Stress Free Cleaning with Fantastic Services #ad

fantastic-blog-title-30oct16For those of us who aren’t able to afford a regular cleaning service, there is little more luxurious than someone coming into our home and giving it a deep clean. I don’t know about you, but I get excited about the little things in life. Being spared the cleaning makes me ridiculously happy.

I cook from scratch, which means that my oven is used every single day, often multiple times. With such heavy use it becomes very grimy, and as you can see in the photos below, it was pretty gross this time last week. 

before-and-after-collageLuckily Fantastic Services paid me a visit, and the entire oven is now sparkly and new looking. I kid you not, I could eat my dinner straight off any part of it.

It’s all about the outsourcing

If you read articles detailing how super busy, successful people manage to do it, I guarantee they will tell you that they outsource anything and everything to make their lives easier.

Fantastic began in 2009, and started out as a two man band focusing solely on cleaning. They’ve grown considerably since then, and now offer a whole host of services:

  • cleaning
  • handyman
  • gardening
  • removals
  • rubbish removal
  • builders
  • pet care
  • pest control

cleaning-the-oven-door-collageA fantastic experience

My experience with Fantastic was first class. The cleaners were punctual, professional, thorough and didn’t leave behind a trace of mess. The job took just over an hour and a half in total.

If you’re based in or around London, the new Go Fantastic app makes it silly easy to book a Fantastic service. It took me less than three minutes to organise my oven clean on my phone last Saturday evening, and the cleaners were knocking on my door at 10am on Monday morning. You really can’t argue with that.

Service fees start at just £13, why not give Fantastic a go next time you need a job done? You can claim an exclusive £10 discount off your first booking, until December 2017, by using the coupon code mumtries at checkout.    

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

Competition rules
– winner will be chosen randomly in the early weeks of January, to inject a bit of post-Christmas cheer into the winner’s life
– voucher for a £50 discount on any Fantastic service
– minimum charges may apply
– no cash alternative to the service will be offered
– subject to availability and area coverage

About Fantastic Services 

“Starting out as a small carpet cleaning company based in London, at Fantastic Services we believe that we’ve grown to our present size through sticking to our core philosophy of the highest quality of service delivered with both convenience and professionalism in mind. We’ve expanded our list of domestic services to cover everything a home owner, renter, or agent could ever need to keep their properties clean and organized and we deliver cleaning and support of an exceptional, independently-recognised standard to a wide array of commercial enterprises too. Last year we cleaned over 75 324 homes in London alone, a number of which we’re very proud. We’ve come a long way from the two members of staff we started with, but we still deliver the same friendly, professional service to all of our clients.

Providing more than 10 000 services each month
More than 110 000 happy customers
160+ Fantastic Services cars on the streets of London
1 000+ Fantastic Services experts at your service!”

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**Disclaimer: I was given a free oven clean, in exchange for writing this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Click here for my full disclosure policy.**

Review: KidZania London at Westfield, White City #ad

kidzaniaWe were invited recently to review KidZania London, which is located inside Westfield shopping in White City. The best way for me to describe it is by saying that it’s role play with go faster stripes! I knew we’d have a good day, but I was blown away by how much my girls enjoyed it.

What is KidZania?

KidZania is a child sized city, where the children are completely in control. There are sixty interactive experiences for them to choose from, which they either pay for or earn a salary from in the KidZania currency KidZos.

You have four hours inside KidZania, and each child is given fifty KidZos upon entering. The experiences last on average for fifteen minutes, which was perfect for my girls (4½ and 7) to learn and understand what they were doing, without getting bored.

We were also lucky to not have to spend too much time waiting around in queues. There is such a vast variety of experiences to chose from, I believe there would be something for everyone within the 4-14 recommended age range.

Among other things, the children can learn to be pilots, police officers or fire fighters. They can work in the hospital, dentist, beauty salon or recycling centre. They can make and eat an actual burger (very tasty), see how ice cream is made, or learn the ins and outs of chocolate making.

They can be newspaper reporters, or radio DJ’s. They can abseil down a wall, or play sports. They can be whatever they want to be for the day, which is probably every kid’s dream!

Everything my girls did during their four hours

KidZania Innocent collageBurger making at GBK (cost 20 KidZos)
Supermarket customers (free activity), they could have worked on the checkout and earnt 8 KidZos
H&M fashion studio – modelling/styling (earnt 10 KidZos)
C – Fire Fighting (cost 8 KidZos)
P – The Vault (earnt 8 KidZos)
Smoothie making with Innocent (cost 12 KidZos)
Worked in the ice cream factory (earnt 8 KidZos)
Cabin crew with BA (earnt 8 KidZos)
Worked on the maternity ward of the hospital (earnt 6 KidZos)
Made an Eat Natural fruit and nut bar (cost 12 KidZos)
Came home with 60 KidZos for next time!


A few do’s and don’ts

do your research in advance, and pick out your must-go experiences.
don’t stick to rigidly to your plan, in case the kids change their mind. We scoped out a dozen or so experiences, and only went to half that were on the original list.
do check to see if your child needs certain skills, such as reading or writing, as some of the experiences require them.
don’t worry if they start something that they don’t like, you can move them along to a different experience quickly and without fuss.
do be completely child led during your time at KidZania. It would have completely ruined things if I had tried to tell the girls what they should be doing.
don’t waste loads of time standing in a huge queue. Unsurprisingly whenever we went to the chocolate factory there were lots of kids waiting for it, so we visited Eat Natural and Innocent instead.
KidZania collage eat natural, ice cream and cabin crew
do bring a packed lunch/snacks. You’re on the go from the second you arrive and the children will get hungry.
don’t obsess over taking nice photos. You aren’t allowed inside the experiences so will be mostly taking them through glass doors and windows. The KidZania photographer will capture many precious moments for you (note, there is an extra charge for the photos).
do ask if you need to come back for anything. I missed out on Polly doing a fashion show because I didn’t realise it was part of the H&M experience, and had been queuing up with Clara for something else.
don’t worry about not fitting everything in, there’s always next time!
do have one adult per child if you have children with vastly different tastes, or big age gaps.

Our Verdict

It would be hard for anyone to argue that there isn’t enough to do at KidZania. There were a few moments where I had to remind Polly to take a big breath, and calm down, but both girls did incredibly well. They had an absolute ball, and it was great to see them buddying up and working as a team. It was fantastic for me to take a step back, and witness their joy.

The majority of activities are aimed at 4-14 year olds, which is why I only took the girls, but they have plenty to do for the under fours too, including a science lab. Next time I will definitely take Freddy along. As well as hubby, he was gutted to miss out on all the fun.

Learning to Swim with Huggies Little Swimmers

Little SwimmersAll three of my kids absolutely adored being in the sea when we went to Greece in May, and hubby and I vowed to do lots of swimming over the summer. We managed fresh water paddling a few times, and the girls had a handful of trips to the local pool, but somehow the poor boy always missed out. I’ve been putting this right over the past few weeks by taking him swimming when 3yo has been at pre-school, and he’s been loving it.

F was a little unsure on our first trip, and we only stayed in the water for about ten minutes. By our third visit his confidence had soared; he was splashing around delightedly, and didn’t mind getting water on his face.

After six visits he was perhaps a bit too confident, thank goodness for the buoyancy vest, otherwise he might have just wriggled out of my grasp once or twice! I can see that even bath times have become loads more interesting for him. The tricky part for me now will be keeping up the regular visits, but I’m determined to ensure that I incorporate swimming into our weekly schedule.

We’ve teamed up with Huggies to bring you some great tips for taking your baby swimming. Firstly from Olympic Champion and Little Swimmers brand ambassador Rebecca Adlington. 

Rebecca says that she really enjoyed being in the water from a young age. Her parents took her and her sister swimming every week, and she has very fond memories of that time. She has already started taking her baby swimming. 

Swimming is a life skill that everyone should have. It could save your life one day as well as being great for your health and wellbeing. 

Getting back in the water can be an empowering confidence booster for new mums. As it’s an all body cardiovascular exercise, it can burn 300 calories for every 30 minutes (what’s not to like?!)

Swimming is a great activity that mum and baby can participate in and enjoy together, providing really special bonding time.

Preparation is key. As with most baby activities of course, and a well-packed swim bag will make it an even more enjoyable experience. Rebecca says she never leaves home without Huggies Little Swimmers, a change mat and oversized towels to wrap up in afterwards.

Next up, some advice from baby swimming expert Laura Sevenus, also a Little Swimmers brand ambassador. 

Have fun. Most babies love being in the water and if you’re displaying confidence and enjoying yourself, your baby will most likely follow suit. Holding baby close will help them feel secure as will maintaining eye contact. 

It’s never too early to get into the pool. Babies have a natural affinity to water which stems from being in the womb, capitalise on this by taking them swimming as early as possible to reintroduce them to their watery surroundings. 

Plan ahead. Don’t be put off swimming by the hassle factor, do a bit of forward planning by making a list of everything you need, and you’ll get used to it really quickly. 

Little SwimmersMake the most of bath time. Babies love the physical freedom the buoyancy of water provides; they can move around freely, stretching and kicking their arms and legs. A great tip is to lie back in the bath and support your baby’s head against your chest; trickle water down their face while talking calmly to them.

Make it a habit. Try going to the pool a few times a week. The more you go, the more you will enjoy it and the easier it will become. Swimming is a skill which will last a lifetime, and an activity which can be enjoyed as a family.

Avoid peak times.If you are new to baby swimming go when the pool is quieter, so as to make the experience less stressful.

And last but not least, relax!Swimming offers many soothing benefits to infants and can help them (and you) to chill out

Huggies Little Swimmers – the UK’s number one swim pant brand – is encouraging parents to take to the pool with their babes and start a habit that lasts a lifetime.

Huggies Little Swimmers are expertly designed so they won’t leak or expand in the water. They contain little accidents to help prevent embarrassing mishaps in the pool. Parents can use them just like a swimsuit, and the tear away sides make for hassle free changing.

 

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