Sunday, 22 November 2015

The Toddlebike2

A few weeks ago a large but completely weightless box arrived at the door. Indiana was lucky enough to receive a Toddlebike2 - perfectly timed as an early birthday present - and I'm not sure who was me excited; me or Indie haha!

The second it was out the box Indie was shouting 'bike!' and wanted to jump on. She's had little bikes in the past, but this one was different, it just seemed so much more suited to her, and toddlers in general.
Firstly the bike is VERY light. This makes it easy for Indie to grab and take wherever she wants. She loves bringing it over to anyone who comes over to show it off, and you can really see how proud she is of it. This also makes it so easy to take out and about. It's light enough to hang off the pushchair (a must as I'm never out without it!), and where it's so small it doesn't take up room in the car either.

Despite it's lightness, it is very robust and sturdy. Most toddlers don't understand the concept of 'gently' so once it's picked up, it's thrown around A LOT haha. It's made of hard-wearing plastic so it's also waterproof, weatherproof and basically toddlerproof! The fact it's made of plastic makes it easy to clean. I love this as it means we can use it inside (which will be happening a lot more now winters settling in), as well as taking it out.
The bike is suitable from around 18 months, up until they're ready for a real balance bike or scooter. The narrow wheels aid learning to steer and balance by themselves. Indie mastered quite quickly how to sit on the seat and push herself along. The frame being inline with the seat however means that when they are learning, they can use this instead!

We have had awful weather lately, which means we haven't been able to take the bike out as much as we would have liked. Indie has been loving riding it around indoors though, and it's provided hours on entertainment for her! We did manage to take it on an autumn adventure this weekend though, so have a look what we got up to below:

I would 100% recommend - and already have to a number of mummy friends - the Toddlebike2! It's perfect for giving your toddler their independence from the pushchair, and is great fun too. What's fantastic also is the price; it's currently only £23.95 with FREE UK and Ireland shipping from Toddlbike and John Lewis.
Emily xx
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Disclaimer - we were sent the toddlebike2 for the purpose of this review. However all opinions are honest and my own!

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Wedding Series | The Dress

The next post if my wedding series is going to be all about my dress! I've never been one to dream about the perfect dress. You see all these wedding shows where they know exactly what they want, but I really didn't. I liked the look of lace and knew I didn't want sleeves - but that was about it!

I went to my first bridal shop back in October 2014 with my two sisters. I picked out a lot of dresses, in lots of different styles to see what I preferred. I avoided anything too big and poofy as I thought it would make me look smaller (I didn't want to get lost under my dress haha). However my sister's persuaded me to try on the dress on the mannequin - a big, poofy number with lots of layers!
The second I had the dress on I knew it was 'the one'. I was in love and didn't want to take it off again! It made my sister Gemma cry and I knew that sealed the deal, and it had to be mine haha. The dress was a Justin Alexander, style 8690. The body had a sweetheart neckline and was runched in silk chiffon with a pearl and crystal band at the natural waist. The skirt was silk and chiffon and had A LOT of layers! It did up with a zip which was covered by silk buttons, and ended with a semi-chapel length train. 

I ordered the dress that day and didn't even feel the need to look anywhere else! The top half of the dress was the part I loved the most. It really sucked me in and gave me a figure which I was actually proud it. Then the fact it went in at the natural waist, meant it skimmed over my stomach - result!
We found out we were expecting Parker just over a month later - que me getting into a huge panic over whether the dress will fit or not! My bridal shop were amazing and reassured me they could work their magic if it didn't; phew!

Parker was born 8 weeks before the big day, so I had my first dress fitting just a few weeks after he was born! I definitely wouldn't recommend it haha, but it was actually ok. The dress still fit, and the design of the dress made me look and feel amazing - not like I just had a baby! The only adjustments it really needed was in the length. I'm very short so it had to be taken up quite a bit. I actually had to go back twice for this - meaning I only collected my dress the day before the wedding (very Don't Tell The Bride haha).
I completed my outfit with ivory ballet pumps from the BHS Wedding Collection - I'd definitely check them out, they have some great things, and great prices. I wore Pearl studs, and then my sisters bought my a single drop pearl necklace to match the band. I kept to it simple, as I really wanted the dress to be the star of the show.

If I had one piece of advice for any bride to be, it would be to go in with a completely open mind. Try on dresses in every style and don't say no to anything. That one dress that looks awful to you on the rack, could turn out to be amazing on, and your perfect dress!
Emily xx
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