Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Bumbleride Indie review

I have a bit of a addiction. Those of you who know me well will know of my love for all things pushchair, and so when I was offered the chance to review the Bumbleride Indie stroller I jumped at the chance.
The Indie is a lightweight all terrain pushchair that is designed to be ideal for both off road action and shopping in town - so we vowed to put it to the test!
It comes in a really small box - in fact I couldn't believe there was a pushchair inside, especially a large, all terrain one. It is remarkably easy to assemble - just slide on the rear axle and wheels, screw on the front wheel and clip on the hood - I had it ready to go within minutes. I couldn't wait to try it out, so the same day it arrived, I popped Max in and headed off to do the school run.

As you can see, Max has oodles of space in the seat. It is deep too, so there is heaps of room for his legs, and the footrest can be adjusted so that his feet are either in line with his bottom, or pushed down so they fold over the edge towards the footrest. 
The harness is easy to adjust, and there are some lovely soft shoulder pads to prevent any rubbing from the harness. I also really like the padded headrest which supports his head and gives him a comfortable position.
It is ideal for the school run and for nipping in and out of the shops. I was worried it was going to be too big and bulky, and be difficult to manoeuvre, but I was wrong. It is SO lightweight and easy to push, it feels no heavier than a stroller. The 360 degree swivel wheel at the front makes it really easy to pivot round, even with one hand while carrying an armload of Easter eggs with the other (not for me I hasten to add. OK, not all for me). 
The real test for me was to try this pushchair off road. I knew I loved it for everyday use, but I wanted to see how it would stand up to some rougher terrain. We are a real outdoorsy family, and love to walk in the woods and go to the local adventure playground - so these were the 2 places we chose to take the Bumbleride and put it through its paces.

The Bumbleride fits comfortably in our estate car, with room for bags and picnic stuff. If we needed more space, I would just remove the rear wheels to make it a bit more compact. 

The first test was mud and grass. NO problems at all - the push and the ride were as smooth as when using on tarmac, and Max didn't get bumped around in the seat - mainly due to these tough 12" air tyres and some rather great suspension I think!

Then for the real test - an off road walk through the local woods, with mud, leaves, hills, stones and lots and lots of bumps to tackle.

I love how much you can fit in the basket - it is enormous, and makes heading out for the day a breeze as you can easily pack a picnic, a blanket, a changing bag and coats in there. We unpacked everything from the car and set off on the start of the nature walk. My husband and I both enjoy pushing the Bumbleride as the adjustable handle means we both find it comfortable.

Even on the bumpiest ground the Bumbleride remained easy to push, and the lightweight frame made going up hills easy too. When we stopped to build a den, the strong brake made sure that the pushchair didn't move an inch.

Max really loves the Bumbleride. Previously to this, he has always been in a parent facing pushchair, so I was worried he wouldn't like facing away from me - I was very wrong, he loves looking out at the world and watching everything that is happening. (When did my baby get so big?!)

So, the Bumbleride passes the urban test AND the rural test, and on a practical level it gets the thumbs up too. Lightweight, easy to fold, adjustable handle and leg rest, huge basket and a large hood too.

On top of all of that, I love the little accessories you get as standard. The raincover is non PVC and doesn't have that stiff, plasticky feel you often get. It's soft, flexible and easy to fold and has a window in the front to make it easy to access your baby. You also get a cupholder which just clips on to the side of the frame - an accessory I really like, as there have been many times I have been out and bought a cup of coffee and then had to try and juggle pushing the pram and carrying a hot drink. Not ideal. The cupholder makes it much easier, and is the perfect size for a Costa cup - just in case you need to know ;)
There is also a bumper bar included, which is easy to fit and remove, and can be adjusted to a couple of different heights.

In conclusion? I love the Indie. I love the lightweight frame combined with the hardwearing wheels and great suspension - this combination gives you a set of wheels that is really multi purpose. For a large pushchair, the fold is compact and the light frame makes it easy to throw in the back of the car. The range of adjustability in the handle, the leg rest and the recline make it comfortable for pushers and passengers alike, and the huge hood and basket tick all the practical boxes. It's definitely a real winner for me.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

888 Ladies Millionaire Genie game review

A lot of my friends play bingo, but it's never been something I have taken part in - apart from the token fun bingo at holiday camps where you can win from a variety of prizes including bubble wands, baseball caps and a cuddly toy (said in a Brucie voice, sorry about that).

Anyway, I digress. I was recently offered the chance to review a new online bingo game from 888 ladies - Millionaire Genie. I registered on the site in a matter of minutes - it's a simple case of putting in your email and a password, then logging in, where your credit will show in your account. 

Off I set with my £5 to play, and clicked through to the Millionaire Genie page. It takes a good minute or two to load, but when it does, you know about it - make sure the volume on your PC is at an acceptable level as there is some rather jangly music. 
I have to say, the game threw me a bit. Being on a bingo site, I expected it to be a bingo type game, but it is more like a fruit machine game to be honest. You choose how much to bet, and then spin - the intro tells you that three or more scatter symbols will see you as a winner, but I am still not really any the wiser as to what a scatter symbol actually is, or what exactly I would win should I spin a lucky round.

My £5 lasted about 3 or 4 minutes. I had a couple of teeny wins of 48p and 51p, but these went straight back into the game as they are clearly not worth holding on to. Within a few spins I was out of cash and left feeling a bit deflated in all honesty. The game rules are lacking, I didn't really understand them, or how to win. It's much more of a game of chance than I was expecting, and I would have preferred a classic bingo style game.

Would I play again? No. It's not my sort of game at all, and I felt it was just chucking money at a screen, with no real skill or fun involved. I can see that others might find this much more enjoyable than I did, but it's not something I would seek out again.

Do you play any online games? If so, then head over to the Which Bingo awards and vote for your favourite. 

* I was provided with a £5 credit to play this game. I have also received financial compensation for writing this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own*

Tried & Tested Tuesday

Welcome to another Tried & Tested Tuesday!

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Each week, as you know, we like to feature two of our favourite reviews from the previous week.
This week we have loved:

Little Tikes Learn to Turn scooter review from The Oliver's Madhouse. It looks like SO much fun!

Babes with Babies dress review from Mummy Whiskers. It's a gorgeous dress and so versatile.

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Monday, 21 April 2014

Soak & Sleep mattress topper review

A mattress topper is one of those things that I have always looked at in shops and wondered why I would need one. Yes, they look lovely and soft, but what difference would it actually make to my already comfortable bed? 
When Soak & Sleep got in touch and offered me a duck feather mattress topper to try out, I was really intrigued to see just whether it could improve my sleeping experience.

It's ever so easy to attach to the mattress. I had visions of it being a real pain, sliding around all over the mattress and bunching up. But the elastic corner straps keep it firmly in place and make popping it on the bed a 2 minute job.

Once in place you can really appreciate the depth of the topper - it adds a good couple of inches of padding to the mattress, and would revive even the most tired of beds.

It looks SO luxurious, and my only concern now was that it would be TOO padded, and I would feel like I was sleeping on a cushion. It doesn't feel that way though - it feels divine. It reminds me of jumping into a bed in a posh hotel - you know the types where you just sink into the mattress? Yeah, just like that. It has added a real level of luxury to my bed, and I am most certainly not intending to go back to sleeping without one now.

I can highly recommend the duck feather topper from Soak & Sleep - the double version we have is priced at just £34. It is described as their 'budget' version but there is nothing budget about this. It's soft, supportive and springy and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another in the future.