Monday, 5 October 2015

An Unexpected Week Off

The past week has somehow resulted in an unexpected week off blogging. I never intended to do it, I just made a decision each morning to focus on myself a bit more than normal. In a normal week I tend to wake up and do the school run with Max. When I'm back I clean, blog, cook and run all the other errands in my other jobs before I head off to my paid job! No matter how much of a ruthless schedule I run to I need to take a break once in awhile, veg out on the sofa with a good book or do something with some friends.

Last week was a bit special though, I ended up doing something wonderful for the Young Women's Trust which will be up on their site sometime this week (when I've finished writing it for them). It left me as a bag of nerves to begin with and by the end of the week I was bursting with pride!

Max is settled in at school but I'm still finding it a bit of a struggle at times to connect with the other mums. Being a young mum I'm always used to people judging me and to find a few mums that aren't like that is a bit of a shock to the system. Max is having a whale of a time though. He's always grumpy when Friday rolls around,

Friday, 2 October 2015

Thomas & Friends Trackmaster Shipwreck Rails Review

I think it's almost a rite of passage that all kids have a toy train set at some point in their lives. Max absolutely adored his wooden figure of eight one when he was little and when he outgrew it I was secretly bummed as there's nothing more relaxing than watching a train go around a track. So when Fisher Price asked if we wanted to review the Thomas & Friends Trackmaster Shipwreck Rails Set we definitely couldn't turn it down.

Even at nearly 5, Max is still a huge fan of Thomas & Friends. Whenever we head to Butlins, the Thomas show is always at the top of our schedule and we love snuggling up on the sofa watching episodes of Thomas and singing along to the theme tune (I bet you have it in your head now!).

One thing I must point out about this train set is that it's pretty big, it comes with a muddy Thomas (needs 2xAA batteries), 21 track pieces, 13 track accessories and an instruction booklet to help you put it together. I was so surprised at how easy it was to slot in place, each piece has the piece number printed on the back of it so you know that you are attaching everything together correctly, not only that but the instructions are so clear that even Scott could put them together! 

Once assembled, the track sits at 1.6m long so you need a clear amount of room. This was no problem as we set it up in Max's room and he was occupied for hours! Once setup you merely have to turn Thomas on and watch him trundle around the tracks until he reaches the wreck. This is the fun bit! He does a 360 degree spin all the way down to the bottom and then it's time for him to make his way around again. 

It was such a simple concept but one that kept him (and me) amused for ages. We made up stories and watched Thomas puff along the track for ages. It has an auto reset function which means that it will continue to go around the track until you stop it to. We absolutely adore this toy and Max has had loads of friends over to enjoy it too meaning it's definitely worth the £42.99 price label. 

It also works with the other TrackMasters series so if you have any of the other sets then the trains can work on the tracks meaning you could easily fit another train on this set for even more fun and games. 

I've attached a little Instagram Video of us playing on it so you can see how much fun it really is!

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Decathlon Oxelo B1 Scooter Review

Max has always loved scooting. We bought him one when he was two but it wasn't adjustable so he swiftly outgrew it. Since then he's been scooting uneasily on our adult scooter but we were on the lookout for something much more suitable especially for the school run which seems to be a tradition for most kids!

In came the Oxelo B1 Scooter from Decathlon. At under £30 this scooter is a bit of a bargain. It's aimed at kids age 2 and up as an introduction to scooting. Let's just say we love it! First of all the scooter is customisable. You buy the Oxelo B1 Scooter chassis and then pick a base plate in the colour of your choice. It's as simple as popping in 5 screws (screwdriver included!) and then off you go. Even for a diy novice this is easy peasy.

There are 2 different height levels on the scooter. Max is using the highest level but at 4 and a half he's still got plenty of life left in it and won't be outgrowing it any time soon. He's a pretty tall kid too so it's definitely a scooter built to last the test of time. 

I love the fact that it's not too heavy. We've been testing it out on the school run twice a day and I don't feel like I'm lugging something around with me. It's cut our journey down by 10 minutes and Max absolutely loves zooming up to the school gates like the bigger kids do. 

When he's not at school though he's taking it to the shops, to the park and basically anywhere he can get away with taking it (yup we even took it to the doctors- they were mighty impressed). I love the fact that the handle bar is easily removed. There's a stretchy band under the base plate that you can clip the handle into. It means we can pop it in the boot and not have to worry about it taking up space.

Max has always struggled with the tilt to turn scooters that other brands offer so when I saw that this had turn handles I knew it would be perfect. It means he can focus on balancing on the non slip base rather than tilting too far and falling off. I think this is a major selling point as not all kids are able to understand the tilt aspect whereas a simple turn of the handle is a lot easier to learn.

That's not to say that Max hasn't had a few tumbles. He's slipped a few times whilst zooming through the puddles and being a bit over confident. Luckily he's picked himself up and carried on zooming along. The easy grip handles mean that his hands don't slip off or lose control even in the rain. And the simple break on the back means that he has more control over the scooter and is becoming more confident every day.

We absolutely love the Oxelo B1 Scooter from Decathlon. It's an amazingly priced scooter and I've already recommended it to so many of my friends who are adding it to their kids Christmas lists.

Rain or shine Max has been on this scooter and I can see it as something that we are going to use for as long as it will survive with our dare devil! Thank you Decathlon for the awesome scooter!

(Max was pulling his cool skater boy look!)