Monday, 25 November 2019

A new found freedom from travel anxiety with The Frenzy Folding Commuter Scooter from Skates.co.uk {Review}


*We have been gifted the item featured in the review. All opinions are my own*


Getting around isn't easy for us as a family, Simon suffers with anxiety and that encompasses travel anxiety which makes using transport impossible. Usually we would walk everywhere we go which in turn limits what we can do together. When Skates.co.uk got in touch about trying the Frenzy Folding Commuter Scooter I thought it would be perfect as a solution for Simon travelling around. 


We have received the Frenzy 215mm Black and Green Folding Commuter Scooter. You can see above that the scooter has a nice sleek and cohesive look. The dark green and black finish is accented by small touches of silver in the mechanisms on the Frenzy Commuter Scooter. 


There is a very easy to use folding mechanism with a slot for your finger to pull the locking clip up out of the mechanism and close the scooter letting the clip drop back down into the mechanism to lock the scooter closed. I love this design as it's so easy to use and can be done quickly which is perfect for Simon since there is a chance he'll looking after children at the time he needs to close the Frenzy Commuter Scooter. It would also be perfect for anyone doing the work commute since you don't want to be fiddling around with a folding clip to go to or from work. 


Being able to quickly and easily fold down the scooter is really big plus especially since it can be carried with the adjustable carry strap. I think this is my personal favourite feature since it means Simon can still be very hands on with the children. This is also a big plus for Simon since other avenues of transport like a bicycle would have an added anxiety of leaving it locked with a bicycle lock or similar. Since the Frenzy folding commuter scooter can be carried it means he can just take it with him which is especially handy when we go through buildings like bus stations or train stations where he can meet us. I will say that he wasn't comfortable carrying the scooter on one shoulder and found a cross body position was much more comfortable.

The Frenzy folding commuter scooter is adjustable in height thanks to the movable height of the handlebars. They also lock in place at three different heights for extra stability! 


The Frenzy folding commuter scooter comes with their premium urethane wheels which give a smoother ride. Simon commented a few times about how he wasn't expecting the ride to feel as smooth as it did. We first took the scooter for a test around an enclosed park area where there is a decently smooth path however there have been some areas where it isn't as smooth as you'd like and he has had no problems at all. Simon has mentioned that the brake needs to be pushed quite hard, to actually brake and stop no matter what the weather and condition of the ground. He said he has to brake much harder than you might think. Although the benefit is that you can easily adjust the speed with the force you use on the brake which is a benefit for areas where hills or speeds can be involved.


It is easy to control even at speed and the control for turning is quite fluid provided you don't try to use a sharp turn. As with most scooters the Frenzy folding commuter scooter is entirely powered by your own strength and so can be easily adjusted in regards to speed depending on how comfortable you are with it. Simon has become very confident and can easily 'zoom' (his exact description) to various places in minutes. 




An extra benefit to us other than the major getting around point I mentioned at the beginning is that Dylan and Scarlet are excited every time we go anywhere that they can use their scooter or bike as it means they can race Simon on his! 

There have been so many unexpected benefits to The Frenzy Folding Commuter Scooter from Skates.com. Simon uses it as much as he can since it's not recommended to be used in the rain with the grip tape surface. It offers so much freedom for Simon which has previously been lost.
 I can see this being a major game changer for us come spring and summer which makes it a fantastic Christmas gift for anyone who commutes or like us doesn't/ cannot use transport vehicles. I love that it has a wide range of who this would be perfect for as any teenager/ adult would be able to easily use this scooter thanks to how adjustable it is. It is a fantastic long term investment.

You can purchase The Frenzy Folding Commuter Scooter in Green/ Black from Skates.co.uk for £129.95. Although it is currently on sale for Black Friday for £109.95 at the time of posting. 


Photo of the week {25/11/2019}



Christmas is really on the way now! We have decorated the house, started to think about advent calendars and we even saw Santa briefly. The season of magic has began and we are all pretty excited. Christmas is my favourite time of year and since we also celebrate both mine and Simon's birthday's in December plus we got together 11 years ago on Saturday there.

Have you started to decorate for Christmas yet or do you wait for December to begin?
Saturday, 16 November 2019

Making our own music with Halilit Toddler Music Orchestra {Review}

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We all know about the X factor but this year we are working with Halilit and other bloggers to share the #AwFactor!


Scarlet has taken a real liking to music lately and it doesn't matter if its a made up song or a number one hit she's dancing along to. Which is why I was so excited to be joining in with the #AwFactor for Halilit. We have been testing out the new Halilit Toddler Music Orchestra which has just launched. Inside you can find a rattle roller, shaker maraca, bell shaker, ocean drum, baby xylophone (with beater) and a music sheet with 4 songs to play.


Scarlet was immediately drawn to the Baby Xylophone and music sheet. The Xylophone is accurately tuned making it a fantastic first instrument for children to enjoy and learn with. I loved that the music sheet follows the colours of the keys as well as the notes which are also on the xylophone along either side of the keys. Scarlet had so much fun playing along to jingle bells and more. It's been a real hit and she has even had my mum playing with her!


I was really surprised by how much Scarlet enjoyed the Rattle Roller, she was able to hold on and play pretty easily and she loves the sound it makes. The click clacking sound is the loudest sound from the whole set but is still fairly soft when you think of instruments. To play you simply roll it along your hand or even on the floor (on carpet).


I think my favourite of the instruments in the Halilit Toddler Music Orchestra is the Ocean Drum. Which is a small flat drum with a rounded rim perfect for little hands to hold. Inside it contains small coloured plastic balls which roll around when shaken. It has such a beautiful sound whichever way you want to play it, shaking or tapping. The Ocean Drum has a professional skin on top which is strong and helps create this wonderful clear sound.

Each of the five instruments in the Toddler Music Orchestra is perfect for small hands with handles and smooth surfaces. I love that the hand held instruments make soft sounds and are easy to use without much force. Scarlet has loved being able to just grab one and play in her own way without any real help.

The bright, creative appearance of each piece in the Orchestra Set from Halilit is attractive and interesting to capture young minds. The set would make the perfect present this Christmas for small children who love to explore, dance and make music

You can purchase the Halilit Toddler Music Orchestra for £34.

Do you have any small children on your Christmas list this year?






Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Making our own Greek yogurt with The EasiYo Yogurt Maker



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We've been trying to find ways to be more Eco friendly while still having the things we love and one of the things we all love is yogurt! However I really don't love that it comes covered in plastic of all kinds. It's wasteful and we'd already switched most of our yogurt to come in big pots and avoid as much plastic as we could but it's still wasteful to just recycle all the plastic containers. Which is why I got really excited when EasiYo got in touch about trying their Greek Yogurt range. 


EasiYo is a super easy to use at home yogurt maker, so easy in fact that the children loved getting involved in the making process. Both Dylan and Scarlet love yogurt and will often eat them more than once a day so getting them involved was a big plus for me. There are just a few steps to make and you only need three pieces of equipment too! 


Most of what you'll need in inside the box of the EasiYo Yogurt maker. You can see above that the box contains the yogurt maker (ours is pink), a plastic insert that goes inside (ours is already installed), a 1kg yogurt pot and an instruction leaflet. We have also got two different flavours of Greek style EasiYo yogurt in strawberry and banana flavour. 


It's really easy to get started with the EasiYo yogurt maker. Take the yogurt pot and half fill with room temperature water, this is a very important step and will affect the yogurt if the water is too cold or too warm. We used cold tap water and left it on the counter for half an hour. Once your water is the right temperature you can add in your yogurt mixture.



Now you've got to shake it! Scarlet and Dylan loved the shaking part and couldn't resist singing the 'shake it' song.


Once you have finished shaking you need to fill to the 1kg line on the yogurt pot and voila! Your yogurt mix is finished.


The next steps require the use of freshly boiled water. You need to fill the yogurt maker up to the highest point of the red divider with boiled water and place the yogurt pot inside so it sits on the divider inside the yogurt maker. I did all of these steps and the photo of Dylan above was taken before the water was added. Please be extra careful if your using boiling water around children.


Now you need to place the lid on tightly and leave the yogurt maker on a table or counter for 8-12 hours or overnight.



The final step is to take the yogurt out of the maker, place in the fridge and pour away the water from the yogurt maker. Once the yogurt is chilled you can enjoy, I did find that when I opened the yogurt there was a layer on top of what i think is the fats inside the yogurt mix. I wasn't sure what to do with it as it wasn't mentioned in the instructions so I used a spoon and removed a thin layer from the top of the yogurt.



I then dished up some yogurt and banana for dessert, everyone had a bowl and it was delicious! Both Dylan and Scarlet loved the whole bowl and Dylan even had a second. The Greek style isn't something I would have picked up in a shop as I personally don't like the texture of Greek yogurt but the EasiYo Greek Style has more of a yogurt texture which I loved and the taste was perfectly zingy with a strong banana flavour.

The best thing about using EasiYo to make yogurt is there's so little waste! Everything apart from the mix packet is reusable and since it makes a 1kg pot it lasts for a while. Each pot of yogurt can even be kept in the fridge for up to two weeks. Which is perfect for us as we usually take around a week and a half to eat 1kg of yogurt depending on the flavour of course.

I'm really excited to try the other flavours in the range of Greek Style EasiYo yogurt as we have really love both the banana and strawberry flavours and it is just so easy to make!

I would recommend EasiYo yogurt and the yogurt maker to anyone who uses a lot of yogurt. Families and individuals would all benefit from the maker and making their own yogurt. Not to mention the impact it would make for the environment by preventing the plastic waste of disposable yogurt pots.

You can purchase your own EasiYo Yogurt Maker (£16.75) and Various types of Yogurt Mix (from £2.60)

 Have you ever considered making your own yogurt?

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