Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Dr Beckmann Service It Products

I was recently sent some Dr Beckmann Service It products to try out on my dishwasher and washing machine.
As I'm sure you are all aware dishwashers can get rather unpleasant odours at times, this is not surprising with food and detergent deposits building up over time.  Dr Beckmann Service It Deep Clean Dishwasher kills 99% of micro organisms and bacteria which leaves your machine hygienically clean and smelling so fresh.  There is also a handy wipe that comes in the pack for wiping around the seals and the front of the dishwasher.  After using this product on my machine I must say it does smell and look so much cleaner.
I also used the Dr Beckmann Service It Deep Clean Washing Machine and just like the Dishwasher cleaner it also kills 99% of bacteria and micro organisms, therefore the nasty damp smells and mould on the door rubber is prevented.  This product can be used consecutively with the Washing Machine Cleaner which will hopefully help your washer to run more smoothly and effectively.

I now have two perfectly clean machines all ready to tackle their next loads.


I received these products FOC for the purpose of this review.

New Blue Nosed Friends

Did you know there are four new Blue Nosed Friends?  Well there are, and they're rather cute characters if I do say so myself.  Eduardo the Axolotl, Dash the Cheetah, Frizzie the Lamb and Diva the Canary.
Grotbags was fortunate enough to be sent the new Blue Nosed Friends this last week just in time for the events that were being held in various shopping centres up and down the country.  We attended the event at Meadowhall and Grotbags loved having her photo taken with the characters and was given a key ring charm too.
You can view the whole collection of Tatty Teddy Toys on the website and with the new characters costing £5.00 each I think the make fabulous stocking fillers or treats.  I'm sure Grotbags will find some more that she would like now that she has found the website.
We will definitely be watching out for the next events.

We were sent these items FOC but I was not asked to write this review.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Week 13 in Photos 2014

Well it's been quite a mixed week this week, I haven't been feeling too good but hopefully I am on the mend now.
Day 82 - we had a trip to Meadowhall and visited the Blue Nose Event.
Day 83 - I was at Cromford on a Carers Event, beautiful setting right by the canal.
Day 84 - why have I been talked into riding on a Tuesday night?
Day 85 - my fabulous Mother's Day present from Asda.
Day 86 - I really needed to catch up on some blogging but the cat wouldn't move off my laptop bag, poor excuse I know.
Day 87 - I nearly had roast duck for tea as these three were in the road.
Day 88 - Grotbags decided to make an Easter bonnet.

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Happy Mothers Day

This week I received a lovely surprise Mothers Day gift from Asda.  For once I was speechless, the presents are fabulous and it is such a refreshing change to receive something we can all enjoy, obviously the champagne is all mine (I'm rather partial to a glass of bubbly).  I loved the added touch of something for Grotbags and something for us as a family too.  It was nice to see that a lot of thought had gone into this gift.
Now if you are like me there is probably something you have forgotten on Mothers Day so why not nip to your local Asda, they have some great gifts and flowers for us last minute buyers.
Happy Mothers Day to all you fabulous mummies out there, I hope you have a relaxing day being spoilt by your loved ones and we mustn't forget those mummies who are no longer here, we love you all.

I was not asked to write this review and I received the present free of charge from Asda.

Spring Cleaning Time is Here


It's that time of year again when I start to get the urge to give my house a spring clean.  After the tolls of the winter months and not having the windows open all the time I need to freshen up my home for the spring.  Below are just a few of my top tips to beat  the grime.
  1. I find the best way is to start at the top and work your way down, this way you won’t have to do some things twice and it can save you a lot of time.
  2. One of my pet hates is dirty or smeared windows and I have found the best and cheapest way to do these is by washing in fairy liquid  with a cloth (not too many suds) and drying them with scrunched up newspaper.
  3. I start by recycling old toys/books/clothes etc and donating them to a charity.  There is no better feeling than clearing away clutter so that you can actually clean the room properly.  Once this has been done I start by wiping down walls, cleaning the skirting boards and I use a damp cloth around the edges of the carpet as this can be a dust trap.
  4. I wash all the walls and ceiling in the bathroom and then clean the grout and tiles, I use a solution of half bleach half water (using rubber gloves) and place over the tiles and grout, leave for about half an hour and then wash off,  if grime is particularly stubborn I use a grout brush to help scour this away, this should get rid of any unsightly mildew, and dirt.  Once I have done this I use a grout whitening pen to refresh the grout. 
  5. White wine vinegar is great for removing limescale off unsightly taps and leaves them sparkly clean.  If the limescale is quite bad, I would soak a cloth in the white wine vinegar, wrap around the tap and leave it to soak in, before rinsing off.
  6. If your curtains are dry clean only like mine then I usually give them a refresh in the tumble dryer with a wet towel, this helps to remove any dust but also gives them a freshly laundered scent.
These are just a few of my thoughts on Spring Cleaning which I am sharing with Intellicig for their Spring Cleaning campaign.

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Sunday, 23 March 2014

My Perfect Caffe Cagliari Moment

I love a little me time, who doesn't? In fact the only way I can get any me time is first thing in a morning. I so enjoy the silence before anybody else gets out of bed and the mad rush starts preparing for school and work. What better way to start the day than to sit and contemplate with a lovely cup of finest Italian Espresso and pretend I am in a faraway land. My coffee sets me up for the long day ahead and I love the smooth taste of the Espresso.
Grotbags has now acquired my espresso cups to give a coffee party of her own for her teddy bears and my little pony, little does she know that once she has finished they will be taken away for my next Caffe Cagliari moment.
Caffe Cagliari are a family company steeped in Italian history which started over a 100 years ago in the plantations of Brazil.
The qualitative and sensory standards of Espresso have been certified by the Italian Espresso National Institute (I.N.E.I.), which protects and promotes Italian Espresso.

Today they offer affordable authentic Italian coffee in a variety of ways, from Espresso capsules which are compatible with the Nepresso machine to coffee beans. You can buy the capsules here and the prices start at £2.99 for 10. I love the fact that the capsules can be bought in different strengths depending on your own personal taste.

I was sent this product FOC for the purpose of this review but the opinions are my own.

Week 12 in Photos 2014

This week we have all been feeling a little under the weather so the week started with a lazy Sunday, it was so nice to spend the day chilling at home.


Day 75 - enjoying some playmobil time, naturally she was setting the jumps up for the horses.


Day 76 - started with a glorious sunrise.


Day 77 - after a busy day at school it was time for build a bear.


Day 78 - Grotbags demanded pancakes for breakfast, how could I not oblige.


Day 79 - studying for homework on the internet.


Day 80 - loving my new mug at work.


Day 81 - A visit to my sister (Mummy Loves) for a fab catch up and time for the cousins to play, I miss this so much.

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I wonder what is in store for the week ahead?