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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

Review : Ikea LÖMSK Swivel Chair

Ikea very kindly sent us the LÖMSK Swivel Chair to try out.  My first impressions were that it was wasted on a two year old and I wanted an adult version!  

As you can see, Amie has had enormous fun as chief tester - spinning, hiding, chilling - and even keeps her favourite toy hidden in there so that Uncle Jake can't steal it when she is not here.

The chair is made of hard (polypropylene) plastic and has an extra wide (and heavy) base to prevent it from falling over.  We tested the red version but it is also available in blue.  The idea behind the chair is that the spinning motion (when not being used as a toddler version of the Waltzer at the Easter Fair) can have a calming effect, and boy, do we need plenty of help with that in this house!  The hood is an ingenious idea as it allows the child a hiding place - or somewhere for a couple of minutes time-out - a private space in the busy atmosphere of a family home.

The chair is available from Ikea stores and retails at around £45 (at the time of publishing).

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Ikea have recently launched their Make The World Play More Facebook page which is well worth a visit.  The application allows parents and children to create their own book, complete with illustrations, following one of three scenarios.  Also Ikea are running a competition called Your Fridge Door where you can upload a photograph of your child's artwork and win the MALA set.  There are more details about these competitions if you follow the links.