Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Dyson Light Ball Multi Floor & V6 Cord Free Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner Bundle - Review!

I tend to keep myself to myself in the blogging world but I do have a few bloggers I would class as real friends. Jayne from Sticky Mud & Belly Laughs is one of these people.....

I was nominated by Jayne to take part in a gifting challenge this month in collaboration with AO.Com. We were given a list of 10 products that are going to be really popular this Christmas and we got to choose one to send to each other....I chose for Jayne and she did for me. We picked our top three choices and then we had to wait to see what would arrive....It really felt like Christmas!

As soon as the text message arrived about the delivery I turned detective found the tracking number and discovered I was being sent the Dyson Light Ball Multi Floor & V6 Cord Free Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner Bundle. Wow! I couldn't have been happier. I spent the day tracking the delivery driver on my phone and was pacing the living room when it was due to be delivered....hehehe

As soon as I had the chance I unboxed them and put them together which was so simple....I am usually rubbish at things like this but had the V6 Cord Free vacuum put together in minutes without me even reading the instructions. The Light Ball Multi Floor took slightly longer but that was because of my stupidity trying to put things on the wrong way around. I'd say it took no longer than 10 minutes to assemble them both!

Dyson Light Ball Multi Floor

The upright is brilliant for giving really dirty carpets a long, thorough clean, as it has Radial Root Cyclone Technology which improves airflow to remove more dust and dirt. You’ll be able to effortlessly move around furniture too, as Ball Technology lets you clean awkward spaces with ease.

This has been moved upstairs as we have carpets up there and it is perfect for them. I had vacuumed our bedroom a couple of days before using our old vacuum and then used the Light Ball.....I was amazed at how much dust, hair and dirt it picked up. It looks like I hadn't vacuumed in months! Eek! 

The cord is so long. I can plug it into a socket in the middle of the living room and vacuum the whole of the downstairs of our house....I can leave the Light Ball at the bottom 

I imagined this being so loud but it really isn't....It is quieter than my old vacuum but about 10 times more powerful!

I suffer with a bad back. Using my old vacuum I would be in pain afterwords....With the Light Ball I was OK. I could easily carry it up the stairs myself and the "Ball Technology" really does work. This is very easy to move around and takes no effort...Both of my girls have vacuumed their rooms using it and thought it was easy to use.

V6 Cord Free Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner

The cordless V6 vacuum offers versatile cleaning and powerful suction and is perfect for tackling tasks like the stairs. Its 2 Tier Radial™ Cyclones separate air and dust inside for incredible suction, and with a 20 minute run time from a single charge, you can leave any room spotless.

This one is by far my favourite at the moment but that is only because I have used it more more than the Light Ball one. It is being kept downstairs and is so handy just to grab and clean up any mess my girls have made. It is so much easier than getting on my hands and knees with a dustpan and brush.

The power button is a trigger which means you don't leave it running unnecessarily and wasting the battery life. I have ran the battery down once while I was vacuuming the stairs after it had been used earlier in the day...For a small clean or home this is perfect. We wouldn't be able to vacuum our whole house in one go with it as the battery only holds about a 20 minute charge but that is fine with us. 

As well as doing the laminate floors it can double us as a handheld vacuum. Perfect for the stairs, table tops and cars! I have already used it to vacuum the drawers and cupboards in the kitchen.

The V6 comes with a docking station that you attach to the wall and it stores the vacuum and holds two cleaning attachments. I am still waiting for my fella to make a space for it under the stairs.

They are both great for vacuuming floors and carpets and getting into awkward places with their attachments. Vacuuming the stairs is now pleasure instead of a chore.

Both the vacuums are so simple to empty. Emptying takes just a push of a button and the bottom of the dust/dirt canister opens up....I am amazed how much is being sucked up....I thought I lived in a clean house until I used these.

I imagine these would be amazing if you had pets....The amount of hair they have picked up from myself and my girls is unbelievable.

This is a great bundle. It has everything for all your vacuuming needs. I have surprised myself. I actually enjoy vacuuming now. It doesn't seem like a chore.

You can see what Jayne thought of her gift over on her blog.

I will be keeping an eye on AO.com over the next few weeks. Every year I have a coffee machine of some sort on my Christmas wish list and this year Stu has promised me one! Hooray and we are looking for a couple of the TV's for the girls for Christmas. I have signed up to the Black Friday deal alerts on AO.com so hopefully we can get some bargains....

I was sent these free of charge in exchange for this blog post and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Planning for Christmas. Day 24 of #Blogtober17

I am taking part in Blogtober17 and will be writing posts with various themes/prompts throughout October...Today's prompt is: Xmas

It's nearly the end of October and I am already thinking about Christmas....I love Christmas and I think the planning is more exciting than the actual day for me....Don't get me wrong I do love seeing the girls open their presents but I like the build up to the big day too!

I already have quite a few of the girls Christmas presents bought....Phew! We know what we're getting the girls for their main presents but I'm not going to say what they are on here in case they read but they are going to be so happy! I haven't started shopping for Stu yet....I have an idea of what to get him though....

I wasn't sure about doing Elf on the Shelf again this year but Ellie has started asking about it....For the past few years Elizabeth our elf has came and visited throughout December. She sometimes got up to a little mischief but on the whole she has been a good elf....I think I am going to have to spend some time on Pinterest thinking up some new ideas for her.

We will be putting the Christmas tree up on the first weekend in December! I can't wait to decorate the house and over the next couple of weeks I hope to buy some new decorations....

I am planning on starting shopping for some of the Christmas food like tubs of chocolate, alcohol and things that will keep for months in the middle of November. When I see something on offer I will get it....I did buy a couple of bottles of Baileys when it was on offer a couple of weeks ago and I made Stu hide one away so it will last until Christmas. hehehe

I already have money some of the bill paid with the Tesco clubcard vouchers which I save up for Christmas....It really helps go towards paying for the food shop. I love doing the Christmas food shop....I spend weeks planing what we need and want. I don't like trying to book a delivery slot though. I am one of those people who stays up and at midnight when the delivery slots are released. hehehe Last year I got one for the 23rd and it was perfect and Tesco delivered nearly everything so on Christmas Eve I only had a couple of things to pop out for....

We will of course be doing some baking....This year I want to make some mince pies. It seems years since we made any.

A couple of years ago I started the tradition of making a Gingerbread house and the girls love it.....I just get the kit from Tesco and I am sure we will get another this year.

I am hoping my dad comes for a visit like he usually does before Christmas...He has had some health issues so I haven't seen him since last December. We have of course talked on the phone....I will have to have a think about what to get him for Christmas too....Eek! Dad's are so hard to buy for. My dad's girlfriend is easy to buy for I have tons of ideas for her. hehehe

Ellie has seen You Tubers join in with Vlogmas posting a video each day and wants us to join in....I have said no chance. We are not You tubers but we are going to be making a few videos over December.

If we have the money I am hoping to take the girls to see a panto this year....They have never been to one and I want them to see one before they get too old to totally enjoy it.

It is Ellie's last year in Primary school this year so I will be enjoying every school play, carol service and Christmas event because as soon as she goes to the secondary school it all seems to stop.

Have you got any big plans for Christmas?

Monday, 23 October 2017

Our last proper snow day. Day 23 of #Blogtober17

I am taking part in Blogtober17 and will be writing posts with various themes/prompts throughout October...Today's prompt is: Weather

It's been years since we had any proper snow here....We've had an inch or so but nothing that has stayed around for more than a couple of hours....The last time it snowed properly and stuck around was during 2010.....

In the January the girls had their first fun in the snow....They loved it and spent hours out in it....In fact they cried when they had to come back inside....

I was searching for these photos and came across some video clips of the girls playing in the snow which I had totally forgotten about....I had to share! I always forget how small they were....hehehe 

Later in 2010 it snowed again! This time the school was closed! Hooray! It was very exciting for Becky. A day off school to play in the snow was the best day ever!!

The girls had also perfected the art of building a snowman!

I like the snow when it is like this....White and fluffy. I am not so keen when it starts to melts and turns into ice....

Do you like the snow? When did you last build a snowman?

Our Weekly Meal Plan!! - #mealplanningmonday

Last weeks meal plan went pretty well....After the parents evening for Ellie we skipped the chip shop tea and chose to have a Chinese instead....It felt like such a treat.

On Saturday night we had burgers....The girls and I had ours early and my fella made his own when he got in from work....I wish I had waited for him to make mine. hehehe

It is half term here this week so the girls are home all day....The fridge is full in preparation and I am planning on getting the girls to help with the cooking....They love to help out in the kitchen.

This week on the menu we have:

Monday - Chicken and mushroom omelette....
Tuesday - Meatloaf with roast potatoes & veg.
Wednesday - Ham, eggs and curly fries....
Friday - Fish and chips....
Saturday - Pizza....
Sunday - A roast dinner of some sort.....

What are you eating this week?

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Fantastic Villain Costumes. Day 22 of #Blogtober17

I am taking part in Blogtober17 and will be writing posts with various themes/prompts throughout October...Today's prompt is: Villains and Superheroes

With Halloween coming up I was thinking of fancy dress costumes. I don't like dressing up for Halloween but I do like looking at costumes....

Obviously there are a lot of Superhero costumes but I didn't think there would be many villain ones until I started looking! These are my favourites....

Deadpool Girl - Adult costume - £32.99 - Party Delights
Wicked Witch Costume - £22.99 - Escapade

Classic Catowoman Costume - £37.99 - Halloween Costumes
Queen of hearts costume - £22.99 - Jokers Masquerade
Poison Ivy costume - £32.99 - Escapade

If you were to be a villain who would you dress up as?