If you follow me on Instagram you know that Mazda kindly loaned us a CX-3 to go on a family day out two weekends ago!

As Suri loves horse riding and I had never done it before we decided to go for a family horse-riding session close to Brighton and at the same time test drive the car.

It was so much fun, we had two non-stop hours of horse riding starting at 10:30am. We were given tuition for half an hour and then we were escorted out for a short ‘Doddle’ along the nearby bridleways, then another full cycle of tuition and ‘doodle’.

After the ride we went for lunch in Brighton. Shame the weather was awful with lots of wind and rain but we still managed to have some fun.

The day ended with a smooth travel back to London enjoying the car a bit more. 😉

Now about the car as you may all be wondering, I’m far from being a car expert so I’ll focus my review on comfort and practicability as well as design of course, after all I have to admit that a big percentage of my decision when buying a car is based on interior and exterior design (don’t tell my husband please :P).

 

What I liked the most:

  • Although it’s a small car it had plenty of space in the front and back and even for Suri’s car seat, I have to say I was afraid it was not too comfortable but glad to say there was no reason to worry;
  • The exterior design looks modern but at the same time I think it will still be a good looking car in a few years, I hate when a car is too trendy and modern and then in a couple of year it looks old fashioned;
  • Interior looks also very nice, love the same colour stitches and details that gives the car a more refined look;
  • Driving experience was really good as well, you feel safe and comfortable driving the car, it gives you the sense of quality and pleasure;
  • Rear parking camera, a must!
  • It features a colour head-up display that shows the road speed limit as well as your current speed, this one I wish I had on my own car, find it very useful and removes the pressure of always having to look to the signs and to your speed, it also shows important driving information without shifting your attention away from the road.
  • Alerts you should you stray from your lane when driving on dual carriageways or motorways.

There’s other features that I liked having in that car like the heated seats that were life savers after the horse riding as we were freezing but those above are definitely my favourites.

In general If you are looking for a car like this in terms of size and budget I would strongly recommend the Mazda CX-3 for it’s quality, comfort and design. In any case go for a test drive and see it for yourself, I’m sure your will be as impressed as I was. As Mazda says you will never feel alone when driving a Mazda #DriveTogether.

 

 

 

 

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10 days until one of the most special days of the year, the day when we celebrate Suri’s birth, 6 years ago, I can’t believe it!

But before and apologies for the massive delay I would like to share with you her Birthday Party last year, the theme was Princess Power and it was a fantastic party!

The venue could only be our favourite nursery London Nursery Schools, Bluebell Cottage.

Decorations by myself, well not completely, I bought templates online and did some DYI. All printed at home thanks to my Epson EcoTank ET-2500 (highly recommended).

The cake, cupcakes and cookies, and already for the second year because it’s the best we found so far and the guests always love it are from Cakes by Robin. They were so perfect that it was a shame to cut/eat it, but when you try it you move on from the visual experience and start a fabulous taste experience (YUMMY).

The entertainment was from Dazzle and Fizz, so much fun! We had Barbie and Ken who did an amazing job entertaining the children (and adults as well as we had a little dance too :P).

Our happy family! 😉

An even happier girl 😉

A proud mum!

And another one of our little family.

All the backdrops were from Ne Riba Events Styling.

An excited girl 😉

The Boys’ Party Gifts.

The Girls’ Party Gifts.

I have to say I enjoyed very much going through last year’s photos to write this blog post, so many good memories, so much fun!

Now I’m getting ready for the 24th again, this year I’m struggling with lack of time but this is such an important date for Suri that I just can’t miss it without a party! Will share everything on Instagram and I will really try to do a vlog like we did two years ago, you can watch it below.

To make it easier, here is the full list of suppliers, all of them highly recommended:
Cake, cupcakes and Cookies: Cakes by Robin
Venue: London Nursery Schools, Bluebell Cottage
Entertainment: Dazzle and Fizz
Backdrops: Ne Riba Events Styling
Food: M&S

 

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