Where are my bl**dy keys?! A Beets Blu PagerTag Review

I am truly more forgetful than Dory these days…

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I am that forgetful that, even if I was Dory, I would probably forget to keep swimming.

Yep. That bad.

My husband has often said that he thinks I pushed my brain out along with our first baby. Delightful isn’t he (but sadly he’s probably not far wrong).


When I was contacted a few weeks ago to see if I would like to review a Beets Blu PagerTag, after googling what it was, I jumped at the chance! This snazzy little bit of kit can be tied onto a multitude of different things (such as keys or a purse) and, once connected up to your smart phone or tablet, can tell you where the item is using a proximity alert and it can also relay a sound which you can follow. So handy, and lets face it, a bit of a sanity saver!

I decided to put my PagerTag on my keys. Despite the bunch of keys I have being the size of a small child, I still manage to loose them in my bag or in various places around the house. The keys that is, not my small child. It drives me up the wall and I often think the few marbles I have been left with, after having 3 boys and a husband, have packed their bags and left my brain, never to return.

I put the PagerTag on my keys…

…oh, wait, did I already tell you that?!

Sorry, I forgot.

So, once the PagerTag is attached to your item, you just need to download the free app onto your smart phone or tablet and sync the two up.

I managed to figure out the pairing up between the PagerTag and my iPhone pretty easily (the app is very easy to use) and, after a couple of minutes, the PagerTag was good to go!

¬†You can control the PagerTag from your phone with the push of a button in your app and, if you wish to buy some more PagerTags to attach to other items, you can. All you would need to do then is just tell the app what each PagerTag is attached to (you can also take a photo of your item to use as a profile photo); keys, purse, handbag, glasses case etc, so you can keep tabs on them. I might attach one to my toddler (joking) ūüėČ

It is about the size of a photo key ring, so not at all cumbersome, and it is powered using a watch type battery, which is easily replaceable once it needs a new one.

¬†If you have a forgetful family member, this would make a great gift for them! I know my dad would find it useful…if he could use a mobile ūüėČ

The Beets Blu PagerTag is available via Amazon and is priced at approximately £20.00 (price correct at time of writing).

 I have used my PagerTag at least 5 times in the last 2 months and it has definitely saved me a few grey hairs!

Give it a go!

Are you forgetful these days too?

Gem.x


Disclosure: I was sent a voucher to buy a Beets Blu PagerTag via Amazon for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, opinions and words are my own,



Sink or Swim…

Sink or Swim?

Well, if you’re asking me that question in respect to how I am coping with the toddler at the moment, I’d have to say, Sink.

The terrible 2’s are in full flow and his meltdowns are currently reminiscent¬†of Mariah Carey when she requested¬†her dressing room was to be filled with white kittens and someone said that might be a little tricky…how dare they. He’s literally unreasonable. You’d have more chance of reasoning with a house brick.

Last week, ‘Tantrums ‘R’ Us’ was visited by my toddler in epic style, to the point I even contemplated running¬†away to hide in the most disgusting toilets known to mankind, the school swimming pool toilet.

Let me tell you all about it (I suggest you get a cup of tea and least 15 custard creams to dunk in it for this little tale of woe).


¬†Every Wednesday evening, my eldest 2 boys have their swimming lessons. Their lessons aren’t until 6:30pm, which is a pretty naff time when you have a toddler who no longer naps in the daytime and who, by about 6pm, is about as happy as a grown man who is being kicked in the testicles by someone wearing spiked running shoes . Yep, that happy.

I am normally very lucky and my amazingly fabulous, don’t know what I’d do without, mum often helps me out and will take the boys swimming for me so I can lob the toddler in the bath to de-germify him and then put him to bed before he turns into a mini version of the Incredible Hulk. I’m honestly so lucky to have my mum about to help.

Anyhow, last week, Nanny was busy having a meeting with a nice man who she had organised to come over to her place in order to tell her how much money she was going to have to hemorrhage for a new conservatory, so I was tasked with taking all 3 boys by myself for the first time in a while. (The last time I took the toddler with me, he was under the weather so just laid down on me and went to sleep – it was obviously very sad he was a bit poorly, but on the same hand, it was very helpful that he wasn’t running off everywhere and being a pain in the arse…you have to find the silver lining in these things).

I prepared myself as well as I could by packing snacks, drinks, toys, iPad, a traveling circus (ok, maybe not the circus but everything else was packed) and I dressed him in his Paw Patrol onesie in the vain hope that he might fall asleep in the car and then he was at least ready for bed.

We set off for swimming and did he fall asleep in the car? Did he testicles. He was the opposite of asleep, he was so excited it would appear to an outsider that he survives solely on a diet of Blue Smarties…

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“Brace yourself Gemma”, I thought to myself as I undid the car seat and unleashed him onto the school car park path, “this is going to be bad”. How right I was.

The 2 older ones set off running the 2 minute walk to the pool like they are going to be rewarded with a lifetime supply of Haribo if they get to the swimming pool door first, which encourages the toddler to do the same. He’s pretty sturdy on his feet now but, as his momentum increases, he is often prone to weaving like a drunkard in a bumper car and often goes splat on the ground, and no sooner have I thought it than, “Splat!” – he’s down.

“Waaaaaa!!!!”, he yells.

Arse, I think. Here we go.

Incident number one.

I scoop him up and brush him off. He’s completely fine, just a pair of dirty hands, no damage and no sooner than I pick him up, he’s off again like poop off a trowel.

We reach the swimming pool and, despite it being overcast and drizzly, as soon as we step foot in the pool, I realise it’s actually still sweltering in there. Fiddlesticks – maybe dressing the toddler in a fleecy Paw Patrol onesie wasn’t the best idea after all…ho-hum, it’s too late now.

We go in the changing rooms and the toddler sits nicely on the bench while his brothers get unchanged. I think it’s all going well until the toddler pipes up, “me go!” he says with big puppy dog eyes.

“No, poppet, it’s not Ben’s turn today I’m afraid. We have to sit and watch Luke and Zak swim, but mummy has some yum yums and the iPad, is that ok?” I say, eagerly.

“No, mummy. Me go?” he replies again.

Hairy goolies. Now what do I do?!

I get a snack out for him and this pacifies him enough to distract him and I manage to get him out of the changing rooms still in his cosy, fleecy, onesie. Just what you want to be wearing when it’s 30’c in there 😉😂🙈

The older 2 shower and then walk off to their teachers ready for their lessons to begin. And this is when the faeces hit the fan my friends, this is when sh*t goes down.

“Waaaaaa!!!!” yells the toddler. “Waaaaa!!!!” as he points at the pool. “Me go!” he says, “Me go!”.

I tell him once again that he can’t get in and he makes a break for the water. I manage to grab the hood of his Paw Patrol onesie and retrieve him. I’m now starting to sweat because I haven’t had a chance to take my jacket off and I’m now wrestling with a slippery, onesie wearing, tantrum throwing, toddler. Wow, I’m living the dream here people.

Living. The. Dream.

I go to sit down next to a good friend of mine in order to have a long awaited catchup chat whilst I let Ben watch the iPad. Well, that was the plan anyway, no such luck was to be had.

“Waaaaa!!!” he yells again, as he wriggles away from me whilst performing a jelly move (you know the one, where a kid makes themselves so floppy you can’t physically get a grip on them? That one).

“Sorry…” I tell my friend, “I might have to take him outside to watch from the window”, and I stand up so I can drag the toddler out. Because our kids are still young and may need toilet visits etc, you have to remain poolside for the lesson, which is normally fine but the toddler was causing such a scene, that exiting the pool seemed like the only sensible option left to me. That or drinking some gin, and sadly I had none of that to hand.

We get to the door at the back of the pool and I tell the toddler that if he can’t behave we are leaving. He doesn’t like this idea so yells at me a bit more so the majority of parents watching their kids swim throw me the sympathy glance. You know, the one that says, “sorry this is happening to you but I’m so glad it’s not happening to me right now”, look. 😉

I ask if he wants food or drink and he yells at me to say no he doesn’t, thanks very much. I start sweating some more and my face now feels like it is on fire. Why are toddlers such unreasonable little douche bags at times?!

My last ditch attempt, after the total rejection of the iPad (much to my shock!) is to get the cars out of the bag to see if they distract him.¬†Thankfully, by some miracle, they do, and the Tasmanian Toddler sits down on the floor – but sadly this floor I speak of is the shower floor which is sopping wet and also a bit fousty smelling – to play. Delightful. I have to join him down there to play cars and now we are both sopping wet and smell as bad as a used husbands gym kit that’s been left in a greenhouse for a year. Totally grim, but at least he’s quiet I suppose.

I manage to drag out playing cars until the very end of the lesson – it’s been smelly and damp, but worth it so the toddler wasn’t on the rampage.

I get the boys dry in the changing room and I manage to ignore the toddler who is now, once again, screaming his head off because I have removed him from his damp and smelly play area. How very dare I.

I restrain him on the bench in the changing room by using my foot/leg to pen him in, as I use my hands to dry the other two boys off. How’s that for multi-tasking, eh?!

Then we have the same race back to the car that we had to the pool door when we arrived. Within 6 metres of the pool, the toddler is down in a screaming heap and I’m scooping him up and brushing him off again. When will he learn?! Wait, what am I saying? He’s male. Probably never.

Back in the safety of the car, I swig one of the kids Capri-Sun cartons and imagine it’s an apple infused gin – it’s totally not, but a girl can dream – and I de-sweat myself with a baby wipe. I’m so glam I am. Thank the lord for baby wipes!!!

Later on my mum texts to see how I got on. I toy with being kind (lying) and telling her it was fine and that I rock at being a mum and that’s we all had a wonderful time, but actually, I decide keeping it real is best and fill her in on all the horrors of my evening. She then says she is able to help me again next week and I cry a little inside. Seriously, I know I’ve said it already, but I totally would be lost without my lovely mum around to help me out. I hope I manage to do as good a job as she has. At the moment, I’ve still very much for my ‘L’ plates, and every day I face a new challenge thanks to my boys, but if it is all part of my ‘mum training’ to enable me to be like her one day, I guess I’ll carry on taking the children/toddler crap for now 😉👍🏻

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Will it be Sink or Swim?

Let’s see…

Gem.x

Dear Bear and Beany





Conversation with a 21 month old…

A sample of a conversation with my 21 month old from yesterday…

Toddler: (HAVING A SCREAMING TANTRUM FOR NO APPARENT REASON WHILST LYING ON THE FLOOR RESULTING IN WHAT LOOKS LIKE A CONTEMPORARY DANCE DISPLAY)
Me: “What’s the matter Ben?”
Toddler: “NO!”
Me: “Would you like some juice?”
Toddler: “NO!”
Me: “Would you like some milk?”
Toddler: “NO!”
Me: “Would you like a cuddle?”
Toddler: “NO!”
Me: “Can I pick you up?”
Toddler: “NO!”
Me: (TRIES TO PICK TODDLER UP)
Toddler: (SCREAMS EVEN MORE, SLAPS ME AROUND THE FACE, WRIGGLES ABOUT LIKE AN ELECTRIC EEL AND SCREAMS “NO!”)
Me: “Shall I put you down?”
Toddler: “NO!”
Me: (PICKS HIM BACK UP AND DULY GETS ANOTHER SMACK ON THE CHOPS)
Toddler: “NO!”
Me: “I’ll just leave you here then Ben”
(PUTS HIM ON SOFA AND WALKS OFF)
Toddler: (COMES CHASING AFTER ME AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT WHILST SHOUTING “NO!”)
Me: (POURS SOME MILK INTO A CUP AND HANDS IT TO TODDLER) “Here you go”
Toddler: (LAUGHS AND GIGGLES HYSTERICALLY, KISSES HIS CUP OF MILK AND RUNS OFF TO DRINK IT).
Me: (POURS WINE, LAUGHS HYSTERICALLY AND RUNS OFF TO ROCK QUIETLY IN THE CORNER OF THE ROOM).
The end.

 

Life Love and Dirty Dishes



Need. More. Coffee.

Yes. The toddler has been up since 4am…again.
I’m not at the ‘Nevermind’ phase yet.
I need more coffee.

 




Pocket money tidy up…

I was (begrudgingly) having a post Christmas clean up today – you know, unwanted veg that had been hidden under the table (that could’ve been Daddy’s handy work to be honest, he isn’t a veg fan…), Christmas tree needles that have somehow ended up in your bed, tree chocolate wrappers hidden down the sofa, that kinda thing – and my 6 year old asks if I want some help.
“Of course!” I said, “I’d love some!” and then he said, “but only if I get pocket money for doing it”.
(Industrious isn’t he?! I think he also gets that from his daddy…)
I agree to £1 if he does a good enough job.
After 2 minutes, he’s bored.
“I know mate, it’s rubbish isn’t it having to clean up,” I sympathise, “but it’s not going to get done on its own and mummy has to do it all the time with no thanks or payment for it” (Cue sorrowful violin music and visions of Cinderella).
And with that he buggers off.
Great.
And I feel like doing the same.
…but much to my surprise, he then reappears a few minutes later and taps me on the arm.
“Here you go, Mummy,” he says, and he opens up his hand to reveal ¬£1 he’s taken out of his money box.
“It’s for you for doing lots of hard work”.
Cue cuddles and sobbing from mummy and my husband shaking his head at mummy’s ridiculous emotional reaction.
They can be lovely and surprise you at times these kids…
(And of course I gave him his ¬£1 back, it was a very generous offer but really, he’s got a lot to learn. You can’t even buy a gin in a tin for that!)
😉