Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Vileda Windowmatic Vac Review*

One of the most tedious cleaning jobs for me, is probably cleaning the windows. They never end up perfect and streak free. But then we discovered the Vileda Windowmatic Vac and it has completely changed our feelings for cleaning our home.
Product Description
The Vileda windomatic cordless window vacuum cleaner is the quick and easy way to a streak-free finish after washing your windows, removing condensation on windows, wiping steamed mirrors, even for cleaning up spills. 

The suction power runs across the full wiper blade and removes water from windows efficiently, leaving no drips and no need to polish afterwards. 
The flexible head ensures that contact is always maximised, and vacuums right down to the bottom of the window and into corners. 
The lithium battery is mains rechargeable, & allows you to use the windomatic cordlessly all around the home. Lightweight and with an ergonomic grip makes handling easy, the Vileda windomatic can wipe up to 60m² on one charge.

Being a stay at home mum to a toddler i find that
A) I never have the time to do a good clean....OR
B) I clean and then 5 minutes later it's back to square one
So when i was asked if i wanted to review the Vileda Windowmatic Vac i thought to myself that this product can only be a GOOD thing. When it arrived, my hubby took control of putting it together and was extremely excited to put it through it's paces.

The vac comes in three pieces, and without even reading the instructions it was very easy to put together. Once it's all assembled it then needs to charge for 6 hours, which is slightly annoying when you've an eager husband ready to get cleaning. But charging for those 6 hours means that the battery lasts for ages, depending on how long you use it for.
Even though it's called a Windowmatic vac, we have found that there are several uses for it.
- Shower screen
- Mirrors
- Car windows
- Spillages
As the name "Windowmatic" suggests it is mainly targeted for windows but we have found that this product is mainly used in the bathroom after bathing when there is lots of condensation. 
My husband gladly carries the Windomatic Vac around the house and uses it all over the place, I've never seen him so interested in cleaning before.

Lets talk about the design. It looks like a very professional cleaning kit, it's light and doesn't make your arm ache. It glides well down windows or wherever you're cleaning.

After charging up for 6 hours, the Windowmatic vac is easy to use. Just clean your window with soapy water and let the Windowmatic do the rest. With the cold weather upon us, our windows get a lot of condensation so the Windowmatic vac is perfect for getting rid of the water.

Overall, the Vileda windomatic Vac is a fantastic product and well worth investing in one. It has completely changed how we clean and actually does a better job than our method before. The Vileda Windowmatic Vac is priced at £49.99 at the time of writing this review and is available from a number of retailers.

*Disclaimer: We have been sent this product in return for a review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Friday, 16 December 2016

What Joey Wore #41

Welcome to another week of What Joey Wore. 1 week until Christmas day, are you all prepared for the big day???

Outfit 1
Jumper: H&M | Leggings: Fred & Noah | Trainers: Nike 
These mustard racoon leggings are my favourites at the moment, they go so well with grey.

Outfit 2 
Jumper: Primark | Leggings: Harlam Dreams | shoes: Clarks | Hat: Matalan 
As it was Christmas Jumper day i thought Joey should go all out festive. His hat was  on sale at £3 and even plays jingle bells. His jumper was a last minute purchase from Primark and looks so snuggly warm.

As always we're linking up with This Mama Life and The Diary of an Ordinary Mum for Weekend Tot Style. Also linking up with Make Do and Push for Funky Kid Friday.
The Diary of an Ordinary Mum

Until next week 

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Oral B Genius 9000 Rose Gold Electric Toothbrush

Until recently i had never owned an electric toothbrush before, so when i was asked to review the Oral B Limited Edition Rose Gold Genius 9000 electric toothbrush i was so excited!

My teeth cleaning regime has always been pretty basic, i brush twice a day and use mouthwash. So the thought of actually using a professional electric toothbrush was something I was curious  to try. Oral B is one of the UKs best dental hygiene brands, recommended and personally used by dentists. The Genius 9000 is one of Oral Bs most premium brushes ever! Featuring a new handle design, longer battery life, an LED SmartRing customisable in 12 different colours and a travel case that not only charges the toothbrush but also your smartphone!

As i haven't used an electric toothbrush before all of the technology that this product features is just mind-blowing. It even has 6 different cleaning modes which include; Pro clean, daily clean, sensitive, tongue cleaning, whitening and gum care.
Inside the box:
- 1 GENIUS connected handle with 6 modes
- 4 brush heads
- premium travel case
- upgraded charger
- refill holder
- smartphone holder

Over the past few years my teeth haven't been in the best condition as i drink too much diet coke, so a toothbrush that targets problematic areas is fantastic. I've been using the Genius 9000 for 2 weeks now and i am so impressed, my teeth feel healthier than they have in ages. The brush even connects to your smartphone using Bluetooth which tracks your brushing activity via the Oral B app. The app is brilliant as it times how long you're brushing and which areas need more attention.

Lets talk about the design now, i don't think I've ever seen such a gorgeous toothbrush. The rose gold design is just beautiful and makes brushing your teeth actually exciting.

The genius 9000 is a phenomenal toothbrush, I've neved heard of a brush having so much technology and a product so close to having a professional dentist in your home. After only 2 weeks of use i have seen some small improvements to my gums which is fantastic. The only thing i find slightly annoying with this product is how i have to take my phone to the bathroom each time i want to brush my teeth, in order to use the app. The app is a great feature and probably more effective than trackers used with previous models.

The Oral B Genius 9000 in Rose Gold would be an amazing gift for someone special this Christmas. The Rose Gold colour is exclusive to Boots and is £109.99 at the time of posting this review.

* This product was sent to me for purpose of this review and to feature in a Christmas gift guide. All thoughts and opinions 100% my own.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Mummy & Little Me: Homemade Christmas Decorations

Christmas is the perfect time to get crafty with the kids. This week i share with you two ideas on making homemade Christmas decorations.

I must admit that until recently, i haven't been very good at orchestrating arts and crafts with my toddler. But with it being Christmas i thought it was time to get creative by making some handmade decorations.
Over the past week Joey and I have attempted to make our own salt dough decorations using his handprints. But for some reason they haven't been turning out as i had hoped. Head over to the Mummy & Little Me blog and have a look at some Christmas decoration ideas.

Have you been getting crafty for Christmas?

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Christmas Gift Guide for Bloggers

This year i thought i would put together a Christmas giftguide for BLOGGERS. I know Bloggers aren't an alien species but there are things on the market  that make great gifts for the blogger in your life. 
1) Sony A5000 Camera - £299
If i had the money or if the hubby wanted to really treat me then one thing I'd be asking for is a camera. At the moment I'm having to use my phone, which is a Samsung Galaxy S6 to take all pictures and my vlogs. A high quality camera is THE perfect gift for any blogger. The fact that this camera has a flip screen is a great gift for vloggers too. 
2) Maxsimafoto tripod - £13.95
If you are investing in a good camera then a tripod in my opinion is a really important bit of kit. 
If you are a highly organised blogger and have a diary to plan out all of your posts then a great stationary book can make your planner a bit more exciting. Zoella's lifestyle range is EVERYTHING! 
If you're partial to a cup of tea or coffee AND you're a blogger then this mug is for you. The checklist design is brilliant because it would definitely remind me what i still needed to add to a post. 
These lightboxes have been so popular this year, there are so many on the market but this one is the cheapest I've seen. They make a lovely decoration or an even better way of illustrating posts or photography. 
Depending on what kind of blogger you are then capturing the odd selfie might be important and so is good lighting. This ring flash clip is so handy, especially if you'll be taking selfies in low light conditions. 
7) Gold cloud shelf - £30
Storage that looks nice is always a good thing. I recently saw this cloud shelf on Zoella's office tour ans knew i had to include it in this gift guide.
8) TECHLINK portable power bank - £12.99
There's nothing worse than your phone running out of battery while you're on the go. So this portable phone charger is fantastic as it's a great price and it's not a massive device which is great to fit in your bag or pocket.

No matter what your budget is, I've tried to include gifts to suit every budget. Each gift that I've picked out i absolutely love and would buy for myself if i had the funds. 

Which one is your favourite? 

Friday, 9 December 2016

What Joey Wore #40

Welcome back to another week of What Joey Wore. I can't believe it's only 2 weeks until Christmas.
Top: Harlam Dreams | Leggings: C & Co Apparel| Shoes: Clarks 
I usually don't buy Joey a lot of white clothes as they get too messy but i think white reallt suits Joey and his fair features. The leggings were a last minute black Friday purchase from one of our fave brands and they're so cute.

Apologies for the dark photos. It was so dark when i took these pictures. 

As always we're linking up with This Mama Life and The Diary of an Ordinary Mum for Weekend Tot Style. Also linking up with Make Do and Push for Funky Kid Friday.
This Mama Life

Until next week

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

DIY ALDI Christmas Hamper

At Christmas i think well thought out gifts like hampers are the best as they can be made to suit any budget. Aldi have set me the challenge of making my own Christmas hamper using Aldi own brands.

Hampers can be a great way of keeping your budget low and a creative way of giving to your friends or family this Christmas . A hamper can include anything and allows the gift to be tailor made for just 1 person or an entire family. The hamper that i have come up with is based on couples.
1) Ladies Snowman flannel pyjamas - £8.99
Most people at Christmas get brand new pj's to put on on Christmas Eve, for the past few years its been a tradition in our house. This pyjama set is lovely, can't wait to get these on on Christmas Eve.
2) Ballycastle Irish Creme set - £9.99
Irish creme is one of those drinks typically  consumed at Christmas. This set is great as it comes with 3 different flavours; salted Caramel, Chocolate orange and Chocolate mint.

3) Moser Roth Prosecco & Truffles - £4.99
Prosecco has become a popular tipple of choice. I haven't tried Prosecco before but i think this is a great gift and I'm excited to try it out.

4) Maple salt fudge - £1.29
Fudge pieces are a great alternative to chocolate and these Specially Selected fudge flavours are great. The maple syrup flavour is really nice and melts in your mouth.

5) Salted Caramel mince pies - £1.59
Mince pies are a staple food at Christmas. These specially selected Mince pies are lovely with the salted caramel layer and just crumble in your mouth. A little bit more expensive than yoour basic mince pies but well worth the extra money.

6) Gingerbread Latte Popcorn - 99p 
We love a bit of popcorn in our house. It's the perfect snack to snuggle up and watch a christmas film with. The Gingerbread flavoured popcorn is great and actually really tastes like gingerbread.

There are so many great Christmas gifts available at Aldi. If you're looking at a different way to give this Christmas try Aldi's ready made Christmas hampers ranging from £20 to £100.

Check out the DIY Aldi Christmas Hamper on YouTube aswell...

*I was given £30 worth of Aldi vouchers in order to buy products for this post. All thoughts and opinions 100% my own.

Friday, 2 December 2016

What Joey Wore #39

Welcome back to our first What Joey Wore of December! I'm excited for Joey to wear more Christmassy clothes now.
Top: Primrose & Bear | Leggings: Harlam Dreams | Shoes: Clarks 
You can't not indulge in a christmas outfit to kick off the beginning of December! The leggings, you will have seen in previous style posts but the top is brand new. I love the quote on the tee, very Home Aloneesqe. Primrose & Bear do some amazing kids clothes. The clarks shoes are just fab aren't they, they just scream winter and look so snug.

As always we're linking up with This Mama Life and The Diary of an Ordinary Mum for Weekend Tot Style. Also linking up with Make Do and Push for Funky Kid Friday.
This Mama Life

Until next week

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Welcome to my YouTube Channel

After 2 year's of blogging i have finally jumped into the world of YouTube which I've been wanting to do for a while. If you havent already please check out my channel HERE.

I've only done a few videos and I am going to try and film videos every week. I must admit, hearing the sound of my own voice is really difficult and i don't exactly love seeing myself live on camera but I get so excited about filming videos. I'm excited for people to see the girl behind the blog. The videos i want to be making are about topics that i enjoy talking about so you can expect to see hauls, product reviews and parenting videos.

I hope my readers of this blog will also enjoy watching my videos. If you have any video requests feel free to let me know.

Thanks for reading

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Being brave and attending toddler groups

For the past couple of months i feel like i have been becoming increasingly trapped at home. I've always been really keen to go to toddler groups, we have tried several over the past few months but weren't right for Joey. Yesterday we went to a new toddler group, and it was absolutely amazing as i was able to speak to mums who have the same issues with their toddlers.

Not taking Joey to a baby/toddler group regularly over the past 2 years has been a big mistake. I feel if he had been part of a baby group from a young age maybe his speech and behaviour issues wouldn't have been much of an issue. The groups that we have attended over the last year have not been what I thought Joey needed, there was no interaction with the other kids and i never really made meaningful conversation with a parent. So going to new groups has always been a bit difficult because each one hasn't been a success for us.

A few weeks ago i came across a new toddler group at a youth club next to the park we go to just up the road from us. I'd been putting off going for ages but yesterday plucked up the courage for us to go and i really enjoyed it. Walking into a group you've never been to before is daunting, you don't know what to expect and initial conversation can feel awkward and forced. I walked in and there were only two mums inside with their kids but then 3 other mums turned up. I felt really comfortable and it was great to speak to two mums who's toddlers also had speech delay problems like Joey. It was amazing to speak to people in the same situation.

While i was talking away, Joey was happily playing and running round with the other toddlers. We helped the kids make Christmas handprint decorations from handmade playdough which Joey will get to paint next week. I'm confident that we've finally come across a group we're going to stick at. I feel like attending a regular and small group every week will help improve things for Joey and also make some friends in the process.

Attending groups can be nerve-wracking but i feel like this is the step i needed to make to better both myself and Joey. Do you go to regular toddler groups? I'd love to know how you get on.

Thanks for reading

Monday, 28 November 2016

Christmas Gift guide for Her

We're now 4 week's away from Christmas so what better way than to start the countdown but to share with you some gifts for the special girl in your life.
Oral B Genius 9000* - Boots
Personal health products such as toothbrushes are popular gifts to receive at Christmas. I don't think I've ever seen such a good looking toothbrush like the Limited Edition Rose Gold Oral B Genius 9000, perfect gift for anyone with a love for rose gold goodies. Review to follow soon. 
SM x Tiba + Marl MOTHER Sweatshirt - The FMLY Store
As a fan of mummy merch i always seem to have a Selfish Mother item on my wishlists but they do family merchandise too for mums, dads, sisters and kids. 
Grey Mermaid Tail Blanket - New Look
 A genius upgrade to the standard blanket has seen the creation of the mermaid tail blankets, cosy yet so amazing. When i was a kid i remember pretending I had a mermaid tail. 
Mug cakes - Oliver Bonas
 As a beginner baker i like to use recipes that are easy, this Mug cakes book is the perfect recipe book for anyone with a love of cakes and baking. 

Jord Zebrawood & Turquoise watch - Wood Watches
I don't tend to wear a lot of jewellery apart from my wedding/enagagement ring but I do love watches, these handmade wooden watches are gorgeous for both men and women.
HP Sprocket Photo Printer - HP, Currys
A gadget i came across while watching a Zoella vlog is the HP Sprocket, a digital printer that can fit in your handbag. I really love to print out snaps from my phone, this is genius for anyone who likes taking special memories with friends and family. 
Alphabet makeup bag - Matalan
There is a lot of alphabet products on the market at the moment, I love anything personalised with an initial and I'm also in need of a new makeup bag. 
Ugg chestnut scufette II slippers - Hurleys
In our house we call slipper "beddies" and i have ALWAYS wanted a pair of Ugg beddies. They look so snug and warm. 

What do you think about any of my gift ideas? Stay tuned for my Christmas gift guide for Him and Kids soon. 

*Oral B Genius 9000 was sent to me to review for the purpose of this gift guide. All thoughts & opinions 100% my own. 

Friday, 25 November 2016

What Joey Wore #38

Welcome back to another week of What Joey Wore. This week we've only got one outfit to show you.

Cardigan: Matalan | Top: Cribstar | Leggings: Fred & Noah | Trainers: Nike 
My favourite part of this outfit are the mustard racoon leggings, i love the colour and are a really good colour for this time of year aswell. After having a Not Your Basic Kid top a few months back i thought it was time to get a new one for him now that he's 2. I think the black top with the mustard leggings and knitted cardigan go so well together.

As always we're linking up with This Mama Life and The Diary of an Ordinary Mum for Weekend Tot Style. Also linking up with Make Do and Push for Funky Kid Friday.
This Mama Life

Until next week

Thursday, 24 November 2016

My first smear test

At the beginning of the week i went and had my first cerival screening. Like most women, i was slightly nervous prior to my appointment but it really isn't something to fear.

In the Uk, the NHS offers cervical screening to women aged between 25-64, it is a method used in order to prevent cancer by detecting and treating any abnormalities to the cervix. About 2 weeks ago i recieved a letter inviting me to make an appointment at my doctors to have the test done. As soon as i got the letter i rung and made the appointment for after the weekend. As much as i was keen to get it done I needed to have time to prepare myself.

The day of the appointment came and it wasn't a good day, Joey had had me up most of the night so i was shattered. I headed into the nurses room and i was seen by the nurse who usually does all of the vaccinations so not a completely unfamiliar face. Firstly, we sat at the desk and she asked me general questions and then some questions about our choice of contraception. I also had to try and remember the first day of my last period which was a bit tricky to remember.
It was then time to go behind the curtain and get undressed from the waist down and jumped on the bed. If you want to know the exact way they do the test then look here but it isn't anything to worry about. It doesn't hurt and it's not uncomfortable, i think what makes the situation worse is not being relaxed. If you're tensing so much then it will just make it a really bad experience.

I now have to wait 2 weeks for the results which i should receive through the post. If abnormal cells have been found then another smear would be needed which i feel ok about as i now know how easy it was. I can see why so many women put off going for their smear test, i think for women who haven't given birth it can be a bit more scarier. When i was heavily pregnant with Joey i had 2 sweeps to bring on labour (that didn't work) and then a team of people had the pleasure of observing my bits while giving birth. So for me, having already shown my vagina to a lot of midwives/doctors didn't worry me.

If you need to go and book your smear test then PLEASE do it. If you've turned 24 recently then you will be receiving a letter soon. Remember that it isn't scary and once you've had it done go and treat yourself to scrummy hot chocolate like i did.

Thanks for reading