Product Review: Bright Starts Entertain & Grow Saucer™

NuNu has gotten increasingly rambunctious over the past week or so. She has long spells of excessive hyperactivity. I think she’s really starting to figure out what her body is capable of doing and she wants to explore EVERYTHING. She kicks, she climbs, she jumps. NuNu is all over the place! She has even started her first attempts at crawling. She has a great starting position but hasn’t yet figured out how to move her arms and legs at the same time so what she’s doing resembles a very slow and precise military low crawl.

With all of this new found burst of energy, “P” and I decided that she needs to burn off some of the excess considering the urge typically hits her when she should be preparing for bedtime. We searched for something that would give her the sensory stimulation that she needs and also gives her a bit of a work out on those little legs. We looked into play mats, walkers and activity centres until we found the one that best suited her needs.

We went with the Bright Starts Entertain and Grow Saucer™ the Pretty In Pink™ Collection. Not only is it a great buy but a portion of the proceeds go to breast cancer research.

Bright Starts Entertain and Grow Saucer™ Pretty in Pink ™

Bright Starts Entertain and Grow Saucer™ Pretty in Pink ™

We purchased the saucer from Argos for £44.99 (approximately $72) which is pricey when you do the conversion but with that aside it is well worth it. I was pleased that it looked even better than what it does on the box. The bright colors (pink, green white and blue) are eye catching. If you are looking for something more gender neutral or for a baby boy it also comes in a green/blue/orange pattern.

Pretty In Pink™ Pattern

Pretty In Pink™ Pattern

The saucer is designed to have a rocking motion as baby moves around but it doesn’t take away from it’s sturdiness and the quality is top notch.  It was fairly easy to assemble (“P” put it together and I didn’t feel the need to put a hard hat on NuNu as I placed her in it). It has three adjustable heights which come in handy as baby grows. It’s recommended for baby’s that are 4 months or older but is suitable for little ones that are capable of holding their head up on their own. NuNu is still pretty tiny at 8 months (she’s only 14 pounds), thankfully the saucer comes with a seat insert for younger or smaller babies. We put it on the lowest height which is wonderful because that means we can get a little more use of it than what we expected.

She was gleaming with excitement from just watching “P” put it together. As soon as I placed her in it she immediately began to enjoy the 10+ activities. Each one of the toys were easy to pop in during assembly but will withstand NuNu’s tugging and pulling. She was taken by the dragonfly on a flexible stalk with ridged teeth-able wings. She pulled it forward and started gnawing on it as if she knew what it was for. The spinning barrels, toy bar with two dangling fun toys, a bead chaser, bumble bee rattle and an easy to use push top is more than enough to keep any baby entertained. The saucer is also equipped with four loops to attach baby’s favorite toys.

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NuNu absolutely LOVES the Bright Starts Entertain and Grow™ Saucer.  So much so that after about 30 minutes of exhausting play time she fell into a cozy nap. I certainly recommend this product for your baby that is on the grow!

The Bright Starts Entertain and Grow Saucer™ is also available in the U.S. at Walmart and Target for around $53-58. Here is a short clip of NuNu enjoying herself.

*This product was purchased by Cocoaonthegogo and the review is unpaid and unbiased. The product was purchased at full price without any compensation*

Cocoa Goes Punting on the River Cam

As summer slips away and tucks itself into the clouds  I find it fitting to reminisce over the days of sunshine and seemingly endless  blue skies.

It was only a few weeks ago that we visited Cambridge and went out for a bit of exploration. I am not a huge history buff but I am a lover of pretty things and Cambridge gives the perfect combination of both. What better way to explore the history of such a beautiful place than by punting down the River Cam.

Judging by the mass amount of people walking the streets on this sunny day this is obviously a tourist hot spot but it certainly doesn’t have the feel of it. I spotted couples snuggled up on the grass, ladies in frilly dresses sitting beneath the shade trees and smartly dressed men dashing about, bottle of wine in hand presumably taking advantage of this gorgeous day by planning the perfect date.

“P” and I strolled the paths along the river and booked in a time slot with one of many punting companies, typically manned by students of one of the local universities.

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Punting is very similar to the gondola rides that are popular in Italy or at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. The only difference is that instead of an oar, punters use a long pole to propel the boat through the water. Punting takes a great deal of physical strength and skill so you can go with the chauffeur option or if you are really daring you can jump on a boat and do it yourself.  In order to enjoy the scenery and get a guided tour we took advantage of being chauffeured down the river.  Not only is it relaxing but it is ultra romantic in a very Pride and Prejudice kind of way.

Here are some lovely moments along with some tidbits of history that I was able to capture  while floating down the river.

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King's College Chapel

King’s College Chapel

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Queen's College Mathematical Bridge- named for it's architectural design. The arrangement of the timbers follow some mathematical theory that I can't comprehend, but that's the story!

Queen’s College Mathematical Bridge- named for it’s architectural design. The arrangement of the timbers follow some mathematical theory that I can’t comprehend, but that’s the story!

Even though the experience was nothing short of fantastic we did witness other punters experiencing moments of “River Rage”, and some playing what seemed to be “bumper boats”.  We also got a brief tutorial of what bridge jumping looked like. Bridge jumping is when an adventurous soul is compelled to hop out of their punting boat, latch on to a bridge, climb up, run across and jump back down into the boat as it crosses underneath.

Going Over!

Going Over!

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Apparently you can rent a punt for a “hen do” otherwise known as a bachelorette party. It comes equipped with your very own scantily clad masked bloke to navigate you and your friends down the river.

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St John's College

St John’s College

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There are approximately 70 spaces along the River Cam permitted for residential boating. At present time, it costs approximately £1, 071.60 to moor (park) a two person occupancy boat along the river. Not bad for rent! I will certainly add this to my “Living List” (things to do while I’m still alive and kicking it).

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Ladies enjoying wine under a shade tree on Jesus Green on the River Cam. Just north of Jesus College.

Ladies enjoying wine under a shade tree on Jesus Green on the River Cam. Just north of Jesus College.

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Quayside

NuNu thoroughly enjoyed herself. You can see it in her eyes!

NuNu thoroughly enjoyed herself. You can see it in her eyes!

 

A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself” ~ Laura Gilpin