Show Us Your #grillfie For A Chance To Win £300 Worth Of Homebase Vouchers

Grillfie image-page1Are you all sitting comfortably?? 

Well you shouldn’t be … In order to take part for your chance to win £300 worth of Homebase you need to find your BBQ and show us all what it’s about for you! 

Homebase are very generously giving away £300 worth of Homebase Vouchers away for one lucky winner to spend on what they want. 

What’s really cool about this competition (sweepstake) is that its super-duper easy to take part, Homebase are looking for you to take a #grillfie – that means a picture of yourself with your BBQ or even a picture of you and your BBQ with some food on it, or even some guests at your BBQ eating BBQ food … go wild and show Homebase how adventurous you can be with your BBQ.

We planned our BBQ this weekend and got rained out … which was probably a good thing since it was gale force winds too … the next dry day we are aiming to try again, but until then here are some #grillfie  ‘s I did earlier!

#grillfieNow its your turn! 

So how to take part .. 

There are 4 different option available to take part, 3 of which involve your #grillfie photo just 3 different ways of adding your photo depending on what social media platform you use! The 4th is for those of you that are the shy and retiring types that prefer not to be in front of the camera … (well we couldn’t leave you out could we) 

All the methods below will need you to add the hashtag #grillfie 

What’s more you can also enter as many #grillfies as you like but don’t forget to pop back here and enter in your URL of your image or tweet and please ensure it is a new image or tweet as entries will be checked. 

If you would like to see what some of the others have been up to for their #grillfie you can find them on the grillfie gallery

FacebookFacebook – to enter via facebook its very important to make sure your photo is not locked down to friends only, it needs to be posted as public or the entry won’t be accessible to clarify you entered … if you need some help on how to get the URL of the image .. right-click and ‘copy URL’ then right-click and paste it (right-click paste) into the Rafflecopter widget.

InstagramInstagram – to enter via the instagram way, you again need to make sure your photo is again public and then where you see the 3 dots on your photos instagram page ( either horizontal or vertical depending on what phone you use) like this:  851588_388032421339602_1497158567_n click on it and the option you want is ‘ Copy Share URL’ then in the Rafflecopter widget enter in the URL where it asks you! 

Twitter Twitter – to enter with twitter please make sure your tweet with your photo is not protected .. it needs to be accessible. Click on the picture and right click .. this will give you the option to ‘copy image URL’ this is the option you’re after to add in the Rafflecopter widget below! (Don’t forger for this entry to add in @homebase_uk into your tweet along with the hashtag #grillfie 

 Disclaimer: All you have to do to enter the competition is to follow the Rafflecopter options, although please note this competition is for UK entrants ONLY. Full terms and conditions can be found on the Rafflecopter widget.

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PLEASE NOTE: I am not responsible for the administration of this competition and that all details you enter will be left with the 3rd party.

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Active Family – Its A Park Life

This last week I have made more of an effort to get motivated and and moving. Although it may not have been running marathons, I have made a concerted effort to include the smallest member of the household and do something! 

With funds super tight this week its been about finding time to get out without too much expense. So with that in mind and a break in the rain we headed to the local park for some fresh air and some climbing.

Park FunWhen we got there I have to admit I found myself feeling somewhat guilty at the recollection that the last time Joshua and I been to the park was months ago! .. I have no excuse so I wont attempt to justify, all I can say is that the look on his face as he bounced round that park really is going to motivate me to get out and about to the park with him more often.

I think next time we might try taking out bikes … 
Park Fun

What activities have you been up to this week?

If you would like to join in with Active Family feel free to link up there are no set criteria. If its active and its about your family, be it your children, your aunt or your whole family, inside or out, walking, running, jumping, biking, at the gym, or running laps of the living room, or even something more adventurous feel free to add the badge and link up and share. (If you would like more information you can find it HERE)  

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Review: VAX 2200w PowerWash Pressure Washer

Review VAX  2200 w PowerWash Pressure WasherWe were recently sent the VAX 2200w PowerWash pressure washer to put through its paces and I was very excited. 

An odd thing to be excited about you may think, but for me I had been on the research mission for a new pressure washer after my last one not only developed a terminal fault with a part that I was unable to replace,  but also it really did take an age to do the paths, patio and driveway, which I had always thought was odd but over time I was beginning to think more and more that it was the machine.

pressure washerThe VAX PowerWash pressure washer I reviewed came complete with all the extra’s shown above so it can assist in a range of jobs from patios to cars, BBQ’s to windows or even patio furniture.

It was easy to setup and use I have  to say it really was plug in and go and with just the on off switch to really get going it made for an easy start on the job. 

So I think sometimes images will show more than words on how well it worked for us:
VAX pressure washerI have to say it certainly made light work of things and the with previous pressure washer I found I was going over the same bit time and time again .. well not with this one.

It has a  long hose and electric cable compared to the two previous brands I have used before and instead of having to shuffle the machine round after me I left it one spot while doing the patio and garden path on the back and the same again for the front and side of the house.

For me reviewing an item I am always honest and with that in mind we did in fact have an issue with a part on this bundle, however for me a product or part of a product having an issue or fault is never a problem for me it’s how it’s dealt with that matters and I have to say that a replacement was sent out without a fuss or hassle and the customer services team were very swift ensuring everything was back to 100% .. so top marks for that VAX.

There are 2 things I am loving with this brand, firstly the products we have tried with VAX  have all have done what they said on the box (I am not only referring to this product but also referring to the Air3 vacuum cleaner too) The second thing I have loved with this brand is the fact all parts can be purchased separately and easily from their website and all reasonably priced in my opinion. 

Overall I am loving the VAX Pressure Washer, I am also so very grateful to know my twice yearly garden cleans will certainly be a lot quicker than they have been previously. 

Thank you VAX for another great product and saving me some time! 

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Disclaimer: This product was given to us for the purposes of reviewing. All thoughts and opinions were made independently by members of The Oliver’s Madhouse

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Tips for Creating a More Family-Friendly Home

DIY & DecoratingWe all want to create a safe and secure home environment for our children, and part of that responsibility means providing your child with a house which is suited to their needs.

On that note, here are a few tips for creating a child friendly environment to keep your little ones healthy, happy and safe at home, and to make maintaining your home as easy as possible for you.

Little ones may have a  habit of drawing, splashing and wiping food and the like on your pale magnolia walls, which can make keeping them clean a real challenge for parents. To make things easier for yourself, consider investing in some washable paint sheen to childproof proof your paint job. Eggshell, satin and semi-gloss are all easy to clean up with mild soap and a damp cloth. 
For those who prefer a matt finish, consider investing in flat paints, which can be touched-up without leaving brush marks. New ‘washable’ flat paints are also available, which can be cleaned with just a damp sponge.

Consider visiting a retailer like Shackletons to pick out a leather, slip-covered or sunbrella fabric couch. Most furniture companies will have stain-resistant fabric options available, or will be able to Scotchgard your furniture for a small extra fee. 
It’s worth bearing in mind when making your choice that darker coloured furniture wears better than lighter. To give you a little bit of extra variety, try slipping a pale slip-cover on your couch from time to time, as these can be washed and bleached as needed.    

Coffee Tables
Almost every parent has experienced that heart-stopping moment when their child almost crashes into the coffee table after taking a tumble. Although trips and stumbles are inevitable, there are ways to minimise the risk of your child hurting themselves if they fall in your lounge. Use a rounded table to make things safer or, better still, an upholstered ottoman. If you have a wooden rectangular coffee table already, here’s how to turn it into one.

Dirt, spills, dust, dog hair and crumbs are all part of the typical detritus of family life. To make it easier to keep your home clean despite them, invest in washable flooring such as tile, wood, laminate or vinyl. If nothing less than carpeting will do, then consider carpet tiles, as each individual square can be cleaned or replaced as needed.

If you want some rugs to make your home that little bit cosier, look for those featuring natural fibres such as seagrass or jute as these tend to be durable and easy to clean.  

Childproof your home today!

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Giveaway: Win One Of Five Goodyear Young Driver Lessons

Young DriverSo what is the Goodyear Young Driver Academy? you may be thinking…. 

Well a couple of months ago we had no idea either, however a few weeks back my teenager (Beth aged 13) was used as my guinea pig and she set out on her young driver lesson.

The Goodyear Young Driver Academy is on a mission to tackle the underlying attitudes and behaviours of young drivers which it believes are at the root of the issues of young driver road safety and works with children aged 11 -17 years.

Goodyear believes that the current system of one theory test, one hazard perception test and one practical test is not enough and that we need to ensure young drivers have a thorough understanding of road safety via a graduated learning programme from an early age to allow them the freedom and enjoyment of safe driving once they are behind the wheel and even included an online parent pack which helps them learn online too.

Young Driver LessonHaving seen these guys in action a few weeks ago when we reviewed the lessons I am more than blown away to be able to offer 5 lucky winners the chance to let their teenagers experience this for themselves in a one hour lesson at one of 32 locations across the UK. 

So if you have a teen between the age of 11 – 17 years, what you waiting for … get entering! 

Please note: Entrants must be from Great Britain and be able to attend one of the 32 locations – Full Terms and Conditions can be found on the Rafflecopter widget

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#52LittleThings Week 34 – Bake A Healthy Treat

52LT-Week-34If you  have not read my #51LittleThings posts before I have been taking part in weekly challenges with  AXA PPP healthcare to make small changes in my lifestyle one week at a time to become healthier and happier.

This week it’s all about baking a healthier treat and this make me nervous … I am no great shakes in the kitchen but in fairness finding healthier snack options are only a good thing especially since I am on a health and fitness mission.

My biggest downfall of eating healthily has been by far my snacking as its so easy to grab something full of fat and limited nutrient base such as crisps and chocolate as they are handy to have. 

With that in mind I have been looking for snacks that have a better nutrient balance in to help keep my energy levels up.

So with this weeks challenge it was time to start looking at baking a healthier snack ….

There have been lots of options and ones that I have really like the sound of where Carrot Muffins and Beetroot Seed Cake, however hubster was not impressed with the sound of them so it was time to bring out the big guns and try an Apple Flapjack … 

appleflapjack.jpgI am so pleased I baked  this recipes as it was so easy to make and it tasted delicious, not only that it a great snack for a few hours before the gym with its slow release energy in the oats and then fast release with the sugar and flap

Now as most of my regular readers will know I am not known for my kitchen prowess so the fact I created something that was delicious and not just edible really made my day .. add into the mix its simplicity I am hoping this is going to not only be a staple it is going to be super kid friendly and the teen and toddler can do it .. maybe the teen can make it on her own.

I totally love the fact you can also add other ingredients to this recipe, such as raisins, dates or even nuts! (none of which hubster likes so I had to stick with the original recipes

Do you have any healthy recipes you bake?

Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with AXA PPP healthcare’s #52LittleThings and I have been compensated for this post. However all words and thoughts were developed and written by members of The Oliver’s Madhouse


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