23/04/2017

My Sunday Photo!

Photalife



18/04/2017

Gtech AirRam Mk 2 - Review

You may remember we reviewed the Gtech Multi last year and loved it. Well, we've now been using the Gtech AirRam Mk 2 for a month or so and...........we also love that too! 

The Gtech AirRam Mk 2 is the latest AirRam model. A cordless, upright vacuum which is lightweight and so easy to use. Take a look the TV advert! 

What's in the box?
Instructions
Battery pack
Charging lead
Main vacuum body
Handle
The AirRam is so easy to put together, with simple instructions, it's ready to use in a jiffy. Ours came with a little power in the battery. Enough to give it a quick whirl and then we plugged it in to charge. The AirRam is run on a professional grade 22V Lithium-ion battery.
The pieces fit together nicely and click into place, so you know that they are in position correctly. The feel of the upright is similar to a carpet sweeper but that's where the similarities end. 
How to operate it?
To use the vacuum, just push the round button in on the handle to extend it, put your foot on the top left hand side of the front of the AirRam to tilt the handle back, and hit the on 'paddle' All this takes seconds and then you're good to go. 
A full charge will allow for 40 minutes of vacuuming. 

Any Pitfalls?
We can honestly say the only thing we've noticed is that on the kitchen floor the Gtech is quite noisy. once back on carpet it's not. There is nothing else we don't like.

Nifty Features!
  • There are LED lights around the entire front of the vacuum which allow you to see the dirt and crumbs in those darker corners (or in our case, dimly lit house).  
  • The battery pack on the right side of the vacuum has LED light indicators to show how much battery power is left. 1 means it needs charging, 4 is fully charged.
  • The dust cartridge is super easy to remove and empty, with colour coded components.
  • The handle swivels for easy movement and manoeuvrability.
  • A small adult or child can easily vacuum with the AirRam.
  • There's not need worry about different floor surfaces, as it glides easily across multi flooring types with no settings to change!
  • Gtech’s patented AirLOC system means that it not only collects small particles but bigger objects too!

How to empty the dirt cartridge.
Simply pull it up and out of the vacuum, hold it over the bin and push the green slider along the cartridge. The dirt will empty out of the trap at the end, straight into the bin. To replace the cartridge, just click it back into place.
Here's a short video we made!

Conclusion
I would say this vacuum rivals the leading competitor! Its very powerful, so light to use, easy to keep clean (and empty the cartridge), plus it's very handy to use at the push of a button. It's glides easily from left to right and back to front, whilst it's ultra low profile means you can vacuum under furniture too! The charge takes 4 hrs from empty and the vacuum time is ample to use in all the rooms in our home. There's also a quick charge (1hr).

We think this is the best vacuum we've had (excluding the Gtech Multi). So much so, we've recommended this and the Multi to the inlaws, who bought both! Hubby is often found to be vacuuming now and even both the monkeys have been keen to use it. The two Gtech vacuums we have, perfectly compliment each other. We wouldn't be without them! 

The Gtech AirRam Mk 2 comes with free delivery and a 2 year guarantee. It cost £199.

We were sent this Gtech AirRam Mk 2 for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
We're going on an adventure




13/04/2017

Starting to Think About Turning Fifty!

In a few months time I shall be 46! Unbelievable I know. This means that I'm starting to think about one or two things around turning 50. I know it's a little way off, but do I have a party? Just celebrate with a family meal? Have a few different mini celebrations with friends and family? Or something different! 
Right now I'm thinking I'd like a party! I've not had a party since my 30th Birthday. I'm leaning towards a mid afternoon one, meaning children will be invited too. Maybe at one of the local Golf Clubs, with lots of Prosecco and yummy food. We'll see.

I've also been thinking about what I'd like to achieve before I'm 50. I'm not really big on bucket lists but there are a few things I've always wanted to do.

I've always wanted to go in a helicopter. I really don't mind where. Obviously somewhere like the Grand Canyon or New York would be amazing, but somewhere in the UK would be good too. Friends have mentioned a couple of companies in the UK which offer helicopter flights. I'm sure a helicopter flight would be exhilarating and give me such a buzz. So too would a wing walk! Though I'm not too certain I actually have the guts to go through with that 'wish'! I've seen it on TV in the past and always thought it would be awesome though. I certainly DO NOT ever want to do a skydive. Hubby has done two tandem skydives and to be honest, watching him do the last one, was awesome but I'd never have the guts to do it myself. I think I'd need pushing out of the plane, kicking and screaming! It seems silly that I'd like to do a wing walk but I think that would be safer (and fun)!
Photo Credit:Flydays
I'd love to go on a Hot Air Balloon flight and would ideally like to take both my parents on that with me. It's something they too would like to do.

I would love to go to San Francisco. Not specifically by the time I'm 50, but that could be a goal perhaps! I can't tell you why I'd like to go there. I just would. Maybe whilst there I could have that helicopter flight! Another place I've always wanted to go to is The Maldives. It just looks absolutely idyllic. I'll put that trip on the 'Things to do before I'm 50' list but I think it may be more than 4yrs away though to be honest. I'm more likely to go to Skegness!  

I can see myself celebrating my 50th at The Ritz! Afternoon tea there would be just my thing. Maybe a bit of shopping first or even a Spa, then cucumber sandwiches, tea and cake. I almost cannot wait until I turn 50! 
I need to think of more realistic things I can add to the list, but we can all have dreams and wishes can't we. Some more achievable than others. I shall keep you posted if any of these 'dreams' come true.

In collaboration with Joss Comber 



 

12/04/2017

Boots Mini Club - Boyswear!

Both monkeys are growing and therefore need new clothes pretty often. Now that they are both at school, they obviously wear uniform most days, but I like them to be dressed well (but comfortably) when they are not at school. 

Boots mini club 'the gorgeous Spring Look Book' (exclusive to boots) has arrived! 
We've been sent a gorgeous casual set of clothing for little monkey.
Denim Jeans with stretch £12, Zipped Hoodie £13, T-Shirt £7.

The latest collection includes adorable items from 'Tiny Treasures', 'Mini club Baby', 'Bows and Arrows' and 'All Dressed Up' as well as lots of other lovely pieces from the whole mini club range.

It has spring all set with stylish and comfortable items which are perfect for:

- Sophisticated special occasion wear

- Picnics in the park

- Children’s parties (indoor and outdoor play)

These gorgeous pieces are all size 5-6yrs but this range is available from 9 months to 6yrs. Fully machine washable, little monkey has worn the set in full (which looks lush) and each piece individually with different clothing! It all fits just right
The mischievous monkey design has little monkeys 'name written all over it'! It's perfect for him. 

I've washed the whole outfit several times now (as he has worn each piece a lot (and the entire set to a classmate's party). It washes up brilliantly! The zipped hoodie has a 'zip protector' behind the zip to stop it scratching delicate skin, the sleeves on the T, turn up and the jeans have cool turn ups too. Little monkey loves his outfit, and looks like a really cool dude wearing it! We're thrilled with his outfit.

The range has some gorgeous pieces at really affordable prices too! I'm loving the baby bodysuits (and have seen some fab ones for my niece!).

Thanks Boots Mini Club.

This outfit was sent to us for the purpose of this post.





10/04/2017

FreshX Toilet Tissue Spritz

We're big users of wipes here. I carry a packet around with me when we're out with the monkeys and use them to mop up spills, food off their clothing, grubby hands and faces. We also often keep a supply of flushable toilet wipes on top of the loo for the monkeys to use. We use far too many which does worry me at times. I mean, they're not good for the environment are they! We can't flush the the non flushable wipes and they fill up the bin a treat!

This is why I was keen to hear more about Fresh X Toilet Tissue Spritz. 
FreshX ‘Toilet tissue Spritz’ is a new generation of environmental friendly personal care products being launched as the alternative to ‘flushable wipes’.

Available in two formula's - Aloe Fresh & Fragrance Free. They have the benefits of botanics and vitamins. Dermatologically tested for sensitive skin and free from oil, alcohol and parabens. 

The new environmentally friendly freshX Toilet Tissue Spritz simply transforms toilet tissue with a quick spritz into a moist, soothing, cleansing wipe with the additional benefits of skin loving ingredients such as Aloe Vera, White tea, Cucumber and vitamins E, B5. Dead easy to spray onto your usual toilet tissue.

Over one billion so called ‘flushable’ wipes containing plastics were sold in the UK last year but unlike toilet tissue they don’t break down easily when flushed and create untold damage to our drains and block the sewers (costing the water companies over £88million a year) and when they eventually reach the ocean are causing havoc with marine life and littering our beaches. 
 
FreshX ‘Aloe Fresh’ and ‘Fragrance Free’ is great for all the family and is available both online and nationwide in Sainsbury's stores.

150ml bottle (equivalent of 300 wipes). Recommended retail price £3.50. 


We're looking forward to giving it a go and seeing if this will work for us instead of the wipes we get through! 

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Information from FreshX.

06/04/2017

Orchard Toys Cheeky Monkeys - Review!

How cool that there is an Orchard Toys game perfectly named and suited to the monkeys! Very apt then that we were asked if we would like to review it.

"There's no hanging about in this fast paced game Cheeky Monkeys, as players battle to collect the most bananas – but watch out for other players trying to steal them! Players must make strategic decisions by choosing whether to play it safe after their first turn or spin the spinner to either collect or risk losing more bananas!"
Aimed at children aged 4-8 years, this is also ideally suited to the monkeys ages. Made in Britain it's made to it's usual high standard. Perfect for 2-4 players.
The aim of the game is to be a cheeky monkey and collect the most bananas. My two monkeys need no help at all in being cheeky monkeys. This game was obviously made for them!
Inside the box you will find, a two part 3D tree, 32 monkey cards, 1 pool board, 1 spinner board, a two part plastic spinner arrow and instructions.
Easy to set up, we did so without too much help from the instructions! Teacher tested, Cheeky Monkeys is designed to develop counting skills, reinforce hand-eye coordination and promote strategic thinking.
The quick start guide is ideal when playing for the first time and then the more detailed instructions help each player to decide how to proceed with the game! You can play it safe or take a chance and win more bananas. 
Personally I found the game a little confusing but I'm in the minority as the Daddy and the monkeys got on perfectly well playing it and seemed to know exactly what they were doing! Maybe I had been over thinking things!

As with other Orchard Toys, the pieces fit back safely in the box at the end of play and it's dead easy to set up again and again. 
The monkeys love it and Daddy and I have been roped into joining in the fun over and over! Just £9.50 for hours of fun. 

*We were sent this Orchard Toys game for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.






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