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The Bugaboo Donkey 2 launches this Wednesday

Seven years after Bugaboo launched the iconic Donkey: the clever double pushchair that becomes a roomy single, or vice-versa, they have upgraded the design – so from this week you’ll be able to buy the Donkey2. Yee-Haw!

With Bugaboo, it’s all about the mobility, so no surprise to see that the Donkey2 has new and improved foam tyres and all-wheel suspension – making light work of carrying two kids and all their paraphernalia.

The range of new colourways includes ruby red, blue melange and the gorgeous wave print. And if you owned the original Donkey, one improvement you’ll be really glad to see is the new cover that fits over the side storage compartment (when it is in mono-buggy mode) – which makes the contents less visible and prevents anything spilling out.

As well as the side storage, there is also ample space under the seat, because (in the words of that Mum who placed the epic Gumtree advert) “, the ability to store bread is the most important thing when it comes to buying a pram…” and – as with the original Donkey – even in duo mode it will manoeuvre easily through most shop doors and aisles.

 

Priced from £1,039 – see the website for more details. 

Dad Diaries: Our trip to the Paddington 2 screening

SM Dad writer: “Paddington 2 obviously has a cast that includes the likes of Hugh Grant, Julie Walters and Hugh Bonneville – so it’s was never going to be a bore to watch. Being in Leicester Square at 10.30am on a Sunday morning with two hyper-excited youngsters… well, that’s less fun.

If you haven’t seen Paddington 1 it doesn’t really matter to enjoying the plot of Paddington 2. If you HAVE seen Paddington 1 you might be surprised to hear that the ole bear ends up doing time at Her Majesty’s convenience. (I’ll admit I had a wee cry at the end…) 

I’d really like to thank ThinkJam (who organised the screening) for NOT laying on loads of sugary treats which would render the kids even more unbearable; thankfully they stuck to popcorn and water and ergo we made it to the end of the film without a meltdown.”

PADDINGTON 2 is released in UK cinemas on 10 November 2017

Our pick of Xmas jumpers…

Gosh – is it really that time already..? Be festive and beat the Autumn chill, we say – these ones are too fab to just be worn on 25th December.

Suffer from a skin condition? You’re in the majority, say Dermalex

A new survey, conducted by YouGov for skin care experts Dermalex has highlighted the fact that as many as 50% of the GB adult population has suffered from eczema, rosacea or acne their whole life and 64% have lived with these conditions for over a decade.

These health issues can have a devastating effect on some people’s lives, emotions and well-being, with over half (56%) saying they felt self-conscious as a result of it and almost half (47%) felt unattractive. Only 45% of survey respondents said they had never experienced a negative situation, further showing that for millions of adults, the state of their skin is directly linked to happiness.

To launch their #StrongerWithin campaign, Dermalex will be offering up to 20% discount on their treatments when purchased from Amazon (and the products are on Prime too, so no need to suffer more than 24 hours longer!)

For more information about the survey or the #StrongerWithin campaign, follow Dermalex on Facebook @DermalexUK

Marloe London unveils new accessories collection

Marloe London is one of our favourite brands; if you don’t own one of their blanket scarves already, honestly, put it on your Xmas wishlist (we promise you won’t regret owning one!)

We were delighted to see that Marloe has now added super chic totes and zip pouches to their range – which can be monogrammed or personalised with a name or date. Even more delightfully, why not customise yours with one of their brass initials, or (our fave) the brass whistle charm.

Shop online here (or give Santa the link…)

SM Guide to Winter Running

Editor writes: “Just as a bad craftsman proverbially blames his tools, I have convinced myself that better running kit will help me get from 10K to 16.09K (ie ten miles).

It’s tricky enough to get enough iron on the best of days, let alone finding a supplement that doesn’t give you tummy ache. But Hubner’s chewable iron supplements are gentle, contain vitamin C and promise to reduce fatigue – so that’s a start!

James White’s Zinger Shots are a pick me up alternative if you don’t want to drink coffee before a run. These little bottles are packed with organic ginger – plus variations including cold-preventing turmeric – which definitely give you a kick up the bum to get out the door on a cold morning!

 

Like most of the running community, I’m addicted to those Pip and Nut squeeze pack sachets, especially the new Almond and Coconut one. A little squishy pouch of natural energy you could even take out with you for a mid-run boost. Don’t leave them next to your keys in your handbag though!

Runderwear merino wool underwear is the running essential you never knew you needed. Merino (in any format) is a magic fibre that keeps skin warm in winter and cool in summer – in the case of merino knickers, it wicks away moisture to keep your lady parts chafe-free. Well worth the investment and (sssh!) pass on the secret!

There’s so much cleverness in a pair of Proskins Slim running leggings, it’s hard to believe they are lighter-than-air to wear. Compression fit, moisture management, antibacterial silver and microcapsules in the fibres that last 100 washes are but a few intelligent features… You see, these leggings are designed to actively slim your legs and reduce cellulite while you run! Amazing, huh? Even more brilliant, because of the fit, Proskins suggest you order a size down from your normal – so starting off as a 10, before I’d even done any exercise I was a size 8!

Zakti’s Lunar Glow running gloves are made from Isocool fabric and have a rainbow flash in the design which makes you more visible to cars – so safer at night or on those foggy mornings. I love the secret key pocket, and the touchscreen fingertips mean that you can hit your power song without needing to take them off.

Finally – after pounding the streets – I’ve been drinking Tenzing Natural Energy drink, which is made from Himalayan rock salt and green tea. At only 57 calories per can, I won’t be undoing my hard work – and unlike taurine based drinks it doesn’t leave me feeling like I want to bite my nails all day…”

Luxury Staycations at The Lodges, New House Farm

We’re already picturing ourselves in the fluffy bathrobes and getting stuck into the REN toiletries at The Lodges; nestled in the picturesque Rother Valley, East Sussex.

The buildings were restored and furnished to an exceptional standard by DJ Jon Carter (whom we interviewed for the magazine last year) and his wonderful wife Nina – all with two baby twin daughters in tow (we’re guessing sleep-deprived Mummy and Daddy must have tested out the king-sized beds a few times!)

The properties boast roll top baths, woodburning stoves and wifi – plus there’s a heated pool and a hot tub outside.

As well as providing gorgeous, romantic (yet also child-friendly) rural escapes, The Lodges also offer retreats such as yoga or cooking courses. You could even take a foraging excursion, then have your own private chef knock up something delicious from your findings.

Find out more and book a stay here. 

Stroller Days Out: ZapSpace, London Stratford

Sometimes – especially in the holidays – we all find our kids are prone to bouncing off the walls with boredom.

ZapSpace allows them to bounce off the floor instead – offering trampolines, a bouncy basketball court, a huge ball pit (think ‘Gladiators’) and a squeal-inducing slide.

There is also soft play for teenies and a cocktail bar for Mummy. Kids over 2 can bounce, but they must be supervised and wearing regulation grip socks (sold at the venue).

ZapSpace also caters for kids’ parties, with access to their VIP booths and the kind of American diner buffet that will excite even the fusspots – and also corporate away days, if you’d prefer to embrace your inner child than embracing your co-worker as they fall backwards in a circle of trust…

PS there is also a secret speakeasy bar in the basement (what’s not to love about this place?)

For more info and bookings visit the website.

Join the Midtown Big Ideas Exchange as they debate the Future of London

 

The Midtown Big Ideas Exchange is a series of free debates hosted by Bee Midtown and The Evening Standard. Tonight’s debate takes place at Conway Hall and will discuss what Brexit means for the future of London.

If you live or work in London’s Midtown area (that’s Holborn and Bloomsbury – if you didn’t know!) why not join the conversation after work.

If previous debates are anything to go by, the chat gets quite lively, challenging and creative. This one is chaired by Jim Armitage, City Editor of the Standard.

Bee Midtown is part of Bee London, who strive to improve the well-being of business districts through innovation and idea sharing. They do lovely things like home beehives and plant veg on office roofs and create urban walks – as well as addressing bigger regeneration and investment issues. CEO Tass Mavrogordato is an amazing woman who is very passionate about sustainability -she has a very positive vision of the way that London could function.

Sign up for free tickets here and get up to date info here.

Can’t be there in person? Listen to the stream on Facebook.

Join March of the Mummies this Halloween

Join Pregnant Then Screwed this Halloween as they march from Westminster to Trafalgar Square to demand recognition, respect and change for working mothers.

Together with Working FamiliesThe Lullaby TrustYess Law, the Organise Platform, Parental Pay Equality and Bristol Women’s Voice the March of the Mummies seeks to highlight the issue of maternity discrimination which haunts 77 percent of new mums, and pushes one in nine pregnant women out of their job (EHRC, 2016).

The protest will happen at the same time as its sister marches in Glasgow, Cardiff. Manchester, Newcastle and Belfast.


Tuesday 31st October London March timings are as follows:

12:00 – Gather at North Terrace at Trafalgar Square for welcome from Pregnant Then Screwed founder, Joeli Brearley.

12:10 – March Commences.

12:40 – March arrives at Parliament Square, and rally commences with introduction from Joeli.

12:50 – Caroline Lucas MP to speak.
13:00 – Helen Skelton to speak.
13:10 – Sophie Walker to speak.
13:20 – Anna Whitehouse to speak.
13:30 – Ivana Bartoletti to speak.
13:40 – Manjinder Virk to speak and to present the five demands to MPs.

13:50 – END.

All other info here.