Trunki in Rome


As you can now see, Daisy has really mastered the art of walking. She may of been a late walker but she’s making up for it now! She absolutely hates being in the buggy. She’ll kick and scream until (sometimes) we just have to give in and let her walk beside us holding our hands. This isn’t always the easiest of tasks, especially when I’m on my own. When we booked to visit Rome I was a little worried about how Daisy would be. I knew there would be a lot of sightseeing and that she’d perhaps get a little bored in the buggy and want to get out and explore. Obviously with Rome being a busy city it’s not the most ideal and safe place for a toddler to run around. Luckily we were sent the Trunki ToddlePak to review just in time for our trip! Phew!

What is the Trunki ToddlePak? The ToddlePak is this gorgeous little harness/reins for ages 6 – 48 months. They are completely multifunctional and perfect for when babies starts to walk and fit extremely easily from the front. The unique clip allows parents to easily adjust the shoulder and waist straps simultaneously for a comfortable, secure fit. Not only this but they just simply look pretty darn adorable, right?! We had trouble deciding over what colour we liked best but opted for purple in the end.  They have such a wide variety of colours, it’s definitely a tough choice.

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We happened to be completely spot on – Daisy definitely did not want to be in the buggy. She wanted to be out and about exploring Rome like me and Andrew were. The streets of Rome are busy and the roads are crazy, especially compared to the roads here in England. It seems as though in Rome they just have no rules! It’s a little scary and so we found that using our Trunki ToddlePak really helped keep Daisy safe and in close proximity of one of us at all times. The walking also tired her out so she’d nap lots too – bonus! We used them a lot especially around the Colosseum (pictured above) as it seemed to be particularly busy there. When visiting Castle Saint Angelo we happened to be pleasantly surprised with the lovely grassy area it surrounds. There was a cute little park and lots of trees and benches for Daisy to run around. We used the ToddlePak a lot around this area too!

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Trunki ToddlePak was so easy to use. It was simple and quick to fit, nice to hold and Daisy seemed comfortable in it too. For £17.99 you definitely can’t go wrong- especially when they come in so many cute colours too. We couldn’t recommend the ToddlePak enough! Thank you, Trunki.

When in Rome | Our trip to Italy


Where have I been? Apart from slacking on the blog front we’ve been in Rome (you may have seen my last post!) We had such an amazing time, what a beautiful city it is. Booking to go to Rome was a very last minute thing. Andrew told me he really wanted to go there and so I booked it – then and there. Literally without considering money or anything. Tut tut! It was fun though and I can’t wait for more spontaneous trips as our little family. I didn’t know what to expect from Rome. I knew roughly about the architecture, the vatican city and the food, but that was about it.  It wasn’t until we got there and headed out on our first day that I thought to myself ‘wow I can tell I’m going to love it here’. I hate London. I really, really hate it. and part of me was worried that Rome was going to be similar. But in my opinion, it definitely was far from similar to London.

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The weather was hot. I mean it rained twice but apart from that it was scorching. Almost to the point where sightseeing wasn’t as easy as we expected it to be. Everywhere you go people shove these blooming selfie sticks if your face asking you to buy one! The second the rain came out they would appear out of nowhere with rain macs. We made the silly mistake on the first day of thinking that we don’t need a map. But if you ever go to Rome then trust me, you NEED a map! We got considerably lost numerous amounts of time. But as soon as we got our map we knew what we was actually looking at and enjoyed the whole experience a lot more!

Above is Castle st. Angelo which as you can see is really quite something. We sat in a small park in the ground of the castle and let Daisy run around whilst we ate our typical italian lunch of pizza and gelato. You know when you have those moments where you think – ‘wow, I love my life right now, this is pretty perfect’? That was one of those moments. Everything seemed right and if the world stood still in that moment we would be forever happy. Swinging on the swings as our little family listening to the hustle and bustle of Rome happening behind us. Perfect!

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If you haven’t already heard of the Vatican City then you may have been living under a rock? No offence. It’s a country of it’s own in the city centre of Rome. It’s pretty much an ancient city and a lot of Roman Catholics live there including the Pope. Well the previous popes did. This one has decided to live around the corner somewhere, haha. It’s a really interesting see especially as it’s the home of The Sistine Chapel with the famous Michael Angelo painting. We got roped into a tour which was interesting but we kind of definitely over payed for it when really we would of been happy wandering around ourselves. Me and Andrew are too polite and find saying ‘no’ hard. So before we even had the chance to say anything we found ourselves with our tour group wandering around the Vatican City with our tour guide called Daisy ‘margarita’ (apparently that’s how you say Daisy in Italian! – haha)

The Colosseum and Palatine Hill was definitely a must see sight. It’s crazy to think that both are over 2,000 years old. I always stand there and watch everyone wandering around and find it completely impossible to fathom what it was like all those years ago. We saw the rubble of which was the first ever apartment blocks as we wandered around Palatine Hill and tried to imagine it as the little city village that it was back then. Daisy loved wandering around and being able to run wild – haha. The amount of people taking selfies is fun to see too. I remember years ago being nervous to take a picture of myself and feeling stupid. But now everyone just goes for it!

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Sorry in advanced for the amount of photos I’m about to post!

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We had the most amazing time. Not only was is one of the most beautiful cities I have seen, but they had the tastiest food ever. I was worried their pizza wouldn’t live up to that of my expectations but I definitely wasn’t let down! Ohhhhh what I’d do right now for a slice of pizza as good as the ones I had there. The gelato was amazing too and Italians are so friendly and lovely towards children. Well, they where to Daisy anyways! I plan to upload a blog post soon about keeping to a budget whilst in a city like Rome. Thanks for reading! :)

Rome video

It’s been a little quiet over here on my blog. We’ve just got back from 7 days in Rome and what a beautiful 7 days they where! Before I share our holiday photos (along with what we got up to) with you here’s a little video of our time in Italy. I’m now suffering, again, with those horrible holiday blues as I dive back into reality. Back to work on Thursday, which makes me want to crawl into a ball and cry. But it also makes me hugely motivated to work on issue two of Oh Lilla Magazine.. making it bigger and better than issue one! So here’s our little video! Keep watching this space for my next post with lots of photos.

Hello September

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Hello September. I’m welcoming you with open arms. For months I’ve been longing for you. I’ve been longing for Starbucks to stock Cinnamon lattes again. The muddy puddle walks, where the air is so sharp and so fresh that it stings your face, but in a beautiful way. When you can smell Autumn. Yep – it definitely has a smell. Not sure what it is, but it’s just… Autumn. When the kids go back to school and life starts all over again. The summer is over and soon we’ll be getting out our wooly jumpers and cosy scarfs. Staying in becomes the new going out and nothing beats those dark afternoons when you sharply make your way home to get in your comfy clothes and treat yourself to a hot chocolate.

Halloween. Ohhh, Halloween. That’s when the nights truly become dark. Shops are full to the brim of ‘scary’ looking monsters and zombie masks that kids beg their mums to buy for them. The fireworks on firework night. The magical exciting feel in your stomach because everything is so cosy and warm, even though it’s so incredibly cold outside. Christmas starts creeping it’s little way into our daily lives. Slowly but ever so surely. The adverts, the shops stocking christmas cards. The gingerbread lattes suddenly appear on the menu and family start asking you what you want for Christmas. Then that’s it. It’s December 1st and the whole world is happy and giddy inside. Everyone feels the magic and for a month it’s a busy rush of buying gifts, planning christmas dinners and simply enjoying the true christmas spirit that we carry around with us.

Oh, September. You are the start of a new chapter. The start of an end to a beautiful year. Please don’t rush past too fast!

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The ordinary moments { Watching a grumpy baby sleep }


So when your car has broken down and the weather outside is humid, wet and rainy.. amusing a 17 month old becomes somewhat of a difficult and energy extracting task! Add teething to the equation and you’re in for a fun day. The past week Daisy has been a bit of a handful. She’s a good baby (should I say toddler now?) 90% of the time, like most parents, I’m pretty lucky. But it just means that when she is rather demanding I forget how hard it really is and can struggle. I’m feeling exhausted and it’s only Monday.

I spent all day Sunday thinking how much I couldn’t wait until it was her bedtime. I knew the second it hit 6pm that would be it, she’d be in bed and I’d be sat down with a nice cup of tea and an easy evening of rubbish TV. When it got to 7.30pm and she was in my bed  I could feel myself getting a little frustrated – but what can you do? I ended up falling asleep with her, waking up at 9.30pm and then felt all confused and a bit annoyed that I’d wasted my whole evening sleeping. Then I looked at Daisy besides me, sleeping like a little starfish taking up 3/4 of the bed. How on earth could I possibly be mad? This beautiful little girl is learning and exploring every single day. We all have ‘off’ weeks and it just so happened that last week was hers.

When she’s laying there so peacefully and occasionally giggling in her sleep I can’t help but feed bad for getting a little frustrated. But we’re only human and sometimes we do get impatient – it’s natural and I have to remind myself that more often than not. Sometimes I question my parenting skills and tend to get a little hard on myself. Am I making life as fun as possible for her? Is she experiencing everything that every other child is? Am I bringing her up right? These questions carry on and on and I start to wonder why I’m even thinking these things. Daisy has a roof over her head, food whenever she wants it, we go out, we have fun, and most of all she is loved. She is SO loved. By SO many people. Sometimes us parents need to give ourselves a break and remember that we’re only human. Let’s stop being so hard on ourselves!

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