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10 Halloween face-painting and make-up ideas for kids

10 scarily easy face-painting and make-up ideas for halloween

Halloween is just around the corner, but if you aren’t really into the whole dressing up game, but your kids still want to go trick or treating with their little friends, why not transform them into their favourite animal or character with the help of make-up or face-paint?

If you need some inspiration for your little trick and treaters, here are 10 face-painting and make-up ideas for Halloween – most of them are really quick and simple to do and only a few of them are for the more advanced face-painter or make-up artist. Face-painting kits are really inexpensive and widely available, and a lot of the designs can be achieved with make-up items you’ve already got at home, so I thought these ideas for Halloween would be helpful to a lot of you guys. I hope you like them!

Cute and colourful kitty cat face-painting

cute kitty cat face-painting for halloween

I love this cute and colourful kitty cat face-painting. It’s perfect for little ones as it uses bright and cheerful colours and no one will get scared. A little more advanced, but I’m sure you’ll get the hang of it with a little practice.

Spiderman face-painting

spiderman face-painting ideas for halloween

This cute and simple Spiderman face-painting will have your little super hero’s heart beating faster in an instant. All you need is three colours, a sponge and a paint brush and you’re ready to save the world. To make it even easier, ditch the paintbrush and swap it for an eye-liner pen.

Vampire Make-Up Look

vampire make-up look for halloween

No Halloween party is complete without at least one vampire. This vampire make-up tutorial really pushes the boat out as it uses red contacts, but you really don’t need them, when you are transforming your little ones into a sharp-toothed undead. The rest is fairly simple and can be achieved with your day to day make-up kit.

Frankenstein face-painting

frankenstein face-painting

The world’s most famous monster can be created following this four step Frankenstein tutorial. It’s super simple and kids will absolutely love it. If you don’t have fake blood, although it’s easily accessible in supermarkets around Halloween, simply use some red lipstick to create cracked scars and lips.

Pumpkin face-painting

cute pumpkin face-painting for halloween

Especially for younger children, monsters and vampires can be a little scary. A cute and colourful pumpkin face-painting can make a fabulous seasonal alternative that can be achieved in just a couple of steps.

Devil Face-Painting

devil face-painting

They all can be little devils from time to time, so why not create a devil face-painting to match their cheeky character? This tutorial only uses red and black face paint and shows a super easy way to transform into a devil this Halloween.

How to create fake scars with face paint or make-up

how to create fake scars with facepaint for halloween

Older kids or teens will probably want to go for a more grown-up and gory look, so adding some fake scars to their face will be a great way to give their outfit the scare-factor. Here’s a fabulous tutorial that explains step by step how to create fake scars with simple means.

Skull Face-Painting

skull face painting for halloween

Halloween is all about undead and spooky creatures, so of course, we can’t leave out one of the most popular Halloween make-ups of them all: the skull. This scary skull design takes you no longer than 5 minutes and can be achieved by complete face-painting beginners – that means even me!

Pirate Face-Painting

adorable pirate face-painting for halloween

Pirate outfits are a firm favourite when it comes to dressing up at Halloween or birthday parties and with this adorable pirate face-paint tutorial in your back pocket, you’ll easily transform your landlubber into a member of Captain Hook’s crew.

Butterfly face-painting

elegant butterfly face-painting

Little girls usually like it a little less scary, but full of colour and glitter. This pretty butterfly tutorial combines all of that while still being super easy to recreate. If you want to draw an elegant butterfly face-painting in less than 6 minutes, make sure to follow these tips.

What are your little ones dressing up as for Halloween and will you join them?

Disclaimer: Credit for all images and videos lies with the creators. I just thought I’d round-up some pretty fabulous Halloween face-painting ideas for you.

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Amy takes being messy to a whole new level

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If you’ve been following my blog over the last couple of years, you will know that Amy has always been a messy pup. As soon as she learned to hold things, she used them to create havoc. Dinner turned into what we lovingly call the broccoli massacre and a simple afternoon of colouring resulted in rainbow-coloured vomit all over the kitchen floor – Amy had taken a liking to her crayons and bitten chunks off of them.

Once she started walking, Amy’s interest quickly shifted from crayons to Sudocrem and paint. At first, she only smeared it around her mouth or on the table, then she took it to a whole new level…

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In a quiet moment, she grabbed a pot of red finger paint and gave our bedroom a little makeover. I can laugh about it now, but I was absolutely devastated when I found her in our bedroom, covered in paint and with a proud smile on her little face. There was red pain everywhere. On the walls, on the doors – it looked like a murder scene and there was no way of getting the paint off the wall. We scrubbed and scrubbed and in the end, we painted the room not once, not twice but 6 times to cover her colourful masterpieces. Chocolate smeared faces I can live with, unwanted wall paintings however not so much.

The mess however that got Amy the most giggles from my friends and family was her African tribal painting. While ‘peacefully’ playing in her bedroom, she must have climbed onto the top shelf of her wardrobe where I stored her toiletries and her Sudocrem, and ehm discovered the healing benefits of nappy cream.

She looked hilarious, but admittedly, she almost scared me to death when she stood on top of the stairs with the face of a ghost.

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Have a messy tot yourself? Share your story with Jen from Mum In The Madhouse and be in with a chance of winning a £500 Amazon voucher as well as many other prizes. More details here!

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Amy prepares for Halloween

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Halloween is creeping up on us and whenever we walk through the aisles of our local supermarket, Amy starts planning her costume – in detail. I didn’t think she’d get into the whole dressing up thing quite that early, but after banking herself lots of sweet treats when she went trick or treating with her cousins last year, she seems to have caught the Halloween bug.

I’m not a massive fan myself, but as Amy enjoys dressing up in fancy dress costumes, not only for Halloween may I add, I play along and let her embrace the spirit of Halloween while cringing behind my hands. We’ll pick up a cute little outfit for her, carve some pumpkins and visit some houses in our street, so that Amy can practise her scary face – if you ask me, if she puts on the one she shows me at 7.30 every morning, her little bucket will be full within a couple of minutes.

Amy as a witch ready for our Halloween party

Last year, Amy dressed up as a little witch and I absolutely loved her costume. We ordered it last minute from Tesco Direct and it was delivered free of charge the next day to our local branch.  She’s been wearing it until it fell apart last weekend, which is a bit of a shame as it really was utterly adorable. It was cute and girly and most importantly, it was age-appropriate. I hate nothing more than little girls and boys dressed up as zombie brides or the Grim Reaper. It just doesn’t sit right with me when there are outfits out there that are so much more appropriate for them.

Luckily there are lots of cute costumes available at the moment. Here are some of our favourites:

Halloween costumes for little ones

Have you thought about fancy dress costumes for Halloween yet or have you maybe even bought your little ones outfit? I’d love to know what they’re dressing up as!

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Saving for your baby’s financial future

When starting a family, there are many things you will think about: What will be your baby’s gender? Which name will you choose and how are you going to decorate the nursery? But once the initial excitement is over and the idea of becoming parents has set, you will start to think about the serious things coming towards you.

How will you cope financially? Will you go back to work or will you be a stay-at-home-mum and will you be able to afford the lifestyle you had before being mummy and daddy? Although Amy was a surprise baby (I was on the pill when I fell pregnant), we were over the moon when we found out we were going to be a family of three. We instantly started discussing names and all the great things that families experience together, but we also worried about our financial future – thanks to all the scary flyers and articles you read in the magazines your get from midwives. Not having any considerable savings we had to tighten our belts and make savings where possible.

The first thing we cut back on was takeaways. They are so convenient and such a lovely treat on a Friday night, but for the cost of two meals we could easily prepare two or three home cooked meals. The next thing we did was making sure that we had the best possible deals for our mobile phones, our TV, telephone and broadband connection without having to compromise on the service we are used to and like. We simple phoned up our providers and asked, if they could do anything for us and you might be surprised, but all of them could. Vodafone reduced both our bills by at least £5 each, saving us a tenner on our mobile phone bill each month.

Our Virgin bill was reduced by a whopping £20 simply because we said we’d consider switching to Sky and when we checked with our gas and energy suppliers, we got a discount for switching to monthly direct debits and e-billing. Altogether we have reduced our monthly outgoings by around £150. I’m sure we could still do a little better than that, but when making cut-backs we also wanted to make sure that we have to give up on as little as possible. We are creatures of habit after all.

What changed drastically was our view on savings. Before, we would spend whatever we earned on nice meals out, weekend trips, clothes or holidays, we now wanted to make sure that Amy has a secured future, if something happened to either of us. Of course, my mum and dad would be there for her and make sure that she has the best possible upbringing, but we also wanted to make sure that if something should happen to us, Amy doesn’t have to worry about anything.

As we are both no experts, I met up with an old friend and her partner who worked as an independent financial advisor just after Amy’s birth, but after three hours that were meant to be an informal chat, I took my bags and ran a mile. My friend’s partner was pushy, couldn’t really explain what we really needed and what was a waste of money and I just felt, he was after a sale rather than providing us with the information we needed to make a good decision.

In the end, we decided to get life insurance for us and set up a savings account for Amy – online and after checking possible providers and their policies in peace and quiet. Finances might not be the most exciting thing to spend your well-deserved free-time on, but your family and their future make it worth it.

How do you make financial decision? Have you got a financial advisor? Do you trust your friends’ opinion or do you research on your own?

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Monday Parenting Pin It Party #73

Can you believe that the last time I hosted the Monday Parenting Pin It Party, we were talking about water play, ice-cream and summer activities and now we are in the middle of October and preparing for Halloween, Thanksgiving and even Christmas?

It’s crazy how fast the first weeks of autumn have passed. We’re currently preparing a move, but it seems that autumn is in full swing in your houses. Last week, you all linked up fantastic autumn crafts, recipes and activities and these are my two favourites:

First up, we’ve got this adorable Halloween snack from Grace over at Eats Amazing. She’s made a Spooky Spider Snack out of a plum and some raisins and I just know that Amy would absolutely love these. It’s a fun and healthy snack – perfect for when you want to coax your little ones away from their trick or treat baskets.

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My second favourite is this adorable Halloween Rock Garden that would make a beautiful feature on your porch, in front of your house or even as a centre piece on your autumn or Halloween table. It’s a great little project for kids to get involved with and they can be as creative as they like.

Halloween Rock Garden porch display

But now it’s up to you: Link up your favourite posts, check out the others for some inspiration and share the posts you love.

You’re new and don’t know how everything works? No problem, here’s a quick recap of the rules for you:

The Monday Parenting Pin It Party is a linky that is traveling from blog to blog, giving you the chance to link up your best craft, recipe or parenting posts, so that we can share them on our collaborative Pinterest board and show them some comment love. Each host also picks, their two favourite link ups each week and awards their favourite posts their very own special badge. Cool, right? Grab the badge below to let your readers now where the party’s at and let’s get pinning…

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2015: a year in the name of family time and happiness

I don’t know about you, but as soon as we enter the last quarter of the year, I become quite reflective and start looking back at the year that has passed and make plans for the year that lies ahead. In the past, my thought process at this time of the year went something like this “Great year, lots of fun, but yet again you haven’t managed to lose weight or exercise regularly. Don’t worry though! You’ve tried, it hasn’t worked, but there’s always next year.”

I never manage to stick to diets or get into an exercise routine, but this year I won’t be bothered by all this, because this year was different. 2014 was a year that completely threw me. If you had asked me on New Year’s Eve how I thought this year would end, I would have told you that we’d be happy and healthy, enjoying a family Christmas and making plans for the coming months. Never in a million years would I have expected my relationship of five years to end. Never in a million years could I have predicted the changes in our family life and ending up as a family of two.

family time with Amy

I won’t go into details or tell you about the reason for our break-up, but despite obvious signs and struggles over the last year, I thought we’d make it through a pretty tough year in one piece – as a family of three. There are always two sides to a story and telling you just my side wouldn’t be fair on Ben, but despite the shock over the end of our relationship, the tears, the questions in my head and the many many conversations with friends and family, I think that I have done the right thing for both me and Amy.

Being a single mum, holding down a job and looking after an entire household is not easy. If I’m being completely honest, it’s utterly draining and challenging at times, but it’s also incredibly rewarding because I now know that Amy is living in a happy household. My patience might be a little shorter than usual at times and undoubtedly, I’m not always giving Amy 100% of my attention when I should, but being responsible for her on my own and doing all the other things I have to do to keep a roof over our heads is a juggling act.

Six years ago, I move to Bristol wanting to be independent from my family, who were always there for me whenever I needed them – and even when I thought I didn’t. It was overwhelming and sometimes I just wanted to do things on my own: I wanted to make my own decisions and mistakes. I wanted to have my own household, my own responsibilities and with that I mean responsibilities that go further than cleaning my room and leaving the house on time. Now that it’s just Amy and me, I crave the nest of my family home: the warmth, the knowledge that there will always be someone there for me when I need help, support or just someone to look after Amy for 30 minutes while I get a smear test done without her investigating my nether region.

fun as a family of two

And because that sense of security is something that we both need in our lives right now, I have made the decision to go back to Germany with Amy. I’m not taking her away from her dad, she will still see him regularly and we’ll be in close contact via Skype, but being in an environment that gives us stability and love is something that will do us the world of good and I think it will help me to re-discover the girl/woman that I once was.

The last two or three years have been incredibly draining for me. I’ve lost confidence in myself and my abilities. I’ve put myself back when I should have been pushing forward and I’ve allowed other people to make decisions that didn’t make me happy.

2015 will be all about creating a new future for Amy and I and getting back to my old self: the Carolin that’s fierce and confident, the mum that provides a happy and safe environment for her child, the daughter that spends time with her family and the friend that laughs with you until you start hyperventilating. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it!

What will you do for yourself in 2015?

Disclosure: I was given a voucher to help plan our new future in return for writing this post.

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The best games through the years

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Raising children can be one of the most exciting and terrifying challenges we’ll ever have to face, whether it’s looking after their health or making sure they do well in school.

Keeping them entertained, however, is a completely different kettle of fish. Many first time parents fear this the most in looking after their little ones and often turn to expensive gadgets or toys to appease the children. This doesn’t always have to be the solution however – in fact, you’d be surprised to hear many kids love playing the same games you played when you were growing up. Here are a few classics that never get old.

Hopscotch

This one is great because it’s so simple – all you need is a couple of stones and some chalk or masking tape, depending on whether you want to play it indoors or outdoors. Simply draw out your hopscotch grid on your carpet or concrete outside, then throw a stone onto square one. If you make the square, you can hop onto the next square and carry on until you reach the top. If you don’t make it though, you miss a turn. Kids love the chance to test their throwing and skipping skills here, and it’s pretty fun for adults too.

Bingo

Once considered the preserve of old ladies, bingo has gone through a lot of changes throughout the years. Whereas in years past ladies would put on their gladrags and go, now more and more of us are either playing online at home or playing kids’ versions with our very own bingo dabbers. The kids’ version is a personal favourite of mine – you can make your own bingo slips and use dabbers, giving your little ones the chance to take it in turns to call out the numbers.

Hide and Seek

This one certainly never gets old, whether you’re four or 104. Just like hopscotch, it can be played in or outdoors – perfect for the unpredictable English weather! With houses getting a bit smaller nowadays, you may have to be a little more creative when it comes to finding places to hide. This makes it all the more exciting however – if you’re not familiar with the concept, one person is the seeker and counts while the others hide. Whoever is found first becomes the next seeker – making for an amusing game which has endured the the test of time.

Are there any games that you played as a child and your children now play? Or a game you wish would make a comeback?

 

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How To Make A Blooming Flower Pot Cake And Decorate It Using Flower Paste

How To Make A Blooming Flower Pot Cake And Decorate It Using Flower Paste

Most sugar crafters spend quite a bit of time modelling flowers to add a visual flourish to their cakes. But instead of using flowers as a simple adornment why not make them the focus of the cake by creating a flower pot cake.

This cake is sure to delight any gardening enthusiast, and with practise your flower paste flowers can look so real the cake could pass for a potted plant.

It looks tricky but actually this is a deceptively simple cake to put together.

Cake Ingredients

  • 200g light brown sugar
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 200ml sunflower oil
  • 110g dark chocolate (melted in 3 tablespoons of water)
  • 15g cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt

To make the chocolate cake all you need to do is:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4.
  2. Beat the sunflower oil, vanilla extract and light brown sugar together until light and fluffy.
  3. Whisk in the eggs one at a time.
  4. Add in the melted chocolate.
  5. Sift in the self-raising flour, salt and cocoa.  Fold in until well combined.
  6. Spoon the mixture equally between 4, 6-inch cake tins.
  7. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until risen and firm to the touch.

Once the cakes are cooled you can use a sharp knife to cut around them so that they decrease slightly in size to give the tapered look of a plant pot when stacked.

To fix them together you’ll need to create a ganache filling. This is straightforward enough. You’ll need:

  • 400g dark chocolate
  • 400ml double cream

To make the ganache follow these steps:

  1. Break the chocolate into small pieces.
  2. Bring the cream to simmering point in a pan.
  3. Add the chocolate and stir until you get a smooth, creamy mixture.
  4. Once combined putthe ganache to one side and let it set to spreading consistency.

Then it’s simply a case of spreading the ganache between the cakes to sandwich them together.

To make the clay pot you can decorate the cake using brown ready to roll icing or alternatively just use vanilla frosting dyed with a little brown food colour.

Adding Your Flower Paste Flowers

Now it’s time to make your flowers. You have two options when it comes to flower paste. You can either get a white paste and dye it the appropriate colour or simply buy ready coloured flower paste in the colours you need.

  1. Knead your flower paste until it is pliable.
  2. Lightly dust your work surface with icing sugar.
  3. Roll out your flower paste to a suitable thickness. Because flower paste sets hard you can often roll it out thinner than normal fondant. 2mm is fine though.
  4. You can cut the petals by hand but it makes the job much easier to use a petal cutter.
  5. Use a ball tool and lightly run it around the edges of each flower paste petal. This will give them a ruffled and organic appearance.
  6. Stick your petals together using some cooled, boiled water.
  7. To create the centre you can roll two small balls of yellow flower paste and fix them with water.
  8. Then to create the stems roll out some green flower paste and fix it in place.
  9. Set your completed flowers to one side until they harden.
  10. Press your flower paste flowers into the top of the cake and arrange as you see fit.

Now you should have a beautiful flower pot cake adorned with gorgeous flower paste blooms. This kind of novelty cake is great for special occasions such as birthdays, and makes a welcome change from a standard birthday cake.

Renshaw Baking sells a range of flower pasteproducts in a stunning variety of colours, ideal for creating flowers of all types.

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Birds Eye’s #Afterschoolchefs Challenge

If you’ve got children, I won’t have to tell you that teatime can sometimes be a little more than hectic – especially, if you are juggling the needs of more than one child or come home later after an after-school club or class. However, I am a firm believer in eating together as a family and recent research by Columbia University also proves that having dinner together has its benefits. Children who regularly have dinner with their families are less likely to abuse drugs or alcohol, and are more likely to do better in school.

Nutritional scientists at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth have also found that family dinners decrease behavioural issues in children, which means that they are less likely to start fights or get suspended from school.

Now, I know that it’s not always possible to cook from scratch, especially, if you get in late at night and your kids are getting tired and hungry, but luckily Birds Eye have a great range of nutritional meals for all the family that are not only quick to make, but also affordable, tasty and versatile, which means that you spend minimum time in the kitchen and maximum time as a family.

As part of their #Afterschoolchefs campaign with BritMums, Birds Eye have also challenged mums and dads to share their tips and tricks for a smooth and stress-free teatime routine and here are our ideas:

1. Get your kids involved

Allow your children to get involved from start to finish. Let them choose some meals for the week’s meal plan, take them shopping with you and find the ingredients needed. Last, but not least, let them help you prepare the food, even if it is just switching on the oven, pouring peas into a bowl or laying the table. Being involved in preparing the food gives children confidence, teaches them new skills and makes them feel proud of their achievements. Amy loves being Mummy’s little helper and has amazing egg cracking skills for a three year old.

Birds Eye frozen food

2. Make it fun

Let your kids get creative around the dinner table. They can draw pictures of their favourite foods and drinks, seasonal celebrations and more. It’s a fun activity that gives your dinner table a personal touch and keeps the kids entertained while they wind down after school and wait for the food to be served. Another fun idea for older kids, or if you have time to help, is folding napkins to create napkin animals. How cute is this little origami crab?

3. Get creative

Get creative and pimp your plate. There are so many ways to present food in a fun and exciting way and if you have a fussy eater, creating a fun and themed meal for them is the way forward. Amy isn’t picky at all, luckily, but she loves being surprised with a fun plate of food and Birds Eye products are great, if you want lots of different colours, shapes and textures.

I created this little underwater/beach themed dinner for Amy using solely Birds Eye products and it was done in a matter of minutes. I drew some crab claws and eyes on white cardboard, cut it out and taped them onto a tooth pick before sticking them into the stuffed red pepper.

Birds Eye challenge red pepper crab with chicken nugget star fish and fish

The filling of the pepper and some of the sand on the beach/sea is Birds Eye’s Mediterranean Rice Infusion, steamed long grain rice with Mediterranean style vegetables and seasoning that can be prepared in the mircowave in just 3.5 minutes. To create the look of golden pebbles and sea weed, I used the pea and sweetcorn veg infusion with a lovely seasoned dollop of butter and of course, we wouldn’t have an underwater or beach scene without some sea creatures to accompany Mr Crab.

We had to get a little creative for this one and ended up using Birds Eye’s Chicken Space Shapes: We turned the star into a starfish and the rocket became Nemo (or any fish of your choice) by simply putting it sideways. Easy peasy!

Amy was over the moon with her underwater dinner and cleared her entire plate – not without complaining that there wasn’t a mermaid, but I guess that’s one for another day…

happy after dinner face

How do you organise dinner time and make it as stress-free as possible? Have you got a routine after school?

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Review Cosatto Scootle Spectroscope

When I uploaded the competition for the Cosatto Hootle Car Seat about two weeks ago, I promised you all to follow up with a review of the Cosatto Scootle Spectroscope, the car seat that Amy was kindly sent by the lovely Cosatto team, and here we go.

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The Cosatto Scootle Spectroscope is suitable for Group 1,2 and 3, which means that you can use the seat from around 9 months up to the age of 12 years or in terms of weight from 9 to 36kg, which I think is pretty impressive for a car seat that retails at £180. The price might seem a little steep at first, but if you break it down over 12 years, you only pay £15 per year or £ 0.04 per day. That’s pretty great value for money, if you ask me.

I also like that the design of the Cosatto Scootle Spectroscope is really timeless, although some might call it retro. It’s bold and colourful and no one will ever get bored of it, no matter if they’re 1 year or 12 years old. Amy for one is absolutely in love with it and so are her little friends and cousins, whose mummies have all commented that it’s the prettiest car seat they’ve ever seen. Amy completely agrees: She proudly calls the Cosatto Scootle Spectroscope her rainbow car seat and loves sitting in it.

Amy in her Cosatto Scootle Spectroscope

Although the car seat we used before, from a different manufacturer, should have seen her through to at least next year, we really struggled to get Amy to sit in it. She didn’t enjoy it very much anymore and I think her legs were just too long for it and she ended up being uncomfortable. There are no problems like that whatsoever with her beloved Cosatto Scootle Spectroscope.

It’s spacious, padded in all the right places and most importantly adjustable according to your child’s needs. When catering for an great age range as big as the the Cosatto Scootle Spectroscope, it’s important that the car seat grows with the child that uses it and when I say grows, I don’t mean get bigger or wider. No, there are small touches that make all the difference, such as an adjustable headrest or the side wing,  and the Cosatto Scootle Spectroscope comes with both of them, which ensures that your child will stay comfortable on all their journeys.

The car seat is also incredibly easy to fit and suitable for all cars with standard 3 point vehicle seat belts. Explaining the fitting process would make this post even longer than it already is, but if you are interested in that side of things, have a look at the video below. It shows you exactly how to fit the Cosatto Scootle Spectroscope in just a few steps:

We’ve used the Cosatto Scootle Spectroscope for a few months now and couldn’t be more pleased with it. It’s lightweight to carry, easy to fit and very beautiful to look at. Most importantly though, it keeps Amy safe and comfortable on long journeys or short trips to the park or supermarket. Cosatto’s 4 year guarantee gives you extra piece of mind, but when handling the car seat it felt really sturdy and well made, so I’d be surprised, if I had to make use of the warranty within the next 4 years. Parents will also be pleased to know that you can remove all seat covers and machine wash them at 30 degrees. Very handy, if your kids are allowed to eat and drink in the car and have the habit of leaving a trail of destruction behind.

All in all, the Cosatto Scootle Spectroscope is a fabulous car seat that does not only offer protection from 9 months to 12 years, but also a car seat that let’s your little and not so little ones travel in comfort and style. What’s not to like? We are seriously impressed!

Which features at do you look for when buying a new car seat?

Disclosure: We received the Cosatto Scootle Spectroscope free of charge for the purpose of this review.