Thursday, 27 September 2012

The Gallery : 8pm Bunny Time

8pm in our house is bunny time. We love to sit and play with Cat and Bridey our beautiful Rex rabbits.

Spotty Bridey is a muncher, she loves to eat.... a lot...

Bridey Rabbit

Cute little Cat is a bit of a nipper and if you don't watch out she will chomp down on your arm, leg, finger or anything else in her path!

Cat Rabbit

Our rabbits have their own blog (obv....). You can follow them at 
For this weeks The Gallery over on the awesome Tara's Cain's blog. Join in, visit a few more blogs on her linky and have some fun!

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Hoover Globe Review

I'm not sure why this influx of household appliances are suddenly being sent my way but I'm not one to turn down a good review and an offer of a Hoover Globe was very welcome indeed.

I have a three storey house, three children living at home, two cats, two house rabbits, one dog and one fashion designing husband with a home studio (that is full of fabric).

We vacuum a lot but in all honesty we should vacuum more. Having put this upright, bagless cleaner to work right around the house I have the following observations.

  1. The Hoover Globe is extremely manoeuvrable.
  2. The power lead doesn't stretch across my lounge.
  3. My floors were pretty cruddy:( 
  4. I'm not sure that I like to see just how cruddy.

It has excellent suction on a range of flooring and the assortment of attachments are impressive, though a little fiddly and time consuming to switch around. I love the Turbo Brush and Crevice tool that allowed me to get into spaces previously unknown to my vacuuming self.

The dust collector is a lot smaller than I'm used to and it did need emptying mid way around the house which would have been fine if I hadn't had to extract the dust that was lodged in the pipe and the body of the machine with my fingers (I was worried there was a spider in there)...

Hoover Globe Review

That aside, the Hoover Globe feels well built and glides effortlessly across the floor.

The one thing totally lets it down is how loud it is. Especially as it's marketed as being pet friendly. I can assure you that it's not.

The Hoover Globe was provided to me free of charge for the purpose of this review. I am a member of the Mumsnet Blogger Network a group of parent bloggers picked by Mumsnet to review products, events and brands. I have not paid for the product or to attend an event. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Support Water Aid's The Big Dig

One of the most piercing memories of my trip to Niger earlier this year was seeing gatherings of women and children disappearing into the deep holes they were digging in the dried up river bed, just to get a drink.
You don't forget that and every time I turn on a tap I'm grateful for my geography.
Because it is just geography.

It's easy to forget how lucky we are to be living here in the western world, where we don't have to walk for hours each day just to be able to drink a bowl of dirty water that we've spent hours digging for. Or to be kept awake each night by the haunting cries of our starving children as their life force ebbs away day by day.

Having seen the third world with my own eyes makes projects like Water Aid's Big Dig have really come to life for me.
All this week the campaign will be following 17 year old Howard who lives in rural Bokola in Malawi and documenting how his life is transformed as a borehole is dug in his village. And this is truly life changing as he will have easy access to fresh, safe, clean water for the very first time in his life.

Like the women I met in Niger, Howard treks to the river twice everyday to collect water for his family.  It's a long journey and water is heavy, even heavier when you are walking through blistering heat and have little or no food rattling around in your empty belly.
“I spend hours going to fetch water and I could be using that time for preparation for my studies,” he says. “Even when I pick up my exercise books to read I don’t have much concentration.”
The hours Howard spends collecting water means that he has little time for study and he is missing out on the precious education that he needs. Thanks to Water Aid's Big Dig Appeal, Howard's life is about to change.

Water Aid The Big Dig

We take sanitation and clean, drinking water for granted and having visited projects in Bangladesh and Niger I can tell you that even the most basic intervention from charities like Water Aid is essential.
The Big Dig aims to make a difference to the lives of 134,000 people in Malawi and they really need your help.

You can follow the project through Water Aid's innovative use of Instagram and see for yourself how Howard's life is transformed. You can also donate to The Big Dig Campaign, every donation, no matter how small it may seem to you really does help. All donations received by 18th September will be matched pound for pound from the UK governments aid budget, so even more people's lives can be changed.
The Big Dig Appeal will allow Water Aid to dig 34 new boreholes, 43 shallow wells, train 2160 hygiene educators and build 20,500 latrines in schools and homes. That's a lot of lives changed.
Follow Howard's journey on Instagram @TheBigDig
Find out more about The Big Dig :
Donate to The Big Dig Appeal :
Poor sanitation around the world kills around 2,000 children EVERY single day and in Malawi 1 in 8 children will die before their fifth birthday.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

I love FABUK!

I've been harping on about FabUK for quite some time over on Geekisnewchic but I thought it was about time I shared some of that love over here too.

This weeks pick of the sales for me have to be...

This fab collection of interior titles from Ryland Peters & Small. I may have purchased Flea Market Chic. You can shop the sale here.

Cool silicon notebooks from Mark's Tokyo Edge. This little beauty is just £12. You can shop the sale here.
Love, love, loving the Acapulco Chairs from Paul Yacht. Perfect for a lazy afternoon in the garden. Especially the Innit Rocking Chair.

Betty collects Momiji Dolls, I love them because many of them look just like her!
Hand painted and beautiful they start from just £8. You can shop the Momiji sale here.

I have exclusive invites for Fab UK design sales, just register here:

Friday, 7 September 2012

New York New York

I love this city, proper love it. I'd really like to live here one day. I'm not totally sure what it is that has me all of a flutter, perhaps the melting pot of cultures and the anything goes nature.

I've been here this week as a guest of Cybher sponsors AVG and my post about the launch of their 2013 security is coming soon over on the Cybher blog, but in the meantime please enjoy New York through my eyes.

Geek in New York

Geek in New York

Geek in New York
Geek in New York

Back home tomorrow:(


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