A holiday wardrobe for Joe

In just three weeks time I will be getting really excited, and probably very flustered and panicked, as we make the final touches to our holiday packing. There is always that last minute fluster, have we got everything? Are we taking too many, or not enough clothes for two weeks? Will Joe, once again, wear every single thing in his case thanks to the devil that is melting ice cream? The answer is more than likely yes to all questions, but at least with Joe’s stuff the packing is easier to begin with as he will literally live in shorts and t-shirts for the whole of the two weeks.

I love good quality children’s clothing, it washes better and lasts longer, and for holidays, when there is excessive amounts of suncream, ice cream, sea and sand and countless other things that can literally wreck kids clothing, I think it is even more important that the stuff you choose will last longer than the two weeks you spend on your jollies. That is why this year I have chosen pieces from the House of Fraser kids department – shorts and t-shirts, a few short sleeved shirts for special nights, and, of course, swimwear.

House of Fraser has a really great kids offering that has increased in recent times, and I was well impressed with the pieces I reviewed earlier in the year (you can check out that review here), so it made sense to go back and choose some more stylish togs for my boy.

Here are a few of the bits that caught my eye.

 name it Boys Short Sleeved Check Shirt now £10.40 click to visit House of Fraser


name it Boys Short Sleeved Check Shirt
now £10.40 click to visit House of Fraser

 Mango Boys Floral Denim Shirt £16.99 click to visit House of Fraser


Mango Boys Floral Denim Shirt
£16.99 click to visit House of Fraser

 Polarn O. Pyret Kids denim shorts now £17.60 click to visit House of Fraser


Polarn O. Pyret Kids denim shorts
now £17.60 click to visit House of Fraser

 Billybandit Boys Bermuda Shorts now £17.40 click to visit House of Fraser


Billybandit Boys Bermuda Shorts
now £17.40 click to visit House of Fraser

 Hugo Boss Boys swim shorts £39.20 click to visit House of Fraser


Hugo Boss Boys swim shorts
£39.20 click to visit House of Fraser

 Polarn O. Pyret Kids uv sun safe swim top now £16 click to visit House of Fraser


Polarn O. Pyret Kids uv sun safe swim top
now £16 click to visit House of Fraser

 Polarn O. Pyret Kids animal motif t-shirt now £7.20 click to visit House of Fraser


Polarn O. Pyret Kids animal motif t-shirt
now £7.20 click to visit House of Fraser

Timberland Boys organic short sleeves tee-shirt now £20.30 click to visit House of Fraser

Timberland Boys organic short sleeves tee-shirt now £20.30 click to visit House of Fraser

Are you planning on going anywhere special this summer? What are your summer wardrobe essentials for you, or your child?

 

Reviewed – Aqua Sphere Seal Kid 2 Swimmask

My little boy Joe has been having swimming lessons for almost a year now, and has just won his second swimming badge (proud mommy moment!) He’s also reaching that age when he desperately wants to wear swimming goggles for his lessons, but I have to admit I have a real problem with this, for a good many reasons.

Joe with his first award.

Joe with his first award.

I am not a fan of general swimming goggles, they are often cheaply made and ill fitting. They often suffer for being  far too tight on your child’s face, or not tight enough and therefore letting water in. Hard to adjust and not comfortable to wear, I have found swim goggles to be a nightmare. But the Aqua Sphere Kid 2 Swimmask is a great product that combines a fun element with great eye protection.

Seal Kid - Clear Lens click to visit Aqua Sphere

Seal Kid – Clear Lens click to visit Aqua Sphere

Aqua Sphere are a leading name in swimwear and swim accessories. The Seal Kid 2 is the newest product aimed at protecting children’s eyes whilst swimming, and therefore making the whole pool experience much more enjoyable. It has updated the classic design of the original Seal Kid mask by further improving on the skirt that fixes the mask to the face, promising that this makes the product even more watertight. The Seal 2 also promises to be robust and durable – a good selling point when you see how children throw their belongings around.

My little swimmer was sent the new Seal 2 swim mask to test out. He was super excited, loving the cool case the mask came in, and also the fab bright colour. He was eager to test the mask out, but unfortunately, he then caught the chicken pox and has had to miss swimming lessons for a few weeks. Undaunted, he took his mask for a trial in the bath…and has been using it in the bath ever since.

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Joe’s verdict was that the mask was cool. It didn’t hurt his face, and he could go under the water without any water going into the mask. He liked that he didn’t have to have the mask really tight on his head for his eyes to be protected, and liked the fact it covered more of his face than a pair of goggles – in his opinion, the Aqua Sphere Seal 2 was a huge hit.

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I have to agree with his. The mask was just so easy to adjust with easy slide buckles on either side, it literally takes a minute for the mask to be adjusted to the right fit. I was also impressed with the fact that it offers 100% UVA/UVB protection – making it perfect to use when playing in the pool on your summer holidays. Add in the fact that the lenses are scratch resistant, and you have a swim accessory that your child can be using for years, making the value at £16.99 pretty good in my view.

The Aqua Sphere Swim mask is suitable for children aged 3+.

Many thanks to Aqua Sphere and Talbot PR for sending the mask for review purposes.

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