Getting spick and span with the Gtech Multi

Over the summer holidays I’ve been guilty of neglecting the domestic side of life.  The duster might just have felt a tad redundant.  Now Monkey’s back at school I really need to turn my attention back to the house a little more and give it some tlc.  Something arrived a few weeks ago that has been a godsend and I’ve been getting spick and span with the Gtech Multi.

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You may recall that we have the Gtech AirRam K9 which we still love, but it doesn’t come with attachments which makes some jobs really tricky. Well I shall be getting spick and span with the Gtech Multi as it’s the perfect hand-held cleaner, enabling me to get into all the tricky areas around the house.

Getting spick and span with the Gtech Multi

The Gtech Multi is the perfect companion for our AirRam, and having used it for a couple of weeks now, I just love it. It comes with a number of attachments – dusting brush, extension tube, power brush, internal extension hose and a crevice tool which slots into a space at the bottom of the main vacuum cleaner.

To check the battery power on the Gtech Multi, turn it on (the on/off button is just above the handle) and if it’s fully charged, 4 green bars will be visible. When the battery needs recharging a single green bar light will flash. You will need 4 hours to fully recharge the batteries, but if you need to clean in a rush, an hour’s boost will help.  Once fully charged you have 20 minutes of continual use available. When the machine arrived it had 2 bars on the battery light so you could get cleaning straight away.

Getting spick and span with the Gtech Multi

I think a trigger switch would work really well with the Gtech Multi.  I have found I’ve accidentally turned it off a number of times with the power switch positioned where it is.

Getting spick and span with the Gtech Multi

From vacuuming the stairs and getting right into the corners, to clearing the cobwebs in hard to reach places, I’ve been really impressed with how easy the Gtech Multi is to use, and the results I’ve been getting.  At 1.6kgs, it’s a little heavier than I’d expected and I do have to swap hands when I’m reaching up to vacuum above head height.  But in general, it’s easy to use and is now a constant companion.

My house can be a bit dark at the best of times but the Gtech Multi has that covered to, with its integral lights.  It’s so handy for tackling difficult to reach spots on the stairs, between cupboards and around skirting boards.

Getting spick and span with the Gtech Multi

I’ve made use of all the attachments over the last few weeks. Most fit into directly into the main body of the vacuum cleaner.

With the power brush you remove the standard nozzle from the main body by pulling the green holding ring.  Then attach the power brush and push back until the green locking ring clicks into place.  I did struggle to remove the power brush the first time I used it, but it was just a little stiff, and after a few uses I’m able to change it easily.

As I mentioned earlier, the crevice tool fits into the man body of the Gtech Multi, but you do have to store the other attachments separately.

My job for this week is to attack my car which is in a truly disgraceful state after the summer holidays.  I just know that I’ll be getting spick and span with the Gtech Multi and my car will look so much better for it.  My house certainly does.

When you’ve finished cleaning it’s time to empty the bin, as it’s clear, you can see exactly how much rubbish you’ve been collecting as you go.  The bin is pulled out by wiggling it, rather than unclipping, which does feel a little strange to start with.  You hold it over the bin and release the latch to empty the contents.

Remove the filter and tap too, before replacing.  The filter can be cleaned by washing under the tap if needed (just make sure it’s totally dry before using the Gtech Multi again). Push the bin with filter back into the body of the unit until it clicks into place.

We’ve been really impressed with the Gtech Multi, it’s a great accompaniment to our Gtech AirRam and I love the flexibility it gives me.  I’m finally going to be able to give my car the home valet experience too.

Priced at £149.00, you can get it at a reduced price if you order with the Gtech AirRam and we are converted to both.  For more information on all the products within the Gtech range, pop over to their website.

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Fly me to the moon? Silent Sunday My Sunday Photo 250916

Monkey’s always had lots of things hanging from his bedroom ceiling, aeroplanes, diggers and even pirates at times.  A constant, has been his hot air balloon, which has hung from the corner of his ceiling since he was a baby.  At some point his Clanger decided he wanted to go for a ride too.  Earlier in the week Monkey decided he was getting too old to have things hanging from his ceiling and he asked me to take his hot air balloon down, which of course I did.  Albeit with a heavy heart, my little boy is growing up too fast.

We left for school, and when I got home this is what I found.  Perhaps Monkey hasn’t grown up quite as much as I’d thought.  Fly me to the moon?

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Project 366 2016 Week 38

Project 366 2016 Week 38 Day 262-268. From Silverstone to Bridget Jones’s Baby and some fun in between.

Sunday 18th September – Day 262

Project 366 2016 Week 38

My brother and I received free passes to the British Touring Car Championship event at Silverstone as part of this years Grand Prix ticket package.  We headed over with Monkey, Daddy P and my nephew to enjoy the days activities.  I haven’t been to a BTTC event for years and I’m not sure why.  There’s so much action and the races are held on a shorter circuit so it’s an ideal event for children.  We will be back again next year and it’s worth noting that kids under 15 get in free.

Monday 19th September – Day 263

Project 366 2016 Week 38

I spent the morning sorting and printing photographs for Monkey’s family tree homework project.  It was too much to hope for that he’d write about each member of the family so we compromised on labels telling people what relation they all were to him instead.  Some times you just need to know which battles to fight!

It’s been raining on and off all day today and the walk to Beavers involved a lot of snail dodging.  There were loads of them on the pavements.  Monkey came out of Beavers happy – another badge, this time for the hike he went on last term!

Tuesday 20th September – Day 264

Project 366 2016 Week 38

I had a few things to pick up in town before coming back to catch up with work.  After school it was time for Monkey to write out some birthday cards.  I think this is the first time ever that he’s just got on with it, no moaning and even wrote out the envelopes and gift tags.  It’s the little things.

Wednesday 21st September – Day 265

Project 366 2016 Week 38

It’s my youngest niece’s 18th birthday, but somehow I was the one Monkey woke up with a rather dubious rendition of Happy Birthday.  Not the quietest start to the day. After I’d dropped him off at school I headed into town to buy some fabric.  Our dining chairs are in desperate need on recovering and I found a fabric that goes quite well with our sofa so now just need Daddy P to be around to help me sort it all out. A quick coffee and pastry stop at my friend’s house before heading home to get on with some jobs.  The craft cupboard has been de-cluttered and some things re-homed.

Helped out in school this afternoon and was there to see Monkey’s face when his teacher told them they’d be doing art all day tomorrow.  Everyone else cheered, Monkey looked like he’d been given the death sentence.  I think it’s fair to say that he’s not totally enjoying Year Two.

Thursday 22nd September – Day 266

Project 366 2016 Week 38

Monkey got out of bed on the wrong side, refused to read or do his spellings before school and really didn’t want to go in.  It’s becoming a bit of a theme at the moment.  The weather doesn’t know what to do with itself, I’ve been turning the lights on and off all day as it’s got so dark at times.

Lots of tears after school, tiredness, a coming together with his Playmobil set, his Mr Bump Bruise Soother (god he loves that thing) split, the list goes on.  After dinner I thought he really needed cheering up so we made a start on the Cobi Supermarine Spitfire set he’d received for a review.  Peace and harmony restored.

Friday 23rd September – Day 267

Project 366 2016 Week 38

One completed Spitfire ready for takeoff with a pre-school airshow.  We’re both so impressed with this set.  It’s Jeans for Genes day so Monkey gets to wear jeans to school. Very handy, as he’s going straight to his best friends birthday party after school.  Of course, I’ve got to go too.

Once I’ve got him home and in bed I’m off to see the latest Bridget Jones film with a couple of my NCT group.  An evening of laughter awaits.

Saturday 24th September – Day 268

Project 366 2016 Week 38

The film last night was excellent, haven’t laughed so much in ages.  Brilliant.  Today we had planned on going to Silverstone for a Ferrari event. But both Monkey and I were feeling a bit tired, and decided we’d rather spend a day at home instead.

We’d been sent a few different K’Nex sets for a review and have spent the day constructing. Sadly the roller coaster set we spent the most time on appears to have a vital piece missing, but Monkey soon cracked on with the vehicle set instead.  First make, a racing car :)



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Discovering Port Meadow for the first time

I’m conscious of the fact that there is so much of Oxfordshire that we haven’t explored.  I think, like most people we tend to have our adventures away from home.  Often ignoring what’s on our doorstep.  This became glaringly apparent following a recent review trip to The Perch on the outskirts of Oxford a few weeks ago.  The pub restaurant had a pathway leading out from its garden and we wanted to see where it led. All three of us just went Wow! Discovering Port Meadow for the first time was such a delight.

Discovering Port Meadow for the first time

Over the years I’ve heard mention of Port Meadow and I’ve even been guilty of driving past on my way to The Trout in Wolvercote for lunch a number of times.  But never have I actually stopped, and admired it in all its glory. What a mistake.

We’d enjoyed a hearty Sunday lunch and really needed to walk it off on a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon.  On leaving The Perch we were faced with the River Thames and 440 acres of Port Meadow that spread out before us.  It really was a delight.  Which way to turn?  We decided to head away from the city of Oxford and towards Wolvercote and explore.

Discovering Port Meadow for the first time

Looking across the river we could see horses and cows merrily grazing.  It was all so unexpected.

Discovering Port Meadow for the first time

The area is so tranquil, and it was hard to believe that we were only a 5 minute drive from the city centre of Oxford.

Discovering Port Meadow for the first time

Discovering Port Meadow for the first time was a joy.  We spent ages just looking over at the animals, it was such a pleasant way to spend the afternoon.

Every so often we’d see one of the horses or cows go for a paddle and a drink, much to Monkey’s delight.

Discovering Port Meadow for the first time

Of course no walk with Monkey could possibly be complete without a stick and he was soon to be found brandishing one.  This way!

Discovering Port Meadow for the first time

The pathway follows the river as it meanders along, sometimes close by and sometimes through the trees.  It was perfect for exploring and dragging Daddy P along, with the occasional stop for a little covert digging!

We weren’t the only ones enjoying the sunshine at Port Meadow, along with the horses and cows, we spotted ducks, geese and a whole host of swans.

If I’d been prepared I’d have bought some pots with us as so many people were out blackberry picking.  We made do with a few tasting stops along the way instead.

Discovering Port Meadow for the first time

It looked as if others have enjoyed camp fire dinners too. We stopped to remember our own fire making adventures at Conkers some time back.

Discovering Port Meadow for the first time

In fact on discovering Port Meadow for the first time, we soon realised that it was the perfect place to just stop and watch the world go by.

Discovering Port Meadow for the first time

To enjoy the nature all around us.

We even got to look at little fishes swimming along at the water’s edge.

Discovering Port Meadow for the first time

All this, whilst enjoying looking at others messing about on the river.

Discovering Port Meadow for the first time really was a great surprise.  We’ve since been told of a car park close to Wolvercote and will be returning to walk along the river and explore Port Meadow in more detail.  We will return!

What delights have you discovered recently?  Pin this one for later?

Discovering Port Meadow for the first time

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Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants – DVD review and giveaway

As a mother to a little bug hunter my ear always prick up when I hear about a film involving minibeasts.  Monkey and I sat down to watch Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants at the weekend and it’s really rather lovely.

Miniscule: Valley of the Lost Ants

Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants is released on DVD on Monday 26th September (digital download from 19th September) and we were lucky to have a sneaky preview at the weekend.  With a running time of around 85 minutes this really is a charming film.  It’s actually rather different from the norm too. There’s no spoken dialogue, but the minibeasts converse in sounds, and not for one moment did my 6 year old Monkey not understand what was happening.  It really made rather wonderful viewing and we both thoroughly enjoyed the adventure.

The adventure starts with a couple enjoying a picnic, the mood is tranquil, until the wife realises that she’s gone into labour.  Cue lots of interesting questions from my son.  The husband gets in quite a panic as he clears up the picnic and takes his wife back to their car. In fact he leaves some things behind, including a tin of sugar cubes.

Monkey loves ladybirds so he was thrilled to see that a newly hatched ladybird was to be the star of Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants, along with a black ant called Mandible.  The ladybird got lost in a rainstorm, damaged a wing and ended up taking shelter in the middle of the night. In the morning it becomes clear that the ladybird has discovered treasure in the form of the sugar cube box.

Mandible and his black ant tribe come across the remnants of the picnic and discover the treasure.  We follow the black ants and the ladybird as they try to get the tin back to the anthill. All was going well until they came face to face with the red ant warriors, who not only want the sugar tin, they also want to destroy the anthill.

I won’t ruin the rest of the film for you, but Monkey was spellbound throughout, the blend of CGI animation and live action backdrops work cleverly together.  It really is a charming film which we both enjoyed. Watch out for the flies, they’re rather entertaining.

We’ve found lots of snails on our bug hunting walks to school this week, and Monkey’s always on the look out for other minibeasts!

Miniscule: Valley of the Lost Ants

Priced at £7.99 I’ve included my Amazon Affiliate link below, it would make a lovely present.

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We wanted to share the Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants DVD adventure with you, and I have one copy to giveaway.  Complete the Gleam form below for your chance.  Good luck.


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Only the first step of this form is mandatory, all other steps are optional. Only one entry per person is allowed.

This giveaway is for UK residents only.

Once a winner is randomly picked, I will check if the winner has done what was requested and I will contact them, if they do not reply within one week, the prize will be allocated to another person.

The giveaway will close on 26th October 2016 at midnight.

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Colouring the world with eat sleep doodle

Do you recall the placemats I reviewed some time ago.  The ones that you could colour in, and when you fancied a change, you just washed them clean and started all over again? Well the team got in touch recently to see if we’d like to try out one of their new products and Monkey and I have been colouring the world with eat sleep doodle.

Colouring the world with eat sleep doodle

You all know that I’m rather obsessed with maps and luckily Monkey share my passion.  I couldn’t wait to see what he thought of the Colour and Learn World Map pillowcase that we recently received from eat sleep doodle.

Colouring the world with eat sleep doodle

The great thing about the eat sleep doodle range of products is that they come with washout fabric pens.  You create your design, or in this case colour in, and when you feel like a change, wash the item and start again.

We’ve been colouring the world with eat sleep doodle, learning and having fun, all at the same time. Monkey’s learnt more about the 7 wonders of the modern age, as well as following the migration of the humpback whale.

We’ve found Granny and Gramps in Spain and seen just how far away the Rio Olympics were from home.

Monkey’s found the start of Year Two a little tough at times, and has been worn out by the time he’s come home from school.  Colouring the world with eat sleep doodle has been a great activity to help him chill out a little, and something we’ve enjoyed working on together.

Colouring the world with eat sleep doodle

Monkey and I have coloured in the pillowcase on our kitchen table, but really you could do it anywhere.  The washout fabric pens don’t leak through the fabric, the reverse of the pillowcase remained totally white.

The design is such that you can colour in as little or as much as you like, in any way you like.  It’s been a joy to see Monkey concentrate and decide what to colour in and in what colour.  It’s also helping to make him a little more accurate with his colouring in, he’s still a bit of a random scribbler at times.

Colouring the world with eat sleep doodle

We’ve talked about the places I’ve visited over the years and countries Monkey might explore himself one day.  Basically, we’ve had a lot of fun.

Apparently we might go for purple giraffes next time and Australia all in blue.  The joy of eat sleep doodle, is that Monkey can try it, and wash it all away if he doesn’t like it.

For £15.00 per pillowcase and pen set, I think this is such a novel idea.  As well as the World Map, there is also a Colour and Learn Dinosaur pillow case and a general Doodle one in the Sleeping range.  They’d make great gifts for birthdays or something a little different for Christmas.

eat sleep doodle would like to offer you all a 15% discount on all orders placed on Sleeping range before the end of September 2016, with free standard UK delivery . Use the discount code MUM2ONE15 at the checkout. (This code can’t be used in conjunction with any other offer.)

disclosure:  we were sent the item mentioned in exchange for an honest review.


I’ve teamed up with eat sleep doodle to offer one lucky reader a Pillowcase/pen set of their choice from the World Map, Dinosaur or Doodle selection, worth £15.00.  Complete the Gleam form below for your chance to win.  Good luck!


Terms and conditions:

(Please note that all entries will be checked against comments for validation).

Only the first step of this form is mandatory, all other steps are optional. Only one entry per person is allowed.

This giveaway is for UK residents only.

Once a winner is randomly picked, I will check if the winner has done what was requested and I will contact them, if they do not reply within one week, the prize will be allocated to another person.

The giveaway will close 23rd October 2016 at midnight.

Don’t forget to visit my Giveaways page for more great prizes on offer!

Colour and Learn pillowcase from eat sleep doodle worth £15.00

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Walking into Autumn with Hotter #HotterAW16

It’s a well documented fact that I love shoes and boots. It’s a love affair that shows no sign of diminishing with age. But these days, along with styling and colour, I also appreciate comfort.  I’m going to be walking into Autumn with Hotter, and my feet are being treated to the delight of my new Hampton Boots.

Walking into Autumn with Hotter

I’m a big fan of Hotter and their range of shoes and boots.  Style and comfort go hand in hand and I was thrilled to be invited along to their recent #HotterAW16 preview event in the Castle Quay Centre in Banbury.

Walking into Autumn with Hotter

The store is always so welcoming, and I’ve mentioned before about it feeling so light and airy within. The staff are knowledgeable and always willing to assist and the shopping experience is always pleasurable.

Walking into Autumn with Hotter

Did you know that Hotter started out as a slipper manufacturer?  I didn’t either.  I love their philosophy that they want people wearing their shoes and boots to be as comfortable as if they are wearing slippers.  My feet are rather appreciative of this idea too.

Walking into Autumn with Hotter

Walking into Autumn with Hotter couldn’t be easier, with their range of cushioned shoes and boots.  I defy anyone not to find something they like in Hotter.  I knew I’d be spoilt for choice as I looked through the ranges on offer in the Autumn Winter Collection.

If I’d been looking for shoes I would have been sorely tempted with the Annette shoes above which are available in Tan, Brown and Black and would go really well with jeans or trousers. I’m also rather in love with the Charmaine, the red is a particular favourite.

Walking into Autumn with Hotter

For classic styling, you can’t beat the brogue and the Hotter Village shoe interpretation of this classic is just fab.

Walking into Autumn with Hotter

The interlaced front panel and curved heel of the Stephanie also caught my eye, available in Black, Navy and my favourite, Maroon.

Walking into Autumn with Hotter

I was trying to remain focussed, I had boots on my mind and there were a number of styles which caught my eye.  I, like a lot of people have odd feet, not exactly the same size.  It’s a joy (not) when shoe shopping.  Ideally I need a 5½ but sometimes I’m a 5 and sometimes a 6.  Let’s face it, how many shops actually sell half sizes??  Why not, I have no idea.  Never fear though, Hotter not only sell half sizes, but a number of their styles offer a couple of insole options for added flexibility and comfort.

So what were my top picks? For a long boot the Belle has to be my favourite, what’s not to love about this. It would fit very well on my feet.  But I’ve recently bought some long boots so for now I’ll just admire from a distance.

Walking into Autumn with Hotter

For boots with a little heel but a lot of style I absolutely adore the Vanity Boots with their zip detailing .  My niece, who blogs over at Its a Girl Thing Blogging opted for these in Black, and if I’m honest, I may well have to go and buy a pair for myself too.  Adorable!

Walking into Autumn with Hotter

Knowing that for everyday wear I ideally wanted a flat heal I moved my attentions to the County boot, and these very nearly came home with me. Simple styling that would work with anything.

Walking into Autumn with Hotter

Whilst I tried to decide, my friend H was enjoying looking at the Originals range.  She was looking for a boot that would work well with jeans and leggings as well as long skirts.  H spends a lot of her time on her feet at work, so finding a boot which offered comfort was a must.  The Mystery boots fitted the bill perfectly, and in tan, will go with pretty much anything.

She was so impressed by just how comfy these boots were to wear, that she didn’t take them off, went home in them and has been wearing them frequently ever since.  One happy Hotter wearer.

For those of us that feel the cold the Pixie Boot offers comfort and a faux fur lining to keep toes toasty this Autumn and Winter, available in 5 different shades of suede including this Aubergine.

Walking into Autumn with Hotter

But after much deliberation I decided on the Hampton boots in Chocolate.  I just love the suede and strap detailing and am going to love walking into Autumn with Hotter.

Walking into Autumn with Hotter

With the change in the weather this last week I’ve really got to enjoy putting my new boots through their paces.  The cushioned insoles make the boots so comfortable, and I’ve not had any rubbing issues at all.

They’re such a great little boot, stylish, and practical and I just know I’m going to be living in them this Autumn. The inner zip fastener is discreet too. When we visited the Hotter Banbury story we were told that the soles of their shoes are filled with millions of air bubbles, so you literally feel as if you are walking on air.

For once I came home without a new handbag, yes I’m guilty of having a fair few of those too.  Hotter has a range of bags to coordinate with their shoes and boots too. I’d personally prefer a larger sized bag, but H loved the Mille bag which can be worn as a clutch or over the shoulder bag.

Walking into Autumn with Hotter

I’ve been really impressed with the Hotter range for Autumn/Winter 2016 and it was great to see others see that the range has something to offer all ages.  They even do mens shoes, but sadly not up to a size 14 to fit Daddy P!

I’m really pleased to be able to offer you all a discount code offering £10 off plus free delivery:  PQBTPD (see terms and conditions below).

(T&C’s – £10 off plus FREE delivery is for first orders only. You are entitled to £10 off the total order value of any full priced items in the Hotter range (excluding shoe care products) plus FREE delivery.  This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotional offer or on Sale or Factory Clearance items and gift vouchers. Expires 29/1/17)

Have you tried Hotter shoes and boots before?  If not, I can highly recommend.  Their website shows all their store locations, but you can also by online or over the phone (their call centre and manufacturing base is right here in the UK). I’ll be walking into Autumn with Hotter this year, will you join me?

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Airhogs RC ThunderBird 2

I used to be glued to the TV when Thunderbirds was on when I was a child, it was such a popular series at that time.  Like so many classics from my childhood, the format has been given a 21st century makeover and now Monkey is enjoying it too.  I knew that the Airhogs RC ThunderBird 2 would be a big hit with all of us when it arrived.  Especially as Thunderbird 2 is our favourite vehicle from the series.

Airhogs ThunderBird 2

Now I should point out that Airhogs RC ThunderBird 2 is aimed at those aged 8 years and over, so Daddy P is in charge at the moment.  Monkey is based at International Rescue HQ for another year yet.

Airhogs ThunderBird 2

The first thing that struck all of us when we took our Airhogs RC ThunderBird 2 out of the packaging, was how light it is.  It’s incredibly light, and is made from special crash resistant material.  A good job too with my two Thunderbird trainees! The set consists of the Thunderbird 2, controller and a USB charger, along with an instruction leaflet. You will need 4 x AA batteries for the controller and these are not included.

My son has a few radio controlled cars, but the concept of a machine that could fly was totally new for all of us.  It’s gyro stabilised which means the Airhogs RC ThunderBird 2 can counteract any awkward movements and has a power core for added rigidity.

Airhogs ThunderBird 2

You do need to charge the set up, before you start your International Rescue Mission, and there are two options.  You can charge via the batteries in the controller.  There’s a charging cable located in the righthand side of the controller, which slots into the underside of Thunderbird 2.

Airhogs ThunderBird 2

Or you can charge via the USB cable, you plug in the charge cable from the controller as above, and then connect the USB cable to the controller and your laptop or other device. This is a quicker option, but if you charge via the batteries allow up to 45 minutes per charge.  The charge doesn’t last too long in our experience so far, the only downside we’ve found.

The instruction leaflet talks novices like us through the process quite well and we were soon ready for our maiden flight.  You do need to place the Thunderbird 2 on a smooth, flat surface for take off and we’ve found it easier to control indoors. The controller has two levers, the left-hand side one makes Thunderbird 2 go up and down, and the righthand side one makes it turn.

Now I’ve only managed to capture Daddy P at the controls, and he’s opted for a low-level flying mission.  I however, have been on my own International Rescue mission (sadly with no video evidence) and have managed near ceiling height flying very successfully.

We’re quite limited on space here, but we’ve still been able to fly the Airhogs RC Thunderbird 2 on a number of missions without any damage being done to it.  That’s quite impressive considering the amount of crash landings Daddy P has made.  My son loves watching it all unfolding and setting his Dad instructions on where the Thunderbird 2 needs to fly to next.

I can see this being on countless Christmas lists this year and we are thrilled that it’s made an early landing here. Priced at £49.99 I think this is rather well priced, and we are big fans.  I’ve attached my Amazon Affiliate link below just in case you have someone in mind who’d like to join International Rescue too.

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Glow Art – review and giveaway

Monkey tends to be a bit of a scribbler, and I’m always looking at ways to help develop his artistic skills.  I thought Glow Art sounded a little different and was something we could both have some fun with.

Glow Art

The Glow Art set comes with a light up LED drawing board with built in stand and 4 coloured fluorescent markers.  It requires 3 x AA batteries which are not included and is aimed at children aged 3 years and over.  Although nearly 50 year olds quite enjoy playing with it too!  The light box is available in black or pink and priced at £24.95 per Glow Art set.

Remove the plastic protective film from both sides of the light board, fit your batteries and you are ready to have some fun. Well I did have to test it out.

Basically draw your picture or abstract art in Monkey’s case on the front screen with the fluorescent pens provided.

Glow Art

Once you’ve finished your design, pull out the stand from the back of the frame, turn the battery switch on (also on back) and press the button on the front right-hand side and watch the light show illuminate your artwork.

Monkey has been mesmerised by the colour changes, and it’s constantly changing.

My son is obsessed by steam trains as regular readers will know.  As well are drawing free hand you can also put a picture underneath the Glow Art light board and trace onto it.  We made an Andy Warhol style Mallard Steam Train and thought it looked rather good.

But Glow Art comes into its own when you turn the light on and let the lights do the talking.

When you want to create a new design, just wipe the screen over with a soft, dry cloth.

I’m hoping that Monkey might be able to make use of his Glow Art set for a future homework project.  It will certainly make it more interesting for him to complete and a little different to display too.

Replacement pens are also available from the Glow Art website.

disclosure:  we were sent the item mentioned in exchange for an honest review


I’ve teamed up with Glow Art of to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a Glow Art set for themselves. Complete the Gleam form below for your chance to win,  Good luck!


Terms and conditions:

(Please note that all entries will be checked against comments for validation).

Only the first step of this form is mandatory, all other steps are optional. Only one entry per person is allowed.

This giveaway is for UK residents only.

Once a winner is randomly picked, I will check if the winner has done what was requested and I will contact them, if they do not reply within one week, the prize will be allocated to another person.

The giveaway will close on 19th October 2016 at midnight.

Glow Art worth £24.95

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We popped in to say hello to Fiona at Coombe Mill when we were in Cornwall recently and Monkey loved reacquainting himself with Rocky and exploring areas, old and new.  He was soon making music and serenading me.

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