Saturday, 27 February 2016

The BOSCH Steam Generator Iron, Sensixx DS38 #review A dream machine, steam ironing made effortless

I have been using the Bosch Steam Generator Sensixx DS38 ProHygienic for the last couple of weeks. This is the first time I have used a steam generated iron.

On first appearance, it's a very large product. As the base/stand large, yet it is sturdy, the control dial is easy to use the Bosch Steam Generator iron, Sensixx DS38 - stand and iron and can be turned to be set to the correct garment you wish to iron or use the i-Temp settings to ironing everything.

The base has a short lead to plug into the mains, I placed the base on a table. (next to my ironing board)

The base has a detachable water tank. I used filtered water to fill. This holds over a litre of water. The iron sits comfortably on the base, with a long thick cable going to the base unit. This cable has two leads inside, one water and the other electricity. There is enough length on the cable to easily reach the end of my ironing board.

The Sensixx DS38 beeps when it's ready to go, heats up only takes 20 seconds. The iron is light to hold and glides across the fabric easily, making it smooth to manoeuvre.

The Sensixx doesn't puff stream out, it waits until you want it too. It works as an normal iron until steam is requested. There are only two button on the actual iron, on the top handle the 'Ultimate' button, once pressed this will pulsate bursts of steam. There is also a red button underneath it's handle, this will generate continuous steam. Both options are great, I like the continuous option more, as this will lift stubborn creases with no effort from me whatsoever. However the air will turn thick with stream if used for too long.

I have ironed all types of fabrics, cotton, wool, linen, mixed blends. Also ironing different types of garments and items; sweaters, jeans, jumpers, school uniforms, table clothes, bedding, towels. My cotton table cloths usually need lots of elbow greasy. These are ironed in minutes, just the same as ironing a tea towel, no creases and an excellent finished. Ironing shirts, just as easy, no garments or items a chore to do anymore.
Even things like thick chunky corduroy trousers have no creases in one or two swoops.

With my standard iron, if I used the stream function on a stubborn area the garment would get damp or wet, on occasion I would have to wait for them to air off and dry. This is not the case with the Sensixx DS38, no wet or damp patches found, I found there isn't a need to saturate an area. I can easily fold or hang garments immediately after ironing.

I really like the water tank too, as I hate having to refill the water continuously. I ironed about 50 items before having to top up the water tank. I found I used the steam less as the items and garments ironed so fast. Overall I have had an excellent experience. The iron is light to
hold, a nice clean design, the cables don't got in my way. I didnt have to keep adding water. The iron glides over the garments effortlessly leaving no creases. A large pile of clothes takes next to no time ironing. I felt safe using the iron, I just needed to placed the stand on a solid surface.

I would recommend this wonderful appliance if you have a large family, you find ironing time consuming, if ironing is involved in your workplace.
Oh yeah!!! If you actually like ironing

The best price is £299.95 from reputable stores. AMAZON
It's an expensive piece of equipment, however it's been made to last and does exactly what's it's meant too.  It's fuss free ironing, impeccable service, service with a smile.

**Product description:
The Bosch Sensixx TDS3880GB ProHygienic Steam Station boasts a combination of features that make it one of the most complete steam stations on the market. Its Hygiene program removes over 99% of the common microbes from your textiles without the need for any chemical additives, whilst its VarioComfort program features 9 pre-defined ironing programs to deliver perfect ironing results on all types of fabrics.On top of this, the integrated Calc'nClean Perfect descaling program cleans both the iron and boiler to help prolong the life of your appliance.
  • Calc'nClean Perfect: A highly efficient cleaning system for both steam station and iron.
  • i-Temp Advanced: the optimum combination of temperature and steam — so you can iron all ironable fabrics quickly and safely without changing temperature
  • Up to 6.5 bar powerful steam pressure with integrated safety system.

**details taken from BOSCH.

Disclaimer: I am part of a review panel.  This same review has been submitted on the BOSCH home appliances website.  This is my honest opinion.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Aura Print, Digital Print Masters, Business cards the #Review

For any business and these days truth be told bloggers too.  It is very important to have an identity.  I have been blogging for a few years, its imperative for me to be noticed, I want to be recognized and leave a good impression.  I like going to events, meeting new contacts and fellow bloggers, introducing myself to others.  An introduction can make or break a deal.

Just the same as a Company, a Blogger is a brand, I believe a Luxurious Business Card represents its holder.

I was delighted to hear from Aura Print Digital, asking if I could review their service and have some business cards printed.
They are a fantastic British born company, 16 years in the making.  This local Huddersfield company started as one mans dream.  Gradually over the years, using the finest digital printing software, this little business has grown into a 9 man show, the team has dedicated departments, Admin, Design & Artwork and Printing.  Aura Print achieves high standards in digital design, they are fabulous communicators with the ability to understand their customers requires and needs.

My job: I had to explained what I wanted.
I had an idea in mind what I would like, however it was vague and not complete.
After all I am 'London Bird Lucy', owner of It's a London Bird Thing!
I have a wide scope of what I represent as a blogger.
My key targets; Family, Lifestyle, Tech and London!
I had the photo and the wording but no logo.
So, I need a logo, something creative that would suit me, my brand.

Also Aura Print ask you choose a Core Colour, I opted for Red.

Within a few hours, I  had a proof.  I had the option to change this in anyway I wanted.  But, I am seriously pleased with the outcome.  The logo, artwork they have made for me, really suits 'It's a London Bird Thing!' perfectly.

I didn't need to make any changes, the brief I gave them, was nailed on the head. 10/10

Now all I needed to do, is wait for my new business cards arrival.
Within 2 days, I had my new business cards.

It's very difficult to gage, the quality of products when using an online service.  Most of us go by recommendations from friends, word of mouth and reading online reviews.

Well, not only are my new cards brilliant, they are superior quality, 1ml thick, with the a red edge.  My new cards are noticeably high-end quality.  They are an excellent size, fit in my purse nicely.

I highly recommend Aura, for their impeccable service.  They listened to my needs and came up with the prefect artwork.  Aura Print offer the full package, printing everything possible, banners, flyers, brochure, flags and so much more.

All there prices are listed, its possible to use their online calculator to find out what the price will be, you can view all types of extras too.  As for the logo design that was extra but only cost £22 definitely worth the cost.

Prices start from £35.00.  The full cost of my cards including the design, printing, postage is all included at £82.44.  These are more expensive then some of the more commercial companies, however with their personal service and quality, in my opinion they are worth it.

If you are looking for great, friendly service, a company with years of experience, someone who is going to listen, be creative this is the printers to use.

Thank you for stopping by, please do say Hi!

Disclaimer: This is an unsponored post; I used there services and received these awesome business cards to review, all opinions are my own. 

Monday, 15 February 2016

Catching up with the Sunday Papers... The Sunday Time Magazine the #Review

Hello Everyone, how did your Valentines or Galentines day go.  My day had been hectic.  I had to rush to Morrisons for a spot of birthday shopping.  Which was perfect, as I picked up the The Sunday Times, as a Sunday Paper, it's one of my favourite Sunday reads.

It's packed with so much news, current affairs, hot topics, thinking outside of the box with fabulous features. The Sunday Times has relaunched their Sunday Times Magazine.  On first appearance its smaller, catches my eye, with the very beautiful Taylor Swift on the front, already I am thinking trending and cultured.

Once opened, a lovely note from Eleanor Mills, the Magazine Editor. This is its 54 year since The Sunday Times Launched its first full colour magazine.  It is still going on strong, back in the 60's music, fashion, politics, women's issues, current affairs have evolved so much.  The Sunday Times has been a leader, always current with fabulous writers and great headliners.

In this weeks issue, there are some fantastic articles.

How to live well by Bryan Appleyard:
An interesting article, giving us an insight to information what was obtained firstly through our midwives 1946.  The National Baby survey was conducted by a chap called James Douglas.  Studies on the welfare of babies, their backgrounds and focusing how their futures will turn out.  James and others like him conducted surveys (cohorts) 1946, 1958, 1970, 1991 and 2000  These groups of babies/people were later known as the Douglas Children, most stuck to the surveys their entire lives, all personal events through the years have been documented.  These people (now in the their 70's) feeling very proud to help shape the future because a lot of useful information had been found through these surveys.

Things like smoking during pregnancy harms babies, reading for pleasure makes you better at it.  A broken marriage damages the life chances of any child.  The early years in children really matters.  Parents/households with money will continue to live a rich life, while others born in poverty will have to work hard to break that pattern.

Current surveys are trying locate the early stages in dementia and a decline in health.  Maybe from there they can research to an earlier time to see any patterns and can tackle these lives changing issues.     

I had no idea such studies have even taken place.  To me everyday is a challenge, however I am fully aware I have more opportunities living in the south.  I was born to middle class Grandfather, my father well educated in private and boarding schools, he is intelligent, well travelled, intellectual.  So will his background shape my future?   

A very interesting read, researched over the years.  It seems there is proof that lifestyle choices can mould a person and our children's future forever.  However, our very own past and upbringing will mould us too!

The Interview with Dita  Von Teese, by Chrissy Iley
Dita Von Tesse, rose to fam for being a girlfriend of a somewhat oddball Marilyn Manson.  She a bombshell, all curves and a reminded what a woman looks like who has not been filled with plastic surgeries.  Very much mysterious, fifties glamour kitten, a sexy teasing burlesque dancer.
Dita is getting into music, currently promoting her album, a very pleasant interview about a lady who is fairy secretive.  She appears to talk from the heart and has a good sense of humour, tremendous energy and direction as to where she is going and what she wants in life.  This sassy lady has always had control of her life.       

Love section

Is maintenance sex ever OK?   By Vanessa Marin
I have never heard of the term, 'Maintenance Sex'?   Basically this means to have sex to keep your partner happy for that moment in time.  Lie back and think of all the chores you need to do tomorrow. While they shag the living daylights out of you.
This made me laugh, I love sex, it's great when my partner is really excited and we are both feeling in the mood.  However there are plenty of times he wants his wicked way with me and I say not tonight, I am tired.  I do not see how going through all the motions to make him sexual pleased, I am sure he will pick up on this.  We both have respect for each other, I do not need 'Maintenance Sex'.  When I am in the mood and he isn't, I can read a book.  Anyway, there is always 5am sex!!! 

Life section

Relative Values 
An interview with Ruby Wax and her husband Ed Bye, by Caroline Scott.
I always think of Ruby Wax as being a ball busting woman, I have always liked her for her honesty and loud opinions. She is a real funny woman too.
This interview is very genuine, I can picture Ruby with her husband, he sounds like an amazing man.  He talks openly about living with Ruby and her mental illness, he isn't afraid and tries his best to comfort Ruby when she really needs him.  Of course the real message is mental illness, mental illness isn't something to be a afraid of, seek help and advise if need be, be open, show love and respect.  I wish Ruby and Ed so much happiness, in their loving and caring relationship.  I really hope Ruby can help others with her important message.     

There are plenty of features, Love, How it feels to..., Body, Eating (with Jamie Oliver) and other chefs too, Tech, Driving (new with Jeremy Clarkson and Suzi Perry, also A life in the day with Nigel Farage.   So make of it as you will, The Sunday Times Magazine is jam packed with some great facts, interviews and interesting stories.

Thanks for stopping by, don't be shy come and say Hi!

 Discloser: This is a sponsored post.  This review is my own, my honest opinion.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

ANDY'S AMAZING ADVENTURE - AMAZING NEW #KIDS MAGAZINE! Packed with Wildlife and Dinosaurs, my son loves it #Review

Who's familiar with 'ANDY'S AMAZING ADVENTURE'
My youngest is a huge fan of this factual Adventure show on Cbeebies

As from TODAY! 10th February, Andy’s Amazing Adventures magazine being released at all major shops.

Andy’s has really got about recently, with his amazing television shows, showcasing what our wonderful World has to offer.  Wild Adventures, Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures and Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures.

This fabulous new magazine is perfect for our little explorers.  Liam adores all wildlife and anything Dinosaurs related anyway, I just knew he would like it.

In every issue Andy will be our trusted guide, exploring our World and even travel through time in his time travelling clock.  He gets to meet some awesome creatures on his travels, he also faces dangers and gets to solve problems along the way.

Each magazine is packed with puzzles, stickers, colouring pages, stories, posters and collecting cards and each issue comes with a great gift.

So what are you waiting for? This is an excellent pre-schoolers magazine (IT SAYS PRE-SCHOOL, HOWEVER HIGHLY EDUCATIONAL & FUN FOR OLDER KIDS TOO)  packed with educational facts.  With so much to read and do.  Grab a copy today!

Andy's Adventures focuses on key educational needs:- It supports the Early Years Curriculum.
1) Finding Out
2) Feeling Good
3) Physical Development
4) Maths
5) Creative
6) Communication & Literacy

In this weeks issue the free toys are a T-Rex Grabber plus 5 little dinosaur friends.  Liam has added these to his collection.  He likes  his T-Rex Grabber the best, as it eats all the dinosaurs and gets our dog growling.

Just in case you are not familiar with Andy and his friends from the National Museum where Andy works.  There is a nice introduction. 'Who's Who?' to start us off on our journey.

I went to have a look first, Liam promptly decided it was his turn, so after he had a quick flick through, before we read it together.  Good thing too, as we have been reading together and Liam has been doing all the tasks.  

The magazine has been put together exceptionally well, just the same as Andy Adventures on Cbeebies. The stories takes the readers on adventures, with enough interesting facts not to over load young minds.  Then there are sections to recap and test your brain from what was just read.

We went wild with Tigers, back in time with Stegosaurus and T-Rex and had some under water Super Swimmer action too.  This magazine has some great activities too.

For just £2.75 this is a great quality monthly magazine, well worth the the money.  The entire magazine is in biggish print, making it easy for young kids to clearly see the words.  After 20 minutes we had an army of dinosaurs taking over the frontroom.  Liam loves his new magazine and so do I, so much to do,  lots to learn for everyone.  I like that he his gotten really immersed in it and this magazine has made him really happy.

Thank you so much for stopping by and don't be shy, come and say hi!

Monday, 8 February 2016

NORM OF THE NORTH, In cinemas on 18th March, 2016 #KidsCinema #Kids



A new original family feature NORM OF THE NORTH. Norm will be Arctic shaking his way into cinemas on 18th March, 2016.
I hope audiences will fall in love with Norm, he a special polar bear with the rare gift of being able to talk with us humans. Along with his 3 trusty lemming sidekicks Norm takes a thrilling and hilarious journey to New York on a quest to save his beloved homeland from property developers. 

This great new feature has a fantastic line up of top A-class voice talent and a host of new Arctic characters. I am more than sure Norm will become an instant favourite with families across the country.  

In addition to our loveable hero, Britain’s favourite comedian and finest export, James Corden, whips up a (snow) storm as the voice of thespian ‘polar bear impersonator’, Laurence.
Directed by Trevor Wall, the furry adventure also features the voices of Rob Schneider as Norm; Heather Graham as high-flying marketing exec with a conscience, Vera; Bill Nighy as wise bird, Socrates; and Colm Meaney as ‘King of the Arctic’, Grandfather.
Norm, a polar bear of many words, has a gripe, it's simple: there is no room for tourists in the Arctic. When a maniacal developer threatens to build luxury condos in his own backyard, Norm does what all normal polar bears would do, he heads to New York City to stop it. With his cast of sidekicks lemmings at his side, Norm takes on the big apple, big business and a big identity crisis to save the day.  

I hope to see you there!


Thursday, 4 February 2016

Skylander Superchargers, Meeting some of the new vehicles and chartacters and a great new Superchargers Giveaway!

We received a Super Bundle of Skylanders today, the new Superchargers Vehicles and a couple of their newest characters.

James and Liam have been massive Skylanders fans for a couple of years, they have a wide selection of Skylanders through the generations.  This is their reaction to the new selection that arrived. 

Our new Supercharges, armoured, slick, hard, fast and strong.

Some great new designs and revamped old characters.

The new vehicles and their signature drivers make cracking combos.

 Amazing Game Play, keeping kids and parents happy.

As all gamers do, they spend a lot of time watching their YouTube heroes playing games.  James and Liam are no different, they watch Skylanders vids, so they can master the levels themselves.   James has honestly been asking for a while now to start doing videos.

So what's a mum to do?...

As you can see, James jumped at the chance to use the new Slatter Splasher vehicle & Signature Driver Splat, now a Supercharger combo.  Splat has some serious artistic ninja fighting skills and Splatter Splasher rides like a dream, smooth and slick, cutting through the waves.

I hope you enjoyed James' first proper YouTube video. He really enjoyed it.  It was so much fun, he did another one.

Here is James trying to conquer Warden Moneybone using Supercharger Tech team High Volt and Shield Striker, sorry you may hear an excited mum, giving James some advice.

I have to say, I am very impressed with this super selection.  Skylander Superchargers is all about the vehicles, for me the water vehicles are brilliant because they have so much more going for them, all the underwater action looks so neat, the steering is great fun too.  As James mentioned they are fairly easy to control too.   Splat and Spatter Splasher do make an Epic Superchargers team!!!

The game its self is awesome, gameplay is brilliant, the levels are fun and different throughout, each being challenging.  The bosses always get harder to defeat.  Most of all we love the racing tracks games, they are fun for competitive types, hands-up if that's you then.   My hand is up!

The Superchargers have so much detail, they are cool toys.  Liam even plays with the vehicles as cars.  The art work, design is great, quality is top notch characters with the cute funny faces.  However if they are played with too roughly they will break, they are not indestructible.  

As I said in my Youtube clip I am giving away the Shield Striker vehicle for a wonderful reader. (Please note the box has been damaged - as very excited little boy went to open it)

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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

The Fantasy Box, Something for the LOVERS! Review

I don't want to offend anyone, however I am going to be talking about SEX!
Everyone has their own views about sex, I personal love a little nooky.

OMG If you could hear some the things I discuss with my girlfriends, girls love to talk about sex!  

I have been with boyfriend for over 10 years.  I will never forget the first time I saw him, my heart skipped a beat, I was instantly attracted to him.  A moment later I was being introduced to him.  I played it super cool within a week he was taking me out on our first date.  I still get the excited feeling inside when I look into his eyes.   10 years on, we rarely spend time apart from each other, we talk about everything and trust each other whole heartily.

After a long day at work, coming home to our house, were our kids are full of beans from the moment they open their eyes until their a sleep.  We as couple don't give each other enough one to one time.  We are not feeling romantic.  Most of the evening we are committed to other things. It did get me thinking, why don't we just go to bed early... We are not as spontaneous as we were before kids but the passion and love we have is still there.    

I first saw The Fantasy Box over on my friends blog  Mellissa Williams blog; The Diary of a Jewellery Lover, I thought this looked so much fun.  So I delighted to hear from Fantasy Box to review one of their Classic Boxes out for my myself.

When it arrived, I waited for him to come home and together we sneaked in our bedroom for peek.  The Fantasy Box, is filled with lovely intimate sensational treats.  The contents gets you thinking and your senses tingling.

 PART 1: Lets talk about SEX!!

Step 1: Complete questionnaires prior to dinner. I suggest take some private time and fill this in alone, don't rush it.

We needed to complete our 'His' and 'Hers' questionnaires. I know an actual questionnaire, but this makes our Fantasy Box so much fun. If either of you feel shy, the questionnaire gives both of you an opportunity to talk about your likes and dislikes, its a fantastic way to learn new things about each other.  I found this very relaxing and exciting, a bit like therapy.

Step 2: Dinner
We planned a date night.  I'd suggest getting in the mood, (firstly, we put them to bed a little earlier then normal) I played music all evening, we turned our gadgets off.

Step 3: Communication 
We had a romantic dinner together.  Here we went through our answers, nothing was awkward.  I had surprised him with a couple of my answers.  This really helped getting us in the mood.

PART 2: Leader & Follower!!

Let the games begin, I was the follower... I do love a bossy man ;) 

The Fantasy Box comes with a Leader & Follower cards, each card has simply instructions, that give the users new ways to explore each other.  Nothing horrible or scary, hence why you need to start off with Part 1 to understand each other boundaries, communication is key.   

The Fantasy come with some with a Ribber Pipe Dream Gadget... batteries are included too LOL. 125ml natural intimate lubricant, a Body Boudoir Soy Candle, the forbidden fruit scent is really lovely, very sexy. A rather saucy nightie and string thong.     

The questionnaires really helps the leader decide how to take control...

Remember this is a fantasy box, its fun, exciting, thrilling, sharing loving caring moments with someone you care about, be it a new partner or someone you've been together with for years.

We had a very good time.  I would recommend this to all my friends and readers go for it!  Weather you our all tongue & cheek, shy or a horny freak under the sheets, this box could help you reach your bedroom goals, well desires.  It's fun and super cheeky.

There offer 2 boxes on this service; The Classic at £49 and The Platinum £109. These are sent every other month.  You can cancel your subscription at any time.

Same as the above Classic and Platinum available, you can make a once off purchase, send to a friend, your lover, anyone who might need some loving.

They also stock a wide range of Fantasy boxes and Bundle sets, Sensual, Playful, Control and Costume.  Prices start from £49.  They have something for everyone's fantasies!

If you want to spice up your love life, why not buy him or her a little fantasy treat.

These will also make great gift indeed for Valentines!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope I haven't made you blush!! Must just a little lusty. Ha Ha!

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