To…Towels!

When I started blogging, I never thought I would dedicate a post to towels. But, then thinking of it, towels form a pretty important part of our lives.

From the moment the alarm goes off and we splash water on our faces to keep us awake to settling down at night in a warm, fluffy towelling robe with a book and hot chocolate – we’re towel dependent. And of course how could we forget the kitchen towel which makes we want to throw in the towel sometimes!

I don’t know about you but I like nothing better than stepping out of a hot bath into a luxurious towel. Personalised? Maybe!

TowelsRUs has an amazing range of towels for all your needs and I thought I would share my favourites with you. Favourite towels? Why ever not!

First up – The 8 piece Egyptian Cotton Towel bale including 2 2 large bath sheets, 2 bath towels, 2 hand towels and 2 face cloths and there is a range of colours to choose from. And they can be personalised. Perfect for not getting them mixed up.

Next up – these adorable bathrobes and dressing gowns for children. Mine are constantly in their gowns simply because they are so soft and snuggly.

These are a must have – you know how you come out of a shower and get ready to do your make up only to have to use one hand to keep your towel from slipping? How lucky then to be the proud owner of a sarong towel. Goodbye slip ups, hello make up! Cheesy – I know!

 

And yes, you also need a turban towel  –

 

 

I was really surprised to see the range of different towels there were but sitting back I don’t think I ever quite realised how significant towels are in our lives. Bath towel, face towel, gym towel, towelling robe, turban towel, kitchen towel – the list is endless. And honestly – you really need at least one of each!

A post about towels? Why ever not?

Let’s face it – you can’t really do without one.

At the Launch of the Samsung Galaxy A Series

So, for those of you who know me, you may know that I am a huge Samsung fan. I had an S4 before I got my trusty K-Zoom (a phone that still has the wow factor wherever I go) I use nothing else for my photos as it’s so convenient.

However, off late, I’ve been having serious battery problems where it doesn’t even last half a day. (I have had it for over 2 years now)

Luckily for me, I was invited to the launch of the Galaxy A series with Samsung. It was held at the impressive Mondrian Hotel in London with stunning views of the Thames. We were also provided with a delicious lunch…and dessert.

Samsung Galaxy A3
Samsung Galaxy A3
Samsung Galaxy A5
Samsung Galaxy A5

Can I say that I am slightly in love with the A5?

It’s one thing to see the phone online. It’s another to be able to try out the features for yourself.

So, what’s the hype about the new Galaxy A series?

First of all, both the A3 and A5 come with seriously good cameras with the A5 boasting a 16MP front and rear camera and the A3 featuring a 13MP rear camera and 8MP front camera.

There are also cool features like the floating camera button (it means no awkward photos), an embedded camera (so it doesn’t scratch the lens), easy swipe to change from selfie to normal mode and super accurate autofocus. I found that the photos were quite a lot clearer than my K-Zoom that I swear by.

The phone itself is a good size with the A3 being smaller than the A5 but still a good size. Of course, the A5 has a larger screen but is still not too large for the hand.

The glass screen with the wrap around effect is something that I liked. It also doesn’t seem to have that much of a ‘slip’ factor.

And indeed if it does slip and if you are standing near water, don’t fear because it waterproof up to , thanks to Gore-Tex technology that has been cleverly used for the points.

The A series feature long lasting battery life (just what I need!) with the A5 also featuring a super fast charger. (My kind of phone as I’m always needing to charge it fast to take pictures for my blog)

Last but not least, I LOVE the amazing colours that they are in – Black Sky, Blue Mist, Gold Sand and Peach Cloud.

 

My favourite – Blue Mist. It looks classy and cool. Perfect for me.

The phones are priced at £369 for the A5 and £279 for the A3.

If you’re thinking of changing your phone, I’d really advise you to check these out with your provider. You can also find out more about the phones at Samsung 

The Cleaners Are Coming – I Need To Clean The House!

The cleaners are coming – I need to clean the house.

Basket with cleaning items on blurry background

Have you ever felt this way?

I was more than happy to be able to review a cleaning service. Having said that, I didn’t realise that it would involve more work for me both pre and post cleaners.

First of all, the moment  I fixed a date, I looked around the house and was glad – the house would be fresh and clean in a weeks time. It does not mean that I do not clean the house. It just means that it was time for a more professional clean.

I looked round again and I realised that I needed to do a small pre-clean/declutter before the cleaners arrived. How on earth would they be able clean amongst clutter?

So, yes, in the run up to the cleaners coming, I settled up, threw out the unnecessary and wiped off dust. I threw things into drawers and shut stuff up in cupboards.

The cleaners were coming but I would not have them see an untidy/ dusty house.

I know – it pretty much defeats the purpose. But I did want to make a sort of impression. Quite like having visitors.

And so the cleaners came and they were amazing. The house never looked so clean. I refused to cook that evening lest it spoil the scent of freshness.

And of course, now I have to live up to the standards that have been set and keep it that way.

Glimmies – the New Collectibles from Flair: A Review

The children love collectibles –  especially Aeryn. She has them all in boxes and only she knows which one is in which box. We were recently sent Glimmies to review and these have pride of place in her toy box.

 

What are Glimmies?

Glimmies™ are 23 little star fairies sent by the moon to take care of “Glimmieswood” forest animals. This is the reason why Glimmies™ have cute resemblances to forest animals and love endless adventures in the name of friendship and always respect nature.

During the dark, Glimmies™ magically light up the wood shining bright, creating a beautiful and magical light like a firefly. Glimmies always shine bright at night and hide in the light… but held cupped in the hand they will also reveal their beautiful glowing and enchanting light.

(For grown-ups the science behind this magical reaction is by using a photometric light sensor on their head that responds to the “lack” of light in the surrounding environment.)

There are 23 Glimmies in total all 6 cm high with beautiful glowing light… 16 Glimmies are available across single and triple packs and 7 exclusive to playsets. Each one represents a forest animal with its own distinctive colour and facial expression.

The Glimmies: Foxanne, Hazelyn, Celeste, Rakella, Nova, Dormilla, Batlinda, Lumix, Dotterella, Spinosita, Flayla, Cornélie, Alya, Cerulea, Astrea, Almendra, Lavoonia, Siestina, Fernicia, Rubina, Pluma, Aurea (Aurea is limited edition and is available with the Glimtern).

How did we like them?

Needless to say that fairies are very popular in our home and fairies that light up – well, you know how they would be met.

The Glimmies are a nice size and are perfect for little hands. As you can see, Aeryn can hold one in her cupped hands – and she’s 5.

They can be lit up with the help of a button on them. Since they can be switched off you can save batteries when they are not being played with. Each Glimmie has her own name and bio too.

 

The Glimmies are kept in a little basket in Aeryn’s room and when you go in at night they shine. It makes seem like fairies have come out to play.

The Glimmies are priced at £3.99 a pack and are ideal party bag gifts as well as to form a collection as each on it different.