Category: Reviews

Staying Organised as a Busy Family with BoxClever {#AD – Gifted for Review)

Staying Organised as a Busy Family with BoxClever {#AD – Gifted for Review)

Life with a young family is unsurprisingly busy and keeping on top of all the playgroups and appointments and work bits can be a bit of a challenge, especially when baby brain comes into play. I have been using my phone diary for a while […]

#AD GIFTED | How we organise our toys and a Bits by Bee review

#AD GIFTED | How we organise our toys and a Bits by Bee review

With Christmas coming up and space in our house limited I’ve been having a bit of a toy overhaul over the last couple of weeks, taking a look at how to effectively store them as well as selling, donating and bagging some up to put […]

Hape Scoot Around Toddler Bike Review | {#AD – GIFTED}

Hape Scoot Around Toddler Bike Review | {#AD – GIFTED}

I’m back talking about our favourite toy brand, Hape, again. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to work with them to help showcase their awesome range of sustainably made wooden baby and toddler toys and today I’m taking all about the Hape Scoot Around toddler bike which Florence was very kindly gifted for her birthday. Florence loves bikes and whenever we go to a play group or a friends house she always makes a bee line for them, so when Hape got in touch to see if we wanted try out their Scoot Around Toddler Bike it was an absolute no brainer! And seeing her face light up when she unwrapped it on the morning of her birthday was just priceless!

It is a sturdy 4 wheeled foot powered bike / scooter hybrid and is perfect as an introduction to scooting and riding. Made mostly from strong but reasonably lightweight wood and mark resistant ‘real’ rubber wheels it is designed to stand the test of time and will no doubt be handed down as our family grows. Florence has ridden it practically every day either around the garden/house or to the park and it’s showing barely any wear.

The natural wood & green colour ways make it perfectly gender neutral as well as aesthetically pleasing. No garish plastic in site. And as ever it’s made from 100% sustainable materials, which to me is just so important.

Florence can ride this little bike without help, albeit incredibly slowly – she’s such a little day dreamer – and I hope that she will just continue to gain confidence as she gets more practice.  It is a shame that there isn’t a way to convert it into a balance bike so that it can grow with Florence but we still love it.

Where can I buy the Hape Scoot Around Toddler Bike?

The Hape Scoot Around is available at Amazon or £58.91 and is also available on prime if you’re a member, which means it comes with free next day delivery!

JUST SO YOU KNOW

This Hape Scoot Around was kindly gifted to us in return for a full and honest review. All opinions in this review are my own.

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Baby Ball Play with Dooballs | {#AD GIFTED}

Baby Ball Play with Dooballs | {#AD GIFTED}

With William now almost four months I am loving introducing him to different play. I especially love watching Florence playing with him. We’ve been sent some really adorable soft play balls for the children to play with from Dooballs from BabytoLove and over the last few […]

Florence’s First Cinema Trip with Showcase Cinemas & PAW Patrol (GIFTED)

Florence’s First Cinema Trip with Showcase Cinemas & PAW Patrol (GIFTED)

Sean and I are big film lovers. Before having children we would go to the cinema at least once a week and it’s pretty much the only thing I really miss since becoming a parent. I’ve been toying with the idea of taking Florence to […]

Gift Ideas for Baby’s First Easter

Gift Ideas for Baby’s First Easter

I can’t believe how quickly William’s first Easter has come around. While he is clearly too young to know what on earth is going on, let alone take advantage of the chocolate fest Easter brings, I still wanted to make him up his own little Easter basket to go alongside his big sister’s. I’ve chosen a bunch of practical baby bits from some of our favourite independent brands to gift him and I thought I would share them here in case you too are looking for some gift ideas for baby’s first Easter.

Hare & The Tortoise Muslin {GIFTED}

A while ago we were invited to be brand reps for MadPac Babies. They’re a lovely little independent brand who design and sell beautiful muslin cloths & Swaddles. We were gifted this ever so cute Hare & the Tortoise Muslin Cloth and I’ve had it tucked away ready to add to William’s Easter basket. It comes with a little story book too!

Rabbit Rompers

{GIFTED} William has two little outfits ready for Easter weekend, both in the form of little rabbit sleepsuits from two different shops we love. This first one I was gifted inside a baby hamper from the Baby Hamper Company. They do sell this separately too. I love the little speccy bunny!

The second one is this totally cute bunny romper from a brand I found on Etsy – Sparks & Daughters. The rabbit design on this one is grey and complete with a little fluffy tail on the back!

Real Rubber Ducks

We are really trying to shop a bit more eco friendly just lately and so when I saw this set of rubber ducks which are made from actual real natural rubber as opposed to plastic I knew they’d be perfect. Just like his sister, William loves the bath and these will make great little bath time companions. They come in a set of three (a Mummy duck and two babies) and I bought them from BabiPur here.  

Cloth Nappy

Our journey into cloth nappies is going well so far, so I thouht it was time to add to our collection. I’ve stuck with Baba + Boo and chosen their Baa design in keeping with Easter. How cute is it?

Teether

If William is anything like his big sister, it won’t be long before teeth start rumbling and so I’ve bought this little bunny teether from Two Little Bears – a local brand I discovered a couple of Christmases ago. It’s available in pink, light blue or this mint colour.

 

DIY Sensory Eggs {GIFTED}

I’ve added a few little fillable eggs with things like Pasta, rice & bells inside to use as little shakers and some with herbs for smelling in our play. The eggs were part of a pack we were gifted by EduTopix and you can see what else we’ve been using them on the blog throughout the next couple of weeks. For more on how I made this little bundle of sensory eggs for William, look out for my tutorial coming up in a couple of days. 

Jelly Cat bunny

Last but not least is his adorable Jelly Cat Bunny. Technically it’s already his, but I figured it’d make a nice addition to his Easter basket and a lovely gift idea for baby’s first Easter. It’s unbelievably soft!

Isn’t this just a great big basket of cuteness? It’s full of both practical & fun things we will be able to use time after time while at the same time supporting our favourite independent brands! Hoppy Easter!

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Book Review: Playgroups & Prosecco | GIFTED

Book Review: Playgroups & Prosecco | GIFTED

I’m really excited to share this latest review with you. Fellow blogger and mother of two, Jo Middleton AKA Slummy Single Mummy, has written her debut novel and I feel super honoured to be among the first to read it. Even more exciting is that […]

Toy Review: Hape Busy City Railway

Toy Review: Hape Busy City Railway

Ever since Florence was born I have been SO excited to introduce her to the wonder of train play. I don’t remember having a train set myself as a child, I think I had cars and vehicles but not necessarily an actual train set with […]