Gtech Air Ram MK2 K9 Review

I'm a bit OCD when it comes to ridding the house of dust and dirt, it's always an uphill battle with 4 children. Then 6 months ago we added a puppy to the mix!! Honey is a pug cross shitzu, a pugzu and she is hairy! She has since added to my cleaning nightmares, I have the Gtech Multi which is perfect for the stairs and small clean ups, but thanks to Honeys fur we are now needing to hoover the laminate daily too.
A 4x4 upgrade of the original AirRam, the AirRam K9 is extra tough. Designed not only for great cleaning performance but to handle even the most stubborn challenges left behind by your four legged friends. It comes dismantled in the box but is easily put together in 3 simple clicks.
The K9 is strengthened by aluminium components, so even tougher to resist the wear and tear caused by even the toughest cleaning environments. I am terrible for bumping my vacuum into doors and skirting boards. The lightweight design allows you to glide around your home, steering easily from left to right.
The AirRam weighs just 3.5kg. That’s half the weight of many mains powered upright vacuums, making AirRam easy to lift and carry up stairs. All the power comes from a professional-grade 22V Lithium-ion battery. Its energy efficient design means you can clean your home twice on one 4-hour charge, running for up to 40 minutes. You can also give a 1-hour short charge which will deliver a burst of additional run time. The 4 stage LED display indicates how much charge is left in the battery and is really handy for knowing how much time you have left.
The AirRam K9 has refillable floral scented tabs that fit into the filter, to leave rooms smelling clean and fresh.A fresh filter comes pre-installed and you get a handy box of refills as well as a roller foam refill. These both sit inside the dirt collection box on the front of the vacuum. The dirt collection system in the new AirRam K9 has been redesigned, making it easier to empty with even less mess. The dirt is compressed into a capsule in the head of the vacuum, which gives more dirt storage capacity and means you can cleanly eject the tubular dirt bale straight into the bin with a satisfying slide of the ejector arm. I love this feature, no more tapping your dirt box on the side of the bin to empty out the dirt.
I also like the fact the brush head is completely removable with the push of a button. You can slide out the brush and there are bevelled edges right through the brush. This allows you to run a pair of scissors through and get the tangled hair out easily! The rubber bumpers on the front are really good to for filtering big pieces of dirt out of the way.
The K9 Move effortlessly from carpet to hard floors and back again, with no settings to change. The AirRam has an ultra-low profile, allowing you to reach under chairs and tables, so it's great for getting around and under all your furniture . In addition to the cordless technology it, means no more fighting with snagged cords or plug sockets. I think the only think that would make this machine even better for me would be to have a charging doc that you stand the machine on to charge, rather than a pin plug to plug into the battery compartment. But that is a really minor thing, it's not too harsh having to bend down to plug into charge, so I can live with it. I love everything else about it and it's the perfect companion for the fight against our fur monster Honey. You can buy the Gtech Air Ram MK2 K9 direct from the Gtech Website for £249, or you can get the combo offer for £349 and add the Multi K9 to your basket too.
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Mandy
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Christms Gift Guide For The Ben and Holly Fan

You may have seen my previous post The Ben and Holly Summer Bundle, I am really excited to be back with our winter bundle and they are the perfect items for Christmas. No matter what your budget is there is sure to be a gift here for your Ben and Holly fanatic.
The Ben & Holly’S Little Kingdom 35 Piece Puzzles All Have Bright And Colourful Images That Show Your Favourite Characters From The Popular Children’S Programme, And Children Are Sure To Have Hours Of Fun When Piecing Them Together. This puzzle shows Ben and Holly on a pirate ship.
The Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom Umbrella - The perfect umbrella for any Child. The canopy has 4 decorated panels and 4 plain blue panels. The decorated panels have the gorgeous images of Ben, Holly and their Little Friends on a blue polka dot background. It has a child-safe open/close mechanism to avoid trapping little fingers. 
Have a fantastic 'Elf' fun in this amazing Elf Tree Playset. Includes rocking Woodpecker, Ben Elf's bedroom, the workshop with trap door and elf toy factory. Push the toy ducks along the conveyor belt. There's Barnaby Elf with detachable base, plus furniture accessories, work bench, bed & bookcase. Its a lovley brightly colured set that any little fan would love.
Your little one can make up cute and magical stories with this Ben & Holly Bedtime playset. The set includes King Thistle & Bedtime Holly figures with removable bases, Holly's bed, bedside table, swivel mirror, bedtime book and magic treasure chest. 
The Little Kingdom receives a visitor in the shape of Zyros the alien from Planet Bong, a planet that is getting far too hot causing all the water to dry up and the plants to die. With Zyros in desperate need of help to save his home, Ben and Holly set off on an elf and fairy expedition to save Planet Bong. Along the way the pair find themselves stranded when Zyros flying saucer fills with magic jelly and breaks down. Will they be able to fix the flying saucer in time and make it rain on Planet Bong before it s too late?
A story full of family fun and mishaps from the magical world of Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom. Three busy baby ladybirds, Amber, Emerald and Keith, have come to stay with their Uncle Gaston for the day. Can Ben Elf and Princess Holly help Gaston keep them entertained until their parents come back? This beautiful book includes a sound button that plays Gaston's bark, bringing extra-noisy fun to story time!
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What do you think of the Ben and Holly winter bundle? Have you seen an item that your Ben and Holly fan would love?
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Mandy
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Christmas Gift Guide For Peppa Pig Fan

You may have seen my previous post The Peppa Pig Summer Bundle, I am really excited to be back with our winter bundle and they are the perfect items for Christmas. No matter what your budget is there is sure to be a gift here for your Peppa fanatic.
Peppa Pig's Alphaphonics Campervan helps you learn the phonetic sounds of each letter by listening and repeating after Peppa. The Alphaphonics Campervan features all sorts of great games to help learn letters and words. Move the slider across the top to select from eight spelling games - find the missing letter, choose the word that begins with a letter, or repeat what Peppa says, there are a variety of fun ways to learn. With easy-to-press light-up keys and melodies, the Alphaphonics Campervan is sure to excite and inspire your little ones to learn.
Bring the fun back into fitness! Get your little ones active and improve balance and hand-eye co-ordination with this Peppa Pig Jump and Squeak that squeaks on every hop! Made from durable soft foam, it is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use and offers all round bouncing fun! 
This is the perfect introduction to the world of MONOPOLY! Travel round the Peppa Pig MONOPOLY board visiting Peppa and her friends as you go! Leave your Wellie Boots with people you have visited, see what Mr Fox has in his van and look out for Miss Rabbit's surprises!
Help find Peppa and her friends in the Peppa Pig edition of Guess Who, the famous guessing game. Are they wearing purple? Have they got a hat on? Ask the right yes or no questions until you find out who your opponent’s character is. This fun, playful game is perfect for the whole family at home or on the move and will help your little one learn the art of deduction.
This cot bed and junior bed set is perfect for getting into the Christmas spirit. It comes with a duvet cover and matching pillow case in super soft cotton. Its shows Peppa and George decorating their Christmas tree.
A fun and engaging double-sided play board with over 30 magnets and 2 play sides. It's a great toy for encouraging some imaginative play as your child can recreate their favourite Peppa pig scenes.
Play Ring-a-ring-a-roses with Princess Peppa! Hold her hands and she will sing with you. Your friends can join in too! When you let go of each other's hands, Peppa stops singing. Cute Princess styling and soft fabric, you'll love to hug.
With Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig unwell and stuck in bed, Peppa and George decide to take Christmas into their own hands - with a little help from Granny and Grandpa Pig! The Christmas cards are sent, yummy treats are made and decorations are put up, but are they ready for the extra special surprise for everyone on Christmas morning?
Sticker Pad - £3.99 - 
This lovely little stocking filler has over 30 stickers and 7 full-colour scenes to get creative with. The Christmas theme of the stickers are great and the set would be a perfect stocking filler. If you do Christmas basketslets it could be a great addition to those.
Colouring Set - £1.99
With 8 colouring sheets, 4 pencils and some stickers to decorate this little set is another stocking filled winner. Again another good addition for your Christmas eve baskets too!
Skittles never fail to please children, which makes the Peppa Pig Skittles a no-brainer. Beautifully crafted from sturdy wood and illustrated with favourite Peppa characters, the set is both fun and useful for developing hand-eye co-ordination. Simply pick up the included ball, take aim and knock down the skittles for endless fun!
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What do you think of the selection? Have you spotted something that your little Peppa fan would just love? With only 41 days till the big day it's time to get your skates on and get shopping!
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Mandy
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Case Company Review and Giveaway

When Case Company contacted me and offered me the chance to have a look at their custom phone cases I knew it would be the perfect gift for my Mum. She has just upgraded her contract and got an iPhone 7. Here iPhone 5 had a lovely custom case with a picture of all her Grandbabies on there. She was gutted that her new phone didn't fit in her case.
I headed with my code over to the Case Company website and started the design process, it was really simple and easy to use. I first had to choose between a soft or a hard case, I went with hard to give her expensive phone some good protection. The hard case comes in black, pink and blue edging. You then have the option of adding your images, emojis and text. I kept it simple and just added pictures, but you can be as creative as you like with your design and add all 3 if you like. If you are adding photos you can add via Facebook, Instagram or your computer. Connecting  your accounts is as simple as hitting a button, you can have 1 image or as many as 8 images on your case the choice is completely yours.
The edge of the case is good quality rubber which is great protection for the fine edge of an iPhone. The quality of the images on the phone case are excellent with no distortion from the original images. You ahve the option  during yoru order process of ahving your case gift wrapped, add a gift message and even add a durable screen protector. the service is really good is you are looking to send a case as a gift. When your recipient opens their case they will be showered with bright coloured confetti.
I'm really pleased with how the case looks and the packing it comes it is lovely too! The team over at Case Company want to spread the case happiness, so I am running a giveaway for one of you to win your very own custom case. For your chance to win just enter via the widget below and do read the terms and conditions before entering.
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Open to UK & Ireland residents over 18years. 1 prize for 1 winner, chosen at random via Gleam. All entry methods are optional. Make sure you complete each entry correctly or you will be disqualified. Come back each day for extra entries. Winner will be contacted within 3 days of the giveaway ending. If they do not respond within 28 days a new winner will be chosen. Your details will be passed to the PR/Company and nobody else. Delivery is the responsibility of the PR/Company. Raising the Rainbows is not responsible for any damaged or missing prizes. Please allow up to 28 days for the prize to arrive. The company reserves the right to substitute the prize for one of similar value if the original isn't available. Bulk or automated entries will be disqualified. Giveaway open until 11.59pm 2nd December 2016
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Lily's Driftwood Bay Soft Toys review

If you have little ones that you may well have been watching Lily's Driftwood Bay on Nickelodeon. Lilys is a little girl who creates a world of adventure with the things she finds washed up on the beach. I have the perfect 2 little cuddly toys here for our younger Lily's Driftwood Bay fans here, both available from Golden Bear Toys for £9.99 each.
The Lily soft doll is a lovely size for the younger child, she has a thinner body and a big cuddly head. Her clothing is all multi-textured from her soft hair, denim dress and cotton sleeves give a lovely multi-sensory sensation. She is the ideal size for talking out in the buggy, small enough to pop in your changing bag when your little one decided to chuck her out! When you squeeze her tummy she says phrases that your child will recognise from the show. Check out my video below to hear what she says.
I love the salty dog cuddly, he is similar to Lily with his multi-textured body and his talking abilities. They go perfectly together and deserve to be in a set of 2. Having both also gives the opportunity for some back and forth imaginative play options.
Miss S was my tester for the toys and she loved having some imaginative play fun. It's lovely to see her engage with toys. We give a lot of encouragement when it comes to playing opportunities for Miss S and it's really paid off. These type of cause and effect toys are great for encouraging interactive play, she really enjoyed pressing their tummies and hearing them talk.
The fact they talk is an added bonus for play options and the younger child will definitely enjoy that element. I made a short demo clip for our Youtube channel to shoe the sound function of both toys. You can buy both of these soft toys online or instore from Argos.
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Mandy
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Vie Acai Berry Slimming Patches Review & Giveaway

Any regular reader of my blog will now I am willing to give most things a go to shed a few extra pounds from the waist line. I have tried pills, juices. milkshakes and meal replacement. I am now settled on a healthy eating plan and the weight is coming off at a nice steady pace. But that doesn't mean I wouldn't still like a little extra help along the way.
The Acai Berry Slimming Patch can be worn for up to 24 hours to help suppress your appetite and speed up your metabolism, helping you to lose weight easily and healthily. The little acai berry is native to Southern America and is well-documented for its health benefits, including its slimming potential. Vie Acai Berry Slimming Patches use transdermal technology to deliver the natural active ingredients into the bloodstream through the skin over 24 hours. They can be bought in a one-month, three-month or six-month supply. Vie Acai Berry Slimming Patches are 100% natural with no known side effects and can be purchased from £19.00 (one month’s supply), online from www.vie-healthcare.com
The patches are a nice size, not too big and can be stuck anywhere you like. I found having them on my chest, shoulder and back of my neck the best place to have them. I didn't notice them as they are very light weight. They stayed stuck all day too, I was a bit dubious of the sticking power as all skin has natural oils and I worried this would be an issue, but no, they stayed for the full 24 hours. The info says that the patch can act as an appetite suppressant, however, the eating plan I follow allows me to snack on healthy food whenever, so I am usually never hungry or feel the need to snack as I can eat all the time. However during the trial, I decided to just stick to my 3 meals a day and see if the desire to snack arrived, and it didn't! I also noticed I struggled to finish my meals, I don't have big portions, it's well balanced with a half a plate of vegetables or salad, quarter meat or fish and a quarter of potatoes or rice. The other thing I noticed is that I really wasn't hungry for breakfast, I had to force myself to eat it, so I can vouch that it suppressed my appetite. I have been using the patches for the last 4 weeks and in total lost 8lbs, so roughly 2lbs per week. So I am pretty pleased with the results, there was no side effects to me using the patches, they are completely safe to use, convenient and you can't see them under your clothes. They get a big thumbs up from me and I would definitely use them again.
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Aldi Christmas Range Review

If you are a regular reader of my blog you may have seen the recent Aldi Halloween post, well I am back again but this time with some fab items from the Aldi Christmas collection. It's really got me excited for the festive season and I really can't wait to break out the decorations! The range is out online and in store from November 17th, but hurry with prices like these they won't last long!
Aldi Tree Cut Out Lights
I love these little Christmas tree lights, they look just like mini gingerbread cutters. They are strung on a clear wire and are battery operated, so you can use them anywhere you like. They are priced at £3.99 and available in lots of different designs. They would be great for using in the kid's rooms or even as a pretty table decoration.
Aldi Remote Controlled Wall Sockets
This is ingenious! When you have all your Christmas lights plugged in and you have to go around switching them all off. These remote controlled wall sockets save you the hassle and you can do it at the touch of a button! Plug your decorations into the transformer and the programmable remote enables you to switch them off 1 by 1, there is even a master button if you want to switch all of the lights plugged in at the same time. You get 4 wall sockets in the set and they are priced at £17.99
Aldi Christmas Village Scene
This Christmas scene is part of a range of 4 available from just £9.99 each. This wooden tower will look great with your traditional Christmas decorations. It has a really rustic look and the fairy lights inside make it really stand out. The back of the house opens up so you can get to the battery operated lights.
Aldi Net LightThis net light is £19.99 and is perfect for your Christmas tree with 240 warm white lights on it. No more having to wind your lights around the tree and get your display, just simply drop this over the top and add your decorations. The lights have 8 different functions from flashing to slow fade, check out my Youtube video to see all the functions. 
Christmas Parcel Lights
I was so excited when I saw these in my parcel! I have wanted some present lights for ages but Mr RTR wouldn't allow me to expand the decoration collection. These parcel lights are £14.99 and available in 4 colours, so you can match your theme. I love the red ones and they will match my decorations perfectly. What I love about these is that the light function changes, you have 8 different functions available. The parcels all stack inside each other for easy storage and the bows on the top of the parcels come off! Love them and they are a great price too.
Now Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a garden inflatable, would it? Aldi has a range of 6ft inflatables for £19.99. We were sent this rather Jolly snowman, if you have seen my Youtube video you will know how much I love him. He comes with his own anchors so you can pin him on the lawn and stop him blowing off. The extension cord is quite long and once plugged in the fan kicks in and off he blows!
I'm really excited for Christmas now and can't wait to get all my Aldi decorations out and add them to my collection. If you want to get your hands on some then do hurry as they are only available whilst stocks last.
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Mandy
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Justins House Playset Review

Mr C loves Justin's house, well he pretty much loves any programme that has Justin in, since he met him on a day out he's been starstruck. Now Christmas is on the way we are getting lots of lovely products to review that are going to make the perfect gift this Christmas. This Justin's House Playset from Golden Bear toys retails at £34.99.
Fans of Justin's House are going to love the Justin's House playset - it brings to life all you see on the show! With lots of fun and exciting features to discover including 2 figurines; Justin and Robert the Robot, visitor character cards, Little Monster pop-ups, sounds from the show, and more. Children can also sing along to the theme tune as they do on the show. Suitable for children aged 3 years and over due to small removable parts.
I love how well made this playset is and that the pieces can be moved around for free play. The sofa, clock and hotel counter can be moved around. There is a lovely little monster feature in the playset, there are yellow levers around the house that you press and the little monster pops out. The hotel reception desk has 2 buttons on that play several different sounds from the show including the Justin's House theme tune.
Miss S really enjoyed the hinged front door that you can swing open and closed, she also liked changing the cards and signing the "who's at the door song" The Justin and Robert figures are a really good size, Miss S is 8 and they weren't too small for her to be able to play easily, so I reckon they are a geat size for ages 3+ to play with nicely.
On the top floor in the bedroom, the duvet cover flips back off the bed allowing you to put Justin actually in his bed. You can then flip the duvet back over and leave him to sleep off all the fun until next time you play. Poor Robert will have to make do with sleeping on the sofa! Both Miss S and Mr C enjoyed playing with this playset and we would definitely recommend it for your Justin's House fans this Christmas. I hope you enjoy my little Youtube demo below, it will give you an up-close look at the playset.

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Mandy
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