The last week has been a write off to be honest. You know those weeks where things just don’t go your way.
I thought my week was looking up when a bird kindly pooed on my head however this was not to be and if anything things went from bad to worse. I won’t bore you with the details, just know that I will be hibernating this bank holiday weekend and catching up on some sleep!
On another note, how is it the last week of the summer holidays?! I feel like its flown by and I haven’t done half the stuff I wanted to with Dude. I need to make a list of the must do’s, he had a list he was desperate to do and I want to make sure he’s had the best summer ever before Year one starts!
In regards to school, all uniform has been bought and labelled and we are ready to go!
My next challenge is when Bear starts pre school at the end of September.. my baby boy off in the big wide world! <hides in denial>
Happy Bank Holiday Weekend!
Car seats are the bane of my life at the moment. We currently own 4, 2 for dude and 2 for bear, one in each car. My parents look after the boys whilst im at work and so it was inevitable with the school runs, we would need 2 more seats for their car.
For bear we eventually decided on a group 1/2/3 seat so that the seat could grow with him and we wouldn’t have to pay out for yet another seat. Although we are huge advocates of extended rear facing, it was just not feasible in my parent’s small car nor did we have the funds to purchase another ERF.
We bought the Joie Elevate through www.very.co.uk for a reasonable £49.99. When it arrived it was easy to assemble, the booster base simply slotted onto the high back.
- The seat is well cushioned providing a comfortable seat for the child. It was also easily removable in order to put it through the wash.
- Now the weather is warming up, the mesh sides have been great. I always find that car seats make children warm up very quickly and this airflow through the seat definitely keeps them cooler.
- The 5 point harness so far has been great, I get so fed up with straps that constantly twist but these have been easy to buckle with.
- Once installed the car seat is very secure with the 3 point car seat belt. Theres no movement with the seat and I felt confident that it will protect my son.
- It has a handy cup or snack holder which is definitely a plus for us as bear is constantly dropping any type of bowl I give to him in the car.
The Cons (There aren’t many!):
- The seat is installed with a seat belt, I much prefer the security of isofix and an option for this would have been great.
- The release button to lengthen the straps is tricky to get to but tighening is easy.
- Although marketed from 9 months, i believe it is not suitable for a child this young. It is much more suited from 2 years onwards. Babies under this age still nap in the car quite often and there is no recline with the seat meaning that when the child falls asleep their head flops forward. Not only is this a suffocation risk (chin on chest, blocking airway) but it is so uncomfortable for the child.
Overall Bear has been very comfortable in this seat other than when he falls asleep. Its a highly affordable car seat and as it grows with your child its also cost effective. It is listed as fitting most popular cars and it is light and easy to transfer between vehicles.
I would definitely recommend the seat for any toddler over 2 years.
More information is available here and it is available to buy in most retailers.
Disclaimer – All views in this post are mine and in no way affiliated with the company or brand.
Hulk and heatwave are after Theodore the elf!
Its been a busy few weeks, with the new school run every morning, a crazy toddler and starting a masters degree, it really has been full on! But I’m back.
So what have we been up to? Our new hobby is geocaching.
Geocaching is ‘an activity or pastime in which an item, or a container holding a number of items, is hidden at a particular location for GPS users to find by means of coordinates posted on the Internet’
So basically we use the app to find an geocache in the area we are in. Once found (which can take a little while if hid well!) we sign the log inside and swap small toys for the next person to find. Theres also the possibility of finding a geocoin or travel bug, which are trackable all over the world!
Not only has this helped us get out more, but dude no longer moans when we tell him we are simply going for a walk. Now there is an incentive to go for a walk and he throughly enjoys it.
If you want to get involved the official website is www.geocaching.com . There is a great to app download here. You can upgrade the app for access to more caches but not necessary when starting out.
Easybelts kindly sent us some of their great belts to try out.
Dude has a tiny waist but long legs and sometimes we need to use a belt. Normal belt buckles he just finds awkward, especially when he is desperate for a wee!
So along came an easybelt, an easy to fasten, velcro strap fun belt.
They come in a variety of colours and patterns as well as plain colours for use with school uniform. Also available in different waist sizes, which I love as I always find that belts normally come in one size and one size does not fit all!
Dude picked a great racing car design and a black one for school.
Once threaded through his jeans, he was able to undo and redo them up with ease. They were a bit stiff when first used but once they had been used a few times they were fine.
The velcro wasn’t too ‘sticky’ or too loose and they definitely felt like they were sturdy and well made.
Dude’s thoughts: Its a cool belt and I Love the Racing car design!
Mummy’s thoughts: A great little belt, appeals to all children and does what it says on the tin. Versatile, easy to use and definitely something that will be purchasing again for my younger son.
For more information on the belts and to purchase one, visit : www.easybelts.co.uk
The sun is shining…finally! But wow it is hot! It’s been the hottest day this year today and although we’ve had great fun in the garden, I’ve been so worried about the boys getting burnt or dehydrated.
Here are some great tips I’ve followed to keep the boys safe in this hot weather:
1. Stay out of the sun between 11am-2pm when the sun is at its hottest. If like me you have children who want to stay outside, grab yourself a uv suntent and set that up in shadier part of the garden and have a picnic lunch.
2. Apply sun cream every 2 hours or more if it’s getting washed off in the pool or sea. I always apply factor 50 to the boys. I use banana boat sun cream as my children have excema and this doesn’t affect their skin.
3. Have drinks available at all times to prevent dehydration. To make this fun we made Lego shaped ice cubes to put in the drinks.
4. Make sure children have on a sun hat that covers their necks and face. This is difficult one in our household as bear whips it off all the time! Definitely need to invest in a neck strap hat! (Or superglue!)
5. Have fun! Get the paddling pool out and swim suits on and enjoy being outside! Invite family over for bbqs and do that thing that every mothers loves – manage to dry a lot of washing on the line in one day!!
Today we visited Plymouth Hoe to celebrate Armed Forces Day. We had an amazing day, the sun was shining (I got a bit burnt!) and there were some amazing people present.
Dude loved sitting in the police car and fire engine and the officers were so friendly to the children which I thought was great as I want my children to trust these people if they are ever in trouble. One police officer was helping the children print their fingerprints onto paper which were then put into keyrings as a keepsake. I’ve got this attached to my car keys now 🙂
We watched some of the band parades but it was so warm we decided to retreat to a shaded area and have lunch whilst waiting for the air show. The air show was brilliant but a little loud! Dude promptly burst into tears at the sound but Bear wasn’t even fazed (I stried to muffle the sound with my hands over his ears but he kept wriggling away!).
We walked around for another hour or so at the various marquees and talking with the RNLI, Cadets and exploring the BBC tents. The boys started getting tired so we grabbed an ice cream and made our way home.
The boys were in bed by 7pm! Out like a light! They had a great day, dude learnt alot about all the amaziing people that serve and have served our country and if he ever chose it as a profession I would be so proud of him!