlan is campaigning for every home to have a carbon monoxide detector to help keep their family safe. Please visit the CORGI HomePlan blog to find out more about Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, signs and symptoms and prevention and safety tips. There’s also a chance to win your own carbon monoxide detector.

Do you already have a detector? Will you be getting one?

Mrs H xxx

*Disclaimer – I may be sent a detector for participating in Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week. Content is my own.