Saturday, 7 June 2014

Plastic meltdown... shopping spree at the ideal home show....

Back in April, I got the opportunity to earn myself a free pass to the first Manchester Ideal home show. In return I had to write a blog about the show in advance. So the night before our house move, it was done and submitted, and the giveaway started for 2 people to earn 2 tickets each. I have had feedback from both the winners, and they really enjoyed it, but ended up with sore feet afterwards. One of the winners has blogged about her experience over at mummy3+1dog
 
I must admit, I didn't really know what to expect. But I enjoyed it, who doesn't like shopping? I was joined by my sister and her family who also had press passes from mummy to boyz and between us we got press passes for my mum and dad too. Unfortunately Daddy M was working, but I'm sure if he had joined us, we would have spent more money.
 
The day started with us trying to find somewhere to park... it was very busy. I car shared with my parents, and as my dad is registered disabled, we managed to park very close.  



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We then went to get our 'press passes' these were great as it meant we could mingle with the celeb line up before the show started, and get refreshed with pastries, tea, coffee, and fresh juices.
 I was cheeky and asked for a photo... something I regretted not doing with my ITV experience. My nephew O was going to be in the picture too, but went all shy when it was time to say cheese, so both Melinda Messenger and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen tried to persuade him, but it never worked.


But J happily posed with the celebs, somehow, she ended up on her hip... for a petite lady, she sure is strong.
We got the chance to enter early, but due to having the children with us, we couldn't enter due to insurance and health and safety. We tried to go in the front entrance, but the queue was big, so waited in the press area until it opened.
 
Once it had opened, my first stall I stopped at was a super glue stall... a bit random... but I was in awe at how strong it was within seconds of sticking...
 J is trying to pull the rubber back apart after just 10 seconds of sticking, after a few more demonstrations, a bottle was bought, and I'm hoping the 'it will never dry up in the tube' will live up to expectations.
Not the most exciting first buy, but it has already been used in the M household just one day after purchase!
The next stall, I got some samples of some gorgeous cheeses, but purchased the toffee vodka instead for Daddy M, for fathers day.
The next stall grabbed the girlies attention whilst I was paying for the vodka, so as it was still quiet at the press entrance part, I just enquired, and I had to buy it...
...its called crumbs away. Its shaped as bugs, and you just roll it along a surface (not laminate as its too smooth) and it will pick all the bits up. Ideal for the girls when they eat toast on the settee, much to daddy's disgust. Also it can be used on the stairs, or to even pick Lego pieces up. A show special of both the small and large bugs for £10 and it was sold. Usually just the small is around that price. And again both have been used since we purchased at home. And not just by me, RESULT... the girls will start to clean up after themselves...
I realised I was starting to spend a bit too much... to soon, we hadn't even made it down two aisles, and I had made 3 purchases. A quick look at the other stalls in the area, and I stayed strong to any more purchases until mummy to boyz showed me the French sponge cake goodie bag... that was my last purchase in that area, as the samples went down very well with the 3 of us.
We then decided to split up from my sister, and my parents split up on entering, so we quickly made our way through the garden area, as we have recently purchased a new garden set, and a hot tub just wouldn't be suitable in rented accommodation.
However, we did stop at the trampoline area.... J couldn't wait to show her star jumps off...
 
The trampoline was ace... however, again slightly out of our price range by a few hundred... but if you had the cash, J said this one is much better then ours, and much safer too as its spring less. The zip also had a great addition of a padlock, if you wanted to relax and lock them in...teehee...
 
I then got drawn into a display, that is meant to help keep flies out the house. J loved walking through the material door, and I was entranced at how it re sealed itself afterwards.... so another purchase was had... I just hope the sale speech that it works with pets is true....
 

 


We then met up with my parents again, after entering the ideal interiors section, on passing through we saw Laurence again on show... but didn't stop to watch, as S wasn't the happiest...
 

 
My parents were enjoying the show, and purchased a new shower... for their bathroom renovations. I am envious... they then told me about the free massage stall, and we headed back over... my Dad was very interested in the product, so went to try it out again....
Whilst he was sorting that out, J was kept quiet on the massage arm chair...

 ...and foot massager...
...I finally had a go, and I was in heaven, you can see in the top pictures that they have balls inside, that knead... so doesn't just vibrates. Perfect for my dodgy hip, and lower back, and my stressed, knotty upper back. A bit of negotiating, and I got a cracking deal due to mum and dad purchasing too, but not before phoning Daddy M for confirmation...
I got the thumbs up, but think that's mainly so Daddys thumbs can get a break from trying to release my knots. So after speaking to Derek at Dream Scene we have arranged delivery for within 2 weeks... I am waiting patiently.... I can not wait!! But I did get to go home with the foot massager, which is bliss.
As the girls were so well behaved, he gave the girls their very own handheld massagers each. And some for my nephews that was with us too.... Thank you Dream Scene
After leaving the massage stall, J, my very girly girl noticed some very bling-tastic slippers....
...she has promised to wear these... so we shall see how long this holds up, but they are great as they have a fleecy liner and have rubber grips on the bottom to stop slipping. As well as looking perfect for the girly girl J is.
 
S on the otherhand was more interested in the Zebra paintings....
 or the animal sculptures.... but was a tad more pricey then J's slippers and much bigger, so she didn't have one to take away.
 
After a good few hours, the girls had had enough, and my Dad was getting very sore, and we had no more hands or room in the pushchair to carry anything else, so we met back up with my sisters near the loo's, where the kids could have one last run around together before saying goodbye...
 
...and let off some steam, as it was extremely busy, and no room for them to express themselves, compared to a few hours before.
The show was great, and I'm even thinking about booking for the November home show back at Event city on the 14-16th November. This time without the girlies so I can get some Christmas presents. And not to have to worry about them getting bored or squashed.
 
So here is a summary of what I have purchased...
 
...and im now enjoying a nice glass of wine and a massage....
 
 
I was offered 2 free passes to attend the Ideal Home Show, for 2 blogs on the subject, 1 before, and 1 after. All views are my own, as well as all my purchases. 
 

8 comments:

  1. Looks like a fab day! Thanks for sharing all about it - really enjoyed reading :)

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  2. looks like a really fun day i love the animal sculptures im sure the kids love that xx

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  3. i can't wait to have my own place to go to these shows. haha x

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  4. It looks like so much fun! I love consumer shows and always attend the baby shows but I always miss the home interior shows. Looks like you found some great new products there!

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  5. I'd love to go to the ideal home show! I love shopping for home things, this place would be heaven for me haha. Love the little 'crumbs away' bug, deffo need one of those for when I eat biscuits in bed haha (:

    L x


    www.xloulabeth.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. I've been to the ideal home show in London a few times, but not brought as much useful stuff as you seem to, or had as much fun x

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