Wednesday, 27 May 2015

FirstBIKE Balance Bike Review

FirstBIKE Balance Bike

Recently we have been blessed with amazing weather which has in turn allowed Maxwell and I to spend a lot of time outdoors. As a family we love spending time outdoors and every week we try and visit somewhere new in the New Forest. Recently Maxwell was given the opportunity to review a new bike. Being a outdoor lover Maxwell happily accepted his invite to review the bike. Maxwell was sent a FirstBIKE to review.

FirstBIKE is a new balance bike designed for children aged 2 to 5. The bike comes in 5 different designs and is available in 9 colours. The styles of the bike can be chosen by you, the styles vary on where you will be riding the bike.

FirstBIKE Balance Bike

Maxwell was sent a racing FirstBIKE. The racing bike is perfect for children who tend to ride on any type of surface. This bike fits perfectly with our needs due to the fact we have a grassed back garden but we have a concrete front which Maxwell often enjoys playing on. We also live in a area which is full of paths but also grass fields so the racing bike was a good choice for us.

When the bike arrived, it came in a neat little box. The instructions inside the box were easy to follow and the bike took us around 15 mins to put together. There were a limited amount of pieces of bike to fit together and a limited amount of tools were needed to set the bike up. After we had put the bike together we were able to add stickers to the bike which made the bike look more decorative.We were sent the bike in the colour green which is bright, fun and perfect for a bubbly 3 year old. The stickers which came to decorate the bike were racing themed, the green colour and the racing themed stickers complemented each other.

FirstBIKE Balance Bike

Maxwell wanted to go on the bike straight away and we were happy to allow him to go for a bike ride in our local area. Maxwell got on the bike however we found that the seat was a little to all for Maxwell so we had to adjust the seat. The seat was easy to adjust and as soon as we had adjusted the seat Maxwell was able to go on his way.

Often I can be a parent who panics about their child's safety. When Maxwell is out and about on his bike, my panics about his safety heighten however the FirstBIKE has many features that allow me to know that Maxwell will be safe as he plays. The bikes features a SafetyStop brake with provides gradual breaking and a steering limiter to help control the bike and prevent falls. The ‘horse saddle’ seat prevents slipping whilst riding and the bike promotes itself on the fact it has no sharp edges or protruding screws.

FirstBIKE Balance Bike

Often Maxwell can get tired when out and about on his bike and he sometimes needs me to either carry his bike home or I push him home on his bike. Often bike's for children can be quite heavy however the FirstBike is a light bike weighing in at just 3.9kg.

We have had the FirstBIKE for just over a month and so far we are very pleased with the bike. As a parent I would say the bike is fantastic quality and each feature that the bike has has been thought out carefully, these features have led to the bike being well designed and making the bike a good quality bike. We have been to the park on the bike, we have taken the bike to other family members houses and we have taken the bike to local country parks with us. Each time the bike has been in use, it has been ridden easily and Maxwell has grown very confident on it.

 All FirstBIKE's come with a lifetime warranty on the frame and fork and a 5 year warranty on all other parts. Extra items are available to buy such as baskets, bells and hi vis jackets which can make nice little extras when purchasing this bike. The green racing bike which we were sent can be purchased here for £109.99 which I think is a reasonable price.

If you would like to keep up to date with all of the latest news and offers from FirstBIKE you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter

I did not receive any financial reward for writing this review.
However we did receive the product for review purposes. Everything written in this post is my own, honest opinion.

Friday, 22 May 2015

House Of Fraser Kids Clothing Review

Maxwell is a growing little boy and often needs new clothes due to his growth spurts. Recently I searched the House of Fraser website for new clothes for Maxwell. When looking for new clothes for Maxwell I focused on items which would be perfect for his upcoming summer wardrobe but items which would be perfect for Maxwell to wear when playing outside. I always enjoy putting Maxwell in trendy clothes, he can often be seen sporting jeans or shorts, a nice cool hooded top and a funky tshirt.

House Of Fraser offer a wide range of kids clothing. There are many categories which feature lots of items from different brands.After having a look around House of Fraser's website, I decided that I would go ahead and purchase Maxwell a Tommy Hilfiger T shirt. I decided on the T shirt because it was plain and I figured that it would go well with many of Maxwell's trousers that he already owns. I also thought that the T shirt could either be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Having previously purchased a Tommy Hilfiger T Shirt from House Of Fraser for Maxwell, I have found that the T shirts are good quality and are great value for money.

After having a browse around on House of Fraser's website at the kids shorts and trousers, I decided to pick  Maxwell a pair of thin Joules Jean trousers. I thought these would be perfect as they were thin and they were the skinny type of trousers which Maxwell likes to wear. In the summer having a long pair of thing jeans would be perfect as the would keep Maxwell cool whilst he looked trendy and they would protect his legs from any cuts if he was to fall over whilst out and about.

Maxwell's outfit is comfy for him to play in and cost under £30 which I think is fantastic considering I managed to purchase him two branded items.  The House Of Fraser website was easy to navigate and the delivery process of the items was fast and efficient.

Why not take a look at House Of Fraser's website and create a wishlist for your child's summer wardrobe?

I did not receive any financial reward for writing this review.
However we did receive the product for review purposes. Everything written in this post is my own, honest opinion.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

When Did We Become So Entitled?

Minor Ailments

Every now and again I see something that I disagree with and today was a day where I disagreed with many people around the United Kingdom. If you are on Facebook you may have seen a post making its way around about the service that the NHS offer which enables your child and those who do not pay for their prescriptions to get free medication/products when they are poorly. The service which is run is called the Minor Ailments.

The Minor Ailment service is a service that has been put in place which enables you to visit your local Pharmacy. It is a service that has been put in place for those who do not pay for prescriptions. The pharmacy staff are able to help with issues such as: skin conditions, coughs and colds, minor cuts and bruises, constipation, hay fever and allergies, aches and pains, indigestion, diarrhoea and threadworms, period pain and thrush, warts and verrucas, mouth ulcers and cold sores, athlete's foot, as well as nappy rash and teething problems.

For those that shared any related Minor Ailment post's, liked the post and told all their friends about it, weather you go and use the service is up to you. Although I am someone that loves a freebie I can not get my head around the fact that people feel the need to use this service. The service was in fact set up to help pull the pressure off GP's who often saw patients who had common illness's, this in turn cost the NHS over 2 million pounds. The service was set up to help worried parent's and people seek advice when they or their children were under the weather and were unable to get a doctors appointment for 2 weeks. The service was not set up to pay for simple things that most parents are able to pay/budget for.

If Maxwell is poorly I will go out and buy Maxwell calpol, I often buy a large bottle which can cost anything up to £6 however when I have been on a tight budget I have shopped for supermarket own brands and have come away with calpol which has cost me just £1.13. When Maxwell has fallen over, I have always gone to buy him plasters. I often find these in the budget shops and have managed to get cartoon plasters for less than 50p.

What scares me is the amount of people that will not go and spend 50p on plasters or the £1.13 on calpol but instead go to their local pharmacy and request these products through the Minor Ailment service because they feel entitled to. They feel entitled to because they have payed tax's or feel that they are saving a few pence of their own money however long term how will this effect us?

The effect it will have on us is the reduction of the NHS being able to help us and our children as well grow old together. Figures suggest that there are over 11 million children in the UK, if all 11 million children fell ill over a year and every parent/carer decided to use the Minor Ailment service what money would be left for cancer treatment, children's services, life saving operations, blood transfusions and of course the safe arrival of our children when the NHS help bring them into the world?

Before taking what you feel your are entitled to, think how did you cope this many years without the knowledge of the Minor Ailment service, how did you find the funds before to help your sick child? After you have thought about these 2 key things, go on to think how the use of this service will have a negative effect on the NHS system which you and your family may need desperately later on in life.
If you need it take it, if you can live without it then don't abuse it.