I love this time of year, the sun is making more of an appearance, the days are getting longer and warmer, the birds and flowers are arriving and so are the leaves on the trees. It’s a wonderful time of the year. It’s also the time when we start packing away the extra bedding and things that make us feel warmer in the winter. Then we get the house all spick and span and ready for the summer months, yes it’s time for the Spring Clean up.

The bedrooms are my main focus this year. The kids rooms are a bit of a mess. First up we are going to have The Big Toy Clear Out!! Honestly, since Christmas their rooms just seem to be toys piled on top of toys. In fact that’s what we plan to do this afternoon, so if I’m quiet online it’s because I’m buried under a pile of unwanted toys!

I’m dreading to think what the bedroom carpets look like under that mess. They are getting a bit old and I was thinking of replacing them this year, but what a pain and an expense! Instead I’m going to give them a good clean with a carpet cleaner and hopefully prolong their life a little longer. I’ll let you know how I get on.

In the meantime here are a few great spring cleaning tips from Bissell the carpet cleaning specialists.

Treat your home to
the ultimate Spring Clean

With ten top tips from the carpet cleaning specialists at BISSELL

     1.      
Shape up and ship out the clutter.
Doing one big sweep of toys, magazines and everyday bits and pieces to clear
your carpets and surfaces will be a lot easier than trying to clean around the
daily detritus of the family.

     2.      

Vacuum,
pre-treat badly stained areas and then deep clean your carpets and rugs.

    A carpet
washing machine injects a mixture of cleaning solution and warm water deep into
carpet fibres. The brushes agitate, scrub and loosen the dirt or stain and then
the powerful vacuum suction lifts it all away, leaving your home feeling and
smelling fresh.

3.      
It’s the job we all dread… cleaning the
oven. So get cracking with that while you’re feeling motivated and get it out
of the way.

4.      
You’ve done the washing, but have you washed the
washing machine? They can tend to build mould over time, so to make sure yours
is spotless run an empty load, one cycle filled with 4 cups of bleach, the
other with 4 cups of distilled white vinegar.

5.      
Strip covers off cushions and sofas
where possible, then load them into the washing machine, checking care labels
to ensure you use the right settings.
Of course, if you have a carpet cleaner which
works on upholstery, such as a BISSELL CleanView®
Proheat®, you can
save yourself some time by using it to clean sofa upholstery, curtains and the
mattress too.  Your living room will have
a new lease of life! 


6.      
Don’t forget the bed sheets: you’ll probably be washing
these already, but use it as an opportunity to vacuum your mattress too. It’s a
haven for dust mites which can wreak havoc for people who suffer from allergies. 

7.      
Let in more light: cleaning blinds can seem like
a daunting task but it doesn’t have to be. Mix equal parts of warm water and
distilled white vinegar in a bowl. Slip a sock on your hand and dip the sock
into the water and vinegar mixture before wiping each slat individually.

8.      
Bust the dust mites by giving the house a
thorough dusting from high to low. Start with the ceilings, corners of walls and
light fixtures. Use a lint roller to easily clean dust off lampshades and
other soft furnishings.

9.      
Your Spring Clean is the perfect time to to
check batteries in smoke and fire alarms around the house. To be super safe you
could even inspect light fixtures for damaged wires and faulty connections. Safety
first!

10.  
Impression marks left on carpets by
furniture can be easily remedied. Simply rub an ice cube over the affected area
and your carpet will be back to normal in no time. 

For more information about BISSELL visit www.bisselldirect.co.uk or join us on
Facebook and Twitter

I’m already one down on the list as my other half cleaned the oven just the other day. I’m definitely going to use tips number 4 and 7 to clean my washing machine and my blinds. I’ll also get the other half to vacuum the beds next time I strip them for washing.

I  can’t believe I’m actually looking forward to getting started. (And with my mobility being poor I know I will have lots of help too, instead of doing it all by myself like I usually do.)

Happy Spring Everyone!

Disclosure: Tips provided by Bissell, there are links to other sites in this post. I have not been paid to publish this post.

Welcome to this weeks What’s in the Box, the linky where you can add your box posts. Everyone likes to know what’s in the box and there are so many of them around. So if you’ve opened a subscription box or similar and blogged about it then please join in.

This week I finally received my Degustabox. I was really excited, I love to try new food stuff. I was also a little worried that there may be stuff in there that no-one would eat or drink. I do think I got lucky with my first box though as I loved everything!
So, what did I get?

Here’s my first view.

Not bad, I spotted some delicious chocolate rice cakes, I love rice cakes, and some lovely Pain au chocolate, popcorn and chewits (blast from the past, not had any of those for years.

So along with the Pain au Chocolate there were some cheese biscuits, chocolate chip cookies, crackers with a dip and a stuffing mix.

 Then we had 4 packets of Chewits and a lovely Lindt Easter Bunny (which I hid immediately.)

 Satisfying my love for rice cakes, 1 packet o f chocolate and 1 packet of quinoa and seeds.

 For film night, skinny popcorn and crisps. the crisps were delicious, I’d definitely buy them again. The girls took the popcorn to the cinema when they went to see Zootropolis.

Drinks – Weetabix on the Go which is one of my eldest daughter’s favourites and Good Hemp milk, which I didn’t like but my other half did and there’s already another carton in the shopping this week.

I can’t wait for my next box now!

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.

The rules are simple.

  • 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 Friday. Do tell your friends, this is a new linky and we need 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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This morning we started the day with a game. A fun new game that we had been sent to review and one that my girls just can’t seem to get enough of.

Quite simple, it’s a pack of cards with random suggestions, but the fun it creates is endless.

First you pick your teams. Then the first player chooses three cards from the piles, A, B and C.
Each card has two sections, easy or hard, and at the beginning of your turn you tell which you are going to do. When scoring, the hard ones earn you more points than the easy. Then the opposing team give you three numbers from 1 to 3 and those will give you your identity.
Taking the following cards as example, Choosing hard, then the numbers 2, 1, 3 your identity would be  an elegant chameleon building a house.
A will always describe you, B will tell you what you are and C will tell you what you are doing.

Then depending on whether you choose to describe, act or draw you can earn points by how many your team gets right. We soon found out that we each had our favourite ways to play. I liked to describe, my daughters liked to act and my son liked to draw. We all had a go at everything and we had loads of laughs.

Here’s one that was drawn, can you guess what it is?
Mmmm I found the drawing task the most difficult, can you tell? 
I might put you out of your misery at the end of this post.
We found Randomise a fun game that we could all join in with, we even included the Little Man who is a little too young, but with an adults help he was able to have fun too. It’s better when you have more players so you can split into groups, but if there are not enough of you it can be played like charades, when one person guesses they get the next turn. In fact we found this easier with the little ones than keeping score. The adults get quite competitive to win those points.
It’s such a simple concept that gives you the pleasure of playing Pictionary, Charades and Articulate all in one game. It’s great if you’re not particularly good at one method because you get to choose. You also get the option to choose the level of difficulty which is handy when you have different age groups playing, just make sure the teams are evenly matched. 
The game itself is simple but there are over a million different combinations of identity, so every game is different. Some of the identities are quite simply hilarious so be prepared for lots of laughs.
It’s for 4- 50 players at age 8+
Randomise comes as a box of cards with an instruction sheet and the instructions are also printed on some cards. You also get some blank cards to invent your own identities. The box is attractive and the cards durable. You will need to provide pens and paper, a score sheet and pen and a stop watch if you want to take the timing seriously. We omitted the timing for the little ones sake.
I can see us reaching for this pack time and time again, everyone loves it. 
You can find out more about Randomise on their website and find them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Randomise costs £9.99 and can be purchased on Amazon.
oh yes, the picture…well, it was a baby camel fishing. Easy, yes!
Disclosure: We were given a copy of Randomise for the purpose of this review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Happy Easter

The Little Man made this wonderful daffodil for me at school. The girls also made cards and hats and a little nest with a chick and eggs.
Easter is my favourite holiday. Two weeks off school and without all the expense of Christmas. You don’t need to break the bank for a few Easter Eggs. The weather is nicer, well, it’s not so cold and the signs of Spring are all around us.
And there is chocolate….what more could you want?
Happy Easter Everyone xx

OneDad3Girls

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I am disabled!
There, I’ve said it. I still don’t really believe it though, it’s a hard label to accept. I have two disabled children and it was hard to accept that, but how can I accept that it applies to me?

When I was paralysed by a spinal inflammation, Transverse Myelitis, at the beginning of the year I had no idea when I would get well again. What I found out was that recovery comes in three categories. The first is a full recovery, the second, partial recovery with some remaining disability, the third, no recovery, permanently paralysed. I have been talking to other sufferers of the condition and have learnt a few things.

Those that make a full recovery can walk, return to their normal lives and never have another attack. The truth is that even these people can have relapses and normal illnesses like colds, flu and UTI’s can have an enormous effect on them. The middle group, to which I belong, can keep trying for a full recovery. Although, they say you won’t recover any more after two years there have been some that have proved this wrong and gone on to recover after this time scale. Again, they are prone to relapses.
The third group can still work on some sort of recovery and hope that there are new treatments available. There has been a lot of work done lately on auto-immune diseases which could work for TM sufferers, particularly as the symptoms are very similar to Multiple Sclerosis.

So, what can I do that I couldn’t do three months ago when I was first paralysed?

I can walk unaided for about 2 metres. It’s painful to walk and I truly believe it’s the pain that stops me from being able to walk further. So, maybe if I can get the pain under control I might able to walk for longer. My walking is slow and not normal, but it’s still walking.

Because of the damage to my nerves my brain is not sending messages correctly to my limbs to make them work properly. Sometimes, the messages get through though so I’m forever hopeful for improvement. I cannot help the way I walk, I can’t seem to change it and walk normally or faster, but I know that it could be worse.

The pain never leaves me. I take a cocktail of pills to relieve it and some days I could tell you that they don’t work…..but if I miss a dose I realise just how much they are helping me!

I’m also taking homeopathic remedies, and since I started a new batch last week I have noticed a difference. More of my numbness as subsided in my legs, I can feel a lot better. Now I can feel itching, which was absent before. I can also feel sore.

I am disabled. I cannot walk outside my home and I am in constant pain. If I go anywhere it has to be in a wheelchair and trust me, it’s not easy getting used to that.

When I was first in hospital three months looked like along time away. Now, I feel it’s passed quickly and I feel it’s not the time scale I should be focusing on but how much further I can push myself into recovery.

I am disabled. I don’t like the term but it’s now how I’m defined.

I am disabled, but I won’t stop trying to get well again.

I am disabled, but I’m still me.

The Reading Residence