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JoJo Maman Bebe, The New Tunbridge Wells Store + £50 Voucher Giveaway!

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Parker and I had a very exciting morning yesterday. We hopped on the bus into town, to visit the newly relocated JoJo Maman Bebe store! The Tunbridge Wells store has moved from it's previous location inside the Royal Victoria shopping centre, to it's new location on Mount Pleasant (on the way to the station) between Wagamama and Carluccio's.

Since opening their first store in 2002, JoJo Maman Bebe has quickly become the leading boutique mother and baby brand in the UK. They are a brand I have lusted over since I fell pregnant with my first child, and somewhere I love to shop for both of my little ones (and would be for me too if I was expecting). So I was very excited to check out the new store.

Spread over three floors of a beautiful Georgian building, the new store has SO much to offer. The ground floor is home to all of the items you would have found in the original store. Baby and children's clothing, toys, and accessories.

There is plenty of floor space so you can browse with ease, as well as there being room for multiple pushchairs - a must in a baby store. They have a lovely little table and chairs, as well as crayons and paper, so older children can sit and colour while you shop. Parker absolutely loved this as it meant he was entertained and I could look around - win win really!

Access to the upper floors is either via the stairs or lift, both located at the back of the store. The spacious first floor is where you'll want to head if you're expecting. It's a rare luxury for JoJo stores to have this amount of space, so it's amazing that the Tunbridge Wells store has room to offer the full maternity collection.

No need to worry about safety while on this floor though, JoJo have your back. The top of the stairs has a safety gate! How brilliant is that? There are also two large changing rooms and plenty of mirrors. It really is a perfect place to shop.

On the second floor you will find a dedicated feeding area, with comfy chairs and water on offer. However you don't need to worry about heading up there to feed if you don't want to. There is plenty of seating available throughout the store. You will also find toilets and a baby change on this floor.

The Tunbridge Wells store really does have such a lovely feel to it. The staff are friendly and very helpful, it's lovely and bright and all the products on offer are simply beautiful! The dedicated team also offer extra one-to-one advice if you need an extra hand - just simply call to book a visit. This may be a good idea if you wish to have a bra fitting (although not essential).

If you're local to Tunbridge Wells and a mama or mama-to-be, I would 100% recommend a visit to JoJo Maman Bebe. The store is open 9.30am - 5.30pm Monday - Saturday, and 10.30am - 4.30pm on a Sunday. Just don't blame me if you come out with lighter pockets (it'll be hard to resist though!). 

And if you need any more persuading, I'm thrilled to be offering my readers a chance to win a £50 voucher to spend in-store or online! Just enter below (terms and conditions apply).

Disclosure - We received a voucher in exchange for this post. However all opinions are honest and my own

Learning to Swim with Puddle Ducks, West Kent {Lessons 3 - 6}

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Last month I posted about our first few swimming lessons with Puddle Ducks, West Kent. Parker was only two lessons in at that point - still very new to the style and getting used to the water. We're now six lessons down, so I thought it was the perfect time to update again!

I can see such a big different between those first fews lessons and now. Parker's (and Jack's) confidence have really grown. The second Parker sees the pool he wants to get in and he happily squeals 'splash' and 'play' until he does. Make sure to read to the end to see Parker in action!

He knows the lesson structure a lot more too - welcome song, bubbles, different activities and then splash time at the end. I think it helps that Jack is now more settled into the classes too. He knows how to do the activities and holds, so he doesn't feel like the 'newbie' anymore.

By week three Parker was ready to do his first underwater swim. He did really well with it, and I don't think I was even a little bit worried about it. He continued this new skill into week 4, where he practiced lots of underwater skills. He even jumped in from the float with very little encouragement, which was a good sign.

He's even started to transfer the skills he's learning to outside of his lessons. During bath time if we use the cue words 'Parker, ready..', he knows to expect the water over his head and he doesn't get upset. 

Unfortunately the last couple of lessons Parker was poorly, and then very tired so they weren't so positive. He played up a bit in the water, but managed to stay in for the whole duration. The teacher dealt with it fantastically though and it didn't disrupt the class at all.

I'm hoping he's back to his normal splashy self when we go back this weekend. We only have two lessons left with Puddle Ducks, which I'm really gutted about. Parker is really improving and it's so lovely to watch Jack and P bond each Sunday. But I'm so thankful for Konfidence being able to give us this opportunity.

Make sure to come back in a few weeks for my final update!

Disclosure - We received our swimming lessons as part of our work with Konfidence and the #swimologist programme.