Joanne

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Xplora Smartwatch – Encouraging kids to be active

Ad- This is a collaborative post with Xplora however, all thoughts and opinions are my own. They also encourage adults to be active too. I ditched the car so we could cycle to school but…

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AD – 10 Reasons why you should hire a Rug Doctor

Ad- This is a collaborative post with Rug Doctor however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

We recently had the opportunity to work with Rug Doctor focusing on their home delivery rental service. I have been very excited about this because I love cleaning, I find it very therapeutic and I can switch off and focus on what I need to do and think of nothing else. It’s good for my mind and keeps me organised, and when I am organised I function better.

We bought our sofa four years ago, and over this time I have tried my hardest to keep it clean by using warm water and a drop of washing up liquid. It would take me hours to clean it because I would have to clean each and every cushion, if I didn’t clean the whole cushion I would have watermarks left behind and it would take all day to dry. My sofa never looked really dirty but it was in dire need of a deep clean.

I have three children 15, 8 and 6, plus two labradors 4 years, and 13 months,. Although we didn’t let the kids eat snacks or drink drinks on the sofa, they did occasionally, often leading to a spill of some kind. The dogs used to love being with us on the sofa as well, but we decided to stop it once I had spent the entire day cleaning muddy paws. It took forever and never felt clean.

This is why I was so excited for the Rug Doctor to arrive, so I could finally give my sofa the clean it deserves, see for yourself the colour of the water!

 

Why did I choose Rug Doctor?

  1. Easy to book online.

Go on to the website and register your details.  it will explain in 3 easy steps how to book your cleaner. At the bottom of the page, you will see a button where you can book your home delivery time slot.  Make sure you select the hand tool if you want to clean your sofa and stairs.

2. Gets delivered and collected from your front door.

Your Rug Doctor will arrive in a big box, put the box somewhere safe for a few days as you will need this when returning it.

3. The Rug Doctor is very easy to set up and use.

4. Does not leave any odours whilst drying.

I thought I would be able to smell the damp dog smell whilst my sofa was drying. It didn’t smell or anything which I was very pleased about.

5. Dries within a few hours.

As soon as the kids left for school, I started cleaning the sofa. This gave it the longest time to dry before the kids come home from school; the first thing they love to do is sit on the sofa and tell me about their day. The sofa was completely dry within a few hours. My carpets were the same except for in a few places where I had overlapped.

6. You don’t need to worry about storing it if you don’t have space.

We have very little storage in our house so the rental option is the ideal solution for us because we only have to store it for a few days before it’s gone again.

7. You will save yourself so much money by hiring a Rug Doctor and doing it yourself.

A few years ago I had an independent quote for my sofa and my carpets and in total it would have come up to just short of £300.

8. You don’t have to just use it on your sofa or carpets.

I cleaned my sofa, stairs, hallway, three bedrooms and two mattresses for the few days that we had it and I wish I had cleaned the upholstery in my car too.

9. You feel so much cleaner after it’s all done and will be surprised/disgusted by the colour of the water, even when something doesn’t look dirty.

I found it very satisfying to use and watching all the dirt being sucked out. It was soo good!

10. You will not be disappointed.

I am already looking forward to when I need to use it again. I was going around the house looking for things to clean (hence the mattresses)

I can’t recommend this machine enough and how easy it was to use. I was worried about taking it up and downstairs as it felt heavy but just make sure it’s empty first and take the white container out so you can get a better grip on the machine. It was very easy to pull along on the carpets upstairs and I did all three bedrooms and the hallway in around 30 minutes.

You will not be disappointed with this, I guarantee you. Easy to set up and use, dries fast and affordable,  What more can you ask for?

 

 

 

AD | Comfy Loungewear by Femme Luxe

Ad/gifted products- I received the clothing in this post in exchange for the purpose of this review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I spend a lot of time in my comfortable clothes, they’re a staple for me, a must-have. I would spend all day every day in them if I could and since we have nowhere to go at the moment, that’s exactly what I have been doing. I have put on some weight since not having anywhere to go and my routine being chucked out the window so not a lot fits me at the moment. Its my fault though because I love nothing more right now than sitting in front of the television in the evening once the kids have gone to bed, wearing comfy clothes with my partner, surrounded by snacks ( good and bad ) whilst I watch a film or binge-watch a series on Netflix. Femme luxe recently got in touch and have kindly sent me a selection of their loungewear clothes for me to try out at home.

First of all, I should mention that they have a fantastic range of clothes for all different occasions. The first place I got to on any clothing website is the Loungewear section and Femme Luxe did not disappoint. One thing I really wanted to test out when reviewing loungewear is the wear on the knee’s, some leggings stretch in the knee area if you are sitting in a certain position for too long and do not regain their shape again. This didn’t happen with any of the bottoms I have received.

I picked this set out in this particular colour because it’s not what I would usually go for. First of all, it’s not black, most of the time I pick black because It’s an easy colour that goes with everything and will hide everything, so this is why I went out of my comfort zone and picked Rose. I love everything about this set, the colour, the style, the fit, it’s a very flattering set to wear because of its boxy look and I wouldn’t think twice about wearing this to pop out to the shops, it’s cute.

The next set I picked is this one below, its a tracksuit style set and the bottoms have pockets, gotta love pockets. It’s so comfortable to wear and I do wear this one the most.

The great thing about loungewear is that you can mix and match with them and Femme Luxe has a fantastic range of joggers to choose from, I love the cuffed joggers everyone is wearing right now, I can see myself having them in every colour, plus they look amazing paired up with one of their slogan T-shirts or a cute little crop top. I love everything about this look, especially the colour of the joggers.

The last loungewear set that I have picked from their website was this set in the colour camel. It is worth noticing that the material on this set is different to the other two. I did experience bobbling to the upper inner thigh (where you would expect chub rub) after only wearing for a few hours  This one is more figure-hugging than the other two. It fits your body really lovely and I think it’s a very flattering set to wear. The leggings are high waisted which is great for mum tums like mine and the top is a long-sleeved V-neck.

I am so pleased with the selection of loungewear clothes that I have picked, they don’t make me feel frumpy, they make me feel good and I do really feel comfortable wearing them. I love that I can do the housework in them and still feel like I have got dressed and ready for the day ahead which is great for my mental well-being right.

Femme Luxe also offer Next day delivery FREE if you spend £30+ If you haven’t checked their website, what are you waiting for? I guarantee that you will find something you like.

 

Frenchic furniture paint and why I love it

Frenchic Logo

I rave about Frenchic every single day. In fact, I don’t think there’s a single day that goes by where I haven’t mentioned it. It’s the creme de la creme of furniture paint.

First of all, let me tell you a little bit of background information about the lady who founded and started Frenchic.

Pam Gruhm 

Pam has always enjoyed painting furniture with chalk paint but she wanted a paint that would tick all the boxes, she wanted paint that was safe to paint children’s toys, with no odour and that didn’t have to be stirred, shaken or that needed water adding to it.

In 2014 Pam gambled her £15,000 life savings to set up Frenchic. She did everything herself in the first year, She packed the orders, sent them, ordered new stock and brought in new stockists. Her kitchen was covered in boxes. After her first year, she turned her husband’s chiropractors clinic into Frenchic HQ and they’ve even had to move warehouse FOUR times to keep up with demand.

Her chalk paint business now is worth £16m and I am not surprised. Go, Pam!

Why I love Frenchic and what I have used it on so far.

I have also always enjoyed painting furniture throughout the years, I had previously used a different brand of chalk paint which I wasn’t completely satisfied with. I didn’t like the odour or the finish and was limited with colours. I remember seeing my friends pictures on Facebook of her painting her tv unit in this amazing blue colour and asked her what she used, Frenchic, of course!

I did a search on Facebook and joined their fan forum and that was it, I was blown away by it all and the finish on the furniture looked incredible, I had to try it. You can buy it directly from their website or from your local stockist. Just go on Frenchic’s website, type in your postcode it will tell you who your closest stockist is.

I remember the first time I opened the tin and I could already see by the consistency that this was going to be amazing and I wasn’t wrong. The coverage is second to none and it goes on like a dream with barely any prep work needed. ( I say barely because I do like to do a little even though you don’t need to with this)

At first, I thought the paint was expensive but that was before I started to use it.

Since discovering Frenchic I have painted all sorts and I can tell you that it does go a long way and I can also tell you how much I have used and what I have done.

Dusky Blush 750ml and 150ml

  • x2 coats on my front door
  • x2 coats on my outside light lantern
  • x2 coats on my grandfather clock
  • x2 coats on my bike
  • x2 coats on my rattan planter

Dazzle me 750ml ( Whitest white)

  • X2 coats on my dressing table
  • Garden signs
  • x 2 coats on all of my downstairs skirting board and has really brightened them up

I still have most of the tin left.

Dazzle me 750ml

x2 coats on another grandfather clock project

x2 coats on a corner unit which I then sold on.

I still have most of the tin left.

Wise old sage 150ml

I used this one on little details in my garden like signs and little ornaments.

I have also used the copper frensheen which is a powder that you mix with a finishing coat to create a metallic look. Although I have not used this on furniture yet, I have used it on my daughter’s school projects and I will be using it on my bike to add some detail. It mixes beautifully and goes on an absolute dream.

There are so many different ranges to try which offer different shades of colour but I have only ever used the Alfresco and Frensheen.

  • Original Artisan range
  • The Lazy Range
  • Alfresco inside/outside range
  • Chalk wall paint
  • Trim Paint
  • Easy Crackle
  • Waxes

Then you can buy brushes stencils Frenhsheen, finishing coat, sugar soap etc

There are endless projects you can do with this paint. I have seen people paint their window fascias, fireplaces, garage doors, kitchen cupboards, floors, garden slabs, rattan furniture, light shades, sofas, chimineas, sofas, blinds, radiators and so much more.

I have seen people transform rooms from boring, dated and dull to exciting, clean, fresh and vibrant with just a tin of this stuff, it’s actually insane and deserves to be shouted about.

Stay tuned for my next Frenchic post……. to be continued

 

 

 

How to make your own wax melts.

During the first lockdown, people spent their time either redecorating their homes, painting their fences or doing their gardens up. I was going to repaint my fence but could I for the life of me find blooming fence paint? nope! I was bored and wanted to learn something new but nothing was jumping out at me until I put a new wax melt in my burner. I had always wanted to make candles before but never knew where to start.

My friend even bought me a candle making kit for Christmas and when I had researched into it, it wasn’t as straight forward as I thought it would be. I thought all you would need to do is melt the wax, add the scent, pour it into a mould and leave it to set and voila! Nope! There are many different waxes you can buy and they all melt down at different temperatures and they need to be at a certain temperature when adding things like your colour and your fragrance oil,. and dont get me started on CLP labels if you are wanting to go on to sell your creations.

After a short while I got the hang of making them, so I thought I would create this “how to” to help others who have a love for wax melts and want to give it a go themselves.

This is just how I make them but there are many different methods you can use.

Things you will need to get started:

  • A metal jug -I got mine for a quid in Asda
  • Scales
  • lollypop sticks – These make great stirrers.
  • A digital thermometer – I brought mine from Amazon
  • Wax – For wax melts you will need a type of wax specifically for melts and if you want to make candles you will need to buy container wax.
  • Fragrance oil – There are so many different scents out there.
  • Moulds – I use silicone as they are easier to remove the wax once its set.
  • Mica powder, liquid, chips – This is what you use to change the colour of the wax, I use powder and chips.
  • Cello bags – to package your melts in afterwards

When making wax melts you should use the ratio of 100g of wax to10ml of fragrance oil and you should always weigh your fragrance oil because some are heavier than others. For example if you are making a bigger batch and are melting 500g of wax then you can add 50ml of fragrance oil.

I use the double boil method which means I add the measured wax to the metal jug and sit it inside a pan of boiling water and melt it down this way. Some people use slow cookers and soup makers but I have no idea on how to do it that way.

Step by step:

  1. Measure your wax – I use golden wax 494.
  2. Measure out your fragrance oil. I use an egg cup.
  3. Fill your kettle up, boil it and add it to a saucepan. Place your metal jug with the wax in inside it.
  4. Use your lollypop stick to stir the wax as it’s melting down/
  5. I remove the wax jug from the heat when the temperature hits around 80
  6. Add a little bit of the colouring. Dont add to much or your finish piece will have little holes in where the colour has sat and set.
  7. When the temperature gets down to around 70 I pour in my 10ml of fragrance oil and stir for two minutes.
  8. Pour the wax into the moulds when the temperature is around 65-60 and leave it to set. – I leave it over night to make sure its set properly.

With the type of wax I use, it’s prone to frosting which happens when hot wax is poured into a mould that isn’t quite at room temperature. It looks like little specks of frost but it doesn’t effect the smell of the wax melts at all, it just looks a bit different. Some people pop their silicone moulds in the oven to warm them up before pouring them, I only make for myself so only do this when I can be bothered.

With Golden wax 494, the cold scent throw is amazing but, you do need to leave them to cure for two weeks before burning them which can be a right faff. When I made my first batch I was so excited to burn one because it smelt incredible, but the hot scent throw was very weak. I left the rest of them in a tub in a cupboard for the next two weeks and when I went back to them they were a hundred times better and the hot scent throw was much stronger. When storing your wax melts, make sure they are in an air tight container with a label on the box so you dont mix them up or you can package them straight into a cello bag. I usually pop a sticker on stating which scent it is as I only make for myself.

The legal stuff- Clp and warning labels and where to get them:

When making candles and wax melts and you are planning to give them to family and friends or sell them then you must be CLP compliant. What the heck does this mean you ask?

You can read all about CLP and warning labels here. The website where you buy the fragrance oil from will have their own CLP information on each fragrance for you to download if you want to make your own labels, but make sure you get the correct website that your fragrance oil comes from.

There are so many different waxes out there to choose from all with different temperatures that work well with that particular wax.  So my advice is to play around and find what works best for you, this is just what works for me.

These are just a few of the main suppliers:

  • Craftovator
  • Craftastik
  • Stansteads
  • Supplies for candles
  • Livemoor
  • Stansfield
  • Truly Personal
  • Fizzy whizz

CLP stickers – I use a lady on Facebook called Labels by Rebecca. You can also make them yourself using a website called Avery.

There you have it, it is literally trial and error and can take a long time to perfect them but give it a go and let me know in the comments how you get on. x