Monday, 17 November 2014

Lottie's First Bike

We were recently asked by the lovely people at Toddlebike if Lottie would like to try out one of their bikes, and after looking on their website we jumped at the chance.

The Toddlebike, as the name suggests, is a bike aimed at toddlers; their website states that it is can be used from when a child is able to walk, until approximately three years of age. The Toddlebike is unique as t is a pre-balance bike. I remember when Ruby turned two we purchased her a lovely wooden balance bike, however it was way too big for her even on the lowest setting; so the Toddlebike is really well placed in the market as it is a step up from a ride on toy.

The Toddlebike retails at under £25, which I think is fantastic value for money. The bike comes in three different colour combinations, Lottie received the pink girlie bike, and she instantly fell in love with it!

When the Toddlebike arrived it was already assembled, there was no messing around and spending ages trying to work out how it all fits together. The bike is incredibly lightweight and made of strong plastic. Its so lightweight it only weighs 0.8Kg! It is very easy for Lottie to pick up as you can see from the photos.

Ruby was a little jealous that Lottie had received the Toddlebike in the post so she had a go too, and it's safe to say that she absolutely loves it.

Lottie has not stopped riding on it since it arrived, and even tried to take it to bed with her, carrying it upstairs herself!

If you have two children it's well worth buying them one each to save on the arguments as the Toddlebike is so well loved in our house. 

I would highly recommend the Toddlebike to everyone with a toddler, it is a massive hit with Lottie.
You can find out more details about the Toddlebike here.

Ruby + Lottie 9/10

Disclaimer: We were given the Toddlebike for free to review, however all views and opinions are our own.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Christmas Dilemma - I need your help.

I need your help with a really big dilemma; my husband and I can't seem to get our story straight when it comes to Christmas and Santa bringing presents. Phil and I come from different family Christmas traditions and we're trying to find a way to link them both together, but it's proving very difficult and we really need to get our story straight as Ruby is becoming wise and clever and we want to keep Christmas magic for as long as we can.

In my childhood there were no presents placed under the Christmas tree until Santa brought the presents on Christmas Eve. We didn't have a particular present from Santa he just delivered them all but we knew they were from family and friends, you could say Santa was the courier driver. On Christmas morning we had a stocking filled with small gifts and we used to go downstairs and into the lounge to find the presents that Santa had brought and we would open them before eating breakfast. 

My husband on the other hand has very different Christmas tradition, presents are placed under the tree as and when they arrive from family and friends. Hubbie used to have a stocking but the presents contained within came from Santa himself. On Christmas morning when it came to opening presents hubbies dad would hand out presents one at a time and everyone would watch as you opened your gift, this is something I know I wouldn't like, having to wait ages to open my presents, there have been times when even at 5pm at night Phil's family are still opening presents! 

So this is where the dilemma lies, what do we tell Ruby and Lottie? How do you do Christmas and keep the magic alive? I would be so grateful of any advice you can offer, thank you.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Questions and Answers

I was recently tagged by the lovely Kate over at Kate On Thin Ice, and have been set the following questions to answer.

1. What work pattern suits you best – stay at home parent, part-time employee, full-time employee, freelancing/own business? And why?

I am currently a full time stay at home parent, however I do hope to take up something part time. I love being a mummy, but now my girls are getting that little bit older and Lottie soon to start playschool, its time for me to find something to do to both keep my brain active and to achieve something for myself.

2. What do you have on your bedside cabinet?

Well too much to be honest it looks a bit untidy, but there is a bottle of water, some painkillers, a basket containing some jewelery, my latest knitting project and a few odd coins.

3. What do you collect?

I don't really collect anything, I have a habit of maybe buying too much wool! I do also have a lovely 16 person Denby dinner set, but there really is no more room in the kitchen cupboards for any more!

4. Name a fictional character that you think you are like? From soap operas, books or plays. 

Mmm that's a tough one, I can't really think of one, can you? If so let me know.

5. What is your top housework tip?

Get your hubbie house trained so he can do most of the housework!

6. If I paid for you to go to the theatre, what would you see?

I love musicals, so would be happy to attend any musical

7. Do you have a signature dish? What is it?

I can make a good lasagne and chocolate pudding.

8. If you wrote a book, what would it be about?

I think it would be a parenting book as people keep telling me I have lots of good advice.

9. Name the treat you would buy with each of these prize amounts

£1 - A chocolate bar

£100 - I would take a few friends out for High Tea

£1000 - This would help to pay for a trip to Disneyland in Paris

10. What is the thing you have great faith in?

Being a Christian I have faith in God.

Now its my turn to tag some lovely bloggers, I would like to tag @mylifeasamummyx @readlearngrow @kykaree @charliechinuk @Rachel_IRL @dadwhoblogs @susankmann @NorthumMam

Here are the questions that I have set for you:

  • What was the last thing you bought?
  • Do you have any hobbies other than blogging?
  • What is your favourite book and why?
  • Tell me one thing that most people do not know about you. 
  • Which blog post are you most proud of?
  • If you could change one thing in your life what would it be?
  • What would be your perfect night out?
  • If you were a celebrity who would you like to be and why?
  • If you had £1000 what would you buy?
  • What are you hoping for this Christmas?