Monday, 30 May 2016

What's in Your Box This Week

Welcome to What's in the Box? My weekly linky for all things box related. If you have any blog posts or vlogs on subscription boxes or any box opening then please come and join in.

Each week I like to choose a theme but your linked up posts don't need to follow this theme.
This weeks theme is Beauty! There are loads of beauty boxes out there to choose from, so I'll probably visit this theme again at some point.

Birchbox - Promise 5 beauty products every month from new and much loved brands. The products are tailored to your beauty profile and you are given tips on how to use them. Earn Birchbox points by buying full priced products. You also get extra free gifts at times. Subscriptions come monthly, six monthly and yearly and a monthly box will cost you £12.95 including P&P

Nailbox - Love nail polish? Then Nailbox will be for you as they promise 5 products every month, usually 3 or 4 nail polishes and 1 or 2 nail tools or treatments. Subscriptions available monthly, 3 monthly, 6 monthly and 12 monthly. The monthly box costs £15 per month with free P&P.

Love Lula - Love Lula is a natural beauty shop and their beauty box offers the chance to try their products. You can subscribe for 1 month, 3 month or a year and subscription is £12.50 with free P&P

For the men there is Cornerstone Shaving - They send razors and skin care products to help you with a better shave. There delivery is adapted to how regular you shave, for example, if you shave every 5-7 days they will send you a new box every six weeks. You can choose the products in your box from pre shave scrub, razors, shaving gel and after shave balm. Prices cost from £5 for one product to £30 for all of them.



I've decided to set up this linky so that subscription box lovers can link up and find out what everyone else is getting.

It might give you some ideas of the best ones to sign up too!

In the future I hope to feature some of the best posts that have linked up, so please do join in. I'll also tweet your posts and share them on my Facebook page. I'll also comment on all submissions.


Now for the Rules, don't worry they are easy.


  • link up your subscription box post or video, it can be any kind of box
  • take a look and comment on a couple of other posts in the linky, it's only fair and you may find something exciting to subscribe to.
  • include my badge so that others may find the linky and join in.
There you have it, simple!

I'll put the linky up every Tuesday and you can add to it until he following Monday. Do tell your friends, this is a new linky and we'd love everyone to join in.

I really can't wait to see what you've had in your boxes!

Here's my badge, the copy code is underneath.



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Saturday, 28 May 2016

My Sunday Photo 29th May 2016




































This weeks photo was taken earlier this week, I've not edited it at all. I just love the way the sun shines through the window and both The Little Man and our cat Salem have found a sunny spot to sit in. I also love how my Little Man is totally engrossed in his book, while the cat does what he does best, sleep!

I'm hoping for lots more sunshine in the next week as we are off on our holiday tomorrow to Blackpool for a well earned break. I bet I have lots of photos to share next week, it will be to hard to choose one.

Photalife


Thursday, 26 May 2016

Word of the Week - Kindness

This week I'm thinking about kindness. It's such a wonderful thing, if you are kind to someone they feel good and you feel good, it's a win win situation.

Someone was really kind to me today and it made me feel good, so I decided to do something kind for others and I put a post on a Facebook group offering my help to anyone who needed it. Pretty soon I had a reply by e-mail and now I'm working on helping this lady promote her jewellery. I feel really good to be able to do something for her. It's good feelings all around.

Earlier this year, when I first came out of hospital I was looking for a wheelchair so I could get out of my house. The hospital couldn't provide one because I wasn't on their list of conditions. I tried the Red Cross but their deposit was more than I could afford, and twice as much as a second hand wheelchair on Ebay. So, just out of interest, and maybe a little desperation, I put a status on my personal Facebook page asking if anyone had a spare wheelchair they could loan me. I was surprised when someone said they could help. They put me in touch with someone else and they not only loaned their wheelchair to me but brought it to me as well. They were absolutely delighted that they could help me. Their kindness was well received as now I had my freedom back and  I could leave the house. The joy I felt at being able to join my other half on the school run that afternoon was immense.

Kindness is always a good value to have in your life. Showing kindness is a real feel good thing. Receiving another persons kindness is wonderful. It creates ripples that spread afar, lots of paying it forward and feeling good. I vow to have much more kindness in my life, will you join me?



The Reading Residence

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

The Pro Heat 2X Revolution Carpet Cleaner - review

My carpet cleaner is ancient and I barely get it out of the cupboard now. I was really excited to be given the opportunity to try out the Pro Heat 2X Revolution. It turned out, not as excited as my Other Half.
He was really keen to unbox the cleaner. He said assembly was really quick and easy and proceeded to show me all the bits and pieces and what they did. He was like a kid with a new toy!

Now my living room carpet is quite new, it was laid just before Christmas. I was thinking that maybe we should try the cleaner out on the bedrooms first as those carpets have been down for a couple of years and they've never been cleaned. I hadn't really thought about it, they get vacuumed often so surely they are clean? Well, after seeing how dirty my relatively new living room carpet was I am not so sure.

So,why don't I clean my carpets regularly? Well, let's admit it, it's such a bother. If you don't have a carpet cleaner you can hire one, but you still have to move the furniture and then there is the drying time. It's a proper hassle and takes so much time.

The Bissell ProHeat 2X Revolution Carpet Cleaner is designed to take the hassle out of carpet cleaning and I can vouch that my Other Half cleaned our living room real quick and then he went to fetch the kids from school and it was dry before they got back, less than an hour in total! The Revolution professes to be half the weight and size of the leading rental cleaner without compromising results.

Included in the package were three cleaning products;  Professional, Wash and Refresh and Wash and Remove Antibacterial.



The Other Half decided to go with the Professional Cleaner. He followed the simple instructions on filling the cleaner and he was ready for the off. The top part removes easily for filling with water and you add the cleaning liquid through a special hole at the top of the tank and their are guides to show you how much to put in. The dirty water is collected in the bottom tank which is also easy to remove, doesn't spill and is easy to empty.


The very first thing I noticed was the lovely fresh smell and it lasted for a long time after the carpet was cleaned too. The next thing I noticed was the noise, it was pretty loud. I know I've had vacuum cleaners as loud but the one I have at the moment is fairly quite so maybe that's why the cleaner seemed loud to me. 

My Other Half whizzed through the cleaning , the cleaner was able to reach under a lot of the furniture. We didn't move the bookshelves be we cleaned behind the tv unit and sideboard. Overall, the cleaning was very quick and we noticed straight away how much better the carpet looked. Well, you may be thinking it wouldn't look that different seeing as it was relatively new, but it did and I was shocked by how much dirty water was collected in the tank. I think we will definitely clean our carpets more frequently now. 

After cleaning the carpet my Other Half decided to give the cleaner a clean and he found this really easy. The tanks were just swilled out and he ran some water through the front cover which comes off easily. He had to get his fingers in to clean some bits (mostly cat hairs) from the bristles but it wasn't a difficult job. 

When the rest of the family arrived home the first thing they commented on was the lovely fresh smell, then they noticed that the carpet looked like new. 

The Other Half can't wait to try out the hose and cleaning tools now and is going to clean the stairs tomorrow. Then we'll set to and do the bedrooms over the weekend. I'm looking forward to a lovely clean fresh house. 

I'd definitely recommend the Revolution carpet cleaner to my friends and family, it's lightweight, easy to use and does a really good job. The only drawback is the noise but I think it's a small price to pay. 

Here are some details from Bissell:

Enjoy the carpet cleaning power of the ProHeat 2X® Revolution™:

  • It out cleans the leading rental in deep clean mode with Professional formula provided
  • Express Clean mode for a dry time of about an hour for ultimate convenience 
  • HeatWave Technology™ to keep water at a consistently warm temperature for optimum cleaning results 
  • Trial size (8oz) bottle of Wash & Remove + Antibacterial formula which works exclusively with the ProHeat® 2X Revolution™ to kill odour causing bacteria and permanently remove spots and stains*
  • Trial size (8ox) bottle of Professional formula
  • Weighing just 8kg it is lightweight
  • Low profile foot makes it manoeuvrable under and around furniture and easy to use
  • The 3.7L tank capacity means fewer trips to the sink to empty and re-fill 
  • Dual DirtLifter PowerBrushes™ with 12 rows of bristles for a deep down thorough clean 
  • It can be used to spot clean upholstery and area rugs as well as carpets



Disclosure: I was sent the ProHeat 2X Revolution for the purpose of this review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

What's in Your Box This Week?

Hello and welcome to my linky, What's in the Box? This is the place you can pop a link to your box opening blog posts or vlogs, old or new. Anything is welcome. I'm keeping this weeks linky open a little longer this week because I'll be on holiday next week.

This weeks theme is Pets (but your posts do not have to be pet boxes)

BarkBeats - a surprise box containing 5 or 6 treats tailored for your dog. Subscriptions are monthly, 6 monthly or 12 monthly and start from £13 per month to £19 per month. Postage is free and you can cancel at any time.

Cat Hampurr - From £8 per month you can treat your cat to 5-7 hand picked items. If your cat doesn't like the treats at least you know they'll love the box ;)

Happy Bunny Club - 6 or 7 treats a month for your bunny and some of the profits from each box goes to help bunnies in need. 1, 3 or 6 monthly subscriptions with prices starting from £14.49 a box with £2.99 for postage.






I've decided to set up this linky so that subscription box lovers can link up and find out what everyone else is getting.

It might give you some ideas of the best ones to sign up too!

In the future I hope to feature some of the best posts that have linked up, so please do join in. I'll also tweet your posts and share them on my Facebook page. I'll also comment on all submissions.


Now for the Rules, don't worry they are easy.


  • link up your subscription box post or video, it can be any kind of box
  • take a look and comment on a couple of other posts in the linky, it's only fair and you may find something exciting to subscribe to.
  • include my badge so that others may find the linky and join in.
There you have it, simple!

I'll put the linky up every Tuesday and you can add to it until he following Monday. Do tell your friends, this is a new linky and we'd love everyone to join in.

I really can't wait to see what you've had in your boxes!

Here's my badge, the copy code is underneath.



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