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! ūüėČ Just look at that little concentration face!

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 РFor bookings click here.

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

Asia Asia – For bookings take a look here.

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I have long been a fan of The White Company, paired that with my love for beautiful skincare the new partnership with Deciem screams match made in heaven! The White Company have always¬†been a brand which I look to when I want elegant and chic homewares, luxury linens (Nobody does bedsheets like them, right??) and quality clothing. Not to mention some of my most favourite candles, which have one of the best scent pay-offs I’ve found. I digress.

The new White Company advanced-skincare collection, which Chrissie created in partnership with global skincare experts DECIEM

– White Company Skincare Review –

When I posted a photo of the new collection on my Instagram someone actually commented that this was like a dream come true for me! How well must they know me! It was right. I love the brand Deciem and have a strong collection of their science based skincare products, so to know that The White Company had paired up with them I knew something special had been launched.

The new White Company advanced-skincare collection, which Chrissie created in partnership with global skincare experts DECIEM

The range is made up of 6 well thought out and essential products, encased in true TWC style minimalist-chic packaging, it makes the perfect start to their foray into skincare. DECIEM can sometimes be faulted that their skincare is too “confusing” and frankly I wont even begin to decipher it all for you here, I will leave that to founder Brandon and Queen Caroline. But TWC have used all of DECIEM’s intense knowledge and experience to create this simplistic and easy to manage range. The White Company’s founder Chrissy Rucker made a smart move partnering with such a highly regarded skincare expert and the Advance Skincare Collection is just as special as it sounds.

The new White Company advanced-skincare collection, which Chrissie created in partnership with global skincare experts DECIEM

Some of my favourites :

First up would have to be the¬†Super Balm; a gentle but deep cleansing balm which melts upon application and turns into a make-up and dirt destroying emulsifying¬†almost oil like substance which leaves skin soft and supple¬†while instantly boosting hydration and radiance, too. You don’t need to apply much and it comes in a large 150ml tube which makes it an affordable and effective cleanser suitable for all skin types.

Next the Super Serum; this highly absorbent and advanced serum sinks deep into the skin, soothing skin concerns such as sallow skin, dark circles and uneven skintone. It plumps skin, offers UV protection and helps skin retain its moisture with it’s active ingredients such as¬†Amino acids,¬†Marine extracts &¬†Grape vine stem cells. Definitely a must in your skincare regime.

The new White Company advanced-skincare collection, which Chrissie created in partnership with global skincare experts DECIEM

Onto the eyes; I really love applying¬†the Eye Revive. It leaves my eyes feeling fresh and soothed, hydrated and plumped. It even boasts that it can help to lift the upper eyelids with its blend of Persian silk tree, oxygen-boosting actives and probiotic technology. However I can’t give you a long term review as to whether it does exactly what it says it can do to banish lines because I have not been using it for long enough, but it’s definitely enjoyable to apply.

The new White Company advanced-skincare collection, which Chrissie created in partnership with global skincare experts DECIEM

Shout out to their face cloths too – double textured and as luxuriously feeling as their linen, but I guess that’s a given.

The new White Company advanced-skincare collection, which Chrissie created in partnership with global skincare experts DECIEM

For me the Night Oil, although beautifully scented (as with all the range actually) and boasting ingredients like anti-oxidant carotenoids: to help support firmer-looking, age-proof skin, Poppy-flower extract: to help visibly smooth skin‚Äôs surface and boost radiance &¬†Amazonian oils: to deeply hydrate and improve the appearance of skin‚Äôs texture, I’m just not sure there is anything groundbreaking here. It’s really lovely to apply and absorbs quickly so definitely a good first step for someone looking to get into night oils, but for me I am not yet ready to convert¬†from my Luna Oil.

The new advanced-skincare collection can be bought from The White Company starting at £20.

Super Balm ‚Äď Gentle Daily Deep Cleanser | ¬£25

Super Serum ‚Äď Advanced Multi-depth Concentrate | ¬£40

Advanced Hydration ‚Äď Skin-Perfecting Moisturiser | ¬£30

Night Oil ‚Äď Overnight Renewal Treatment | ¬£30

Eye Revive ‚Äď Daily Brightening Eye Serum | ¬£20

Hand Elixir –¬†Ultra-Hydrating And Protecting Cream | ¬£20

Face Cloth ‚Äď Set of 3 ‚Äď White | ¬£15

I would really love to know if you have tried out the new skincare, and what you thought of it!

The new White Company advanced-skincare collection, which Chrissie created in partnership with global skincare experts DECIEM

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Last weekend we traveled down to Brighton to stay at the brand new and super stylish Malmaison Brighton for a weekend away. But it wasn’t just any weekend away, Stuart was running the Brighton Marathon! It’s not often, since having children, that we get to enjoy a weekend away, child free, so I wanted somewhere that was special.¬†One of our very first dates, 9 years ago, was dinner at Malmaison in Reading, and we both remember it fondly, so when I saw that there was a brand new Malmaison hotel in Brighton I was really pleased that it was nice and close to the centre.

a uk break weekend away to Brighton for the marathon staying in the stylish Malmaison boutique hotel

a uk break weekend away to Brighton for the marathon staying in the stylish Malmaison boutique hotel

| Malmaison Brighton |

Boasting modern d√©cor, stylish furnishings and perfect ocean views I was really excited to book and see what Malmaison Brighton was like in the flesh. It was the most perfect sunny day to visit Brighton – although I was worried about the heat for the marathon runners the next day. (Stuart ran the London marathon 10 years ago and it was the hottest day of the year back then too, ironically!) The hotel, located in the marina area, was around 2 miles from Brighton along an easy and scenic beach path. It was visible this area had been given a big facelift and the whole ambience felt like we’d popped down to the south of France for the day! The hotel itself had undergone a ¬£5m transformation and had recently opened as the 15th boutique hotel in the chain.

a uk break weekend away to Brighton for the marathon staying in the stylish Malmaison Brighton boutique hotel

a uk break weekend away to Brighton for the marathon staying in the stylish Malmaison boutique hotel

The first impression I got of the hotel was the amazing outside bar. We walked in and immediately I knew it was totally stylish. It had beautiful views over the marina. We sat and had a drink before checking in, something we just don’t get the chance to do with our young children, certainly not in peace, anyway! The atmosphere was so friendly and people were in such a good mood – unsurprisingly considering it was a balmy 19 degrees and everyone sat enjoying their delicious cocktails and crisp cold beers overlooking the boats. I only wish that we had had longer to be able to test out some of the cocktails and soak up the sun – but we had to rush out to register for the race.

a uk break weekend away to Brighton for the marathon staying in the stylish Malmaison boutique hotel

a uk break weekend away to Brighton for the marathon staying in the stylish Malmaison boutique hotel a uk break weekend away to Brighton for the marathon staying in the stylish Malmaison boutique hotel

The rooms themselves were so light and airy with uber cool and contemporary style. Our room was overlooking the marina Рwe had the luxury of a lovely little balcony where we sat and watched the world go by. Our room had all the modern amenities including an absolutely huge TV, WiFi, fancy coffee machine and the most comfortable bed with beautifully soft sheets and luxury feather bedding.

a uk break weekend away to Brighton for the marathon staying in the stylish Malmaison Brighton boutique hotel  a uk break weekend away to Brighton for the marathon staying in the stylish Malmaison boutique hotel

a uk break weekend away to Brighton for the marathon staying in the stylish Malmaison Brighton boutique hotel

After we had spent our day exploring Brighton and registering Stuart for the race we headed back to Malmaison to slowly get ready. I don’t think it’s possible to fully appreciate having time to yourself to get ready until you’ve had children! We called the boys and had a chat about their day. It had been incredibly hot in Brighton and we actually felt pretty exhausted. After a gorgeous “rain” shower I wrapped myself up in one of the fluffy robes and sat on the balcony watching the sun go down. I must have said to Stuart about 5 times that I just felt like I was on holiday, or on a cruise liner! I felt so relaxed and happy. I was enjoying myself so much, watching the sunset over the marina, listening to the sailboats clinking away and the hum of the chatter from the below restaurants was so peaceful and calming.

a uk break weekend away to Brighton for the marathon staying in the stylish Malmaison boutique hotel

a uk break weekend away to Brighton for the marathon staying in the stylish Malmaison boutique hotel

We had to be up and out early the next morning, so we booked into the brasserie downstairs for dinner. Having seen the beautiful cocktails coming out of the bar earlier in the day I knew that we were in for a treat when it came to dining and I was so pleased that we had chosen to eat there. The restaurant itself was stylish with characteristically dark decor and low lit lighting creating an elegant and chic atmosphere.

a uk break weekend away to Brighton for the marathon staying in the stylish Malmaison boutique hotel

Hopefully the pictures do our meal at Malmaison Brighton’s Chez Mal brasserie justice because it was just so delicious.¬†The style of cooking I would say was a mixture of French/British cuisine mixed with contemporary Asian fusion food. I began the meal with a¬†Malmaison Fizz –¬†Maison Champagne, Finlandia Grapefruit, Kamm & Sons Ginseng, Belvoir elderflower and it was refreshing and delicious (supportive wife, I know – Stuart had tea!)

For starter I had the tuna tartare which was a beautifully melt in the mouth texture, personally I couldn’t get on with the flavour from watermelon accompaniment but the avocado & wasabi sauce was perfection. Stuart chose the parfait which they had unfortunately just run out of. Our waiter went through some possible alternatives, none of which Stuart liked the sound of but he kindly offered something from¬†a different menu which was perfect – Spring lamb Benedict – Slow braised Dorset lamb shoulder with American glaze, brioche and mint B√©arnaise.

a uk break weekend away to Brighton for the marathon staying in the stylish Malmaison boutique hotel

A palate cleanser of sorbet and champagne poured at the table.

a uk break weekend away to Brighton for the marathon staying in the stylish Malmaison boutique hotel

For mains I chose the¬†Lobster risotto with Mal house side salad – I always choose fish when we dine out, I guess because I don’t cook it as often for myself at home and I just love fish. Stuart (predictably) went with the¬†Pan roast Black Angus New York strip steak served with a creamy garlic mash and beautiful bearnaise sauce -which I have to say I had total food envy over, it was cooked to perfection!! To my dismay we were both too absolutely full to order pudding – a first! But they all looked delicious, I think I would have chosen the¬†Valrhona dark chocolate fondant with Peanut butter ice cream & sesame brittle, had I not already been ready to be rolled out of there!

a uk break weekend away to Brighton for the marathon staying in the stylish Malmaison boutique hotel

a uk break weekend away to Brighton for the marathon staying in the stylish Malmaison boutique hotel

We were served by the lovely¬†Colm who had also looked after us when we first arrived at the bar earlier in the day. He was so interested in talking to us, despite the usual pressures of serving a busy restaurant, and made us feel really welcomed. All the staff did actually, especially the lovely lady who checked us in, we found everyone to be so friendly and helpful. The only slight negative from our whole experience was breakfast the next day. The hotel had several marathon guests staying, and they had attentively arranged for the breakfast to be laid on especially early to accommodate everyone, which was really great. Runners nervously hurried to fuel up for the day ahead, but perhaps the hotel didn’t realise quite how many people they would have to serve and it ended up in quite a restless queue full of anxious people needing to wait a period of time and then rush through their breakfast to get going for the day. I think the main problem was that everything was table service and cooked to order, perhaps on this occasion it may have been better to organise a hot breakfast buffet which people could help themselves to, or perhaps have more staff serving.

Having said that, the breakfast was delicious and of course normally this would not have posed a problem at all. I eventually had the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs while Stuart had eggs and maple bacon – I actually think it was rather kind to start the breakfast so early for everyone.

a uk break weekend away to Brighton for the marathon staying in the stylish Malmaison boutique hotel

a uk break weekend away to Brighton for the marathon staying in the stylish Malmaison boutique hotel

a uk break weekend away to Brighton for the marathon staying in the stylish Malmaison boutique hotel

a uk break weekend away to Brighton for the marathon staying in the stylish Malmaison boutique hotel

a uk break weekend away to Brighton for the marathon staying in the stylish Malmaison boutique hotel

We had the most perfect stay and I am so pleased we were able to stay at the brand new Malmaison Brighton, I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone looking to stay in Brighton and I really hope we can come back to visit another day – ideally when we didn’t have a marathon to have to fit into the trip!

Malmaison Brighton kindly invited us to stay at their new hotel but all views are my own and I would honestly love to go back again one day soon.

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