BACK TO SCHOOL
WITH THE CR-V

Emma Conway Brummy Mummy of Two Honda Engine Room

Being a busy working mother of two children, life often feels like it is charging along in the fast lane.

It’s always a fun and exciting ride, with never a dull moment. And it’s a ride that I have been sharing since 2013, when I set out to capture family life, warts and all, blogging as Brummy Mummy of 2.

For example, take my diary vlog of a typical day in my life. You don’t need me to tell you that there are lots of blogs out there that show the beautiful side of being a parent, and Instagram’s full of perfectly polished family life and immaculate homes. However, I originally set out to show that whilst we love our kids unconditionally, and bringing them up is hugely rewarding with a lot of fun along the way, being a parent is hard work – as you can see from my day to day vlog

Much of that hard work can feel a little repetitive. From getting the kids dressed to making packed lunches, the school run to organising after-school clubs, with work squeezed in between it all, the days speed by.

We live in Birmingham, quite some way from the childrens’ school. So, we depend on a car to make sure our days run as smoothly as possible. Which is why I was interested to see whether an SUV like the new Honda CR-V can help make every journey that bit easier and prove to be our ideal family car.

red honda cr-v petrol from the front Honda Engine Room

Being a busy working mother of two children, life often feels like it is charging along in the fast lane.

It’s always a fun and exciting ride, with never a dull moment. And it’s a ride that I have been sharing since 2013, when I set out to capture family life, warts and all, blogging as Brummy Mummy of 2.

For example, take my diary vlog of a typical day in my life. You don’t need me to tell you that there are lots of blogs out there that show the beautiful side of being a parent, and Instagram’s full of perfectly polished family life and immaculate homes. However, I originally set out to show that whilst we love our kids unconditionally, and bringing them up is hugely rewarding with a lot of fun along the way, being a parent is hard work – as you can see from my day to day vlog Much of that hard work can feel a little repetitive. From getting the kids dressed to making packed lunches, the school run to organising after-school clubs, with work squeezed in between it all, the days speed by.

We live in Birmingham, quite some way from the childrens’ school. So, we depend on a car to make sure our days run as smoothly as possible. Which is why I was interested to see whether an SUV like the new Honda CR-V can help make every journey that bit easier and prove to be our ideal family car.

6am – Wake up it’s a beautiful morning!

We wake up at 6am in our household. Well, by we I mean I wake up to find my son staring at me and my daughter jumping on top of my head! My husband brings me a cuppa and the day gets started.

6-7am: Breakfast boost

Stephen goes to work at 7am, so he usually sorts out breakfast whilst I quickly check my social media, reply to comments, see what’s going on in the world and then jump in the shower. The kids and I wave off Stephen at 7am and then the fun really starts…

7-8am: The calm before the storm

In our home, between 7 and 8am the plan is that the children relax, so they can read, do some colouring, watch kids’ TV. I’ll be honest, though; this doesn’t always go to plan and generally we are hurriedly finishing off homework or trying to find things they need to take to school but forgot to tell me about until the last possible minute.

8-8:30am: Dress to impress (okay, school uniform will do)

Next comes that tricky half-hour where I encourage the children to get dressed. It’s starts off with a polite “Time to get dressed kids” and generally ends with “GET YOUR COATS ON NOW!”.

6am – Wake up it’s a beautiful morning!

We wake up at 6am in our household. Well, by we I mean I wake up to find my son staring at me and my daughter jumping on top of my head! My husband brings me a cuppa and the day gets started.

6-7am: Breakfast boost

Stephen goes to work at 7am, so he usually sorts out breakfast whilst I quickly check my social media, reply to comments, see what’s going on in the world and then jump in the shower. The kids and I wave off Stephen at 7am and then the fun really starts…

7-8am: The calm before the storm

In our home, between 7 and 8am the plan is that the children relax, so they can read, do some colouring, watch kids’ TV. I’ll be honest, though; this doesn’t always go to plan and generally we are hurriedly finishing off homework or trying to find things they need to take to school but forgot to tell me about until the last possible minute.

8-8:30am: Dress to impress (okay, school uniform will do)

Next comes that tricky half-hour where I encourage the children to get dressed. It’s starts off with a polite “Time to get dressed kids” and generally ends with “GET YOUR COATS ON NOW!”.

We stumble out of the house with minutes to spare to get to school. First impressions of the Honda CR-V; big, comfy and easy to drive! I love sitting high up, as it gives me plenty of confidence because I have such a great view of the road. Oh, and the heated steering wheel? Yes please!

8:30-8:50am: School run part one

We live quite a way from the children’s school, so we have to drive there. It gives me a chance to spend time talking with the children about the day ahead, and – of course – have a bit of a sing-along.

The Honda CR-V has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so my phone connects seamlessly, and I can quickly and safely browse our music collection. If only choosing and agreeing on a song that we’re all going to sing along with was as easy...

As any parent knows, parking near a school is a challenge. I prefer to reverse into a space, and when I saw that the CR-V featured a rear-view camera, I nearly wept tears of joy. It makes it so much easier to judge distances and perfectly line up the car.

9am: Shop until you almost drop

Straight after the school run, I generally run errands like pop to the post office or go to the local supermarket to stock up on the essentials we’ll inevitably have run out of during the week.

I need a car with a lovely big boot to pop all my shopping in. And the random plant I didn’t really need but REALLY wanted. Here, the CR-V is perfect. The back seats fold at the touch of a button, although the boot is so big that I would need to do a serious amount of shopping and buy a LOT of plants to need to put them down.

One feature I discover when having to back up for another drive in the car park is that the car warns you when someone, or something, is behind you. It will even apply the brakes to prevent you bumping into it. It’s a great feature, and as a mother with children who are inclined to wander about the place without a care in the world, I think this type of system should be fitted to every car.

8:30-8:50am: School run part one

We live quite a way from the children’s school, so we have to drive there. It gives me a chance to spend time talking with the children about the day ahead, and – of course – have a bit of a sing-along. The Honda CR-V has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so my phone connects seamlessly, and I can quickly and safely browse our music collection. If only choosing and agreeing on a song that we’re all going to sing along with was as easy...

As any parent knows, parking near a school is a challenge. I prefer to reverse into a space, and when I saw that the CR-V featured a rear-view camera, I nearly wept tears of joy. It makes it so much easier to judge distances and perfectly line up the car.

9am: Shop until you almost drop

Straight after the school run, I generally run errands like pop to the post office or go to the local supermarket to stock up on the essentials we’ll inevitably have run out of during the week. I need a car with a lovely big boot to pop all my shopping in. And the random plant I didn’t really need but REALLY wanted. Here, the CR-V is perfect. The back seats fold at the touch of a button, although the boot is so big that I would need to do a serious amount of shopping and buy a LOT of plants to need to put them down.

One feature I discover when having to back up for another drive in the car park is that the car warns you when someone, or something, is behind you. It will even apply the brakes to prevent you bumping into it. It’s a great feature, and as a mother with children who are inclined to wander about the place without a care in the world, I think this type of system should be fitted to every car.

emma conway brummy mummy of two loading cr-v with shopping Honda Engine Room

After chores I unpack all my shopping, grab a cuppa and then head down to the office at the end of my garden. There I answer emails, edit and upload YouTube videos and think about blog posts I would like to write in the coming weeks. I've had my fair share of negative feedback for stating that everything isn't perfect with my videos, but that's OK isn't it? It just goes to prove my point.

After chores I unpack all my shopping, grab a cuppa and then head down to the office at the end of my garden. There I answer emails, edit and upload YouTube videos and think about blog posts I would like to write in the coming weeks. I've had my fair share of negative feedback for stating that everything isn't perfect with my videos, but that's OK isn't it? It just goes to prove my point.

emma conway brummy mummy of two driving the honda cr-v Honda Engine Room

3:10pm: School run part two

If my day is going anything like my others normally do, I’ll leave to get the children at the last minute. One feature that catches my attention during the time with the CR-V is that it has a head-up display. Some of my friends who love tech would really appreciate this: it projects useful information onto the inside of the windscreen, so you don’t have to take your eyes from the road to check your speed or follow navigation instructions. I really like it because it makes me feel safer – very important when you have such a precious cargo travelling in the back seats.

3:25pm: Park life

With the kids picked up it’s time for another sing-along using my daughter’s Spotify playlist. The volume we can reach has to be some sort of record!

Once we reach home, we collect Lucy, our Westie dog. The children like to have her sitting with them, so we use a dog harness, which attached simply to the CR-V’s middle seatbelt, and because the back seat is so roomy, they’re all super comfy.

4pm: Runaround!

Everyone gets out of the car, and we head for the park, complete with some snacks and a drink, because, hey, having an adventure is hard work! I always love tiring out the children before bedtime because it makes the whole going to bed process a bit smother. If they haven’t got a club to go to that evening, we’ll head for home. By this stage, the kids are running out of steam. I watch their eyelids droop, probably because the car is so quiet. It has some sort of clever system that cancels out noise in the cabin, so it really is very relaxing – when you’re not all singing at the top of your voices.

5.30pm:

Once we get in, we’ll watch some Disney films together. We’re all massive fans and know most of the lines and songs off by heart! Stephen will get home at around 6pm, and we’ll have a family dinner followed by stories and bedtime. Then it starts all over again...!

3:10pm: School run part two

If my day is going anything like my others normally do, I’ll leave to get the children at the last minute. One feature that catches my attention during the time with the CR-V is that it has a head-up display. Some of my friends who love tech would really appreciate this: it projects useful information onto the inside of the windscreen, so you don’t have to take your eyes from the road to check your speed or follow navigation instructions. I really like it because it makes me feel safer – very important when you have such a precious cargo travelling in the back seats.

3:25pm: Park life

With the kids picked up it’s time for another sing-along using my daughter’s Spotify playlist. The volume we can reach has to be some sort of record!

Once we reach home, we collect Lucy, our Westie dog. The children like to have her sitting with them, so we use a dog harness, which attached simply to the CR-V’s middle seatbelt, and because the back seat is so roomy, they’re all super comfy.

4pm: Runaround!

Everyone gets out of the car, and we head for the park, complete with some snacks and a drink, because, hey, having an adventure is hard work! I always love tiring out the children before bedtime because it makes the whole going to bed process a bit smother. If they haven’t got a club to go to that evening, we’ll head for home. By this stage, the kids are running out of steam. I watch their eyelids droop, probably because the car is so quiet. It has some sort of clever system that cancels out noise in the cabin, so it really is very relaxing – when you’re not all singing at the top of your voices.

5.30pm:

Once we get in, we’ll watch some Disney films together. We’re all massive fans and know most of the lines and songs off by heart! Stephen will get home at around 6pm, and we’ll have a family dinner followed by stories and bedtime. Then it starts all over again...!

I wasn’t expecting a car like the Honda CR-V to make much of a difference to a typical day in our family’s life. Yet actually, it was surprising how it lent a hand with things like the school run and shopping.

We all appreciated being able to stream our music, while I liked the noise cancellation system, which made it very relaxing when we weren’t all singing along. The rear-view camera takes the stress out of parking during the school run, while the boot is more than ample for a family’s needs. I could get used to driving one!

I wasn’t expecting a car like the Honda CR-V to make much of a difference to a typical day in our family’s life. Yet actually, it was surprising how it lent a hand with things like the school run and shopping.

We all appreciated being able to stream our music, while I liked the noise cancellation system, which made it very relaxing when we weren’t all singing along. The rear-view camera takes the stress out of parking during the school run, while the boot is more than ample for a family’s needs. I could get used to driving one!

brummy mummy of two with the kids and the dog Honda Engine Room
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