Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Busy Busy Bee

You may not know it but as well as being a blogger, I am also a freelance writer and proofreader and do a lot of work not related to blogging. My heart does lie in blogging though and here are some posts of mine from around the web...

My Holy Grail Products {guest post} at Katie Ann Etc

Chelsea Girl Ankle Boots {guest review} at Shoe Zone

Character Love For Your Little Ones Tootsies {guest review} at Shoe Zone

& my most recent piece, 

Celebrities Without Makeup - What's The Big Deal? {comment piece} at

Be sure to pop by & check out the links!

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Must Have For Any Household: Thane H20 X5 Steam Cleaner

If you don't like pictures of dirt and grime, this post probably won't be for you! Also, yes - that is my overflowing book collection in plastic boxes in my dining room - what can I say, I have too many - and I need to get my gardener friend round to take care of the forest that is my back garden!

We were recently sent the Thane H20 X5 Steam Cleaner to review. It has taken me a while to get this review up as I really wanted to give it a thorough test and with a very messy toddler I definitely had a chance to!

The mop is a 5 in 1 steam cleaning system: a floor cleaner, carpet steamer, hand held steamer, window cleaner and garment steamer (we're planning on trying it on our fabric sofa!). It uses simple tap or distilled water and kills up to 99% of bacteria. It works on a variety of floor types and comes with a whole assembly of accessories to enable you to use it for whichever purpose you require.

Currently retailing at £79.99 down from £99.99, you have probably seen this product featured all over the TV adverts with plenty of high praise. I'm always one to be sceptical of high praise - after all, I've fallen for hype when it comes to beauty products before and been bitterly disappointed - so I wanted to see if this really could get rid of the nitty gritty. 

A steam cleaner had long been on our list of household items to purchase but we never seemed to purchase one - usually because as soon as we had enough money saved up, our hoover would pack up (we're on our 3rd one in 2.5 years now and this one already looks like its on its last legs...). We decided to try it out for the first time when Steve had some holiday from work so he could do the hard graft and I could take the pictures.. I have him well trained, don't I? ;)

As you can imagine, things get dirty very easily with a toddler and when living in private rented accommodation, you want to take every precautionary measure to make the place gleam in the hope of getting your deposit back. Whilst we have no intention of moving yet, its best to tackle problems like stains now than have trouble down the line. It is only very slight but in the above two pictures, the top has a slight stain from where Jack dropped something - I'm not sure what. Whilst it hasn't completely disappeared, the steam cleaner has definitely removed the majority of it and I am really glad - I hadn't noticed it was there before so I dread to think how long it had been there!

With a toddler in the house and friends who often pop round and go out the back for a crafty ciggie, the glass panes in our patio doors are filthy. All the other windows in our house were changed and updated a month or two ago except these and they probably still had the workmens dusty fingerprints on them too from when they were traipsing in and out the house. 

Jack was very amused by the steam as you can imagine although we kept him a safe distance away from it at all times. As you can see, the windows started to sparkle immediately - whilst we obviously can't reach the outsides of the first floor windows, we will definitely save a pretty packet on window cleaners by doing the inside and outside of the downstairs windows! 

Finally we thought we would try it on the seal/lining at the bottom of the patio doors. Steve's parents occasionally bring their dog round, people are always traipsing in and out the back door and sometimes people even have a sneaky ciggie out the door whilst standing slightly in the house to shelter from the rain - all this makes for ickiness when it comes to the bottom of the door. Once we noticed how bad it was, we thought we'd give the steam cleaner a whirl and see how it fared.

As you can see, the dirt that was caked on literally melted away. Whilst I have seen other people get great results on their carpets, I certainly wasn't as impressed with how this fared on my carpets as them - but I am definitely wowed by how it cleaned up my patio doors. The Thane H20 X5 Steam Cleaner can be used on a variety of surfaces and I have a long list of places I want to tackle next!

The Thane H20 X5 Steam Cleaner is available here in green, red or white for a bargain price of £79.99 although this won't last forever. I think this is a must have for any household but especially if you have mucky toddlers - after all, those toddler hands get everywhere - even places you didn't think they could reach!

What's your favourite household item?

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We were sent this product for the purpose of review.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Like Love Loathe {Link Up} #10

I'm back again with another Like Love Loathe! This was meant to be Easter themed but as you will see in my loathe, things didn't go according to plan...

I'd love for you to link up your Like, Love, Loathe posts as I really enjoy reading them! All I ask is that you link back to me if possible :) - Please remember they have to be in the same format as this post, not just a random post linked up :)

Image courtesy of the lovely Sarah

My Mum being at the end of the phone. I realise how lucky I am that I can just call my Mum up if I need her and this weekend has been a prime example of that. I was really ill with a 24 hour bug on Saturday and Steve had to go into work as it was so busy plus he was on double time this weekend. Obviously, I didn't want Jack to catch the bug so my mum dashed down as soon as she finished work, took him to town and bought him some presents (as she always does...she spoils him!). This meant I could rest and hopefully not have passed the bug onto him..I slightly failed on that one. Although he was nowhere near as bad as I was, it was horrible to see my little boy so ill.


Seeing that cheeky little grin. After the sickness bug we've all had (hopefully by the time this post goes up, Steve is better too!), nothing has been better than seeing Jack smile and hear him giggling away. 


Sickness bugs. This one was so easy. We're like dominoes in this house, once one goes down we all do - although usually once the others are better which, admittedly, is a little easier than if we were all ill at the same time! I'm hoping thats it for now - I want to have as happy and carefree few weeks as possible!

What are your likes, loves and loathes of the past week? Link up below!

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I wonder... do you ever feel likes days are just passing you by? I was just taking a look through my recent pictures and it astounds me just how much Jack is changing by the day. His features, his speech, his movements - he's becoming a real walking, talking human which seems crazy when it seems like I was holding him in my arms, a few minutes old just weeks ago.. when in reality it was over two years ago!

Where's my baby gone? He is a proper little boy now.

Looking at these snapshots made me realise even more how time is so precious. No matter what, I want to make memories with Jack whilst he is still young enough to do certain things. I've created a giant list and we'll be ticking them off one by one as we do them. Do you want to come along for the ride?

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Monday, 21 April 2014

Can You Win Big With Millionaire Genie?

I have made no secret of the fact that I love a bit of online bingo - I always love checking out the latest deals on the latest sites and having a little flutter, especially when they offer a great sign up bonus - who can resist what is technically free money? Myself and Sarah have even been known to sign up to a new site at the same time and have a go on the bingo - it passes the time and is lots of fun too - plus there is always the potential of winning big!

I was recently given the opportunity to try out the new 888Ladies Millionaire Genie game. I usually avoid the spin games as I tend to get too sure of myself and end up losing all my money but I was interested to see how this differed to other spin games.

Claiming to give players the chance to win more than £450,000, I was hoping for a big win - well, wouldn't we all be? The betting system seemed relatively simple - you can bet anything from 15p to £3 and you can spin one at a time or put the spin on auto - it is entirely up to you as the player. I opted to try out both to see if my luck fared better either way. The graphics of the game are second to none - the images are sharp and clear and that is partly what I look for in a gaming site such as this - the graphics need to appeal to me, if they look shoddy I will avoid the site.

As I mentioned before, I have never been very lucky on games like these and I very quickly lost my original £5 gameplay. I did win some small amounts here and there but being me, I quickly staked them again hoping to net the big one! Whilst this isn't necessarily the first game I would pick when visiting the 888Ladies site, I can definitely see myself coming back to play every now and again - gameplay is smooth and the thrill you get from winning (even if it is only small amounts) can't be beaten.

If you yourself are an online gaming fan, you can vote for your favourite game at the Which Bingo Awards - perhaps Millionaire Genie is yours?

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 I was credited with £5 gameplay for the purpose of this review and was compensated for my time.

Easter Monday Treats

This weekend was meant to be a whole bundle of fun for myself and Jack. Even though Steve was working all weekend (double time, woohoo!), I had so many things planned. Unfortunately, that all came to a standstill at 2am on Saturday morning when I came down with a bug. Steve still had to go to work but luckily my Mum took Jack shopping in town so I could rest and recuperate. Just my luck - Jack got the bug yesterday! So what was meant to be todays Easter Monday treats will now be tomorrows Tuesday treats instead as he has been free from any symptoms for 24 hours...could only happen over Easter, right?

We were sent a lovely selection of Easter goodies from Asda and Jack took great delight in sampling the iced bunny biscuit before Good Friday had even arrived - I even took a bite myself and it is perfect for toddlers if you don't want them to have too much chocolate! He has yet to try the mega mallow bunny (something I am keeping especially for him) and myself and Steve have only had little bites of the egg so far but it is absolutely gorgeous - although Asda stopped selling Easter eggs online yesterday due to a manic rush, here's hoping you can pop in over the next few days and snap up some bargains! I know I might have to.

We're going to be having a belated Easter this year as ours went to pot - tomorrow is going to be all about using the Create Your Own Easter Scene and Jack getting to try out everything. It is his first Easter where he really understands something is going on so I would hate for him to miss out on the whole thing - even if we do have to do everything a day late.

How was your Easter?

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We were sent these products for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Posts Of The Past & Present {Link Up} #2

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Welcome one and all to this weeks Posts of the Past and Present! Thank you to everyone who linked up last week.

To get you in the mood for sharing we wanted to share a couple of the posts from the last link up that we loved - if you missed it the topic was: Books, TV and Movies.

The Books of March by
Bex: This post made me want to buy ALL THE BOOKS

How I Survive the Zombie Apocalypse by Someone Else's Genuis
Sarah: I have a zombie obsession, honestly I'm sure they are going to come and get me one day (in my dreams or something) so this post kept me enthralled - I don't want to give to much away you just HAVE to go over and read it.

Just as a reminder we don't want to hold rules above you all but we would suggest that perhaps you give anyone's blog you like the look of a follow and perhaps leave a couple of comments then end them with #pastandpresent so people know where you have come from.

So enough with the rambling and onto the good stuff! This week's topic is:

Food and Recipes We want to know what you have written, past or present that has to do with 1, 2 or all of these topics; but how it relates to that theme is up to you, it could be a favourite recipe, a review of your favourite cake, that great monthly food box.. Whatever you want.

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