Bissell PowerGlide Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Hubby and I have had the same trusty vacuum cleaner for our whole married life and it hasn’t been working as well as it should for a while now so when Bissell offered to send us their new PowerGlide Cordless Vacuum Cleaner I was beyond excited. Yes, I am that person that gets excited over vacuum cleaners.

You see, I don’t really hoover in our house. That’s one of Hubby’s jobs. Why? Because the vacuum is heavy, the lead gets in the way and it’s just not the easiest job in the world. So when the PowerGlide arrived yes, I was excited!

The Bissell PowerGlide came in the smallest vacuum box I have ever seen and took no time at all to put together. When ready to use the Bissell PowerGlide looks quite streamlined and compact – it’s quite small compared to other upright vacuum cleaners.


The battery comes out to charge and takes two hours – which gives enough charge to last for 45 minutes use. Before it arrived I didn’t think that 45 minutes was very long but when you’re doing solid hoovering, and turning it off to move furniture etc 45 minutes is actually quite a long time – way more than we need for one vacuuming session.


We first used the PowerGlide as a standard vacuum – on our rugs in the lounge and in the hallway upstairs. It has great suction and the rotating brushes really help to get everything up off your carpet. You can also turn the brushes off for hard floors although we didn’t find it worked as well on our wood and lino floors downstairs as it does on carpet.


The PowerGlide can then be detached from the base to give a lift off canister that you can take around your home – or out to the car – and using the hose attachment you can easily vacuum everything from skirting boards to curtain rails and all those nooks and crannies that a conventional vacuum can’t reach.


The Bissell PowerGlide comes with an extra attachment with a nozzle and also a brush end that can be added when using the hose attachment. We found that the hose as a whole works best without the attachment – and this gives the best suction. As soon as the nozzle or brush ends are added the suction levels do decrease.


We’ve used the PowerGlide to vacuum everything in our house and have cleaned the car too. It’s great to have a lightweight vacuum cleaner without a cord, making it incredible versatile. The hose attachment is great for using down the sides of car seats and in all those hard to reach places but we don’t often add the attachment any more as the suction is disappointing. We also don’t often remove the canister from the vacuum base as we find it just as easy to move the whole vacuum from place to place – and then at least we can put it down, whereas the canister doesn’t stand upright on it’s own.

Overall the Bissell PowerGlide has it’s place in our home. I don’t think it is as powerful as the ‘animal’ vacuum cleaners we are used to and anyone without pets would love this vacuum cleaner. It’s lightweight, easy to steer and takes up hardly any room at all. A great investment for a family home although I wish the attachment was better.

The Bissell PowerGlide has an RRP of £249.99


Disclosure: We were sent the above product for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.

Living Arrows – 48/52

Hubby and I went away this weekend and because of that we have no real Living Arrows photos this week so instead I am using two that I took for a review.

This week has been full of school, work and not much else but it has been a week where we have spent time together, got things done – and put the Christmas tree up!

Here are LP and Little Man, being them – just wearing new clothes. PJs in Little Man’s case and a ‘Princess Dress’ for LP – her words, not mine!

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Have a lovely week everyone!

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Me & Mine {November 2015}

This month has whizzed by and I may be cheating slightly with the photos as they were taken on the very first day of the month…


The month started with us at Butlins and then taking a trip to Stowe National Trust where we dressed the children up as elves to take the photos for our Christmas cards.


Since then the month has gone by in a blur of work, school and Christmas prep. Yesterday the tree went up and we are now full steam ahead where Christmas is concerned – I cannot wait!


November has been lovely, busy and fast. Here’s to a lovely December too!

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Orchard Toys Christmas Surprises

It’s no secret that we love Orchard Toys games and LP is at just the right age to start getting into them, understanding how they work and really participating. It’s a great age!


Orchard Toys sent us their Christmas Surprises game and it’s been a great way of getting into the festive spirit. Christmas Surprises is actually two games in one and perfect for any child three and over although Little Man at two and a half could play this game quite well too!



The game is made up of double sided play boards and play pieces. You choose either to fill Santa’s sack with presents or hang baubles on the tree and take it in turns to roll the corresponding dice in the hope of rolling a colour or shape that you still need to complete your game board.



LP and Little Man loved rolling the dice, finding the right pieces and working out where they went on their game boards. The winner is the first one to fill up their board and you miss a go if you roll a colour or shape that you already have. The game play is simple but straightforward and the children could both easily get into the game and before long were playing without too much prompting from us.



Christmas Surprises has really helped LP learn about taking turns and sharing. It’s a great first introduction to board games and the perfect game to play in the run up to Christmas – and beyond. I know that we’ll be playing this game well into January and it may not even stop there!


If you are looking for a Christmas gift then you can’t go wrong with Orchard Toys. They have some really lovely games and as well as being fun they’re all educational too – the children learn things without even realising it!

Orchard Toys Christmas Surprise has an RRP of £9.50


Disclosure: We were sent the above game for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.

Sleepovers – The Ordinary Moments

LP and Little Man are at a great age. I know, I say it all the time, but the age they are always at really is the best age ever. But this age – two and a half and four and a bit – is a really great age. You see, neither LP or Little Man slept properly until they were around 15 months old. From then we have just appreciated their new found sleep and have tried to not rock the boat as much as possible.

This all changed in April when we spent two nights all sleeping in the same room on a cruise ship – it went so much better than I expected! Since then we have been away quite a few times and the children have more often than not shared a room, Little Man often sleeping in his Ready Bed. A couple of weeks ago I invested in a new Junior Ready Bed for LP and this has started a whole new chapter for LP and Little Man.

LP and Little Man now want to use those Ready Beds but not just for holidays but at home too. LP asks regularly if we can have a sleepover and I always say no due to school really – bad sleep before school is no fun for anyone. But at weekends and inset days I have no excuses. So why not?

Over the last few weeks LP and Little Man have been loving impromptu sleepovers. They love sleeping in their blow up beds, with their sibling for company and chatting to each other before going to sleep. Listening to them together on the monitor makes my heart swell and I really love how much they like being together – even when they sleep.


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