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Whisper Tungsten Rug | Review

Whisper Tungsten Rug | Review

With spring finally here our winter blankets and hot water bottles can soon start to be packed away. The sun is now starting to make a very welcomed appearance and we can now start enjoying the spring air and lovely sunshine.

With the sun shining brightly and all the winter warmers being packed away, we are now wanting to add colour, not only in the garden but indoors too. We are wanting to brighten up our spring and add sparkles of colour to our home to make it nice, bright and welcoming.

Interior Design

We are currently in discussion about our interior design at the moment as we are making plans to have a wall removed downstairs. This would help to add light to our living room as well as give us more kitchen space. Our kitchen at the moment hardly has any space and sadly isn’t designed to it’s full potential. We feel we could make much better use of the space to make it a much more useable kitchen. We do have our own design in mind and it is on our to-do list but other home projects have to take priority.

In the meantime we are adding splashes of colour in other ways to our home, by changing pictures that are hung on our walls to more brighter ones, adding bright spring flowers to a vase, changing our cushion covers and having a change around with items on display.

Splashes Of Colour This Spring

There are many other ways you can brighten your home and add splashes of colour to make it more cheerful looking and inviting. Adding a rug or two is another way. We recently added a beautiful grey rug to our living room from Land Of Rugs. The rug is called Whisper Tungsten and is a stunning colour.

Whisper Tungsten Rug | Review

The Tungsten rug has helped to add a splash of beautful colour to our floor. Helping our flooring look more refreshed. The rug has a superfine silky pile that gives off bright and deeper silver grey hues when ruffled or viewed from different angles. We have placed the rug in front of our fire place where the rug will get plenty of natural light so we will get maximum effect.

With the lights on low or with the light effect from our electric fire it adds a real luxury feel on the rug and to the room. The rug has 100% polyester wispy feathery pile, that also has a glossy finish to it. The rug is hand tufed and has a beautiful 40mm silky pile to it.

Land Of Rugs offer a wide range of rugs to suit colours, styles and budgets. Rugs to suit modern and triaditional tastes.

The Whisper Tugsten comes in a choice of six different sizes with prices starting from £39. We do have a 10% discount code to share with you. If you enter B2DISCOUNT with any order you may wish to make, Land Of Rugs will kindly reduce your order by 10% and you could also add an instant transformation to your home too, just like the Whisper Tugsten done to our home.

Disclaimer: We were sent a Whisper Tugsten Rug for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

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Hiking, product review, review., RUCKSACK

Take A Hike With Osprey Hikelite 26 | Review

Take A Hike With Osprey Hikelite 26 | Review

Loving The Great Outdoors

A close look at the Hikelite 26: At the start of 2019 we decided that we would give ourselves the kick up the backside that we needed to become a more healthier and active family. We have always had a love of the great outdoors, we enjoy nothing more than quality-time together as a family out on an adventure.

With having two dogs, a Siberian Husky, and a German Shephered we are always out walking daily with them both. Since January and the start of our new healthy-lifestyle, these walks are much more longer and we are often found out on day-hikes now rather than just a quick dog walk round the park.

Daily Hikes

With having big, active, energetic dogs you can just imagine how much they absolutely love hiking with us. We pack up a bag with all needed essentials for the day and go off enjoying our hiking adventures together.

Take A Hike With Osprey Hikelite 26 | Review

The Osprey Hikelite 26 Rucksack

We have recently been using a rucksack called Osprey Hikelite 26, in Shitake Grey. This rucksack has been perfect for our day-hikes. It is a simple, yet effective daypack. So far it has been a perfect size rucksack for our day-hikes and adventures, providing us with more than enough space for our essentials.

The Osprey Hikelite 26 rucksack has a lot of perfect features to it. We can now see why this rucksack is very popular amongst hikers. This Hikelite has some very unique and very helpful features to it that we have found extreamly useful which has helped to make our hikes so much more comfortable and enjoyable.

A Quick Overview

  • Osprey Hikelite 26 Rucksack
  • Volume: 26L
  • Weight: 735g
  • Dimensions: H48cms x W28cms x D28cms
  • Fabric: Main:100D Nylon Mini Diamond Shadow. Base: 500D Nylon Packcloth.
  • AirSpeed trampoline suspended mesh back system for ventilation and comfort.
  • Integrated raincover that is detachable.
  • Internal hydration sleeve compatible with all hydraulics reservoirs.
  • Removable webbing hipbelt.
  • A front shove pocket.
  • Stretch mesh side pockets.
  • Side compression straps.
  • Zippered panel access.
  • Trekking pole attatchment.
  • Zippered panel scratch-free pocket. Perfect for electronics or sunglasses.
  • Sternum strap with emergency whistle.
Take A Hike With Osprey Hikelite 26 | Review

Lightweight

The Hikelite Osprey Rucksack can be purchased in two different sizes, 18L or 26L. We have been using the 26L rucksack on our daily hikes. We have found the Hikelite to be incredibly lightweight which has been perfect. The last thing needed when hiking is excess weight on our shoulders!

Comfort

With the Hikelite being lightweight it is great as it helps add to the comfort of this lovely rucksack.

With the weather being so lovely lately and the rucksack having an excellent feature of AirSpeed trampoline suspended ventilated mesh back system. This allowed perfect airflow whilst out on our hikes, which saves us from getting too hot and sweaty. Meaning less sweat and more enjoyment.

Hiking alone can make us hot and sweaty without the added heat from carrying a rucksack. This rucksack is lovely, light and perfectly comfortable and ventilated.

Take A Hike With Osprey Hikelite 26 | Review

Straps And Belts

Hip Belt: This is a perfect feature for anyone who struggles to keep their rucksacks on or in position – just like I do, isn’t it annoying. The hip belt is adjustable and adjusts with ease so you can adjust it for comfort to suit you. It is also removeable. We have found it to be a perfect feature for added comfort, helping our rucksack to stay in position whilst on the move.

Sternum Strap: Do you hate it when your rucksack straps keep moving or falling off? I do, it is so annoying. The Hikelite has sternum straps that helps to add comfort as well as hold your shoulder straps in position. We found the sternum straps worked perfectly and held those shoulder straps in position every time. Saved me from having to keep holding the shoulder straps and adjusting the bag when hiking.

Compression Straps: The compression straps on the side of this rucksack we found can be used for a few different things. We used them to secure the load in our rucksack, we also used them to secure the upper part of our “shove-it” pocket in place and we also used them to hold our hiking stick in position. How handy is that?

We found these straps to be a great multi-feature on our rucksack by adding comfort and security to our hike.

Shoulder Straps: The shoulder straps are nice and wide, nicely padded for added comfort and also nice and soft. They are nicely ventilated and have not cut into our shoulders like other rucksacks we have owned. The straps add to the comfort of the bag helping to keep us cool and comfortable when hiking.

Take A Hike With Osprey Hikelite 26 | Review

Pockets

Side Pockets: On our Hikelite 26 we have two PowerMesh side pockets. These two pockets are strong, deep and extreamly handy for any quick-grab items. We have been using ours for our drink bottles, dog leads, treats & toys.

Shove-It Pocket: A perfect pocket for for any quick-grab clothing. Perfect for keeping a wet jacket seperate from other items. Or just simply shoving a map or travel guide. A perfect pocket to put something in when you simply don’t want to have to open the larger section of the bag.

Zippered Scratch-Free Pocket: I hold my hands up, I am terrible for always putting my keys and phone down when out and forgetting where I have put them. The Hikelite 26 has a perfect pocket for these items. The rucksack has a brilliant scratch-free zippered pocket, perfect for keys, sunglasses and small gadgets. It even has a key attatchment clip where we clip our keys in position when using the rucksack. No more hunting for our keys.

Take A Hike With Osprey Hikelite 26 | Review

Hydration And Staying Dry

Raincover: Have you ever used a rucksack before now as a shield from the rain? I have. They work as a perfect shield to keep you dry but it’s not so fun when the items inside that rucksack gets wet is it?

There is a brilliant feature about this Hikelite Rucksack, as it comes with it’s very own rain cover. How cool is that? nicely hidden away in it’s very own pocket at the bottom of the rucksack. It’s not only perfect that the rucksack has it’s very own rain cover. It is perfect that it has it’s very own little pocket for two reasons.

  • It will never be forgotten.
  • When it has been used it is not going to be packed away wet in the main compartment getting everything else wet.

Perfect feature to help keep our rucksack and belongings dry if needed when out hiking.

Hydraulics Reservoir: Keeping our fluid levles up is important, especially when out hiking. This Hikelite rucksack is well equiped to help us stay hydrated as it has an internal hydration sleeve which is compatible with all hydraulics reservoirs.

Take A Hike With Osprey Hikelite 26 | Review

Overall Opinion

As you have just read, this Hikelite 26 rucksack is not only strong and durable, it has lot’s of perfect features to help keep us all comfortable when out hiking. Not only are the features great, there is also a great amount of space too.

Take A Hike With Osprey Hikelite 26 | Review

Since using the Hikelite 26 our hikes have been much more enjoyable. It is much more comfortable to carry than our old rucksack. It has kept us much more cooler thanks to the innovated, ventilated design of the back panel.

Take A Hike With Osprey Hikelite 26 | Review

The rucksack is also supported by good strong quality zips and clasps. The Hikelite is of a perfect size for our day-hikes and has a comfortable amount of space needed. This rucksack has been on many hikes and adventures with us and will be going on many more.

Do you enjoy hiking? does this look like the bag for you? Simply Hike have everything needed for your outdoor adventures.

Disclaimer: We was sent the Hikelite 26 Rucksack for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

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food, food presentation., product review

Unique Soapstone Serving

unique soapstone serving

Unique Soapstone Serving

By having a close family we quite often have a large number of people come to dinner and there is nothing worse than struggling to maintain the desired food temperature whilst serving a large number of people.  We have recently been using soapstone servers to not only help keep our food the temperature needed but to also serve in style. The unique soapstone serving is a  great way to serve platter sharers and adding a little unique rustic touch to our dinner parties which we have quite often.

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This is a beautiful re-claimed soapstone serving slab, perfect for serving cheeses, appetizers or even as a mezze platter. Each slab is handcrafted and custom cut, no two pieces of these soapstone surving slabs are the same. Each individual slab has rustic raw edges and a beautiful unique design with attached soapstone feet for easy transportation which is also great for protecting work surfaces. No two pieces of these soapstone surving slabs are the same so measurements will vary. They come in options of small, medium, large or extra-large.

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You simply freeze or even place in the oven to help maintain food temperatures that you require, helping to serve food to dinner guests at the desired temperatures needed.  RRP £40

Perfect For Dinner Parties

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This oven-to-table entertainment platter is also hand-crafted from USA and made from recycled soapstone. The tray can also be heated or chilled to help maintain optimal food temperatures. This beautiful serving slab comes with a rustic wooden serving tray for easier movement from oven-to-table. Measures 16″ x  8″ x 8″ RRP £58.50

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Add Style And Elegance

We found using these serving slabs really helped to add style and elegance to our dinner party, they stayed chilled for around 3 hours when we froze them. When heated they held the heat for the duration of the meal saving us from the worry of side dishes going cold.

Would  you would like to serve up a statement? if so you will find both soapstone items over at Formahouse.

Disclaimer: we was sent these serving slabs for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

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family fun, product review

StikBot Figures

StikBots

StikBot Figures

We have been having great fun getting creative with our StikBot figures. They are social-sharing figurines that are set to give you endless amounts of fun.

Technology plays a huge part in day-to-day life and StikBots will help kids to use their imagination and keep their minds active……It’s also great fun for adults too as myself and Ian found out…yes we are big kid’s!

Bradley attends performing arts college and really enjoys getting creative/acting on stage. He is due to perform in the West End in July and has got to learn how to talk in an American accent for the role he will be playing on stage. He has been practicing his script that he has to learn using his StikBots which has been a great help to him. They have not only helped him with his accent but have helped him with his scripts too in such a fun way.

So Much Fun

StikBot figures

To create a video using the StikBots you just download the FREE APP for iPhone and Android, you can film, pause, edit your clips and even add your own sound effects. To make a video you pose your figures in your chosen position and click on the app, once the picture is taken you then move your figure/figures (you can have more than one in the clip if you wish) and then take the next picture, repeating this process until you are happy/finished. You will only need to slightly move your figure/figures and you can see the previous picture by the shadow showing.

StikBot figures

Fun And Addictive

It does take time to create a short clip but it is also fun and very addictive. We spent time with our StikBots over the school holidays creating loads of different clips. Using StikBots to send birthday messages, mothers day/fathers day messages or even get well wishes could be unique and fun to-do!

Ideas of use for StikBots can be endless, it just depends on how creative you wish to be.

The StikBots unique design allows for easy use/positioning on a flat surface, they have suction-caps on their hands and feet along with a robotic design so that they can be put into position more easily. They can be posed in many ways, and positioned in multiple different angles.

Here is a short clip that Bradley made using his StikBots – Valentine saves the day.

The StikBots would make a perfect gift that requires nothing but imagination!

Disclaimer: we received our StikBots for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
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AD, celebrations, food, party food, product review, review., service review

Crystal Celebrations

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15th Wedding Anniversary

We recently celebrated our crystal wedding anniversary, myself and Ian had already said to the boy’s that we didn’t want a big party as we had just came home from a family holiday instead. The kid’s kept on asking why we wasn’t celebrating with a big party and having crystal celebrations, we then sat the boy’s down and explained to them that with us both working there just wasn’t any time to cater for a party.

In the end the kid’s won and we ended up having crystal celebrations, whilst I was at work Ian was busy doing the gardening and the kid’s tidied the house, the food was being catered for by The Platter Company, we spoke with the platter company on the phone and arranged a convenient time for delivery which Ian took delivery of while I was busy working, all I had to do was arrive home relax, enjoy myself and celebrate, it was lovely and totally stress free…..Perfect!

Delivery To Suit You

The Platter Company deliver at a time to suit you, at your chosen location within the Hertfordshire and Essex areas. The food is delivered lovely presented and ready to eat. There is a lovely selection of food to choose from to cater for all occasions.

the platter company

There Really Is No Occasion Too Small!

crystal celebrations

For our party we had a mixture of sandwiches, this platter consisted of:

    • Bacon lettuce and tomatoes (BLT)
    • Cheese and onion
    • Chicken and sweetcorn
  • Smoked salmon

The sandwiches had just the right amount of filling in them, the bread was lovely and soft we found there to be a lovely choice of sandwiches.

To go with these lovely filled sandwiches is a selection of pastries.

crystal celebrations

The traditional british feast:

    • Mini sausages roll
    • Mini Quiche
    • Beef pasties
  • Cocktail sausages

The selection of pastries was great, it had a great selection of party favourites within the platter.

And to finish we had a lovely dessert platter.

crystal celebrations

The Dessert Platter Consisted Of:

  • Lovely decorated cupcakes
  • shortbread teddy
  • A huge cookie
  • Toffee rice crispy cake
  • Brownie
  • Carrot cake
  • Mini millionaires

Now this was a platter that didn’t last five minutes, the selection was just right, it certainly had all of our favourites on it.

These platters were enjoyed very much by all, the platters was perfect, the last-minute party turned out lovely and was totally stress free.

the platter company

The Platter Company provided a high quality reliable service, all platters came ready to serve. The platters were delivered in a refrigerated van, arrived in plastic lidded trays which are 100% recyclable. We just took the lid off and left the food on the serving trays. The whole process was stress free and all looked and tasted perfect!

Disclaimer: we was sent these lovely platters in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

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product review, shave

Learning How To Shave

Lee Learns How To Shave

Learning how to shaveOne thing a boy always does is look up to their dad, well our boy’s do anyway. Lee has recently been showing signs of being ready to shave so learning how to shave is something he has been wanting to do for a while now. He has been asking Ian lot’s of questions about it and just generally showing a real interest in all different types of razors and shavers.

One question Lee has asked is “am I old enough to start shaving yet” is there an actual age to start shaving?

Learning how to shave

Lee is 15 years old, and has been recently using the Philips  PT871/19 shaver and I must say he was very nervous at first when he first started using it but who wouldn’t be, it must be frightening putting something like that to your face for the first time.

Before Lee used the shaver for the first time he sat and read the booklet that came with the shaver so he knew how it worked and what does what so it was not so daunting for him, well a young boy learning how to shave it is a big milestone for him.

Lee Found The Learning Process Rather Fun

The shaver is a nice size for Lee and he loves the colour. He found the whole shaving process rather fun, he had some one-to-one time with Ian looking and talking about shavers they also chatted about the difference between them all.

We thought the charging time for this shaver was brilliant, only taking 1hr to fully charge, this would give Lee 50 minutes shaving time which was plenty of time for him to have a comfortable shave. The shaver is mains charged, has a Li-Ion battery and is also rechargeable, with the shaver being cordless this made the shaver easier for Lee to use.

Learning how to shave

This Was The Perfect Shaver For Lee

The dualprecision cutting – dualprecision shaving heads was perfect for Lee as they have slots to shave normal hairs and holes that shaved even the shortest stubble, this made a good shaver for Lee who is learning how to shave. Lee found this shaver very easy and comfortable to use as a learner shaver.

Learning how to shaveLee was amazed after his shave as the shaver has a lift and cut action on it with a dual blade system, this lifted Lee’s hairs and cut them comfortably below the skin level to give Lee a close up shave that Lee found to be pain-free.

The other function on the shaver is the pop-up trimmer, this is used for grooming sideburns and moustache.

Lee loved the Dynamic Contour Response as it automatically adjusted to every curve of his face and neck for a smoother shave. If the shaver was to run low the battery had an indicator come up to warn him. When finished using the shaver Lee just popped it on the stand which will then charge the shaver until he needed to use it again.

Lee is now happy and comfortable with shaving and really enjoyed learning how to shave.

Disclaimer: we received the shaver for the purpose of our review all thoughts and opinions are 100% our own.
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gadget, Kitchen, product review

Ozeri Fresko Salt And Pepper Mill

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Salt And Pepper Mill

Time to throw away the boring old salt and pepper pots, we have come across something a lot more stylish, something that we wouldn’t mind having out on display rather than chucked to the back of the cupboard that we have to hunt high and low for when needed, don’t you just hate having to hunt for salts and spices at meal times….we sure do!

This is not only a stylish little gadget it takes up hardly any room, it is that easy to fill up and use my boys even do it. The Ozeri Fresko salt and pepper mill has a lovely brushed stainless steel look to it and is of great quality, the grinder can be adjusted from fine to coarse at ease with the turn of an adjustment rod which you can easily fit two fingers round and turn.

Such Great Quality

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One thing we love is fresh ground peppercorns and with the features of powerful ceramic gears, this salt and pepper mill grounds them with ease. The salt and pepper mill is designed in Germany and is made of stainless steel, with the perfect space-saving design. With the grinder having see through window’s this allows us to see the grinding in action and also allows us to monitor the levels so we know when it needs refilling.

The salt and pepper mill dimensions are 3.8 x 3.8 x 17.1 cm as you can see from the picture on the right, to fill the salt and pepper mill you just simply pull the sections open, fill them and then just push them back together again, it really is that simple!

at either end of the grinder there is a cap, when you wish to use the grinder you select what end you wish to use, pull the protective cap off and twist the grinder, when you have finished pop the cap back on. If this is a salt and pepper mill that you would love to have in your kitchen, you can by clicking here.

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Disclaimer: we was sent a salt and pepper mil for the purpose of our review, all thoughts and opinions are 100% our own.
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Lifestyle, product review, wellbeing

Ozeri Bathroom Scales

Ozeri Bathroom Scales

Time To Take Control

Being overweight, scales have not been my best friend, as to me they was just a constant reminder of how overweight I had become, I have recently made a life changing decision and have decided to start living more of a healthier life, we are taking control of our food intake as well as being more active and not being afraid to step on those scales and take control of the horrid answer!

Ozeri Bathroom Scales
Dimensions 34.3 x 2.5 x 35.6cm

When these scales arrived, my first thoughts was WOW! they are so different to my old scales, my old scales look boring and uninviting compared to these ones. what I love is that they have a distinctive retro look to them and the chrome really sets them off, I know it’s not the look of the scales that give you your results but how much nicer are these scales compared to the old style scales. The 14 cm (5.5 inch) dial and integrated digital display is a lovely size and makes reading your weight more easier and from any angle too.

Some Great Features

Ozeri Bathroom ScalesAnother feature I love is the synchronized electro-mechanical dial and LCD automatically illuminate and instantly point to your weight in lbs and kgs and the results are very easy to read. I love that I can sneak in the bathroom in the dark and check my weight myself without the added pressure of everyone asking what my weight was. These scales also have an in-built alarm so you can weigh yourself the same time each day if you wish, how cool is that a little reminder to help you to keep check if you are like me and wanting to loose those pounds, its best to keep check.

I Was Very Hesitant

Ozeri Bathroom Scales

I admit when it came to standing on the scales for the first time I was hesitant, purely because I hadn’t stepped on scales for quite some time. These scales have a large platform made of impact-resistant tempered glass with slip resistant feet, ideal for that extra stability.There are four high precision GX sensors that weigh up to 180 kg (400 lbs) with step-on technology that captures precise weight measurements upon contact (no tapping required) so there really was nothing for me to worry about.

Whether you are trying to loose weight or muscle tone these scales will keep up with your body changes and automatically turn themselves off when not in use to conserve battery life. There was one feature missing on these scales that I would have liked and that was to weigh in stone.

These scales normally retail for £29.99 but are currently selling for £19.99 on Amazon.

Disclaimer: we was sent the Ozeri bathroom scales in exchange for our review, all thoughts and opinions are 100% our own
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