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Oscar’s Airfix Quick Build #QuickBuildTimeChallenge

Recently we were chosen to take part in Airfix’s #QuickBuildTimeChallenge. Oscar was super excited when our package arrived. Inside was a Airfix Quickbuild Hawk and a Lamborghini along with a stopwatch to see how long it took Oscar to build them. Previously when I think or Airfix models I thought of hows of building and glue and paint but not with the Quickbuild kits they are great for younger children that are old enough to want to build their own model independently.

The Quickbuild kits are for children aged 5 and over, Oscar is six so I was interested to see how he would get on building on his own and with the stop watch I have timed him which will give you a better idea of how easy they are and how long they really take…..

The pre-coloured pieces simply snap together, without glue or paints, to build an impressive model which can then be decorated with the included self-adhesive stickers. Plane models also come with their own display stand to show off your handiwork! The whole Quick Build range is manufactured in the UK and features some of the most iconic aircraft and vehicles ever constructed.

The instructions are easy to follow and Oscar has had great fun building them. He know wants to collect and build them all. There are 12 different models currently in the range and at only £12.99 they would make fantastic gifts. I have ordered a couple more to go in Oscar’s Christmas stocking.

Overall I am really impressed with the Airfix Quick Build range and it was nice to watch Oscar follow the instructions and build something all on his own. He was really proud of himself and they now have pride of place on his window sill in his bedroom.

 

 

Disclaimer: We were sent the above mentioned Airfix Quickbuild kits for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and my own and they are great!

Driving Safely In The Winter

As the first day of Autumn was yesterday and the clocks are going backwards next month the dark, cold Winter days will be upon us before we know it. Making sure your tyres are ready for the wet and cold conditions is vital. A lack of tyre safety contributes to more than 1200 road accidents a year and also driving with defective tyres can result in hefty penalties, such as £2500 along with three points on the licence! It takes a matter of minutes to check over the tread on your tyres and just recently I had two new front tyres put on before the Winter. It is recommended that your tyres have at least 3mm of tread for winter motoring, and certainly no less than 2mm. Also a common myth is that by reducing tyre pressures you can gain more grip – it doesn’t work, and reduces the stability of your vehicle.

I drive down country lanes to take Oscar to school which in the Winter months can be dangerous if the road conditions are wet and slippery. I always drive slowly and cautiously around the corners and having good tyres make all the difference when braking. Making sure my car is as safe as possible is obviously so important especially as I am driving around with Oscar and Archie in the back. Generally the roads are round us are ok to drive on in the wet but if it snows we are pretty stuck. We live at the top of a hill so getting anywhere is near on impossible.

One thing we do always do when purchasing new tyres for my Nissan Qashqai we always get the best ones possible instead of opting for a cheaper alternative. Using point S you can get a quote on a huge range of tyres for your car and then select your nearest fitting centre and then you pay online and then just turn up on the day to have them put on. For instance usually my tyres which are continental’s work out around £160-180 fitted but using the point S website I can get the identical tyre fitted for only £140.84. This makes a huge difference especially if you are replacing more than one tyre at a time. There are also cheaper alternatives to choose from. My nearest fitting centre is only 7 miles away too.


Car safety is so important to me and I hope it is to everyone else to minimise any accidents on the Winter roads. Here are a few top tips to keep your and your family safe in your car over the Winter months:

Get up at least 10 minutes early to give you time to prepare and warm up the car.

Don’t drive off like in a hurry with a tiny hole cleared in the windscreen. Clear all windows using a scraper and de-icer to get a full view of the road. The amount of people I see driving like this in the mornings drives me mad!

Gentle manoeuvres are the key to safe driving. Did you know stopping distances are 10 times longer in ice and snow?

Wear comfortable, dry shoes for driving.

Consider changing to winter or all season tyres – these have a higher silica content in the tread which prevents it hardening at lower temperatures, and therefore gives better grip in cold wet conditions.

Make sure that all the bulbs are working and that the lights are clean. When roads are really mucky you might need to clean lights after every journey. Keep the number plates clean too, as you can be fined if they are dirty and illegible.

Improve vision by making sure that the windscreen is clean both inside and out. Scratches, abrasion and chips on the outside can also worsen the dazzling effect of the sun.

Use air conditioning for faster demisting and to reduce condensation on cold windows.

Antifreeze costs only a few pounds, but a frozen and cracked engine block will cost hundreds of pounds to repair.

Keep at least a quarter of a tank of petrol. Once I got stuck in traffic as it had snowed and barely made it to the petrol station. I panicked so much.

Always carry coats and a blanket in your boot in case you break down and have to wait for a recovery truck. I also carry snacks and a bottle of water in the boot too.

I hope you find these tips useful and don’t forget to check your tyres!

 

Disclaimer: This post is a collaborative post.

Review: The Smart ForFour Prime

A couple of weeks ago we had the Smart ForFour prime delivered for us to review for eight days. Before it arrived I had googled all about it and as I drive a big car was excited to nip around in the much smaller Forfour. I had also never driven a Smart car before so I was intrigued to see how it would drive. 


When it arrived I liked the gold and black colours and when looking around the car I was surprised how big it was inside. The boot wasn’t huge and couldn’t fit my usual massive pram in but we smaller Quinny Yezz stroller fitted in the boot easily with room to spare.




The ForFour has two iso-Fix points in the back and it was easy to fit Oscar’s car seat but not as easy to fit Archie’s as his 0+ car seat has the bigger iso-Fix family base and the only way I could fit it into the car was to put the passenger seat as forward as possible and position the seat so it wasn’t really comfortable for a front passenger to sit in so instead I used Archie’s car seat with the seat belt fitting which fitted in perfectly.





Driving the ForFour is so much fun, it is nippy and has the turning circle of a black cab so is so easy to steer. You can literally park it anywhere which is never the case with my normal bigger car, it bearly fits in a normal car parking space. Oscar loved being in it too with the double sun roof and the low enough windows in the back that he could see all around him.




The car itself is top quality as it is engineered by Mercedes Benz. The engine we had in our ForFour was a 999cc and had a 5 speed manual gear box, it is also available as 6 speed dual clutch automatic. Inside the car was the premium plus package with a 7″ touch screen with radio, sat nav with real time traffic updates which is fantastic, a AUX/USB interface (centre console), voice control, Bluetooth with hands-free system and audio streaming for music transfer. The touch screen is really easy to use and work out all the different features. As the weather was gorgeous when we had the car we had full use of the aircon which comes through really quickly after starting the car and the back windows open on a latch to keep the back of the car with the children in nice and cool. The interior is really modern and cool and the seats are really comfortable with multiple adjustable settings.


The ForFour is hugely economical delivering over 55 miles per gallon. The exact stats are: Fuel consumption (combined) from 67.3 mpg

CO2 emissions (combined) from 96 g/km.



The car has a retail price of £13,555.00 and is worth every penny. We had great fun driving the ForFour for the week. 



Disclaimer: We were sent the Smart Forfour for eight days to review, however all opinions are completely honest and my own.

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Review: Tidy Freaks Monsters Keeping Your Car Clean

I am a Tidy Freak. Everything in our house has a place and even having two boys I like to keep my car clean. In the Summer I try and get it cleaned every week or two. With this in mind you can imagine how excited I was when I was offered a Tidy Freaks, that encourages your children to keep you car clean. Genius!



When our little monster arrived it is super soft and Oscar thought it was a new cuddly toy for him. Archie liked it too. We took him outside and out him in the car attached to my head rest on the side that Oscar sits on. 


After school I usually always have a little treat for Oscar which is usually a little bag of sweets and when he finishes them he always insists that he can’t possibly hold them for the rest of the five minute car journey and always passes it through to the front for me to hold instead. After putting the Tidy Freak in our car, who is called Gimi Oscar just simply puts his sweet packet into Gimi’s mouth. Problem solved. The inside of the Tidy Freak’s Monsters mouths are completely wipeable inside so easy to keep clean and after a few days of litter you have watch his tummy grow.



There are three Tidy Freak’s to choose from Gimi, Gorji and Grabby and they are retail for £15.00.


Gorji     Graby
For a fun and engaging way of teaching your little ones to clean up after themselves the Tidy Freaks are the perfect car accessory. As a Tidy Freak myself they defiantly get a thumbs up from me.









Disclaimer: We were sent our Tidy Freak for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are completely honest and my own.

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I love my Qashqai!

Last Christmas I was lucky enough to get a Nissan Qashqai Ntec from my other half! As you can imagine I was totally shocked and over the moon, plus a little embarrassed about giving him a pair of jeans and a playstation game that he had technically paid for haha. I loved the Qashqai as its a great looking car plus it is so safe for Oscar to be driven around in. It is the perfect family car.

Another bonus is it is so economical. I put in about £25 a week in diesel and fly about everywhere in it.

I love driving my car, it’s a pleasure to drive and so comfortable. I couldn’t recommend this car more if you are looking for a safe reliable family car.
Nissan have defiantly come up trumps this time! 

My Nissan Qashqai Ntec has an IPad adapter so Oscar can listen to all his favourite songs in the car. I also have a reversing camera which makes it so easy to park. To be honest for a big car it is so easy to drive and park. The boot is huge, I can fit the pushchair in it plus bundles of shopping. 
Whatever Jeremy Clarkson has to say on Topgear about the Qashqui, I love my car and wouldn’t change it for anything else!