ADVANSAFIX from Britax

A few months ago I moved my 4 year old from a Group 1 car seat to a high backed booster, she was fine on short journeys but we found the seat belt was quite uncomfortable for her on longer distances, so when Britax offered us the chance to review the ADVANSAFIX I hoped it would be the perfect solution for her, and it really has been. She has plenty of room, is much more comfortable and looks much more secure than she did in the booster seat.

The ADVANSAFIX is designed to grow with your child, giving the reassurance of 5-point harness protection prolonged until 25 kg ( usually only 18kg )and seat belt protection for older children until 36 kg, so it’s great to know we won’t need to change the seat again for a long time.

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These videos show the ADVANSAFIX in action. It really is amazing how it changes for the different stages.

We have the seat installed with ISOFIX and Top Tether which means it’s fixed firmly in place with no noticeable movement. The multiple recline positions have meant Hannah is always comfortable whether sleeping or awake and the seat is so easy to adjust she doesn’t even wake up.

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I’m often in a huge rush in the mornings and have with previous car seats battled with changing the strap length, but the ADVANSAFIX is super easy to adjust saving me valuable minutes as we pile into the car.  [Read more…]

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Easter – Living Arrows – 13/52

It’s been a funny few weeks again, I can’t quite believe it’s Easter already, WHERE does the time go? I’m a bit sad again that the school year is zipping by at such a scary fast pace, but at the same time glad to have my little monkeys home for a couple of weeks and we have some VERY exciting plans for next week, that hopefully will mean we get to spend some real quality time together without me constantly nagging about homework and mess.

I’m quite pleased with these shots considering the light wasn’t great, and I think they show Hannah’s cheeky little personality perfectly. She is still really struggling with tiredness in the week at school and can be very difficult, so it’s been just amazing today to have her back to her wonderfully sweet, loving little self.


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Hunt for the Lindt Gold Bunny

It’s become a bit of a tradition that we do an organised Easter Egg hunt with friends over Easter weekend and I’m very excited this year because there is a Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt at Wisley, where we have annual passes.

Both my girls are rabbit crazy, so a Gold Bunny hunt is just perfect for them.

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Time – Living Arrows 13/52

It’s been another week where life has got in the way to my photo taking….I’ve literally not had a spare second, but I like to be busy so that’s not a bad thing.

I’m still in denial that Easter is next weekend, this term has zipped by at a crazy speed, and been as wonderful as it’s been exhausting. I think we’re completely at our limit with extra curricular activities and stretched so thin out of school time that we’re all in desperate need of a break, but the girls are doing so well at school, especially little Sydney who never fails to surprise me with her determination and creativity and I can Hannah’s confidence growing day by day. Zak as always is my challenge, if anyone has advice for dealing with bright, restless 8 year olds let me know..

One of the funny things about having slightly older children are the things you find lying around the house that you had no idea existed. Sometimes when everyone is out I spend a quick five minutes walking around looking for little scribbles. This week I discovered that Zak has been practising writing in Roman numerals….

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I have no idea what this is about….but i’m quite impressed with the writing!

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Life is never dull, that’s for sure.

 

 

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A flavour from home – sponsored video

Do you have one meal that makes you think of home? A food or flavour that takes you right back to the family dinner table. I think for me it’d be a roast dinner, just because the only day we all sit down together is on a Sunday and a roast is such a traditional Sunday meal. Chicken, gravy, roast potatoes, yorkshire puddings and a messy kitchen make me think of some of the loveliest, quality family time we have.

This lovely video from Knorr shows Carmen who works in the Arctic, thousands of miles from her family tucking into a meal cooked by her Mum, the flavours reminding her of home and family.

New research commissioned by Knorr found that people still find their mothers cooking to be one of the most powerful flavours on earth and 75% agree that one mouthful of their Mum’s home cooking is enough to evoke happy childhood memories. This actually makes me a bit sad as I don’t feel like I have a signature dish my children would recognise as mine, apart from my world famous chocolate brownies…I think I need to work on my cooking skills.

What food or flavour makes you think of home?

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Not much at all – Living Arrows 12/52

I have no good photos at all this week. We didn’t make it out very far on the weekend as I had SO much work to do and then got a horrible cold, but how cute is my little sun? We were illustrating the how the eclipse worked with some cool magnets from Learning Resources.

We also spent a long time trying to get a good photo of the girls and I doing an experiment, which was very frustrating, I am much better behind the camera! Fingers crossed next weekend is more fun!

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It was lovely to see a bit of real sunshine though and of course we always make time for rollerskating…

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Lechuza – Self Watering Planter

I am not very good with plants, I forget to water indoor ones and pretty much everything we grow outside gets eaten by slugs, so the idea of a self watering planter really appeals to me.

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Lechuza, from the makers of PLAYMOBIL have not disappointed.

The Balconera can be attached to railings or walls, but we love ours just sat on the kitchen windowsill. The Balconera 50 set comes with the planter, plant liner and sub irrigation system. It look us less than 10 minutes to set up and as you can see our herbs are flourishing.

The plant liner has sturdy handles so it’s easy to remove from the planter for planting or transport and has a drain plug so rainwater can drain easily. The planter itself is made from high quality plastic which looks great indoors, but would also look fantastic hung on a balcony outdoors.

LECHUZA’s sub-irrigation system takes care of your plants for you for up to 12 weeks, ensuring that they receive the right amount of water and nutrients they need for optimum growth.

We’ve been watering them  about once a week, which even I can manage. [Read more…]

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On getting older..

It’s been a funny year so far, the realisation that I didn’t have any children at home in the day any more hit me hard around February leaving me feeling a bit lost and unsure what to do with myself. I found myself missing the face to face interaction of a ‘proper job’, one that doesn’t involves sitting in slobby clothes chatting on Facebook, making play dough and paper boats all day long, but I have managed to pull myself together and realise how lucky I am that there is so much opportunity out there for me, I just need to reach out and take it. Science Sparks is flourishing in ways I could only have dreamt about a few years ago, and I am so proud of what Kerry and I have achieved. I’m not very good at selling myself, so need to work on that, but I’m excited by the future and hopeful that I can take it to the next level.

I’ve failed miserably in my quest to do some exercise this year, but given the fact that the kids keep me pretty active I’m prepared to let that slide for a bit longer. I’ve been drinking slightly less coffee, more water and trying our matcha which has definitely helped my energy levels and reduced my chronic headaches from last year.

I am not a naturally patient person, but unlike in my younger days, I no longer need everything to happen instantly, I’m happier to take the time to think, to be less impulsive, with that in mind I’m pleased to say I didn’t press send on the Early Years Teacher application I filled in this week, but have been unusually sensible and decided to take 12 months to think about it! I do wonder how different life would’ve been had I continued with the teacher training course I started at Uni, instead of rashly switching back to Microbiology, but I’m pretty happy with where I am now.

The children are wonderful and challenging at the same time. I’m enjoying the new level on independence they seem to have developed, but not the increased bickering. I would quite like time to slow down a little now though, please….I can’t even think about my baby girl finishing her first year of school.

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Elsa’s Magic Snow Sleeve

My little girls adore Frozen and so couldn’t wait to open Elsa’s magic snow sleeve. The set comes with the pieces below and is very easy to fit together, we were up and running in just a few minutes.

Once the snow from the can runs out you can replace it with the water canister. I was impressed that the snow sleeve is so sturdy and easy enough for children to fit together themselves.

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You can see the magic snow sleeve in action here. Your little Elsa just needs to lift her finger to trigger the magic ice. My 4 year old found it a bit tricky at first, but soon got the hang of it and you can see from all the giggling how much she loved it!

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Face Painting – Living Arrows 11/52

I had a lovely Mother’s Day yesterday, the girls were more excited than on my birthday and couldn’t wait to show me my ‘prizes’ they’d lovingly laid out on the coffee table. It was one of those very special moments you want to remember forever, two little hands pulling me towards the cards they’d made, filled with ‘I love you’ and ‘best Mummy ever’. I know these days don’t last forever and am trying to fix every moment in my mind for as long as possible.

While the Zak and his Dad went to rugby training the girls and I had a go at face painting.

I was pleasantly surprised at my efforts. Not too bad for a first timer?

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