Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Scream for Soreen this Halloween

Everyone is gearing up for Halloween, so I was thrilled to be sent a package including the seasonally packaged Soreen titled Scream!  For your little trick a treaters these packets are ideal and as you can expect with Soreen nice and filling, so less room for your mini monsters to fill up on all that multi coloured candy that is usually dished out in abundance.

I think children will be grateful for something different to be honest.  My eldest enjoys both varieties; unlike his brother he is not such a fan of the traditional malt loaf so he is glad he can now join the Soreen love within the family.  Although the chocolate one is so moreish that I almost begrudge them sharing.  Youngest loved the toffee apple ones so much he sneaked off and had two in one sitting!  Personally I prefer the chocolate but that’s what’s so great about Soreen there will be at least one flavour (probably heaps more!) perfectly suited to your taste.

It’s so exciting that Soreen are continually bringing out new flavours all the time.  I think the new Orange Fruit Loaf sounds wonderful.  I am a little hooked on all things Soreen, so have to make my way through each new addition.  It’s an ideal snack for all the family, packed with fruit and low fat.  My boys badger me for things to eat, always wanting the next thing but with Soreen its so satisfying they are content with just that (apart from the occasional time when the novelty of a new flavoured snack necessities pinching a spare loaf just because!).

You can find out which Asda stores are stocking the chocolate and toffee apple loaves on the Soreen website.

Monday, 29 September 2014

A Buyers Guide to Vacuum Cleaners

Your vacuum is the piece of cleaning equipment you will use the most frequently (especially if like me you have messy kids!) so it is important to buy one that you are happy with. But with so many different models on the market, how do you know which is the best one for you? These tips should guide you through the tricky terrain of vacuum cleaner buying.

Cylinder or upright? 

The more traditional upright vacuum cleaners can deliver better performance when cleaning carpets but are quite cumbersome when carrying around a large house. Cyclinder vacuums are more easily manoeuvrable and more able to clean into small corners and spaces. 

Type of flooring

Different floor surfaces require different types of vacuums. Cylinders work better on wooden, tiled or vinyl flooring whereas loop pile or cut pile carpets may need special attachments.  

Features to consider 

Both bagged and bagless varieties of vacuum are available in the majority of stores and electrical appliance websites such as Electric Shop nowadays. Bagless vacuums have the advantage of being more convenient but can be more expensive (although you save money in the long run by not having to buy bags) whereas bagged models are said to be more hygienic as you can throw away sealed bags. 


Look at the wattage of a cleaner to get an idea of its power. This is important on cylinder vacuums were the dust has to travel an especially long way due to its tube design. Lots of upright cleaners have variable power which is useful when cleaning a variety of carpet thicknesses. 


A choice of charcoal, stage, lifetime and HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters are featured on different types of vacuums. Stage filters use between 3 to 7 stages achieving a varying level of sophistication. Lifetime filters will last for the 7-10 year lifespan of your vacuum. HEPA are known to be the best filters for users who suffer from allergies and charcoal filters effectively neutralise smells which is handy if you have pets. 

Alternative cleaners 


A variation from the standard home vacuum cleaner, handheld cleaners are more likely to be used for cleaning furniture, interiors of cars or stairs. They are handy and portable but suffer from a lack of power and dust capacity.

Steam cleaners 

The choice of professionals, steam cleaners powerfully remove stains and dirt from carpets but do require extended periods of time to dry so they are not the most convenient form of cleaner. 

Wet and Dry Cleaners 

Multi-purpose wet and dry cleaners come with a range of adaptors to enable with to fulfill a number of roles such as unblocking sinks or sucking up smaller bits and pieces on a variety of surfaces. 

Winter is coming

Alas, if you are an ardent fan of Game of Thrones, this phrase will stick with you forever, along with Jon Snow's dark eyes you can totally get lost in! 

Nevertheless, I have been waiting for the latest season to schedule and allow me some serious nail-biting over the new twists in the plot. With many of my favourite characters having been kicked out (offed completely!), I am still in love with this show. As the makers of the series are taking their sweet time to complete the next season,  I have had to make do watching repeats of past series on my laptop and crying myself to sleep ( My hubby thinks I need help!) I need new entertainment to keep myself distracted...

Well, I plunged into my bed covers and put my thinking cap on to mull over things to do. As I see my hubby completely engrossed in his TV shows, he asked me off-hand that did I win anything in lottery lately (he has been entering competitions in the vague hope of a win himself!). I think it’s one of those moments when your better-half suggests something at the right moment. That’s when it hit me, BINGO! It’s been a while since I had joined any such site to play. I wanted to try out a different site where I could enjoy some time trying something different. That’s when I heard about GameVillage, with a fun village theme with a twist. For a new comer like me, I got a welcome bonus of 250% on my first deposit. But I did try out the site first with a free £10 on all games just to see if it suited me.

I was looking forward to collecting stars while playing here instead of just keep watching them on sky. In addition, I even participated in special forum games and I was happy to be part of buzz, like minded folks with the same love for Game of Thrones.  We even started giving each other nick names like the Starks and Lannisters. As I enter this virtual village everyday, I get to live my virtual world with fun bingo games and slots. I even like to play the Dingo and Supergems, although I will not reveal the details to spoil the surprise.

The weather even depicts that Winter is coming, and it’s time to get all our woollen wears (thankfully I have Heat Holders products to review!) out and have a warm cuppa. Login to GameVillage Bingo and play with friendly villagers.  Till then I wait for my series to begin amused with some fun bingo games to keep me out of mischief and leave hubbie to his Teen Wolf episodes!