Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Scoot Lock Review and Giveaway

Most parents are probably thinking about back to school now (and perhaps breathing a sigh of relief!); my boys have less than a week to go (phew!).  Hopefully your uniforms have all been ordered and have arrived (unless your extremely last minute like me and praying the delivery arrives ASAP!).  However you might also want to consider ordering a Scoot Lock ready for your children to safely secure their scooter or bike in the schoolyard – having seen it in action I think it’s a back to school essential myself.

The boys were sent one each to review and are really pleased with them.  They occasionally ride their scooters to school and I do worry about them going missing.  It has happened to other children before and understandably they were very upset.  On top of that eldest was always quite frustrated as younger children would go on his scooter whilst youngest and I waited for him to finish school; he is over the moon “they cannot mess with my stuff now!” – as he so eloquently puts it!  He will probably be keener to scoot to school knowing his beloved stunt scooter won’t be ridden without his express say-so.

Hubbie found them easy to install, they are very handy to have as you just leave them on the scooter or bike until you need to secure your vehicle.  Ideal if your rushing in the morning and you might get to school realising you forgot the all-important lock; with it constantly attached you have no such worries!  It really is a very clever design that also doubles as a reflector to keep your child safer on the road.

Generally when the boys aren’t at school their bikes (and scooters) tend to be chucked rather unceremoniously on the floor so they can dash off and play with friends, having a bike lock is making them much more responsible.  They look around their surroundings, find a suitable spot and prop their vehicles up nicely before securing with the Scoot Lock.  As they boys get older and more independent owning the scoot lock means they can go into shops with their friends without having to wait outside keeping an eye on their bikes.

The boys like the excitement of setting their own combination code and the Scoot Lock only costs £19.99, which I think is a very fair price for the quality of the product.  The product is a brainchild of a mum who had her child’s scooter stolen and you can tell how much thought and dedication has gone into its development.

I have two Scoot Lock's to giveaway (one each for two winners) if you would like to enter please fill out the form below by the 28th of September.

Win a Scoot Lock (2 winners)

Monday, 29 August 2016


We were sent a selection of the fabulous Anki OVERDRIVE products to share our thoughts on here.

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The boys have had Scalextric sets before but its always been a bit hit and miss as they tended to get extremely frustrated when the cars repeatedly came off the tracks and they would soon tire of racing.  Not to forget how much of a challenge it was getting the car to sit nicely in its lane, it was such a temperamental toy to own – I was secretly pleased when I got to chuck it in the bin!

Anki OVERDRIVE on the other hand is in another league completely, its so sophisticated, the cars only very rarely leave the tracks and when they do you simply pause the race, return the car and continue as normal!  You do not have to worry that the other player is progressing whilst you attempt to re-join the race.  On top of that you get to benefit from advancements to your speed, defences and weapons when you race (after visiting the garage on the app) and you definitely get caught up in all the excitement of the race with the music and sound effect effects.

The tracks were easy to connect, we had the ones included in the starter pack (£149.99) and also additional collision (£29.99), speed (£19.99) and corner (£19.99) sets.  I would recommend buying as many as you can afford as they make the tracks you build much more interesting.  We are looking forward to buying the launch kit, as the boys are eager to add some jumps to the battlefield - ideally the more taxing the better!  I am surprised by how long Anki OVERDRIVE has kept them occupied; they have been singing its praises to everyone too!  Eldest insisted his best friend came round immediately to have a go and he left on a high (and with an extensive Christmas list for his mum no doubt!).

Before you race the cars cleverly go round to map the track, I think that in part helps them stay on course!

Two cars are included in the starter pack but we would recommend buying two more if your budget allows, its something else seeing four cars line up ready to race!  It might seem like expensive kit but I promise you this is the most advanced racing set you will find.  The whole set seems a quality product that really does perform well.

The app is free and available to download on both iOS and Android devices, we have it on a couple of mobile phones and an Ipad Mini, and as a result we haven’t had a problem having too few controllers so all four of us can get involved.  

I like that you can also race against the AI – perfect if you have one child at home and they can still have a proper race if your busy doing other things.

Eldest has made a little video below to show you more, but suffice to say we are all very impressed with Anki OVERDRIVE.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Finding My Interiors Inspiration

I think soon we will be able to tackle our dining room; it’s currently a bit of an eyesore, which explains why I rarely take pictures in there.  We have a gorgeous family sized table now with a bench but we desperately need to have the walls skimmed and new flooring added.  I have been getting some interiors inspiration in preparation; I want quite a classic look.  I would really like to purchase a dresser similar to the one pictured, it’s perfect to showcase a few belongings without making the room appear cluttered.  I love the quirky details too like a teacup lamp.

Our dining room is a decent sized but it has some flaws, it’s very dark in there perfect for an intimate meal for two but not practical for the majority of the time.  Although as of yet I am not sure what type of lights to have fitted, I would rather have lots of natural light, but the window in our room is quite small compared to every other room in the house.

I want a bright cheerful countryside dining room, with our existing big table, lots of character, fresh flowers from the garden and a serving of afternoon tea.  It’s interesting to read that the colour magnolia is quite clinical, we are guilty of it being our go to paint choice… perhaps we should learn to experiment and try pastel colours for a change!  Otherwise I think every room in our house will be magnolia and it probably does get a bit repetitive after a while.  Although its grey that interests me at the moment, I have noticed more and more people using it effectively.  I think its time I thought about adding more character through the choice of colour, furniture and lighting.  A lot of the original features have gone from our old house, but we could look at making the best of what is left.  We have high ceilings and spacious rooms to work with.

Baytree Interiors are all about creating a home you love.  We have bought the forever house but are still in the process of filling it with furniture and accessories.  Each room is probably almost double the size of that in our precious home, so our scarce belongings look quite lost.  With one credit card gone and another with a big dent made in what we owe, we really can think about renovating the house again and after reading that article about interiors I am excited to get cracking again.  Our previous house had a kitchen diner, not a separate dining room like we can have here, so its time to get some ideas and move forward!

My parents like showing visiting friends our house, but I do get embarrassed with the state of some of the rooms.  We needed so much building work done to the outside the interior is sadly lacking.  Although each year sees us achieve something new so hopefully 2017 will see more progress, I just will take it slowly and try not to feel overwhelmed with how much still needs to be finished.