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Saturday, 1 September 2012

Check out the Diono Booster Seat & #WIN one yourself!

The Diono Booster Seat


Diono is the ideal solution for today’s "on the go" family, with state-of-the-art product designs that combine safety and convenience so that every family excursion can be the enjoyable experience it was meant to be. The Monterey2 Booster seat is a cool looking car seat which not only looks fantastic but will keep your child safe and sound whilst travelling. 

Description:

The Monterey2 Booster Seat is a high-back booster seat designed to fit a growing child between 15 kg and 36 kg. It has deep, reinforced sides lined with energy absorbing EPS foam for side impact protection. An easy to use dial on the back allows you to adjust the width of the expandable seat back to fit a child’s shoulders up to 50.8 cm wide. It has an amazing 11-position headrest which adjusts up to 16.5 cm in height with one hand for an easy, precise fit. As a fixed-position booster, it has an integrated ISOFAST connector and a front adjuster allowing for a safe and secure installation in seconds (ISOFAST use is optional). The seat bottom has extra length for leg support and features thick AirTek foam with tapered sides for total comfort. There's also the added bonus of two cup holders which are extra deep and angled to keep drinks upright. The Monterey2 also comes flat packed for convenience.

Features:
  1. Full child size range- Fits children between 15 kg and 36 kg and up to 160 cm in height.
  2. Adjustable height- 11 position headrest, adjusts up to 16.5 cm with one hand.
  3. Side impact protection with reinforced side walls and headrest lined with EPS foam.
  4. Energy absorbing AirTek foam provides superior cushioning and increased airflow for comfortable ride.
  5. Provides easy and secure ISOFAST attachment to vehicle even when not occupied.
  6. Prevents submarining through angled and reinforced seat bottom.
  7. Tapered seat shape properly fits a growing child at every stage.
  8. Longer seat bottom for proper leg support with cushioned comfort.
  9. Packs flat for convenience.
  10. Retractable cup holders are extra deep to keep drinks upright.
  11. 2 recline positions for comfort and to fit all vehicle seat shapes.
  12. Bottom rubber pads grip better and help protect vehicle upholstery.


We've been testing the Monterey2 Booster seat ourselves over the past 5 weeks and I must admit I do love this seat. My Lily, aged 5 had been using a basic booster seat up until now but she's so happy with her new seat and would never go back to her old one now. The Monterey2 was very easy to fit into place and only took a few minutes. We have one car seat in our car already for my youngest Ryan who is only 2 so I was a little worried about adding another. The Monterey2 booster seat is a little bigger than Lily's old seat as it's more padded and also this one had a back, with padded sides and head rest. Her old seat was just a base with nothing else. Lily loves the Monterey2 seat, it's so comfortable and I know it's keeping her safe so we're all happy. We went out to the shops last week with all three kids in the car to test out how much space they would all have. Lily sits behind Daddy, Ryan behind Mummy and Chloe in the middle.



Chloe was a little squished and moaning but that wasn't an issue as at least both Lily and Ryan were happy and safe. The Monterey2 booster seat has a removable back which we have now removed so that Lily is now sitting on the padded booster seat without the sides or neck rest. She's still safe and comfortable but it means that Chloe now has her space in the car back and isn't so squished any more. Having three kids in one car was always going to be a tight fit but at least with the Monterey2 Booster Seat, it's a safe and comfortable fit.


The Monterey2 Booster Seat is a fantastic car seat. It fits so snugly and looks so comfortable. I wouldn't mind sitting in a seat like this myself (yes I know I'm too big but just saying). Here at Mummy Of 3 Diaries we give the Diono Monterey2 Booster seat a well deserved 5/5, we love the way it looks, feels and works. We wouldn't change a thing about it, it's just perfect the way it is! The Monterey2 retails at £99 and is available in the UK from Mothercare. Diono now have a UK Facebook page were you can check out their latest deals and also find more great competitions. If you're on Facebook, then do give them a like.


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76 comments:

  1. my favourite car journeys are going on holiday - when we are all excited, books and a dvd player to keep the kids occupied and lots of nice sweeties for the journey!

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  2. my favorite car journeys were to my parents caravan, i used to play a game where i would close my eyes and then see if i could guess where we were along the way! (sound sooooo sad now! but i was very young lol) x

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  3. I love car journeys with my little boy. He just gets so excited. what it would be like to be a kid again!

    Jessica newman

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  4. my fave car journeys were when my aunty used to take me every year down to butlins ayr we use to all sing and play i spy

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  5. We play "name 3 animals begining with..." game when we go in the car... the kids love it

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  6. we often have to do a 10hr drive to my mum's in scotland. the good thing about the journey is the beautiful spots to picnic on the way. then we always finish with the best fish and chip shop tea (it's caught fresh up there). This routine makes the long journey a lot better.

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  7. my favourite car journey was my first ever trip to an airport. we went to manchester to fly to america and it was so foggy during the night you couldn't even see the cars in front of you. when the sun started coming up and the fog was disappearing the airport loomed out of the fog. completely a little girl going to disney world's ultimate magical start to the journey.

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  8. I can remember my grandparents taking us on holiday and sitting in the back of the car with a packet of Opal Fruits (starburst to the young ones!) and pacers anyone remember these cheewy mint sweets. Playing I spy, choosing a colour and counting cars that colour, and my lovely grandad telling us jokes happy days.

    so different now with my girls, they have a portable dvd player, or we all have a sing along to mamma mia or James blunt

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  9. Our car journeys are either non stop taking and ''are we there yet'' or the lovely sound of sleeping.My little monkey loves been in the car :o)

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  10. My daughter, (wife s step daughter), we use to go to a holiday camp in Looe Cornwall, we all ways took her friends with us, some had hard backgrounds, and to this day we are adopted mummy and daddy to them 4 excited kids sitting in the car for six hour drive, loaded with surf boards and cases, those were the days, they were singing or sleeping ah great fun!

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  11. Some of the most memorable ones were when we'd get a lift to primary school from my brothers friend and every journey my brother and his friend would do 'car spotting' - different makes, and then 14 years on my then 10 year old nephew would do the same. Its 17 yrs on now and i have a 1yr old little girl who i don't think will do the car spotting game herself! Eye Spy would be better.

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  12. when we first got our car we used to just drive around everywhere for fun, it was exciting for the kids as they werent used to going in the car and my 3 yr old would go round counting all the bridges and landmarks he could see out the window

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  13. Driving to my parents caravan we do a map like Dora for my son so he knows what to look for next and stop asking if we are there yet.

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  14. leaving very ealry to get to Wales - the kids were quiet and sleepy most the journey and then we stopped for fry up breakfast once we got near our destination.

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  15. 5 year old Ellie loves being in the car and spotting all the animals and naming them. Spring is wonderful when we see lambs, calves, foals, piglets, ducklings and if we are very lucky Bambi.

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  16. Best car journey when I was younger was in the New Forest. Lovely driving over the cattle grids and seeing all the wild animals.

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  17. My favourite car journey is when we take the kids and dogs to the local forest. Once we reach a certain point in the journey they all realise where we are going and the excitement level rises. Once we park & the car doors open they all spring out & run around like they are free. They drive home is so different. They are all asleep and contented

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  18. I don't have any funny car journey stories but I have shared :O)

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  19. My favourite car journey story was almost a year ago now , we were taking my eldest daughter for her first full day at school when my waters broke ...... Our second daughter was born that evening!!!

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  20. I have to say this, but it's a bit bah humbug; the best car journey was our recent one to North Yorkshire, when all 3 kids slept the whole time!! For sheer beauty, a car journey that provided us with some amazing scenery was driving from Calais to the Alps. Beautiful.

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  21. Our journeys at the moment are always the same....our 23 month old yelling either Mum or Dad loudly until one of us answers and then he points out of the window and yells car....as he loves cars he doesn't get bored of it

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  22. The day we brought my grandaughter home from hospital was the best car journey, looking at her in the car seat , we could wait to get her home

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  23. My favourite car journey was going to fetch our new Dog Buddy. We had the crate in the car with the puppy inside it for safety and my son held onto the crate and was telling him everything was going to be ok as we were going home.

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  24. my favourite car journeys involve me and my son singing along happily at the top of our voices to our favourite songs

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  25. My favourite car ride was the one I took to our local Chapel on my Wedding Day; it was a wonderful day.

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  26. I always put tons of books with the kids, they read stories and I interact with them - works really well even after 7 hours drive back to France!

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  27. My favourite was wen i had my sat Nav on. my little girl was repeating everything and shouted at me wen i didn't do what it said. now she asks all the time if we need the silly talkin lady! x

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  28. My favourite car journeys are when we go through Scotland and Northumberland, and have always been since I was little. Gorgeous countryside and love seeling all the animals, waterfalls, quaint houses etc. Looking forward to when my lb is old enough to enjoy it too :)

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  29. We found a map of the route helpful from about the age of four. I covered it in clear plastic and did drawings on it of landmarks (like Stonehenge) and gave her a sheet of small stickers. She stuck the stickers along the route showing how far we'd gone. It gave her a good idea of our rate of progress. She still loves doing it at eight!

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  31. 1st ever blog best car journey is blackpool love it!

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  32. My daughter makes us all cover our heads everytime we go under a bridge - everytime!

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  33. MY favourite car journeys are when we go on holiday - luckily my daughter tends to fall asleep in the car so we don't have too much trauma!

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  34. My favourite car journey is to the airport hahahaha, when all the family are so excited to know we are going on holiday! We have our travelling game 'I spy' count the coloured cars etc!

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  35. one of our favourite car journey is when we just get in the car and just go for a drive, not knowing where we will end up. we did this alot when we first moved here, just to get to see what was about. we still do this now and enjoy the new places it takes us.

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  36. My total favourite journey was when we were coming back from Bestival and just had too much stuff and the boys were buried in the back - totally packed in with camping gear! Poor lads!

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  37. My favourite story is from when I was little. My little brother always needed a wee when we went on long journeys, so my grandad had the perfect solution- a Jam Jar. many a time he filled that Jam Jar up on a long journey!

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  38. i'm not a fan of driving but my favourite car journeys are the ones back from a local walk somewhere, even better if the dog is smelling wet and the boy is chattering happily or singing to me from the back seat. My mini-family, all in one mucky car :)

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  39. We had a little Fiesta and the biggest builders trailer in the world hooked up the back, four adults and a baby, driving overnight to Cornwall, oh and I has passed my test two days before... memorable for all the wrong reasons ;0)But looking back on that journey thirty years later it was one of our best holidays ever.

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  40. We used to travel alot to watch Manchester Storm play ice hockey! That was lots of fun with bibbing horns at each other and making banners with my sisters to stick on the car windows :)

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  41. I was once stuck in a traffic jam in France, in the middle of nowhere. 4 hours later and 3 of us had had to pee in a bottle as the car in front was a police car and we were scared to use the layby!

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  42. A very funny journey, we all shared! I had the radio on and was singing as I do. James was tiny at the time hadn't started talking yet. He was bobbing about and babbling loudly, giving me a run for my money in the singing department. Happy Fun Memories xx

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  43. My most favourite recent journey was one that was quite a way but not really going anywhere interesting! But what made it brilliant was the fun we had, we cranked up the music (Muppets and Zingzillas among other things) and the kids sang at the top of their voices, we had so much fun, it really made me smile!

    Thanks

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  44. Whenever our parents took us to a themepark, my brother and myself had our game boys charged up, our snacks between us and not a care in the world that our parents could get annoyed of listening to our kids story cassettes lol ;)

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  45. My favorite car journey memory was my Dad driving us to Spain for our holidays when we lived in Germany. One time my sister took off her straw hat, held it out of the sunroof and said 'I wonder what'll happen if I do this...' and let go! We were on an Autobahn so there was no way we could get it back! Still makes me laugh now more than 25 years later :)

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  46. When I was little we went around South Africa in a camper van. I have a great memory of going down the coastal road where the ITV baboon series was filmed, listening to the Hollies. Amazing x

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  47. I wish i could remember my car journeys as soon as engine starts i nod off in passenger seat lol x

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  48. We love the car journeys to nanas caravan... the boys get so excited, and as soon as we leave the drive we get.... are we there yet!!!! xx

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  49. My fave car memories are from when I was a child. We used to go on family camping and caravan adventures across Europe and we'd always drive. I loved it. We used to listen to Paul Simon's album Graceland and everytime I hear any of those songs now I am instantly transported back in time and I fill with warmth! Car journeys can be such a special family event full of quality time :)
    @hannahmdy

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  50. Every car journey is fun with.our lot . Its who can sing the loudest or eye spy . The best.trips are the long ones when.they.all dose off and we get peace lol xxx

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  51. The kids used to play "shout Mini" everytime they saw a Mini! I used to play guess where the car's where from with my dad.

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  52. When i was little I used to always use the middle seatbelt so I could lay across the back seats (laws werent so strict back then). I loved looking up at the sky and daydreaming while listening to east 17 or Hansen *cringe* on my walkman (old school!). Lol x

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  53. To be honest we really have issue with car journeys. Hubby works away all week and I don't drive. We have 2 little girls 2 & 3 that rarely travel in the car but when they do it always ends in disaster. We have tried tablets and al-sorts to stop them being poorly. In July we went on holiday for a week to North Wales in the mountains...needless to say huge mistake.

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  54. I love visiting freinds and family in the Peaks. The hills are gorgeous and seem huge when you have grown up in Lincolnshire! Lol

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  55. i have always personally struggled when my friend takes me and my kids ot in the car as i suffer travel sickness-that was until seabands came along and ive never looked back since,myself and my son were recently taken to legoland for his 5th birthday it was lovely to see him point out things in passing like trees,dogs ect and his face as we approached just as a plane went overhead was priceless like me he had never seen one soo low!!

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  56. We were stuck in traffic when my husband's favourite song came on the radio. He began singing along, but when it came to the chorus, he started belting out the lyrics at the top of his voice. Unfortunately, all the windows were down and two unsuspecting pedestrians were clearly not expecting a rousing rendition of 'Sylvia's Mother' as they went about their business. They visibly jumped about eight feet in the air and looked pretty shocked at the sudden assault on their eardrums. I don't know what they thought the noise was, but hubs was understandably hurt and insulted by their response!

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  57. taking all 3 kids on a day out on train and a walk up the valley to see the most amazing waterfalls, they were all so tired they fell asleep for the whole hours drive home. bliss!

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  58. My favourite journey was when I took my second eldest with me up to Harrogate, North Yorkshire to buy our 12 seater minibus. We bought it via eBay & I hadn't even seen it before! It took us 4.5hrs to get up there by train & over 6hrs to drive back home! My son was a lovely, fun person to travel with. I was scared silly for the first 20 minutes of the drive home as the minibus seemed huge, the gear box was slightly different (the reverse gear was by 1st!) & I'd never driven anything bigger than an MPV before! I think I held my breath the whole first 20 mins but my son was perfectly quiet while I was stressed out & he reassured me the whole time! After 20mins I realised I could drive it & I relaxed!

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  59. Whilst travelling to a hotel near Heathrow from Bluewater our sat nav decided to take s through the centre of London at rush hour. Luckily after a while both my husband and I found the funny side to it but are very wary of listening to the sat navs directions nowadays

    @littleboo_21

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  60. My favourite car journeys are when we are going on holiday either UK or abroad as the kids are excited and happy, if it's a long journey they take pillows and a duvet so they can snuggle up in the back and go to sleep. On short local journeys all they do is fight and squabble over who's sittig where!

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  61. I remember when we first got a car when I was little so the first journeys in that were amazing!!! @kikicomp

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  62. My little girl loves being in the car as long as she has her cds on-listening to the Foo Fighters!! She is 3!!

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  63. U have to be honest with 2 young children I dont very much like car jounreys but even I have to admit that if we are taking the kids on a day trip out or a uk holiday its lovely to see the excitement on their faces and at least the first few "are we there yets?" are cute

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  64. I remember we were heading to the highland show one year and we had to leave ours at about 5am. We put the boys in the car with their jammies on and said to them to go back to sleep as it would be ages until we were there, they sat with their eyes closed but peeking and giggling every now and then. It was so cute seeing how excited they were!

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  65. My favorite car journey is was when me and my boyfriend had a whole day to ourselves we just got in the car and drove! we ended up at a beautiful waterfall called high force it was a wonderful day, cant wait to take our baby there x

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  66. My favourite car journey? A difficult question, I guess all my car journey's home are my most favourite, followed by those made on wonderful holidays abroad. Though my wife and beloved partner of 35 years, Valerie would say those home to Ulster to see family & friends feature highly.

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  67. Great prize, as always, thank you. I recall my worst ever car journey was one from Halifax to Cornwall back when I lived at home. The journey was meant to take about 5 or 6 hours - 18 long, hot, argumentative hours later we arrived. It was dreadful and certainly put a damper on the holiday.

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  68. You know those roads that are made into tunnels by a canopy of trees? Well on long holiday road trips when we went into one of those tunnels me and my sis would chant "we're still in it, we're still in it, etc etc" followed by "and we're out" at the end. Must have had very tolerant parents!

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  69. My favourite car journey were those as a child around Christmas time when my parents went to this extra special garden centre that was like one huge grotto. On the way we would judge the trees we saw in people's windows & laugh at tacky decorations- I still do this every year.

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  70. My fav car journey was last year when we drove to the new forest for our first family holiday :)

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  71. My favourite car journey is driving HOME after four weeks holiday in France. Love going away on holiday but it's wonderful to be coming home again to 'good old blighty'. It's usually is raining when we come out of the tunnel train back here but there is nowhere like HOME!!

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  72. My fave car journey was on the way to the airport to go to Florida with my family!

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  73. My favourite car journey was when I was little and we drove all night to get to the beach, it took so long but it was a great journey, we could stay up most of it (although we ended up sleeping) and we could have lots of sweets! :) x

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  74. Has to be on days out to somewhere exciting or holidays, I love seeing their little faces getting more & more excited the closer we get :D & we always have music on & a sing song if we're traveling any distance! You have too with 4 kids to keep them entertained lol x

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  76. my favourite car journeys involve me and my son singing along happily at the top of our voices to our favourite songs

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