Friday, 20 May 2022

This week my Word of the Week is: Out! #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:


What gorgeous weather we've had over the past week, well apart from yesterday when I was writing this. It was quite grey and overcast but it wasn't all bad, at least it was still warm. 

I have made the most of the nice weather and I've spent a lot of time out in the garden. I had planted a ton of seeds a few months ago and they grew well in my mini greenhouse and when they were overgrowing their pots I planted them in the garden. Sunflowers, pumpkins and cucumbers. They grew more and started to look far too close to each other so I came up with the bright idea on Tuesday to give the garden a good weed and move the plants so they were more spaced out.

It was only after I had moved the plants I read about transplant shock. It turns out plants can go into shock if they are moved. Thankfully I did dig them up well, took all of the roots and watered them well afterwards. Mother Nature has been helping me out with the watering as it's rained the last few evenings. Apparently we had power cuts during the week because of the weather. I only realised when I got up and the clock radio was flashing. Becky knew all about it because every time the power had gone off then came back on one of her lamps came back on and started flashing. She got woke up a few times, she didn't think of just unplugging the lamp. lol

I have been enjoying sitting outside in the sunshine although it did mean that I missed a parcel being delivered during the week. Thankfully the DPD man came back the next day and he said he had missed me and I told him I was out the back. He said he did think it was strange that I wasn't in. He said in future he will come to the back door if he doesn't get an answer at the front. I thought that was so nice of him. 

Ellie has been out most evenings, after school with her friends. They're all boys and as bad as teenage boys can be these are a good group of lads who look out for her. One night one of Ellie's best friends walked her home, just to make sure she got home safe which I thought was so sweet. Ellie has always got on better with boys, I think it's because they are less complicated and have less drama than teenage girls. lol The only thing now is that she is always defending the friendships saying he's not my boyfriend, he's just a friend. Ugh! 

Becky had a day off from college on Wednesday because of the GCSE's happening at her college and her teachers were needed. She didn't have a chilled day as for two days this week she has been out doing training at work. Self defence and something about positivity in the work place. She enjoyed it but the highlight of the training was getting a free lunch eat day. She also got to see the therapy dogs which come into the care home, she doesn't usually see them with just working night shifts.

How has your week been? I hope you have had a good one.

Word of the Week linky

Thursday, 19 May 2022

(Ad - Gifted) Oclean Flow - A sonic electric toothbrush! - Review!

The last time Becky was at the dentist we realised she is at an age where she has to pay for check up's, treatment and anything else that she needs. She has always looked after her teeth and even more so since she spent 2 years with braces on but the thought of having to pay for treatment at the dentist has really made her want to up her tooth care game.

I got an email just at the right time and we are lucky to be trying out the Oclean Flow Sonic Electric Toothbrush.

An electric toothbrush delivers a more thorough and efficient clean with less effort, they are friendlier to teeth and gums and they make it easier to develop decent tooth brushing habits. Becky has had an electric toothbrush in the past and it wasn't great, the charge didn't last long and she said her teeth never felt clean.

Included in the box is the electric toothbrush, a brush head, the user manual and a USB charging cable.

The Oclean Flow Electric Toothbrush is designed with a frequency of 38000 vibrations per minute which is three times faster than using a manual toothbrush and removes up to 10 times more plaque than a manual toothbrush. The sonic toothbrush produces lower noise, it really is quiet.

With ultrasonic cleaning it means this suitable for different oral conditions. The Oclean Flow Sonic Electric Toothbrush has 5 settings: morning which is a little gentle but gives a good clean, night which is a deep and through clean, standard for general cleaning, whitening for a natural white smile and gentle for those with sensitive gums. It is perfect for solving most oral problems including sensitive teeth. You can switch modes at will and pick the one you like best.

The toothbrush has a built in smart timer which comes in very helpful. There is a two minute timer which meets the minimum brushing time recommended by the dentists and a timer every 30 seconds to remind you to switch the brushing area which helps you thoroughly clean your teeth and ensure an even clean.

The brush heads are made of premium DuPont bristles, which fit the shape and mechanics of the adult’s tooth structure, protecting enamel without hurting the gums. 

Toothbrush head

The Oclean Flow Sonic electric toothbrush takes around 5 hours to fully charge and then lasts about 180 days. The long battery life is supported by USB type C charging and can be charged with a power bank, mobile phone charger, computer charger or directly plug into the USB port of the computer for charging. It is great for travelling and not have to charge it daily or weekly. When the power drops lower than 10%, the indicator light will flash red when the toothbrush is switched on.

As well as all of these features the Oclean Flow Sonic Electric Toothbrush is waterproof so you can brush while you are in the shower and save a little time and rinse it off too.

Becky has been using this for almost a week and so far is getting on great with it. She says that her teeth feel cleaner and they look it too. As much as I tell her not to drink fizzy drinks they do and they were starting to stain her teeth, the are looking whiter and I hope this is the start of her needing no more fillings. The only negative she has had to say is that when she first started using it she felt like her gums were being tickled. She said it was a strange sensation and it has taken some getting used to.

You can buy the Oclean Flow Sonic Electric Toothbrush from the Oclean website and don't worry that the price is $39.99, in dollars they do of course ship to the UK and at the moment when you add the toothbrush to your bag you get a free gift of two heads. Shipping takes around 6 to 10 days and you get free shipping, a 2 year warranty and a 30 day money back guarantee.

I was sent the Oclean Flow Sonic Electric Toothbrush free of charge in exchange for this blog post.

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

A girls night out.

Pre-drinks at 6:41pm, hitting the bar at 8:34pm and exchanging four bits of gossip make up the perfect girls’ night out a study has found.


Researchers who polled 2,000 women found the night begins with just over an hour getting ready to party with four friends while enjoying a few glasses of wine. Mojitos are the most popular choice of cocktails followed by Sex on the Beach. Daiquiris came in close third, trailed by Cosmos and Pornstar Martinis. It’s time to move to the club at 10:55pm, with plenty of opportunity for dancing accompanied by spirits and mixers. As well as enjoying two straight shots, the perfect night also includes five trips to the toilet with pals, having danced away to 35 songs. Finishing the perfect night with a portion of chips from the local takeaway and getting in at 1:25am.

The last time I had a girls night out was before Coronavirus was a thing and it was a pretty civilised event. We went out just after 5pm, drank a couple of bottles of wine, saw a Bon Jovi tribute act, danced lots and was home by 11pm. It was fun but nothing like the nights out before I moved to Scunthorpe. 

Bon Jovi Tribute act

I had some of my best nights out in Northumberland. The unplanned one's were always fun! One bank holiday my friends arranged to go out, I wasn't even going to go as I was short of money but they offered to buy me a couple of drinks and I would buy a few more with the money I had, we weren't going to be out all night. hahaha Those famous last words. We went out late-afternoon to see one of our favourite local bands and when they had finished their gig locally we followed them to South Shields I think it was, it could have been North Shields.

I think the best nights I've ever had out were seeing a Bon Jovi Tribute band in Blyth, Northumberland. The lead singer looked nothing like Jon Bon Jovi, he was Scottish but my goodness he did sing like JBJ. It was a scary looking pub, one of those which looked run down and intimidating but everyone was so nice. 

Another Bon Jovi Tribute Act

At the end of the night the lead singer would always tell those who had enough guts to get up on stage to sing and dance along to the last song. Of course my friends and I always got up there.

Referring back to the study: four friends always was the best night out (it was just the right number) and the best gossip was always exchanged when drinks had been being poured and inhibitions were lost. I think I was the only one to really drink wine, fruit cider was always the most popular choice. Cocktails were always enjoyed and a good night out has to end with a takeaway. Pizza or a kebab is my choice but there always has to be leftovers for the next day!

I do sometimes miss a girly night out but most of the time I am all for staying in where it's cosy, comfy and I certainly don't miss the hangovers. I actually have a night out planned next month to see the same Bon Jovi tribute band I saw before Covid happened, it should be a good night.

Do you like a night out or would you rather stay home?

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

(Ad - Gifted) Fantastic Father's Day gifts from Amazon Handmade!

Father's day is coming up next month and I always struggle to know what to buy my fella from me and from the kids. As much as I use Amazon I had never came across their handmade section until now. Amazon Handmade is the destination to find unique, genuinely handcrafted products created by your local Artisans and Artisans around the world. They really do have some gorgeous gifts and it is always fantastic to support small businesses.

We have been sent the Personalised Beer Cap Collector to have a look at. Collect your favourite beer bottle caps and display them with pride!

A Personalised Beer Cap Collector

Show off your collection with this lovely personalised beer bottle shaped cap collector. This unusual gift is a great present for Dads that love to crack open a bottle of beer! 

Made in Leicestershire with care by the designers themselves, each item is carefully cut from a piece of wood and then shipped in a strong cardboard sleeve or box depending on the size. Each design has a personalised engraved label finished to the front, ideal for giving your loved ones a special message.

Beer bottle cap personalisation

This comes in 3 different wood types: Birch (Light Colour), Oak (Medium Darkness Colour), Walnut (Darkest Colour) and includes pre-drilled holes ready to be attached to the wall. It comes in two different sizes: Small which is 395mm x 135mm x 6mm for 13 Bottle caps and large which is 595mm x 195m x 6mm for 44 Bottle caps.

The bottle caps aren't included, The bottle is designed to collect your bottle caps from your favourite beers. I think this is a great gift for a beer drinking dad, I am sure Stu is going to love it. It is well made and costs £19.95 which I think is a fantastic price.

There is of course plenty of other gifts you could get your dad from Amazon Handmade:

Whisky glass and print

Dad will love indulging in his favourite blended whiskey with this personalised whiskey glass and with his name engraved to the front alongside an optional extra personal message of your choice which is our lasting alternative to a card, nobody will be touching his vintage whiskey!

This gorgeous print features a custom star map with personalised details, so you will have a meaningful gift for your dad.

Beard seat and coaster

This personalised beard brush and comb set makes the ideal gift for beard newbies and well seasoned beardsmen. The brush is made from firm boar bristles and will easily untangle beard hairs, wet or dry and combined with the peach wood comb it’ll keep your beard looking neat and tidy all day.

Do you know someone who feels most at home at the golf range? Are their selection of drivers and irons the envy of their golfing friends? When they're not dreaming about being back in the golf buggy, can they be found watching the PGA Championship with a nice mug of coffee? If this sounds like the golf mad man in your life, then one of these golf coasters for drinks is the perfect gift for them!

Is their anything you fancy for your dad? 

I was sent the Personalised Beer Cap Collector from Amazon Handmade free of charge in exchange for this blog post.