I am a Christmas fiend and make no apologies for it. I adore this time of the year and have already started with my prep.

First up, the house. I love interiors as much as I do Christmas and so in November each year I start thinking about sorting the house out. There’s the obligatory decluttering sessions, the carpets have been cleaned downstairs (local people – look up Heaven Scent Cleaning Services, Michelle worked magic on my cream carpets and was unbelievably affordable!) and then onto revamping the lounge and dining room.

I’ve stolen this absolutely gorgeous piece from my parents and given it a little tart up. This is one of those solid pieces that you loved as a child and cherish when older. The photographs don’t do it justice so I’ll take some more pictures in December when it’s all covered with Christmas decs.


Next up, my bargain of the year (which again will be re-snapped when dressed properly), a new, solid and rather gorgeous extending dining table. An Ebay find from a local seller which was a steal, even including hiring a van man to fetch it for me.

New Table

Of course I needed new Christmas tins. No Christmas is complete without Christmas tins crammed full of fabulous goodies and these beauties were just 3.99 from my favourite supermarket, Lidl. Lovely aren’t they?



And the first new additions to our Christmas decorations (although I suspect these will stay out all year). A real steal these lovely owls from Ribbons and Bows look just fabulous.

New friends

I have Taylor’s birthday on Sunday and Roy’s next week so the “proper” Christmas prep will start in earnest after then. I’ve ticked a fair few bits off the list this week though and just can’t wait to pull it all together with my Christmas decorations and favourite pieces.

None of this cost very much in the grand scheme of things and will all add to our wonderful family home at Christmas time.
How are your Christmas preparations coming along?


If like me you love all things festive head over to Festive Friday, a wonderful collection of posts from fellow Christmas friends, led by the ever inspiring (and quite lovely)  Chris Mosler.

Festive Friday at Thinly Spread


This could possibly be a super scary smile but you get the gist!

No, I’ve not won the lottery (more’s the pity) or realised that I’m actually a jeans size smaller than I thought I was, this post is about teeth. A slightly random topic for this Tuesday morning but bear with me.

I’m very proud of my teeth; they are straight, I haven’t (yet) broken any of them and up until now am filling free. The old wisdom teeth gave me some gip a few years ago however to be fair they’ve been kind to me overall and so I like to return the favour.

I haven’t smoked a cigarette since 4th November 2005, I don’t drink red wine etc but I do like my coffee (preferably in a bucket with a straw) and want to keep my smile as shiny as possible. I’m not interested in chemical treatments or sandblasting my teeth so that they look like Tom Cruise’s glow in the dark set. I simply want something to keep them properly clean, looking good and being healthy. I want this for me and I want it for my family.

We’ve all got electric toothbrushes, there’s a tangle of floss in the bathroom, we use decent toothpaste and mouthwash as appropriate. It doesn’t seem enough though so I’ve been looking for alternatives.

One name which caught my eye recently amongst the new and revolutionary toothpastes and novelty children’s flashing, beeping and whirling toothbrush varieties was the Soniclean 2000.

Now I’ve heard of Soniclean before however hadn’t at the time thought to investigate further.

The Technical Stuff

The Soniclean ™ 2000 is reputed to offer that “just jumped out of the dentist’s chair” feel every time you use it. The idea behind this rather genius deign is to offer a whole mouth clean every time you use it, from whitening to shooting down bacteria.

There are also different head types available with kid’s heads and adult ones in appropriate sizes. Apparently this rather nifty piece of kit hands out up to 34,000 strokes per minute and also features a timer which reminds brushers to spend at least the recommended two minutes of cleaning each time (another feature I feel is perfect for less patient children who want to be finished so they may rush out of the door).

Soft brushes, three different speeds, a bacteria bashing mode, whitening and sensitive teeth settings and more really do offer the full dentist’s clean without anyone having to get out of your pyjamas.

Is this Latest Gadget Worth the Cost?

Having read the specs and considered the functions I assume this was going to be another one of the £200 pieces of home equipment waved under the noses of parents in the hope that they’ll fork out for their children’s dental well-being. As it turns out the Soniclean 2000 costs on average just £29.99. Given that I spent more than this on a Braun digital thermometer for the boys when Kieran was younger I was very pleasantly surprised. As with other toothbrushes it is recommended that the heads be replaced, as per dentist recommendation, every three months or sooner if the wear is starting to show.

I’m seriously considering one for us all, with our own heads obviously, especially as it is so affordable. The unit is rechargeable (unlike all of the battery-powered Spiderman brushes we’ve had in recent months!) and so there should be no faff.

To me this sounds brilliant. I’m not someone to buy something unnecessary however if it works as well as the reviews suggest it does then it could be the beginning of some super smiles in our house and setting ourselves up for even better oral health for the future.

Have you used any of the Soniclean products, specifically the Soniclean 2000? If so I’d love to hear your thoughts before I click “buy”.

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