18/02/2017

Do YOU have a landline? (Home Phone)

Hopefully you've read the title of this post; I want you to answer the question in your head with a simple yes or no answer. Do you have a landline in your home? Don't give yourself anything else to think about other than a straight forward answer. You may wonder why I ask such a random question? The reason will either already be a precaution of yours or it will be something you didn't ever think about until this post. I'm doing this post for those people, I was one of them too...so let me explain what I'm rambling on about here.

I was laying in bed a few nights ago just about to drift off into the land of nod, when suddenly I woke up in a panic remembering I hadn't set my alarm for the following morning:- I always set an alarm regardless of my plans the next day, am I the only one who does that? I was alone as Reese was away and not getting home until very late that night. As I picked up my phone I realised the battery was dead. A thought plummeted into my head, one I'd never thought about before now. I have no house phone and I repeated to myself 'I am alone'. How do I get help in an emergency? Then began the over thinking mum panic...
In a case of emergency : 
How long would it take my phone to turn back on after a dead battery?

What if I've misplaced my phone? In a panic there is NO time to be searching around the house. I know me personally I loose my phone three times daily, at least. Even if the case is luminous green.

What if something terrible happened to Penelope in the time my phone was out of battery? 

Would I run to the neighbours house? Then that brings the risk of leaving Penelope alone when I could be giving CPR or other such aids. Are they even going to be IN!? There's no sure answer.

Should I run into the street and scream? I hear screams outside my house a fair lot and never have I gone to the window or door to see whats going on. I'm usually cooking dinner with a toddler round my ankles so it'd be inconvenient for me. If I don't go to check, who's to say anyone would answer my screams.

Having a landline 

If you had a non wireless house phone there would be no risk of misplacing it, or it running out of battery. That is if you had one that WAS NOT a wireless handset. Otherwise you can still loose the darn thing or it would run out of battery from being off charge. It defeats the entire concept of my message.

It is easier to call 999 as you simply have to pick up the handset and the dial tone will begin ready for you to dial. With a mobile phone what child would be able to unlock your mobile phone? The password option is enabled and they don't know the code. If they miraculously get passed that stage then it's the matter of finding the dial option on the phone and ringing 999 for the emergency. I know no young child would be able to work that out quick enough to save my life or if at all.

If you used a non wireless home phone that plugs straight into the phone line a child of a much younger age can begin to learn to basic steps of learning to call for help. I'm sure you've seen the videos on Facebook of tiny three year old girls saving their mothers lives by calling 999.

So this leads me to ask. Why do we not have non wireless landlines in place inside our homes as a standard emergency precaution?  Yes you might get spam calls, yes it costs a fee but if the time ever arouse where you or your loved ones needed to be saved. It'd be worth it, right?

Something to think about perhaps? I know after that night, the very next day we went straight out looking for home phones. 


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21/01/2017

Review: Wicked Uncle

Where I live there used to be a whole range of shops you could visit to buy childrens toys; Mothercare and the Early Learning Centre just to name a couple. For some reason they've disappeared over the last few years near me and have been replaced by other shops. This means come Birthdays, Christmas, and days where I just want to treat Penelope I can't find anywhere to browse. 

We were kindly gifted £40 to purchase some toys for Penelope from the lovely team over at Wicked Uncle. I'm sure you've heard of them as they are taking over the online toy world by storm. 

The selection of toys available aren't your usual toys that you see being advertised on tv. Instead they stock a ton of wooden toys. I have to say I have a real love for these. I am always drawn to them. All of their toys are really intriguing and while browsing you just get this 'I want to buy it all' feeling. You don't appreciate having a house of Paw Patrol or Teletubbie merchandise, it is quite nice to have something a little more bespoke and special.


With our £40  we decided to get a beautiful show horse stable. You get 8 great quality horses all of a different breed, which makes for great teaching purposes as they get older. Each of the horses gets its own stall. Above each stall you can personalise the sticker labels that come with it and pick a name for each horse. I let penny choose the names and we had a real giggle coming up with them.

The next toy we went for was the Nutty Squirrel Wooden Balancing game. The point behind the game is to balance as many acorns on the squirrels back as you can before Nutty falls. Now, I can't deny the fact that I was really excited to play this game too, as I am a big kid at heart and balancing games are a secret joy of mine. I knew Penny would love it too of course, so we snapped that up.

Wicked Uncle divide their toys up into categories like 'Outdoorsy', 'Creativity', 'Fashion & Style'. They actually have 13 different categories for you to explore so whatever your little one is into there is surely a special place for you to find all the things they would love.


You can make things even easier for yourself by selecting the gender and age of the child that you wish to shop for. I really liked the fact that the website really tailored to my wants and needs by having a well organised easy structure.

The ordering part was super simple. Now when it comes to online shopping the worst part for me is the checkout stage and that's not because I have to part with my money but more the fact that some sites just over complicate the whole process. Wicked Uncle however kept it really sleek and simple making it no hassle at all to pay. They did have a handy little add on suggestion section when at the checkout almost like they do in shops. You know when you get to the cashier and they have chewing gum or confectionary waiting there for you to quickly add in to your shopping? They have something similar on the go which I thought was quite clever and a very good idea because they really do work.


Another handy service that stuck out to me at the check out was the offer to gift wrap my items but not only that! You could actually select the design of wrapping paper you wanted. I thought it was such a lovely touch, it makes it even more special for the child. Details!! It's all about those little details for me.

I was a very happy customer, my child was very happy with her toys  and so,  for us it was a very good experience and I look forward to ordering more wonderful toys from the Wicked Uncle website.

*I was gifted 40 pounds to choose some toys in exchange for a honest review for Wicked Uncle. All opinions are completely my won.
        
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