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The Hoover VT8114D21_WH Washing Machine – A Review

The Hoover VT8114D21_Washing Machine – A Review

 

Hello! I’d like to introduce you to our new pet, he’s called Dave the washing machine. He loves dirty socks, clothes, jumpers….everything we pile in the corner of our rooms and try to forget about. How cool is that? After he’s digested his daily diet of mucky washing, he returns it to us in the form of sparkling clean washing. He gets his dinner and we get clean clothes. He’s also an 8kg washing machine so he’s massive which helps when you have a family. It’s a win/win situation.

Dave The Pet Washing Machine

Dave The Pet Washing Machine

Dave is very clever, much more intelligent than your average washing machine. I know I’m bias because he’s my pet washing machine, but honestly, he is. Whilst whirling our washing around, he tells me exactly what stage he’s up to with the feeding/ I mean cleaning process by means of the control panel. I can tell him what spin speed I would like by pressing a button, I can tell him when to start the wash – this is called a ‘Delay Timer’ and he even tells me when it’s safe to open his mouth (or door as you might call it) with a door security indicator light. I always know when he’s nearly finished his last meal (or wash) because his control panel keeps me updated. See what I mean? He’s a total brainbox.

And he can do so many tricks! Whoever trained Dave was a genius, because he can do everything you’d ever need a washing machine to do: he happily gobbles (well…washes) resistant fabrics such as cotton, linen and cotton mixed……he does a daily wash with different temperature settings and loads……he delicately deals with very delicate fabrics of course, even wool……cleans mixed fabrics and synthetics……rinses, does a fast spin and has a drain only function……..he can also sit up and beg nice. Well….maybe not the last bit, but he does do everything else.. I’d give him a biscuit as a reward for good behaviour, but I suspect it would make the washing a funny colour and he wouldn’t appreciate it that much really.

Not Your Average Washing Machine - A Very Fine Pedigree!

Not Your Average Washing Machine – A Very Fine Pedigree!

He’s also a bit of a stylish beast. When he’s quietly making whooshing noises in the corner of the room, whilst looking all swish and white, with his posh control panel….it makes me very proud. I own a very well behaved, lovely, stylish pet washing machine. My last one kept holding my washing hostage, and it beeped a lot when I didn’t want it to. I think it might have been swearing at me in washing machine language. Dave is much nicer and I’m much happier with him. I looked up his kennel club, I mean washing machine lineage and apparently he’s a Hoover VT D2 breed.  Comes from a very fine pedigree it seems.  I thought Hoover just bred…well…hoovers, but I was obviously very wrong.

Be warned, you’ll struggle to find a collar that fits, and he’s rubbish at going out for walks – but he’s really rather good at washing clothes!

I was given ‘Dave the Pet Washing Machine’ for the purposes of the review, no other financial reward was given.

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Vapeze

 

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The New E-Cig On The Block

Bet you’ve never heard of these then!  They’re brand new on the UK E-Cig market, so you’re getting a unique review of a unique product here.  I was really pleased to be offered the chance to review them and sampled the E-Cigar, the Starter Kit, and the Disposables.  All were vaped and much appreciated.    Here’s a peek at some of the products they have for sale, many are on offer so if you’re interested in trying them be quick so you can take advantage of the deals.

Instant Use Disposables

Instant Use Disposables

I thought these were excellent value for money and they lasted well too.  I bought an E-Lite from a newsagents a while ago and it wasn’t a patch on the these.  A lot of disposables you can buy from shops are the equivalent of 30 cigarettes, these are worth 50 of ’em, so I know which I’d prefer to vape.  These taste like proper tobacco and you get a decent amount of vape from them.

Rechargeable Starter Kit

The packet was the real selling point for me, it flips open like a real packet of cigarettes, and black is a nice classic colour of course.  These aren’t too heavy in your hand and screw together and charge without any hassle.  Again, I liked the taste, which is always a good thing.  The throat hit is nice too, you feel like you’re  getting a proper nicotine fix and an enjoyable vape.

The E-Cigar

The E-Cigar

Let me tell you straight, I have NEVER smoked a cigar in my life so I have no comparisons to make.  My husband however has, and he assures me that it does taste like a real cigar and liked it.  Personally I thought it tasted of slightly sweet mouldy carpet, apparently that’s meant to be a good thing.  A huge plus point with this is that it seems to have a fabulous battery, duracel bunny kinda thing.  I’ve been testing the battery life on all of these products and let me tell you, this E-Cigar battery in particular refuses to die.  I gave up in the end because there’s only so much mouldy carpet a girl can vape without going a funny colour.  I did not vape this in public by the way, I would have felt like a complete tit, being a woman an’ all.  I’m all for equal equality and wearing trousers and swearing etc, but I’m not up for smoking a massive cigar whilst doing my shopping.  People would ‘talk’.

The Slim!

The Slim!

These are actually really different.  I’d not seen them until this review, they’re very small, very discreet and very light.  I also like the colour, because I’m shallow like that. Plus, and this is a big plus, check the price!  To my shame, I have sampled those dirt cheap E-cigs for a a quid that you can buy at discount stores and they are the absolute pits.  If you want to try E-cigs, but really don’t want to spend a lot of money, please don’t try them, try these!  I hate to think how many people have been put off by those awful things.

The Allure

The Allure

I guess what they’re trying to imply is that the Allure is alluring. It’s certainly an interesting shape, sleek, dressed in black and looks like a mascara – that makes it alluring surely? 10/10 for advertising at the very least.

The summary……well…..I feel a bit bad for saying this, but I do prefer my E-liquids rather than using refills and cartomisers.  Personally I like being able to choose the different flavours and chopping and changing when I feel like it. But there are different flavoured e-cigs available from Vapeze, and there is no doubt that the quality is good, the service is impeccable and it’s excellent value for money.   It all depends on what you like really.

Vapeze have a Facebook page and are currently running an E-Cig competition for a starter kit if you’d like to bob over there.  The link is HERE.  Please say I sent you.  The odds are brilliant at the moment as this is a new company that has just landed in the UK, and they are currently keen to build up new Facebook friends.

If you’d like to browse their website, you can find them here: Vapeze Website

Many thanks to Vapeze for allowing me to review for them.  I’m particularly grateful for the E-Cigar because it was just hilarious to sit and pretend to be Hannibal from the A-Team every now and then.

A Frugal Bank Holiday Challenge

A Frugal Bank Holiday Challenge

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, the Bedlam Clan battled with The Frugal Bank Holiday Challenge.  Their allies were blinds-supermarket.co.uk      Valiantly they faced the task, which was to survive a Bank Holiday without succumbing to the forces of Being Absolutely Skint.

This is their story.

(You have to imagine this text on a scrolling screen, filled with stars)

The Bedlam Clan woke early and  got into their spaceship….erm car, and set a course for a Star Wars Fan Fun Day.  On arrival, they were confronted by an army of Storm Troopers and a queue of intergalactic proportions.

Darth Vader and his minions tried to arrest Sausage but he escaped!

Darth Vader and his minions tried to arrest Sausage but he escaped their clutches!

They tried to use Jedi skills to get in without paying: “‘This is not the £6 per adult and £3 per child’ you are looking for.”  Sadly they were immune to their powers, and the Galactic Credits were reluctantly handed over.

The Bedlam Clan dodged their adversaries narrowly escaping arrest.

The Bedlam Clan dodged their adversaries, narrowly avoiding arrest.

Princess Kay thought that some of the Storm Troopers needed a good bath to be honest.

Storm Troopers are too tough to use soap and water.

Storm Troopers think that soap and water are for wusses.

The Jawas kidnapped the younglings!

Dastardly Jawas tried to sneak away with the younglings.

The Dastardly Jawas nearly ran off with them.

Slightly shaken, but by no means beaten, the Bedlam Clan proceeded to the Star Wars Fun Day.  Having fought their way through the queue, they snook in through the entrance, carefully checking for guards.

Sausage swung his light sabre, left to right; jumped up and down like a space-kangaroo and laughed in the face of danger and a really weird looking tin can thing.

Sausage swung his light sabre, left to right; jumped up and down like a space-kangaroo and laughed in the face of danger and a really weird looking tin can thing.

Darth Vader used The Force, sadly they were powerless to resist. £20 changed hands for an autographed photograph of him.  Princess Kaye tried to object, but Count Dookoo held her back.

Princess Kay: 'We must not give Darth Vader £20 worth of galactic credits, he'll only spend it on asthma inhalers and cheap booze!'

Princess Kay: ‘We must not give Darth Vader £20 worth of galactic credits, he’ll only spend it on asthma inhalers and cheap booze!’

It was no use, Darth Vader took the hard earned cash and retired to the Cantina to fleece even more unsuspecting Jedis.

Tall and intimidating, Darth Vader strode through the crowds, signing autographs and wheezing.

Tall and intimidating, Darth Vader strode through the crowds, signing autographs and wheezing.

Princess Kay and her entourage darted through the crowds, ducking, diving and weaving.  Stalls sold space-sweets, tiny action figures, posters, autographs, models, lego, anything and everything….including Dr Who memorabilia which confused the young Jedi greatly.  Briefly they were distracted by refreshments.

‘Two quid for a hot dog?!’ Horace Sky-Walker was shocked, but the Younglings were starving and in need of nutrition.  Again, galactic credits were surrendered

The battle against Absolute Skintness was looking hopeless, would the Bedlam Clan survive?  They thought they had found an escape, a Millennium Falcon would get them out of there wouldn’t it?

Only £150 including, 12 months MOT.  Unfortunately it was only a very small model and they were unable to fit in it.

Only £150 including, 12 months MOT. Unfortunately it was only a very small model and they were unable to fit in it.

Eventually, they had to admit defeat.  Princess Amidale met them as they left the Star Wars Fun Day, she reassured them that at least they had lived to fight another day and then gave Princess Kay some great hints and tips on how to make really, really excessively frilly floaty white dresses, which was nice.

Apparently net curtains are very useful.

Apparently net curtains are very useful.

The Bedlam Clan returned home to walk the Wookie, erm….dog.  They had an epic Star Wars themed day and vowed to return in 2015.

*Many thanks to blinds-supermarket.co.uk for allowing us to take part in the Frugal Bank Holiday Challenge*  :O)

Web-Blinds Sleep Easy Guide

Web-Blinds Sleep Easy Guide

'To Sleep, Perchance to Dream...'

‘To Sleep, Perchance to Dream…’

Wouldn’t we all like to sleep better?  I know I would.  Web-Blinds have uploaded a guide to doing just that.  I was asked to help them get the word out, and to see if I could improve my own sleep patterns too.  ‘Yep!’ I said, ‘I’ll happily help out.  Any excuse to sleep more.’

You see, my husband snores like a bad-tempered bear with a megaphone most nights, especially if he has a cold or if he’s been out drinking.  Poor love can’t help it.  He even had an operation to stop him snoring, but two days after the op, my then 3 year old daughter, punched him in the nose and ‘something went crack’ as he put it.  This meant that the operation was totally unsucessful and he simply snores in a different tone now, but just as ear-smashingly loud.  Before I developed certain coping methods, I regularly curled up in a ball on the sofa, at the bottom of the kids’ beds and in sleeping bags in the midst of a drift of toys on their floors.  Anything to avoid sleeping in the same room as him.

This is how I have learnt to cope. Not that I’m recommending it to anyone:

The Hello Kitty thing is full of bubble bath, it's nice to have a bath before bed to relax. A glass or two of wine helps knock me out before bed, as do the the 'Extra Strength' non-prescription sleeping tablets and the Co-Codamol helps a little too sometimes.

The Hello Kitty thing contains bubble bath, it’s nice to have a relaxing bath before bed. A glass or two of wine helps knock me out, as do the the ‘Extra Strength’ non-prescription sleeping tablets and the Co-Codamol. I use earplugs sometimes, but I dislike them because I can’t hear if the kids have a nightmare or throw up and need me.

It’s not good is it.  Maybe the bath and the ear-plugs are ok, but the rest of it can’t be a great long term solution can they?  The problem is I have never found a way around this, and literally the only way I can actually sleep in my own bed is to follow this rather unhealthy bedtime regime.

This guide is actually very helpful, it has made me re-evaluate what I’m doing on a regular basis.  Perhaps I can change a few things, and maybe if I do, I can become so relaxed I won’t mind about the snoring.  Firstly there’s this:

A favourite bedtime supper.  'More cheese Grommit?'

A favourite bedtime supper. ‘More cheese Grommit?’

I am terrible for snacking before I go to bed.  Their tips suggest eating cherries, milk, rice, bananas, turkey, sweet potatoes or valerian tea before trying to get some shut-eye….. not cheese.  Probably/definitely not cheese.  I suppose this means that when I do actually fall asleep I’m more likely to have weird dreams and feel less rested than if I’d eaten properly, which would help to release ‘healthy sleep-promoting chemicals and carbohydrates.’  Not sure if I can face sweet potatoes at 11pm, but maybe I should.

Then there’s this:

I often browse Facebook, Twitter and the BBC news before falling asleep.  I never read celebrity gossip pages though.  Oh no.  I'm far too high-brow for that you know.

I often browse Facebook, Twitter and the BBC news on my Android before trying to fall asleep. I never read celebrity gossip pages though. Oh no. I’m far too high-brow for that. Hmm…

Their Sleep Easy guide says a resounding no to this sort of thing.  Their Sleep Guide also says this is a Bad Thing and it will stop me sleeping.  So maybe I should resist the urge to find out about Kanye West and his latest rant about him being God and how he wants to sell leather jogging pants to the world.  Wait a minute, no.  I didn’t mean to say that.  I only ever read things about third world issues and politics really.

I also smoke, not a lot, but enough to probably muck up my sleep according to the Sleep Guide.

Something else I'm doing wrong.  Oops

Something else I’m doing wrong. Oops

I have invested in a couple of things that I hope will improve my sleeping patterns.  Inspired by the Sleep Guide, I thought why not?   One of the reasons I’m not comfortable in my own bed, is that all of our fitted sheets are for a double bed.  We own a king size bed and the sheets ping off the corners all the time, which is really annoying at 3am when you find you’re sleeping face down on bare mattress.  Finally, I plucked up the courage to buy something I’ve always dreamed of. A luxurious 1000 count egyptian cotton fitted sheet, gorgeous.  It fits the bed, it feels sleek and soft to the touch, it’s thick, it’ll last a lifetime – it better had do anyway!

We have a memory foam mattress which I love, and now I have the perfect bed sheets for it  too.

We have a memory foam mattress which I love, and now I have the perfect bed sheets for it too.

So, our bed is now complete.  A good mattress is essential for a good night’s sleep apparently too, so now we have the full set: a decent mattress and something lovely to cover it. So  now, even if I can’t sleep, I’ll be as comfortable as can be.  Snug as a bug in a rug as you might say.

I’ve also bought one of these for my darling husband:

'One Ring To Fix The Snoring' as not mentioned in the Lord of the Rings.

‘One Ring To Fix The Snoring’ as not mentioned in the Lord of the Rings.

This little circle of peace, calm and all things quiet – is an anti-snoring ring.  It works on a principle based on acupuncture.  I really, Really, REAlly, REALLY hope it works.  It arrived yesterday and I have high hopes for it.  Maybe it will save me from a fate worse than deafness and sleeplessness. It certainly fits in with the ‘Keep Unwanted Noizzze At Bay’ section on Web-Blind’s Sleep Easy page.

I’ve read, taken note of and tried to put into practise as much as I can of the Sleep Guide and if it can guide me into long uninterrupted hours of blissful sleep I will be one happy bunny.  Please click on the Sleep Easy Guide if you’d lke to find out more.  I honestly think it makes a lot of sense – apart from the eating sweet potatoes at bedtime bit.

This was written in conjunction with  Web-Blinds.  Thanks to them I may never have to snooze on carpets, chairs or curled up with the dog ever again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MoneySupermarket’s Big Night In!

MoneySupermarket’s Big Night In!

MoneySupermarket recently ran a campaign recently where they gave bloggers £50 to have a Big Night In.  I have to say I jumped at the chance.  I have Little Night’s in far too often, so I thought this would be a nice change.

This year I’m ashamed to say I didn’t manage to do anything for my dad on Father’s Day.  As far as I can remember we were over at our In Laws and although I rang home and had a chat with my dad, I did feel a bit rubbish about the whole thing.  I love my dad and I’d hate for him to think that he’s not appreciated.  What does this have to do with anything you may ask?  Well, I turned this into a MoneySupermarket’s Father’s Day Big Night In. Sorted.

I decided we’d have a ‘Games Night’ and a meal.  Being the lazy moo that I am, I decided on a chinese takeaway.  My dad isn’t a fan of chinese food, so I decided to make a special meal for him.

This lot cost just under £10 from Aldi.

This lot cost just under £10 from Aldi.

My parents arrived at about 6pm and we began perusing the chinese takeaway menu.  I always find them so bewildering (and I’ve never been brave enough to ask what ‘Char Sui’ actually is.

Pretty flower on the menu.  Thought it warranted a photo :O)

Pretty flower on the menu. I thought it warranted a photo.  The geek in me wants to know what kind of flower it is.  A Lotus flower I presume?

After much to-ing and fro-ing we made our menu choices and I badgered Horace into ringing up and ordering.  I got on with cooking Dad’s meal then.  I’d be awful in a restaurant – I asked him if he wanted his steak ‘Burnt or Rare,’ as my culinary skills are a bit dodgy if I’m truthful.  He said ‘Medium’ I think, so I put it under the grill for too long and forgot about it. Doh!  Luckily, in the midst of a game of dominos, I rescued it.  ‘Steak-a-la-very-lightly-burnt’

Belated Happy Father's Day , Dad! x

Belated Happy Father’s Day , Dad! x

We had a huge pile of games to choose from.  The kids got rather over-enthusiastic about it all and brought half of their toy boxes downstairs too.

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Dominoes was fun, Darlek got the hang of it very quickly and so did Sausage.  The only problem was that Sausage was determined that the point of the game was to end up with the most dots on your dominoes and no amount of reasoning could persuade him otherwise.

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Next was ‘Go’, which is a game I have to admit I detest.  I’m terrible at it as it involves proper strategies and fings and I have to use this tiny brain of mine.  Plus Horace always wins when I play this game and I’m a sore loser.    Darlek battled against Horace and to be honest, I’m not sure who won as the takeaway arrived and we were all very distracted by the opening of tupperware tubs and the passing of plates.

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Mum and Dad tried prawn toast for the very first time, both agreed that the toast didn't have any prawns in and were a bit puzzled I think.

Mum and Dad tried prawn toast for the very first time, both agreed that the toast didn’t have any prawns in and were a bit puzzled I think.

We had a quick game of Jenga where everyone cheated all the time, and then we settled on Junior Monopoly.  Sausage got this for his birthday and I have to say, it’s absolutely brilliant.  You use $1 notes for everything and the highest number you need to keep track of is $4, perfect for kids who can’t count so well.  Instead of buying properties you buy Party spaces, and the rent is simply the amount you paid for it.  It’s loads of fun and very easy to play.  It’s just as competitive though, all hell broke loose when I tried to suggest that my Get Out of Jail Free card was worth $1.

IMG_0201We do love our food, our family motto has always been that we ‘Live to Eat, not Eat to Live’ so in the whole spirit of excess, we devoured a trifle too.  Here’s Darlek decorating it, very artistically too, I’m sure you’ll agree!

...squiggle and .....swirl....and pschhhhhh....and curls.  Darlek had a whale of a time with this.

…squiggle and …..swirl….and pschhhhhh….and curls. Darlek had a whale of a time with this.

All in all, we had a really lovely belated Father’s Day, thanks to MoneySupermarket and their blogging challenge.

The kids want to know when we’re going to have another games night, it really was a huge success and we all enjoyed spending time together.  My only grumble is that we have two missing domino pieces now.  I think the sofa might have eaten them.  Perhaps it was envious of us all stuffing our faces and thought it’d have a snack too.

Oh and Dad, I love you loads.  I hope you enjoyed your belated Father’s Day.  x

Really Massive Towels

Really Massive Towels

We tried to make them fly, like Magic Flying Towels, but they wouldn't.  I think these towels might be broken?

We tried to make them fly, like Magic Flying Towels, but they wouldn’t. I think these towels might be broken?

All my life, ever since reading the Hitch-Hikers Guide to The Galaxy, I have been searching for the perfect towel.  Here’s what the Guide says about towels and why they are so important:

“A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value – you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand-to- hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindboggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you – daft as a bush, but very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

But now…….I am now a woman ‘to be reckoned with’ as I am the proud owner of four Really Massive Towels.  John Lewis kindly sent them to me, what a nice man John is.  ‘Thank you John!’

In the spirit of Douglas Adams, I decided to see what alternative uses Really Massive Towels have.

In the spirit of Douglas Adams, I decided to see what alternative uses Really Massive Towels have.

The first thing me and the kids decided on was ‘Hide and Seek.’  Can you spot the child under here?  Probably not.  Towels are great camouflage and should really be used by the military during stealth operations dontcha think?  I may write to the government and suggest this.

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Don’t stick your hand in there, they bite sometimes.

The second use for Really Massive Towels – they make great dens for small children.

Really Massive Towels are great for playing at Spooky Ghosts.  If there were sound effects on here you'd be listening to 'Woooo, WOOOOooooOOO!!!!!!!!'

Really Massive Towels are great for playing at Multi-Coloured Spooky Ghosts or Towel Zombies. If there were sound effects on here you’d be listening to ‘Woooo, WOOOOooooOOO!!!!!!!!’

Darlek shelters from the sun under a Really Massive Towel.

Darlek shelters from the sun under a Really Massive Towel.

And erm…finally, they’re very good for when you get out of the bath and need to get dry.  As I’ve said, I’ve spent almost all my life looking for decent towels – I’ve had hand towels, mid-sized bath towels, face towels, dog towels (just for the family dog, not for me), tea-towels, baby towels with hoods, all sorts.  None of them are a patch on these.

You have to say this bit out loud in a kind of seductive, half whispery voice like on the Marks and Sparks advert.  Are you ready?

‘These aren’t just towels… these are John Lewis, Egyptian Cotton Towels in Copper….Fuschia…..Chilli and …..(long pause for dramatic effect)……… Sage’

They retail for £25 each and are really lush.  If you’d like your own set, please click HERE.  

I’d like to thank ‘The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’, ‘Marks and Sparks’, ‘Dawn of the Living Towel Zombies’ and ‘Winnie the Pooh’ for inspiration.  I’m sure Winnie the Pooh owned a Really Massive Towel at some point. (You see, I’ve been reading Winnie the Pooh recently And He Capitalises Really Strange Phrases, so I’ve just continued with the trend)

John Lewis sent me these Really Massive Towels to review, no other financial reward was offered.  This is a sponsored post with lots of Towels in it.  I can now face the apocalypse (via zombies or Vogons) with confidence. And yes, before you ask, I know where my towel is…

Wigging It!

Wigging It!

Todays blog topic is wigs and wigging it.  ‘Wigging it’ is my new turn of phrase, it means ‘to wear and wander around in a wig.’   You see, that’s what I did today.  Today I Wigged It.  Yup.

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Anyone who knows me, knows I’ve had issues with my hair.  My ulcerative colitis is managed by medication, some of which has knackered my hair over time.  I think I noticed it far more than other people did, but it still really bothered me.  My shoulder length blonde hair gradually thinned, slid out from the roots when I washed it, became limp and lifeless and I absolutely hated it.  So I cut it all off in a ‘Britney Spears’ hissy fit stylee.  To be honest, I just wanted a new start.

I’m still on the same meds and will probably be on them for the rest of my life, so I may as well resign myself to having moderately crap hair for the rest of my life.  Soooo, when I saw that Wonderland Wigs were looking for reviewers I jumped at the chance.  It’s not that I think my hair is so terrible it needs hiding, it’s just short – but I miss having long locks of hair swishing around my shoulders and actually feeling feminine.

After much perusing of wigs and lusting after blue hair (which I love, but which would make me look like a loon), I chose one. Here’s how it all went.  This is me pre-wig:

It doesn't look really horrific or anything, but I just feel a if I look 'boyish' rather than feminine.

It doesn’t look really horrific or anything, but I just feel a if I look ‘boyish’ rather than feminine. (I had just had a shower, so that’s why it’s so fetchingly stuck to my scalp)

And this is me, post-wig:

IMG_0117I have decided to call this wig ‘Bob’, when it sits on the table just sitting patiently waiting to be worn, I swear it looks like a small furry animal.  The wig is actually called ‘Catherine’ on the website and is very similar to Kate Middleton’s hair do apparently.

Let me get this straight, I am not a beauty blogger.  Never have been and never will be – I couldn’t tell you the difference between a £2 lipstick and £20 lipstick.  Beauty is not my thing, but practicality is. And I have to say this wig is actually practical and wearable too.  In fact, I wore it on the school run.  I’ve heard it said that ‘you should do something that scares you every day’, I’m not sure if this includes wearing wigs in public places or not, but I thought I’d try it anyway.  This is how it went:

It was 3pm and time to pick the kids up so I took a deep breath, flicked my new luscious long fake hair behind my shoulder, pushed my glasses up my nose (not literally, they wouldn’t quite fit if I did that), straightened my back and slowly stepped out of the front door.  It was scary and the world and my wig, felt very big.  Not to be dissuasuaded, I walked down the hill with the wind in my hair, feeling very exposed, which is strange considering how much hair cover I actually had.

The back of the wig.  I love the curls and the waves.

The back of the wig. I love the curls and the waves.

Walking into the school yard was about the scariest thing I think I’ve done in years.  Even when I shaved all my hair off and was completely bald I felt more confident.  I think it’s something to do with a fear of pretending to be something I’m not. Am I really the type of person who has beautiful hair?  Insecurity is an absolute pain in the arse.  Then again, being shameless is an absolute bonus, and one outweighed the other….so I stood in the school yard and thought ‘Buggerit, stare if you like, I don’t care.’

Darlek turned white and said ‘Mum, get it off!’ and refused to walk with me, although she later admitted that she was getting used to it and that it actually didn’t look so bad.  My son said ‘Mum, you’re wearing a wig! I’m going to go and tell Declan that you’re wearing a wig!’ and ran off.  So I erm, think it went well?  I had to go and talk to Darlek’s teacher at one point and rather than pretend everything was normal and that I’d suddenly grown copious amounts of brown curly hair overnight, I just bit the bullet and said ‘Whaddya think?’ or maybe it was ‘I don’t look a complete tit do I?’, something like that anyway.  I know I put her on the spot, but she did say that it was different, that if she didn’t know me, she wouldn’t have known it was a wig and was generally nice about it.

My sister literally giggled for about 2 minutes none-stop between trying to make polite conversation about the weather and if the wig stayed on my head ok or not.  Thankfully, she did also say that it was probably because she’d never seen me with long dark hair before, so it just looked strange to her.

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One of the mums just grinned lots and walked past me, she usually says hello, so I’m not sure if she just didn’t quite know what to say.  Anyway, I did it and I think I shall do it again.  I LOVE having long hair again.  I just find it a bit awkward when people who know me, know it’s a wig.  I don’t see why I should be ashamed of wearing one though, people have fake boobs these days and boast about it, why shouldn’t I boast about my lovely long fake hair?

This is what it looks like on the inside of the wig:

I wore a very fine mesh cap under the wig to hold my own hair in place and then put the wig on top of that, keeping it in place with the little hooks at the back that you can see here.

I wore a very fine mesh cap under the wig to hold my own hair in place and then put the wig on top of that, keeping it in place with the little hooks at the back that you can see here.

All in all, I’m so impressed with this wig.  I do think you can tell it’s a wig if you look closely enough, but it’s not immediately obvious at all.  It looks natural and it feels quite natural too – I suspect I’ll only be able to brush it very carefully or maybe just with my fingers because I am just a little concerned about the fibres stretching and going fuzzy?  I do need to check on the aftercare instructions to make sure I keep my new hair in good condition.

I am so grateful to Wonderland Wigs for giving me the chance to review one of their wigs, today I actually felt girly and feminine for the first time in months.  I have so missed my long hair, it’s lovely to have it back, even if it in’t really mine.

If you’d like to have a look at some of the other products they stock, have a look at their website HERE, there’s loads of hair accessories, wigs, 3/4 wigs, hair extensions, false eyelashes….all sorts of things.  They’re also really friendly and if you need advice on the best wig/product for you you can chat to them on the Twitter handle  @WonderlandWigs.

They’ve given me a discount code to pass on too, if you use CHAOS when you checkout you’ll get 10% off the price of any 3/4 wig or full wig.   A full wig is only around £25 on average so it’s only the price of a pair of shoes really, worth a go I say! :O)

I feel like 'me' again. :O)

I feel like ‘me’ again. :O)

Wonderland Wigs sent me a wig to review, no other financial reward was given.

If you wear a wig, I’d love to see what it looks like and how you felt the first time you wore it?  Is it normal to feel this nervous? Please feel free to tweet me @Chaoskay or comment, it would be great to share experiences.