07 December 2017

Globber Evo 4-in-1 Scooter Review and Giveaway

It's quite obvious I haven't blogged in a long time but when two Globber scooters arrived on my doorstep on Monday, I dusted the laptop off and put fingers to keys to introduce you to Globber and their new Evo 4-in-1 scooter.

Not only did I receive one for each of the twins, you have the opportunity to win one for a special little someone in your life too!

The Globber EVO 4-in-1 is the perfect transitional scooter for any kid 12 months and up. As the name suggests, there are 4 configurations allowing the scooter to grow with your child. Stage one is a ride on/balance bike style scooter with two different height options with the option of parent assistance with the push handle. Once your child has mastered and outgrown stage one, you can easily (this mama and 4 year old Ned found it a breeze) transform it to a proper scooter, again, with the height being adjustable.

The scooter will comfortably hold up to 20kg in the first stage ride on version with seat, and up to 50kg when configured as a scooter.

This afternoon on the scooter's maiden test run, the twins (now 17 months) pretty quickly got the balance bike concept but also loved placing their feet on the deck for the full pushchair experience and who could blame them with the view?
I'm excited to see them develop and transition to master scooter just like their big brother.

At $160, this is an investment item compared to what you might pay for a scooter or balance bike at a mainstream department store but well worth it for the quality and longevity. Ned has been riding the My FREE Up scooter for over 18 months and although it is well loved in terms of use, the quality is still as good as when we received it.

Not only do I think the Evo is pretty cool, Australian Mother and Baby magazine awarded it a Gold Medal in the developmental toy category earlier this year.

Welcome to the family Evo.
For your chance to win one of these amazing scooters, jump over to Facebook or Instagram and comment with the scooter emoji and your choice of dark blue, pink or green.

Competition closes Sunday 10 December 5:00pm AEDST for postage within Australia. Pre Christmas delivery cannot be guaranteed but is likely with prompt communication.

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24 July 2017

Party of Five

Chantelle of Fat Mum Slim recently published a post expressing her heartache, disappointment and confusion about that question that plagues a lot of mums (and perhaps dads too).

When did you know you were done? 

After taking some time to fall pregnant after having Ned, hubby and I realised we were pretty content with just the one child, and then what felt like a moment later, we found out we were expecting twins.

While it may be controversial and I don't at all mean to be insensitive, I and we are SO done - emotionally as well as financially. 

My ovaries don't ache, I have no desire to cuddle newborn babies and I certainly don't ever daydream about 'just one more'. I actually physically shuddered the other day at the doctor's surgery after the twin's vaccinations at the sound of a newborn wailing and breathed a sigh of relief that that will never be us again. And to be honest, I'm positively terrified at the thought of having any more children.

Financially, we've reached our capacity too. I want to bring my kids up to lead a comfortable life just like my parents did for us and know that if we had any more kids it would challenge those ideals. 

Finally, relationship wise, I feel like all of my love and patience is dedicated to our offspring and trying to keep the ship sailing so to speak that I have little time or energy to place into our relationship as husband and wife. Just the other day the husband advised me that an hour after he'd got home from work I still hadn't said hello. And even when he was telling me that I'd practically ignored him, I still hadn't greeted him and instead was just barking orders at him to help me with getting the twins to bed. That isn't fair at all to him and that is why it wouldn't at all be fair to have any more children. 

Our party of five is just right.

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18 July 2017

Less Screen Time : Introducing Pop the Pig

It’s entirely our fault that we’ve created a bit of an iPad monster in the form of a slightly chubby, super cheeky and terribly smart nearly four year old. Newborn twins will do that to you. Two screaming babies and two adults left little time for a three year old craving attention, and we soon discovered that he was quite content with catching up on his fave shows via the ABC kids app. We then discovered the YouTube kids app and Ned fell in love and fascination with people reviewing toys, playing with those toys and even watching people from all over the world open kinder surprise eggs (do your kids do this too?!)

I won’t lie and say he doesn’t still get the iPad more than he probably should but we definitely try and limit his screen time by trying to move his focus to outside activities when time permits, or to age appropriate games and toys.

One of those toys that he selected on a visit to Kmart one day was Pop the Pig. I think letting your kids select a toy (within budget of course) is key in keeping them interested in it, not just on the day you take it home, but many weeks and years to come.
Pop the Pig involves a die and a set of numbered and coloured 'burgers' which are fed to Pig until he bursts. It is great for kids for both their number recognition and counting skills and so fun to play with them as the anticipation builds wondering who is going to literally pop the pig first.

The kids over at Talkin Toys can show you exactly how it works or you can get in on the action by winning one over on the Trainee Mama facebook page.

03 July 2017

Twin Mama Life : Farewell Privacy

One thing that I wasn’t at all prepared for before becoming a mum of multiples was the interest that twins generate. Unfortunately it's not the type that increases your bank balance. All sorts of people are drawn to twins– some will want to chat to you and some are happy to whisper or point without any consideration of your privacy or feelings. Sometimes you almost feel like a bit of a D-grade celebrity who has a reporter and paparazzi ready to jump out and surprise you at any moment.

A quick trip to the shops for bread and milk is a distant memory. These days I really cannot go anywhere without being stopped. The former shy, introverted Peta would have rarely left the house with the twins in fear of being bombarded and not being able to complete whatever she needed to in peace. But, being approached by strangers on the daily kind of pushes you outside of your comfort zone and this twin mama, and mum of three is now well versed in conversations with strangers and happy for the most part to let people ogle and admire, discuss twin science (because everyone is an expert) and talk-twins to everyone and anyone.

While most people’s intentions are lovely and genuine, some comments that multiples-mums get thrown are completely shocking and unnecessary. I once had a woman who was shopping with her grandbaby see the twins in the pram and exclaim ‘poor you, poor you’. She then trotted off and turned around and said it again!

I saw this post a couple of years ago on Uncanny Annie's facebook page and it pretty much sums up how us mamas of multiples sometimes feel. 

I REALLY wanted to leave these signs on the pram today. As a twin mum, you get asked a series of questions/hear a series of statements EVERYTIME you go out. I know most people are coming from a great place and are just curious however many can be quite intrusive and after a while it's just plain exhausting. And since I was heading into the city, I knew the questions would be coming thick and fast... but I chickened out on the train and took them off! 😜

Don't get me wrong. Being a twin mama is so amazing and I never tire of being told how beautiful the girls are or how much of an amazing mum I must be. Anonymity would be nice occasionally though. 

Are you fascinated by twins or multiples?