Good morning guys,

With the summer holidays looming closer & closer, we have started working on a summer holiday bucket list as a family. Days out, beach trips, bike rides & den building to name a few! The summer holidays are something I look forward to every year, last years wasn’t filled with as much fun as I’d hoped as my pregnancy with Poppy was absolutely consuming in the final months, too many trips into the hospital & the girls spend far too much time in hospital waiting rooms & the back of the car doing the 90 minute round trip.

This year I’m hoping to redeem myself & build up those Mum points!! I wanted to share a few of our ideas with you in case you wanted to start working on your own Summer holiday bucket list!

  • Picnic in the park
  • Family bike ride
  • Pizza making party
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Beach day
  • Build a den in the woods
  • Rock painting (great competition with Channel Mum to get involved in)
  • Tie dye t-shirts
  • Visit the art gallery
  • Go fishing
  • Make friendship bracelets
  • Pamper party
  • Ride a horse
  • Go camping
  • Toast marshmallows
  • Play mini golf
  • Bake a cake
  • Make homemade lemonade

The one thing that I am painfully aware of when planning all of these wonderful outdoor activities is how much Lee & Safiyah will suffer from allergies and what we can do to keep that to a minimum. Lee & S are hay fever sufferers, they are both extremely reactive to flowers & tree’s and so far it seems all types of pollen really set it off. Hay fever is basically your immune system overreacting to allergens in the air which can cause people to have all sorts of reactions! From runny or stuffy nose, red, itchy, swollen & watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, itchy throat and mouth, headaches, earaches and tiredness. It sounds horrific to be perfectly honest and seeing how much they both suffer, I really feel for them. We have tried most methods from LED nasal lights to local honey & every medication going including prescription & over the counter without much relief. With 1 in 8 children worldwide suffering from allergic rhinitis[i] such as hayfever I know I’m not alone in having to witness all of these awful symptoms, and unfortunately the number of allergy sufferers in the UK is also rising by 5% each year[ii]. However the one area where we have managed to make a safe haven for them both is inside our house.

We were asked by Philips if we would like to test out the new Philips Series 2000i air purifier alongside an environmental reactive artwork by Rainbow Winters, the artwork is the first of it’s kind in the UK & at the chance to test out the air purifier. We have had the air purifier set up at home for the last few months & it has made a world of difference, whilst we don’t have much control of the air pollution outside, inside air pollution is completely within our control and did you know inside air can sometimes be up to 5 times more polluted than the air outside![iii] The Philips Series 2000i Air Purifier captures 99.97% of particles such as pollen, dust & pet hair that pass through the filter[iv], it combines Aerasense and VitaShield IPS technologies & has the ability to remove harmful gases such as TVOC.

What I love most about the Philips Series 2000i Air Purifier is that is has advanced technology which is highly effective in sensing even the slightest change in indoor air conditions & automatically adjusts the fan speed, meaning that we are assured we are breathing in healthier air, always, especially as children breathe more than adults! Removing the allergens found in our home has a significant impact on the overall health & happiness of our family, knowing that even when it’s time to come inside Safiyah & Lee are able to breathe peacefully knowing that they wont have a reaction. We have our Philips Series 2000i set to the allergen mode which is there for those that have high sensitivity this makes sure the air purifier automatically powers the airfow to immediately reduce the allergen exposure.

The Philips Series 2000i Air Purifier is available from Philips & Amazon, RRP £400. For £50 off, Philips has given me the unique discount code BREATHE3 (1 code per customer and the offer ends 31st July).

[i] Pols DH et al. Interrelationships between Atopic Disorders in Children: A Meta-Analysis Based on ISAAC Questionnaires. 2015 Jul 2;10(7)



[iv] [iv] Tested by Shanghai Institute of Measurement and Testing Technology (SIMT) in 30m3 chamber according to GB21551.3-2010, (Staphylococcus albsp) 8032 as testing bacteria.

*This post has been sponsored by Philips, all opinions are my own. 

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