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Putting Your Families Health First At One Stop Doctor

As a parent your children are always your main priority and when they fall ill or hurt themselves you always want the best care for them. I know from previous experience I have sometimes had to wait a day or two for a GP appointment and getting a dentist appointment is like gold dust, our last NHS appointment was delayed two times because of funding. Luckily for us there is a pioneering new healthcare clinic ‘The One Stop Doctor’ that has recently launched in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire that is putting the needs of families at the heart of their quick and friendly services. The clinic is stunning, more like a five star hotel and the staff are all so welcoming and friendly.

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One Stop Doctors in Hemel Hempstead is open 365 days a year from early morning to late evening with a full complement of paediatric services all under one roof. This includes same-day appointments with GPs and dentists who will be able to offer immediate relief for worrying mums and dads whose children are unwell, perhaps with persistent fevers, colds, chesty coughs or toothache. There’s also a private pharmacy that can provide commonly needed drugs straight away.

Only a couple of weeks ago Archie had a high temperature and his little heart was beating quite fast, which is a common symptom of a fever. Greg thought we should take him to A & E but I called the One Stop Doctor for a late night appointment which was available with no problem at all.

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The team of multi-disciplinary health professionals at the clinic are highly experienced in treating common childhood conditions from feeding difficulties in babies and toddlers through to providing allergy testing and advice, alongside treatment for asthma and access to the full range of childhood vaccinations and immunisations. This is fantastic as in our area we were not offered the BCG and I paid privately for both Oscar and Archie to be immunised but had to travel into London. Now having a clinic so local to us is a god send!

One Stop Doctors is one of a number of outlets nationwide that offers the Mummy MOT, a one-hour assessment which gives a thorough examination of mum’s pelvic floor strength and tummy gap – to assess any physical problems that have arisen from pregnancy and birth. The Mummy MOT can also help mums years after childbirth with their pelvic floor strength. The clinic is also putting together special Mother and Baby packages for both expectant mothers and mothers of young children. No more travelling all the way into London for Mother and Baby services!

The specialist dental team are also experts in orthodontics and oral health with a variety of teeth-straightening options for young ones and appointments at convenient times for parents.

The clinic has invested heavily in the latest diagnostic imaging machinery including advanced MRI scanning equipment, CT, ultrasound and digital X-ray, which means that One Stop Doctors is able to offer an on-site urgent care and fracture clinic. We were at a birthday party about six weeks ago and Oscar’s friend fell off a swing and her parents on a Friday night at 7pm got an X-Ray appointment straight away instead of waiting for hours in a busy Friday night A & E department. She was then plastered straight away.

One Stop Doctors is fully accredited by all major regulators and private medical insurance companies, such as Bupa, Aviva and Cigna so it’s easy to pay, and is approved by the Care Quality Commission. However, what makes this pioneering clinic truly unique is its one-of-a-kind membership plan. This allows families to join for only £65 a month and gives them the ability to spread the cost of treatment in a payment plan, with no interest or credit agreement and provides guaranteed same-day GP appointments for any number of children aged 21 and under. This means that parents can spread the cost of healthcare for their children, making the very best private healthcare accessible and affordable.

Keep Your Family Happy & Healthy!

With the ability for parents to book appointments directly, and the large amount of free parking available to patients right outside the clinic, many of the usual stresses of visiting a medical establishment with children are taken away.

For more information and to book an appointment visit www.onestopdoctors.co.uk or call 0800 852 1234.

My Daily Skincare Routine & The Products I Use

In under 7 months I am 30! I remember on my 21st Birthday Greg saying to me that my 20’s will fly by and that is exactly what has happened! Obviously a lot of amazing things have happened since then but never the less I can’t believe I am nearly 30. One thing I have always tried to do from an early age is look after my skin. I am one of those people that am worried about ageing and always try to take good care of my skin. This is a first for me as my blog has always really been based around the boys but I want to start writing about being a Mummy too and what I like and what I do. So I thought I would start my telling you a bit about my daily skincare routine and what products I use.

Me at 21!

A lot of the products that I use have been recommended to me when I go for a facial or I have read great reviews and decided to give them a try, loved them and stuck with them.

My Morning Routine

When I get up in the morning before I put my make up on I cleanse and tone my face using the Guinot Lait Hydra Fraicheur Refreshing Cleansing Gel Milk and the Guinot Lotion Hydra Fraicheur Refreshing Toning Lotion with cotton wool pads. They are £19.50 each and probably last about 4-6 weeks. I also use these in the evening along with their eye makeup remover as the cleanser and tone cleanses and removes your make-up, freeing the skin of all impurities. It also softens and refreshes the skin, leaving your skin feeling super soft.
I then wash my face using the Dr Russo SPF30 sun protective day cleanser. You simply wash your face leave then massage the face wash in for a couple of minutes and then rinse off. This then gives you SPF30 protection which is so important to keep your skin healthy and looking young. Up to 80% of premature ageing is due to sun damage and even in the UK where you might not think the sun is damaging you, it still can. I also have the SPF30 sun protective moisturiser which is great and really light too so you can use it and then continue with your usual skincare routine. The protective day cleanser is £52 for a 100ml tube and the day moisturiser is £95 for a 50ml tube.


I then use the Guinot Longue Vie Yeux Eye Lifting Cream. It is really good and I use a small bit around my eyes and in between my eyebrows in a figure if eight motion. The eye-lifting cream eliminates visible wrinkles & fine lines and firms the skin around your eyes for an instant lift. It also soothes away dullness & puffiness which I need as Archie still wakes up sometimes four times a nigh and gently calms & hydrates the eye areas. I have tried lots of different eye creams before but this is by far one of the best.


I then use the ESPA Tri-Active Advanaced Instant Facial which is £58 for a 30ml bottle. It smells amazing like all of the ESPA range (I am obsessed with their soothing candle and diffuser, they are all over my house) and feels absolutely amazing on my skin. It is an advanced age-defying 3-in-1 serum, essence and treatment oil to instantly smooth and hydrate while brightening the complexion, for skin that is revitalised and glowing. The spa I go to Mulberry’s in Beaconsfield use the Espa and Guinot products and I have never been disapointed. The Antioxidant Macrolage Cell Extract in the cream helps smooth the appearance of fine lines, the White Truffle Extract helps boost elasticity, while Coconut, Jojoba and Avocado Oils help nourish and strengthen skin’s moisture barrier. It really is an amazing cream and I think worth every penny.


I then use my ESPA 24 hour replenishing moisturiser on top to moisturise my face for the day. It is £46 for a 55ml and leaves your face feeling soft and supple ready to apply your makeup. I then apply my makeup which I will write up in a different post. It smells amazing too!


My Evening Routine

Before I get in the shower I use my Guinot eye makeup remover and the cleanser and toner to remove all my makeup and cleanse my skin. Every other evening I then use the Guinot Gommage Eclat Parfait Perfect Radiance Exfoliating Cream either in the shower or take off with a warm cloth which is £32.50 for a 50ml tube. When I went for a facial sometime ago I went through my skin care routine with the therapist and she couldn’t believe I didn’t exfoliate. Basically unless you exfoliate a few times a week then all the great products you use on your skin do not work properly as the exfoliator removes all of your dead skin cells allowing your moisturiser in to your skin properly. Ever since then I use it every other evening.

                      Guinot Gommage Eclat Parfait Perfect Radiance Exfoliating Cream 50ml

After I get out of the shower I use either my Guinot eye cream or my Elemis pro-collagen eye renewal cream if its been a long day and my eyes are puffy. It firms, smooths and nourishes the skin around your eyes and I have noticed it is especially good at soothing your eyes. It is £63 for 15ml but you only need a small amount and it will last for ages.


Also another great product that I use from Elemis is the Hydra-Boost Serum. This is great if you have been out in the sun or haven’t drunk enough water that day as it replenishes the skin and instantly hydrates, softens and nourishes the skin. I love it! it is £45 for 30ml.


I then use the Creme De La Mer The Moisturising Soft Cream which is the best moisturiser ever! When you wake up your skin feels as soft as baby skin. It is on the pricey side as it starts at £115 for a 30ml pot all the way up to £1500 for a 500ml pot. I have the 30ml pot and you only need a small amount. I expect it will last about 6 months. It’s advanced Moisturising Sphere technology allows this luxurious formula to penetrate deeply, replenishing moisture and strengthening the look of skin. Skin appears renewed and energised, youthfully radiant. As they say you get what you pay for and this cream is an example of that!


My Going Out Skin Care Routine

If I am going out my skin care routine is exactly the same except in the shower I would always use my Glam Glow Flash Mud Brightening Treatment. It is £39 for a 50g pot. It leaves your skin instantly vibrant and when you apply your makeup afterwards just gives you that extra glow. It is a multi-sensorial quick results brightening treatment. Powerful & Innovative multi-brightening complexes help to create the brightest, lightest & luminous perfect skin. The Teaoxi Technology in it is White Birch Leaf. It delivers natural Betulin, Betulinic Acid & Ellagic Acid to create an improved color balanced skin tone. WhiteEnergi  is a brilliant fusion of powerful natural actives to create intense bright & even results. Flashlucent™ is a combination of skin translucency optimizers featuring 3 levels of exfoliation to drive ingredients into the skin for luminous younger looking skin. Reflectrum™ is a blend of brightening ingredients boosted with diamond photoluminescence to increase the reflecting level of the skin and make it appear radiant & more attractive.

I would then use one my eye creams and the Espa Tri Active Instant Facial cream, its really smooth and doesn’t leave a residue once you have put on your primer and foundation.

I hope you have enjoyed this post as it’s a slightly different one for me. 

 

 

Our Holiday To The Sensatori Resort In Ibiza

Sensatori Ibiza

When I started looking for our Summer holiday a few months ago as Archie is two and a half and won’t sit still we thought it was a better option to pick somewhere with a shorter flight like we did last year. I went onto the Thomson website and as we have stayed at two of their 5* Sensatori resorts before in Crete and Tenerife I thought the Sensatori Ibiza one would be great location wise and the only thing that worried me was the size of the rooms in the photos. The rooms/suites we had before at the Tenerife and Crete hotels were lovely, spacious and what a proper 5* room should be like. I rang the Thomson help line and they reassured me that a double/family room would be big enough.

So on Saturday the 8th of July, the day after Oscar broke up from school we flew from Luton to Ibiza. Prior to our flights I had booked the Luton Priority Lane which I couldn’t recommended higher especially if you are travelling with children. For only £3 per person you can use the Priority Lane dedicated to getting you to Security and into Departures faster. It literally took us five minutes to go through with no queues at all. I will be using this every time we fly from Luton from now on without a doubt! You don’t have to pre book you can pay £5 per person on the day to use the priority lane.

Our flight was at 7am so we arrived at the Sensatori Ibiza resort at about midday. The transfer from the airport was only 20 minutes which was great! Our rooms weren’t ready until 3pm so I grabbed the swimming stuff out of one of the cases and we headed to the main buffet restaurant for lunch. As it is an all-inclusive resort you can eat and drink as much as you want and there are a couple of extra payable restaurants on the resort if you wanted to book. There are also …. other restaurants that are included in your package which you can book at the kiosk in reception. We went to the main pool and had a swim and some drinks and then walked down to the beach to see what it was like.


One thing we picked up on immediately is that there are hills everywhere! Anywhere you want to walk to on the resort involves walking up a hill. When we got to the beach it is beautiful, the sea is crystal clear, you can hire jet skis and book water sports and there are some lovely restaurants in the cliffs and on the beach.


Once our room was ready we headed to our room which was in block 9 furthest from everything except the retreat which was only up the hill which we used for the whole holiday instead of the main pool anyway. More about that in a minute. There are also no lifts in the blocks, luckily we had a ground floor room so everyone with rooms upstairs had to leave their pushchairs outside the blocks.

So we got to our room and I was genuinely shocked at how small it was and then on further inspection how filthy it was. I complained at reception and asked to change rooms but as it is peak season they had no rooms to move us too. A few days into the holiday we were offered a family room with a sliding door for an extra 800 euros, we went to look at the room at it was no bigger just configured differently with a sliding door so the boys would be separate. How they can justify asking 800 euros for literally a sliding partition door is a joke and we turned it down. To be honest after a few days we got used to it but as Oscar is at private school we can get our holidays cheaper as its outside of state school holidays and when I did a comparison and it would have been almost £6000 for the identical holiday in August I would not have been happy with the room at all if we had paid that sort of money. Even for us paying a bit less than that is too much in my opinion for the standard of the hotel compared to Tenerife and Crete!

Now on a positive note just up the hill is the retreat. You can also get a free shuttle bus from reception if you don’t want to walk anymore hills. The retreat is fantastic! It has two normal swimming pools, a children’s splash pool, tennis courts, archery, football pitch, kids playgrounds and a spa. Also at the retreat is a buffet restaurant so if your there all day you can get lunch there too. The lunch is the same most days so if you want to change it up a bit you can go to the main buffet which has loads of choice. Also by the children’s splash pool is a big freezer full of ice creams and the kids can just help themselves (obviously after asking us first) to an ice cream. The retreat also do water orb sessions that you can book on to and we also booked the tennis courts for an hour as well which is all included. The prestige spa is amazing and I had a Swedish massage and it was one of the best I’ve ever had. Massages are around 90 euros.


They have a nursery and kids club on site but I can’t give you a review as we didn’t use them. There is also a kids sleepover club once a week and a movie club in the evenings. If you children like kids club then there were a lot of activities on offer.


Opposite the retreat is a supermarket that sells inflatable toys, gifts, clothes, snacks and drinks which is great and about half a mile down the road is a pharmacy if you need it. There is also a doctor on site that is 90 euros a visit, I got an ear infection after diving in the pool and you can claim the money back once your home on your travel insurance.

In the evenings there is a play house live show which is indoors for the younger children but Oscar who is 7 didn’t want to go as it was a bit young for him. The evening show then didn’t start until 9.45pm and really they could do with putting on a little show/disco for children aged 5 upwards to enjoy as there is nothing really to entertain that age group in the evening without putting them into a club. The main shows in the evening are hit and miss, when they bring in tribute acts; we had Robbie Williams and Jesse J they were great but the Sensatori shows weren’t great. We often left half way through. ​


We booked one of the extra restaurants included in our package, the Trattoria La Torre restaurant which is an Italian, the food was lovely. The food in the main buffet and the retreat was always good and tons of choice in the main restaurant as well. Other restaurants on the resort are the Sunset Mediterranean restaurant, the Pan-American restaurant which in total are the four restaurants included in the all-inclusive package and at an extra cost you can book the T-Beach restaurant and the Le Souk restaurant. You can look on the Thomson website as to what restaurant serves what type of food.


On one evening we booked the Cotton Club restaurant which is on the cliff by the beach. It is a beautiful restaurant and is famous for having the best sunset on the Island. The food was amazing and the sunset was fantastic. If you go to the reception in the hotel they will book it for you. It is a bit on the expensive side for a family of four with no alcohol it was around 200 euros. It was a lovely treat!

On three occasions after dinner we got a taxi from reception to Ibiza town which is 80 euros there and back and takes 25 minutes to get to, but well worth the trip. There is a beautiful port with some fantastic super yachts docked in it. There is also a beautiful square in the town with lovely shops and places to get a coffee. On all three occasions we went and sat outside of the Cafe Montesol Ibiza where we had ice cream and coffees. It’s a beautiful hotel! On the way back the taxi driver showed us a few of the gigantic night clubs that we drove past. We couldn’t get over the size of the club called privilege that can hold over 10,000 people at any one time! Crazy!


Overall we had a lovely holiday and the boys loved the water slides at the retreat and spent all day long in the pool. The hotel rooms in my opinion were not up to scratch and I am surprised that they claim they are a 5* hotel. The food was great, the staff were lovely especially in the restaurants, they were so friendly. The cleanliness of the rooms is awful, in fact after a few days we only let the maid change the sheets and towels and we cleaned the floor with floor wipes (the floors were black with dirt) and cleaned the rest of the room ourselves. Location wise it was good and the beach is beautiful. I would defiantly go back to Ibiza as the island is beautiful and we loved the town but I wouldn’t stay at the Sensatori resort again unfortunately. Next time when I book a Sensatori holiday I will do more research on the rooms etc as after going to the other resorts in Crete and Tenerife we expected the same level of luxury and room size which Ibiza doesn’t offer.

Personalised Photo Gifts From Snapfish & £50 Competition

I have used Snapfish for years now and always use their app on my phone to upload my photos into albums ready to use on any of my projects. I have made everything from huge acrylics to photo books. I just love making personalised photo gifts from Snapfish! Every Christmas I make Oscar & Archie calendars for the grandparents so the app is a great way of storing my favourite photos ready to use in the December.

When I was asked to review some of the photo gifts for Greg for Father’s Day I knew straight away what I wanted to order for him. The Snapfish team have also kindly given me a £50 gift card for one of my lucky readers too.

The website is easy to use and I designed Greg a personalised photo mousemat which is new to the Snapfish range, for the office with one of my favourite pictures of the boys on it that was professionally taken a few months ago. Greg loved it and it now has pride of place on his desk. You can choose all sorts of designs, photo configurations and add text to make it as personal as you like. At only £7.99 they are a bargain!


I also made Greg a personalised Father’s Day Card to go with his presents and as always you can pick from tons of different designs, colours, themes, sizes and pick your photo configuration. He loved receiving a card that was personal to him instead of the normal generic cards your can pick up in the shops. It is a card he will keep forever!


Oscar also wanted to pick a couple of pictures to make into acrylic blocks. I love the acrylic blocks as I prefer these to having photos in frames. You can pick between A5 and A6 acrylic blocks. Last Father’s Day I made three of these blocks that Greg has on his desk at work so we knew he would like them. The A6 size is £29.99 and the A5 size is £34.99.


You can also make huge acrylic panels which I ordered a couple of months ago and absolutely love it!


Head over to the Snapfish website and see for yourself how fantastic their  range of personalised photo gifts are and all at amazing prices. Don’t forget to enter below to be in with a chance of winning a £50 Snapfish voucher to use too! Good Luck!

 

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Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with Snapfish UK. 

The Bebylux Alexa Group 123 Car Seat Review

A few months ago an email landed in my inbox that really excited me. It was a husband and wife team that had designed a new brand of car seat that is the first official luxury designer car seat on the market. When I went on to their website to take a look for myself I instantly loved the The Bebylux Alexa Group 123 Car Seat. Finally there was a car seat that not only was super safe and met every safety point possible but it is super stylish and fashionable too.

The Bebylux Alexa is a group 1, 2 and 3 car seat for infants from 9 to 36kgs approximately 1.5 to 12 years old. It literally grows with your child and will last for years!

When you have a baby, if your anything like me you look for a stylish changing bag, dress your baby in gorgeous clothes and spend ages finding the perfect pushchair but then car seats pretty much look the same, feel the same and other than different colours and patterns the variety is pretty boring. With the Bebylux it comes in a gorgeous quilted handcrafted deep padded black bicast leather (very Chanel inspired) with your choice of black, white or red stitching to suit your car’s interior. It is the best looking car seat in years and everyone who has seen it in my car has commented on how nice it is.

The Alexa seat comes in four different designs all with the classic quilted bicast leather. There is the Lusso Bianca which has the white stitching and the Lusso Nero which is the one we have with the black stitching which are £349. There is then the Classico Bianca which is just the plain non quilted leather at £295. The Sportivo collection is race car inspired with the Spotivo Rosso having red leather panels and red stitching and the Spotivo Grigio which has grey panels and are £295. Finally there is the Limited Edition Monza which is £449. If you want to go all out you can have a bespoke Bebylux Alexa made for you which can be encrusted in Swarovski Crystals and you can have you child’s name embossed into the headrest, it is very glam!

One of the best features I have found is that the bicast leather doesn’t feel cold in Winter or get hot in Summer making it a comfortable ride for Archie in all temperatures. The bicast leather is also fantastic and easy to keep clean as it can be wiped over leaving it looking as good as new. The bicast leather is also non flammable.

When I got our Bebylux Alexa out of the box it was inside a gorgeous suede dust bag which also doubles up as a tough travel bag if you needed to take the car seat on holiday with you and didn’t want the leather to get scratched or damaged. Anything with a dust bag is normally expensive and luxurious so it is a really nice added touch.

The Alexa was easy to fit using the Isofix points and the top tether which hooks over the seat into the boot which reduces head excursion in an accident. The seat itself is really comfortable and has impact absorbing foam and memory foam base. The seat/frame is absolutely solid and as soon as you pick the seat up you can feel the sturdiness of it and the quality throughout. The frame has an impact stabilising steel frame throughout the spine of the car seat which as a result reduces the forward flex in an incident.

The car seat has four reclining positions and the head rest has five adjustment levels so as you child grows they can still travel in maximum comfort.

I absolutely love everything about the Bebylux Alexa especially how it is one of the safest car seats on the market and by far the most stylish! The car seats are available now online or are stocked in Harrods.

The Alexa special features are:

  • ECE R44-04 approved

  • ISOFIX and NON-ISOFIX compatible

  • GROUP 123 ( 9 – 36 KG / 9 Months upto 12 Years)

  • Impact absorbing top tether belt tensioning system

  • STEK : 3 Levels of Advanced Side Impact Protection

  • 4 point recline positions

  • 5 point headrest adjustment

  • High quality non flammable bicast leather coverings

  • Easy wipe material

  • Integrated 5 point harness

  • Harness is removed for stage 2 and 3t

  • Tested by TUV to ECE R44/04

  • European Safety Standard

  • Additional Headrest Padding

 

Disclaimer: We were gifted the Bebylux Alexa for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are honest and my own.

 

Dr Russo Sun Protective Skincare

For the last month I have been using the moisturiser and the face wash from the new Dr Russo Sun Protective Skincare range. The full range consists of a 30 SPF 100ml sun protective day cleanser, a 30ml night repair serum and a 100ml night repair exfoliating cleanser and a 30ml protective day moisturiser.

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Dr Russo is renowned internationally for his revolutionary work in reversing sun damage and premature skin ageing. He has pioneered the combined use of Thermage, Fraxel, Zeltiq, PRP and Stem-Cells in Europe and for over 20 years, has been the secret weapon behind some of the world’s most famous faces, having built a reputation as the doctor who makes people look and feel younger.

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When I get up in the morning I have been washing my face with the Dr Russo SPF30 sun protective day cleanser. You simply wash your face leave then massage the face wash in for a couple of minutes and then rinse off. It doesn’t leave your skin feeling like you have an SPF on and leaves you feeling clean and refreshed, yet protected at the same time.


This then gives you SPF30 protection which is so important to keep your skin healthy, protected and looking young. Up to 80% of premature ageing is due to sun damage and even in the UK where you might not think the sun is damaging you, it still can even on a cloudy day. This really is a game changer in the World of skincare using utilising proprietary, patent-pending technology, this moisturising day cleanser has been specifically formulated to gently cleanse the skin of impurities while providing SPF 30 protection from UVA/UVB exposure.

I then use the SPF30 sun protective moisturiser before applying my make-up which is great and really light too so you can use it and then continue with your usual skincare routine. The protective day cleanser is £52 for a 100ml tube and the day moisturiser is £95 for a 50ml tube. Over the last few years I have upped my anti-ageing skin care routine and knowing I now have a moisturiser that is great for anti-ageing and protects my skin from the sun too is great and I wouldn’t use anything else!

The Dr Russo Sun Protective Skincare range is now available to buy online at FeelUnique.com 

The Weeride Safefront Deluxe Bike Seat

Last month we were sent the number 1 selling bike seat in the UK and the US, the Weeride Safefront Deluxe Bike Seat. I had recently got a new bike myself as now Oscar has learnt to ride I thought it would be nice to go on family bike rides over the Summer as we have lovely cycling paths by the canal near us.


I got the Weeride Safefront Deluxe Bike Seat out of its box and it is simple and easy to fit on to your bike. It is centre mounted on the bike frame and is seriously sturdy once fitted!  The cushions are really padded within the seat to keep your little one nice and comfortable and supported and there is also a padded head rest on the front of the seat too so if you little one nods off on the bike ride they can sleep in comfort, which is a great idea!


The Weeride seat is recommended for children aged from 1-4 years. Once the seat is fitted in seconds you can take it off leaving the main support bar on so you can ride without your child too. You can also slide the seat into several positions on the support bar to make riding as comfortable and as safe for you as possible.


I love that with the Weeride Archie gets a great view of what is going on around us rather than some seats that just show them your back. Also I can easily chat to Archie the whole time and this was especially great on our first bike ride as he kept looking at me for reassurance.

On the seat there is a 5 point safety strap and movable footrests for extra child safety and also stops their legs dangling which could get in the way of you riding.


Overall the Weeride is easy to fit and really easy to use. Cycling is great fun and now we can go out whenever we want as Archie loves being in the seat. I will also be using it during the week as it gets warmer to get fit and I can take Archie with me rather than going to the gym in the evenings.


The Weeride Safefront Deluxe Bike Seat has an RRP of £119.99 but is reduced at the moment to £99.99 with free shipping. So grab your discounted seat now.

This post is in collaboration with WeeRide.

BigJigs Heritage Collection Mallard Train Set Review

I was really excited last month when I received the email from BigJigs Toys to let us know we had been chosen to be in their BigJigs Play Patrol. I had read the reviews of the other bloggers that were chosen last year and over the years with Oscar I myself have brought quite a few bits off of their website.

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Archie is now at the age where he loves cars and trains and we have kept Oscar’s play table from when he was obsessed with his wooden train set and both of the boys have been playing with their new Heritage Collection Mallard Train Set since it arrived.

If you haven’t come across BigJigs Toys before they sell traditional wooden toys that most people love. There is something about wooden toys that I would always choose something like that over a brightly coloured plastic toy. Also when buying a gift for someone I think its always much nicer to receive a wooden toy, especially when the BigJigs Toys are designed here in the UK!

Our first toy we were sent to review is the Heritage Collection Mallard Train Set, like I mentioned above. There is something about opening the train set for the first time and the smell of wood fills the room, its lovely. Oscar and Archie were eager to get the set out and Oscar followed the drawing to put the track together. Within the train set there is a 42 play pieces which consist of track, your Mallard train and carriages, a viaduct, two junctions, a ticket office, four people, two houses, two cars and four trees. This Mallard Train Set is licensed and helps to support the National Railway Museum in York which is fantastic. I remember visiting there as a child with my parents and grandparents as my little brother was obsessed with trains! Additional accessories are available to expand this set and you can add lots of track and different trains. Also with the BigJigs track it is compatible with other brands of wooden train track which is good if like us you have collected up different bits over the years.


The Mallard Train Set is £31.99 and you are getting a lot of pieces for your money. It is so well made and robust too. The boys have played with it non stop since it arrived and having a wooden train set out is now a permanent fixture again in the playroom. It all fits perfectly back in the box again which you can then take out and out or when you visit family with you.


The boys love this set and it one hundred percent gets a big thumbs up from us.

 

Disclaimer: We were sent the train set for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are honest and my own.

Nickelodeon Blaze and the Monster Machines Light & Launch Hyper Loop Review

Last week Oscar and Archie was sent the Nickelodeon Blaze and the Monster Machines Light & Launch Hyper Loop play set to review. Oscar has loved watching Blaze since it first aired on Nickelodeon. Over the last year or so we have collected quite a few of the die cast cars and now Archie loves watching it too and plays with cars all of the time!


When the Light & Launch Hyper Loop play set arrived they were both very excited to get it out of the box and play with it. I set it up and batteries come included so it was up and ready to play with in minutes. You place Blaze in the launch seat and crank down the yellow handle ready to go and when your ready press the button and the Hyper Loop spins Blaze 360 degrees whilst the light flashes and Blaze launches out of the loop, through the air and down the track off to save Axel City.


It is really easy to use and even with Archie being that bit younger once Oscar showed him what to do he was able to play with it too.

You can set up the play set in various ways; 9 to be exact and Blaze can complete different stunts. You can configure the stunt towers into a spinning wall, a teetering bridge or a stunt jump ramp! You can then move the towers to the different positions to use in another nine different combinations.


The Hyper Loop can also be attached to any other of the Light Rider vehicle accessories to build an amazing track. Oscar really loves the special translucent Blaze vehicle that comes with the set as this isn’t available separately.

The light up revving action is cool too, we end up turning the lights right down in the lounge, Archie gets very excited as it lights up and Blaze flies through the air.


The Blaze and the Monster Machines Light & Launch Hyper Loop play set has an RRP of £29.99 and is available online at Smyths Toys and Tesco Direct as well as other good toy retailers.

The boys really enjoy playing with this play set and its great as we can add to it with other light rider play sets.

 

Disclaimer: We were sent the Nickelodeon™ Blaze and the Monster Machines™ Light & Launch Hyper Loop play set to review, however all opinions are honest and my own. The boys really enjoy playing with it! A great toy.

My Lego Batman Movie Favourite Merchandise

After going to the Lego Batman Movie premiere a couple of weeks ago and only one more sleep until it is released in the cinemas here in the U.K. (eek! and yes we will be going to see it again) I thought I would share with you some of My Lego Batman Movie Favourite Merchandise to go with the film.


Obviously there are the Lego sets and Oscar has been so lucky and has been given the Joker Balloon Escape set (70900) and The Batmobile (70905) which he is in the middle of building but the rest of the sets available have ended up on his birthday list as it’s less than 2 weeks away! Our review will go live over the next few days…

The sets themselves are amazing and we are also collecting the Lego Batman mini figures which are only £2.99 and literally every evening after school he sits building and playing with them. I also brought a huge blue Lego storage brick from John Lewis which is just fantastic. It is massive and can hold his Lego and keep his models safe too away from Archie trying to get at them. We have also brought him the Batcave Break In Set (70909) for his birthday but sssh don’t tell him!

The Lego Batman Movie Minifigure clock by Clic Time are great and Oscar has the Batman edition and it also comes in Robin, Batgirl, The Joker and Harley Quinn. Oscar keeps his near his bed and we have set the daily alarm for 7am but you can activate the snooze function by pushing down on the figures head. It also has a backlight function so Oscar can check the time in the dark. Also in the collection are matching watches which would make great gift and at the moment if you buy a lego clock and watch bundle you can save up to 20%!

LEGO Batman Movie Robin Minifigure ClockLEGO Batman Movie Batgirl Minifigure ClockLEGO Batman Movie The Joker Minifigure ClockLEGO Batman Movie Harley Quinn Minifigure Clock

        LEGO Batman Movie Batman Minifigure Link Watch LEGO Batman Movie Batgirl Minifigure Link WatchLEGO Batman Movie Robin Minifigure Link WatchLEGO Batman Movie The Joker Minifigure Link Watch

The party range from Amscan UK is going to be very popular this year. Once your kids watch the film they will be Lego Batman obsessed like Oscar and will want a matching themed party. With foil balloons, birthday cards and invitations, table cloths, plates, cups, napkins and much more they have everything to throw the perfect Lego Batman party.

LEGO Batman Cubez Foil Balloons G40 - 5 PC   LEGO Batman Movie Paper Plates 18cm - 6 PKG/8LEGO Batman Movie Luncheon Napkins 33cm - 6 PKG/16LEGO Batman Movie Paper Treat/Ice Cream Cups 251ml - 6 PKG/8

Now Oscar is almost 7 he is really into his books and his reading has come on so much in the last year. When we went to the premiere he was given ‘Batman’s Guide To Being Cool‘ by Scholastic which he has really enjoyed reading and is a fun manual to discover your inner cool. It is a fun and light hearted read with lots of nice pictures. I have brought an extra copy for his friend who’s birthday party is next week. We were also given the ‘Lego Batman Movie Ultimate Movie Guide’ by DK Books where inside you can find all the pictures and information on the respective Lego sets and mini figures and everything you need to know about the movie and all of the characters.


I also brought Oscar the Lego Batman torch and matching key ring which he has attached to his school bag and a t-shirt from Next which he wore to watch the movie.

We loved the movie and we love the lego sets and everything that Lego Batman related! The movie is a must see so don’t miss it. You can read my full movie review HERE.