Saturday, 30 April 2016

Another #pawsomebox delivery = a happy dog!

My dog was absolutely delighted when she received another Pawsome box; she is used to seeing the boys have exciting packages arrive all the time and was wondering when it would be her turn.  She is more than happy to review if it means she gets a bundle of surprises in exchange for a quick picture!

I must admit even I was impressed with the contents, there was a good selection of products, this time it seemed more fun somehow, as the chosen toys were interesting and kept her occupied contentedly for quite some time.  I prefer toys and treats over the accessories and hygiene products, but to be honest it all tends to come in useful one way or another and it’s a handy way to be introduced to new products you might have missed otherwise.  The 
Biospotix from Biogance a preventive solution that acts against parasite is actually just what we needed; our poor dog has had a naughty tick take residence a few times.  I am not a fan of ticks because I really worry about Lyme disease although we always promptly remove them I don’t what the chance of them going anywhere near the kids.
The five or six quality products included in your pawsome box are always worth much more than your subscription cost, plus you have none of the fuss or effort, everything just arrives at your door for your dog’s enjoyment.
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Naturally the treats get wolfed down but there was much drooling before they got gobbled up.  The contents were well matched for my dog, the only thing she could do with is indestructible toys but apart from that it could not have been better suited for her.  She is the kind of dog that needs new things to play with as she is such an inquisitive and intelligent dog.  I like how they tailor the boxes; it’s down to size, age hair type and breed.
It’s wonderful when you can spoil your dog, because they are such loyal and lovely companions.  Plus these boxes are excellent value, much cheaper than heading to a pet shop and stocking up.  I tend to go a bit overboard in a pet shop (there is just so much choice!) at least this way I can control my spending with one sensible monthly subscription instead... that and when at the pet shop the boys badger for a rabbit, a hamster or a fish!  Shopping with children is best avoided as much as possible!!!
A one off box is £19.90 but the longer you commit to a subscription the cheaper it works out, the 12 month subscription is very reasonable at £15.90 a month.  I also have a promo code to offer £5 off to make it a bit cheaper again, just use the code ukbabwf8.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Philips Anti-allergy Range

I was thrilled to be sent two of the Philips Anti-allergy products, as an asthmatic it’s very important to keep our house free of allergens, which could aggravate my condition.  When you see how much dirt and dust these products clear up its no wonder I generally feel healthier and less reliant on my asthma medication than I was before.

The PowerPro Duo (RRP £220) was such a time saver, it makes vacuuming much easier as its cordless and has a little handheld you can detach, a perfect solution for us so I can vacuum the back of our fabric sofa.  Having a dog her hair is a real issue, especially this time of year when she seems to be moulting (I don’t think she got the memo that summer isn’t on its way just yet!).  Since we reviewing this vacuum it’s been a breeze keeping the sofa looking clean and tidy. 

I like the fact that it filters out 90% of bacteria, pollens and allergens so it feels like an excellent choice for keeping our family healthy.  If you want to look at alternatives rather than medication for controlling asthma and allergies its worthwhile seeing the difference investing in products like these can make to your condition, getting rid of triggers means I do not need to be as reliant on my asthma inhalers.

I have made a little video so you can see the PowerPro Duo in operation:


It is very simple to use, from charging to emptying, nothing is difficult to operate.  It is lightweight to manoeuvre around the room, making housework a more pleasant experience overall.  It’s refreshing vacuuming without moving furniture because the vacuum has been designed to reach those difficult areas; it slides under tables effortlessly and generally speeds up the time it takes me to get the room cleaned.  Always a bonus in my eyes as a parent I am short on time.

We have laminate flooring and its handled them well, it hasn’t scratched the surface or damaged them in any way.  We also tested it on carpets at my mum’s and she was impressed with the suction (as in her words “it even managed to get the fabric bits left by your dad’s socks!”).

The Anti-Allergy Dust Mite Cleaner (RRP £230) is a revolutionary product; often we just live with dust mites in our beds and soft furnishings, as they are not visible to the naked eye so they tend to go unnoticed in our cleaning routines.  But the droppings of dust mites are a real problem for the 90% of asthmatics that are sensitive to them.  Having been on high dose steroids in my time, I tend to know how hard it really is when you can’t breathe; it’s frightening and painful as your airways are so raw.


The UV light helps detect the dust mites and the combination of the powerful 450-W motor and 8.2-cm suction vent help reduce allergens.

Vacuums have come on a long way since I was a child; I just wish these had been around when I was first diagnosed with Asthma at five years old.  I am so glad I have these two products now to better manage my Asthma.

Our Woodland Walk with Lighthouse

I was delighted to be sent a new coat to review, my current coat is still in good condition don’t get me wrong but is a longer coat and I found the mid hip length of the Isla Short Waterproof Coat much more flattering, especially as you can also adjust the waist cord if you wanted so it looks more fitted (be gone cake tummy!).


I have had so many compliments about the coat; everyone really likes the colour (watermelon).  Lighthouse helps make you effortlessly stylish; I am not one for primping myself endlessly before I go out luckily with clothes this lovely anyone can look and feel great.

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The coat was very comfortable to wear; we went on a woodland walk to test out our items and I found my coat to be lightweight and breathable.  Priced at £74.95 its worth it for all the useful features, its highly waterproof and machine washable.  If you love getting outdoors and want a coat that suits your lifestyle then Lighthouse seems a good option.  It has all the features you would need but it does not compromise on style.


Lighthouse design their clothes for you to explore and adventure in whilst still looking fabulous.  I was pleased that they sent my youngest their Cadet Cotton Jersey Top (£23.95), it felt like a quality item and I think he looked very handsome wearing it.

Whilst we were there youngest tried a new skill and made a wooden flower.  The top not only looks good it is very practical for whatever you decide to do with your day.


There was a bit of a breeze but he stayed warm and cosy in this.

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I like the philosophy behind Lighthouse, valuing the simple things in life, wanting to get outdoors and discover the world around you, whilst having clothing that can cope with the challenges of the British weather!  If hubbie and I always waited for the sunshine to get the boys outdoors we would be cooped up a lot more but it is nice that the sun decided to grace us with its presence.