My First Scalextric - Review & Giveaway

Scalextric is one of those ranges of toys that I'm sure that everyone is familiar with. They have been around since the 1950s and my partner Chris actually had some of the Scalextric car range when he was younger.

Scalextric have recently brought out a My First Scalextric set as a great way to introduce younger children from 3 years old to the world of Scalextric. My children are three and five and have never owned any Scalextric before so I was really excited to see their reactions to it.

When it comes to children's toys that actually do something, I always have a mini panic about batteries. Luckily, My First Scalextric is all mains operated which is a massive plus in my book. 

The track itself is so easy to click together. It's in a standard figure of eight shape and made of plastic with their Magnatraction technology in the middle to help keep the cars on the track. Each car has a braid underneath that magnetically attracts to this. Once you have the track built, there are three things to connect into the power box; the mains plug, a red controller and a yellow controller.

The red and yellow controllers are colour coordinated to the cars that the set is supplied with and they also match the chevrons on the circuit. Both kids luckily didn't fight over which colour car they wanted - E was happy with yellow and C opted for red. They were raring to go!

Each controller only has one button which makes it perfect for younger children as they don't have to remember what loads of different buttons do to their car. How fast your car goes depends on how tight you squeeze the button. 

The kids really loved placing their cars at the starting line and having me count down from three then racing to see who won. The My First Scalextric set has a range of benefits with hand eye coordination being a great one. They have to keep an eye on their car, especially when going around the corner, and drop their speed so that the car doesn't come flying off the track. Having to remember when to speed up and go a bit slower really helps with risk-reward thinking - if they suss that out, they are more likely to win!

My children, like most others, are prone to the odd Playstation game or YouTube video on the tablet. I love that this set got my children excited to be away from that world and had them playing nicely together for quite a long time. They both got very competitive and it was an absolute joy to watch. I think their favourite thing was seeing how fast their cars could go and I won't lie, I may have been stealing a few goes on them too as it's just so good! They have been having so much fun with their My First Scalextric set.

The set retails at £39.99 and is available to buy from the Scalextric website. You can also keep up to date on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

Want to win a My First Scalextric for your little one in time for Christmas? I'm giving a set away on my Twitter page. You can enter via the embedded tweet below or visiting my Twitter account where the tweet is pinned to the top. Don't forget to read the terms and conditions below.

  • Open to UK participants only
  • 1 (one) winner will receive 1 (one) My First Scalextric
  • The prize will be delivered to the winner upon receipt of their email contact details
  • The Editor's decision is final and binding on the entrants. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • There is no cash alternative to Prizes which are subject to availability, non-transferable, non-negotiable and non-refundable. Prizes may not be sold, offered for sale or used in connection with any other competition or promotion by the Prize winner.
  • Giveaway will run from October 16th until 23:59 on October 29th 
(We received a My First Scalextric for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.) 

More-2-Explore Adventure Belt - Review

If you are a parent to a toddler, you'll know that they can sometimes be a bit of a flight risk. In saying that, my eldest child C (now 5) was, and still is, a little clingy and fearful so would always hold my hand tightly when we went out walking. His little sister, on the other hand, has no fear of anything and does a mad dash any time Chris or myself happen to let go of her hand for even a millisecond. 

We have tried the usual techniques of hand holding, a wrist strap or harness but none have really felt 100% comfortable - until we tried the More-2-Explore Adventure Belt
Wrist straps and harnesses required the parent to keep a hold of one end, either in their hand or round their wrist. As I have two children, going to the shop with them both by myself could be a bit stressful. I'd be holding C's hand then have a hold of E's harness with my other hand, all the while trying to choose what to buy, carry a basket and try to keep E on the right side so that I don't get tangled in harness! 
I didn't realise that a solution to that problem even existed until I was offered the chance to review a More-2-Explore Adventure Belt. These are actual belts that go around the parents waist and child's waist, with a strap connecting them, meaning that you are completely hands free to do what you need whilst also ensuring that your child is kept safe and close by. 

The belt comes in a range of different colours and patterns and E was so happy with her Panda belt. I'm not the thinnest of people but the adult belt fits a waist of 75-100cm so it was comfortable for me to wear. The child's pouch is recommended for children aged 2-5 but can be used up until the age of 8.

E loved the feeling of independence that the Adventure Belt gave her. Although she was still attached to me, walking without holding my hand and being able to walk freely made her feel a bit grown up. The elasticated bungee between the adult belt and child's pouch can be adjusted from 40-80cm and it can be removed completely, leaving the child just wearing the pouch when out of dangerous areas. Everything is attached using buckles so there's no risk of a child being able to undo them themselves.

I've been calling the child's part a pouch rather than a belt because that's exactly what it is! E is able to carry small toys inside the 10.5x10cm pouch which is a bonus for her. She is always wanting to bring a toy everywhere. I've loved being able to go shopping easily and carry my bags home with ease.

The More-2-Explore Adventure Belt retails at £14.99 and is available to buy from the More-2-Explore website. You can also keep up to date on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

(We received the Adventure Belt for this purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.) 

Safe Skin Care if you're Pregnant or Trying to Conceive

If you’re pregnant, you’ll want to know everything about how you can ensure the well-being of your baby. You’ve probably already considered the effect of what goes into your body but have you thought about the products that you put on your body? While it’s true that most of them are completely safe for you and your baby, some experts have suggested that there are certain ingredients you might want to avoid.

A lot of anti aging moisturisers and treatments for acne contain retinoids – a type of vitamin A that speeds up cell division and prevents skin collagen from breaking down. High doses of vitamin A during pregnancy may be harmful to your baby, and some oral retinoids (isotretinoin, for example) have been known to cause birth defects. If you’ve been using a retinoid cream on your skin then don’t worry, just try to avoid them for the remainder of your pregnancy.

Hydroxy Acids
If you suffer from skin issues such as acne and inflammation, it’s likely that you’ll have products that contain hydroxy acids. They are also found in products to help to reduce signs of aging. Salicylic acid is a common beta hydroxy acid (BHA), and it has been found that high doses of this during pregnancy could cause birth defects and other complications. It is recommended that you only use small amounts of salicylic acid no more than twice a day.

Due to the proven health benefits of soy, it may seem unusual that it’s made it onto our list. It can actually have estrogenic effects that can cause dark patches on the skin to become worse. Opt instead for ‘active soy’ in products as it means these harmful components have been taken out. 

Hair removal creams
Chemical creams that either remove your hair or minimise its appearance are safe as long as you correctly use them. Of course, if you’ve had an allergic reaction to these in the past you should avoid them anyway, but during pregnancy, your skin tends to become more sensitive so you may have a reaction even if you haven’t before. Do a patch test on your skin and wait for 24-hours before you continue to use it.  

Steroid Creams
Over the counter, topical hydrocortisone cream that is used for minor skin irritations is safe to use during pregnancy as well as more potent products that will be prescribed to you by your healthcare provider.

Even the cosmetics that you use should be considered when you’re pregnant. Makeup that is labeled "noncomedogenic" is safe but, as we’ve mentioned before, avoid retinol and salicylic acid. The ultra-cautious may want to go for makeup products that are organic, such as Tropic Skincare, which has products such as a mineral foundation that contains active botanical extracts – definitely safe! 

Essential oils
Surprisingly, certain essential oils should be avoided because they have been known to encourage menstruation. Steer clear of basil, rosemary, juniper berry, chamomile blue and jasmine. 

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What I Won - September 2017

September really flew by with C starting primary school. I would usually sit and enter competitions once the kids were in bed but with having uniforms to wash, dinner to eat and packed lunches to make, I've just been too tired to sit up late entering. In saying that, I did win a pretty good haul.

1) Four school uniform products (RRP £40.00) from Trutex
This was perfect as C has just started school. I was able to choose from any of their school uniform items and I went for two pairs of trousers, a fleece and a pair of joggers. The trousers are great as they don't have buttons or zips, just elastic, so C will be able to pull them up and down by himself. The fleece will be great for winter coming and joggers for P.E. as I haven't yet bought him any as P.E. won't begin until after half term.

2) Shloer gift (RRP £5.00) from Shloer

This was a little Instagram win where you only had to like and comment on the photo. I love Shloer and Ferrero Rocher but I only ever buy them at Christmas time. It's definitely made me feel more festive.

3) Mouse's Big Day book (RRP £6.99) from Toppsta

I used to enter Toppsta giveaways about a year ago then kept forgetting but now I've started again. If you aren't familiar with the site, you can enter their giveaways for children's books then if you win, you write a short review on their website. My children love new books so I need to remember to keep entering!

4) Keyring (RRP £12.00) from Lisa Bramley
This was another Instagram win where you had to like and tag a friend. I think this wee keyring is so cute but I'll refrain from posting a photo in case the recipient to be sees it - sorry!

5) Kids Ice Watch (RRP £55.00) from Mudpie Fridays
I was chuffed to bits to win this in the Mudpie Fridays blog giveaway. Chris wears a watch and C is always stealing it so he'll be so happy to have his own 'grown up' watch like daddy.

6) Bows and headbands (RRP £41.00) from Rose Cottage Tales

E has quite an impressive bow collection so this was a fab win for her. I'm loving the hairbands as she doesn't actually own any of that style.

7) Rick and Morty colouring book (RRP £10.99) from HeyUGuys

I was so happy to win this as Chris loves Rick and Morty! They run quite a few giveaways so it's worth keeping an eye on their website.

8) Kiddylicious hamper (RRP £50.00) from Primary Times

I will be gifting to my lovely friend Jenna at Chic Geek Diary for her little ones to enjoy. My two are a little but old for them so I'd like someone to get use out of them.

9) LEGO book (RRP £17.99) from Fun Kids

This is just the perfect prize for C. It came addressed to him which he loved and due to his superhero and LEGO obsession, he was chuffed to bits!

10) Pizza voucher from Chicago Town
Chicago Town run a #CheesyFridayGiveaway on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram every week. The Instagram one (which I won on) doesn't get as many entries as the other two so it's worth trying to remember to enter there too.

11) Bubble bath (RRP £3.99) from Good Bubble

I have seen so many bloggers reviewing this range but I haven't yet spotted them in shops. It smells so good and I can't wait to try it. This was another Instagram win.

12) Mister Maker Live show tickets and Meet & Greet (RRP £47.00) from NI4Kids

I found out about this win two days before the show and I was so excited. C has been watching Mister Maker on CBeebies since he was no age so I knew he'd love it. The show was amazing, C absolutely loved it and joined in with everything. When meeting Mister Maker, the kids even got their own activity books to do.

13) Halloween Haribo (RRP £4.50) from Bella Magazine
I love little wins like this! I don't think they will last long with C around - he loves Haribo! 

So in September 2017 I won 13 prizes worth a total of £296.46. If you'd like to know my comparison's to this month in past years, I've included them below..

September 2016 - 15 prizes worth £326.15
September 2015 - 18 prizes worth £243.85
September 2014 - 6 prizes worth £240.47

Did you win anything nice last month?

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