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Micro Scooter Review & Give Away: Maxi Micro or Trixx?

When faced with the decision to purchase my six-year-old boy a scooter, I knew that Micro Scooter would be my scooter manufacturer of choice. But would it be the Maxi Micro or Micro Trixx? Having previously bought the three-wheeled Mini Micro, a mum’s dream purchase (no more tantrums on the pavement with a three-year-old refusing to walk); it has been, without a doubt, the best play-per-pound gift I’ve ever bought, and now outgrown and has been passed down to a very enthusiastic younger brother.

Three-year-old Micro Scooter: well used and still hanging on in there...

Three-year-old Micro Scooter: well used and still hanging on in there…

Yes, it’s a little battered and bruised these days but is still in brilliant working order and takes the youngest of the brood, Choo Choo, to nursery most days (when weather permits). On the scoot down the hill, there is a little army of young kids flying by on their Mini Micros, and I don’t think this can just be trend based. There’s a good reason that us mum’s put our hands in our pockets to pay the extra that the Micro Scooter costs: as soon as you take the scooter out of the box, you can feel how sturdy and well-made it is plus the tilt and lean way of scooting is easy for young children to grasp. I speak from personal experience, as in the past I bought my oldest boy (when he was a toddler) a ‘character’ scooter. He soon learned to scoot quickly, and it began to seriously rattle and seemed quite unsafe, so I quickly returned it.

Micro scooters at the ready, steady, go ...

Micro scooters at the ready, steady, go …

The dilema can be when the little ones outgrow the Mini Micro and whether the move up should be to the similar, larger-sized Maxi-Micro or to a two-wheeled stunt scooter, the Micro Trixx. I struggled with this decision myself, so below I will consider the individual benefits of each scooter. Micro kindly sent me a Maxi Micro and a Micro Trixx for the purpose of this review. The Maxi Micro retails at around £99.95 and Micro Trixx at £119.95, and are available from the Micro website and in-store at John Lewis.

Maxi Micro

I know it’s wrong to have a favourite, but I have to say, personally, this is mine. Too-cool-for-school and in shiny black with chrome rear brake (though it comes in a large range of colours from pink to Union Jack design), my six-year-old, Spider, got to grips with this in minutes. It was a straightforward step-up from the Mini Micro and is very, very sturdy, much more so than any folding scooter, and even for me, the most impractical person ever, I could assemble it in minutes. All that is required is to insert the handle bars into the footplate, with one click of the red button and then adjust to suitable height. No need for tools – hooray! The model I received, came with a joystick, and as Spider becomes more proficient, with one click I’ll be able to change it over. The joystick apparently offers a more surf-like experience.

Maxi Micro scooter with Micro bell, Frog strobe light and Micro helmet

Maxi Micro scooter with Micro bell, Frog strobe light and Micro helmet

What I’d say is that the Maxi Micro is best for kids who are going to use their scooter to get to school or for playing in the park. My kids quickly caught on to the tilt and lean steering, and were flying past me in no time. And for mums and dads, who perhaps are using public transport, it can easily be un-clicked and the two parts could fit in a large shopper or Tote. Me, personally I’ve never found the need to separate the scooter as it easily fits in the boot of the car, but if needs must, it is easy to do so. The Maxi Micro is suitable for children aged 6–12 years.

Micro Trixx

This is Tennant’s, my nine-year-old son’s, favourite, and for more adventurous children who are interested in doing bunny hops and basic tricks, this will be the scooter for them. The Trixx is a light-weight, two-wheeled stunt scooter with a 360° rotating footplate; we were sent a sleek silver-coloured design with white handle bars. As soon as we hit the park my son was doing bunny hops and scooting at quite a speed. My younger son, Spider, admittedly did look on with a little bit of envy …

First-ever bunny hop

First-ever bunny hop

To be honest, we’ve only been using the scooters a couple of weeks, so he hasn’t progressed to other tricks or using any small ramps yet, although he’s very eager to getting going. But I’m the typical mum, erring on the side of caution. On the most part for us, this scooter has been used in the same way as the Maxi Micro, for the school-run, walks in the park or just a trip to the local shop. I know that Tennant, however, is looking forward to using it to its full potential. And loves the street cred of having a cool, stunt scooter!

Micro Trixx

Micro Trixx

The only slight downside of the scooter for me was assembly. The instructions were basic and as I mentioned I’m quite an impractical person. My husband had to be assigned to this job for his allen-key-tightening skills. Once you know how, it is fairly easly … The Micro Trixx Scooter is suitable for children aged 5–12 years.

Scoot The Day Away

In a country where many kids have sedentary lifestyles and with increasing numbers of childhood obesity, scooting is an easy and enjoyable way to incorporate exercise in our children’s daily routine and can make the journey to school or the shops easier for us parents, too. I have endorsed Micro Scooters because I personally can recommend them, but exercise on any type of scooter, of course, is health-beneficial. Micro Scooter have kindly offered to do a Maxi Micro or Trixx give away.

This competition is now closed.

Maxi Micro or Trixx Give Away

How to enter

All you have to do is leave a comment in the comment box on this post with your scooter of choice, either the Maxi Micro or Micro Trixx and enter the competition by clicking here on a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway Terms & Conditions:

Please read the terms and conditions.

The giveaway starts on 10 January 2014 and closes Midnight (GMT) 24 January 2014.

The winner will be chosen at random by the random winner generator on Rafflecopter and notified within 24 hours. Failure to claim the prize within 7 days of being notified will result in a new winner being chosen.

The winner must have fulfilled the mandatory requirements which is:

Post a comment on this blog post, telling me the scooter you hope to win: either the Maxi Micro or Micro Trixx in your chosen colour.
Ciick on the Rafflecopter widget to say you’ve done so.

The competition is open to UK and Ireland entrants only.

The give away prize is the Maxi Micro or Micro Trixx.

The prize is non-refundable, non-transferable and no cash alternative will be offered.

The promoter of the give away is Micro Scooters and will be despatched by them.

 

Disclosure: Micro Scooters supplied these scooters to review. All words and opinions are my own.

 

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Wishing You All A Merry Christmas!

Just to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. I’ll be back once all the Christmas festivities are past … so hope you all have a very special time with your families.

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Apologies, I was planning to write a post on Frugal Weekend Breaks for Five, but work deadlines and Christmas preparation means that it will need to wait until after the big day. All the very best. x

 

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Christmas Reverie, Little Ones & the Tree

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Christmas daydreaming of special times with kids: cold, crisp walks in the park, carousel rides and Christmas lights. Unfortunately, real life tends to get in the way; with work deadlines looming, shopping and present wrapping PLUS three nativities and a musical recital all in the one week.

We did make time at the weekend, like most of the UK, to put up and decorate the tree. With Arthur Christmas playing (for a little bit of distraction so I could move the baubles when they weren’t looking), I managed  patiently – something of a minor miracle – to watch them drop baubles, tangle Christmas garlands and climb on the sofa to reach high-up places. And, it was wonderful… These are the things that make memories…santa express

It is the things that we do with our children that hopefully they will remember when they grow up. Next week I’ll be writing a piece on Frugal Weekend Breaks for Five, on how to get away with kids on a budget. Anyone with more than two kids, will agree how difficult it can be.

A weekend break to Lapland would be wonderful, but who has the budget for that these days. Instead, we’re taking a budget break in Aviemore, including a trip on the Santa Express steam train.  I’m sure the kids will love it just as much!

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Get-ahead Frozen Roast Potatoes for Christmas Dinner

Nothing beats having all the family round for Christmas dinner, and good roast potatoes can be the making or breaking of the meal. Even the kids love roast potatoes!

I’ll be clear from the outset, I’m not talking Aunt Bessie’s roast potatoes here, some work is involved – but these can be made weeks in advance and then cooked straight from frozen into sizzling goose fat on Christmas day.

I always feel a little cautious when I drop the potatoes into the searing hot fat, but it does work… Straight in the oven and they turn out deliciously crispy and fluffy in the middle.

I’ve tried a variety of recipes over the years, but this one is such a time-saver… After all who wants to be peeling and prepping bucket-loads of potatoes on Christmas Eve? I’d love to hear what you think …

 
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What you’ll need…
(Serves 8)
 
About 2 kg potatoes (floury ones like King Edward or Maris Piper)
8 tbsp of goose fat (or vegetable oil)
 
1. Peel the potatoes and cut into even-sized chunks. For big potatoes, cut diagonally into three pieces. Transfer to a large pan of cold water and bring to the boil. Par-boil for about 7 minutes.
 
2. Drain the potatoes well and put back in the pan. Turn down the heat to low and give the potatoes in the pan, with the lid on, a good shake. You want to roughen up the edges as these are the bits that will go crispy.
 
3. Put the potatoes on a baking sheet(s) and leave until completely cool. Put in the freezer to open-freeze and once frozen, pop into freezer bags or a tupperware dish until Christmas day or when needed.
 
4. Preheat the oven to 200ºC / 180ºC fan / Gas Mark 6. Scoop the goose fat into  a large roasting tin (I tend to use the big foil ones to save on cleaning up) and put in the oven until very hot. Carefully remove from oven, and add the frozen potatoes, gently tossing them in oil so they are all coated. Season if you wish, then quickly put back in the oven.
 
5. Roast for about 1 hour, occasionally turning the potatoes, or until golden and crunchy, then serve. 

 

(This recipe is not my own, I discovered it many years ago in a Good Housekeeping magazine; however, the writing is all mine!)

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Christmas Gifts for Kids: Is Less More?

At the risk of alienating my new following, I’m going to broach the subject of kids’ Christmas presents. Now, I love all things Christmas: I love the smells, decorating the house, having family and friends round, and most of all the magic and excitement that ensues for those of us with young children. However, in the process of clearing out, recycling and donating old toys and clothes in preparation for the mass of new stuff that is soon to pop down the chimney, I found so many toys with bits missing or broken. I started wondering is less more and am I brave enough to choose quality over quantity?

Originally, with my first child I thought I would purposefully choose gifts that were enjoyable, educational and long-lasting. However, over the years, and another two kids later, I’ve found that come Christmas Eve there are so many gifts that the floor is barely visible. It is wonderful, of course, on Christmas morning to see the joy on our kids’ faces as they rip open their presents. But is it healthy for our children to live in such a disposable society where everything is replaceable?

My instinct is that I’m not teaching them to value the things that they have – after aforementioned clear out, none of them even noticed that some of their toys were missing. But then the worry wort kicks in … Would the kids notice if there were less gifts than last year? We wouldn’t want them to be disappointed or are we really just over-thinking it …?

My aim this year is to focus on good quality, long-lasting products (depending on what budget allows) but will I be strong enough to stick to it? No doubt by Christmas Eve I’ll have buckled and a mountain of gifts will appear by the tree again, destined for the charity shop before Christmas 2014!

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Logging onto blogging …

To anyone who happens to find themselves on this page, first of all – thank you! I’m new to blogging, so please be patient with me…! I am a freelance editor and writer but, by far, my most challenging job is raising three boys (let’s call them: Tennant (after Dr Who not the drink; this is a health-related page, after all…), Spider and Choo Choo. Apologies for the lack of imagination, but dinner preparation is looming, and originality is escaping me….

We are a family of five living in Scotland, yes that’s the ‘fat man of Europe’ and like most parents we’re doing our best to raise healthy, considerate and reasonably (!) intelligent boys (she says as one child intermittently turns the lights on and off!). With health statistics here in Scotland following the US, I want, like most parents, to do the best by my kids: in terms of feeding them healthy food, keeping them active and, very importantly, making them feel secure. Being on the cuddly side myself, I am in no way working for the food police; I’d be a hypocrite. My aim is to write, hopefully sometimes humorous, posts about my experiences raising my kids and how to keep them healthy and happy, as well as recipes and product reviews. Wish me luck! Karen x