Review|Fellowes AeraMax DX55 Air Purifier

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Fellowes recently conducted a survey that showed better air quality could offer sleep relief for children with allergies. Incredibly the UK has one of the highest levels of allergy diagnoses worldwide and the number of adults and children suffering with allergies is increasing each year. 43 percent of the population are allergic to at least one indoor airborne allergen. Having a young nephew with allergies I found the results of the survey really interesting.

When the opportunity arose to try out an air purifier from Fellowes I was looking forward to seeing how well it worked and if it would ease Maxx’s symptoms. I wasn’t sure what to expect when the purifier arrived but it has certainly set a high benchmark for any future purifiers. It has a fantastic range of features and is incredible easy to use, just switch it on and let it get to work, it will automatically clean the air in the designated room 24 hours a day.

Key Features include:

  • Energy star certified
  • Certified by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers
  • Purifies rooms up to 18m²
  • Creates an ionized field to help safely remove airborne pollutants
  • The ECARF (European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation) seal of quality awarded to allergy friendly products and services
  • The Allergy UK Seal of Approval indicates the AeraMax has been scientifically proven to reduce exposure to pollen, mould, house dust mite, smoke, cat and dog allergens.
  • Filter Change Indicators let you know when it is time to replace your Carbon and True HEPA filters
  • Aera+™ Mode is designed for peak allergy conditions and increases air flow by 50%* to remove allergens from the air
  • AeraSafe™ Antimicrobial Treatment – built-in protection from the growth of odour causing bacteria, mildew and fungi on True HEPA filter
  • Netmums recommended

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The AeraSmart sensor in the machine monitors the air quality and automatically adjusts the fan speed to keep air purified. The user friendly touch screen display will also indicate the quality of the air by showing a blue, amber or red light.

The AeraMax range uses a four-stage purification system that filters airborne pollution, this helps reduce the risk of allergy and illness in the family home which is fantastic. All of the machines in the AeraMax range feature a True HEPA filter which captures an incredible 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.33 microns, including pollen and other allergens, dust mites, mould spores pet dander and cigarette smoke.purifier2

I expected the purifier to be quite noisy but was pleasantly surprised that after the first couple of minutes I didn’t even notice it was in the room. At night the purifier is moved into my nephews room and he is able to sleep with it working throughout the night. There is the choice of having the machine working automatically or setting it manually. On the highest setting it does cause a draft and is a little noisy so we usually set it manually in the evenings to keep it on the lowest setting during the night to minimise noise.

Thanks to the compact size and elegant style of the purifier it fits well into any room and with the built in handle it is easy to move from room to room.

Overall I am highly impressed with the AeraMax Purifier as is Maxx’s mum, it is well made, scientifically backed and although it is a big investment at £209 if it helps reduce symptoms of allergies that is priceless! Maxx’s mum and I have both noticed a difference in the air quality when the purifier is being used, the air is cleaner and smells fresher too.

The AeraMax range of purifiers are available to buy from Amazon and other good stockists, the model featured in the post is priced around £209. Fellowes are so confident in their purifiers they all include a 3 year warranty.

By |November 27th, 2014|Categories: Review|Tags: |0 Comments

Photography Through the Years

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My dad recently brought over some old photographs that he found in the house. It got me thinking about how much photography has changed over the years, it has advanced a huge amount.

I have always loved photography, even as a small child I loved taking photographs although things were a little different back then. The first camera I can remember using as a child was a spool camera. I loved using the spool camera to take photographs and getting the photographs developed to see how they looked – usually not great!

My sister and I would take the camera out and about taking photographs of anything and everything, when it came to getting them developed our parents would usually have to pay which if I remember correctly was around £5 for each spool. At one point there were around 8 spools to develop which they weren’t too happy about.

I can remember my dad saying something along the lines of ‘these better not be more pictures of Saffron and Alysia’. It still makes me laugh as when they were developed that’s exactly what they were, 8 spools full of random photos, most of them very similar.

The next camera I remember using was a digital point and shoot camera which was fantastic compared to the spool camera. I was able to see the photographs I had takes straight away, I could upload them to the computer and there were different camera settings which was really exciting. I think this definitely contributed to the boom in photographs I own as suddenly we didn’t have to pay to have the photos developed, there was no limits to how many photos I could take and I loved that.

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The next camera was one I bought a couple of years ago and is the one I use currently, it’s a Nikon D5200 and I love it. Since getting the camera I have used it a lot, it has so many different features and is incredible compared to the point and shoot camera. I definitely think my photos have improved since I have owned it, one of my favourite photos is one I took of the cat recently (picture above). The only issue is I do tend to get a little snap happy and I dread to think how many photographs are on my external hard drive. I take hundreds of photographs a month and love sharing my favourites so started a monthly in pictures series, you can see my favourite photos from August by taking a look at my August In Pictures blog post. I skipped October but it will be back again this month.

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I think I have passed the photography bug onto my Nephew as he has his own point and shoot camera which he loves using to take photos, he has captured some pretty impressive photos for a five year old! The picture above is one he took as part of a photography competition, you can see the other photos he took on the Kid’s Capture The Colour blog post.

Something I do miss since technology has advanced is the fact I don’t print photographs often. The last time I printed photos was around a year ago and it was only a couple for my nephews birthday party. I love getting the photo albums out and looking through them, looking through files on a computer just isn’t the same. Next year I am going to make an effort to fill a photo album with my favourite photos from the past couple of years so I have them to look over in years to come.

When I’m out and about I find myself reaching for my camera phone more and more. They can take pretty impressive photos now, there are smart phones that can easily rival some of the point and shoot camera that are available.

The evolution of photography is amazing and I can’t wait to see how things advance over the coming years and what’s in store for the photography world.

By |November 26th, 2014|Categories: Photography|Tags: |0 Comments

A Cosy Cat Is A Happy Cat

Feedem is one of the UK’s leading online suppliers of pet food, goods and accessories. The website is a one stop shop for all your animal needs and has a fantastic selection of products available for cats, dogs, small animals, birds, horses, reptiles, and aquatic animals. What’s more many of the products are available at less than the recommended retail price meaning you can get quality products for your pet whilst saving money.

Rua sleeps in the kitchen at night due to the fact she meows and constantly scratches at the door if she is left to roam the house. When she joined us she took a liking to my nephews bean bag straight away and has slept on that ever since, we put it in the kitchen at night time and she happily sleeps on it.

Although I know she’s happy and comfortable on the bean bag I have been looking at the different cat beds that are available, there is a great selection of cat beds available on the Feedem website at really reasonable prices so choosing one wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. I managed to whittle it down to three of my favourite beds before choosing ‘the one’.

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The first bed I saw that I thought would be suitable was the Danish Design Fluffy Purple Cushion Bed, it looked fluffy, comfortable and I really liked the fact the bed is washable. If you’re a pet owner you’ll know how mucky paws can get especially over the wet winter months so this is a great feature. The bed has an rrp of £26.85 but is available from Feedem for £22.99.

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The second bed I considered was the Rosewood Luxury Faux Fur Cat Tunnel, I really liked the fact this bed can be used on the floor and over the radiator.  It has an easy removable cover which is also washable, it’s great to be able to freshen up pets bedding when needed. This bed has an rrp of £24.99 but is available from Feedem for just £19.99.

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The bed I decided to go with in the end was the Danish Design Cat Cosy Fleece Bed, this comes in either a cream paw print design or a leopard print design and is available in two sizes, small and medium. I love the fact the bed has high sides which helps make pets feel comfortable and secure. The small paw print design bed has an rrp of £18.84 but is available to buy from Feedem for £17.20.

I chose the cream paw print design bed as the bed will be kept in the living room during the day and is more neutral. My first thoughts on the bed were that it looked well made, comfortable and sturdy. I did have one concern with the cat bed before it arrived which was that the walls might not be sturdy enough and the bed would become misshappen but when it arrived it was clear that the walls are really sturdy and my concerns were unfounded.

I would highly recommend the Cat Cosy Fleece Bed if you’re looking for a bed that is comfortable, made to last and reasonably priced. If you’re in need of any pet products take a look at the Feedem website, their service, products and prices are all fantastic.

By |November 24th, 2014|Categories: Pets|Tags: |0 Comments

Review | Degustabox October

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An exciting package recently arrived at my door in the form of Octobers Degustabox. For those of you who haven’t heard of Degustabox it is a food box subscription service. Each month a box is delivered straight to your door which will contain 9-14 surprise items, many of which are new to the market!

The subscription costs just £12.99 a month (this includes delivery) which is a bargain when you consider the items I received in the October box came to £23.07 and that’s not including the Alpha Bites cereal sample or the voucher to buy a Benecol 4 pack of yoghurt.

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Special K Cracker Crisps – £1.29

I am much more of a savoury person than a sweet person so was looking forward to trying the new Special K Cracker Crisps which were in the box. I was sent the barbecue flavour and to be honest I’m not usually a fan of barbecue but the crisps were delicious and the barbecue was more of a sweet barbecue rather than smoky which I think is why I like them. The crackers are also available in other flavours, including, salt & balsamic vinegar, Sour Cream & Onion and Sweet Chilli. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the salt & Balsamic vinegar and Sweet Chilli flavours. With 60% less fat than the average fat content of most other crisps I don’t feel quite as guilty enjoying these, which is just as well since I ate the whole packet in one sitting – oops!

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2x Blue Dragon Sweet Chilli Sauce – £1.39 each

I have tried Blue Dragon products in the past and have always found them to be great products, they are delicious and also reasonably priced. I received two bottles of the Sweet Chilli sauce which are perfect for dips, stir fries and adding to meals for a tangy sweetness. I used some of the sauce as a dip for crisps and it was lovely, really sweet and full of flavour.

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Get Buzzing Flapjack – £1.30

Get Buzzing offers a range of 100% natural healthy eating flapjacks, the perfect compliment to a well balanced diet. The bars release fast and slow energy which helps keep you going for longer. I have yet to try the flapjack as I’m not a huge fan of snack bars but it does look packed with nuts and seeds so perfect for people who do like this type of snack, great for the lunch box or on the go. I will be passing this on to my dad who I’m sure will enjoy it!

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Enhance Drinks – £2.49

Enhance Drinks isn’t a product I had heard of before the box arrived so I was really intrigued to try it out. Enhance is a concentrated juice, one quick squeeze turns water into a delicious, light, fruit drink. It is made with real fruit juices and contains no added sugar, it can make up to 32 drinks and each drink contains just 1 calorie! This is one of the first products I tried as it looked really interesting, I received the orange & passion fruit flavour which was really nice. I did have to add a few more drops than stated to be able to achieve a stronger flavour but all in all it is a great product. Perfect for having in your bag and great for camping trips.

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Kent’s Kitchen Meal Kit – £2.50

You don’t need to be a professional chef to cook up an amazing meal with the fantastic Kent’s Kitchen meal kits. These are definitely a great product to have in the kitchen cupboard, using an easy to follow method you can make a delicious meal that is full of flavour in 20 minutes. Simply use the three clever pots and add a few fresh ingredients to made a delicious meal. I really enjoyed making a meal with this kit, it is really easy to follow, tastes delicious and gives a much more authentic taste than using sauce from a jar.

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Solo Toasted Marshmallow Creme – £1.99

Solo Toasted Marshmallow creme is a spreadable marshmallow creme which is also great for baking, in fact there is a fudge recipe on the tub which I want to try out soon. The marshmallow itself is really soft, creamy and of course delicious! It’s perfect for using to make s’more which is something I will be using it for this weekend with my nephew.

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Dr. Oetker Products from – £1.89

I love baking so when I saw the chocolate and cocoa powder inside the box I knew it would put it to good use. The premium 90% dark chocolate is perfect for melting and using in recipes that need chocolate, the chocolate bar is priced at £2.49. The Cocoa powder came in a packet of 3 and is made from the finest cocoa beans to give a rich dark chocolate flavour, a packet of 3 is priced at £1.89. I will be making some chocolate brownies in the next week or so using the products which I’m sure will be fantastic as the Dr. Oetker brand is one I am very familiar with and enjoy using.

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Brioche Pasquier Sliced Brioche Loaf – £1.69 

Brioche Pasquier Pain Au Lait with Choc Chips – £1.60

I had never tried Brioche Pasquier products so was looking forward to trying out the sliced loaf and the rolls. I tried the Brioche loaf first and tried it with butter and strawberry jam, it was sweeter than normal bread and really nice. Definitely a must buy if you have a sweet tooth. It would be perfect for making any bread themed deserts! The Brioche rolls are great for grabbing in the morning for breakfast or a quick snack to grab if you’re heading out the door and haven’t had time to eat. They are ready to eat from the packet and tasted delicious, you can even heat them up a little which melts the chocolate inside, mmm!

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Alpha Bites Sample

This product was a sample present, the perfect size for breakfast. I have to be honest, I’m terrible with eating breakfast and haven’t eaten breakfast for a good couple of months. I know it’s supposed to be the most important meal of the day but it’s hard to break the habit of a lifetime. I did try the Alpha Bites just not at breakfast (I know, I’m a rebel lol) they were really nice and the fact they contain no refined sugar, no salt, are low GI and naturally high in calcium makes them a great breakfast cereal.

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Bear Paws Fruit Snack – £0.55

This products is not only delicious, it’s cute too. My nephew Maxx and I tried these and we both thought they were delicious. The packet contains a mixture of strawberry and apple fruit shapes that are gently baked into paw print shapes. These are great for packed lunches or as a snack on the go and are really reasonably priced.

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Jelly Belly Jelly Beans – £2.50

I hadn’t had jelly beans for such a long time before these arrived. There are over 100 Jelly Belly bean flavours in the Jelly Belly family, so many delicious flavours! The pack I was sent contained an assortment of 20 flavours and included, green apple, bubble gum, toasted marshmallow, candy floss, my favourite wild cherry and many more. Here is an incredible Jelly Belly fact for you – each bean can take up to 21 days to create! No wonder they are so delicious and juice.

I love the fact that you don’t know what items are in the box from month to month, it’s really exciting opening the box to see what’s inside. It’s like Christmas every month! If you want to find out more about Degustabox or to sign up to receive a box straight to your door head over to the Degustabox website. There’s no commitment and you are not tied into a contract, if you decide you no longer want to receive the boxes simply cancel the subscription. I also have a discount code – NJXGB this code will give you £3 off your first box so what are you waiting for?

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By |November 19th, 2014|Categories: Food|Tags: |2 Comments

Job Hunting Now and Then

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When I was looking for my first job I handed CV’s in to shops in town that were hiring and asked friends and family if they knew of any vacancies. Nowadays the internet plays a big role in job hunting, there are hundreds upon hundreds of recruitment websites out there, some better than others. The internet can be both a blessing and a curse when looking for a job.

Job hunting isn’t an easy task and can be really time consuming when you factor in signing up to recruitment agencies and job sites, writing or updating your CV and applying for the jobs. One downfall of online job sites is the fact there are so many job advertisements on the websites. On the face of it this might seem like a good thing however you soon come to realise that it’s not when you end up spending most of your job hunting time rejecting unsuitable jobs.

Thanks to City Calling, a worldwide online based job site it is possible to take the hassle out of job hunting. If you are looking for a job head over to the City Calling website, register your details and you will be able to search for relevant job vacancies. The website can be accessed using a mobile phone or computer meaning it is accessible to most people and easy to use.

Below are a few job hunting tips that will hopefully help make job hunting a little easier.

  1. Sign up to job sites that will send you relevant job opportunities. If you have to complete a profile in order to receive job notification take the time to fill it in correctly as a mistake could mean unsuitable jobs are sent to you resulting in time wasted.
  2. Ask a friend or family member to look over your CV. They might spot something you have missed and be able to give you feedback.
  3. Carry some copies of your CV with you at all times. You never know when you might see a job vacancy sign so having you CV to hand is a must.
  4. Set up a mock interview. If you haven’t had a job interview for a while or if you’re a bit nervous about an upcoming job interview set up a mock interview with a friend who can ask you questions you might be asked.  You can never be too prepared.
  5. The internet is a fantastic resource and also a great place to network. Use social media sites to network, websites such as LinkedIn are perfect for connecting with people in a similar field and it could open up a great opportunity.
  6. When job hunting online if something sounds too good to be true it usually is. There are a lot of work from home opportunities which ask  you to pay an upfront fee to register, do your research before signing up or parting with any money.

Good Luck!

By |November 17th, 2014|Categories: Random Thoughts|Tags: |0 Comments