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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.


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.


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…

Waxing is not for Wusses

Waxing is not for Wusses.Veet

Doesn’t look scary does it…..

I may already have mentioned that I’m a Bzz Agent?  This does not mean I book holidays abroad for bees, it means I get to test out certain products for free and tell people about them.   This time I was lucky enough to be chosen to review a ‘Veet EasyWax Electrical-Roll on Kit.’  So here goes.

I have never really felt the need to rip out the hairs on my body so that I can be more feminine.  It’s just never occurred to me to do this, it seems as Spock might say ‘Illogical.’    In the past I’ve just used a bog standard razor, so this was definitely something different.

When it arrived, I put the package on one side and eyed it suspiciously for ages.  I had an inkling that it might hurt.  But, being the exciting YOLO type gal that I am, I thought I’d grit my teeth and get on with it.

How did it go?

I got the wax cartridge, put it in the holder shown here, plugged it in and waited for it to heat up enough to paste onto my legs.

I got the wax cartridge, put it in the holder shown here, plugged it in and waited for the wax to heat up.

I rolled the Veet wax dispenser down my leg.  In all truth, it felt like I was coating my leg in melted bright pink Blackpool rock.  You wouldn't believe how sticky this stuff is!

I rolled the Veet wax dispenser down my leg. In all truth, it felt like I was coating my leg in melted bright pink Blackpool rock. You wouldn’t believe how sticky this stuff is!

I’ve got hairs on my legs that an Alsation would be proud of, I grew them especially for this review.  Now that’s dedication for you!

Then I applied the wax strip and had a glass of wine in the vain hope that it’d numb the pain.  A helpful friend suggested that I have a tea towel to hand so I could bite it if the pain got too bad too.  Terrified, does not even come close.

At this point Horace started laughing at me.  Beast.

At this point Horace started laughing at me. Beast.

I got hold of the end, ripped it downwards and was pleasantly surprised, it didn’t hurt at all – then I realised that all the hair was still there and I’d actually done it completely wrong.  Attempted this again, 3…..2…..1… and then ripped upwards and ‘Yeouuch!’ it hurt.  Worked wonderfully though.  I had one bald strip right down the front of my leg, surrounded by pink goo.

This stuff is a bit obstinate, I scrubbed with the wipes that came with the pack, and tried a bit of  Baby Oil which helped though.

This stuff is a bit obstinate, I scrubbed with the wipes that came with the pack, and tried a bit of Baby Oil which helped though.

As you can see, I still have hairy legs, but with a bald patch now.  The results are far better than using a razor, but I think all the sticky pink wax/goo is a bit of a nuisance.  Probably worth it if you’re really bothered about having very smooth legs.

Then it comes to the other part of the review, there is another waxing dispenser for other ‘areas,’ here it is…

This was refill plugs into the same dispenser, the only difference is that the rolling part is smaller so you can reach more erm...intimate areas. *blushes furiously*

This was refill plugs into the same dispenser, the only difference is that the rolling part is smaller so you can reach more awkward areas.

Let it never be said that I am not a thorough reviewer, I tried this bit of kit too.  I shall not go into detail for the sake of decency….but let me say this.  I think this worked very well but, I will NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, IN A MILLION YEARS, UNTIL HELL FREEZES OVER wax anywhere other than my legs ever again.  I have nothing but admiration for those of you who are brave enough to go through this much pain for the sake of appearances.

I do need to get on with waxing my right leg, I only managed the left one last night.  I’m sporting the ‘Half Alsation’ summer style this year.  I’ll look great in a skirt.

I was sent this product for free, although all thoughts and legs shown on this review are my own.  Horace would’t let me wax his legs for this review, bit mean if   you ask me.

If you would like one of these Veet Easy Wax Electrical Roll On Kits I have a code that will get you 50% off from Amazon, just use EASYWAX4 when you check out.

The Bedding Company – A Very Snuggly Duvet Review

The Bedding Company

A Very Snuggly Duvet Review


The Bedding Company very kindly sent me a ‘Silentnight Natural White Duck Feather Duvet, 10.5 tog King Size’ last week.  Their timing is simply perfect!   This winter has been a bit nippy to put it mildly.

Here’s the duvet on their website. 10.5 tog of feathery snuggliness:

Feeling sleepy yet?

Feeling sleepy yet?

The duvet arrived in a handy bag so you could easily buy something like this as a wedding present or a gift for someone who lives in a very cold house (namely us).

This is about the size of a very large pillow when it arrives. I'm reliably informed that hippos really love Silent Night bedding.

This is about the size of a very large pillow when it arrives. I’m reliably informed that hippos really love Silent Night bedding.  I would love to see this claim tried and tested.

When I unzipped the bag and hauled the duvet out I have to say I was a little surprised.  I knew it was 10.5 tog, but I thought it would be thicker.  If you squish the duvet between your hands on both sides you can feel your hands touching through the cotton material.   You see I’ve never had a feather duvet before,  I didn’t really know what to expect.

I soon realised that it feels thinner because the air, and therefore the warmth, nestles in the air pockets between the fluffed up feathers.  It doesn’t need layer upon layer of man-made fibres so the duvet does feel much lighter.

Sausage tried on the duvet for size:

A duvet doubles as a den.  I had great trouble persuading Sausage to let me have the duvet back so I could put it on the bed.

A king size duvet doubles as a den. I had great trouble persuading Sausage to let me have the duvet back so I could put it on the bed.

Call me over the top if you like, but one of the first things I did was to check the stitching.  I hate shoddy stitching and loose untidy ends.  The stitching and manufacturing quality looked perfect on this product, it’s double stitched to ‘keep the filling evenly distributed and to help prevent cold spots.’

The feathers are nicely held in place with perfectly sewn stitches so you don't have to worry about them all migrating to one end of the duvet.  10/10 for attention to detail.

The feathers are nicely held in place with double sewn stitches so you don’t have to worry about them all migrating to one end of the duvet. 10/10 for attention to detail.

Here is our freshly made bed!  I bought a new duvet cover because I couldn’t bear to put our old covers on our posh feathery duvet.  Looks cosy doesn’t it.  In fact just looking at this picture makes me want to curl up like a sleepy kitten and dream of hippos in stripy pyjamas until sunrise. In fact I might just abandon this blog post now and go nap…….

Oh, but no!  I’ve started so I’ll finish.

The colour scheme may not be to everyone's taste, but I love bright jewel colours and it's our bed so ner!  This is maybe why I don't focus on home decor so much...

The colour scheme may not be to everyone’s taste, but I love bright jewel colours and it’s our bed so ner! This is maybe why I don’t focus on home decor so much…  I’m saying nothing about the carpet, we were given it when we moved in.

There is something else about the duvet which I suppose I should mention.  I don’t know if it’s a plus or a minus.  Personally I think it’s a plus.  It rustles!  There’s a ton of feathers in there so I shouldn’t be surprised really.  It’s just something I’ve never noticed with any other duvets.  I love it because it makes the duvet seem all the more luxurious.

Our bedroom is right up in the attic, and it is freeeeeezing in winter sometimes, so I’m very grateful to the Bedding Company for this gorgeous duvet.  You have saved us from frozen toes!

Now you know why  you never see ducks shivering in winter.  Evolution gave them feathers instead of little duck shaped sleeping bag coats for a reason.  1) Because they’d sink  2) Because feathers are much warmer.  Think on!

If you would like your own snug-as-a-bug-in-a-duck-feather-duvet you can find them HERE for £48 (King size) on The Bedding Company website.    The cover is super-soft and 100% cotton and it is machine washable, which always helps.

The Bedding Company sent me a Duck Feather 10.5 Duvet to review, no other financial reward was given.

The Instead Reusable Soft Cup!

The Instead Reusable Soft Cup!

A blog post for the ladies!

Feminine Wear sent me these Instead Reusable Soft Cups to trial, and they have been very patient waiting for me to publish the results.  The main reason for the delay is that I spent at least 3 months trying them out and then another couple of months wondering how to write about them.  And because I’m rubbish of course.  So sorry Feminine Wear, I do hope you can forgive me!

I’m a great fan of re-usable sanitary products, they’re much under publicised products and they’re so very practical, economical and in many ways, very pretty. If you’re saying ‘Ew!’ right now, just have a look at these gorgeous re-usable pads, all you have to do is use them and then throw them in the washing machine – just as you would do with re-usable nappies if you’ve used them.  I’ve certainly never used disposable sanitary products after discovering Feminine Wear’s website, and I’ve saved money and the environment as a result.  No more overflowing horrid bins at that ‘time of the month.’

Anyway, what I’m reviewing today is the Instead Reusable Soft Cup.  Here’s their promotional video which gives you a great idea as to what they look like and how they work.

If you’re anything like me you saw that Soft Cup and your first thoughts were ‘That’s massive!’  They really are quite a size compared to Mooncups, re-usable and disposable tampons, but they are very squishy and comfortable to wear.   I couldn’t even feel the Reusable Soft Cup when I wore it, it wasn’t awkward, didn’t threaten to erm…escape and there were no problems in that respect at all.  It fits very snugly around your cervix apparently, although maybe I couldn’t manage that properly, but more about that in a minute.

They are re-usable too, which means one Soft Cup will last you for one entire menstrual cycle and it can be worn for up to 12 hours.  All you need to do is to carefully remove it, dispose of the contents, wash it with lukewarm water and soap or even just water, and then re-insert.  It’s latex free, non-toxic and hypoallergenic too.  Very similar to a Mooncup if you’ve ever used one of those.

This is a great little video that shows you how to use the Instead Reusable Soft Cups.  Worth a watch if you’re curious!

So, what were my thoughts?

The Pluses:

Easy to insert, comfortable, re-usable (although only for one menstrual cycle), environmentally friendly, economic, looks attractive (pink!) and fits nicely in a bag if you’re out and about.

The Minuses:

Sadly I don’t think I ever got the knack of using them properly.  I could insert them fine, but I don’t know if my cervix is an odd shape or what the problem was, but they simply did not catch any of my flow and I had to wear re-usable pads whilst wearing the Soft Cup which defeated the whole object of using them really.

This really puzzles me, other women must have trialled these Soft Cups and they must have worked for them, or they wouldn’t be on the market would they?  I’ve watched the videos, read the paperwork that came with the cups, tried endless times to get them to work – but to no avail.

All I can suggest is that if you’re considering trying these, then they don’t cost a huge amount and maybe it’s worth a go.  They might work for you, even if not for me.  For two of them (which should last you 2 full periods) the price is £4.50 and you can find them HERE! 

If it’s any reassurance I’ve used a number of products from Feminine Wear and all of them have worked perfectly, the service has been second to none, the transactions have been smooth, the owner of the site is always polite and friendly and I can’t recommend them highly enough.  I’m presuming these Reusable Soft Cups are a blip, or I’m using them incorrectly, I can’t really tell.

Feminine Wear sent me these re-usable cups to review, no other financial reward has been given.  Personally I say stick to Mooncups and beautifully sewn, practical re-usable pads.  But that’s just me.

Hotpoint American Fridge Freezer MSZ 900 NDF Review – Appliances Online!

Hotpoint American Fridge Freezer MSZ 906 NDF Review From appliances online!

(no penguins, that’s for later…..)

This is the ‘straight’ review, ie, no penguins featured – although they will be featured alongside this fantabulous fridge freezer in the Penguin Amnesty vlog which will go live next weekend.  Here’s my YouTube review, I hope you enjoy it and I especially hope you’ll notice the meticulously painted nails and not the scruffy hair.

I think the vlog review speaks for itself in many ways, we do really think that this is an amazing bit of kitchen equipment.  It is silver, sleek, shiny and ever so stylish.  The rest of the kitchen looks downright dowdy in comparison in fact!

Oodles of room!

This is a photograph of the fridge freezer in its entirety, you can see all of the shelves and just how much you can fit in there.  There’s absolutely tons of room, more than enough for a hungry family of four!  The kids have said it’s like a Dr  Who Tardis and I can only agree, it looks like a large freezer, but when you open the doors it’s really quite amazing how many shelves and doors and twiddly bits there are to make use of.  It’s actually massive!

Fits tidily in a corner too! Sausage is preparing to jump up really high by the way, or maybe he was doing a frog impression, your guess is as good as mine.

The features on this Hotpoint American Fridge Freezer are something else too!  When I first looked at the control panel, I’ll admit I took a deep breath and thought ‘Hmmm…. maybe I won’t be able to work this after all,’ but I was wrong.  It really is quite straightforward.  Most of the controls are described in the above video, and as you’ll be able to see, they are very self explanatory. In summary, via the controls you can arrange for ice-cubes, crushed ice, filtered water, temperature control (fridge & freezer), ‘Holiday Mode’ (switches off the fridge if it’s not in use), quick freeze and there’s even a button disable function so you can freeze the controls and stop your kids having a button pressing frenzy.

When everything else goes wrong, at least you have your fridge freezer to turn to!

My favourite button has to be the ‘I Care’ setting.  This is one of the many reasons why this is an A rated fridge/freezer.  You can switch off the glowing display by pressing both the crushed ice button and the reset button at the same time, this saves energy and yet still leaves everything working as usual, so you can still operate the control panel.  I love it so much because if I’m having a particularly bad day I can press the button and know that even if no-one else cares, my fridge freezer does.  Kind of reassuring really!  Aw….  white goods with a heart! (sorry, I’m giggling to myself as I type that)

How posh is this!

I’ve included a photograph of this here as you can’t see it very clearly in the video blog.  Never in all my years of fridge using, have I seen this!  This shelf has a ‘Humidity Control’ panel, if you’re storing fruit and veg with skins, such as cucumbers or tomatoes for example, the high setting keeps them at their optimum humidity level and they stay fresher for longer!  No more wrinkly tomatoes (unless you leave them for absolutely ages I suppose).  Lower humidity levels are perfect for leafy vegetables, so lettuces won’t lose their crunch.  The little plastic lever does seem a bit stiff to push along though, and I hope I’m wrong, but I do think it might be a bit prone to breaking, only time will tell.

A meat box with a difference! Again another feature I’ve never come across before. Quite literally ‘cool!’

This is so clever!  The box at the bottom of the fridge is specifically designed to keep meats cool, such as ham, or mince, or chops maybe.  Cool air is piped into the box from the freezer and everything is kept separate and more chilled than in the rest of the fridge which as we all know, is important when storing meat.  If you’re vegetarian or if you want to simply store an excess of vegetables in there instead, you just slide the knob across to the ‘VEG’ setting and it works almost exactly as the shelf above.  Neat eh!

Wiggly shelves! Brilliant for storing bottles and jars.

I do like that some of the shelves in the fridge door are a wibbly, wobbly shape, apart from being aesthetically pleasing, they are excellent for storing jars and bottles and keeping them in place.  If you open the door at speed, you don’t have a load of breakable jars and bottles skittering from one side of the shelf to the other.  Not that I’d ever do anything like that, I’m always calm, cool and collected in the kitchen. (Kay coughs and looks shifty….).  They’re also very deep shelves so you can fit loads in the door which is very easily accessible. The freezer has similar shelves too so you can grab things very easily without having to root about in the freezer getting frostbite if all you want is a carton of juice to defrost.

Speaking of frostbite, I’m so pleased that this is a frost free freezer.  Our old freezer is what can only be described as polar bear territory.  It gets absolutely covered in inches of ice, the shelves jam because they’re covered in frost, things get frozen in blocks to the back of the drawers and won’t come out and it is a nightmare compared to this dream of a fridge freezer.  No frost, equals no worries.  I can just reach in, grab stuff and that’s it. Packages of slippery frozen peas can be bunged in the bottom covered drawers so they don’t fall all over the place, and boxes can be neatly stacked at eye-level where I can reach them easily and conveniently.

And the best feature of all! Ice!!!

There is one stand out gem of a reason to buy a Hotpoint MSZ 906 NDF American Fridge Freezer.  Ice!  ice, ice and more ice!  And filtered water too!  Nothing beats wandering over to this sleek beast of a freezer and just casually filling a wine glass with ice cold filtered water, with a choice of either crushed or cubed ice.  This turns a simple glass of water into quite the occasion!   Home-made cocktails become a real possibility and I’m warning you, it’s a slippery slope on a Saturday night.  I speak from experience!

The water filter is easily replaced and the control panel does warn you when it is nearly time to change it.  This gives you a bit of time to organise a replacement filter, so you’re not abruptly left with a water filter that you can’t use.

In summary!  This is an A rated appliance and it’s easy to see why.  It saves energy where possible by way of the ‘Holiday’ setting and the hilarious and practical ‘I Care’ setting too and it yet it still maintains an optimum temperature for all your food.  The alarm that sounds after either the fridge or freezer door has been left open for more than 2 minutes will save you from accidentally spoiling the contents and you will fall head over heels in love with the ice-maker (well I did anyway!).

My only concern is that it is a little over complicated, but it simply has to be that way in order for it to be as perfectly designed as it is.  But…the more features it has, the more there is to go wrong maybe?  The plastic lever on the veg box is rather clumsy too, but that is a minor point.  Having said that, there are all the usual guarantees so I’m not overly worried.

So, from me, Horace and Darlek and Sausage! Thank you Appliances Online. You are simply the best!

Thanks so much to Appliances Online for being sending us this Hotpoint American Fridge Freezer MSZ 906 NDF to review, if you’d like to have a look at this fridge freezer yourself on their site, please click HERE! They have a huge range, in different colours, shapes and sizes.  (well they’re all vaguely rectangular at least).

This is a sponsored post, I was sent this product to review, no other financial reward has been given and all my thoughts are my own – as always!

Appliances Online! The Inspiration for the Penguin Amnesty!

Appliances Online!  The Inspiration for the Penguin Amnesty!

Please click HERE to see how many penguins have been donated and what they’ve all been up to!  The house is full of ’em!  All of them are being donated to the Post Pals charity after this blog/vlog review has been completed. I’ve been amazed by how generous people have been .  Here’s a flipper full of applause for the lot of you!
Post Pals - Putting a Smile on Childrens Faces

I know I’ve gone on about penguins rather a lot recently, and this is why!  Finally I am announcing the blog review product that inspired it all!

…………………..please click your beaks in an excited fashion……………………..

Here it is!  

APPLIANCES ONLINE sent this Silver Hotpoint MSZ900NDF American Freestanding Fridge Freezer over to the Brink of Bedlam household to review and I simply couldn’t believe my luck and good fortune.  I think it’s only fair to pass on the good karma and do something for someone else, so erm…penguins.  It does make sense honest!

So, I’m doing one straight vlog review without penguins, and then another daft one with penguins.  I hope you’ll watch both.  The penguins are very fussy and will give you their honest opinion, as will I.

The Penguins and the kids love it! Especially the ice-maker ;O)