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Tiny AND Mighty- The new Eufy H30 mate

Infinite Potential

Disclosure This is a collaborative post with Eufy by Anker however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

A few weeks ago, Eufy sent me the latest model of there handheld vacuum to review and you should all know by now how excited I was to put it to the test. I also own a handheld version of a different brand and was eager to see how the two compared. Eufy won hands down for so many reasons and let me explain why.

First impressions

The box is matt black with metallic red font which immediately screams elegance to me. The picture on the front, is the product being used in action. Powerfully sucking up what looks like an a spillage of dry cereal from a sofa. There is also another picture of the mini- motorized pet brush in use, which is what I am mostly interested in as I have two endlessly malting Labradors. The product comes very well compacted in the box to keep it safe from damage during transit, nothing is getting damaged in this box.

What’s in the box?

  • The beauty that is the Eufy H30 Mate
  • 1 Lithium-ion battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Charging base
  • 2-in-1 Crevice tool
  • Mini-motorized pet brush – Small brush to clean dust with a curved blade on the other end to remove long hair from the roller.
  • Wall plugs and screws x2 to attach the charging base to a wall.
  • Owners manual and warranty in a protected sleeve to match the sleekness of the box.

Up to here, we have only discussed the packaging and the contents of the box and it already illustrates how much planning and attention to detail has gone into designing this product.

Distinguishing features:

  • 250ml large capacity dust box for life’s daily messes.
  • Store accessories with the fast-charging dock for quick and easy access.
  • Switch between modes for the suction power that suits you: Max mode : 80AW, Eco mode: 35AW
  • Outstanding 20 minute run-time. You may not thing that 20 minutes is long enough but believe me, it is.
  • It had a headlight when the crevice tool is being used, so that you can see what if you have missed anything.
  • Ultra lightweight- At only 1.7lbs/ 808g, cleaning is effortless.
  • Great for pet hair, perfect for quick clean ups and ideal for cleaning the car.

Now, what do I think of it?

I have an obsession when it comes to vacuum cleaners, I love them. My two dogs malt so much that I struggle to keep on top of all the dog hair and it can feel overbearing and depressing. We have a rule that the dogs are not allowed to sit or sleep on the sofa because of the sheer volume of shedding. Rosie likes to lick everything. I have seen what she licks at home and on walks and it is not pleasant. (Bonzo’s who har, mud, cat poop) and Bonzo, well, his a whole different kettle of fish.

Although they are not allowed on the sofa, the sofa still gets covered with dog hair from the kids after they have been playing with them or, it just randomly floats in the air from movement and then settles down to rest annoyingly on the seats. Pet hair also likes to irritate me by settling on the shelf under my Ikea table, side table and Tv unit and no matter how much I try to keep on top of it, it dominates the bottom floor in our home.

Using my brand spanking new Eufy home vac has made life a whole lot easier for us, especially with the motorized pet tool on the sofa. I do not have to use as much energy, moving my arm up and down to get the hair to come off, as the suction pulls it off and the tool grabs the hair effortlessly.

Lydia, dropped half a box of cereal from the cupboard the other day and the Eufy, sucked it up instantly and I still had space in the dust box for more. Usually, I would have spent double the amount of time trying to clean it up with my other handheld and I would of had to have emptied the dust box at least twice with that volume of spillage.

The suction alone makes this product amazing, I used to use my normal vacuum to clean the stairs because my old handheld just could not cope with it. However, this one is amazing on my stairs which then makes my life easier because the kids can now do it for me and not complain about how heavy it is. There’s no excuses.

Additionally, I am very impressed with how it performs in the car. I still have to use my usual upright vacuum for the floor because again, dog hair from the bottom of the kids shoes get embedded in the weird, fuzzy carpet they put in cars. The Eufy copes very well on the seats and for the middle sections of the floor but didn’t quite have the suction for the edges of the car even with the crevice tool attached. But, that’s okay and definitely has not put me off from using it in my car.

Overall, I am very satisfied with this product and would 100% recommend it to anyone, especially to those with kids and pets for the reasons above. The kids are fascinated by it and enjoy using it. You definitely do not need to go out and buy a second battery because the unit is a fast charge and it genuinely does what it says.

Now for the deciding factor, cost.

The Eufy H30 Homevac would cost you £169.99 on Amazon however, You can get it for £129.99 by ticking the voucher box for £40 off, which I think is a bargain. Two years ago I brought a hand hand vacuum with and extra battery from another well known brand for £179.00, each battery only lasted 8minutes and the dust box is half the size. Eufy’s dust box is double the size.

The majority of us do not have a lot of disposable income so it shouldn’t stop us from being able to buy high end, quality products like this.

I hope you found my review informative and if you have any questions, please feel free to send me a message.

My Vacuum Cleaner Obsession And Why I Have So Many.

**This post contains previously gifted items and affiliate links

Hello, my name is Jo and I have a vacuum cleaner obsession.

Growing up I have always loved cleaning and tidying. I would have the cleanest and tidiest part of the bedroom which I shared with my two sisters Jaymee (The mum Diaries) and Tasha (Mummyandmoose) I would regularly ask them if I could tidy their side of the room and then head on into my little brothers bedroom where I would sit and organise all of his toys before cleaning them and then his bedroom.

My first vacuum cleaner was a Henry which my father in law gave me and I loved it, He was such a great cleaner but there were two things I grew to dislike over the years. It wasn’t bag-less and I couldn’t stand it upright.

Then Dyson was all the rage and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the rollerball version. I can’t remember I paid but I was so happy when it had arrived, I thought it was the bizz and I had it for about a year and a half before I gave it to my mum and invested in my first Shark.

My first shark was out of this world, amazing. I remember using my Dyson to clean upstairs where it was carpeted and then going over it in the afternoon with my new Shark and I kid you not the dust cup that collects everything was full to the brim! This was the start of my vacuum cleaner obsession.

Two very hairy Labradors later and a lot of dog hair I went on to acquire my second Shark which was a very kindly gifted to me from the brand, I couldn’t believe my luck. This machine would now be my downstairs vac and my older Shark would not be my upstairs vacuum cleaner. Then my luck came in again when Shark sent their **Klick n Flip automatic steam mop.

The next product I went on to buy was the Shark hand held cordless vacuum which I use to clean my huge six seater sofa. My dogs do not sit on the sofa yet it seems to always attract dog hair. I brought this mini cleaner specifically for my sofa because it was just more convenient to use.

My next vacuum cleaner I brought was an *Eufy robovac, I had seen this be recommended on the Labrador Facebook group that I am part of. Thankfully, my two dogs are past the having accidents inside stage as I had also read a lot of horror stories of robovacs smearing poo everywhere across the floor. My Eufy is controlled by the app and Alexa, the only thing I have to make sure I do is make sure the dogs haven’t dribbled water from their bowl across the floor and make sure the floor is clear from anything that could cause it to get jammed.

I then brought my first Shark cordless vacuum from Facebook second hand for £50 which I love and is also very convenient and quick to use although the battery is a bit poor.

So, in total I own five vacuum cleaners so far and I am not stopping! I can honestly say that I am on top of my dog hair problem but will never rule out reviewing new vacuum cleaners in the future.

To list I have:

  1. Shark NV680UKT Powered Lift-Away True Pet Vacuum Cleaner, Bordeaux
  2. Shark Anti Hair Wrap with Pet Tool AZ910UKT Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner Rose Gold
  3. Shark Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner (Twin Battery) WV251UK
  4. Shark IF200UK DuoClean Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
  5. Eufy 30C Robot Vacuum Cleaner, BoostIQ, Wi-Fi, Super-Thin, 1500Pa Suction
  6. Shark Klik n’ Flip Automatic Steam Mop S6003UK

Individual reviews will be added soon.

This is one of my reviews on YouTube

Double Jaw Surgery- My Surgery And Swelling Explained

Five years ago I was imagining in my head what it would feel like to be 5 years post op when at that time it’s very difficult to envision. It takes up to a year after having double jaw surgery for the swelling in your face to go down and you don’t see your final result until around that mark. Sure that the majority of your face has significantly decreased due to the outside swelling going down but it’s the swelling inside your face that takes the longest time, leaving your cheeks feeling puffy and tender to touch.

The surgery I had

As I had an 11mm overbite and gummy smile, the plan for my surgery was that I would have an operation called BSSO aka Bilateral sagittal split surgery and Le Fort 1. Together this is known as double jaw surgery because both jaws are having surgery on.

For my top jaw they did something on me called a LE FORT 1 osteotomy which is a horizontal incision across the maxilla jaw ( top jaw) In my case they cut quite a bit of bone out because I had a very gummy smile, they then moved my jaw up and backwards a little bit to put it into the correct place and then secured it using surgical hooks and screws.

BSSO Bilateral sagittal split osteotomy- To simplify my explanation for this is that they separated my lower jaw (mandible) from my face and then they cut the back part of my jaw in two places in a diagonal position, repositioned it and because my bottom jaw was too far back, they brought it forward to meet my upper jaw and secured it into place with hooks and screws.

Not only are they doing all of the above in surgery they are also having to make sure everything is aligned properly which is very intricate work. I remember when I woke up after coming round in ICU asking a nurse why I had a stitch put in between my eyes and she said the surgeon had to place a screw there to make sure everything was in the correct position. I have a slight scar now but nothing I am bothered about.

So you can now see why there would be a lot of internal swelling going on inside your face so my message to you is to try and be patient with your self. I still have a bit of puffiness in my cheek 5 years on which has never gone back to normal and I am convinced one of my screws is inflamed under there but it doesn’t bother me enough for me to go and get it removed.

Another area on my face that is still affected is the top right side of my lip and the top right side of my gum. I think the nerves must have been damaged during the operation which isn’t uncommon and they never went back to normal but again it’s not a big deal. Read more about my surgery day here.

Recovery

I wrote a couple of posts a few years ago, just quick ones talking about my recovery but nothing in much detail so I thought I’d explain it here.

The most common question I get asked is – Does double jaw surgery hurt? My answer is No, it didn’t hurt, yes it was uncomfortable but that was only when the pain relief from the surgery started wearing off. My partner did an excellent job of making sure I was taking regular pain relief which was a combination of liquid paracetamol and dissolvable ibuprofen. It was disgusting and gagging whilst you have two broken jaws isn’t the most pleasant of experiences but I would rather not be in any pain so eventually became acceptive.

The Knight Tribe - Double jaw surgery
A few hours after surgery

Sleeping

The mornings were the worst. You are advised to sleep propped up because your face is so heavy and swollen but during the night I would slip down and In the mornings I would wake up with the side of my face on the pillow and I would be laying down flat. I would have to literally lift my face up with my hands from off my pillow because of how heavy it was. You also have to then deal with a headache because your so congested from sleeping. Now you can look forward to brushing your teeth and eating a liquid breakfast.

The knight tribe- Double jaw surgery
3 Days post- op

Eatting

You have now have had your operation and you are not allowed to eat solid foods for at least six weeks. Looking back I remembered dreading this part the most, I have never liked soup and was petrified of feeling extremely hungry all the time but with the help of my partner and my mum this never happened. My mum in law brought us a Ninja bullet for my impending surgery knowing that it would be extremely useful to me and it was a god send.

Between my mum and partner they got creative and I wasn’t stuck eating the same things day in day out. I remember the first meal I had blended and given to me, it honestly looked like diarrhoea and tasted so bland that I wasn’t looking forward to the next one.

My mum then came up with a genius idea of blending the foods separately and then placing them on the plate separately so the colours and textures didn’t all integrate into one big mush, and it worked! I will never forget that meal, it was sausages , carrots, mash and gravy and it tasted just as it should. I would definitely recommend you doing this if you have surgery coming up or have just had it.

Weightloss

When you are eating a liquid diet you have to be so careful because loosing weight is guaranteed. I was already very slim before my surgery and I think I lost about a stone plus a bit more which made me a size six. Some surgeons might tell you to put on a bit of weight before surgery depending on your BMI.

The food I ate

  • Some other soft meals I ate were;
  • Scrambled eggs, my mum would sometimes add spaghetti hoops because they were easy to swallow
  • Macaroni and cheese, These would be the cans and it became one of my favourite foods
  • Spaghetti bolognaise- My mum would buy the mini pasta shells and then blend my bolognaise
  • Weetabix – Eww I can’t believe I even ate this but I came to like it at the time.
  • Weetabix drinks- I loved these
  • Jelly
  • Rice pudding
  • Banana and custard
  • Lots of home made smoothies
  • Most of my meals were blended as I have described above so I managed to eat what everyone else in my family ate.

Your hospital bag

Something else to consider is what to pack in your hospital bag, personally I think I overpacked. After double jaw surgery you usually stay in hospital one to two nights to make sure your ok to go home because of how major the operation is.

They lost my bag so everything I packed was never used anyway and my case was only found a few hours before I was allowed home. David had to bring me in clothes etc but this is what I would of found useful.

  • A pregnancy v-pillow – This helped to keep me propped up and was really useful
  • A Jaw bra and bags of gel – This was also useful I still use it today but for other things.
  • Soft baby toothbrush- You will need this to brush your teeth as the bristles are soft, I only used it for a short time and then switched to a normal toothbrush.
  • Corsodyl mouthwash – You should be given a bottle of this in hospital to take home but just in case .
  • Arnica cream for the bruising – I didn’t use this in the end so can’t comment to say if it works
  • Tissues- To wipe up your dribble or your bloody nose, you will need these.
  • Face wipes- To freshen your face up but be gentle
  • Pain relief – They will give you them whilst your in hospital but pack them just in case ( I used paracetamol with codeine.
  • Straws or a big Syringe- To drink your drink
  • Word search book to do whilst your waiting around for your surgery or for when you have woken up from your anaesthetic properly.
  • Buttoned Pj’s – The last thing your going to want to do after surgery is try pull something over your head.
  • The obvious items like your phone and charger, underwear, hairbrush etc…

Double jaw surgery and lefort1 for overbite and gummy smile | day 2 – YouTube

If after you have read this post and have any other questions. Please feel free to leave me a comment below or email me Jo@theknighttribe.co.uk

GCSE’s and why I am excited to retake them.

Did you know that adults (19+) who do not have GCSE’s grade 4/C or above in either English or Maths are entitled to retake them for free? No? I didn’t know either until last year.

The Knight Tribe - GCSE

I never thought I would go back into education voluntarily but it wasn’t until Emily started to fall behind in Maths that it really motivated and encouraged me to apply.

Applying was easier than I thought. I went onto my local college website and looked through the part-time courses for both Maths and English GCSE’s. You can apply online and someone will then get in touch with you to book in for an assessment.

Maths was never my strong point and I knew that I would fail my assessment, the questions were hard and I left a lot of them empty because I didn’t know how to attempt them. I was then offered the function skills course which is 9 weeks long and can be done at home.

You still need to do an assessment but this is only for the tutors to see what you know so they can enter you in at the correct level, you can then work your way through them. I went in on an entry-level three and I am now coming to the end of my first block and have my exam soon.

Looking back now from when I was at school I know the reason why nothing stuck was because of how I was being taught. Functional skill is a digital course and all the topics are video’s with everything being broken down and simplified, this has helped me to understand and learn a lot easier. Once you have completed it you can then continue straight on to the next level if choose to.

Functional Skills are recognised GCSE alternative qualifications. I am aiming to complete level 3 and would really like to get a 1 (A)

I also applied for GCSE English and was asked to come in to do an assessment for the course. I have no idea how I managed to secure a place there because my grammar and punctuation is rubbish however, this was one of the reasons why I wanted to go for it.

For this course, I attend weekly lessons in a small classroom. We started out with around 12 pupils and over 6 weeks we are down to around 8-9 of us. Our tutor told us from the start about how intense the course was going to be and I was excited about it.

We are now on week 7 ( I think) and I am finding it much harder than I thought it would be and then last week I felt like I had a breakthrough. We had a lesson on ‘structure’ and it really helped me. We still have a long way to go but we are being taught the hardest bits first so that when the time comes we would have had plenty of practice.

Our lesson starts at 9.15 am and finishes at 12.15 pm and we have a fifteen-minute break. You are given a GCSE workbook to write in during lessons which you can keep at college or take it home, I take photo’s of my work and leave it there so I can get my work marked ready for the following week.

Each week we have homework set online that is not mandatory to do but I like to do it. My blog really helps me practise what I have learnt in English lessons and over the weeks I have been experimenting with my vocabulary and trying to find alternative words to use. I am also learning about different ways to start my paragraphs instead of ‘I’ and ‘we’ which you can probably see in this post.

Both courses are really helping my confidence to grow and I have been able to use what I have learnt so far in maths to teach Lydia how to do long division and help Emily with some of her math work, something I have always felt embarrassed about not being able to do.

I am a very anxious person so to do something like this was a big deal, especially as I don’t cope well with change. If you have been thinking about going back to college to retake your GCSE’S I’d say go for it, you won’t regret it.