Friday, 24 October 2014

Dyson DC43H Mattress Handheld Vacuum Cleaner


#NoHiddenDust, Dyson DC43H cordless handheld mattress vacuum cleaner, Indoor allergy week

It's Indoor Allergy week, is anyone or their little ones suffering from allergies? When we reviewed Dyson's DC41 Mk 2 vacuum cleaner, I realised why we have been having allergy reactions - our previous vacuum cleaner wasn't doing its job properly! Now that we've got a Dyson to do a proper job, I thought that we are safe. But the lovely people at Dyson has pointed something else out that I wasn't thinking of, or more accurately, trying not to think about - Dust Mites! Eeek!

I was invited to their London press office, together with many other lovely parent bloggers, to check out their latest product launched just this month - the handheld DC43H Mattress vacuum cleaner. It is designed purposely to vacuum allergens that has been hiding inside our soft furnishings, including mattresses and sofas.


#NoHiddenDust, Dyson DC43H cordless handheld mattress vacuum cleaner, Indoor allergy week

#NoHiddenDust, Dyson DC43H cordless handheld mattress vacuum cleaner, Indoor allergy week

#NoHiddenDust, Dyson DC43H cordless handheld mattress vacuum cleaner, Indoor allergy week
The power of Dyson DC43H!
Some (horrifying) facts pointed out to us:

- There are up to 3 million dust mites hiding inside an average bed
- There are 500,000 particles of dust in the average cubic meter of air. 50% is dead human skin cells.
- Humans shed about 30,000 – 40,000 skin cells per minute, or about 28 grams per month
- The average square meter of carpet has 1,000 dust mites. Each critter produces up to 30 droppings a day. It’s these droppings that most people are allergic to.
- Moving around in your bed disturbs dust mite droppings which then stay airborne for at least 30 minutes
- Dust mites don’t just live in mattresses and carpets – sofas and cushions are ideal environments too.

- Dust mites can’t survive extreme temperatures. Freeze delicate bed sheets to kill them.
- Vacuum mattresses regularly to pick up skin cells and dust mite faeces.
- You can kill dust mites by placing items like toys in a plastic bag, freezing them for two days and letting them thaw naturally – this will kill the dust mites as they cannot survive the cold.
- Removing shoes before entering the house. Otherwise you will be walking in nasty chemicals, pollen, dirt and dust straight into your home.
- Make up brushes (NOOO!!) aren’t to be forgotten either. To kill these mites pop them in the freezer for a few hours and this kills all the mites.


Seriously, after this, every time I see dust I think of the million mites instead of dust. So when I tested the DC43H on our old, dodgy mattress that has caused skin irritation, I was cringing all the way!

Before we move on to that, I want to introduce you to our new gadget that will protect us from these pesky little horrors (actually, Abby said they are helping us to eat up all the dead skin so they are good bugs! Well, we have Dyson to do that now and if their droppings cause allergy and possible asthma attacks I rather them gone!) from now on - the DC43H:


#NoHiddenDust, Dyson DC43H cordless handheld mattress vacuum cleaner, Indoor allergy week

#NoHiddenDust, Dyson DC43H cordless handheld mattress vacuum cleaner, Indoor allergy week

#NoHiddenDust, Dyson DC43H cordless handheld mattress vacuum cleaner, Indoor allergy week

#NoHiddenDust, Dyson DC43H cordless handheld mattress vacuum cleaner, Indoor allergy week

#NoHiddenDust, Dyson DC43H cordless handheld mattress vacuum cleaner, Indoor allergy week

#NoHiddenDust, Dyson DC43H cordless handheld mattress vacuum cleaner, Indoor allergy week

#NoHiddenDust, Dyson DC43H cordless handheld mattress vacuum cleaner, Indoor allergy week

The lightweight DC43H handheld mattress vacuum cleaner (RRP £220.00 with 2 year guarantee) weighs only 1.32kg (much lighter than the handheld vacuum cleaner we have), has 28AW suction power, and a Boost (I called it Turbo lol) button to boost that up to 65AW. It combines 3 key Dyson technologies - Dyson Digital Motor V2, Root Cyclone Technology and Motorised Mattress Tool (click here for specification details). The DC43H also comes with 2 additional tools, and can use other Dyson universal tools too.

The DC43H is specifically designed for vacuuming mattresses and other soft furnishings to remove allergens hidden deep inside. You can use it to clean the floor like other handheld, but it performs best to vacuum powder-like dust. For a quick vacuum with a proper vacuum cleaner, Dyson have the DC58 range or other previous models you can find in their Handheld section.


We really like how lightweight DC43H is, and even Abby can use it. It takes a gentle press to trigger the power button, though I would prefer that the button stays pressed instead of being a press and hold one. I can see the need of preserving power (it can last up to 20 minutes, or 17 boosted after each full charge) though.

Now, my first test on our dodgy mattress. My fellow bloggers were given baking powder to do the test, but I think I'll just show you why we are throwing this mattress out (well, also because the spring is broken, but no way am I vacuuming it again).

I do think that, the reason why it's horrible for me is that I see the fine dust as wriggly dust mites but not fluff from the fabric. Imagine every single speck of it wriggles under a microscope...*cringe*.


#NoHiddenDust, Dyson DC43H cordless handheld mattress vacuum cleaner, Indoor allergy week



#NoHiddenDust, Dyson DC43H cordless handheld mattress vacuum cleaner, Indoor allergy week
What came out from the tested area *screams inside*
So, from what seems like a clean mattress on the outside came that much powder from the inside, and I don't believe fabric fluff is that powdery... come to think of it, the mattress we sleep on is even older than this one... so we will starting fresh once we moved, with new mattresses that will be cleaned every so often.

If you are someone who never clean your matresses, or doesn't have a powerful and easy to use tool to do it, I definitely recommend Dyson's DC43H.


#NoHiddenDust, Dyson DC43H cordless handheld mattress vacuum cleaner, Indoor allergy week

While being at the press office, we were also introduced to their latest Dyson 360 Eye Robot that has just launched in Japan, and will be launching in Spring/ Summer 2015. I've always wanted one of these since I saw a competitor one, maybe I'll get this for my birthday!

And there is also the Dyson Hot and Cool that can be used as a bladeless fan during the warmer days and heater that switches off as soon as it topple over during the colder days. Don't you just love multi-purpose gadgets?

For more about Indoor Allergy week with Dyson, follow the hashtag #NoHiddenDust and see why Dyson is the best in combating allergens.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Miioon Swoopercape


Halloween, Miioon Personalised Swoopercape, Children super hero costume

Abby went to her school's Halloween Spooky Disco last night and we were glad that she went as a Superhero Cat (Clay went as Batman!), which is different than the ghouls (this year some parents went all out with their children's makeup lol, we were frightened away by quite a few!), witches, pirates and princesses (Abby went as a peacock princess last year, so I have no problem with pretty dress up on Halloween. In fact, they eased my eyes a bit from the frightening makeups lol). Initially she was going as a normal cat, then her Miioon Swoopercape swooped in just in time to transform her into a superhero!

Halloween, Miioon Personalised Swoopercape, Children super hero costume

Halloween, Miioon Personalised Swoopercape, Children super hero costume

We have loved Abby's Ruckjack from Miioon so much (featured in last year's Christmas Gifts Guide) that we bought Clay one as well (you can spot them in most of the kids' outdoor pictures!). We are very happy with Miioon's quality, so when they offered us a Swoopercape to review, we accepted it, knowing that it would be great for the kids to roleplay with. I'm really glad that it has arrived before Halloween too!

Miioon's Swoopercape (one size) can be bought as a pre-designed version (£19.99 each), which comes in a specific pattern and colour for each alphabet, or you can customise it to your liking (£19.95 each). They come with matching mask and sonic wristbands, all can be strapped with Velcro, and both wristbands and Swoopercape are made with 100% Polyester shiny and really smooth fabric. The light weight fabric makes the Swoopercape fly in the wind just like a Superhero's cape should be.


Select product
Left: Select Emblem shape   Right: Select Emblem Colour
Left: Select Alphabet   Right: Save design
Customisation is very easy as it's designed to allow children to go through the designing steps themselves. Once saved, parents can go to the treasure chest and place the order for them.


2 years old Abby
We are very happy with the quality, and Abby-cat looked really good in it! There won't be anymore pillowcase-capes I guess, unless they start fighting over the Swoopercape!

Toy Story 12” Action Armour Buzz Lightyear


Toy Story, Buzz Lightyear Toy, Christmas Gifts Idea

It seems not long ago when the first Disney Toy Story came out, but it's already a classic and a lot of their products has become collector's item. Even so, Mattel doesn't stop improving them, making sure that the toys are up to the new generation's expectation of fun!

We were sent the latest version of Buzz Lightyear - Action Armour Buzz Lightyear, which looks just like the actual Buzz Lightyear from the show! I told Abby that he'll come to life just like he did on TV (#naughtymum).


Toy Story, Buzz Lightyear Toy, Christmas Gifts Idea

The new Disney Toy Story 12" Action Armour Buzz Lightyear (Suitable for 3 years+, RRP £49.99) comes with 3 AAA batteries, has 5 buttons and a lever. Each button features a different combination of light and sound in the 3 different modes - Space Ranger, Flight and Battle. There are over 30+ sounds and phrases. The lever folds the wings down, and the round button on his chest releases it. Press it again and it will release the Mega Blasters (see images below).

Buzz Lightyear's legs and waist are poseable, and the arms fully poseable. His shield can be raised, which activates a different set of phrases in different modes. There is an On/ Off button at the back, on the right under the flight pack, and a button on the left of the flight pack (next to his left armpit) that releases the flight pack when pressed, in which the battery pack is hidden.


Toy Story, Buzz Lightyear Toy, Christmas Gifts Idea

Toy Story, Buzz Lightyear Toy, Christmas Gifts Idea

Toy Story, Buzz Lightyear Toy, Christmas Gifts Idea

Toy Story, Buzz Lightyear Toy, Christmas Gifts Idea

Clay has been wow-ing a lot when I was taking pictures. As a blogger kid he has learned to wait until pictures are taken before he gets to play hehe. He has seen Toy Story before, making it much more special, especially when Buzz Lightyear looks identical to the one on TV (anything showing on TV to them is a TV show lol)!

He did struggle a little bit to keep Buzz Lightyear in place when he tried to press a button. The legs are fairly flexible so holding the body under the arm is the best way to hold onto Buzz Lightyear, making button pressing much easier. Clay loves him in his Flight mode most, as he can pretend flying Buzz everywhere! This is definitely more fun than an aeroplane!

Although Disney Toy Story isn't a new show, it's still one of the most popular, classic Disney show, and there is a huge fan base out there including the current little ones. I'm sure the new Action Armour Buzz Lightyear Deluxe Figure will make a lot of children happy this Christmas!

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