Cosatto Ooba 3-in1 Travel System

by Jemma on December 18, 2014

in Baby and Beyond, Reviews

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One thing that I was really looking forward to when I became pregnant was shopping for the pushchair, however I was completely unaware how difficult a task this was going to be.  Seriously, there is just so much to think about not only in terms of functionality, but also aesthetically too.  We found that many of the perfectly functional pushchairs were boring in their design and the more exciting looking pushchairs just didn’t cut it at being user-friendly, it was like shopping for a car.  

Maybe we were being too picky, essentially we wanted something that looked a bit different to the norm, but was also easy to use….enter the Cosatto Ooba 3-in-1 travel system.  It comes complete with the carry cot, pushchair seat, car seat and matching nappy bag which includes a changing mat, a section to keep bottles warm and a separate wallet for dirty clothes.

At first I was a little unsure about the colour as it’s quite bright, but the duck egg blue is actually beautiful and looks even better in real life.  The white wheels, although hard to keep clean look lovely against the blue, the wheels are detachable for cleaning purposes.  Let’s face it, you don’t see many pushchairs that look like the Ooba, I’ve had so many complements about it whilst out and about, queuing in the supermarket, on a coffee date and my Instagram feed.  Aiden is quite taken with the funky bright geometrical design inside the hood of the carry cot and car seat, I think he loves the bright colours.

Stand out features for me include the 2-way handle that allows your baby to be front-facing or parent-facing without having to change the direction of the carrycot or seat.  The handle moves over the pushchair with ease and this has been great for when we’re eating out, so we can still keep an eye on our little one. Another thing that we have found really helpful is transferring Aiden from the car to the pushchair.  The car seat comes with additional adapters, meaning that it conveniently clicks on to the base of the pushchair which makes life easier.  Also, the shopping basket on the base of the frame is great for stashing your shopping bags.

We’ve taken the Ooba out for regular walks around the village and it definitely brightens up the streets on a grey wintery day.  I’m really looking forward to seeing Aiden explore the sights and sounds of our village in the forward facing pushchair seat when he is old enough. 

What do you think of the Ooba? Do you prefer more conservative pushchair designs or something a bit different?

*pushchair sent for review, but all opinions are my own

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{Recipe} Coconut Buckwheat Porridge

by Jemma on December 16, 2014

in Recipes

Since the cold weather set in I’ve wanted nothing more for breakfast than a warm and comforting bowl of porridge to start my day. 

Coconut Buckwheat Porridge

What I love about porridge is that you can make it as plain or as fancy as you like with very simple additions to your bowl and it can be easily adapted to suit any dietary requirements.  An old-time favourite of mine is banana porridge oats topped with peanut butter, an easy yet hearty breakfast that usually keeps me going until lunch time. 

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To change things up a little further, you can also substitute regular porridge oats with different grains such a quinoa or buckwheat.  Since I love to get experimental in the kitchen I’ve created a gluten-free breakfast recipe that has a festive twist and will help you to survive those cold winter mornings. 

Coconut Buckwheat Porridge
Serves 2
A delicious vegan and gluten-free breakfast recipe to help you survive those cold winter mornings.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of buckwheat
  2. 1/2 cup of full fat coconut milk
  3. 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  4. 1 tbsp maple syrup
  5. Optional toppings - pistachio nuts, pomegranate seeds, shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. First cook the buckwheat according to the instructions on the back of the packet (roughly for 20 minutes).
  2. Once cooked drain the buckwheat and return to the saucepan and pour in the coconut milk and almond milk.
  3. Simmer on a low heat and when the buckwheat has absorbed all of the liquid pour into a serving bowl.
  4. Drizzle with maple syrup and add any optional toppings for a festive twist.
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This high fibre breakfast is easily adaptable to suit your different taste buds and great at any time of the year.  Buckwheat stores very well in the fridge once cooked for at least a week and it can also be frozen, which means that it can be cooked ahead to save time in the morning.   

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I love how festive the pomegranate and pistachios look together, this would be perfect as a healthy start to the Christmas festivities.  Either way, whatever time of year, I know that this will taste delicious with different seasonal toppings and add-ins.

Do you like to experiment with different grains/pseudocereals? Have you ever tried buckwheat before? 

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