Top 5 household gadgets



Sound system

No house would be complete without a decent sound system. I love doing the housework to music and it’s also good to drown the kids out!! My music tastes are quite eclectic so it really all depends on the mood for what your hear me listening to! I I I especially recommend the Panasonic Technics C700 for a great sounding amp and wireless speakers for ease of placement in the house.


I consider this a most important item! Mine is regularly used to blog, online shop, social media, play games and also amuses children when you need it and a fab option is uploading my photos from my Nikon camera. I recommend iPad mini as it’s easy to put in your handbag.

Nikon D5200

I’ve always been interested in photography especially growing up with a photographer father but I’ve never been brave enough to take the plunge. I went for the D5200 as I didn’t want to feel the need to upgrade but it is a big learning curve to really get what the camera is capable of.

Nespresso machine

I can’t cope without coffee in the morning and having the ability to make a coffee shop quality coffee at home is fab. My fave is a caramel latte and the milk frother gives perfect frothy milk. I have the Krups Nespresso machine in grey with coordinates with most kitchen colour schemes.

Xbox one

A house with kids or big kids has to have some kind of games console in my opinion! In our house it’s the Xbox one, and our favourite game of the moment is Lego Marvel. We don’t play as much as we could but with so many other things to be doing it’s hard to fit it in – but the fact you can voice control, whilst running your tv through it and access youtube and catch up apps for any tv you missed makes it what I consider a entertainment centre that just keeps growing.

What do you consider your top 5 gadgets?

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The truth about raising puppies


Now everyone loves puppies, who wouldn’t?? They are bounding balls of cuteness that make your heart burst, but in reality the truth of raising puppies can be hard, really hard!!

There’s some things here to consider before breeding your dog that if you think you can handle then great, but at least you’ll be prepared!

Keeping Mummy dog healthy whilst pregnant – We think that dogs have a everlasting appetite but a hormonal dog whilst pregnant can go off her food and refuse to eat, which means keep trying food (obviously dog safe) that she will eat to keep her and the puppies healthy

Emergency surgery – Now in a ideal world a dog will give birth naturally to healthy pups, or the mummy can’t push them out/one gets stuck/comes out the wrong way and its a phone call to the vets no doubt at 4am in the morning and a rushed trip to the surgery for a emergency c section where sadly sometimes not all the pups make it and your looking at a bill around £1k

Making sure Mum eats and drinks well – They say to allow mum to eat as much as she wants, but what happens when she doesn’t want her regular food, she was eating fine before birth but now turns her nose up at it. Time to find what she wants to eat and it might be the case that she’ll only eat each thing once!! Oh and she refuses to eat or drink from a bowl, so it’s hand feeding and syringing water into her mouth!!

Keeping puppies healthy – So you’ve got some super cute puppies but they won’t necessarily feed themselves, you need to make sure there latching on and getting a good feed every 2 hours and not getting knocked off by stronger pups and you have to do this through the night too – 24/7 care for at least 2 weeks! So make sure you know where the coffee and the matchsticks are and if you haven’t ever done shift work – here’s your chance to experience it!!

Poorly puppy – What happens when you get a pup that just doesn’t feed? Well you have to bottle feed it every 30 mins-hour tiny amounts to get it’s strength back up and if it becomes dehydrated you have to syringe water into it’s mouth in between feeds too! So good luck with any sleep/life then! And when you do have a moment, your sterilising bottles and making puppy milk using powdered formula – just like for babies!

Maternal instincts – You expect mummy dog to have the maternal instinct to be careful around her pups and to clean them, stimulate them to go to toilet (yep they can’t do it themselves until 3 weeks old) and generally protect them and stay with them. But what happens if that doesn’t happen? Get ready to not only be making sure they feed every 2 hours, but making sure the mum doesn’t crush/step on/fling off nipple puppies, oh and stimulate them to go pee and poo after every feed – yep super glamorous job now, hey? Some mums don’t wanna know their pups at all and then the feeding is up to you then too, by bottle every 2 hours.



Pyrex need to sort it out! – Exploding Jugs!

On 30 June 2015 I tweeted Pyrex and was told to email them –

I am emailing as requested on Twitter about my Pyrex jug which was less than a year old that exploded yesterday on removal from the dishwasher and caused cuts to my foot, leg and hand as well as my 5 year old sons hand who was standing by.
I am shocked and angry as this could have been so much worse! People are under the impression that Pyrex withstand high heats which it obviously doesn’t!
I await your feedback

And I received this reply on 07 July 2015 –

Further to your recent email regarding the breakage of your measuring jug.
First of all may we say how sorry we are that you have had cause to contact us; we hope that you and your son are now recovering from the incident and apologise for any inconvenience this matter may have caused.

As a company we take all customer concerns very seriously, and as you will appreciate it is difficult to comment without first having the opportunity to examine the product, could you therefore please pack the pieces very carefully and return them to us in order that we may give a proper assessment of the problem.

Once the article is returned to us it will be sent for testing and analysis, and as soon as I receive the results of the technical report I will contact you with the findings.
We recommend using a trackable method to send items back to us, such as Royal Mail 1st Class Recorded Delivery, or a similar method which gives you a parcel tracking number.

We recommend this, because if items get lost in the normal post, we regret we are not responsible for any items not received here. Using a trackable method protects you if your item gets lost in the post, by enabling you to claim from your chosen delivery company.

Please keep a safe note of your returned parcel’s tracking number.

Assuring you of our best intention at all times.

My intial thoughts were anger, who keeps the broken glass for 7 days to await a reply?? Aside from the fact it so spectacularly exploding I had to vacuum my whole kitchen and subsequently the dishwasher refused to work afterwards as it happened as I was removing it from there at the time.

And on top of the fact they expect you to keep the glass they want you to pay for tracked postage out of your own pocket to ensure it gets there safe!!!

You only need to take to twitter to see in the last 2 months the same thing has happened to others!! I’ve gathered a few to show you below…


Surely this should be recalled? It’s safe to say I won’t be buying another Pyrex product again!!!