Author: Lily Ellis

Klean Kanteen Classic Water Bottle

The features on my favourite products are the most difficult to write. It’s the products where it’s hard to write a balanced opinion because I don’t hold a balanced opinion, I’ve been completely and totally won over. Thus it is with Klean Kanteen’s Classic Water Bottle. I loved it from the first sip. It’s ethically and sustainably made – an excellent start – to a very high standard. It’s a bottle made from stainless steel to last a lifetime. It doesn’t dent, it doesn’t spill, it doesn’t stain, it doesn’t make tap water taste funny. All excellent qualities. It...

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Columbia Kids Fast Trek II Full Zip

Columbia’s Kids Fast Trek II Full Zip Fleece instantly jumped out at me. It looks comfortable and warm at first glance and once Cass put it on, she didn’t want to take it off. It’s been worn indoors and outdoors, as a midlayer¬†on cold days and outer layer on warmer days. It’s been the top choice for travelling and excellent for car, rail and air travel. The full zip allows a lot of unzipping to just cool off a bit and it’s easily removed to avoid overheating. It has three zip pockets, which is one of the key features...

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Regatta Kids Base Layer Top

Regatta’s base layers are great value for money. They are priced at the lower end of the outdoor gear market and if your child is going to spend a significant amount of time outdoors during the winter, particularly where it snows, a reliably warm base layer is an essential item. Cass was thrilled to try out the Regatta Kids Base Layer set by tobogganing for hours in sleet, ice and snow. Paired with Columbia’s lovely micro-fleece, winter coat and Salopettes, her biggest problem wasn’t cold, it was overheating. She quickly adapted in Sweden to wearing ski gear outdoors all...

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Regatta Kids Taz II Glove

Cass lost her gloves a few days before we flew out to Sweden. It wasn’t the first pair of lost gloves and I’m sure it won’t be the last. Despite the ‘put your gloves in your pockets when you’re not using them’ mantra in our home, we seem to perpetually lose a pair. We went shopping in Salisbury, not a common occurrence, but we’d left it to the last minute and so it was our only option. It was quite the eye-opening experience for a seven-year-old. No quick search to see if it’s in stock or available in your...

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Peter Storm Girls’ Ellen Baffled Jacket

I picked up the Peter Storm Girls’ Ellen Baffled Jacket on a whim because it looked warm and comfortable and so it was. Cass had it on within minutes and naturally switched to it as her coat of choice because it offered all-weather protection and she felt warm. It’s recently travelled with us to Stockholm and made an excellent outer layer. It was warm but not too restrictive and at no point did the elements penetrate. It’s a pretty coat that goes well with her Salopettes and equally well with a pair of jeans or corduroys. She particularly loves...

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Foresters’ Inn at Center Parcs Longleat

Please note that admission to Center Parcs Longleat is required to access this venue.¬† The Foresters’ Inn at Center Parcs Longleat is situated on the Village Square. Nearby are a large adventure playground and the hub of all nature workshops, including the Falconry centre. Trees overshadow the outdoor tables and the glass walls reveal a comfortable space with the beige decor that isn’t particularly characterful but also doesn’t offend. It’s a nice place that serves traditional meals – sandwiches with crisps, something (BBQ chicken, ham, steak, fish, burger) with chips. We stopped in for breakfast on our last day...

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