Win a Britax Trifix iSize Car Seat Worth £250

I am running this giveaway as part of my Britax Mumbassador ambassadorship. I have not been compensated for this post.

I’ve been a Britax mumbassador this year and had plenty of news to tell you about their new products. They kindly sent me their first stage car seat when I was in the late stages of pregnancy with Olivia and we still use this every day. I recently reviewed the Britax Holiday stroller and now the time has come for you to receive one of their items to try. Britax have kindly offered one of their Trifix iSize car seats worth £250 for a competition – how fab?

Britax Trifix iSize car seat

Here’s a little more about the car seat itself:

Made in Germany and designed with Britax Römer’s renowned crash testing capabilities, it is based on the award-winning TRIFIX2 platform. This seat that conforms to the ECE R129/01 car seat regulation (i-Size) is suitable for children from 76 cm to 105 cm tall (15 months up to approx. four years), making it the perfect follow up to the popular BABY-SAFE i-SIZE infant carrier.

It is safe and east to install every single time. It is approved for all cars with dedicated i-Size seating positions as well as cars with ISOFIX and Top Tether anchorage points. The car seat does not require an additional base for the unique installation that reinforces the stability of the seat, whilst allowing for more space in the foot-well of the car. Integrated ISOFIX connectors have also been designed specifically for the TRIFIX2 i-SIZE to provide complete and unrivalled protection for little ones, allowing for both safe and easy installation.

It offers all round protection, ensuring children are optimally protected thanks to the large, deeply padded side wings and Britax Römer’s SICT inside technology, which absorbs energy and keeps children away from the impact of the crash. Additionally, the special V-shaped form of the headrest is designed to control the movement of the child’s head in an impact. In the event of a frontal collision, Britax Römer’s patented ISOFIX with Pivot Link system directs the force downwards into the vehicle seat, thereby reducing the risk of head and neck injury, while the Top Tether with rip stitch technology helps reduce the forward movement of the child in the case of a crash. The Top Tether’s unique stitch pattern has been designed to progressively rip in a controlled fashion, absorbing the force of the frontal impact during a collision.

These features, along with the 5-point harness with soft neoprene performance chest pads (which can be easily removed for washing), help to protect children from an impact of any direction. The unique range of safety features allows parents to travel with peace of mind knowing that their precious cargo is well looked after.

It is super comfortable. The advanced ergonomics of a good seating position and superb padding offer a stress-free journey. The three recline options can be adjusted easily with one hand without waking up a sleeping child. The headrest provides seven height positions to ensure that the seat will grow with the child.”. The majority of Britax car seats – including the TRIFIX2 i-SIZE, which is made in Germany – and all of their car seat fabrics and covers are made in Europe.  Britax Römer has strong internal standards for chemical and mechanical testing for fabrics and other components. The TRIFIX2 i-SIZE is available from July 2017 onwards for £250 and is available in Cosmos Black, Flame Red, Storm Grey, Olive Green and Moonlight Blue, with additional colours to follow. For more information, please go to www.britax.co.uk.

Britax Trifix iSize car seatSo would you like the chance to win one for yourself? All you need to do is fill in the Rafflecopter below!

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Decorating The Table And Chairs For Christmas

For the first time in years,we are hosting Christmas this year. We usually head to Steve’s parents but with them being away this year, his brother and my mum will be coming to ours. The pressure is on since it has been quite some time since we have hosted guests for Christmas and trying to get stuff that everyone likes is a nightmare. Not to mention that we are very lacking in space in this house so some moving around may be required to fit everyone in.

We’re yet to decorate the house for Christmas having just had Jack’s birthday and will be doing so soon but what I have been thinking about is how we will decorate the dining table and dining chairs for Christmas. Steve’s mum always has a beautifully festive table and chairs and I want to do the same. We’re actually lacking in dining chairs for everyone with all our guests so I could probably do with some more dining chairs too!

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I plan on getting a nice festive tablecloth and festive napkins for the table plus some crackers with some hilarious jokes. Of course we will have our nice cutlery and glasses out too. But how can I decorate dining chairs to look festive?

I didn’t realise but there is so many different things you can do to make your dining chairs more Christmassy for the big day. Maybe add a simple bow, you could even choose different colours for each guest. I’ve heard of people using glitter sprayed pinecones in their decor too so I’m sure there is a way you could work those into a chair decoration. Of course, what is Christmas without a wreath? I’m thinking a tiny wreath on the back of each dining chair would make for some lovely festive decor. Guests can even take them home afterwards!

Although I am quite daunted by the prospect of hosting Christmas this year, I am also quite excited. After all, it gives me a chance to make my house super festive (which is always fun for the kids) and show people what I can do – and it means that if I make myself in charge of the decor, then Steve can be responsible for the food on the day instead, haha!

Do you decorate your table and chairs for Christmas? What do you do?

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Win a hamper from Dunelm

Welcome to day 2 of mine and Life in a Break Down countdown to Christmas giveaways! I hope all of you are going to have some fantastic wins this Christmas season after all advent season is amazing for the prizes on offer.

Before we get onto today’s prize Sarah has to say a huge sorry, she managed to muck up a bit with my blog before she went away and has only just got home to fix it so we’ve had a few days with no competitions, but *touch wood* we should now be ready to go!

Today we are teaming up with the lovely people over at Dunelm, who have offered us one of their premium alcohol hampers. If you haven’t heard of Dunelm before they are in their own words the home of homes. Offering a whole host of interior items to make your house a home. Of course, they have embraced Christmas with their arms open, with a huge section of festive decorations, gift ideas and more.

One thing I totally admit I didn’t know Dunelm offered was food and drink for the holiday season, which includes a wide range of hampers, some of which can be found instore and online and are all offered at a pocket-friendly price. For instance, a mini wooden savouries tray comes in at just £5 and goes right on up to £200 for a pantry filling hamper.

Dunelm has kindly offered us one of their Premium Alcohol Hampers to give away which includes a whole of festive treats, to get your holiday season off to the perfect start and all you need to do to be in with the chance of winning, head over to the Christmas section of the Dunelm website and let me know: What is your favourite festive item Dunelm have on offer?

 

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Planting Trees In Our Very Own Garden | Why Jack Would Love It

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I’ve mentioned before that we live in a house with a really tiny garden. We have found a house we really like that we have put an offer in on and are hopeful for. It has a lovely large garden and we can’t wait to get out in it.

Now I’ve mentioned before that Jack loves gardening a lot. With National Tree Week last week, Landmark Trading are aiming to provide a fun and easy way for people to interact with, and appreciate, trees. If we get this house, then we will be asking what changes we can make. We’d love to plant a tree that Jack can care for and grow. But we need to know exactly what to do when it comes to planting trees so we’ve been taking a look.

It is important to know exactly what you are doing when it comes to planting trees. Autumn or winter tends to be the best time for planting. This is even if you are planting a tree in a container. You need to prepare the site for planting – look at the drainage and loosen the soil so that it can be accessed to at least the depth of the root ball. You could consider perhaps adding organic matter which can help to improve soil quality. If the soil is waterlogged, drainage may be required so perhaps choose tree varieties that like a lot of water and raise the tree base slightly in a mound.

When planting a tree in the ground, make sure not to damage the root system and planting holes should be as deep as the roots but at least three times wider than the root system. After soaking, make sure that the first flare of roots is level with the soil surface when the tree is positioned in the planting hole. You should also consider fertilising after the first season of it being in the ground. You should also make sure you are aware of any tree diseases there are to avoid yours getting them if possible.

We’ll be investing in products such as tree guards and various tree supports to help our tree have the very best chance of surviving in our garden. Jack is so loving and caring of living things so I know he will certainly care for anything he plants in the garden to the best of his ability.

We have always wanted a proper garden of our very own and finally it is looking likely. Hopefully we can grow things to our hearts content and have a thriving garden for Jack and Olivia to enjoy – it’s been a while coming. With National Tree Week just gone by, here’s hoping plenty of people have taken the opportunity to educate themselves about trees just like us and will take certain factors into consideration when it comes to planting and looking after trees in the future.

Christmas Gift Guide | The Perfect Gifts For Children In 2017

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Wanting to find the perfect gifts for children this year? Here are our top picks for gifts this Christmas for children aged 0 all the way up to 16.

Anki OVERDRIVEAnki OVERDRIVE – £149.99 (Buy from the Anki website here or it is available on promotion from Amazon(*)

reviewed the Anki OVERDRIVE here and mentioned how it wasn’t just for kids and how much Steve enjoyed playing with it. Whilst the kids in the house will love it, this is the perfect gift for your partner, brother or father if they love some tech and car racing. It will keep them busy for hours!

awesome little green menAwesome Little Green Men – £10.39 an assorted starter pack from Amazon (*) and £24.99 for a deluxe battle pack from Amazon (*)

We recently reviewed the Awesome Little Green Men and they went down a treat. If you’ve got a little boy or girl that loves battling, these will prove very popular, I’m sure. The men may be small but their characters are larger than life and serious about the mission ahead. This fresh take on little green army men raises the bar by infusing battle and game play with 100 unique characters to collect in Series 1, including four super rare figures in the green army and the blue army. They all have their own expression and you can collect figures such as Sgt. Juliett and Major Zoomie, each figure with different stats.

BabeaseBabease Baby Food – between £1.20 and £1.50 a pouch

We talked about Olivia’s experience with Babease here and if you are buying for a child that is a little too young to appreciate Christmas but is weaning, these could be a fab present. The Babease range is available in Tesco, Boots and Ocado and you can also buy them from Amazon too  (*), retailing at between £1.20 and £1.50 per pouch. There is such a wide variety of flavours!

Jumbo Games CARS Piston Cup Race Game – RRP £24.99, available here on Amazon (*)

If you’ve got a Cars fan in the house, then this new game from Jumbo Games is sure to prove very popular – Jack loves his, it keeps him occupied with friends for ages!

Detective Dot: A heroine with a mission to get kids coding – Available to buy at www.detectivedot.org for £18.99 RRP. available at www.detectivedot.org and Amazon for £12 RRP (*), and an Ebook is available to download at www.detectivedot.org and Amazon for £6.99 RRP (*). Membership to the CIA is also available at www.detectivedot.org for £7.99 RRP.

Detective Dot is a nine-year-old coder and part of the CIA: Children’s Intelligence Agency, a global network of young spies who assemble to solve worldwide problems. She must investigate teenage trillionaire Shelly Belly and her global tech empire. Alongside her flying robot sidekick Drone, and selfie-loving, Tumble. Dot must utilise all her gadgets and sharp skills to solve the case! Detective Dot knows a smartphone is nothing without a smart brain to use it.

Created by UK startup Bright Little Labs, founded by Sophie Deen in 2015, Detective Dot brings a storytelling approach to teaching coding and analytical skills, complementing the computing curriculum now running in primary schools. As well as being adventure packed, Dot is a role model for all kids. In today’s children’s entertainment and media, 0% of princesses are coders, boys are twice as likely to take the lead, less than 3% of characters are people-of-colour and 92% of females are underweight! And not one superhero recycles.The world of Dot brings a creative breath of fresh air to children’s characters and escapes this “norm”. Bright Little Labs believe that the media has a critical role to play in shaping how our children learn and think.  We want children to believe they can achieve anything and that they should question everything – this is where Detective Dot and her friends come in. Making computer science more accessible to both kids and parents. Jack loves his- he is big on using the computers at school and he loves this book. He will be passing this onto Olivia when she is old enough too.

Kids can become a part of the CIA and Dot’s world with the MegaPack, which includes a Detective Dot book, a CIA membership card, six fun missions, a personalised CIA letter, a CIA Sticker Sheet and a lifelong CIA membership.

Hatchimals Surprise – RRP £74.99, available from Amazon here (*)

We reviewed and unboxed this here so is it any wonder we are including it? Hatchimals are a popular gift at Christmas time and these are no different. I am sure everyone knows the surprise by now – but just which ones will you get? Jack and Olivia still love playing with theirs!

Hugzzie Children’s Wheatbag, variety of designs – £9.99, available here

Not sure if you want to get a toy for Christmas but would like to give the child a nice warm hug? Invest in a Hugzzie for them – we reviewed ours here – it’s a nice cuddly friend for them to have.

Its Your Story Personalised Dressing Up Box children’s book, from £17.50, available to buy here

We love personalised books in our household and this is no different. Jack and Olivia loved hearing about all the adventures Jack got up to. The dressing up box isn’t the only book available, there are so many other stories or occasions such as birthday and Christmas that you can choose from. We will definitely be picking up some more in the future for children of our friends.

Hallmark Itty Bittys Christmas Collector’s Edition, £6 – see the range here and shop on Amazon here (*)

We love Itty Bittys in our house and we were so chuffed to be sent some of the Star Wars range and some of the beautiful Christmas Collector’s Edition featuring Mickey and Minnie. These are so cute and cuddly, they are sure to be the perfect stocking filler for any child.

Kurio Watch 2.0 Smartwatch – £79.99, available on Amazon here (*) and from other retailers

We reviewed Jack’s Kurio watch recently and talked about how great the features are and how he, as a 6 year old, loved it. There are games to play, pictures to take and they can even message friends too. It makes for a great gift.

L.O.L Surprise dolls – £10, available from The Entertainer here

These are very popular in my household! The surprise is the appealing element of it, you never know which one you will get and whether it is rare or super rare. There are plenty to collect so the child you are buying for is sure to keep themselves busy building their collection.

Despicable Me 3 3D Backpack – £10, available from Amazon here (*)

This backpack is sure to be popular with the kids – doesn’t every kid like Despicable Me and Minions? Jack loves his and uses it for trips to his grandparents. It’s so affordable too!

Monster Trucks Smash-Ups Rhino Remote Control Truck – RRP £34.99, available from Amazon here

We talked about our experience with our Monster Trucks recently and we raved about this product. It is so much fun to drive – especially when the driver comes flying out with an ‘AGHHHH’. Jack and Steve have spent hours playing with it and even Olivia finds it fun!

My First Scalextric, RRP £30, available from Amazon here (*)

Scalextric has been around for as long as I can remember and I think it was around even before I was born. It always appears on Christmas wishlists so this may be the perfect present for any budding car drivers. We reviewed ours here.

My Golden Ticket book, from £19.99, available from Wonderbly here

We talked about our copy here and I said how much Jack loves the Roald Dahl story so knew he’d love this. We love personalised books in our house as I’ve mentioned before and this was no different. It is a lovely story of Jack’s experience in the chocolate factory with his Nanny.

Paddington Spot The Difference – £7.99, available from Amazon here (*) and Paddington Colour On – £7.99, available from Amazon here (*)

Jack loves Paddington, he’s obsessed in fact. So these went down a treat when we reviewed these a few months back. These are a great stocking filler for kids who love Paddington and games in general.

PJ Masks Time To Be A Hero DVD – £7.99, available from Amazon here (*)

PJ Masks seem to be becoming so popular nowadays with their playset being a popular Christmas choice. Looking for a decent stocking filler? Why not pick up this DVD for them? We reviewed our copy here.

Oregon SmartGlobe Adventure AR – £54.99, available from Amazon here (*)

Want a gift that encourages their learning? Then this is the gift for them. Packed with amazing features, this globe enables them to learn about the world around them whilst still having fun. What could be better? See what we thought of ours here.

Summer Infant Wild Safari Deluxe Superseat – £49.99, available from Summer Infant here

The Lion Guard Rise of Scar Playset – £49.99, available from Amazon here (*)

You can read our review here. This is a must have gift for any The Lion Guard fan and is super fun to play with many different features. Jack loves his – although Olivia is a little scared of Scar!

Wave Racers Super Helix – available from Smyths here

If the child in your life loves cars and racing, then this is surely the gift for them. Get racing round the helix and get your friends involved too. Jack loves his and Steve loves it too!

Wise-ish Words For… personalised book – from 23.95, available at The Book of Everyone

This is a fun book, packed full of fun quotes and wisdom for Jack. He loved reading through it and got a real chuckle from plenty of the pages – especially the don’t eat yellow snow part! He is keen to get his friend one for his birthday which I think is so sweet.

Here are just a few gift ideas for Christmas…will you be picking any of these up?