Sunday, 14 December 2014

Safe Motoring - Tyre Safety

Mumsnet and Michelin have recently completed a survey with Mumsnetters on tyre safety and to be honest I take it for granted that hubbie does all the maintenance on my car.
As a family running 3 cars it's very important to keep our vehicles roadworthy, I would never leave it to chance and put my family at risk.  I travel quite a lot at work and living in the rural Peak District we get bad weather in winter which can lead to treacherous driving conditions, although I am now aware that this does not increase the risk of an accident. One of the main areas to watch is the tyre condition.  Luckily for me, my husband is normally the person who maintains the vehicles, checking the tyre depth and pressure every weekend when he is washing my car (I know this is bad but I have lots of household things to do and if he wasn't here I would do it). Although, I did run a car when I was a single parent and do know the importance of regular maintenance checks.  I wasn't aware winter tyres shortened stopping distances, likes lots of people surveyed I thought they were for driving in the snow.  The infographic below shows more interesting facts from survey.
My husband and I were surprised by the statistics provided, 62% of people were not confident or aware of the implications of having tyres with not enough tread on them, this really shocked me, apart from the danger to yourself and other road users, you can also lose your licence. Whilst 37% check their tyre pressure twice a year which is quite disturbing.  Hubbie drives HGVs for a living and tyres are a legal check everyday before he starts any journey and he is great believer in buying quality tyres over cheaper budget tyres, branded tyres tend to last longer than cheaper unbranded tyres and are safer.

Who checks the tyres in your house? Do you leave it to your other half or do it yourself?

This post was written in collaboration with Mumsnet and Michelin, I have not been compensated for this post though I have been entered into a competition.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Silent Sunday 7th December 2014

Black and White Week 22

Last weekend we visited the beautiful historic Chatsworth House for their annual christmas event.  I took lots of photographs but I love this photo walking up the drive.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Hug Rug from the House of Fraser

My hallway has been driving me insane after my son's dog ripped the carpet, leaving it tatty and threadbare in places.  When the lovely people at the House of Fraser asked me if I would like to receive something from their Home section to review it gave me the perfect opportunity to revamp the entrance to our home.
Welcome to my Hug Rug, not only is it a cheery design with polka dot wellington boots, it is eco-friendly too.  The Hug Rug is:-
  • A new concept in lifestyle products
  • Made from recycled materials which can be recycled or will safely biodegrade in landfill
  • British made using an energy saving recycled manufacturing process which cuts CO2 emissions into our environment
  • Keep the planet cool wash at 30 degrees - then dry, do not tumble dry
With the amount of traffic that comes through my front door the Hug Rug's clever fibres attract dirt and moisture, which protects my carpet well, meaning that I no longer have muddy footprints when people forget to take their shoes off.  My 'Welcome Hug Rug' retails at £39.99 which in my opinion is a reasonable price for something that protects the rest of your house.  I just need another one now for the back door.

I was sent this item free of charge for the purpose of this review, but the opinion is entirely my own.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Alice in Wonderland at Chatsworth

After an enjoyable visit to Narnia last year at Chatsworth House, we were excited to experience Christmas at Chatsworth this year.  The lower floors have been transformed to create scenes from Lewis Carroll's classic, Alice in Wonderland.  There are 52 Christmas Trees and 900,000 fairy lights at Chatsworth, so it is understandable that preparation for this year's event started nearly a year ago.  Staff at Chatsworth have created most of the displays and costumes.
As you enter the North Sub Corridor the White Rabbit is vanishing down the burrow, walk around the corner and you enter a long hall with rows of doors, with a tiny little door next to a table holding the eat me, drink me potion.  On entering the Oak Room you are confronted by a large caterpillar sitting on a mushroom surrounded by psychedelic colours.
My favourite part was definitely the Mad Hatter's Tea Party, it was amazing, the Sleepy Dormouse in the teapot, the Mad Hatter on the table and the March Hare being entertained by Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

As you wander around, remember to try and count Hartington the Hedgehog who is trying to escape from the Queen of Hearts (naughty Queen trying to use him as a croquet ball), Grotbags had great fun finding Hartington who was hidden in all the displays, I think she lost count in the end, so we never did find out actually how many there were.  There is also a Grotto where children can write their own Christmas wish and a nice lady sprinkles it with magical dust, your child can then hang it on one of the trees.
We had a lovely afternoon at Chatsworth and the festivities carry on in the Farmyard too, where children can make Mad Hats, Rabbit Ears and Teapot cards, it really is a festive day out.  The Alice in Wonderland event is open until January 4th but is closed on 24th, 25th, 26th December and 1st January.  
This event is definitely worth a visit, I actually feel like my Christmas has started and I can't wait to see how Chatsworth is transformed next year.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Black and White Week 21

Whilst on holiday we visited the top of the island of Fuerteventura, the road that led us there was bendy and steep which meant I had my eyes shut most of the way.  Once we arrived we met these two fellas, Guise and Ayose watching over the island.

Silent Sunday 30th November 2014