Simone is the founder of Travel Tots Accessories an independent online shop selling innovative children’s travel gear and gifts. She lives in Amersham with her husband and 4 year old twin daughters.

SimoneGanleyShe launched the website in March this year and sources design led travel accessories from all over the globe. As a Mum of twin girls she has always looked for any little trick or product to make travelling with children simpler and fun. The original inspiration for the travel gear concept started with her summer best seller, the Australian made Outlook Auto-shade, which a relative bought for her from South Africa a few years ago. ‘I struggled with the usual stick on sun shades that fall off every 5 minutes and barely cover the window – the Outlook blinds were a revelation. These sunshades are a universal fit, cover the whole window but allow you to open the window when the shade is in place and provide your child with sun protection. It’s a win win. We all know how annoying it is to have the sun in our eyes so it is only fair that we shouldn’t expect our children to like it especially for prolonged periods in the car.’ Seeing a gap in the UK market she wanted to sell these to families in the UK. She continues to search for new travel products that are not widely available in the UK. Her other products include the Babymule unisex changing bag/rucksack in one and the back saving Hipseat as well as quirky children’s travel activity sets and buggy accessories. Travel Tots Accessories back to school range is online now. www.traveltots.co.uk Follow them on Facebook www.facebook.com/traveltots/ and Twitter https://mobile.twitter.com/Travel_Tots?p=s

Here are some of her favourite local places:

Burnham Beeches: I often take a drive here with my family on a Sunday morning. My daughters learnt to scoot down the main drive and the woods are a great place to explore. It’s also a great spot for blackberry picking in the summer. You see plenty of wildlife wandering around from deers and wild ponies to cows! It also has a little café that sells great cakes and ice creams when you’re ready for a refuel.
http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/green-spaces/burnham-beeches-and-stoke-common/Pages/default.aspx

BurnhambeechesChesham Bois Common: This great little green space has a bit of everything, woods to build dens in, a pond to feed ducks (which admittedly only ever seems to have two ducks!) and a great big field with a cricket pitch. Perfect for a short walk when you need to get out for some fresh air or for the children to play football or race around. It’s where we always go for our Christmas day walk and if we get a bit of snow the woods look really magical.

Eating:

Spice Merchant Beaconsfield: my husband and I travelled around India for a couple of months in our pre-kids days and we love Indian food! This place is a real gem. The building is like a tardis, great in the summer with its huge ‘secret’ garden complete with carp lake. We went here recently for my husband’s birthday and it was like being in a little oasis with amazing Indian food. http://www.spicemerchantgroup.com

SpiceMerchantOho Coffee: This great little café opened last year in Little Chalfont and does superb brunch and coffee. They are also open on a Friday evening for a cheeky glass of fizz and cheese board. …http://www.kohocoffee.co.uk/

Grand Junction Arms, Tring: Great pub food with a lovely wooden park to entertain the children whilst you enjoy a drink in the sun. Right next to the canal so perfect for a post lunch stroll and houseboat spotting
http://www.grandjunctionarms.co.uk

GrandJunctionShopping:

Cecilia Quinn in Old Amersham: One for the ladies! This amazing little shoe shop is tucked away in Market Walk in Old Amersham and sells the most gorgeous Italian shoes. I pretty much gave up heels when I had twins so always look out for flats. The shoes here are super stylish yet comfortable and cost much less than they look. I could buy 10 pairs easily! http://www.ceciliaquinn.co.uk