If you’ve been following my blog or social media of late you’ll know that I am very excitedly planning a total office makeover now that the children have moved into one bedroom. My mind is bursting with ideas of what I want this special space of mine to look like, so I thought I would get some of the first purchases down on paper as it were. This is going to be a mood board for the main furniture items I am looking at getting as these will be the foundations for the room, then I can work on the fun part – the details!

 

OFFICEMOOD BOARD office makeover This is going to be a mood board for the main furniture items

 

I absolutely can’t wait to start this office makeover, I spend so much of my time with my work that to have my own space to work in will be absolutely amazing. And of course to make this space my own, in a house full of boys is really important. Here are the details of what I’m looking at for this first stage of planning.

Trestle Desk | £60.

OFFICEMOOD BOARD office makeover This is going to be a mood board for the main furniture items

Ladder Shelving| £77

OFFICEMOOD BOARD office makeover This is going to be a mood board for the main furniture items

Arlo Chair | £149

OFFICEMOOD BOARD office makeover This is going to be a mood board for the main furniture items

Marble Shelf | £60

OFFICEMOOD BOARD office makeover This is going to be a mood board for the main furniture items

Floor Lamp £199

OFFICEMOOD BOARD office makeover This is going to be a mood board for the main furniture items

Wirework Storage | £35

OFFICEMOOD BOARD office makeover This is going to be a mood board for the main furniture items

I’m just looking for some self adhesive wallpaper and door covers and then I think the main bits are done! What do you think? I’d love to know of any cool office inspo instagram accounts of Pinterest boards if you could recommend any!

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If you had asked me a couple of years ago if a Micro Scooter was really worth the price I would have probably said no, something along the lines of, why would you spend so much money on a scooter when you can pick one up in Argos for less than 20 quid!?! Fast forward to life with a 4 year old who is in possession of said Micro Scooter and I can now honestly say I think yes, they are worth the price.

Is a micro scooter really worth the price? why not buy a cheap scooter?

Now as the proud mother-owner of several aforementioned “cheaper scooters” I feel quite equipped to qualify my answer of whether a Micro Scooter is really worth the money.  Firstly, I want to mention that my eldest son got a Micro Scooter for his 4th Birthday and was quickly enamoured with the multitude of accessories which came with it. Especially so with the cool dino-helmet and LED light up spinning wheel caps – probably not advised for those who suffer with light sensitivity – seriously, it’s like a mini rave each time I open up the under stairs cupboard.

Is a micro scooter really worth the price? why not buy a cheap scooter?

In my honest opinion, I can’t truly say I would recommend buying a Micro Scooter for a younger child – certainly not this one at least. George is 2 and he, as with everything, has Henry’s hand me downs as well as a new Finding Dory scooter which he got from my lovely friend Carly for his 2nd Birthday. I think for that age, they just aren’t going to enjoy the benefits of the much superior build quality of the Micro Scooters. However, they do have a Mini 2 Go scooter for 18m+ which has a seat and one which has a removeable storage drawer and a push along handle, all of which adapt to your child as they grow, which is the one I would go for, if we were going to get one for George.

Is a micro scooter really worth the price? why not buy a cheap scooter?

The choice on the MS website is pretty overwhelming; Mini, Maxi, 2 wheeled, seated…the list goes on…but they are all sorted into categories and I found that the customer services support was really helpful in choosing the correct scooter for Henry’s abilities. They also have a great blog section on the website which will help you choose the right scooter for what you need.

SO, WHY IS A MICRO SCOOTER WORTH THE PRICE?

I thought I would note a few points as to why I am a scooter convert, for anyone else wondering if they are worth the extra money.

  • Lean to steer method – older children will find this method much easier once they get used to it – it also helps develop motor skills and build coordination.
  • Rear brake – none of the cheaper scooters we’ve had have had a brake, which seems odd now that this one does – Henry has got used to it quickly and it makes for a much safer riding experience.
  • Replacement parts – this really sets Micro Scooter apart from other scooters – each part is replaceable and easy to fix.
  • Lightweight yet sturdy frame – the build quality is obvious as soon as you touch this scooter, it feels such good quality and remains lightweight for little people to carry – or let’s be honest, us parents as I’m sure you’ll all have witnessed.
  • Puncture free solid wheels – because nobody wants a hole punch to deal with!

http://www.micro-scooters.co.uk/community/category/which-scooter-to-buy/

We chose the Maxi scooter for Henry and it was so so easy to set up and once we ensured Henry’s outfit was suitably coordinated to his new ride we let him out to give it a go! 😉 Just look at that little concentration face!

And how do all scooter rides end??? You know the drill… #mumlife

#mumlife Is a micro scooter really worth the price? why not buy a cheap scooter?

This post was written in collaboration with Micro Scooter, all views are my own. 

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I’m delighted, and proud, to announce that I am now a Baby Jogger ambassador for 2017!! I always said that I would have loved to have used a Baby Jogger double when our boys were younger, so I was absolutely thrilled when they invited me to become an ambassador for the year as part of their Baby Jogger Squad!

I'm A Baby Jogger Squad Ambassador #babyjoggersquad

SO WHO ARE BABY JOGGER?

Baby Jogger have come a long way since their conception over 30 years ago. Created by Phil Baechler, a journalist who simply wanted to be able to keep up with his favourite hobby of running once his baby arrived. He replaced the standard wheels of his baby carriage with bicycle wheels, meaning that he could maintain his dirt track running all whilst spending time with his new son – and the rest, as they say, is history! Baby Jogger has since redefined the stroller category by creating innovative strollers that make everyday life as a busy parent on the go easier. My favourite thing about this inventive and contemporary brand is how it has been designed with families like mine in mind – each stroller adapting as our family grows.

I'm A Baby Jogger Squad Ambassador #babyjoggersqua

WHAT DOES BEING A BABY JOGGER AMBASSADOR MEAN?

Over the course of the rest of the year I will be bringing you all the insider info on the brand new products as well as rediscovering their much loved hero strollers. I’ll be sharing the insights of the exciting launches and passing down expert tips of all of the things you need to know. I’m really looking forward to finding out more about the Baby Jogger brand, their exciting new launches and the family values they hold.

I'm A Baby Jogger Squad Ambassador #babyjoggersquad

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM ME?

As a busy Mum of 2 young sons and keen traveller I will be showing you honest, authentic and on the go reviews – we all know pram shopping is a minefield, so I want to make sure I’m sharing exactly what I think of their range to help guide you if you are looking to make that very important purchase for your child.

I'm A Baby Jogger Squad Ambassador #babyjoggersquad

Thank you so much Baby Jogger, we are honoured to be part of your #babyjoggersquad ambassador team, watch this space for lots of exciting things over the coming months.

I'm A Baby Jogger Squad Ambassador #babyjoggersquad

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Over the weekend I went along to the Festival Place Eat Street event, which was headed up by special guest Levi roots who charmed the crowds with his live cooking demonstrations, in depth knowledge of Caribbean culture and of course live, soulful music. Surrounding the stage were chefs from the restaurants within the Basingstoke shopping centre; all cooking up a storm for guests to feast on free, delicious food. There was such a fun atmosphere and exciting buzz around the event, with the rhythm of the steel band floating through the air and the warm and spicy Caribbean flavours tempting people in from afar.

– Keep scrolling to take a look at my Caribbean Inspired Holiday Lookbook –

Caribbean inspired holiday clothing look book for ladies

Caribbean inspired holiday clothing look book for ladies

Caribbean inspired holiday clothing look book for ladies

Caribbean inspired holiday clothing look book for ladies

Caribbean inspired holiday clothing look book for ladies

Caribbean inspired holiday clothing look book for ladies

holiday look book Caribbean inspired holiday clothing look book for ladies

As the sun shone through the extensive glass ceiling in Festival Place and the cheer of the well fed community lifted my spirits, it made me think of faraway shores and holidays. I thought I would pull together a Caribbean inspired, holiday clothing lookbook from the high street stores which surrounded me, to tie in with this fun event, for anyone else wanting to explore this vibrant and spirited culture.

– Caribbean inspired holiday look book –

 

holiday look book Caribbean inspired holiday clothing look book for ladies

The details

JUMPSUIT WITH EMBROIDERED BACK £29.99
Denim skirt £24.99
LEATHER LUNA X BOD £26.00
Pompom mules £28.00

 

holiday look book Caribbean inspired holiday clothing look book for ladies

The details

MOTO Pom Pom Hem Straight Leg Jeans £46.00
Spiritual Cross Strap Mule Sandals White Leather £40.00
Petite White Cross Strap Back Bodysuit £9.99
Noisy May Green Tropical Print Kimono £25

holiday look book Caribbean inspired holiday clothing look book for ladies

The details

Cap sleeve midi shirtdress £31.47
PINEAPPLE BEAD CLUTCH  £38.00
BEACH PINEAPPLE NECKLACE £15.00
ON VACAY FEDORA £22.00

holiday look book Caribbean inspired holiday clothing look book for ladies

The details

Tropical Print Wrap Front Culotte Jumpsuit £24.99
Tie Up Choker £8.50 
Leather Tie Sandals £39.00
Faux Leather Across Body Bag £25.00

holiday look book Highstreet fashion Caribbean inspired holiday clothing look book for ladies

The details

KISSING FLAMINGO TEE £30.00
Charlie Palm Backpack by Skinnydip £32.00
Sozzled Fruit Punch Slides Gold £26.00
FRILL POCKET TROUSER £42.00

I love the vibrancy of the Caribbean culture; the bright, bold colours as dynamic as their personalities. I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely ready for a holiday now!! All these items are available at Festival Place in Basingstoke. I’d love to see any pics of you rocking bright and bold Caribbean inspired clothes on holiday or in the sunny UK – Tag me in your instagram snaps – @mumadventures xx

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If you’re looking for beautiful food with stunning backdrops you will not go wrong in Dubai, in fact the vast choice on offer can be overwhelming. I’ve just spent the past 4 days eating my way around Dubai and I wanted to share with you 3 of the best restaurants we found for fresh fish and sushi in the Dubai Marina area.

The best fish restaurants around Dubai harbour

– ZENGO –

Located within the stylish & sleek Le Royal Meridien hotel, Zengo overlooks the beautiful Arabian gulf and offers Asian tastes and styles from a beautifully constructed and intricately designed menu. The restaurant itself is contemporary yet earthy, mixing structured metal with natural materials such as paper and wood, fusing together modern with traditional.

The best fish restaurants around Dubai Marina Zengo sushi japanese within the Le Royal Meridien

The restaurant boasts many intriguing views for feasting ones eyes upon such as the skilful crafts of the sushi masters or Robata chefs; all producing beautiful edible creations. Or you can choose to sit at one of the three bars and enjoy a hand muddled signature cocktail whist taking in the atmosphere.

The best fish restaurants around Dubai Marina Zengo sushi japanese within the Le Royal Meridien

We started with a mixture of sashimi and sushi which was absolutely stunning and melted in the mouth. Our sashimi was served in this beautiful, handmade ice sculpture and decorated with petals which was a real work of art and was delicious as it looks.

The best fish restaurants around Dubai Marina Zengo sushi japanese within the Le Royal Meridien

The best fish restaurants around Dubai Marina Zengo sushi japanese within the Le Royal Meridien

The best fish restaurants around Dubai Marina Zengo sushi japanese within the Le Royal Meridien

The best fish restaurants around Dubai Marina Zengo sushi japanese within the Le Royal Meridien

We chose to dine out on the terrace to soak up the balmy evening atmosphere and the view across the sea. Our evening and meal was thoroughly enjoyable and I wish we could eat it all over again! Take a look at Zengo for more details.

The best fish restaurants around Dubai Marina Zengo sushi japanese within the Le Royal Meridien Zengo

 

– The Maine Oyster Bar & Grill –

It is no surprise whatsoever that Maine has won numerous awards for best restaurant newcomer in Dubai. Tucked away in a hotel loading bay on the edge of the marina, The MAINE is a hip Brasserie, free from any pretension and just oozes cool. If you like a Shoreditch beard, a relaxed atmosphere with the odd dancing waiter here and there then you will feel right at home here in this shabby-chic, hipster hideaway.

The Maine Oyster Bar and Grill is Tucked away in a hotel garage on the edge of Dubai's sprawling coastline, The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill is a Seaside Brasserie devoid of any pretension

The quality and variety of the fresh oysters was boundless, all freshly displayed for us. The menu changes seasonally and provides an abundant selection of gourmet seafood including a raw bar & the best shellfish Dubai has to offer, alongside melt in the mouth Filet Mignon & simple yet elegant pasta dishes.

Once you’re finished dining beneath the enchanting chandeliers head to the bar to let the mixologists charm you whilst whipping up a cocktail to sip on out on the alluring terrace before leaving feeling just that little bit cooler than when you arrived.

The Maine Oyster Bar and Grill is Tucked away in a hotel garage on the edge of Dubai's sprawling coastline, The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill is a Seaside Brasserie devoid of any pretension

The Maine Oyster Bar and Grill is Tucked away in a hotel garage on the edge of Dubai's sprawling coastline, The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill is a Seaside Brasserie devoid of any pretension

The Maine Oyster Bar and Grill is Tucked away in a hotel garage on the edge of Dubai's sprawling coastline, The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill is a Seaside Brasserie devoid of any pretension

– Asia Asia –

It’s hard to arrive in to Dubai and not hear about Pier 7; Located in the heart of the Dubai marina, boasting 7 different fine dining, diverse restaurants, you really are spoilt for choice. Head to the sixth floor and step into Asia Asia; a lavish & multiple award winning Restaurant & Lounge which takes its inspiration and design from the ancient Spice Route travelled by traders of old.

Pier 7 best restaurants in Dubai on the marina near the harbour Asia Asia restaurant

Pier 7 best restaurants in Dubai on the marina near the harbour Asia Asia restaurant

Pitch up at the sprawling bar and enjoy a delicately concocted cocktail while you get your bearings in the soothing ambience of Asia Asia; each of the lounges are designed after exotic destinations, such as Thailand, Shanghai, Macau and Kyoto. Intimate booths line the bar area and provide a relaxing hideaway for small parties and groups.

Pier 7 best restaurants in Dubai on the marina near the harbour Asia Asia restaurant

Pier 7 best restaurants in Dubai on the marina near the harbour Asia Asia restaurant

Pier 7 best restaurants in Dubai on the marina near the harbour Asia Asia restaurant

The food is exquisite and described culinarily as where the Far East meets the Middle East. Headed up by Chef Sang Lee who’s international kitchen staff create lavish and indulgent pan-Asian dishes like black cod and truffle dim sum. Keep your eye out for unlimited deals such as Sushi-Saturday and ladies night for food on an epic scale.

Pier 7 best restaurants in Dubai on the marina near the harbour Asia Asia restaurant

The views out onto the marina are absolutely stunning and perfect for enjoying a post meal sake with the warm air cocooning you in an after dinner warm and happy haze as you stare out to the incredible yachts below.

Pier 7 best restaurants in Dubai on the marina near the harbour Asia Asia restaurant with the most incredible yachts below

Pier 7 best restaurants in Dubai on the marina near the harbour Asia Asia restaurant

Pier 7 best restaurants in Dubai on the marina near the harbour Asia Asia restaurant

Dubai Restaurants

Zengo – For bookings click here.

The Maine Oyster Bar & Grill – For bookings see here.

Asia Asia – For bookings take a look here.

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