What to Wear This Week

A stylish yet fun outfit that’s great for going out with friends *without the kids*. Keeping it comfortable with these gorgeous mesh flats.

TMC Pasta Cookbook

Bookmark it for our favourite pasta recipes.

Easy Peasy Mac and Cheese
Easy Peasy Mac and Cheese

Can creamy, cheesy stovetop mac and cheese perfection be achieved with just four ingredients? You bet your buttons—and this easy macaroni and cheese recipe proves it.

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Baked Ziti
Baked Ziti

There is everything to love about this baked ziti, I think of it as an easier version of lasagne. A true family winner and comforting on all levels. Serve with a mixed Italian salad, a glass of Italian red wine and you’re almost transported – just for a second. Bliss.

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Easy Sausage Carbonara
Easy Sausage Carbonara

This is one of our weekly menu rotations! It’s so easy and very delicious, who doesn’t love Jamie Oliver!

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Lemon Orzo Salad
Lemon Orzo Salad

This orzo pasta salad recipe is super customizable! You can easily use other mix-ins based on your preferences and what you have on hand.

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The Best Ever Vegetarian Meatballs
The Best Ever Vegetarian Meatballs

The one we always forget. And the one we can never stop eating.

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Hidden Vegetable Pasta Sauce
Hidden Vegetable Pasta Sauce

We are desperate to get some veg into our kids and families. This vegetable pasta sauce recipe from Jamie Oliver is tasty and does just that.

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Really Easy Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce
Really Easy Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce

The aaah there’s nothing in the fridge for dinner option. Easy peasy and never not great.

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Pasta alla Vodka
Pasta alla Vodka

We’ll have this one at least once a week, thank you!

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Smoked Salmon Pasta
Smoked Salmon Pasta

Quick, easy and one the whole family is sure to love.

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2 Ingredient Boursin Pasta
2 Ingredient Boursin Pasta

When you have no time at all, this is super speedy and super delicious!

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6 Festival Items That We’d Happily Wear Every Day

Whether you’re joining us at Camp Bestival or not, you might be attending a festival this year and thinking, ‘WTF do I wear?!’.

Set the panic aside and remember the following words:

FESTIVAL OUTFITS DO NOT HAVE TO = FANCY DRESS.

In fact, you can wear stylish outfits that you’d wear on holiday, to a special occasion or just every day!

And to make it even easier, we’ve selected our favourite six go-to items from NEXT.

6 Stylish Items That Make Dressing for a Festival Easy

The Maxi Dress
1.
The Maxi Dress

If there was ever a good example of a grown-up festival look – this is it. Take style cues from Sincerely Jules and pair NEXT’s kaftan dress with laid-back jewels and tan accessories.

The Denim Jacket
2.
The Denim Jacket

Is it just us, or are we currently living through the Siennassance? In our opinion, the actress and new mum can do no wrong, even when it’s double denim. Try wearing white statement cowboy boots and retro sunnies, or keep it more low-key with cargo trousers and a vintage tee.

The Little White Dress
3.
The Little White Dress

Nothing says summer quite like a little white dress. Make it festival-appropriate with Marant-vibe Western boots and fringed accessories. *At a fraction of the price.

The Printed Trousers
4.
The Printed Trousers

Since Ganni launched their leopard print jeans last season, a slew of high-street interpretations have cropped up. And *spoiler alert* they are so much more versatile than you think. Pair with everything from a denim shacket to a ribbed vest or a cashmere grey knit – depending on the weather forecast.

The Boho Hat
5.
The Boho Hat

Whether it starts to rain (likely) or you’re blessed with a UK heatwave, a good hat is a must for a festival. And most importantly, if you’re camping, it will help hide day three hair – while still looking chic.

A Band Tee
6.
A Band Tee

The ever-versatile band tee looks great paired with almost anything, from shorter skirts to shorts. But if a longer length is more your thing, add it to a floaty maxi skirt instead.

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10 Parenting Moments That Leave Us Seething With Rage

We used to think we were pretty chill; then we had a baby. The Mum rage is real people, and we can’t blame it all on postpartum hormones…

When Someone Parks in Parent & Child Who Isn’t a Parent and Does Not Have a Child

We endured 9 months of pregnancy and ripped our lady bits in two to earn this parenting perk; and we’ll be damned if a spotty teenager in a sodding Vauxhall Corsa gets to enjoy those 2 extra feet of door-opening space.

When Another Kid Hits Your Kid

Your voice might be saying: ‘Oh don’t worry, they all do it, he gives as good as he gets!’ but your brain is thinking ‘you stay away from my baby you little shit’.

When Your Toddler Waves At Someone And They Don’t Wave Back

Who hurt you?! How could you resist the greeting of my adorable baby’s chubby little hand?!

When People Get Your Baby’s Gender Wrong

A pink dress and a giant bow isn’t enough of a clue for you people?! How about the blanket with her name on it or the sippy cup that says ‘Mummy’s Little Princess?’ NO? REALLY?!

When Your Baby Hurts You

For someone who can barely hold a spoon, toddlers can’t half pack a powerful punch. When they’re not cutting their teeth on your nipples or they’re ripping chunks out of your already-balding-postpartum-head.

When Your Mother in Law Favours The Other Grandchildren

We know it’s probably us being totally irrational, entirely unreasonable etc etc, but is it too much to ask that everyone in the whole world thinks our child is the most special human being on the entire planet?

When Strangers Touch Your Newborn

We have no idea who you are, or where your probably filthy germ-infested hands have been, but back the hell off and STEP AWAY FROM THE BABY.

When Older Kids Won’t Give Your Kid a Turn

Ever stared out a 10-year-old because they wouldn’t get their skinny little bottom off the baby swing? We have, and we have absolutely zero shame.

When Someone Judges You For Feeding Your Baby

Oh hey there! These are breasts! 50% of the population have them! We haven’t whacked them out for shits and giggles, we actually require them to keep our tiny human alive. Move along people.

When Someone Comments On Your Baby Body

‘You’re so big! When are you due?’
The kids in pre-school Karen, go mind your goddamn business!

The Best Energy Boosting Foods

When you’ve experienced monumental sugar crashes that result in meltdowns, you know it’s a bad idea to give kids too many sugary treats – especially when they’re tired!
But why don’t we apply the same rule to ourselves?

Why Do I Crave Sugar When I’m Tired?

Cravings for chocolate, biscuits or cake usually come during an energy slump or when we feel low and want comfort as they’re an instant and accessible source of energy. And while, in the short term, that can be helpful, if you have too much sugar, your body will experience a huge high that is followed by a low. And this causes you to feel more tired and stressed.   While we’re not suggesting that we all avoid sweet treats entirely! A healthy diet that minimises sugar can really help prevent sugar highs and lows, mood swings and further cravings. Here are some tips that have helped us with regulating our energy levels.

The Best Ways to Regulate Energy Levels

Check Your Iron Levels
Check Your Iron Levels

Low iron levels can often make you feel fatigued, and a lot of women experience this during their period. Most new mums are tired all the time, but if you think there’s more to it than a broken sleep, speak to your doctor and ask them to check your levels. If you already know you have low iron levels, then taking a supplement (especially around your period) can help boost energy levels and fight fatigue.

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Start Your Day the Right Way

Having a bowl of healthy granola or muesli is a great way to start the day, as the seeds and nuts are a great source of omega-3s, and the oats provide a slow release of energy. You can also top it with fresh fruit and a touch of honey if you want an even sweeter bowl.

Make Your Own Muesli
Make Your Own Muesli

When we can be bothered to do it, we never regret making our own muesli. It’s also an activity that toddlers love to help you prep. And it doesn’t create that much mess. It’s so easy to do, and all that’s required is a big mix of your favourite nuts, oats, cinnamon, and coconut oil. And then any extras once it’s baked, like dried cranberries, desiccated coconut and a drizzle of honey.

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The One to Buy...
The One to Buy…

Not all granolas and mueslis are good for you, and many shop-bought packets contain a heavy dosage of sugary dried fruit. So, try to seek out the ones that are nut-based instead of fruit. On the days when you’d prefer someone else to do the prep, the best homemade muesli we’ve found is by Lakeland Mues, who toast all their muesli by hand in their Cumbrian countryside kitchen.

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Sip a Wide-Awake Smoothie

Rich in Vitamin C and fibre, this is an excellent drink to pair with iron-rich foods as Vitamin C aids absorption, while walnuts and avocado deliver protein and healthy fats to balance things out. The oats and nuts also slow down the absorption of sugar from the fruit, and cinnamon is known to reduce sugar cravings.

Ingredients...
Ingredients…

1 Mango
¼ Avocado
1 Tablespoon of Oats
6 Walnuts
250ml of your chosen milk

Meals That Balance Your Energy Levels

Mediterranean Baked Salmon
Mediterranean Baked Salmon

Salmon is a rich source of multiple B vitamins, which play essential roles in releasing and transferring energy between cells in the body. It’s also good for brain function, which is helpful if you have the post-birth fuzz.

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Iron-Rich Steak Salad
Iron-Rich Steak Salad

Swap sluggish baguettes for this delicious salad with juicy steak strips rich in protein, iron, vitamins, and flavour.

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Make This Energy Boosting Snack

Walnut Blueberry Energy Bites
Walnut Blueberry Energy Bites

Plant-based walnut blueberry energy bites are the perfect snack to keep on hand. They’re filled with healthy fats and fibre to fuel you throughout your day.

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Tried and Tested: The Best Eyelash Growth Serums

Everyone talks about postpartum hair loss, but no one tells you about thinning eyelashes.

So, in a bid to bring back some volume, TMC’s Style and Content Creator, Luzaan Shaw, tested out some of the best on the market.

1. The One Approved by Ophthalmologists

uklash Eyelash Serum
uklash Eyelash Serum

“You use this in the evening before bed, and it works overnight. The formula conditions your lashes but also encourages growth. And I saw a noticeable difference in my lashes, with them looking fuller after just 2 weeks!
It takes seconds to apply by swiping it across your lash line, and it’s safe for lash extensions and contact lens wearers.
I also love that you can get your money back if you aren’t satisfied with the results after 12 weeks.”

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2. The One That’s Also a Mascara

Glow For It - Lash Growth Mascara
Glow For It – Lash Growth Mascara

“Finding the time to add a lash growth serum into your daily routine can feel like a struggle. But this mascara saves you the effort, as it’s full of natural ingredients that encourage hair growth.
I loved using it as it’s a really good waterproof mascara. However, removing it is a little tricky, and I can’t say I’ve noticed a difference in my lashes.
It could be that it takes a lot longer to see the effects. So, I suppose there’s no harm in using it while you use another serum, as every little helps.”

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3. The One That’s Won Awards

Grande Lash MD
Grande Lash MD

“This one is pretty pricey, so I was expecting a lot. You need to use it every day to see results, but after a month, not much has changed.
My lashes feel softer, but I wouldn’t say I’ve seen a difference in growth or volume.
However, it’s won tons of awards, so maybe it’s worth waiting a little longer to see results as it does say that you can expect thicker-looking lashes in 4-6 weeks.”

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The One We’d Buy…

uklash Eyelash Serum
uklash Eyelash Serum

“I loved all these products, but the one that stood out the most was the UK lash serum. I’d 100% buy this. And I’ve recommended it to all my friends, family, and anyone who will listen.
Not only did I notice my lashes getting fuller and longer after two weeks, but my friends noticed too, and I always get compliments on how long my lashes are now.
I also love that dermatologists and ophthalmologists approve it, so if I accidentally get a bit in my eyes, I don’t get stressed about it.”

Pro tip: “I only apply mine to my upper lashes while my eyes are closed. This then goes onto my lower lashes, which are much longer and healthier now too.”

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12 Films And TV Shows That Portray Motherhood Brilliantly

For when you need a hard relate…

Workin' Moms
Workin’ Moms

Warm, loyal PR executive Kate and her longtime friend, no-nonsense psychiatrist Anne, attend a judgmental mommies’ group, where they meet timid IT tech Jenny and blindly optimistic real estate agent Frankie. The four quickly form an unlikely friendship, sharing struggles of urban motherhood filled with the chaos of toddlers, tantrums, careers, and identity crises, all while trying to achieve the holy grail: a sense of self.

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Trying
Trying

All Nikki and Jason want is a baby — the one thing they can’t have — so they decide to adopt; with their dysfunctional friends, screwball families and chaotic lives, the adoption panel may not agree they’re ready to be parents.

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The Let Down
The Let Down

New mother Audrey needs help with the new addition to her family, so she joins a support group for new parents. While attending meetings, she makes quirky friends who are facing their own challenges and life changes. Outside of the group, she seeks support from work-stressed partner Jeremy and even the neighbourhood drug dealer. As Audrey navigates the learning curve that comes with motherhood, she deals with issues that include sleeplessness, shifting relationship dynamics and Jeremy’s career ambitions.

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Tully
Tully

Having a kid is hard. Having three kids—one of whom is a newborn baby—isn’t just three times harder. The challenges increase exponentially to the point of surrealism, a sensation writer Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman nail with their latest comic drama, “Tully.” In their third collaboration, Cody and Reitman have crafted no confectionery ode to motherhood. There’s no wacky mad dash to the hospital, followed by cataclysmic screams for comic effect. In the same vein as 2007’s “Juno” and 2011’s “Young Adult,” “Tully” unearths uncomfortable truths in a wry, wise way.

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Motherland
Motherland

Written by a team that includes multiple award winners Sharon Horgan and Graham Linehan, this sitcom focuses on middle-class parents and the everyday challenges they encounter. From the competitiveness of the morning school run, to the sheer pandemonium of hosting a children’s party, `Motherland’ gives an honest and amusing depiction of life as a modern-day mother or father to small kids. Armed with their own individual parenting techniques, the leading characters try their best to carry out their responsibilities calmly, tackling each humour-filled situation as it arises.

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Ginny and Georgia
Ginny and Georgia

The mother and daughter dynamic is explored with gusto in the ballsy comedy drama, Ginny and Georgia. Georgia is a confident, playful and whimsical mama who acts as both caregiver and bestie to her 15-year-old daughter Ginny, who she gave birth to at the same age. We love that Georgia owns all parts of herself (not allowing anyone to judge her for becoming a mum at 15) and revels in her femininity and sex appeal. Extra kudos to the makers of Ginny and Georgia for tackling the racial politics of the white mother/biracial daughter dynamic.

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Moxie
Moxie

With social activism being such a prominent feature of our society, it was only a matter of time before films started documenting this era of social change. Moxie tells the story of a shy, high school teen who inspired by her mum who has strong activist roots, creates an anonymous e-zine which she distributes throughout school to call out the social ills of sexism, racism and misogyny. Moxie perfectly demonstrates how as mothers we can positively impact our children by helping them to find their voice and use it as a force for good.

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Behind Her Eyes
Behind Her Eyes

Who else has been hooked on this six-part drama/thriller on Netflix, Behind Her Eyes? Starring Simona Brown in the lead role, Brown plays Louise, a single mum who embarks on an affair with her boss while also befriending his wife. Despite being a loving and devoted mother to the adorable son Adam (Tyler Howitt), Louise makes some questionable life choices, and we couldn’t have been the only ones frequently screaming at the TV: “Gurrrl, don’t do it”. Louise serves as a reminder that being a mum doesn’t mean you’re infallible. To be human is to be imperfectly messy.

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Life of The Party
Life of The Party

If you’re a middle-aged woman whose husband unceremoniously dumps you unexpectedly, what do you do? Well, you enrol in your 20-year-old daughter’s college to complete your degree and do-over your young adult years, of course. Life of The Party is a light-hearted comedy starring Melissa McCarthy that serves as a reminder that it’s never too late for us as women/mothers to pivot and change the trajectory of our lives.

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Firefly Lane
Firefly Lane

Firefly Lane stars Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke as two besties who lead dramatically different lives and enjoy a friendship that spans several decades. Although this warm and fuzzy hearted Netfilx series has friendship at its pulse, it also scrutinises the complex relationship between mothers and their daughters during the tricky teen years.

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The Single Moms Club
The Single Moms Club

Single mums tend to be marginalised in our society, so it’s awesome to see it explored in such an honest and compassionate way as is the case with the The Single Moms Club. Directed by Tyler Perry and starring Nia Long, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Amy Smart, this spirited comedy drama centres on five single mums from very different social/cultural backgrounds who realise they have more in common and form a support group to help overcome life’s challenges.

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Otherhood
Otherhood

We very rarely get the perspective of motherhood from that of empty nesters, and that’s what makes Otherhood such a cinematic treat. When three mums come together to lament that they feel neglected by their adult sons who have flown the coop and lead busy lives, they hatch a plan to travel to New York City to surprise them. Otherhood has some real tender moments, and is a poignant, heartfelt tale that reminds us that the mother and child bond is imperishable.

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Father’s Day Gifts That Are Really For Us

Because Dads like wine, chocolate and face masks too…

“Homemade pizzas, Margs, and “oops yes, sorry! We borrowed your earphones, again!”

“The most stylish way to cut back on booze and a sound system they’d marry you ten times over for.”

“We’ll take a flat white, while we lie in the sun, thanks”

“No one in history has ever regretted buying a Roberts radio. Ever.”

“A romantic dinner in, yummy chocs and the best red wine. We’re not benefitting from this at all.”

“The most delicious olive oil to drizzle on everything and a bbq that camping addicts will love.”

“The spice they/we need in our lives and a sauna blanket we’re guaranteed to steal.”

“A gadget that you’ll love just as much as he does. Staying hydrated has never looked so swish.”

“From the body wash we love to gift to a face mask set we’ll definitely pinch a few from.”

“Who doesn’t like wine, coffee or firepits?”

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Tu at Sainsbury’s is Seriously Good Right Now

We love a bit of Tu. And right now it’s better than ever. So move fast as these items won’t be around for long.

For You

Newborn & Baby

Toddler

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36 Stylish Outdoor Dining Items

Who knew a bevelled or scalloped edge would bring us so much joy?

Even if we’re not awake to light them, we love a candle decorated table.

Let’s here it for all the prints and colours. We’d never be this bold indoors!

Pick items that bring you joy and each year you bring them out they’ll make you so happy.

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The Best Salads to Serve at a BBQ

We’re all about the sides…

Crunchy Pomegranate Salad
Crunchy Pomegranate Salad

Crunchy slaw that’s anything but sloppy and makes even burnt burgers taste delish.

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Spring Burrata Salad
Spring Burrata Salad

Packed full of zesty freshness, this is the spring/summer salad of dreams. And pairs so well with rose.

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Summer Squash Salad
Summer Squash Salad

Whack your squash in the oven, chuck in some leaves, nuts and pomegranate and you’ve got yourself the most moreish dish.

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Lemon Orzo Salad
Lemon Orzo Salad

Pasta is salad when you add some veg and this one is as delicious as they come.

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Watermelon Feta Salad
Watermelon Feta Salad

The one we always forget. And the one we can never stop eating.

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Summer Burrata Salad
Summer Burrata Salad

If you haven’t paired peaches with Burrata, then your world is about to change.

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What to Wear This Week

The perfect outfit for the warmer weather, featuring a fab Ganni dupe!

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The Best Stretches to Ease Back Pain

Constantly feeding? Or your toddler is allergic to walking? This wiil help…

If You Have 10 Minutes…

Release tension in your upper, middle and lower back by doing 10 minutes of stretches, which are designed to help you reduce tension, and gain more relaxation and body awareness.

If You Have 20 Minutes…

Ok, 23! But this 23-minute yoga session is specifically designed for the upper back and will really help with the effects of daily life that contribute to upper backaches, pain, and tightness.

If You Have 35 Minutes…

When you have a little more time on your hands this 35 minute pilates routine will not only strengthen your back and work your core to keep your back healthy but it helps with posture too, which really takes a hit when you have a baby.

Reviewed by Us: SmarTrike Xtend Scooter

Reviewed by: Charlie Rooney, TMC Brand Partnerships Manager

Pro IconPros

Lightweight and easy to fold for travel and storage

Grows with your child and the base lengthens as well as the handlebars

Easy to put together

The wheels flash as they go

Con IconCons

My son kept trying to push the logo, thinking it was a button that did something

What is it?

SmarTrike Xtend Scooter
SmarTrike Xtend Scooter

A scooter with a one-of-a-kind 3-stage extendable footboard, which means it grows with your child and can be used from 3+ up to pre-teen years of 12+. Easy to manoeuvre and XL LED wheels that flash and can go over rough surfaces.

Overall Thoughts…

“My son loves this scooter. He’s had other ones, but this is the one I feel he is the most comfortable with, and I feel safe with him using it. He’s quite small, and most scooters are too large, but this is great as it adapts to your child’s size. I’m so fed up with buying new things every time he grows, but this is an excellent option as it can be used up to the pre-teen years. He loves the flashing lights, and the scooter turns and manoeuvres well, which makes it easy for him to use.”

Any Downsides?

“I couldn’t think of anything other than he thought the logo was a button at first and got upset that it didn’t do anything when he pressed it. But not much can be done about that; it’s just kids being kids. I suppose it’s a little more expensive than some other models but the fact that your child can use it for such a long amount of time makes it so worth it.”

Where to Buy it…

Xtend Scooter
Xtend Scooter

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