Spring Cleaning - BISSELL Cleaning Products Giveaway!

How lovely is it to see the sunshine and Spring flowers starting to bloom! 

I'm not sure about you, but the sunnier days and Spring flowers give me the get up and go to get sorting, tidying and cleaning! Maybe it's the sunshine glaring through the windows and showing all the dust that gets me dusting, hoovering and carpet cleaning! 

You may remember that last year we reviewed the BISSELL Pro-Heat 2XRevolution Carpet Cleaner (which I'll be using again very soon). 

We'll we've teamed up with BISSELL again to offer you some Spring cleaning tips and a giveaway to win the following BISSEL cleaning products! 
Before I explain how you can enter the giveaway lets take a look at their ten top cleaning tips! 

If you are thinking vacuuming is enough, think again. According to the homecare experts at BISSELL, even the best vacuums simply can’t reach the deeply embedded dirt within your carpet’s fibres. The process of carpet cleaning – engineered to reach the dirt and dust mite matter left behind by vacuuming – is just as easy and can be done in a similar amount of time, with much more impressive results.

To help you make the most of your Spring Clean, we’ve developed ten top tips to get your house sparkling from top to bottom. So get out the serious cleaning supplies, stretch your scrubbing muscles and tackle those hard-to-reach places you ignore most of the year.

1. Shape up and ship out the clutter. Doing one big sweep of toys, magazines and everyday bits and pieces to clear your carpets and surfaces will be a lot easier than trying to clean around the daily detritus of the family.

2. Vacuum, pre-treat badly stained areas and then deep clean your carpets and rugs.

A carpet washing machine injects a mixture of cleaning solution and warm water deep into carpet fibres. The brushes agitate, scrub and loosen the dirt or stain and then the powerful vacuum suction lifts it all away, leaving your home feeling and smelling fresh.

3. It’s the job we all dread… cleaning the oven. So get cracking with that while you’re feeling motivated and get it out of the way.

4. You’ve done the washing, but have you washed the washing machine? They can tend to build mould over time, so to make sure yours is spotless run an empty load, one cycle filled with 4 cups of bleach, the other with 4 cups of distilled white vinegar.

5. Strip covers off cushions and sofas where possible, then load them into the washing machine, checking care labels to ensure you use the right settings. 

Of course, if you have a carpet cleaner which works on upholstery, such as a BISSELL CleanView® Proheat®, you can save yourself some time by using it to clean sofa upholstery, curtains and the mattress too. Your living room will have a new lease of life!

6. Don’t forget the bed sheets: you’ll probably be washing these already, but use it as an opportunity to vacuum your mattress too. It’s a haven for dust mites which can wreak havoc for people who suffer from allergies triggered by dust mite waste.

7. Let in more light: cleaning blinds can seem like a daunting task but it doesn’t have to be. Mix equal parts of warm water and distilled white vinegar in a bowl. Slip a sock on your hand and dip the sock into the water and vinegar mixture before wiping each slat individually.

8. Bust the dust mites by giving the house a thorough dusting from high to low. Start with the ceilings, corners of walls and light fixtures. Use a lint roller to easily clean dust off lampshades and other soft furnishings.

9. Your Spring Clean is the perfect time to to check batteries in smoke and fire alarms around the house. To be super safe you could even inspect light fixtures for damaged wires and faulty connections. Safety first!

10. Impression marks left on carpets by furniture can be easily remedied. Simply rub an ice cube over the affected area and your carpet will be back to normal in no time. 

Well, there's some great tips there and I shall be taking heed. I hate cleaning the dust off our window blinds and never thought to wear a sock on my hand! (Sadly), there's something very satisfying about having a good deep clean. Even if, as soon as the family comes home it feels like all the hard work is undone! 

Now, as normal, to be in with a chance of winning £50 worth of BISSELL cleaning products, please complete the rafflecopter form below by Midnight Sunday 12th March 2017. T&C's apply. Open to UK residents only. Good luck! 
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My Sunday Photo!

 Sorry, not taken by me but I  couldn't resist adding this!


Spring/Summer Wear for Boys!

I've written before about my love for shopping and buying clothes for the monkeys. They have lots of clothes really, especially the youngest (as lots of his were his brothers), but the time has come to think about getting some Spring/Summer bits for them both and big monkey is growing at a rate of nots! 

Of course a lot of their time is spent wearing their school uniform but I'm still finding they need the odd bits. Big monkey is getting too tall for lots of his trousers and jeans and both need nice tops to wear when going out. They like to look smart from time to time but prefer Boys polo shirts to anything too dressy. As I've mentioned before I do like them to dress in the odd bit of clothing that matches one and others. I think they look super cool wearing the same but now of course, big monkey is coming up for 9 years old, so I think I'll not get away with that for too much longer! 
How super do they look in their matching tops here?

We have a holiday planned for the summer, so shorts will need to be bought and polo shirts are a great look with shorts. Later in the year we should have a Wedding to go too. This means the monkeys WILL need to be dressed smartly and I'm thinking Boys white shirt, Navy chino's and a nice blazer each! I can see the look in my minds eye and think they will look super cool and very handsome! 
Photo credit: Mayoral
Maybe a nice pair of tan brogues will go nicely too? What do you think? I'm loving my choices for a Wedding outfit above!
I'm open to idea's really and hope we get a set date for the Wedding through soon, so that I can start shopping! 

They are fairly easy to buy for and generally happy to either wear what I get for them or chose their own bits. This is especially so for big monkey who is taking more notice of what his friends are wearing and taking more pride in how he looks! They've both made their own choice of what to wear (from the choice they have in their wardrobes) since a very young age and to be honest, both have a good sense of style.

Right, I'm off to check their wardrobes to see exactly what they do need for Spring and Summer! I think shopping for them is just the thing I need to cheer up an otherwise dreary day!

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Easter Getaways!

Eek, we've already had our February half term holidays here (after a very short first half of the Spring term. This means that despite Easter being in the middle of April, our Easter school holiday is only around 6 weeks away! I've been looking at Easter getaways (as hubby and I are taking some time off with the monkeys).

We're hoping to get away for just a few days which of course means researching and looking for deals and bargains.

We could look at Euro Disney, a short family cruise somewhere not too far away https://www.promocodesfor.co.uk/fred-olsen-cruises, a UK City break or something else! 

With limited funds (despite deals and discounts) I think, this Easter, Euro Disney is sadly out. I'd love to take the monkeys but I think it needs planning much further in advance (and to be honest we all need passports. They cost a fortune!)

Friends of ours are taking a cruise on the Norwegian Fjords. Not until the Whitsun holiday though, so I'm hoping to hear all about their trip on their return and think we'll look at the option for ourselves another time. None of us have ever been on a cruise, so we're excited to hear all about it. Meaning a UK City break looks like the best choice for us this time around.
Photo Credit: fredolsencruises.com
We've taken the boys to London a few times, but not yet stayed there with them. There's so much we would still like yo do with them there, so London is top of the list. They've not yet been to any of the Museums, or some of the major attractions like the Tower of London. It's on the list of things to do.
Alternatively we're looking at taking them to Cadbury World in Birmingham. It's nearer to family than we are now, so we'll probably tie the trip in with a visit to them and get a cheap night away too. 

Always deals to be had, you just have to search for them! The cheaper family friendly hotels are ideal for us and the monkeys get so excited to all be sharing one room. Of course they see it as an opportunity to stay up late, watch TV and have fun, whilst we try in vain to settle them. 

I'm busy looking now, and think we'll definitely go with the UK City option. I'm keen to see my new niece again as soon as possible, so am hoping her mummy will meet us somewhere near there, in the Midlands.

Before we know it, the Easter Holidays will just be a distant memory but I'd like them to be full of great experiences, whilst of course making savings where we can!

Are you planning any Easter getaways? Do tell us where! We're always looking for great idea's and personal recommendations. 

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Mother's Day Gift Idea's

Before we can celebrate Mother's Day on Sunday March 26th it's hubby's birthday. I've a surprise up my sleeve for him and then I shall enjoy Mother's Day with my monkeys. I've booked the day off work as I know they would have been disappointed had I not been there when they wake. 

All I want myself on Mother's Day is to speak to or see my own Mum and to spend some quality family time with the monkeys. 

Despite what they might think, I'm not one for grand gestures. Tea in bed and some spring flowers will do me nicely. However I know others like to make big gestures and really go to town with gifts. Of course, they are lovely but really not necessary.

The shops and online stores make a big deal of such occasions, which is great but do they really need to? Surely a box of chocolates or flowers are perfect gifts to say 'Thanks Mum'.

If not then what? Personally, a bunch of daffodils would be perfect but people like to treat their Mums.

Large online stores are great places to look and the likes of stores such as Boots or Argos also often have promotion codes to help the budget stretch that little bit further www.discountpromocodes.co.uk/argos I love this Willow Tree Mother & Son Figurine. 
Photo credit:Argos
Jewellery is another lovely gift to give Mum. Hubby got me a Pandora bracelet, so often on special occasions he or the monkeys get me a charm. Of course they can be 'personalised' to suit the person getting them. Each of mine means something special to me.
Flowers of course are the perfect Mother's Day gift. With it falling in Spring, there are many spring flowers to choose from. Tulips are great flowers to say 'thank you'.
I doubt I will see my own Mum as she and my Dad will be cruising on their Narrow boat. We may go and find them and enjoy a Sunday Roast Dinner together, otherwise I shall be searching online for a small gift to send her. I may even give her money towards afternoon tea, or send my dad some money to buy her flowers. I always send her a card.

I'm just looking forward to a day off with my family. The monkeys will excitedly run into our room at some un-Godly hour and jump on our bed with cards they have made at school or bought with Daddy. Seeing their excited faces is such a lovely gift. 

What will you be doing this Mother's Day? Will you be shopping and buying Mum something special? Or is Mother's Day just another day?
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PRO:VOKE Touch of Silver - One Wash Challenge!

A few weeks ago my hairdresser (also a very good friend) and I were out shopping. She suddenly said she thought my bleached blonde hair could do with being toned with this shampoo she knew of, but had forgotten the name of! We then found it on the supermarket shelf but didn't buy it. Whilst I was with her I got an email notification, which I glanced at but didn't read until I got home. It was from the PR for PRO:VOKE Touch of Silver, the exact same shampoo my hairdresser had recommended! How spooky is that!!
I was asked if I would take the One wash challenge! How could I resist after this.

"PRO:VOKE® Touch Of Silver is an expertly created range specifically for blonde, platinum, white and grey hair. The range enhances hair colour and ensures best toned results with a unique active violet pigment that neutralises yellowing, brassiness and dullness.

PRO:VOKE® Touch Of Silver provides the ultimate colour care for natural, dyed and highlighted hair offering visibly brighter hair in just one wash!"

Having only recently had my hair bleached and cut and despite my hairdresser herself having recommended the shampoo to tone it down a bit, I was nervous of taking the challenge. I can't explain why exactly, but it took a few days for me to muster the courage to use the kit. I needn't have worried. It was fine!

The photo's below were taken after my hair was bleached and cut but before the one wash challenge.
Here's how to take the challenge! 

Step 1: Prime the hair by spritzing a little Pre-toning Treatment Primer onto wet hair. It works by smoothing the cuticles, locking in shine and protecting dry or damaged hair.

Step 2: Say goodbye to brassiness! Immediately wash the hair in the iconic purple Touch of Silver Brightening Shampoo which contains active violet pigments to create a cool ashy hue and neutralise brassiness.

Step 3: Finish with the Touch of Silver Intensive Conditioner, which nourishes parched hair and leaves locks that radiate shine!

Here are the results! 
I'm pretty sure there's a difference. My hair is certainly softer and I'm sure it's not as yellow! The smell of the kit is lush! I was quite shocked at the colour of the shampoo, though I'm not sure why! I mean, I've had purple hair before.
I will be using it again. Recommended use is 1-2 times a week. For a more intense transformation you can leave the shampoo on for 15-20 minutes. Maybe next time I'll be braver and try that! 
I really like this range and would recommend it. Available from most supermarkets and larger Boots stores. The shampoo and conditioner has a RRP of £3.19 each.

Do you think there's a difference in the colour?

I was sent the kit for the purpose of this post. 



Six! Now he is Six!

Well, I'm struggling to get to grips with the fact my baby is now six! In a few months time I'll also have a nine year old. It's like they were never even babies! The time has just flown by so quickly! Still, we've had a great time helping little monkey celebrate. I mean it's not every day you are six is it! 
A few days before his birthday we had Nanny and Grandad, Uncle and Auntie and his new baby cousin down to stay. We got a takeaway in the evening they arrived and went out for a Sunday roast the following lunch time. Followed by a birthday cake back home, so we could sing Happy Birthday to him! Just a small supermarket cake this time.
Tuesday, his actual birthday little monkey was actually at school all day but afterwards we took him and some of his friends to the local ten pin bowling alley. The kids played a game of bowling and then they ate there. A colleague made some Chelsea cupcakes for me, so again we sang Happy Birthday to little monkey. He loved his 'party' and a great time was had by all! 
That's not all though. I'd managed to get tickets for the four of us to do a Stadium Tour of Stamford Bridge, so yesterday we made our way to Fulham Broadway and had such a great time at the Chelsea Football Stadium! The tour was great and the museum too. Little monkey loved everything about it. He even took his birthday money into the Megstore to buy himself another kit and a few other football bits. 
Before coming home we had a late lunch at Byron Burger. Another first for both monkeys.
As much as I'm amazed at how quickly the years have gone, I'm super proud of both the monkeys and how they are turning into fine young boys. Now, we are set for the remainder of the school year, little monkeys first 'lost' tooth, his first big school outing and much more!
We love you son and hope your sixth birthday celebrations were everything you wanted them to be.


Little Live Pets Hatching Surprise Chick!

Little monkey is very keen on animals and loves his pet guinea pigs, although the love for them he had in the beginning has worn off slightly! He no longer wants to pet them every day or even feed them! Poor Daddy gets to do all that and clean them out! Little monkey would love more pets but for now, he'll need to be content with the toy pets he has! These include the new Little Live Pets Surprise Chick
Little Live Pets look, act and sound real! New, in time for Easter are the Surprise Chicks. They tap and chirp inside their egg and hatch, then hop about. For ages 5+ they are adorable and ideal as 'pets' for little ones to help hatch and nurture. Priced at just £14.99 there's a Limited Edition Golden Chick to look out for too! Each chick can be hatched over and over again!
We've been having a play. The egg and chick come fully packaged, and on opening the packaging you need to remove the tab from underneath the egg. Also remove the packing lock by turning it 90 degrees and pulling. Lastly remove the tape which is securing the egg shut. The chick does come with an instruction booklet! 

Here's a very short reveal video we did! I'm sure we have the Golden Limited Edition Chick! Eek! Excuse the video, they say you should never work with children and animals! 
There are 4 different chicks available (lilac, pink, blue and white) plus the Limited Edition Gold one! This is the one we have!
We placed our egg on the floor and waited to see what happens. Little monkey could hear the chick tap but couldn't wait for the egg to open and helped it to 'crack'. Luckily as mentioned above, this process can be done over and over! As you can see we have a yellow (golden) chick which is very cute! It's beak moves as it chirps and it moves and hops around out of it's shell. 
It has lovely detailed wings and is the perfect size for small hands to pick up. There is an on/off switch at the bottom of its tummy. The chick has a petting sensor on top of it's head and a 'hidden' battery compartment on it's back. He/she requires 3 button cell batteries which are included for demonstration.
Very cute, it interacts with it's fellow chicks if you have more than one! Free play is encouraged but the chick will go to sleep after 20 minutes if not played with. It will chirp and tweet a tune when petted. The more it's petted the more it tweets!

We think it's very good and love that you can pop it back into it's egg and start the hatching process over again. We've not encoured any problems and despite being quite small, it seems robust! New Little Live Pets are coming out all the time, with these chicks being a perfect Spring gift this Easter. More pets are due out later this year. The new Little Live Hedgehogs are out now too!

Why not take a look at the Little Live Pets takeover on UKMums.tv on 20th February! We LOVE our Limited Edition Gold Chick! 

We were sent this toy for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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