Miele W1 WDB030 Washing Machine Review

September 13th, 2017 by

Hi everyone, Today I’ll be reviewing the Miele Washing Machine, model
W1 WDB030.

Here is the review in video form:

And below is the text version of this review:

About the Manual:

The machine comes with a very thorough 77 page manual which will talk you through instructions for first use and through all the specific customizable options the machine has. In this review: we’ll look at the main everyday-use aspects of this machine.

About the Exterior Build:

DOOR:

The whole exterior build of this Miele washing machine feels and looks to be of high quality.

Looking at the door, you can see the door hinges are on the right and it opens to the right. It has an orange line to show you where the handle is. and it’s a simple pull-to-open door, and is easy to close shut with a click.

About the Interior Build of this Miele Washing Machine:

DRUM & ITS CAPACITY:

The spacious drum fits a maximum of 7kg worth of dry clothing.
This is the maximum load for the Cottons cycle though I should note that different cycles have different weight limits. For a delicate wash for example, the maximum recommended load is only 2kg, and for your quick Express load, which is the one I use very often, the maximum load is 3.5kg.

If you put smaller loads in the machine than the maximum that it can hold, the manual says that the machine has an “automatic load control sensor” that adjusts the amount of water and energy used, depending on the size of your load.

Another thing I’d note about the drum, is that it’s positioned a little lower down than the drums of some other machines, which is something we noticed when we tried to close the door for the first time, and our normal laundry basket got in the way, which it never did with our old machine.

DRAWER FOR DETERGENT & FABRIC CONDITIONER

The drawer has 3 compartments:
1.) The first space is for your powder or liquid detergent, which you add according to the amounts specified on the detergent packaging.
2.) The second space is for washes where you have selected to do a pre-wash, and in this case you’d put a third of the detergent amount into this pre-wash section, and two thirds into the main detergent section
3.) The final compartment is for your fabric conditioner, which again, you add according to the amount specified on the packaging of your chosen product.

A few things I’d note about this drawer:
One point is that it’s built to accommodate the special Miele capsules, which is why it has unusual little protruding bits that other machines don’t have. But using their capsules is absolutely optional. I tend to use my regular fabric conditioner here myself.

Another point I thought I’d mention is that the manual says that it’s normal for a little bit of water to collect here in the fabric conditioner compartment after a cycle, so don’t worry if you see that happening.

Wash Programmes

PROGRAM DIAL

After we’ve put everything we need into the drawer, we can move onto the programme-selection dial and select the program we want to run.

We have quite a few programs to choose from:

There are two cotton options:
a.) The first one is the more eco-friendly cotton option, marked by a little tag-like symbol. And this cycle uses the least amount of energy and water consumption.

b.) The second Cotton option is the normal wash that is less eco-friendly, but is a little quicker.

The eco-friendly Cotton cycle lasts just about 3 hours, whilst the normal cotton wash lasts around 2 hours 30 minutes. although you do have an option to shorten both of these if you select the “Short” button on the control panel. If you press this Short button, you can see it makes the eco-friendly cotton cycle go from 2 hours 59 to 2 hours 12 minutes, and the normal cotton cycle is shortened from 2 hours 29 to 2 hours 1 minute at 60′C, or if you lower the temperature to 40′C, it lowers the duration of this cycle to only 1 hour 24 minutes.

Other cycles you can run are:
- the Minimum Iron Cycle which is for synthetic and mixed fibres,
- the Delicates wash for things like silk clothing, lingerie, and net curtains,
- the Woollens cycle
- a special wash for shirts,
- a separate rinse / Starch option
- a drain / spin option
- a cycle for proofing which you may use for things like skiwear,
- one for outerwear like coats and jackets,
- a cycle for dark garments or denim,
- and lastly you have a useful, time-saving Express cycle,

Of all of these options, the two I use the most are the quick Cotton cycle which I use for things that need a really good wash like bath towels or gym clothes, and the Express wash which I use for things that aren’t really very dirty but just need a quick wash to freshen them up.

With the Express mode it decreases your wash cycle to 20 minutes, and you have the option to lengthen it to 30 minutes if you feel that 20 minutes isn’t quite long enough and you’d like a slightly longer clean, which is what I tend to do.

PROGRAM CUSTOMIZATION PANEL

To the left of the program dial is the touch-screen customization panel this gives you the options to customize all your cycles.

You can:

  • adjust the temperature from a cold wash right up to a very hot 90′C
  • you can change the spin from a low 600rpm to a more substantial wringing cycle of 1,400rpm;
  • you can select the Short option, which I’ve already showed you, or you have a few more options here like
  • the Water Plus button, which you’d use to increase the amount of water in the machine if you feel you need it
  • And you have a pre-wash option and a soak option, which you might want to use for particularly dirty or stained clothing.

Not all options are available for every program. The available options will be the ones that are lit up dimly, and the ones that are greyed out or not lit, are not available to you.

As you touch to select an option, it beeps to let you know it has registered your touch (although you do have the option to turn off the beeps if you prefer a silent interaction with the machine).

Aside from the beeps to let you know your touch was registered, the selected option also goes from dimly lit to brightly lit to let you know it’s selected. The difference between the dimly lit unselected option and the brightly lit selected options is a little bit subtle – I would have ideally liked to have seen the difference to be more obvious, but it’s still clear enough to work with.

If you’re wondering what the buttons are that look a little like a pair of shorts or boxer underwear, these are the buttons you’d use if you’re using the special Miele capsules – but you don’t need to worry about them if you don’t use these capsules.

The clock and arrows on the right of the panel allow you to delay the start of the machine so that you can time it to start at whatever time you like – for example when electricity prices are most economical at night.

What this Miele Washing Machine is like in Use:

When you’ve put in all your clothes, detergent, fabric softener and selected your custom program, you’re ready to start the cycle, and you do that by pressing the touch-screen green start button on the control panel.

The machine signals the beginning of the wash cycle by making a locking clock-like sound as the door locks shut, and this is also visibly indicated by this lock icon appearing on the control panel.

10 minutes after the cycle starts, the light display on the control panel (the display that has the countdown-till-the-end-of-the-cycle timer) shuts off to save energy. If you want the countdown timer to show up again, you can press the green start/stop button to get the display to come up again.
This pressing of the start/stop button to wake up the display won’t interrupt the cycle at all.

If you’d rather the countdown-display stays on all the time and would prefer it not to shut down, there is that option available – you can customize the settings to keep the display on continuously.

Noise Levels of Machine in Use

In use, I found the machine to be significantly quieter compared to my previous washing machine.

It has a varied repertoire of sounds throughout various stages of the cycle, but in my opinion, none are loud or high pitched enough to be intrusive, and overall I’d say that for a washing machine, this one is on the quieter side.

To give you an idea of the noise levels of this machine:
we had the washing machine on in our utility room with the door to the adjoining kitchen open while we were having dinner in the kitchen. We noticed that a plane passing high over our house could be heard through our double-glazed windows more loudly than this Miela washing machine’s sounds – so I thought that was pretty good! Particularly since with our previous machine it was so loud that we definitely wouldn’t have been able to hear if a plane was passing overhead when the machine was on.

The loudest part of the cycle is the Spin cycle part, but even that isn’t *too* loud.

What happens when the cycle ends?

When the cycle finishes, unlike some other machines, it doesn’t make any beeps or chimes to indicate it’s finished. We use a separate timer to beep for us and remind us to take out the clean washing.

As soon as the machine finishes its cycle, an anti-crease function kicks in which keeps the clothes gentle moving every so often for up to 30 minutes after a cycle has finished to prevent creases developing. You can switch this anti-crease function off if you prefer.

To switch off the machine at the end of the cycle, you press the start/stop button, return the dial to closed position and take out the clean washing.

Effectiveness of Cleaning & Wringing: What are the Results like?

In terms of how well it cleaned our clothes, we were very happy with this machine’s performance. The clothes came out looking and smelling clean and fresh. In the specs the machine was given an A rating for washing performance and we’d definitely agree with that.

In terms of how well-wrung-out the clothes came out of the machine: Before using this washing machine I was a little concerned to read in the specs that this machine only got a B rating for spin performance rather than an A rating, and the specs also said that the clothes would have 53% residual moisture after a wash, as opposed to other machines which retain a lower percentage of moisture.

I was afraid this would mean the clothes would come out sopping wet, but I was pleasantly surprised that they weren’t at all sopping wet, and to be honest, to the touch, I didn’t really notice a huge difference in dampness between 53% residual moisture and 40-something percent residual moisture of our previous machine.

Having said that, I did notice that I had to add about 10-20 minutes extra drying time to the tumble dryer to get the clothes completely dry compared to the washing wrung out by my previous washing machine, so in that sense I can understand why this machine was given a B rating for spin performance.

Other Features to note

A feature I liked and find really useful is that this machine has indicator lights that automatically come on to helpfully give you alerts if you’ve, for example used too much detergent, or it lets you know when it’s time to clean your machine with a high temperature wash to help keep the machine itself clean, or it even alerts you if there are faults with the drainage or water inflow.

Summary Pros & Cons

PROS

  • Good-sized load capacity
  • Easy and intuitive to use
  • A large amount of programs available (12 programmes available)
  • Cycles very customizable
  • Large temperature range: cold-90′C
  • Large spin range: 600- 1400 rpm
  • Beeping in controls optional
  • Cleans very well: A-rated washing performance,
  • Eco-friendly option
  • It has a useful and quick Express cycle option (20-30 minutes)
  • “Shortening” option available for almost all the cycles
  • Quiet
  • Timer delay function

 

CONS

  • For us the low drum was a slight disadvantage because it meant our laundry basket didn’t fit below the door for easy use
  • The shortest substantial full wash time cycle is about 1.5 hours long, which is a little on the long side in my opinion
  • I would have preferred the machine to wring out the clothes a little better to reduce tumble drying times.
    (53% residual moisture / B-rated spin cycle. Clothes left quite wet after wringing cycle and require longer tumble drying cycle)
  • I haven’t mentioned this yet but as well as some water being left in the fabric conditioner drawer, we found that some detergent and fabric conditioner residue remains in the drawer after a cycle too and it needs to be wiped away, which something you’d need to do with all machines.
  • Needs maintenance / hygiene high temperature wash about once a week if you use the machine as often as we do (which is several washes every day). The plus sign indicator light pops up about once a week for us. This makes this machine higher maintenance than our old machine.
  • And finally, the machine has no end of cycle chime

Overall Thoughts & Rating

Overall, taking all the pros and cons into consideration,
I’d give this washing machine a solid 4.5 / 5 rating.
My overall feeling was that this is a high quality washing machine that does an excellent job.

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Disclaimer:
I was sent this Miele W1WDB030 Washing Machine from the company ao.com to honestly and thoroughly test and review it for them. Please note that although I was sent the washing machine for reviewing purposes, this isn’t a sponsored or endorsed blog post, and all opinions in this review are entirely honest and are entirely my own.

Hotpoint HFO3T222WG Dishwasher Review

August 31st, 2017 by

For anyone looking for a review of this freestanding HFO3T222WG standard Hotpoint dishwasher, here were my findings. I hope you find this very long and thorough review helpful! :) Feel free to skip as much as you want to get to the parts you need or are interested in!

 Review in Video Format:

Video Review Guide Timeline:
0:00 (0) Intro & Table of Contents
0:09 (1) Ease of Connecting up Machine
0:16 (2) Ease of using the User Manual
0:26 (3) Pre-First-Use Setup (water hardness settings etc)
0:47 (4) Ease of Using the machine
1:47 (5) Notes on Exterior Build Quality
3:03 (6) Notes on Interior Build Design & Quality (includes comments on cutlery basket, basket drawers & more)
5:04 (7) Capacity of Machine (how many dishes does it fit?)
6:08 (8) Eco-friendliness of machine (how eco-friendly is it?) – I forgot to say the non-drying quick & fast 30 minute cycle is also very ecofriendly, not just the long P1 Eco Cycle.
6:42 (9) Sounds and Noisiness (how noisy is it?)
7:52 (10) Rinseaid & Salt amounts it uses up
9:06 (11) Cleaning Cycle Durations (How much time does one cycle take?)
10:02 (12) Cleaning efficiency & Performance (How well does it clean?)
10:37 (13) Drying Efficiency & Performance (How well does it dry?)
12:30 (14) Ease of cleaning the filters (maintaining machine)
12:42 Summary: Pros & Cons
13:41 Overall Rating: 3.5 / 5

 

Review in Written Form:

* Ease of set up
Connecting up the machine was very simple and easy: connecting up the hoses and electrics took literally about 2 minutes.

* Ease of use:
The machine comes with an easy-to-understand user manual, which I would say is important to read before you use your machine for the first time, both because there are some “First Time Use” instructions about how to set up your machine properly, and because some of the settings of the machine aren’t exactly intuitive, so you will need the manual to figure out how to set them. Things like setting the Water Hardness Setting for example will definitely require you to use the manual initially until you’re familiar with how to set them.

I found that once you set up the basic settings using the instruction manual (like the water hardness and rinseaid dosage) you don’t really need to deal with those again because they don’t come into play in everyday use. For everyday use you mostly use the wash program controls which are more intuitive and simple to set. There aren’t too many buttons so it’s not overwhelming or complex, but leans more towards the simply designed side of things.
I’d say that once you become familiar with the main program or programs that you’ll be using on a regular basis, at that point using the machine becomes like second nature.

 

* Build Quality:

- Machine Exterior:
The machine is 85cm tall so make sure your kitchen counter will fit that height before ordering. (You can get other machines that are a little shorter in height if your counter isn’t 85cm tall). You can take the top of the machine off this machine to fit it into a smaller space, but when we did that we found that the build quality feels a little flimsy without the top – I feel like the top holds the sides of the machine all together and without the top it feels a little wobbly and has parts exposed and moving, like polystyrene and stuffing bits – so I’d say my personal opinion is that it’s probably a good idea not to remove the top and only order this machine if you have room to fit the 85cm height.
The machine is 60cm wide and 60cm deep.
The design is simple and sleek. and the finish looks nice, though if you start examining very, very closely, pulling at certain areas (or taking tops off), you might find that some parts of the machine feel a little bit less solid than other machines.
In terms of colour, the white colour is a brilliant bluish white rather than a warm creamy white.
The LED display has a pleasant, futuristic blue colour to it, which I liked.
The door of the machine is easy to open and close and it’s of a comfortable weight – not heavy. The door handle is one that you just pull – there’s nothing to press – no button to release the door – just a simple pull, to open and close to click shut.

- Machine Interior:
Looking inside the machine, the machine has some bright orange decorative parts in it that reminded me a little of a supermarket trolley.
The baskets feel fairly sturdy – they move as you’d expect – they stay on the runners alright.
There is some flexibility in the layout of the dish-places – you can or lower raise dish-holder sections as desired to allow room for more dishes or for more big items like pots and pans.
The spaces for rinse aid and detergent are easy to open and close.
The space for the salt is a little bit tricky to reach because the lower basket is positioned in a way such that it obstructs the area a little – but it is reachable despite being a tiny bit awkward.
The design of the top drawer is generally good but I did have one small issue with its design: the end of the line where you put the cups has a gap there so if you put a cup there it feels a little wobbly – but in action, we were still able to put cups right up to the edge and it was fine despite feeling a little wobbly.

- Cutlery Basket
The design of the cutlery basket is not the best. It feels a little bit flimsy, and it has a strange design where a whole strip where there are holes to put cutlery in, is obstructed by a solid plastic separator, so you can’t put anything in those holes. Also our wider utensils (we have knives that are particularly wide) didn’t fit in most of the holes, fitting only in one row on each side of the symmetrical cutely basket.
It does have an option to open up segments of the cutlery basket to put larger utensils in there without separator-holes. All in all the cutlery basket did the job and we managed to use it alright, but I feel like it could have been designed better.

 

* Capacity:

In terms of how many dishes the machine can fit, the specs say it can fit 14 place settings. Looking more closely at the exact spaces available:
On the bottom you can fit about 26-34 plates for standard use. By “standard use” I mean that you’ll be closing off one section to fit in the cutlery basket. Without the cutlery basket you can fit 40 plates in there. You can fit bowls here too though they need more space so you wouldn’t be able to fit quite as many bowls as you can plates.
Or if you use some of the plate-spaces for bowls, then you can fit about 5 bowls in the 14-plate-space area.
One thing I’d note about the lower basket is that you can’t put large plates side by side in the bottom basket because they will touch, but it works well with one row for large plates and one for small plates.

On the top drawer, you have 17 slots for small plates or saucers, or you can put bowls here. Again, if you want to put bowls here, they would be more spread out that plates, so that the whole top basket can fit roughly 9 normal sized bowls.
The top layer can also fit about 10-12 mugs or glasses

Cutlery basket capacity:
I roughly calculated that it can fit about 42-56 pieces of cutlery

 

* Eco-friendly & energy efficiency:
In terms of how eco-friendly this machine is, it was given an A++ rating
The most eco-friendly programs to run are:
a.) Program 1, which is the Eco Program. The stats on this is that it runs at 50°C, uses 9 litres water per cycle, and 0.93 kilowatt hours per cycle – and this takes 3 hours 10 minutes.
b.) Program 6, which is the “Express 30 minute” program for which the stats are: 50°C, 9 litres water and 0.50-0.55 kWh/cycle (although this cycle doesn’t have a drying phase so everything will come out wet and will require hand-drying).

The less Eco-friendly modes on this machine use, at most, up to 17 litres water per cycle and up to 1.85 kWh/cycle – that’s for the most intensive cycle meant for very heavily soiled dishes and pans. The “Auto Normal” mode uses 14.5-16 litres per cycle and 1.15-1.30 kWh/cycle)

There are also option to make the less eco-friendly normal cycles more eco-friendly, if you apply the Zone Wash 3D function to the Auto-Normal wash, the manual says it can reduce energy consumption by up to 40%

On the most eco-friendly setting the product specs I read say that over the course of 1 year, the machine uses about 265 Kwh, and about 2520 litres of water.

* Sounds & Noisiness of Machine:

In terms of noises that the machine makes, it makes several kinds of sounds:
(i.) The first kind are the beeps the machine makes when you press the buttons: These are quite pleasant to the ear, being quite soft.
(ii.) The second kind are the beeps the machine makes when you set certain settings like the water hardness: some of these are a little loud and piercing – but thankfully you’re only exposed to those during for initial set up, and you don’t hear those on an everyday basis, so I wouldn’t hold these beeps against the machine personally.
(iii.) The third kind of sounds are the sounds of the machine in action: I found the machine to be nice and quiet, making only soft water sounds and a soft whirring. I was pleased with how subtle the sound level is in use. With a single door closed between rooms, you can’t hear it at all from the adjacent room (though if all doors are open you can hear it a little).
(iv.) Lastly, the machine also makes a little “End of cycle chime” sound. This is a pleasant soft little song – though it is loud enough for you to hear it from a room or two away.

 

* How much salt / rinseaid does it use up?

The first time you ever use the machine, you have to fill it up with about 1kg salt, and about 110ml of rinse aid. This sounds like a lot, but it’s only this much the first time. After this the machine uses up salt and rinseaid depending on the customized setting you set, so you don’t need to fill this whole large amount every cycle – you just top it up a little bit after each cycle.

You can control how much salt the machine uses, and in this way you can also control how expensive each cycle is to run.
You need dishwasher salt to prevent limescale buildup on your dishes and inside your machine but different areas of the UK have varying tendencies towards limescale buildup, so it’s handy that you can alter the amount of salt the machine uses by changing the water hardness setting.
If you use the hard water setting, it uses more salt, and if you use the average-to-soft water settings, it uses less salt. We found that on setting 3 and below (which is meant to be for medium to soft water) it appeared to not use any salt at all strangely! Whereas for setting 4 which is meant to be for hard water, it used up quite a lot of salt.

You can control how much rinseaid each cycle uses by setting the level from 1-5 (1 being no rinseaid, and 5 being using a lot). The instruction manual says if you see bluish streaks on your dishes & glasses, reduce the rinseaid amount number, and if you see drops of water or limescale marks on the dishes, then increase the rinseaid number.

* How long does it take to run a cycle?

Regarding the length of time it takes to run a cycle, there are 10 different programs, each with different time frames.
The standard cycles (with a drying phase) have the following time frames:
- The Eco cycle is: 3:10
- Auto Intensive (for heavily soiled dishes and pans, not for delicate items): 2:00-3:10
- Auto Normal takes about 2:30
There is also a “Turbo” function which allows you to speed up the normal cycle, although we found that the Turbo function made the machine’s drying a little less efficient.

There are also some quicker cycles you can run, but these don’t have a drying phase. The quick cycles are
- Auto Fast: 0:40-1:20
- Express 30′: 0:30

The machine has a handy timer display to show you the time-till-the-end-of-cycle which is useful and pretty accurate – though occasionally the machine finishes earlier than expected.

* Efficiency:
- Efficiency of cleaning:
I should note that we only ever have lightly dirty dishes since our pots and pans aren’t dishwasher safe so I couldn’t test this machine on stubborn burnt-on food, but from the normal dirty dishes we had and washed, it cleaned these very well, leaving no marks at all on the dishes and leaving them gleaming clean. The glasses and cutlery in particular came out looking really shiny and almost like new.

In the product specs this machine is rated A for Washing Performance, and our testing found this accurate. We were really happy with how well it cleans.

- Efficiency of drying:
First of all it’s important to note, as I mentioned earlier that not all the cycles have a drying phase. The fast cycles (“Autofast” Program 3, and “Express 30 minute” Program 6) don’t have a drying phase so everything will come out wet and will need manual drying.

For the cycles that do have a drying phase (the slower cycles eg Eco, Auto-Normal etc) the machine dries using the method of Residual Heat, which is different from the method that old machines use. I read an article saying that the new eco-friendly drying technology that new machines use for drying, isn’t as strong or as good as the higher-energy-consumption drying methods used by older machines.
With that in mind, perhaps it’s not surprising that we were disappointed to find that the drying in this machine wasn’t as good as our old 20 year old machine.

This machine was rated an A-rating for drying in the product specs, but compared to my old machine I found this to be a very generous score which I’m not sure I agree with. I found that when I opened the door right after the load finished, when the dishes were still warm, initially there is quite a lot of dampness on the lower edges of the dishes. I’d say the dishes generally get to becoming at best about 95-98% dry rather than 100% dry. so the drying is not perfect, but it’s not too bad either.

I did find some ways to help optimise the drying:
First is to run cycles without using the Turbo mode, because Turbo mode seemed to skimp a little on the drying phase.
And second I found that it’s important to open the door as soon as a cycle finishes to allow the heat to evaporate the water. If I left the machine door closed after a cycle finished (say if the load finished at night), I found that in the morning the dishes and cutlery were all pretty wet. So opening the door whilst the dishes are still hot may help improve drying.

 

* Maintaining the machine:
Cleaning the filters is easy and convenient to do. The filter assembly is easy to open, clean and put back.

 

* Overall: 3.5/5

My overall impression is that this is a good machine. It’s easy to use, cleans really well and dries ok. But my feeling was that perhaps there is a fair chance that may be better machines out there. Having said that, in terms of functionality it does the job, so if you’re looking for a machine at this price point the does a good job and has this machine’s features, this may be the machine for you.

Related Products:
Did you know Amazon sell *dishwashers*? I didn’t! But they do! Here are some related dishwashery products on Amazon for UK and US visitors:

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Disclaimer:
I was recently sent this white standard, free-standing Hotpoint Dishwasher from the company ao.com to honestly and thoroughly test and review for them. Please note that although I was sent the dishwasher for reviewing purposes, this isn’t a sponsored or endorsed blog post, and all opinions in this review are entirely honest and are entirely my own.

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Here are a few of my favourites that I spotted when searching to see what magic umbrella options were available on Amazon.co.uk (you can click on the pictures to get to the relevant page on Amazon):


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Since here at ohsogirly we’re all about the cutest, girliest finds, I’ve been on the hunt for some cute, pink fleece blankets out on sale on Zazzle this year, and I’ve picked out some of my favorites to share with you. I’ve included the small thumbnails here, but you can view the larger image by clicking on the picture that you like.

All the fleece blankets below are made of soft polyester fleece, have one patterened side and the other side is off-white, and are all machine washable and tumble-dry friendly. They come in 3 different sizes you can choose from: 30″x40″, 50″x60″ and 60″x80″.

Without further ado, here are some of my favorite pink fleece blankets on Zazzle:

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If you’re planning a halloween party this October, here are a few customizable / personalizable halloween party invitations you can get from Zazzle to get your guests in a spookilicious spirit! (you can change the website from zazzle.com to your country’s suffix eg zazzle.co.uk or zazzle.com.au etc to see the price listed in your country’s currency).

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Cartoony & Kids Halloween Party Invitations

Cartoony happy not scary Cute Kids Halloween Party Invitations with children in costumes (more…)

Colourful art: British hand painted ceramics

June 1st, 2015 by

I recently discovered a talented British artist called Caroline Hely Hutchinson who does the most beautiful, colourful hand painted ceramics, porcelain and bone china work. Her work is available on a lot of different products and I just wanted to share some of my favourite examples of her work with you, because her pieces are just so vibrant, uplifting and beautiful! Have a look!

(If you click on any of the pictures, it will take you to the relevant product page on Amazon.co.uk)

Gorgeous coloured plant pots:


rainbow coloured porcelain plant pot colourful plant pot
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Amazon: Now also selling theatre tickets!

April 27th, 2015 by

2017 Update: Seems amazon local has closed down now and Amazon Tickets is currently working in its place. But for posterity, I shall leave below the now out-of-date article that was applicable in 2015.

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Today I received an email from Amazon letting me know that they have an “Amazon Local” service that previous I had not heard about. I had a look at local.amazon.co.uk to check out exactly what it is, and turns out that Amazon has branched out yet again (past expansions including the invention of the Kindle, and the introduction of Amazon Prime’s video-streaming programme); expanding beyond selling books, food, clothing, electronics and other products, to also selling tickets for theatre shows, sporting events, festivals, concerts, restaurant / hotel deals, courses for learning different skills, therapeutic treatments (from massage to pedicures and reflexology) and other “experience days”! (more…)

Glow in the Dark Bedding

September 2nd, 2014 by

If you’re looking for cool bedding and fun bedroom decor ideas, glow in the dark bedding seems to me to be a good road to go down! I didn’t even know this existed until today. Isn’t it a cool idea? I thought so! :)

I found these neat girly glow-in-the-dark bedding sets on Amazon.com made by a company called Veratex:

Veratex girly glow in the dark Queen-size bedding


glow in the dark bedding with pink star theme (more…)

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