AEG Ergorapido 2 in 1 review

Wrote by Blog by Baby: Just a few weeks ago I found I was one of ten lucky people who would get test out the AEG Ergorapido 2 in 1. Now I actually had no expectations for this, other than it was a hoover. When the box arrived, I was pleased to see how small and light the box was, surely this is a good sign for what the contents could include.. Opening up the box I found it required minimal assembly, and you simply just slot the top part of the cleaner onto the bottom. The base just needs the back rest clicked in, and you plug the power lead in. It is then ready to be charged. We were sent the Watermelon Red, but they are available in a variety of colours including blue, green, brown, black, aqua and purple! A colour for every house… The Ergorapido simply clips onto the base to charge. There is no extra plugs or leads. The Ergorapido has a lithium battery, so all you need to slot it on the base to charge it up, from full charge you get 30 minutes hoovering time, impressive. This means that you can remove the Ergorapido easily and quickly to clean up whatever it is you need to clean, you then simply slot it back onto the base when you are done. It is so light in weight that you can do this one handed, even me at 7 months pregnant. The weight of the Ergorapido is just 2.4kg. To turn the Ergorapido on, you simply press the button, this starts the device, but you can press it again to vary the speed of the suction. The Ergorapido is easy to push along the floor, it feels light to push and I can do this one handed easily too. BUT and there is a massive but, that’s not just it….inside the Ergorapido is a mini Ergorapido in the middle which you can pop out just by pressing the buttons on the side. This is amazing for quickly grabbing and hoovering up the kids mess in a hurry, especially cake crumbs before it gets trampled into the carpet with their hoofs. It then pushes back into the main unit. To empty the Ergorapido, it has bagless technology, which means you simply open it up with a press of the button, empty it direct into the bin, pop it back together, and it’s ready to go again. I have found it holds quite a fair bit despite the small size of the casing, I have 3 messy kids and a messier hubby and I can hoover my whole house a couple of times before emptying it. So how does it perform? As mentioned, I have 3 messy children and we have cream carpets downstairs, it has done an amazing job at picking up everything it has needed to. It has BRUSHROLLCLEAN technology, which is a handy button on the bottom of the head of the hoover. It means that the hairs and fibres which get stuck in the brushes simply get blitzed by pressing the button. I have super long hair and my annoyance with standard hoovers is that it takes me an age to clean the hoover head…but no more! It works well on my lino floor, laminate and even my tiled floor. It is easy to move around, and has 180 degree nozzle rotation, which means it directs around furniture easily, getting to all those tricky places. The LED lights on the front of the hoover are also incredibly handy. I wondered why they were there, but since having them on there I would miss them now! It means I can hoover behind the doors, under the sofa and it even helps highlight the crumbs in the kitchen. So what about a downside? Well I honestly cannot find any, it does everything I need it to. I wouldn’t be without my Ergorapido now, it is light, easy to use, available in just seconds and I love it, it is a welcome addition to our household! You can find out more about AEG by following them on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/AEG Or by following @AEG_UK on Twitter. https://twitter.com/aeg_uk The AEG Ergorapido is available to buy from all good electrical retailers, including Currys, The Cooperative, Comet, and John Lewis.   We were sent a AEG Ergorapido free of charge to review, but all thoughts are my own.

AEG Ergorapido has arrived! #LoveErgorapido!

Over at www.blogbybaby.com (my other blog)just last week I found out that I would be one of ten lucky people to test out the new AEG Ergorapido. ‘A what?’ I hear you say, well let me introduce to you, the Ergorapido! The Ergorapido 2 in 1 is a stick cleaner which is bursting with fancy features to make life more easier. I shall be putting our Ergorapido through it’s paces over the next few weeks, showing you in detail the features of it, but until then here is the assembly videos showing how easy it is to put together and start hoovering! So far, so good! I am very impressed!

Guest Post: Party bag fillers that won’t rot the kids’ teeth

Party bag fillers that won’t rot the kids’ teeth

Party bags. You could easily leave them off the party preparation to-do list, but the fact is that they are an important part of hosting a kids’ party. It says a big thank you to guests for being part of the celebrations and for bringing a gift, and thus encourages your child to remember manners when they might be getting a bit carried away by being the centre of attention.
But there is a lot to consider – while the temptation can be to throw a few handfuls of sweets into a bag, remember that some kids aren’t allowed processed sugars, others might be allergic to certain kinds of sweets or food colours, and some parents may have strict rules about sugary treats with lots of preservatives.
So let’s look at some different ideas for party bag fillers that won’t show up on the dentist’s chair:
[photo by canopic]
Balloon animals
To keep the party going with some crafty fun, you can make up small packs of modelling balloons. Print off instructions for simple things to twist into animals – it’s a simple (and cost-effective!) bag stuffer that the other parents will thank you for.
Activity book
Depending on age, you might want to throw in a small colouring book, or a word puzzle book. Again, these don’t cost the earth and are engaging the recipient’s imagination rather than their taste buds.
Badges
These can either be bought or made (if you have a kit at home) – depending on the amount of time you have to prepare, you could make up specialised badges, just for the occasion. If not, there are plenty to choose from toy shops and online.
[photo by evilpeacock]
Temporary tattoos
A consistent favourite, the temporary tattoo is available in multiple packs that can be divvied up so every child has a few.
Joke card
Something easy you can do at home is make a joke card – a different joke for each child, and print it off on colourful paper.
Home-made treat
A rocky road, mini-cupcake or a coconut rough is an easy treat to make at home, and has the added benefit of you knowing exactly what ingredients went into it if anyone needs to know. If you are aware of different dietary requirements, you can always mark the child’s name on the front of the bag to avoid giving, say, a cupcake to a gluten-free child.
Kids and parents alike will appreciate a different, more thoughtful approach to party bags – a personal touch will make your child’s party bag stand out.
Written by Vivienne Egan. For more ideas on party bag fillers visit Yellow Moon.

Flair Paper FX Review

Brooke is a big craft lover, so when Flair asked if we wanted to review their brand new Paper FX we jumped at the chance.

This set is suitable for age 7 plus, Brooke is nearly 8 and this appealed to her massively. Looking at the pictures on the box, there is loads of possibilities of different things to make and do.
Being as we live in England, we didn’t have to wait very long for a rainy day before we could sit inside and keep amused.
Opening up the set I was worried there would be loads of parts, but it was really straight forward. The instruction booklet that comes with it explained every step in detail.

There is a paper tearer where you pop any paper inside and the tear using the device, this ensures an even tear line. There is then a creaser, which puts the creases in the paper strips that you have just torn, this ensures you can fold the strips perfectly straight. You then glue each strips sections together with the glue provided.

Then it’s simply a case of putting all the strips onto the weaver. You are then ready to weave your paper!

There is a couple of things I love about this set, one is that the possibilities for imagination is endless, you can create anything out of the weaved paper, from bags, coasters, photo frames, absolutely anything! The other is that it gives us something to do with all the pieces of scrap paper and old magazines which the children have finished with. They can recycle them into something new. This is an activity that can keep your child amused for hours, and we are still having fun weaving and haven’t even made ours into anything yet, I shall keep you posted what we create.

The RRP is £19.99 which is really reasonable in my opinion, as it’s something you can use time and time again. I can see this being popular not only with my young girls, but bigger ones too, it would not be too young for teens. You can it online or from all good toy shops.

LEGO Team GB Special Edition Minifigures

As you all know my 9 year old son is obsessed with LEGO, so I had to share this information that LEGO fan will love! (although sorry mums, they might be pestering for their pocket money early!)

 With less than 25 days to go until the UK’s biggest sporting event of the century, for the first time in history LEGO has launched a special edition range of Team GB Minifigures. The collectible range will only be available in the UK to commemorate this once in a lifetime event for the nation. At just £1.99 each, the Team GB LEGO Minifigures are available from John Lewis and other good high street retailers.
 My son is going to be ecstatic when he sees the picture later today, and no doubt that’s where this weeks pocket money will be going!

4M Paint Your Own Mini Plates Review

Great Gizmos recently sent us one of their 4M Girls Craft Kit to test out with Brooke. Our kit was ‘Paint your own mini plates’.
Opening up the box was the following contents:

Set of 4 Paints.
Paintbrush
3 Mini Plates
3 Plate Holder.

Brooke loved the look of the very cute mini plates, and couldn’t wait to get started. She decided rather optimistically she wanted to draw a heart on one with the red paint, however when it didn’t go to plan she decided to change it to a flower.

Brooke has great fun playing with this set, it really fired up her imagination. She has however requested some thinner paint brushes before she does the other two that come included in the pack. She also requested glitter, which is a great suggestion as it has really got her imagination going! Apparently Nanny is having one for her birthday…
Meanwhile Brookes plate is sat pride of place on her windowsill.

I love the set, Brooke loves the set, and I think this is perfect for keeping the kids amused for a few hours in the holidays, or even at weekends. As there is 3 plates included, it would be great if you have more than one child, as they each get their very own little plate.

This set has a RRP of £4.99 which is great. There is other products in the range which also includes Design Your Own Jigsaw.

My Organisational skills need improving!

I like to think I am quite an organised person, in fact I pride myself on my top quality organising skills. Everything has a home in my house, that is except for paperwork. Paperwork is the bane of my life, or as I like to call it – organised mess. I have random piles of papers lying around the house, they have far exceeded the in tray and out tray that I bought with all the best intentions in the world. Everyday the postman arrives with yet another pile of paperwork. There is bills for gas and electric, statements for loans and bank accounts, you name it I guarantee it drops onto my doormat. It all gets opened and then put in a pile. These piles are then left randomly wherever I can find space.

I would love to have the luxury of a home office, but that is not going to happen until we move house, so for now I need to get this sorted with minimal effort, space and money! My helpful husband suggested a filing cabinet, which while a really good practical solution, it would also be very ugly in my front room. I need something that can be left in our family room which is home to my works computer but also something that isn’t ugly on the eye, call me silly but it has to be in keeping with décor. I have searched and searched for something suitable and finally I think I have the perfect solution! A sideboard! Now stop imagining something from the 70’s, think black glass and chrome. It is in perfect keeping with my husbands beloved television and surround sound. Now obviously it doesn’t have the benefit of A-Z little folders inside, but I have come up with a plan…I am a woman with a plan, and a really good one at that!
There is 6 drawers in this sideboard, which means one for household bills, one for husbands letters, one for my letters, one for the children’s letters/appointments, and one for my work stuff once it need filing away. That leaves one drawer for the bits that have no other proper home, such as takeaway menus! Now all I have to do is assemble said sideboard and get cracking on sorting those random piles of paper into their new homes.

I will be organised before the end of the month, watch this space!

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Celebrating Fathers Day In A Different Way

Celebrating Father’s day in a different way
The approach of Father’s Day might seem daunting. How do you make him feel special without breaking the budget? Here are some ideas for Father’s Day that won’t leave you feeling short and will guarantee to create some family memories.
First things first, the Fathers Day card: Thanks to email and social networks, communication nowadays is fast, free and always available. With Father’s Day cards, the message is special because it lasts. Just think, what do you do when you receive a card? You put it up and display it somewhere, either at home or in the office.
But what if you don’t have the time or the artistic talents to create your own greetings cards? Send professional personalised cards instead. With companies like Hallmark, you can choose the image and the message and create the Fathers Day card he has never received before. You can even re-write the text on the front of the card and upload your own photos. It is quick and easy, and they have many designs to choose from.
For extra convenience, surprise someone in their inbox with an ecard. Ecards can be everything but casual. You can choose from hundreds of ecard designs, collages and even slideshows. Add your own photos, videos, words and music and then email or post to Facebook for free, all with the click of a mouse. 
When it comes to gifts, the only thing you have to spend is time. The least expensive gifts can be the best if they are personalised. Give him sweets or small gifts related to his hobbies and decorate them by printing Father’s Day theme packaging and labels from the internet. 
You could also make a Fathers Day bouquet out of sweets. Using sturdy chocolate or sweet box packaging for the base, put decorative paper around the edge and arrange sweet and chocolate bars as you would a flower arrangement. You can create decorative candy bows by fastening sweet packets into bows using elastic bands in the middle.
A framed photo of your children holding up a sign saying ‘Dad we love you’ speaks volumes. Your children can customize the final piece by using their hands, shoes, feet and fingers to print a decorative border around the photo, making it truly original.  This is one tradition that works best if you do it every year. Imagine, Dad can have an entire album of his children growing up.
On the day, plan a trip in his honour that the whole family can enjoy and participate in together.  Making a meal, having a barbecue or a picnic in the park together will make the day special and won’t cost the earth.
Most importantly, let Dad do nothing and give him some time off! Create a Daddy ‘cheque book’ of vouchers granting him time off from his different chores around the house. You can search the internet for printables, staple the cheque book together, and have your children decorate it.
If you make the effort, you can make this Fathers Day the best yet.
Guest Post by Hallmark. 

Spoiling Baby Is Not A Crime

Spoiling baby is not a crime
When your little one finally arrives, there is nothing you want to do more than lavish him or her with the best of everything. You’d just die to dress this mini version of yourself in the finest clothing, while toting your adorable tot around in a top-of-line pushchair, after waking from the most expensive cot that you could find.
And there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to do just that.
Spoiling your baby isn’t something to be ashamed of; in fact, it’s something that you should do. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to empty your bank account to find the best baby gear. Here’s how to find high-priced baby items on a low budget.
The best baby brands: where to begin your search
Kids grow up fast. While this thought may make you a little misty-eyed and overly sentimental as a parent, it is good news for the bargain shopper. This is because you can find nice, quality clothing for your child by shopping second hand. Chances are, the family that owned these clothes or baby furniture before only used them once or twice before their own children had outgrown them, meaning that you can get them slightly used and deeply discounted. The key to getting designer apparel for your tot without paying a designer price is to take advantage of thrift store offerings in very posh neighbourhoods. 
However, shopping second-hand is only one way to score designer children’s clothing for less. You could also shop retail by keeping a close eye on coupons. This may not yield as many savings as shopping at a thrift store, but it is a good way to find designer versions of the items that you will use for more than a few months, such as strollers and nappy bags. The best way to find the biggest discounts is by shopping online, using sites such as Achica Living. And no matter where you’re buying, make sure to check the web site’s coupon codes before checking out.
While you’re browsing the web, don’t forget to popular listing sites like eBay and Gumtree where you’ll have access to thousands of other UK residents selling their belongings. You may even find some brand new items on these sites for a reasonable price. The key to finding the best items for your baby online is to research each seller before making a purchase. Good signs of a trustworthy seller include positive feedback from previous buyers, high-quality photos of each item that he or she is selling, and detailed product descriptions.
Whether it’s a new stroller or baby shoes, you can make sure that your child is well-dressed and accessorised with the best brands. In order to find them at affordable prices, however, you’ll have to stray outside of the traditional ways that you shop for your child. Your search could be well worth the effort, however, when you discover that you have more money to invest where it really counts.
Guest Post by Achica Living.